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So if you’re not into the news and trendy protests happening, some exasperated people took to the streets of New York, but not in the Gangs of New York style, and decided that the best way to show everyone they mean business was to Occupy Wall Street. Apparently it turns out 2011 is the golden year for Protesting things and you can probably trace it back a bit more to last years G20 Protest / Riot / Insanity, which just happened to take place in Toronto.

None the less the Western World feeling left out because the Arab Spring actually got things done and western hipsters hate to feel left out of the party they didn’t really want to attend have taken it upon themselves to spread the love and mace of Occupy Wall Street to Occupy Toronto this up coming October 15th. Well those hippies can go get bent and best get the hell out of my back yard.

You’d think that because I’m the ‘Disgruntled Urban Artist Guy’ I’d be first in line of those protests, but I am not. You couldn’t be more wrong or farther from the truth of things. Why? Let me produce exhibit A, B and C:

Thanks, the Peace sign totally justifies the fact you just committed a crime and ruined my visual space.

'What day is this happening again?' Idiot...

Ugh.

Awesome, thanks random asshole for defacing the park I enjoy walking through. Seriously, the park is notorious for booze drinking bums, homeless bench sleepers, hippies, hipsters and insane shit, but this is the first time in two plus years I can recount any form of graffiti with malicious intent. All this does something far worse for the movement.

This crap has been in the park for a couple of days, but the one in the first photo has been up since the occupation plans were announced. About a day later, someone taped a letter below it expressing how pissed she was about the damage done to the park she loves and refuses to participate in the protest. It’s a shame someone took it down.

The point being is that if you are seriously planning to participate, you have to understand you’re participating along side the asshole(s) who did this handy work; that you’re part of a group that has people who just are interesting in continuing to cause trouble. I understand it’s extremely hard to keep people focused on a message and weed out anyone who intends to use the event selfishly, but it clearly has happened before the event got rolling.

“Don’t let one bad apple ruin the barrel”. Really? How do you know there’s just one bad apple? What if they’re all shitty apples? Clearly the quality control is not what it should be and from others perspectives everything is already not worth it. Oh you’re partnered with AnonOps? The very same assholes who thought it was fun to bring down PSN for a month and precipitate the hacking of a significant number of credit cards. That AnonOps? Oh right it was another group of hackers, or so you say, but since you’re all Anon, you can’t really prove that at all. Good luck being Anon when the nice law enforcer on the seven-foot horse rolls up and starts laying down his baton up on you.

This all said however, I will be near incident site 0 with camera in hand to basically report for OhInternet because there’s lulz to be had. If you’re concerned about my safety, be assured I usually don’t have ID, my uncle is a cop and I plan to sport a bullet proof helmet and some bitching shades. I’ll be fine and I’m doing it for the lulz.

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There’s a bit of a conflict on this Hate Monday. I mean I have to say I hate about 99.5% of all tumblr. sites I come across and on a whole I find the idea of tumblr. repulsive and irritating. FYI for those who don’t know what tumblr. is:

Tumblr, sometimes styled as tumblr., is a microblogging platform that allows users to post text, images, videos, links, quotes and audio to their tumblelog, a short-form blog. Users can follow other users, or choose to make their tumblelog private. The service emphasizes ease of use.

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So late last week another good buddy of mine decided to act in the great wisdom of Dolemite and Rudy Ray Moore formed himself a little blog entitled ‘Bitch Are You For Real!!!!‘ which is going to basically consist of his man ramblings about women and such. Already he’s tackled the subject of booty shorts and his extreme dislike of them on some women.

Not 100% sure why he choose to start (prolly because he’s super bored of sitting around at his day job) and in hater fashion will keep letting the hate flow as if the Guild would have nothing less. So if you have a bit of time check it out. If you enjoy my infrequent Hate Mondays then you really should check it out.

Bitch Are You For Real!!!! I tip my hat to you and good ramblings.

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So I figured if I was going to be hating on things on a regular Monday basis, I might as well make some effort to justify my actions and not just be a boring old hater. A lot of people hate because they find it fun and their bored. Some hate to make someone feel miserable and awful on the inside. Some hate because that’s all they know. I’m going to hate because I want to see some change in people.

There’s a lot of apathy that happens in society and it’s something I’ve talked about in the past here and to people I know. Everyone carries a ‘I don’t really care’ attitude and that’s bullshit. It’s ignorant to live a life where you have to wait until something happens to you before you give a shit (see the UBB internet problems, last Federal Election in Canada). I want to be a tool for change and I’m not going to wait around and take the passive path to change. I want to shove my opinion in your face and prove how much of a dumb ass you are, or how stupid that idea is or why you’re wrong and doing it wrong.

I’m far from the first to be doing this. If you asked me who inspires me to take on this silly crusade of social change I would have to point to a gent who’s a world-class hater; The Great Maddox.

Maddox is the king of hatin’ and I don’t want to challenge that crown or step on his toes. What I take from him is the don’ give a shit attitude and say what I feel and think without being inhibited by how people are going to react. No one should feel they have to be self censured about speaking their minds. And I welcome people to disagree with me about what I’m saying. If you have a problem or if you feel I am wrong, leave a comment and say so. Nothing changes without discussion. Perhaps there’s something I didn’t consider or something you could have been misinformed on.

Let me cast the first stone and say I hate bloggers who are too god damn lazy to get writing and listen to the little hater with in them. Don’t be stupid, stupid and remember that you can only make hater-aid when you start adding hate. Else you have shitty water and who wants shitty water?

Hate on peeps, it’s Monday.

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This makes them look like lovers, not fighters.

Let it be known that I absolutely abhor the UFC and all it’s thinly veiled bullshit. No one’s probably going to like me for pointing this out, but UFC is very much a heavily admired homo-erotic sporting event and no amount of denial is ever, ever going to change that. I do not have a problem with things that are of the gay persuasion or highly effeminate, it is not something I seek out, but with UFC there’s very much this active denial / glossing over by the fan base about the gay over tones the ‘sport’.

Oh but you’re probably thinking up a hundred and one things to counter my argument. Let us first however break down what exactly UFC is as a sport: Two men who are heavily trained in the art of kicking other people’s asses are put into a fighting ring. Typically the stronger of the two gentlemen in the caged ring who is able to dominate the other wins the match. This is very much along similar lines such as wrestling (the non-WWF/NWO/WWE or WWWhatever) and boxing. The only difference being there’s less holding back and a lot more blood. Totally manly then right? Not so fast there…

Doesn't look too unfamiliar does it?

You’re probably thinking that UFC is legit because I compared it to wrestling, but people don’t quite remember that wrestling was a sport invented by the Greeks in the classical period and was a lot different from wrestling of today. Classical wrestling is done by two dudes who are naked and covered in oil, then they get to fight. People were a lot more open with their sexuality in these times as well, so this wasn’t such an odd thing. And well boxing is more a sport of endurance of who can take the most blows to the face / body for the longest amount of time.

I feel the most truthful depiction of the UFC / cage fighting was done in the end of the movie Bruno. Yeah Burno wasn’t a good film but it did realistically show UFC for what it was rather than what the fans think it is. Aside from that as a non-fan of UFC here’s what I see when a match goes down: Two dudes in shorts end up hugging and rolling around on the ground for about 2 and a half minutes often punching each other or flipping around while I get various different angled shots of the logos plastered all over their shorts, the biggest being on their asses and crotches. Awesome. Typically one dude gets really bloody and or someone taps out and then shit is done, they hug and the next pair get into the confined area and proves who is the best humper.

I find this sport highly regressive as it plays on the dumb intellect that we all carry around. After thousands of years of wars and countless years of hunting and killing animals, I guess by now we are a species who often does not feel complete or happy unless some blood has been spilt at some point in the month. No matter how smart and civilized we want ourselves to be we cannot go without violence and the real violence that is provided by UFC seems to fulfill that urge we have in the back of our minds. Some of the smartest people I know are super obsessed with UFC to a level which really makes me doubt their intellect. Hell I have a hard time fully believing how some people can love the sport, but I guess if they had women fighting each other nearly naked in a ring, then I would be interested in that too.

This is how you fight.

Sadly I’ve never heard any gent who’s interested in UFC ever say they admired the skill of this fighter or that fighter. I fear that they do have that bullshit term man-crush by the way they talk about so and so in their fantasy matches between this dude and that dude. It’s something that causes me to pause and wonder what subconscious things really go on in the back of our minds.

Fuck yeah!

As a suggested replacement, I say we go back to the old blood sport of Gladiatorial battles. We could use prisoners on death row and stuff. It would be a social win-win; less prisoners and entertainment. And really I can’t see people bitching about how cruel it is over UFC. Unless there’s a lot of gay activists in favour of keeping UFC around.

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Up Yours Apple

The only ever good Mac or Apple product I’ve seen is one that’s dead and dysfunctional.

‘OH here it comes, another Mac hater who just wants to go off and hate on the super successful Apple’
– Some Apple loving douche

Now who’s being the biased one. I don’t hate Mac / Apple because it’s ‘the popular’ thing to do, I hate on because I have to use the damn machines for work and they are some of the worst computers I’ve ever had to use. They’re a step below those pre-built computers from HP or Toshiba, designed to work at the bare minimum of functionality all while appearing to be THE FUTURE.

There are many problems you end up running into while using an Apple product for productivity because, well, they’re not designed to be productive but rather designed with style. This is more or less the same problem I’ve come to experience with Skullcandy. So enough of this jibber-jabber, time to outline reasons why you’re better off saving your money and considering some other piece of technology that isn’t fruity.

  • OS X is a failure of an OS. It’s an old operating system that gets an update approximately every 18 months akin to getting Botox injections or Colligan fills. Makes it look all nice, but it underneath it all it’s just garbage. There are many problems I end up running into while doing work for projects that I would have less of a problem facing on Windows.For instance, OS X is still in capable of the ‘cut (not copy) and paste’ option for files. This is irritating when you have to move several or more files on the fly because you are forced to have two finder windows opened instead of a single explorer window on a PC and to boot, you have no short cut key. Am I nit-picking? Like fuck I am. If you’re using a Mac, go ahead and move files on the spur of the moment. Oh and finder can’t keep shit organized unless you’re on listed details.Another big issue I run into with is the damn dock. Another core piece of the OS that’s garbage. It’s never been helpful in the process of program navigation as your shit can get lost very quickly either because it’s all been minimized or it’s under a large stack of other windows above it. Typically in windows I alt+tab navigate to a program / window and it pops up for me, even if on the taskbar. OS X just goes to the program and if your window was minimized, then you have to go to the dock to open it up. It’s an irritation they’ve never bothered to fix. They need to make a keyboard key to bring up the dock. I know there is one that clears all windows to the side to get to the desktop, but one that just raises the dock up would be so much better and faster to get around working.
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  • Design > Function. This is a modern-day blight on most technology today. Somehow a memo was passed around to all technology companies and designers that if your future tech doesn’t look sleek and thin, then it’s not worth putting out. For some insane reason, Apple’s new iMacs ship with wireless keyboards that do away with the number pad and makes for a small compact keyboard.HOWEVER, people with work to do need that fucking keypad. It’s a critical component in most design work since a good section of personal shortcut keys are devoted to the number pad. Also it’s far easier to use when you have to do something silly like putting in numbers or getting ASCII / UNICODE characters. Apparently Apple has completely ignored the design community’s typography needs, the people who did a lot to make them who they are.
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  • Problems? You’re on your own. Another large part of using a mac is trouble shooting the endless problems you get when trying to do anything outside of the scope of turning it on and use the internet. I run into a lot of problems without evident solutions primarily since I’m doing things that clearly a lot of people never expected a mac user to be doing and that’s troubling. The entire Mac for life and ‘it just works’ mentality means that very few people bother asking questions online when something goes wrong, and there are fewer answers to how to make things go right. I don’t have these problems using a PC. The issues are so common that either a solution is found via upgrading or someone has written about it at length. Mac users are so self-limiting that only a handful of Mac users exist in the world (which probably isn’t an exaggeration). Case in point: had to migrate an e-mail account from an old mac to a new one. Put in all the log-in information correctly blaw blaw blaw and in the end spent something like 6 hours to get it to work and the entire root of the problem was the new machine was using a wireless connection instead of a wired connection. No amount of searching the internet got me that solution. I was on my own as usual.
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  • iVersion 9000. I can’t bring myself to own an Apple product because I like my technology to have some form of value to it. Just because a product happens to be expensive does not mean it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. Apple products have almost a 0 value for me simply because every time you turn around, another better one is just around the corner. Apple is notorious for doing this and they manage to get away with it every god damn time. No matter how gimmicky they manage to make something, they always seem to be able to shove it in your face and rape your wallet.It’s worse when you actually know your technology and have a good idea of what’s floating around on the market to compare. The iPhone is still a piece of trash, with a more functional advertising department than anything else. The ‘keyboard’ is a joke, who the fuck video calls, and realistically the order of uses stands as this; games, texting, looking shit up on the internet. Not to mention you look like a retard with headphones in talking to yourself or holding the shit in front of your face while talking.Then we have the iPad. Total junk. More so now that the iPad 2 is launching soon. Hell, my ACER tablet PC from five years ago is comparable in capabilities than the iPad. It even came with a multicard reader for SD and the like, a keyboard, screen rotation… Yeah it was a bit thick and heavy, but it was still a laptop in the end as well as a slick tablet. It also was never outclassed by another tablet. Not even the iPad or iPad 2. Apple still has a lot of work to do to actually catch up to modern technology, exactly like the Wii.

Apple wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t turn themselves into a brand rather than a testament to technology and advances in modern computing. It’s taken them forever to incorporate simple and universal technologies (bluetooth, memory card slots, graphics cards) into their products to even begin to meet basic consumer needs. But in many, many ways they’ve always taken the approach of giving the finger to what everyone else is doing in stead of doing it their way, which somehow gains its own popularity and puts things into the wrong direction.

Companies are getting fed up with that shit and one of their biggest supporters (Adobe) has been more or less fucking Apple and their consumers over for the piss-poor choices they make. You can cheer all you want for the iPhone selling like 100 million phones or whatever (probably more like 60 million actual users), but when a fact like Nokia sells 100 million phones a year comes up, you come to realise Apple really has no game.

TL:DR – What it’s like to own an Apple Product by The Oatmeal

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War update

So apparently this entire debate is getting a lot more heated due to the fact there’s potentially a good press story and that the government made some announcement about doing something about the entire issue of User Based Billing for any ISP that isn’t Bell Canada (probably to do things like avoid losing a potential election which would come out of budget problems). However, the problem is quickly being bogged down into saying ‘it’s only 30,000 users who have to worry’ and that they have options and shit. Meanwhile I think the user base is still just saying ‘THIS IS WRONG!!!’ and “You can’t do this!” while getting replies from business that this will create innovation and it’s only fair since bandwidth blaw blaw blaw… Money arguments barely get anywhere and typically just are ignored in the long run. If you’re going to fight, don’t do it over money.

Interestingly one such national news paper, the National Post, decided they would put their old man old thinking logic into this argument and ironically write it on their INTERNET NEWS PAPER BLOG. See, for some time the newspapers have been heavily hit by the internet and how fast news gets around from other sources than a printed paper. Printed news sometimes is rendered obsolete and old by the time it hits the news stands and we only know this because of the constant blogging and writing on the internet. For the most part they’ve kept up by doing the online thing and blogging and apps for news to get to people and still make advertising dollars.

Now on to some stuff they said in that blog:

Yes, Internet access is crucial to the Canadian economy, and, increasingly, our way of life. But so is electricity, and no one is suggesting that meters be ripped from homes so that heavy users can get a break. Bandwidth is no different from any other scarce resource: The only way it can be allotted efficiently and fairly in a market economy is if consumers are made to recognize its economic value, something that is impossible if it is treated like an open commons.

See how they just proved that they don’t have a good grasp on the arguments to be made? The bigger irony comes from the fact they said this on the internet (where people can comment), and on a page riddled with advertisements, feeds, links and comments. I’m sure the text content is about 45kb, but with all the page coding, I’m sure that page stands to be at least 1MB fully loaded into your browser (more if it has revolving web ads and comment update feed). Thanks for wasting my limited bandwidth. How about you strip down your news site to make it more bandwidth efficient. Something Web 1.0.

Really as hilarious as this was back in 2005/2006, it’s happening all over again:

Yeah remember our dearly departed friend the Senator from Alaska Ted Stevens and his rant about the internet? The story in that was that he was an old dude talking about something he realistically knew nothing about in its operation or function. And if the song didn’t make sense, here’s what he really said;

The summer of 2006 is happening all over again Canadian style. But again, bandwidth is not something that’s finite and limited as people want to you to say. Just like how hard drive capacity has gone up and driven down the cost per Gigabyte, bandwidth operates at the same level, like nearly ALL things computer related. So if some massive telecom like Bell is bitching they don’t have enough bandwidth for everyone while saying at the other hand most people are under that cap, then there is no reason why they have to limit other smaller ISPs who use that unused resource. It’s not like bandwidth dries up if not used. Your pipes don’t get smaller just because you’re not using water. Read more at Wikipedia: Bandwidth.

As it is turning out now, people at Bell are going to try their hardest to argue the money point (how it’s costing them so much for small ISPs to use their bandwidth) and how they offer plans comparable that gets people bandwidth (see pervious post about this). And they had a bit of  a talk on this:

Sounds kind of un-convincing doesn’t it? I mean Bell can sell people 40GB of bandwidth for $5 + what ever they pay for their internet plan? If my math is right that’s approx $0.125 / GB. (if you have a plan that’s $32 for 25 and you add-on 40 GB for $5 that’s $37 a month for 65 or $0.596 per GB, cheaper when you get the 120GB for $15 @ $0.32/GB). Wait? You mean bell can sell bandwidth for basically 13 cents, but they don’t offer that to other people not using bell? They have to make smaller ISP users and their own who don’t have extended internet bandwidth pay $2 per GB or x16 the price of what they offer additional bandwidth at. 

This is why I really, really don’t want this entire opposition to the billing to be about money and more focused on the lack of bandwidth being offered. At some point people are just going to throw around unimportant monetary figures that are going to muddle up the true numbers.

And so that is why I believe it is better to change this argument in to the matter of access restriction and specifically to the restrictions of access to Canadian content and its creation. Why should I argue that point? Because it was the CRTC who made the ruling on the billing, and they’re also the same body that’s suppose to regulate and ensure that I as a Canadian have access to media that is created by Canadians. Even this blog I believe falls under being Canadian Content, and I know if I were to make my own show/vlog, it would be 100% Canadian content. I think the rules are a bit ancient in regards to the internet, but I think there’s are valid stronger arguments to be made on a that front than one about money.

It would be far easier to win an argument by putting your opponent into a position where he can’t exactly argue against you. You think some major corporation is going to disagree with your choice and right to make Canadian content without such a limitation of Bandwidth? What my only method to watch the CBC is via online streaming since I don’t own a TV? Why am I being charged more for watching something I can on TV which I don’t have to pay for? I’m sure the arguments can be better crafted and worded, but  the point is you don’t have to argue about the costs directly and it helps sometimes to misguide the argument. I do have a stake in this as I write for this blog (which requires me to do to lots of internet research and youtube video watching) and I upload art from time to time which can get quite hefty on the old bandwidth.  I mean I get less bandwidth per month now as I do have memory for my digital camera (16+8+4). And that shit can fill up fast.

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