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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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Worthless Genius Stats

As a bit of an aside, today I’d like to talk about some stats that I’m pooling here on the site.  The stats are going to be for posts created on the old Stroz.net blog, but not including SPAM or page hits while it was running there. If you care, you can keep reading. Continue reading

A Confederacy of Dunces [Book Review]

This is my first book review, so bear with me. When I had the idea to do a book review, I was taken back to a time in my life when I was forced to read books that were boring, and give reports on them, or take chapter tests. As a result, I was stunted in my reading skills and my desire to read anything outside of school.

Lately, though, I have been finding quite a few interesting topics to read about, and am slowly moving through the tons of books that we have in our library, one tome at a time.

When we were in Ohio, I finished A Confederacy of Dunces, and I think it’s about time to write a review.

History of Obtaining The Book
Myriah had heard that this was one of the funniest books ever written, and got it for me through Quality Paperback Book Club. (As an aside, we really do have a ‘book problem’, our library grows every day, and we probably should not belong to such a club, but it’s hard to change a habit such as this) I did not start reading it until I was finished Sandworms of Dune. (Maybe I will eventually do a mega-review of the entire Dune Series.)

The Book
Starting out, after reading the forward–which said that you have to read the entire book to the end in order to understand all of the concepts–reading was a little slow. It was hard to get past the complete bafoonery of every character involved.

It wasn’t until about 1/3 of the way through the book that I realised I was having a genuinely good time reading it. It was strange, the book was funny, but it was more like I was laughing constantly on the inside, while remaining perfectly stolid on the outside.

I thoroughly enjoyed every page thereafter, and the final payoff was definitely worth it. The running jokes in the novel created a sense that it was completely unbelievable for them to intertwine, but the author did so, and it really was amazing.

Strange Thoughts of Self
One thing I got out of this book was a strange bit of self-comparison to the main character. Ignatius J. Reilly is an intelligent fellow who graduated from college and then just stopped everything. He spends his time in his room, door locked, contemplating our society and all of its pitfalls. It’s not until his mother runs into a house in her car that he has to go out into the real world and become a working man.

He is so utterly ridiculous, and is offended by anything and everything which he perceives as an affront to all common decency.

Now, I don’t see myself like that, but I do see myself as someone who had such great potential, only to disconnect themselves from the world and disappear from the surface altogether. I started this blog because of reading this book, because I could see myself getting more and more disconnected from the real world. I don’t want to spend the rest of my life in my own head.

Final Verdict
This book is an absolute must-read. I would wholly recommend this to anyone who would like an intelligent long-term laugh.