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Creation Date: 2002-07-31
Gimp made this image possible. Not only did I resize it in Gimp, but I also made the sky gradient in Gimp. Both are subtle, but impossible without a very cool graphics program. Gimp stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. GNU, as you may or may not know means that it is free. Some argue whether Gimp is free like speech or free like beer. There is a debate going on that many people in the open source software are only doing it for free beer. They say that they are doing it to preserve free speech. While I may be labeled gullible for it, I believe that one can judge a person by his/her actions and words. If the person says that they are for free speech, listens to people, and develops free products of their own, they must be a proponent of free speech. A person who says that they are for free speech (except for Marilyn Manson), flames people on slashdot.org and indymedia.org, and charges a fortune for the poor software that they help develop, is a person who simply wants free beer given to them. They do not want to see those who do good prosper. They want to see themselves prosper being served by others for free. But then there are people like me. ^_^ I am poor. I am very poor. I might pawn my computers, sell all my books, give my clothes to charity, sell my DVDs and CDs, put the rest on my back, and ride my bike to Canada if I don't get $320 for my rent check in a month from now. It's one of those starving artist things, I know. Instead of getting a job, I'm making free content to appease the internet dieties... and accidentally also for people to see. Of course, there are no internet dieties, so I'm making free content for people to see. But you see, I take and I give, right? I download 600 MB, I upload 50 MB. If 12 people visit my entire site, it would work out right, right? But some people want money. That throws the equation off. When some people do stuff for free and others get paid, some people want stuff for free and others don't bother (what you get is what you pay for). Except when people put up really cool stuff for free. Megatokyo is a very cool web comic that is free. There's advertising, so everyone is happy. But that only works for popular sites that are original. Something like translated Ruroni Kenshin scans cannot be popular or original, and thus no advertising. Some people pay for the translation and some people get it free, but there's a problem. The people who are supposed to get paid aren't happy seeing their work given away for free. While they're rolling in dough, they want more because more means that they won't have to work on another manga translation in the future and achieve the same wealth. Well, IExplorer.exe just crashed and I lost the finale that was going to change your life. Sorry. Have a fortune cookie instead.
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