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Sunday, May 20, 2007

The Jeunes Patriotes are traitors...


Tomorrow in most of the Commonwealth is Queen Victoria's Birthday, or Victoria Day

However, as usual, here in the French Separatist bastion of Quebec, the racist and anti-Canada squad of traitorous fiends, cowards and intellectually challenged inbred French farmers, the day has been renamed "La Journee Des Patriotes" and is a celebration of Quebec Separatism.

The theme of this year's little Hitler Youth style "A Bas Les Maudits Anglais" and "Canada Sucks Hostie Tabarnac" Jean-Guy Pepper rally is "Quebec Not' Seul Pays" or "Quebec: Our Only Country"

Basically these ignorant savage bigots ignore that twice in thirty years the people of this PROVINCE have voted to REMAIN CANADIAN and not for their separatist option of turning Quebec into a North American Belgrade of ethnic cleansing and anti-English hatred.

Over the last thirty years in Quebec, I've seen a very deliberate and patient hostility towards the English, the Jews, Non-Catholics and anyone else who isn't a "Pure Laine" Quebecois. Basically, the French people in the province, descendants all of criminals and mental patients exiled from France to live in the Colonies, seem to think that, despite all the special treatment they receive from Canada, that they're getting a raw deal. They're dissatisfied that they've criminalized English comemrcial signs, made it impossible for people to choose whether t heir children are educated in English or in French, made it impossible for me to get government service, health care or even a fucking cup of Coffee at Starbucks unless I do so by speaking French.


The litany of crimes against the English Community committed by the government and French speaking people of this Province is long and disgusting. From renaming English streets after French Separatist icons to ERASING WHOLE TOWNS FROM THE MAP, the Quebec Government and separatist traitor organizations like the Societe St Jean Baptiste, Jeunes Patriotes and other evolved-from-the-terrorist-FLQ Movement has made it their sole object to make the English Speaking community, a long-standing historic community, unwelcome in their own home.


The little French Patriotes are staging a jamboree tomorrow in honour of their patriotism. Little to these seditious fucking bastards realize that they are in fact traitors to the greatest fucking country on Earth, the only country that would allow their obnoxious language and traditions and so-called "culture" to continue to exist as a festering boil on the rest of the country.


That country is CANADA, and tomorrow, on Patriot's Day, I indend to FLY THE FLAG PROUDLY.


This is CANADA you separatist motherfucks! GO BACK TO FRANCE if you don't like it!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

More on DRM...


Article written by: stevekMay 9, 2007, 11:05 pm

I was recently able to solve a problem I was having with my "The Matrix Revisited DVD". Namely, I was having a digital rights management issue.


On the DVD are some forty-plus audio tracks that were either featured in or listened to while writing the Matrix series of films.

Anyone who knows me knows how big a freak I am for the Matrix movies.

Understandibly, I wanted to upload these tracks from the DVD to my computer so that I could listen to them on my MP3 player.

The problem is, the music tracks on the DVD aren’t layered as MP3 files, but are embedded in a DVD playback layer. This means it is impossible to just drag and drop them from the DVD to the computer.

Why was this done? For the same reason some CDs require you to register them before you can make a limited number of copies of the audio files therein.

Despite the overwhelming evidence that shows that file sharing can actually help boost CD sales, the RIAA, the Recording Industry Association of America has been fighting against online file sharing for quite some time.

No one can deny that a lot of the file sharing going on is abusive, but we’ve also heard from new artists over and over again how useful file sharing is, in promoting unknown, unsigned and even newly-signed artists.

Likewise, file sharing is no different than buying a CD and then giving that CD to someone else who then gives it to someone else after, or checking a CD out at a library.

So far, the compromise on online file sharing has been downloadable music stores like iTunes and the new Napster, but there are still P2P networks like Morpheus, LimeWire and IRC networks that make file swapping very easy.

One of the retaliatory countermeasures against this has been to put copy protection algorithms onto music CDs, and limit the availability of those music files.

We all remember a few years ago when one of those countermeasures was effectively a malware that crashed any PC that attempted to play the “protected” CD.

Similarly, by layering in the songs on the “Matrix Revisited” DVD as a DVD layer, it meant that I had no digital access to songs that I own as part and parcel of that DVD.

I don’t intend on redistributing those songs, nor do I intend on making any kind of a profit from them. I just want to be able to listen to them and enjoy them on my MP3 player.

With the guidance of one of those sages who understands the ways of the Internet Tubes, I discovered Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/), a lovely open-source software that allows you to record any audio source on or connected to your computer to the hard drive.

If you’ve experienced similar frustrations when trying to circumvent DRM blockades to fair proprietary use of music you have purchased, I wholeheartedly recommend the software.

Likewise, I’d like to hear from you, dear reader, about any digital rights management issues you’ve had. I want to know just how prevalent the problem is, and what solutions or work-arounds you might have.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Friendz iz Better Than Internetz


With the help of my friend WTL over in Ottawa, I was able to solve a problem I was having with my The Matrix Revisited DVD. Namely, I was having a digital rights management issue.

On the DVD are some forty-plus audio tracks that were either featured in or listened to while writing the Matrix series of films.

Anyone who knows me knows how big a freak I am for the Matrix movies. Understandibly, I wanted to upload these tracks from the DVD to my computer so that I could listen to them on my MP3 player.

But...nothing I could figure out would get the tracks free...checking the DVD's root structure...nothing I could do found me the tracks.
So, of course, I put a call in to the man that Google turns to when it needs to find something, my buddy WTL.

While I was busy searching the Internetz for things like "How to extract music files from a DVD" or "matrix revisited music tracks", which to me seems self-explanatory, but the Googles seemed to think I was looking for other things than how to get the music files off of MY DVD and onto MY MP3 player.

WTL walked me thru a couple of steps, then suggested I look for an open-sourced audio sampling software. Well that's how I found Audacity, a lovely open-source software that allows you to record any audio source on or connected to your computer to the hard drive.
What took me hours of frustration, WTL was able to help me solve in minutes. I guess that's why he runs a business that is very descriptive of his talents, Technomages. They run software and website design out of Ottawa, but in this age of magic internetz tubes you don't have to be in Ottawa to get their services...check them out if you're looking to set up a website, looking for to make your existing site W3C Compliant.

Needless to say I'm now able to extract the audio files from the DVD to my computer and import them to my MP3. YAY! It's going to take for friggin' ever, but it's still worth it.

Now, WTL might not believe in supernatural aparitions in office building windows in Montreal, but he sure as hell knows his way around them their Internetz tubes.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Wierd Scenes...


I happened upon this today by accident...I was walking from the place I now call "Home" as far as going coffee-drinking / writing.
The building in the images below are all of the same window on the second floor of a building on the corner of St-Denis and Laurier in Montreal.
Yes, these images are probably largely the work of coincidence and dirt and water, but where some men see coincidence, others see providence.
I honestly don't have an opinion one way or another...you decide.







Tuesday, May 01, 2007

A Work In Progress...Site Update



As you can all see, I'm currently updating the look of my weblog. New features include a new section, "Chronicles of an Independant Author", in which you'll find a list of my entries in this journal on my quest for self-publication.

Changes are ongoing, but ever in the hopes of actually getting new readers, I'll be fancying the place up a bit.