Bruce Springsteen’s “American Beauty”

by Norm Gregory on April 23, 2014

in Music

Bruce Springsteen released the four-song EP American Beauty on vinyl as an exclusive for Record Store Day. The set has since been released to digital retailers for download.

Bruce and the E-Street Band threw together a quick “official” video for the title song.


The Future Of Television To Be Decided

by Norm Gregory on April 22, 2014

in Television

Yep, it’s not an exaggeration when I say the future of TV was on trial. Today the Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments in the case of American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc.

I shouldn’t have to explain what Aereo is . . it is hugely important to those of use who live in hilly Seattle and want to see over the air television . . . and don’t want to deal with Comcast. (( Still clueless? Google Aereo ))

Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Aereo Case
The Supreme Court seemed to have conflicting impulses on Tuesday in considering a request from television broadcasters to shut down Aereo, an Internet start-up that the broadcasters say threatens the economic viability of their businesses.

On the one hand, most of the justices seemed to think that the service was too clever by half. ● More:

Scalia Learns the Difference Between TV, HBO
The average age of the Supreme Court justices is old. As such, their familiarity with technology varies. For instance, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who is 59, is pretty savvy. During today’s arguments in the Aereo case — read Kevin Roose’s explainer here — she mentioned that she owns a Roku streaming device, which works with Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and more. Justice Antonin Scalia, 78, on the other hand, is still figuring out how premium cable works. ● More: NYMag

Aereo’s Long Strange Trip To The Supreme Court
The oral arguments in ABC’s U.S. Supreme Court challenge to Aereo reflected the clever technological and legal feat this Barry Diller-backed startup pulled off by attaching thousands of dime-sized antennas to content-streaming servers. From the beginning, justices struggled to get lawyers for ABC, Aero and the Obama administration to nail down exactly what kind of beast this company is. ● More:


Easter 2014

by Norm Gregory on April 20, 2014

in Harper, Ruby

Easter 2014