About A Show

My back is bruised from fighting you off. Elbows, heads, and shoulders pressing against me, trapping me. The punching and the yelling seemed so appropriate to you, though we all looked on in disgust. Your intoxicated enthusiasm pushing so hard. Someone grabbed on to my shoulders. I tried to steady myself as I felt a bit old for all of this. I put away my shooter and shoved right back at you. Get away. Get away. Get away. I pushed through to the edge, where the sanity seemed to be in abundance.

Thinking of Quitting

It’s smokey because I made a choice. The stench wafts through the apartment. The taste is in my mouth – of choice. I don’t think about tomorrow, waking up with a dried-out nose, cursing the decision I made hours ago. I just do these things because it feels good, not because they’re actually beneficial. I’m not going to beat myself up over it though. Not this time. I can’t go back and do things differently, but I can take a different route the next time.

It all just reeks of wretched unhealthiness. I’ll awaken with that faint taste in my mouth. It’s one I remember quite well. Maybe I’ll decide I’m done for a while and decide that it doesn’t support who I really am. It’s all certainly nothing I have given much thought to recently. It feels like a good time to get a little more conscious about me. It’s never too late for any of this, which makes putting it off so very attractive. I’ll see how I feel in the morning. It’s never too late.

About A Show

My back is bruised from fighting you off. Elbows, heads, and shoulders pressing against me, trapping me. The punching and the yelling seemed so appropriate to you, though we all looked on in disgust. Your intoxicated enthusiasm pushing so hard. Someone grabbed on to my shoulders. I tried to steady myself as I felt a bit old for all of this. I put away my shooter and shoved right back at you. Get away. Get away. Get away. I pushed through to the edge, where the sanity seemed to be in abundance.

Thinking of Quitting

It’s smokey because I made a choice. The stench wafts through the apartment. The taste is in my mouth – of choice. I don’t think about tomorrow, waking up with a dried-out nose, cursing the decision I made hours ago. I just do these things because it feels good, not because they’re actually beneficial. I’m not going to beat myself up over it though. Not this time. I can’t go back and do things differently, but I can take a different route the next time.

It all just reeks of wretched unhealthiness. I’ll awaken with that faint taste in my mouth. It’s one I remember quite well. Maybe I’ll decide I’m done for a while and decide that it doesn’t support who I really am. It’s all certainly nothing I have given much thought to recently. It feels like a good time to get a little more conscious about me. It’s never too late for any of this, which makes putting it off so very attractive. I’ll see how I feel in the morning. It’s never too late.

whats goin on: an introduction

Over the coming weeks I’m going to be writing a in-depth look at the digital music landscape. It will include the current climate of music, as it relates to the Internet, including who the major players are, what their role is and how they will shape the future. Another part will cover digital rights legislation and other legal stuff that may bore you to tears. I’ll give a high-level overview of the actual technology that is being discussed, debated and hacked. What good would all of this be without a call to action? The final piece will cover how you, as a consumer (or thief) can take action and get involved in what’s going on, whether that be sitting in front of your computer or going into a record store armed with stickers.

I know I’ve covered this topic before, but never with as much detail as I am about to present to you. Why am I doing it? For one thing, I think it’s important for people to get off their ass and do something. Hopefully what I have to say will motivate you to do something. It’s a pretty serious issue that consumers are facing right now, and it’s going to be vital for you to be educated about the issue. Knowledge is power, and your freedom is at stake. Sound a little dramatic? It’s not. How would you like it if you went to a record store a and purchased a CD, only to find out you couldn’t rip songs from it to make a compilation for yourself. What about not being able to transfer the music to your digital music player of choice? That could very well become a reality.

Though I will be focused primarily on music, the topic certainly is one that effects the film industry, especially with the growing number of consumers with a broadband connection and computers with a DVD burner as a standard feature. Hopefully these articles will spark a little discussion and debate, but more than anything, my hope is that you learn a little more about what’s going on with digital music.

courage: the bill maher monologue

Someone fowarded me a copy of the monologue that Bill Maher will be using this evening on Politically Incorrect. Suffice it to say, this monologue rules. Aside from being courageous, it’s honest. Honesty is good. Here it is:

Before we begin the discussion tonight, I would just like to take a moment at the top of the show to say to everyone who’s contacted me in the last few days, people I know and people I’d never met but feel like I know – thank you – for your kindnesses, your support, and in one case, a hooker, but I sent her back because one, I don’t use hookers, and two, it turned out we were both with the same agency. But it’s the thought that counts, and on that note, I’d also like to thank ABC for the tote bag.

One comment I’ve heard repeatedly in the last few days in, ah, bars and public libraries – OK, not public libraries – but in bars, where you get some honesty because drunks are honest, is: Now that you’re free, why don’t you run for office? Which, coming from television, I can’t figure out if they mean that as a step up for me – or more like, “Hey, man, you can always be a congressman.”

Anyway, the comment makes me laugh because I truly believe of all the people in the whole country who could not win an election, I am very near the top of the list. Somewhere between Father Geoghan and Al Gore. And the reason is, I have at one time or another, insulted everybody – and I’m proud of that. Politically incorrect means not political, not like a politician, and to give you an idea how unlike a politician I am, I don’t even have a wife to cheat on. So when people say, why don’t you run for office? Or, why’d you get fired?!

Folks, let me sum it up for you: I think religion is bad and drugs are good.

I think America causes cancer, longevity is less important than fun, and young people should be discouraged from voting.

I think stereotypes are true, abstinence is a perversion, Bush’s lies are worse than Clinton’s and there’s nothing sexy about being old or pregnant.

I think September 11th changed nothing and if I had known the onset of war would add 100 points to George Bush’s IQ, I would have started one.

I think pornography stops rape, AIDS ribbons are stupid, and flag burning makes me feel patriotic.

I think death is not the worst thing that can happen to you, people have too much self-esteem, and being drunk is funny. I think children are not innocent, God doesn’t write books, and Jesus wasn’t a Republican.

I’m for Mad Cow disease and against suing tobacco companies.

I think girls hate each other, no doesn’t always mean no, you have to lie to stay married, women’s sports are boring and the Olympics are gay.

We’ll be on for another six weeks.

what’s goin’ on: an introduction

Over the coming weeks I’m going to be writing a in-depth look at the digital music landscape. It will include the current climate of music, as it relates to the Internet, including who the major players are, what their role is and how they will shape the future. Another part will cover digital rights legislation and other legal stuff that may bore you to tears. I’ll give a high-level overview of the actual technology that is being discussed, debated and hacked. What good would all of this be without a call to action? The final piece will cover how you, as a consumer (or thief) can take action and get involved in what’s going on, whether that be sitting in front of your computer or going into a record store armed with stickers.

I know I’ve covered this topic before, but never with as much detail as I am about to present to you. Why am I doing it? For one thing, I think it’s important for people to get off their ass and do something. Hopefully what I have to say will motivate you to do something. It’s a pretty serious issue that consumers are facing right now, and it’s going to be vital for you to be educated about the issue. Knowledge is power, and your freedom is at stake. Sound a little dramatic? It’s not. How would you like it if you went to a record store a and purchased a CD, only to find out you couldn’t rip songs from it to make a compilation for yourself. What about not being able to transfer the music to your digital music player of choice? That could very well become a reality.

Though I will be focused primarily on music, the topic certainly is one that effects the film industry, especially with the growing number of consumers with a broadband connection and computers with a DVD burner as a standard feature. Hopefully these articles will spark a little discussion and debate, but more than anything, my hope is that you learn a little more about what’s going on with digital music.

courage: the bill maher monologue

Someone fowarded me a copy of the monologue that Bill Maher will be using this evening on Politically Incorrect. Suffice it to say, this monologue rules. Aside from being courageous, it’s honest. Honesty is good. Here it is:

Before we begin the discussion tonight, I would just like to take a moment at the top of the show to say to everyone who’s contacted me in the last few days, people I know and people I’d never met but feel like I know – thank you – for your kindnesses, your support, and in one case, a hooker, but I sent her back because one, I don’t use hookers, and two, it turned out we were both with the same agency. But it’s the thought that counts, and on that note, I’d also like to thank ABC for the tote bag.

One comment I’ve heard repeatedly in the last few days in, ah, bars and public libraries – OK, not public libraries – but in bars, where you get some honesty because drunks are honest, is: Now that you’re free, why don’t you run for office? Which, coming from television, I can’t figure out if they mean that as a step up for me – or more like, “Hey, man, you can always be a congressman.”

Anyway, the comment makes me laugh because I truly believe of all the people in the whole country who could not win an election, I am very near the top of the list. Somewhere between Father Geoghan and Al Gore. And the reason is, I have at one time or another, insulted everybody – and I’m proud of that. Politically incorrect means not political, not like a politician, and to give you an idea how unlike a politician I am, I don’t even have a wife to cheat on. So when people say, why don’t you run for office? Or, why’d you get fired?!

Folks, let me sum it up for you: I think religion is bad and drugs are good.

I think America causes cancer, longevity is less important than fun, and young people should be discouraged from voting.

I think stereotypes are true, abstinence is a perversion, Bush’s lies are worse than Clinton’s and there’s nothing sexy about being old or pregnant.

I think September 11th changed nothing and if I had known the onset of war would add 100 points to George Bush’s IQ, I would have started one.

I think pornography stops rape, AIDS ribbons are stupid, and flag burning makes me feel patriotic.

I think death is not the worst thing that can happen to you, people have too much self-esteem, and being drunk is funny. I think children are not innocent, God doesn’t write books, and Jesus wasn’t a Republican.

I’m for Mad Cow disease and against suing tobacco companies.

I think girls hate each other, no doesn’t always mean no, you have to lie to stay married, women’s sports are boring and the Olympics are gay.

We’ll be on for another six weeks.

im cool

Rolling Stone has posted their “50 coolest” and “50 uncoolest” albums. Out of the 50 “coolest,” I own 13 and out of the 50 “uncoolest,” I own 3. Under normal circumstances I would be terribly disappointed, considering I own 2500+ albums, and admitedly, some are not cool, but Rolling Stone has no idea what cool is. Aside from the lackluster list, each album is on a separate page (web design 101, anyone?). Anyway, it’s kind of hard for me to argue about what’s uncool since, well, I’m cool and don’t own (or know) many of their choices for uncool albums.

Here’s just a few albums they left off their “cool” list:

Nirvana – Nevermind

The Replacements – Let It Be

Elvis Costello – Armed Forces

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Legend

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced?

Belle & Sebastian – The Boy With The Arab Strap

The Doors – The Doors

John Lennon – Imagine

Big Star – #1 Record/Radio City

Meat Beat Manifesto – Storm The Studio

R.E.M. – Murmur

Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking

Radiohead – OK Computer

Uncle Tupelo – No Depression

They Might Be Giants – They Might Be Giants

Travis – The Man Who

Pearl Jam – Ten

I could keep going, but you get the idea. How “cool” or “uncool” are you?

i’m cool

Rolling Stone has posted their “50 coolest” and “50 uncoolest” albums. Out of the 50 “coolest,” I own 13 and out of the 50 “uncoolest,” I own 3. Under normal circumstances I would be terribly disappointed, considering I own 2500+ albums, and admitedly, some are not cool, but Rolling Stone has no idea what cool is. Aside from the lackluster list, each album is on a separate page (web design 101, anyone?). Anyway, it’s kind of hard for me to argue about what’s uncool since, well, I’m cool and don’t own (or know) many of their choices for uncool albums.

Here’s just a few albums they left off their “cool” list:

Nirvana – Nevermind

The Replacements – Let It Be

Elvis Costello – Armed Forces

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Legend

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced?

Belle & Sebastian – The Boy With The Arab Strap

The Doors – The Doors

John Lennon – Imagine

Big Star – #1 Record/Radio City

Meat Beat Manifesto – Storm The Studio

R.E.M. – Murmur

Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking

Radiohead – OK Computer

Uncle Tupelo – No Depression

They Might Be Giants – They Might Be Giants

Travis – The Man Who

Pearl Jam – Ten

I could keep going, but you get the idea. How “cool” or “uncool” are you?