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Still getting caught up on "Entourage" episodes. The most interesting character on that show (in my opinion) is "Superagent" Ari Gold (played by Jeremy Piven). This is a guy who I actually can identify with - Type A, success driven, and a workaholic. He, like me, thinks of career as a game with winners and losers, and though you can't win every time, you keep score and try to win more than you lose. In addition, although lots of the show involves the "boys" picking up women and "living the good life," the more interesting parts of the show involve the backstabbing, cutthroat world of Hollywood, and the politics and power plays people in the "industry" use to succeed in that world.

Well this kind of "office politics" doesn't just happen in Hollywood, it happens in all areas of...
OK a non-torrent article. Cue the music...

Superhero, by Jane's Addiction (Theme Song for "Entourage" )

I'm cruising through Beverly Hills, 90210 with my entourage (my office manager, who I suppose is like E) and her son who is driving us in his car (I suppose he's Turtle). Pull up to Mastro's Steakhouse on Canon Drive and valet park, to meet with someone who really wants to do business with me, so he's buying. Get a Grey Goose martini with 3 olives stuffed with blue cheese (stirred, not shaken. You don't need to...
[The article below is an edited excerpt from my music journal. My recent audio project would not have been possible if it weren't for file sharing communities, and I wanted to say THANKS!]

This morning saw the conclusion of my latest archival project. The world’s longest-running ambient radio program, Hearts of Space began broadcasting slow music for fast times back in 1973. The original program was a 3-hour set, shortened to its present 1-hour format when the show began public radio syndication in 1983.

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Since syndication Heats of Space has aired 1080 hour-long episodes showcasing quality ambient music each week for over 30 years. After unsuccessful searches on public and...
This is a topic which just came up here at TPS and it tends to pop up from time to time. In fact, early in my days here at TPS, members made a thread on "how to get into X tracker" and helpful members chimed in on the various trackers which have recruitment for this (desirable) tracker in their Power User forum section, and then a tracker rep (called Community Reps here) very sternly showed his disapproval of the thread, saying it is really poor of someone to join a tracker purely to get into another tracker. For example, it's bad to join a music tracker knowing that the power user forums there have a great recruitment section, but you have no interest in music, so you're just going to randomly download popular music torrents just to build up enough upload credit to get you into those...
After reading the thread on how advertisers are upset when people choose to use AdBlock I wanted to share my recent problems with spam mailing and maybe get some lovely tips from you on how to deal with it.

The last weeks I'm getting all sorts of emails offering me the most wonderful deals on shirts, tools, vacations, etc. They aren't even adressed to me but to some 'AnneMartine' I don't even know. I'm 100% sure I didn't sign up on some newsletter somewhere putting me on a mailing list because I only do that on a rare occasion when I know I can trust the site, and in that case I use my own name ofcourse. Probably someone used my email adress or they just send their emails to random mail adresses?
Now normally you can unsubscribe from those mailing lists online if it weren't for these...
I'm getting everything together to propose to my pirate bride and really wanted something special for my wedding band - something that would quietly proclaim my pirate pride.

Then I had the perfect idea. I secured one of the few items manufactured bearing the Sealand name - a mint proof of their half dollar coin. An etsy artisan pressed the coin into a (rather large) ring, and a local silversmith did a magnificent job of reducing it to my size.

Here's the mint proof before...

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...and after pressing and resizing.

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Has anyone else come up with their own subtle ways of proclaiming their pirate pride?
It has come to my attention that someone wrote on Reddit that TPS is a "waste of your time" when it comes to trying to get invites to trackers, especially ones which are harder to get to. (the Reddit poster wanted to get into a certain "big movie tracker." (as with TPS policy, we don't mention trackers by name without tracker staff permission in public blog articles, so just figure out which ones I'm referring to. ;) ) So this blog article is written for non-TPS members as a rebuttal. (We already have a thread going about this topic within TPS.)

Although I've written this many times before, currently TPS is not an invite forum. The invite section is only a small part of TPS. I've read the talk that you can't request or offer the "good trackers" at TPS because of our "No Movement...
A nod to a great book called "On Boxing" by Joyce Carol Oates about the culture and philosophy behind boxing. This article is about my personal interest in the sport as a fan. (Cannot say I ever tried it myself ;) )

My earliest memories of boxing was probably in 1974, when Wide World of Sports had a special on the up and coming hotshot heavyweight, George Foreman. The clips showed him practically destroying every opponent in sight, including "Smokin' Joe" Frazier. There was a huge buildup to the big championship between Foreman and the only rival considered his equal - Muhammad Ali . This fight was held in Africa, in what was then Zaire (not sure what it is called now) and the hype was tremendous. I was following the bout closely, but was not able to watch it until 2 wks later,...
This has been fairly big news in American internet sites, but to give a quick recap to our International members, Lilly Pulitzer is a women's fashion line which had been a favorite of the "Palm Beach" set. (Rich, old-money, women of leisure who like to hang out in areas like Palm Beach, Florida.) It has also become kind of a "preppy" symbol, so it became a favorite of wannabe sorority sisters particularly at universities in the Deep South. Apparently when that clothing line was really popular, it was worn by women whose last names were Kennedy, Rockefeller or Vanderbilt. (Perhaps Rothschild if popular in Europe ;) )

For those not familiar with the line (and I wasn't), it is basically bright colors with a "tropical" theme, like this:

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Disclaimer, I'm not a pro on the technical aspects of the BitTorrent protocol, so I will discuss this in terms a relatively non-technical person can understand.

After a recent security breach at a private tracker resulting in members of a private tracker getting "scary letters" from their ISP, I thought I'd write this little article for the beginners to private trackers, especially those who started out in the public tracker world (like me).

In the public tracker world, there are things you could do that are big no-no's in the private world. For example, some torrent files would have multiple trackers pointing to it, allowing you to get more peers. In addition, you could use DHT or PEX, to allow connection to even more peers. It is beyond the scope to explain DHT or PEX. In simple...