Archive for February, 2008

Lunch and learn – Unofficial

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

It's getting close to that time of year. For the uninitiated, each year undergrads at the University of Illinois participate in an event titled Unofficial St Patrick's Day, or Unofficial for short. The slogan "Drink Until You're Irish" or - on this year's t-shirts - "Instant Irish: Just Add Alcohol." Last ...

The Cliff Richards performance copyright extension

Friday, February 15th, 2008

The EU commission is proposing to extend copyright terms for performers of music, to match the existing terms for composers. The notion of retroactive extension is problematic (though not unprecedented), but there are some interesting aspects to the proposal:For session musicians, the record companies will set up a fund reserving at least ...

Contacting RTÉ about medium wave

Friday, February 15th, 2008

I've discussed the pending elimination of medium wave broadcasts a number of times here. If you're interested in contacting RTÉ to comment on the decision, their Information Office is the most readily available email address you can use.  I've already contacted RTÉ, and include the text of my email below.

Opposition coalesces against axing of MW by RTÉ

Monday, February 11th, 2008

The Éan (Emigrant Advice Network) blog has compiled a list of coverage of RTÉ's decision to cease broadcasts on Medium Wave. In my own piece I noted that while RTÉ touted the fact that it would continue service on Long Wave:LW is not present on most domestic receivers at this stage, so it will ...

Symbolism and rhetoric

Monday, February 4th, 2008

Many people pointed last week to Obama's victory speech in South Carolina, calling it inspiring and uplifting. At first glance I saw it as well executed, but perhaps lacking in substance in areas I would like to have addressed, but as I listened closer, particularly to the latter sections, I ...