archive for November, 2004

Downhill Battle is “a non-profit organization working to end the major label monopoly and build a better, fairer music industry.”

Have you ever wondered what the music biz really does? I have. They make tons of money, but what do they really do? All I’ve been able to figure out is that they: record music, promote music, and distribute music. And of course, they take a big cut on every step of the process.

Music labels make more profit if one band is really really popular instead of having lots of bands that are semi-popular (because there are fixed cost for what they do). Unfortunately, what’s good for the music labels isn’t what’s best for society. Music is about creativity and freedom. Who wants to be stuck listening to the same 10 bands playing the same 40 songs over and over? Nobody.

I just found this interview with Wilco that’s along the same lines.

EarthLink Customer Service

I chatted with a customer service agent today regarding my bill. He tried to help me, but I’m still dissatisfied. I’m currently paying $50 per month for DSL with EarthLink. It looks like EarthLink is offering DSL for new customers for $40 per month (after 3 months at $20). I haven’t read the fine print, but it looks like SBC and Verizon offer the same level of DSL for even less. I’d like my plan lowered to $40 so that I don’t need to switch providers to save money. I’ve been an EarthLink customer for years, and an extra $10 per month really adds up.

I’m really annoyed that I even have to ask for a reduction in my bill. I know it’s not exactly the same, but Netflix just lowered its fees for everyone without its customers having to do anything. That’s the kind of service I expect.

The customer service rep. that I chatted with did offer to try to get me a month free (I don’t even know if I’ll get that much). It’s a nice gesture, but not really a long term solution.

Liberty Bill

I saw an ad for the Liberty Bill in a magazine tonight. It’s a campaign to have “the preamble to the Constitution of the United States, a list describing the Articles of the Constitution, and a list describing the Amendments to the Constitution, on the reverse side of” one dollar bills. I don’t know if it’s supposed to be a permanent change, or not. I think it would be great for a year. After that, I’d think it would lose its punch.

Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

I just made a new batch of ice cream mix. I haven’t frozen it yet, so I’m not sure how it’ll turn out, but here’s the recipe I used:

1 pt. Heavy Cream
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Powdered Cocoa
3/4 cup Peanut Butter Morsels

The mix is really thick, and I may have gone over board with the dry ingredients. I’ll let you know ow it turns out.

Update: Yep, too many morsels. Other than that, it’s good. 🙂

Free Culture by Lawrence Lessig

This is really just a reminder for myself to read Free Culture by Lawrence Lessig. If any of you have read it, I’d be interested to hear what you thought of it. If you haven’t, you might want to check it out too.

Veterans Day

Yesterday we finished watching Band of Brothers, a very good HBO miniseries that follows Easy Company of the 101st Airborne through WWII. Today is Veterans Day. Take some time today to think about the people who put their lives on the line to do what they believe is right.


I just read about this great idea called LinkMyMind. If it takes off, it would be a great way not only to find people with a certain opinion, but to express your own. Of course there’s a big “if” there. I’m just posting this to help propagate the meme. If enough other people do, then it probably will become popular.


Firefox 1.0

The Mozilla Firefox browser has just released version 1.0. I’ve blogged about Firefox a lot in the past, so most of you know that I think it’s better than any other browser out there. Click the above link to try it out.

I’m not sure how much to read into this, but the new Firefox Start Page is hosted by Google. There have been rumors of Google working on their own Mozilla based browser. Now we know that they’re working together at least somewhat. Google has a real incentive to break the Microsoft monopoly (all software developers do), and breaking the Internet Explorer monopoly would be a big step in that direction.

4orty2wo Entertainment

It looks like the folks who created The Beast, the first hugely successful ARG that was developed to promote the movie AI, have started their own company called 4orty2wo Entertainment. From what I’ve read, these are the same people who produced I Love Bees. They certainly know quality. I’m sure they’ll help to advance and expand the genera of alternate reality games.


I’ve added basic functionality for comments. You’ll need to view the post in the archive (try clicking on the post’s title) if you want to comment. Try it out and let me know what you think.

Update: I got the comment link to work. Now each post will have a link that will take you directly to the comments section of the post so that you can read other people’s comments, or write a comment yourself. It also shows you how many comments have already been written. I’d appreciate it if EVERYONE who reads my blog would take a minute to help me test it out. Just click the comments link, and make at least one post. The name and email address fields are optional. You might want to add an extra word or two to your email address so that spammer’s robots can’t find you (see my address on the bottom of this page). You’re allowed to post basic HTML in your comments. Thanks.

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