# Free John Hinckley

posted on 2012-07-17 01:15:15

# Why people still torrent music

posted on 2012-02-10 17:15:32

Last night, I had a good time talking to my friend Lauren, who's doing an internship in publishing, book publishing that is, and Sarah and I got to talk about our experiences with ebooks.  So, today, when I found out that Kettcar had released a new album, I decided to try out the best that modern music purchasing had to offer and I looked the album up on Amazon.

There was even an exciting 1-click ordering button on the page, which I decided to try.  I was brought to another page that seemed to say I had bought the album, and gave me a link to amazon's web-based music player and then.... nothing.

Still nothing, 20 minutes later, in fact.

I could have torrented this album ten times over in that time. And I would be listening to it now, and not at whatever point in the future Amazon decides to give it to me.

## Now the actually useful part

For those of you who want a nice clean process and are on Linux, let me direct you to clamz.  Clamz lets you use .amz file that amazon will let you download to download music directly to your computer.  Those using fedora can get at it with

sudo yum install clamz

and I'm led to believe that Debian users can chant their own incantations for it as well.  It's a commandline tool, but it only does one thing that's important, so the spell is just

clamz [amazon-file].amz

which will download all of the music that file tells it about into whatever folder you're in.  Then, you're all set.

# Writer's Block

posted on 2009-06-25 19:43:00

I was watching an interview with John K Samson where he talks about John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats, who told him his thoughts about writer's block, which are as follows: Writer's block is a bourgeois luxury. There's no such thing as steel-worker's block, or seven-eleven-employee's block - so get back to work!

I found that a rather interesting way of thinking about it, and perhaps an important one, too. Sometimes, it seems, if you want to get something done, you just need to keep beating away at it, despite it resisting. Writing seems like such a luxury item itself sometimes, with all of the narcissism it necessarily entails (i.e. the assumption that you writing anything is a worthwhile effort for anyone's benefit). That said, I think I believe in these sorts of luxuries - writing, music, storytelling, et al. I believe in them because I don't believe in a priori purpose, and because being able to communicate with each other seems a remarkable achievement to me, and a celebration of this thing we call life.

# Of Punks and Phonemes

posted on 2009-03-16 04:17:00

On Friday the 13th of March, I finally got to see Propagandhi in concert!I was not sure what to expect from my favorite Anarchist, Feminist,Anti-Fascist, etc. band, but they certainly didn't disappoint. I knew the music would be good - and seeing them in concert only drove home the notion that they are actually rather good at what they do. The speed and variety of music they play is, I think, really quite impressive. That said, Jord looks intense enough while playing to be very convincing as someone very invested in what they're doing.

I was also happy to see the AK Press being tabled by a local, communal bookshop. I bought a copy of The Modern School Movement: Anarchism And Education In The United States, which sounded really neat. I'm interested in education reform, having been at the mercy of the US education system for some years now, and sometimes finding it wanting for common sense and sympathy.

I've also been excited in linguistic areas, having been loaned a copy of げんき Volume 1, which, hopefully, I'll learn some 日本語 from.I've also been trying to read Der Dichter by Herman Hesse, in hopes of getting a better grasp on German grammar through experience. We'll see how that works.