Archive for August, 2008

McCain Gets a Celebrity Endorsement

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

I am a very jaded person. When I saw this news item about McCain getting an endorsement from a rapper, I assumed that the rapper must be an ass. I was not familiar with Yankee Daddy or his work. My first impressions have dissuaded me from my assumption. I do think that it is a case of them seeing eye to eye on a single issue, immigration. My jadedness has me thinking that McCain’s immigration stance is all about courting voters. The people who are opposed to his stance will probably vote Republican anyway.

Things that don’t Need to be Made in China

Monday, August 25th, 2008

I understand that we now live in a global economy. I don’t understand why some items can’t be made by small local businesses and supported by loyal customers based on quality. I was looking around the blogosphere and I saw a picture of a nice freshwater fish caught by a nice lady in some nice American stream or lake…

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The trout was over 15 inches long. Congratulations :)

The ruler is made in China.

My parents have a wooden yardstick that was made decades ago in Canada. The three feet of wood contains more than inches, it is also printed with some advertisement. You may still be able to get this kind of thing at a farm supply store, I don’t know.

One exception to the virtual disappearance of small time manufacturing of household items is the washboard. The last washboard company left standing in the USA is doing well. They have a program where they take donations to go towards the cost of sending laundry kits to soldiers. Clean socks are pretty important to a soldier.

This is What it Sounds Like…

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

…When Prince complains.

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I wanted to listen to an acoustic cover of Purple Rain on YouTube today. I found out that Prince and his record company have silenced all the videos (or forced the uploaders to silence them).

One resourceful guy who had produced an instructional video on how to play the song simply put an off-site link to his audio in the description.

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Over the last few years, many musical artists have reacted to the copyright infringing reality in different ways. Radiohead let people pay whatever they wanted for their recent release. Metallica sued Napster and also some universities.

Some artists that are not in the mainstream have tried adding personal extras to albums that are purchased legally.

If you NEED to listen to a Prince song, you can do a keyword search and then sort your results by the date added. Prince has to sleep sometime.