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Really Really Good TV Right Now

Here’s a quick look at some of the awesome TV that I’m enjoying right now that you should be watching too… Sundays The Pacific (HBO) – From the Band of Brothers team. It’s on episode 7 of 10 now and it’s not as good as BoB was but it’s close. Treme (HBO) – David (The [...]


FCC vs. Comcast & Net Neutrality linkdump!

I’m writing a piece for SXSWorld Magazine about the recent Comcast/FCC DC circuit court decision and it’s implications for broadband regulatory structure and net neutrality. Sounds like fun, huh? Well if you’re a telecom policy wonk looking for some good info on all this brouhaha, this is the linkdump for you! To wit… Here’s the [...]


They Say It’s Your Blogoversary…

…well it’s my blogoversary too. This bad blog was begun in the wee hours of April 15th, 2004, making us six years old today. Please send cake.


13: Vermont’s Superhero?

I was hanging out with Flameape (Greg) the other day and he’s been doing these sketches of public domain superheroes, that is, superheroes from the 1940s (mostly) that have fallen into the public domain for one reason or another. These are forgotten characters from a period of time when third rate comics and illustrated adventure [...]


Hump day links…

…for all your humping needs. I’m selling my Roland JC-120 stereo chorus amp and replacing it with with a little digital emulation amp. $1,625 “distressed” t-shirt. Rome is burning. Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots Filmmaker Kyle Gilman espouses the efficacy of DSLR double-system filmmaking (and both inspires and depresses my film students). Salon takes [...]


Clench redux

My favorite new TV show is Justified on FX. It stars Tim Olyphant more or less reprising his Seth Bullock role from Deadwood, only this time ol’ Clench is a US marshal based in present-day Kentucky. The show is based on a short story by Elmore Leonard, who serves as the executive producer.  It’s full [...]


Friday Smarty-Pants Links

It’s the first officially perfect day of spring here in northern Vermont. Here are some things to cogitate about as you idly meander about today… Clay Shirky has your must-read future-of-media essay for the week: The Collapse of Complex Business Models. Speaking of Shirky, he’s one of the respondents to this Pew Research Center survey [...]