Why Open Source Rocks (and the music industry does not)

August 9, 2009

If you ever looked for song lyrics online, you know how most lyrics sites are. Plenty of ads, popups, silly scrolling flash gadgets, bad punctuation, and no easy way to send in corrections. Why not apply to lyrics the same community-driven editing model that has made Wikipedia so successful?

LyricWiki.org has done exactly that, and more. They have provided an API, making it easy for media players to query the database and fetch the lyrics for a specific song. To get an idea of this project’s success, check out these stats. At the time of this writing, LyricWiki is the fifth largest MediaWiki in existence, and the largest wiki that is not a Wikipedia or Wiktionary. What an inspiring example of a community built around the ideals of improving content and making information available. What could go wrong?

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Bomba Experience

June 23, 2007

bomba-f-ru.pngAstăzi am avut distinsa onoare de a procura nişte baterii de la Bomba. Decizia a fost luată din dorinţa de a evita mărfurile de o calitate nesigură care se pot găsi în pieţele oraşului. Iată o relatare a evenimentelor:

  • Am fost supus unui proces proiectat cu o inteligenţă sclipitoare, care, prin eficienţa sa, dă peste cap orice concurenţă:
    • Zic unuia ce vreau, el îmi scrie o fiţuică (prima persoană);
    • Mă duc la casă şi plătesc, primesc cecul (a doua persoană);
    • Mă duc la “centrul salonului”, înmânez cecul unei a treia persoane, care mă plimbă înapoi prin salon, deschide dulapul-vitrină şi îmi dă bateriile;
    • La ieşire trebuie să arăt cecul “paznicului” (a patra persoană);
  • Am aşteptat-o pe domnişoara de la casă vreo 15 minute.
  • Pe cel care primeşte cecurile l-am aşteptat încă aprox. 15 minute. El deservea nişte tineri care erau pe cale să procure un karaoke. Evident, cei ce cumpără chestii cu trei zerouri în coadă au prioritate faţă de cei ce cumpără baterii :P
  • 3 din 4 angajaţi au răspuns în rusă la întrebări adresate în română, pe care par să le fi înţeles de minune!

Bomba e pe blacklist-ul meu de azi înainte. Le urez profit frumos de la alţii, că de la mine nu vor avea :evil:


Why I don’t go to church

January 20, 2007

arkBecause the christian church is a 2000-year old business machine. Nothing more. You get in. You pay for donations. You pay for blessings. You pay for forgiveness. You sin, you pay, and you feel free to sin again. Is this bribery or what? It’s about time it goes out of business.

I do not believe in a God that punishes. I do not believe in good or bad. I believe there are only choices, and those who let others choose for them.

The kingdom of God is within you and all around you. It is not within buildings of wood or stone. Split a piece of wood and you will find me. Look beneath a stone and I am there.

Open your box. Free your mind. Life wants you to take back your power.


And you are…

January 14, 2007

card001 social classes

In case you haven’t followed that link in my blogroll yet, here’s your chance. I hope Jessica doesn’t mind if I borrow her style.

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