RIAA on the rampage again

Yeah yeah yeah – the RIAA thinks they can sue people into stopping sharing music. They just slapped lawsuits on almost 500 more swappers. And the funny part, most of them will settle out of court for a mere fraction of the actual “fee”, paying only about $3,000 for their swapping of music on the internet. So the big bad RIAA trys to bully around the public, and the swapping will decrease for a couple months… Then it’ll go right back up. What exactly does this solve? Not a damn thing. The only thing it does, is fills the pocketbooks of the lawyers… And isn’t that where you really want the money for music to go? I’ve said it for years, the money should go directly to the artist! Do not pass go, do not collect $200 – Give all the damn money to the person(s) who wrote, sung, performed, and composed the music… Then make it up to the artist to decide how much the managers get, the promotion people, the record company… But no, we have to make the artist get the least amount of the profit (if any) thanks to this wonderful group called the RIAA. And who is involved with the RIAA? The record companies, of course!! Makes perfect sense… doesn’t it?

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More Shrek 2 Stuff

Just found this article on the net (via SlashDot) about the behind the scenes stuff that Dreamworks Animation did for Shrek 2 – very interesting stuff. They’re getting better and better at imitating real life. When Pixar’s “The Incredibles” comes out this fall, you’ll see even better advances in how animation is looking more and more like real life – and it’s probably scaring the hell outta the real life actors too!!

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Karaoke – the REAL american Idol

Yes, the final performance of American Idol was tonight, and I really didn’t care to watch. Why? Just didn’t catch my interest like it did last year – Instead I headed out to the local bar and sung a few tunes myself – And I did quite well, I might add. In fact, everyone that was at the bar that sung did a great job, it was a night filled with great local talent. Karaoke is a lost art, I’m sure – but seems like the bars still keep filling up for people to sing good songs, horrible songs, and totally off key songs. None were like that tonight, one guy even did Ray Stevens “The Streak” and it sounded like Ray was actually there! 🙂 Me? I sung “The Freshmen”, “What was I thinkin'”, and “Amazed”… Someday I’ll record my work, and put it somewhere… If you’ve never sung Karaoke in your life, give it a try one time – it won’t hurt… Ya never know, you might like it. Plus even if the first time is off-key, practice makes perfect. I’ve came a long way in the last year or two, and it shows.

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