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“Over a century ago Thomas Edison got the patent for a device which would "do for the eye what the phonograph does for the ear". He called it the Kinetoscope. He was not only amongst the first to record video, he was also the first person to own the copyright to a motion picture. Because of Edisons patents for the motion pictures it was close to financially impossible to create motion pictures in the North american east coast. The movie studios therefor relocated to California, and founded what we today call Hollywood. The reason was mostly because there was no patent. There was also no copyright to speak of, so the studios could copy old stories and make movies out of them - like Fantasia, one of Disneys biggest hits ever. So, the whole basis of this industry, that today is screaming about losing control over immaterial rights, is that they circumvented immaterial rights. They copied (or put in their terminology: "stole") other peoples creative works, without paying for it. They did it in order to make a huge profit. Today, they're all successful and most of the studios are on the Fortune 500 list of the richest companies in the world. Congratulations - it's all based on being able to re-use other peoples creative works. And today they hold the rights to what other people create. If you want to get something released, you have to abide to their rules. The ones they created after circumventing other peoples rules. The reason they are always complaining about "pirates" today is simple. We've done what they did. We circumvented the rules they created and created our own. We crushed their monopoly by giving people something more efficient. We allow people to have direct communication between each other, circumventing the profitable middle man, that in some cases take over 107% of the profits (yes, you pay to work for them). It's all based on the fact that we're competition. We've proven that their existence in their current form is no longer needed. We're just better than they are. And the funny part is that our rules are very similar to the founding ideas of the USA. We fight for freedom of speech. We see all people as equal. We believe that the public, not the elite, should rule the nation. We believe that laws should be created to serve the public, not the rich corporations. The Pirate Bay is truly an international community. The team is spread all over the globe - but we've stayed out of the USA. We have Swedish roots and a swedish friend said this: The word SOPA means "trash" in Swedish. The word PIPA means "a pipe" in Swedish. This is of course not a coincidence. They want to make the internet inte a one way pipe, with them at the top, shoving trash through the pipe down to the rest of us obedient consumers. The public opinion on this matter is clear. Ask anyone on the street and you'll learn that no one wants to be fed with trash. Why the US government want the american people to be fed with trash is beyond our imagination but we hope that you will stop them, before we all drown. SOPA can't do anything to stop TPB. Worst case we'll change top level domain from our current .org to one of the hundreds of other names that we already also use. In countries where TPB is blocked, China and Saudi Arabia springs to mind, they block hundreds of our domain names. And did it work? Not really. To fix the "problem of piracy" one should go to the source of the problem. The entertainment industry say they're creating "culture" but what they really do is stuff like selling overpriced plushy dolls and making 11 year old girls become anorexic. Either from working in the factories that creates the dolls for basically no salary or by watching movies and tv shows that make them think that they're fat. In the great Sid Meiers computer game Civilization you can build Wonders of the world. One of the most powerful ones is Hollywood. With that you control all culture and media in the world. Rupert Murdoch was happy with MySpace and had no problems with their own piracy until it failed. Now he's complaining that Google is the biggest source of piracy in the world - because he's jealous. He wants to retain his mind control over people and clearly you'd get a more honest view of things on Wikipedia and Google than on Fox News. Some facts (years, dates) are probably wrong in this press release. The reason is that we can't access this information when Wikipedia is blacked out. Because of pressure from our failing competitors. We're sorry for that. --THE PIRATE BAY, (K)2012.”—PIRATE BAY, PRESS RELEASE (18 JANUARY 2012).
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beware the siren call of #menswear
I feel like menswear bloggers would be better dates than real life men. How does a single, young, lady go about meeting one?
oh dear blogger,
my heart goes out to you. for the fortune you seek, the riches you desire, the bounty you crave, it lies not with the #menswear bloggers. or any blogger for that matter.
a blogger is a representation of someone.
a carefully presented essay. it is truthful, but not whole. a mere sliver of a personality. it may only represent at most, 25% of someone’s personality. more likely its closer to 5%.
i can take all the time i want to prepare a witty answer to a response. i can photoshop and choose which photos are posted. i can do take after take of musical recordings. i can make sure i am presented in a generous light. for the internet is an unforgiving mistress. and i must please her.
also think of it this way.
these menswear bloggers, which you desire so, they love clothing, rap music, and eating. at least that is what i can surmise. that is hardly enough to justify a date with someone as awesome as you. instead, you should have them queueing up for you.
crawling on their bellys like the dogs that they are.
well dressed dogs, in cordovan collars, barking in unison.
“STEEZ, TRAPWEAR, SOFT SHOULDER” BARK BARK.
but i digress.
what is it that you seek? a witty man, who can present himself with gusto and a certain carefree attitude?
sure you do. what else could a young girl want. someone who is funny, caring, and dashing.
but know that most writers have shit personalities. most bloggers are narcissists (myself included) most menswear bros, are just that, bros.
a new fraternity.
Lambda, Alpha, Omega Seamaster.
party all night. blog all day. post at dawn, refresh ‘til dusk.
BUT DONT YOU DARE CALL IT FASHION.
the only thing more offensive than the term square toe, even more evil than boot-cut, more heinous than skinny ties, is the term “mens fashion”
“there is no such thing as mens fashion” they say.
there is mens style.
for fashion, is a feminine term. an antiquated term.
we have always been at war with eastasia.
for arguments sake, lets say you are fully committed to snatch up a #menswear bro.
here is how you do it.
- one flat brim NY yankees hat (navy)
- one army field coat/jacket (olive green)
- one messy bun
- one pair of red lips
- one pair of selvedge baldwin jeans
- one pair of oxfords (brown or tan)
- one oxford cloth button down half tucked into jeans (pale blue, white, or striped)
- one timex camper watch
- one rucksack (any color)
- one pair of wayfarers (tortoise)
1.) wear said kit around nyc.
rinse and repeat.
they will come a runnin’
this i promise you.