Adam S. Brooks

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The Pillsbury Doughboy Died Yesterday

Pillsbury Doughboy

Pillsbury Doughboy

Please join me in remembering a great icon of the entertainment community. The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday, of a yeast infection, and trauma complications from repeated pokes in the belly. He was 71 and rollin in dough.

Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin. Dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs. Butterworth, Hungry Jack, the California Raisins, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies, and Captain Crunch. The grave site was piled high with flours.

Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy, and lovingly described Doughboy as a man who never knew how much he was kneaded. Born and bread in Minnesota, Doughboy rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with turnovers.  He was not considered a very smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes. Despite being a little flaky at times, he still was a crusty old man, and was considered a positive roll model for millions.

Doughboy is survived by his wife, Play Dough, three children: John Dough, Jane Dough and Dosey Dough, plus they had one in the oven. He is also survived by his elderly father, Pop Tart.

The funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes.

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#Clt #CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) – Custody of Se

#Clt #CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) – Custody of Seven-Year-Old Boy Awarded to the #Carolina #Panthers – #NFL #CarolinaPanthers #lol

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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) – Custody of Seven-Year-Old Boy Awarded to the Carolina Panthers

Another Panthers OMG Moment

Another Panthers OMG Moment

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) – A seven-year-old Charlotte, North Carolina boy was at the center of a Mecklenburg County courtroom drama today when he challenged a court ruling over who should have custody of him. The boy has a history of being beaten by his parents and the judge initially awarded custody to his aunt, in keeping with child custody law and regulations requiring that family unity be maintained to the degree possible.

The boy surprised the court when he proclaimed that his aunt beat him more than his parents and he adamantly refused to live with her. When the judge then suggested that he live with his grandparents, the boy cried out they also beat him. After considering the remainder of the immediate family and learning that domestic violence was apparently a way of life among them, the judge took the unprecedented step of allowing the boy to propose who should have custody of him.

After two recesses to check legal references and confer with child welfare officials, the judge granted temporary custody to the Carolina Panthers, whom the boy firmly believes are not capable of beating anyone.

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MTV Pioneer Launches $99 Music Videos Site

Back in 1981, Fred Seibert helped create MTV. Now he’d like to re-create it on the web with a new network devoted to music videos made in a day for $99 or less. That’s the theme of the latest "network," called $99 Music Video, from web-production studio Next New Networks. "I was there at the start of MTV and this has the same feeling all over again," said Mr. Seibert, a co-founder of NNN. The idea is to give signed and unsigned bands the opportunity to create a video and have it distributed and promoted by Next New Networks and a new website, Read More

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TVOIP grows as CBS announces that is re-launching

Jan. 12: CBS is re-launching, a video portal which it hopes will become the essential destination for the best programming on the Internet featuring content from CBS, Showtime, Sony, MGM, PBS, NBC and Fox. CNBC’s Julia Boorstin reports. [Read More]

In a few more years, we can completely ween off of cable. Thank heavens!

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Soldiers and vets turn to online degrees

Diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and recovering from a grenade attack, Iraq war veteran Ian Newland wanted to pursue a business degree after his discharge from the Army last year. What he didn’t want to have to do was set foot in a classroom. And thanks to the Internet, he doesn’t have to. The world of online higher education has given thousands of vets like Newland — and active-duty soldiers — the opportunity to work at their own pace. READ MORE

Online courses are ideal for reaching the non-traditional student and educators have known this for some time. Now, however, with increasing demands for accessibility, we also need to be increasingly mindful of how we develop electronic content and implement universal design practices. Adam

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Tired of thieves, woman lets the world watch her Obama sign via UStream video feed

Anyone thinking of swiping an Obama/Biden ’08 sign from a front lawn in Portland might want to consider this: The world may be watching. A Portland woman known as "Poverty Kids’ Teacher" has created an Internet sensation with a webcam that’s streaming video around the clock of the political signs in her yard. No, it’s not another artsy viral campaign in support of the Democratic ticket. It’s one woman’s response to thieves taking her political signs when she wasn’t looking this month. [read more]

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Goodbye to CDs: Music labels trying new mini flash memory cards for distributed music media

Move over, compact discs. Something the size of a fingernail may offer the music industry a way to boost sales in retail stores as CD purchases continue to decline. The four major record labels plan to start selling their music on mini flash memory cards that can be loaded into some mobile phones, digital music players and car stereos. [read more]

So, physical music media is not dying but is morphing? Seems like an unnecessary in-between. AB

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Internet radio booming is but threatened : Recording industry rates are killing them!

With a growing audience of up to 54 million monthly listeners, Internet radio is one of the biggest trends in digital music. But if you believe the industry’s leaders, it’s threatened with extinction. They say the rates they have to pay the recording industry are bankrupting them. They’re appealing the government-set rates, pressing Congress to change the rate structure and pursuing negotiations with the industry. Now a congressman has stepped in to oversee the negotiations and Webcasters are ramping up the rhetoric. [read more]

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TV is dead! : Is the Internet finally killing television? I hope so.

At least one industry analyst has declared "TV is dead" and welcomes Americans to a new age of video everywhere. Increasingly, Americans are watching video when they want to, and on the screen that suits them at the time. And more programming is from new sources that threaten to unlock Hollywood’s domination of content. More than 80 million Americans have watched a TV show online. By 2013, a research group says, scheduled programs will account for less than half of all video viewed. [read more]

First, we need to abandon the cable monopioolies — I’ve been trying to "get off of the grid" form some time. In my market, I just don’t see enough reasonably priced mobile broadband providers to make abandoning cable-based broadband. Soon… soon, it will come.

Second, online entertainment is much more diverse. You can do and be anything at any given moment… virtually speak that is.

Third, gaming has surpassed the movie and film market. It will, in time, surpass the television market.

Fourth, the television generation, those nurtured largely by the tube’s warm glow, are… well, getting older and dying off or signing off and doing other things.

Fifith, video and entertainment on-demand is where ot’s at no matter who your are. Forget continual live broadcast. Broadcast is dead.

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