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Commercial Break. (An SoA Guest Post)

17 Nov

My dear readers, you may have noticed a trend here at State of Affairs lately: namely, guest blogs.  The fact is I’ve had less and less time to devote to the blog over the last few months for a variety of reasons (only a few of which I’m able to talk about), but despite my inability to update, we have come too far together for me to abandon you and my precious webspace to internet anonymity.  So I pick the best and the brightest of my Correspondents to fill in for me during this tumultuous time.  Among my favourite bloggers on the interwebs is my good friend Lu Galasso from Inching Towards Mediocrity who has been featured here at SoA in the past, and he’s kindly agreed to fill in another of his famous Best Of Lists for today’s installment.  Take it away Lu!

(Not Lu Galasso).

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GigaBandits: ISPs to Cap Internet Use

22 Oct

It’s a time-honoured tradition in capitalist societies: as soon as the big companies catch on to what’s popular (which sometimes takes a few days, as in the case of yearly toy fads, or a few years, as is the case with social media), they up the prices. Cause and effect, I suppose, but also supply and demand.  If there’s a demand, they can put a cap on the supply – which is exactly what price markups equate to.

(Yeah, not really)

(Yeah, not really)

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Nudes On Parade: New York Hotel Promotes Voyeurism

17 Sep

Okay, it’s Thursday morning, I finally got a half-decent amount of sleep last night, and I’m chomping at the bit to write something. It’s amazing what a little rejuvenating sleep will do for you, believe me.

So…naked people.

naked people

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YouTube, MeTube, ThemTube, WeTube

21 Jul

As a musician, one of the most valuable online tools at my disposal is YouTube. I play with a lot of different people, several of which in cover-band outfits (think bar bands, not tribute bands for the love of God), and if I have to learn some obscure Eagles tune to play on a Friday night at the local watering hole, the easiest way for me to get the chord changes and harmonies down is to check out a live version on the video-sharing site. This accomplishes two goals: first, I can learn the chords by sight instead of trying to decode some wannabe rock star’s barely-decipherable tabulature; second, I don’t have to illegally download or otherwise purchase the song to learn by ear. This is to say nothing of the fact that I’ve found some really awesome bootlegged footage of great live performances…I don’t think any artist fully duplicates a live show, so it’s fantastic to see a unique and truly special moment in time captured on film.

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The End of the World; You’re Welcome

9 Jul

I’m going to preface this post by saying if you were hoping for something funny, light-hearted or uplifting today, you might want to stop reading now, because this is not going to be pretty.

Ladies and gentlemen, I took over this blog from Jim almost a month ago, and since then I’ve written about bankruptcy, homophobia, religious intolerance, and far too many celebrity deaths. I’ve exposed elements of Jim’s back story and tried desperately to keep track of his progress across continents and oceans. I’ve provided you, the valued reader, with hours of entertainment and thought-provoking fodder for booze fueled conversation that lasts to the wee hours of the morning. I have done all these things for the love of writing, for the desire to effect positive change in the world, and because I owed Jim a pretty major favour.


But you know something? I’m burned out.


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