Give Me the Treatment

I’ve blogged before my adulation for Elvis Mitchell’s The Treatment. I just couldn’t be happier they they are podcasting the show. It saves me the trouble of having to capture the streams. Last weeks show was his hilarious interview with Eric Idle, and I see that this weeks is with comic book artist and now film director Frank Miller on his new Sin City film. I can’t wait to listen, it’s racked up on the Shuffle right now. When I do interviews now, I’m trying to do it as well as Elvis would.

Mark Cuban vs the RIAA

Here’s an interesting post from Mark Cuban (whose blog I have just started reading regularly.) He wants to compile statistics on how file-sharing has affected industries to test the RIAA’s claims that it has hurt their business. He points out that DVDs, photographs and video games have all seen their sales go way up. He then points out:

The RIAA claims that sales of the top 100 CDs sold 195mm units in 1999, materially above the 154mm units sold in 2004. Which leads to a question. Are sales down due to filesharing, or have RIAA members just lost marketshare ?

I contend RIAA sales are down because they lost marketshare. There are more CDs being self published or released by non RIAA members than ever before. Sales from websites, concerts and car trunks are taking away sales from traditional labels. Access and awareness of that music has exploded through webradio, websites, p2p, satellite radio and tours

Right on Mark Cuban! What kind of knucklehead uses those stats anyway – the top 100 CDs have seen their sales go down? That is indistinguishable from just changing the mix away from blockbuster sellers. These folks are book-cooking, number-fudging, disingenuous bastards with their math, and no statistic they trot out should ever be taken at face value. If they tell me that the day is 24 hours long, I want to see the raw data before I’ll believe it.

Cuban is right when he says they are incorrect to claim that the RIAA is the music business. They have no way of knowing how many CDs were sold, just how many they sold through Soundscan. All those CDs that Michelle Malone and Michelle Shocked sell through their websites, those don’t get added in. All the CDs I’m selling for the Gentle Readers, they don’t know about that. All the sales happening in ways other than reporting retailers, those are off the radar. Don’t believe them when they say it is raining, that’s just them pissing away their business.

My Brain Hurts

I’m taking a momentary break from the day job. I finished a task that seemed like it would take two or three days but was more like six or seven. I made several big pushes at it but there were just issues upon issues, and solving some involved tackling or creating others. Although this was just an internal deadline, I felt bad about not being able to do it by the day I said I could. Even when these are not hard dates and are arrived at without any methodology other than the “Anal Pluck Protocol”, I still hate missing any form of deadline. Like I told my boss a few days ago, “It makes my Protestant work ethic ache.”

Thank god the next few things we are doing are small tasks, on the order of a few hours to maybe a day. I’m ready for some short stories after the latest massive epic.

EGC Clambake Episode for March 25, 2005

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the EGC clambake for March 25, 2005. Two days from recording to posting, yikes!

I talk about the music permissions I received from Michelle Shocked and play a song; I play a clip from the John Edwards podcast and talk about it; I rundown a dispute I had on a forum and how “taking it offline” no longer makes sense to me; I play promos from my niece, Timmy from Lassie, and the Linux Link Tech show; I talk a little about the upcoming Michelle Shocked albums and play another song from her.

This episode is sponsored in part by the fine folks at iPodderX! Don’t forget, you can fly your EGC flag by buying the stuff package.

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Lots of Life

The blogging and podcasting have been light in recent times. Things have been highly busy lately and will be for the near future. Despite the high load, I’ll try to keep at it enough that people don’t forget I’m here. I hate fading in and out, but sometimes there is too much life to fit in the days.

What a Riot

Oddly enough, I don’t find this hairdryer shaped like a pistol nearly as much of a hoot as some seem to. Maybe it’s bigger fun for those who haven’t had loved ones actually shoot themselves in real life. Me personally, it made me want to puke every one of the multiple times it showed up in my aggregator.

Whee kids, suicide imagery is cool! Nihilism is awesome!

John Edwards Podcast

I’m listening to the John and Elizabeth Edwards podcast right now and it is really really good! Wow, this is the kind of thing I had in mind when we were talking about the power of the medium last August and September. It’s just the right combination of serious and silly, highly engaged and the kind of thing that makes people connect. It’s nice to hear a politician talking with me instead of at me. This is truly game changing stuff.

The podcast feed is here, the blog is here. Check it out and let me know what you think. Power to the people, power from the people.

EGC Clambake Episode for March 22, 2005

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the EGC clambake for March 22, 2005.

I play the infamous iPodderX spot; I talk about getting permission from Sursumcorda Records to play the band Make Believe and then by god I do it; I play a promo for the Skinny on Sports; I talk about my brush with the Demo conference and play an excerpt from Cameron Reilly’s show there; I play a song from The Arts and Sciences; I thank everyone for their indulgence and head on into the future.

This episode is sponsored in part by the fine folks at iPodderX! Don’t forget, you can fly your EGC flag by buying the stuff package.

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Style Change

I’ve decided that I want to change my style. I’m going to wear cowboy hats more often, more string ties, boots, the whole deal. Maybe I’ll throw in some dark suits. Basically, I want to dress like a member of Lyle Lovett’s band. I don’t know why, I just do.

EGC Clambake Episode for March 20, 2005

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the EGC clambake for March 20, 2005.

I play the last part of my interview with Gentle Readers/Arts and Sciences guitarist Lee Cuthbert; I play a song from The Arts and Sciences and a couple from the Gentle Readers; I thank everyone for their indulgence and head on into the future.

This episode is sponsored in part by the fine folks at iPodderX! Don’t forget, you can fly your EGC flag by buying the stuff package.

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Creative Commons

In the early days of the podcast, I experimented with embedding the Creative Commons license in the actual MP3 itself. That didn’t work too well, since the wonderfully engineered Windows Media Player choked on it (the only media player to have any problems with it that I heard about, by the way.) I just want to reiterate here that all the podcasts are licensed under the same Creative Commons license as the weblog itself, Attribution/Non-Commercial/Sharealike. If you want to use this in your own work and you meet those three criteria, you don’t have to ask me – just do it. If you aren’t planning on attributing to me (dunno why not), or you are using it in a commercial context or you aren’t willing to offer your own work under at least as permissive CC license, then ask me.

What brought this up is that Tom over at Wired Jesus posted that he was thinking about using excerpts from my God essay and wanting permission. Assuming that he’s willing to use that same CC license, he doesn’t need explicit permission because I’ve already pre-granted it with my license. In most cases, using excerpts should be covered by fair use anyway. I can’t say it is a problem having folks being conservative with asking permission, but in almost any case you probably don’t need it. I encourage people to use the Creative Commons license explicitly on your blogs and podcasts, if for no other reason than this. Because many of us use share-alike, if you use it too then it eases a lot of things up.

The main reason I use sharealike is because it seems kind of rude to use something you got from someone else by their kindness to CC license it for you, and then lock it up in a license more restrictive than the original (or no CC license at all.) It’s all about neighborliness, or in Jesus terms “Doing unto others as you did to them when you took their Creative Commons licensed work unto your own breast”.

EGC Clambake Episode for March 19, 2005

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the EGC clambake for March 19, 2005.

I play the first part of my interview with Gentle Readers/Arts and Sciences guitarist Lee Cuthbert; I play a song from The Arts and Sciences; I play the rest of part one of the interview and then play a Gentle Readers song; I play promos from Slacker Astronomy and my niece; I talk about the interview with John Buckman on Voices In Your Head; hasta manana.

This episode is sponsored in part by the fine folks at iPodderX! Don’t forget, you can fly your EGC flag by buying the stuff package.

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Mac OS X Defragmenting

I’ve never needed a defrag program for one of my Macs before, but this constantly recording and filling up my hard drive is producing noticeable degradation of disk performance. What tools are good for this thing? Keep an eye towards the value/price ratio. Are there good free ones? I see that Micromat has one that is $100 – is that worth the money? I know nothing about any of these so please help a pal out.

Griffith and Eskridge Reading

My dear friends and great writers Nicola Griffith and Kelley Eskridge will be doing their first ever (?!) joint reading and signing next week. This will be at the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in Seattle (inside the Experience Music Project building by the Space Needle), Tuesday March 22 at 7 PM PST, more info here. If you have an opportunity, I’d suggest you go. They are both incredible wordsmiths and excellent performers of their work. Enjoy their presence, and tell them I sent you. I read Kelley’s book Solitaire years ago and I still can’t get it out of my head.

EGC Clambake Episode for March 11, 2005

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the EGC clambake for March 11, 2005.

This is the episode I tried to put out before the Puerto Rico trip but failed. I don’t want folks to forget I have a show here.

I play a new sponsorship clip; I play a song from the newest Michelle Malone CD (which I received in the mail that day); I play a teaser from my interview with Gentle Readers/Arts and Sciences guitarist Lee Cuthbert; I play a song from The Arts and Sciences; I goof around and talk about Ike Turner; on the way out we have guest appearances from Sergio Aragones and my niece.

This episode is sponsored in part by the fine folks at iPodderX! Don’t forget, you can fly your EGC flag by buying the stuff package.

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