aTypical Joe: a gay New Yorker living in the rural South
Thursday, June 08, 2006
DIGITAL TELEVISION PROVIDER TIVO WILL soon begin carrying webcasts from popular sites around the Web. The ads in the video encodes will remain intact, said Tara Maitra, TiVo vice president and general manager for programming.
TiVo also plans to partner with publishers to sell advertising packages. “The content is going to be made available as part of a TiVo subscription. The programmers can deliver it to us with advertising,” Maitra said. “Depending on the relationship with the partner, there are going to be opportunities where we’ll be jointly selling advertising packages.” [...]
The publishers in the package include the NBA, the WNBA, The New York Times, Heavy.com, iVillage, Rocketboom, and CNET. TiVo is carrying such content as news analysis from the Washington, D.C. bureau of The New York Times, popular broadband TV shows from Heavy.com like “Behind the Music that Sucks,” and Rocketboom’s daily news and political commentary.
I’ll be watching, and looking forward to more of this. The a la carte programming I want at long last! I’m counting the days before canceling cable—jumping the gun I know, but a man can dream can’t he?
Via Lost Remote.
Fire lying Nancy Grace
I’m trying to make it habit that every time I see the ambulance chasing liar and Georgia native Nancy Grace (the photo’s from CNN, forgive me for being snarky as I point out she was much thinner then) playing her superhero savior role - she’s on GMA now - I point to Rebecca Dana’s New York Observer piece.
In it we find that cable-star Grace is a former prosecutor turned media crime-fighter who roots her “crusader for victims’ rights and professional vilifier of the criminal-defense industry” persona in the 1979 murder of her fiancÃƒÂ© in Valdosta, Georgia. She plays fast and loose with the facts of that case; much of the story she tells isn’t true:
Nancy Grace was engaged to a man named Keith Griffin. He was murdered in Georgia. And the man who killed him is serving a life sentence. In that, Ms. Grace’s version lines up with the official records from the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, newspaper articles from the time of the murder, and interviews with many of those involved in the case.
But those same sources contradict Ms. Grace when it comes to other salient facts of the crime and the trial-the facts that form the basis of Ms. Grace’s crusade against an impotent, criminal-coddling legal system.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Griffin was shot not by a random robber, but by a former co-worker.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ The killer, Tommy McCoy, was 19, not 24, and had no prior convictions.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Mr. McCoy confessed to the crime the evening he was arrested.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ The jury convicted in a matter of hours, not days.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Prosecutors asked for the death penalty, but didn’t get it, because Mr. McCoy was mildly retarded.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Mr. McCoy never had an appeal; he filed a habeas application five years ago, and after a hearing it was rejected.
Ms. Grace has also misreported the date of the incident-it was in 1979, not 1980-and has given Griffin’s age as 25 when it was 23.
The justice system, in other words, apparently worked the way it was supposed to.
Coulter: The most commented on Lauer interview since Cruise
Don’t get me wrong; I didn’t expect her to apologize in any real way, but maybe an “I’m sorry some people chose to be offended” or “they misunderstood” or some non-comment. Instead we get a show of ripping up a protest letter to whip up cheers from her fans.
I’m struck by her behavior in the context of the title of her book: Godless. Her behavior (and I’m not talking the cocktail dress at seven in the morning) looks pretty godless to me; it’s certainly not Christian. Her fans would do well to reflect on their own Christian values to see how that behavior comports with it.
Lest you think she can throw stones with impunity because she is without sin, here’s the story of her felony voting in the wrong precinct in a local Florida election in February - even though a poll worker tried to stop her. Brad Blog has more.
For fun and frolic, recall Matt Lauer’s interview with a loony Tom Cruise one year ago this month.
Agnes & Bree
If I were in NY I’d likely see this. Here I probably never will. Doug’s off to Germany today; he’ll want to see it while there:
“Agnes and His Brothers”: One brother’s a politician in family meltdown, and one’s a demented perv. The normal one? He’s a she.
I get why Oskar Roehler’s thrilling and disturbing family tragicomedy “Agnes and His Brothers” will find almost no theatrical audience outside its native Germany. Its protagonists are flawed and damaged people, driven by compulsions they don’t understand and can’t control. (Sometimes we don’t want to see that at the movies, because, um ... you get the point.) Its tone is sometimes one of vulgar comedy, often satirical, usually angry, occasionally sad. [...]
Roehler mixes cheap sex humor, existential darkness, buffoonish satire and profound tenderness in almost classic proportions. Maybe this is too uneven to be a masterpiece (see also: Altman, Robert, career of), but it’s somewhere close. Bleibtreu (the star of ”Run Lola Run”) provides a memorable turn as Hans-JÃƒÂ¶rg, the awkward, horndog EverySchlub tormented by an endless array of long-legged pulchritude, but he might only be the third-best actor in the cast. Roehler’s great discovery here is Martin Weiss, who plays Agnes (formerly Martin), the transsexual woman who is by far the best adjusted of the three siblings in the story.
Agnes is a beautiful but sexually indeterminate creature; this isn’t the near-perfect tranny character of Jaye Davidson in “The Crying Game” or the complicated reverse-drag of Felicity Huffman in ”Transamerica," or even the in-your-face-and-in-between hero(ine) of ”Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” Agnes is sweeter and more ethereal than any of those, and if we never learn exactly how or why Martin became Agnes, we don’t need to. We can see clearly that she was never quite a little boy and is not now an adult woman. Her story has elements of personal and romantic tragedy, but Agnes is also the only one of the three brothers (or whatever) fully capable of giving and receiving love.
Meanwhile, the only thing I agree with in this Advocate critique of Transamerica - “Its science is inaccurate, its wardrobe outdated, and its stereotyping frequent” - is its conclusion: “as a movie with gut-wrenching lessons on the diversity of humanity, this movie succeeds with flying rainbow colors.”