I'm not like all those anonymous commenters.
I wonder how many birds are killed by pollution from coal-burning plants?
Sounds great to me. "Everyone else just uses their balconies for storage, so when I hang out on mine I don't have to listen to their crappy music and moronic conversations."
@lbf For what it's worth, DC's Capital Bikeshare is also used by residents more than by tourists.
@hershmire So, hershmire, wanting to feel needed in a time of fear grants you carte blanche to act like an idiot and potentially endanger innocent people? I'll have to remember that if I'm ever charged with drunk driving.
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I too was a 12-year-old who had that issue! Lots of imagery from "Johnny Mnemonic" stuck firmly in my brain long after I forgot the author's name. Nine years later, when every SF fan knew who William Gibson was, I recognized the story in the Burning Chrome collection and realized that I was once briefly ahead of the curve but never did anything with it. Typical. He's still one of my favorite writers, though.
@Jared The ancient Romans were indeed pretty good bureaucrats; but nevertheless, there is no definite contemporary documentation of Jesus's execution. If Pontius Pilate kept a day planner, it hasn't survived. Every mention of Jesus, not just the Gospels, dates from decades later.
@LokoOno To be honest neither your comparison nor mine is very good, because both music and street performance are limited in time. Graffiti, on the other hand, is always there until someone finally scrapes it off. And neither music nor street performance does any physical damage to anything (unless it's *really* loud), whereas graffiti does at least a little. And, of course, it's always someone else's property that's being damaged. That's part of it too, isn't it? It's no fun to mark up your own property, assuming you're lucky enough to have any.
As for commercial advertisements, I fucking hate that shit. (Don't you?) The content is even more annoying than that of most graffiti. But on the other hand, it doesn't make me think about how it was done against the will of whoever owns the advertised-on space. So they're about equal, I guess.
@LokoOno But even if something is art, does that mean anything goes when persuing that art? Music is art, everyone agrees. That doesn't make it right for you to blare your music outside my bedroom window at 4 am. Or force me to use it as my ringtone. Or steal my laptop so you can use it to make your mixes.
@LokoOno Oookay then.