The Bluesman\’s Killing Floor

August 10, 2006

Chinese Tech Buffs Slake Thirst for U.S. TV Shows

Filed under: China,News — bbluesman @ 7:00 am

Photo by snuggle up & read

I just read this aricle in the NY Times which indicates that there are several groups of young mainlandĀ  Chinese techies, that are transklating American TV shows into Chinese for free download off of BitTorrent. What is cool about this is it is enableing some valid cultural information and ideas to get into the hands of chinese people, and provide them with more food for thoguht. I’m not advocating american ideas necessarily “good” or Chinese ideas necessarily “bad” jut that it’s good when more information flows into China which has been historically “censored.” Here is link to article

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May 8, 2006

Australia or Brazil National Team Phone?

Filed under: About Taiwan,epiphany,Geekery,News — bbluesman @ 4:43 pm

How about this snazzy cell phone with 1.3 million pixel camera, mp3 formatting, and compatabiliy with ScanDisk memory card. Best of all it's in Australia and Brazilian national team colors. You can be the hit of the football pitch with this phone-just in time for World Cup this summer. All yours for only US$400

The eX-Wife Files up at PodioBooks.com

Filed under: My Word...,News — bbluesman @ 12:37 pm

Hi everybody-it’s the friendly self-promotion machine. Just wanted to let you know that the EWF is now available for download over at PodioBooks.com. Thanks to Chris and Tee for instructions and technical hand holding and to Evo for coming up with the idea in the first place. Subscribe and let me know what you think. Make sure to check out all the other great stuff over at PB.com. You’ll be glad you did.

January 12, 2006

I wish I made that…

Filed under: Music,My Word...,News — bbluesman @ 11:28 am

How many times have you encountered a product, or computer application and say to yourself, “I wish I made that…?” Well here’s one for me and probably you too. I’m talking about Musical Genome Project’s “Pandora.” Think of an internet radio station that will build channels based on songs or artists that you reccomend. It will generate other songs/bands it feels you’ll like. You can rate them or delete them, never to appear on your station again, or if you love them-add to avorites list. You can also order via direct ITunes store (for single) or Amazon store (for CD) links. Feel pleased with a station you made-great, now e-mail it to a friend. I’ve been using it over a day now and it’s total serendipity as to what Pandora will generate. Lovin it.

December 5, 2005

And the winner is…

Filed under: News — bbluesman @ 3:38 pm

Recently there were local (city and county level) elections here in Taiwan. Finally, some relief from the sound trucks and even sound motorcycles, yes sound motorcycles. The Taiwanese are the living embodiment of,”if there’s a will there’s a way” kind of thinking. There’s somethiing to be said for that. I’m happy to say there were some big changes on local political map. Northern 2/3 of the island voted overwhelmingly for the original ruling party(KMT-same party started by Sun Yat-sen father of Republic of China) and the southern 1/3 stubbornly re-elected the curent ruling(DPP) party of lame-duck President Chen Shui-bian. This indicates to me that voters are able to overcome strong ethnic pride and vote according to performance.

November 23, 2005

So let me ask you…

Filed under: News — bbluesman @ 8:56 am

Last couple of weeks I’ve been interviewing some cool and interesting people via skype. I love it. Nice change of pace and I get to ask questions that I’m genuinely interested in hearing the answers to. One of my favorite of the interviewees-Dave Slusher just announce that his new pet Web 2.0 application AmigoFish is now ready to be announced and blog/blabbed about. The cool thing about this Fish is that it is somewhat intuitive in making podcast/blog/vlog content reccomendations to you, based on your likes and dislikes of other content which you rate. Thanks to Ken Nelson for info. Don’t know how Ken finds the time, so busy wiping all of those little butterfly noses.

October 22, 2005

More irons in the fire

Filed under: News — bbluesman @ 1:19 am

Got a good idea for adding to Free Culture podcast series-Free Culture,EFF,CC, DRM issue news. Will continue after done reading book with weekly Free Culture Newscast including CC music. Cory D thinks it’s an excellent idea as well. There is so much going on these days in this area. If you just read Cory’s post’s in BoingBoing alone, there must be at least 15 stories a week. I feel these issues merit the additional attention and coverage. We the producers of Citizen Media are the one’s who stand to profit or gain the most, depending on how these issues are resolved by the presiding courts or government bodies. My concern is, this like most other issues will catch people’s attention and cause them to offer a sincere, “wow-that really sucks”, or “gee, that’s really important, someone should really do something about that…” Well, you know the drll-we are the “someones that need to do something.” If we leave it up to the professionals, or semi-professionals, I think we are in real danger. Not because they’re not competent, but rather due to their inadequate numbers and insufficient funding when stacking up against multi-national corporations with bloodlust in their eyes, and hellbent for unfair domination, caring only about maximimizing profits.

In following up on some of Cory’s posts today, I found out that Stanford’s Law School is trying to organize a forum to discuss issues like Yahoo’s Jerry Yang giving info on Chinese dissident to Chinese gov’t to keep peace with them and not jeopardize Yahoo’s business interests in China. It seems many of the big corporations are “closing one eye and blinking the other eye” as the Chinese saying goes, to not rock the boat with their Chinese gov’t patrons who keep the door open with the same “foot that steps on the heads of their citizenry.” The Chinese message is only too clear, “play footsie with us and you can have all the market access in China that you crave, but the price of admission is the technology China demands, often ending up bulding the police state and stifling the growth of democracy.

October 15, 2005

Brazil’s got some hope

Filed under: News — bbluesman @ 8:23 am

I found out this morning that is none other than musician par excellence: Gilberto Gil. This man has a passion for his people that parallels the pasion he has for his music. He is very savvy and brings fresh approach to the political arena. Thanks to Aron for link.

October 14, 2005

Blinken Serendipity

Filed under: News — bbluesman @ 3:26 pm

Truly wonderful bit of serendipity in the form of a VLOG about the Blinken Lights project in Berlin. You absolutely need to see this joyous piece of footage. Log of the project which turned a public tall building in eastern Berlin into computer screen with games of pong via cellphone, love letters, and movies.

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