Wednesday, 26 May 2004: A big debate that is currently waging in Chicago is the potential opening of two Wal-Marts within Chicago city limits. They've found land on the south and west sides to open the two stores and, of course, Wal-Mart never has qualms about expanding its evil empire. However, this land can be used as parks and whatnot so it has become a very heated debate.
The city council will soon be voting on the referendum and Wal-Mart is doing what it can to sway the vote in its favor. However, one such method they are employing may just blow up in their faces. They have outsourced a telemarketing company to call people in the area and ask them if they want a Wal-Mart. If they say yes, they are immediately forwarded to the phone of one of 11 of the Aldermen in the affected areas. The Aldermen's phone lines are ringing off the hook. However, when they asked the callers why they were forwarded to their office line, they have said that a telemarketer asked them if they would like to see more jobs in their area, not whether or not they want a Wal-Mart.
The Aldermen are now exceptionally pissed that Wal-Mart, via their telemarketing firm, are misleading the people in their districts that many have said they may vote against the two stores opening.
This cracks me up to no end. If you would like to read more, try this article... Wal-Mart campaign backfire.
Tuesday, 25 May 2004: I was so upset when I read an article about how several cast members of the show 24 may not be asked to return next season. The list includes Carlos Bernard (Tony Almeida), Reiko Aylesworth (Michelle Dessler), and James Badge Dale (Chase Edmunds).
Bear in mind that this is not a definite as of yet, but the likelihood of Tony Almeida returning is minimal since he's been placed under arrest on charges of treason. Dessler, being his wife, may just not come back. However, I'm most upset about Chase Edmunds possibly not returning. I have not yet watched the season finale, so he may have even been killed off if the teasers were any indication, but I'm hoping not. I like him and Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) together. Hence my award to them as the Best 1-2 Punch in a drama in the Kappy Awards.
I guess I'd better watch the finale. I've got it on tape. Just gotta find the time to get to it.
Monday, 24 May 2004: I have now crossed over to the Dark Side... I am getting a copy of the original Star Wars trilogy on DVD sans the Special Edition treatment of 1997.
For those who may be worrying that I am breaking the law, fear not. I own these movies on VHS and am entitled by the Fair Use Doctrine in copyright law to backup my media to another media. Just so long as I am not distributing it to other people, and I am not. Just for me to watch on my DVD player without running the risk of killing my VHS copies that can no longer be replaced (except via eBay, I suppose).
Also, for a copyright infringement charge to stick, it would have to be a copy obtained of a DVD that exists (or will exist in the near future) thereby causing the copyright holder to lose money. Since George Lucas has claimed that the original Star Wars movies no longer exist, in his mind, and he has no plans to release them on DVD, it's fair game.
SW DVDs... come to daddy.