Things Go Along
15 March 2002
6:03 PM: Have I mentioned that the new version of Mozilla actually works? It does. Go Team Freedom.
I'm not doing what I'm supposed to do because I'm tired of that. Tomorrow we'll take Saul's books - all 17 boxes of them - to a used bookstore and see if we can get more than $5.17 for them. He's got a huge collection of original Marxist literature that I want to see if we can donate to a school or something. We'll probably end up selling that too, though. Maybe the anarchist bookstore will take it. It's so fucking sad and stupid. So stupid. I am so cured of the notion that this could ever be anything like a good idea. Or if for some extreme reason I do need to - and I mean your basic terminal illness scenario - by God, I'm going to get rid of all my stuff first. And shut off my own phone bill.
On a slightly lighter note, I see where some well-meaning folks who have bought into the American over-identification of ourselves as "consumers", rawrr rawrr rawrr consume! like Godzilla eating Tokyo or something, have formed something called DigitalConsumer.org, to advocate for a "Consumer Technology Bill of Rights". You know, to enshrine our right to tape The Simpsons and watch it later. Kids, kids, kids. We should already have these rights without question. Or, I should say, there's no basis for any of this activity being illegal. The problem is that the DMCA is rewriting or ignoring basic copyright law. By enumerating what we're allowed to do in something like this, it lets them say that everything that's not specifically allowed is forbidden. It's the other way around!
To their credit, they're trying to make the statements broad enough to accommodate future uses. I still think it's the wrong approach. But, in the current uberState climate, maybe this is the best we can get. "Please, Sir, may I have some more?"
Willfully blind self-indulgent nebbish or amusingly quirky old coot? And how bout that local sports team? Discuss among yourselves.
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