Month: February 2007

  • Arthur, on the Rocks, into the Drink

    I’ve only seen Arthur magazine a handful of times, picking it up in various record stores or bookstores in random cities and places — I think I found it once in my home base Champaign, IL. I always enjoyed this free publication because it seemed freewheeling, with truly interesting interviews and reviews, and not published…

  • “Until there’s a satellite channel dedicated to a lonely statistician in Tacoma…”

    The Onion has the most incisive analysis on the XM-Sirius satellite radio merger.

  • NYC Grassroots Media Conference

    For the 4th time independent media makers will be gathering in New York City this coming Saturday, Feb. 24, at the NYC Grassroots Media Conference. There’s workshops, film screenings and art galore. This year’s conference theme is, Media and Movements Beyond Borders: This year, the NYC Grassroots Media Conference seeks to ask: What are the…

  • When Competition Doesn’t Provide Much Competition

    The single biggest rationale behind fast-tracking AT&T and Verizon into offering cable TV services over the broadband lines is to provide more consumer choice and competition in television services. Sounds like a good idea on first blush, since most communities only have a single incumbent cable provider, with their only alternative being a direct broadcast…

  • Homelessness Marathon Starts Tuesday at 7 PM EST

    I’ve been completely remiss in not posting about the 10th annual Homelessness Marathon, airing on community radio stations across the continent beginning Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 7 PM EST, ending at 9 AM the following morning. The marathon highlights the problem of homelessness and gives people who are homeless an opportunity to participate and speak…

  • Does the American “Market” Abhor Competition?

    Mergers, mergers, mergers. There’s been talk for quite some time about the nation’s two direct broadcast satellite (DBS) providers–DirecTV and Dish Network–merging. More recently the talk has been about the nation’s only two satellite radio providers merging. Today, there’s a leak from the companies that a merger between XM and Sirius may be announced soon,…

  • Show notes for Feb. 16 radioshow: FCC makes LPFM exceptions; SFLR has its day in court

    John Anderson from DIYmedia.net was my guest for the Feb. 16 edition of the mediageek radioshow [listen now]. We talked about a couple of exceptions the FCC has made with regard to issuing low-power FM licenses. First, the FCC has given “special temporary authority” to a former FM pirate in Goldfield, Nevada — read articles…

  • More Free Video Editing

    The Camcorderinfo blog has posted a round-up of video editing apps for “non-video folks” and a couple more free video editing apps. I haven’t tried most of the apps listed, except iMovie, so I can’t vouch. Using a free app (whether it’s free as in beer, or free as in speech) is a good way…

  • Illinois’ Racist Mascot Has One Foot in the Grave

    Today the University of Illinois Board of Trustees and Administration announced that it is halting use of “Chief Illiniwek” effective Feb. 21. Ostensibly this is so Illinois can get out of sanctions imposed by the NCAA against schools using racist imagery and mascots. It’s taken some twenty years of pressure from students, Native American groups…

  • Can Data Storage Media Ever Be Retro-Cool?

    It must be retro-goodness week. While I’m musing about cassettes, Aj files a Requiem for the Floppy. I actually backed up all my old 3.5″ PC floppies onto CD-R (two copies each, of course) this past spring. Less than 10% of them were bad, but because I’m kind of obsessive about backing up, it seemed…