Month: September 2004

U.S. House moves to criminalize file swapping

music

A bill passed the House this week that would criminalize P2P file trading. People who share 1,000 songs online could face three years or more of prison. And people who share one unreleased album could face a similar penalty. It’s obvious by now that the lawsuits the RIAA is launching against people who trade music are not working. Initially there was a drop in peer to peer users trading file, but the numbers have continued […]

Kerry Rocks

politics

In case you’re needing a little help deciding who you’re voting for in November, let me just remind you that John Kerry rocks. If you want to see John doing a wicked rendition of the Stars & Stripes on electric guitar, check out Kerryrocks.net. And if you’re looking for a CD of John’s high school band The Electras, check out Kerryrocks.com (including a great photo of Kerry with John Lennon).

A Night at the Hip-Hopera

music

If you’re a fan of mash-ups as they call them, then you’ll like this. It’s a 78 minute (fits on one CD) hip hop opera by the Kleptones. Pretty interesting and worth a bunch of listens. Check it out. The Kleptones homepage for the album is over here, but waxy.org is hosting a mirror of the downloads. Be sure to grab the full 109MB zip file and get the whole thing at once. Right over […]

Absentee Ballot

politics

The other day the Democrats sent me a form in the mail with a mailing card addressed to the local county auditor and commissioner of elections Tom Slockett. The form was filled in with my address and name thereby making it nicely easy to request an absentee ballot. I remember the first presidential election I could vote in—it was Clinton v. Bush in 1992. I was abroad at the time and requested an absentee ballot […]

Light

life

With the start of the semester everything is crazy-busy here. There may be continued light posting for a bit until my schedule settles in a bit. It looks like I’ll be team-teaching a class at night, and I’m taking a night class in French. Though I must admit it’s movie week for me—tomorrow night we’re going to “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!,” which is the Almodovar film from 1990 that is playing on campus. […]

Medúlla

music

After a blissful Labor Day weekend (photos to be posted soon), it’s back to work. Tonight in the background I’ve got Björk’s new album playing. It’s called Medúlla, and there aren’t any instruments formally. I say formally because gosh darn it Björk pulled out her sampler and some of the voices are, shall we say?, manipulated. But mostly what struck me on first listen is the spiritual tone of some of the songs. I think […]

He’s my nephew

life

Congratulations to Thomas and Tricia! This morning around 4am, Owen Thomas Stout was born. Can’t wait to come and visit and see the little guy—everyone says he’s cute baby. I’m an uncle for the first time—and my parents are now grandparents—and my grandparents are now great-grandparents. There’s someone new in the family. An exciting day for all involved.

1001 Things to Hate About the Convention

politics

Well, as you know, they’re arresting people by the hundreds thousands in NYC. The Republican National Convention is hopefully soon over. I saw Arnold Schwarzenegger’s speech last night. Towards the end he almost started sounding like a Democrat—talking about immigrants and oppression and human rights. I could see the confused looks on the delegates faces. At any rate, here are 1001 things to hate about the convention. Enjoy!