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Thoughts On The Miley Cyrus VMA Complaints

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Published on: 2013.08.27

In The News: Miley Cyrus MTV Performance Draws Complaints (BBC News, Aug. 27, 2013) Most major news networks ran stories about 20-year-old Cyrus’ performance at the Video Music Awards on MTV, and how it was shocking, inappropriate, etc. The one I’ve cited here quotes a complaint from the Parents Television Council (PTC), the advisory board[…]

‘Wrong Side of History’ A Pointless Point

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Published on: 2013.06.02

I think I first became aware of the phrase “wrong side of history” when I heard Rachel Maddow use it, saying to a guest: “Are you aware you’re on the wrong side of history?” I mean that exact phrase. Of course, I’ve been aware since childhood that Churchill said “History is written by the victors”,[…]

Does Your Watch Need To Be Smart?

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Published on: 2013.03.04

The title of the video seen here is “Does Your Watch Need To Be Smart?” My first response was “What a stupid question.” My second response was: “What kind of tech writer would ask such a stupid question?” Pretty much nothing you own needs to be “smart”. And by “smart”, all they mean is the[…]

No More Free Hulu?

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Published on: 2009.10.23

Several hundred articles appeared online today, many from respected news outlets, saying that Hulu might no longer be free, starting next year. (Here’s one article, from CNET.com.) Remember all the ads during the Super Bowl earlier this year, claiming that Hulu was free? Let’s break that down. First of all, it’s not free. Advertisers pay[…]

What’s Wrong (And Right) With American Idol

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Published on: 2009.10.02

(Originally written on Thursday, May 12, 2005, 9:26 p.m., as part of my “Off-Center Thoughts”) Can I be a juvenile for a minute? I hope Carrie Underwood wins American Idol this year. I was originally hoping for Constantine, but he was mistakenly voted out. (I’m not juvenile enough to vote on this stuff, but it’s[…]

WNBA Gets the Shaft

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Published on: 2009.10.01

Tuesday evening, I watched Game 1 of the WNBA Finals. And I was very disappointed. Contrary to what some would expect, I was not disappointed in the game itself, but in the presentation. The game was tremendously exciting. It was 31-31 after one quarter (a WNBA record), and went 105-105 by the end of regulation,[…]

How Sad Were the VMAs?

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Published on: 2009.09.14

Having been without regular TV (by choice) for more than eight years, last night’s VMAs on MTV opened my eyes. I mean, I knew television’s quality, content, ethics, and watchability have been declining steadily since … I’m not sure when. (When did TV reach its peak? Let’s just say it was the late 1980s or[…]

Why Not Work While at Work?

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Published on: 2009.08.05

ESPN made the news today, because of its new policy limiting personal blogs and social networking by its employees. This follows close on the heels of news about the military’s new social networking policy. Quite a few people (especially employees of the above two entities) seem pretty upset by this. Naturally, they’re mad, because Americans[…]

Changing World

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Published on: 2009.07.26

The other day, my wife and I were thinking about how the world has changed, and the things we’ve seen or done that our own children will never see or do. With the help of a couple of other websites, here’s a few short lists. 54 Things That Are Already Gone (Some of these I[…]

Bye, Paula

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Published on: 2008.04.30

After tonight, a few more folks might start agreeing with me that Paula Abdul is drugged up beyond belief and needs to quit American Idol. Disclaimer: if she’s not on drugs, then something much more serious could be wrong with her. For three years, I’ve been telling my wife that Paula’s time is up on[…]

Who Cares, Paris?

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Published on: 2007.06.08

Today, freakazoid Paris Hilton was ordered back to her jail cell, by a judge, after a sheriff had released her yesterday. Again, who cares? Why is this a headline in the New York Times? If there’s anything to be said about this, it’s: Thank God that Judge Michael T. Sauer had the guts to keep[…]

Hilton’s Release Is No Surprise

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Published on: 2007.06.08

Everyone’s heard it by now: Paris Hilton was released from jail today, after serving only five days of a 45-day sentence for violating probation. What surprised me about this was that it keeps making the front pages of news websites around the world — sites like the BBC, USA Today, CNN, and so on. How[…]

You Need to Try the Internet

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Published on: 2007.05.12

I’m amazed that I would actually think of writing something like this. You’d think that by now, everyone and their dog would be blazing trails across the internet, except for a few people old enough to have missed the revolution, and a few too young to read or write. But every day, I come across[…]

One Brave Woman v. the RIAA

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Published on: 2005.10.04

I saw an article today about an Oregon woman who is counter-suing the Recording Industry Association of America, using laws intended for use against organized crime. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of this before. In a way, they’re much more powerful than organized crime, because they can operate in public, pushing people around,[…]

Save the Whatever

(Originally published on Dec. 31, 2003, as part of my “Off-Center Thoughts”) I am fully in agreement with those super-intelligent human activists who believe that all humans should unite together to save … well, everything. For the most part, of course, these activists (purportedly human) have forgotten to save the humans, but they can’t be[…]

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