Five years ago, well make it six, the economy, Napster and music industry reached its peak. Then all hell broke loose, the industry became greedy and shut down Napster, and then the economy tanked. Who’s to blame? Naturally the RIAA/industry is to blame, but not according to the industry. When your sales are down 50% since your peak in 1999 you naturally blame the customer, since they are never correct. Nor do the consumers know what is good for them; since they aren’t buying your product. Could it possibly be that the RIAA is suing its consumers? Or is it because they place DRM and copyright protection on their CDs? Possibly that Sony slip-up (the rootkit that infested numerous computers and is prone to viruses) is to blame for the majority of consumer’s rightful distrust of the RIAA monopoly. Just maybe the lack of quality is driving consumers to stop buying the “product” all together?
“File sharing and p2p networks are to blame!” This is a blatant lie. RIAA officials still claim that p2p is the reason their sales are down. Well here’s some news, p2p traffic between August and October dropped 11 percent.
So go on, share and download all the music that you want to. Most importantly do not buy a CD from an RIAA artist this Christmas season. Visit RIAA Radar and make sure the CD isn’t an inferior RIAA product.
It snowed all day today and is still snowing. Unfortunately we had school today. I guess EP didn’t have school, though I’m guessing it wasn’t true, since some devious students in a certain first block class enjoy spreading false information, just as people can’t tell the difference from HFCHS and HFA.
I made another intro for the CHS podcast this time I spliced it into the first 1:14 of the show, the following link will play it.
Finally, it’s coldish and there is snow here in Minnesota, which was a sudden reminder that I need a new winter coat. My old orange and navy blue Columbia Fire Ridge served me well for many years, well since seventh grade to be exact (do the math). The only problems with it are it’s now too small for me, two years ago I accidentally punctured it while running near a fence (a long story but I did repair the hole with some superglue), and it doesn’t have Omni-Tech (breathable waterproofing, similar to Gore-Tex.).
I initially wanted a Columbia Titanium series jacket but not a single store in our area handles the good Titanium jackets. There are several cheaper Titanium jackets which are, well, inferior. So we found ourselves in REI and they have tons of The North Face apparel and some Columbia stuff too, but not the good Titanium jackets. They have a 400 USD Deceptacon TriClimate jacket which is top of the line for what REI carries. There are about 5 or so better jackets produced by The North Face. There is also a 280 USD Vortex TriClimate jacket but it doesn’t fit right, for some reason the arm length on the right side is too short.
Today we went to a new Sports Authority which opened in EP. They have this Dominate TriClimate jacket which is made by The North Face and it is 300 USD list price but on sale for 250 USD. It fits correctly as did the Deceptacon and is much more moderately priced so I ended up with it. I haven’t really tested it yet but will soon. The only thing I can’t figure out is why The North Face doesn’t acknowledge its existence for a men’s variety. It is supposedly a women’s jacket name so then I tried to find out what it really was and why it was miss marketed. Sports Authority doesn’t have the jacket for men or women on its website so I’m back to square one. It appears to be directly based off of the Deceptacon but without the 200 USD liner (“Soft Shell”) that it has, and not as many internal pockets. But, all the other vitals are there, waterproof via HyVent (works the same as Omni-Tech/Gore-Tex) and the correct size.
Ok so I’ve installed a nice little page stats plug-in for WordPress to mainly explore whom from my area are visiting my blog and which pages. This was mainly to see the impact of having several links to my blog from the CHS Podcast website. Strange things have appeared such as Yahoo, Google, and MSN search engine bots visit very frequently, approximately three times a day. To me this seems very odd but at least I know that my site is being indexed. It is amusing to see some of the search terms people use and some how make it to my site. My favorite has to be the Google search for “healthy socks” that some how linked to me. It is also interesting that there is a lynx user that has visited my site twice.
Well I was wondering when I’d receive information from the U of M TC. I found a postcard that they sent me a few weeks ago and went online and checked out my application status. To my surprise (Well I knew I’d get accepted, it was just a matter of time.) I was greeted with this message:
Congratulations! You have been admitted to the Institute of Technology. A letter was mailed on November 23, 2005 with additional information and your next steps.
So it looks like I’ll be attending the U of M TC next fall. I haven’t recieved that letter yet though.