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Controversy in the podcastosphere

Tuesday, April 5th, 2005

I’ve stumbled upon something potentially explosive that’s sure to impact all the six million Americans who are listening to podcasts each and every day.

While commuting to work this morning, I powered up my iPod and thumbed through the dozens of mp3′s which my sophisticated podcasting setup had downloaded for me overnight. When I got to‘s podcast number #1627, though, I almost lost my earbuds. Here’s the part that grabbed me:

“Am I the only person who doesn’t like the new Sound of the Day intro and outro music? I liked the other stuff better.”
openpodcast_1627.mp3 (00:17 mp3)

Whoa. Everyone knows the Sound of the Day intro and outro music changes every month or so, but have they gone too far this time? Are they alienating their audience, potentially putting off millions of mp3-savvy listeners?

Then I got to OpenPodcast #1629 and it got worse. Much worse. Not only did this ‘caster dislike the new intro music, but he’d taken it one step further.

“I just want to agree with #1627. The Sound of the Day is just not the same. I’ve even unsubscribed from the Sound of the Day in my aggregator.”
openpodcast_1629.mp3 (00:35 mp3)

These 52 seconds are revolutionary. There’s definitely a movement building here, and it threatens to pop the podcast bubble before we’ve even reached 10 million listeners (currently targeted for mid-May). As for me, I am staying above the fray and keeping the Sound of the Day in my aggregator — but if this pressure keeps building, I’m not sure I’ll be able to hold out for long.

Update: Here’s an all-time favorite from the Sound of the Day. Ah, the good ol’ days.

Movers and shakers

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005

Overheard several times at the launch party for FishBowlDC, happening right now at LeftBank in Adams Morgan:

“Who are all these people?”

I’m not sure who they all are either, but they seem like important types — and several of them look suspiciously like Mainstream Media. A contingent is here from DCist, and rumor is Jeff Gannon was turned away at the door for using a fake ID. Guess he should have used the “Guckert” name tonight.

All kidding aside, congratulations to Garrett and Media Bistro for tonight’s festivities celebrating a site which has already made national headlines. Kind of ironic, really, for a blog about the media to wind up overshadowing it. Continued good luck.

Switching to WordPress

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005

I’m in the process of switching to WordPress. All my old entries are moved over, and all I need now is motivation and encouragement. WordPress rocks.

About Leia

Tuesday, January 4th, 2005

Make Leia the #1 Leia again.

Leia is the real Leia.

Short-sighted win for Philly WiFi

Wednesday, December 1st, 2004

Free the WiFi!
WiFi wants to be free!
As someone who’s excited about the prospects for cities providing low-cost (or free) broadband access, the resolution of the wireless issue in Philadelphia is not nearly as positive as it might appear. While it is great that the plans for a WiFi rollout in Philly can go ahead, the fact of the matter is that the city had to negotiate with Verizon to get permission to make this service available to city residents.

The reason groups like MoveOn, Common Cause,, Muniwireless and local activists Philly for Change were working against Pennsylvania House Bill 30 was because of the power it gives communication monopolies to stop plans like the one Philadelphia hopes to implement. The fact that a last-minute deal had to be made in a back room between Gov. Rendell, Philadelphia and Verizon to get the telco’s permission is awful — but we’re supposed to believe it’s a good thing.

Once the deal was struck with Verizon and the short-term issues had been taken care of, Gov. Rendell signed the bill into law. But the long-term issues remain: if Pittsburgh or Harrisburg or New Hope, Pa., want to implement a broadband rollout similar to the one in Philly, they’ll be at the mercy of their local telco monopoly. Sure, Philadelphia residents will be okay, but the rest of the state is out of luck.

Score this one as a win for the corporate lobbyists.

Update: Micah Sifry has posted a good summary of this situation on PDF, finding several links I missed.

A very GOP Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

From Andy Borowitz in Newsweek: “Bush Kills Turkey, Pardons Tom DeLay

“I have political capital, and I intend to spend it—first by killing, and then by eating, this delectable turkey,” Bush announced to the stunned onlookers, who watched as Biscuits was dragged away by two burly Secret Service agents.

Bush then said that he would use his traditional Thanksgiving pardon to free DeLay should he be indicted for political corruption charges in Texas, and then paraded the Texas congressman across the lawn to complete the festive holiday ceremony.

It would be funnier if it weren’t so accurate.

What now?

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004

I think Arianna hit the nail on the head in her latest column:

Already there are those in the party convinced that, in the interest of expediency, Democrats need to put forth more “centrist” candidates — i.e. Republican-lite candidates — who can make inroads in the all-red middle of the country.

I’m sorry to pour salt on raw wounds, but isn’t that what Tom Daschle did? He even ran ads showing himself hugging the president! But South Dakotans refused to embrace this lily-livered tactic. Because, ultimately, copycat candidates fail in the way “me-too” brands do.

Unless the Democratic Party wants to become a permanent minority party, there is no alternative but to return to the idealism, boldness and generosity of spirit that marked the presidencies of FDR and JFK and the short-lived presidential campaign of Bobby Kennedy.

Al Gore: recovering politician

Monday, October 18th, 2004

The former vice president and winner of the popular vote in 2000 started his MoveOn PAC speech at Georgetown by describing himself as a “recovering politician.” After a few minutes listening to his speech, it’s clear that someone needs to contact his sponsor — he has fallen off the wagon.

Thank you, Jon Stewart

Saturday, October 16th, 2004

Wonkette is calling it TuckerGate, but I think Jon Stewart’s appearance on Crossfire was not so much about Tucker and his silly tie as it was about someone using his celebrity to call attention to the failings of the media.

I found the story on random($foo) by way of kottke, but it’s making its way around the net. If you haven’t watched it yet, pull down Leonard’s copy or use one of the links in Wonkette’s post. It’s worth it.

Nobody live-blogs a concert

Monday, October 11th, 2004

Section 413
From section 413.
From the Washington Post: Hail to the Boss: Springsteen Plays Politics.

11:12 p.m. The slightest hint of something happening on stage results in a deafening shower of “Bruuuuuuuuuuce!”s. I’m guilty, too.

11:01 p.m. The Dave Matthews Band was amazing, best I’ve ever heard them and the highlight of the night. So far.

10:28 p.m. Yup.

10:20 p.m. Dave Matthews indoors is a first for me. I guess balcony seats are the indoor equivalent of sitting on the lawn. There is a lot of energy in here, this should be a great set.

Would Natalie Maines take back what she said about Bush, the comment that sparked all the controversy? “If I did that, Bush would just call me a flip-flopper. So I’m sticking with it.” Good answer.

Advice to undecided voters: “Choose the smart one.” — James Taylor

9:49 p.m. Dixie Chicks join JT on one of the nicest versions of “Sweet Baby James” you could imagine.

“I hate it when they say, ‘Don’t change horses in midstream.’ If your horse can’t swim and he’s in way over his head…” — James Taylor

9:38 p.m. I lived on Copperline Dr. for two years in Chapel Hill, NC. James Taylor alone is worth the price of admission. He can make even a soulless basketball arena sound good.

9:12 p.m. Dude, that’s Bob Roberts! Overwhelming at this point.

New cool guitar accessory: Wellstone! sticker. Got yours?

9:05 p.m. In college, I got free tickets to a Pearl Jam show at the student amoxicillin union but I was unimpressed. Let’s just say I’ve matured. (To be fair, so have they.) I think everyone on stage is instantly more attractive because of why they are doing this.

8:52 p.m. Bruuuuuuuuce. Blogging now ceases.

8:51 p.m. Standing ovation.

As a swing state voter, I’d like to thank the Electoral College for making this tour possible. Even if I had to be in D.C. to see it.

8:32 p.m. Oh, REM has to do “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?” Oh, please! It’s too perfect. Michael Stipe and Eddie Vedder? Are you kidding? Wow.

Anybody have a Kleenex? I think my nose is bleeding.

8:13 p.m. Jurassic 5 scares the Jackson Browne fans and rocks the joint!

7:57 p.m. “We can do this, folks.” — Bonnie Raitt.

Outside, as we came in, about a dozen protesters held a sign that announced, “Bruce Springsteen presents Saddam Aid 2004″ — bet it took them all weekend to come up with that.

7:42 p.m. Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne prepare to take the stage. Joined by Keb Mo’. If I stop blogging it’s because it’s a darn good show.

7:36 p.m. Babyface “Change the World”

7:30ish p.m. John Cougar Mellencamp “Little Pink Houses”

It would be ridiculous to blog a concert like the Vote for Change finale. But here I am with a full signal.
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