“I have always loved humor and laughter. As a young engineer I got an impulse to start a Dial-a-Joke in the San Jose/San Francisco area. I was aware of such humor services in other countries, such as Australia. This idea came from my belief in laughter. I could scarcely believe that I was the first person to create such a simple service in my region. Why was I the first? This was 1972 and it was illegal in the U.S. to use your own telephone. It was illegal in the U.S. to use your own answering machine. Hence it also virtually impossible to buy or own such devices. We had a monopoly phone system in our country then.” – Steve Wonziak on Net Neutrality
With that being said. It will be difficult, in the near future, for us to deliver the Media Collective to you as it currently stands.
Please take out your pen and check book. Ads will be erected for the highest bidder.
We will implement a token system in 2011. Be on the look out for the announcement.
Image courtesy of Britannica.com
Here at the Media Collective, we have several summer birthdays. Because of this, we have decided to release our Please Try Alternatives to Television in Lieu of Birthday Gifts Log to the world. It is a new idea we’re trying for this year’s round of birthdays. Hopefully we get some people to participate.
If you need to change something on the form, you can download and edit this Rich Text Format version. Please send us your changes. We would love to see them!
The idea is simple:
- Send people a link to the form with your birthday wishes/reminders.
- Have people get mad at the prospect of giving up their precious televisions.
- Check up on people to see how many hours they have given up and the activities they have done.
- Receive completed forms before your next birthday.
- Congratulate people who complete the task.
That’s it. It’s really that simple. If you decide to use this for your birthday, please let us know. We’d love to hear from you and we will post any results you happen to send our way. We will do the same if we get anything as well.
Every Tuesday night, from 9 to 11, there is an open mic at Vienna Cafe. The last time, on April 8th, we decided to administer an Eat Poop You Cat session. There is a PDF of the four page document, along with audio of the text being read to the audience. We also had a special treat with Plagiarism being sung for the first time—in drop D even!
Eat Poop You Cat 04-08-2008 PDF – 2.7 Megs
Eat Poop You Cat Reading
Plagiarism in Drop D
I don’t know what rock we have been hiding under, but we just found out about the LayFlats Arts and Music Festival last night from a friend. Sounds like a great time. More information on their website.
Be sure to check it out this year, Saturday September 13th, 2008! We’ll be talking about it again around that date and probably doing some interviews at the festival as well.
You can see more pictures from last year’s festival at the Flickr group album.