Show Notes for Technology and the Arts Podcast #21

In this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we will discuss some interesting news, web sites and online resources we have come across recently, including the top 100 open-source applications for Macs and recent developments regarding the RIAA. Plus, we’ll remember two people who have recently passed away: John’s friend Chris Hill and Rider University professor of political science and noted political analyst David Rebovich. Hosts: Brian Kelley, John LeMasney. File size: 15 MB. Time: 31 min., 14 sec.

Featured Links:

  • – John LeMasney’s tumble log.
  • – Brian Kelley’s tumble log.
  • John talks about his presentation on Favorite Firefox Extensions to the Princeton Computer Users Group (PCUG at the Lawrence Library in Lawrence Twp., N.J., on Oct. 15.
  • John remembers his good friend Chris Hill.
  • Brian talks about recording with good friend and singer-songwriter, Christian Beach.
  • And, in an indirect way, Brian did wind up on WXPN’s countdown of the Top 885 Most Memorable Musical Moments…check out No. 597 and scroll down to the links under the embedded video.
  • presents the top 100 best open-source Mac software.
  • John and Brian remember David Rebovich, professor of political science at Rider University and a noted analyst on the New Jersey political scene. Here is Brian’s take from his blog.
  • Brian provides an update on Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch, a 46-year-old father of three children, who is known as a virtual-reality expert and is also co-founder of the university’s Entertainment Technology Center. Sadly, Randyhas pancreatic cancer and just months to live. Recently, he gave an inspirational and laugh-filled lecture called “How to Live Your Childhood Dreams” that has been chronicled by the Wall Street Journal and Good Morning America. One of his dreams was to play in the NFL. Thanks to the coverage of Randy’s lecture, the Pittsburgh Steelers invited him to practice and he caught some passes thrown by Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward. Kudos to the Steelers organization for helping to make one more dream come true for Dr. Pausch. You owe it to yourself to watch Randy’s powerful presentation. Download/watch the video.
  • Finally, we take a look at the topsy-turvy month of October for the Recording Industry Association of America — the RIAA. First, the RIAA won a trial against a file-swapper when a jury found that 30-year-old Jammie Thomas willfully infringed on copyrighted material and awarded the RIAA $222,000 in damages. Thomas is appealing the verdict.
  • However, after that victory, things started going downhill for the recording industry’s major labels. First, in response to Congressional testimony from the RIAA and recording artists to have terrestrial radio stations start paying performance royalties for the first time ever, the National Association of Broadcasters said…OK…we’ll do that…but we would like Congress to take a close look at standard recording contracts so we know what we’re going to actually be paying. Ooh boy…the RIAA is not going to want Congress taking a close look at those contracts. This should be fun to watch as developments transpire.
  • Then, Radiohead started selling its new album, “In Rainbows,” directly to fans as 160K-encoded, DRM-free MP3 files through the band’s own Web site — for whatever the consumer wants to pay. Oh, and there are no major record labels involved!
  • And, if things couldn’t get any worse for the RIAA, Madonna left her longtime label, Warner Bros., to sign a $120 million deal with concert promoter Live Nation that calls for three albums from the Material Girl…and gives Live Nation the opportunity to tap into concert, recording, merchandising and other lucrative revenue streams.
  • According to, these artist defections are a troubling sign for the RIAA.