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Pirate: No Longer One with the Sea

April 12, 2011
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Growing up, a pirate was someone on the open see, eye patch over one eye, probably a peg leg and a parrot that would speak nonsense. They would say things like “ahoy matey” and “booty.” It was entertaining and every boy wanted to grow up to be one.

Now in 2011, pirate means far more. No longer does it mean people with a skull and bones tattoo. Now it’s someone who sits behind a computer and “steals” movies, music and anything else that is downloadable. And I would be willing to bet that most of these people don’t look like pirates of yesteryear. Though a pirate today is viewed in disdain by the public much like those of the past. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) would want you to believe that downloading their media is harming their industry. The profit lost from each illegal download not only hurts the artists but the engineers and other employees who worked on the album.

But what if that wasn’t the case. In fact, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, the RIAA’s global partner, claimed in 2009 that only 10 percent of music piracy accounts for a lose of sale. That is a a stark contrast to what the RIAA would want you to believe. And the IFPI is right. Not all illegal downloads would have been a sale. I would even say most wouldn’t have been a sale. Simple thinking says that if something is free, most people will take the free item regardless of want. I admit that I have illegally downloaded music before. I had no intent to go out and buy the CD either (of course this doesn’t mean I should get it for free, but that’s another argument). That CD I illegally downloaded, I only listened to once. It sits on my computer having not been played for a couple of years. So was that a lost of profit from stealing that? Nope, I wouldn’t have paid for it in the first place. And that is the biggest factor that the RIAA doesn’t want you to know.

Additionally, the RIAA says they are combating piracy for the artists. But a recent survey of 4,000 artists show that most don’t think that piracy hurts them financially and that piracy offers them more exposure.

As for the movie industry and the MPAA, their claims are even more ridiculous. In the past 30 years, they have only seen a drop in box office revenue six times. Three of those times, the drop was less than one percent in lost revenue. In 2009, we had the biggest grossing movie ever too. So their claims are getting pretty old. Yes, they claim that the decline in DVD sales is what is really hurting the industry, but when grossed over $21 billion dollars in movie theater ticket sales alone from the past two years, it is clear that piracy isn’t hurting you.

For a moment, lets agree with the MPAA and RIAA that piracy is hurting them. What could they do to make more people interested in actually buying their media?

  • Allow consumers to buy the media in the format they want. iTunes offers their music in 256kbps and most streaming services only offer up to 720p. We all have these great devices that allow us to play music and movies to their full potential, yet we are limited by the quality we are offered. The record companies and movies studios need to work with these services to provide the consumer the best possible experience.
  • Reasonably priced. I remember when iTunes was offering all songs for 99 cents and albums were $10. Now it’s $1.29 a song and albums can be $15. Wasn’t digital distribution supposed to make things cheaper? I was paying $15 for physical CDs back in the day. No way would I want to spend that now when all you are doing is transferring me songs. And I can rent a movie on AppleTV for $5. Could I at least spend $10 and buy the copy? Nope, that’s somewhere around the $15 range. $10 is the magical number for consumers.
  • Same release dates across the globe. We here in the USA have it nice. We get a lot of music and movies first before the rest of the world does. This used to not be a problem because it was harder to find information about what was being released and when. Now with the internet, the whole world knows about upcoming music and movies, well in advance. So instead of only allowing American consumers to buy something, why not let our friends all over the world do the same. Because once someone buys it and illegally uploads it, you can bet the people in countries where the media hasn’t been officially released, will pirate it.

These are just a few things the RIAA and MPAA can do to help combat piracy. But they have to remember that just because someone illegally downloads something, does not mean they lost money on that consumer. The likelihood is that it would have never seen that money anyways.

For more information about all of this, I highly recommend Torrent Freak. They have great information about what piracy really is and the issues that occur.



March 2, 2011
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You know what is boring and over done? Cooking shows. They all seem to mesh together, from Paula Deen to Giada. But a new comer is in town. And they love bacon.

They are the group known as Epic Meal Time and they don’t make food for the weak of heart (or stomach). No they don’t just make deep friend Twinkies or anything else they can find in their home. No, they make things like Chili Four Loko. What’s in Chili Four Loko you might ask? Lets break it down:

  • 900 calories of beans
  • 1,300 calories of bangers
  • 1,315 calories of ground pork
  • 2,705 calories of bacon
  • 1,000 calories of pepperoni
  • 428 calories of ham
  • 210 calories of back bacon
  • 40 calories of hot peppers
  • 2,546 calories of custom cheese sticks
  • 7,546 calories of fries
  • 2,860 calories of cheese
  • 400 calories of sour cream
  • 600 calories of Four Loko.

Sounds extreme? Not extreme enough. Why not serve it in a bacon troff that equals 18,935 calories? But why stop there? How about a bacon cup, worth 2,705 calories. Why? Because they can. All in all, the meal equals 46,255 calories. Smart.

An absolute cardiologist’s nightmare. But the beauty of this YouTube channel is that it takes a basic format and turns it around to make fun of it, while at the same time being funny and entertaining. Yeah the food can be disgusting (I would probably eat every creation they have made) but the whole concept is to make something so radical you could never imagine seeing it. Plus, the host, Harley Morenstein, has such a great voice (always yelling at food) and perfect one liners (“Dominate species mixing with inferior species in a pot”) that you don’t have to watch it to be entertained.

New episodes come out every Tuesday. All videos can be found at Epic Meal Time’s YouTube channel which was created in September with their first video published in October. They have amassed 37+ million upload views with 350,000+ subscribers. They just launched their own website as well.

Some of my favorite Epic Meal Time videos:

Tequila Taco Night

TurBaconEpic Thanksgiving

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February 24, 2011
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Looking over my last few posts, they all seem to have a negative connotation. Doesn’t really fit my humor filled personality. It is too much work to be mad I think. So a lighter, short post today.

Finally the best sporting game is upon us. Baseball. America’s sport. Don’t let anyone tell you football is America’s sport. It is not. Baseball has such deep roots in our history that to call it anything less is disgraceful.

Most people find baseball to be too slow and boring for them. Yet in football only has 11 minutes of actual play throughout a full game. But those who truly understand the game of baseball know that every pitch is something new. That when a new batter comes to the plate, the players in the field shift appropriately to where the batter will most likely hit the ball. There is so much analyst and thought put into baseball and how to defeat your opponent that most people don’t realize.

I can’t wait for a warm summer day to watch baseball. This year I hope the Seattle Mariners and the New York Yankees (go ahead and boo) do well. There is no doubt the Yankees will, even with a short bullpen. But the Mariners again worry me. Not enough trades and acquisitions this offseason. It will probably be another mediocre year for them, sadly.

World Series prediction: Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Yankees. Yankees take it in 6 games.

Opening Day is March 31.

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I Like Lil Wayne More Than Oreos

February 16, 2011
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The title is true. Lil Wayne is a lyrical genius and he is actually pretty funny. Oreos are delicious but they stick to your teeth and if you don’t have milk they are worthless. But I didn’t think more people liked Lil Wayne than Oreos. The internet has spoken, though, and Lil Wayne set a Guinness World Record for most Facebook ‘likes’ in a 24 hour period. Pretty impressive considering the fact that NabiscoWorld created a whole campaign to generate the most ‘likes’ in a 24 hour period. Lil Wayne just sent out the message “everyone, please “Like” this post. I’m trying to break the Guinness World Record for most “Likes” on a post in 24 hours. Let’s get it!!!” No campaign, no real though, just straight showing that his fans love him and will do anything to get him in the spotlight.

Not only that, but Oreos had a five hour head start on Lil Wayne and Lil Wayne generated five times the number of likes. Yes, Lil Wayne has about 4 million more ‘likes’ on Facebook than Oreos, but not even a million people ‘liked’ either status so I dub that fact null and void.

Now just because Lil Wayne won, doesn’t mean Oreos lost. Yes, for five hours they did hold the Guinness World Record. But all the press and coverage this has generated for Oreos (and Lil Wayne) has put their name out their to thousands, if not millions of people. So a win-win for both parties involved.

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February 16, 2011
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Nothing in the world makes me happier than music. Yes, family and friends (and cats) make me happy. But they can also make you upset. With music, you can always find a song that lifts your spirits or speaks the way you are feeling. Music is a great “therapy” tool. When I am upset, I will sit in my room, music blaring, doing absolutely nothing. And I suddenly feel better. Or if I am happy, I will play music loudly and rock out. The beauty of music is that if one song isn’t working, you have a plethora of others to choose. Whether you like rock, hip hop, electronic or country, there is something out there for you. And to people who say they hate music, what?! How? If you are one of those people, I believe you haven’t looked hard enough. The range of sounds, whether from blue grass or dubstep, is so broad, that there has to be a sound for everyone.

And don’t get me started about concerts. Listening to music at home or in the car is great. But until you enjoy an act live, you will never truly experience what the artist wanted you to hear. The speakers are tweaked and built to produce every sound meant to be heard. You will hear bass and terrible that you never thought existed. And then being within feet of the perform just makes the experience that much more interesting. To see them truly invest their soul and body into something they made for others, it’s very surreal. If your favorite act is coming into town, ignore price and day of the week and go. You will learn to appreciate the artist, and music as whole, even more.

As for my personal taste my two favorite genres are hip hop and dubstep. But you could find me listening to classical, rock, pop, R&B, jazz, etc. at any time. The only music I truly don’t like is country, and I grew up listening to it.

I love hip hop for its lyrical flow and how artists can take words and phrases, and turn them into poetry. It takes a very smart and skilled person to string sentences together and make it sound good. I love dubstep purely for the beats (as if there is more to love about dubstep). The bass can take over your whole body and highs and lows flow so well together. Plus the drops will get anyones head bobbing.

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I'm Jeff. I like PR, sports, politics and traveling. Not in that order. Oh and I also like cats and sharks. Go Cougs!







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