10 February 2009

Musical fantasy

Florian Schneider gets back together with Karl Bartos and Wolfgang Flür. Freed from Ralf Hütter’s obsessive perfectionism, they find themselves able to release a new album every few years.

9 February 2009

Apples not falling far from trees

As a listener to various Radio 4 programmes, I’ve heard Carol Thatcher being entertaining on a number of occasions. More than once I pondered how hard it must have been for her to step out from under her mother’s evil shadow. Oh well, so much for that thought. Apparently Ms Thatcher compared professional tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to a golliwog , and then refused to issue an apology, resulting in her being fired by the BBC. ... Read more

6 February 2009

Disney/ABC/ESPN and Net Neutrality

As you’ll know if you’ve read my previous rants about how broken the TV industry is , the reason why cable and satellite is so expensive is that Disney won’t let carriers offer you ABC unless they also bundle ESPN into their base package; and ESPN is one of the most expensive channels. Well, ESPN are trying to do the same thing with your Internet connection . They’re “offering” ISPs the option of paying a per-subscriber fee, in return for which their subscribers will be allowed to watch ESPN streaming video. ... Read more

4 February 2009

On stimuli

The Republicans in Congress have issued a list of stimulus package line items they consider wasteful . Looking at the list, it’s pretty easy to deduce how Republicans see the world: anything related to energy efficiency, pollution reduction, government infrastructure or public health is “wasteful”. Oh, sure, there are a few stupid items. $246m for Hollywood to buy film with is a waste of money; there are already more crappy Hollywood movies being released than anyone wants to go watch, and film is a dying technology anyway. ... Read more

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