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Mornin' All

Some things to get started on as I make coffee and root around the Web:

Mornin' All

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Coffee Some things to get started on as I make coffee and root around the Web:

The highway turned into a parking lot? Then Roadcast. The idea is to share audio files with those stuck in traffic. A team at Carnegie Mellon dreamed up the idea, which they hope to see working among wireless devices within five years. I'm putting in some requests: "Tired of Waiting" by the Kinks into Groucho crooning "Hello, I Must be Going" into the Burritos' "White Line Fever" into ...

Speaking of casts, within 60 days the latest version of iTunes, Apple's music software, will make it easier to join the 6 million Americans who have downloaded a podcast, those ultra-niche audio shows made by mom-and-pop producers as well as giant media corporations. You would tell the iTunes what audio programs to look for, and they would wind up in your Mp3 player next time you sync it with your computer.

For those needing help with the menu: How to order food in a restaurant. Kottke.org poured through some best-selling zeitgeist tomes, searching for techniques to apply toward making successful cuisine choices. A taste: According to Everything Bad is Good for You by Steven Johnson, "order anything made with lots of butter, sugar, etc. Avoid salad of anything organic. A meal of all desserts may be appropriate..." According to Malcolm Gladwell, author of the book ... the title escapes me, it'll come ... order whatever catches your eye first...

Do you want to see something really scary?

Conan O'Brien on televisions so big they won't fit in the house.

What your member of Congress is really doing.

Lizz Winstead says she was fired from her hosting gig at Air America, the liberal radio station, and is owed $300,000. The radio network's first hire was co-creator of Comedy Central's The Daily Show. She left the network March 4 without fanfare. Her show with Chuck D and Rachel Maddow , Unfiltered, lasted through the month. Going in "a different direction" is an Air America spokesman's term of art for her departure. Winstead still has audience, however. Yesterday she posted in Ariana Huffington's group blog, a helpful piece on how to encourage your kids' chastity. Tell them about your sex life.

Some housekeeping. Blogroll is up and running, pointing to the sites  I've been reading lately. It will change over time. Send an email if you depend on a site, and it looks like it's news to me.

albert
Posted 05/25/2005 07:15:15 AM
i loved that show.  i was really sad to find out that lizz was gone and now to learn that she was pushed out like this and is/may be owed money is even worse.  

but i must say that the springer show which took their slot is great.  he brings in a ton of righties into the listening pool and he's great on the phonelines.  

i've been listening to air america radio since day 1 and i love it.
PhillyDan
Posted 05/25/2005 08:36:57 AM
IMHO, the Phillies are done. They showed considerable life besting the Cards and O's, but needed to take 2 of 3 from the Fish. The manner in which they blew last night's game is onerous. TIME TO REBUILD. Bye-bye to Lieberthal, Thome, Bell, Worrell, Adams, Cormier, et al. Suck it up and CUT THEM (Leiberthal) if you can't trade them. Lidle and Polanco will never be worth more in trade. There's a great nucleus of Burrell, Utley, Myers, Rollins, Abreu, Madson, Howard. Bring in some Hungry Young Lions, and let's start the Next Era NOW!
Frank
Posted 05/25/2005 01:01:18 PM
I put in my vote for RoadRageCasting, a new spinoff of the Roadcasting idea. You could hear rants from people stuck in traffic all over the region...and from the traffic hotspots all over the country.
Daniel Rubin
Posted 05/25/2005 03:07:39 PM
Or, maybe it will let you roadcast into the car of someone's who's on the cell phone. "You Talk Too Much" - I forget who wrote it. "Yakkety Yak?" "World Shut Your Mouth" by Julian Cope. 
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