Archive for August, 2008

Begins with an S 0

…and it is not ‘sine wave’.

Click the pick to learn more.

I found that by reading reading this: Earthquake Lake

Cable Box as Carterphone? 0

Excellent thoughts on the developing lawsuit in Kansas over digital cable boxes and the rent-only option:

Pol Itics 0

Sometimes they’re funny.

Functionally Voluntary Music 0

Going to let the ‘money quote’ intro the article.

The real answer to online piracy problems will be a market answer; if content creators want to succeed online, they need to focus even more on “seducing” consumers than on pistol-whipping them.

Article: Functionally voluntary” music may lead to blanket licenses [Ars Technica]

Ridiculousness Disguised As Government 0

If you have been paying attention, you may have noticed that the United States government has reached a level of [choose your favorite] stupidity, ludicrousness, lack of institutional memory, brazen disregard for anything resembling reality, inferred hallucinogenic drug use, soul crushing asshattery, and intelligence insulting rhetoric that has surpassed any and all measure. I lament for our descendants and am redefining the upper bound of contemptuousness for the Federalist system.

Case in point, as beautifully and satisfyingly portrayed on Mr. Stewart’s lovely show:

I hope there will be a return to accountability and common sense within my lifetime. I also hope to live forever. I think the chances for both are just about equal.

BONUS: Pictures from the conflict zone taken by a local. []

Book Chat with Rainn Wilson 1

It’s a plug for his new movie, but some of the props and effects hit a little close to home. Jubi Show watchers will know what I mean.

Part 1

Part 2

I Met The Walrus 0

From the YouTube sidebar:

In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room in Toronto and convinced John to do an interview about peace. 38 years later, Jerry has produced a film about it. Using the original interview recording as the soundtrack, director Josh Raskin has woven a visual narrative which tenderly romances Lennon’s every word in a cascading flood of multipronged animation. Raskin marries the terrifyingly genius pen work of James Braithwaite with masterful digital illustration by Alex Kurina, resulting in a spell-binding vessel for Lennon’s boundless wit, and timeless message.

Localized Costs 0

From Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan’s weekly email blast comes this factoid:

Taxpayers in Johnson County, Iowa will pay $191.3 million for total Iraq war spending approved to date.
For the same amount of money, the following could have been provided:

  • 57,241 People with Health Care for One Year OR
  • 215,208 Homes with Renewable Electricity for One Year OR
  • 4,572 Public Safety Officers for One year OR
  • 31,176 Scholarships for University Students for One Year or
  • 2,380 Affordable Housing Units OR
  • 4,282 Elementary School Teachers for One Year.

That is correct – those figures are the cost for Johnson County alone!

I’m sure there’s play either way in those numbers, but as a tool of perspective I think it says volumes.

It’s Back! NEWSISH. 0

Been a bit since I brought this series to the light of day, but here she is in all her self-interested glory. NEWSISH for 8/1/2008. Might end up being a once a week thing, maybe more. Enjoy while you can!

Check back for more [maybe].

Child Launching 0

Totally ripping this from Mr. Blogomatt.