Best Buy Has Bought Napster

Best Buy, the giant consumer electronics retailer, has acquired Napster, the online music service which most people don’t even known is still around, for 121 million dollars.

Why? I don’t have a clue. The two companies do not seem to be very compatible on the surface (maybe Best Buy could bundle music subscriptions with the media players it sells). Not to mention, Napster hasn’t been “cool” since 2001.

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Federer Has Won Five Consecutive U.S. Opens

Some might consider 2008 a bad year for Roger Federer. After all, he lost in the semi-finals at the Australian Open and lost both the French Open and Wimbledon finals to newly-christened World No. 1 Rafael Nadal.

But since defeating Andy Murray last night in the U.S. Open final, Federer can now claim an accomplishment that no one else can: five consecutive titles at both the U.S. Open and Wimbledon. Adding in his three Australian Open wins, and Federer is only one away from Pete Sampras’s record of fourteen Grand Slam singles titles. My bet is that he breaks that record next year.

Federer’s domination of tennis may have slowed this year, but I predict it is far from over.

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Comparing Sarah Palin to Muslim Extremists

I have seen a lot of disgusting things written in the past week and a half about Republican Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, but this Salon article by Juan Cole is absolutely the worst.

In the piece, Cole attempts to draw a comparison between Palin’s conservative Christian beliefs and the beliefs of Islamic extremists — you know, the kind who are willing to detonate a bomb in the middle of a crowded marketplace in the name of their god. The claim of moral equivalence is such a stretch that it would be laughable if the author were not dead serious.

I talked about the absurdity of linking “radical” Christians with radical Muslims two years ago when Rosie O’Donnell did it on The View. While a little more refined than Rosie’s crassness, this article attacking Bible-believing Christians and specifically Governor Palin is no different.

A fair warning: click through to the article only if you think you can stomach it.

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Star Trek First Aired Forty-Two Years Ago Today

As a recovering Trekker (at least until the new movie comes out next summer when I am sure to relapse), I find it worth noting that Star Trek, the classic science fiction television show now known as “The Original Series”, first aired on NBC on September 8, 1966, forty-two years ago today. The show lasted only three seasons and seventy-nine episodes, but its popularity with fans spawned five more television series (including the animated one), eleven feature films, hundreds of novels, and countless merchandise.

Live long and prosper, indeed.

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Ten Years of Google

It has been ten years since Google was founded (or thereabout), and in that time, the company has revolutionized the way that I — and millions of others — use the Internet.

The most obvious example is of this is Google’s famous search engine, which holds such marketshare that no other company seems even close to catching up. Another is Google AdSense, with those ubiquitous text ads that have covered the Web and altered how people advertise online. Then there is Gmail, which was a game-changer for web-based email, and Google Maps, which completely revamped the look and feel of online mapping. Now we have Google Chrome, launched just last week, which has the chance of becoming a serious challenger to Internet Explorer and Firefox in the web browser market.

Those are just a few high-profile examples, and there are plenty more. With so many accomplishments in its first decade, I look forward to seeing what other revolutionary products Google has for us in the years ahead.

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Liberal Scholars Question Governor Palin’s Credentials

Here is some biased journalism if ever I saw it. The Politico, which covers Washington politics, has published a piece stating that history scholars say Sarah Palin is the least experienced Vice-Presidential pick in modern times. Reading the article is quite likely to make one believe that the current Alaska governor is not qualified to be Vice President.

What the article doesn’t say is that most of the historians interviewed for the story — Matthew Dallek, Joel Goldstein, David Kennedy, and Doris Kearns Goodwin — are scholars known for having liberal political views, and some have even donated to the Obama campaign. That could certainly taint their objectivity on Governor Palin’s credentials, but The Politico chose to leave those details out. A single conservative — Brad Blakeman — was included in the piece, but his opinion received only two paragraphs in the two-page article. Hardly fair and balanced.

The Politico does do some excellent reporting on occasion, but this is not one of those times.

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Sarah Palin: McCain’s Extraordinary Choice

The race for the White House took a surprising turn today when John McCain selected Sarah Palin as his running mate. As Hugh Hewitt stated, “McCain has turned the race on its head.”

Picking Palin was a fantastic decision on the part of McCain. The Republican candidate has energized social conservatives to a degree which they haven’t been at any other point during this campaign season. Sure, there was some excitement about Mike Huckabee and Fred Thompson and even Mitt Romney. But now, all the conservatives have unified around one person, a woman who doesn’t just claim to have conservative principles but who actually lives out those principles.

Many who were uncertain about McCain’s conservative credentials (myself included) are now becoming truly excited about the possibility of having McCain and Palin running the country. I hope that the enthusiasm lasts all the way to Election Day and beyond.

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