Weekly Notes: November 8, 2007

It’s that time again. So far it’s been an interesting week for me, and once again I have some notes:

  • Mark Elrod’s thoroughly entertaining contest for the most politically subversive song in American history is over, and Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War” wins the title. I think my vote would have been for “This Land is Your Land,” which was also his top choice, but the most interesting part of it was being able to add a few new subversive songs to my radar. That and the fact that I hadn’t really thought before about how subversive some of the entries actually were.
  • I mentioned last week that I was starting a new job this week, and all is well. I’m enjoying the whole experience, and I’ve especially appreciated the well wishes of my friends and former colleagues. It’s hard to leave behind people you like, especially when you know they’re having to do your job after you leave, but my new job really is a great opportunity. I feel like I have a lot to learn at this stage in my career, but I also have a skill set that my new employers desired, and I think I can add a lot to my new company. It helps when you like the people, too, and I’ve been fortunate enough to work around a lot of great people everywhere I’ve worked, including my new job.
  • The Writer’s Guild of America is on strike, and you’re probably familiar with the story if you have followed recent news at all. Basically, the writers (justifiably) want a cut of the internet revenues that the studios and big media corporations are making from their work, just like the cut they get from rebroadcasts on TV and from DVD sales. It makes sense to me, at least, but it’s great to get the perspective of someone inside the industry. Jenna Fischer (Pam from The Office) has been doing a great job blogging about her experiences on set in the past, and you can read her thoughts here.
  • Just to follow-up on my visit to the Georgia Dome this weekend, it was exciting to see in person a game that so few other people actually wanted to see. The 49ers lost in such an excruciatingly frustrating fashion (Why didn’t they go for it on 4th-and-goal down four? Tell me again.) that it almost makes me want Dennis Erickson back. On a brighter note, though, the ESPN Zone is awesome. Eating a totally unhealthy burger while sitting in a recliner in front of a humongous TV surrounded by 12 other TVs is something everyone should experience at least once.

Lastly, I present my football lists.  This week, I give Kansas some love for staying undefeated, and I continue to ignore the Cleveland Browns.




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