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November 13, 2004

- Some of you have started noticing the "comment spam." People create software that automatically posts ads in any and all available comment sections of blogs. I use a plug-in that prevents most of it (MT-Blacklist, I highly recommend it if you have Moveable Type-based blog), but some ads get through. To give you an idea of how bad the problem is, MT-B blocked over 300 spam comments TODAY. And it's only about 4pm by me. About 5-10 got through and I had to delete them by hand and add them to the prohibido list.

If it got worse, I would try to institute a comments system like the one they have at pandadon.net, where there's one extra entry blank where you have to enter a randomly-generated string of numbers that appears in each comment window.

But yeah, it's fucking infuriating. I put a lot of work into this blog as a public service, and destructive anonymous motherfuckers want to turn it into a wasteland of viagra and online casino ads.

Even worse, Tiny Revolution points out the most irritating new trend in blog spam: comment spam that advertises websites that don't even work!

- Some of you saw the alternate George Bush LMB logo I had up last week. I mostly stole that from this poster from the Obey-Giant guy. And some months before that, I also put up a temporary new logo based on the cult sci-fi movie They Live. It's just kinda fun to switch things up a bit without warning. If anyone would like to create some more fun alternate LMB logos, feel free to send em my way.

- Would anyone be interested in LMB t-shirts? I could make a silkscreen pretty easy and ink the logo (it'd have to be changed slightly to be one color) onto clothing.

Posted by Jake at 04:00 PM | TrackBack (0)

An LMB shirt, eh? What colors would be changed, exactly? It can only be made in a single color?

Anyway the spam has ticked me off too. It was weird to think- the good ol' LMB days where I wished someone else would comment- now it's out of control.

Posted by: Brian at November 13, 2004 05:50 PM

Why is it the corporations are determined to suck the life of everything good in this once hallowed land?

Posted by: Snow Crash at November 14, 2004 11:20 AM

Yeah, t-shirts would be sick as long as they weren't too expensive. (some of us being poor college folk and all)

Posted by: kimmy at November 14, 2004 11:37 PM

I want an LMB baseball cap, that would kick ass.

Posted by: inonthekilltaker at November 15, 2004 12:02 PM

I think I'm really late in responding to this, but t-shirts would be a great idea. I would certainly buy one... or several.

Posted by: Robin at November 22, 2004 08:48 AM
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November 16, 2004

Tales of Media Woe

Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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