Archive for 'Rants' Category

No Support For Tumblr
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By etrigan - Last updated: Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Remember when I said I was going to start using Tumblr? I take it back. I screwed up while trying to configure multiple tumblogs, and deleted the only admin account. I have emailed Tumblr’s Marc LaFountain twice in the past two weeks, and I even tried to Get Satisfaction, all to no avail. The lights […]

China Rising, Rent-Seeking Version « The Baseline Scenario
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By etrigan - Last updated: Tuesday, August 11, 2009

China Rising, Rent-Seeking Version « The Baseline Scenario. The sector has devoted great resources to tilting all playing fields in its direction. Consumers are taken advantage of; consumer protection is vehemently opposed. And great risks are taken, with the downside handed off to the government (and the consumers again, as taxpayers). I hereby propose that […]

American Remakes Rant? (Let the Right One In)
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By etrigan - Last updated: Tuesday, June 30, 2009

At GeekTyrant.com, MRBLACK posted about “the American remake of *Let The Right One In*”:http://geektyrant.com/2009/06/unnecessary-remake-alert-let-the-right-one-in/, and he’s being a bit of an ass about it. *Let The Right One In* was one of the best movies of 2008, and it received as much support in the US as you can reasonably expect from a subtitled Swedish […]

Fuming at AT&T
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By etrigan - Last updated: Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I’m trying to be understanding about the whole thing, but every time I look more into it, the madder I become. Sure, AT&T has to be concerned about their bottom line, but I’ve been doing the math and if _my_ bottom line is improved by kicking them to the curb then they really need to […]

Live Music Complaint From Live Music Task Force Member
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By etrigan - Last updated: Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Props to the Austin American Statesman for putting the audio from “the 911 call”:http://is.gd/14xV5 that “shut down Shady Grove”:http://www.rollerfeet.com/backporchbeer/2009/06/12/4533/ on their website (Austin360). The audio even includes the caller giving his name. I can empathize with Mr. Trainer since the music does seem pretty loud, but when you live just across the street, and up […]

Death Knell of the Live Music Capital of the World
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By etrigan - Last updated: Friday, June 12, 2009

Many Austinites have been stewing over sound ordinances, and it looks like things are coming to a full boil. The “initial laws”:http://www.nonoise.org/lawlib/cities/austin.htm, in 1994, were written with a reasonable intent to keep noise pollution to a minimum. They were eventually tweaked to include specific rules about decibel levels, and “recent changes”:http://www.austinsound.net/2009/04/16/did-city-council-surreptitiously-screw-live-music-in-austin/ went so far as […]

B-Side Ripped Me Off
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By etrigan - Last updated: Monday, May 18, 2009

Ok, maybe that’s putting it a little harsh. “My festival scheduler”:http://www.rollerfeet.com/backporchbeer/festival-scheduler-beta/ may not be _that_ original, but I did sit down with a couple guys from BSide.com a couple months ago, then today received this survey “about” Austin Film Festival which lists at least 3 of my festival scheduler ideas. I don’t hold it against […]

The Best Vegas Has To Offer
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By etrigan - Last updated: Friday, May 15, 2009

I’m gearing up for a weekend in Vegas, googling and planning, coming up with ideas. I came upon a readers poll of the 2009 Best of Vegas from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. You can probably guess the punchline to this question, but you’ll be flummoxed at the follow-up. According to the readers of the Las […]

Mistake in “Juno”
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By etrigan - Last updated: Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I hate to be that guy — no, I don’t — but, after seeing *Juno* over a dozen times, I feel I must draw attention to a “glaring” set of errors in “the script”:http://www.scribd.com/doc/2251012/Juno-Script and hence the movie, all in one phrase. I’ve repeated this quote several times with an admitted ignorance to the object: […]

Google To Sell Out YouTube?
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By etrigan - Last updated: Tuesday, April 14, 2009

If you are only watching YouTube to replace your AFV(America’s Funniest Home Videos or as Becky calls it: “Taking’ It In The Nuts TV”) addiction then it’s time to stop being a luddite. There is a wealth of user-generated content that represents either the future of entertainment, or the future generation of entertainers … depending […]

Building Ships on Earth
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By etrigan - Last updated: Wednesday, April 8, 2009

There are a few science-minded folks who read on the Backporch. I would like hear your thoughts on a weighty matter that will grow very important over the coming month. Please, give me your considered opinion. Think of the physics, the economics, and the political ramifications; then let me know where you stand. …ahem… The […]

OBT before 40
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By etrigan - Last updated: Tuesday, March 3, 2009

This is another cross-post from Facebook. I have to find a way to pick/choose Notes that I want to also hit this blog so that I don’t have to do this double-work. I begin to realize that I have never completed anything big in my life, mainly due to my lack of focus — too […]

what he said
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By etrigan - Last updated: Friday, December 12, 2008

Please, re-blog “this”:http://whatevs.tumblr.com/post/64545672/im-pretty-sure-tumblr-makes-you-stupid. thegurglingcod: I never entirely bought into the idea of blog years, but I’m not sure what else explains the nostalgia I feel for the pre-Tumblr era. At the risk of sounding as if I am pining for some discursive never-never land, like I was some Frankfurt School refugee who wound up beached […]

Why/What I Voted Today
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By etrigan - Last updated: Tuesday, November 4, 2008

No, I did not early vote and I don’t feel bad about that (particularly since I was 1 of 3 voters at my polling place.) Also, I have been vacillating on “Proposition 2”:http://www.txcn.com/sharedcontent/dws/txcn/austin/stories/101708kvue_prop2-cb.121983946.html and since I believe that their is a inverse correlation between the geographic size/impact of a vote and the power/performance of a […]

I Miss You Already, Summer
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By etrigan - Last updated: Monday, October 27, 2008

No, I don’t think this is your typical seasonal emotional downturn, remembering all those start-of-school fall sessions that indicated a significant shift in my circle of friends — originally due to the natural regrouping of cliques, then eventually due to the dispersal of close collegiate friends to schools across the nation. No, I miss summer […]