Brent Doesn’t Fear

I was listening to Brent on CBC Radio’s last remaining good show, Go, this morning and he played “Don’t Fear The Reaper”…again. I checked the old notes for his musical choices that I kept when he was on CBC Ottawa and didn’t see that he played the Blue Oyster Cult classic but he did play it on that afternoon show he did right after the lockout, though only a cow bell-less cover.

I am starting to think he obsesses about the song. I also am starting to think that it is the seminal piece of art from the 1970s. There may have been better tunes but there was not a better 70s song. Compare and contrast, class.

Shakespeare Image

Seeing as I am up now, I might as well take a swing at those who say this picture is not Shakespeare – because you know I know plenty about this stuff. You know I do. Auntie Beeb reports:

Dr Tarnya Cooper, 16th Century curator at the National Portrait Gallery, said: “We believe that Shakespeare left Stratford-upon-Avon following the birth of twins in 1585. One possibility is that he joined a travelling theatre troupe and it is very unlikely that in 1588, Shakespeare would have been able to afford a costume of this type.” She said the painting has not been looked at in a systematic way before. “But the painting has fuelled the kind of Shakespeare in Love theories of the 21st Century, of a beautiful young man with a sensitive and passionate face, of a character with an incredible emotional range,” she said.

Because you know actors never use costumes and painters always paint the financial truth about their subjects. Look – I know there are a lot of 16th century textile experts among you so I don’t want to cause a flame war over this. I’m just saying.

One Killer App

Ian says that wikipedia and Google are the new killer apps. I say no way. I say email is the only killer app in that it does what it promises and is useful to anyone who comes into contact with it. The web, conversely, fails in many many ways…but even saying that is not getting it. Is there any other industry and activity which lacks any real critical analysis of its downside? The teflon effect of the Internet is likely its greatest success.

Who Believes This?

And by belief I mean belief…like model railroaders believe what they do is important. This is part of a Boingy announcement for a conference:

The Information Revolution has brought into question the wisdom of intellectual property regimes and their relationship to society, culture, jurisprudence, commerce, and government. Intellectual property law is built upon historical notions of tangible property ownership—with the basic premise of restricting access by others. By contrast, the Information Revolution is grounded in concepts of enhanced access and a more universal sense of ownership. Cultural, social, intellectual, and economic growth must be driven by creativity and innovation, and successful growth increasingly depends upon the dissemination of information and application of knowledge.

I would ask Craig to speak to this as it appears to be something that could be out of a really bad hippie movie circa 1968. Here is what I think when I read stuff like this:

  • Who says so? Who made up the rules of the revolution that isn’t, the era of captial and operational waste?

  • Was there a toaster revolution when pop-down pop-up technology came to be? Did it require a shift in the law of ownership.

  • What all else of my stuff is now considered by others to be partly theirs? Will I get a letter in the mail when I sell it with an invoice for their part of the proceeds? Is Winer going to share out the proceeds of his part of the “universal ownership”? Is Cory out of his guru fees?

When will this dumb idea go away so people can get on with making stuff that is cheap, just does what you want, doesn’t break and doesn’t have a stupid stupid 2.5 inch TV screen on it.

Update: the numbing continues with the toxic e-poisoning of the world with digital residual crap is, by golly, dislocated from the insatiable drive of demand.   If the new order is based on “a more universal sense of ownership” does it mean that someone else has to pay for cleaning up after, too?  It is odd how the new e-worlders are so similar to the 19th century industrialist.

Cheese Law

The hammer has fallen. There is no such thing as Yorkshire feta according to the braintrust at the EU:

A North Yorkshire food producer has revealed her disappointment after an EU ruling stopped her using the name “feta” on her locally-produced cheese. Judy Bell, who runs Shepherds Purse Cheeses near Thirsk, said she was not surprised by the ruling by the European Court of Justice. Mrs Bell’s business has been caught up in a five-year tussle within Europe over the feta name. But on Tuesday, judges ruled Greek feta had “Protected Designation of Origin”.

I want to be an EU “Protected Designation of Origin” cop. Right after I finish my career as a male model. Really, where do you sign up? I know I have been sullied by non-Greek feta my whole life and I know it is wrong. I want to change my ways. I want to slap down the Italian haggis cartel.

100 MPH

Fifteen minutes before game two of the World Series and all I could think about all day when I thought of the opener was 100 miles per hour. Jenks, the closer for the White Sox, threw three or four fastballs in a row all at 100 miles per hour in the ninth last night. Tonight, it’s overcast and 45°F or 7°C in Chicago. I wonder if the lads from Texas who play inside are going to be able to take seeing their breath again.