I'm deep into coding a new events calendar using blog software -- including a 40-hour no-sleep marathon this weekend that caused my husband to ask if he'd lost his wife. I have lots of links for later. For now, two things:
The Patriots play at Minnesota tonight at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN's Monday Night Football. Here's the skinny from the Vikings' hometown paper, the Star-Tribune. The lead story today is about... the Pats' Laurence Maroney, formerly a U. of Minnesota Gopher: Nice spot for a nice pick.
.Here's their forecast for the game (Vikings gameday: The call)
The Vikings ought to control the ground game; New England ought to control the passing game. Hang on -- tonight's "MNF" matchup promises to be close.
And Doc Searls is deep into a discussion of the fight for the airwaves:
Baltimore Sun: Public radio seeks recall of FM devices used in cars:
Citing widespread interference on broadcast frequencies used by its member stations, National Public Radio has asked the Federal Communications Commission to order recalls of millions of FM modulators that drivers use to play satellite radios and iPods through their car stereos. A field study by NPR Labs found that nearly 40 percent of those devices have signal strengths that exceed FCC limits, enabling them to break into FM broadcasts in nearby cars with unwanted programming. A separate investigation by the National Association of Broadcasters found that more than 75 percent of the devices it tested violated the power limits.
And, alt-view 1 (Earth to NPR: Satellite Radio is Good For You): Here's Matt Murray on news that NPR is going after low-power personal FM transmitters (most of which are used either to bridge MP3 players to the FM band or to do the same for satellite radio receivers):
So the funding from Joan B. Kroc, is going to try and smite the FM modulators and satellite radio, instead of expanding a news department or two.
Where can I file a lawsuit saying that the NPR broadcasters are interfering with my Sirius Xact Stream/Jockey radio?
I can't comment on the technical merits of NPR's case, but I do know that it has become common for the NPR station on my car radio to be drowned out for a second or two by a completely different broadcast as another car passes by in the opposing lane. If that's an errant modulator, more power to NPR....
Interesting stuff. What do you think about all this? Is it Stern fans vs. foes?