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Resistance and Creativity

This may be an unorganized mess of a post, so please stick in there.

It has been a long time (far too long) since I last updated the blog. I have been getting a steady stream of hits to some of the relevant posts here on Worthless Genius, but truthfully, everything has been a bit stale.

I’ve updated the theme here, to make it look a little nicer, and a bit more modern, but that’s just about all the work that I’ve put into the blog lately.

The lack of update could be due to a large number of unrelated circumstances, or it could simply be that I’ve been lazy lately. So, I just want to touch on a few ideas that have been circling around in my head for the past month, with a brief explanation.
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Piracy – Or How To Ruin An Industry

There has been a lot in the news lately about the trial going on regarding popular BitTorrent tracking site, The Pirate Bay.  Currently, the Swedish court system is determining whether it is illegal to provide a service that merely allows users to point other users to [possibly] copyrighted material without the rights-holder’s consent.

Much is to be said about this broad topic, and whether or not The Pirate Bay is simply providing a service, and not discriminating against nefarious use by its users; or whether they are running a business that continues to profit from the undermining of the MPAA and RIAA profits.

If one thing is clear from this trial, it’s that the industries are wasting their money.  Not only has the prosecution had their collective heads up their asses during this whole debacle, they have proven time and again that they not only do not have evidence one way or the other, but also that they refuse to hire legitimate, well-rounded “expert” witnesses who have done their homework.  Way to further dwindle your profit margin there, big industry!

This whole trial is diverting the public from the key point in the “illegal” file sharing mindset: If it is easier to pirate your product than to legitimately purchase, you are doing something wrong.

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Goals / Streamlining

Over the past few weeks, I have been shunning a lot of my responsibilities in exchange for what feels good, or whatever kind of time wasting I can achieve. My work and blogging both suffer from this.

I came across a new service, RescueTime, which allows me to track my PC usage, and categorize the programs/sites that I use on a daily basis so I can tell how much time I’ve wasted today.

There is a program that you download (Official releases for Mac and Windows, and a third-party Linux build), and sign up on the website, and you’re good to go. It tracks which programs are running, and through a browser extension, you can find out which web pages you’ve been visiting the most.

Another great feature is the ability to set goals in the system. I’ve set two goals:

  1. More than 8 hours work per weekday
  2. More than 30 minutes of blogging per day (7/week)

When I’ve reached the threshold of these goals, the service will notify me via email that I’ve exceeded the time set by myself.

These goals might seem a bit ridiculous, but they’re based in a reality in which I would like to live. I want to be able to devote a true 8 hours a day to my work, so that I can be better responsible to my job and my employers. Also, I would like to try to get this blog up and going with regular posts about various things, so if I put in a measly half hour everyday, maybe I can generate some more traffic.

I guess really my problem is content. I haven’t really provided anything exciting for everyone, but my plans are vaguely set out for the future.

If I can finagle it, I am going to put some sort of widget for everyone to see how much time I’ve put into each project anytime they log into the blog. This will also help me create a sense of accountability, because otherwise I look like I can’t reach my goals on a regular basis.

If you’re in a similar situation, you really should check out RescueTime, and give it a try for a while.