Because of house and work I’ve missed much of the gas price hoopla over the past month. Others have been paying attention, though, and I recommend this post from Steve Verdon for its wealth of quantitative analysis and information.
Retail gasoline prices react to crude oil prices in a “rocket and feathers” pattern: when crude rises, retail prices shoot up, and then float back down. Most empirical studies of this phenomenon find that all of the crude price decrease is typically reflected in the retail price decrease within two weeks.
This Wired article profiles <a href=”http://www.garageband.com”GarageBand.com:
Musicians who want to share and promote their music on the Net have yet another tool to help them reach eager listeners.
GarageBand.com — a site that both hosts independent music and uses a peer-review process to identify hot bands — is offering the Creative Commons Music Sharing License to artists who want to distribute their tunes for free, the company said Monday.
The license allows fans to legally download, copy and share the song as many times as they want, as long as they don’t sell or alter it.
Yet more innovative tools that make RIAA look like jerks for suing their customers. And I’ve also heard several stories in the past week about bands leaving their record labels and going on their own because of dissatisfaction with RIAA strategy (not to mention the measly royalty cuts that artists get). Disintermediation of big recording labels is real, and they better get used to it.
Stupid me, what’s my favorite sport? Hockey. What happened last night? Game 7. Who arranged the Harry Potter schedule? Me. Doh!
But the highlights looked great. I was pulling for Tampa because I think they generally play a cleaner game than Calgary, and it’s great to have players like Dave Andreychuk hoist the Cup after 22 years in the League.
Nikolai Khabibulin played absolutely out of his mind in goal throughout the series (after game 1, that is). Congratulations!
Although unlike Stephen Karlson, I was rooting for Wilkes-Barre against Milwaukee. Hey, I’m from Pittsburgh, whaddaya expect?
Saw POA last night, loved it. The filter color change in the filming made the whole atmosphere appropriately more gothic. Gary Oldman lived up to my high expectations as Sirius; he managed to be an over-the-top madman at points and a compassionate and generous person at others, hard to carry off.
Loved the Dementors. Loved Hermione’s grrrrl power. Loved the use of big band music with Professor Lupin. For that matter, I thought the music in this one was significantly better than the first two, with the harpsichords and then the medieval hearkenings of some of it.
Didn’t like that they didn’t explain the names on the map, and that will give them some explaining to do in Goblet of Fire. Didn’t like the compression of Harry agonizing over Sirius, as Dave Kopel noted in his review.
But still, a fine movie.