The second annual Carrboro International Poetry Festival, to be held at the Century Center in downtown Carrboro, NC, starts in exactly one week on Saturday May 21. Admission is free.
This year’s festival, like last year’s, will feature 40 poets from the US, Canada, and Mexico. The mix of poets includes renowned poets from outside of North Carolina along with some of North Carolina’s finest poets, including a large contingent from the Triangle. [including moi - pj]
In the coming days the schedule of readers will be posted to the website. (http://carrboropoetryfestival.org/) All of the poets’ biographies are up on the site already. The festival website also contains all the travel information you’ll need, from a comprehensive listing of local accomodations to directions and parking maps. We even have mp3s of readings from last year’s event. [already on the website - pj]
If you are in North Carolina, please keep an eye out for articles about the event in The Chapel Hill News (tomorrow), The Independent (Wednesday), and the Raleigh News & Observer (Friday).
Please come to the festival. The hundreds that turned out to last year’s free event displayed an enthusiasm about poetry in a way I’ve frankly never seen before. I’ve tried my best to make it entertaining, fresh, and surprising. I expect to see more of that same energy and excitement, as I have worked to make the festival better–not bigger–but better.
The long, heated and open debate about the Google Web Accelerator seems to have slowed down. The Register, in their lovely snippy and witty way, covers the story as “Google puts the brake on Web Accelerator.” The lead: “Google has disabled downloads of its Web Accelerator software less than a week after introducing the service. The suspension follows reports that the software was caching sensitive content, such as user control panels to online forums.”
However Google says: “Thank you for your interest in Google Web Accelerator. We have currently reached our maximum capacity of users and are actively working to increase the number of users we can support.”
More from the Google side of things at their FAQ. And from the blogosphere via Technorati. Dan Gillmor covered the problems a bit a week or so ago.
James Surowiecki essays in this week’s New Yorker that touring not only pays musicians better and more reliably, but it’s booming. “Hello, Cleveland” has good numbers and good writing.
The most concise observation comes from John Perry Barlow (via Surowiecki):
We are seeing the Music Business being replaced by the Musician Business.
The Music Business (labels etc) used to control the most valuable and expensive assets — production, distribution, costly studios, access to shelf space, promotion — but now the Musicians control the scarcest assets, therefore the most valuable, their performances live, their presence.
All goes to show that ole Walter Benjamin was wrong in his “Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.” As a work becomes more available the desire to experience the original increases, not decreases. The “aura” is stronger mysteriously to me — and to ole Walt — as the reproduced materials become better and more accessible. Our fetishism of the creator, the original, is growing as we become familiar with the works even in an indirect way.
“It’s funny that, in an era of file-sharing and iPod-stealing, the old troubadour may have the most lucrative gig of all.” (Surowiecki)
While visiting USA TODAY last week, Roger McGuinn, who led the Byrds in the 1960s, said he earned just 0.0007 cents on each early Byrds album sold. He adds that although Arista Records sold 500,000 of his solo album, Back From Rio, McGuinn never got a penny. In other words, thanks to the machinations of the recording industry, McGuinn has never made any real money on even his most popular recorded music.
Yet he’s done OK and now has a forward-thinking business model. He has a Web site, www.mcguinn.com, where he posts free songs. McGuinn made his most recent solo CD [Limited Edition] by recording it on his laptop and paying to have copies produced and packaged. He sells the CDs online and at concerts and says it’s the first time he’s ever made a profit on an album.
The online music, the CD and a stalwart Byrds fan base all fuel interest in his live performances, which often sell out small venues. That’s where he makes his money. McGuinn is apparently not lavishly rich, but he seems comfortable and is still making music.
What would you say represents at least part of what we’ve been doing in the past dozen years? Send me links or post here pleeeeeze! Pointers for screen grabs, pictures of folks who’ve been involved, primo collections, other things?
On Mondays, Business Day will focus on media and marketing news, with technology included as it relates to those industries. David Carr will write a column on new media; the world of blogs will be covered as a regular feature. [emphasis added]
An internal committee at The New York Times has recommended steps to increase readers’ confidence in the newspaper, including reducing errors, increasing coverage of religion, “rural areas” and “middle America,” making reporters and editors more accessible, and possibly starting a blog. [emphasis added]
Recommendation #4 reads: “Consider creating a Times blog that promotes interaction with readers.”
The owners of our town eyesore, the long abandoned Wicked Burrito, have made the Town and offer: Find a suitable not-for-profit tennant that is willing to vacate on 30 days notice and we’ll let them use the space. This in a letter to Town Manager Cal Horton dated April 26, 2005.
Sally’s hard work on the renaming of Airport Road came to a successful climax on this beautiful Sunday in the Dedication Ceremony, March and Party. Edith Wiggins and Sally were the two Council members on the committees for the renaming and the celebration. It was a long process, but a fruitful one.
Today on the 45th anniversary of Dr. King’s visit to Chapel Hill, there was a ceremony at Town Hall (live blogged by WillR on OrangePolitics), a sign unveiling (photographed by Ruby), a march to the Hargroves Center (where King spoke in 1960 the night before he spoke at the University), and a great party with music and BBQ. Several hundred folks took part in each of the activities on a beautiful clear Spring day.
When a house or car is so far gone and so pathetic that it seems unsalvagable, the Extreme Makeover Team shows up and saves the day. The Town of Chapel Hill website, which may be been fine back in the day if that day was pre-1995, just “won” an extreme web Makeover. The extreme team from Civic Plus of Kansas selected the Town site over more than 130 other municipal government entries, according to the Civic Plus website.
“We are thrilled to receive this opportunity to better serve our citizens. The new web site will have a lot of features to help users find information quickly and offer more ways to interact with local government.”
Town of Chapel Hill, NC
Note:The Chapel Hill Public Library has already done its own extreme makeover on its own inititiative. There is more to be done to integrate the catalog systems, but it looks great! (I’m on the Library Board of Trustees, but the Library took the lead and managed all the work on the site. We, Trustees, encouraged and suggested only.)
There are questions here though. The award for the Town looks like a two year lock-in to a proprietary technology set hosted in Kansas which could result in a difficult migration to any other system later. Hosting public information off-site and out of state means giving up ownership of the Town’s information and although there is CMS style control, ultimately the Town loses control of their own information flow and presentation.
But potentially the worst part of the deal is that the Town will now be two years away from getting to a more integrated information technology infrastructure with parts of their information in Kansas and parts in various departments. The workflow needed to make the town work well will be difficult to manage and to migrate.