The Beginning of the End for Terrestrial Radio?

Tom Leykis.  Love him.  Hate him.  Either way you have to admit, he’s managed to go against the grain and make his streaming radio station a success.  No, The New Normal LLC isn’t rolling in dough, but since beginning operations in 2010, he has finally posted a profit for 2014.  Is terrestrial radio dying, especially when consolidation in the industry has created two behemoths that can’t even post a profit?

All data seems to point to:  Yes.

 

Gotham: Simple Word Play Or Something More?

Warning!  Potential spoilers ahead if you haven’t been watching FOX’s Gotham.  Turn back now.  Otherwise, read on.

Gotham is an American crime television series developed by Bruno Heller, based on characters appearing in and published by DC Comics in their Batman franchise, primarily those of James Gordon and Bruce Wayne. The series stars Ben McKenzie as the young Gordon, while Heller executive produces along with Danny Cannon, who also directed the pilot. As originally conceived, the series would have served as a straightforward story of Gordon’s early days on the Gotham City police force. The idea evolved not only to include the Wayne character, but also to tell the origin stories of several Batman villains. The first season order originally consisted of 16 episodes, but was later extended to 22. Gotham premiered on Fox on September 22, 2014.

gothamep111494hires2jpg-c992f8_1280wMy wife and I were catching up on the latest episode of Gotham, specifically the episode “The Scarecrow”.  In this episode, Dr. Leslie “Lee” Thompkins has become the new M.E. for the GCPD.  This, of course, is rather interesting as she and Detective James “Jim” Gordon have a developing romantic relationship.  It’s interesting to watch Gordon try to deal with the affectionate advances by Dr. Thompkins in the workplace, but that’s not the topic of this discussion.  Dr. Thompkins is commonly referred to as “Lee” in the show.

Established:  Dr. Leslie Thompkins goes by “Lee” in the show.

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QuickView: Jim Beam’s Devil’s Cut

I’m taking a break from beer this time around and giving you my quick review of Jim Beam’s Devil’s Cut.  It’s a 90 proof bourbon that, surprisingly, is very smooth.  Most lower price bourbons give me a gag reflex when I smell them and taste them unless they are mixed with something (like Coke, Dr. Pepper, etc.).  This, however, was very smooth on the rocks.  It’s a great sipping bourbon.

 

QuickView: Samuel Adams Rebel IPA

It’s Saturday, so that means another Quick Review of a beer I haven’t tried before.  This time it’s Samuel Adams Rebel IPA.  You know me, I love me some IPA!

So here are my thoughts.

QuickView: Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

Along with my regular Saturday Publix purchase, my wife convinced me to try a single new beer (you know, so I don’t buy a 6 pack of something that turns out be complete crap).

I selected Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo Extra IPA.  A friend of mine told me that it was a good choice and that I would probably like it since I like my beer “hoppy”.

He wasn’t wrong.

Here’s my quick video blurb about it:

 

TDS 3.22 A Crisis of Being Human

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In this episode, it’s a rant on the things I can’t seem to understand or figure out as a human being on this planet and why we do the things we do.  Where do we go from here?  What can we do to make it better?  Why does color of skin really matter?

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Born and raised in South Central Georgia, Donovan Adkisson is father to three fantastically smart children and husband to an awesome wife. When he's not trying to save the world by focusing on distributing information he feels that everyone should know via blogs and podcasts, he writes books, reads a lot and tries to learn everything he can on just about every subject. He's a former cable television and broadband industry technologist and executive. What more could you want?


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I Just Don’t Get Tumblr

I like to pride myself on understanding technology, from the older technology that I grew up with to the newer technology that comes at us every day of our lives.  For a good bit of my life, it’s been my job, in some form or fashion, to ensure that I had an understanding of how things work so I could keep them working for others or direct the actions of those that kept things working for others.

My first PC was a Commodore 64 (technically a Coleco ADAM, but that’s another story) and I wrote an article a couple of years ago detailing my journey with computers.  You can find it here.  I ran several computer bulletin board services (BBS) growing up, one in which my phone bill of calling around to other BBSes to get content prevented me from attending my senior prom (much to the chagrin of my then girlfriend).

I spent 7 years building computer systems, implementing computer networks and even installing mobile cellular telephones in vehicles when that market exploded.  My first foray into social media was Friendster, a bit before Facebook and Twitter.  When WordPress became popular because personal logs or blogs became a thing, I was there.  I understood it.  It was good.

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I don’t get Tumblr.  Period.

Tumblr (stylized in its logo as tumblr.) is a microblogging platform and social networking website founded by David Karp and owned by Yahoo! Inc. The service allows users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog. Users can follow other users’ blogs, as well as make their blogs private.[4][5] Much of the website’s features are accessed from the “dashboard” interface, where the option to post content and posts of followed blogs appear.

That’s the definition from Wikipedia.  Well, that brings up another question that the answer could possibly help me figure this out.

Microblogging is a broadcast medium that exists in the form of blogging. A microblog differs from a traditional blog in that its content is typically smaller in both actual and aggregated file size. Microblogs “allow users to exchange small elements of content such as short sentences, individual images, or video links”.[1] These small messages are sometimes called microposts.[2][3]

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TDS 2.12 The Year of Focus – Buying My Freedom

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Inspired by my good friend Sam’s latest Samuel’s Thoughts podcast, I’ve decided to put a theme to my year 2015.  Though I don’t do New Year’s resolutions, I do believe it’s good to set goals.  And what better way to set goals than to make your year about something specific, something in particular that means a lot to you?

In this quick episode, I explain what 2014’s theme wound up being for me and why and what I look forward to doing in 2015.  Books, weight loss and money.  Possibly not in that order.

 

Only Insecure Religions Make Statements Through Violence and Death

The recent tragedy of the assassinations of the 12 staffers at Charlie Hebdo got me to thinking.  When will this end?  I, for one, wish to be tolerant of people’s beliefs, no matter how stupid I might find them.  But at some point, when a religion is so insecure that a simple picture of one of their “holy” men results in the death of those that would produce such images, it’s time to take a stand.

The Financial Times European Editor, Tony Barber, has called the satirical newspaper stupid and accused them of “Muslim-baiting” after the deaths of the 12 people.

This is not in the slightest to condone the murderers, who must be caught and punished, or to suggest that freedom of expression should not extend to satirical portrayals of religion. It is merely to say that some common sense would be useful at publications such as Charlie Hebdo, and Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten, which purport to strike a blow for freedom when they provoke Muslims, but are actually just being stupid. – Tony Barber

 

Mr. Barber, what exactly does common sense have to do with this?  Are you suggesting that because we know there is a radical element to the Islamic faith that we should walk around them as if we were walking on glass?  For what purpose?  Even if, as the radical Imam Njem Choudary  has stated, they do not believe in freedom of speech and freedom of expression, it doesn’t mean that we as free human beings have to abide by what they wish.  We have rights, they Continue reading Only Insecure Religions Make Statements Through Violence and Death