This Fence Won’t Whitewash Itself

Here’s a sub-glowing review of Infinity’s first day of carpetbagging into a movement they clearly don’t understand but wish to pretend they do. I went to the site myself, and I wonder who exactly is going to care enough to jump through all those hoops just to get to the stream. I also love the disingenuous use of “open source” for something that has no openness whatsoever, not even links from the damn references in their listings back to the original sources. Jesus. It puts me in mind of this passage from Tom Sawyer.

“Like it? Well, I don’t see why I oughtn’t to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?”

That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom swept his brush daintily back and forth – stepped back to note the effect – added a touch here and there – criticised the effect again – Ben watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more absorbed. Presently he said:

“Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little.”

Tom considered, was about to consent; but he altered his mind:

“No – no – I reckon it wouldn’t hardly do, Ben. You see, Aunt Polly’s awful particular about this fence – right here on the street, you know – but if it was the back fence I wouldn’t mind and she wouldn’t. Yes, she’s awful particular about this fence; it’s got to be done very careful; I reckon there ain’t one boy in a thousand, maybe two thousand, that can do it the way it’s got to be done.”

“No – is that so? Oh come, now – lemme, just try. Only just a little – I’d let you, if you was me, Tom.”

“Ben, I’d like to, honest injun; but Aunt Polly – well, Jim wanted to do it, but she wouldn’t let him; Sid wanted to do it, and she wouldn’t let Sid. Now don’t you see how I’m fixed? If you was to tackle this fence and anything was to happen to it – ”

“Oh, shucks, I’ll be just as careful. Now lemme try. Say – I’ll give you the core of my apple.”

“Well, here – No, Ben, now don’t. I’m afeard – ”

“I’ll give you all of it!”

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Dave Slusher is a blogger, podcaster, computer programmer, author, science fiction fan and father. Member of the Podcast Hall of Fame class of 2022.

8 thoughts on “This Fence Won’t Whitewash Itself”

  1. I love it, OpenSource radio and no support for ogg-vorbis or ogg-theora formats. You’re right, it doesn’t work with Firefox right off, but it does work with Safari.

  2. Dann, I think it is worse than that in the openness, when you consider that you have to login to get the stream, have to google to find the web pages of the contributors, etc etc. When I was saying beforehand that I thought this wasn’t going to be of much good to the contributors, I thought it would be about like this.

  3. username : pipojapo
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  4. that requires you to sit there when the show you want is on. And by definition, a stream also implies you will miss something if you have to disconnect or God Forbid! answer the call of Nature. Or what if you aren’t near a computer at all when you want to listen?

    Why listen to a stream of a podcast, when you can just listen to the podcast?

  5. “Why listen to a stream of a podcast, when you can just listen to the podcast?”

    Bingo. KYOU is in it for the money, nothing else. Link to the content provider?! <i>Hell no!</i> Sod that – can’t have folk rushing off to check out “the content” where it’s actually free, unrestricted and doesn’t require a 40,000 questionnaire just to get access..

    KYOU is a shining example of <i>why</i> podcasting should <i>never</i> be given to commercial radio for free. Period.

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