October 31, 2004
With my current host, I have a one terabyte bandwidth quota. That should be enough for most anyone, but apparently not for me:
With less than two hours to go before my October monthly limit is reset, I’ve used 995 of my 1000 GB. (A disturbing 262GB of that was the Tony Hawk/Star Wars Kid video.)
Snopes on the rapidly spreading Texas vote mishap — I’ve seen several friends mention this already
Economist's overall view of the changing music industry — how they’re trying to adapt
Simon Carless on the Fragdolls controversy — exposing Ubisoft’s Monkee-style manufactured girlgamer clan
NYT on Nick Nolte Diary — Greg Allen mentions my role in the site’s fast spread
I make an active effort to avoid discussing politics on my site. Like religion, political convictions are deeply-held, highly personal, and nearly impossible to persuade.
That said, I’d like to point you to Internet Veterans for Truth’s “Never Forget”, an election-related campaign that launched a few minutes ago. They’re featuring tons of documentary video highlighting the records of both George W. Bush and John Kerry.
Regardless of your political leanings, I’m impressed by this new form of political protest. This group of computer geeks (and close friends) is expressing themselves in the way they know best: by making information as freely available as possible.
They’ve collected hundreds of megabytes of video, all available for instant streaming over
five ten 100Mbit lines. (For those less technical, this is an absolutely staggering amount of bandwidth.) In addition to streaming over http, all of the clips are also available from their BitTorrent server. (Including one 260MB torrent of every video.)
This reminds me of Marc Perkel, who rented a $2000 server for the month to serve high-quality downloads of Fahrenheit 9/11, but taken to the next level. (I wouldn’t be surprised to see several documentaries hosted in their entirety by the weekend.)
The copyright issues are interesting… Almost all the video is under copyright, but because it’s being moderated and used as a form of protest, it’s being turned into political speech. I doubt a free speech/fair use argument would fly in court, but more importantly, I don’t think the copyright holders will care in the days leading up to the election.
October 30, 2004: They added complete, high-quality versions of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Going Upriver, ready for streaming or download. This is an unprecedented move.
Upcoming.org's most popular events and metros — NYC is, by far, the most active on the site
2004's Scariest Halloween Costumes — Florida’s touchscreen voting, Lynndie England, Nader, and more
I'm Not That Adam Levine — phone messages meant for the lead singer of Maroon 5
Ashlee Simpson-branded iPod — the karaoke edition
Wil Wheaton plays a news reporter in GTA San Andreas — the rest of the voice talent includes George Clinton, Chuck D, Ice-T, James Woods, David Cross, Axl Rose, and Charlie Murphy! (via)
President Bush election site blocking non-US visitors — banning his overseas supporters seems like a bad move (via)
Kaki King's Playing with Pink Noise — very good acoustic guitar noise
Billboard debuts Top Ringtone charts — the global ringtone market was $3.5 billion in 2003!?
Howard Stern drops in on FCC head Michael Powell's radio interview — it’s at 32:20 in the heated and excellent MP3
Sim Horror, a massive haunted house in Second Life — the game world continually rewards creativity
NYT's unfocused article on web memes — it feels like it was thrown together overnight
Republican insider e-mails accidentally sent to georgewbush.org — his real site is .com, not .org (via)