Saturday, June 24, 2006

A Few of My Saturday Thoughts and Recommendations

A Few of My Saturday Thoughts and Recommendations

It's a good day for:

Alexi Murdoch makes beautiful music and has little care for fame. I am enchanted by his tunes and by his voice. His Four Songs was CDBaby's all time best selling record. Alexi performed on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic earlier this month. Watch the video at KCRW - Alexi will mesmerize you with his songcraft.

Bruce Springsteen interview with Soledad O'Brien on CNN [*thanks to Atrios/YouTube]

Bruce Springsteen on Conan O'Brien, June 23rd - "Bring 'Em Home" - a beautiful song.

Paul Katcher has a good collection of online Springsteen videos.

Nick Lewis on The Eye of Power.

I wish there was some way for me to tell Mrs. Durgin how very sorry I am.

Read about the Politics and Blogging session at Saturday's BloggerCon.

Dave Taylor on Michael Pockocky [Rethinking Online Professional Networking].

Power to the People

Eric Kavanagh on Open Source Government:
Citizen Auditors: Web-Enabled, Open Source Government at

Marinela Kotsina's philosophy of life.

Michael Pockocky's Creativity is an Illusion.

Steve Forbes stands firmly against network neutrality. []

Charlotte Talks [] will dedicate their hour-long morning radio show (9am to 10 am) this Monday to the issue of Network Neutrality. Scott Huffman, owner of Charlotte Internet, will be one of the guests on the show speaking to support the inclusion of “network neutrality” provisions in any bill passed by the federal government. Those who support network neutrality aim to prevent network operators from imposing a two-tiered pricing structure on Internet content providers.

Simon Malls Strip 10-yr old of Bandana

Simon Malls Strip 10-yr old of Bandana
Smiley faces and Peace Signs Cannot be Tolerated in 285 Malls/39 States

Peace is too disturbing and controversial a message to be tolerated in civil society today, so says the Simon group who own 285 mall properties in 39 states.

A security guard at the Battlefield Mall in Springfield, Missouri told a 10-year-old girl her bandanna decorated with peace signs, smiley faces and flowers violated the mall’s code of conduct. The bandana was one that could have been purchased right there in the same mall.

I'm seriously concerned about the state of privatization of free speech. The topic of peace is verboten in the shopping mall's "code of conduct."

*I'm in New York. Here's the list of Simon Malls near me. You can search for the malls in your state that you'd like to boycott at the same link.