Weak-ass Mayor of a Broke-ass City Edition
Todays links of interest:
- Obama Misses Wire Premiere; Could Hurt Him In N.H.
I think that if I was running for President, I’d have to suspend campaigning for one hour every Sunday night for the next 2 1/2 months. Even if I’d just won Iowa. Of course, that’s why I’m not running for President. Well, that, and 678,098,065 other reason.
- io9. Strung out on science fiction.
Annalee Newitz’s long-awaited sci-fi blog on Gawker finally goes live. Tip: enter "sherilyn connelly" into the search box for surprisingly brief (but funny) bits of content by the notoriously long-winded ‘Loper.
- Paste President: Radiohead Experiment ?A Huge Success?
In keeping with the tradition of applying multiple meanings to a single word, in this case, "success" is defined narrowly: lots of subscribers, increase to mailing list, less so on the financial break-even. Still, it shows what happens when people are asked to pay for entertainment media.
- Noontime Web Video Revitalizes Lunch at Desk
And will give rise to the phenomenon known as the Bored at Work network.
- The Weinstein Co. In Talks With The WGA
What an interesting time we’re living in — while the majors spin their wheels, independents (such as they are) are finding ways to live a writer-friendly life.
- Yahoo Is Clearly Up To Something Big Around Music
It’s no secret that Yahoo Music execs are no fans of DRM. 2008 is shaping up to be the year we finally see the development of a sensible open marketplace for digital music.
- Napster goes back to MP3s
Sort of makes you wonder what that DRM thing was all about.
- Dr. Phil Defends Visit To Britney Spears
Bollocks. Dr. Phil is a publicity-seeking asswipe trying to squeeze a few more viewers for his pathetic show by exploiting whatever tenuous connection he had to the Spears family. You really wanna help somebody: you don’t put out a fucking press release about it. You damn well know that he had a cameraman waiting in the car in case he could talk her into doing an interview. A pox on him.
- Sony BMG trades cards for downloaded tunes
Turns out that consumers will have to buy Sony BMG’s DRM-free downloads at a retail outlet before they can actually download them. Remember retail outlets? Those were the places you used to drive to before you could actually buy things on the Internet. File under: clueless.
- ‘Subprime’ is word of year 2007
True story: for awhile one of your ‘lopers worked at a financial institution that did a pretty good business in subprime loans. Round about the peak of the recent mortgage boom, there was a company-wide initiative to change all references to these loans on the websites from "subprime" to "non-prime." Apparently, "subprime" had too negative of a connotation. The loan products themselves didn’t change, mind you, just the name. Didn’t really work.
- Taser unveils holster with music player
Because security guards have a lot of down-time between taserings.
- Stewart and Colbert return Monday night
Because it’s one thing to get through Iowa without Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, but New Hampshire? We need our fake news!
- Watching Bill O’Reilly get pushy at an Obama rallly.
Apparently, the rules that apply to the press do not apply to Billo.
- In Blog, a Military Man Writes About His Own Death
The posthumous publication of his post reveals a celebration of life.