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Are We at a Turning Point in Copyright History?

After the whole SOPA and PIPA event occurred last week and resulted in a retreat of the bill, I was hoping that the clear threats to online privacy and access to information due to laws were over. However, I’ve only heard more and more agitation in the news about the situation with such legislation being pushed along. ACTA is gaining high amounts of coverage for being mostly negotiated without democratic process and for having wording which will put pressure on internet service providers to filter content. Then I read several articles talking about SOPA-like legislation coming to Canada.I can understand the frustration of the music and movie industries with having trouble selling their products in a market which continues to sink in profit for them. However, pushing such harsh legislature isn’t the answer. I’m also highly upset that politicians in general seem to be supporting such legislation without thinking of who they are representing. I tend to not purely believe the idea that they have simply been bought off by the industry. However, even if the reason is simply older official being unfamiliar with the laws of their districts, such ignorance which could hurt the internet so deeply is inexcusable.

Basically, I am wondering what the results of this seeming turning point in copyright legislation will result in. Will we be able to protect the media we hold dear while maintaining our freedoms? Or will legislature end up destroying our rights and leaving copyright owners open for pain?

Beginning Jewelry Creation

I’ve wanted to really try my hand at making jewelry for a while but just never felt I had the artistic flair or time to create my own unique products. However, I decided recently to get over my fear and start creating pieces.

So far, I’ve been creating my own pendants using Perler beads. Part of the meltable fun of childhood, they have proven to be an easy material to manipulate and create designs with.

A couple of my designs so far are shown below. Forgive my use of my cellphone’s camera, I plan on busting out my better camera soon.

Cupcake Earrings Done with Perler Beads

Cupcake Earrings Done with Perler Beads

 

Heart Earrings Made With Perler Beads

Heart Earrings Made With Perler Beads

Playing With Origami

I happened to go by Hobby Lobby today. While perusing the aisles, my eye was suddenly caught by the sight of origami. I’ve always been fascinated by the art of folding paper into interesting shapes. My interest was furthered sparked when a Japanese exchange student in my high school would bring origami paper and teach my fellow classmates and how to make the classic origami paper crane. Mine would normally end up being somewhat lumpy and misshapen, but I found the attempt enjoyable.

So, for the price of $5 (okay, I’m over-reporting, $4.99) plus tax, I walked out of the store with my prize. Since then, I’ve been having fun trying out to fold the different shapes I found on origami club. Some of the designs I’ve tried are the following (the pics are from the site, I’ll post some of my personal design pictures later):

  • Traditional samurai hat
  •  Paper fan
  •  Pencil

Some of the designs that I’m hoping to attempt in the next week are the following: 

  •  Balloon rabbit
  • Origami dolls

On Trying One of the World’s Hottest Peppers

 

The pepper Bhut Jolokia, more commonly known as a ghost pepper, looks like a fairly innocent pepper at first glance. However, this plant which originally hails from northern India, packs a huge spicy punch. The Guinness Book of World records declared the chili the spiciest pepper in the world in 2007 at 401.5 times hotter than Tabasco sauce. Plans are in progress to make the pepper into a hand grenade used for non-lethal crowd control.

So you can only imagine the spicy pain the surging through my mouth upon eating one of these peppers whole this past weekend. Upon initially chewing up and swallowing, I couldn’t particularly detect any hint of hot. However, the pepper soon was so hot that I couldn’t even really taste the spicy. Instead, my mouth was lit up in fiery pain. My eyes began to water and my face grew red and flushed from the pain even as I swished milk around in my mouth as much as I could.

However, I was able to withstand and push through the pain mentally. The worst part of the experience ended up being the immense stomach ache which I suffered from the day after. Though I was warned that trying such a hot thing was stupid by numerous friends, I don’t regret the experience. However, you won’t find me doing it again.

 

 

Finally Getting a Pair of TOMS

Several years ago, I first heard about the shoe phenomena known as TOMS. I was inspired by the idea of one-for-one giving at the time but being a broke high school student then subsequently a broke college student (coupled with the lack of a debit card) prevented me from my getting my desired shoes.

Now, I’ve finally gotten this pair of shoes I’ve wanted for a while, pictured below.

The Stale Burger Monologue

Last year during Lent, some of my friends and I came up with the idea to write a piece every day. Here was one particularly odd writing of mine that ensued which I’ve decided to re-post.

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I remember when I was freshly grilled, all the grease of my youth flowing. I didn’t worry then about whether I would find the embrace of a mouth, the warmth of hands against my soft buns. Life was hot, fast as I dripped with red, the color of vitality. And I was brightly arrayed then, more whimsical. Green frilled from my sides, begging for a breeze to uplift it and expose the softness lay below.

But time passes. Heating lamps change. Suddenly, you are no longer the freshest. There are others, newly minted, with a different sort of spice than you which you can’t compete with. The grease spots of age appear, your body becoming limp and… do I dare say the word they say about me now? I’ll force myself. You… you become… stale.

At first, I couldn’t bear the thought. How could it have happened to me, the hottest thing off the grill back in my day? But… I have come to accept my state at this point. I know I’ll be at the Home soon with piles of others around me, lying in the darkness un-thought of by others. But, I’ve heard… that there’s another life after this one. That you break down, become one with the earth again. That everyone gets there eventually, no matter what kind of life you lived, how many hands you left touch you, how many times you were flipped. I can only hope for the mercy of Cheese-us at this point.

Finally Setting Up the Blog

Having initially started my blog and set up my domain name about a month ago, I’m finally getting to edit and create my first post.

Creating the first post of a blog or website is always hard for me. Do I go off on a tangent about lofty goals for the blog that will likely remain unfulfilled when I get busy with school and work? Do I launch directly into a content post, like the ones that have been randomly floating past me in the past month as good topics to blog about? Or do I simply leave the site unpopulated as a I sway back and forth with indecision on how to start the site off on the right footing?

I’m going to avoid both of those path here and instead talk about the process of setting up this blog. When I’ve blogged heavily in the past (with the past being nearly 4 years ago when blogging was the new hot thing, just making its way onto the scene), Blogger served my needs rather well. With no experience with design at that point, I found Blogger to be a comfortable place quickly set up a theme and get moving with publishing content.

Moving forward and with the recommendations of a number of my friends, I’ve decided to give WordPress a try. I’ve set up my blog on wordpress.com at the moment just to try out the WordPress format. If I find myself blogging consistently, I’ll likely upgrade to a regular WordPress blog that will support considerably more functionality such as add-ons.

Choosing my theme for the blog, I ended up settling on the Coraline theme that wordpress.com provides. Overall, I like the clean aesthetic of the format. I populated the header with an image that I found while trawling through while on FreeWebPageHeaders. I specifically chose the image Fantasy Tree because of the whimsical tone and the fact that it has a stream which I think complements a blog with ‘stream’ in its name. Yes, quite clever, I know.

The blog is set up to my satisfaction at the moment, though tweaks will likely occur in the future.