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Comment: my name is mw13068 and I like WoW... (Score 1) 247

by mw13068 (#40766967) Attached to: <em>World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria</em> Launches On September 25
My wife and I both play, and have for years. My tendency is to play too much, get all the gear, and achievements, get frustrated by something stupid and quit for a while -- only to come back a few months later. My wife plays casually, *loves* the graphics, and all the little frills (pets, mounts, etc.), and actually *reads* quest text and follows the story. I tend to think she's doing it right, and I'm (usually) doing it wrong. We'll be getting MoP and likely enjoying it enough to pay the fees.

Comment: Re:In a world... (Score 1) 713

by mw13068 (#40377151) Attached to: David Lowery On the Ethics of Music Piracy
Given that being creative and holding down a job are not mutually exclusive, no. I'm sure there are a few artists who have been able to work for pay and still create art. Of course, nobody *has* to get a job (especially in America) but paychecks are sure handy for the troublesome parts of an artist's life like food, shelter, and clothing.

Comment: Re:In a world... (Score 1) 713

by mw13068 (#40374219) Attached to: David Lowery On the Ethics of Music Piracy
Of course society should value artists. Society always has, and always will -- but we must concede that throughout history, most great art and artists went unappreciated in their time. This idea of 1. Make something artistic, 2. Show it to people, 3. ???, 4. PROFIT! is silly. And I know enough struggling artists to know that's how a lot of them think. They are generally miserable and live in fear of needing dentists and doctors because they're poor. So, yes, generally I say to artists: get a day job.

Comment: Re:In a world... (Score 3, Insightful) 713

by mw13068 (#40373823) Attached to: David Lowery On the Ethics of Music Piracy
All these arguments are predicated on the false assumption that because someone calls themselves and artist, that they should then be able to make a solid livelihood from it. And even further, if someone gets some level of fame, that they are somehow entitled to maintain that. The world doesn't work that way. I play guitar in a band, and I have a lot of fun. Sometimes I get paid a little cash. Most of my income comes from an unrelated career that I also built for myself.

Comment: Re:In a world... (Score 3, Interesting) 713

by mw13068 (#40373679) Attached to: David Lowery On the Ethics of Music Piracy
The musicians who are very talented and easy to work with became popular and were paid more, and the musicians who weren't quite as talented would just play music in their spare time, with friends at pubs and family gatherings in exchange for dinner and drinks -- and work in other trades to make a livelihood. There is no law on the books that states "Anyone who decides they're an 'artist' should therefore be able to make a living at it."

Comment: Soon: How do I cure my briefcase theft paranoia? (Score 1) 241

by mw13068 (#39995483) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Secure My Life-In-A-Briefcase?
Soon: "I have my whole life in this briefcase, and I have to have it in front of me at all times for fear of losing it. As you might expect, it makes going out in public embarassing, and my girlfriend left me because I tried to lay it on her back during sex." I've named my briefcase "Sally" is this a good name for a briefcase with my life in it? Protip: don't put your whole life in a briefcase.

Get hold of portable property. -- Charles Dickens, "Great Expectations"