# A New Voice

You’ve heard me rant and go on about copyright law. Now listen to the Canadian Music Creators Coalition.

Artists do not want to sue music fans. The labels have been suing our fans against our will, and laws enabling these suits cannot be justified in our names. We oppose any copyright reforms that would make it easier for record companies to do this. The government should repeal provisions of the Copyright Act that allow labels to unfairly punish fans who share music for non-commercial purposes with statutory damages of $500 to$20,000 per song.

Artists do not support using digital locks to increase the labels’ control over the distribution, use and enjoyment of music or laws that prohibit circumvention of such technological measures. The government should not blindly implement decade-old treaties designed to give control to major labels and take choices away from artists and consumers. Laws should protect artists and consumers, not restrictive technologies. Consumers should be able to transfer the music they buy to other formats under a right of fair use, without having to pay twice.

The Canadian Music Creators Coalition is comprised of such notables as the Barenaked Ladies, Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan, Chantal Kreviazuk, Sum 41, Stars, Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace), Dave Bidini (Rheostatics), Billy Talent, John K. Samson (Weakerthans), Broken Social Scene, Sloan, Andrew Cash and Bob Wiseman (Co-founder Blue Rodeo).

# Campus Challenge

Who’s going and how are you getting there? I need to find a ride and maybe roommate for CC. The registration form has too many options and things to think about before I actually sign up. I mean, it’s not enough time for me to sort all of this out.

So yeah, roomie/ride for CC?

# Those Volumnious Tomes

Our textbooks are crap. I hate them. And it’s not like it’s an indiscriminate prejudice against all textbooks, it’s only a prejudice against all new public school textbooks. I’ve noticed that in recent years, there has been an alarming increase in the crap to content ratio of our textbooks. Continue reading

# Quick Thinking

Just now, I was faced with an immense(ly) tedious task: calculate the mass of carbon dioxide that is produced by this reaction. There are fifty data points that I have to calculate it for, which basically is just a lot of basic arithmetic. I was lamenting to myself about how computers should be able to do this with no fuss.

And then I realized that they could. With enthusiasm, I started another xterm and ran the python interactive shell. I copied and pasted my calcium carbonate masses in and assigned it to a variable as a list:
list = [5.85, 5.84, 5.83, 5.81, 5.79, 5.76, 5.72, 5.69, 5.65, 5.62, 5.58, 5.55, 5.51, 5.46, 5.43, 5.39, 5.36, 5.34, 5.31, 5.28, 5.25, 5.21, 5.19, 5.16, 5.12, 5.1, 5.07, 5.04, 5.02, 4.99, 4.97, 4.95, 4.92, 4.9, 4.86, 4.85, 4.82, 4.8, 4.78, 4.76, 4.75, 4.73, 4.71, 4.7, 4.68, 4.66, 4.64, 4.62, 4.61, 4.59, 4.58]
And remembered from a long time ago, the first for loop you learn about:
for i in list: (5.85-i)*144.1
And it spilled out all of the carbon dioxide masses.

I am so happy when nerd moments like this happen. Hurray for applying theoretical knowledge to something useful. It saved my life.