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Band of Broaders

by Paul Rapp January 22, 2015

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  All kinds of fun on the broadband front. Finally, we’re seeing some leadership that understands the need for real and affordable high-speed Internet, as a basic human right, as a public-safety necessity, as an economic ...

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Rock, Scissors, Paper

by Paul Rapp January 8, 2015

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  Don’t know about you, but I hardly use paper anymore. When I opened my own law practice almost 11 years ago, I was going through paper like there was no tomorrow. I bought big boxes ...

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Wake It Shake It Sony Sony

by Paul Rapp December 24, 2014

  This Sony hack thing is one profoundly smelly continuously exploding canister of weird. And it will just keep getting weirder. I mean, as I’m writing this (Tuesday afternoon), Sony suddenly decides that The Interview will ...

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Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets

by Paul Rapp December 24, 2014

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  When this show was announced it took my breath away. It all looked so good on paper. But that was nothing compared to how it played out on stage. Oh my god . . . Nick ...

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The Trial Before Christmas

by Paul Rapp December 4, 2014

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  Troy author and publicist Duncan Crary is reprising The Trial Before Christmas, this Sunday (Dec. 7) at 2 PM in the John T. Casey Ceremonial Courtroom in the Rensselaer County Courthouse, which sits at the ...

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Attention Chopper Parodists

by Paul Rapp November 26, 2014

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  Last week, Price Chopper made the beguiling announcement that it was changing its name to “Market 32,” apparently a reference to the company’s first store (the chain originally was called Central Markets), which opened in ...

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Nothing But Net (Neutrality)

by Paul Rapp November 13, 2014

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  Did anybody see this coming? In the aftermath of the disastrous midterm elections, leaving us ashamed of our country and fearful of the future, President Obama issued a startling call for pure, clean net neutrality. For ...

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Who’s Gonna Pay?

by Paul Rapp October 30, 2014

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  When Apple rolled out the iPhone 6 a couple of weeks ago, most of us were too busy running around yelling about the atrocity of having the new U2 album rammed down our throats to ...

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Habana Sax/Steven Wright

by Paul Rapp October 23, 2014

  This was a conumdrum. On Friday night, Habana Sax, the obscure but brilliant Cuban jazz quintet whom I go back with a ways, were making a rare stop in Albany at the Swyer Theater at ...

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Richard Thompson, the Mastersons

by Paul Rapp October 16, 2014

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  Part of my deal here at Metroland is a requirement that I check in with Richard Thompson every couple of years to see how he’s doing. I’m pleased to report that Richard Thompson continues to ...

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Transformers

by Paul Rapp October 16, 2014

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  Six years or so ago, the talented-but-phony street artist Shepard Fairey came up with the Obama Hope poster. It was everywhere, there were even websites where you could “hope-i-fy” your own image, and most of ...

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I Will Swallow

by Paul Rapp September 18, 2014

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  This week let’s tear down without building up. Let’s talk about U2. For years, U2 have been at the forefront of the idiot chatter about the evils of the Internet and downloading music. The band and especially ...

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Understanding the Fappening

by Paul Rapp September 4, 2014

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  Let’s talk about naked ladies on the Internet! You already know about the big “leak” of “personal” photographs of various (mostly) young actresses and you probably already have a strong opinion about it. As usual, ...

In the House

by Paul Rapp August 21, 2014

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  Until fairly recently I didn’t get the whole house concert thing; at least I didn’t think it was for me. The idea of going to somebody’s home for a private concert struck me as something ...

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A Gamechanger and a False Alarm

by Paul Rapp July 23, 2014

Net Neutrality update: Well, the FCC received well over a million comments on its “Notice of Rulemaking” to consider ways to destroy the Internet. Last week so many comments were coming in that the FCC’s ...

Festival International de Jazz de Montreal

by Paul Rapp July 10, 2014

After a two-year absence, I was able to get back to the Montreal Jazz Festival. I was delirious with excitement, as my previous visits had been about the most fun I’ve ever had. This time ...

Hell to the Redskins

by Paul Rapp July 10, 2014

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Hey, it’s been awhile! Sorry, extenuating circumstances every which-a-way . . . Anyway, there was all sorts of rejoicing a couple of weeks ago when a panel of administrative judges at the Trademark Trial and Appeal ...

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

by Paul Rapp May 15, 2014

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  1. Well, that was interesting. 2. Thank god for Tom Morello. It wasn’t a cookie-cutter show, that’s for sure. The Boss and band began the final week of their five-month “High Hopes” tour with a wild, ...

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Digital Amnesia

by Paul Rapp May 15, 2014

  Well, the net neutrality crisis I talked about last time will take a long time to play out, but it’s sure started playing. A couple of weeks ago, it was leaked that FCC Chairman Thomas ...

Welcome to the Information Low-Way

by Paul Rapp May 1, 2014

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  A little over two years ago we beat back SOPA/PIPA, legislation that would have allowed Big Media to control the Internet. The defeat was stunning. The bills were flying through corrupt and know-nothing congressional committees, ...

I Wanna Live With the Digital Girl

by Paul Rapp April 17, 2014

  Neil Young has long railed against digital music, particularly MP3s. He once observed that listening to an MP3 was like looking through a screen that only allowed one color through each hole. And of course ...

Everything That Rises Must Settle

by Paul Rapp March 20, 2014

  Well, lookie here. The other day I was loathing having to write this column this week. A combo of late-winter malaise, persistent sickness, and catastrophic car trouble had reduced my spirits to a level even ...

It’s Getting Weird Out There

by Paul Rapp March 6, 2014

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  Last week, Saratoga Springs blogger John Tighe (Saratoga in Decline) was arrested on child-porn charges. His computers had been seized by the New York State Police five months ago as part of an investigation about ...

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A Whole Latte Nothin’

by Paul Rapp February 20, 2014

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  You probably saw something about this fly by over the weekend. You thought “huh?” and moved on to more productive things. Yes, I’m talking about the “Dumb Starbucks” store that opened briefly in Los Angeles. ...

Let’s Litigate Like It’s 1999

by Paul Rapp February 6, 2014

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  Prince continued his purple reign of terror against his fans last week when he hauled off and sued 20-plus people, most of whom were identified only by their online handles, for posting links to places ...