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Soon to be no “Mac” in MacWorld
RIAA – No longer serving, leaving that to those who provide service
“Digg”ing deeper into debt
Amazon – The e-Scrooge
Water, water…everywhere?

Television
Boxing up Boxed Sets for the TV Lover
Anthony stuffs:  Monty Python, Freaks And Geeks, Blackadder
Mike stuffs:  Sports Night, The West Wing, Arrested Development

Wheel of Pop
Music of 1986

Websites of the Week
Anthony: www.kiva.org
Mike: www.christmaslore.com

Music by Jonathan Coulton

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Facebook Virus 
Apple Rumours about DRM free
New Sony Walkman Rumour 
Canada Increases Blank CD fee 
Try to Get Rid of XP 

television
Holiday television watching – bowl games, dvd catch up, box sets?

wheel of pop
Movies 1983 

websites
someecards.com – off-kilter e-cards for off kilter people
101holidays.com – more like 1001 holidays… e-cards for holidays we never knew existed.

music
The Paper Cranes – “I’ll love you ’til my veins explode”

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Pownce Pwnd 
MySpace verdict 
Firefox past 20% in browser wars 
Firefox Amazon Plugin to torrent site 
Mozilla Music Player Songbird 
Google Reader Changes

movies

Choice DVD Gifts 

wheel of pop

Children’s Holiday Specials 

websites

aviary.com – powerful online image editing
shoutfactory.com – pop culture revisited 

music

The Barmitzvah Brothers – “Library Page” from the cd – Let’s Express Our Motives: An Album of Under-Appreciated Job Songs

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Twitter Faced with Cash
Twitter kills sms updates in Canada
Google comes to Canada
You Tube’s New Geometry
Pirate Bay’s 5th Anniversary

tech
IBM predicts tech advances over the next five years
Apple Dev get Linux on the iPhone

websites
The Victoria-based comedy stylings of loadingreadyrun
Their efforts to be charitable driving the Desertbus.
35 days against DRM with defectivebydesign.

music
united steel workers of montreal – “out in the cold” from the cd Kerosene and Coal

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Blackberry Stormengadget review
iPhone 2.2 upgrade
BluRay DRM Cracked
PC Mag to stop printing… still online

television
What’s the best geek night on television? (rc = recently cancelled)
NBC – Monday – Chuck, Heroes, My Own Worst Enemy (rc)
CBS – Monday – Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, Worst Week, CSI Miami
ABC – Wednesday – Pushing Daisies (rc), Private Practice, Dirty Sexy Money (rc)
FOX – Monday – Terminator, Prison Break
HBO – Sunday – True Blood, Entourage
Showtime – Sunday – Dexter, Californication

wheel of pop
Video Game Consoles 1982
Vectrex

websites of the week
www.only2clicks.com – web interface bookmarking for non-web afficionados
www.mydamnchannel.com – podcast portal for laughs a-plenty

music
Mike TrebilcockShut Us Up and Make Us Smile

Happy Thanksgiving to our listeners south of the 49th parallel.

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episode 8 – show notes

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gmail vid chat – the cloud expands
the “$100 laptop” in Europe  – for only $200!
USB3.0 – 14X the speed of USB 2.0

movies
Bond – Quantum of Solace
Holiday/December Releases

websites of the week
www.blippr.com – a twitter-like review complier of films, music, books, etc.
www.goanimate.com – explore and share your inner cartoonist

music
The Wheat Pool – Geographic Centre of Canada

from lovehatethings.com

This post comes on the heels of the recent death of a 15 year old boy near Barrie, Ontario who ran away from home because his father took away his copy of Call of Duty 4 for the last time. The teen had been spending every waking hour with online friends playing the game and, after hearing his father’s threat, left his family only to be found two weeks later. The event is tragic. The family’s loss is indescribable. And when people look for the scapegoat, we all know what it’s going to be – video games.

I don’t know enough to say the behaviour of either side in this specific case was flawed or not, but let’s look at the facts. A boy spends countless hours engaged in an activity that has become completely normal for millions of teens around the world. The only X factor in the equation is the time spent. And if the only line crossed is that of time, why blame the game?

The push to censorship or restricting personal freedoms is never so at risk as when a child dies. While the tragedy is real, there should never be any occasion to blame a song, songwriter, singer, band, book, author, video game or website. Society has to stop blaming the painting done in dog feces at the modern art gallery for the gallery goer’s discontent, blaming the Judas Priest song for the teen suicide, blaming the internet for the death of social intercourse. Society needs to take a strong look at itself and realize that redefinitions of cultural standards have been ever-evolving.

While parents and grandparents hearken back to a day when children would play stickball in the local sandlot or save up their money for a couple of grape kneehighs at the weekly box social, they have to remember that the social free time children have had over the past 150 years in Western culture were not the norm before that. We are not that far, historically-speaking from children working the land 16 hours a day in the summer and 8 hours a day while going to school. We are not that far from free time being a luxury only enjoyed by a small upper class. We are not that far from a child’s worst indiscretion being a late night, blanket tent read of D.H. Lawrence. I daresay that if I had a child that wanted to spend their free time reading D.H. Lawrence today, I’d be a proud parent.

Indiscretions and social taboos are not static or sacrosanct. What does scare me, on a regular basis, is lobby groups that seek to ban, restrict or change things because users are too oblivious, obsessed or stupid to treat a hobby as enjoyment instead of entertainment.

Maybe, with the example of network gaming as our guide, instead of bemoaning the death childrens’ relationships, we simply need to redefine them. Is there really something more pure to a 15 year old egging a house or sneaking a joint behind a local strip mall than using strategy in an online battle simulation? Is there an advantage to having teens bored out on stoops and corners looking for shit to disturb? Are there any real reasons teens are retreating to online relationships instead of braving the great outdoors? And lastly, are we getting close to that line where we can stop talking about “online” relationships and simply consider them relationships?

While I can’t say that I love everything about moving all relationships to the constraints of broadband, I’m certainly not going to fight the future. Mail, games, music, movies, banking, shopping, and even work is done online from home, yet we are loathe to allow for this advancement with our children?

Sure, there are lines that should not be crossed with any technology or tool. Addiction, of any sort, is a real problem and something parents and all of us should be aware of, but the times are a-changin’ folks. I foresee the teens of today maintaining over 90% of the relationships in their life though online networks. Teach them how to embrace technology, not fear it. Teach them restraint but not revulsion. Allow for your past to be YOUR past and their futures to be THEIR futures. And, above all, don’t blame the technology based on its users.