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Japan Battles Partial Nuclear Meltdown

leviramsey Re:Considering ..... (769 comments)

As religions go, the Greenpeace crowd are almost as crazy/stupid/deluded as the Southern Baptist crowd.

more than 3 years ago
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Japan Battles Partial Nuclear Meltdown

leviramsey Re:what progress? (769 comments)

Never let the facts get in the way of a good argument...

more than 3 years ago
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Go For It On Fourth Down? Ask Coach Watson

leviramsey Re:Human element needed (241 comments)

until someone writes the script

`/dev/rand | chooseplay`

Interestingly, one reason that the 49ers under Bill Walsh were so good was Walsh's insight that defensive strategy (going back to when Tom Landry was an assistant coach for the Giants) was largely based on charting play calling tendencies in down and distance situations and that the best way to attack that was to make your play calls with as little correlation as possible to down and distance. That was the major reason that Walsh scripted the first several (at times over 15) plays of the game (the average number of offensive plays a team will run in an NFL game is about 60 so 25% of the plays were randomized (from the perspective of down/distance)) and the success of Walsh's 49ers has made such scripting a standard component of NFL strategy (and I'd suspect that many NFL offensive coordinators run software that looks for tendencies in their past scripts).

more than 3 years ago
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After a Decade, Digital Radio Still an Also-Ran In UK

leviramsey Re:Hmm, I wonder (200 comments)

that is beyond braindead from a design perspective.

more than 4 years ago
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After a Decade, Digital Radio Still an Also-Ran In UK

leviramsey Re:Nonsense (200 comments)

In practical terms, BSB no longer exists - it was "merged" with Sky, but the result was a renamed Sky with a lot more capital.

BSB still exists... ever hear of Sky Sports (which is, IINM the single biggest driver of subscriptions for Sky), formerly The Sports Channel on BSB (Sky thought that Eurosport was sufficient!)?

The operator's Internet streaming services are, in practice, much more popular than the satellite services they were originally formed to create.

And yet 80% of the service's subscribers are only paying for the satellite service (internet streaming is not included in the base subscription)...

more than 4 years ago
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After a Decade, Digital Radio Still an Also-Ran In UK

leviramsey Re:Nonsense (200 comments)

The US also has Sirius/XM, Satellite radio systems that, like the digital radio systems, have proven to be wildly unpopular. Again, these systems were not developed by any governments. The developers/operators of the two systems have had to merge just to keep afloat

The UK had Sky and British Satellite Broadcasting, satellite TV systems that, like the digital radio systems, have proven to be wildly unpopular.... the developers/operators of the two systems had to merge just to keep afloat.

The reason the two satellite radio operators nearly went under was because they went into a few years of trying to outspend each other on premium content and marketing, just like what happened with Sky and BSB. Merge and the dicksize wars go away and profits follow in short order (Sirius XM is one of the few American radio operators that's currently profitable).

more than 4 years ago
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After a Decade, Digital Radio Still an Also-Ran In UK

leviramsey Re:Nonsense (200 comments)

If Nokia had introduced a digital broadcasting standard, they'd have had devices on the market, but who would have been transmitting? People who bought broadcasting equipment from Nokia? Would the BBC have bought into a single-vendor solution like that? Absolutely not. And if they'd got other companies on board, they'd have needed a similarly long standards process (see WiFi) to get them all to agree and to avoid incompatibilities between implementations.

North America's experience with satellite radio (20m paying subscribers after 8.5 years) vs. HD radio (barely 1m units in the wild after 5 years (5 years into satellite radio, there were over 10m subscribers)) plainly indicates that a more integrated hardware design/hardware distribution/broadcasting/content complex is a pre-condition for success.

more than 4 years ago
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After a Decade, Digital Radio Still an Also-Ran In UK

leviramsey Re:Hmm, I wonder (200 comments)

On the other hand, there are advantages to satellite radio from a public safety perspective. Katrina took out nearly every radio tower in some places when it hit, but satellite could still be received. XM set up a special channel (with the American Red Cross) for emergency announcements for Gulf area responders and residents.

Also, a major component in the uptake for satellite radio is that because the broadcasters control the hardware they subsidize the cost of the radios and recoup the subsidy from the recurring subscription revenue (similar to mobile phone operators, though Sirius XM doesn't generally require you to commit for anything more than a month to get the subsidy). Even now, they spend about $50-$60 per radio on subsidies. With DAB and HD radio, the broadcasters are unwilling to fund hardware subsidies (or even to give digital radios away as contest prizes) while the only chance for the holders of the patents on the radios is to get those from the sale of the radios.

more than 4 years ago
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After a Decade, Digital Radio Still an Also-Ran In UK

leviramsey Re:Hmm, I wonder (200 comments)

US satellite radios have a much less surprising UI.

Turn it on. If it's getting a signal with a sufficiently low BER (roughly indicated with a mobile-phone-style set of bars), the last channel you listened to is playing. Want to change to the next channel up or down? Twirl the knob one way or the other. If you want to tune the way that DAB is (by seeing a list of other channels and selecting from there) that's also available (handy when there's about 150 channels to choose from), though that method also has the benefit of allowing you to see what's being broadcast on the other channels before you tune (like an EPG for radio). There's also a feature to allow you be alerted whenever a song or artist you set is being played anywhere on the service (and a few radios let you set it to record those songs and put them into custom playlists, although the RIAA got those units taken off the market).

more than 4 years ago
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After a Decade, Digital Radio Still an Also-Ran In UK

leviramsey Re:Satillite (200 comments)

A commentator once said that it's actually perhaps more instructive to think of Sirius and XM as operating a network of 100 (Sirius) to 1000 (XM) terrrestrial digital radio towers with satellites to fill in the coverage gaps (as opposed to the standard explanation that they have the terrestrial repeaters to fill in satellite coverage gaps).

At some point, Sirius XM will probably get the FCC's approval to put different content on the repeater network from the satellites (e.g. Sirius currently allocates about 400kbit to a collection of channels with continuous traffic reports because the FCC license requires that the all channels have to be offered nationwide... if they could have one traffic channel but have it be locally broadcast terrestrially only, then that would free up bandwidth).

more than 4 years ago
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After a Decade, Digital Radio Still an Also-Ran In UK

leviramsey Re:Hmm, I wonder (200 comments)

Ditto for satellite... XM uses aacPlus (v1, though 90-some-odd percent of the receivers in the wild support v2 as well), while Sirius uses a heavily tweaked PAC codec (originally from Bell Labs... most technical reviews I've seen place that codec as roughly on par with AAC or Vorbis... 64 kbit Sirius channels are roughly as good as 128 kbit MP3s in my experience).

more than 4 years ago
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After a Decade, Digital Radio Still an Also-Ran In UK

leviramsey Re:Hmm, I wonder (200 comments)

There are incentives to compress dynamic range of digital audio... Sirius and XM both use DRC as part of their audio processing (Sirius uses Orban Opticodecs, XM uses Neural Audio), with the major reason being that listeners complain if The Boneyard is noticeably quieter than Symphony Hall (or vice versa) (also on XM, the processing regime theoretically makes the audio more compressible by an HE-AAC encoder).

more than 4 years ago
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Opera 10.60 Released, With Faster JS, WebM Video Support

leviramsey Re:Correction (301 comments)

Probably for the same reason that they dropped OS/2, BeOS and QNX versions...

more than 4 years ago
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Flight of the Desktops

leviramsey Re:iDon't want app censorship (430 comments)

Have mainframes disappeared?
Have minicomputers disappeared?

Apart from being renamed "servers" and "clusters" and such, they haven't. They don't rule the roost to the extent that they used to, but the desktop didn't kill them: they found their niche in doing things that desktops weren't suited to.

So it will be with desktops compared to laptops: they'll handle the computing tasks that aren't practical with laptops (gaming, media editing, etc.).

And so it will be with laptops and netbooks and such: they'll handle the tasks that tablets and smartphones aren't suited to (e.g. writing code for the tablets and smartphones)

more than 4 years ago
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Flight of the Desktops

leviramsey Re:Does it have a monitor and full-size keyboard? (430 comments)

If my laptop had Model M keys, my girlfriend would never let me use it in the bedroom.

One would expect that you would want your girlfriend on your lap when in your bedroom as opposed to the laptop...

more than 4 years ago
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Steve Jobs Hints At Theora Lawsuit

leviramsey Re:Connect the dots (686 comments)

Content is king. Youtube has the content.

more than 4 years ago
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New Litigation Targets 20,000 BitTorrent-Using Downloaders

leviramsey Re:Good thing (949 comments)

Of course, the process in most cases is to inventory what's left in the store and deduct that from the amount purchased to get the net quantity sold, in which case the store does pay for any pilferage.

more than 4 years ago
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Hacked Business Owner Stuck With $52k Phone Bill

leviramsey Re:Not astonishingly suprising... (300 comments)

I don't think there is time for hypoxemia if a 15 ton boulder falls on your head.

Indeed, I suspect that the problem in that case is hyperoxemia...

more than 5 years ago
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Hacked Business Owner Stuck With $52k Phone Bill

leviramsey Re:ScuttleMonkey doesn't even read TFS (300 comments)

The alternative is the British system of charging the caller of a cellular # more for a call than charged to a caller to a landline.

more than 5 years ago
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Data Centers Crucial To Lehman Sale

leviramsey Re:All the banks are valueless. (301 comments)

You could basically do that, if you can arrange a sham short sale.

E.g. have a friend buy your house for something roughly like the current market value while simultaneously selling you a call option on the property (since you're considering asking to buy back the loan for cash, it's assumed that you have sufficient cash on hand) for some desultory amount.

$100k loan balance... you could probably do a short sale for $80k to a friend with you renting the house for long enough (the call option premium basically being the rent) to make it look semi-kosher and then buying it from them for say $82k in cash you had lying around.

more than 6 years ago

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NFL w/ a Fringe of Soccer

leviramsey leviramsey writes  |  more than 7 years ago

So Randy Moss is now a Patriot.

Corey Dillon managed to work within the program for a couple of years (and once he acted up, we cut him).

Rodney Harrison didn't have the best reputation for the Chargers (though that may have been more because of his prodigious fine total...).

Arguably, TO would be a better project for the Patriots; Moss has a history of, well, laziness, which doesn't necessarily fit in with the Patriots system. Still, I think that his willingness to renegotiate the contract underscores a desire to get a ring, and if he reverts to prior form, the core leadership in the locker room (Brady, the elite-level QB that Moss has never really had (save for maybe Cunningham in Minnesota way back when?), Bruschi, Vrabel, etc.) may need only to flash some Super Bowl rings and say "you can raise hell when you have even two rings."

If worse comes to worst, he can be cut rather easily, and the Patriots have really only burned a fourth round pick. On the other hand, the tandem of Stallworth and Moss has got to be giving secondaries throughout the AFC nightmares....

EDIT to add the fringe of soccer that was advertised: Villa win 2-0 away to Man City. Providing more evidence that Martin O'Neill's vision is being realized, James Maloney and John Carew (both January window acquisitions) were Villa's scorers, while Petrov and Ashley Young (the other main acquisitions this season) performed very well. Villa have won 3 straight road games in the league for the first time since 1998.

I expect Villa to be competing in the UEFA Cup for 2008-09, with a possible Champions League appearance in 2010-11.

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An idea just popped into my head...

leviramsey leviramsey writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Why not surreptitiously drop oil-eating bacteria into Middle Eastern oil wells?

Enviros would be happy due to reduced petroleum supplies.

Western oil companies (few, if any, of whom have any drilling interests in the MidEast) would be happy due to reduced supplies increasing prices for their oil.

Alternative energy interests would be happy (due to generally rising petroleum prices).

The only losers are the MidEastern oil states, and those who are dependent on specifically MidEastern oil extraction (including, for instance, Islamic terrorist groups).

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Muslim fuck-buddies?

leviramsey leviramsey writes  |  more than 8 years ago

A Sign of Progress?

A new wave in marriage is sweeping the Middle East: misyar ("visit") marriages, wherein "the woman gives up spousal rights and stays in her residence while the man visits her for sex.

How exactly (minus the vestigial woman-hating components that accompany the Sunni fatwas allowing this practice; the Shi'a have a practice that is essentially a marriage for a specified length of time which expires without divorce proceedings) is this that different from modern Western love/lust (though, admittedly, I've had as much direct experience with Western love/lust over the last few years than I've had with Middle Eastern or Eastern love/lust, which is to say none, but that's neither here nor there)?

It is, as Cavanaugh states, a symptom of organized religion's need (and thus the need of states dominated by such) to issue a blanket proscription, and then in certain defined situations, allow a total exception; these marriages (especially the Shi'ite version) appear to legalize prostitution ("I'll pay you $500 to marry me for tonight"). While entering into a misyar with the intention to divorce is proscripted, most of these marriages include provisions for instant divorce in the event of pregnancy, or even if news of the misyar gets out. The misyar is thus a license to bed-hop.

The parallels to Western societies that prohibited sex outside of marriage and their rampant teenage marriage rates (along with short marriages ending in either the death of one partner or divorce) should not go unnoted (so there!). That these marriages are especially popular with the student set underscores the parallel.

So to Ahmed and A'isha, keep on with that. Sexual liberation today, liberation from your theocratic oppressors tomorrow!

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EPL Power Ratings (30 August, 2006)

leviramsey leviramsey writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Just plugging recent (mostly from this season, but the last two weeks of play from last season are also factored in) results in the EPL into my power rating algorithm... (W-L-T records are for 2006)

  1. Manchester United (3-0-0)
  2. Portsmouth (2-0-1)
  3. Liverpool (1-0-1)
  4. Aston Villa (2-0-1)
  5. Everton (2-0-1)
  6. Chelsea (2-1-0)
  7. Newcastle United (1-1-0)
  8. West Ham United (1-1-1)
  9. Arsenal (0-1-1)
  10. Fulham (1-1-1)
  11. Bolton Wanderers (1-1-1)
  12. Wigan Athletic (1-1-0)
  13. Reading (1-2-0)
  14. Manchester City (1-1-1)
  15. Blackburn Rovers (0-2-1)
  16. Charlton Athletic (1-2-0)
  17. Watford (0-2-1)
  18. Middlesbrough (1-2-0)
  19. Tottenham Hotspur (1-2-0)
  20. Sheffield United (0-2-1)

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Funniest sports betting post in a while

leviramsey leviramsey writes  |  more than 8 years ago

In response to a post advocating laying 3 points with San Diego against Oakland, in the wake of the Raiders signing Jeff George:

[Y]ou are brilliant. BTW, take the 2.5 -114 at Pinny. And, if you wait for Oakland to win one more preseason game you may get Oakland Fan to bet that line down a little further. Of course, you have to remember that they are all cashing in their food stamps, so it may take awhile for them to bet this line down considering they are doing it $3 at a time.

{I'm sure that one of the few things the Patriot and Steeler fans in the JE circle can agree on is the characterization of the Raider fanbase...}

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UP THE VILLA!

leviramsey leviramsey writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Ellis is out! Ellis is out!

English Premier League soccer club Aston Villa (ASV.L: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Monday it had agreed a 62.6 million pound ($119 million) cash takeover by a group led by U.S. billionaire Randy Lerner.

The 44-year-old Lerner, former chairman of credit card issuer MBNA and owner of the Cleveland Browns American football team, said he planned to get the team back on track. "It is my belief and the basis for my bid to acquire Aston Villa Football Club that it can compete at the highest level within the Premiership and in Europe," the American said in a statement.

I don't think this is either a Glazer or Abramovitch situation... AVFC don't have the assets to strip of Man Ure, and it doesn't seem like Lerner wants a Chelski-esque plaything where when he gets bored of losing money and winning championships, the club will be left in massive debt.

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Germany's low birth rate explained

leviramsey leviramsey writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Doesn't this picture book (not work safe, unless your place of employment likes drawings of coitus) just make you want to get it on?

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SlashCapper

leviramsey leviramsey writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I'm planning to start posting my sports handicapping here at /., but I'm not going to clutter up this journal with that stuff.

So if you're interested head on over to SlashCapper's journal.

Proudly posting content that's probably illegal in the State of Washington!

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Cato @ Liberty

leviramsey leviramsey writes  |  more than 8 years ago

For those of you that haven't discovered the Cato Institute's Cato @ Liberty blog, here are a pair of highlights:

  • The leading advocacy group for a living wage argued in a California court 11 years ago that increasing the amount they had to pay their outreach workers (whether through a minimum wage increase or through having to pay overtime) would force them to hire fewer outreach workers
  • The Libertarian Center:

    Glaeser and Ward are right. There is little principled difference between the Rs and Ds these days about the size and scope of government. On that score, the main disagreements now are about which favored groups get to feed at the government trough at the expense of the rest of us. By contrast, the really fundamental issues today, the issues that define ideological loyalties and drive voters to the polls, are cultural questions: abortion, stem cell research, gay marriage, guns, immigration, nationalism. Church attendance is now a better predictor of voting patterns than income.

    And so, whether Jonah likes it or not, libertarians are in the center of the American political debate as it is currently framed. In the red vs. blue culture wars, libertarians find themselves in the middle, along with that large, nonideological chunk of the electorate that is equally squeamish about the religious right and the countercultural left. This is a new and unaccustomed position for libertarians to be in, but I am coming to believe it represents a unique opportunity for us if we can figure out how to take advantage of it.

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In which I pull a MacArthur

leviramsey leviramsey writes  |  more than 8 years ago For the first time in over 2 years, I am online from my own computer with broadband. Take due notice thereof and govern yourselves accordingly.

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SIRIUS: An analysis of repeats on BuzzSaw

leviramsey leviramsey writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Many of you may recall that I subscribe to Sirius (and have since before Howard Stern was signed). My #1 preset is BuzzSaw. Following is an analysis of BuzzSaw's playlist between midnight ET on Dec. 23 and approximately 2:00 pm ET on Dec. 24. The data is courtesy of The SIRIUS Stream Explorer; a condensed form of the data follows the analysis.

In the 38 hours studied, 469 songs were played (counting examples like "Heartbreaker" straight into "Living Loving Maid" as one song), for a mean of 12.3 songs/hour. 384 distinct songs were played. No song was played more than 3 times in the period, implying that the odds are against hearing a song twice within 12 hours.

  • 9 songs were played thrice
  • 67 songs were played twice
  • 308 songs were played once

All in all, I would say that this is a pretty good balance of repetition versus variety, in my opinion. In listening for 24 hours straight, one could expect to hear at most c. 50 repeats.

  • .38 Special - 4 plays, 4 distinct songs
  • AC/DC - 27 plays, 16 distinct songs
    • Played thrice: "Highway to Hell"
    • Played twice: "Back in Black", "Big Balls", "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap", "For Those About to Rock...", "Hells Bells", "Shoot to Thrill", "Sin City", "T.N.T.", "You Shook Me All Night Long"
  • Accept - 1 play
  • Aerosmith - 25 plays, 21 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)", "Rag Doll", "Same Old Song and Dance", "Walk This Way"
  • Aldo Nova - 2 plays, 1 distinct song
    • Played twice: "Fantasy"
  • Alice Cooper - 8 plays, 4 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Billion Dollar Babies", "I'm Eighteen", "No More Mr. Nice Guy", "School's Out"
  • April Wine - 1 play
  • Autograph - 1 play
  • Axe - 1 play
  • Bad Company - 6 plays, 5 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Bad Company"
  • Billy Squier - 10 plays, 8 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Christmas Is the Time to Say...", "In the Dark"
  • Billy Thorpe - 1 play
  • Black Sabbath - 12 plays, 10 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Iron Man", "Paranoid"
  • Blackfoot - 3 plays, 3 distinct songs
  • Blue - 3 plays, 3 distinct songs
  • Blue Oyster Cult - 3 plays, 2 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "(Don't Fear) The Reaper"
  • Bob Rivers - 3 plays, 2 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "I Am Santa Claus"
  • Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - 1 play
  • Boston - 8 plays, 6 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "More Than a Feeling", "Peace of Mind"
  • Buckcherry - 1 play
  • Cheap Trick - 2 plays, 2 distinct songs
  • Cream - 3 plays, 2 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "White Room"
  • David Lee Roth - 2 plays, 2 distinct songs
  • Deep Purple - 4 plays, 4 distinct songs
  • Def Leppard - 13 plays, 10 distinct songs
    • Played thrice: "Bringin' On the Heartbreak"
    • Played twice: "Photograph"
  • Derek and the Dominos - 1 play
  • Dio - 5 plays, 3 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Holy Diver", "Rainbow in the Dark"
  • Dokken - 2 plays, 2 distinct songs
  • Eddie Money - 1 play
  • Eric Clapton - 1 play
  • Faces - 1 play
  • Foghat - 3 plays, 3 distinct songs
  • Foreigner - 4 plays, 4 distinct songs
  • George Thorogood - 6 plays, 5 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Bad to the Bone"
  • Golden Earring - 3 plays, 2 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Twilight Zone"
  • Grand Funk Railroad - 1 play
  • Great White - 3 plays, 3 distinct songs
  • Guns 'n' Roses - 9 plays, 7 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Live and Let Die", "Welcome to the Jungle"
  • Heart - 4 plays, 3 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Magic Man"
  • Humble Pie - 3 plays, 2 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "I Don't Need No Doctor"
  • Iron Maiden - 4 plays, 4 distinct songs
  • Jefferson Starship - 2 plays, 2 distinct songs
  • Jethro Tull - 1 play
  • Jimi Hendrix - 16 plays, 12 distinct songs
    • Played thrice: "Purple Haze"
    • Played twice: "Dolly Dagger", "Foxey Lady"
  • Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - 2 plays, 2 distinct songs
  • Joe Satriani - 2 plays, 2 distinct songs
  • Joe Walsh - 3 plays, 3 distinct songs
  • Judas Priest - 5 plays, 5 distinct songs
  • Kiss - 9 plays, 8 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "I Stole Your Love"
  • Krokus - 1 play
  • Led Zeppelin - 21 plays, 16 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Black Dog", "Heartbreaker/Living Loving Maid", "In the Evening", "Kashmir", "The Ocean"
  • Loverboy - 1 play
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd - 10 plays, 8 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Sweet Home Alabama", "That Smell"
  • Metallica - 10 plays, 9 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Seek and Destroy"
  • Molly Hatchet - 2 plays, 2 distinct songs
  • Montrose - 1 play
  • Motley Crue - 8 plays, 7 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Girls, Girls, Girls"
  • Motorhead - 1 play
  • Nazareth - 3 plays, 2 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Hair of the Dog"
  • Neil Young - 2 plays, 2 distinct songs
  • Night Ranger - 1 play
  • Ozzy Osbourne - 11 plays, 9 distinct songs
    • Played thrice: "Crazy Train"
  • Pat Benatar - 4 plays
  • Pat Travers - 1 play
  • Queen - 12 plays, 7 distinct songs
    • Played thrice: "Fat Bottomed Girls"
    • Played twice: "Another One Bites the Dust", "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Stone Cold Crazy", "We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions"
  • Quiet Riot - 2 plays, 1 distinct song
    • Played twice: "Cum On Feel the Noize"
  • Rainbow - 3 plays, 3 distinct songs
  • Ratt - 5 plays, 3 distinct songs
    • Played thrice: "Round and Round"
  • Red Rider - 3 plays, 1 distinct song
    • Played thrice: "Lunatic Fringe"
  • Rick Derringer - 1 play
  • Robert Plant - 1 play
  • Robin Trower - 1 play
  • Rolling Stones - 7 plays, 4 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Gimme Shelter", "Honky Tonk Women", "Sympathy for the Devil"
  • Rossington Collins... - 1 play
  • Rush - 15 plays, 12 distinct songs
    • Played thrice: "The Spirit of Radio"
  • Sammy Hagar - 8 plays, 7 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "I Can't Drive 55"
  • Saxon - 1 play
  • Scorpions - 8 plays, 7 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Rock You Like a Hurricane"
  • Steppenwolf - 3 plays, 2 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Magic Carpet Ride"
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan - 5 plays, 4 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Pride and Joy"
  • Styx - 2 plays, 1 distinct song
    • Played twice: "Renegade"
  • Sweet - 3 plays, 1 distinct song
    • Played thrice: "Ballroom Blitz"
  • T. Rex - 2 plays, 1 distinct song
    • Played twice: "Get it On (Bang a Gong)"
  • Ted Nugent - 5 plays, 5 distinct songs
  • Tesla - 3 plays, 2 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Modern Day Cowboy"
  • The Allman Brothers Band - 1 play
  • The Amboy Dukes - 1 play
  • The Black Crowes - 4 plays, 4 distinct songs
  • The Charlie Daniels Band - 1 play
  • The Cult - 6 plays, 5 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Fire Woman"
  • The Doors - 2 plays, 1 distinct song
    • Played twice: "Roadhouse Blues"
  • The Edgar Winter Group - 3 plays, 2 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Frankenstein"
  • The Firm - 1 play
  • The Kinks - 1 play
  • The Runaways - 1 play
  • Thin Lizzy - 5 plays, 4 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "The Boys Are Back in Town"
  • Tom Petty - 1 play
  • Triumph - 2 plays, 2 distinct songs
  • Twisted Sister - 2 plays, 1 distinct song
    • Played twice: "We're Not Gonna Take It"
  • UFO - 5 plays, 5 distinct songs
  • Van Halen - 19 plays, 12 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "And the Cradle Will Rock...", "Everybody Wants Some!!", "Feel Your Love Tonight", "Hot for Teacher", "Panama", "Runnin' with the Devil", "Unchained"
  • WASP - 1 play
  • Whitesnake - 4 plays, 4 distinct songs
  • Y&T - 1 play
  • Zebra - 1 play
  • ZZ Top - 14 plays, 10 distinct songs
    • Played twice: "Gimme All Your Lovin'", "La Grange", "Sharp Dressed Man", "Tush"

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Request for Advice & Comment (veganism & love)

leviramsey leviramsey writes  |  more than 9 years ago PREFACE

It's been a while since I last posted. A rundown of what has happened in the interim is well beyond the scope of this JE.

I. Have. Fallen. Hard. For. This. Girl.

She's a coworker of mine (at least for now...). There's been one encounter outside of work which sorta-kinda evolved into a date (with me, the "first date" has always been somewhat nebulous... each of my previous relationships grew out of a friendship; thus by the time it progresses to a stage where it's undeniably a date, it seems kind of ludicrous to declare that landmark in time as a first date... in short, in matters of the heart, I'm an evolutionist, not a creationist [though with more than a little bit of intelligent design thrown in for good measure ;o) ]).

She's a vegan. My diet is, um, highly carnivorous. We're talking about there being no greater delicacy than a giant cheesesteak (be it Philly or New England style).

She's a member of PETA. She supports, at least at some level, at least one group branded by the powers that be as a terrorist group. In short, she's likely vegan for moral reasons above all else (a ubiquitous "Meat is murder" button on her jacket is possibly also evidence of this).

The conflict should be apparent.

It can't possibly work out, can it? Could you carry on a relationship with someone you view as at least an accessory after the fact to murder? Could you carry on a relationship with someone who would be delusional if they didn't view you as a murderer?

Now, I'm horrid at reading women (or people in general, for that matter), but she seems to be genuinely interested in me. I have no choice but to take her statement-in-passing that I'm the first non-vegan she's socially dined with in some time as some kind of honor: out of the 99-plus percent of the male population that's not vegan, she's at least considering me.

(For the record, I studiously ordered pasta primavera... while not vegan [yummy alfredo sauce], it's a rare meat-free meal for me.)

Given the shyness that breeds the friendship-first phenomenon (see above), I thus tend to evaluate LTR potential (note that this is not an expectation thereof but simply a contemplation there of) before jumping in. This fundamental issue is about the one unresolved one in my mind.

I'm never going to feel comfortable (nor, I suspect, will she) consuming meat in her presence (ovo-lacto type product could very well be acceptable; she herself consumed chocolate cake with whipped cream for dessert; I won't tell any of her vegan friends) nor in any way asking her to be a party thereof.

Can I be an ovo-lacto-vegetarian? A vegetarian/dietary vegan? A dietary vegan who shuns leather (but accepts, say, wool)? A full-on vegan?

Tried to amend my carnivorous habit
Made it nearly a pair of days
...
Cheeseburger at City Jake's
-- With apologies to Jimmy Buffett

From Saturday afternoon (I have forgotten when exactly I ate that stromboli) until noon today, I consumed no meat, sort of to see whether I could. There really wasn't anything planned about this... I have no doubt that my crash veg diet was horrible for me and that with enough research and so forth (or simply a knowledgeable vegan to cook for me... ;o) ), I would do much better.

I gotta run, so I'll post this rambling missive as is... post comments below.

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Ekaterina Jung on Leadership

leviramsey leviramsey writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Reason contributing editor, escapee from Communist oppression, Xena fan-fic author, and Boston Globe columnist Cathy Young comments. Too much good stuff to pick out a quote, so I will abstain.

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Ten Reasons to Fire Bush

leviramsey leviramsey writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Jesse Walker pretty much sums up my view... [apologies to HuSi readers who have already seen this...]

The Democrats have nominated a senator who--just sticking to the points listed above--voted for the war in Iraq, the Patriot Act, McCain-Feingold, and the TSA; who endorses the assault on "indecency"; who thinks the government should be spending even more than it is now. I didn't have room in my top ten for the terrible No Child Left Behind Act, which further centralized control of the country's public schools--but for the record, Kerry voted for that one too. It's far from clear that he'd be any less protectionist than Bush is, and he's also got problems that Bush doesn't have, like his support for stricter gun controls. True, Kerry doesn't owe anything to the religious right, and you can't blame him for the torture at Abu Ghraib. Other than that, he's not much of an improvement.

Yet I find myself hoping the guy wins. Not because I'm sure he'll be better than the current executive, but because the incumbent so richly deserves to be punished at the polls. Making me root for a... blowhard like Kerry isn't the worst thing Bush has done to the country. But it's the offense that I take most personally.

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Are YOU a contributor to the United States of America?

leviramsey leviramsey writes  |  more than 10 years ago

If you're from one of the following states, odds are that you're an overall contributor to the Greatest Country in the History of Earth (in descending order of chance of being a contributor)

  • New Jersey
  • Connecticut
  • New Hampshire
  • Nevada
  • Massachusetts
  • California
  • Illinois
  • Minnesota
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • New York
  • Washington
  • Michigan
  • Wisconsin
  • Texas
  • Oregon

Congratulations to all of you!

Indianans aren't contributors, but you aren't leeches on those of us who contribute. Just keep this in mind.

And now it comes to the less fun part of this exercise. Who are the leeches? Who's on welfare? Odds are, if you're from one of the states below, you're a despicable person who's dependent on the largesse of the states above (ranked ascending order of leeching):

  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Ohio
  • Wyoming
  • North Carolina
  • Rhode Island
  • Pennsylvania
  • Kansas
  • Vermont
  • Utah
  • Nebraska
  • Arizona
  • Maryland
  • Iowa
  • Tennessee
  • Idaho
  • Maine
  • Missouri
  • South Carolina
  • Louisiana
  • Virginia
  • Kentucky
  • Oklahoma
  • Arkansas
  • Hawaii
  • South Dakota
  • Alabama
  • Montana
  • West Virginia
  • Mississippi
  • Alaska
  • North Dakota
  • New Mexico

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Reason on John Edwards

leviramsey leviramsey writes  |  more than 10 years ago

John Edwards' Bursting Media Bubble
Charles Paul Freund

News stories that describe a candidate's apparent weaknesses can allow that candidate to address such issues in public. It's not as if only reporters could see, for example, that Edwards didn't know what he was talking about during some of the candidates' debates. Many voters could see it, too. With no sustained public dialogue about it, Edwards really had no obvious way to resolve voter doubts, leaving voters to take those doubts with them into the polling booth.

[SNIP]

A stark fact that is sometimes obscured by Edwards' positive coverage is that his best claim is to have exceeded early expectations without being able to build on his early success. Indeed, he won no more primaries than did Howard Dean or Wesley Clark: one. Aside from his native South Carolina, Edwards didn't even do well in the South, running behind in such states as Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia. Despite his efforts to cherry-pick primaries (another relatively unexplored subject of campaign coverage), he couldn't beat Clark in Oklahoma, couldn't sell protectionism in the Rust Belt, and couldn't make any headway at all against Kerry when they were last two serious candidates standing. True, he had outlasted other Democrats with far more experience, but Edwards' candidacy in its closing days was very like his early candidacy, when few people had heard of him. It had failed to develop depth.

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Non Paranoid Story to YRO!

leviramsey leviramsey writes  |  more than 10 years ago

A story I submitted got posted to YRO: Yay! Just posting this for the benefit [???] of any fans who ignore YRO.

Note that it was timothy and not michael who posted it...

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Reason on Reagan's Betrayals

leviramsey leviramsey writes  |  more than 10 years ago

An interesting piece by Jesse Walker regarding Reagan's willingness to betray the major constituencies that helped to get him elected:

And if Reagan didn't live up to the expectations of his libertarian supporters, the flipside is that he did the same thing to his backers on the Christian right, and among that species of anti-Communist that seemed unconcerned with the specter of nuclear war.

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