Mike Madriaga 8:30 a.m., Feb. 23
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Shiver Me Timbers!
First off: Check it out! I suppose I sort of owe this tramp a holler for all the good she did me in September!
Now that that's out of the way, I'll throw a Runner-Up out there that we might all have a gander and collectively say, "ewww! Gross!" Aged, stained, holey mattress. Exactly what I want to rest my vulnerable skin on every night.
Moving away from the weird and disgusting (and more towards the just plain lazy), I present the afternoon's big winner:
Got one thing to say to this guy:
This guy has been posting the same ad since before I started maintaining this blog. He posts it every day or damn close to it. So, guy, really? You really want to spend every single day posting an ad on craigslist asking people to give you free music, rather than just going out and stealing the music off the interwebs like we all do? Really? You really think your saving time? You think it wouldn't be faster and easier for you to just download a BitTorrent client, hit up mininova.com, and get all the old skool hip-hop'n'B you could possibly, ever want? You can download so much music off the internet that you'll never--not in decade--have the time to give it all a good listen.
Really, guy? Really?
You really think someone wants to go out of his way to hook you up with free music because you're too cheap and lazy to do it yourself? You paid hundreds of dollars for a phone, how about paying tens of dollars for some iTunes? You really think that any self-respecting software pirate wants to cut you in on his (unconstitutionally) illegal activites?1 Really?
Do you really think that commanding potential benefactors to email you is the best way to get a handout? Do you really think that people will be inclined towards giving you things with nary a "please" in sight? Do you really think that implying a quid pro quo arrangement with a totally ambiguous quo is the fastest, fairest, and most effective way to set up an exchange?
1. As far as the debate behind "illegal" file sharing goes, it's clear to me that media should travel freely between users. They should not be using p2p file sharing to turn a profit, however. In fact, the very essence of file sharing and free media distribution is potentially able to liberate art and media from the constricting yoke of profiteering. The idea that artistic expression should have as its end result the maximum financial return to parties other than the artist is absolutely ludicrous and holds us back from exploring the innovative art forms which are freshly opened to us by emergent technologies. Instead of following the precedent set in the analog era of (relatively) free artistic distribution, the digital revolution has been monopolized by and restricted to the space of capital. What could be revolutionary is instead turned oppressive.