Archive for category Uncategorized, TechCrunch and the RIAA

There was a bit of a kerfuffle on Friday evening when TechCrunch posted a story headlined: Did Just Hand Over User Listening Data To the RIAA? – where they “reported” on a rumor that had handed over a bunch of data  to the RIAA so the RIAA could track down pirates of the new U2 album .  The answer to the headline question is an unequivocal  “no!”.  The folks at would never do that, and they have denied it in no uncertain terms.

But still two days later, the headline stands on the front page of TechCrunch, and only readers who venture past the fold will see mention that has denied the rumor.  Why doesn’t TechCrunch change the headline or post prominently in the first paragraph that has denied it the rumor?   Why is TechCrunch posting a story based on a single source?  No doubt, such headlines bring lots of links and readers to TechCrunch, but it is not responsible journalism. Reporting on rumor, gossip and subsequently failing to correct the false reporting is just bad journalism.


A test post

Well .. what do you know … a new post, in a new blog …  I’ m just trying things out a bit.  I’m not sure if I like the wsywig editor or not.  So far it seems ok.  Lets add a picture!

A little bit of country, a little bit of rock'n'roll.

A little bit of country, a little bit of rock'n'roll.

That was pretty easy to do, and I was able to have it align on the left hand side, which is a pretty common way for me to layout my posts.  I like how they let you add a caption as well.

But really, blogs are all about links, so lets add a link or two.  First a link to this blog: and now a link to a search engine that I use quite often.

It looks like wordpress has an autosave feature, which is pretty nice.

Embedding a youtube video is pretty easy too … instead of having to grab all of the embedded object html – with wordpress I can just use the URL to the youtube video.  Saves having to go into raw html mode.  You can embedd videos like this not only from Youtube but from google video and dailymotion as well.  So, let me try embedding a video.  I found this video on the web, not sure if anyone has seen it before, but it is pretty funny, about a skateboarding dog.  Check it out.

Pretty cool.

They also let you ‘add a poll’. I wonder what that is like. Let’s try it out:

I’m eagerly waiting the results.

Now, just a few more things to try out.  Bold, italics, strikethrough .

  1. Some
  2. numbered
  3. lists
  • Some
  • bullet
  • points

And a block quote where I tell you:

Trackbacks are a way to notify legacy blog systems that you’ve linked to them. If you link other WordPress blogs they’ll be notified automatically using pingbacks, no other action necessary.

Sometimes I like colorful text too.

Well, that’s it for now… my first wordpress test post.  It seems pretty full featured, which is no surprise since it is used by a number of people.  Now I’m going to save this entry, preview it and post it.  So there.

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