Themes, Privacy, FLAC

It’s been a productive day, here at home on MLK, Jr. day. I finally found a theme worth a damn. The name wp-andreas09 isn’t very sexy, but the theme looks good. Mad props to Andreas Viklund and Ainslie Johnson for creating, maintaining, and giving their themes away so that clowns like me can have a purdy site.

Plus it also has prominent RSS feed links, so you don’t have to go find the bottom of the page anymore.

I also took the opportunity to crawl out of my hole and introduce myself, though not extensively, and add a privacy policy. I didn’t need to do that quite yet, but as I experiment with Google AdSense I’ll need one.

And I discovered that my Interpol “Antics” CD has a huge scratch in it. It’s the straw that broke the camel’s back, if you will. I’ve been meaning to start backing my CDs up, and I just decided to convert them all to FLAC format. That way, if I lose or damage one I can replicate it again. I’d ripped them all to MP3 about 7 years ago, but MP3 is so 1996. I’ll probably end up transcoding them to MP3 again, though. I’ll write a script to do it and leave one of my R&D servers churning on it some weekend. 🙂

1 thought on “Themes, Privacy, FLAC”

  1. Glenn Loos-Austin wrote in an interesting commentary in Glenn’s Junk Chest titled Ownership:

    The media giants have been very clear in their position. You don’t own your content, you have a license to view/use it from them. In their eyes, you’re not allowed to make a backup copy, install it on your iPod, watch it on a device built for a foreign region, etc., because the license they set all the terms for doesn’t cover that.

    Now, take one of those shiny discs, with the content you’ve licensed. Gaze at it warmly. Fondle its smooth digital surface. Hold it up to the light and marvel at the way the light refracts. Take out a key, and put a big scratch across it. Try to play it in your device. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
    Doesn’t work anymore, right? But you paid good money for the license to view that content. Call the content owner up, and ask for a replacement. Patiently explain that since you already paid your $25 for a license to use the content, and they said you couldn’t back it up, that you should be entitled to a new copy for the $1 or $2 cost of the media alone.

    So, I recommend calling up the vendor and asking for replacement media.

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