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    Progress Is a Relative Term

Progress Is a Relative Term

I recently watched a brief speech given by Elon Musk on a social media platform where he was speaking about climate change in regards to carbon emissions and our need for sustained energy. But healthy sustained energy. Everyone knows by now that big oil and coal are the enemies of a healthy planetary environment. At least that's the meme subscribed [...]

0 comment Read Full Article 🕔09-04-2016
    Dark Matter: Believing in the Impossible

Dark Matter: Believing in the Impossible

Over the last thirty odd years, since as early as I can remember even in childhood, I have noticed that a peculiar phenomenon exists within the consciousness of most people we share the world with, no matter their age, nationality, religion, class or financial situation. Even those considered "intelligent" doesn't seem to prevent them from operating from this perspective most of [...]

0 comment Read Full Article 🕔07-10-2016
    Creating and Wearing Identities Deliberately and Publicly

Creating and Wearing Identities Deliberately and Publicly

Dear Ed, It's interesting to me that both of these -- being gay AND being Christian -- are identities. And then I wonder - What is the value (or the agenda, perhaps?) in a public *display* of an identity? I'm thinking of the Avatar Masters' Integrity Course materials.... Hey there, Yeas, totally. Why bother spreading identities all over the place when it would [...]

0 comment Read Full Article 🕔06-27-2016
    It’s Not a Conspiracy if Everybody Knows About it

It’s Not a Conspiracy if Everybody Knows About it

I received a message this weekend from someone with a few questions regarding the potential of a "conspiracy" around the upcoming US presidential election. I don't get a chance to respond to all messages I receive. I would say that the process is almost "random" at this point. Some just catch my eye. Many i simply never get a chance [...]

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    The Problem With Social

The Problem With Social

A  caveat: for those more accustomed to, and more interested in, the usually more philosophical, theological or sociological nature of The Diaries, you may want to skip this post. It's about finance and economics and more technical than usual. Just a heads up. If you do decide to venture in, I will clarify a bit more than usual regarding the [...]

0 comment Read Full Article 🕔04-30-2015
    Buying Selling and Trading Your Digital Media

Buying Selling and Trading Your Digital Media

A few years back I posted an article here suggesting that the television industry needed to institute a radical change in programming and release full seasons of shows all at once instead of sticking to the old model of one episode per week and that they could even charge a premium for it because consumers were changing how they wanted [...]

0 comment Read Full Article 🕔03-05-2015
    The Sad Case of The Millennials?

The Sad Case of The Millennials?

Tonight I was gently coerced by a younger friend into watching something called WHAT? by Bo Burnham, a young twenty-something Millennial doing his idea of a fresh take on a standup comedy routine. At first I did my best to stay busy enough doing other things to pay only as much attention as was necessary to quickly get how immature the [...]

2 comments Read Full Article 🕔01-08-2015
    Aaron Sorkin Hits Another Grandslam with New Newsroom

Aaron Sorkin Hits Another Grandslam with New Newsroom

HBO's original series NEWSROOM is far and away the most intelligent program on television. Anywhere. Perhaps of all time. Several thoughts come to mind. Number one: Granted, this used to be a rather easy thing to say of course -- if one ever had the opportunity (rare) to encounter an intelligent program on TV in days past, because TV used to [...]

0 comment Read Full Article 🕔12-01-2014
    Artists Are Getting Screwed in the New Music Business

Artists Are Getting Screwed in the New Music Business

"The music industry is dwindling, but only for the artists. Something's not right here. Artists can't make a living anymore. They're having to go get second jobs to pay the bills. But look at the profits of music companies like YouTube, iTunes, Spotify and the evil publicly-traded Pandora (who recently sued artists and record labels to be allowed to pay [...]

0 comment Read Full Article 🕔11-17-2014
    On the Wretched State of the Music Business

On the Wretched State of the Music Business

A film producer was waxing nostalgic earlier today about how good the music of the 70s was and wondering why the music of today is so horrendous. I have already shared here in past posts that while I wholeheartedly agree with this notion I also recognize that there is some incredible music and musical innovation happening at the moment. It's [...]

0 comment Read Full Article 🕔11-07-2014

You’ve Been Warned –The Coming New American Revolution

It is illegal for TV networks to raise the volume of commercials higher than the shows they air. For obvious reasons. (It wouldn't be fair to the TV shows, giving the commercials a higher priority would lift the disguise that television networks exist to entertain rather than generate profits for shareholders.) So what they do instead is flip on a [...]

0 comment Read Full Article 🕔10-01-2014
    Correcting Some Myths Regarding YouTube Spotify & Artist Compensation

Correcting Some Myths Regarding YouTube Spotify & Artist Compensation

The always entertaining Bob Lefsetz sent out an otherwise illuminating blog post today entitled "NAPSTER WOULD KILL CREATION AND NO ONE WOULD MAKE MUSIC". "Otherwise" illuminating because in the first sentence he made a glaring error that is going to just further perpetuate the already pervasive and excruciatingly painful myth with the masses that "it's okay if we only stream [...]

0 comment Read Full Article 🕔09-29-2014

Facebook Is Here to Stay

Someone posted a TIME magazine article this weekend that claimed that scientists have been running computer models that showed that social media is similar to diseases and that Facebook will soon lose up to 80% of it's users. I clicked. The article was from January. As in ten months ago.   Facebook of course has only continued to grow and immerse [...]

0 comment Read Full Article 🕔09-28-2014

Clinton Versus Bush For President in 2016

I saw Bernie Sanders on Meet The Press yesterday and as always agreed w what he had to say. But I am still very sure that he has not what it takes to make a good foreign policy president. Especially not NOW. But I bet he could be coached along just as the others were just fine. I would LOVE [...]

0 comment Read Full Article 🕔09-15-2014
    U2 Proves Rock is Dead. And So Is the Album

U2 Proves Rock is Dead. And So Is the Album

The below is the latest blog entry from music-culture blogger and general curmudgeon, Bob Lefsetz. In it he plainly and clearly argues that the release of the latest U2 album -- through giving it away for free via Apple's iTunes platform -- was yet another red flag that rock music AND the album as a viable art-form is utterly entirely [...]

7 comments Read Full Article 🕔09-11-2014
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