Jan 27, 2015 aml commented on Savage Sitcom Sells to ABC.
I find it a bit odd that one of the executive producers, Casey Johnson, died five years ago.
Dec 21, 2014 aml commented on Annie: Annie Is Dead, Long Live Annie.
One thing the review doesn't quite contend with, is that when the show was created in the '70s, it was describing the current day. It was written as a way of fondly referencing the past. Updating an old story to the present day, it is changing a phony nostalgic history to a contemporary tale.

I've seen far too many productions of Annie (mostly with my daughters in the cast. They'll even agree that it was too many shows of Annie. But it even includes the original broadway production in the 70s.) After a while, I've come up with an idea of how the idea of the show came about. Some sat around and thought:

Who sees broadway musicals? Little old ladies.

What do little old ladies like? Nostalgia.

What are they nostalgic for? Their childhood.

When were they children? The depression.

Once you're here, you have half the story.
Feb 9, 2014 aml commented on Slog Bible Study: Psalm 137:9.
I think this is a mistransliteration of "The kids only like to get stoned"
Oct 11, 2013 aml commented on Jeff Bezos's Interesting Definition of the Word "Agnostic".
@1 I'm not sure if it is "of course" the authors and publishers want it. You could look at the publisher Tor's decision to drop DRM. It has been over a year and they say they've seen no increase in piracy of their books.

The question is, who is the DRM really supposed to help? People such as author Charlie Stross think that the purpose for the Kindle DRM is more to lock in customers (and help Amazon negotiate lower prices with the publishers) than it is to help the authors. http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-sta…
Oct 11, 2013 aml commented on Jeff Bezos's Interesting Definition of the Word "Agnostic".
@13 Your information is out of date by many years. The iTunes Plus thing of selling some music without DRM started in 2007 with just EMI. It mostly changed over as the music publisher's contracts were renewed. By mid-2009, all the music on iTunes was without DRM. (unless you live in Japan.)

Meanwhile, Amazon MP3 started in January 2008. If you could have purchased something at Amazon without DRM and couldn't at Apple, it was just during the period until the old contract expired.
Aug 18, 2013 aml commented on Slog Bible Study: Proverbs 31:6-7.
@2 "Script"? You do realize "Leaving Los Vegas" was a novel first. Granted one of the ones where the novel is quite different than the movie, but the part about drinking is common to both. (Leaving Las Vegas is one my examples where the novel and movie are both good but different. Each playing to its media's strengths. The novel is all first person with little dialog; just the thoughts going through the narrators head. A direct representation in the movie would have been a two hour voiceover by Nicholas Cage.)

On topic: the wider context of this passage is interesting. It says that King Lemuel was told it by his mom: Kings shouldn't drink because many people are affected by their decisions. Kings need to stay at the top of their game.
May 6, 2013 aml commented on I Shouldn't Do This....
When I was a teenager working in a department store, a couple of the middle aged workers were talking about the bathroom graffiti. One wanted to complain to management and get them to clean it up, my friend suggested instead to take a red marker and first start correcting the spelling and grammar. After that worked, then could work on suggestions to expand their vocabulary (instead of using one particular word as a noun, verb, adjective, conjunction, article, etc.) Finally after all those lessons took root, then they could try to teach them that writing on bathroom walls was inappropriate
Jan 27, 2013 aml commented on Slog Bible Study: Revelation 13:10.
Its a good thing we don't use swords as weapons as much anymore.
Jan 20, 2013 aml commented on Slog Bible Study: Exodus 35:2.
Well, too much work will probably lessen your life expectancy, so cutting it by almost 15% must help. the book says the punishment is death, it just doesn't say how long it will take to inflict it.
Jan 7, 2013 aml commented on For Some Reason, Al Roker Would Like You To Know That He Once Crapped His Pants at the White House.
How do you know this is his most embarrassing moment? Maybe he's holding onto ones that are worse.