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Free (as in Freedom) Entertainment

Where is that free entertainment I mentioned earlier? Oh… not just free entertainment, it’s also legal entertainment. Legally free.

Here are some resources for free and legal entertainment. You won’t find any pirated works here, because the authors give it away free.

Books

  • MCM – A Canadian author with everything from children’s stories to adult humour and science fiction. He’s also insane.
  • Cory Doctorow – Another Canadian author of science fiction with a focus on freedom.
  • Many Books – Where you can find books by the likes of MCM and Cory Doctorow and many many more authors.

Video

  • Waaay too many to list, seriously. Here are a few.
  • Revision 3 – Internet television hub that offers tech shows, bar tricks, stand-up comedy… and more.
  • Miro – An internet TV client, like satellite for your computer.
  • Public Domain Torrents – Old movies and TV shows that have passed into the public domain.

Music

  • Beefy – Nerdcore artist.
  • Jonathan Coulton – Geek folk-singer. Songs about vampires and scary dolls and robot friends (and overlords).
  • Brad Sucks – Canadian musician and one man band (with no fans).
  • MC Frontalot – Nerdcore’s originator. May not give albums away but he’s got a bunch of singles for download.
  • Rhyme Torrents – 8 volumes of music, in addition to multiple halloween albums. Yes, I like Nerdcore.
  • Hipster Please – DJ of Radio Free Hipster.

Games

  • Newgrounds – Could almost fit into all the above categories. Flash games.
  • Puzzle Pirates – Is a subscription service, but you can play for free as well. Puzzles… with pirates.
  • Runescape – It’s a role playing game, and like Puzzle Pirates, you can play for free.

Now you can be poor and keep entertained at the same time, just like me!

6 Easy Steps to Making Stupid Things Smart – by MCM

Conventional wisdom says that wisdom must be conventional, which is a scam as old as the hills.

The thing to remember is that most conventionally-wise people were once idiots too.  They had ideas that were crazy and irrational, but because they printed themselves business cards that said “Thought Leader”, their ideas developed merit.  Merit is an essential ingredient to success, which validates the aforementioned business cards, which makes a self-reinforcing feedback loop, and eventually produces a BMW of some kind.  And possibly an editor position at Wired.

If you want to go from stupid to conventionally wise, follow these simple steps, and send me 5% of whatever it earns you:

  1. Phrase your stupid idea as an overly-vague mission statement.  Mine is: “People like free books!”  Always end with an exclamation mark, so people know you’re enthusiastic.
  2. Produce something to prove your statement right, but with amplified qualities.  In my case, I couldn’t make something more free, so I had to focus on making better books.  If you half-ass this step, you’ll get nowhere.  Do the work so it pays off later.
  3. Rephrase your mission statement as a mission order, and communicate it to random people.  For example: “You WILL like free books!”  You can add “Now!” if you like.  At first, people will run away from you, but eventually they will just shuffle off sideways, avoiding eye contact.  Do not worry, this is all part of the plan.
  4. Rephrase your mission statement as a mission question, such as: “Do people like free books?”  If your statement was sufficiently vague, this will cause people to question it, too.  Do people like free books?  Of course they do!  I know I do!  Hell, show me a free book, and I’ll love it unconditionally!  I’ll even buy it!  How’s that for liking free books?
  5. Offer your product (made in step 2) to anyone wanting to prove your mission statement is not in question at all.  At this point, they will do anything to prove that they like free books, and may buy you a BMW on the spot.  Connect with them on a personal level, perhaps by calling them “brother” and/or “sister”, as if you’re all in a cult.  Note: secret handshakes are not practical by email.
  6. Suggest to your supporters that there are still some misguided souls out there that don’t believe in your mission statement.  Allow them to brow-beat the doubters into submission.  If there are no more doubters left, change your mission statement to make some.  For example: “People like free books featuring penguins.”  Repeat steps 2-6 as many times as possible before you are assassinated.

If you follow this outline, you can turn any idea into a blockbuster of conventional wisdom, and be quoted in articles about unrelated topics.  The only thing holding you back is the fact that you don’t like free books!

MCM is the author of The Pig and the Box, Fission Chips, and The Vector.  If you don’t hate freedom, you can read them all on his website, where he is equally insane.

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