Month: January 2010

  • Bei Mir Bist Du Schon: All the Versions

    After seeing it on  Catching the Waves, I am now testing  the new embedded yahoo media player.  Wow, it works!  I think I will start adding mp3 links to most of my posts. Let me know if it bothers you or if it has technical problems. Yahoo Media Player was the brainchild of Lucas Gonze …

  • You do not have the right to waste my time: Ignorance Removal Service

    Introducing the Robert Nagle Ignorance Removal Services. Only $300 per hour to demonstrate why a common climate denialist argument is wrong

  • Risque Music Videos: Nonsensical or Subversive?

    Here are 3  songs that are going to infect your brain: nonsensical songs with obscene lyrics and a hard rhythm. (By the way, both were features on the 2009 SXSW mp3 torrent download). Here’s an amazing rap song and an amazing music video by hip hopper  Bomani Armah called Read a Book! If you check …

  • Risque Comedy & Flagging those Molecules

    Crazy TV nonnews. The actor who played the annoying Screech in Saved by the Bell  tells how he picked up women: walk around Disneyland until a teenage girl recognizes him and starts hanging around. (From an amusing book review written by Sam Greenspan). Ever wonder how to get on CNN? Write a random note about…

  • China and Freedoms

    Here is an amazing 90 minute panel about China and Internet freedoms in anticipation of Clinton’s speech.  Video streaming and mp3 download. Hilary Clinton gave a groundbreaking speech on Internet censorship a few days ago.  Well worth reading in its entirety. A data point: Now, these examples of progress can be replicated in the lives…

  • Maximum family income to be eligible for Medicaid in Texas is $5750

    Here’s some amazing analysis by Alec McGillis that Brown’s victory in Massachusetts may have been triggered by a revolt by people who are sick of helping out states which are stingy about Medicaid (like Texas): Brown’s message underscores a little-noticed political dynamic in a country where rates of the uninsured vary widely, from Massachusetts to…

  • Denialism: A disease which can affect generally smart people

    Abstract Factory asks: Why are so many people in IT climate change denialists? Computing workers are, on average, more “autistic” and less “empathetic” on the autism/empathy spectrum. That is, they are unusually incompetent at modeling the mental and emotional states of other people. As a result, they fail to place themselves in the shoes of…

  • A lesson in humility

    I write online fiction I’m very proud of. (It’s under a pseudonym; sorry). Occasionally I will revisit old stories and reread them; sometimes to remember the beauty of a sentence or a sentiment – sometimes just to relive the story itself. A guilty pleasure, perhaps, but I confess that I enjoy being taken into a…

  • No time to blog, but time enough for outrage

    There are times when blogging is out of the question, but I come across amazingly bloggable things. Aaron Datesman discovers that “ every day, 3 million pounds of explosives are used to blow the tops off ancient mountain ridges in southern West Virginia to access thin seams of coal underneath.” and calculates that it’s the…

  • Jamendo: Lessons for the Publishing Industry

    I realize this is off-topic, but I have been working on a series of articles about Jamendo, a free and legal French music site that distributes over 29,000 creative commons albums. Over the last 3 years I have listened to 2200+ of the Jamendo’s 29,000 free music albums and chosen the best of the best…

  • Why, Netflix, Why?

    I have one question for Netflix. I need an answer. If you click on the movie metadata, you can see other films by the same director or cast member. Why on earth would Netflix not also let you browse by the name of the script writer? They don’t even list it in the metadata. I…

  • Interview with Jose Cruz (JCRZ)

    Recently writer and critic Robert Nagle made a list of 11 Incredible Musicians You Can Download for Free . Many of the musicians on this top list make their music freely available on Jamendo, a free and legal music sharing site. Several musicians  appearing on this  list also gave interviews to this blog  (Read the…

  • Interview with Thomas Eccard (2 Inventions)

    Recently writer and critic Robert Nagle made a list of 11 Incredible Musicians You Can Download for Free. Many of the musicians on this top list make their music freely available on Jamendo, a free and legal music sharing site. Several musicians  appearing on this  list also gave interviews to this blog  (Read the other…

  • Interview with Vavrek & John Holowach (Tryad)

    Recently writer and critic Robert Nagle made a list of 11 Incredible Musicians You Can Download for Free . Many of the musicians on this top list make their music freely available on Jamendo, a free and legal music sharing site. Several musicians  appearing on this  list also gave interviews to this blog  (Read the…

  • Interview with Adam Szabo (Ant on Wax)

    Recently writer and critic Robert Nagle made a list of 11 Incredible Musicians You Can Download for Free . Many of the musicians on this top list make their music freely available on Jamendo, a free and legal music sharing site. Several musicians  appearing on this  list also gave interviews to this blog  (Read the…

  • Interview with Hannah Sheehan (No Really)

    Recently writer and critic Robert Nagle made a list of 11 Incredible Musicians You Can Download for Free. Many of the musicians on this top list make their music freely available on Jamendo, a free and legal music sharing site. Several musicians  appearing on this  list also gave interviews to this blog  (Read the other…