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Saturday, July 10, 2004
  Admin time: Odds and ends

I'm going to spend a little time making some changes in the links to the right. I think it may help if I categorize them in some way. Also, I really need to go back and find the last couple of Rick Eddy's stories at them to his list. Rumer has it, Ricky is working on a 'large' story ahead. We'll see if it's any good, but I think it will be too long to post here, so I'm going to have to do what I keep saying I'm going to do, and that figure out the nuts and bolts.

[Okay, that's a lie. The Wife's is going to show me.]

Also, I have added a new blog, scratchings, that I commented on below, here. As a professional troll, I expect Harry will point you toward a lot of things you otherwise might have missed, like BarlowFriendz. And from there, I'd not gone back to Boing Boing: A Directory of Wonderful Things and found From Ultraverse... Contents: Volume 1, Issue 5.

Anyway, continue to expect low productivity here at Radically Inept, tomorrow afternoon I'm going to an orientation at the local cable access station. It's free, and I consider it research. I've been in a few broadcast studios, but even that's been at least 15 years ago. I'm sure things have changed. They have a course you can take, but I think I'll just orient myself first.

 
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Friday, July 09, 2004
  This brought to you, by the psychopaths at TCS

The Happy Tutor over at Wealth Bondage points to some of the latest manure espoused by...

First let me say, in all sincerity, that I think that TCS: Tech Central Station is a ridicules publication. I've posted on their complete lack of logic in presenting any information. Consider they used StarTrek as an example of capitalism, they believe economists can prove or disprove a scientific theory, and more.

Well, now Tech Central Station has added poetry to their portfolio. And again, logic seems to fail them. Somehow they have concluded that soldiers and contractors in Iraq and elsewhere, are the direct result of Michael Moore films: TCS: Tech Central Station - Box Office:
"They're coming soon, the ski masks and Zarqawi,
They've fixed the focus on the camera.
I'm glad they had to waste the first beheading
(They got the Moore film from the Hezbollah).

They caught us at the well -- the pump was broken --
Without our weapons, out near Baquba --
The village kids were thirsty, we were working
(They got the Moore film from the Hezbollah).

And Captain Stevens never begged or pleaded,
Just glared into the video retina;
They'd made us watch Fahrenheit 911,
They'd got the Moore film from the Hezbollah."
As Spock would say, "Fascinating." Or maybe he might instead say, "But Captain, that is illogical." Me on the other hand, I just think it's a way of not having to face the fact that it was US policies, including choosing to start a 'preventative war', and then not even heeding your own experts advice, those w/ actual experience in its conduct. [Speaking of logic, this is a fascinating phrase - What does a 'preventative war' prevent? Some would say it prevents an attack on our soil, but Iraq couldn't launch an attack on us. Sorry, back to TCS]

Now you'd think that would be embarrassing enough, but then there's this:
TCS: Tech Central Station - The Real "psychopath":
"The film goes beyond merely pointing out that corporations are responsible for polluting the environment, preying on unassuming consumers or exploiting workers -- it posits that these outrages and abuses are the direct result of the primary personality traits of the modern corporation. The film attempts to make the case that the modern corporation possesses all the personality traits of a "psychopath" intent on the pathological pursuit of profit and power. There's the "disregard for the well-being of others," of course, as well as "deceitfulness," and a host of other psychopathic traits. By reviewing, point-by-point, how the modern corporation possesses all the traits of a "psychopath," the film encourages the viewer to ask the logical question: what are we doing by letting these psychopaths run our country? The film ends, as might be expected, with a call-to-arms by Michael Moore.

The film, of course, overlooks the obvious: modern capitalism (and, by extrapolation, the modern corporation) is actually responsible for the greatest creation of wealth and the fastest rise in living standards in the history of the world. The 'invisible hand of the market,' as first postulated by Adam Smith, is still at work today. Tiny transactions, repeated billions of times each day, help to create a more prosperous society:
'It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest... By directing that industry in such a manner as it produce what may be of the greatest value, he intends only his own gain, and is led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was no part of his intention... Promoting the interests of the society more effectively than when he really intends to promote it.'
While the film focuses on the 'negative externalities' (unintended consequences for third parties) created by the corporation -- illness, pollution, habitat destruction -- the film overlooks all the 'positive externalities' created by the corporation -- open markets, higher living standards and more concern for personal freedoms in Third World nations. Moreover, the film ignores the fact that many corporations now have social responsibility and corporate sustainability programs that are meant to mitigate many of their supposed evils and increase the number of 'stakeholders' that they serve. However, the film explains away these social responsibility programs as nothing more than PR spin or as attempts to co-opt the political agenda of the Left."
Let's see. Maybe if the author had read Adam Smith, he'd realize that a few lines out of context and with complete disregard for the caveats that Smith includes in "Wealth of Nations: Library of Economics and Liberty", does not help his argument.

In its entirety, it appears to be a continuation of blaming the victim. Oh, lest you wonder where you may stand:
In preparation for this next wave of propaganda attacks, the Bush Administration must be able to make the case, clearly and succinctly, of how its pro-business policies will lead to an improvement in living conditions for the average U.S. citizen. It will also need to show what steps it has taken to correct the corporate governance abuses of the past few years as well as outline how free trade policies and open markets lead to economic prosperity. If the Bush Administration is able to do so, then it will quickly become evident that the anti-business propagandists -- not corporations -- are the real "psychopaths."
For those now confused by the definition of Psychopath, let's consult Dr Menlo over at American Samizdat for some guidance in identifying 'sociopaths'. The terms seem to meld, now the nom du jour is Antisocial personality disorder. Perhaps the term 'psychopath' had taken on such negative connotations, that it was thought insensitive to continue to refer to them as psychopaths. You know how sensitive they can be. The point is, that Dr Menlo provides some examples to help you better understand the term.

Parental Warning: This is the kind of stuff that gets posted if you let your children hang out at a place like scratchings. Never trust a troll with his own web site, that's what my mamma always used to say

Back to the job hunt.  
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Thursday, July 08, 2004
  Baby Bush saves American businesses from the evil environment

You on the otherhand, need to learn to take care of yourself.

I can't think of much to add beyound Giblet of Fafblog!'s sound analysis in "It was Independence Day alright... independence from science!":
"So it turns out that yesterday while everyone was out grilling bugers and watchin' fireworks and listening to their elderly relatives complain about 'Oh Giblets my catheter bag is soooo heavy and painful' George W Bush went and gutted the Endangered Species Act by changing a ton of rules through which it's enforced. Which is funny, 'cause Giblets woulda thought he'd have done it on a day when people would pay attention, like Earth Day, when the president visited wetlands to talk about his environmental record. Giblets thinks a nice little announcement for this latest initiative might have involved the president shooting a condor in the head in the Rose Garden. This is why Giblets needs to be on Bush's media team."
Really, what can you add to such a brilliant summation. 
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  Okay. I'm game, but I get to say what's normal

Via Modulator, who credits The Agitator with the find, comes a report that should strike fear into anyone who thinks.

Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics (CCLE), who describes itself as a "nonprofit research and policy center devoted to protecting freedom of thought", and whose mision is "to develop and implement social policies that preserve and enhance freedom of thought into the 21st century", has released a report entitled Pharmacotherapy and the Future of the Drug War, that opens with:
Executive Summary
INTRODUCTION
Over the next decade an increasing number of new “pharmacotherapy”
medications will become available with the potential to tremendously impact
the use and abuse of illegal drugs and the overall direction of national and
international drug policy. These pharmacotherapy medications are designed to
block or significantly reduce the “highs” elicited by illegal drugs. Used as part
of a drug treatment program, pharmacotherapy medications may provide
valuable assistance for people seeking a chemical aid in limiting or eliminating
problem drug use. However, the tremendously politicized nature of the “drug
war” raises substantial concerns that, in addition to those who choose to use
such medications, some people will be compelled to use them. In the absence
of extraordinary circumstances, governmental action forcing or coercing a
person to use a pharmacotherapy drug would violate a number of constitutional guarantees and other legal rights protecting people from forced medical treatment.
Among the rights implicated by compulsory use of pharmacotherapy drugs are the right to informed consent, the right to bodily integrity and privacy, the protection against cruel and unusual punishment, and the right to freedom of thought.

In this report, the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics (CCLE) examines
what we believe could become a significant future threat to cognitive
liberty. With funding and other encouragement provided by the U.S. federal
government, pharmaceutical companies are developing a new breed of drugs
specifically intended to diminish or entirely block the effects of illegal drugs.
The aim of these new “pharmacotherapy” drugs is to inhibit at the biochemical
level the very ability of a person to experience the psychotropic effects of
certain illegal drugs. Section I of this report begins with an overview of
these new drugs: how they work, who is designing and marketing them, and
how they may benefit those seeking a chemical aid in limiting problem drug
use. In Section II we take a careful look at various factors that raise a reasonable concern that these pharmaceuticals will migrate from voluntary use to compulsory use within certain population segments. Section III identifies and discusses a number of constitutional and other legal issues that will arise should use of these drugs be mandated for some people. In Section IV, the final section of this report, we present our recommendations and conclusions. [emphasis added]
You know, my fear here is that there is no such thing as a "court of psychiatry", and no right of appeal. Or is it the MD, or worse, HMO/insurance companies, that decide what the "normal human chemical balance" should be?

And then, is it a physicist, a statistician or a physician that decides what "normal variance" in 'alpha' and 'gamma' brain wave patterns are allowed?

There is some very scary knowledge coming down the pike, and the people that decide how it's used, will be wielding massive power. If it's going to happen, I think it's in everyone's self interest to have a say. But than 'mob rules' scare me, too.

For those who haven't, may I suggest reading Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, amongst other of his writings for a sense of what kind of potential future is waiting if we choose not to be vigilant.

Addendum posted 2043 hrs EST - Oh, I guess I missed Big Pharma as the arbiter of proper mental chemistry.

Via The Corpus Callosum, comes The Rest of the Story:
"Bush established the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health in April 2002 to conduct a 'comprehensive study of the United States mental health service delivery system.' The commission issued its recommendations in July 2003. Bush instructed more than 25 federal agencies to develop an implementation plan based on those recommendations.

[...] Dr Darrel Regier, director of research at the American Psychiatric Association (APA), lauded the president's initiative and the Texas project model saying, 'What's nice about TMAP is that this is a logical plan based on efficacy data from clinical trials.'

He said the association has called for increased funding for implementation of the overall plan.

But the Texas project, which promotes the use of newer, more expensive antidepressants and antipsychotic drugs, sparked off controversy when Allen Jones, an employee of the Pennsylvania Office of the Inspector General, revealed that key officials with influence over the medication plan in his state received money and perks from drug companies with a stake in the medication algorithm (15 May, p1153). He was sacked this week for speaking to the BMJ and the New York Times. [emphasis mine{his}]

The Texas project started in 1995 as an alliance of individuals from the pharmaceutical industry, the University of Texas, and the mental health and corrections systems of Texas. The project was funded by a Robert Wood Johnson grant—and by several drug companies."
Actually, The Corpus Callosum emphasized this part of the post:
By Joanne Kenen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) Jul 07 - Thousands of mentally ill American children, some as young as seven, are locked up in juvenile detention centers because there is nowhere else for them to go, a congressional report found on Wednesday.
And we're the richest country in the world. And, we're a 'christian' country?
 
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  Trying to understand traffic flows

I have to get back to writing a cover letter, and sending out some resumes, but before I do, I thought I'd comment on some of Radically Inept's traffic flow. For those of you who don't know, Site Meter - Counter and Statistics Tracker, w/o paying for upgraded services, still provides intriguing traffic info, and between it and some of the address locater search engines, I can tell where the server is located that is coming into the site, and w/in parameters, what was looked at. The parameters that I live w/, include only knowing if the traffic went into a particular archive, but not the article read.

Anyway, point being, 10% of my traffic is coming to my archives of 6/6/04. Way more than any other archive. So, I have been pondering, what is of interest in the 6/6 archive?

Well, as it turns out, alot of the traffic hitting the 6/6 archive seems to be coming from England. So then I look back through the archive I notice my letter to Mr. Ian Bell, Chief Executive, "Strategic Business Analysts Ltd" and wonder if that could be it. So, I Googled "Strategic Business Analysts Ltd", and this time, their site is right on top of the list (I'm thinking about billing them). Though I don't think they've yet addressed some of my other question/criticisms.

So, I'm curious if the reason this particular archive is getting so many hits is due to this post?

Well, I can't resist making two more comments. The SBA: Prospective Associates info page lacks sizzle. I have to down load a seventeen page pdf, which timed out before completing, and was left opening one page at a time. I don't understand. If you're marketing to me, why do you make it so cumbersome for me to get the info? Just put it in html, and let me move through the pages quickly. Oh, and maybe include something like - "a $3 million dollar a year company", or "our clients include", or something, right up front.

The other, again marketing, point I want to raise is the lack of bio's of company officers. Who will I be working with, what are their backgrounds? A photo of the CEO or President, maybe? I think you need to put a face and personality on your product. Right now, if I was a potential 'client' with lots of money and the need for consultancy, the current site set-up wouldn't inspire to go further into the site for more info. That is not a confidence builder.

As I stated in my previous letter, Mr. Bell, I am available to consult on web page marketing design, among other consulting proficiencies.
 
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  Translators wanted for mad cows

Okay, Ezra from "pandagon.net - our job is to do our job...now watch this drive" posted this "Corner Quick Read", and it led to a very interesting discussion in the comments on providing translators to foreigners when they are receiving medical care, and the testing of cows for mad cow disease. It's all in the comments.

Oh, and many commented on the general stupidity of the writers at The Corner on National Review Online in general. First time I'd been there. Doesn't seem like there's much reason to go back from the few posts I've read, but you decide.

Note: Ezra and Jesse have changed their tag line again. Now it's "our job is to do our job...now watch this drive", which sounds to me like a reference to golf. Everyone knows, golf is a republican "sport", and decidedly un democratic. Does these mean the boys have gone over to the 'darkside'? I mean, it just sounds just like something Baby Bush would say to reporters. I don't know, but I think I will keep them under close surveilance and report back if I see a decided conservative drift in their postings over the next few months. 
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  Want a great read? Try "To Kill a Mocking Bird"

I finished reading "To Kill a Mocking Bird" by Nelle Harper Lee on Monday, and I've been meaning to provide a review. First, let me say, having grown up mostly in the South, though 30 years later, I can tell you she gets it dead on. The advent of air conditioning and television has changed it, and the South of which she wrote disappears more and more, and I guess I've been watching go away, but she nails it.

The book is excellent. Harper Lee captures and provides the atmosphere of the South in the '30s, but the story itself is universal, and could be set in any small town. I can continue to write glowingly about the book, but I'll just say, "Read It".

Now, briefly, two points on the downside: I had seen the movie "To Kill a Mockingbird (1962" many times before reading this book. And the movie is a great adaptation, but as I'm reading, my mind is picturing the actors, and I'm denied the use of my imagination in this area. Albeit, the actors succeed in capturing the characters Ms Lee created, but I think I would have enjoyed the book more had I used my imagination more. The movie does remain one of my favorites, and I can recommend it too, but it's less than the book. See the movie after you've read the book.

The second point, I'm working a lot on improving my fiction writing skills, and I spent a lot of time admiring her turn of phrase, her use of colloquialisms, chapter structure, setting of tone, and especially character development, all of which are phenomenal. Oh, an her use of the little girl, Scout (one of our dogs is named Scout after her), as the vehicle for telling the story is just brilliant. And well, I wish I had been able to read it w/o so much analyzation, because it detracts from the enjoyment. But both of these criticisms are of me, the reader, not the Ms Lee's writing.

I'll put this book in the ranks of Jack London's "The Call of the Wild" and "Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain. Note, all book links lead to online books, so if you want to read them...

Note: Updated 1641hrs EST - The Wife found this, and some of you may already know this, but here is an Author Profile of Harper Lee. I think, somewhere way back in the distant past, I'd heard this, maybe a Truman Capote biography special or something, but the character of 'Dill' is supposedly based on him; they grew up next door to each other. This is the only book she ever published (wrote?), she's living in the town she grew up in, and that she does not like fame and attention. For some reason, I really like knowing that.



 
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Wednesday, July 07, 2004
  See, like I been sayin', there ain't no such thing as a constant

See, when your constants fail you, you're left w/ ambiguity, New Scientist, "Speed of light may have changed recently":
"The speed of light, one of the most sacrosanct of the universal physical constants, may have been lower as recently as two billion years ago - and not in some far corner of the universe, but right here on Earth.

The controversial finding is turning up the heat on an already simmering debate, especially since it is based on re-analysis of old data that has long been used to argue for exactly the opposite: the constancy of the speed of light and other constants.

A varying speed of light contradicts Einstein's theory of relativity, and would undermine much of traditional physics. But some physicists believe it would elegantly explain puzzling cosmological phenomena such as the nearly uniform temperature of the universe. It might also support string theories that predict extra spatial dimensions."
Besides, having greater ambiguity allows for greater latitude when writing Sci-Fi. Now my universe can have variable time. 
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  Land Wanted.

Land Wanted: Must be 300 miles from the nearest Wal-Mart and McDonalds, and no neighbors w/in ten miles. Access to clean water required.

Why do we seem to always progress in the direction of our own self-destruction? It seems a peculiar survival trait, unless this truly a game of 'Last Man Standing'.
KurzweilAI.net points to this post by Chris Phoenix, Director of Research, Center for Responsible Nanotechnology (CRN)The Arms Race Has Begun:
"Today, India's new President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam called for India to develop nanotechnology -- including nanobots -- because it will revolutionize warfare."
And further
In a speech to scientists at the Weapons and Electronic Systems Engineering Establishment (WESEE), a naval research and development outfit, President Kalam asserted that "this would revolutionise the total concepts of future warfare" and reportedly "asked the country's scientists to make a breakthrough." This article mentions "super strong, smart and intelligent structures in the field of material science and this in turn could lead new production of nano robots with new types of explosives and sensors for air, land and space systems."
Great. I think a hermitage is in my future.
 
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  From pocket protectors to pocket projectors

Could be pretty cool.
Holograms enable pocket projectors TRN 063004:
"Researchers from the University of Cambridge in England and Light Blue Optics Ltd. have found a way to leverage holographic technology to produce a small laser-driven video projector.

The method could lead to pocket-sized, battery-powered video projectors that produce images whose quality matches that of today's full-sized projectors, according to Adrian Cable, a researcher at the University of Cambridge in England and director of Light Blue Optics Ltd. This type of projector could also be built into a laptop computer, said Cable.

Key to the device's diminutive size is the lack of lenses and high-power light bulbs. Conventional digital video projectors form images by generating a small picture on a transparent microdisplay inside the projector, then shining a high-power light through the microdisplay to a large magnifying lens.

In the researchers' design, a two-dimensional hologram is shown on the microdisplay rather than an image, and the projected image is formed by shining a laser beam through the microdisplay, which scatters the light into a particular pattern. 'No lenses are required -- the projected image is formed entirely by diffraction,' said Cable.

The challenge was producing a high-resolution hologram that can be changed quickly enough to project video images. 'The relationship between images and the corresponding holograms is mathematically complex,' said Cable."
 
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  The end of even more privacy, or we could call it an increase in transparency

Via KurzweilAI.net.

You can't tell me our Homeland Security people aren't going to adopt this, from
The Hindu Business Line : Camero develops radar system to see thru walls:
"Herzliya-based company, Camero, has devised a radar system, based on UWB (ultra wideband) technology that can produce three- dimensional pictures of what lies behind a wall, from a distance of up to 20 metres, a report has said.

The pictures, which resemble those produced by ultrasound, are relatively high-resolution. Although the figures are somewhat blurred, the system enables the user to follow what is happening behind the wall in real time, daily Haaretz reported."
Of course, depending on price, this technology will become more widespread. Trust me. We couldn't keep nuclear power and missile secrets during the Cold War, this will get out and spread. This is good. The more it spreads the better. I'd rather everyone had this capability, and it's use verywhere, than let it remain in the exclusive hands of governments and the wealthy. You can't trust them.

Better that we as a culture and a society learn to deal with the end of all guarantees of privacy, and instead adopt an attitude, necessarily more extreme, similar to what many Asian cultures use to deal with the close proximity made necessary by crowded populations. Polite looking away. Similar to what we already practice in elevators, and communal restrooms. You don't stare, because people tend to stare back.

Point: It's better to deal w/ this type of technology in an open social/politica/cultural dialogue, than let those in power learn to abuse it.

Of course, it is kind of ironic that while Camaro is developing technology to see through walls from twenty feet, Professor Tachi out in San Francisco, is saving time by making the walls invisible. What happens when the imaging tech hits the invisible tech?
 
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  The Military records of George Walker Bush

I haven't bothered to go through them, but via coldfeet comes the Air National Guard Document Listing of Baby Bush' service records released in response to a FOIA request.

I got here via Table Talk | Awol Part IV : Brought To Bay, but I don't remember how I got there. 
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Monday, July 05, 2004
  All right already! I know...I promise I'll post more next week...Really...I promise

The Wife has found out that I haven't actually read "To Kill a Mocking Bird" by Nelle Harper Lee. I argue that I have seen the fantastic movie, "To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)", but to no avail.

So, tomorrow, I am sentenced to laundry and reading.

Well, as long as I am being forced to read a literary Classic (an oh so incomplete list. Where is Pearl S Buck? And how many Bronte's were there anyway?), what are the great 'banned books of our age?

Oh hell...I'm showing my age...I've only read nine of the books on the list of ALA | Top 100 Challenged Books 1990-1999. But when I look at the list, I see a lot of books have fallen off over the years. Where is the "Electric Kool Aid Acid Test" or "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest"? Or, "Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex, But Were Afraid To ask", or "On the Road". The list has changed, and I've fallen behind. I take solace in the fact that "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," by Mark Twain is ranked at a lowly 83. People are obviously forgetting the very subversive affect of Twain on young minds. This bodes ill.  
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Sunday, July 04, 2004
  Sometimes, you find a voice that says what you want to say, but it isn't yours

I don't know that I can really add much, but to say a few of the comments add colour, from Fafblog! the whole worlds only source for Fafblog., comes this insightful treaty on the current nature of christianity (though I'm not trying to imply that Giblets and Fafnir would agree w/ my lowly opinion).

Oh, feel free to read the rest of their posts. I won't presume to direct you.

NOTE: 0007hrs EST 05072004

Look. Just read the blog all the way back 'til the last time you visited. And, if a site can be judged by those who leaves comments, than it's good to check out their sites, especially in response to this post: web sites and blogs.  
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  The Godless against Bush

Godless Americans are decidedly anti-Baby Bush. According to a statistically flawed, by being self-selective among other things, godless people willnot be voting for Baby Bush. It's true (I'm hoping that link will work). I have no idea why:
Presidential Election
If the election were held tomorrow, who would you vote for?

Badnarik (Lib.) 7% 13
Bush (Rep.) 4% 8
Cobb (Grn.) 8% 14
Kerry (Dem.) 63% 104
Nader (Ind.) 10% 17
Other 5% 9
Total 165

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Are you godless?

Yes 91% 150
No 8% 14
Total 164
Maybe it's because there are people in America don't want a president who hears dis-embodied voices telling him how to run our country. Maybe not, but I'm guessing it's a factor.

NOTE: Listening to Ode to Billy Joe. I think it may be the 'finest' story song I've ever heard. It captures life and tells a story w/in the confines of 5 verses. I can think of no song, though perhaps the Doors "Riders On The Storm" comes close, that is able to coney so much w/ so little. I wish I could write stories as good as these lyrics. Though I do think Bobbie Gentry's voice and performance adds a great deal to the impact.
 
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  How I ruined my life

Thought I'd try a different style of writing:

I am not done. No, I'm not ready.

Oh.

It's Thursday!! I'm going to wear? Oh, I have to get up. The green long sleeve? No. Oh, why can't Dave just put the seat down? That tile is loose, I'll have to tell dad. I could wear the blue jumper...I like, no, maybe that cute pink jumper with robin's egg blue shoes? No...Oh, god. I look like hell. Not today...ahhh...Oh, the N-clean is a little cold...That's better.

You'd think by now, I wouldn't have to be inconvenienced by stupid bot system. Why can't the damn thing just know what it feels like?

Oh, that emerald, loose fit shows off...But, really,I need to show...I wonder where the pickups will be? What side? Should I face...I'll be facing them when I swipe the...I am so lucky! I can't believe...I have to hurry up here a little bit, young lady, get it together. You don't want to do anything Of, course not. My god. To have won the Jeratne Cereal Prize. I'm sooo lucky.

Maybe I should wear something time related.No.someone else will.Time?I don't even get it. Why does anyone care if some old planet gets destroyed anyway? No one's lived on the Earth in years! Who cares about backk then?

Oh god. Now the polishers have the color entirely wrong...Oh, I've got to pick something. The WHOLE Galaxy will be watching.

'Yes, Mooommm. I'll be out in just a sec....'

Oh, hate having to put up with the Shielders, but I guess it's better than people knowing free thoughts...Dad says so

Okay, I know, polishers go emerald, and let's go with the black body suit. I can't be wrong if I'm wearing black...I will...that look in the pictures?Is black going to show up well?Maybe, I should go back.NO.The,Ohhhhgg, fine the black and emerald.

"Hi, Mom."

"Is that what you've decided to wear today??? Sweetheart, really. I think you would"

Like I care what you think? Gawd, Mom, just get off it. It's not like YOU won THE Jeratne Cereal Galactic Earth Time Reset Signing Contest. Everyone in the whole Inner Galaxy cares about what I think. I'm the one who''be interviewed on the James Gattle Show. Ahd, First Guest I might add.

"Mom. This looks just Fine."

"Well, you Know the WHOLE GALAXY will be"

Oh, shit. 13 trillion people...Yeah, but I've been on GCX for days now.Oh, I love it. Someplace different everynight. Peoplewantme...Oh....Yeah, for about a week, then I'll be yesterdays' Galactic news.I shouldn't.Idon'tknow...I wonYeah, but you're only going because you won. you haven't DONE anything...No,that's not true..I swiped for the contest.Yeah, you wave at the sensor, but you haven't done anything.I don't care. I'M GOING to have FUN.

"Yes, Mom", 'what she say'?" "I'll have a portilus..."that doesn't look good, maybe a just a tellus or some Jeratne Mix.No, that stuff sucks.OH!!I DID NOT JUST THINKKK THAT!!!!I LOVE JERATNE MIX!!![I couldn't ahave thought that! Not ALOUD!?] Oh god, what am I doing??!! I must get...quit thinking!JUST QUIT THINKING!!!

"I'm sorry, Mooomm, I didn't mean to think that...It just slipped...Imsosorry.ah"

"I can't believe you thought that!!!"

"Mom, I'm sorRY!!!"I..I..I didn't think that. Oh, god, dadwillbesomad!!!I didn't mean to think that!...Oh, whatdoIdonow???!"I said I'm SORRY,MOM>"

"I can't take the thought back.I can't take the THOUGHT back.."Oh, I should have paid more attention...everyone KNOWS you just can't think just anything when your're not in a privacy zone..I KNOOWWWWW better. Dad's going to hate me..Oh, what am I going to do now...

"No. I don't want to talk to them now!!!"God, MY ROOm!..The best sound in the world is 'a bedroom door closing'. The only place to think. Okay, I guess I don'tknowiguess..."NO, MOM, Leave me ALONE!!!"I won't be on GCX. I guess I don't care...Who cares if the earth gets destroyed. NO big deal..but I want to be there. I want me, to be the final swipe of bio-info to restart the clocks. Every clock, everybodywill be watching..I want to be there...GOD, how could I think that...Everyone knows, your taught, Dad and Mom both taught me...you can't just think anything when you leave the privacy zone.There are eighteen trillion people in the Inner-Galactic Consortium.So the odd os anyone paying attention to your thoughts was just one in eighteen trillion, but it 'also meant,'she could just hear her dad say it,'You Are Guaranteed, that someone, somewhere, out in that crowd of eighteen trillion (he always said 'trillion' like that, when he said it), you can be guaranteed that SOMEONE IS listening in.rememberthat.

"Mom, I don't care who it is!"

What have I done? Well, I'll be news until tomorrow...Someone will want to interview the 'girl who blew the opportunity to be the final swiper to launch a new Galactic Time. Girl who's name WOULD FOREVER have been linked to the GREATEST SINGLE DAY in INNER-Galactic history. Post Earth TIME (PET), based on the new Galactic Sidereal Time starts tonight at...My life is over and I'm only twelve.god.I can play the electrozette circuit for a while. Be like the girl who bought the lotto ticket just behind the guy who bought the BIGGEST winning Inter-Inner-Galactic Lotto of all TIME. She was still selling her story...Oh god. I'll have to...There's got to be better.

"In a minute, Mom."

Hell, guess I'll wear jeans


NOTE: Updated 1913hrs EST
 
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  Back to the nickel transaction cost

I was 'thumbing' through the NY Times today, and I ran across this article - D.I.Y. Meets N.R.L. (No Record Label). I like the idea, but I think the prices don't reflect the economics of the web
Rock musicians have been recording live concerts and selling them over the Internet, as CD's or MP3 downloads, for years. But Mr. Camelio's twist is new in two ways. First, he sees the Internet not as a supplement to labels and record stores but as an alternative. Second, he's marketing more than music.

On Ms. Schneider's Web site, fans can order her CD for $16.95. For an additional $35 to $95, they also gain access to printed scores, rehearsal sessions, interviews, post-concert question-and-answer sessions and commentaries, including a two-hour audio stream of Ms. Schneider analyzing several of her arrangements.

On Mr. Hall's site, for $60, fans can watch him give a guitar lesson.

"The key thing was when I realized that anyone could download music for free," Mr. Camelio said. "I got to thinking: what's the one thing you can't download, the one thing that the artist can hold on to? The answer: the creative process. That's the product I'm offering: the creative process."

To a surprising degree, these special features are also turning out to be the most lucrative part of the package. As of last week, Ms. Schneider's online customers were spending an average of $53, nearly three times the price of the CD.
I don't know, but that is why I like the "nickel transaction cost".

It started because Harry the Troll suggested I do a music blog in the comments. I sort of liked the idea, but I realized that the real fun of doing a music blog, would be to allow the listener to actually here the song, band, whatever, that I would be commenting on. And, that was not going to be easy. There are some artists that allow you to sample their work, and some even let you have access to entire songs, but in most cases, all you get is a snippet if you're lucky.

So, continuing down this thought process, I thought the problem is paying fair royalties to the artists, coupled with the problem of copying the music...The whole Napster.com thing. Well, I thought you know, if downloads of music could be done for a nickel and royalties distributed from that, well that would go a long way toward solving the problem. At the cost of a Nickel, it wouldn't be worth making a whole lot of 'illegal' copies. In fact, I think if you could get to that rate, music Piracy would become non-economically viable.

Harry, yes, same one, informed of the term micropayments, and after reviewing some of the literature, pro and con, I still think it's a good idea.

What I'd want in an ideal world, would be for artists to post their music directly to an 'internet jukebox'. Playing their songs would cost the costumer a Nickel. Again, ideally, 1 Penny (the best penny link yet) would go to the host of the jukebox, 3 cents to the artist, and the remaining penny would go to the referring page [if I'm writing on a song or artist, and you the reader, choose to listen to the song by linking from Radically Inept, this site would get the Penny (this site would never get rich, but)]. If the listener started at the artist page, the artist would get the 3 cents in royalties and the Penny for the self referral.

Okay, this is based on being able to make the financial transfers w/o having to pay someone like PayPal. But if you did, you should still be able to the costs down to a Nickel, and at that price, a lowly nickel, I'd be just as happy in most cases not to copy the song. There are many songs that I like to hear occasionally, but have no desire to own, and would be perfectly willing to pay another Nickel the next time.

So, I think I'll wait until I can let the reader listen to the songs I'm writing about before I'd try to do a music blog.

Of course, there are some other good reasons to do this. One is, it would be nice to no longer have record executives w/ power. Hell, getting rid of the recording industry as it now stands, could earn someone a Nobel Prize for ridding the world of a few leaches.

Second, artists could go to people like Big Rock Studio Technologies (always time to plug a friend) record their music in the studio, and after editing it, put it into the Jukebox (getting closer). The band would have to market their songs themselves, or hire a firm, but costs would be negligable.

Okay, I think that's somewhat coherent, and I'm done for now...

Found this site which some of you might enjoy during my research: Free Music Download, MP3 Music, Music Chat, Music Video, Music CD, ARTISTdirect Network 
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  If you're thristy, I know where you can get a fine glass of lemonade

Okay. Start at Kevin's hit the comment section, find The Island of Balta and you come across this Facing sour judgment, Scouts offer $250 lemonade, which engenders the simple question, are the BS of A really all republican?

Do you think if they fall short in raising the $14 million, they might sell some of the boys into slavery in Sudan to make up the difference?

I was going to make some cracks about mormans, but it's too easy.

As long as I'm posting, I found this, Bill Clinton Daily Diary, while hanging around those derelicts, Jesse and Ezra, and some troll named Limp. Of course, the site Limp points to, is limp. It's looks like a lot of work for very few chuckles. 
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