Friday, March 10, 2006

Why'd The Chicken Cross The Road?

Well, no matter why he did it, in Columbia County, New York, it'll earn his owner a hefty $500 dollar fine and up to 15 days in jail. Farmers are outraged.

I actually stumbled on to the issue while looking up "Stuyvesant Town," the East Village, NYC community in which I live. The big story there is that rents are skyrocketing. I learned yesterday that my rent is going up 10%. Others have it far worse: some rents will rise 25%! Those greedy bastards! This sucks sooo much.

But, on the bright side, at least we can let our chickens run free.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Time For Baseball To Clean Up

What's worse? Gambling? Or Steroids?

I'd say steroids. When Pete Rose admitted betting on baseball, a bunch of kids didn't suddenly be all like "Hey Guys, lets bet on baseball!!!"

But when Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, and Charlie the bat boy started hitting mammoth homeruns that were mistaken for missle launches by the Pentagon, you better believe there were kids out there who started thinking... hey... "I wish I could do that."

And how did Jose, Mark, Sammy, Barry, and Gus, the beer salesman start hitting so many homeruns? Well, they used magic juice-- Steroids.

Is there a better way to sell illegal drugs to kids than pumping their idols full of them and showing how great they become?

For this reason, Bud Selig should grow some cajones and baseball should immediately ban all these gorillas from the game for life.

Harsh? Tell that to Shoeless Joe Jackson, who still isn't allowed into the Hall of Fame despite having a .375 batting average and no errors in the series he supposedly threw.

All the players above blew up like balloons, hit for more power than anytime earlier in their careers, and, when under increased screening and scrutiny... immediately lost their baseball playing ability.

If nothing is done, what message does it send? It's ok to cheat? It's ok to take something harmful to your long term health (and gential size) just so you can jack a few homers?

Say it ain't so, Bud. Say it ain't so.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

The Donald and I Agree On Something

Ivanka is hot.

Speaking of Blondes: Barbies Subjected To Torture (not at Abu Ghraib)

And Blondes Equally As Intelligent: Restraining Order Against Paris

And Girls Who May Be Blonde But Have Dyed Their Hair So Many Times No One Knows Anymore... Lindsay Lohan Says She'll Take It Off For Oscar

Picture Of The Day:

Bush Gets "Hands On":

Bush Picks Up A Twig
Only 5,986,654,982 pieces of debris to go!!!


Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Cameraphones and Moblogging

My article on MSNBC

Ok. I know I'm going to hear some criticism. People yelling at me for sparking irrational paranoia over the dangers of cameraphones, as well as for causing global warming. But before you do, keep in mind, the article as it appears is never the author's original draft. Things get cut and tweaked. It's part of the process. And us writers, in the end, don't get final say. I set out to write a balanced article looking at all the issues involved with camera phones and moblogging. And I think I did that. So it's not my fault if what got published (especially that hot picture they decided to lead with) isn't as well balanced as I thought my original draft was (Quick and Dirty??? Hmm, that wasn't my choice). But you be the judge.

The Outtakes (to be released on DVD):
“A picture tells a thousand words,” says Shawn Conahan, the creator of Rabble. “There’s a big trend in self-expression now. We just want to make it as easy as possible.”


What makes these moblog sites so unique and appealing is the spontaneous quality of the often-grainy images, says Sarah Lane, host of G4TV’s “Attack of the Show,” who started up a moblog on TextAmerica in 2003. Since then, it’s become the most viewed moblog on the site. “I’m a girl, I carry small purses and don’t always have my digital camera, but I always have my camera phone,” Lane says.

“When I first got the phone, I found it was perfect for capturing weird things I came across,” she says. “Crazy people on the street, weird cars, beautiful sunsets. I could take the picture, upload it directly to the internet and share it within a minute. It’s a way for people to look through your eyes.”

“I’m addicted,” says TextAmerica user Cliff DeMartino, 30, who started moblogging after seeing one created by TechTV host Morgan Webb. “It’s more than just a web site, there is an actual community.” He says he’s met many people through the TextAmerica site. “I post some pretty wild things, and I think everyone keeps checking in to see what the hell I am going to do next.”


Marc Brown, co-founder of Buzznet, says that while they have staff who are on the look out for inappropriate material, the users primarily police themselves. “Our community moderates itself. People notify us when something is inappropriate. Nudity, hate crimes, personal attacks are taken off.”

“We differ from MySpace in that our emphasis is more on sharing content rather than ‘hooking up’ with another individual,” he says.


Last month, the mistaken-identity shooting of New York City police officer Eric Hernandez by another officer was captured on a bystander’s video phone. It was broadcast on WNBC-New York and used in the police investigation into the incident.


“Camera phones allow you to easily document events in real time,” says Anthony Batt, Buzznet’s other co-founder. In April, Buzznet is bringing together a group of picture-phoners to cover the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Palm Springs. They’ll be able to post pictures from the concert onto the web instantly, without having to lug around a laptop. “That type of documentation is a great example of the power of the camera phone,” Batt says.


“You don’t carry your laptop with you everywhere,” Conahan says. “The one device everything should converge on is the mobile device.”
Batt agrees. “The moblogging trend will take off even further as video popularity increases on phones.”
Hope you enjoyed the article. And if you're in NYC, check out the Sickabod Sane concert on Friday. It'll be awesome. Here are, fittingly, some camera phone pics of him recording at Brown Sugar studios:
Sickabod In Da StudioSickabod In Da Studio

Monday, March 06, 2006

Basketball Is An Easy Sport

First we hear about the autistic boy who sunk 20 points in 4 minutes (and tied a school record for 3-pointers). Amazing story by the way, if you haven't already seen or heard about it.

Now this:

Girl banks 6, then births 6 pounder.

Suddenly, LeBron doesn't seem so amazing anymore.

What's next? A dunking gorilla?

Seems like the only ones who can't play basketball these days are the New York Knicks.

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