If I don't got that, I don't got nothing.
! don't have any bluegrass music in my collection, unless I count the wonderful Coen brothers movie O Brother, Where Art Thou
on DVD. But I had to have that quote
from Jimmy Martin, currently the "hottest man on the US festival circuit
", as a title.
I see that the music industry still wants to sell albums in spite of the success of digital downloading and piracy. One answer is to bring the cost down. Now, there's a bright idea. I am somewhat bemused though by the notion of the three-tier system
proposed by the Bertelsmann's boss. "The no-frills version will look virtually identical to a pirate copy, with only the title printed directly on the disc. It will cost ?9.99 - about £6.70.
" Well, it might look like a pirate copy, but at five times the cost here the price doesn't.
And now to the hottest news here. According to Weatherpixie
, which I can now see courtesy of the very
fast Firefox browser
, it's over 30ºC in the shade. Oh, and in my street at least, the Presidential Election is proceeding peacefully. There's a polling booth at the end so no traffic can get through. No bajaj
s, no ojeks
, no rowdy kids. Ah, peace. 'Ér indoors has voted for Mega
, though she'd have preferred to have voted for Golkar. Unfortunately, Gen. (ret.) Wiranto
doesn't inspire confidence as he's the only candidate who wants a role for the army separate from civilian control. And so at least one voter has made a choice based on a political platform. Or lack of one.
That today is historic is undeniable; the first direct elections for a President in sixty years is a massive step away from authoritarianism. I'm not going to make a prediction about the result. In common with most commentators and observers, I hope that there isn't an outright winner today. If there isn't, then the top two face a run off in September. That gives time for a coherent mission and strategy to emerge, thus giving electors an informed choice.
Whatever Jakarta citizens may wish, and I suspect that Amien Rais
may be the 'winner' here, the election results will be determined in the kampongs
away from the conurbations.
The General Elections Commission (KPU) has "a more advanced, more secure computerized vote counting system
". However, as the chairman said, "Don't expect too much. It's a man-made system and there's always the possibility of failure.
" To watch it crash in real time, CTRL + click here