From Mark Cuban’s blog, some intimate details on the Google YouTube Deal. This analysis is interesting because, according to Cuban’s informant, as much as $500 million of the $1.62 billion deal may have been set aside to pay off copyright infringement claims.… Read the rest
“rappers from across the country protested the appointment of Donald Hall, a reclusive white man, to the position of Poet Laureate of the United States”: TheSpoof.com : Rappers Descend on DC, Demand Hip-Hop Poet Laureate… Read the rest
The problem with Marie Antoinette is that it ends before the title character is executed. After watching that much profligate waste for two hours, I could understand the peasants’ rage perfectly. And by waste, I don’t just mean the French court’s–I mean Sofia Coppola’s.… Read the rest
“I will stave off any more comments and just direct you to scoop up the book. It is like buying tiny contact lenses for the entirety of your perception, lenses made of sugar glass and strands of silk.” How could you resist buying a $7 book when the reviewer concludes this way?… Read the rest
I found out just last week that the poet Carl Thayler died last year.
Thayler is a thorny, difficult poet, committed to the precision and beauty of carefully-chosen words. His poetry is dense, often allusive, and steeped in historical events and figures that many people now are not intimately familiar with–and yet his poems make no concessions to the ignorance of the reader.… Read the rest
“When man invented the bicycle, he reached the peak of his attainments. Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man. And (unlike subsequent inventions for man’s convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became.… Read the rest
BT has a phone conferencing system called “MeetMe.” I was rendered nearly speechless with giggles when the automated system greeted me with a chirpy female voice saying, “Welcome to BTMeetMe!”… Read the rest