Monday, April 16, 2007

Something to cheer us up (including myself)

Today's gut-grabbing news out of Virginia Tech brought me out of my funk in a strange way.
It's truly horrible what happened out there, and you all know that. But it brought our recent scare, as well as my whole attitude toward the twins, into a little more focus.
I'll never complain about having twins again. How can I after seeing so many kids - and they still are kids - have their lives cut short.
And though Friday's scare in the hospital was worrisome, even a little terrifying at times, the twins would have a great chance of pulling out of it, to the degree that talking about the alternative probably isn't even necessary. We have hope, and it grows stronger every day Kate can carry those twins.
Yes, she's miserable right now, but she's carrying a couple new lives. I know the parents of those students would give anything to trade with us.
My heart goes out to them.

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This situation isn't nearly as dire, but today I got a letter from one of my favorite sites, Pandora.

"I'm writing today to ask for your help. The survival of Pandora and all of Internet radio is in jeopardy because of a recent decision by the Copyright Royalty Board in Washington, DC to almost triple the licensing fees for Internet radio sites like Pandora. The new royalty rates are irrationally high, more than four times what satellite radio pays and broadcast radio doesn't pay these at all. Left unchanged, these new royalties will kill every Internet radio site, including Pandora.
In response to these new and unfair fees, we have formed the SaveNetRadio Coalition, a group that includes listeners, artists, labels and webcasters. I hope that you will consider joining us.
Please sign our petition urging your Congressional representative to act to save Internet radio.

Please sign the petition. I'm a big fan of Internet radio and would hate to see something else in my life screwed with (like online poker) because of Congress.

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Finally, this poker blog is listing the top 10 poker babes. We could all use a little mindless, fun poker chatter right now, so stop by when you get a chance to restore at least a little faith back in this world.

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