Monday, November 17, 2008



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This is episode 20

I'm still riled about ComCasts's cavalier disregard of its customers and thinking of them as mere bovines to be milked.

I'm not "anyone's" "cash cow."

Its a mistake to even think of anybody that way.

People have not been an asset, to be abused as all assets ultimately are, on anyone's spread sheet since the proclamation of emancipation.

On the other hand, you seem to like the Halloween episode since that has garnered an astonishing amount of downloads. (In checking, it got downloaded several times to the same IP address so there are, uh, "repeat performances." I'm glad you enjoyed (and are enjoying,) the Halloween show. :-)

That tells me I'd better get back to doing my show.

"American Nightmare" by "Kevin K And The Real Kool Kats" off of "Perfect Sin" here on WSPCs ThymeWarp.


We got PSAs:


Campus Safety urges students, faculty and staff to sign up for text alerts, online @

This will be used to inform students, faculty and staff in an emergency.

This was useful last year in the bomb scare.

To sign up, students must know their Spirit ID # (Bring their Saint Peter's College ID.)


There are still no prerecorded promos so I'm going to fake one right now.

How about if I tell you about "Dan and Dave on Sports in the Morning"

"Looking for quality sports talk?

Then look no further than Dan Drutz, our own assistant director of athletics, and David Freeman.

They’re here to give you all the latest news and discussion in both college and professional sports.

If you’re a sports fanatic, you won’t want to miss a second of what these two guys have to say.

So be sure to catch “Dan and Dave on Sports in the Morning.”

Every Tuesday from 11 to 12 noon. Only on WSPC: The Sound of Saint Peter’s College.

I just caught their show here in the studio and its "pretty darn good!".


There are still no prerecorded promos, well except for "moi."

bed: Oilsands by John Jack

Tuesdays at 5 at WSPC:

"Peak Oil" , what it is, what it means to us all (and believe me it does, if you thought that $4.00 a gallon gasoline was bad, (and don't let the pre election slump and sag fool you,) the price of oil will reveal just how incomodious a commodity it is.

I'll be featuring podsafe music so I can retransmit them on a full-blown podcast, with an RSS feed, on iTunes without having to pay my soul out to the RIAA.


I'm really NOT trying to give a lecture on MacroEconomics, MicroEconomics or even Business Ethics (I know, that sounds like a oxymoron, like military intelligence, Catholic University or Soviet Justice,) but somethings are just too important to gloss over.

I only wish I had golden pipes like My Radio II Professor or that I could write as engagingly as Terry Pratchett.

I am a flawed vessel, but, regardless of how flawed the container, the message still pours out.

The message is that it is fundamentally self-defeating to look to on to short term gain as a "be all and end all."

Like any mathematical theorem or AI proof on searching and sorting, there are local maximas which, while seeming to yield the greatest benefits for the least effort, are illusory traps, at best.

There are computational islands, with peaks or valleys which are deeper or higher that those surrounding you right now.

They may be local points on a slope whose limits can be much more pronounced than your local scope can ever reach.

But you can only find out by doing your homework and keeping on searching.

Despite the counter intuitive nature of long-term investing being based on something which may not yield immediate benefit, the tactic of "The Company Store" has proved to give the least long term benefit. (And that's to the very company that owns the store! Its an illusory maximum.)

The only ones who pursue it are like monkeys with their hands in a small mouth jar, holding onto a banana for all they 're worth, despite the fact that their holding onto it means that that they're unable to actually eat the banana.

They have stopped searching. Their scope is too limited and too limiting.

The job of a CEO, and that means you Mr. Roberts, is to be able to distinguish between when you're making a profit and when your just a monkey hanging onto a banana in a small mouth jar, and could ultimately make a lot more money by letting go.

What I ran into last week is the worst piece of corporate governance I had encountered in decades.

It is absolutely transparent, illegal, actionable and short sighted.

I'm sorry but ComCast is breaking the law, and several moral codes and ethical edicts as well.

Its not one of these "traffic shaping" p2p issues where there might be so wiggle room to maneuver their butts about, saying "Well its our network and we're just protecting it from Mac using 'creative types,' and the '"communist free-software Linux using peer-to-peer pirates" out there".

This is a clear policy implemented to either get their customers to lease their routers, at their non-competitive prices, and your objection that you already had a perfectly good router cuts no ice with them, or you'll just do without.

Guess what Mr Roberts?

I'm doing without ... Without ComCast.

If the share holders glom onto it, its going to cost ComCast more than they can guess, I guess.

Somebody deserves to be fired immediately, "'sans" golden parachute."

If this was one of my old format shows, I'd have lots of podsafe tunes with lyrics and music appropriately chosen for the theme of corporate greed.

Instead we'll make due with Classical music, written back when opinion was ruled over by fiat, even when the autocrat was obviously insane with syphilis or some other form of venereal disease.

Now, "Adelante La Musica"


This episode featured the following music:

"American Nightmare"by "Kevin K And The Real Kool Kats" here on WSPC's Thyme Warp.

"Carmina Burana: O Fortuna" by "Carl Orff" here on WSPC's Thyme Warp.

"Etude in C Minor, Opus 10 No.12, "Revolutionary" by "Chopin" here on WSPC's Thyme Warp.

"Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Opus 43 Variation No.18" by: "Sergei Rachmaninov" here on WSPC's Thyme Warp.

"Tosca: Vissi d'arte" by: "Giacomo Puccini" here on WSPC's Thyme Warp.

"Symphony No.6 in B Minor, Opus 74: Fourth Movement" by "Pyotr Tchaikovsky" here on WSPC's Thyme Warp.

"Bolero" by "Maurice Ravel" here on WSPC's Thyme Warp.

"Violin Concerto in G Minor, Opus 26: Third Movement" by "Max Bruch" here on WSPC's Thyme Warp.

"Romeo and Juliet, Opus 64: Romeo at Juliet's Tomb" by "Sergei Prokofiev" here on WSPC's Thyme Warp.


The show notes, incuding the complete text of this episode, and any and all links to the artists featured, are on a server ... somewhere.

And this show is also being podcast in m4a format, which means that it you use a compatible player, like iTunes, you get the content divided up into chapters with images and "hot links" to the the web, on the topic of the chapter or to accompany the music.

You can send me feed back. suggestions, or just some sign that there's anybody actually outside the studio.

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