Soviet Russia, Comming to an America Near You

America… What a country! In America, you watch TV. In Soviet Russia, TV watches you!

The MPAA is trying to push a bill through Congress that would require anyone with a home theater to register with them. The home theater equipment will have devices that can determine information about the audience watching and report back to the KGB MPAA.

What makes a home theater? According to the MPAA, a home theater is any home with:

  • A television larger than 29″ with stereo sound
  • At least 2 comfortable chairs or a couch or futon

Here’s the magic quote from the article:

“Just because you buy a DVD to watch at home doesn’t give you the right to invite friends over to watch it too. That’s a violation of copyright and denies us the revenue that would be generated from DVD sales to your friends,” said [MPAA head] Glickman. “Ideally we expect each viewer to have their own copy of the DVD, but we realize that isn’t always feasible. The registration fee is a fair compromise.

Pay attention to the government! They obviously don’t trust you, why should you trust them?

Source: http://www.bbspot.com/News/2006/11/home-theater-regulations.html [Mirror]

Ever been the only one?

I don’t know why I do the things I do.  Today I searched Google for a phrase that I used to say a lot: “Sleepmode is the squidaud”  It was an inside joke of sorts.  Busta Rhymes often says “Flipmode is the Squidaud,” refering of course to his group. Some friends of mine hijacked that phrase and began using it to refer to a love of slumber.  Anyway, I digress.

The point is that I Googled “sleepmode is the squidaud” and only got three results.  Two were from the previous version of TedCHoward.com, and one was from a blog that I apparantly had 4 years ago.  Using Google as the record, I am the only person to ever post the phrase “sleepmode is the squidaud” on the internet.  I’m not sure how I feel about that.

Science vs Religion: Can’t we all just get along?

The New York Times has yet another story on scientists attacking religion and vice versa. Does it make me foolish to believe that faith in God and scientific truth are in harmony with each other and not polar opposites? It would be nice to be able to believe in things proven by observation without being labeled a heretic, and likewise, I would enjoy discussing my faith in God without being labeled an idiot.