Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Funniest Thing On The Internet Today

If you're an internet pirate, and even if you're not, you probably know that the servers for ThePirateBay were raided and taken down a few weeks ago.

If you like movies and television, you probably know that the theatrical release of The Interview was cancelled due to threats from cyber-terrorists.

Unless you are a pirate, you probably don't know that just because ThePirateBay is down, doesn't mean it's out of the game.

If you visit, there's one torrent download it's still hosting... for a 1080p version of The Interview in mp4 formatting.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

An Un-Christmas Christmas Special

It's Christmas morning, and what's on people minds other than the holiday itself? The Interview.

Don't get me wrong. The premise is stupid, the actors are idiots, the screenplay is worse than an unfunny joke. None of that is any doubt to me. Here's what I want to talk about:

We cannot and will not negotiate with terrorists.
 - Ferdinand Marcos

Numerous news agenciessee footnote) have likened the hackers that cracked Sony's doors to terrorists, bringing the term "cyber-terrorists" out of science-fiction (prophetic much?) and into current events. As a direct result of the cyber-terrorists' attack, Sony as well as many movie theatre companies have made the decision to appeal to the demands not to release the movie.

Again, I need to clarify my thoughts and my message.

This decision is not negotiation; it's plainly throwing in the towel. They're giving up!

The post-September 11th America I remember wouldn't do this. We banded together and struck back. I may have been a freshman in high school, but I remember it. Al-Qaeda made demands, and Americans denied them any satisfaction.

Pull your tail out from between your legs and demand the movie play as scheduled! If the terrorists, cyber or otherwise, are threatening theatres and patrons for their attendance, then by all means, make it a limited release and call in the national guard (if that makes you feel any better). Hell, if you're really that worried, appeal to Anonymous, that beacon of personal rights and freedoms.

...Or, maybe Hollywood needs a little more--dare I say?-- oversight (I hate that I'm saying this and connotations of that word) when selecting and producing screenplays. Whose bright idea was it to make such a movie anyways?

Here's what I say:

Decide for yourself, if you want to waste time and money on a movie that, despite its stupidity, someone still went through the money and effort to produce, or accede to the terrorists' demands, even if you're one of the few people who is actually interested in the comedy.

Oh, and of course, there's always this:

I can't remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you're saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it's not literally illegal to express.

Just from 30 seconds of web-searches, I give you: The Kansas City Star, Wired, Slate,and The Washington Post.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Not News: Man Acting Stupid Gets Injured

Stupid people shouldn't make the news, unless they're Darwin Award nominees. Apparently the Huffington Post disagrees. A man in Madrid jumped into a zoo's lion enclosure and got mauled.

They state that he's "in serious, but not life-threatening, condition." I'm more concerned about his reproductive organs. Please tell me they're not going to make it!

Ad Pulled For Intentional Innuendo

South Dakota reneged on a double-meaning, double-warning ad. All those doubles were made intentionally, according to the Huffington Post, who states that SD's "Highway Safety Office insists the double-entendre was intentionally inserted to get people's attention."

I don't see the problem, aside from yellow government officials. You had the idea (which was a good one, by the way); you apparently got approval from somebody's boss to go through with it; and you caught people's attention. Not only is it a good idea to warn drivers not to jerk the steering wheel when it's slippery outside, it's also a good idea to warn drivers not to jerk their driving post when it's slippery inside, and even worse when there's inclement weather going on.

Though maybe they did set a good example. How many government employees have you meant that publicly second-guess their own decisions?