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See you next year!

Don’t you hate it when people say that this time of year? Me too. Emily and I are going on a little holiday visit with family in the Simmon homeland for New Year’s. We will be drinking and playing music and Mafia and generally relaxing like hell. My uncle’s house in teh swank, but his [...]


Candleblog 2008 roundup part 2

We continue our trip down Candleblog lane, looking at May – August, 2008… 5/21/08: Bill on Blogging part 1: Spitballs From the Bushes – In May I was invited to address the Burlington Free Press newsroom and talk about blogging. I turned the presentation into a series of posts based on my notes for the [...]


The war on the war-on-Christmas

I’ve been thinking about this “war on Christmas” garbage today. I think there are a couple of things going on that are resulting in this stupidity and I’d like to throw these thoughts out there for you to consider this holiday season… First, there is an actual fight that is being waged, though it’s not [...]


smarty-pants linkdump

For some reason, today is all about reading articles about digital culture. These are all worth your time (well, maybe just skim the Salon piece) and will perhaps engender some discussion in the comments? Lawrence Lessig argues in Newsweek that the FCC should be dismantled and replaced with something that actually promotes innovation in technology [...]


Candleblog 2008 roundup part 1

Over the next week we’ll be taking a look back at some of the highlights from Candleblog in 2008. Here are a few gems from January to April… 1/8/08: Why “Uncle Mike” scares the hell out of me – We knew Huckabee winning the GOP nomination was a long shot, despite his win in the [...]


The real reason for YouTube’s recent content crackdown?

Ars Technica has a post up today regarding a recent report out from the Parent’s Television Council (the group largely responsible for getting the nation in a lather over Janet Jackson’s boob in 2004) entitled, The “New” Tube: A Content Analysis of YouTube—the Most Popular Online Video Destination. The report finds, not surprisingly, that there [...]


I’m pro-Contrarian!

My peeps at The Contrarian Media empire have got themselves some new digs, courtesy of Contrarian resident tubes-nerd and Kate Bush fan, Tanner McCuin. Tanner fashioned Casey and the boys (we seriously need some gender equity over there) a fancy new blog using WordPress, thus shedding the last vestiges of the old Solid State paradigm [...]


You don’t know that there’s not someone named “Lizard People.”

God bless The Uptake’s coverage of the MN Senate race…


The deep woods of censorship

[Full disclosure: I am on the board of the Vermont ACLU, but my remarks on this blog do not necessarily represent the views of the Vermont ACLU or it's membership -- these are my own, personal thoughts on these matters.] When I was on the VCAM board of directors, we spent a great deal of [...]


Netflix watch-instantly service needs to cook a little longer

[UPDATE: using Safari 3.2.1 seems to have solved my Netflix problem. I just watched Word Wars. It still won't load the whole film and it still stops loading if the tab isn't active, but the browser is better at keeping the pre-loaded movie just ahead of where I am in viewing it.] Ever since the [...]