The State Of The Blogger, Summer 2010

June 15, 2010 § 1 Comment

As you may know, I’ve started a website with Jesse Myerson called The Busy Signal, which thanks to a core of writers, has started well. It is a website, unfunded and unmonetized, of contribution based blogging on the important topics of the day. This week, we push off the ground again to make sure our own problems, productivity, don’t continue to get the better of us.

If you enjoyed WithAPassion.com, I’m sure you’ll enjoy The Busy Signal, if you havn’t joined that program already in progress.

That being said, WithAPassion isn’t done yet, and there are other avenues I’m currently driving down as well. In terms of where I’m writing, here’s a rundown:

Features, the serious kind, will go to The Busy Signal, and will be linked to both here and at WithAPassion’s Tumblr edition.

These articles include the piece that will go up later today, “Big Windbag … ” – a lengthy focus on Andrew Breitbart, and not only why he and his cause are phony, but how his supporters and his favorite people on the right are wrong. In two weeks at the most, “Strike Three, Walking Away From the MLB,” on how I’ve decided that baseball isn’t worth the time and attention anymore, thanks to Bud Selig, and other elderly fools.

Sub-feature length pieces, and the less than serious works, will be written for WithAPassion.com, and will be linked to at the Tumblr.

These, will be your A&E reviews. Concerts, TV, etc. Upcoming for concerts: Nas & Damian Marley @ Williamsburg Waterfront, The Arcade Fire & Spoon @ MSG, Rock The Bells @ Governor’s Island, and Aziz Ansari @ Town Hall.

Small pieces, moments to be captured, etc., will be written for the Tumblr.

Seemingly, this includes things like poor product design captured at it’s failingest, and screengrabs of equal fail (i.e. Drake getting the NYTimes.com frontpage)

Brainfarts, as always, are on the Twitter. As will be as many links to the above as I can do without alienating that whole game.

Finally, there’s an idea I’ve been kicking around called “You Do Realize …” which is still in the planning stages.

Your faithful, and at times MIA, blogger,

Henry Casey

On my way back.

December 8, 2009 § 1 Comment

 

A proper warning. I’m working on an insanely long blog post about the iPhone that I’m either releasing in one bomb drop (no drones, no Flex) or a series of manageable posts. (Which would you prefer? I’ve barely gotten past the intro and I’m at around 600 words, drop a line in the comments with votes on this) It’s not a “new” topic, by any stretch of the imagination, but I think I’ve had it for long enough to put a well informed review up.
Warnings on two counts: 1) Insanely Nerdly, 2) Do not expect class warfare talk about how it’s for the rich or the insidious nature of AT&Ts political donations, those mass mailers for Credo do that more than enough for my taste.
Also: I might turn off the comments feature if I don’t get much of a reply. It’s not too heartening to have an empty comments section. So, comment!

Dispatch From The Shallow End Of The Get Up

April 7, 2009 § Leave a comment

Tomorrow is April 8, and 1 week into the spookily titled The April Experiment. If you saw the Halloween 2008 episode of Bill Maher – and you remember how he said “Nancy Peloooooosi” in a spooky voice – you know how I stretch the R out in experiment.

Which is to say that while I am pushing myself to improve, I’m still an esoteric weirdo. One who tries to go to bed before 11pm in order to wake up at 6AM and then make it to the gym. I’ve done it three times in the 7 days since April started. Pretty happy with the way it’s going.

And in lieu of work, here are links and descripts to/of what is getting pixels on my screens lately:

The Required Reading, which I’m late to the game on plugging, is:

The Big Takeover, Matt Taibbi’s colossus of an article about the backstage dealings with the economy, a piece that makes me want to castrate Hank Paulson on live television.

And here is an interview-slash-feature about Taibbi’s work and his own backstory.

Trent Reznor talks to DiggNation about his experience running his own version of a record label.

Ta-Nehisi Coates thinks on Mos Def vs. Christopher Hitchens from the Maher from a week from Friday. The embedded video in his post is no longer functional. Here is a link to a YouTube of it. Here is where I say I’ve decided to no longer embed videos on the blog. Embedding clips is cute, but really, I’m not making videos, not yet at least, so why should a blog of my writing and linking feature clips, which at WordPress is something that doesn’t always work right, MSNBC’s faulty video embeds come to mind.

Also:

A big piece from Glenn Greenwald on the troubling matters coming from Obama’s DOJ.

The Brüno Trailer is fucking epic.

2DopeBoyz are getting their OkayPlayer on.

Flying Lotus and Blu hooked up for a collaboration.

And now, for thoughts, without links, about the two white rappers of the moment, who really do not need links. Asher Roth is new for rap, but comedy fans might know him by his real name Dane Cook. I’ll keep making that joke until I find the leak of his upcoming record and when it doesn’t gargle ass-crack sweat. Eminem’s return song/video came out today, it’s called “We Made You,” you can find the song and video if you google it, and to be honest it’s proof that Marshall Mathers refuses to change his schtick. He still uses that busted fake mid-east accent. He still rips on female celebs who won’t fuck him. He still dresses up like male celebs who are hasbeens, his not-so-distant-future territory. He takes no risks on the song, none. Personally, I think the era of the white rapper as being important without really bringing much of anything to the table is done. Then again, we’ll see how their upcoming records sell. My esteem for a country that puts Nic Cage’s Knowing at #1 for the weekend box office is so low that I could see both of their records moving units despite a lack of any reason for that happening other than melanin deficiencies.

Henry Casey is On The Get Back in April 2009

March 30, 2009 § Leave a comment

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So you thought I didn’t post at all back in previous months? Well, things aren’t going to be frequent, but they won’t be as rare as they were in some of the sparser times over here at withapassion.com.

I will write a script in April, as a part of Script Frenzy.

I’m going to actually keep going to the gym, and this will happen twice to thrice a week.

April 6 – Baseball Season as well as Fantasy Baseball Starts.

Along with a friend, I will read Bolano’s 2666 this month.

Hunting down a coffee bean grinder that can get me uniformly coarse grinds.

Hunting down the right computer mouse for home and for work.

Two of the greatest dumb movies are to be released: Crank 2: High Voltage and Observer and Report.

But also, I will write a post to the net on a weekly basis.

Topics to include checking in with progress on the above as well as Whedon’s Dollhouse, Breaking Bad, Lost, Our Shit Economy, and I’m going to try to answer a question:

Why do video game companies hate me and the rest of the non hdtv-verse?

The Plight Of The Subscription Model aka Act 3, the long delayed conclusion to With A Passion On Print Media

March 24, 2009 § 1 Comment

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Yes, there are two copies and both are fucked for the same reason.

So why do print magazines need to pour their journalistic creations onto the internet?

Because there are so many flaws in the production and distribution of analog journalism that they really ought to give digital a go. This is one of my longstanding and heretofore unblogged about pet peeves: magazine subscribers take it in the ear when it comes to quality service. Sure, the subscriber saves an unbelievable % off the cover price, but if you don’t subscribe or buy, (instead reading online if said magazine offers their content for free, ala The Fader’s free PDFs) the method that former subscribers tend to lean towards, you save 100% off the cover price.

Here’s an exact quote from the customer support from The Atlantic Monthly, for some context, they release their issues around the end of the 2nd to last week of the month prior to the one named on the cover of said issue:

Please allow until March 16, 2009 for delivery of your March 2009 issue.

So that means you are forced to give them three and a half weeks after the newsstand release until that issue can be considered late. Thanks to this fact, I canceled my trial subscription with The Atlantic.

In previous ages this may not have been an issue, but now we are in the aughts, aka the On Demand decade, where time + knowledge = money in a more off balance ratio than it’s ever been.

The Atlantic puts their articles online when their issues hit the newsstand, so there’s no point in subscribing aside from the fact that the magazine’s articles look better on the printed page than they do on my screen. Is this because of some culturally placed value inherent in something that was printed on paper with ink? Probably, but I also just find it easier to read on paper. That’s how I was educated for the majority of that section of my life, so that’s how my brain is wired.

Why does it take so long for The Atlantic to get their content to me? Postage costs have risen tremendously over the years, something anyone on The Nation of McSweeney’s e-mail lists know well already, so to cut costs, magazines have to ship at lower rates, is one of the major reasons.

But the Atlantic isn’t the only publication with suffering with getting their pulpy goodness into my hands or mailbox.

The Fader magazine at the jump of this post has a two-fer when it comes to demonstrating the problems of the subscription method, which is reccomended by only a few more doctors than the withdrawl method is.

1) The USPS loves to fray the edges of your mail. you know you’ve seen this before. also, this may happen because your landlord installed a half assed mail flap or tiny ass mailboxes.

For more evidence, see the below image, or imagine the torn up netflix envelopes I take out of my tiny ass mailbox, because I don’t have my mail come to my home anymore, it all comes to me at work.

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2) The databases of these publishers can get fucked right quickly resulting in wasteful doubled-up subscriptions, as seen in the pic of the Fader issues, from when I used to have a subscript (hey they gave me free tix for Bonnaroo).

So with the risks of unbelievable wait times, damaged goods, and wasteful methods in convervationalistic (well, you’re subscribing to print already, so you’re not clean at all on this) times, it’s easy to see why people don’t want to be subscribers anymore.

So with subscriber numbers dipping despite the quality inherent in the product, the publishers decided to try and publish online. Also, some mags, the New Yorker, for example, lets their staff writers blog exclusive-to-the-net content, and Hendrik Hertzberg and Sasha Frere-Jones make great use of this function of their employer’s network of info/wit distribution.

• This Site Will Be Updated With Substance … Soon … I’m Serious …

December 25, 2008 § Leave a comment

So, I’ve fallen off the face of the ‘net for a bit. Work compounded with the holiday season will do that. When I finish working on drafts of stuff, all of the big hallucinated elephants in the room oughta be covered:

• Rick Warren

• Obama won the election and it still surprises me

• 2008 based lists

• Adam Sandler fans and Republicans vs. This Blog

• Print Media’s Tombstone & What Shall Be Inscribed On It

I’ve got off from work until the 5th of January, so don’t think I won’t have enough time to cover all of the above, and then some.

happy fictional bastards days everybody,

your not at all humble blogger,

Henry

On Blogging.

December 5, 2008 § Leave a comment

1. I’m not going to be blogging much for a bit. Who knows how long.

2. It’s the video posting abilities that WordPress does not have, that’s what’s keeping me from blogging. I’m eyeing Typepad. Any other suggestions, comment/e-mail/notify me.

3. There’s probably nothing really really brilliant in it, but I’m gonna peruse the big book about blogging that Huffington just published.

4. I will be twittering, though. You can find that angle at twitter.com/withapassion.

5. People still send me shit about my anti-Sandler/Republicans post. I’ve got something of a reply and reblog and reposte coming around the corner when I get myself resituated.

Hope all is well, people.

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