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Using Uber Supports the Things You Hate

Sure, using Uber undermines public safety, the rule of law, and the very foundation of our labor market. But if you don’t value any of those things enough to contemplate taking the bus to Gelson’s, consider that supporting Uber means supporting three other things that most of us, my fellow progressives in particular, hate rill rill bad:

  1. Endangering women
  2. Compromising our personal data
  3. Exploiting the poor and working class.

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Five Essential Apps for Screenwriters

Five Essential Apps for ScreenwritingWriting scripts is an inherently different craft than writing prose — one’s like being an architect, the other a sculptor. And just like architects and sculptors use different tools (except for the really bad ones), screenwriters need different software than the people who write those heavy, flappy things I use to kill spiders. (Boogs? Bocks?) Here are five apps I can’t work without.

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I Make Web Sites for Writers and Artists. Here’s a New One.

Henry BialHere’s another web site I designed and built, this one for the author and performance-studies powerhouse Henry Bial. A professor of theater and the director of the School of Arts at the University of Kansas, Henry’s latest book is Playing God, a history of the Bible on the Broadway stage. According to his new blog, you can get a copy for 30% off when you buy it from the University of Michigan Press using the promo code UMBIAL16.

I spent a long time as a Very Qualified Internet Professional, and now I enjoy making custom sites for artists, writers, and other creative types who otherwise wouldn’t have the means to have them — like this one for the great crime writer Jason Miller. (Not to mention the home for my radio show Special Relativity.) If you’re one of those people and would like me to help make your web dreams come true, email me.

BTW I Make Web Sites

Web Site of Jason Miller, Author of Down Don't Bother MeHere’s a web site I designed and built for the talented crime writer (and excellent tweeter) Jason Miller, author of Down Don’t Bother Me, the first book in the Slim in Little Egypt Series. The second book in the series, Red Dog, is due next year, and Jason posted this excerpt to his new blog.

I spent a long time as an Internet Professional, and I still enjoy making custom sites for artists, writers, and other creative types who otherwise wouldn’t have the means to have them. 1I also designed and built the site for my radio show Special Relativity. If you’re one of those people and would like me to help make your web dreams come true, email me.

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1. I also designed and built the site for my radio show Special Relativity.

Meet the Stars of My New Web-Radio Series SPECIAL RELATIVITY

I’ve been hinting for weeks that my web-radio series Special Relativity would have an incredible cast. Today, with my groin all a-tingle, I can introduce the people telling the story of the most evil woman on Earth traveling back in time and kidnapping her younger self to foil her own plan to destroy the Universe. Please meet the stars of Special Relativity:

Alex Borstein Starring as Nox, the most evil woman on Earth,

ALEX BORSTEIN

Alex has spent the last 13 seasons at one of the most continually popular shows on TV, voicing Lois Griffin on Family Guy. She also leads the cast of the truly exceptional HBO comedy Getting On. Despite of all that, she’s of course most famous for the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers episode “Bloom of Doom.”


Vulva Man

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I’m Unemployed, But I Still Pay the Artists Who Work With Me. Why Can’t This Hollywood Mogul?

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The Internet it buzzes this morning about a “bootleg James Bond” video by producer Adi Shankar, creator of other “fan” videos based on copyright properties, including a Power Rangers homage/parody/rip-off that’s garnered 18 million play-presses. The premise for “James Bond: In Service of Nothing” actually sounds fascinating for a committed pan-media Bond-liker such as me: 1I do, after all, even have a 007 tag on my blog. a retired 007 struggles to figure out how to live when he no longer has to kill. I don’t know if the short lives up to the premise, though, because it’s already been yoinked from YouTube due to a (valid) copyright complaint from MGM.

But that doesn’t matter, because I’m less interested in Adi Shankar’s movie than I am in something he said to Deadline Hollywood while promoting it:

[Shankar] said it was done mainly with all volunteer work, favors and an animation collective. He said the costs were minimal. “When people are passionate about something, they just want to do it,” he told Deadline. “These are the same models that these digital artists are doing. They are doing things for the collective good.”

Adi not only didn’t pay the artists who worked on his movie, he also thinks asking people to work for free for his betterment is a legitimate business model.

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1. I do, after all, even have a 007 tag on my blog.

NotFoolingAnybody.com Lives!

Hat Creek in Austin, TXOn May 3, 2012 I drove past Michelle’s Donut House on Santa Monica Blvd., a hilariously mangled former Winchells Donut House. I snapped a picture and then lamented on this blog that I couldn’t submit it to the long-lived but defunct Internet chronicle of such beautifully stupid storefront conversions, Not Fooling Anybody. Well, today I can. Not Fooling Anybody lives, and lazy entrepreneurs should not sleep well at night.

I daydreamed in that post about taking over and resurrecting NFA, but it turned out that its founder Liz Clayton had never given up on the site. She just needed a hand to resurrect it after a hacking and guide it into the twentyohteens. So I lent her one, and this week NotFoolingAnybody.com stepped out of its limo onto the red carpet (discreetly covering its personal area) just in time for its tenth anniversary.

The site now features 171 joy-inducingly awful repurposings, captured by an intrepid group of rangers from across North America. A couple of my favorites are below, but I encourage you to improve your day by perusing all 171. Better yet, submit your own. Any of my Milwaukee readers want to grab a shot of Siva Truck Rental and Leasing on W. St. Paul Ave.? It’s the place with the backwards Avis sign.

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