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…the one blog I try to view every day. This is a video that Lisa put together Called “Back in the Good Old Days” which is a good indicator that Romney will bring Bushiness back to us.
Hope you enjoy it. I sure did!
From Dear Ruth O’Donnell:
- What do the stickers on fruit tell you? (bargainhoot.com)
- Produce Stickers Are Actually Helpful (datewithyourplate.wordpress.com)
- How To I.D. Genetically Modified Food at the Supermarket (cheapogroovo.typepad.com)
- Pesky Produce Stickers (chipwellness.wordpress.com)
- Produce Code (snopes.com)
- New GMOs Poised to Destroy Farmer’s Market Favorites (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- How to read those little stickers on food (rawlivingfoods.typepad.com)
- Battle brewing over labeling of genetically modified food (mercurynews.com)
- Are There GMOs in Your Backyard Garden? (blogher.com)
Take a look:
Penn, of course, is NOT a drug user and I admire his position (I also like his glasses, which are Superfocus like mine).
I saw a statistic that said 65% of cell phone users sleep with their phones.
Well, I’m one of them. My iPhone is next to me when I go to bed. Why? Because I like to play a podcast while I go to sleep… it only takes about 15 minutes and then the podcast turns itself off when it is over.
My favorite sleepy-time podcasts? Greg Proops‘ “Smartest Man in the World” is number one. Harry Shearer‘s “Le Show” is a close second, followed by “This American Life.” Lately, I’ve also been playing Jack Benny shows from the 30s and 40s.
I don’t know why others sleep with their cell phones… I certainly don’t expect calls overnight. If my secret of how to get to sleep with your iPhone helps anyone, then I am truly glad.
- Cell vs. Landline: Where do you take your calls? (grasshopper.com)
- AT&T CEO: Unlimited iPhone Data Was A Big Mistake, I Lose Sleep Over iMessage (cultofmac.com)
- Sleep Apps Helping People Get a Good Night’s Rest (betakit.com)
- iPhone to Tackle Insomnia : Take an App Not a Sleeping Pill (prweb.com)
- New iPhone app lets couples sleep harmoniously (time4sleep.co.uk)
- ‘iSleepWell’ enables Airplane mode when your iPhone is face down (idownloadblog.com)
When I take a nap, I usually turn on one of my favorite podcasts to listen to as I fall asleep… these include This American Life, Radiolab, The Smartest Man in the World, and Talkin Walkin (the weekly 1-hour broadcast by Kevin Pollak who interviews comedians while doing his right-on impersonation of Christopher Walken. If you’ve never heard it go HERE.) I clicked on Episode 6.
Anyway, I was just about asleep when I heard Pollak’s Walkin say my name (pronounced wrong, of course… he said “chak-ur-ee-deez” and I pronounce it “Chak-ur-eye-des.”) Apparently it was from my submission of a funny phrase a couple of weeks ago, an ongoing listener contest that Pollak has put out. The phrase I gave him was “Beak a leg”, the theatre way of saying good luck. He and his guest, Corey Levin, went on to discuss the phrase for about 5 minutes before I fell asleep.
I must say, it made me feel connected to the internet.
Well… here I am after the Comcast installation didn’t show up this morning (although the man they call the site survey came yesterday and said our connection to the cable was there on the outside of the house and we were ready to go.)
Installation was supposed to show up between 8 and 10. At 11, after there was no sign of a Comcast installer, I called the delightful folks and, guess what? They had no record of an installation appointment, nor any record of our address.
So I asked the rep – Devin – (and this was the fourth guy I spoke with after 45 minutes of being on hold with three other people), how did your site survey guy know which address to come to yesterday? Devin said he didn’t know how to explain it… he tried four different ways and our address didn’t come up.
While I was holding on the phone as he checked, I got on line to Comcast.com and found on my billing account that they were billing my old home’s service to my new address… I had him look up my bill and he saw it was so. But he said the address still didn’t come up with any request to reinstall my service.
Finally, after an hour and a half on the phone, he gave me a new work order number, told me he was putting it on an emergency alert and would call me back as soon as it was set up. That was almost 2 hours ago.
I’m still waiting.
Harry Shearer dropped an interesting stat on Le Show this weekend: last month Rupert Murdoch’s organization gave significantly more in campaign donations to Democrats than it did to Republicans. Of approximately $50,000 in contributions, $32,000 went to Democrats… and primarily those associated with committees relating to the judiciary… as if Rupert had predicted in June the problems he’d be in in July.
However, it also appears that in the last couple of years Murdoch’s empire has given somewhat more to Democrats than to Republicans across the board. As Shearer pointed out, if the Fox News fans realized this, wouldn’t they protest?
- News Corp. Reports Political Donations (huffingtonpost.com)
… we’ll be spending some time talking about the economy, the political future of the Middle Class, and a few other things.
That’s 10 o’clock this morning http://www.blogtalkradio.com/billtchakirides/2011/07/19/under-the-lobsterscope.
If you didn’t hear This American Life with Ira Glass this weekend, or if you don’t subscribe to its podcast, then you missed an excellent piece on the development of natural gas drilling on the Marcellus Shale. Don’t worry, though. Would Under The LobsterScope not pass on an important program like this?
Here’s the lead-in:
A professor in Pennsylvania makes a calculation, to discover that his state is sitting atop a massive reserve of natural gas—enough to revolutionize how America gets its energy. But another professor in Pennsylvania does a different calculation and reaches a troubling conclusion: that getting natural gas out of the ground poses a risk to public health. Two men, two calculations, and two very different consequences.
This is part of our continuing serious of articles and information on Hydraulic Fracturing, or “Fracking” and the effect it will have on our water and land right here in West Virginia (and New York State, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Ohio – all sitting on the Marcellus Shale and all targeted by the unregulated natural gas industry.
… and I’m willing to make it worth your while:
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- Experimenting with Muybridge… (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- I just axed my blogroll in half. (anerdslife.wordpress.com)
I just received this letter from Craig Aaron at FreePress.net and I pass it on to you. An important action has occurred:
Had these rules gone into effect, it would have unleashed a new wave of media consolidation across the country.
In 2007, the FCC ignored letters and calls from millions of Americans and tried to rewrite its media ownership rules to let companies own both newspapers and TV or radio stations in the same town. This change would have opened the floodgates to new media mergers, leading to even more layoffs in newsrooms while thinning out diverse perspectives from local news.
We sued the FCC for ignoring the public outcry. Today, we won. The court tossed out the FCC’s flawed rules, but also upheld all other media consolidation restrictions and told the FCC it needed to do better to support and foster diverse voices in the media – all crucial decisions for our fight to build better media.
This isn’t just our victory – it’s your victory, too.
The court pointed to public comments from people like you as deciding factor in overturning the FCC’s attempt to change its rules. Today it’s clear: Your voice and actions make a huge difference.
This court decision should send a wake-up call to the FCC: It must listen to the public and stand up against media consolidation in all its forms.
But the fight doesn’t end here. Right now around the country, local stations are using loopholes and backroom deals to get around media ownership rules and consolidate their coverage of local news. This court case makes clear that the FCC needs to strengthen their rules and address this growing epidemic as well. Click here to tell the FCC to stop this covert media consolidation.
Today’s victory is a big moment for the movement to build better media. We couldn’t have done it without you.
President & CEO
P.S. – We need your help sustaining our efforts. In court, at the FCC and in Congress we’re up against huge companies with lots of money and lawyers. We don’t take money from government, political parties or businesses – so we depend on you. Help us fight the next media ownership fight. Please donate today.
P.P.S. – Read more about the details and background of today’s big decision.
Don’t fool yourself, however. You and I both know what the big corporations trying to get complete control of the web will do: they’ll bring it to the corporation-loving Supreme Court. The FreePress.net folks are going to have lots of work ahead of them.
I urge you to give them your support.
- FCC Defends Media Ownership Rules (techdailydose.nationaljournal.com)
- CORRECTION – - US FCC defends media ownership rule authority (reuters.com)
- Katrina vanden Heuvel Praises Media Megalomaniac Michael Copps (reason.com)
- FCC commissioner leaves for Comcast (news.cnet.com)
- FCC Backs Away From Helping Media (online.wsj.com)
- Plea To FCC Members: Don’t Lobby For AT&T After Merger Review (wired.com)
- Has the Internet ‘Hamsterized’ Journalism? (wired.com)
- Collaboration or collusion in Chicago TV news? (chicagoreader.com)
I’ve seen four of the five CATF plays so far and I have the fifth one, We Are Here, at the Studio Theater at 8:30 PM. I won’t give any details of the shows yet, except to say they are certainly worth seeing and cover a range of dramatic experience that I’ve come to expect from this festival. I’ll be posting at some time tomorrow and will be doing the audio reviews on my podcast Tuesday at 10 AM (Click Here on Tuesday Morning).
Friday I am recording the reviews for WSHC FM (89.7) in Shepherdstown, where they will be individually scattered throughout the month while CATF is going on (July 8th-31st).
I would suggest you hurry to CATF.org and get reservations as some shows have several sold out performances, especially David Mamet’s Race, which started selling out a month ago.
- Summer Stages (nytimes.com)
- I was so happy to see that the NY Times has the CATF in their Summer Theatre Season listing. (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
If you miss it, the recording will be at BlogTalkRadio, HERE .
You can call in during the half hour that it’s on at 1 (661) 554-9186. I’ll be glad to discuss just about anything with you.
Success, Success! I only did about 15 minutes since I was testing out the iPhone and connections, but it worked.
I’ll plan bigger and better for next Tuesday.
- Listen in on Blog Talk Radio (musicsparks.wordpress.com)
- How to Improve Blog Traffic:Podcasting (aleasemichelle.typepad.com)
… and celebrated on June 16 by those who remember and reread the greatest (to some) of Joyce’s novels, Ulysses, and Leopold Bloom‘s excursion around the Dublin of 1904. Oh the sites visited that day, from #7 Eccles Street to the Byrne Pub to Martello tower… and then culminating in the brothels of Nighttown… and the thoughts and actions of all (the thoughts of Molly Bloom outstanding in the pile) on that June day so long ago.
The first celebration, indeed the invention, of Bloomsday was a pubcrawl in 1954 in Dublin with writers and poets assuming the identities of Joyce’s characters. It is now an event around the world and especially in the locales that Joyce lived and wrote…Trieste, Genoa… and farther places like Seattle and New York, Australia and South America, Budapest and beyond. Those may start with Buck Mulligan shaving in the tower, or the funeral procession that Bloom begins to Poor Paddy Dignam‘s wake… most end in a pint or two (or many more) of Guinness.
And now, we remember Joyce and participate in oral readings of Ulysses and share frivolity with those worldwide who got out of bed, or those who combed their bookshelves, or those who forgot …
… due to a lousy set of connections from AT&T (both cellphone and network). However, in replaying it (if you ignore the first minute where there seems to be no connection… stay on, however…please!), it still covers most of what I wanted to… so give a listen if you didn’t heatr it live.
And please come back to hear it online next Tuesday at 10 AM. You can call in during the half hour that it’s on at 1 (661) 554-9186. I’ll be glad to discuss just about anything with you.
And tune in live next Tuesday at 10 AM by going HERE.
- Weekly Podcast Roundup: May 30-June 5, 2011 (wow.joystiq.com)
- GodisaGeek Podcast – E3 Day Zero (godisageek.com)
- How To Conduct A Quality Podcast Interview In 7 Steps (entrepreneurs-journey.com)
… so, of course, I didn’t do a damn thing on the blog (even though in the back of my head I could hear the broadcast of the House arguing about cuts to one thing or another and who is doing more to preserve Medicare) as I downloaded freebie apps and tried out the silliest ones I could find… moved my favorite iTunes songs over to the iPod in the phone and called Elly in Minnesota to tell her the phones came.
I’ll bet she can’t wait until Sunday to get back and play with hers.
- How To Sync Ipod (mademan.com)
- Wow-Keys Turns iPhone Into Touchscreen Mouse [REVIEW] (fakeiitian.com)
- Apple iWork Now Available on the iPhone and iPod Touch (appscout.com)
- How To Get Free Music From Itunes (mademan.com)
Just go HERE.
We talked about Apple Computer‘s announcement of iCloud, the shortage of some generic medications in hospitals, the loss of memory with age, The loss of groundwater as seen from space by the GRACE project. and other things… If you sign in and listen, you can also add comments which will be available to all listeners, a list that grows every week.
btw: I’m getting a new cell phone, hopefully in the next week, which will improve the AWFUL sound quality of my current podcasts. And maybe I’ll have a music intro by next week.
They’ll stop at nothing to steal the Presidency.
We have to act now to stop these bills from becoming law. The Democratic Governors Association is the only organization devoted solely to electing Democratic governors who will veto any and all attempts to limit voter rights. Use the form at the right to stand with the DGA and demand that Republicans stop their politically-motivated attempts to suppress votes.
- Linking Money to Votes… (themoderatevoice.com)
- DGA Video: Will GOP Governors ‘Stand with Scott’ Walker’s Power Grab? (middletownmike.blogspot.com)
- Voter registration could be key to Obama in 2012 (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- My new podcast is at 10 AM… I’m getting ready. (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
Working on it now…hope you will tune in… if you can’t it will be available all week at the BlogTalkRadio site:
- Blog Talk Radio user interface and instructions….any good? (wanderingsalsero.typepad.com)