Archive for January, 2012

THE END IS -uh… nigh?

Posted in Thoughts and rants with tags , , , , , , , on January 31, 2012 by Eyeless

2012 seems to be a year of diminishing freedom. I wrote in my last post about SOPA and how it would allow for copyright abuse the same way current patent laws allow for patent abuse. Even though SOPA never got to see the light of day as an approved legislation (thanks to our vigilant resistance), it was far from the only threat against human rights.

For us Europeans (or at least those of us residing in Great Britain or any other country united with the European Union), another possibly upcoming threat may be the outcome of an “insane” verdict considering copyright infringement. It encourages monopoly on copyright, which may even open up for worse abuse of copyright than SOPA did, and can lead to lawsuits against artists portraying something fairly similar to copyrighted material. Read more about this here. This makes me utterly -let me cite the author of the linked article- “riddled with fear“. Now where to will creativity wander off??

I consider myself quite poorly educated about both of these upcoming legislations, but you may understand my concerns about this whole situation when a supposedly democratic society proposes laws in the discrete. Of course, as always, portions of information has leaked out. Information that makes people shiver. Read more about ACTA here, here and here.

If this year is to signify the regression of free will, democracy and common human rights, as well as the infringement of innovative and creative freedom, then I will surely pray for any 2012-doomsday-prophecy to become fulfilled and take this all away before the year has ended.

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Join the Battle Against the Real Internet Trolls

Posted in Thoughts and rants with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 18, 2012 by Eyeless

At this moment, history is being written. But whatever is written in the books depend on the choices made by each and every one of us. This will change the future no matter what is the outcome; either we will look back at the day when our freedom of speech could have been severely infringed; or we will dream about the days when Google, Facebook and Wikipedia still existed (Am I being too dramatic now? Maybe. But how would you react when 90% of your Internet time is gone, if not dramatically?).

SOPA is gathering like a shadowy mass around The Internet, engulfing it and tearing the whole network down when the real bad guys are nowhere to find. But seriously, who are the real bad guys? Those downloading and spreading the work of true artists without taking pay for it, or those who abuse the talent of these artists by claiming copyright on their work. Intellectual Property… The work of a true artist is the mind of a true artist, and you cannot simply buy or claim property on an artists mind. And you do not own your feelings, you express them, and there is nothing more than that.

There is so much I have to say about copyright that I find questionable, but there are also other things that need to be said. And please understand me, as an artist myself I am offended by the bill’s authors and how they have been clumsily treating this question. I have a gnawing feeling in my gut telling me that this is more about money and information control rather than an act against piracy. But let me just replace any further rambling with ever heard of creative commons? Let us move on to the most important things. Today is about the silent digital war that has been going on for a while, about since the Stop Online Piracy Act was written, but also throughout time whenever the freedom of speech has been threatened this way. And please, do not underestimate the possibilities of law abuse if SOPA becomes reality. SOPA could be as much of an opening for law and copyright misuse as the one for patents.

Let me cite Wikipedia:

“For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia.”

Further citation:

“[…]Over coming days you’ll be hearing from the many businesses, advocacy organizations, and ordinary Americans who oppose this legislation because of the myriad ways in which it will stifle free speech and innovation.  We hope you’ll take our concerns to heart and oppose this legislation by voting “no” on cloture.sopastrike.com

“The issue here is that this law is very badly written, very broadly overreaching and, in at least the Senate version, would include the creation of a DNS (domain name system) blocking regime that’s technically identical to the one that’s used by China. I don’t think that’s the right way the U.S. needs to go in taking a leadership role on the Internet.” – geeksaresexy.net

And lastly:

“Here’s worse news: SOPA could hurt the sites you count on now, but many of these sites will at least have the budgets to hire lawyers to fight back. But what about the small sites of today and innovators of tomorrow? Under SOPA, they may never get off the ground – and the Internet will be a less interesting place as a result. Act now so Internet innovation and expression doesn’t become collateral damage in Big Media’s losing battle against online infringement!eff.org

This is how SOPA would affect you. This is how you sign a petition against SOPA:

If you live in the US

If you live outside the US

In the meantime, lets hope for a better future regarding our freedom. And here’s a revolution song. I don’t like it, but what the heck; you might.

Brought Them Back to Calm

Posted in Writings with tags , , , on January 18, 2012 by Eyeless

Born in the cage

Set free in flames

Chain the slaves in clay

Working through the pain

Sleepless night and days

Everyone (sky) the same

The soldiers of the clay

Let them die in vain.

Slaughter during  rage

Cherish in the stains.

The weight of one brick

In a thousand palms

The power of the stick

Break their spines unarmed

A cure for the sick

Needles in their arms

Nothing left to see

Brought them back to calm.

Counting all the prey

The falcon on it’s throne

Leaping down upon

The shadows of those men.

 

Counting all the kills

Sculpt them all in stone

Shatter with one strike

Hide them in the mound.

A short summary of what we’ve achieved and learned during 2011

Posted in Me with tags , , , on January 2, 2012 by Eyeless

Happy New Year or Something! Here is a short lump of text along with a list of great lessons learned and accomplished deeds. 2011 has for me been a great year in many ways, and thus I figured it needed some sort of “goodbye speech.” I have learned quite a lot this year; all enlightening, though some gratifying; some saddening. Of course.

In different ways and manners have I encountered new people, and been in social situations that have broadened my hitherto growing understanding of the human psyche. Alas, a lot of these social situations  have opened up my eyes to show me the grounds of stupidity and amorality that sums up the modern society of humans. Not that this was news to me, but saddening it is indeed to have one’s empirical theories confirmed. Never mind, this is what I have achieved and learned on the social plane:

  • I have worked for Save the Children, and thus learned that…
  • …a (huge, enormous, astronomical) lot of people are lacking in empathy toward others (not that this was anything new)
  • You have to imitate a clown to gain the interest of the above mentioned.

Moving to a more private sphere, I have taken some steps towards development here as well.

  • I have moved in with my girl friend Candy,
  • …as well as visiting her family. Very nice.

Everyone who has ever seen a Hollywood movie knows what an important step in life this is. As if I had but only one chance to impress utterly on her family and from there on never have to see them again. As if I didn’t want to. Anyway, let’s move on, as this list is beginning to look more like a regular blog post than a list. Considering the spiritual plane:

  • I have had a spiritual experience in grandfather’s sauna. Maybe I will write about it later, but I could not fit it in here. It was something new, though.
  • I have taken spiritually uplifting strolls through the forest during bright summer nights in Norrland. Very peaceful.
  • I have felt the presence of things I have been unable to see in houses of the deceased. Not sure what to think of that.

What else have I done?

  • I have had a gaming relapse (at least I am able to accept my addiction to Minecraft). Not that I wasn’t stranded at the computer anyway.
  • I have just recently started to regulate my consumption of coffee. You, know, for my health’s sake.
  • I have started a musical project on my own, Thamnocera, which is all about philosophy, meditation and the greatness of the Universe. A great way to channel my creativity.
  • I have failed to finish the one and only painting I have started on this year. Truly the saddest thing I never achieved.
  • The last film I saw 2011 was The Polar Express. Second place was Spongebob Squarepants: The Movie. Now, isn’t that an odd couple?
  • The greatest accomplishment this year was again the progress of my creative, philosophical and spiritual self, and along with it the many struggles I’ve fought and defeated together with my beloved Candy. It has taught me more than almost anything else.

I hope that during 2012 I will develop my creativity and spirituality further, and prove to myself that I haven’t lost my painting muse. I also want to be able prove that 2012 will not be the end of the world, so that Earth may continue to rotate and resonate with its beautiful song. What have you achieved and learned during 2011? What hopes do you have for 2012, if any?

Happy Holidays

Posted in Artwork with tags , , , , , on January 1, 2012 by Eyeless

This should actually have been posted earlier (no shit…), but due to lack of Internet I had to wait patiently up until now. Let us celebrate the new year with another Christmas!