May 15th, 2004

Porsupah smile by Djinni

Conquest of Europe

It's that time of year again: the Eurovision Song Contest (videos available from the site), wherein the winner holds presidency of the EU for the following year, and is legally entitled to rename one other country of its choice.

Actually, it's not been too bad thus far - with 10 of the 24 qualifying entrants (of 36 in all) through, I'd say I actually enjoyed Serbia-Montenegro's entry quite a lot, along with Malta's. Albania's was rather fluffy, but not bad for what it was trying to be. Much as I hate to admit it, I'll have to rank Germany as leading contender for the coveted nul points this year. Hm. Bosnia-Hercegovina's isn't bad - very lightweight bit of technodisco, but it's not yet another ballad..

Continuing the musical theme, here's a handy recap of just how well the innocents of the RIAA have been most grievously forced to mislead the public, courtesy of quentincoyote, who would also like to point out another's tale of getting stiffed on a tip. Beyond its key conclusion between the differences of units shipped and sold, it's also worth noting the aspect of revenue - a lower price per unit can lead to a lower total, without any loss in unit sales.

And here comes episode five of Paranoia Agent. Yay!

[edit: corrected Cyprus to Malta, for "On Again, Off Again".. and yes, I voted for Serbia-Montenegro]
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