Sabbatical

A sabbatical is a period away from your normal routine – a time to immerse yourself in a different environment, a chance to see your life from a different perspective. I’m stepping away from the intense internet life for a while… I don’t know how long I’ll be gone, but this thing just seems to take over too easy. I’ll be back one...

Junky Car Club

It looks like I qualify for this club. Both of my cars are paid off and one is 13 years old and still running. Check out the the Junky Car Club below… Junky Car...

Hmmm… Suing God?

Oh the things we do for attention… Nebraska State Senator Sues God Over Natural Disasters Monday , September 17, 2007 Nebraska Democratic State Senator Ernie Chambers has decided to go straight to the top in an effort to stop natural disasters from befalling the world. Chambers filed a lawsuit against God in Douglas County Court Friday afternoon, KPTM Fox 42 reported. Click here for more from KPTM Fox 42 in Omaha. The suit asks for a “permanent injunction ordering Defendant to cease certain harmful activities and the making of terroristic threats.” The lawsuit identifies the plaintiff as, “the duly elected and serving State Senator from the 11th Legislative District in Omaha, Nebraska.” Chambers also cites that the, “defendant directly and proximately has caused, inter alia, fearsome floods, egregious earthquakes, horrendous hurricanes, terrifying tornados, pestilential plagues…” Chambers says he isn’t suing God because he has any kind of beef with the deity. He says the suit is to fight possible laws restricting the filing of frivolous lawsuits. Chambers tells KPTM FOX 42 News that his lawsuit is in response to bills brought forth by other state senators to try and stop lawsuits from being filed. “The Constitution requires that the courthouse doors be open, so you cannot prohibit the filing of suits,” Chambers says. “Anyone can sue anyone they choose, even God.” Chambers bases his ability to sue God, as, “that defendant, being omnipresent, is personally present in Douglas...

Music Business Bets On The "Ringle"?

This is absolutely dumb.  Once again the music business is missing the point.  Consumers like downloading and downloading when they want.  This is a ploy for labels to charge back their artists for printing and packaging again for singles…  sorry, I just find this ridiculous.  Here’s an article with details:  Music industry betting on ‘ringle’ format Sun Sep 9, 2007 11:07 PM ET By Ed Christman NEW YORK (Billboard) – As the recording industry wakes up from its summer slumber and starts thinking about what will motivate the consumer for the holiday selling season, the major labels are getting ready to launch the “ringle,” which combines the mostly defunct single format with ringtones. Each ringle is expected to contain three songs — one hit and maybe one remix and an older track — and one ringtone, on a CD with a slip-sleeve cover. The idea is that if consumers in the digital age can download any tracks they want individually, why not let them buy singles in the store as well? It also enables stores to get involved in the ringtone phenomenon. Sony BMG Music Entertainment, which came up with the ringle idea, and Universal Music Group are going to be the first out of the box with ringles. The former will unleash 50 titles during October and November, while UMG will have anywhere from 10 to 20 titles ready. The Recording Industry Association of America has approved the “ringle” name, and there is an industrywide logo to help brand it. But except for Sony, each major still needs to cut a deal with a digital aggregator to allow...

Music Money Drying Up? Fans Go Digital, Videos Go Lo-Fi

Great article about the changing landscape of the music business.  Article is from Globeandmail.com Music videos go lo-fi as cash dries up JAKE COYLE Associated Press NEW YORK — The music video is shrinking. With the music industry in crisis from falling sales and file sharing, labels have less cash to subsidize elaborate videos that will mostly be seen in miniature on computers. The result has been a major shift in the art form, as artists increasingly embrace the YouTube esthetic with cheap, stripped-down, low-production videos. The shrinkage of the video will be obvious Sunday at the MTV Video Music Awards, where grandiose, ambitious videos will seem like an exotic species facing extinction. “The business is changing radically. It does feel smaller, cheaper,” says veteran music video director Samuel Bayer, whose many clips include Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit, Blind Melon’s No Rain and Green Day’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams, which won six awards at the 2005 VMAs. Even Kanye West — one of the most video-conscious artists in music — experimented with a small, quirky clip for his new hit Can’t Tell Me Nothing. Instead of the flamboyant rapper, the video stars the bearded, disheveled, unmistakably white comedian Zach Galifianakis. Pimping an orange tractor on a country farm, he lip-syncs: “Homey, this is my day.” When MTV’s award show kicked off 24 years ago, the network was ushering in a new era where the video was king: a branding tool and an art form rolled into one. Today, the channel broadcasts mostly reality shows while YouTube, iTunes, MTV.com and various other online destinations have become the dominant viewing...