Archive for October, 2009

28
Oct
09

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28
Oct
09

Let’s talk about pot

Obama SmokingMarijuana is getting pretty close to being completely legal in California. By next year San Francisco should be one big hot box. This is not the decriminalization of marijuana, or any of that half-ass stuff, this is the real deal. I have whiskey at home. If all goes according to plan, I could buy an apartment in San Jose next year and invite the Association of the LA Police Department (these guys http://www.ideagrove.com/blog/uploaded_images/lapd-743311.jpg) over. I could then proceed to smoke them all up without any penalties except for a too-hard hitting high five (pun intended).

Basically what’s going on is that California (and a nice little bundle of other states) has made legalized medical marijuana for years. Recently, the Federal Government said they’re taking the advice of potheads, and are going to chill out. They’re going to stop prosecuting/arresting people who use medical marijuana as long as it’s OK with the state. This gave ever stoner in California a hard-on and they went after it. They’re going for a complete legalization in the next year. People have all sorts of petitions going, including “Oaksterdam University” President Richard Lee.

 

Weed is as common as weeds in California as the medical marijuana industry is booming. Anyone can get a “prescription” for marijuana. There are around 1,000 dispensaries in LA alone. There are only 1756 real pharmacies in LA. Not bad for a new industry. The demand for pot is obvious. The people want to smoke it up. If it was legal, then the government could regulate and make some cash on the side. They could ensure that the stuff wasn’t laced or too ridiculously potent. The medical marijuana industries in CA is already 2 billion dollars, which would certainly skyrocket (10 times that?). Pretty “creative” way to get out of a bankruptcy situation, huh?

 

 

“Make the most you can of the Indian hemp seed. Sow it everywhere.” –George Washington.

 

 

That being said, let’s talk about the what a great move this is. I’m all for legalization of marijuana, but I think this is more important for states. This initiative is going to succeed in California, and when the other states see what a great idea this is, they’re going to adopt a similar policy. This is how this country is supposed to work. One state tries something out, and if it works, the rest of us can copy them. It’s also great, because if I don’t want to live amongst dirty pot smoking hippies, I can go somewhere else. Let them have their weed. Who gives a shit. Federal laws are supposed to be for a couple things, like defending the physical land of this country, protecting (not infringing) on personal rights and liberties, signing international treaties, etc. The rights that the constitution outlines. States are where the power is supposed to be. So, I’m more excited in this being a huge victory for states’ rights.

This should be an example of how we should address all of our issues. As anti-health care person, if everyone in Oregon wants health care, that’s great, have you state pay for it. I wish you all the best. I think it’s a stupid idea, and I’m about ready to move to Nebraska, except that then I wouldn’t be able to smoke dope and….oh well. States rights! Little laboratories for public policy. This isn’t some crazy idea. It’s the law and a major part of this country’s foundation (united STATES). Please note the Tenth Amendment, which may be my favorite:

 

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

haight-hippiePretty clear and simple. Pot legalization is this in action and it’s fantastic.

On a related note, I think it’s grammatically incorrect to refer to this country as America. America is the term for the New World. We are the United States (of America). It’s like I said “Hello, I am Matt (of New York).” Technically, we should start saying “Canada of America” in the event that there is a new Canada. I’m being a little picky here, but “America” implies that we are one entity. I think it’s important to remember that we are a collection of entities that agree on a set of principles.

28
Oct
09

Some Additional Thoughts

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Awesome wikipedia picture today: Uppsala Cathedral in Sweden. This is the seat of the Church of Sweden. She is quite pretty.

That baseball post took about 3 times longer than I had hoped it would, mainly because I deleted it by accident and WordPerfect isn’t perfect enough to auto-save. Fuck you very much Microsoft. Anyway, here’s some random ideas I’ve had recently that I want to share. I think too many people hoard their good ideas in hopes of one day making a million dollars whatever stupid thing they come up with. Whatever. I’m lazy. Here’s some stuff that I want done. It will improve  my life, and yours. It’d be like having a genie. “I want this to happen!” and it would be true. So steal my ideas.

– “Lunatics” should be included in more jokes, like in “rabbi, priest and …” jokes. Or maybe a “how can you tell the difference between a lunatic and a …”It’s a funny word. The problem is if someone gets offended, they’re the wrong person you want to offend.

-Bartender song. Does anyone know any good songs about a bartender? I want to write a song about celebrating the bartender. Always there to listen. Always there to pour another. What a guy. A good bartender is better than anything. They’re friends you like so much that you pay to drink with them. Cheers to you bartender.

-Ipod/iphone projector. This has to be in the works, right? Please let me know what the deal is. If I could use my iphone to project a 12 inch screen to show video, my life would be complete. Where’s the app for that iphone? WTF! Also, wtf is with this auto-highlighting underneath the “iphone”. Anyone know why that happened or how I get rid of it?

I have some more thoughts, but those are the only bar napkins with notes on them I can find right now. Stay tuned for more.

Quickly, being a fairly political person, I’m going to make my next post on either Bloomberg (win this one Mike!), why I’m a republican (this one might scare some people), or the downfall of states rights. Any thoughts? Any other topics that are pressing that need addressing?

 

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28
Oct
09

Simple Thoughts on Baseball

There is so much to discuss!

First things first. Lets put all that non-important whatnot aside for now. Tomorrow is a triumphant return to the World Series for the New York Yankees. To preface you non-baseball enthusiasts, this is the first time we’ve shown up since 2003. That’s 6 years/forever. The Yankees have won 40 Pennants in the 108 season long history. That’s one every 2.7 years. No, it’s not the longest the Bombers have gone, not even close, but after 108 years of dominating (and since they didn‘t win the first one until 1921, you could say 88 years), 6 years is, in the words of The Sandlot’s “Squints’; “For-ev-er”. That being said, I don’t want to hear any more garbage about the Yankees being some evil ultra rich empire. The Mets have the same city, with a massive budget and they barely made it out the starting gate this year. The Red Sox have had talent up and down their teams for decades as well as an large fan base (which I’ll attribute to the amount of universities in the area) and they have 12 AL Championship wins (only 6 since the “cursed” year…1918). So, maybe it’s possible God is a Yankee fan, maybe the Yankees know how to manage a ball team effectively, or who knows and who cares. The Yankees aren’t going to ruin baseball, so just shut up. They’re not going to ruin baseball, they’ve been doing this since the formal end of American involvement in WW1. Maybe it’s jealousy. That’s OK. We’ll keep setting the bar for other teams. Someone has to do it. Everyone take notes…this is how you run a baseball team.

So what do we have for tomorrow’s game? I dunno, lol. Looks tough. It’s certainly going to be a pitching battle. CC versus his teammate from a year and a half ago. Both are recent Cy Young winners. Both are clearly having great post-seasons (undefeated, some <1.5 ERA action and a little ALCS MVP award too…). That’s going to be a battle, nothing really to say there, we’ll just have to see what happens, not to downplay it at all. I guess we just have to hope Girardi doesn’t pull Sabbathia out of a perfect game in the 4th.  Sabbathia and Rivera without the erratic coaching decisions would would great but not expected.

The batting is where we need to make some headway. Swisher…anyone home? Teixeira, we are the Yankees, thank you for everything so far but we don’t pay you to make it to the post season (see first paragraph. That is part of the fucking contract), we pay you to produce in the World Series. Please do that. Damon, you fucking Red Sox fuck. Just kidding. You’re alright, but it would be great if you could be a hero…please. That goes for you too Mr. Matsui. You fellas gotta step up. They have 5 guys hitting above .280 and we have 3.

That being said, I don’t want to get worried. Does Anyone Know Where I Live?These are post season numbers. Regular season, we are the superior team when it comes to swinging the bat. We have a dynamite line-up, that when put head to head to the Phillies is a no-comparison. Utley is great, but not when compared to a normal acting Tex.

Whatever, let’s win this series in 4, my body can’t handle many more 8pm weekday post season games and the associated alcohol. Besides, the boss is going to be watching and no one likes to see a disappointed old man. No one.

15
Oct
09

Cats Must Fail, I Agree

15
Oct
09

This Guy Loves Charging People for Online Content

me and this guy hang out quite a bit. we just go around disregarding females and acquiring currency. just a day in the life.

Disregard Females - Acquire Currency

15
Oct
09

Paying For Online Content?

What a weird day. Scientist made a black hole on earth and we’re still here. Maybe some health care? Still no renewal energy plan. Three cheers for a failing economic plan! Finally I get to blog about something I know about and something I get paid for.

So, McKinsey posted a little blog debate about whether you can charge for online content. Interesting stuff. It’s interesting stuff to me because I do charge people all day long for online content. Am I going to be out of a job?

For those of you that don’t want to click my conveniently provided link and read the whole article, here’s a synopsis:

Clay Shirky, an NYU professor, believes that there is too much content on the internet. No one would in their right mind pay for information. It can always be found free online, this is especially true for opinion related content. No one wants to pay to hear what Paul Krugman thinks. Who cares that much unless you’re his wife and his articles are about you. Basically, he’s saying any small amount of revenue you may generate from paying users is negated by the decrease in traffic and thus a decrease in advertising revenue, it’s a trade-off. Touche Touche “>Shirky. Touche old man.

Steven Brill, a constantly failing and constantly succeeding web entrepreneur (a 21st century Donald Trump if you will) counters by stating that there is a happy medium, or there must be. He brings up a couple ways to generate revenue (target audiences, put limits on the amount of free content, etc).

The bottom line is in basic capitalism; money can be generated and there must be a happy medium between advertising and subscription sales. There will always be people to lazy to aggregate or search for information. Of course its free to grow your own food, but veggie markets still exist in farm country. So, if there is a market for pay-content, then there will be sites that will be charging for content. If these sites are successful, then they will get advertisements, which generate revenue. Not just niche, data driven sites either. I believe any site has a price. Let’s wait a few months and see how Pandora is doing in a couple months now that it is charging (beyond a certain number of listening hours) in comparison to Grooveshark.

Thoughts?