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I Don't Care About Michael Jackson

Whew!  I said it.  I feel like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders.  By now, unless you've been living in a cave in the most remote area of the world, you are well aware that Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, died of cardiac arrest on June 25.   A memorial service at the Staples Center in L.A will be held today in which 17,000 lucky winners of an online lottery will be witnesses.  More than a million people from all over the world signed up for the lottery.  So who cares about Michael Jackson?  Obviously many people, but I'm not one of them.

If you look back at the life of Jackson you will find a colorful life on many levels.  From the humble origins in Gary, Indiana where an amazing band of brothers, dubbed the Jackson 5, formed.  A band that produced wonderful soul and R&B hits for the Motown label.  Young Michael had a voice and moves that helped propel the Jackson 5 forward.  It was clear that talent like Jackson's couldn't be confined to his brothers' band for long.  He eventually went after that destined solo career and took his style to a whole different place.

Should the Government Mind Its Own Business?

A shocking incident happened yesterday that put many "Tweeple" in a frozen state. They couldn't tweet with 140 characters. In fact they couldn't even tweet at all. Twitter temporarily brought down their microblogging site for scheduled maintenance.

It's not unknown to bring a site down for short periods of time in order to perform maintenance on it. It normally happens late at night when most people are warmly tucked in bed and completely oblivious that anything is happening. In the morning, they grab their trusty Web enabled cell phone from the night stand and update to the world via Twitter that they are getting out of bed — mission critical information for most people.

Joking aside, Twitter has been getting used for serious purposes lately. Many updates have been posted on Twitter from people in the middle of the Iranian protests. These short tweets bring a new perspective to the protests from people that are at the epicenter of it all. And many family members around the world are paying attention to these updates as they follow the protests and keep tabs on their loved ones.

R.I.P. Record Stores

Yesterday marked the end of another large record store closing. The Virgin Megastore in Manhattan, as well as the store in Hollywood, put up the "closed" sign for good. So what does this mean?

Not much really. At least not for the 18-30 year old market that buys most of their music online via iTunes, eMusic, and a slew of other digital Websites. But for the older folks, who spent way too much time hanging out in record stores, it means the end of a time when people actually spoke with other humans in the flesh about the thing they loved...music. We learned about new bands, new record labels, and collected flyers for the punk show that was happening the following weekend. And guess who we ran into at the shows? You guessed it...the same individuals we just met at the record stores.