Friday, October 31, 2008

Boo!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Obama Infomercial

Thanks Miss Info!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

MediaWatch 29 October 08: Evening Edition

Hulu apparently has some admirers over at Viacom's MTV Networks.... MTV has just launched MTVMusic.com, an amazing archive of all of its music videos, concert footage, Unplugged performances and more. You'll find more than 16,000 videos on the site right now, and more are being added each day. Coming soon: how to copy and save 'em! Me? I'm still a big fan of Channel [V] !

Deathwatch: The Christian Science Monitor is scrapping its daily print edition in favor of online publication, supplemented by a weekly paper edition. The daily publication will be replaced in April by a weekly print format featuring its special brand of analysis and an online operation for daily reporting. The shift to online publication will entail an unspecified number of layoffs.
For readers, the drastic diminishment of print raises an obvious question: if more people are reading newspapers and magazines, why should we care whether they are printed on paper?

The answer is that paper is not just how news is delivered; it is how it is paid for.

- The New York Times
Time Inc. will slash as many as 600 jobs. McGraw-Hill is looking to cut 270 positions company-wide, including 140 jobs at BusinessWeek.

Wenner Media, the publisher of Rolling Stone, Us Weekly and Men's Journal, laid off seven people from the editorial and corporate sides of the business... no doubt much to the delight of Michelle Malkin...

SONY joins GM as "have-nots who once had" - Sony Corp.'s quarterly profit plunged 72 percent as a surging yen wiped out perks from flat-panel TV and PlayStation 3 sales, as well as box office revenue from the movie "Hancock." I remember when SONY and Panasonic were on the cutting edge of personal entertainment technology, days when you knew if you bought either brand you had a device that would last a lifetime. My vintage 1980s SONY Walkman and my old Panasonic reel-to-reel AM/FM portable STILL WORK and see regular use!

2008 Halloween

Lookout everybody! Halloween is coming!

Mainstream Media, shame on you for not getting the word out: USA Food Supply TAINTED? . . . . .Halloween Candy? Melamine + Toxins? Halloween Candy 2008 May Be Laced with Melamine! The Same Ingredient that Harmed and Killed Tens of Thousands of Pets last year! YouTube videos allow you to SEE what to take out of your trick-or-treater's candy bags!

The Halloween tradition is a muddled one; with traditions in an ancient Celtic celebration, Halloween started in Europe and made its way to the United States, where it has been embraced as a holiday for children.

In recent years, however, the American version of Halloween has spread to the rest of the world, with Morocco being no exception.

Martin Aquino blogs about Making a Super Mario Costume!

Battlestar Galactica fans: It's a Cylon jack-o'-lantern!

Wired.com has pulled together a fun slideshow of children in vintage, pre-1940 Halloween costumes. The pictures come courtesy of obsessive-compulsive collector Steven Martin, who scours eBay for classic photographs. The theme of his most recent collection, which can be viewed in its entirety at Mr. Martin’s Flickr account, is “Halloween in the Time of Cholera.”

COSPLAY

Need a super last minute Halloween costume via FedEx? Check out TNJ's cosplay section on the site.. Naruto and Bleach are always crowd pleasers.. Today is the last day to get your parcel shipped out in time for Halloween ( which is this Friday.) All orders placed yesterday and today and for a costume, the TNJ staff will ship it FED EX 2 day air automatically so you can get it in time for Halloween.

Impact Comics have announced they’re running a Halloween Cosplay Costume Contest.

Just in time for Halloween -- Cosplay Lingerie
Okay, it doesn't sell itself as such, but check out some of the selection at 3wishes.com. Note, this is almost certainly not work safe.

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MediaWatch 29 October 08

ABC will air "Pushing Daisies" in its usual time period tonight -- not the Barack Obama ad. In an abcnews.go article entitled "Media's Presidential Bias and Decline," columnist Michael Malone looks at "slanted" U.S. election coverage.

Keeping up with Barack Obama - USNews.com

Bishop blasts Joe Biden: "The teaching of the Church is clear and not open to debate."

Remember Hillary? Mrs. Clinton's failed presidential bid may have kept her away from New York for weeks on end, but that hasn't hurt her standing here at home - far from it in fact, according to a new Marist Poll.

Remember "Night of the Living Dead?" 2008 marks the picture's 40th anniversary.

I gotta admit - I'm hooked - on Gossip Girl - the CW show appears Monday nights on every TV set in my house - CW is doing SOMETHING right - the CBS/WB-backed network is racking up ratings.

Radio talk show host Glenn Beck will be in the Syracuse suburb of DeWitt on November 15th, as part of his “Helicopter Tour” to visit 50 cities in six weeks. He’ll be signing copies of his newest book, The Christmas Sweater. [More...]

It happened Monday morning - the unthinkable: the hosted blogging platform of choice for sites ranging from CNN to Scobelizer--so it's a big deal when Wordpress.com goes down.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Beware of Chinese Restauarants (Sometimes)

A few years ago I was waiting for a deliveryman to come to the house with an order of Chinese food. I saw him pull up in his car and went out to the porch to meet him. As he was about to come up the steps, a cat darted from the bushes and ran across the driveway. The delivery dude did a double-take, like he'd just seen a pretty girl, and said (quoting now) "Whoa, nice kitty!!!

After paying for the food and tipping the fellow, I stayed on the porch as he drove off (making sure "kitty" was safe, at least for another day.)

Here's a story from earlier today that reminded me of "nice kitty"!

Pop Clips 28 October 08

With election day fast approaching, many members of the local black community in Central NY (the Utica area) say they have their fingers crossed for Democratic candidate Barack Obama and his historic campaign for the presidency. Meantime, way down South, blogger Geoffrey Philp posts on the difference between American and Jamaican politics.

The final battles of the presidential race are being fought in states carried in 2004 by President Bush.

I myself had an "Obama Dream" Sunday night / Monday AM --- I was in the living room at the house where I grew up. The big Zenith TV was pulled away from the wall and the back was off. I went over to talk to the repairman. It was Barack Obama! He looked at me and said "Don't worry, I'll fix it." And then I awoke.

Les Payne on whether Bush-Cheney might follow NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's lead on a term limits extension.

Here's something notable: the music industry is doing just fine, on a very stable course ANYWHERE BUT HERE in the United States, where since around 2000, it's impossible to get a real handle on what type of music is actually popular. With so much content being downloaded, rap music ascended to mainstream status, not really by popularity, but by sales. Most of its fans (until right about now) did not have the proper technology and / or the knowledge to access and download media off the internet for FREE.
LONDON (Reuters) - Manufactured TV group Girls Aloud notched up their fourth No. 1 hit on the U.K. pop chart on Sunday with "The Promise."

They knocked last week's champ, "So What" by U.S. singer Pink, down to No. 2, according to the Official UK Charts Company

Dance act Guru Josh Project entered the charts at No. 3 with "Infinity 2008," while U.S. cult rockers Kings of Leon stayed at No. 4 with "Sex On Fire."

Razorlight's "Wire To Wire" was the biggest climber, moving up 25 places to No. 5.

Veteran Australian rockers AC/DC entered the album chart at No. 1 with their new album "Black Ice," while the Kaiser Chiefs debuted at No. 2 with "Off With Their Heads."

Kings of Leon were unchanged at No. 3 with "Only By The Night," while "Right Now" by former "X Factor" winner Leon Jackson at No. 4 and "Sacred Arias" by Welsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins at No. 5.
While US tastes and trends in music historically have been slightly different from what's happening in the UK and Europe, they're closer than you might think: the recording artists would be a little different but the essential direction of the music nearly the same.

The Blogger known as "The Frugal Duchess" is in the city today for a reading/book signing event at at Harlem's Hue-Man Bookstore & Cafe, 2319 Frederick Douglass Boulevard (between 124th & 125th Streets)- tel# 212.665.7400

Microsoft is supposed to show Windows 7 to attendees of the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles today. New info about what’s part of the pre-beta build that will be provided to show-goers trickled out over the weekend.

Fascinating piece on pretty stunning archeological discovery in Turkey -- ruins of a Temple built 11,000 years ago, 1000s of years before it was thought people had settled & "civilized".

Raju Narisetti blogs the truth: "Increasingly, many of us in print media are coming to realize that content is not king, conversation is." The complete article entitled "When blogs beget blogs beget blogs..." is available here on livemint.

Here's a bone: 17 Amazing Free Web Based Applications

Monday, October 27, 2008

Bob Dylan: Yesterday & Today

Pirating Bob Dylan: The blogosphere is up in arms over the Tambourine Man's $130 "recession" album that was previously available FREE on NPR's website. (You should ALWAYS download and save valuable media when the opportunity is presented!) Gawker asks Why Is Bob Dylan's Recession Album $130?

Dylan Noir? Lynne Margolis posts on American Songwriter "(Photographer Barry) Feinstein still caught some stunners, which seem even more artful because he used only available light and black-and-white film (a sadly soon-to-be-archaic medium). The combination makes for some indelible studies of light and shadow-and some wonderful insights into the human side of an icon."

More early photos of Bob Dylan.

Bob Dylan - Early Reel to Reel Tape with Original Songs and Other Memorabilia (1957-59) - "The Frog Song" features Dylan singing in a low, guttural voice, like one of his heroes, Clarence "Frogman" Henry (who used that "croaking" vocal style on the 1956 novelty hit, "Ain't Got No Home"). This is where Bob first uses the idea of singing in a different voice, and it lead to the Woody Guthrie-influenced style made so famous on scores of Dylan classics.

The Bob Dylan Show will hit Alumni Field House on the campus of SUNY Oneonta at 8 p.m. November 19. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the Hunt Union Box Office, Ticketmaster outlets and ticketmaster.com. The charge-by-phone number is 607-722-7272.

They're all general admission seats, priced at $45 for the general public or $35 for Oneonta State students.

Around The Blogosphere 27 October 08

Egyptian blogger and human rights activist Nora Younis is the proud recipient of the Annual Human Rights Award.
Nora Younis gets Human Rights First Award مساء ٢٣ اكتوبر حصلت على جائزة منظمة “ هيومان رايتس فرست” الحقوقية. في هذا اليوم من كل عام تقدم هذه الجائزة في مدينة ...
Flickr: Nora Younis' Photostream

Manalaa (i.e. Manal and Alaa) the godparents of the Egyptian blogosphere - are going to live in South Africa for a while, and Alaa has written a post [in Arabic] describing his feelings towards traveling and many other things.

Nigerian blogger, Jonathan Elendu,
has been arrested by the State Security Service (SSS), the federal security enforcement agency in Nigeria, charged with sponsoring a "Guerilla News Agency"...

Blogger.com is now blocked in Turkey, announces TurkeyTalk. This follows the blocking of WordPress and YouTube, following court orders.

MissInfo reports Cassie talks around her lovelife, Danity Kane drama, Lil’ Wayne and more - Fulfilling a lifelong dream, our trusty Mike Fresh sat down for an in-depth (snicker) discussion with the very beautiful Cassie.

anastasia on Ypulse answers the question "Will Microblogging Take Off With Teens?"

MediaWatch 27 October 08

An allegedly drunk DJ has sparked a debate on a popular Kuwaiti blog. Click on 248am for the latest on this. لاتينا مينا كويتية طينة على الـ «اف ام» الحكومية وشتمت مستمعة ...

Bono has been invited to write a column for the New York Times.

Apple launches Apple U (to focus on its college marketing efforts). Plus Apple to oppose anti-gay marriage ballot question news.cnet.com — The company announced Friday that it would donate $100,000 to the No on Prop 8 campaign, which opposes a measure to ban gay marriage that California voters will consider a week from Tuesday. Google has also spoken out against the ballot measure.

YouTube Launches National Geographic Channel... Not to be outdone, National Lampoon Launches YouTube Channel

Brett blogs about Kubatana's Freedom Fone Project in Zimbabwe: “It involves providing radio-like audio content via interactive menu response by use of phones. Users can call up the service, and choose from a menu, to access audio items they with to listen to: news headlines, a feature, music and inspirational messages and so on.”

Southern California Public Radio has launched a 15-minute show called The Dinner Party Download, and it's designed to offer "a fast and funny 'booster shot' of news and culture designed to help you dazzle friends and family at this weekend’s dinner party."

Disney's Pixie Hollow (is live) - Allstate launched a writing competition (to promote teen safe driving)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Barack or John?

Just a quickie to let you folks know I've come across somebody out there who feels about the same as I do.

When you strip away the junk, the rumors, the conspiracy theories, media arguments and other "pollutants" - I find that I like both Barack Obama and John McCain. Either man will make a great president... but here's my wish: if we could take a trip down each pathway: An Obama presidency and a McCain presidency. Just a four year run. Just imagine: "everything" could happen (and that means "anything") - or - "nothing" could happen: the USA would continue on. Wall Street will eventually re-balance, the pull and tug of daily life will continue. There won't be any major spectacular events (including terrorist acts on North American soil)and whatever it is certain people fear might come to pass should one man be elected over the other may not even near-happen.

What-if-icism: On the wild side, what if Obama left office? What if a strain of flu swept across the land and he was a victim? Let's say Joe Biden was next in line BUT he too had been stricken by a bug that began on the eastern seaboard. Or if McCain were elected, what if he left after a few months? Palin might become the first woman president. So many different scenarios that could play out!

But those are just "imaginings." Look at the difference pre-Bush and today. Look at the difference when New York Governor Eliot Spitzer was inaugurated coronated by man and media alike, and then suffered a spectacular fall from grace.

No matter how much stuff we could imagine, truth Is stranger than fiction at times!

Oh, and the gentleman who agrees with me is a fellow who grew up right here in Albany, New York.

Cell Phone Users Choose Obama

If you're into mobile telephone technology, you're voting for Barack (at least according to Zogby)...

UTICA, New York - Americans who use their mobile phones to surf the Internet are much more likely to support Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama over Republican candidate John McCain, according to an unscientific survey of likely voters conducted jointly by Zogby International and Jump Tap.

The survey was conducted from October 7-24 via an ad banner campaign running across the Jump Tap premium mobile ad network of popular mobile websites including Fox Mobile Entertainment and major newspapers within the Verve Wireless network such as the Miami Herald and Sacramento Bee. The poll will continue tapping the pulse of mobile voters - pre and post election. Over 68% of viewers who responded to the "vote" ad banners completed the 10 question survey.

Of 3,462 likely voters who took the survey, 71% supported Democratic Presidential nominee Obama, 25% chose Republican John McCain and the other 4% were unsure or would choose another candidate.

The Zogby/Jump Tap Mobile Phone Horserace


Obama
71%

McCain
25%

Not Sure/Other
4%


In almost identical numbers, these mobile phone users said Obama was better for the economy (70%), best to manage the War in Iraq (65%) and most likely to improve their quality of life (70%.)

Who Participated - Age?


18-29
24%

30-49
52%

50-64
20%

65+
.4%


More than one-half of the respondents (52%) were ages 30-49. The racial breakdown was white - 70%, African-Americans - 14%, Hispanics - 11% and Asian/Pacific participants - 4%. In terms of gender, the sample was heavily male, 62% to 38% female. The Eastern, Western and Southern regions had almost equal shares of the sample, with the Central/Great Lakes having the fewest, 16%


Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby Poll: Obama 49.4%, McCain 44.1%

These polls are getting very boring. I can't wait until election Day!

UTICA, New York—Republican John McCain continues to gain on Democrat Barack Obama, reducing Obama’s lead to 5.3 points with just over a week to go before Election Day, the latest Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby national daily tracking poll shows.

The race now stands at 49.4% to 44.1% in favor of Obama. Obama led McCain by 9.5 points in yesterday’s report.

"There is no question that this race continues to tighten and that McCain is finding his message again," said Pollster John Zogby. "It is after all about the economy and that is how McCain tightened it up the last time. I have said over and over again, when he focuses on extraneous issues, he screws up. In today's single day of polling, it was 49% to 46% in favor of Obama. McCain has moved his own numbers each of the three days and Obama has gone down from 54% to 50% to 49%. I have alluded before to this strange, magnetic pull that brings Obama down to 48% or 49%, a danger zone for him. McCain's gains are among white voters, where he now leads by 12 points, and with men, where he again has a healthy lead. There is still a lot of campaign to go. YUP!

GPX ML638B

The GPX ML638B: one cantankerous contraption! In this fuzzy photo, I am holding the device as it sucks up videos from the "AMV Converter" on my laptop.

This is one interesting little device that works amazingly well - if you van get it working. And that's no easy task. The GPXetc. has confounded many:
" have a GPX ML638B...But i don't know how to put songs in it...How do i put songs in it?" and can someone tell me how? to get videos on my gpx mp3 player (model ... and GPX Player and Vista? I have a gpx player ml638b and when i hook it to ...
How Indeed! There are a few things the paperwork that comes with the device says you need. For my WinME computer I had to install Windows Media Player 9. For my WinXP laptop, Windows Media Player 10. I now officially HATE Windows Media Player.
To make WinME "see" the GPXetc., I had to first coax it to recognize the "E" drive and I did that by using my iPod.

But the fun doesn't begin there. In fact, just when we thought we'd NEVER have fun, things worked. Here's what happened, and it took an entire Saturday. We began at 9am and finally had videos uploaded to the device by 9pm! 12 frackin' hours!!!

Device stats:
Digital audio player with 1GB* installed flash memory
Supports MP3 / WMA / WMA DRM playback with WAV audio files and JPEG image playback
1.5" color display
Virtual hard drive - USB mass storage
Playback features: play/pause/stop/skip/search, digital volume control, repeat one/all or random, auto power off, hold feature and preset EQ
Jacks: USB connection (cable included, supports USB 2.0 high speed, stereo headphone jack (stereo earbuds included)
Built in rechargable lithium poilymer battery


Here are some things to watch for that will help you upload stuff to YOUR GPX:

Our Mission: to fill some of the 6 hours of available video space on the device with music videos, downloaded as flv files from YouTube, converted into MPEGS which were burned into VCDs (Video CD's). Sounds simple, doesn't it?

Be prepared to be driven absolutely crazy by Windows Media Player, which will give you all kinds of messages.
Contrary to what it kept telling us, Media Player DOES NOT need to "verify" any license by going to the web. When we finally, out of desperation, DID jump on line, stupid Media Player was "unable to connect"...

Don't believe Media Player when it tells you it "can't play the file" "needs codec" "unrecognized format" or even "sync failed: device does not support that type of file" (or something like that) --- and after you've searched the "manual" and investigated the files on the GPX (oh yes, there are PROGRAMS you need right on the GPX device. Install them on your computer! There's a device manager and something called an AMV converter) You'll notice Windows Media Player claims it can't recognize and there is no mention of "AMV files" anyhwere on the paperwork.

After much frustration, we found out how to transfer files WITHOUT GOING ON THE INTERNET from Media Player to the GPX:

We created a new playlist in Media Player, managed to get to the transfer screen that shows up when you're in "sync" mode.

At that moment, press the "on/off switch" just ONCE and you'll see what I call a "battery bar" appear in the GPX window.

Once the files transferred, we were able to do more with Media Player CLOSED! That's tight, we did them right through the AMV converter.

I'm not sure WHY, but after the first download to the GPX via the AMV converter, it took it upon itself to download each new video immediately upon conversion! WOW! Too bad it didn't work this way right out of the box!

Another revelation: where previously one was unable to view much of anything by looking into the GPX via "My Computer, drive E" we could now see all the video files and properly re-name them to our liking!

This may help: Specifications for GPX ML638B

For Xfer of Music from CD's - ALWAYS rip from a CD with a program such as Audiograbber so that any rootkits or other digital copyright crap is GONE so it cannot cause any problems!

If you're stuck using Windows Media Player (or afraid to try something new) you still need to disable copy protected files. The RIP function in your Windows Media Player will allow you to convert the music CDs you have purchased into either an MP3 or a WMA format. To adjust the copy protection setting on your ripped music files.

1. Open the Tools tab at the top of your Windows Media Player.
2. Select Options and then select the Rip Music tab.
3. Under this menu, you will be able to choose the type of music file as well as the quality with which you would like to save the music.
4. Make sure the box next to Copy protect music is left unchecked.
5. Your GPX player has the ability to play music files in both the MP3 and WMA format. Make sure to use MTP when transferring copy-protected WMA files.

Just in case: GPX ML638B Software Restore Utility (Zip file)

While we're at it - why not throw some FREE iTunes on your player - How to legally remove DRM-protection from iTunes music — Instructions for how to remove DRM-protection from music purchased from iTunes, so you can play them on other music players or transfer them to other iPods/iPhones.

And just how good would it be if your iPod or your favorite portable MP3 player can support FLAC format? Unfortunately not. If you have a bunch of FLAC music files that you want to bring along in your journey, the best way is to convert them into MP3 format. Luckily, this is an easy task in the Ubuntu OS, using SoundConverter.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Jim Shepard @ Stockbridge Library

Jim Shepard, novelist and short story writer, will be the first guest in the Stockbridge Library’s Winter Reads series. Shepard, who teaches at Williams College, will read from and discuss his work on Sunday, October 26 at 4 p.m. in the Library’s main reading room.

Shepard’s darkly humorous tales have been called “utterly captivating” by Donna Seaman, writing for the Chicago Tribune, and a testament to “the power of the short story itself” by Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket).

Shepard was a finalist for the National Book Award and received the Story Prize in 2008 for “Like You’d Understand, Anyway,” his most recent short story collection. It was preceded by “Love and Hydrogen” and “Battling against Castro.”

Attendees will have an opportunity to chat with the author at a post-presentation reception and books will be available for purchase courtesy of The Bookstore in Lenox, MA.

This event, and all others in the Winter Reads series, is free and open to the public.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Maple Story MURDER

Virtual 'Murder' Leads To Real-World Arrest
In Maple Story, the 43-year-old Japanese piano teacher's sudden divorce from her online husband in a virtual game world made her so angry that she logged on and killed his digital persona. The man complained to police when he discovered that his beloved online avatar was dead.

In the Real World, the divorcee has not yet been formally charged, but if convicted could face a prison term of up to five years or a fine up to $5,000.

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Politics 23 October 08

Today's Q poll shows John McCain narrowing the gap in Florida, but fading in Ohio and still trailing Barack Obama by 13 percentage points in Pennsylvania.

via WSJ.com - Are the Polls Accurate? Reading them right is more art than science.

“Would the world prefer to deal with McCain or Obama? The world, if you listen, is saying Obama. These are the nations and peoples that the United States trades with, makes policy with, and otherwise negotiates with. McCain has shown his politics in his campaign, smearing his opponents whenever he sees fit. Is that the person who should be handling foreign policy and reporting to the American people? I think not”: Trinidadian blogger Taran Rampersad explains why Obama must win.

Mashable offers The Case Against Senator Obama’s National CTO

Far from being impressed by Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama, The Haitian Blogger says: “In Haiti, Powell was the ‘Head Negro in Charge' of dismantling Haiti's democracy and installing the Bush administration's goon, Gerard Latortue.”

MediaWatch 23 October 08

All Narcisism, all the time... iJustine profiled - or - "Why 23,201 people care that Justine Ezarik just ate a cookie" by Emily Gould.

The US presidential election is driving record numbers of visitors to political blogs and independent news sites. AFP has details.

Orson Scott Card is a Democrat and a newspaper columnist, and in his opinion piece entitled "Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn On the Lights?" he takes on both while lamenting the current state of journalism.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, a woman who does not own a television set, has done something that is virtually unheard of: she has doubled the audience for a cable news channel’s 9 p.m. hour in a matter of days. The New York Times reports.

How long will it be before commercial radio stations in the United States use encryption methods to prevent brodcast material from being recorded?

Military radio manufacturer Harris RF Communications recently received a set of U.S. Defense Department orders totaling $6 million for its new RF-7800W High-Capacity Line-of-Sight radio. The radios are going to the Army and the Marines. The 7800W is a wireless radio made for battlefield applications capable of carrying high-speed encrypted Internet protocol traffic. With a clear line of sight, it can transmit up to 31 miles, according to Harris RF.

Economist and blogger Nobuo Ikeda writes about a prominent idea [ja] to introduce the “dubbing 10″ system, abandoned only weeks ago, though an airwaves encryption scheme. Ikeda explains that the idea would be to pair a key to the encrypted airwaves with the dubbing ten system, which he claims is illegal as it would violate Japan's Antitrust Act. To control the copying of freely-distributed broadcasts (as dubbing ten would do) moreover also goes against Japan's Broadcast Law, Ikeda argues, pointing out that nowhere else in the world has any country attempted this sort of thing.

Around The Blogosphere 23 October 08

Who's that girl in the picture? She's the #1 blogger in Africa!

Remember the 10 Hottest Blogging Babes? Here's Afrigator’s Top 45 Female African Bloggers… My friend Sokari is Number Three!!!

Dallas Penn blogs CMJ Day 1: M = Marathon… - The College Media Journal Music Festival

via PopCandy: Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, Cardinology, is streaming on iLike for 48 hours, starting today.

Go here to check it out while you can. The official release date is Oct. 28.

Cardinology has a website with more info, including a blog and video. Believe it or not, this is Adams' first release in more than a year. Rolling Stone gives it four stars.


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Around The Blogosphere 22 October 08

Steve Adubato blogs "Those who think she's not qualified to be Vice President or President are likely not to change their minds about her, because of her "work" on Saturday Night Live. But Sarah Palin is now firmly in place as an American celebrity. She's got "It", whatever that exactly is."

Today's faves: Cuban Travel, Conspiracy Theories, and Sexism

From Kuwait, Ginaview writes about how different guys react when they are rejected by women. Her advice: "...be smart and remember if he is of anything he’d be taken by now..."


Miss Info: In her post entitled The BET Hip Hop Awards….where fashion goes to die? Min quips: "I tried to adjust the color-balance on my computer screen….but T-Pain still looked nuclear. Those butter-bling teeth…need a rawhide chew toy. And yes, I’m going to continue to ignore Soulja Boy’s horrifying wrist signals the same way I never acknowledged Cam’s earring situation. I have that will to survive."

Adult Swim has posted a free album called African Swim. It spotlights South Africa's best hip-hop artists and is downloadable now with video.

John Hogue emailed me he's finally written and produced that long awaited book on Nostradamus' Antichrist (Mabus) prophecies: NOSTRADAMUS and the Antichrist, Code Named MABUS

John contacted me as a result of a comment I left on his website:

On Sep 9, 2002, at 6:12 PM, davelucas wrote:

> Hello.... I have just visited your site and very intrigued by MABUS... as I brushed across the pages I found your reference to the successor to the POPE as peacemaker.... ARE YOU SURE?
> Check this out: Vatican says no Iraq attack without UN approval...
>
> that story appeared AND DISAPPEARED today on drudgreport.com
> is that a coincidence or what?
> Locally we have a guy named SCOTT RITTER who is trying to thwart any first strike against IRAQ...
> I Think the real MABUS is yet to be revealed...
> put this POPE thing is interesting...
> Your thoughts, please.
> Dave

A little comment goes a long way :)


Got another email from Scott Schachter:
Hi Dave,
I really like your blog.

I am helping Non-Profit Organization Doctors Without Borders which provides aid assistance to those in war torn neglected regions such as Darfur and Haiti oversee there social-media/blog campaign to help them win one million dollars by receiving the most votes through Trip Advisors online voting campaign.
Voting Campaign: http://www. tripadvisor. com/Causes-MSF?m=11506

I have a blog where I post my daily thoughts/ videos

My Blog: http://morethanfootprints. typepad. com/votedoctorswithoutborders/

I am asking YOU to help this great cause and write a blog post /link to my blog as well as provide a link to the voting site. I hope YOU can help and help those in need.
via Global Voices: Some may tend to consider piracy something related to copying copyrighted media or perhaps a long-gone lifestyle to be celebrated in "Talk Like a Pirate day". In some countries, however, piracy and protection out on sea is a serious and current matter. On today's videos, the World Food Program hires bodyguards to look over their cargo ships as they sail to Somalia to deliver food, and vloggers from Korea and United Arab Emirates speak about piracy in the modern day world. [Read the Complete Post]

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Around The Blogosphere 21 October 08

“Twin brothers and artists Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá along with fellow Brazilian artist Gustavo Rosa have been invited by Google to be featured in iGoogle’s Artist Themes which make up the backdrop of the iGoogle homepage.” See the videos on Eyes on Brazil blog.

Miss Info blogs Pras Gets Put On Blast About Owing $19K To Fight Club Studios! - ABC the new TMZ?

TechCrunch writes about SearchMe Adds Music Search With Unlimited Streaming Via Imeem Widgets - says TC: "this has to be the coolest hack of the week."

Jordanian blogger Qwaider announced the launch of GirlyGator - an Arab girl's only blog aggregator.

Dallas Penn presents Life Imitating Art In The Worst Way…

Computerworld USA: Opinion: The top 10 best-written blogs

Geoffrey Philp: Sweet Dreams - If going under anesthesia is like slipping into that other life, then, I think, I've lost my fear of crossing over.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Snapshot of Human Trafficking 20 October 08

Human trafficking is the modern-day equivqlent of slavery - I wonder if people who have vanished, people like Suzanne Lyall and Karen Wilson may still be alive, enslaved right here in North America?

As unimaginable as it seems, slavery and bondage still persist in the 21st century. Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. Millions of people around the world are living - and will die - as slaves. The 2008 U.S. State Department “Trafficking in Persons Report,” found approx. 800-thousand people are trafficked across national borders. That does not include the millions trafficked within their own countries. [video]

An exhibition [Images of human trafficking] on human trafficking which attracted more than 65000 visitors in London has now gone on show in York.

Austria becomes int'l human trafficking transit point, destination

Leonardo Sakamoto [pt] links to the online petition demanding the end of slavery in Brazil. “The majority of the employers who adhere to this system are big land owners, who have world class technology and exploit this “disposable people”.

The musical documentary Call + Response is Justin Dillon’s ambitious and masterful artistic counterattack to an all-too-easy-to-overlook enemy who still sells men, women, and children like commodities to the highest bidders. The grainy, undercover film footage taken in Asian brothels is interspersed with the testimony of eloquent activists such as Gary Haugen of the International Justice Mission and actress Ashley Judd, as well as performances by the Cold War Kids and Matisyahu, the Orthodox Jewish reggae artist.

PHILIPPINES: Immigration chief urges govt ‘team effort’ against human trafficking

QUEBEC: Francophonie pressed on human rights - Amnesty International insists group of nations should be stricter with members on the issue. [...more...]

World slave trade to be topic at Westfield State
Angela Keiser and Rachel Burcin will present, “Emptying the Pockets of Forgetfulness,” a UNESCO-related program about the world slave trade, at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at Scanlon Banquet Hall at Westfield State College. The event is part of the college’s Guest Lecture Series, which is free and open to the public.

The speakers will lead a discussion of the UNESCO Transatlantic Slave Trade Education Project: Breaking The Silence (TST Project), an innovative global curriculum initiative in Africa, Europe and the Americas aimed at understanding of the magnitude and New World impact of the transatlantic slave trade.

In the late 1980s, American pundits warned of the historical amnesia and illiteracy regarding the suffering of slavery. Lynne Cheney, then chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, issued a pamphlet called American Memory, which began with the declaration: “A refusal to remember . . . is a primary characteristic of our nation.”

The presentation will explore issues regarding social memory, such as: What happens when a society develops too many “pockets of forgetfulness” in recounting its history? What can educational systems do to capture a fuller, more accurate, more inclusive truth of the origins of its national community and its unacknowledged contributors?

The event takes a closer look at how the TST Project underscores the importance of local history in creating, as well as challenging, how national and global histories are retold.

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Eat and get beat...

Excuse me, but 9:30 in the evening is a little too early to get jumped in a parking lot... or has the neighborhood slid that far downhill?

From the Times Union:
Steve Barnes, a senior writer who writes restaurant reviews on his Table Hopping blog, said he was attacked in the parking lot around 9:30 p.m. when he was leaving Creo with a friend, Joshua Carr.

"My face is swollen and bloody," Barnes wrote in an account on his blog. "One of my knees, one elbow, one wrist and the back of my head are ailing. Josh hurts in a variety of places. We're grateful to the Guilderland cops and EMTs for their professionalism; regretful to the Creo crew that this happened so near them despite their responsibility being nil; and more than a little perplexed and angered by the seemingly random violence that befell us in a mall parking lot."
Folks, ALWAYS check out what's going on around you whenever in a public place. I don't care if it's the library, the mall, church... look around, see who's doing what... if you can, use reflectionsoff the glass of car windows or store windows to observe those in the vicinity without them knowing you're watching...
"They said nothing about money, or a watch, or credit cards or anything," Barnes said. "The attacker just stood up and walked off." Barnes described his attacker as a well-built white man in his early to late 20s with a bald or shaved head. He was wearing a button-down shirt and fingerless gloves.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Guilderland police at 356-1501. Here's the entire story as it appears on the TU website.

Where In The World...

I'll be at the march today --- hope to see you there!
AREA’S LARGEST BREAST CANCER AWARENESS EVENT
“MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER” RETURNS OCTOBER 19th
Thousands to rally in Washington Park to Support American Cancer Society

ALBANY, NY – Pink-clad people will walk, trot, stroll, ramble, meander, saunter and march through the streets of Albany on Sun., Oct. 19th. Regardless of the synonym used, the intention will be clear as thousands of local breast cancer survivors and volunteers will band together in the annual American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Washington Park. The walk is, traditionally, the largest breast cancer awareness event in the Capital Region.

Last year, more than 13,000 people participated in the local Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk raising more than $900,000. Proceeds go to support the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer research, education, advocacy and patient service programs. More than 1000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the Capital Region each year. The disease claims 215 lives annually in the Capital Region.

Who: Families, friends, coworkers, survivors and anyone who wants to join the fight against breast cancer. Thousands of people are expected.

What: The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event is a 5K, non-competitive walk to raise awareness and proceeds for the fight against breast cancer. Making Strides is annually the area’s largest breast cancer awareness event.

When: Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008
Registration begins at 10 a.m.
The walk begins at noon

Where: Washington Park
Albany, NY



Saturday, October 18, 2008

Around The Blogosphere 18 October 08

via Bettina Perroni:

¿Será el Otoño?...

Video: "All Suicides (Are Cowards)" by Geoffrey Philp... From the BBC: Parents speak the assisted suicide of thier son. (Very sad!)

From MissInfo: Photo of the Day: Strangé!! - I know its random, but that get up is just too good to not post. From ME: Gross! Husband hacked wife to death with meat cleaver after she changed FACEBOOK status to single...

Jeff Probst blogs 'Survivor: Gabon'

Iranian blogger Biseda has published photos of a 1,500m (4,920ft) long sandwich made of ostrich meat. The crowd started attacking the sandwich before any of the three Guinness representatives present had the chance to confirm its length.

Motley Fool: 7 Must-Read Stock Blogs


and the Paris based Brazilian artist and blogger at Spam for Free makes his bookmark spam available for download!

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