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George H.W. Bush yelled at me for making him look bad on tv....
By: Tim Wilson on Dec 29, 2012 at 7:26:22 am

...which, to be fair, I kind of did. ___________________________________ It's 4:30 AM as I walk toward him, cold enough to see the steam rising from his coffee at a dozen paces. Less than two years out of office, George Herbert Walker Bush doesn't need to introduce himself of course. That would inevitably come off as condescending, and that's not his style.  (He does however introduce  me to the member of his security contingent who'd be accompanying me. "This is Keith" was about the sum of it.) I'm just saying that when 41 extends his hand and smiles, and his first...

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Reminder to go VOTE!
By: Steve Modica on Nov 5, 2012 at 8:26:35 am

For those browsing through blog entries on the Cow today, please remember to go and vote tomorrow. I know that's going to be particularly tough for those of you on the East Coast. Your vote counts and it's important to all of us that turnout is high. That's part of what makes an election valid. Everyone needs to participate. I'm going to try hard to be first in line this year. :)...

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WHO NEEDS LIGHTS ANYWAY…
By: Jiggy Gaton on Mar 24, 2009 at 12:34:14 pm

A few years back my heart went out to my brethren New Yorkers, who in the midst of a blackout, panicked to the point of suicide and falling down stairs in the dark. I could not help thinking, why not light some candles? In Nepal, there is hardly any electricity during the dry season. For 8 months of the year, when there is no rainfall or snow melt from the mighty Himals, there is nothing to power the water turbines that supply the country with 240V, plus or minus. So all electricity must be bought from our neighbors in India,...

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Cow news from Ashgabat and Rangoon
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 21, 2009 at 4:12:41 pm

So anyway, we've been pleased as punch to see that, according to Google, The Cow has passed the milestone of 2 million visits per month. Every week is bringing new records for both visits and visitors, so we're sure that many more milestones will be passed in due time. I'm a bit of a stat geek, so I dug in a little deeper. Some of the details are headache-inducing even for me, but, for the less numerically-inclined, I'll start with a nice shiny picture: The first thing I noticed is that a lot of the visits come from exactly where...

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AIG to pay millions in bonuses this week after bailout
By: walter biscardi on Mar 15, 2009 at 5:33:39 am

First read the article. AIG is paying out millions in bonuses starting this week after receiving a government bailout to save the company from failure. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29697096/ So the company is going to reward people for failure and they have to ensure they keep the same talented people around to ran the company in the ground in the first place. Unbelieveable. If you want to tell AIG what you think of this plan, here's the contact link. https://securecontent.aig.com/contact-aig_20_19050.html...

politics

What's wrong with being a Muslim?
By: walter biscardi on Oct 15, 2008 at 5:48:59 am

Had to share this because it s just so well stated.  Here s a 16 year old American teenager who is a Muslim who is asking, What s wrong with being a Muslim?    I m sure most of us have seen the viral emails going around that two of the reason why someone should not vote for Barack Obama are 1 - He s a Muslim and 2 - He s an Arab.  Both of which have been debunked, but even two weeks ago I received a forward from someone I consider a friend with those two reasons at...

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Homeland Security wants your laptop. NOW.
By: walter biscardi on Aug 14, 2008 at 6:50:57 am

Traveling anytime soon into or out of the United States? Homeland Security is now authorized to detain your laptop for a reasonable amount of time with absolutely no warrant and no suspicion whatsoever. From MSNBC.com today: WASHINGTON - Federal agents may take a traveler s laptop or other electronic device to an off-site location for an unspecified period of time without any suspicion of wrongdoing, as part of border search policies the Department of Homeland Security recently disclosed. Wow, can t wait to travel out of the country again sometime soon. This is just getting ridiculous. Full story: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25960741/...

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My first entry and already I have a call to action.
By: Jeremy Garchow on Feb 3, 2008 at 7:05:57 am

In this day and age many pundits criticize the public for not sacrificing certain aspects of their lives for the preservation of life as we understand it. Pundits also criticize the government for not asking people to help constrict the world s voracious appetite for all things that keep us comfy and cozy. Oil, water, food, medicine, natural resources, energy and all of the natural driving forces of these times for some of which we have a finite supply. Since I am now joining the punditry by writing here and pretending I know something about something, I d like to...

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HOLLYWOOD DICTIONARY
By: Shane Ross on Dec 14, 2007 at 12:53:08 pm

For in case you are ever in Hollywood and need to know the industry lingo, here is the Hollywood Dictionary. VERBS:to schmooze = befriend scumto pitch = grovel shamelesslyto brainstorm = feign preparednessto research = procrastinate indefinitelyto network = spread disinformationto collaborate = argue incessantlyto freelance = collect unemploymentNOUNS:agent = frustrated lawyerlawyer = frustrated producerproducer = frustrated writerwriter = frustrated directordirector = frustrated actoractor = frustrated humanCOMPOUND WORDS:high-concept = low browproduction value = goreentry-level = pays nothinghighly qualified = knows the producernetwork approved = had made them moneyFINANCIAL TERMS:net = something that apparently doesn t existgross = Michael Eisner s salaryback-end...

entertainment

Please tell me you're reading Harry Potter
By: Tim Wilson on Jul 31, 2007 at 6:21:27 am

It's impossible to overstate the impact of Harry Potter on the past ten years of world bookselling. As a bookseller in the mid-80s, I never imagined numbers like this could even be possible: 8.3 million copies of "Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows" in the first 24 hours of US sales, with another 2.7 million in the UK. In the first hour, my former peeps at Barnes & Noble alone sold 156 copies per second! Here in the world of media, we know better than anyone that there's no connection whatsoever between popularity and quality (insert snarky pop-culture reference here)....

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Great rights resources
By: Tim Wilson on May 13, 2007 at 5:58:59 am

Since the issues surrounding rights and fair use come up at The COW all the dang time, from various perspectives, here are some of my very favorite web resources. The Stanford Copyright and Fair Use Center has a heavily scholarly orientation, maybe moreso than you ll find useful. But the coverage here is certainly exhaustive.One of the coolest things about it is a free, digitized version of Stanford s Lawrence Lessig, called Free Culture. He s been a pioneer on rights in the electronic age from pretty much the beginning, and has fought vigorously against the rapidly diminishing rights that...

television

Introduction
By: Peter Berghammer on May 7, 2007 at 11:11:58 am

Before I begin my foray into the world of blogging I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to Ron & Tim for their efforts in getting me situated with the Cow. I look forward to the many blogs ahead and hope that some of you may find the information at least useful, and at best challenging. Although I have a fairly broad portfolio in the areas I write about, and areas researched, I believe that there are always some common factors or themes that run throughout the electronics, entertainment, tech, legal and economic communities - and the way in which...

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It's okay. The music industry doesn't like me either.
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 1, 2007 at 6:26:09 am

At the risk of offending any COWs on the business side of the music industry, I’m not a fan of the business side of the music industry. Of course, I don’t think they like me either. One of the most recent reasons I dislike them is this whole piracy nonsense. It’s piracy when somebody steals your stuff . I don’t think anybody has stolen their actual recordings. As an artist (of sorts) myself, I vigorously defend the rights of artists to get paid, but the people most standing in the way of that are the record companies. As Rubber, please...

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