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The Conversation

This is how it works:

Last year, in a thread on the “oddboard“, I happened upon this:
I find this image absolutely hilarious and have been sending it around here and there for a while now. When it came time to discuss 24 on the January 15th episode of Luke and His Dad, I decided to link to it in the show notes.

Upon seeing his image linked from Luke and His Dad, Jason Feifer of left a message regarding our disparaging of 24. Ok, I admit it, Jack Bauer kicks ass and I really do hope that the last episode of 24 features Jack kicking Satan’s ass.

Happy to receive a comment from a new listener, we included a robovoice-recording of Jason’s comment on the January 22nd episode of LaHd. To which Jason commented by posting about the episode on his blog, and also asking his readers to participate in a similar project, except instead of robo-voicing comments, he was going to play them through his didgeridoo. Of course I had to leave a comment.
Which brings me to the finale of this grand conversation:

I love the internets.

And now a word from our sponsors.

Since my initial post regarding Podcamp, a lively conversation has erupted both here and over at the Something to Be Desired blog as spurred on by Podcamp Pittsburgh organizer Justin Kownacki.

I don’t have the attention span to cover everything point by point but reading over it all and thinking about it has lead me to reconsider some of what I’ve said, or at least look at it in another way.

First off, I want to be clear that I do not in any way believe that sponsorship of podcasts or an event like podcamp is a bad thing.  My previous post would most certainly lead one to believe that I do, but I will say that courting sponsors and working with them will inevitably lead to questions regarding your motives in what you produce- whatever you produce.

With that said, we can discuss how new media producers are supposed to earn money from what they do.  Making money is difficult enough, and doing so with a freely distributed good is nearly impossible.  It is the fundamental problem of digital distribution.  Currently advertising certainly seems like the best means to this particular end.  No one would argue with the kinds of numbers Google is doing.  As long as we are able to maintain an editorial line between advertisers and content, then we are safe.

Now, there will be those who cross that line, as there are in every medium.  This is expected and inevitable.  However, the difference is that we are working in an age where reputation is everything, and as Calacanis has pointed out, the community of media consumers will not put up with content that is bought and paid for by moneyed interests when it gets in the face of the openness and “truth” of the blogosphere.  Authenticity is king, after all.

Which leads me to my final point in this long and winding road:

Sponsorship is a necessity, but it must not frame the discussion. 

Podcamp would not work without its incredibly gracious, incredibly giving sponsors. Most conferences have sponsors and the attendees still have to pay!  I am so thankful for that.  But despite the “unconferenceyness” of it all, I really feel that having sponsors leading discussions, shilling their products and then disclaiming those shills is really disingenuous of those participants.  I think Network2 is a great idea, and I thought Chris was a really nice guy, I have purchased clothing from SpreadShirt, but when you open a panel called “The Future of Video” with a five minute pitch about the company you work for, I’m calling bullshit.  Even if that company has no business model, yet.
We are treading a very fine line, for sure.  Podcamp needs sponsors.  We all need to eat.  We all want to represent our stuff- I was there to talk about 54 hours as much as I was to network and learn.  Part of what is great about all of this is that people get to talk about what they love and we all get to hear about it.  I just don’t want to watch something with so much potential be subverted so quickly without at least calling attention to that subversion.

Blip Then v Blip Now

What a difference some coverage makes:
Email about terms of service prior to BLIP TV HAVING ANY:

Hey Luke,
>> It’s embarrassing, but we don’t have a ToS or EULA right now! What I
>> can tell you, though, is that there’s a very simple one sentence
>> release in the file upload form saying that you agree to give us the
>> right to distribute your video, because without that blip wouldn’t
>> work. You retain all ownership and copyright to the video, you’re
>> just giving us the right to distribute it.

>> I can also personally promise you that if you e-mail advice at
>> and ask that your video be removed from our servers, we’ll do that.
>> We absolutely, positively, 100% believe that your video is yours, and
>> we’ll do what you want us to with it and no more.
>> Does that help?
>> Yours,
>> Mike

The Terms of Service as they Read Now


When you upload or post content to, that content become public content and will be searchable by and available to anyone who visits the site. does not claim ownership of the materials you post, upload, input or submit to the site. However, by posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting your content to, you are granting, its affiliated companies and partners, a worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free, non-exclusive, sublicensable license to use, reproduce, create derivative works of, distribute, publicly perform, publicly display, transfer, transmit, distribute and publish that content for the purposes of displaying that content on or for any other non-commercial use of that content.

and also:

The content on the site, including without limitation, the text, software, graphics, photos, and videos, is owned by or licensed to, subject to copyright and other intellectual property rights under United States Copyright Act and trademark laws, foreign laws, and international conventions. reserves all rights not expressly granted in and to the website and said content. Other than as expressly permitted, you may not engage in the unauthorized use, copying, or distribution of any of said content.

Granting that I own the copyright of my published work, and if I’ve cc licensed it there is an expression of ownership, they have the right to do whatever they want with your video, without your permission.


Did some major cleanup today. Reorganized posts, made some new categories, changed some old ones, and placed a “Categories” and “Recent Comments” section in the sidebar.

That last thing I’d like to do is add this Itunes Now Playing plugin, but I have no idea where to even begin.

Got the Now Playing plugin working! Hopefully some album art will be showing up in the old sidebar.

[Listening to: A Rose For Emily – Zombies, The – Christmas Comp (2:19)]

Now I know

Its true: Once my semester ends and I have free time all blogging stops. I’ll be back in the swing of it soon though, so I guess that means I’ll be writing here more.

Topics I’d like to discuss, but probably won’t:

Don Delillo
The continued modding of my x-box


Somehow w.blogger is picking up my now playing info from iTunes for Windows at work, but not at home. I don’t know how its even doing it, nor why it won’t here. Kind of cool though. I wish iTunes had a bit smaller footprint- 30 some megs of RAM all told including the 4 services it starts up when my computer boots.

[Listening to: Spirit They’ve Vanished – Avey Tare & Panda Bear – Spirit They’re Gone, Spirit Th (5:35)]

Update: myTunes for Windows is the key. Once I installed it it started popping songs into W.Blogger for me. It also has the nice little side effect of allowing you to copy songs off of peoples itunes shares- not exactly what Apple intended. It installs winPCap so I think its actually grabbing the packets and reassembling them. This leads me to wonder if a) an itunes stream is degraded quality from the original track b) if so, does myTunes only give you the streamed quality. Most likely if A then B. itunes shares are already popping up at my job. Only one of them has anything good though (besides mine ;)).

[Listening to: Tongues (Everybody’s Got One) – Modey Lemon – Thunder + Lightning (3:32)]

Blogging tools

W.blogger is a very nice little blogging tool for those too lazy to go to the movable type logon at their site. Actually, it works with most blog types. Its basically a wysiwyg editor that lets you upload pictures, modify your post, preview, access multiple blogs, add what you’re listening to with the touch of a button, etc…… I don’t see that it makes things any more convenient than just typing in on your MT page, but its cool nonetheless. Be warned: It is very IE centric.

Iblog is available for OSX, and as soon as I get my mac back, I’m going to give it a try- I get it for free with .mac.

I am going to try and write something every day. Hopefully this does not qualify as me having written something, and I will come up with some content by the end of the day.

Few things to fix

Few things to fix in this here blog. Hopefully this will become my central repository for thoughts, music reviews, indulgence to the extreme etc.
DDRMAX2 is alright. There are some decent melodies but nothing too fantastic. Also, the balance between difficulty settings seems a bit off. I’ve AA’d almost every song in light mode, but I’m not even close in standard, and I haven’t even touched it in Heavy yet. I’ve unlocked endless but the last time i tried I didn’t get farther than five songs- its highly configurable though, so I’ll go back to it eventually. Lately I’ve been doing DDR Workout mode with my own program of 20 songs. They sit very high on the pop side of the game, if such a thing exists…

[Listening to: God (Interlude) – Andre 3000 – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2:19)]