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Jamming camcorders in movie theaters

Jamming camcorders in movie theaters

As someone who occasionally downloads movies from Kaazaa from time to time, I’m totally confused by how this is such a big deal. The article says: “According to Cinea’s grant abstract, the motion picture industry loses some $3 billion a year due to piracy, including the sale of illegal copies made using camcorders in theaters. The company predicted that its efforts could cut movie piracy by 50 percent” okay, I’ll be honest. I downloaded 40 Days and 40 Nights because I was midly curious to see it. Mildly curious as in, “Not curious to spend $12.00 at the theatre, and not curious to go to the video store and rent it out.” mildly curious. I MIGHT (and I emphasize the word might here) have watched it if I stumbled on it on City TV in a couple of years when it comes to free TV. I saw it one night while I was searching for divX movies…I downloaded it. I burned it to CD, and it’s sat in my desk for the last two months. I haven’t watched it, other than to make sure I didn’t download porn.

I don’t even have the impetus to watch the damn thing. So how exactly did the movie industry lose any money on that transaction? How have they lost money on any of the other DivX movies I’ve downloaded? I saw Star Wars Episode II in theatres twice. One night I downloaded it because I wanted to watch it again (and it was out of theatres by August). I watched it a couple more times. When the DVD comes out will I buy it? HELL YEAH! Geez, would I rather have a state of the art Dolby Digital 6.1 surround sound mix, or my crappy little CD that you can hear the dude who filmed the movie eat popcorn? Do the math. Lucas didn’t lose dime ONE on this transaction (unless the movie studios are so naive as to believe that the two times I watched Episode II on the VCD that I burned I would have gone to the theatre…once in the middle of a work day, and the other time at 12:00 at night when I was stuck at work).

Geez, you know, now that I think about it, I estimate that I lose about $600.00 a year in movies that I see in a theatre which should really be experienced on the small screen (see “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” as an example), and probably another $100.00 a year in late fees, and movies that I just return without watching them through because the movie isn’t compelling enough to watch in one sitting, and I don’t get through it.

Where’s my cash Hollywood?


Woodster is an incredible site with some really great design. I’ve been surfing through this site for an hour now and I’m amazed at the depth of content in here, and how great the portfolio section is. This is what a portfolio site should be.

I especially love the style guide section. So simple, but so amazing.

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Best of

Because I love…I’m including a “Best of” list.

Album du jour: Disturbed: Believe. Their newest album rocks…not as much as their debut…but it still rocks.

DVD of the Week: Hulk Still Rules. The bio of Hulk Hogan, along with 4 hours of classic matches (stuff like his AWA bad guy days, and Orndorff vs Hogan at Exhibition Place in Toronto). It’s really good.

Game of the Week: Hot Shots Golf III, but only until Grand Theft Auto Vice City comes out, or I break down and buy Kingdom Hearts next week (whichever comes first).

Website of the Week: Comic Book Resources used to be my favourite site…then it wasn’t…and now thanks to Mark Millar’s column, Pop Life by Matt Fraction, and Lying in the Gutters by Rich Johnson, it’s my favourite again.

Comic of the Week: Ultimate Spider-Man #28. The intro of the Rhino…and Spidey doesn’t even meet up with him!

Looking forward to: The Buffy the Vampire Slayer “Once More With Feeling” soundtrack. This looks really good!

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It’s time for a change

For something like two years has said “Change is coming”…what a load of CRAPOLA! It’s finally true though. I’m going to go through in the next three months and re-design all three of my major sites. HeadsDown is going to get the first overhaul, I’m going to plug in a content management solution (HeadLines), re-do the front jump page, and make it do what it should do. HeadsDown needs to be a portal for all of my stuff…and that’s just what it’s going to be.

What can you, my adoring public expect on HeadsDown? How’s this for a start?

Services – What I can offer folks. You want custom video? Done. You need a website? Got it. You want a peruvian rug? I’m your man.

Portfolio – What I’ve done.

Tools – The HeadsDown difference.

Weekly (or monthly) updates on what HeadsDown is doing.

Spotlights on past projects (every week I’ll focus on a prior client).

Latest news on my other sites.

Tales will be next. Gone will be the Comics and Movies sections. Great ideas, just didn’t get enough done with them. In will be a new writing section where my Wrestling columns can live. I’ll keep the main page information only, but I want to have some more pictures and stuff going on.

The Char and Brian site needs a re-vamp since it hasn’t been touched in over a year. We’ll see what we can see with that one.

Finally, the Stinky Monkeys will need a re-vamp in time for the Winter Floor hockey season. I’m going to try to captain a team this winter and see who wants to come out.

I’ve got a couple of designs for HeadsDown on the go, and I’ll post them as soon as I get a chance.

In the meantime, I’m working on a website for local comic shop “Shining Knight Comics”, and I’ll post some stuff about that here soon.

Until then…stay tuned!



Denim is a cool tool that lets you develop schematics really quickly. It’s really useful, and something that I’m using every day.

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Send out a mass e-mail and you’re a dick

…have a website with your personal feelings…and you’re “wired”

So is finally up. I’ve finally got a week off. So far I’m two days in and all I’ve done is read Harry Potter and play video games. That’s not entirely fair, today I applied to Centennial College for a part time teaching position.

Tomorrow I’m actually going to go and run some errands!!! I know, what a wild concept. Thursday and Friday are “project” days…and something may actually come out of them that will change the way that this site works.

Who knows? I may just be blowing smoke.

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Whisper a prayer for the dyin’

A quick prayer to the gods of the information super-highway.Yeah, hi there, remember me? Name’s Brian Garside. Some call me B-Roqq, others call me Darkside, this is a quick little shout out to whatever Deus Ex Machinae there are out there.

See the post below me? See how it’s more than a month old? That ain’t right. You gotta help me out here. See this site was supposed to launch two weeks ago. I’m supposed to be on vacation right now (why do I suddenly sound like Dante Hicks from Clerks? “But I’m not even supposed to BEEEEE here today.”?), that ain’t happening. My back up vacation week was next week…that ain’t happening either. My final choice for $1,000.00 is the following week, that may also not be happening, so that sucks balls.

I’ve missed the entire summer, and I’ll never get it back. The month of August? Totally gone since I’ve worked 3 out of 4 weekends. I’ve worked over 100 hours of overtime since the middle of July, and I know I’ll never get that back.

So if you could just help me out and let us launch bug free by the end of the day today, I’d be happy. It would really improve my mood, and let me maybe catch my breath. All I want is to be able to play around with HeadsDown, maybe give this site a quick make-over, read a book, make dinner for my wife, and play video games…that’s not askin’ too much is it? Maybe I could catch a couple of movies too! I know that’s askin’ a lot, but it would be fun.

Also, the powers that be think we’re going to be ready to go into full production mode the first week of September, yeah, the same week that we’ll still be in the middle of trying to get some much needed vacation into. Just make them see that it’s not reasonable to get an already burnt out team into new development. Have them let us re-charge our batteries, it would be nice if they encouraged us to re-charge, but I’m not expecting miracles here (otherwise I’d ask that they not put all their eggs in the Fantasy Sports basket).

Help a brother out would ya?

Thanks. B-Roqq.

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Almost two weeks without internet…

This is the first time since July 3rd that I’ve had internet access…now for most people that wouldn’t be a big deal, but for me it’s like taking away my TV! I spend way more time online than I do in front of a TV, so not having it has forced me to do other useless pursuits like watch way more movies on DVD than normal, watch an additional 12 episodes of Buffy off the Season 2 DVDs, and generally just do little odds and ends on my computer that I’ve been putting off (working on our wedding video, organizing my fonts, those kinds of things). It’s amazing though how many of those little things often dovetail into surfing. While doing the video I found that none of my video was producing a video image…I needed to go online, but I couldn’t. While organizing my fonts, I remembered that I keep some online, couldn’t access them.

Here’s the joy’s I’ve had with Bell since July 3rd (partially so that I can read them to the Bell Billing folks tomorrow when I ask for some free service).

Wednesday July 3rd

Phone goes out when a Bell technician is installing phones for neighbours across the street (while installing the phone, he mixed up the lines between the upstairs and downstairs phones over there as well).

Friday July 5th,

Bell technician fixes our phone service at 8:00pm, informs me that he will call Sympatico to have the DSL re-installed on the line.

Saturday July 6th, 12:00pm call Sympatico to ask about DSL service being re-installed on the line, they ask me to do a modem test, modem is not working. A second level tech is called.

Saturday July 6th, 12:30pm, second level tech calls back, tells me that the issue needs to be escalated to Networking. Will probably be fixed by Tuesday night.

Tuesday July 9th. 6:00pm. I call Sympatico about this, and he informs me that the ticket was wrong, and that it will probably take 72 hours for the Networking people to get to this problem.

Thursday July 11th, Phone call from 1 877-909-4722. We do a modem test. Modem not responding. He dispatches a tech for Friday from 5-9, asks me to be at home to receive tech.

Friday July 12th, 8:30pm. I call 1 877-909-4722 to find out the status of the technician. Am told that he should have called to inform me that he wouldn’t be coming by, because the problem was a CO problem having to do with the AP which the tech didn’t have access to. He said that someone would call Saturday to arrange things further.

Saturday 12:30pm. Called 1 877-909-4722 to find out the status of the call. Was told that the ticket wasn’t closed properly, and that the new problem wasn’t opened, phone support opened new ticket and said they’d have it fixed either Saturday, Sunday, or Monday.

Saturday July 13th, 12:45pm, phone dead. Went outside to find out if anyone is working on phone line. Didn’t see anyone in a 30 minute bicycle riding sweep of neighbourhood. Nobody found.

Saturday July 13th, 1:23pm, called 1 877-909-4722 and reported latest problem with phone being dead.

Sunday July 14th, 9:33am. Called 416 310-2355 and asked to speak to a supervisor. Spoke to Sandra at ext 1302. Told her of the troubles, told her of the frustration, told her of the patience with which I have given up to now, and told her that the problems have to be fixed by EOD today or I am going elsewhere. Was told that they are working on the phone line right now, and they would get the DSL working today. Sandra also promised to keep me in the loop with regular status updates.

Sunday 10:35am, Sandra calls to let me know that someone is coming by soon.

Sunday 11:30pm, tech comes by. Discovers the problem is at the junction box. Hooks the wires up. Tests the signal, finds out it’s very strong. Hooks the outside lines for our house back up. Comes inside, tests high speed, and finds it working perfectly. Leaves. Total time on job? 1 hour.

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The hits just keep on coming

So on Tuesday night, a transformer on our block blew up, and we lost our power for the night. That was fun. It came back at 1:30am, unfortunately that meant that we had about 4 hours without AC, a fan, lights, you name it. It really sucked…and I was right in the middle of watching an episode of Buffy.

Last night we got home and found that the geniuses at Bell had somehow cut off our phone! I called them and they said they’d get a technician out to our house right away…as early as Friday at 9:00pm! Then if the problem is in house, I can have either 9-5, or 12-8. Nice!

Needless to say, I’ll be staying home tomorrow to do wait for the phone company, and I’ll be working late tonight to get stuff done.

Plus of course we’ve got no garbage pick-up, the gym is closed (due to the strike), and now all of the inside workers are on strike.

I hate this city.

BGMi has put a stop to Instant Messenger because it’s a “security hazzard”, of course there’s a way around it…and it’s really simple. They’ve also put a stop to Web Mail…again, there’s a way around it. Tonight I found out that WebSense blocks, so I just used my little trick to get around it. Why do they even bother?

Thank god I’m only downtown for another month, I don’t think I could take much more of these draconian policies. Ugh.

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That’ll teach me for not saving…

I just wrote a sweet Blog post about how I’m going to Blog more often because it only takes 10 minutes, I got side tracked reading an article on C-Net, and then I accidentally hit the back button on this browser and lost my post.

Anyway, I was saying that I’m working on a couple of tools, HeadLines, a news posting tool (much like Blogger, but written in Perl, and with a voting system and a commenting system built in). I’m also working on a poll system, and a better message board system. I’ll probably bundle all of the tools together, and create some sort of system where I can turn one off and another on.

I’m also looking into building a tool that will create XML files rather than traditional HTML files, which I’d be able to re-purpose into some of my Flash stuff that I’m working on.

This was a fun weekend. We didn’t do a whole lot, other than have a barbeque on Friday night, go suit shopping on Saturday (I got a new suit, two sweet shirts, and a new tie for under $400.00, which was a great deal…major league sales on right now), rent a couple of movies (I rented The Princess and the Warrior on Thursday night, and we rented The Man who Wasn’t There on Saturday). We went to Paul and Leah’s on Sunday to see their new baby, and lazed around the house today, before playing Baseball tonight (we lost in case you haven’t visited the Stinky Monkeys site).

That’s my biggies for right now. If all this goes as planned, I’ll start positioning HeadsDown as a legitimate internet service provider in the next few months…because god only knows how long BCE will be around in this financial enviornment.

Quick “Best of” list:

Album du jour: Eminem: The Eminem Show. Solid album, better than Marshall Mathers, some awesome songs including “Cleaning out my Closet”, and of course “Without Me”.

DVD of the Week:: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2. What a great season. Angel goes bad. Spike and Drusilla are awesome. Seth Green’s in it…what more could you want? I think I liked Season 3 slightly more, but I’m half way through Season 2 right now, and it’s awesome.

Game of the Week: Warcraft III, what can I say except…awesome!

Website of the Week: I’ve been checking out Ray of again. I love what some people can do with Flash.

Comic of the Week: Spider-Man/Black Cat, The Evil That Men Do (1 of 4): Kevin Smith, Terry Dodson, what more do you need? Great comic, awesome read, wicked art. A perfect blend of what makes a good comic book.