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3/27/2008


Patriot Act haunts Google service

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 7:01 am

From The Globe and Mail: Patriot Act haunts Google service

Wow. Now not only do foreign governments dislike us, even friendly ones are beginning to mistrust us.

But what does this say about people within the U.S. who use Google’s services?

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3/26/2008


Hi … this is Senator X asking for your support …

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 10:52 pm

From the Pittsburg Post Gazette: Hi … this is Senator X asking for your support …

An opinion piece from Shaun Dakin, CEO of Citizens for Civil Discourse, the nonpartisan, nonprofit group that recently launched the National Political Do Not Contact Registry. It won’t help, but maybe if we let them know we don’t want to be annoyed by them, they’ll buy a clue and stop annoying us.

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Your Money or Your Life!

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 12:57 pm

Alan Bell received this from one of his students, and forwarded it to the Internet OTR Digest - it made me laugh this morning, so I’m sharing it with you.

Cyanide and Happiness, a daily webcomic
Cyanide & Happiness @ Explosm.net

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SPERDVAC 2008 Convention Registration Form

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 3:22 am

I really screwed up - this was sent to me weeks ago, and ended up being blocked by the spam filters. Better late than never, here is a registration form for those interested in attending the 2008 SPERDVAC Convention (see the flyer for more info).

It’s conveniently in PDF format; most browsers will open it up directly, some will launch Adobe Acrobat Reader.

icon for podpress  SPERDVAC 2008 Convention Registration Form: Download

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3/24/2008


Sirius, XM radio merger passes DoJ hurdle; FCC next

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 9:01 pm

From ArsTechnica: Sirius, XM radio merger passes DoJ hurdle; FCC next

You know, I try to remain apolitical in this blog, but the current Justice Department hasn’t seen a telecommunications merger it didn’t love. While I’m not surprised, I am disappointed, since I can’t imagine a single satellite radio company not being a de facto monopoly.

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3/23/2008


Am I the only one?

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 9:30 pm

All this flap about some contract employees reviewing the U.S. passport records of the major presidential candidates seems to me to be a little misguided. What worries me isn’t that some non-government-employee contractors reviewed these files…what frightens me is that the United States government is maintaining detailed records on its citizens who travel abroad. I’m not surprised that “security” was breeched (any time there’s a database, information from it will be stolen), but I am terrified that people in this country who have done nothing wrong, who have done nothing whatsoever other than visit a foreign country, are being so closely and secretly monitored by the government. Orwell wouldn’t have been surprised, I suppose…

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3/16/2008


Bob Edwards Weekend Podcast at the Forum

Filed under: General, Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 1:09 pm

I forgot to mention last week, there’s been an addition to the Bob Edwards Show/Bob Edwards Weekend Forum - now the free podcasts of Bob Edwards Weekend are available in one-click format! Just like the podcasts here, you can download the show directly for playing in your portable device, or listen to the show on your computer immediately simply by clicking one little arrow.

While it isn’t the full daily show, it is a great addition to anyone’s weekend, and now with one-click listening there’s no excuse not to enjoy the show!

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3/15/2008


Nick Harris, Detective - A Woman’s Wrath

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 9:45 pm

An episode of this series, discussed on the Internet OTR Digest, titled “A Woman’s Wrath” from May 23, 1939. For amazingly complete information on the series, see the Digest…on a personal note, I was a little surprised at the…roughness of the production. While not a terrible series, it did seem a little…er…slapdash around the edges.

You may stream the show using the player below, or download it with the link. Remember, by subscribing to this blog with any podcasting client (Juice, iTunes, etc.) the shows will be automatically downloaded to your computer or MP3 player!

icon for podpress  Nick Harris, Detective - A Woman's Wrath [14:41m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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SPERDVAC’s 2008 Old-Time Radio Convention Flyer

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 1:45 pm

Again with apologies for being late, here is the 2008 SPERDVAC Convention Flyer - it has most of the information you’ll need to get there and have a great time!

It’s conveniently in PDF format; most browsers will open it up directly, some will launch Adobe Acrobat Reader.

icon for podpress  2008 SPERDVAC Convention Flyer: Download

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3/14/2008


Wow…52 already.

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 7:39 pm

And I don’t feel a day over 60…

I’m spending another day away from the computers, my once-a-year “holiday.” Just in time, too…lately, I’ve been getting a lot of…unpleasant email, and truth is with everything that’s going on around here, I’m running out of tolerance for being blamed for things that are out of my control, or receiving demands that I volunteer even more of my time than I already do. Maybe not dealing with it at all for twenty-four hours will give me a little distance…although with my luck, I’ll just have twice as much horse-pucky to come back to the day after the Ides of March.

Thing is, this year I’m not even looking forward to the day the way I have for so many cycles of the sun. This year, it seems like an inconvenience shoved into an already ghastly year instead of a welcomed relief. I really believe if Katie weren’t looking forward to it so much (she has a good part of my day planned already), I’d bag the self-imposed vacation and spend tomorrow doing what I do pretty much every other day; squint at a CRT, the 19″ diagonal becoming my entire world.

Ah, well…before my day begins, I’ll set up another posting (something I promised to have out this morning and didn’t…please accept my apologies, Jerry) and maybe even a podcast show for tomorrow. And hopefully when I return, I’ll be a little less morose. If you get some time Saturday, listen to the Thursday episode of Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar’s “The Clinton Matter,” which aired a few hours before I was born. I’d run it on the podcast, but I don’t have the time to find it.

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3/13/2008


AOL is rejecting The Digest…again

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 10:38 am

To AOL users; apologies, but the boneheads at AOL are again rejecting The Digest as spam. This is getting really old, and there’s nothing I can do about it. The only suggestion I can make is that, now that AOL is no longer an ISP and is instead just another advertiser-supported free email service, you consider changing to one of the many other fine free email providers (other than Google, since we unfortunately can’t permit Gmail subscribers) who don’t reject legitimate email from machines where the administrator works dilligently to make certain there’s no spam coming from his machine.

If you wish to complain, please do so to AOL customer service, not to me; heck, I can’t even get the AOL postmaster unit to include me in a feedback loop, since I’m just a dedicated server and not a huge ISP, so there literally is nothing I can do about it.

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3/9/2008


Daylight, no Savings

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 9:27 am

As we turn our clocks ahead yet again weeks earlier than the previous early change, let’s all remember why we’re doing it. I was going to paraphrase Fred Allen and suggest it was so some bureaucrat in Washington could save enough daylight he didn’t need to go to Hawaii for vacation, but decided instead to be serious. This nonsense has nothing whatsoever to do with saving energy…indeed some studies suggest an increase of one-to-two percent in energy usage because of the time change. Instead, this is all from lobbying by the outdoor recreation industry - they claim it’s so Americans can lose some of the weight we are constantly gaining, but the plain truth is they want more daylight hours to take your money, never mind the kids that are waiting for school buses in the dark.

(*sigh*) I’m getting old, and will clearly never be rich. But I’m becoming sick to death of a society that values money over everything else - like safety and common sense.

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3/6/2008


Empire Builders - Juaquin Murietta

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 4:51 pm

As recently discussed on the Internet OTR Digest, here is one of the nine surviving episodes of Empire Builders, sponsored by the Great Northern Railroad and according to Elizabeth McLeod’s Documenting Early Radio page, discovered in the mid-1980s in their corporate archives. This episode, “Juaquin Murietta,” aired January 26, 1931.

Our thanks to both Ken Stockinger and Jim Widner for providing the copies of these historical programs for the podcast!

You may stream the show using the player below, or download it with the link. Remember, by subscribing to this blog with any podcasting client (Juice, iTunes, etc.) the shows will be automatically downloaded to your computer or MP3 player!

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