aTypical Joe: a gay New Yorker living in the rural South
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
That will be fun.
Now I see, in tomorrow’s New York Times, Audio Blogs for Those Who Aspire to Be D.J.’s:
Ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous, podcasts are essentially do-it-yourself recorded radio programs posted online. Anyone can download them free, and, using special software, listeners can subscribe to favorite shows and even have them automatically downloaded to a portable digital music player.
The article lists and links to some of the “special software.” The panel (in March) said the software needs improvement; it sounds like it already has. And I still have a couple months to go.
Home prices here are inflated. Forty miles from the nearest Interstate with six prisons and a state hospital in decline, the town’s not exactly booming. But in the towns all around us and in Macon, housing costs considerably less.
A friend who’s leaving to take a job at another university just sold his house--quickly--and he got a good price. It sold to students. Or more precisely, the parents of students. When the last university president left, her house, next to friends of ours, was bought by parents, for students. The university president’s house.
Today All Things Considered looked at merit-based scholarships:
Georgia was the first state to offer college scholarships based on student performance, and so far 13 states have adopted them. Now some are asking whether the programs are helping the people they were expected to help.
One consequence of this merit-based scholarship is that needs-based giving, which before HOPE was at 90%, has fallen to 70%. (Students are fine with that. Said one, “You know, we made the same grades they did, so we deserve it. That’s how I look at it.")
HOPE pays for tuition, fees and books. So it’s not surprising to find that the state has cut funding and tuition has gone up, a trend that’s expected to continue, shifting the cost of middle class education to the more regressive lottery-based funding, even as policy makers worry it can’t carry the load. All this for a program we don’t need: 90% of students would have gone to college even without the scholarship.
I read about HOPE in the early 90s when it was proposed, and generally favored it. Today I’m left wondering if HOPE’s a virtue.
CNET’s stolen scoop
While reading Thomas Hawk’s excellent post on the Google Web Accelerator I clicked through to Jason Calacanis‘ post asking, Should bloggers boycott linking to CNET? It seems they stole a scoop:
So CNET’s Gamespot and News.com finally gave credit to Engadget after stealing their big scoop about the XBOX 360. CNET lifted the photos from our site (we have technical proof) and didn’t even bother to ask or give credit. That’s low.
Jason believes that CNET wants to keep people from blogs:
You see bloggers respect bloggers because they know how much hard work it takes to get a scoop like this. Of course, CNET not putting this up earlier today cost us hundreds of thousands of page views which results in a loss of hundreds-if not thousands-of dollars. Not to mention the fact that CNET takes credit for the story with their readers.
That’s really what CNET is up to: they don’t want to introduce their readers to new-AND BETTER-news sources like Engadget, Gizmodo, GigaOm, Battelle Search Blog, and Rafat Ali’s PaidContent.org.
I’m inclined to think it’s cultural. I have little patience for the AND BETTER argument, and not a whole lot for the economic either. Bloggers have a culture of linking, and truth be told, have learned that linking is in their self-interest.
I understand that the problem is real and legit and must be addressed. But I won’t boycott linking to CNET. I believe the better course is to get CNET (and the rest of the MSM) to change their ways and see that giving bloggers credit is in their best interest too.
Bloggers have shown me that better than the boycott is to make lots of noise.
George W. Bush Jack-in-the-Box
Now here’s a hoot, destined to become an American classic:
For a “Commander in Chief” performance, turn the handle to play the triumphant “Hail to the Chief”. Out pops the President, standing before an official Presidential Podium, poised and ready to address the Nation.
Throw in a George W. Bush boble-head lapel pin and I’m sold.
World O’Crap found it, and features it in Who Said It?
The gameshow that asks YOU to name the Townhall* columnist responsible for various quotes, and tantalizes you with exciting prizes...Prize courtesy of AmericanFlagFactory, whose motto is “Bringing you the world’s largest Flag and Patriotic products.” But yeah, I’ve seen larger jack-in-the-boxes. (You can make your own joke about large jackasses.)
*Okay, they’re not really all from Townhall.
She says this one is easy:
Are you straight guys as irritated as I am by the metrosexual craze? Please please please don’t remove a single hair from your body. Ignore Queer Eye. We homos aren’t all crazed, plucked product queens.
Andrew Sullivan? I hope so otherwise I got none right.