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It's Going To Go Viral

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They obviously are driving on a road as they perform. Amazing.

The computer age is changing the music industry. I can see why the RIAA is freaking out. When musicians can produce a video like the one above with out any crew, it means cutting the old dinosaurs at RIAA out of the money. As John said: Win

This Is Amazing!

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No Liquids Were Spewed

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But only because I was not drinking any at the time I saw this photo.

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Kevin Gets Paranoid

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Okay, I like Kevin Drum, over at Mother Jones. I really do. However, sometimes he just gets fatalistic. His concern that the sponsor exodus happening right now to Rush Limbaugh is some sort of slippery slope leading to the downfall of political shows in general is just plain ridiculous. Seriously. You would think a Boggart came crawling into Kevin's home office just before he started writing his post.

And yet....there's an obvious slippery slope here. Lots of advertisers already shy away from political shows of every stripe, and this episode could begin to drive them all away. Why take the chance, even on a host who doesn't usually cause national outrage? "Usually" isn't never, after all, and in any case, you never know what a guest is going to say. Better to stick with local blowhards and self-help shows.

Limbaugh is getting what he finally deserves. I couldn't be happier about it. I just hope that down the road this doesn't turn into a preemptive boycott of every political gabber out there who has even the smallest chance of ever producing any national blowback. That runs the risk of turning every show into a bland marshmallow. It wouldn't make the world a better place.

What gets me is that Kevin is usually quite good at looking up research, or finding historical evidence to back up his claims. However, the above quoted post lacks both. So, all I can do is chalk this up to fear.

But why would he be scared? He blogs for a publication that exists financially by a totally different form of support. And what advertising there is is from companies with an explicit political agenda. They are not going to pull their ads because of some national outrage. Chances are they want that outrage to occur. So, it is not a fear of his losing his gig as blogger for Mother Jones.

I think Kevin is seeing this one tree as indicative of the entire forest. Or would somehow working in "one bad apple does not make the whole barrel bad" be the better metaphor?

Wait.... No.

Kevin is talking about Rush. I am talking about Kevin. I will stick with the tree/forest metaphor. If I was talking about Rush, then I could use the barrel metaphor.

You Know What Bothers Me?

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You do? Really? Good, because I did not want to have to explain it to you.

Late Morning Chuckle

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I know, it is not in the original Klingon. Still, it is funny.



Hey, at least they had subtitles!

Go For The Gun!

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What John Said!
A week ago today, in Siren, at the Anytime Fitness Center, I forgot how old I was and pushed myself a bit too much in jogging on a treadmill. As a result I sprained my medial collateral ligament in my right leg. In the simplest terms possible; I sprained my knee and it hurt like hell. Of course, I would pick just before a major snow storm to do such a thing to myself. On Wednesday I had to dig my car out of the snow. Needless to say my knee went from "hurt like hell" to "please someone cut my leg off completely. Oh, and I also did the splits 3 times. Did I mention I am old? Too old to be doing the splits. With a sprained knee.

Well, Friday I used some flex time I had from when I first started working and went to the doctor. See, for the first 6 days I feared for the worst. I figured with the pain I was feeling I must have torn something loose. However, after finally going to the doctor, I learned it was just a sprain. Which, by the way, hurt a hell of a lot worse than a broken bone. So, anyway, I am now wearing a nice tight brace, I am suppose to do some simple exercises, and ice my knee a few times a day. Oh, and no medication stronger than Tylenol extra strength. Right at the moment my knee is killing me. I wait the full 6 hours before taking any pills, even though I could take them within 4 hours. Like I need to punch holes in my kidneys.

Anyway, I am in need of nourishment, which is in short supply in the house at the moment. I am just waiting for the Tylenol to take affect. So? How was your weekend?

Oh, and no old jokes. I am working on a strong case of denial here. Do not spoil my efforts.

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