What the…? I can’t play my CD!

Today I was in the library and I loaned a couple of CD’s and a book.
Now, I am a person who listens to the music on his computer, so when I got home I just took the CD and put it in my DVD drive. My headphones were on my ears, my hiney on my leather-chair, so I just relaxed when I heard – NOTHING!
“Nothing!?” – I said and tried like a fool to press on the drive’s button. I got the CD out and tried again. Still “nada”. I took the cover and in the left corner I could see a tiny text “CD Copy Protection -why?”
I didn’t care why, I just wanted to listen to this crappy CD, so I browsed and googled the internet hoping to find some wisdom. And I found, several places…
I didn’t followed nor I read this site’s instructions, but I think it does cover this issue.
Man, this CD protection is really stupid! They got it because they are afraid of mis-use of copied CD’s. They are concerned that the piracy is threatening the livelihood of many artists. Well, I do understand them, but what about the millions of honest people who just want to listen to their legal CD’s? In many countries it is legal to make (backup) copies of the CD’s as long it is for the personal use. And all of a sudden – you can’t do this! Ok, one might get over this fact, but I think it is just TOO much when you cannot listen to your CD just because you happen to use portal CD players, personal computers, laptops and such.
It’s not right, it’s some kind of tyranny and con trick, when you can’t listen to your legally obtained music.

P.S.
The book I loaned worked just fine, there was no protection. Lucky me.

Catastrophy in the South-East Asia!

When I heard about the undersea earthquake that unleashed tidal waves killing thousands of people in Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia and Malaysia I shivered.
Yesterday they were talking about 7,000 victims, this morning 12,000, but now (22h CET) it’s more like 23,700 people were killed!!! I am afraid this is not the final number.

I would hope that something like this will never happen again, but unfortunatelly we are witnessing increasing destabilization of climate and nature in general, so I am afraid that this is only the beginning.

My thoughts go to South-Eastern Asia…

Read more about this news at the Moscow Times or Melbourne Herald Sun.

UPDATE: The number of deaths is now around the unbelievable 126,000 but I am afraid they are still counting!

Bridget Jones, part crap

I watched today “Bridget Jones – The Edge of Reason”. I have only two words – Idiotic, non-inventive, conform, foolish crap! Well, not just two…
The story was seen about one zillion times before, and Bridget is not as charming as the film makers wanted us to believe. She’s just plain annoying and pathetic!
Hm, I guess I would give this film three out five stars; one for few good lines, one for “Darcy” and his melancholic expression and one for Hugh Grant’s “arrogant bastard”. But hey, there’s Renée Zellweger as Bridget, so I will subtract one star.

2 out of 5 stars!

Reading my brother’s stuff…

I recieved a letter from my brother yesterday, and not only a good old-fashion letter, but also copies of two short stories of his. He named them “Visionary” and “A Meeting In Delft”. Oh yes, and he sent me his poem “Trio For A Street, A Man and A Voice”. When I read the poem, first thing I said to my self was “powerful shit!”. It was really good written, he described a moment, almost a second of the atmosphere in Venice so vividly, so colorfully…
The short stories were actually as good as the poem, I can only say – the kiddo can write…
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My brother offered me to do illustrations for my forthcoming poetry book, and I accepted it, so I sent him a set of my poems. I hope he can find some interesting parts in order to create some atmospheric drawings. I’m sure he’ll make some fine stuff there…