Friday, January 23, 2015


the practice of attacking and robbing ships at sea.
synonyms:freebooting, robbery at sea; 
"piracy on the high seas"
  • a practice similar to piracy but in other contexts, especially hijacking.
    "air piracy"
  • the unauthorized use or reproduction of another's work.
    plural noun: piracies
    "software piracy"
    synonyms:illegal copying, plagiarism, copyright infringement, bootlegging
    "software piracy"

  • This is a topic I'm sure most of us are familiar with and even guilty of, but what I'm here to explore is if that guilt is justifiable. Even as a musician who puts their music on the seemingly endless interwebs I do not condemn piracy. In fact, I find it some times a more appropriate means of distribution.

  • Say you live in a country that has some intense censorship laws but there's a movie that's on a banned list. Websites like and can help get people get the content they want. Wouldn't you want your reach to extend to as many people on the planet as possible as an artist? You potentially create new fans and customers with Piracy. I've torrented albums from artists that I absolutely adore which prompted me to buy more of their music. Plus, sharing digitally can be more convenient. I want a friend living in another country to hear some great music from back in the states. Does that make us pirates for sharing?

  •  Price
Not everyone can afford to go to the movies or buy the newest album. At minimum you can expect to pay at least $7 on a movie ticket. Now while some of you think that that's nothing take a minute to think about the less fortunate. Not everyone is so lucky that they can just go to the movies. Sharing and torrenting make it possible for people to see what they're a fan of even if their pockets aren't deep.  Even music can be on the pricey side. I'd say expect to spend at least 10 bucks a pop. Shit, even video games. $50-$60 is a lot to spend on something. I'm sure some will argue that you to need entertainment, but will fail to realize that even video games are works of art. It is a vision forged by the very imaginative and (unless you're EA) made with passion and passed on to others.

It could be argued that you're taking money out of the pockets of the creators. I even said that these are passionate artists that you're potentially helping to starve their children. Do people in the art industry make so little that they depend on every sale? Are we being fooled by the lavish lifestyles of these artists depicted by the media? I don't think so. They are still somehow able to afford everything that most of us can't even with piracy apparently running rampant. Again, I stress that even as a creator of art I don't feel like piracy is hurting me one bit. I have no problem with sharing my work or others sharing it. 

I do sincerely feel that piracy isn't all that bad. With tech advancing at an insanely fast rate it's hard to combat something like digital piracy. When you factor in censorship some of us have no other option. I don't take my passion for music and focus only on making a profit. I focus on putting out a quality piece of myself to share with the world. If it's only about money, you're not an artist.

- Daniel "Duranamo" Duran

Here's some funny memes I found:

Friday, January 16, 2015


Hello fellow Nerds, Geeks, Derps, and Trolls alike. Allow me to introduce myself. I am Daniel Duran aka Duranamo. I am part of the movement that is Nerd Life. I'm an admin for the Facebook page Nerd Life as well as an avid gamer. The systems I currently own are NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, Sega, Dreamcast, N64 (my favorite console), Wii U, and PS3 although I am very familiar with Xbox and PC. I am also into music production. Mainly rap but I also delve into scores and EDM styles. If you feel so inclined, you can check out some of my music here. I will be covering mainly video games with sprinkles of music stuff here and there as well as running the YouTube channel. The YouTube channel will have stuff like Let's Plays, live streams, news, top 10's, and series like The Tipsy Gamer and Throw Back Thursday Gaming.

Current Games

Right now I'm re-playing through Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Arguably one of the best damn games ever crafted. I also do this thing where every pay day I'll go to GameStop and check out their used game section and but two or three games that I never got a chance to play. For example I just recently bought Dishonered and L.A. Noir for PS3. Both badass games as well. I'm also playing GTA V Online which is a blast as usual. Eventually I'd like to get into next gen gaming. I'm super excited for Halo 5. That will be fun to live stream with online parties... Very much excite.


So, as far as music is concerned, all of my music is made with FL Studio. I first heard about the program when it was FL Studio 9.2 from a buddy I had gone to high school with. I downloaded the demo version and started making beats on October 31st 2009. With the demo version of FL Studio you can't save projects. You can only export MP3's and WAV files so when shit crashes because of low RAM it can cause some serious rage quits. Fast forward to today and I'm still in it. Music has become a huge part of my life. I even have some production credits like ILL Smith feat. Rittz by Twisted Insane. I do a lot of video game themed production as well like this King Boo inspired beat.

Well, with all of this being said, I am looking forward to writing for all of you guys.

Thank you for your time!

A Geeks Introduction

I figured that an introductory post would be the best first post! My name is, Nicolas Contreras, I'm 26 and I am addicted to technology! Not only the technology though, but all the media the technology delivers. My main diet of media consumption are video games, movies, and anime. Those will be my main writing topics on this here blog, Nerd Life. I am a computer and network technician, as well as a hobbyist programmer and engineer. I have two kids, a dog, and a lovely girlfriend. Now lets get to the dirty nerdy.

Video Games
I am primarily a PC gamer, but I do play Xbox 360 and Wii U. I am not the "PC is master race" kind of guy, and my Fanboy-ism has diminished with age. Don't get me wrong though, I will still run to the battle and debate of what games are the best in history (Legend of Zelda). I play all types of games as long as they can hold my interest. I do however have a few favorite genre though being: First Person Shooters, Survival Horrors, Role Playing Games, and Real-Time Strategies. My current main line-up is: Hearthstone, Mario Kart 8, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and Minecraft. I know what you might be thinking, "Doesn't look like the line-up of a hardcore gamer.", but I assure you that the hardcore games are there!

I try to go to the theaters at least once a month, get popcorn, and enjoy the big screen experience! At home I have several streaming services that keep me locked to the couch worse than a Thanksgiving meal. You get a similar story here, because my movie genre reflect my video game tastes. Action, Horror, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi are my main watch, and the occasional chick flick that is put on by the girlfriend. Some of my favorite flicks are: Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Se7en, Boondock Saints, and The Evil Dead. I love movies that are well thought out, but the other side of the spectrum is also attractive, like the B horror flicks. I really watch too many movies.

Anime has to be the largest portion of my media diet. Since anime will be the greater portion I will not bore you here with what I like since it could be pages long. I will say that my current watch are: Parasyte: The Maxim, Terraformars, Your Lie in April, and Attack on Titan. Otaku for life!

I hope to get great feedback from you all on future posts! Thank you, Nerd Life, for having me as a blogger for the page.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Hello fellow Nerd Lifers! We here at Nerd Life would like to welcome you to our blog site. This is a place where we will be posting articles, photos, videos, news, and other interesting things for your enjoyment. We are looking forward to bringing you the best content we can. Stay tuned for more awesome stuff in the future (like a YouTube channel) and feel free to send us any feedback or suggestions! Thank you Nerds!