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Niccum: Googling oneself results in goofy, creepy info
August 29, 2008
I heard a tremendous amount of feedback about last week’s column regarding Pandora.com. Most involved how being introduced to the online music service resulted in “my new obsession.” One person even said it “changed my life.” Awesome. Glad to be of help.
Niccum: Pandora tempts curious music listeners
August 22, 2008
In Greek mythology, Zeus was riled that humans had acquired the forbidden gift of fire from Prometheus. So he ordered that the first woman, Pandora, be created as punishment for mankind. Pandora was given a large jar that contained various seductive evils - greed, envy, vanity, etc. - and told not to open it. But the “curious woman” did, of course, allowing these harmful items to escape.
Net Worth: Site reveals obnoxious side of comic book heroes
August 8, 2008
With the latest Batman movie wowing critics and breaking a new box-office record every weekend, it’s hard to argue that old-school comic book characters still have tremendous clout. Perhaps we’re experiencing the true Golden Age of the medium.
Niccum: Site explores ‘Yesterday’s Tomorrow Today’
August 1, 2008
The phrase “post-modern” is often thrown about when discussing items such as art and music. But one could argue we are currently living in a “post-futuristic” age. The seemingly overnight change in technology this era is experiencing is far beyond what past generations encountered. (A quick look around at strolling preteens taking to their peers via hands-free devices is enough to give anybody future shock.)
Niccum: High school reunion bolstered by Web networking
July 25, 2008
It’s been 25 years since I put on my plastic pants, spiked my hair, tied my Japanese headband, grabbed my Police “Synchronicity” notebook and headed for class at Shawnee Mission East High School. Memories of these horrible fashions but wonderful times were brought back this weekend when I attended my Class of 1983 high school reunion. Because of this significant event I was forced to get a Facebook account.
Niccum: Classic flicks overhauled on Web
July 18, 2008
The most common sentence spoken in Hollywood circles usually ends with ” … but what I really want to do is direct.” For the Internet generation, the cinematic aspiration to be a director has taken a back seat to being an editor. The miracle of cheap software coupled with a wicked sense of humor has allowed armchair editors to put their own spin on classic films … and sometimes not-so-classic ones.
Net Worth: Daytrotter unifies artists, audience - for free
July 11, 2008
Tucked away in the cozy town of Rock Island in northwest Illinois is the base of operations for Daytrotter. The startup has become its own little rock island in comparison to other music Web sites - specifically when it comes to indie rock. That’s because Daytrotter has reinvented the concept of how to cover the modern band scene.
Niccum: Internet continues to blur fact and fiction
July 4, 2008
News travels fast on the Internet. Especially news that is fake. That’s kind of the problem with the Web: no accountability.
Niccum: Lists prove anything but listless on the Web
June 20, 2008
I was watching the latest AFI special this week - “America’s 10 Greatest Films in 10 Classic Genres” - and I realized how much I love lists. I’m hooked on any number of topics as soon as somebody offers “the 10 best (blanks)” or “the top (blanks) of all time.”
Stuff’ finds a convenient home on the Web
June 13, 2008
Comedian George Carlin concocted a famous routine about “stuff.” “That’s all you need in life, a little place for your stuff. That’s all your house is: a place to keep your stuff. If you didn’t have so much stuff, you wouldn’t need a house. You could just walk around all the time,” Carlin quipped.
Niccum: Campaign songs reach potential voters on Web
May 16, 2008
Campaign songs have been a fixture of the American political system since the days of fifes and powdered wigs. The election of 1800 showcased the first real “hit,” a tune called “Jefferson and Liberty” penned by Robert Treat Paine Jr., that took sitting president John Adams to task for his Alien and Sedition Acts.
Net Worth: Radio stations get personal on the Internet
May 2, 2008
I generally loathe radio - specifically modern corporate radio. The limited playlists and cookie-cutter mentality of these behemoths don’t exactly have me jumping up and down in anticipation of the latest Fergie or Mudvayne track.
Net Worth: Networks lure viewers online with new, old shows
April 18, 2008
I was having coffee with a friend who was all puffed up about getting rid of his cable TV service because his favorite shows were eating up too much of his day. This way, he would have more time “to enjoy life.” But the avoidance tactic proved a bust.
Niccum: Jayhawk nation shares victories, humor on Web
April 4, 2008
After wallowing in the revelry brought on by Kansas University’s win over Davidson’s scrappy team on Sunday, I couldn’t help but share the vibe with some former Jayhawks scattered throughout the country.
Net Worth: Web teeming with wacky ways to quiz oneself
March 28, 2008
Back in high school, the word “pop quiz” could strike fear into any but the most geeky brainiac. Nowadays, people are embracing the concept, thanks to the copious opportunities to quiz oneself on the Internet.