Saturday, July 15, 2006

Our New Home for the Glenn and Helen Show

Our podcast--The Glenn and Helen show--has now joined with Pajamas Media at their new site, Stop by and take a look.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Podcast with Senator John McCain

We were very pleased to have Senator John McCain of Arizona do his first podcast ever with us. Senator McCain takes time out of his busy schedule to speak with us about a number of important political issues including immigration, campaign finace reform, gun control, and pork spending. He has some good advice on anger management for those of us with blogs. In addition, we ask him about his run for the 2008 Presidential election--is Condi going to be his running mate? Tune in and find out.

You can listen to the podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. You can access our archives at the Those with dial-up can listen here. Please leave any comments or suggestions below.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Podcast with Chris Anderson, Editor in Chief of Wired

Today we interview Chris Anderson, the editor in chief of Wired, about his new book, The Long Tail : Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More. He has good news for all of us who have quirky or imaginative wares to sell (books, videos, etc., music)--we may not have a big hit on our hands but there is almost always a niche market for everyone's talents and products. And thanks to the new world of the Internet and technology, products are getting cheaper to make and market. For example, my DVD of Six cost me just $25,000 to produce and it found a home on the Internet as well as colleges and Universities. I never could have done this ten or fifteen years ago. Anderson coined the term "The Long Tail" to describe this phenomenon in which the combined value of modest sellers and quirky titles equals the sells of the top hits. If you want to know more about the future of business, take a listen to the discussion.

You can listen to the podcast here or by subscribing via iTunes. And for those stuck with dialup connections, there's a lo-fi version here. You can also see our podcast archives at Leave any comments and suggestions below.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Women Behaving Badly on the Internet

Have you noticed how many women think they can use the internet to make threats against toddlers, flash their tits, and air their dirty laundry in public, all without repercussions? I have read that women are often afraid to comment on blogs because they do not want to stand up to criticism. However, it seems that there is also the opposite extreme: those women who think that they can say and do anything and no one is supposed to take notice or hold them accountable.

My guess is that these women feel so ineffectual that they do not believe anyone would take them seriously, kind of like when a woman slaps a man, it is seen as funny since she is so "powerless." On the other side, there is the possibility that these nutjobs have such a sense of entitlement (reinforced by society) that they can get away with saying and doing anything. Luckily, people are catching on to these nutcases and taking action-- for example, the professor who threatened Jeff Goldstein's toddler lost her job. (The whole sad story is here.)

Good for Goldstein for standing up for women's rights everywhere by holding this woman accountable and not letting her off the hook--maybe women will learn that their actions are not as ineffectual and powerless as they would have others believe. And for those who suffer from a sense of entitlement just because they are women? Maybe a dose of reality will help those women realize what men have always known--freedom and justice requires people to be responsible for their own actions, regardless of gender.

Update: I have nothing against boob flashers myself and frankly, think it's fine. What I object to and should have made more clear in my post is that the boob flasher in this case is Diane York Blaine, a professor, who is upset with conservatives, saying they are out to get her etc. as she dares to expose herself and her tits. However, the reality seems to be that she discriminates against men and is in the classroom preaching that all men are pigs and complicit in rape and when others call her on this--she then seems not to be able to deal with it and obviously thinks her "cute" antics with her boobs make her free. In other words, she thinks that because she is a woman, she can get away with this outrageous behavior. Imagine the reverse--a male professor says all women are sluts in class--than shows his penis on his website and thinks no one should hold him accountable. What do you think, could a male professor get away with this behavior? If so, have him email me so I can write up a case study.
Dr. Melissa has thoughts on blogger personality types. What do you think--do bloggers have personality types or are they a diverse group of "strange" individuals who just happen to like the internet?

Carnival of the Insanities

The Carnival of the Insanities is up at Dr. Sanity's blog.