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Live Stuff Weekly! and Potential Reward
2011-12-29 | by: Ydoc Nameloc
Hey folks! Here I have just a quick announcement. We have decided to live broadcast the first 2012 episode of Stuff Weekly! So here is when:
10:30pm Central USA time(Other Timezones)
Sunday January 1, 2012
Once you arrive, there will be a link at the top of this page that will direct you to the party! Tell all of your friends and followers because if we get at least 50 viewers for the majority of the show, two things will happen:
1.) We will certainly do this again
2.) We will create a musical episode of the show.
So, there you have it! Let us do this thing!
2011-12-06 | by: Ydoc Nameloc
Hey folks. Apparently we have been having some issues with registration lately. I just wanted to let you know that registration both for the site AND the forum are back to working order. Thanks!
New Stuff and My SOPA Box
2011-11-22 | by: Ydoc Nameloc
Hey folks, we have a few things to talk about today. One is that I'm sorry about Friday's quiz. There had been a miscommunication about who's turn it was, but everything has been sorted out and you should be able to enjoy yet another fun and pointless YNIN time waster. We've got some fun new ones in the upcoming weeks so stay...tuned, I guess?
In other news, Terrible Awful Show is hitting its stride with some of it's best episodes recently, so if you haven't given it a listen yet, then now is a good time to start. In fact the upcoming Wednesday November 23rd(tomorrow) Episode is one of the best yet.
Don't forget to check out the recent Avengers Yninitiative reviews that Matt has put up in our review section. Things are beginning to wind down on that series. The final movie is quickly approaching!
As far as merchandising is concerned, I'm playing around with a few different vendors to see the best supplier of our goods. We may not be a huge site yet, but some of our fans are very loyal and have requested some stuff and I would like to start supplying them with some YNI Love. So I assure you, your emails have not fallen on deaf ears. We are working on it.
Finally, I feel, as a website owner, that I should at least approach this subject. While I'm sure you've already been beaten over the head with this information and we try very hard to stay free of politics on our site be it in our podcasts, blogs or even quizzes...but if you haven't then I wanted to at least make you aware of what is happening. Truth be told I have struggled with deciding if I should mention it or not even if it does have potential to effect us, but I have made up my mind...so here goes.
There are currently two bills running through the USA government that have decent intentions but areworded in a way that puts way too much power into the hands of content creators. It is the power to, essentially, break the internet. The bills are called the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA and the Protect IP act and would allow content creators to shut down any website or, in the event of the site being hosted outside of the USA, have it blocked by Internet Service Providers without needing to establish any proof whatsoever and without having to issue any warning. All it takes is a grudge, a burst of fear, or someone misunderstanding fair use and any page can be nuked off the net with no repercussions should they be wrong. Suing for damages would not be an option.
Now, I'm the first guy to say that people overreact about everything and things are rarely as bad as they seem, but sometimes it is the very paranoia in people that can cause truly bad things to happen. The movie and game industries in America have seen piracy as a seemingly unstoppable force since high speed internet became a thing that people had, and have tried everything from randomly suing people to trying to take down perfectly legitimate companies that have had some people who are abusing their services. Until now, the DMCA has given these companies a process needed to ensure that things go as smoothly as one could expect with as few false positives as possible. That isn't to say it is perfect and yes, it probably could use a reform...but this isn't the way to go about it. NO ONE needs this kind of power. I say this as both a content creator and a content consumer. I went to college to create content. I know what it is like to spend HUGE amounts of your time working on a project and hoping it can at least make enough money to pay for itself. Yes, these guys deserve to be compensated for their time and effort, but being able to shut off a website as if it were connected to a light switch is bad news. Anyone can have a weak moment and anyone can think something is one thing when it is another.
This has a very real chance of passing. It is both backed and opposed by very powerful companies and individuals. So please, if you have the time...read up on this and if you feel this is something you are against I urge you to contact your representatives and let them know we can't allow this to break the internet.
Further reading: American Censorship http://americancensorship.org/infographic.html
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