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Monday, December 31, 2007

Sony and RIAA ripe for a lawsuit

RIAA lawyer states in legal brief that copying songs from CDs to computer for personal use is just as illegal as posting them online.You, too, could be sued for thousands of dollars by the major record companies — even if you've never once illegally downloaded music.That's because at least one lawyer for the Recording Industry Association of America, the Big Four record companies' lobbying arm and primary legal weapon, considers the copying of songs from your own CDs to your own computer, for your own personal use, to be just as illegal as posting them online for all to share, according to a federal lawsuit filed in Arizona.

Here's my beef with this whole RIAA crap......If I buy a CD from the Sony/BMG Record Club and pop it into the Sony manufactured CD drive of my Sony Vaio laptop, I might even make a duplicate copy onto some Sony made CD-Rs for good measure, I can't see how the RIAA (representing Sony)could then sue me.....according to them and the courts, merely "enabling" copyright violation is in itself a violation. Why hasn't anyone caught on to this concept? I would like to see an artist sue Sony and the RIAA for "enabling" copyright violations and for not protecting them from said violations.I would go one step further and say that Sony was in fact tantamount in the consortium of companies that developed digital file standards and mp3's themselves. Thus Sony is one example of a copyright violation enabler...Stop and think of how many violations Sony alone has enabled through software and hardware as well as blank media. You could apply this theory backwards into the Eighties when mix tapes were the rage. Who made the best blank tapes and tape recorders....Sony! Can you say Walkman? If you apply the same amounts that Jammie Thomas was slapped with...you get the picture. Bye Bye Sony.....

Read more about what these pinheads had to say...

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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Students at Vermont Law School should join this fight...

A small university legal clinic in Maine is about to cause a revolution in the P2P filesharing war launched by Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal and Sony BMG.

“In what’s probably a world’s first, not lawyers, but student attorneys at the University of Maine School of Law’s Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic have themselves taken up the fight on behalf of fellow students.

Maine law students vs the RIAA

This a great idea that may well thwart the draconian tactics of the RIAA folks. It would be great to see similar programs take root in other states as well. Like Vermont, many states have a multitude of programs with young, eager, net-savy law students looking to get their feet wet in real world cases. A program like this would tap into the youthful energy of a generation of kids who have grown up on the web. I would venture a bet that more kids have participated in file sharing than have smoked marijuana. This generation views the web as theirs, and they will be loathe to let outsiders ruin the free wheeling nature of the net as we now know it.

Of course in the end, the reality is that this rush to claim this fight as theirs, will end in a resolution somewhat short of what they might envision. But hey...that's all part of growing up.....

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Vermont town seeks Bush, Cheney arrests

"Vermont town seeks Bush, Cheney arrests"
By Dave Gram / Associated Press

MONTPELIER, Vt. - President Bush may soon have a new reason to avoid left-leaning Vermont: In one town, activists want him subject to arrest for war crimes.
A group in Brattleboro is petitioning to put an item on a town meeting agenda in March that would make Bush and Vice President Cheney subject to arrest and indictment if they visit the southeastern Vermont community."

http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/latestnews/index.php?id=10614


While I'm generally suspect of anything I read on Michael Moore's website, I had also heard this on the local news as well. Once I was able to contain my gleeful giggling, I found myself amused, yet a bit disturbed. Then I realized that I was more pissed off that Bush has never been here in 8 years than I was about the concept of this ballot initiative.

Ok, I get why he isn't chomping at the bit to visit us, but if I were Republican Governor Jim Douglas, I would be fairly well insulted by this. Is Bush afraid that Howard Dean will jump out of the bushes and give him a "shout"? Granted most people in Vermont don't care for Bush, but there are folks that support his administration. I'm just not sure where they are...

If they want to issue a warrant for their arrest in Brattleboro, I say go for it....I don't think they'll get too far!

The Big Picture


The Lewiston Tribune newspaper in Lewiston, Idaho, ran two large photos on its front page several days before Christmas. One showed a sign painter putting the finishing touches on a store window. The other was a still image from a convenience store's security camera showing an "unknown man" reaching for a wallet which was sitting on the store's counter....


Read more about this amazing coincidence at Randy Cassingham's "This is True" website...

The Big Picture

I would also highly reccommend his newsletter if you like these kinds of true stories...The truth is indeed stranger than fiction...

Saturday, December 08, 2007

How fast is a Formula 1 Car?

This is a pretty cool video that shows you just how fast an F1 car is compared to a high end Porsche and an ordinary 2 liter Puegot...



5min - How fast is a Formula 1 Car? - Video: ""

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

A Way to Generate Your Own Power

A Lister CS (cold start) engine is a diesel engine that can deliver great power for very little cost. These engines are build to run for decades, I’ve read about some that have been running 24/7 for over 40 years! And the required maintenance is very low. These engines run at low speeds of 600 – 1000 RPM, making them less noisy than regular diesel generators.

This is an interesting read, and would seem to be a viable alternative if you have an ample supply of veggie oil... Imagine the other uses that a system like this could have?


self sufficient life » Generate your own power

Friday, November 23, 2007

Christmas With The Sproutifarts

It's my whole-hearted belief that this game is destined to be a Christmas Classic! Thanks and a shout out to my friends at b3ta for the heads up on this gem....






Christmas With The Sproutifarts - A game of skill and bad smells.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Motorhead Messiah Does What Detroit Said Couldn't be Done!

“Check it out. It's actually a jet engine," says Johnathan Goodwin, with a low whistle. "This thing is gonna be even cooler than I thought." We're hunched on the floor of Goodwin's gleaming workshop in Wichita, Kansas, surrounded by the shards of a wooden packing crate. Inside the wreckage sits his latest toy--a 1985-issue turbine engine originally designed for the military. It can spin at a blistering 60,000 rpm and burn almost any fuel. And Goodwin has some startling plans for this esoteric piece of hardware: He's going to use it to create the most fuel-efficient Hummer in history.

Jonathan Goodwin is the type of person that used to be swallowed up and put on the dusty shelf by the Big Three. His ingenious inventions would never see the light of day...just like those innovations from the Tucker Automobile. Traditionally, Detroit could afford to not implement new ideas. If it cuts into the bottom line, it simply wasn't done. With the competitive nature of the auto industry, the Big Three can no longer bury their heads in the sand...Read on about Jonathan Goodwin for an incredible story about an innovative American.

Motorhead Messiah

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Unhappy customer strikes back at Comcast


A NEW AMERICAN HERO

"Hammer time! That's what it was when 75 year old Mona Shaw returned to her local Comcast office a few days after she spent two hours waiting outside for a manager and then was told he had left for the day..."



I can feel this woman's pain. I was in a KeyBank in Barre, VT and needed to make change for two fifty dollar bills. The lady asked me if I had an account with them. When I told her I didn't, she informed me that she couldn't make change! It was then it dawned on me that the last time I had been here, they wanted to charge me $5 to cash a check that was drawn on their bank! I'm dumbfounded by the logic here. There is a Community Bank accross the street (that gladly made change for me) and a Northfield Savings Bank next door...it's a good thing I don't own a hammer!

Unhappy customer strikes back at Comcast

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Disabled woman wants seeing-eye horse

A Warren, VT woman is fighting to have her landlord accomodate her service animal which just happens to be a horse. Patty Cooper's service animal is a horse of a different color: a black and white miniature horse, to be exact. She thinks she should be allowed to have this animal under the laws regarding persons with disabilities....an interesting premise, but hardly practical.

Disabled woman wants service animal of a different color: Times Argus Online

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Amazing device for all types of uses...

The way fresh water is supplied to disaster-hit regions could be revolutionised after an Ipswich UK-based businessman invented a bottle that makes foul-smelling water drinkable in seconds.
Michael Pritchard hopes that the bottle could be a life-saver for refugees in disaster regions where access to clean drinking water is vital.
This is the type of innovation the world needs...

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Wave power device gets in water in Oregon

Finavera Renewables, the Canadian company that wants to harness wind and wave power, has successfully deployed a prototype of its AquaBuoy 2.0 two and a half miles off the coast of Oregon.
Waves push the AquaBuoy up and down in the water. The motion puts pressure on a hydraulic fluid. The pressurized fluid then turns a turbine, which creates electricity.

This looks to be a new, promising alternative energy technology...

Wave power device gets in water in Oregon

Monday, September 03, 2007

Important PSA

Don't miss this important announcement from the CIDC...

Thursday, August 30, 2007

A car engine that gets 100 miles per gallon!

Transonic is coming clean with its ambitions: it is working on a fuel injection system that will let liquid fuel cars get 100 miles a gallon.
And an engine equipped with Transonic's technology will be able to run on gas, ethanol or other types of fuel without help from batteries. In other words, a car with a Transonic-assisted engine would get as good or better mileage than a plug-in hybrid.

Transonic's goal: a car engine that gets 100 miles per gallon Tech news blog - CNET News.com

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Piranha on Steroids

This is an amazing set of photos...imagine seeing that thing in the water!
Piranha on Steroids

Saturday, August 25, 2007

High Tech Hooker Shoes!

These high tech shoes are GPS enabled and have a personal alarm system as well. The last line of the story was the part that got me chuckling. You know it will happen. Some enterprising young lad.....

Wired Blogs: Gadget Lab

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Ex-VP Mondale accuses Cheney of power grab

Vice President Dick Cheney has presided over an unprecedented power grab during his six years in the White House, former Vice President Walter Mondale wrote in a rare, scathing critique Sunday.

"The real question is why the president allows this to happen," Mondale writes.

I think its about time somebody calls it like it is...I just never thought it would be Walter Mondale! He must have been inspired by Gerald Ford's parting shots...

Ex-VP Mondale accuses Cheney of power grab

Monday, July 09, 2007

Pillowfights Are Breaking Out Across Vermont!

I saw this post from Cathy Resmer at Seven Days. A pillow fight broke out in Brattleboro and another is apparently scheduled for July 28th in Montpelier. ...I can hardly wait!

Saturday, July 07, 2007

I got on the Adam Schein video mailbag!

I had recently emailed Fox Sports NFL writer Adam Schein about the QB situation in Minnesota. Toward the end of the segment he responds to my question and gives a shout out for Vermont fans.

See the Segment Here!

Friday, July 06, 2007

Camera Trap Captures Three-legged Sumatran Tiger

Just in case the kid that killed the peacock wasn't enough to make you question the actions of humans, you can sink your teeth into this gem...

Camera trap captures three-legged Sumatran tiger

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Pea-brained teen is sought in S.I. fowl play

A wild peacock wandering Staten Island was brutally stomped by a deranged teenager and had to be euthanized, authorities said yesterday.
"I'm killing a vampire!" the suspect bragged maniacally as witnesses tried to stop him from attacking the beautiful bird .....

This is just a reminder for us all what a wonderful world we live in....

Pea-brained teen is sought in S.I. fowl play

Friday, June 29, 2007

Frequent N.H. Speeder Wants Limit Raised

DOVER, N.H. (AP) - A man with a penchant for speedy driving has come up with an unusual tactic for beating speeding tickets - raise the limit. So far this year, Larry Lemay has been ticketed four times for speeding.
Rather than slow down, Lemay is suing the state Department of Transportation to study traffic and speed limits across New Hampshire, to see whether limits could be raised.




My Way News - Frequent N.H. Speeder Wants Limit Raised

Why Your Electricity Meter Sucks

My electricity meter is about fifty years old, and it's likely that yours is too. Even if it's new, it probably uses the same ancient technology as mine. Those meters were created for a world with cheap, abundant power. Well, the world has changed...so why hasn't my electricity meter?


Why Your Electricity Meter Sucks

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

FBI Whistleblower Describes Government Muscle Tactics

A whistleblower who lost her job and was gagged by the Bush administration after revealing careerism, corruption and widespread incompetence at the FBI detailed her difficult search for justice to an audience on Monday at the American Library Association's annual conference. Sibel Edmonds, who the FBI hired as a translator shortly after 9/11, was fired in 2002 after reporting a range of problems at the bureau...

What transpires is without a doubt a huge misuse of the public's trust in some mythical right to a fair trial.


Read more at Wired Blogs

Sunday, June 24, 2007

VMG Spider

New Microsoft Product!

You may have seen the recent unveiling of this futuristic new product from Redmond... Notice how it didn't take long for people to goof on it!

SarcasticGamer.com

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Mike Nolan Will Be Stylin' at Home in 2007

In a surprising turn of events, Brian McCarthy, the NFL's director of corporate communications, announced Wednesday that San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan will be allowed to wear a suit on the sideline for all eight of his team's home games.
Nolan has been pushing the NFL for the right to wear a suit more often, which is his way of honoring his father, Dick Nolan, who roamed the 49ers sideline in a suit from 1968 to 1975.

Mike Nolan Will Be Stylin' at Home in 2007

Saturday, June 16, 2007

GM walks the walk on hydrogen fuel cells

General Motors looks like it is serious about this whole hydrogen fuel cell business. The company announced today that it had moved over 500 engineers from development duties over to groups focused on the production of fuel-cell-powered vehicles.

This post from Crave has some links to great information about this exciting technology.

GM walks the walk on hydrogen fuel cells

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The Electric Car is Coming...

Actualy a scrapped Ford design, the Think City will reportedly be available in the US starting in 2008. For those of you who fancy an electric vehicle with refreshing Norwegian simplicity, it will be significantly cheaper than the Tesla Roadster sports car that goes for $98,000. The Think car will cost around $17,000, but consumers will have to lease the battery for an additional fee.
The Think batteries are actually made by Tesla Motors, but are used in a much more humble, practical manner.

This reminds me of the plight of the GM EV1, but with a better ending!

Eeeeewwwwww!!!

Middle School student Kyleray Katherman had a hunch something was amiss with the school's drinking fountain water. And right he was.For an English assignment, he tested the bacteria content at four water fountains and one toilet to challenge a ban on students from bringing bottled water to class. It seems some were using it to sneak in alcohol.Guess which was cleaner? It wasn't the water fountains.

Toilet Water Cleaner Than Fountain

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

I Love Vermont More Every Day

Here is a good description of the Vermont secession movement. There are some good points made here...they just forgot to tell Bill O'reilly to kiss our Green Mountain ass!

Loud Murmurs » I Love Vermont More Every Day

Monday, June 04, 2007

A Major League Meltdown...

A major league meltdown by a minor league manager earned him a three-game suspension and worldwide fame on the Internet. Combining bits of Earl Weaver, Billy Martin and Lou Piniella, the weekend tantrum by Double-A manager Phillip Wellman prompted his bosses at the Atlanta Braves to take action Monday.

I love it! This guy just completely loses his mind. I wish I could hear what he was saying...now that's priceless. I just hope we never see that at a Vermont Mountaineers game....

Read the whole story

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Apple's Prediction of Computing in 2010

I've seen this video a bunch of times over the years. It's fun to watch, but the really funny thing was some of the comments people made on the Digg for it....

Digg - Apple's prediction of computing in 2010, from 1988

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Michael Jackson's Anti-Gravity Boots!

I came across this gem describing a US patent given to Michael Jackson. The invention allows MJ to give the illusion of defying gravity on stage while in the middle of his dance routine. He's so clever!
It never ceases to amaze me the amount of legal mumbo-jumbo that goes into describing something so simple.

You can find some really interesting things by searching Google Patents.

Method and means for creating anti-gravity

Monday, May 28, 2007

Federal Minimum Wage To Increase to $7.25

As you may know, the federal minimum wage will increase from $5.15 to $5.85/hour, which is a 70-cent raise. This will happen again in 2008 and 2009, which by the end will make the new federal minimum wage $7.25/hour by the end of 2009.
Of course, this is being touted as a victory for everyone making the current minimum wage of $5.85, but the reality is that in the long-term it won't mean much and it may even hurt the very people it intends to help. I know that a lot of people will refuse to listen or accept the idea of this, but I truely believe it to be the case and I've saw the evidence first hand while working a minimum wage job myself.

Federal Minimum Wage To Increase to $7.25

Yeah...pass it along to the consumer in the form of higher prices. We couldn't possibly take the hit out of our epotentialy growing corporate profits. God forbid some CEO can't afford to trade up his Hummer this year....and to those in the middle of the wage scale...shut up with your "relative worth crap"...you're already making a decent wage. Raising the standard of living for those at the bottom requires the rest of us to sacrifice. Let some business owners and CEOs live for 120 days on minimum wage, just like the Congessmen who had to live on food stamps. Apparently, you've been drinking the Chamber of Commerce Kool-aid that has had people believing this warped perspective for years. They even have you believing you've "seen it with your own eyes". This is Republican fuzzy math at its worst, and assumes a chain of events that is highly unlikely to happen, because at the end of the day, they still need someone to sweep the sidewalks and bag groceries whether it costs them $5.25 per hour or it costs them $10 per hour. I say put the minimum wage at a reasonable level and then tie it to Congressional pay raises!

Sunday, May 27, 2007

University of Vermont Arena Proposal

University officials are working hard these days to make what once seemed like a pipe dream a reality: the construction of a new, state-of-the-art arena on campus. The concept is no longer wishful thinking. A pair of feasibility tests have been conducted, preliminary blueprints and diagrams are drawn up, and UVM's board of trustees recently created a task force to explore the possibility of forging ahead with the endeavor. According to Robert Corran, UVM's director of athletics, the location has been nailed down. The proposed arena, which would house hockey and basketball games, would nestle in between Patrick Gym and Gutterson Fieldhouse. He said it would seat 6,500 fans for hockey. The building would be flexible for basketball, he said, allowing capacity to fluctuate from 2,500 to 7,200.

I think it would be in the best interest of the region/city/state to consider co-building a larger multi-purpose facility that could draw larger national events. It would add to the ability to market the Champlain Valley as a "destination". That's just my two cents...

Burlington Free Press.com Sports

Monday, May 21, 2007

Tesla's Motorized Pink Bunny Slippers

The 7.5-foot slippers are each powered with a 36-volt system that uses six YellowTop 12-volt optimas. The two front wheels are driven by a 7-inch brushed DC motor from Advanced DC motors.

Not only do these puppies have a low carbon footprint they're damn fashionable. Is there a Hello Kitty model? Now that's some real alternative transportation!

The Fast and the Furry-ouss!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Drunk Driving Bikini-Clad Fireman

Visitors at a park in Mason, Ohio, called police after an apparently drunk man climbed into his pickup truck and started driving around, including near the children's play area. When an officer arrived, "I observed [the suspect] to be wearing a very skimpy woman's ... bikini with two tan water balloons taped to the top to simulate two woman's breasts and a pair of pink Speedo flip-flop sandals," Officer Scott Miller said in his report.

I hope this wacko gets put away....far away! An interesting discourse ensues....

Public Humiliation vs. Real Punishment

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Save the Bunny!

I found this little gem in the Windows Secrets newsletter. A pretty good newsletter with some useful info and the occasional oddity. Usually the oddities are just that, a little odd, but this is actually kind of entertaining and amusing. The whole point is to save the poor cute bunny...and try not to laugh too hard!

http://www.10mg.nl/

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Why $5 Gas Is Good for America

"So what's a price-shocked, carbon-afflicted highway jockey to do? Keep driving. In fact, drive more. The longer gas stays expensive, the higher the chance we'll see alternatives. Put that pedal to the metal. And smile when you see a big black $3 or $4 out in front at the gas pump."

Spencer Reiss- Wired.com


This article does well to point out the fact that it will get worse before it gets better. That's good....right?

Why Gas Is Good for America

Monday, May 14, 2007

A Real Cure for Cancer?

Scientists may have cured cancer last week.

Yep.

So, why haven't the media picked up on it?

Here's the deal. Researchers at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada found a cheap and easy to produce drug that kills almost all cancers. The drug is dichloroacetate, and since it is already used to treat metabolic disorders, we know it should be no problem to use it for other purposes.

Doesn't this sound like the kind of news you see on the front page of every paper?

The drug also has no patent, which means it could be produced for bargain basement prices in comparison to what drug companies research and develop.

Scientists tested DCA on human cells cultured outside the body where it killed lung, breast and brain cancer cells, but left healthy cells alone. Rats plump with tumors shrank when they were fed water supplemented with DCA.

Again, this seems like it should be at the top of the nightly news, right?.....

Read On.....


Read the original article here...

...and more from the original researchers!

Official University of Alberta DCA Site

Festival Sells Deep-Fried Testicles

More than 300 people paid $5 for all-you-can-eat goat, lamb and bull testicles Saturday at the ninth annual Testicle Festival at Mama's Place Bar and Grill in Elderon in central Wisconsin.
Butch Joubert, 58, likes the parts sandwiched between bread with tartar sauce. They're not so different from regular meatballs , he said. "After a few beers, you can't really tell the difference," Joubert said.

Festival Sells Deep-Fried Testicles

Saturday, May 12, 2007

A Sweet So Sour: Kool-Aid Dills

I have to preface this post by saying that pickles are in my Top 5 of least favorite foods. They hover dangerously close to number one, trading off spots with brussel sprouts!

I'm always amazed at the ingenuity of kids and the regional differences we have. I'm sure no carpet-bagging Yankee would have ever thought this one up, yet somehow I bet this would be a treat regardless of which side of the Mason Dixon line you reside. This NYT article explains how this odd combination came to be...

A Sweet So Sour: Kool-Aid Dills

Sunday, May 06, 2007

A Truly Evil Toy....

This toy tops the All-Time Ingenious Evil Toys List. Imagine your loser Uncle Tony just nodding off after a three course Thanksgiving dinner. The third quarter is about half over and the women are preparing desert. As Uncle Tony's snores get louder you can tell its time to fire this puppy up! You can picture the rest of the scene as Uncle Tony stops snoring long enough to open one eye and see this sitting on his chest....

RC Tarantula

Monday, April 30, 2007

David Ball Signs With The Bears

Former University of New Hampshire receiver, Spaulding High School graduate and Orange Vermont native David Ball has an NFL Home. Ball has signed a deal that will make him a member of the Chicago Bears.


David Ball Signs With The Bears

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Sex Doll for Dogs....really!

Are you constantly having to pry your promiscuous pooch off the legs of guests, parents and members of your church? Protect your leg from a hump attack by getting old Cooter a Hotdoll!
I loved one of the posts..."Is it dishwasher safe?"

Wild Stoat on a Motorbike

This is some rather odd taxidermy for sale...but I think I like it. Christmas is coming....(hint,hint!) As best I can guess a Stoat is some kind of Brittish weasel...a Tory perhaps?
There are some other intereating items here as well...

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

For N.F.L. Draft, the Biggest (XXXXXXL) Sleeper

On the edge of the Texas Gulf is a 370-pound football player who can execute a perfect forward flip. When he lands, the ground trembles. Thomas is as close as modern football can come to an old-fashioned sleeper. In the past two years, his only playing experience was at Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, Miss. He played in two games, both losses. Football teams everywhere are filled with big men, but many of them can barely move. Thomas has run the 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds, faster than some N.F.L. tight ends.


For N.F.L. Draft, the Biggest (XXXXXXL) Sleeper - New York Times

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Street Drum Solo

These are some pretty awesome performers from Chicago. Maybe they could come entertain us on Church Street this summer....

Monday, April 23, 2007

Isn’t “Affordability Tour” Really An Oxymoron

This past Friday, we were discussing the Vermont Leadership Institute’s latest fundraising brainstorm: a closed raffle for a new Prius, 1000 tickets maximum, $100 a piece. And we were lamenting the fact that even with those sweet odds, it’s a relatively short list in Vermont who could afford to get in on the fun.

Well, let’s not forget one name on that list: Jim Douglas.

This is a week old, but it still got me going...

Isn’t “Affordability Tour” Really An Oxymoron

Woman Arrested with .47 Blood Alcohol Level

Seattle, WA (KIRO-TV) - The Washington State Patrol says 54-year-old Deana Jarrett was arrested Thursday afternoon for being an imminent threat to public safety after she was arrested with a blood-alcohol level of .47 last week.

Woman Arrested with .47 Blood Alcohol Level

...it's amazing she was even conscious! But, it's ok...because it's legal!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Brandon Wirtz is the Greatest Living American

If you've been following this story, Colbert is getting folks to participate in a "Google Bomb" campaign. This dude has launched a counter-insurgency. My hats off to a Great Living American! I wish him the best of luck in his endeavor and encourage you to post a link....

Brandon Wirtz is the Greatest Living American: "Stephen Colbert is out to steal my thunder as Greatest Living American. So I'm actively going to try and Foil Him. I may not have his legions of people, but this is about SEO, and his followers don't have my friends Google Rank.
I may not be qualified to be the Greatest… but I am a Great Living American, and that is not that far off of Greatest Living American. Even if I can be in the top 10 links, I think that should be worth something."

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Two Reasons Why Royalty Decision Sucks

Don't get me started on what a good old boy club decision this one was...anything to preserve the status quo while the little guy gets squeezed out. One could argue the politics of capitalism, but the fact is the artists who create the product (ie, the industry) make the least. I'm an ASCAP member, and I'm all for protecting my rights as an artist. Its not up to me to protect the wallets of the people who have been ilking us for years....... Read on!

Two Reasons Why Royalty Decision Sucks

Find out more about it here:

Save Net Radio

Monday, April 16, 2007

Getting Things Done In 60 Seconds

I read this post because I generally respect only a few people I've come across on the web. Mike Elgan is one of them. (I highly recommend his newsletter if you like geeky computer stuff).
This isn''t really the sort of thing I use as my mantra, but I took 60 seconds to check it out. It's solid advice...not rocket science, but solid advice none the less. The guy who wrote the book seems to be your typical "rah-rah" type, but amazingly I've found these guys to have some great concepts under all the slick sales crap! I'm mean come on...who couldn't be more organized?

Getting Things Done In 60 Seconds

Ask Google...

Have you ever been confused by conflicting reports coming from the "Un-Evil" folks at Google? Well this custom search will help you sort out what is really going on at what has become the world's third largest target to bitch about. It must be tough holding down the top 3 with Microsoft and Apple doing such a good job....

Ask Google

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Pieces of Titanic Transformed Into Luxury Watches

Steel and coal from the Titanic have been transformed into a new line of luxury wristwatches that claim to capture the essence of the legendary oceanliner which sank in 1912.


Pieces of Titanic Transformed Into Luxury Watches

High Taxes Deter Plant Expansion In Vermont

Business at Weidmann Electrical Technology in St. Johnsbury is booming. So much, the company is looking to expand its operations.

But that expansion will not take place in Vermont....

High Taxes Deter Plant Expansion In Vermont
This is the price we pay for wanting to regulate and tax everything to death in the name of being green. I'm sure there are hippies across Vermont jumping up and down in their bierkenstocks proclaiming victory...That's great, but tell that to the guy in the Kingdom who can't find a decent job!

150+ brave weather to March For Livable Wages!

Calling for livable wages and public policies that produce real family supporting jobs, over over one-hundred and fifty community members with representatives of over a twenty different local unions march and rallied thoughout Burlington on Saturday.