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2007-12-10 - 11:05 a.m.
Well, Solange has picked something up - her left eye has been swollen and weepy. Brin and I think that Solange may have gotten into somewhere dusty, so we've cleaned and vacuumed and dusted everywhere we can find. Solange's eye is better - she seems to be doing better in the dark as opposed to a brightly lit room - so we're watching closely for any setbacks.
More bulletins as events warrant.
Oh wait...I promised a picture, didn't I? It's a big picture - you've been warned.
Brin and I went to the Park last night. Check her entry for the write-up.
The WGA strike continues. I don't watch a lot of current TV - I frequently visit TV Land or at Nite I'm at Nick - so I'm really not missing much. However, Mark Evanier has a post today that makes an interesting observation. Right now, the producer's group is saying, basically, that there will be no more negotiations until six items that the WGA want are off the table. The producers - collectively, the AMPTP - won't even go back to the table unless the WGA gives up on these items.
One of the items the writers want - although I don't know if this is one of the six the AMPTP are demanding they give up on - is compensation when something is streamed over the internet. Probably not much, a cent or two per viewing. Here's Mark's observation (emphasis mine):
In a sense, the AMPTP position is self-refuting. They're arguing there's no guaranteed money to be made on the Internet but they're willing to endure a long strike and screw up most other facets of their business in order to not share that "no money" with us.
If we are truly asking for cash that doesn't exist, it's real easy to arrive at a formula that handles that: We get X% of whatever does come in...or Y% of whatever comes in after $Z has been earned. Something of that sort. For the most part, the AMPTP is still sticking with "There's no money there so we won't discuss sharing it with anyone." Which is not a logical position and, of course, the "no money" part is not what they're telling their stockholders.
He's right - if there's no money there, why are they fighting so hard against sharing it? Or, if there's no money there, why are the AMPTP wasting their money on it?
From Hud's blog: Al Gore is really raking it in for his AGW speeches...even if they're re-runs. Maybe he knows something the WGA doesn't.
But then, he's got to pay for all that electricity and jet fuel.
If it's Monday, it must be Mark Steyn.
Well, things need to be done before I go to work.
Be seeing you.
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