August 7th, 2003


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Karl got this crazy-ass bubble blower thing that shoots out tons of bubbles per second (it's great). It just occured to me that we should tape it down to the back of his car (maybe the roof) and drive up and down the street, filling the court with bubbles.
Apparently just me walking down to the end of the driveway and retriving the trash can is enough of a spectacle that the smarmy british asshole down the street feels the need to stop, put his hands on his hips and glare at me through the whole process. so I wonder what a bubble parade would do for him.

I've lived near people I didn't like before. And I treated them much the same way I treat these assholes now. I ignore them. The only people in the neighborhood who haven't let dirty looks or angry tirades be the sum total of their interaction with me and Karl are the next door neighbors. She actually had a little chat with me one day and has always at least been polite to Karl. Whenever the man sees Karl, and Karl waves he waves back and almost seems to smile a little. It's nice.
I don't expect to be invited to any picnics, but they're at least polite.

I don't know *why* I would be suprised at a street full of upper middle class white people being assholes... but I am.


For my ailing computer Karl is going to try to make it functional for the next bit of time while I need it for work and then I'll be picking out parts and buying the pieces so he can assemble a brand spanking new computer for me.
I'm trying to decide on a case.
At the moment, before having read some Tom's hardware guide reviews that I'll be reading shortly, I'm torn between two different colors of the same case.
I either want the black one
Or the Obnoxious green one
If I got the black one, I could put any sort of lighting in it I wanted.. but if I get the green one, I'd want to stick to an orange/pink/red color scheme for the guts to just make it that much more obnoxious.

I dunno... I need to read this reviews and maybe look around at some other catalogs and see if anything else catches my eye. As it it, though, I think I've kind of settled on that chenming 601.

I have way too many goals for myself for the day and an extreme lack of motivation. Heh. It's sort of nice actually.

One of the many many reasons copyright laws in general are bullshit

The Verve and The Rolling Stones : Truly Bittersweet
The recently defunct British outfit The Verve sampled an orchestration on their song "Bittersweet Symphony" from The Rolling Stone's "The Last Time". Before the release of the album, The Verve negotiated a licensing agreement with The Rolling Stones to use the sample. In 1997, The Verve's album "Urban Hymns" peaked at number 23 on the Billboard Charts. What ensued was a bitter (and not sweet) legal battle settling with The Verve turning over 100% of the royalties of their recording of the song to the Rolling Stones. The Rolling Stones argued that The Verve had violated the previous licensing agreement by using too much of the sample in their song. The Verve argued that The Rolling Stones got greedy when the song became successful. Herein lies the issue of moral rights of a samplist.

"The last thing I ever wanted was for my music to be used in a commercial. I'm still sick about it", The Verve's lead singer Richard Ashcroft said in a recent interview. So, that's exactly what Rolling Stones manager Allen Klein did. Capitalizing off the success of the song, Klein licensed The Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony" to Nike, who proceeded to run a multi-million dollar television campaign using The Verve's song over shots of its sneakers. Klein also used the song to hark Vauxhall automobiles. Additionally, though the song was authored by The Rolling Stones, the Andrew Loog Oldham Orchestra performed the recording and also filed suit upon the success of the song. To add even more insult to injury, when "Bittersweet Symphony" was nominated for a Grammy this past year, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were named the nominees and not The Verve. What could be more "Bittersweet" than your song reaching the top of the charts and not being able to enjoy a cent of its success?

"It could've been worse," Ashcroft continued. "If we hadn't fought, 'Symphony' could've ended up on a cheeseburger ad and never have been taken seriously again."

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