They Look Real Cute In A Bucket

28 02 2007

I think every man and his dog cat have linked this, but it’s the most awesome song ever.

Cat Me If You Can by Agile Like This

Sorry for the link, but it looks like I can’t embed YouTube vids 😦





TV is Safe Again

28 02 2007

Good news friends, I’m not going to be on TV after all.

Click, the BBC’s technology show approached me today about an interview for an upcoming show on DRM. Sadly I live in the provincial rain-soaked midlands and can’t get to London to make the interview. Despite the lack of my shining presence, they’ve promised to feature my petition and the Defective by Design (DBD) site in the feature which will apparently present views from both the pro and anti camps.

It’s a shame as I would have liked to get the DBD message out in person, and I have to mention that Peter Brown from the Free Software Foundation was there to back me up if I did get on. Big thanks guys!
Guess I’ll just have to keep putting up anti-DRM posters at work and bitching under my breath. It’s probably a good thing anyway, I don’t think I have an offensive enough T-shirt for the occasion.





Murderer’s Parent Speaks Out

22 02 2007

If you read one web article today, read this.

Back on the 19th Penny Arcade’s Gabe posted a comment about parent’s taking responsiblity for the development of their children. Written in PA’s usual tounge in cheek style, it was entertaining to read the gamer’s take on the recent killing of a homeless man, by three teenagers no less. What really makes this worth reading is the reply Gabe got by a person describing themselves as one of the children’s step-parents.

It’s an insightful article that higlights that kids problems just can’t be attributed to a single cause. I work in the Social Services department of a county council, and although I have no direct contact with our service users the stories that I come across as part of my job are sometimes horrifying.

I feel that these kids have been failed. I don’t think that anyone is born broken, but somewhere a bunch of things have gone wrong. Blaming any single cause is asinine and patronising to those involved, realising that these kids need more than just councelling is essential. What is required is a ratified and sensible system for removing them from society and fixing their problems, not just locking them up.





FF XII

21 02 2007

I’m bizarrely and feverishly excited by the new Final Fantasy.

Sure X was nothing to shout about and the last JRPG that I finished was FF IX in 2002, but the whole ethos behind the new game excites me. The thing about RPGs for me is the grind, often I find that the game gets in the way of the story; a bit of a strange sentiment, I admit.

Last week I finished Phoenix Wright 2 on the DS, which I loved dearly. I’ll concede that there is very little actual game in there, but the title is attractive in the same way that a comic is. In fact Phoenix Wright is comparable to reading a manga, just in a slightly different format. This is something that Hotel Dusk is attempting somewhat successfully, if my foray into the game is anything to go by.

We’ll see how XII goes, and deal with the inevitable disappointment when I get my paws on it.





DRM Petition Update

20 02 2007

The response to my petition to ban DRM came through yesterday. It’s hardly a glowing endorsement of the Anti-DRM movement, but does at least state that the government will allow some exceptions to IP laws when it comes to format shifting. The question is though; will it be legal to break DRM methods for the purposes of moving media to different formats?

My guess is no. I guess until more pressure is applied to those applying the DRM to their product, the practice is going to continue.

I’ve been enjoying the amount of coverage that the DRM backlash has been garnering over the past few weeks, with even Steve Jobs getting behind us (Asine9 even got a mention on ZDNet news; scary!). Still, any movement on the fight to do away with DRM is good despite some music companies burying their heads in the sand.





More NSFW cartoons

8 02 2007

To stay on theme, I’ve just found the funniest manga page ever.

Is this comedy? 😀

Check out the rest of Clone Manga for more awesome strips. There is some high quality stuff on there, not just peurile (read: fun) comedy.





More Zelda Videos

2 02 2007

Okay, I couldn’t resist these.

Described as ‘The two greatest game endings ever produced’, it makes you realise why Nintendo is so protective of their IP now.

‘I Won!’ <vomit>

[Via  Destructoid]