Blog resumes, hopefully reuncensored

Thursday 19 January 2012, 12.43pm HKT

We resume our normal ‘abnormal’ programming and unfunny lulz.

You didn’t know what happened? Say what???!

Because of two pieces of proposed Great Firewall of America legislation:

  • SOPA, or Stop Online Piracy Act (House Bill 3261 in the U.S. House of Representatives)
  • PROTECT-IP Act, or Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 (Senate Bill 968 in the U.S. Senate)

we saw this happened:

The censored Freshly Press page at


“If you tolerate this, your children will be next”


How does SOPA/PIPA affect you? Read the CNET article here.

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Here’s a genuine conversation yesterday with a friend of mine:

Friend: Are you doing that Internet demo thing?

Me: Yeah, I’m doing right now.

Friend: That’s a bit out of character for you, isn’t it?

Me: I suppose so. But my blog provider’s also striking. So if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me. What’s your take on all this?

Friend: The wotsit called —?

Me: RIAA, and some other companies.

Friend: Yeah, that’s it — and those companies supporting this new law over there — aren’t they in fact the biggest copyright infringers? (LOL)

Me: Is that your professional opinion?

Friend (palms open at chest level): Where do I get my money from?

Me (LOL): You bastard. Next round on you.

(The friend is an intellectual-property lawyer, so I’ll take his word for it.)


© The Naked Listener’s Weblog, 2012. Images by me.

Rash judgments

Monday 5 April 2010, 7.50pm HKT

Does this remind you of anything in your own life?

(via email, 05 April 2010)

Administrative cockiness

Saturday 20 March 2010, 12.00pm HKT

Who’s being cocky here? ‘Nuff said.

Remark: This is a sign from a subdivision of the U.S. Homeland Security Adminstration. The website the sign gives is non-existent and bounces to the Health Savings Accounts webpage of the Small Business Administration at

Well done. If you’re going to be cocky and all, at least succeed in it, for chris’ sakes.

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