....LMB: "The Surreal Life"....

July 13, 2004

I'm walking down the street in east Hollywood, when I see a motorcade coming my direction on the other side of the street, slowly revealing itself as it approaches.

Four cops on motorcycles? Who're they protecting, the president?

Okay, that kinda looks like a flatbed behind them. An extra-wide flatbed.

All that junk on the back of the flatbed... that looks like film equipment: cameras, lights, mysterious other devices.

Which way are the cameras pointed, what are they actually filming?

Wait, is that an SUV on the back of the flatbed?

Wow. They're filming the people in the front seat of a stationary SUV that is on a moving flatbed so that it will look like the SUV is driving down the street.

As the flatbed pulls even with me, I look in the window.

"Driving" the SUV: comedian Andy Richter.


Then, for no apparent reason, a bird flew at my head and attacked me. Twice.

Posted by Jake at 12:00 PM | TrackBack (0)

I'm in tears over here in laughter...didn't that happen to Elaine in a Seinfeld episode? Wait...TWICE?? That's great, Jake.

Posted by: Indira at July 13, 2004 01:06 PM

IMDB would seem to indicate he's working on a TV show of some kind, either # "The Lunchbox Chronicles" or "Quintuplets"


Posted by: Trevor Bradley at July 13, 2004 05:37 PM

Was the bird a crow? I had the same thing happen a few days ago when I got too close to a crows youngster.

Posted by: jason at July 13, 2004 08:22 PM

Obviously a Republican bird trying to get the message across that you could be attacked on American soil "at any time, at any place".

Remember if you're scared, vote Republican, cause if you're scared that means this administration is protecting you...

Posted by: Qikdraw at July 14, 2004 06:21 PM

I kept wondering if the be-all-end-all was that we were all still safe in our little air-conditioned nests, warmed by the comforting glow of the CRT. I can sleep peacefully again!

Posted by: nobody cares at July 15, 2004 07:32 PM
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November 16, 2004

Tales of Media Woe

Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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