Subculture as we know it is dead, and its all the internets fault.
Before you brand me as some guy who’s “gotten old and doesn’t get it anymore”, please, tell me what youth-driven subculture exists now that is as substantial as rave, grunge, punk etc and etc (and by subculture I mean something…
This goes for a lot more things than what he mentions in the article.
Funny how I mention this anytime someone mentions Steam, DLCs and DRM, and I get ignored, but someone makes a fancy video about 360 and oh here, let’s all comment saying the same thing he has been saying, but this makes us all sad, so let’s go buy more DLCs.
FACT: your hard drive on your 360 will be dead when you go to pull it out in 10-15 years to ‘reminisce’ the good old days of gaming, so every time you buy a DLC, a Live Arcade title, or a digital release, you are basically doing a rental and flushing your money down the toilet after. Those servers WILL be dead and Microsoft will NOT care. You want to know what their answer will be? “I’m sorry sir/mam, we no longer support the X-Box 360, but we will be happy to give you a credit (if even) towards the purchase of a title on our X-Box Live service for the ‘X-Box Two’.” - and what are you going to do? Cry or accept the credit? BOTH and you will wish you had stepped up now and said something like I have been for the last few years, and I just get told to fuck off.
The same thing will occur on PS3, and has already occurred on original X-Box, with what little was available. Just think, Steam, Origin, same day, different boat! Just think of what all you ALL have to look forward to in the future! Sound great, doesn’t it? But yet you all just keep on buying this online crap, making the publishers and developers think that is what you want. For all the campaigns, including the #PS4NODRM on Twitter, what none of you seem to realize is that it is already here and you don’t really seem to care. Rather 2 faced I think.
And for those with their nonsense excuses saying, no one plays old games, due to the resolution, graphics, features, etc. etc. etc. bla bla bla - explain to me why ‘retro collections’ sell so well and people are rushing to buy so much of it? Also, go speak for yourself, I don’t even want achievements on my game. I don’t need a pop up similar to spam telling me, “hey, you did this, who’s a good doggie!!” -middle finger-
Have not been getting emails from NewEgg for about 2 weeks now, which includes the daily Shell Shocker emails, other specials and sales, and pretty much ANYTHING from them via email, so I decided to go ahead and contact their customer support so it could be resolved. Keep in mind, I checked my account prior and it has all the email address correct and everything is subscribed, not to mention that in the email settings for the email address they are sent to, it has the email address they send their newsletters from in my address book as well as a filter to send it to a certain folder, so it’s not being blocked. There has been nothing in my spam folder either.
Status: Connected Fernando (Listening) Fernando: Hi, my name is Fernando. How may I help you? xxxxxxxxxx: Hi, sorry for the short question, I typed it out and it didn’t go through the first time, so I hit refresh and it erased it all xxxxxxxxxx: either way, I’m having issues with my email subscriptions xxxxxxxxxx: I have not received anything in 2 weeks, and the email address has been in my address book to receive emails much longer than this, and I have filters set to receive them, nothing has been changed, and this only recently has become an issue. My account shows I am subscribed to all of them, but I am getting nothing. xxxxxxxxxx: I even re-subscribed to the shell shocker emails a week ago or so and still nothing. Fernando: Hello xxxxxxx. I’d be happy to help you with that. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please clear the cookies of your browser and try again. If you happen to use a firewall, please temporarily disable it. If it does not work, please try another browser or attempt on another computer.
xxxxxxxxxx: ? What does that have anything to do with me ‘receiving’ emails…they are not in my email account at all, I have gotten everything else but emails from NewEgg xxxxxxxxxx: it even shows in my account on here that i AM subscribed xxxxxxxxxx: this is not a web page we are talking about here, clearing my cookies, or anything to do with a firewall or browser is not going to change what emails show in my account. Fernando: Please try to click the links http://www.newegg.com/test.aspx and https://secure.newegg.com/test.aspx. Please reply to this email with the information you see when you click the links so that we can further look into this matter for you. xxxxxxxxxx: E3WEB12 -USA-MY IPADDRESSTHAT YOU ARE NOT GETTING xxxxxxxxxx: I don’t see how that’s going to tell why I haven’t been receiving your emails… Fernando: Thank you for that information. I have sent a request to our internal help desk to check this issue for you. Our help desk representatives will update you via email with the feedback in 3-5 business days and further assist you. xxxxxxxxxx: really… xxxxxxxxxx: I guess I won’t be buying anything until then, since you know, I can’t get the newsletters xxxxxxxxxx: my ip address and browser info from that link has nothing to do with my email Fernando: We apologize for the inconvenience. We need to check this issue first and then we can tell you what happed with your email and then further help you. Your patience and understanding will be highly appreciated. xxxxxxxxxx: lol, whatever. customer support at it’s finest. do they not teach you people to think outside the box and not read a script? xxxxxxxxxx: i’m not dumb, and you should quit acting it, because it just makes you and the company you work for look bad. none of this has anything to do with my email, but whatever. i will be posting this to my tumblr so everyone can see how stupid this is. Fernando has disconnected the chat.
What I do...(no this is not one of those stupid image sets)
Just posting this to dismiss an assumption that people have likely had about me for a while now, that I have had people actually verbally comment or question about in the last week more than ever. This is not aimed at anyone, but some people should know:
My video, audio, photo work I do as a HOBBY. It is not a job. I have NEVER gotten paid a single dime by any band, group, event house, venue, promoter, or performer. The most I have ever gotten for anything related is getting to hang out with bands, getting in free to some shows (not always), and occasionally other related things such as a free drink here and there, a shirt, etc. I still have to pay my own gas and time to go to the event, and sometimes ticket.
I do this to promote bands I care to promote. I do this to attend shows I want to attend. I do this because I usually enjoy doing it most of the time. I do this because it lets me be where I want to be. Very rarely has anyone ever asked me to do what I do. Another reason I do this is because no one else is doing it the way I am, and I think some bands deserve better than iPhone photos and videos. I may not have the best equipment, but that goes without saying.
Think I’m using an SLR? Wrong. I’m using a high end / full featured point and shoot with an external flash. I hate what I’m using, but I make it work, most of the time, but I miss a lot of shots due to my camera’s slow reaction time. My video camera is just a higher end consumer model and I don’t even like the thing, but the only other option is to pay several thousand dollars to get something else. My audio recorder does the job and I have the least complaints on it out of everything because it does the job correctly and without fault, with the exception of me still needing better external mics for it. Just because you see the words ‘Canon’ and HD, it means nothing.
I have never asked for a dime from anyone in regards to any of this, but yet… I’m the one that has footed the bill for all my equipment. I’m the one that has taken the time to edit countess videos. I’m the one that has bought the burners/discs/cases and burned off all the material / stored it all, which I have now had to switch to BD-R discs and drives to combat said problem, on top of taking the time burning and transferring any material / files to people, and taking the time to make sure it’s done right. Up until recently I was spanning MULTIPLE DVD-Rs, which is even more time consuming and takes up even more space.
Some people could try and turn that into me complaining, but I’m not, just stating the aspects that people don’t know about; archival storage is not glamorous by any means and it’s VERY time consuming. Most people don’t have a clue about any of this and my knowledge regarding video pretty much gets at best, ‘highlighted’ when anyone else has issues. Same goes for audio resolution; “24/96, whats that?” Also, one I get quite often is “Can you compress that?” “Can you give it to me on a DVD?” “Why won’t this play?” Do I look like tech support…?
What gets on my nerves more than the above questions anymore, is that people assume I have nothing more than time to do such things, is people with entitlement issues, which I will refrain from going into a story about one such person from last year to avoid boring anyone reading this, even though their sorry ass should be called out for being pretentious and needy, most of all selfish and inconsiderate.
I deal with quite a bit of shit over a ‘hobby’. I have gotten kicked, pushed, threatened, constantly told what I can or cannot do, on top of all the stress and other such woes, as well as certain people’s mentality and fear of anything to do with the 90s and their aspect view of what I do, which I have been doing this for over 2 years now…but most people don’t know this.
Like I said, some people will try and say I’m complaining, saying, no one asks you to, etc. but guess what? The same people asking that sure aren’t saying thanks when they are enjoying anything resulting from what I have done.
So no, this is not a job. My photo/audio/video work is a hobby. Nothing more, nothing less. No one would pay me to do this even if I called it such.
I just want to keep on doing what I am doing and with less bullshit. It’s either this or go collect stamps and sleep all the time. Besides, I don’t think I even know how to really go to a concert anymore without having my camera or other such related attached to me.
To those that have said “thanks”, you know who you are and thank you in return.
For those that bitch, complain, attempt to keep me down, etc. - I think you know where you can go.
This is not so much of a great idea, primarily because I think VHS tapes should be forgotten about, not having documentaries about them, as they were a horrible format: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rewindthis/rewind-this?ref=history The only thing they are good for is if the content is exclusively on it and then by all means already, get someone to transfer it to something else properly if it means so much to you. Stop leaving material on magnetic tapes to rot. It’s the same situation with releasing new things on cassette only and exclusively these days…it’s AWFUL and a complete waste.
However, I just saw some of the absolute worst excuses for projects in my life and are plain out abuses of the service. These are ideas that if such nonsense continues, the site will be flooded with any other idiot that thinks they have a legitimate project, but really don’t, to come out and try to fund a project about a book for their life story, when they have lived with their grandmother their entire life, or something similar. It’s shit that not only no one needs, but no one wants, and it’s pretty much selfish, hedonistic, pointless, overall an abuse of the whole idea. This includes crappy photos of your family and going to chain stores and taking photos of random furniture and people you don’t have the rights to take their photo and use, then taking said photos to make a photo book.
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/874070171/happy-inside?ref=history "Hey, look at me! I’m going to go to IKEA and take photos of random people in beds, on couches and other places in the store, and once I take enough of them, I’m going to make a photo book! Don’t mind the bad lighting from my flash!" If this kinds of nonsense makes you a photographer, then excuse me while I exit stage left and put my cameras up for sale, because the photos shown and this whole idea is a fucking joke. She even goes on to say, in the poorly produced video, that the whole thing “happened by accident” and not only that, she states that the first time she went there to take photos and she looked at the film after, “2 of the frames had people in the room” which at this point, you realize that she not only does not have permission from these people to use their image in a photo book, but her photography sucks. She goes on to tell you that after looking at these 2 photographs (keep in mind, these 2 photographs she does NOT have the rights to use for profit), she knew this was going to be a long term project, like she is some all seeing eye or a mighty seer of the future in that her longing in life is to go to IKEA stores that are all laid out the same across the United States and take photos of all of them. She also mentions she is “working with someone very talented” to which her eyes get large, as if she were speaking like she is very excited, possibly in the form of this book being a key to a door of having another sexual encounter with the person she speaks of, like they have a very large penis or something of that sort, which will not have anything to do with her otherwise if she does not have a specific reason to be around them, and this project is that key, going on to say after “that it will look amazing”.
This has got to be one the most un-resourceful uses of time and money I have ever heard of in my entire life, not to mention all the cost on traveling, which if she used a car, it just polluted the environment more with her hedonistic goal of this awful idea of a photo book. In regards to her comment that it will “look amazing” - I find that believably un-assuring, as looking at her poor photography, the only thing that comes to mind is “trash in, trash out.” I don’t care how “talented” someone is, they can’t make this kind of piss turn to gold. Anyone that funds such nonsense would be better suited to go to an IKEA themselves and take their own photos, but please don’t make a photo book from them. What’s even worse on top of all of this is the fact that Kickstarter themselves has put this in their weekly newsletter to promote this particular project, like they deem it to be so great. As of my current typing, this project has: $2,857 of it’s $5,000 goal and it has 42 days left to waste bandwidth.
This is another photo book project that is either on par, or worse than the above: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/brianshumway/happy-valley - This is not a project. It’s some Utah Mormon disguising taking a few photos here and there, printing them up and dressing it up as being some kind of project to make money to fund some other unlisted cause. Let’s get it straight, I don’t like Mormons anyway, but this is an abuse of the service. No one cares to see your family in stupid poses, playing Jesus, wearing secret underwear, or whatever other crap you are doing from day to day, be it leaving your kid on top of the roof or having your sister pose for some kind of sexy shot (check the photos on there and you will see what I mean) along with other nonsense.
The guy that came up with this project says “My family was quite dismayed (to say the least) when I left the faith at about the age of 16.” but yet he goes on in his video to state that he has been going back to where he used to live for nearly 10 years, even though he lives in New York City. So which is it, you live there or you don’t, or you are using this idea to exploit the family you want nothing to do with because of their religion. Make your mind up and even better, who are you trying to convince, everyone else or yourself?
He plainly states “the funds with be used for plane tickets, medium-format film, lab costs, scanning and other project expenses. I anticipate that Happy Valley will one day be published as a book and accompanied by exhibitions.” - aka, pay for a vacation to go see my family and take photos of them so I can further exploit them, and even better, make a business out of it!
He goes on to say “Ultimately this project is about all of us.” as well as even citing multiple other religions (“Whether you’re Mormon, Buddhist, Jewish, or atheist”) in some futile attempt to make this sound legitimate. Go speak for yourself, asshole. I want nothing to do with your ‘project’ and I hope you don’t get funding for this awful idea. In fact I urge as many people as possible to go to the page, scroll all the way down to the bottom and right underneath the photo of some girl (likely his sister) posing for him, there is a link that says “Report this project to Kickstarter” Make sure to select the section that says: This is a charity project, and feel free to bring up any of my points, as well as the specific one about him using the donations for plane tickets so he can travel there, as well as “other project expenses” which he fails to denote, that I would not be surprised if it entails him staying at a 4 star hotel, fine dining and other high living that encompass the majority of $3,500.
To put cherries on the fake cake, at the end of his video he even uses video footage of 2 of his relatives (likely 2 other younger sisters) trying to look cute, but failing by having one teach the other to say “Hi Sucka” and “What’s Up?” - sorry, but it’s neither cute, nor funny, and it’s nothing but trying to spread pity bullshit in some piss poor attempt to get people to donate to his cause.
I found this second project via the prior one above that was linked from Kickstarter’s weekly email, and as of typing its goal is the $3,500 I mentioned above with only having gotten donations currently of $375 (LOL), but it has until the end of February (33 days) until it is over. I hope this shit gets pulled before then, or no one else donates, even furthering my statements here in that this is NOT a project, nor is it even something worth funding in any form.
Pretty fucking sad; He is nothing but a bunch of lies and threats and it’s pretty weak, threatening government employees, stating that he won’t support them in the future with money if they don’t vote yes on this SOPA and PIPA garbage.
Fuck you Mr. Dodd…you had best be glad I am not rich.
in other news, YouTube has turned into a piece of shit this week and is apparently taking steps backwards
Apparently with all the changes over there in the last couple of months with changing the way everything looks, they have now decided to tinker with the processing/encoding and uploading aspect of things, thus introducing oddities in videos that I have been uploading since the night of January 11th.
Keep in mind, I have had barely little problem uploading videos during my whole 4 year or so stint on the site, which the last 2 have been mostly in HD via AVCHD format or close to.
In the last week, things have gone to fine to complete bullshit. At first I ended up with one video that was playing in complete slow motion regardless of the resolution setting on their player, which at the time I thought it was a processing or uploading error and their decoder read the time signature wrong on the file. I re-uploaded it and it appeared fine the 2nd time, but it then occurred on another video post upload, only when being played back in HD. It slowly crept to some other videos that I uploaded that same night, as well as a 2nd copy of the video mentioned about it only being in HD, only this time, it was in slow motion in any resolution on the player and the time counter was doubled from what the actual video time was on the original video. It’s spread itself to others that I uploaded that night, that were previously fine. Everything prior to that night that I have uploaded appears to be fine, but I would not leave that as fact, as I don’t have time to watch my 200+ videos in full, so there is truly no telling. All I know is that I have not changed anything on my end that I have not already been doing for almost 2 years now, and all of the sudden this crap is occurring, due to them screwing around with the encoding / rendering post-upload process. All in all, right now, I have about 11 videos that are sitting on my account as unlisted, due to this nonsense. 9 of them are a concert for a local band, which 3 of them are playing in slow motion, but the other 6 are completely fine. The other 2 videos are 2 copies of a discussion at a horror convention from last year, one of which plays in slow motion only when HD is selected, and the other has the time counter doubled and plays in slow motion regardless of the resolution…the same file was uploaded twice, with different results as mentioned.
Some people have been stating the same issues as myself on the help forums, which are pretty much worthless to post in, as the actual employees or any real help is few and far between, with no real resolutions or solutions to anything, especially my issue…but this is Google we are talking about. They wanted to buy this site, and they don’t support it in any form other than constantly coding on it, trying to get as much income as they possibly can from the influx of idiots that are partnered with them, turning them in to YouTube stars that no one gives a shit about…blah the ranting.
Anyway, so unless I re-encode said videos, or convert to another format I have no solution unless they fix the problem, which it’s already been a week…I won’t hold my breath. However, this issue only causes problems:
I am currently trying to upload material that is in AVCHD at 1920x1080, and that is what my camera natively shoots. The only modifying that is occurring pre-upload, after the material is dumped to my hard drive, is that I join the files all together as one long video or split them up as I need to, which is completely lossless, and I go in and demux the video, do some minor audio editing to do a matrix from another audio source, and then I remux the streams back together (go look up the terms, I’m not being Dr. Video here). This results in the same format as what was on the camera, with just better audio. I have been uploading in this EXACT same format for the last 2 years almost…there is absolutely no reason that this issue should be occurring on my videos; nothing has changed on my end. Furthermore, if it was an issue with MY videos, why is it ONLY affecting “SOME” of my videos, when they are ALL in the same format.
Some people are claiming to just convert to 720p…sorry, NO. That’s not an answer or a solution. Some people are saying, change the bit rate, it’s too high…if it’s too high, then why does YouTube list 50MBit available for pro videos or even 30MBit for non? Not only that, but why is it that videos encoded in other formats at even higher bit rates showing up completely fine? Sorry, but 24MBit is hardly “high”, and if it’s so “high” then where has this issue been for the last 2 years? I think the only thing that is “high” is the people coming up with the random, worthless answers, when I doubt they can even author a DVD without Nero or even use a video editor outside of Windows Media Encoder, but oh, low and behold, videos uploaded in WMV format are not reporting any problems! Good for them, because last I checked, my camera doesn’t record in WMV format, so go fuck yourself WME users.
So why is it again that I should HAVE to convert my material, causing it to look worse? Regardless, converting is a pain for me at the moment. My fastest system has overheating problems when it comes to games, video and other intensive instances, so I’m left to just let my system that runs 24/7, that I use as a file server, to encode the material, which even though it’s a dual core Intel Atom system, it takes a almost a day to re-encode material into DivX or some of the other formats that people are stated as having said working. I already tried converting the discussion video to another variant of MP4 (AVCHD is h264), and it took almost a day and at 12MBPS, which ended up having detail and quality loss, quite possibly due to it pretty much being the same format as what the camera shoots in, just lower bit rate. I only did this as a test since the file size was half the size, and it pretty much went on par with it ending up being half the quality. I’m going to try DivX, however all this does is add time to the already somewhat long process of syncing up the audio, as the file size ends up being the almost the same as the original file, and what then if it doesn’t work? Then what?
If Vimeo free was better, and actually gave you some bandwidth that was worth a damn, I would totally be all over their site. 5GB a week even on their pay account is nowhere near enough space…I won’t bother going heavily into their very limited free account specs, which is 1/10th the uploading bandwidth of their paid version, as well as limited to 720p, 1 HD video a week, and other things. I did a bandwidth calculator and the longest video you can do in 720p on there a week, under the free account is about 15 minutes at 5Mbit…of course I could drop the bandwidth settings and get something a bit longer, but yeah.
Update: trimmed the discussion video by 3 seconds, re-uploaded it and as soon as it got finished HD processing, slow motion again. All this is doing is stressing me out, wasting my time, and overall is just a bunch of bullshit. There is no reason in any way, shape, or form, why this should be occurring, as there are thousands of users that upload straight from their cameras that would be or are getting the same results I am getting, but yet no support by any employee, because Google doesn’t give a shit to support the site, they just want the income off of it. I am doing NOTHING new that I have not been doing close to 2 years and all of the sudden this is occurring because they have their shit wrong.
As always there are a few specifically I would like to point out:
This is from the boingboing link, the quote is not on the LA Times link: "It’s a dangerous and troubling development when the platforms that serve as gateways to information intentionally skew the facts to incite their users in order to further their corporate interests."
This should say: “It’s a dangerous and troubling development when the MPAA is making up nonsense to suit it’s will and control, all the while calling platforms that back anti-heavy handed one arm law (such as found in the MPAA’s practices) as gimmicks in an attempt to skew the facts, especially when they themselves have corporate interests in SOPA.”
From the LA Times link:
"It is an irresponsible response and a disservice to people who rely on them for information and who use their services,” Dodd said in a statement. "It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today." The same could be said about the MPAA’s advertisements, harassing nonsense warnings about piracy in the theater, and forced trailers on DVD’s, Blu-Ray, and VHS, and let’s not forget their rating system to keep certain films from being watched nationwide, to minimize it’s true rational and effect.
The MPAA just wants to push their own private agenda and propaganda around all the time with their stupid warnings and advertisements for the last 3 decades, but yet they have a problem with someone else doing it on a massive scale against them and all these other similar controlling agents and companies when it comes to opposing a law that just means more money and control for them, when they already have enough of both.
The ONLY fucking gimmick here Mr. Dodd, is yourself and your worthless company that throws itself around proclaiming that the world needs you. The world doesn’t need you and your boastful opinions, harassment, and nonsense. The world doesn’t need the MPAA.
So, how much does the MPAA pay you a year Chris Dodd, to be their Chief Executive? A job that allows / requires you to be nothing but a hypocritical piece of shit that gets paid by the MPAA to run your mouth and your turkey neck ass all over the place to lobby for the low life company you work for, thinking you are doing a good job for America. Go fuck yourself and your company you arrogant, worthless piece of shit, as well as your founder. You do nothing for anyone, other than yourselves. Enjoy your job security you asshole.
Just been doing my normal which is nothing and not feeling like going anywhere, but I went anyway. Was sick for 2 weeks plus with the same crap that seems to be going around everywhere, but only affecting some people. Finally had to go to the doctor and got some antibiotics, which they gave me 20 days worth, which was overkill since I only needed a booster, not a month long supply. I took 10 days worth and saved the rest for some other time down the road this year that I will end up likely sick while I’m following some band around. Enough of my personal life.
No one gives a shit about that stupid kid from that movie. These same dumb asses at Yahoo OMG did a similar article not even a year ago about where he was, as if he has some kind of vast importance towards anything. Not even a year later they are writing another article about him turning 21? WHO GIVES A FUCK! (no that’s not a question, that’s a raged phrase)
It’s a 20 year old sports movie and NO ONE cares about old sports movies, or child actors that are still being followed for being in them, especially when they don’t even have a career, post role: “Since his “Jerry Maguire” breakout, Lipnicki acting career has mostly stagnated”.
When I think of the word stagnated, I immediately think of water and masquitos, along with that green slime/algae on the side of a pond, so yeah that sounds like it describes his career quite nicely.
Look at me, “I’m a little smiley fuck that just happened to be in a movie that is pointless and wow, I turned 21 just like everyone else on the planet! I’m going to go get drunk and hang out with someone that played other people’s music to get popular! Maybe I can be a DJ too?”
It’s times like this that I’m sure someone will come along with their happy go lucky fuck me up the ass attitude and just say I’m jealous or something similar, but sorry, I wouldn’t want to be known as “The Kid from Jerry Maguire with no career” the rest of my life. I would much rather continue to have my life, so excuse me while I go do something else and be known as “The Guy Who Thinks The Kid from Jerry Maguire should not be acknowledged or praised until he does something important or has a REAL acting role.”
On a more important and unrelated note, someone needs to punch that stupid expression that Nick Cannon has on his face all the time.