Monthly Archives: July 2002

R.I.P. Exec-PC

I signed up with a new ISP the other day. It felt a little weird as I’ve had the same ISP for seven years. Unfortunately, because of corporate buy-outs which led to bad service at inflated prices I was ready to leave. It’s a real shame. Long before the Internet was available to the mass public I was a member of Exec-PC BBS (a computer Bulletin Board Service). Even though the Internet has Flash animations, fancy graphics and a global community, somehow it was more fun reading simple text only messages and exchanging files with a local community of users. I think it was around eight years ago, they began to offer Internet service and it had the same high quality as the BBS. Five years later Exec-PC became the largest ISP in the midwest and the owner decided to sell his company (a good decision, I would have done the same). Service has been on a steady decline since. I am especially pleased about one thing though — all the sleazy, scum-sucking spammers have yet another dead e-mail address in their databases.

MLB All Star Game

Over the past few days, I’ve been trying to make up my mind about what to think about Major League Baseball shutting down the all-star game at an 11th inning tie. After reading all the editorials, I’ve come to the conclusion that baseball fans are on the lowest point of MLB’s priority list. The multi-millionaire players could have cared less about finishing the game. I can’t help but imagine if this situation would have happened fifty years ago, the players would have said, “sure we’re tired, but we want to finish. Major league baseball games do not end in a tie.”

The managers of the two teams wanted to make sure all their multi-millionaire players got their chance in the spotlight, so in the first nine innings, they used 17 of the total 19 pitchers they had. To his credit, I did read that the last pitcher for the American League said he could have pitched a few more innings. The other players and officials of baseball should have let him.

In a way I almost feel sorry for Bud Selig. I believe he has been unfairly criticized on a lot of issues during his tenure as commissioner. But in this case, he made the wrong decision.

Now the baseball players and owners are arguing over how to split all the money they rake in, and the possibility of a strike or a lock out looms on the horizon. The only question on my mind is, how soon until football season starts?

Summerfest 2002, part 2

Summerfest is over and I ended up going five times this year. I must admit I thought the musical line-up was a little weaker compared to years past. Some of those same old acts are definitely due for a break next year. Seeing a group like the BoDeans headline the main stage year after year is getting a bit stale. On the other hand I did see (and hear) some great concerts. My favorites this year (starting with the best) were Guided by Voices, Midnight Oil, Femi Kuti, Train, Third World, Yellowman and R&B group Christopher’s Project. How’s that for en eclectic group? Oh, and in case you’re interested, just 352 days until Summerfest 2003.

Summerfest 2002, part 1

Yesterday was day two for me at the biggest music festival in the United States, Summerfest. What an excellent place to hear live music, eat great food, have a beer or two and people watch. Summerfest is yet another reason that I feel lucky to live where I do (which is about 10 miles from the grounds). I’ve been there for two days and I’ve already seen five excellent bands, the best being Guided By Voices — what a great live band. Looking at the schedule this year my favorite band name is “Reverend Raven and the Chain Smoking Altar Boys.” Sadly (or maybe fortunately, I don’t know what they sound like) I did not see their show.