Spring is Here

April 29th, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink


What a beautiful day. 70 degrees Fahrenheit, sunny, a nice breeze, a few clouds.

Beautiful moon.

No mosquitoes yet… » Read the rest of this entry «

Honorable Republicans – It’s Your Turn

April 22nd, 2007 § 3 comments § permalink


These are politically charged times.

It now appears to me that the Constitutional government of the United States of America has been overthrown over the course of these last several years.

This Bush administration has set itself above our Constitution and above our laws. If we are to be free men and women, empowered to govern ourselves, then we must repudiate this abomination.

The only possible recourse and solution I can see is that of a bipartisan impeachment of the Vice President and the President. It may be too late. It may make no difference.

If our Constitution is now just a quaint historical relic, then I suppose it doesn’t much matter that our Constitution gives Congress the power to impeach and remove members of the Executive Branch of government.

Perhaps history will remember us for trying.

I think it all comes down to honorable Republicans. Will honorable Republicans be able to look at themselves in the mirror and have the courage to admit that they have been betrayed by the Bush Administration now acting in their name? » Read the rest of this entry «

Radio and the Internet

April 16th, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink


This week I find myself revisiting my song/play The Ballad of Mrs. Maloney. In the course of revising a story which was conceived and written in the late 80s and early 90s, I’ve found myself face to face with some questions about communications technology, one of which I’ll look at tonight.

What is a more effective local communications medium, radio or the internet?

In my story, Mildred Maloney writes poems that she wants to share, but finds herself unable to get access to broadcast radio. Her nephew convinces her to start a pirate radio station and broadcast from her upstairs guestroom. Conflict ensues.

Now, fifteen years after I first wrote this story, we have the internet. We have podcasts. We also have Clear Channel Communications controlling 1200 commercial radio stations.

Does the internet change my story? Should Mildred Maloney simply podcast her poems? Why bother with radio? » Read the rest of this entry «

Tap Me on the Shoulder

April 9th, 2007 § 1 comment § permalink


Earlier tonight I ran across this link. It is interesting and entertaining enough in of itself, but also struck me as being relevant to The Web Surfs Me?, last week’s pod at theWheel.

Context matters. The Frame matters. It matters a lot. It matters when someone I trust tells me that someone or something is worthy of my attention… » Read the rest of this entry «

The Web Surfs Me?

April 2nd, 2007 § 1 comment § permalink


I am distressed to admit that when I go online I have a ridiculously small field of customary cyber-destinations.

Firefox opens to theWheel’s dashboard and I see how many spam comments have accumulated, and deal with them as necessary. I see what’s new at DailyKos. This will often bring me a link or three worth pursuing. I go to RawStory for political news headlines. I check my mail, maybe the weather.

Perhaps I’ve made a mental note to Google something or other. Likewise, maybe I have a reason to visit Wikipedia.

Although I know full well that I have at my fingertips an incredible variety of fascinating tangents that I might fly off on, I usually don’t fly. Usually I simply tread the same path a little deeper. I recognize that I am stuck in a rut, but often I am too tired or preoccupied or simply unimaginative to step off the path.

I have an idea… » Read the rest of this entry «

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