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  • Bartholomew Xerxes Ogilvie, Jr. 10:56 am on 25 November 2008 Permalink  

    Ever since Brian Epstein died in 1967, the Beatles’ business affairs have been run by people who didn’t know what they were doing. And that hasn’t changed even now; it strikes me as ridiculous that in late 2008, Apple Corps still hasn’t agreed to license the Beatles’ music for digital distribution.

    Even if the Beatles are the greatest rock band of all time, they’re still just a rock band. But evidently the suits at Apple Corps believe that the Beatles’ music is sacred, different somehow from all other recorded music, and deserves special consideration.

    Now, older fans like me already own the Beatles’ music. And younger fans don’t buy CDs. So Apple Corps’s foot-dragging can have only two possible outcomes: either a) young fans obey the law and therefore ignore the Beatles, or b) young fans pirate the Beatles’ music. In neither case does Apple Corps make any money.

    Brian Epstein’s genius was in part his intuitive understanding of what young music fans wanted, and in part a knack for shrewd marketing and deal-making. One has to wonder: if he were alive today, and still running the Beatles’ business affairs, would he put up with this ridiculous standoff?

    One might wonder why I care, since I already own all of the Beatles’ recorded output. Well, according to reports, the entire Beatles catalog has been digitally remastered using modern technology, but the remastered versions are being held back until a digital deal has been made. I understand the reasoning: a splashy rerelease on an obsolete medium would be rather silly. On the other hand, at the rate we’re going, the remastered catalog won’t be released until all of the Beatles and many of their fans are dead.

     
  • Hober Short 10:40 am on 24 November 2008 Permalink  

    The fundamental misunderstanding (or rhetorical misapplication) of economics here is stunning:

    While motorists currently save about a nickel for each gallon they buy because of the cap [on the NC gas tax], its loss for the state Transportation Department is much greater: $600 million.

    In the same sentence, talking about how insignificant and how great the exact same quantity of money is.

     
  • Pat 2:43 am on 22 November 2008 Permalink  

    I wasn’t previously aware of Louis C.K., but he is right on the money with this rant: “We live in an amazing world, and it’s wasted on the crappiest generation of spoiled idiots.”

    What he said.

     
  • Hober Short 9:15 pm on 19 November 2008 Permalink  

     
  • Hober Short 2:14 pm on 19 November 2008 Permalink  

    This pretty much sums it up:

    Yes, I know [Playstation 3 maker] Sony blocked their movies from the Xbox, but not any other streaming hardware, including the PC. You can use MediaMall’s PlayOn to restore this functionality to your box, along with the other cool channels it has available. I don’t know why people ever, ever try to stop nerds from doing things. It’s really the most incredible waste of time.

     
  • Bartholomew Xerxes Ogilvie, Jr. 12:52 pm on 18 November 2008 Permalink  

    In an interview posted on Sci Fi Wire, John Lasseter pretty much confirms my suspicion that the upcoming movie Bolt is more like a Pixar film than a traditional Disney film. He also quotes some advice he once received, advice that explains a lot:

    My wife always said, “Make sure you make your movies not for the first time someone sees it, but for the 100th time a parent has to suffer through it on video.”

     
  • Pat 4:20 pm on 14 November 2008 Permalink  

    If you agree that John Willams is The Man, then turn up your speakers and enjoy this a cappella tribute to his soundtracks (and the Star Wars movies).

     
  • Pat 2:32 pm on 14 November 2008 Permalink  

    On Facebook, one of my friends updated his status to express amazement at the low price of gasoline (specifically, $1.93 at Costco). And one of his friends (not, I am happy to say, anyone I know) responded with this comment:

    So much for the OIL WAR! Good try BUSH, but we ain’t buying into it!

    Um, what?

    When did Bush tell us that this was an oil war? I thought that it was the Left that has been shrieking that claim for the past five years, and the Bush administration had been denying it. But then I also thought that we were at war with Eurasia, not Eastasia.

    Also, exactly how does a gas price of $1.93 disprove the existence of an oil war? We won the war in Iraq, so if we were fighting over oil, isn’t a lower gas price exactly what you would expect to see? Or did Bush tell us he was fighting a war to raise the price of oil?

    Speaking of revisionist history, I saw the following rant in a comment thread on Pajamas Media today:

    Consider that under the Bush administration we witnessed the shredding of the Constitution, the worst terrorist attack on American soil after a dire a warning, the misguided war in Iraq, Katrina, Gitmo, $4.00 a gallon gas, domestic wiretapping, an attempt to politicize the justice department, the removal of habeus corpus, the Florica recount of the 2000 election . . .

    The commenter went on in that vein for considerably longer, but I was unable to read any farther because I was trying to process the assertion that the “Florica” recount of the 2000 election took place “under the Bush administration.”

    So let me see if I understand this correctly. When George W. Bush was elected in November of 2000, he was already President. Presumably, he used his Presidential powers to steal the election for himself and put himself into office retroactively. As a side effect of his meddling with the timeline, the 27th state of the Union is now called Florica.

    And when the price of gasoline went from $4.00 a gallon to $1.93, that was an increase. The Ministry of Truth says so.

     
  • Bartholomew Xerxes Ogilvie, Jr. 10:11 am on 14 November 2008 Permalink  

    Another reminder that some of us are getting pretty dang old: Chris Elliott’s daughter has just joined the cast of Saturday Night Live.

    Seems like it wasn’t that long ago that Chris Elliott was still playing a paperboy on TV. A thirty-year-old paperboy, yes, but still…

     
  • Hober Short 3:50 am on 9 November 2008 Permalink  

    From the Telegraph: Sarah Palin blamed by the US Secret Service for death threats against Barack Obama:

    Sarah Palin’s attacks on Barack Obama’s patriotism provoked a spike in death threats against the future president, Secret Service agents revealed during the final weeks of the campaign.

    The attacks provoked a near lynch mob atmosphere at her rallies, with supporters yelling “terrorist” and “kill him” until the McCain campaign ordered her to tone down the rhetoric.

    Those “unfounded” allegations? What?

    But it has now emerged that her demagogic tone may have unintentionally encouraged white supremacists to go even further.

    The Secret Service warned the Obama family in mid October that they had seen a dramatic increase in the number of threats against the Democratic candidate, coinciding with Mrs Palin’s attacks.

    “Correlation implies causation” is still a logical fallacy, right? Okay, just checking.

     
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