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26 June 2009

How much is that song worth to you?

As per previous posts, it appears that the RIAA-inized DOJ is shaping up to be as expected...  In this latest case, the RIAA was awarded $80000 PER SONG presumably downloaded.

Since it is obvious that there will never be any form of real justice in these matters (how could there be when the plaintiff runs the DOJ), it appears that we only have one solution left to us.  We have to boycott any and all music labels associated with the RIAA.

"What?" you say. "How will I listen to music if I boycott them?"

Well Jimmy, it's like this.  The RIAA is going to bust down your door, destroy your computer, steal everything you own and then sue you -- even if you have never downloaded any music or even own a computer... The only way to stop that would be for them to go out of business.  As long as they are getting money from us, they will use that money to totally screw the public.  So instead of listening to music owned and controlled by Obama's Evil Overlords of the DOJ, you need to start listening to indie music... or maybe even start your own indie band.  Have you heard of Indaba Music?  Maybe you could try that.

According to Wikipedia, you need to boycott these labels:

  • 112
  • 1500
  • 19. Records
  • 2.O.G.
  • 241
  • 333 Music
  • 5 Minute Walk
  • 5.1 Entertainment
    • Electromatrix
    • Immergent
    • Myutopia
    • Silverline
  • 510
  • 57
  • A&E Latin Music
  • A440
  • Abkco
  • Acony
  • AD
  • Aleho
  • Alice
  • Alligator
  • Amaru
  • Ambar
  • American Empire
  • American Gramaphone
  • Amiata
  • Angels
  • Antra
  • Archive
  • Ardent
  • Aries Music Entertainment, Inc.
  • Ark 21
  • Arsenal
  • Artanis
  • Astoria Entertainment
  • Atrium
  • Audium Entertainment
  • AV8
  • Avatar
  • Avenue Records
  • AWOL
  • Axiom
  • Bad Dog
  • Ballers Entertainment
  • Barak Entertainment
  • Barb Wire Productions
  • Barco
  • Bass Productions
  • Beat Club
  • Beauty
  • Beginner's Bible
  • Beiler Bros
  • Bellmark
  • Berman Brothers
  • Best Side
  • Bibleman
  • Big Baller
  • Big Beat
  • Big Cat
  • Big Deal
  • Big Dog
  • Big Ear Music
  • Big Idea Productions
  • Big Machine Records
  • Big Screen Music
  • Big Tree
  • Big Wadd
  • Big World
  • Bigtyme
  • Black Market
  • Black Out
  • Black Pumpkin
  • Black Top
  • Blackheart
  • Blackstone
  • Blind Pig
  • Bliss
  • Blix Street
    • Gifthorse
  • Bloodline
  • Blue Gorilla
  • Blue Jackel
  • Blue Plate
  • Blues Bureau
  • BMG Entertainment
    • BMG Classics
    • Cheeky Records
  • Bob Marley Music
  • Bocelli-Sogno
  • Bohemia
  • Box Tunes
  • Breakaway
  • Brody
  • Broken
  • Broken Bow
  • Brutal
  • Buena Vista
  • Bullseye
  • Bungalow
  • Burnside
  • C-Loc
  • Cadena
  • Cadence Christian
  • Caliente
  • Candle In The Wind
  • Cannan
  • Cargo
    • Grilled Cheese
    • Headhunter Records
    • Re-Constriction
  • Catalyst
  • Caviant
  • Cell Block
  • Celtic Corner
  • Chameleon
  • Cheeba Sounds
  • Chignon
  • Children
  • Christian Music Group
  • Chronicles
  • Chuck Life
  • Cintas Acuario
  • Circular Moves
  • City of Hope
  • Classic Tracks
  • Clatown
  • Clean Slate
  • Climate
  • Clockwork
  • CMC International
  • CMG
  • Cold Chillin
  • Colli Park Music
  • Comedy Central
  • Command
  • Concord Records
    • Concord Jazz
    • Concord Picante
    • Fantasy
      • Contemporary
      • Galaxy Records
      • Good Time Jazz
      • Milestone
      • Original Blues
      • Original Jazz Classics
      • Pablo
      • Prestige
      • Riverside
      • Specialty
      • Stax
      • Takoma
    • Feinery
    • Heads Up
    • Hear Music
    • Jazz Alliance
    • Peak Records
    • Playboy Jazz
    • Stretch Records
    • Telarc
  • Cool Hunter
  • Copacabana
  • Costarola
  • Cotillion
  • Covenant
  • Crazy Cat
  • Crime Partners
  • Critique
  • Crowne Music Group
  • Crystal Rose
  • CTW
  • Cyan
  • Cypress
  • D&D
  • Da Border Music, Inc.
  • Dagger
  • Dali
  • Damian
  • Dancing Cat
  • Dare 2BU, Inc.
  • DAS
  • Day Spring
  • Daywind Music Group
  • DCC
  • Death Row
  • Debris
  • Delicious Vinyl
  • Delos
  • Delta Entertainment Corporation
    • Laserlight
  • Denon
  • Desert Storm
  • DHM
  • Digital Theater System, Inc.
  • Disa
  • Disney
  • Disques Vogue
  • DJ Honda Records
  • DKC
  • DM
  • DMY
  • Domo
  • Dope House
  • Down in the Delta JV
  • Dr. Dream
  • Dualtone
  • Eagle Rock
  • Earthdance
  • East Side Digital
  • Easydisc
  • Eclipse Music Group
  • Edel
  • Edito Classica
  • Edmonds Record Group
  • Elementree
  • Ellipsis Arts
  • Elvis Tribute Project
  • Emergent Music Marketing
  • EMI
    • A Time to Remember
    • Angel Records
    • Astralwerks
    • Back Porch
    • Blue Note Records
    • Capitol
      • CEMA Special Markets
    • Capitol Nashville
    • Caroline
      • Caroline Records
      • Gyroscope
      • Rocks the World
      • Scamp
    • Chordant
    • Credential Recordings
    • Cyber Octave
    • Discipline
    • Disky
    • Duck Down Music
    • Earthbeat
    • Electrola
    • Flex
    • Forefront
    • Headstrong Music
    • Heavenly
    • Hut
    • Imperial Records
    • Indent Series
    • Innocent
    • Intercord
    • Labels
    • Medley
    • Mute
      • Future Groove
    • Narada
    • Now Hits Collections
    • Originals
    • Playland Records
    • Positiva
    • Priority
    • Relentless
    • S-Curve
    • Shak Tire
    • Sparrow
      • Sixsteps Records
    • Virgin Classics
    • Virgin France
    • Virgin Records America
      • Higher Octave
    • Virgin Records UK
      • Real World
    • Woodford
    • Yes Music
  • Eminent
  • Empire
  • Enjoy
  • Epidrome
  • Equinox Music
  • ESC
  • Esparanza Atlantic
  • Essence
  • Essex
  • Eureka
  • Eurodisc
  • Everland
  • Evolver
  • Extasy
  • Facility
  • Farmclub
  • Fast Horse
  • Fat Boy Music
  • Favored Nations
  • FDM
  • Festival Five
  • First Generation
  • First Priority Music
  • Flashpoint International
  • Flava Unit Entertainment
  • Flavor Unit Records
  • Flawless
  • Flicker
  • Flora
  • Flying Fish
  • Flyte Tyme
  • Fome
  • Fonovisa
  • Freeze
  • Friday
  • Fubu
  • Full Moon
  • Furious
  • Garden City
  • Garland
  • Garmex
  • Gasoline Alley
  • Gazillion
  • Genie Entertainment
  • Gfunk
  • Ghetto Youth International
  • Glassnote
  • Gold Circle
  • Gold Seal
  • Good News
  • Grammy Nominee Project
  • Grape Tree
  • Great Performances
  • Green Linnet
  • GTS
  • Guardian
  • Guts & Grace
  • GWK
  • H-Town
  • H2E
  • Hall of Fame
  • Hammer & Lace
  • Harmony
  • HBO
  • Heart
  • Heartbeat
  • Heartery
  • Herb Harris Music Co.
  • Hieroglyphics
  • High Performance
  • High Street
  • Highnote
  • Highstreet
  • Hightone
  • Hittel LLC
  • HKD Productions
  • Hollywood
  • Home Sweet Home
  • Home Video
  • Homegrown Music Network
  • Homeland
  • Hood Rat
  • House of Music
  • Hybrid Recordings
  • Hyperdisk
  • I Am
  • I Funk LLC
  • Ice
  • Ichiban
  • IG, Inc.
  • Indiginous
  • Infinity Digital
  • InPop
  • Inside Sessions
  • Interhit
  • International Special Markets
  • Invisible Sound
  • J&N Records & Tapes
  • Jade
  • Jaggo
  • Jazz-Non US
  • Jcor
  • Jireh
  • JMC
  • JMM
  • Joey
    • Joey International
  • Karen
  • KDFC
  • Kelly Family Distribution
  • Kicking Mule
  • Kid Rhino
  • King Communication
  • Kings Way
  • Kismet
  • Kiss Video
  • KKSF
  • Kneeling Elephant
  • Korta
  • Krasnow
  • Krystal
  • KukDo
  • KWJZ
  • Label M
  • Labor
  • Largo
  • Latin Pop
  • Latin Regional Mexican
  • Latino Music
  • Left Eye
  • Leni Stern Records
  • Liars Inc.
  • Lideres
  • Lighthouse Point
  • Lightstorm
  • Lightyear
  • Lil Man
  • Lil' Joe
  • Liquid 8
    • Calvin Records
  • Little David
  • Little Dog
  • Living Music
  • Living Stereo
  • Lobster
  • Locomotive
  • Logic
  • Longevity (NYC) Inc.
  • Loose Cannon
  • Loosegroove
  • Luna Negra
  • Lyric Street
  • Lyricist Lounge
  • M2.0 Inc.
  • Mach Entertainment
  • Mad Yacht
  • Major Label
  • Major League Baseball
  • Mammoth
  • Many Roads
  • Margaritaville
  • Marinda Grace
  • MAS Entertainment
  • Max Jazz Records
  • Max Music
  • Maya
  • Media Safari
  • Medicine
  • Megaforce
  • Metrix Music
  • Metro One
  • MGM
  • Mic Media
  • Mifflin Hills Music Company
  • Mighty Horn
  • Milan
  • Militia Group
  • Ministry of Sound
  • Ministry of Sounds
  • Miramax
  • MJJ
  • Mo Thugs
  • Mock & Roll
  • Modern
  • Mondo Melodia
  • Mono Vs Stereo
  • Moonshine Conspiracy
  • Mosh
  • Mouth Almighty
  • Moviso
  • Mozote
  • Mr. Incognito
  • MSC Music Entertainment
  • MTV
    • Nick @ Nite
    • Nick Records
    • Nickelodeon
    • VH1 Classics
    • Yo! MTV Raps
  • Music for Little People
  • Music One
  • Music Up, Inc.
  • Musimex
  • Musiteca
  • Mutant Sound System
  • Myspace Records
  • N'Focus Entertainment
  • N2K
  • Native
  • Nelle Hooper
  • New West
  • Next Century
  • Next Next Entertainment
  • Next Plateau
  • NFE Records
  • Nimbus
  • Ninth Avenue Music, Inc.
  • No Limit
  • Noo Trybe
  • Noontime
  • Northsounds
  • Novus
  • NOW
  • NPG
  • Nu American Music
  • Nu Opp
  • Nu Tone
  • NVC Arts
  • NY:LA Music Inc.
  • Octone Records
  • Odyssey
  • Odyssey in Minds Eye
  • Oh Boy
  • Okeh
  • Omni
  • On Point
  • One Life One Love
  • Orfeon
  • Organized Noise
  • Oro Musical
  • Orpheus
  • Outburst
  • Overbrook Music
  • P & A
  • Padma
  • Pagan
  • Pakaderm
  • Palm Records
  • Palma MusicInc.
  • Pangaea
  • Paradigm
  • Paras Recording Co.
  • Patriot
  • Payaso
  • PBS
  • PCLC Capricorn
  • Pendulum
  • Philadelphia
  • Philo
  • Phoenix Music
  • Piadrum Records
  • Pid
  • Pidm
  • Pioneer
  • Planet Earth (Empire
  • Platino
  • Players Club
  • PlexiMusic
  • Plump
  • PPL Entertainment
    • Bouvier Records
    • Bouvier Records USA
    • Credence Records
    • JBK Records
    • PPL Records
    • PPL Records Latino
    • PPL Records USA
  • PRA
  • Praise Gathering
  • Prawn Song
  • Premium
  • Premonition
  • Proclaim
  • Project
  • Promotions of the World
  • Protel
  • PSM
  • Push
  • Q. Records
  • Quango
  • Quiet Boys
  • R.A.L.
  • Radio Universal
  • Radioactive
  • RAM
  • Random House
  • Rasheeda
  • Ray Boltz Music
  • Razor & Tie
  • Razor Sharp
  • RCC
  • Real Music
  • Rebound
  • Red Ant
  • Red Feather
  • RED Ink
  • Red Pajamas
  • Red Star
  • Redline Entertainment
  • Refuge
  • Regina
  • Reincarnate Music
  • Rejoice
  • Relaxation Music
  • Rendezvous
  • Renegade
  • Resound
  • RFC
  • Rhyme
  • Rhythm Safari
  • Rick Rubin Entertainment
  • Right Cross
  • Ripchord
  • Rising Tide
  • Risky Business
  • Riverboat
  • RJO
  • RMM
  • Roadrunner
  • Robbins Entertainment
  • Rockstar Games
  • Rocky Mountain Recorders
  • Roswell
  • Rounder Records
    • Zoe Records
  • Ruffhouse
  • Ruffnation
  • Rural Rhythm
  • S&P
  • Sai
  • Saja
  • Sambora
  • Samson
  • Sanctuary Music Group
    • Attack
    • Sanctuary Urban
    • Trojan Records
  • Saregama
  • Savant
  • Savoy
  • Scarface
  • Scratchie
  • Sea Creatures
  • Sega
  • Seiko Matsuda
  • Seismic
  • Selah
  • SEON
  • Seraphim
  • Sesame Street
  • Shadow
  • Shang
  • Sheppard Lane Music
  • Shrapnel
  • Sick Wid It
  • Sideburn
  • Silas
  • Silver Seal
  • Silverware
  • Sindrome
  • Sing 2 School, Inc.
  • Sir George
  • Skaggs Family
  • Slamm Dunk
  • Slash
  • Slipdisc
  • Slow River
  • Smash
  • SMI
  • SMV
  • Sojourn Hills
  • Sonique
  • Sonolux
  • Sony BMG
    • 105 Music
    • Antinos
    • CBS
    • Columbia
      • Aware
      • Burgundy Records
      • C2
      • Chaos Recordings
      • DMZ
      • Hypnotize Minds
      • LBW Entertainment
      • Loud
    • DefSTAR Records
    • Dragnet
    • Epic
      • 550 Music
      • Caribou Records
      • Daylight
      • Ruthless
      • The Work Group
    • Federation Records
    • GUN Records
    • Kinetic Records
    • Kioon
    • Kitchenware
    • Legacy Recordings
      • Private Music
      • Windham Hill
    • Ode Records
    • Provident Music
      • B-Rite
      • Benson
      • Brentwood
      • Brentwood Kids Company
      • Cedarmont Kids
      • Creative Trust
      • Cross Movement
      • Diadem Music Group
      • Essential
      • Fervent Records
      • Gospocentric
      • Here To Him Music
        • Cross Driven
      • I.E. Music
      • Maranatha
      • New Haven
      • Praise Hymn
      • Reunion
      • Rocketown Records
      • Spirit-Led Records
    • Ravenous Records
    • RCA Music Group
      • Arista Records
        • Bistro Records
        • D:Disco
        • Dedicated
        • Filth
        • First Avenue
        • LaFace
        • Melisma
        • Music Man
        • Northwestside
        • Profile
        • Rowdy Records
        • Time Bomb
        • Tresor
        • Tripoli Trax
        • Urgent
      • Bluebird
      • J Records
        • Full Surface Records
        • Polo Grounds Music
        • US Records
      • Phonogenic
      • RCA
        • ATO
        • RLG
    • So-ffio
    • Soho Square
    • Sony BMG Masterworks
      • Masterworks Broadway
        • RCA Victor Broadway
      • Sony Classical
    • Sony BMG Nashville
      • Arista Nashville
      • BNA Records
      • Lucky Dog
      • RCA Nashville
    • Sony Pictures
    • Sony Wonder
    • Tofu Records
    • TriStar Music
    • Vik Recordings
    • Zomba Music Group
      • Battery Records
      • Jive Records
      • Music for Nations
      • Pinnacle Records
      • Scotti Brothers
      • Silvertone
      • Verity
      • Volcano
      • X-Cell Records
      • Zoo
  • Sony Music
    • Black Seal
    • Buddha
    • Recovered
  • Soulwerkz
  • Sound Gizmo
  • Sound Mex
  • Sound of Atlanta
  • Spirit Soundtrack
  • Spit
  • Spring Hill
  • Spring House
  • Squint Entertainment
  • Star Song
  • Stinky
  • Stonecreek
  • Straight Outta Labb
  • Straight Profit
  • Straightway
  • Streetbeat
  • Suave
  • Sugar Beats
  • Sunnyside
  • Surrender
  • Susquehanna Hat Company
  • Svengali
  • Swansong
  • Sybersound Music
  • T.J. Martell
  • Tag
  • Taj Mahal
  • Telethon
  • Terminus
  • The Enclave
  • The Firm
  • The Guys Who Sell
  • The Label
  • The Road to Eldorado
  • The Source
  • The Start
  • The Voice of Music, Inc.
  • The Wall
  • Third Stone
  • Thirsty Ear
  • Three Keys
  • Thrive
  • Thump
  • Tim Kerr
  • Timbaland
  • Time/Life
  • Tinder
  • Tips Exports Inc.
  • Tone Cool
  • Tooth & Nail
    • BEC Recordings
    • Fugitive Recordings
    • Solid State Records
    • Takehold Records
    • UpRok
  • Top Dawg Productions
  • Top Sail Productions
  • Tornado
  • Toros
  • Track Factory
  • Traditions
  • Trans Continental
  • Transparent
  • Trauma Entertainment
  • Treat & Release
  • Treydan
  • Tribal
  • Tropical
  • Tropical Storm
  • Tropix
  • Troubadour
  • TRS Buddah Inactive
  • Trudy Greene
  • Turn Music
  • TV First
  • TVG
  • Twin Sisters Productions, Inc.
  • TwISm
  • U.S. Latin
  • Ultimate
  • Underground Recordz
  • Unison
  • Unitone
  • Universal Music Group
    • All Around the World
    • Barclay
    • Brushfire Records
    • Disturbing tha Peace
    • DreamWorks
    • DreamWorks Nashville
    • Emarcy
    • Experience Hendrix
    • Island Def Jam
      • Def Jam
      • Def Soul
    • Machete Music
    • Motor Music
    • Nightingale Records
    • Platano (Universal)
    • Polystar
    • Sanctuary
      • Sanctuary Classics
        • ASV Living Era
        • ASV Platinum
        • Black Box
        • COE Records
        • Gaudeamus
        • Halle
        • Transacord
        • White Line
    • Spinefarm
      • Odor
      • Ranch Records
      • Ranka Recordings
      • Spikefarm
    • Starbugs
    • Universal Classics
    • Universal Latino
    • Universal Music Enterprises
      • Hip-O Records
        • AVI
        • Excello Records
      • New Door Records
      • Universal Music Special Markets
      • UTV Records
    • Universal Records
      • Bad Boy Records
      • Blackground Records
      • Casablanca Records
      • Cash Money Records
      • Republic Records
      • SRC
      • Strummer Recordings
    • Universal South
    • V2 International
      • Co-Operative Music
        • Arts & Crafts
        • Bella Union
        • Brownswood Recordings
        • City Slang
        • Dance to the Radio
        • Memphis Industries
        • Moshi Moshi
        • Rabid Records
        • Setanta
        • Wichita Recordings
  • University
  • Univision
  • Unsigned Hype
  • Untertainment
  • Up Above
  • Upstairs Records
  • Upstart
  • Uptown
  • V.O.R.A.C.
  • Vapor
  • Varese Records
  • Varrick
  • Velas
  • Velocette
  • Velour Recordings
  • VFR Records
  • VI Music
  • Victory Music
  • Victrola
  • Vineyard
  • Vital
  • Viva Discos
  • Vivarte
  • Vogue (Bmg)
  • Volt
  • VP Music Group, Inc.
  • Waltzing Bear
  • Warlock
  • Warmth
  • Warner Music Group
    • Alternative Distribution Alliance
    • Asylum
    • Bluemoon
    • Cordless Recordings
    • Del-Fi Records
    • Doghouse Records
    • Eleven Music Company
    • Festival Mushroom
    • Lava
    • Mesa
    • New Line Records
    • Nonesuch
    • Reprise Nashville
    • Rykodisc
      • Emperor Norton
      • Gramavision
      • Hannibal
      • Penalty Records
      • Restless
      • Rykovision
      • Tradition Records
    • Warner Brothers Nashville
    • Warner Music France
    • Word Entertainment
      • Dayspring Records
      • Integrity
      • Myrrh Records
  • Weird Sleeper Man
  • West Side Latino
  • Whitfield
  • WHV
  • Wild Pitch
  • Wind-Up
    • Grass Records
  • WJJZ
  • WNUA
  • Wonderland
  • Woodstock
  • World Hits
  • World Music Network
  • Worship Together
  • WOV
  • WOW Joint Venture
  • Wreckshop Records
  • WSJZ
  • Wu-Tang
  • Wynonna
  • Xenophile
  • Zebra
  • Zero Hour

25 June 2009

The mystery of crop circles... has been solved...

A coworker sent me this story... here's a quick snippet...

THE mystery of crop circles in poppy fields in Australia's southern island state of Tasmania has been solved - stoned wallabies are eating the poppy heads and hopping around in circles.

24 June 2009

See through kayak

Thanks to Chris for finding this Kayak. I am soooo going to buy one when I can afford $4k ;)
  • Length - 13'
  • Width - 22''
  • Depth - 11''
  • Kayak Weight - 26 lbs.
  • Weight Capacity - 300 lbs. (1 person)
  • Hull Material - Military grade urethane
  • Frame - Carbon kevlar
  • Seats - Closed cell thermoformed hi density foam

22 June 2009


I was browsing around today and came across WiTricity.  Using magnetic resonance, they are looking at charging devices remotely; no batteries and no power cables.  While things such as laptops and cell phones obviously come to mind; I think it might also be a good area of research for the Zeitgeist Movement...  having those embedded in the homes, walkways, etc might provide better options -- and getting rid of the chemical batteries definitely sounds like a green idea.

Unique web interface: Schematic

I came across Schematic today.  If you are wondering how I came about it, it is because Dale Herigstad (Chief Creative Officer) helped designed the interface for Minority Report [which I was investigating for use with the Epoc].

18 June 2009

Natural Reclamation

I ran across this picture of a church today over at groovygreen.  It reminds me of what the roses, ivy and blackberries try to do to my house =)

17 June 2009

Google Fusion Tables

I was looking around some of the recent Google Labs products and came across their Fusion Tables project.

In this example, I opened an email from the Title Company, clicked on "Open as a Google Spreadsheet", then saved the result.  In Fusion Tables, I told it to open that document, clicked on Visualize, clicked on Map.... and this was the result...

You can try it out yourself. Click on the image to see the data, then choose Visualize from the menu.  It would have been nice if it let me embed the google map directly.

Emotiv shipping

I was curious when my headset was going to arrive, so I emailed them. In case any of the rest of you are wondering, notice the highlighted bit from their response.
Dear Malachi,

Thank you for licensing the Emotiv SDK.

Licensing of the Emotiv SDK

As a developer or researcher, the process for licensing the Standard Edition of the Emotiv SDK is as follows:

1. Select the Emotiv SDK and click on the "Buy Now" button.

2. Provide us with your shipping address. Our worldwide shipping rate for the SDK headset is $24.95. The SDK headset can be shipped to an address other than your billing address.

3. Follow the checkout process with PayPal to complete your order.

4. Once payment is successfully processed, the Emotiv SDK will be available for immediate download. An order confirmation email will be sent to you providing you with your unique order number and serial key, required for installation of the Emotiv SDK.

The Emotiv SDK is a proprietary software toolkit that exposes the Emotiv APIs and detection libraries. It includes EmotivControlPanel.exe, EmoComposer.exe, EmoKey.exe, header files and import libraries, and sample code. The EmoComposer & EmoKey is a hardware emulator that will enable you to commence immediate development for the headset.

5. The SDK headset will ship approximately 10 weeks later to enable you to fully test your application.

When we charge your account, we will charge you for the price of the product, any applicable taxes and shipping to the address provided at the time of order.

Please note that Emotiv does not offer refunds on Electronic Software Downloads. Click here for our Returns & Refunds Policy.

We will send you a tracking number in due course.

Emotiv Customer Service Team
Emotiv Systems Inc.

15 June 2009

Obama and the Future

Since Obama has proven time and again that he is on the take, I thought we'd take a walk down what unfortunately could be the future under Obama...

  • Obama puts the RIAA in charge of the DOJ [done]
  • Obama puts Phillip Morris in charge of the FDA [done] in the guise of protecting children
  • Obama puts the Business Software Alliance in charge of public standards under the guise of interoperability
  • Obama puts Patricia Dunn in charge of Privacy Policy
  • Obama puts Diebold in charge of the Treasury Department
Shall I go on? Ok, so he probably won't do that stuff... right?

13 June 2009

H.R. 1256

So it used to be that most places prevented me from smoking cloves.  Then legislation went through so that no one could smoke indoors.  And now Obama is trying to prevent me from smoking cloves at all.  Since it is obvious that our government has given up all pretense of freedom, I guess it is time we give up pretense of caring what they think...

So if anyone knows of any speakeasy opening up, let me know.

12 June 2009

Some of you are probably aware that PGE is going around replacing the meters on the houses with the SmartMeters.  I got mine replaced the other day and contacted them to find out how to access the SmartMeters' page. Here's their response.
Good afternoon Malachi,

Thank you for using PGE's online account services.  I am sorry, but the new meters' website is not yet available.  All of the meters have to be installed in our service territory, and the final testing done, before the information will be available.  This will probably not be until 2010 or 2011.

If you like, you can take readings yourself at intervals and at the same times during the day or week to build a data base of your usage.

If we can assist you further, please e-mail us at

PGE Customer Service

What's your Local Apparent Sidereal Time?

Step 1. Go to Google Maps and locate your house.
Step 2. Center it in the map.
Step 3. In your browser's location bar paste in:
Step 4. Copy the info in the popup dialog [for example: (45.483254, -122.838127)]
Step 5. Go to this page.
Step 6. In the second section ("Decimal Degrees to Degrees Minutes Seconds") type in the decimal (latitude,longitude) you got from Step 4.
Step 7. Click compute and copy the longitude from the bottom right box [for example: -122° 50' 17.2572"]
Step 8. Go to this page.
Step 9. Enter the values in the first 3 boxes [for example: 122 degrees, 50 minutes, 17 seconds]. Leave off decimal fractions and negative signs.
Step 10. If your value in #7 started with a negative, selected West. Otherwise select East. [in this example, I choose West]
Step 11. Click compute
Step 12. There you have it. Your Local Apparent Sidereal Time.  In my case, it was 04:02:03.4 LST.

Oh wait, you are wondering wtf LST is? Glad you asked.

Thanks to qmchenry for providing Steps 1-4, FCC for the longitude converter, the US Naval Observatory for the Sidereal converter and to Wikipedia for the graphic.

09 June 2009

JDK fixed

It appears that the earlier reported JDK update isn't going to require money after all. Now we can all sleep peacefully at night until they decide to try the next marketing ploy.

Googling yourself and finding the darndest things

So as this contract comes to an end, I find myself needing to update my resume yet again.  One of my coworkers suggested adding an Open Source Projects section to my resume.  I started looking on Google to see if I could find anything that would tell me when I did this or that...

It's amazing how useful cache's could be... Here's a couple choice excerpts I found:

This one was when I signed up to be the Academic Support Coordinator for the Globewide Network Academy:

Replied: Mon, 06 Nov 1995 12:37:06 EST
Replied: " (Malachi de AElfweald) +outbox"
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Date: Wed, 01 Nov 1995 12:23:51 -0800
To: Joseph Wang 
From: (Malachi de AElfweald)
Subject: Re: Clarify Coursesub 

Hi Joe... I lost my Aliases in Eudora...  Can you send me a list of any
email addresses I SHOULD have (for mailing to list, people I should be
writing too, etc.. ) I got yours and Terry's from this letter, but I know I
had other GNA addresses... Thanx.

>Hi Terry,
>Your main job will be to serve to filter out course submissions.  You
>should look through the course submission database, and make sure that
>the course submissions have all the information that they need to add
>a course into the catalog.  Also, you'll need to make sure that the
>person submitting the course submission really means to submit a
>course and is not doing something else.
>Also, have you seen the instructions for processing course submissions
>on the web?
>One more thing that you should look at is the setup database.  To get to that
> -> Staff Lounge -> Technical Setup Page
>Since we don't seem to be getting that many course submissions, you
>can work on the requests listed in that form.
>Good luck on your thesis......
Malachi de AElfweald 
GNA Academic Support Coordinator          Oceania-->A New Country in Development
 This one was from waiting to get an ant patch reviewed:

Subject Javah patch?
Date Sat, 02 Mar 2002 04:50:53 GMT
Has anyone had time to review the Javah task I sent?  Just curious, cuz I have to repatch
every time I grab the nightly download.

If you don't want to scan back through the posts, the patchfile is at


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 And this from I have no idea what this is:
 And found myself in the list of 'originators' for this thesis:
"A project model for the FreeBSD Project" by Niklas Saers
 Oooh. And the project I presented to the Capstone students at PSU in 2005.

07 June 2009

Sensics piSight™ HMD

Now that my Emotiv EPOC is on order, it's time to go for the other half of the equation... I've been wanting the Sensics piSight HMD for 3 years now and I think it would make an excellent addition to the EPOC.

Here's the current stats from their product page:
Panoramic field of view (82° to 180°, depending on model) provides situational awareness, active peripheral vision and enhanced realism
High resolution: Most models offer better than HD 1080p resolution, with up to 4200x2400 full-color pixels per eye
A balanced design that is comfortable and stays cool.
Over 30 models to choose from, offering the perfect fit for most performance and budget requirements
When I talked with Jim Bradford 2 years ago, the stats were a bit different.
It costs $30k+; half down rest in 3 months
Recommended 3 PNY (nVidia) FX4500 [X2 means 4 outputs]
which would drive the 12 screens (if outputs in 2400x600 mode)

Now it seems that it can be driven from 1 or 2 DVI inputs. I'll need to check back with Jim to see if I can get an upgraded recommendation on video cards and costs.

03 June 2009

Emotiv SDK including an SDK headset is now available!

I ordered mine... you ordering yours?

Dear Malachi,

We are very pleased to announce that the Emotiv SDK including an SDK headset is now available for immediate license. This product ships worldwide.

The Emotiv SDK- Standard Edition includes an SDK Headset and our proprietary software toolkit that exposes our APIs and detection libraries. This is now available to independent developers and researchers for only $500. To license the SDK, please visit

Enterprise, Enterprise Plus and Research Plus Editions of the SDK are also available for license. More details on the Emotiv Developer Program can be found at


You can choose an SDK License that best suits your development needs:

If you are an independent developer or commercial enterprise:

Introductory (SDKLite) - An introduction to the Emotiv SDK and APIs. For application developers who want to get started immediately. This introductory package includes a hardware emulator in place of the SDK neuroheadset.

Standard - Single license - For indepedent developers who are creating free and commercial applications for the Emotiv EPOC that will be distributed exclusively through our Emortal online application store.

Enterprise - Up to 5 licensed users - For companies that are creating proprietary applications using the Emotiv EPOC.

If you are a researcher or educational institute:

Emotiv is committed to supporting the research community in developing more detections/applications that further improve the capability of Brain Computer Interface (BCI). We have created a program that takes into account the needs of educational institutions, research organizations as well as individual researchers that want to contribute their knowledge to further the field of BCI.

Research Standard - Single license - For individual researchers and research groups that are developing free and/or commercial applications for the Emotiv EPOC that will be available exclusively through our Emortal online application store.

Research Plus - Up to 5 licensed users - For research institutes that are developing new applications/detections utilizing raw EEG data from the Emotiv EPOC.


Please let us know via return email to if you wish to license the Enterprise, Enterprise Plus or Research Plus versions of the Emotiv SDK.

We look forward to collaborating and partnering with you to further the field of Brain Computer Interface technology.

Best regards,
Emotiv Team
Emotiv Systems Inc.


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02 June 2009

Oregon Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due To Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination

See link for details

News from the Net

I know some of you (ahem Will) are disappointed that I have not done a News from the Net in awhile... so without further ado....

A study comes out showing (as all the anti-authoritarian members of my generation would already assume) that DRM encourages copyright violations.

It appears that Oracle has already started screwing over the Java platform. Where it had been completely free before -- they are now installing features that you can't use without paying for them. Of course, the biweekly OpenSolaris updates have ceased since the acquisition as well....

The infamous L0phtCrack is one again being revived by the original developers...

They are now using software to recreate musical instruments that no one has ever seen.

The team that made Google Maps is coming out with a new product, Google Wave. The basic idea behind it is a p2p collaborative environment. The platform itself also has a very interesting license. Although currently of no use to me, I also ran across Google Radio Automation. Google Docs now supports .xslx and .docx. Now something that does have some potential uses for me -- Google Scripts -- supporting server side scripting! There was also Google Site Search, but as Google is hosting all my stuff, I don't think I really need it.

M$ is taking a stab at fixing the Wii Couch Bowlers with a controller-less sensor bar.

For those of you that haven't seen Alice yet [not the game], you should watch the video on the bottom. Definitely better than the LOGO they taught us in elementary school.

How about a clean 1959 Lincoln Continental?

On the Java front, JDK7 has added a new NIO-based File I/O library and a SDP library (Sockets Direct Protocol).

Some cool new memory techniques would allow storing 1TB per square inch (nanoparticles in a nanotube)...

Wolfram Alpha vs Google search result comparison. More Alpha tests. Or try it yourself.

As expected, the US Military is preparing for the next fake attack.

The courts have decided that looking at something inappropriate counts as a crime... so if your boss decided checking your email from work was against company policy, expect to be imprisoned for hacking.

Some updates to the invisibility cloak. Now instead of not being there, you can be someone else ;)

Bloomsbury plans to start providing science books for free.

We all know the concept of 'if anything happens to me, this will be released to the media'... Well, someone did it - with a video posted to youtube upon his death.

Perhaps you'd like some additional senses? Like orientation-awareness? Kinda makes me wonder if that could be used for giving us elf-like abilities so we can build a DreamPark.

A gift for the real geek... how about installing anti-virus software with the interface all in Klingon? Or set them up with some face recognition software that works on videos... Or anything from the recent DARPA project list. Of course, the Espresso Book Machine was finally released - so if you are getting something for me, you can get me that.

How about Project Kenai? Per their page:
Sun Microsystem's onramp for the developer cloud experience of tomorrow, where you can host your open source projects and code, as well as find and collaborate with developers of like mind.
One of the projects on Kenai is how to do ZFS snapshots to the Amazon S3 cloud. Too bad Amazon charges more than Rumpelstiltskin.

In case you missed the terrible news last month, Wardenclyffe is being sold as well :(