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I cooked [Dec. 3rd, 2002|10:57 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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Biked to the gym this morning because it's getting too cold to run outside, but even the bike ride to the gym was freezing. Guess I have to drive to the gym now? My gym membership expires in 3-4 days. Not sure what to do.... don't want to pay more than the introductory rate that I'm paying now (something like $30/month)

I made a fancy dinner.... well, fancy by my can't-cook-worth-shit standards: lemon pepper marinated chicken breasts, spanish rice with tomato chunks, green beans, rolls. Very tasty. And I have left-overs.

I hate servers. With as many servers as LJ has, several are always breaking at any given time. Hate isn't even a strong enough word, but I tried to avoid a string of profanity. I'm behind in just about everything I'm currently involved in, mostly due to servers taking up all my time.

Things like this just infuriate me: http://www.s-t.com/daily/08-96/08-23-96/b02li056.htm
(link from krow)

Lately, nothing really interests me and nobody inspires me.

[User Picture]From: niko
2002-12-03 11:11 pm (UTC)
Please tell me that link is fake. Please please tell me it's unmarked satire.
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[User Picture]From: dpb
2002-12-03 11:23 pm (UTC)
"Songwriters are small-business people who write songs to make a living...The royalties allow them to send their kids to Girl Scout camp, too."

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[User Picture]From: nemo
2002-12-03 11:49 pm (UTC)


Ascap contends that its members have contributed heavily to the Scouts over the years. In 1940, Irving Berlin donated all future royalties from his "God Bless America" to the New York City Boy Scout and Girl Scout councils. Although the Scouts still get royalties from it, Mr. Lo Frumento concedes that, nevertheless, they can't sing it without paying the fee.

If the difference between the fee and the royalties they receive (= what Ascap keeps) is still not small enough that the Scouts would pay it, then what becomes of their argument that dpb brought up?
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[User Picture]From: supersat
2002-12-04 01:01 am (UTC)
That article makes me sick. I feel even better now about using music-sharing apps. ;)
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[User Picture]From: patrick
2002-12-04 01:15 am (UTC)
Jesus, is the world going to hell in a handbasket or what?
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[User Picture]From: hawk
2002-12-04 06:19 am (UTC)
Has this situation been resolved at all since 1996, or has it just gotten worse? The article isn't really crosslinked or anything so I wasn't sure where to start researching.
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[User Picture]From: krow
2002-12-04 09:18 am (UTC)
Sounds like they realized that they had messed up and started back tracking as fast as they could.
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[User Picture]From: hawk
2002-12-04 10:11 am (UTC)
yeah, there was an interesting article on Intellectual Property that basically said as much. One major systemic problem seems to be that copyright law doesn't really provide for much in the way of competition over a given product. Ascap is essentially a monopoly, and so the resulting royalty fees got out of control.
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[User Picture]From: scsi
2002-12-04 07:09 pm (UTC)
Bah, greedy people..

But hey, at least you didnt get held up at gunpoint at your job on monday..
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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-12-04 08:08 pm (UTC)
Whoa --- you did?
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[User Picture]From: scsi
2002-12-07 01:15 pm (UTC)
Sure did.. Gun in mah face and everything.. I would tell the story, but I dont want to litter your journal with profanities.. :)
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