- Mark Cuban's illuminating article on the insanity of the music industry.
There is an old saying that the definition of insanity is, “Doing the same thing over and over again expecting the outcome to change”...
Insanity is thinking that kids with more time than money will stop finding ways to get music for free. Even if the industry found the end all be all DRM solution that stops 100 pct of duplication, kids will sit in front of their radios with recording capability or redirect digital music from any source to their hard drives and then spend the time to pick out the music they like and burn it.
- Classic Hollywood actress Lauren Bacall disses Tom Cruise.
Ouch. Bet that smarts worse than that squirting microphone.
- Jim Jarmusch - The Last of the Indies
If you haven't seen 'Dead Man' or 'Ghost Dog', you are missing out on two idiosyncratic classics from one of the last influential American indie directors who has remained true to his craft. His new film, 'Broken Flowers', features Bill Murray as a recently dumped guy who embarks on a journey to reunite with old flames and look for clues to about his son's existence.
- Homeland Security is one step away from yellow star badges: RFIDs for foreign visitors
- How Payola Went Corporate | Variety article
Is it any wonder that radio is crap?
"Song pluggers" urged certain songs on big band leaders in the 1930's and 40's, accompanied by bundles of cash to make the musical choice easier. Disc jockeys in the 1950's were handed cash bribes or fur coats for their wives. The independent promoters of the late 1970's and 1980's plied station directors with drugs and prostitutes.
- Accessory to Murder
A backpack! Has a more ordinary, more benign, more ubiquitous accouterment of modern life ever taken on such a sudden connotation of darkness?