Tag: Loading Ready Run
I was just having a discussion with some friends the other day about stale and derivative movies. This was well-timed.
While it starts off slow, the end and the stinger made me laugh out loud.
A new Commodore Hustle video! For those of you who don’t know. Commodore Hustle is a series of videos by the loading ready run sketch comedy group that features slightly funnier, slightly more asshole-like versions of themselves. In this episode, they meet My Little Pony and hilarity ensues.
For those of you who have been paying attention, there is a list of useful links below. For those of you who haven’t, stay awhile and listen.
Actions being taken by the United State government will begin to fundamentally change the internet. Please read or watch the following to understand what is happening and if you want to take action about it.
[spoiler show="For those of you who would like my words on the subject. Click here."]The United States created the Internet. Despite fancy names like “World Wide Web” and “Global Communication System” and “Series of Tubes”, the internet is not managed by the world. It is managed by corporations on the united states and is subject, for the most part, to US Law. Even more so these days since a majority of the people connect to the internet via their local telecommunication company (phone, cable, satellite, etc).
That being said the internet has been pretty untamed for the last few years. Anybody could put or post up anything. Your information was only as secure as how well your protected it. It was effectively the digital wild west. Now, however, the internet is in so many homes, has become the focus of so much economic use (online shopping, movie and song streaming, video games, marketing) that this can’t last. Just like the trains that brought big business to the west, killing off the last place where your only real protection was the gun at your side, progress is going to try to tame the internet for the good of all, to the detriment of the few.
This is more or less inevitable. The new internet that will come into place will be highly regulated and likely more forcefully controlled by the big economic interests that want to use it to provide services to the world for money. When they do, innovation will become exceptionally difficult. Websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and the like, will still exist, but their successors likely won’t appear. Blogs, chat rooms, social networks, bulletin boards/forums system, may or may not survive in this new internet. Words like “National Defense”, ”Anti-Piracy”, “Copyright”, and others will be used to tightly regulate any site that tries to provide the public with ability to communicate and share.
Effectively the basis for the internet as we know it, sharing and communicating, will come to an end at the hands of capitalism and censorship.
The first steps for this have already begun. The United States government has two acts currently being discussed. The PROTECT IP act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Both have been getting a lot of news. As of right now, both look to be dying heavily under media massive campaigns set forth by various websites and organizations, despite the money being thrown at it by media and telecom corporations. The best example is today, February 18th, 2012, where websites all over the internet are “Blacking out” or putting up protest notices. You can read up more about what these acts do in the links below, but to summarize the acts allow and empower the US government to try to block or remove internet services (primarily websites) that infringe on copyright, without significant due process.
Now I am not a proponent of piracy. I make a living off of software development and I hope to some day make a living as an author. These are both areas that have notably high piracy rates, which concerns me. I would like to be compensated for my effort and work but I also feel that censoring the internet is not the answer. So for now, I protest.[/spoiler]
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- Wikipedia: SOPA
- Wikipedia: PIPA
- Blog.Reddit: A technical examination of SOPA and PROTECT IP
- TerribleMinds: Why SOPA and PIPA and other anti-piracy bullshit measures matter to writers
- TEDTalks: Defend our freedom to share (or why SOPA is a bad idea)
- (Wil Wheaton) WWdN: In Exile: Today the US Senate is considering legislation that would destroy the free and open Internet
- (The Bloggess) The Bloggess: Me and Vader, fighting together. Weird.
- Google.com (Protest Page)
- PATV: Season 3, Ep. 24a - Stand Together: The Gaming Community vs SOPA and PIPA
- Girls With Slingshots
- Abstruse Goose
- Kawaii Not
- Something Positive
- Dominic Deegan
And many, many more, including you, hopefully.
So people who haven’t sat through the awesomeness that is Desert Bus won’t get a lot of what this is about. Also knowing the crew members of Loading Ready Run helps. So really, this video is just one big inside joke for fans of Desert Bus & Loading Ready Run but it is still hilarious so I must share.
|Graham:||[STYLING HIS HAIR A LA FLOCK OF SEAGULLS] Hey look! “And I raaan, I ran so far awaaaay…”|
|Graham:||I won’t. Except when I change into an elephant, but that’s only once every three months.|
|Kathleen:||Well, apart from that, yeah.|
|Kathleen:||If you WERE a were-elephant, I still wouldn’t want you to change. But I would make sure you weren’t going to wreck your clothes. I’d watch the calendar and be like, “Full moon tonight, don’t wear those jeans. Here’s some sweatpants I bought at Value Village.”|
|Graham:||Our people prefer the term Werlephant.|
|Kathleen:||So, I guess what I’m saying is, you CAN change, but only into clothes with a lot of give.|
Hehe. Hilarity. This makes me want to pull out my D&D board game just to see if my figures will talk.
One I find it hilarious that a Canadians are making jokes about North and South Dakota being one state. Two I now have a legitimate reason to go kick the ass of anybody who does have those truck balls on their trucks and drives around in my state. Nobody teabags Texas! Thirdly the idea of old people having sex on a yoga ball confuses me. Does it confuse you too?