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Steven Landsburg on The Bob Edwards Show…

Filed under: Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 10:11 am

Was listening to this morning’s The Bob Edwards Show on XM Satellite Radio; today’s guest is Steven Landsburg, author of More Sex Is Safer Sex: The Unconventional Wisdom of Economics. The concepts are so…unconventional (I really want to say “bizarre”) I think my head is about to explode.

I’m gonna read the book, though…

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More Cincinnati Photos Posted

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 1:22 am

I’ve posted more photos received from the ether on the Main Gallery Page - check ‘em out!

Once things settle down a bit, I’m going to see if I can write the graphics file plug-in I really want, so the photos can come back to the separate blog posts instead of all being on a single Gallery page. But for now, that’s the most efficient, so…

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The First Photos from Cincinnati!

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 8:46 pm

First, a tip of the server chapeau to the team of Martin Grams, Jr. and Stephen Jansen, and to Philip for the photos!

Edit: The plug-in I’m using to display this gallery of images is having a pretty severe conflict with some other programming on the blog; I’m going to need to replace it later, but will leave it up for now so you can easily see the photos. Please report any problems you have using the “Contact the Webmaster” button over there on the sidebar. –cfs3

Another Edit:New plug-in testing now, sorry for the disappearing photos… –cfs3

Yet Another Edit:Still working on it (11:32pm Eastern), hope to have something soonest…

And Again: I’m not thrilled with this, but I surely don’t have time to write a whole new system this morning (especially because I have many more photographs to get posted!), so hit the Main Gallery Page and jump off from there; new pics will be posted there as well as quickly as I can get them transfered.

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Cincinnati Photos Commin’!

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 5:23 pm

We were out this afternoon running some errands, and when I got back I found a bunch of photos in my mailbox - will get them posted as quickly as I can (with a short break for dinner).

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Hello, Cincinnati…Is Anyone There?

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 9:05 am

For those of you looking for information about the Cincinnati Old-Time Radio and Nostalgia Convention…well, so am I. Apparently everyone is having so much fun there they haven’t had the time to send in any pics, video, or other media. No calls on the Gizmo phone, even. (If you have Gizmo installed, use the button below to call my Gizmo phone.)

C’mon, folks…let us know how things are going!

Call me!

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Inconsiderate Business of the Day…

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 9:32 am

The winner of the Inconsiderate Business of the Day is…

Tuesday Morning at the York Value Center.

This morning the Mrs. and I walked over to the South York Value Center to patronize the businesses there (as we do quite frequently). While walking up the sidewalk, what should we run into but a huge tractor-trailer parked against the curb unloading merchandise. (Apparently the staff, or the driver, or both, were too d*mned lazy to be offloading this in the back of the building where they should have been doing it.) We’re not talking 6:00am here, we’re talking after 9:00am, when the businesses on both sides of this monstrosity were open. This inconsideration required my wife and me to walk around through the parking lot, risking injury (and giving Black Oak Associates, the outfit that owns/operates the place, considerable liability had we been injured), blocking the traffic lanes, the required fire lane…well, you get the idea.

I found it amusing that this is the exact same spot the brochure for the property promotes with a photograph as being so beautiful and attractive to businesses. On their website, Black Oak calls this center a, “pedestrian friendly plaza.” Wanna bet?

Anyway, here’s what we ran into this morning, and why you should probably avoid both Tuesday Morning and the York Value Center:

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It’s turning into one of those weeks…

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 8:20 am

As those of you who read the Internet OTR Digest know, last week I came to the painful realization that I wasn’t going to be able to attend the Cinncinnati Old-Time Radio and Nostalgia Convention this week. My plan was to make this server available for any and all photographs, sound files, and interviews possible from the two-day convention. Even set things up so that direct computer-to-computer conversations could be held via Gizmo (VoIP application that ain’t Skype).

So naturally the Windows machine in my office decides to start throwing Cyclical Redundancy Errors…

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The Imus Kerfluffle - I don’t get it

Filed under: Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 3:57 pm

I admit it, I don’t understand all the hand-wringing about Imus and his moronic comments. He’s a shock-jock. His job is to shock. What he said about a a bunch of 18-year-old kids was shocking. Seems to me he was fulfilling his function, doing his job, and earning his millions of dollars.

Maybe what we should be asking ourselves is, in what bizarro universe is it that over-grown juveniles are not just allowed, but expected, to be outrageous, obscene, insulting, and idiotic in the misrepresented name of “comedy?” How comes a couple of obnoxious infantiles who go out of their way to profane a church get a big deal with a satellite radio company and, oh yeah let’s not forget, CBS radio who fired them some years ago to save face for that scandal? In what crazed cosmos can an aging pre-pubescent with a breast fixation get a half-billion dollars to talk about sex all day? What the devil happened to us that CBS makes $20-million dollars per year on Imus, then doesn’t stand behind him when he does exactly what they are paying him to do - be an lewd, outrageous loudmouth?

Sorry, kids, I don’t buy the whole self-serving nonsense CBS has put up, taking the high road for canning him, “fixing” the problem. We as a society still think it’s funny to insult women, insult each other, and more importantly allow aging frat boys to insult our intelligence. Imus did what he, and every other shock-jock, is supposed to do. The problem is, we as a society accept and pay for that embarrassing nonsense in the first place.

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The 2007 Muzzle Awards

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 3:43 pm

As heard on yesterday’s The Bob Edwards Show, here are the “winners” of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression’s 2007 Muzzle Awards

From the website: “The unprecedented degree of political interference in communicating government-funded scientific research to the public has earned the Bush Administration a 2007 Jefferson Muzzle. For the sixteenth straight year, the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression is celebrating the April birth date of its namesake by calling attention to some of the more egregious or ridiculous affronts to free expression that occurred in the preceding year.”

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‘24′ hours later, it’s time for Audrey

Filed under: Television — Charlie Summers @ 11:51 am

From USA Today: ‘24′ hours later, it’s time for Audrey

From the article: “After thwarting plans for detonating suitcase nukes in Monday’s episode, 24’s action hero was hit with a staggering good news/bad news scenario: His true love, Audrey Raines (Kim Raver), is not dead, as he had been told, but is being held by his Chinese nemeses.”

I dunno…it’s clear they had to change directions, since this year has been little more than a pale rehash of other season’s perils (the 25th Amendment again…please…), but I’m not happy with the quick way the main plotline was handled, nor the convenient telephone call that launches us into a completely different direction.

Indeed, I know the writers on this show pride themselves with not knowing what’s going to happen from one episode to another (this has to be the first time outside of Congress I’ve seen people think it’s a good thing to be intentionally ignorant), but it’s long-past time they actually plotted an entire season in advance instead of flailing around like some fish on a pier - this nonsense (and the moronic box they painted themselves into at the end of last season) is exactly why this season has been the weakest of all…and it isn’t just me who thinks so, it’s everyone I’ve talked to, everyone I’ve read, everyone I’ve heard. While I’m sure you could say this about every serialized drama (Prison Break, anyone?), it’s particularly annoying on 24, since we’ve gotten into the habit of paying attention to the first six and last six episodes of every season, and completely ignoring the middle 12, which we know have nothing to do with the “real” plotline. (Hey, when’s the last time you wondered if Morris took a drink? Anyone remember that Chloe is even working at CTU?)

I’m also distressed at the writers completely ignoring the clock. During season 1, the clock was quite literally a co-star…other than the “cheats” required to handle the top-of-the-hour timeshifts (two minutes of “Previously on 24,” three minutes at the end for commercials, etc.) the clock actually ran in real-time - heck, even the mid-commercial cutouts reminded us where the characters were at that moment. Now, they’ve thrown all that out the window along with any solid plotting; Presidents make love in under three seconds, Jack is healed from years of torture in ten minutes, interrogations take seemingly hours of screen time until inconvenient, then it’s under five minutes to have CTU set up a complex sting operation…well, you get the idea. I don’t mind suspending disbelief, but if your “gag” is the real-time clock, then damnitall, use it as a plot device instead of ignoring it for convenience. I’m not talking cheating about driving across LA, I’m talking about doing the impossible in no time at all. C’mon, people, your viewers aren’t idiots, and it’s high time you stopped treating us as such. Drop the vanity of thinking you can get ourself out of any corner you paint yourself into…you can’t, and you’ve proved it beyond all doubt this season (after working darned hard at proving it season last).

Buck up, kids, or you’ll lose us all. You’re a whole lot closer at losing me than I ever thought possible after the first hour of season 1, when I realized at 1:00 AM that I was sitting on the edge of my seat. Lately, by the end of the episode, I’m just yawning.

Quick funny story, though…last night, Katie got up for a drink in the middle of the show. She came into the room for a quick night-night kiss just as Jack was shot and lying in the middle of the street. I said to my wife, “Gee, I’m not used to seeing Jack lose.” As my beautiful little girl left the room, she softly muttered, in her little-girl voice, “Yeah, unless you’re playing him,” a clear reference to my skills playing 24: The Game on the PlayStation2 (which, come to think of it, has a better thought-out plotline than the last two television seasons). When did she turn into a sardonic little mini-me?

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Satellite radio report author:

Filed under: Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 9:36 am

From Ars Technica: Satellite radio report author: “I am not a flip-flopper.”

Ars talks to Jimmy Schaeffler of the Carmel Group, author of the whitepaper which refutes the claims of XM and Sirius that a merger won’t be anticompetitive.

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