Saturday, April 14, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
Wow, I like looking at your stat counter ...
NOT FOR NOTHIN’, BUT:
EzCorp announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of the 15 Colorado pawnshops operated by Pawn One, under the trade name Jumping Jack Cash.
First, I always figured pawnshops were a creation of fiction, since I’ve never actually seen one. I’ve never been to Colorado, either, although I’m pretty sure it exists. It’s where they make beer and John Denver records.
1 Imus ... to Go.
While we’re at it, the fact that MSNBC cancelled the show probably doesn’t have as much to do with what he said as it does that big advertisers like Procter & Gamble pulled their advertising. After all, who gives a crap that a women’s basketball team is offended when there’s money to be lost? This is America, after all. If he still had ad revenue coming in, his hand would have been slapped and he would be back on the air. So, we can insult entire groups of people as long as someone will pay for it. When they stop, you have to stop. Is that the message? I'm confused, because I've heard far worse things on several occasions coming from others who are still gainfully employed.
I remember listening to his stupid 1200 Hamburgers album in 1972. I didn't think he was funny then, and I don't think he's funny now. CBS did us a favor by taking him off the air. I'm not sure it was for the right reason, but enough is enough.
Meanwhile, the Rutgers basketball team is playing this to the hilt. Their coach appeared on the Oprah show, telling people that Imus stole their chance at glory. Sheesh. Get a grip. One stupid white person cannot steal anyone's dream. They have moved from the ranks of the offended to the cast of My Favorite Martyr. My question is, how long is this going to last? It has already gotten way too much attention, and if we have to hear about it as long as we have been subjected to the Anna Nicole baby story, I don't think there is enough Umphrey's McGee music to download to keep me occupied.
EMI's Chief Executive Eric Nicoli told reporters earlier this month he was working on a deal to put The Beatles’ music online but refused to give a time frame.
"It seems like it is heading in that direction," Jupiter analyst Mark Mulligan told Reuters of the Beatles catalogue. "The conversation has changed from an 'if' to a 'when'. "The Beatles are a perennial (favorite). You can put the content out there and it will sell. If they put the Beatles catalogue online you will very likely see them having number ones again."
Ya think? Number one? That doesn't say much for the state of current music if 40-year old music can out-sell new music. I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t either already have the CDs or, if they don’t have them it’s because they don’t want them. Of course, you can put it out and it will sell.
I like the parenthesis in his quote. That means that he didn’t say “favorite,” but the writer put it in. So, what did he say? Why wouldn’t they just print what he said?
I’m not sure, does Michael Jackson still own the publishing rights to the Lennon/McCartney stuff or did he sell it?
Thursday, April 12, 2007
I posted a story about a well-known tax preparer, hoping that they would read that instead of the personal story that was attached to the first one they found. As it turns out, the boys at the home office in Kansas City are still doing their blog research, and the bait has been taken. I hesitate to mention their name again, lest it come up in another search. I had my fun, now let's move on. I am easily entertained, as you no doubt can tell.
Their little Google blog search turned up 8,911 results, so I guess whomever is doing their googling was kept busy for most of the day. What I want to know is, how do I get that job? Getting paid to goof around on the Internet is my idea of a cushy job.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
"The law is very complicated and filling out the returns is somewhat mind-boggling," says Robert Simon, partner at Eisner & Lubin in New York. "The media keeps telling everyone how difficult it is and people just get panicky. They sit down and start (the filing process) with all this in the back of their minds. I can understand why people would be afraid to do it."
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Soon, I'm going to have to sit down and do my taxes. I know. This is the first time since I've been working that I haven't had them done on February 1. I never have to pay, but I don't get the thousands of dollars that some of my goofy co-workers and relatives get. They prefer to give the government an interest-free loan and whine about not having any money to spend. Meanwhile, the 40 bucks they give the government every week could be better spent on infant formula, beer or a nice dinner instead of waiting until April to get a check. Maybe they'll go to Disney World?
I don't know why I've been procrastinating so. I have all my paperwork, my TurboTax software and free time. In the back of my mind, I'm wondering what would happen if I just didn't file. Screw 'em. They owe me a couple hundred dollars, so why bother? The TV ads for the software and tax prep services use fear as a motivator, with that panicky woman at the bus stop screaming "I know! I know!" when the guy asks her if she knows what time it is.
Some of us know but don't care..
Monday, April 9, 2007
First, as you can see, it clearly says that Todd Barry appears on Invite Them Up. Oh, so it's not a Todd Barry CD, it's a Todd Barry appears on CD. So, which tracks does Todd appear on? I don't know, because as you can see, every track on the CD is Invite Them Up. Either it's the same joke over and over, or Todd is out of comedy ideas. Either way, I realize that there are 5 more tracks on the CD. Could they also be called Invite Them Up? There's only one way to find out. I clicked on Next 5, and ...
You bet. It's not a great marketing tool, gang.
Moreover, it's a small victory over the popular crowd. Real Player's Top 25 is dominated by those Blue Collar guys [how did Ron White get mixed up with them?] and Dane Cook [a.k.a. Mr. MySpace 50,000 friends]. As it is with music, there is generally better stuff as you dig a bit further.