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Thursday, November 8, 2007

Telecomm Board far more than merely "advisory" board

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One Unexpired Term Ending 06/30/09

This - and some other city committee positions are now open. A list of the other positions can be seen at

The Telecomm Board has had a few rocky moments over the past few years, but the last few months has seen some excellent members join the already strong team. Boy, I sound like a High School football coach, don’t I?

But it’s true. And it’s also true that there is a lot of work for the Telecomm Board to accomplish. Some  - even at the city administration level - would like to see the Board only as an “advisory” body, but that is far from the case. Just some of the board's work includes:

Advises the city of Fayetteville and makes recommendations on telecommunications infrastructure issues. Including:

use and administration of cable Public, Educational and Government channels

adminstration of telecommunications facilities and use of public rights of way for telecommunications infrastructure

establishment and use of the PEG center

examine funding issues for said channels

performs evaluation of contract compliance for all contracts relating to telecommunications.

Facilitate dispute resolution between PEG channels

identify Telecomm needs and solutions to the city council and propose innovative approaches regarding the use of expanding digital capacity

promote public awareness of Telecomm policy issues.

It’s a lot of fun, really. And the future looks very exciting. As Charlton Heston said in “Planet of the Apes,”:

“Join the expedition.”

Those interested have until the end of the month. From the announcement from the clerk’s office: “All volunteers must reside within the Fayetteville City Limits and be a Fayetteville Registered Voter. All applicants must submit a new application for each board, committee, or commission. Applications may be emailed to or mailed to the CityClerk's office at 113 West Mountain, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Please contact the City Clerk's office at 575-8323 for more information.”

Dan Coody running for Congress?

Well, that suggestion that has been making the rounds for over a year now. But now some folks are wondering out loud if our “Traveling Environmentalist” is making the rounds partly in order to make contacts for himself - both politically and financially.

Dan Coody schmoozing on a national level.

Oh, boy.


Faster, faster, I say!

Worker productivity climbs 4.9% in quarter; fastest since 2003 - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, November 8

Yeah, right. What does this mean, that some jerk from the front office is turning up the production line faster?

Back in the olden days, when I was a shop steward at the Campbell Soup plant in Fayetteville, a junior executive came out and actually asked one of the older women on the line if she thought she could keep up if they turned the line up a little.

The woman, cutting chicken wings off as fast as she could, actually brandished her knife at him. If she’d died that day, I believe she would have gone straight to Heaven


I have a cat and I even kind of agree with this one

People with insufficient personalities are fond of cats. They adore being ignored. - Henry Morgan


Everything Bad is Good for You - Yes!!!!!

This book is the perfect antidote for the next time some dried-up intellectual prig sits next to you and starts whining about how televison and video games are destroying the youth of America. And after you hit them over the head with it, read aloud a few passages from this short but excellent book.

"Everything Bad is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter," by Steven Johnson is the perfect answer for those who sneer at young (and not so young) people playing video games, or who get caught up in their favorite television series.

There is a lot more to the world of video gaming than the non-gamer might realize - including worlds of incredible complexity.

And that complexity is what Johnson (who is also a contributing editor to Wired magazine) deals with in this book. For the first time we have a writer who is comfortable with writing about these technological issues, explaining the subject for a larger audience.


Ring of Faux Fire?

I dunno - a musical featuring “the music of Johnny Cash”? If it ain’t Johnny Cash singing it, is it really Johnny Cash music?

No, I don’t think so.




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