8/22/2005 03:45:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|After months of battling a brain tumor, legendary Bob Moog passed away yesterday. I met Dr Moog when Ashley was working at Stings and Things here in Memphis he was wandering around trying to sell his "Big Briar" brand synthesisers. I honestly couldn't have been more excited if I'd met JFK... I hope his family is copeing well..

read more | digg story|W|P|112474355744364207|W|P|Bob Moog passed away|W|P|8/23/2005 03:25:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Oh wow, you actually had the honor of meeting the legend. Unfortunately, I never did. But I am grateful for all he has given our world. Lots of music I like to listen to depend on his work.

/Stefan Koopmanschap8/21/2005 07:52:00 AM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|I was thinking back to my old disc jockey days of the late nineties and thinking about what bullshitters the RIAA are. I suspect a lot of you have at one time or another listened to or bought a mixtape or mix disc off the street, from a friend, at a party or a local record shop. And some DJs (I was in this group) will print on the tape "FOR PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY". Which is a crock. DJs sell those for two reasons, one to help pad their income, two to help get them larger and better paying gigs. And as the demand in mixtapes went up the RIAA was in a pickle. Should we sue these DJs? I mean, they ARE profiting from the illegal sale of OUR music. In effect mixtape DJs are music pirates. They make money off of the ILLEGAL DISTRIBUTION OF RELEASED AND UNRELEASED COPYWRITED MATERIAL. Isn't this odd? There has never been a DJ sued over this type of use of copywrited material that I have ever heard of. However, to date there have been THOUSANDS of people sues by the RIAA over the online TRADING of music file. A practice that as far as I can tell hasn't netted any of the file swappers a dime. Moreover, the popularity of mixtapes has really taken off over the last 5 years and now the record industry HAS taken notice. Guess what their doing about this nefarious practice? When I made mixtapes it was all about who could get the most exclusive and hard to find records and who could have the smoothest mix. This led to fierce competition for records. The record industry's response to this? Now,they have essentially partnered up to the DJ. They realize that it will allow them to create a "street buzz" over an artist or a new release. That in all honesty it HELPS the record company promote new artists or new albums. Why not feel this way about the internet traffic of the song? Kanye West's "Diamonds" has been online and on mixtapes for months. Does anyone really believe that this will hurt the sales of the new album. No. Will you get sued if you trade it online? Yes. Will you get sued if you BUY an illegal copy on a mixtape? No. Why? The DJ is actually profiting from this and yet, he gets a cursory nod and wink from the industry. Hell the track was probably leaked to him by someone in A&R. So until there is some evidence that this actually HURTS the artists or the RIAA gets a consistent policy, I'll be wearing an eyepatch and flying a jolly roger over my computer. ARGH!|W|P|112463061918259773|W|P|DJs, Piracy, and Bullshit|W|P|8/19/2005 09:14:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|Through out my life I have struggled to find a place in my life for spirituality, of a calm and peacefulness with my creature. To know the one who m made me. And so, spurned in by the newly considered Kansas instruction of "intelligent design", I present to you.. The basics of the new deity|W|P|112450456299343917|W|P|All praise the maker of the universe|W|P|8/20/2005 07:14:00 AM|W|P|Blogger mandymiller5424|W|P|='Brand New News Fr0m The Timber Industry!!'=

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entire inves,tment.8/18/2005 08:38:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|Hunter S. Thompson's cremated remains, mixed with fireworks and packed into 34 mortar tubes, were en route to Woody Creek Wednesday. Read more here Even more fitting that he was going to a place called "Woody Creek"|W|P|112441569362928065|W|P|Well I should've guessed it....|W|P|8/15/2005 09:08:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|So this is what I'm carrying around right now.. on the PSP Lumines (STILL the PSP game) First third of Sin City Last episode of Battlestar Galactica Podcasts: Leonard Lopate On the Media with bob and Broooke Diggnation TWiT episode 18 music: an Ol' Dirty Bastard compilation (in loving Memory of Russell Jones)|W|P|112415813126541512|W|P|My portable entertainment|W|P|8/12/2005 03:14:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|So Paul Harvey was talking about Mississippi and how GREAT it is... I couldn't stand it. I think Mississippi is a great place too. But as you'll read, for none of the dumbass reasons Harvey suggests... (anything with a > preceding it is Mr Harvey's statement anything else is my retort...) > Paul Harvey on Mississippi > > Mississippi is still burning. Times have changed, but the > incendiaries > won't quit. Mississippi, statistically, could shame most of our > states > with its minimal per-capita crime, its cultural maturity and its > distinguished > alumni. But Mississippi has enough residual gentility of the Old > South > not to rub our noses in our own comparative inadequacy. Wow doesn't that sound great. Minimal per capita crime sounds so good I wish it were true! here are the real statistics from the president's National Crime Statistics center: In the year 2000 Mississippi had an estimated population of 2,844,658 which ranked the state 31st in population. For that year the State of Mississippi had a total Crime Index of 4,004.4 reported incidents per 100,000 people. This ranked the state as having the 27th highest total Crime Index. For Violent Crime Mississippi had a reported incident rate of 360.9 per 100,000 people. This ranked the state as having the 27th highest occurrence for Violent Crime among the states. For crimes against Property, the state had a reported incident rate of 3,643.5 per 100,000 people, which ranked as the state 26th highest. Also in the year 2000 Mississippi had 9.0 Murders per 100,000 people, ranking the state as having the 2nd highest rate for Murder. For Robbery, per 100,000 people, Mississippi’s rate was 128.2 which ranked the state as having the 21st highest for Robbery. The state also had 317.2 Aggravated Assaults for every 100,000 people, which indexed the state as having the 18th highest position for this crime among the states. For every 100,000 people there were 906.9 Burglaries, which ranks Mississippi as having the 10th highest standing among the states. Larceny - Theft were reported 2,864.8 times per hundred thousand people in Mississippi which standing is the 15th highest among the states. Vehicle Theft occurred 288.0 times per 100,000 people, which fixed the state as having the 32nd highest for vehicle theft among the states. > The pack-media could not wait to remake the movie MISSISSIPPI BURNING, > into a TV version called, MURDER IN MISSISSIPPI. Thus yet another > generation of Americans is indoctrinated with indelible snapshots > which > are half a century out of date. The very idea that anybody from > New York, > D.C., Chicago or L. A. could launch stones from those shabby glass > houses toward anybody else is patently absurd. Lilliputians have a > psychological need to make everybody else appear small and > Mississippi, > too nice to fight back, is such an easy target. other areas of the country didn't have lynchings with any great regularity. That IS what the movie Mississippi burning is about, the lynching of civil rights workers. I'm afraid such a story line isn'possiblele in LA or NY. > The International Ballet Competition regularly rotates among four > citadels > where there is a sufficiency of sophisticated art appreciation: Vama, > Bulgaria; Helsinki, Finland; Moscow, Russia and Jackson, Mississippi. when I read this and thought.. "That's Cool! I've been to Jackson, I wonder why there is so much demand for Ballet there?" So I went to the International Ballet Competition website an in the "about us" section I found this.. "In 1982, the United States Congress passed a Joint Resolution designating Jackson as the official home of the USA International Ballet Competition. Jackson held subsequent competitions in 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002." So it isn't because that's the only place in America interested enough in Ballet to hold it. It's because Congress PASSED A LAW STATING JACKSON IS THE OFFICAL HOME OF THE USA INTERNATIONAL BALLET COMPETITION. Guess what? they CAN"T HAVE IT ANYWHERE ELSE. > Only Mississippi has a satellite art program in which the State Museum > of Art sends exhibits around the state for the enjoyment of smaller > communities. No state can point to a richer per capita > contribution to > arts and letters. William Faulkner, Richard Wright, Walker Percy, > Ellen > Douglas, Willie Morris, Margaret Walker Alexander, Eudora Welty, > Tennessee > Williams, Thomas Harris (Silence of the Lambs) and John Grisham are > Mississippians. this is absolutely true. Some of the greatest writers in the world have come from Mississippi. The problem with that as a source of pride is this, of the 10 writers he mentions, only four livetheirer final days in Mississippi. Ellen Douglas (who is still alive), Willie Morris (who worked as a historical source for the evil movie Mississippi Burning), William Faulkner and Eudora Welty are the only ones who returned to Mississippi to die or continue writing. Even stranger than that, 3 of the writers he mentions wrote books (or plays) about how bad Mississippi isTennesseese Williams, Margaret Walker Alexander, and Richard Wright ALL wrote books or plays about the difficult struggles of living in Mississippi none of them returned after their childhood. > As are Leontyne Price, Elvis Presley, Tammy Wynette, B. B. King, Jimmy > Rogers, Oprah Winfrey, and Jimmy Buffett. when was the last time anyone saw Oprah in Mississippi? She is considered Chicago's most beloved citizen. Elvis and BB are Memphis TN most beloved citizens, Jimmy Rogers moved to Memphis when he was at the ripe old age of 5. Jimmy buffet calls Miami home and was raised in Mobile Al. Leontyne Price currently lives in the "shabby glass house" of New York city. Hell, even Country star Tammy Wynette moved out of Mississippi before she turned 20. > Scenery? The Nachez Trace is the second most traveled parkway in our > nation. With magnolia and dogwood, stately pines and moss-draped > oaks, Mississippi is in bloom all year 'round. And the state stays > busy---manufacturing more upholstered furniture than any state; > testing space shuttle engines for NASA; and building rocket motors. Mississippi is THE MOST BEAUTIFUL STATE IN THE UNION. I think that's fair.. i love the woods in Mississippi. I think they are great. no argument there. but the phrase "and the state stays busy" bothered me a little because mississippi has an unemployment rate of over 7.5 percent which is a full 2.5 points higher than the nation. so maybe we need to build a few more Rocket motor plants... > Much of our nation's most monumental medical progress has roots in > Mississippi. The first heart transplant in 1964. The first lung > transplant > in 1963. The most widely used medical textbook in the world, THE > TEXTBOOK OF MEDICAL PHYSIOLOGY, reprinted in ten languages, > was authored by Dr. Arthur Guyton of the University of Mississippi. the first heart transplant occured in 1967 in Cape Town south Africa There was a successful deceased-donor lung transplant into a lung cancer sufferer in June 1963 by James Hardy in Jackson, Mississippi. The patient survived for eighteen days before dying of kidney failure. hey one out of two ain't bad!!!!! Dr Guyton was a great Mississippian and a great teacher, his work lives on and should be respected > The "Case Method" of practicing law, the basis of the United States > legal > system, was developed at the University of Mississippi. this is a tough one. Case Method is the idea that instead of using law books to interperate the law, we look at previous judgments and cases that are similar. the problem here is that i can find no record of this being "developed" by Ole Miss, I'm pretty sure that the legal sysytem in America was pretty well in place by 1848 when the university was founded... But on this one, I'll withdraw > Nationally, educators are chewing their fingernails up past the second > knuckle anxious about the disgraceful rate of dropouts and illiterate > graduates. In Mississippi, the state government and two philanthropic > organizations have teamed up to put a computer-based literacy program > in every elementary school in the state. this is a direct quote from the National Institute on Literacy: The National institute on Literacy report confirms once again that Southern US states continue to have the most deplorable social conditions in the country, including the highest rates of adult illiteracy. Mississippi ranked worst among the 50 states, with every third adult in the state, 30 percent of its adult population, placed in Level I. Louisiana has the second highest illiteracy rate with 28 percent of its adult population in Level I, followed by Alabama, Florida and South Carolina, each with 25 percent. In these states the combined Level I and Level II literacy rates would push the level of illiteracy and near-illiteracy to nearly 70 percent of the adult population. >Maybe Mississippi is > right to > downplay its opportunities, advantages and refinement. The ill- > mannered > rest of us, converging, would surely mess it up. > I love Mississippi, but not for these phony reasons that Mr Harvey (who was born and raised in Tulsa OK and now lives in Chicago) gives. I love Mississippi because it ISN"T phoney. It is what it is. A community raveged by race inequality and poverty, a place were the elected government is still 90% white despite being only 60% of the population. But at the end of the day Miss. continues to be proud, strong and soulful. It is like my grandfather, my great-grandfather and my dad... smart, strong and flawed. But the idea that this jackass from Oklahoma is going to list the reasons why Mississippi is great and can't come up with one that he didn't make up is insulting Mississippi has three things that it does better than anyone in the world -Food -Music -and the most gorgeous women in the world now let the band play dixie... email me if you actually READ this crap and tell me what you think Love Ed|W|P|112387839517324429|W|P|Paul Harvey is a damn nitwit|W|P|8/10/2005 01:16:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|As a person who grew up in the shadow of the U of GA Bulldogs, and met his wife on the Ole Miss campus. I can say this list is STUNNINGLY accurate on the southern side... Women's Accessories: NORTH: ChapStick in back pocket and a $20 bill in the front pocket. SOUTH: Louis Vuitton duffel with two lipsticks, waterproof mascara, and a fifth of Captain Morgan/Crown. Money is not necessary - that's what dates are for. Stadium Size: NORTH: College football stadiums hold 20,000 people. SOUTH: High school football stadiums hold 20,000 people. Campus Decor: NORTH: Statues of founding fathers. SOUTH: Statues of Heisman trophy winners. Homecoming Queen: NORTH: Also a physics major. SOUTH: Also Miss America. Cheerleaders: NORTH: If you are slightly coordinated, you make the varsity squad. SOUTH: You begin cheer camp at age two, complete with ballet, dance, & gymnastic training. Getting Tickets: NORTH: 5 days before the game you walk into the ticket office on campus and purchase tickets. SOUTH: 5 months before the game you walk into the ticket office on campus & put name on the waiting list. Friday Classes After a Thursday Night Game: NORTH: Students and teachers not sure they're going to the game, because they have classes on Friday. SOUTH: Teachers cancel Friday classes because they don't want to see the few hung-over students that might actually make it to class. Parking: NORTH: An hour before game time, the University opens the campus for game parking. SOUTH: RVs sporting their school flags begin arriving on Wednesday for the weekend festivities. The really faithful arrive on Tuesday. Game Day: NORTH: A few students party in the dorm and watch ESPN on TV. SOUTH: Every student wakes up, has a beer for breakfast, and rushes over to where ESPN is broadcasting "Game Day Live" to get on camera and wave to the idiots up north. Tailgating: NORTH: Raw meat on a grill, beer with lime in it, listening to local radio station with truck tailgate down. SOUTH: 30-foot custom pig-shaped smoker fires up at dawn. Cooking accompanied by live performance by "Dave Matthews' Band," who come over during breaks and ask for a hit off bottle of bourbon. Getting to the Stadium: NORTH: You ask "Where's the stadium?" When you find it, you walk right in. SOUTH: When you're near it, you'll hear it. On game day it becomes the state's third largest city. Concessions: NORTH: Drinks served in a paper cup, filled to the top with soda. SOUTH: Drinks served in a plastic cup with the home team's mascot on it, filled less than halfway with soda, to ensure enough room for Captain Morgan/Crown. When National Anthem is Played: NORTH: Stands are less than half full, and less than half of them stand up. SOUTH: 100,000 fans, all standing, sing along in perfect four-part harmony. The Smell in the Air After the First Score: NORTH: Nothing changes. SOUTH: Fireworks, with a touch of Captain Morgan/Crown. Commentary (Male):Dammit you slow sumbitch - tackle him and break his legs! NORTH: "Nice play." SOUTH: Dammit you slow sumbitch - tackle him and break his legs! Commentary (Female): NORTH: "My, this certainly is a violent sport." SOUTH: Dammit you slow sumbitch - tackle him and break his legs! Announcers: NORTH: Neutral and paid. SOUTH: Announcer harmonizes with the crowd in the fight song, with a tear in his eye because he is so proud of his team. After the Game: NORTH: The stadium is empty way before the game ends. SOUTH: Another rack of ribs goes on the smoker. While somebody goes to the nearest package store for more bourbon; planning begins for next week's game.|W|P|112369787096744231|W|P|Yankee vs. Southern football|W|P|8/10/2005 12:45:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|So it's been even LONGER between posts. I hope that I can bring you guys up to speed. Not a lot concrete has happened. We're close to Emily's return to school. Ashley's return to school will be soon and I really excited for her. I think she's going to have a really good experience. I think it'll be great for her to be able to have her own classroom, and to learn how to keep the flow of a class from day to day. Emily and I went to play golf together this Monday. She played very well in fact. She put up a 22 on a 180 yard par 3.. Good job punkin!! I'm ok. I'm a little stuck in a rut at work, but what I do is so repetitive that it's bound to happen from time to time. I'm sure that better things are coming. I doubt I'll be at this job more than another full year. It's always possible I'll stay, but I hope that something will change. I'm tired of covering for the other dipshits at this job. Tired of having jerks read my email over my shoulder, tired of having a boss with no ability to police this group of lazy fools. As is often the case with my employment, it ain't the job, it's the need for me to be "in charge" of people who just plain don't care. It'll get better. more "fun" stuff later|W|P|112369697640914001|W|P|Wow..|W|P|