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Keeping a critical eye on the latest media buzz and associated flotsam.

Music and Technology: Arne Wallander’s ‘NotePerformer’



WASHINGTON, June 11, 2014 – It was not so long ago that older composers would deride their younger counterparts for indulging their newfound dependence on computer playback. Implied in this criticism was a suspicion that composers employing computer technology might be guilty of a lack of musicianship. The term “midiot” was even quietly bandied about ...

White House Carney barker steps down as Obama press secretary

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2013 – With little to no advance warning, President Obama announced that his press secretary of three years, Jay Carney, is stepping down from his role as the President’s chief spokesman. In prepared remarks, the President said Carney had told him in April “he was thinking of moving on, and I was ...

Apple ‘Beats’ averages, gets set for 7 for 1 split, Dr. Dre

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2013 – Markets are a bit wobbly this morning, which is the final trading day of not-so-merry “sell in May.” Except for one thing. Even as the Maven was doing precisely that for much of the month, all averages continued to crank relentlessly upward, albeit on low, low volume. And then there’s ...

Which is more biased: Fox News or MSNBC?

OCALA, Fla., May 12, 2014 — Divisions between America’s political left and right or more extreme than at any other time in modern history. The disputes between the camps boil well out of partisan politics’ realm, directly into the heart of our mass media. The rise of cable news networks, talk radio, and perhaps most ...

Monica Lewinsky inspires our Top 10 list of tell-all books

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2014 – Seems like no matter what you do, those tawdry and tacky tell-all books and stories just keep on coming. Latest case in point: Monica Lewinsky has recently broken a ten-year silence over her affair with President Bill Clinton in an article recently appearing in the aptly named “Vanity Fair.” Ms. ...

Apple soars: Big stock split, earnings boost flummox pundits

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2014 – Apple stock (AAPL) is on a tear this morning. Pummeled mercilessly all winter through late Wednesday, the company’s shares are up over 42 point in heavy trading today as we approach the noon hour, borne skyward by yesterday’s slew of good numbers reported after the bell. Not only did the ...

Game Boy turns 25: The untold story of how Nintendo helped Air Force families

HONOLULU, April 21, 2014 — Today the Nintendo Game Boy marks 25 years since its first release in Japan. Truly a pivotal invention in the history of consumer electronics and portable gaming, the Game Boy is revered for allowing players for the first time to experience high quality, involving games anywhere an owner chose to ...

Movie Review: Clea Saldania-Rountree on ‘Noah’

HONOLULU, April 2, 2014 – World history students know that legends of an ancient, world-ending flood can be found in dozens of cultures, but today that story has found a new medium with the big budget disaster film Noah. Released on March 28 in U.S. theaters, the movie starring Russell Crowe as the prophet Noah ...

Star beauty: Interview with Clea Saldania-Rountree

HONOLULU, March 20, 2014 – One of the most beautiful models in today’s fashion industry is Clea Saldania-Rountree, a woman whose image has graced some of the world’s most distinguished fashion labels including KENZO Paris, DKNY, Emporio Armani, Guess by Marciano, Salvatore Ferragamo and countless others. Modeling since early childhood, Clea’s glowing personality and stunning, ...