“Pirates” can actually be nice

The story of Roger Wallis is an absolute fantastic one. If you’ve ever downloaded a movie off the Pirate Bay or any other torrent tracker for that matter, Wallis is one of the men to thank as the Pirate Bay moved one giant step towards ‘freedom’. Wallis is a professor and media researcher that appeared in court as an expert witness – he was primarily there to be asked about the decline of album sales and its relation to filesharing. When Wallis was asked just this, he simply answered that his research has shown that there is no relation between the two.

After being attacked by the industry lawyers, who did everything possible to discredit his reputation, he was asked whether he wanted to be reimbursed for his travel expenses. The answer was down to earth and ‘Swedish’:

Send some flowers to my wife

Immediately after Wallis left court the flowers kept on coming, you can check out other ‘thank you notes’ and gifts that Wallis received over at “We who thanked Wallis“, quite astonishing. It seems that at least his wife was happy while Pontén probably wasn’t.

Check out the full story reported by TorrentFreak.com.

Referrals bonanza

I digged into the Analytics data today for the first time in months. The past couple of weeks, traffic to Oscar and Friends has skyrocketed and convenient enough – I got the answer to why really easy. It seems as if my post on Avril Lavigne passing 100 millions views on YouTube, and more precisely the picture in it, has caught the attention of Google Image Search. There are now people from all over the world watching the picture, Googling pictures of Avril in every possible combination; avril lavigne, avril, girlfriend avril lavigne, girlfriend, avril lavinge, avril lavigne girlfriend, avril lavgine, avril lavigne girl friend, and so on.

Funnily enough, more than 200 visitors found the post (or the picture) by Googling only “girlfriend” on Image Search, that’s how important Google think Avril is. Or is it perhaps just the fact that Google consider her to be girlfriend material? I guess we’ll never know. But sorry Google, denied.

The Tony 311 from Timeout

“Hi, I’m a moron. I’ll admit it. I bought the new G1 Google phone from a store just off Times Square (Cellular Stop, 566 Seventh Ave between 40th and 41st Sts, 212-730-4470) and paid nearly twice the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. Fine. Selling a product above market value may be unethical but it’s not illegal. Where I really got bent over was the promise of a phony rebate and $209.94 in bogus charges, e.g., the clerks sold me features the phone already comes with (Internet access, texting capabilities, a protective case, etc.).”

This is a really funny read, ripped off as few!

Late bloom bloopers – Harry Potter is dead!

Hilarious but sad. Through Media Culpa I got the news that Harold Pinter, the literature Nobel Prize winner from 2005 had passed away. So what’s so hilarious about that? Well, with his death – nothing really. However, when Swedish Radio (SR) reported about it, they accidentally (or unconsciously) turned Pinter into Potter, yes – as in Harry Potter.

“The British writer and dramatist Harry Potter is dead, it was announced today. Potter received the Nobel Prize in literature in 2005. He wrote about 30 plays and more than 20 screenplays. He was 78 years old.”

For information on how to listen to the blooper, check out the post at Media Culpa.