Found myself speaking with the parent of a small child I was amusing* at a restaurant:
"Are you an actor?"
"Not exactly. Why do you ask?"
"Well, you're very animated..."
"And yet, you didn't ask if I was a cartoon."
*OK, truth be told, we were amusing each other.
Health Care, positive yet odd experience.
I got a flu shot today.
I also realized it was the first time since March a human being who did not live in my home was in physical contact with me.
Thankfully they were efficient, pleasant, and really good at their job.
Which technically makes 2020 the year I was happy to be stabbed in a public place by a masked stranger.
Zoom is deleting events that criticize Zoom censorship... 🤨https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/janelytvynenko/zoom-deleted-events-censorship
this is absolutely beautiful https://www.nfb.ca/film/how-to-be-at-home/
(made me weep. no-one is impervious to feeling all this separation - at least I'm not)
Listen to an audiobook. https://librivox.org/ has free, public domain books recorded by volunteers.
A reminder to all creative people:
If the RIAA's recent actions have reminded us of anything, it's that you cannot guarantee you have a copy of any of your work unless you have backups of it on your own system.
The 'cloud' is someone else's computer, and there is ample evidence that the someone else who owns that computer does not care at all about the hours of passion you've poured into things you make.
Oh look, the RIAA is at it again
Blast from the past! I was downloading copies of videos from my old youtube channel so I can shut it down, but then found this video posted by a fan (my dad) of that one time I was in a rock band. https://yewtu.be/watch?v=RoRG3guioNg
GitHub has removed the ability to access youtube-dl's source code due to a DMCA request by the RIAA
... The clear purpose of this source code is to (i) circumvent the technological protection measures used by authorized streaming services such as YouTube, and (ii) reproduce and distribute music videos and sound recordings owned by our member companies without authorization for such use. We note that the source code is described on GitHub as “a command-line program to download videos from YouTube.com and a few more sites.” ...
Micah F. Lee (EFF/The Intercept @micahflee https://nitter.net/micahflee/status/1319746131723628544?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet
"RIAA blitz takes down 18 GitHub projects used for downloading YouTube videos"
HN discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24872911
Censorship, propaganda, surveillance, and targeted manipulation are inherent characteristics of monopoly: https://joindiaspora.com/posts/7bfcf170eefc013863fa002590d8e506
RMS, "The Right to Read" (1997): https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/right-to-read.en.html
Remember that the RIAA is a bad-publicity-deflection cartel of its major members. These are:
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+1 for youtube-dl accessibility (personal experience)
I download videos (not music/movies, mind you) during an "unmetered period" late at night since I cannot fully utilize my home internet connection
if YTDL went away, I'd effectively be limited to one video a day, and it'd have to be at 360p or 480p, and no longer than 10-15 (20 max) minutes unless I wanted to 'gamble' on whether our monthly quote would be covered until the next period
also, it doesn't roll over
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