Archive for August, 2009

Crazy Guggenheim & Joe The Bartender

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Jackie Gleason and Frank Fontaine.

I watched them as a kid and that probably explains a lot about me that I’d rather not get into right now but suffice to say the jokes are corny, the virtues are from the early part of the past century (when beer came in pails) and the singing voice of Fontaine is still sublime.

Every week this bit with Gleason and Fontaine would open the same way – but Gleason would always do a little something different when he poured the beer to stop it from overflowing – usually a single finger or a thumb with a flourish – once, as I recall, with his elbow. Once they got past the stream of incredibly corny jokes (even for then) it would be time for Crazy Guggenheim to sing a song. Grand stuff.

I was 5 years old. I thought it was fucking hilarious. I didn’t understand half of what was being said. But I knew it was funny.

Why did I put this up here?

Why the fuck not?

Enjoy.

Cheers.

Will Copyright Laws Stifle Creativity?

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

There’s been a lot of bullshit happening in Canada as the Harper government does its best to look pretty whilst wearing the brown lipstick of the U.S. media industry. You can find out more about the pitiful shenanigans of the music industry, blatantly stacking town hall meetings to discuss copyright reform, and the suppression of alternative voices at these so called “open and public discussions”, on other blogs like Michael Geist and Jill Golick or P2P.net and BoingBoing. I’ve ranted and raved about it before – and doubtless will again – but right now it’s the weekend and I’m lazy and I’m gonna go lie down and read a cheap mystery novel.

In the meantime, here’s a short video of Prof. Lawrence Lessig giving a talk this past February at the New York Public Library (along with Steven Johnson and Shepard Fairey) addressing the very real concerns that our copyright laws are being hijacked by dying media industries to support a failed and archaic business model and in those efforts to stem the inevitable tide of technological and cultural progress they are stealing our voices, stealing our right to speak and hear about our world.

Will copyright laws stifle creativity? If the major media companies are allow to corrupt our elected officils and subvert our democratic processes to assert their right to define what culture is – as in: whatever they sell us and nothing else – then Yes the laws of copyright are a threat to creativity and freedom of speech as well as freedom of thought.

Make noise. Kick these fuckers in the nuts.

Cheers.

P. S. Actually the mystery novel is not cheap, it’s Dashiel Hammett’s classic “The Big Knockover” – in case you were wondering.

100 Years Of Cinema FX In 5 Minutes

Friday, August 28th, 2009

The industry of cinema may be dying or reinventing itself but the Art of cinema will live on. One of the great things about the movies was not the recreation of reality but the creation of non-reality.

There’s a great book called The Invisible Art: The Legends of Movie Matte Painting which shows brilliantly how much of what we took for granted as being real in cinema was actually images painted by hand.

The techniques of manipulating light to create moving images is centuries old and has been absorbed into our psyche, our culture and our day-to-day vocabulary to such a degree we are no longer the same kind of human beings which existed before the dawn of cinema. I won’t get into arguments as to whether that’s good or bad – it just is.

Newer technologies are calling to us now and changing us further. It always helps to take a look back now and then to remind ourselves where we came from and how far we’ve travelled on this journey of augmented evolution. And it’s fun too!

I found this over at Gizmodo. It’s 100 years of visual effects crammed into 5 minutes.

If you have any others to add go to the Gizmodo post and offer your comments – they’ve allowed for posting of video snips too.

Enjoy your day.

Cheers.

WiTricity – Cable Free Electrical power

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Eric Giler from MIT gives a TED Talk showing off an innovation called WiTricity.

It’s the wireless transmission of electrical power using magnetic resonance, meaning there is no harmful radiation that will fry your junk when you walk through the field.

It is really frickin’ cool.

Upon seeing this I could not help but think of Nikola Tesla and his vision of using the Earth’s magnetic field as a source of limitless – and free- electrical power.

Makes you wonder.

Cheers.

Mother Of All Funk Chords – Kutiman

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

I’ve posted this extraordinary audio and video mash-up by Kutiman before but it keeps popping up and I just love the visceral example it provides of how our tech allows us to craft culture that reflects who we are, when we are and what we are surrounded with.

From the Thru-You web site:

What you are about to see is a mix of unrelated YouTube videos/clips edited together to create Thru-You. In other words – what you see is what you hear.

The existing materials are re-worked to craft anew an expression that would not have been possible prior to the now readily available media tools – and what we get is far from the usual corporate packaged dreck that is inflicted upon us.

Fuck that.

What we get is funk, baby.

Cheers.

P. S. Thanks, Holly!

Thoughts On Augmented Reality

Monday, August 24th, 2009

I’ve posted in these pages – and the previous incarnation of this blog – about the unique and rapidly evolving blend of our technical senses and our immediate surroundings, which we quaintly refer to as “the real world”. Awareness of this extension of our senses has grown enough to give it a catchy name: Augmented Reality. Like all such phrases it tries to explain the whole thing while managing only to scratch the surface and still come off sounding like something a plumber does for $100 an hour while showing off the crack of his ass.

“Okay, Robbo, what is Augmented Reality and why should I give a shit?”

I’m so glad you asked.

This has become a longer blog post than post than most, with a pant load of embedded videos (and juicy links that you must follow or I’ll come to your home late at night and read them out loud to you) because there’s a lot of information and examples connected with the ideas behind AR. What I present here is by no means definitive. How could it be? All of this seems to be evolving faster than I can type. What I posit here merely gives a sketch of what I see happening and some consequences for us to consider.

Here we go.

Augmented Reality – or “AR” as it is also known (and I fucking hate the over use of acronyms in this dirt stupid KFC, McD, ROTFLMAO world of ours) – is the use of technology to enhance our senses and provide a richer experience of the world around us.

A simple cartoon example would be Steve Austin’s bionic eye in The Six Million Dollar Man that could zoom in with really cool “boo-boo-boo-boo-boo!” sounds. While we’re on the verge of having implanted tech just like Steve Austin the reality is more complex, not only in what can (and will) be implemented but also how these ubiquitously enhanced senses of ours will change how we live and behave in this world and consequently change what it means to be human.

One of the most vocal enthusiasts for augmented reality at the moment is Bruce Sterling who has been devoting the bulk of his recent blog postings to the subject and he can always be counted on to point out the deliciousness of fundamental transformative power coming soon to an eyeball, ear, tongue and brain really near you.

Here’s a keynote address Sterling gave a week ago at the Layar Launch Event in Amsterdam:

Thanks, Bruce, now let’s have a practical demonstration of what this funky augmented reality shit is all about.

I’ve posted Pattie Maes TED Talk here before but it’s worth putting up again because it pertains directly to what I am nattering on about. Maes is speaking of research she and her team at MIT have been doing on a project called Sixth Sense

Of course, it’s the abilities displayed in Pattie Maes talk that matter more than the cludgey gear slung around the neck of her colleague.

A lot of people see that video and immediately say: “Yeah, but who wants to go walking around looking like a dork with a big piece of shit hanging off them?” – oh, there are a few but the people who make that comment are completely missing the point.

It’s the context.

It’s the inherent idea that counts. The tech will inevitably, inexorably. become smaller and more wearable. How wearable? Remember Steve Austin and his “boo-boo-boo-boo-boo!” eyeball?

Until we get the Steve Austin Special – competitively priced well below the $6 million price break – we’ll just have to make do with our arms length windows on the world.

That would be our phones.

iPhones and all those who follow in its wake are the AR device du jour. The best known of the lot is NearestTube, which uses the GPS and compass capabilities of the iPhone to help you find the best route on the subway. But, to paraphrase the opening narration of the Six Million Dollar Man: “We have the technology, let’s abuse it.”

Issues of data-privacy aside (see Lawyers below) that’s some cool shit.

It seems these days everyone and their dog are trying to make the next best iPhone app but that’s a far cry from wearable, insertable, implantable AR tech, right?

Well – maybe.

Don’t go thinking that it’s only the big huge well funded mega tech companies and university labs that are coming up with all this cool shit. Another aspect of what makes this tech/sense evolution so cool is how it is burbling and fermenting in the myriad garage labs around the planet. Folks who, on their own time (a la the protagonists of the movie Primer), innovate in their home made laboratories – like part-time Dr. Frankensteins – crafting really wild ideas with readily accessible tech.

Some of this home-brew lab work is focused on genetics and that scares the hell out of me but since this is a happy happy joy joy blog post and we’ll save the “Oh god, oh god, we’re all gonna die.” blog post for another day.

Johnny Lee gave a great demo at TED where he showed what could be done by cheaply hacking the Wii remotes to craft all sorts of intriguing possibilities.

And when you add the Wii hacks to a 3D display and ultrasonic displacement you get a proto-type for a touchable hologram.

I know what you’re thinking and yes, porn in the future will be awesome.

Touching virtual bewbs is but one part of the equation. The true innovators – the ones who will be crafting the truly disrupting uses of AR – will be the folks working alone, in their basement or garage, unleashing what at first appears to be a simple game-like app built from readily available gear and quickly becomes adopted as a new and necessary way of seeing and interacting with the world around us.

Count on it.

Now let’s take this AR stuff a little further, shall we?

Look at the Microsoft Photosynth project.

Amassing the vast and continually growing library of images from around the world, collating them together and intuitively crafting a 3D representation of real world locales. Neat! What’s that got to do with AR?

Show up anywhere and layer on top images from every angle and across a span of time. Mix in a tad of that facial recognition shit and you have a playlist of who’s walked those streets you now tread upon or have gazed out the windows above you. The time of the place will hover over it just as surely as the light which meets your eyes as you gaze upon the actual real world structures. Time – history – formed not just from the perspective of Napolean’s winners but from the experience of any participant who happened to capture a sliver of their time in place, will hang like neglected Christmas lights from every location on the planet.

Make the media layers of AR richer and deeper and the passing of time itself will be reduced in meaning.

And then – there’s virtual worlds.

Oh shit.

I’ve blabbered on about this before. Look at the stuff I just showed you. Now take a more detailed 3D representation of Google Earth. Add the ability to travel that world with an avatar. Add the ability to connect the various virtual worlds together – and, yes, folks are actively working toward making this happen. Stir in any of your favourite virtual worlds. Mash ‘em up. Voila.

You can appear as an avatar in a virtual reality simulacrum of the world and transport yourself to a cafe on the other side of the world – a representation of a real cafe – and sit across from a friend who is actually there. They (and anyone else fitted with the tech) will see you sitting, perhaps ghost-like, in your chair at the table. What used to be called “spirit photography” would now be seen as the next wave of social media.

Personally, I just love the idea of the eventual merging of virtual worlds when World Of Warcraft guilds will storm the barricades of Second Life and decimate the entire place without ever once having to resort to any flying penises.

But that’s just me.

Our virtual worlds will augment our real worlds. The layers of virtual reality that can be woven with our perceived reality is stunning. The world is gonna become a fucking Hieronymus Bosch painting of hallucinations. It used to be just crazy people walked down the street, talking to themselves, seeing visions and walking into traffic. Now everyone’s gonna be doing it. What will the crazy folks do to distinguish themselves?

Speakin’ of crazy folks – let’s get into the shit.

Lawyers and marketers.

Oh yeah.

Let’s kick the marketers in the nuts first.

Folks in marketing say they are providing a service to both producers and consumers in this world by making available the information necessary for informed choices. Bullshit. They help sell crap. They help sell policy. Marketers are scum. I’m with Bill Hicks on this one:

The obtusely sociopathic marketing monkeys, the progeny of Bunyan’s Vanity Fair, will forever seek ways to insert themselves and their message into the line-of-sight of your experience of this world. Like Chaplin in his first film, Kid Auto Races In Venice, or the scene stealing squirrel – but without the charm and humour – they will find and exploit any and every opportunity to get your attention. Mix that up with AR.

Walk down the street on a sunny day, observing the world through your AR filters, and you will see billboards change to suit your targeted demographic; store signs will be augmented to get your attention; directions to sponsored events will compete for display space – it will all get eyeball bleedingly irritating in a very very short time. Some locations will willingly make use of the tech to showcase their wares. Other locations will look forward to making a buck renting the AR space of their street or building to a series of targeted rotating ads.

It’ll be like Google AdSense – except it’s every-fucking-where.

Shoot me now.

Some locations won’t want to have these ads over-layed on the real world views of their buildings. Will they be able to opt out? If the net service you subscribe to sells any blank space available for advertising the actual owners of the space wouldn’t have any control of what gets presented in your AR view of the world. This is similar to what’s already going on with Rogers and other service providers who think they have a right to inflict themselves upon your transport through the net, replacing ads, redirecting traffic and generally acting like ignorant, arrogant, greedy douchebags.

You may not be able to escape the barrage of unwanted AR messages that will litter your world view like the road side billboards of yore.

Or would you?

Bring in the lawyers.

I’m usually with Billy The Shakes when it comes to lawyers. They’re fun to kick around – until you need one. But, for the most part, they’re about as beneficial to the growth of humanity as marketers (see Bill Hicks above).

Just as Stanislaw Lem loved to probe the ethics and legal ramifications of robots in our society, we would be well advised to get a preview of how AR will affect our jurisprudence of the senses as touched by AR.

It was a big deal back in the 1970′s when the concept of “air rights” came into being – the right to sell and trade in the real estate that hovered over the actual surface of owned land. Like the debt trades that have recently beggared America, the rights to open space could be bought, sold, and traded as needed. So too the rights to the AR space could conceivably become a viable economic model – controlling what can (and cannot) be augmented over a view of a physical locale. Issues of free speech will erupt – escpecially when vociferously pursued by a business agenda – when any controls are sought to reduce, replace or eliminate any undesired AR presence.

The DMCA, no doubt, will also be brought into play (just as abused as it is today) to prevent the unauthorized use of content, trademarks or logos – or to restrain any unfavourable AR commentary placed up a business. Visible and prominent comments – similar to what might be found on a blog but now hovering in the air in front of any given establishment – thumbs up or thumbs down, restaurant reviews or revealing corporate profiles that do not place a company in the best light could be posted and subsequently suppressed.

Is it free speech or is it graffiti? Where does your right to know stop and where does their right to inflict begin? Could instrusive AR marketing be considered spam? Is the pollution and overt control of your senses a viable claim for legal action? Will large and powerful interests be able to hold sway over how you see the world you would like to choose to see through the technology you choose to apply to yourself?

Yes, indeed, kill the lawyers before they impoverish us all – but not before we get laws passed in our favour.

It all sounds silly because it all seems so much of a cartoon right now, doesn’t it? But we must consider these implications of where our extended senses are leading us. We must anticipate the best and the worst uses to which humanity will employ these innovations.

The current battles being waged over who owns and controls the internet are, for the most part, narrowly focused on the desire of a few large corporations to maintain an old business model by making the internet become the new television versus the desire of human beings to express themselves and connect with each other on a truly global scale.

It would be good to remember the significant part of the AR acronym is the letter R.

Reality.

The internet isn’t television. Despite the proliferation of trivial distractions that threaten, as Neil Postman warned, to amuse ourselves to death, the true value, the true nature, the true destiny (if you will) of the internet is to make our real world more real to us. Once the technology becomes ubiquitous and becomes not something that sits outside of us but is an undeniable extension of who we are and how we experience this world then, and only then, will the really big ass disruption occur.

If you are lucky enough to be free to use this technology to transcend the boundaries of time and space and personal knowledge you will quickly and easily discover what it means to be human.

All other distractions will fade away.

I guarantee it.

Of course, I could be completely wrong and maybe we’ll just end up like a bunch of embryonic meat puppet slaves to the devouring robotic overlords of the Matrix.

Still – it would be more interesting than the drab and petty shit being inflicted upon us now.

I’ll leave the last word for Bruce Sterling in a talk he gave over a year ago about the ubiquitous nature of our technologies and where they are plausibly leading us. A little behind the times now, even after only a year of innovative development, but still a good primer for what I’ve been nattering on about.

Keep your eyes open folks – and look at what you choose to.

Cheers.

P. S. When I said: “Speaking of crazy – “ I did not mean to equate lawyers and marketers with people suffering from or coping with mental illness. That would be a wholly inaccurate and unfair depiction of anyone with a mental illness. My apologies.

P. P. S. Chris Grayson of GigantiCo left a comment on this article – you should check out his blog – he covers this territory in more detail and with greater aplomb than I. Thanks, Chris!

New Poster For Zombie Short Film Festival

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

zombie short film fest poster

Da Boyz have been busy! You can find more information on submissions or attendance to the festival on their website and you should definitely join the Facebook Group.

Cheers.

What I Did On My Summer Vacation – or – How It Feels To Have The CRTC Fuck You Up The Ass

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

I spent a lovely two weeks in PEI this summer visiting with friends and family. When I returned I discovered that while I was gone the CRTC had made the willfully ignorant and insultingly dirt stupid decision to change the rules in how we are allowed to buy access to the internet in Canada.

Goats

“But, Robbo,”, I hear you ask, “What does that have to do with me?”

Here it is in a nutshell from Digital-Lifeline.ca

It means that Bell will be allowed to impose ridiculously low limits on how much you are allowed to download per month and charge you excessive overage fees for it, even if you are using someone else’s Internet service that operates on a Bell line. The motion they filed asks for a 60 gigabyte (GB) per month limit with a fee of $1.125 per gigabyte for overages. 60GB is an incredibly low limit and is unrealistic given the amount of rich content (such as video) that permeates the web today. Even non-enthusiast users can easily exceed that by things as common as frequent YouTube usage and of course, more techie people like myself go higher than that still. Bell already has a fee structure like this in place for their own customers but now wants to extend that to cover all third party Internet providers that are forced to use their lines. For many customers, it could mean their cost for Internet service could more than double and for no extra speed or quality of service.

What makes this bad? For starters, most third party Internet providers don’t buy their bandwidth from Bell, they buy it from other companies and already pay for usage, an average of which is factored into their monthly fees that you pay as a customer. Secondly, Bell has consistently claimed that they need to do this in order to deal with congestion and overcrowding on their network. This has been demonstrated as an outright lie by not only outside analysis but often by Bell’s own submissions to the CRTC. Aside from the fact that bandwidth cost is the lowest it has been in history, their network is simply not as overcrowded as they say and the cost of keeping up with demand is already covered in what they charge people now, as is demonstrated by Bell’s continuing profitability. Bell is essentially using false information to charge us all significantly more for a service that already makes them a tidy profit.

This move is blatantly anti-competitive and Bell’s only motivation for it is that they also provide TV and phone service, both of which are losing numbers to cheaper, more consumer friendly solutions provided online. Severely low limitations like these stifle Canada’s ability to innovate and are quickly taking us from a position as a world leader in Internet penetration to a laughing stock. Other countries around the world are now offered speeds multiple factors higher than what we get here and with much more reasonable download limits, if any at all. Simply put, Bell is trying to control how we use the Internet in order to protect their failing traditional business models. The CRTC (which is staffed largely by former big telecom executives) is complicit in this and is now consistently ruling in Bell’s favour despite all evidence clearly demonstrating their true intentions. This organisation is either incompetent, corrupt or both. Their mandate is to ensure a fair, competitive environment for Canadian consumers and in this, they are an utter failure to us all.

It’s as if the decision was written by the representatives of Bell itself – just as the infamous copyright reform Bill-61 was so obviously written by the U.S. Ambassador and the U.S. media lobby.

We must remember this is consistent behaviour from this current incarnation of the watchdogs of the public airwaves (and other forms of communication) in this country who no longer act as servants of the citizens but as the intentionally ill-informed and weak-kneed mouthpiece of the Harper government and the corporate toads who hold the leashes of our elected representatives.

It’s all part of the same steaming pile of crap as the decisions involving the formation of the New Media Fund – burdening any investment in innovative new forms of online content with required partnerships with the dying business models of broadcast television (an act akin to tossing an anchor to a drowning man) and establishing a board stacked with representatives of the cable industry thereby letting the groaning bloated giants of media retain their role as gatekeepers, jealously guarding their entitled turf by wedging their smug pimpled haunches firmly in the doorway that leads to the future, piling their dung upon the steps for us all to wade through and thereby guaranteeing any growth or success to be had in this country will surely be pissed away in yet another series of meaningless and wasteful gestures. Oh sure, a few good things will come from some of those who have the stomach to swim through that rising fetid tide – the industry itself will stall whilst desperate independent creators will have no alternative but to seek opportunity outside our borders.

It’s the same old sad fucking story.

All this has, without a doubt, occurred under the direction of the Harper government who have made it clear they want the CRTC to take a more lax attitude to regulating the internet – all in the cause of letting the marketplace take its course and to foster increased competition.

From a CBC report:

Criticisms of the CRTC in online message boards and in comments on CBC stories have been building since it was ordered to proceed with a “light regulatory touch” in 2006 by then industry minister Maxime Bernier.

“Canada’s new government has again furthered its ambitious policy agenda for the telecommunications sector by issuing the policy direction to the CRTC,” Bernier said at the time. “Our plan will increase competition in the marketplace, which ultimately will have a positive effect on the consumer who will benefit from greater choices and improved products and services.”

Bullshit.

The old media retain control of the purse strings thereby thwarting any threat of competition to their rotted zombie-like economic models. Access to content is now beholden to the pricing schemes of a monopolistic telco who will pursue its own best interests and seek to limit the growth and viability of any alternative carriers.

In October the CRTC will render its decision on Net Neutrality and if, as it now seems very likely, they will once again kowtow to the wishes of the Harper government and effectively give away control of what we are allowed to see and say in our internet to the same dickhead greedy fucks who claim to own the internet.

Keep your hands off my thoughts and words, buddy. You don’t own me.

I’m with McLuhan on this one.

“Once we have surrendered our senses and nervous systems to the private manipulation of those who would try to benefit from taking a lease on our eyes and ears and nerves, we don’t really have any rights left. Leasing our eyes and ears and nerves to commercial interests is like handing over the common speech to a private corporation, or like giving the earth’s atmosphere to a company as a monopoly.”

- Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media, 1964

Now there is a movement afoot to have the CRTC disbanded. You can sign the petition here. I did. I did it even though I know it won’t make a lick of difference. You should sign it too.

“But, Robbo,”, you ask, “Why bother signing if it won’t change anything?”

Think of it as sticking a finger in those dead-eyes of Harper.

A new government, with a decisive, informed and pro-active agenda to keep access to the internet open to true competitive practices is really the only way to get through this. Even then we’ll still be subjected to the same damnable dance of lobbyist monkeys and back room corporate pressure to wrest the choices of the citizens from their grasp and place them firmly in the pockets of the broadcast and telecom industry.

But go ahead and sign – if only to speak up publicly and say: “Yo – yeah you – you with the half-digested wad of my cash sticking out of your poop hole. Yeah you. I’m talkin’ to you. can you hear me? Good. Fuck off.”

Now these are not terribly civilized words to be tossing around on the internet, I know that, but I have never claimed to be a paragon of civilization. If I offend anyone with my vitriol that’s just too fucking bad. I’m a pissed off citizen who also happens to work as an independent in the same industry that is continually being fucked up the arse like some orphaned child in the basement of a Victorian workhouse. I feel I have a right to bitch and complain.

Back in 1993 I was asked to give an address at a gathering of the Alliance For Children & Television. Alan Mirabelli very kindly introduced me as being a vertically integrated individual in reference to my wearing of many hats as writer, producer, director, performer, designer, code monkey, chief cook and bottle washer. Vertically integrated was a hot buzz word of the day applied to major entertainment companies as they took increasingly orgasmic delight in absorbing each other like some corporate version of The Blob.

In my talk I spoke of a very near future where the internet would be more powerful, more pervasive and capable of carrying more content and exchange of ideas than anything we had ever known before. Most of the folks there had barely heard of the internet, let alone the world wide web, and they shook their headsin disbelief and chuckled at my naive optimism. A very few of the folks in the back – you know who you are – nodded, as if to say: “Good, I’m not the only one who sees this happening.” The folks from the CRTC who were in attendance, sitting at the front tables, merely leaned back with scowls on their faces as I pressed home the point that their position would soon become undermined and eventually irrelevant as the power to become a broadcaster moved from the monopolistic uses of the public airwaves to the individual uses of countless members of the public itself. That the internet would replace television and ignore borders. The role of the CRTC as guardians of Canadian culture in media would inexorably and inevitably dissolve away to nothing. The CRTC reps didn’t like being told they would no longer fulfill a necessary function.

I probably didn’t endear myself with anyone in the crowd by finishing my talk with a quote from Hunter S. Thompson’s Generation Of Swine:

The TV business is uglier than most things. It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs, for no good reason.

I thought it was funny.

16 years later …

Perhaps this group of willfully ignorant and dismally pliable bureaucrats were listening to my words after all. Perhaps they went ahead and took my advice and found a new relevance for themselves. Perhaps they have moved on and defined a new role for themselves in 21st century.

Corporate Cocksuckers.

Yeah – that’ll look real pretty on a resume.

The hell with civil discourse. We scared their asses when the public outcry rose up over Bill-C61 and saved Canada from inheriting the disastrous DMCA policies of the U.S. Net Neutrality and truly competitive access to the net should and will become an election issue. The parties that side with corporate rule will fall.

Old rules need to change. New rules need to be applied. All of this must be in the service of the needs of the people and not the needs of a few grotesquely self-interested business turds. It’s just a fucking pisser that we have to needlessly claw our way through this steaming deluge of horseshit to get there.

So . . . Sign every petition you can. Join every Facebook group you can. Attend every rally you can. Tell your friends. Tell your family. Tell them again and again. Make them so sick of hearing about it they actually do something to make it stop so that at the very least you’ll finally shut the fuck up about it.

Most importantly – Vote.

Vote the fuckers out who give your power to the corporations.

Vote the fuckers in who will eventually become corrupted themselves but who maybe – just maybe – will be able to effect some change for at least a brief window of time.

They do not own the internet and they do not own culture.

You do.

It is a part of your nervous system.

Don’t let anyone sell, own or control that which belongs to you – that which is you – that which is all of us – together.

Enjoy the rest of the summer.

Fuck them.

Cheers.

P.S. While yer at it, check out http://www.digitalagenda.ca/ – good source of info & news.

P. P. S. That’s it for venomous rants for now. Only happy happy joy joy from now on – until they really piss me off.

AND NOW . . . – just cuz I always like to leave you with something upbeat – here’s Felicia Day and the cast of The Guild in their amazing hit music video Do You Want To Date My Avatar?, which yesterday topped 1 million views on iTunes. That fucking rocks, @feliciaday!


What does any of this have to do the CRTC and Bell and all that crap I was ranting about? Only that merely watching stuff like this is now going to cost you more – for no reason other than Bell wants more of your money and there aint jack shit you can do about it.

Enjoy it while you can.