Wednesday, August 29, 2007


I'm a little late posting this, but I got engaged to TLP last month. I'm thrilled that she said yes! Plus, she is appealing to my inner geek by agreeing to keep our wedding notebook in blog form.

I know! She is perfect for me.

So, that means we have a wedding blog that you should check out regularly. It's right here, so click here. Read, share ideas, tell us we're too cute for words... you know, the usual.

That reminds me. We set a date! It's on the blog...


Friday, August 24, 2007


Jay Shannon, on-air personality for 100.5 The Wolf, told the Nixa Xpress that he wants to run for Nixa mayor. Current mayor Doug Marrs said he will not seek another term.

In the article, Shannon said this was "not some dumb, stupid radio publicity stunt."

Wouldn't it be great if Nixa resident George Spankmeister decided to run against him?

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007


Full disclosure: I am biased against radio stations with no on-air personalities. That's why I'm shocked and appalled that 95.1 Mike-FM passed KSYN 92.5 in the most recent Arbitron ratings for Spring '07. After all, the station is nothing but an iPod Shuffle with commercials. And it advertises itself using the same upside-down billboard strategy as Keystone Light. Ugh.

Zimmer still wins big, occupying four of the top five spots in the No. 239-ranked Joplin market. Kix 102.5 is still No. 1 with a 14.2 share, KSYN takes No. 3 with a 7.7, Lite 93.9 and the Big Dog 97.9 tie for fourth with a 7.1.

This is a big victory for Ronald Petersen's radio station with it's punch into Zimmer's domination, costing KSYN a 2.5-point drop. Kraus in the House shouldn't worry too much, though. Q107, the other CHR/Top 40 station holds an anemic 1.6. Petersen also punched past all of FFD Holding's stations. Speaking of FFD: It's good to see Rock105 keep up its success: the alternative station rose from a 4.2 to 4.4. Not a big gain, but even more important, it's not a loss.

Over in the Springfield market, KTTS takes the top spot again. In Joplin, the station is up in ratings, pulling a 1.1 over its .6 from the fall '06 book. WTF?

Let the stations begin spinning the latest results.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007


Gregg Easterbrook, otherwise known as Tuesday Morning Quarterback, makes some brilliant points in his football column this week.

You'll have to scroll down to find them, because dude writes one of the best, and longest, football columns in America. He is the only known football columnist who is also a Brookings Institute scholar. So, look carefully for his bit about Potter in this week's football column -- it's between the bits about the Sopranos being a bad TV show and Larry King's predilection for psychics. Seriously.

His point: J.K. Rowling joins C.S. Lewis and Phillip Pullman as great British authors of fantasy series for children. Lewis is unabashedly Christian in the Chronicles of Narnia, Pullman is unabashedly anti-Christian in "His Dark Materials." The latest Potter book shows that Rowling is more favorable to Christianity, giving some of the wisest words in the Bible prominent places.

Reading Easterbrook's thoughts made me smack my head, wondering why I didn't catch on to that. A small group of outspoken Christians raised Cain over Harry Potter, suggesting that Rowling's writing skills would subliminally teach our children witchcraft, acceptance of sorcery and other ungodly things. Give Rowling credit for seeing the big picture in Christianity and seamlessly weave it into the wizarding world.
I think Rowling understands Christianity much better than others.

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Monday, August 06, 2007


This here blog has been too serious for a while, so it's time to introduce a healthy dose of immature fun.

You know when you're talking to a group of friends and someone says something vaguely dirty, then someone else in the group snickers, the first one is like, "What, what did I say," then a third person is like, "Dude, did you hear what you SAID?" and the first person is all, "What? Y'all are a bunch of pervs."

What, only me?

When I'm reading some of y'all's blogs, I read some hilarious double entendres. It's like my inner Beavis and Butthead start giggling and laughing. In the vein (but not a complete ripoff) of Lex and Terry, I'm going to start the Blogistan version of "Out of Context." This is meant in fun, so let's not take ourselves too seriously here. After all, we're all friends in Blogistan. We're all one big group of people talking and listening. And just because I'm the one posting doesn't mean I won't have one either. If you read a double entendre in one of my posts, call me out like the immature brat I am.

With that in mind... Vincent David Jericho, congratulations for inspiring this game. With your recent entry about popsicles, I've been laughing like a seventh-grader for a week. Jericho writes:

So gentlemen I suggest you go to a private place, do a self exam and find your popsicles. Once you do pull a little juice out of them and start standing up for yourselves and this community.




Remember how you felt when you found out that tomatoes were fruit, pumpkins were vegetables and Soylent Green was people? Throw this in that category: Oklahoma has officially declared watermelon to be the state vegetable.

Not surprisingly, there was partisan debate when the legislature debated the measure in April. The Republican state Senator sponsoring the bill says that Oklahoma already has a state fruit (the strawberry). Since the watermelon is from the same family as cucumbers and gourds, which are known as veggies, and since he represents a town that has a watermelon festival, the watermelon should be the official state veg.

Not so fast, says a Democratic Senator, who holds up a dictionary that states watermelon is a fruit.

Weird. I wish my eyelids could make that blinking sound.

This informative blog entry has been brought to you by insomnia.

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Thursday, August 02, 2007


Though surprising, it makes perfect sense that the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency would weigh in on the debate about whether bloggers are journalists.

The above-linked story reveals that both agencies have changed their policies to treat bloggers as journalists. Bloggers now qualify for the same treatment usually reserved for reporters when using the Freedom of Information Act. The moves were made in response to the increasing presence of bloggers at political events.

The change demonstrates that the traditional press uses the same rights as the rest of the public, which helps squelch the myth about reporters having special laws to get information. (Though the law provides the same tools for gathering information to the press and public, the press does get laws protecting it from revealing information, such as shield laws.) More importantly, it shows how prevalent bloggers are becoming in society, whether they are considered journalists or not.

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