loony_moony: (Jon Stewart: You had me at "we're fucked)
Thems the facts:

1. The US is in recession. So is the majority of Europe. China and many Arab countries have incredibly strict internet censorship. India seems to be a free agent. So this is your crowd: People who are mostly out of money but are huge consumers of culture in its many variants.

2. Cinema tickets have been on an incredibly steep rise for the past decade, in direct correlation with the plummeting of the economy. First it was sheer post-9/11 escapism, then it was 3D, now it's IMAX. In NYC, a ticket to see an IMAX 3D movie in peak time has already got to $20. If you think the outer areas are cheaper, you're right, but the average salary is lower too.

3. Television is also more expensive. Time Warner Cable offers a "basic" monthly cable plan in NY that starts at $80. That is without channels like HBO, Starz, Showtime and On Demand movies, not to mention subscriptions to specialized sports channels/events, or even pay-per-view. Don't even get me started on porn. And I don't know about you, but in my building, Time Warner has basically bribed the management company to give them exclusive rights to cable access. I've been given to understand that this has become a standard practice.

4. Technology is more expensive. We don't have to start discussing the wide profit margin Apple, LG, BlackBerry, HP and Dell make off their consumers, right? They all have essentially the same Chinese prison-plant making them their gadgets at a cost that is financially dirt cheap, but also treats people like dirt. I'm an Apple consumer. My hands are not clean. I'm merely stating facts.

5. File storage has become vital. Western Digital is making a fortune on physical storage, and domains, blog services, photobucket-like websites and actual storage websites like Megaupload all provide answers to the rapidly increasing demand in storing media and documents which accumulate beyond the average computer/tablet's memory.

So what are we looking at? We're looking at a global community which is groaning under the weight of its addiction to culture. But this is not a weight made by the addiction itself. It's made by the nature of power-hungry, greedy companies, looking to profit as much as possible from their consumers, and those consumers don't have as much money as they used to, if they ever did. And people who can afford everything are a very small percentage of the global community.

And so, like in every community that is hungry but cannot afford food its masters are selling it (oh yes, I'm aware of the Marxist undertones here), thieving spreads.

Another factor taken into account: We have just turned a technological corner from undigitized media. CDs are being discontinued. The era of DVDs and Blu-Ray will come to an end sooner rather than later. Storage is everything now. This is a mitigating factor in the greediness of big companies who create the media content, because the collapse of CDs was a lethal blow to record companies and their parent companies, who counted on charging as much as possible for their products (while essentially shutting the artists out of the profits).

So we are looking at a monster that is big, hungry and greedy for power and money, with a hand in every plate. We are looking at Cthulhu. And today, Cthulhu took down Megaupload.

Megaupload is probably likely to get heavily indicted. We all know that. We all know what we were funding. Allegedly, they did too, according to some released evidence. The problem is far deeper than Megaupload, though, because Megaupload was simply making a quick buck on creating ideal conditions for a widespread phenomenon of people who cannot afford to consume culture at today's prices, but want it nonetheless.

This is not going to stop. Media companies like Warner Brothers, Sony, Universal and Viacom will continue to create culture and ask for increasing prices for it. People will still not be able to afford those prices. Piracy will continue, because as long as companies don't recognize the need for balance, they will not get the results they want. And no unleashing of governmental dragons in form of laws or indictments will help them, or us, the consumers.

What a shithole.
loony_moony: (Jon Stewart: AAAAAAOMG)
THIS IS THE BEST YOUTUBE VIDEO YOU WILL SEE THIS YEAR.



Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] antheia and [livejournal.com profile] drvsilla for recommending it to me!
loony_moony: (Jon Stewart: AAAAAAOMG)
THIS IS THE BEST YOUTUBE VIDEO YOU WILL SEE THIS YEAR.



Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] antheia and [livejournal.com profile] drvsilla for recommending it to me!

And...goth

Feb. 7th, 2011 02:13 am
loony_moony: (SPN: Dean has a hole in his soul)
Disclaimer: I haven't read the books.

I just instant-Netflixed 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' )

And...goth

Feb. 7th, 2011 02:13 am
loony_moony: (SPN: Dean has a hole in his soul)
Disclaimer: I haven't read the books.

I just instant-Netflixed 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' )
loony_moony: (TB: Sunglasses)
Behold, the couple that is as unable to dress itself as it is pretty.



Dear Danneel Harris,

Why are you making me dislike your fashion sense so much? I was THIS CLOSE to commenting about you wearing a fucking HERVE LEGER to that premiere, like we're in 2007 and you're Lindsay Lohan. But the colors were sorta pretty, and you have a rocking body and I love your hair, so I ignored it.

But no.

Jumpsuits are a NO.

Especially jumpsuits with a caftan over them.

Even more so with jumpsuits with a caftan over them, coupled with THOSE SANDALS. Your body might be rocking and your hair might be awesome, but NO. Why are you trying to look like your finacé's grandma? Why are you doing this to your body (since you obviously work on it very very hard)?

D:,

Moonay

--

Dear Jensen Ackles,

No, honey. No. I know you think you can dress yourself, but we really didn't need hipster cowboys in here. Especially hipster cowboys who have your body and your face. No. No no no.

No,

Moonay


Sidenote: Lol, everytime he seems to come out of his house dressed like he so obviously picked his own clothes, I go "oooooh, so he IS straight". LOLIDEK.
loony_moony: (TB: Sunglasses)
Behold, the couple that is as unable to dress itself as it is pretty.



Dear Danneel Harris,

Why are you making me dislike your fashion sense so much? I was THIS CLOSE to commenting about you wearing a fucking HERVE LEGER to that premiere, like we're in 2007 and you're Lindsay Lohan. But the colors were sorta pretty, and you have a rocking body and I love your hair, so I ignored it.

But no.

Jumpsuits are a NO.

Especially jumpsuits with a caftan over them.

Even more so with jumpsuits with a caftan over them, coupled with THOSE SANDALS. Your body might be rocking and your hair might be awesome, but NO. Why are you trying to look like your finacé's grandma? Why are you doing this to your body (since you obviously work on it very very hard)?

D:,

Moonay

--

Dear Jensen Ackles,

No, honey. No. I know you think you can dress yourself, but we really didn't need hipster cowboys in here. Especially hipster cowboys who have your body and your face. No. No no no.

No,

Moonay


Sidenote: Lol, everytime he seems to come out of his house dressed like he so obviously picked his own clothes, I go "oooooh, so he IS straight". LOLIDEK.
loony_moony: (Jon Stewart: AAAAAAOMG)
Is there any way to terminate the batshit insane, stalkery hub of EVIL otherwise known as the spn_gossip community?

ETA: You know what? Nevermind. I just hope Jared gets his lawyers to go after them, at this point.

ETA 2: Aaaaaand now apparently we have Clif involved too, bitching back at the crazies. Supernatural, the only fandom where even the bodyguard wanks online.
loony_moony: (Jon Stewart: AAAAAAOMG)
Is there any way to terminate the batshit insane, stalkery hub of EVIL otherwise known as the spn_gossip community?

ETA: You know what? Nevermind. I just hope Jared gets his lawyers to go after them, at this point.

ETA 2: Aaaaaand now apparently we have Clif involved too, bitching back at the crazies. Supernatural, the only fandom where even the bodyguard wanks online.
loony_moony: (Ten Inch Hero: Can I film it?)
I'm yet to post my SPN episode reaction, mainly because it's HUGE and I'm still writing it. Re-watching "Changing Channels" doesn't help with my concentration either. :D

BUT! Two things unrelated to SPN!

1. From ONTD: 'Our favorite FML Ambassador is an avid pillow humper'

Chosen quotes include: motel guests have been complaining about the loud sobbing that comes from Pattinson’s room at all hours of the night. The only time the crying seems to stop is during one of Pattinson’s vigorous pillow-humping sessions, which happen three-to-four times a day, and last for about five-to-seven minutes each.

During the hump sessions, guests and staff members can clearly hear Pattinson’s bed creaking violently while the star yells out at the top of his lungs, “I am humping a pillow."


OH, RPATTZ. WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? I've missed your epic crazy. Or rather, the epic crazy invented about your life.

2. If you haven't seen "The Daily Show" last night, Jon Stewart ripped super-crazy-annoying Glenn Beck a new one, which is funny, since Beck had a botched hemorrhoids surgery a while back.



OH, JON STEWART. HOW SO EPICALLY AWESOME? I smell another Emmy!
loony_moony: (Ten Inch Hero: Can I film it?)
I'm yet to post my SPN episode reaction, mainly because it's HUGE and I'm still writing it. Re-watching "Changing Channels" doesn't help with my concentration either. :D

BUT! Two things unrelated to SPN!

1. From ONTD: 'Our favorite FML Ambassador is an avid pillow humper'

Chosen quotes include: motel guests have been complaining about the loud sobbing that comes from Pattinson’s room at all hours of the night. The only time the crying seems to stop is during one of Pattinson’s vigorous pillow-humping sessions, which happen three-to-four times a day, and last for about five-to-seven minutes each.

During the hump sessions, guests and staff members can clearly hear Pattinson’s bed creaking violently while the star yells out at the top of his lungs, “I am humping a pillow."


OH, RPATTZ. WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? I've missed your epic crazy. Or rather, the epic crazy invented about your life.

2. If you haven't seen "The Daily Show" last night, Jon Stewart ripped super-crazy-annoying Glenn Beck a new one, which is funny, since Beck had a botched hemorrhoids surgery a while back.



OH, JON STEWART. HOW SO EPICALLY AWESOME? I smell another Emmy!
loony_moony: (SPN: Dean is way too pretty to be allowe)
1. Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] missyjack, AfterElton reviews 'The End', Facebook style, and it's hilarious. I do very much prefer After Elton's attitude towards the slashers among us to Kripke's awkward laughing-at-us-or-with-us fumbling.

2. [livejournal.com profile] keepaofthecheez found original gay erotica that's an actual J2 fic made into original fiction rather than getting submitted to this year's Big Bang. I dunno about you, but I'm all O_O about RPS getting renamed and published.

In other news, Kitty seems to have morphed into a DeanCat, judging by the way she completely hogged my keyboard as I was re-watching "The End" today on my laptop. Okay, it might've been for the warmth, but she had no qualms about staring at the multiple Dean Winchesters on my screen. Girl's got good taste, what can I say. :D
loony_moony: (SPN: Dean is way too pretty to be allowe)
1. Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] missyjack, AfterElton reviews 'The End', Facebook style, and it's hilarious. I do very much prefer After Elton's attitude towards the slashers among us to Kripke's awkward laughing-at-us-or-with-us fumbling.

2. [livejournal.com profile] keepaofthecheez found original gay erotica that's an actual J2 fic made into original fiction rather than getting submitted to this year's Big Bang. I dunno about you, but I'm all O_O about RPS getting renamed and published.

In other news, Kitty seems to have morphed into a DeanCat, judging by the way she completely hogged my keyboard as I was re-watching "The End" today on my laptop. Okay, it might've been for the warmth, but she had no qualms about staring at the multiple Dean Winchesters on my screen. Girl's got good taste, what can I say. :D
loony_moony: (SPN: Dean and his hotness)
This is what I bring you from flist and ONTD while I'm really supposed to be packing my shit for the Flight From Hell.

1. WTF RUPERT EVERETT NOOOOOOOOO!
He got himself a SHITTON of facial surgery and botox. And now he looks like Rupert Everett on "My Best Friend's Wedding" with A BERRY ALLERGY. UGH.

2. Speaking of faces, Sophia Bush has such an adorable one.
I mean, that dress is seriously not doing her any favours, but fuckit, she's gorgeous.

3. Orlando Bloom on the set of his new movie
So, if Dean Winchester had sex with Rupert Friend, and their lovebaby became a cop, this is how he'd look like, yes?

4. Stills from SPN 4x20 (SPOILERS)
Only not really spoilers, as those stills are only of Misha Collins, and don't really disclose the plot of the episode, so feel free to go over and OGLE THE HOTASS.

5. And on Jared and Jensen watch, we have first shots in Oz, baby!
They look well rested and cheerful, and BEARDY HOLY FUCK. I mean, really, Jared? REALLY? Have you no idea just how ridiculous your fuzz looks on you? Jensen, on the other hand, looks like a cuddly little bear (as he always does) with his ickle beard. And since he can grow facial hair by thinking about it, I'd say he's winning this little dude contest.

6. Also in JarednJensen, we have J2 t-shirts for sale.
I bet you $5 that either a) by the end of this year, someone will be dumb enough to show up in on of their cons with one of those t-shirts, or b) we'll have a shot of one of them wearing one of those t-shirts. The black one on the left, in my estimation. *snigger*
loony_moony: (SPN: Dean and his hotness)
This is what I bring you from flist and ONTD while I'm really supposed to be packing my shit for the Flight From Hell.

1. WTF RUPERT EVERETT NOOOOOOOOO!
He got himself a SHITTON of facial surgery and botox. And now he looks like Rupert Everett on "My Best Friend's Wedding" with A BERRY ALLERGY. UGH.

2. Speaking of faces, Sophia Bush has such an adorable one.
I mean, that dress is seriously not doing her any favours, but fuckit, she's gorgeous.

3. Orlando Bloom on the set of his new movie
So, if Dean Winchester had sex with Rupert Friend, and their lovebaby became a cop, this is how he'd look like, yes?

4. Stills from SPN 4x20 (SPOILERS)
Only not really spoilers, as those stills are only of Misha Collins, and don't really disclose the plot of the episode, so feel free to go over and OGLE THE HOTASS.

5. And on Jared and Jensen watch, we have first shots in Oz, baby!
They look well rested and cheerful, and BEARDY HOLY FUCK. I mean, really, Jared? REALLY? Have you no idea just how ridiculous your fuzz looks on you? Jensen, on the other hand, looks like a cuddly little bear (as he always does) with his ickle beard. And since he can grow facial hair by thinking about it, I'd say he's winning this little dude contest.

6. Also in JarednJensen, we have J2 t-shirts for sale.
I bet you $5 that either a) by the end of this year, someone will be dumb enough to show up in on of their cons with one of those t-shirts, or b) we'll have a shot of one of them wearing one of those t-shirts. The black one on the left, in my estimation. *snigger*
loony_moony: (SPN: Daddy Winchester)
Taken from a Fug entry about Robert Downey Jr. HERE.

"...The entire reason I took to the whole Denny Duquette character on Grey's Anatomy, at least initially, is because Jeffrey Dean Morgan kind of resembles you, and if you two were to play brothers in something soon, the resulting fiery conflagration would be due to America's collective loins burning with approval."

And my brain went "YES!!! *IMPLODE*"
loony_moony: (SPN: Daddy Winchester)
Taken from a Fug entry about Robert Downey Jr. HERE.

"...The entire reason I took to the whole Denny Duquette character on Grey's Anatomy, at least initially, is because Jeffrey Dean Morgan kind of resembles you, and if you two were to play brothers in something soon, the resulting fiery conflagration would be due to America's collective loins burning with approval."

And my brain went "YES!!! *IMPLODE*"
loony_moony: (SPN: What do you mean I look like Justin)
Okay, is it just me, or does anyone else also feel that fucking EVERYONE is at Comic Con right now? And I'm not talking only about fandom people. Jared, Jensen, JDM, BALE, Samuel L. Jackson, etc. etc.

Okay, it could be just me. BUT. Dude. HOLLYWOOD HAS INVADED SAN DIEGO. You know, EVEN MORE THAN LAST YEAR. Or at least that's how it seemed to me when I was reading last week's Entertainment Weekly.

Nevermind that, though. I just saw 'The Dark Knight' this morning in Imax and it was BEYOND AMAZING. Seriously one of the best movie of the year, and if Heath Ledger doesn't get a Golden Globe AT THE VERY FUCKING LEAST for his turn as the Joker, IMMA BITE EVERYONE IN THE ASS LIKE A RABID DOG.

*koff* :D
loony_moony: (SPN: What do you mean I look like Justin)
Okay, is it just me, or does anyone else also feel that fucking EVERYONE is at Comic Con right now? And I'm not talking only about fandom people. Jared, Jensen, JDM, BALE, Samuel L. Jackson, etc. etc.

Okay, it could be just me. BUT. Dude. HOLLYWOOD HAS INVADED SAN DIEGO. You know, EVEN MORE THAN LAST YEAR. Or at least that's how it seemed to me when I was reading last week's Entertainment Weekly.

Nevermind that, though. I just saw 'The Dark Knight' this morning in Imax and it was BEYOND AMAZING. Seriously one of the best movie of the year, and if Heath Ledger doesn't get a Golden Globe AT THE VERY FUCKING LEAST for his turn as the Joker, IMMA BITE EVERYONE IN THE ASS LIKE A RABID DOG.

*koff* :D

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