Corey Osborn

I just read on the Downtown Memphis Blog that a BB King’s regular musician Corey Osborn died yesterday in a car accident. The story in the Commercial Appeal is pretty vague but does confirm this hard and sad truth.

Commercial Appeal Story

I’ve personally never intentionally gone to see Corey play yet have heard him perform a time or two. He and Kirk Smithhart would play together from time to time at random places. I shot a game of pool with him and  Kirk a while back at about 5am in an after hours bar. He laughed at the things I could name about Kirk because I used to see him play all the time about 11 years ago. He seemed like a pretty cool guy. I know the Memphis Music community will miss him.

Godspeed Corey

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Cheap Goods

Anyone living in the Memphis Metro area have some bad news job wise but good news price wise. Circuit City announced that it will be closing a couple of area stores in it’s national down sizing.

The Memphis Daily News reports that it will be closing the store on Winchester Rd and the new one in Collierville. The stores close today and will reopen with liquidation pricing tomorrow.

It might be time for me to get out there and pickup that 360 now.

Gun Control

I guess William Shatner is buddies with Charlton Heston.

Yankee Tribute

Here is my Yankee tribute.

Godspeed =JudgeCal=

I don’t know what made me “google” that name today but I was truly shocked by what I found.

I’m about a month or so late but =JudgeCal= who had a show on Pseudo.com in 1999 and 2000 died on July 25th of this year.  He was 41 years old. This news saddens me greatly.

=JudgeCal= once had a show on Pseudo.com called =JudgeCal=’s HighWeirdness. It’s been so long ago now I can’t remember what night (Thursdays?) the new broadcast was on but I do remember taking breaks from the bar those nights to watch it. I always liked the fact that the topics were off the wall and nothing was off limits. Stile from Stileproject.com was a frequent caller and guest. Laura “Thugz” Foy was =JudgeCal=’s co-host.

One of the last episodes I remember seeing was where he got his lip pierced and Thugz got her nipple done. Later that year in the summer time he was just on the random programming that Pseudo had going on through the day. He and another female host had a show where they talked gaming and other technology. The cool thing about the shows were that they had an #IRC channel that you could log in to and ask questions or make comments about things going on live on air.

Internet television, I truly thought it was going to revolutionize the media industry. In the meantime I believe that it did spawn G4 TV. Gaming is huge business and Pseudo.com had found a niche for giving those people a way to have a voice. =JudgeCal= was a huge gamer and their biggest advocate.

I had a conversation with him once about broadband because I was installing it in various forms all over the country at the time. I helped him to dispell the rumours on air with what could and couldn’t be done with it. It was about a 10 minute conversation live on the show that they were hosting and was pretty cool to de-lurk over the air like that. I remember going back and reading the chat in the IRC room and the crowds reaction to what we had talked about was unreal.

After Pseudo pretty well changed it’s format. (due to the dot com bust is my guess) He was seen at the Republican National Convention and also at the Democrat National Convention still working with people from pseudo as a one man interviewer and production team. The gadgets that he had to use to do this were donated to the Smithsonian Institute. He also served time as one of CNN’s first political bloggers.

There was an archive of all the old High Weirdness shows on his site but I haven’t been able to get to it. I imagine that I probably won’t be able to either. I do know that shows can be found on YouTube which wasn’t around back then but hopefully will be forever so =JudgeCal= can find immortality.

=JudgeCal=

=JudgeCal=

Swimming

Big props to Tony Pierce on this one. I don’t know if he penned it or not but none-the-less. There’s brilliance to it.

http://www.tonypierce.com/blog/2008/08/she-was-all-what-if-i-went-swimming.htm

Who’s this Tony Peirce cat you may be asking? He’s a bad mf-er (I’m just talking about shaft) who writes for the LA Times and has a great blog out there as well.  I enjoy reading his blog because he always stays objective on the political fiasco.

That’s the biggest way to loose readers. Spill your political views for the public to see. Take my word, if you have any form of readership then don’t do it. No respect is gained from it. The one thing that gets actual journalists discredited is them spewing their own political bias. Just look at what Oprah’s dealing with right now.

Gustav

It’s nice to see that Hurricane Gustav really lost power when it made landfall. The media didn’t come right out and say it because they would have lost ratings. However the storm was really weak and didn’t make landfall with any of the strength that Katrina did.

The evacuation process was truly amazing and I’m glad it went well. I’m just hoping that it doens’t work against them the next time around. I have a feeling people will decide they should stay in the future and that is absolutely the wrong thing to do. Things were done correctly this time, hopefully the future will be as well.

Bobby Jindal had his act together more than the last governor, that was quite obvious. I’m a big fan of the Louisiana governor. He has impressed me every time I have seen him on television so far.

More on politics later. I’ve been glued to the television for about 2 weeks watching DNC’s and what not. I’m excited for the GOP Convention and the Independent Convention next week as well.