Thursday, October 27, 2005

Taking the permission society seriously

Taking the permission society seriously

Charles' post about sports broadcasts just reminded me of, which encourages people to warn ASCAP and Time Warner every time they hear someone singing "Happy Birthday" in public. By overwhelming clearance departments with frivolous letters, the site's creators hope to make a statement about copyright-gone-amok.

That said, perhaps a more direct way to the same end is to borrow a page from that sports guy and encourage the public to write letters any time they anticipate singing "Happy Birthday" in the near future. So, seeing as my dad has birthday coming up, I figured I'd get the ball rolling:

ASCAP - New York
One Lincoln Plaza
New York, NY 10023


The copyright status of "Happy Birthday To You" and the law related to public performances of copyrighted works have recently been brought to my attention. I would therefore like to request permission in advance to sing "Happy Birthday" to my father at Frenchy's Original Cafe in Clearwater, Florida, on October 8, at approximately 1 pm.

My father will be turning 75 on this day and will probably be ordering the Seafood Gumbo and Fried Grouper. The rest of the party will include Charles Star, my brothers Peter and Paul, their spouses Karla and Cindee, and my mother Lynn. Five of us will be singing while my brothers merely mouth the words and smile. We expect there to be approximately 50 disinterested witnesses.

I realize this is short notice but we only recently settled the details. If there is a charge for the privilege of singing in this instance, please let me know. And, if there is, please specify whether or not the cost can be reduced by moving to another location.

I look forward to your prompt reply.

Carrie McLaren

Bear in mind that when Lawrence Lessig et al. tried to license "Happy Birthday" to celebrate the Free Culture movement, they waited months to get permission. So, um, I'm not holding our breath for a reply...

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Top reasons why ladies today are still SINGLE

Top reasons why ladies today are still SINGLE

1. The nice men are ugly.

2. The handsome men are not nice.

3. The handsome and nice men are gay.

4. The handsome, nice and heterosexual men are married.

5. The men who are not so handsome, but are nice men,
have no money.

6. The men who are not so handsome, but are nice men with money
think we are only after their money.

7. The handsome men without money are after our money.

8. The handsome men, who are not so nice and somewhat
heterosexual, don't think we are beautiful enough.

9. The men who think we are beautiful, that are heterosexual,
somewhat nice and have money, are cowards.

10. The men who are somewhat handsome, somewhat nice and have
some money and thank God are heterosexual, are shy and

11. The men who never make the first move, automatically lose
interest in us when we take the initiative.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Would You Rather Own Google or Indonesia?

"Google's market cap is $92 billion and last year it had $3.2 billion in sales. Indonesia's stock market is valued at $72 billion and its gross domestic product is $258 billion. PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, the nation's biggest telephone operator, alone had sales of 33.9 trillion rupiah ($3.3 billion) in 2004. In other words, one company that's just 14 percent of the Jakarta Composite Index had more sales than Google."

Would You Rather Own Google or Indonesia?: William Pesek Jr.

Oct. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Faced with poverty, surging oil prices and terrorist threats, many of Indonesia's 235 million people probably never noticed the milestone. Ditto for global investors, who care more about such things.

In April, Google Inc. surpassed Indonesia's entire stock market in value.

Think about it. A seven-year-old company that produces no physical products is now more valuable than the equity of Southeast Asia's biggest economy. Indonesia is an archipelago of some 18,000 islands holding natural resources --including oil -- that make the world's richest nations salivate. Google is, well, an Internet search tool.

It raises an intriguing question, and one Mark Matthews, a Singapore-based director at Merrill Lynch & Co., posed this week in a sales note to clients: Which would you rather own: 100 percent of the Indonesian equities market or Google?

A bit existential perhaps, but a question that focuses the mind and gets at a bigger point. Matthews' take on it? Indonesia is the clear winner.

``Indonesia is a hairy asset to be sure,'' he wrote. ``It has African levels of corruption, thousands of islands spread out over three time zones, Islamic extremists. But judging by the market's ability to withstand the most recent mini-crisis and Bali bombs, this is in the price. So there is upside if they can eventually get it right. And it is something real.''

Today's Cotton Gin?

Matthews can't help but wonder if Google will go the way of inventor Eli Whitney. ``The cotton gin changed America,'' Matthews wrote. ``It revitalized the South and boosted the British textile industry, and had a thousand other effects. And this earned the inventor, Eli Whitney, almost nothing.''

What's all this got to do with Google? ``That's sort of where Google is today,'' Matthews wrote. ``Google has a small lead over a pack of competitors, all eager to fight for one of the few remaining high-margin zones left in tech-land. Does Google management know that the supply of advertising space on the Internet is unlimited?

Google's market cap is $92 billion and last year it had $3.2 billion in sales. Indonesia's stock market is valued at $72 billion and its gross domestic product is $258 billion. PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, the nation's biggest telephone operator, alone had sales of 33.9 trillion rupiah ($3.3 billion) in 2004. In other words, one company that's just
14 percent of the Jakarta Composite Index had more sales than Google.

Indonesia's Pros and Cons

Matthews' basic conclusion is this: Folks who buy Indonesia at current prices may do better than those who buy Google.

In 1998, for example, Microsoft Corp.'s market cap was bigger than South Korea's. Now Microsoft's is $272 billion and Korea's is $530 billion.
``If I could take a 7-year view on them, I would long Indonesia and short Google,'' Matthews says.

Aficionados of the information age may fear Matthews is spending too much time in the tropical sun. The stock of the most- used Web search engine rose 62 percent this year alone. Clearly, people are making some serious money off Google. And how many companies have seen their name become a verb?

Google comparisons aside, Matthews raises some interesting points about the state of the world's fourth most-populous nation.

The aftermath of the deadly Oct. 1 bombings in Bali hasn't been what their perpetrators might have expected. If the hope of the suicide bombers who killed themselves and 19 other people was to shake confidence in Indonesia's economy, they failed miserably.

Bonds Tell the Story

That Indonesia's stocks are still up nearly 10 percent this year is one sign. A more important one is that Indonesia drew excess demand last week for its biggest overseas debt sale, and that it plans to sell more 30-year bonds in 2006.

If investors viewed Indonesia as a basket case -- which many did following the 2002 Bali bombings and the 2003 attack on the JW Marriott Hotel in Jakarta -- would they really have placed $4.25 billion of orders for the $1.5 billion of 10- and 30-year debt it sold? That demand prompted the government to increase the sale by 20 percent.

While the yields Jakarta is paying are higher than those offered in April, they were at the bottom of the range marketed to fund managers.
The demand reflects confidence President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is making progress toward reducing Indonesia's budget deficit, protecting currency reserves and attacking corruption.

Subsidy Gamble

Risks indeed abound in Indonesia, an economy whose only real consistency is its ability to confound investors. The place has crushing poverty, terrorist threats and chronic inefficiencies. And those are just the concerns investors focus. Any Asia-wide outbreak of bird flu, for example, could hit Indonesia hard.

Yudhoyono says he's tackling the problems that cost Indonesia the foreign direct investment it needs. Earlier this month, he almost tripled kerosene prices and more than doubled diesel tariffs to cap fuel subsidies and reduce the budget deficit.

While a tricky maneuver for any leader, that's a particularly perilous one in Indonesia. In 1998, the removal of subsidies fueled violent protests that toppled President Suharto. Yet Standard & Poor's on Oct. 3 said Yudhoyono's move was ``encouraging'' and will spur investor confidence.

It's a reminder that in any Google versus Indonesia debate, Asia's No. 7 economy may not be as bad a bet as you think.

To contact the writer of this column:
William Pesek Jr. in Tokyo at

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Husband and Wife

Dear Husband:
I'm writing you this letter to tell you that I'm leaving you for good. I've been a good woman to you for seven years and I have nothing to show for it. These last two weeks have been hell. Your boss called to tell me that you had quit your job today and that was the last straw.

Last week, you came home and didn't notice that I had gotten my hair and nails done, cooked your favorite meal and even wore a brand new negligee. You came home and ate in two minutes, and went straight to sleep after watching the game.

You don't tell me you love me anymore, you don't touch me or anything. Either you're cheating or you don't love me anymore, what ever the case is, I'm gone.

P.S .If you're trying to find me, don' t. Your BROTHER and I are moving away to West Virginia together! Have a great life!

Your EX-Wife

Dear Ex-Wife:
Nothing has made my day more than receiving your letter. It's true that you and I have been married for seven years, although a good woman is a far cry from what you've been. I watch sports so much to try to drown out your constant nagging. Too bad that doesn't work. I did notice when you cut off all of your hair last week, the first thing that came to mind was "You look just like a man!" My mother raised me to not say anything if you can't say anything nice.

When you cooked my favorite meal, you must have gotten me confused with MY BROTHER, because I stopped eating pork seven years ago.

I went to sleep on you when you had on that new negligee because the price tag was still on it. I prayed that it was a coincidence that my brother had just borrowed fifty dollars from me that morning and your negligee was $49.99.

After all of this, I still loved you and felt that we could work it out. So when I discovered that I had hit the lotto for thirty million dollars, I quit my job and bought us two tickets to Jamaica. But when I got home you were gone. Everything happens for a reason I guess. I hope you have the filling life you always wanted.

My lawyer said with your letter that you wrote, you won't get a dime from me. So take care.

P.S.I don't know if I ever told you this but Carl, my brother was born Carla. I hope that's not a problem.


Rich and Free!

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Dear Girls (from us guys)...

Dear Girls (from us guys)...

*Don't assume that guys won't care where you are, because we do. It makes us feel secure to know that our girlfriends aren't off flirting with guys we've never heard of.

*Also, don't talk about your ex-boyfriends. We never have, nor ever will respect or like them, nor do we want to hear about them. When you do, you're asking your boyfriend to be jealous. You're asking your boyfriend to lose trust.

*On that, don't hump everything that walks into the room. We don't care if you talk to other guys. We don't care if you're friends with other guys. But when you're sitting next to us, and some random guy walks into the room and you jump up and tackle him, without even introducing us, yeah, it pisses us off. It doesn't help if you sit there and talk to him for ten minutes without even acknowledging the fact that we're still there.

*Also, when we tell you you're pretty/ beautiful/ gorgeous/ cute/ stunning, we freaking mean it. Don't tell us we're wrong. We'll stop trying to convince you. The sexiest thing about a girl is confidence. Yeah, you can quote me.

*Don't be mad when we hold the door open. Smile and say "thank you." Let us pay for you. Don't "feel bad." We enjoy doing it. It's expected. Smile and say - everybody together now - "thank you."

*Kiss us when no one's watching. If you kiss us when you know nobody's looking we'll be more impressed.

*You don't have to get dressed up for us. If we're going out with you in the first place, you don't have to feel the need to wear the shortest skirt you have, put on every kind of makeup you own. We like you for WHO you are and not WHAT you are.

*Don't flirt with guys when we're not around. We'll find out. Trust us. We have eyes everywhere. And when we find out, we're pissed. Not necessarily with the guys you flirted with, more-so with you.

*Don't take everything we say seriously. Sarcasm is a beautiful thing. See the beauty in it. Don't get angry easily. Stop using magazines/media as your bible.

*Don't talk about how hot Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt is in front of us. It's boring, and we don't care. You have girlfriends for that.

*Whatever happened to the word "handsome"? Why does everything have to be "hot/sexy"? I'd be utterly stunned by a girl who greeted me with "Hey handsome!" instead of "Hey baby/ stud/ cutie/ sexy" or whatever else you can think of. Claiming girls or guys to be "hot" shows immaturity.

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