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the adventures of Amazingly Productive Roy [Jan. 30th, 2001|06:19 pm]
Roy Janik
So throughout the course of last night and today, I've done an amazing amount of stuff, mostly involving writing skills of some sort. Let's see...

I e-mailed Pain, basically begging for them to get back together, and hinting that their Austin fanbase is growing.

I e-mailed 101x, basically begging for them to give Lee and Wolfe a shot at commercial radio.

I realize that both of the above endeavors were futile, but it felt good to be "proactive". Teehee.

I finally got to work on programming some actual code at work, which means that I'm at least partially a developer now, and not just a stinkin' tester. So woohoo!

And last but not least, I wrote a brief article on Napster for the KVRX newspaper. This is a rough draft, and there's no guarantee that it will be picked, but I'm proud of myself for writing it.

Here it is:

Napster used to be a guilty pleasure for me. Don't get me wrong, I couldn't
(and can't) resist the allure of downloading damn near any song I want to
WHEN I want to, but it didn't feel exactly wholesome. But with the addition
of a cable modem, using Napster oftentimes became more convenient than just
trying to find the CD I was looking for amidst my pile of discs. However,
there was always a twinge of guilt lurking in the back of my mind. I was
taking what I wanted, but no one was getting anything in return. Even though
I knew this, my willpower was still not strong enough to overcome my lust
for music.

Lately, however, my usage of Napster has shifted greatly, along with my
viewpoint on "what it all means". When I first started using it, I whiled
away the hours acquiring every CD I had ever owned. Once that had been
accomplished, I indulged my fetishes: obscure rap gems from the 80's, lost
songs of "The Judy's", novelty music, bootlegs, etc... In the past month or
so, though, I've run out of ideas. Unchecked, my hunger for new and
interesting music continues to grow. So I turn to others. Someone mentions
Pain, and a song called "Midgets With Guns". It's a band I've never heard
of, so off I go to Napster, and within minutes I'm sampling the rockin',
horn-powered sounds of an unknown but marvelous Alabama band. The process
repeats itself over and over again, and my musical horizons are summarily
broadened. Ozma, Venus Hum, and Dinosaur Moonpark are just a few of the
bands I never would have heard if it weren't for the instant accessibility
of Napster.

I can only conclude that Napster is doing far more good than evil for the
independent and unknown musicians of the world. With this in mind, the
decision of Napster to start charging for its service concerns me. If the
same amount and breadth of music is available to me, then fine. I'm
personally willing to spend about 25 dollars a month to have access. If,
however, the library dwindles away to only rubber-stamped offerings from the
labels who are in on the deal, then no thanks. I fear that without everyone
in the online world being a potential contributor to the pool of sound, I
will never be able to find No Time's "Eat all the Old People" when I want
it. And that, my friends, is a true travesty.

[User Picture]From: zeitgeist
2001-01-30 04:25 pm (UTC)

You are shameless.

You have no shame.

You are devoid of that thing called shame.

Didn't you grow up catholic?

Where is your trusty guilt about bending the truth??
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[User Picture]From: zinereem
2001-01-30 05:07 pm (UTC)

Forgive me father, for I have sinned. It has been 10 years since my last confession...

You see, grasshopper, when you are born Catholic, there are two paths you can take. You can stay in the trenches, always looking down at your shoes, following the good and holy teachings. Or you can look ever skyward, and ascend above the bonds of "honesty", "truth", "responsibility", and "guilt". I, for one, take the high road.

Besides, any chance to plug Pain should not be missed.
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[User Picture]From: nekomouser
2001-01-30 08:23 pm (UTC)

that letter is sweetness.

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[User Picture]From: gigantor
2001-01-31 01:05 am (UTC)

Open and Nappy

If...er, when Napster starts charging, this is what everyone will do:
1) Download napigator
2) connect to the plethora of other Napster servers out there.
Of course, there is openNap, and that is where everyone will most likely move to...
That way everyone can continue to "pirate" music at a leisurely pace. =)
Yes, plugs for Pain and Venus Hum are always good. Yuhhhhhuuhhhhhmmmmmy!
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[User Picture]From: zinereem
2001-02-01 08:02 am (UTC)

Re: Open and Nappy

You know, I keep looking for Stone Weasel on Napster. Which reminds me, I need to talk to you about some mp3s, and certain other asundry acquisitions.
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[User Picture]From: gigantor
2001-02-01 01:37 pm (UTC)

Re: Open and Nappy

hmm...speaking of that supa' fly download page...
Give me a few days...
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[User Picture]From: chrispina
2001-01-31 08:26 am (UTC)
i would pay for it too... but i would expect better service for $$$. Right now, i have a 24k connection, it takes about an hour to download one 5 minute song, and 3 out of 4 songs will have to be redownloaded because the connection is lost or it's a crappy version. i would not pay for what i get now. if napster were to actually provide content, you would not find things like the bob dylan/johnny cash duet of "you are my sunshine" or several different versions of tori amos singing "killing me softly"... try finding those at the cd store. i hope they can figure something out that will keep the record companies from bleating about piracy while not depriving us of music that we just can't get anywhere else.
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[User Picture]From: nekomouser
2001-01-31 09:39 am (UTC)

Under the covers

I have to agree about the service upgrade. If I'm going to pay, which I would, I think Napster should somehow find a way to make people label their covers and songs properly or be fined great deals of money. For example, the Clash did not sing The Safety Dance, Der Kommissar, or Tiptoe through the Tulips. Yet people always give them credit for at least two of the three. They should also let you pay in innovative ways like with eggs and chickens. Just my 2 and half cents worth of salt.
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[User Picture]From: fiberboard
2001-02-01 02:45 am (UTC)

a guilty pleasure

It's lame I know, but it was fun to search for "lee and wolfe" on Napster and find a few folks with several of our mp3s. Life is good. Now if only the 101X ploy works...
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From: ex_foot17
2001-02-08 10:02 pm (UTC)

Oh, God, Pain

Well, Pain's Austin fanbase grew by at least one in the past week. Thanks for the songs, Roy.
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