Monday, January 31, 2011

Monopolizing My Brain

I figured it out!! Or kind of. I'm in the process, and so the following thoughts aren't fully formed.

I know why I don't like nor do well in school: It monopolizes my brain!

I believe that you should be living the life that you think you should be living. That may seem straight forward, but a lot of people preach that you should be living a life FOR the future, abstract goal of a life that you are told you should aim for. That's crap! What is it that we're planning for? What is the end goal? Is it a career? Once we get a career are we done? Should we just die at that point? Is it parenting? Once our kids move out should we just die? Is it... retirement? Once we retire should we just die? What is it!? What are we planning for?

Do you know why there is no answer? Because the question is inherently absurd! This may be redundant of my other post, but it's not because I'm not angry. I'm pleased as punch to have had this epiphany. We're not supposed to live our lives preparing for the future. Stop what you're doing and look around! If what we're doing right now does not make us happy then we're doing it all wrong!

What I'm doing:
• Working 40 hours a week in advertising
• Doing 7 credit hours of school studying spanish, computers, and dance (yay!)
• Worrying about church? I don't know about that one. It might not actually count.

Anyway, that may not seem like a lot to you conformists, but if you took one look in my brain you'd explode with the amount of ridiculous nonconformist, disestablishmentarianist (big word used properly!), hippy nonsense there is in there.

What I want to be doing:
• Writing exciting fiction novels 40 hours a week
• Tending a garden (Didn't see that coming did you!)
• Traveling the world in a caravan (American translation - RV?)
• Sunbathing
• Making out with beautiful women
• Bringing down the established government and freeing the people

They were getting kind of ridiculous, but I'm serious! Is there something wrong with that lifestyle? I don't think so. I can't compare the two because what is the standard of measurement? We have two points on a line with no axis (for all you geometry buffs). The aformentioned life seems so much more healthy. It is so much more freeing.

As it is, my creative mind is monopolized by textbooks and search engine marketing. So what do I do? Nothing. Why? Because I'm an hypocrite? Possibly. Because I am scared? More likely.

Sarcastic and Offensive

Topic being discussed in my computer class:

Piracy of software and music. Unethical? My argument as to why it is just fine and dandy.

Topic: File Swapping Ethics
Downloading free music, movies, and other electronic media from the Internet, although illegal, still occurs by using sites such as Limewire and Bit Torrents. Please share your thoughts to the following question:

Discuss the differences you see between sharing music files online and sharing CD's with your friends?

My Response:
I don't see any difference between sharing CD's and sharing music files. They are one in the same in my book.

If I try and stretch my brain to describe the difference I just sound ridiculous. If I think of a pretty poem, wrote it down and give it to you and then your friend looks at it and copies it onto his own paper, that's fine. If I take that poem and compose it in an email and send that to you and you forward it to you friend is that not fine? That is how I see sharing CD's and sharing music files. Same thing and trying to distinguish them only makes someone sound angry and possessive.

Sharing is caring!

Topic: Privacy Question
Which is more important to you: protecting the United States from potential terrorists by surrendering some personal privacy or keeping all of your personal privacy rights?

Response:
It is delusional for anyone to think that they have "privacy rights." If you post your thoughts on Facebook or if you type your questions into Google, you are sending that information over the World Wide Web! It is not a private thing and to think that is ignorance. Even talking on the phone sends your conversations through some server, a satellite, and who knows where else before it reaches the phone on the other end.

The only information that is truly private is the information that we as the originators of that information choose not to share. End of story. The government has all the right in the world to tap into the vast pool of publicly shared information that is the internet.
Rights are directly proportionate to abilities. They can, so they can.

More Questions

Topic: Pirating Software
My Stance: Go for it!

1) Q. Is it okay to borrow the software? A. Yes, although I would argue that there is no "borrowing" that happens in software piracy.

2) Q. Would it be okay if you uninstall-ed the application after use? A. Sure, but what's the point? You used it. Its software. Its not like you stole someone's car. Software can be replicated to the infinity times and it wont change one darn thing in the universe.

3) Q. Would it be okay if the software was on the school's network and you could copy it from there? A. These questions are self-discrediting. How about asking if the software was created in Japan, shipped to Guatemala, stored on a floppy disk that was pink and then given to your brother as a gift. Your brother then installed it on his computer but the computer exploded. You found the floppy disk amidst the rubble and converted it to a CD. The CD was then re-gifted to your school, leaked to a student, posted on a torrent, and then re-downloaded by the Japanese software designer's hacker son who tweeted about it. Is it okay for you to use it then? Point. End case.