Things that make me proud of humanity include that Los Angeles has refused to throw a bunch of money at the NFL for a stadium, and that people are not buying Blu-ray dvds. Actually, someone's buying them - - Asian pirates. They rip the dvd, burn it a slightly lower resolution onto regular dvds, and sell those counterfeit dvds as Blu-ray. The quality's good enough that people don't notice. Favorite lines from a Wall Street Journal article about the trouble include the suggestion that you might be able to tell it's not Blu-ray because "Blu-ray discs attract fingerprints more easily than the pirated discs." Also,
"When we created the specifications for Blu-ray, we were very serious about trying to stem the tide of pirate discs regardless of where they were in the world," said Andy Parsons, a senior vice president at Pioneer Electronics Inc.'s Home Entertainment Group and the U.S. chairman of the Blu-ray Disc Association Promotions Committee.Is it too late to change my blog's name to "A Very Serious Blog"? Via. (Photo link.)
While looking for an image to illustrate this post, I found this:
"The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists" is apparently a pretty entertaining book that might be turned into a movie (the scientist mentioned in the title is Darwin). You can find it used for less than $2 at Amazon.
*Previously: Pirate gear.
*Buy pirate toys at eBay.