Archive: June, 2005
Grokster lost big-time in the U.S. Supreme Court today. The justices unanimously ruled the file-sharing software violates federal law in allowing music and movie fans to download copyrighted materials.
What does it mean?
Not since Miami Beach, 1968, have I seen so many Nixon signs. Started Friday night in Center City, Red Sox Nation on a road trip, grown men in No. 7 jerseys, pouring out of the local hotels and eateries. I'm not sure why they're wearing Trot Nixon jerseys other than he's a white guy, too, and Boston's always been kinda loyal that way.
Disclaimer: I'm Boston-born, a lifelong Red Sox fan, and that being my affliction, suspicious of leads and uncomfortable with gloating. Or even winning. So I was the guy wearing a Berlin Thunder NFL Europe hat to the game Sunday and a t-shirt from my dad's hardware store in Dorchester, Mass. I even clapped for good Phillies plays, and there were a couple. You will excuse me for leaping to my feet when Manny Ramirez slammed one to right. You didn't hear me doing one of the obnoxious "Let's go Red Sox" chants or blanketing it with boos, either. I was too busy listening to the heckler next to me who seemed to know how much every one on the diamond gets paid - well almost: Kevin Youkilis makes $323,000 not $625,000, but I admired his confidence.
Phillies bloggers were prepared for the interleague interlopers. Phillies Nation was looking to show the Bostonians a little local attitude:
Maybe Michael Jackson, Prince and Alicia Keys joining in to update "We are the World."
Lots of stuff flying around today.
People Magazine today will be naming South Philadelphia-reared blogger and mummer Jason Mulgrew as one of it's 50 Hottest Bachelors. The thought of a blogger making it onto this list boggles the easily distracted mind.
From the press release:
Instead, we got some political operatives talking circles around our questions, but doing a good job spreading the word among bloggers about the cause behind July 2nd's Live 8 benefit on the Ben Franklin Parkway.
Joe Trippi, the man behind Howard Dean's groundbreaking use of the Web as a political fundraiser/buzz spreader, was veritable quote machine.
It's been a dozen years, and like any good Philadelphia sports fan, Adam Bonin at Throwing Things still seethes. With some bitter joy he posted the news via ESPN that Shawn Bradley is retiring from the NBA, counting his estimated $60 million, and reminding us all once again that we took the 7-foot-5 missionary over Penny Hardaway. At least we eventually got the No. 1 in that draft.
"It remains the one decision that really set back the franchise for a long, long time," Adam writes, picking from many. He didn't like Larry Hughes over Paul Pierce, either. He provides a list of other Sixers picks. How about Sharone Wright over over Lamond Murray, Brian Grant, Eddie Jones, Khalid Reeves, Jalen Rose, Aaron McKie, Voshon Lenard etc...
This doesn't concern you. You didn't wake up this morning and find your favorite porndog site shuttered. But those magnetized by such places of enlightenment as ratemyboner.com and gapingmaw.com had to be disappointed by a new law aimed at ensuring children are not used in the pornographic industry. U.S. Code: Title 18: Section 2257 took effect at midnight. From now on, such Web sites must keep records documenting that every performer depicted in explicit conduct is over 18. The Those who can't comply are taking down their material, like the Rotten.com folks, who maintain the above two sites, so I'm told.
But this does concern you. Karl Martino, over at Philly Future.org, runs an aggregator - what that does is assemble fresh posts from selected blogs in one place. It's a vivid snapshot of the talk-of-the-moment on a wealth of subjects. And it's in peril, Karl writes:
If I understand correctly, sites that feature RSS aggregators like Philly Future could be at risk. Publishers of other sites post pictures in their feeds. We feature feeds direct from Flickr as well.
As program director of the influential WXPN-FM, Bruce Warren reaches an audience of 300,000 devoted fans a week. So why would he maintain a music blog where on a good day 50 people drop by?
Because when he goes home at night, he doesn't want to listen to the Indigo Girls.
"While I respect what the Indigo Girls do, and they have a lot of fans, my favorite music tends to be edgier," he says.