Open Mike Weekend

I’ll be away from the site for most of the weekend enjoying things like sunshine, beer, and actual human interaction — but in the spirit of Web 2.0 I figured: why not let our readers express themselves any which way they want through the comments. The mike mic is open for any and all as of now. Bring on your stories, your pet peeves and poodle adventures, your must-see websites, your hopes and dreams, or lack thereof.

Oh boy, this is an accident waiting to happen, if ever I saw one. La-dee-da.

14 thoughts on “Open Mike Weekend”

  1. From a Mike or Mic debate…

    There once was a poet named Mike.
    When he opened, they said “take a hike”,
    but he was so slick, he renamed himself “Mick”,
    but he spelled it and said it like “Mic”.

  2. Ok!
    So, todat I saw the pixar movie “cars”, and it’s wonderful!

    Malcolm mcnabb is credited in the orchestra!

  3. A Belgian note.

    FZ followers in Belgium? Of course P. Vermeersch projects( Flath Earth Society, amongst others).

    Much earlier: Pazop. Just google pazop and you’ll see.

  4. And yesterday i saw the movie “Volver” from Almodovar, and it rocks. Don’t miss it!

    (Pazop? right on my way to google…)

  5. May I take this opportunity to say how much I appreciate Barry’s devotion to FZ etc. He does a much better job than Gail and the ZFT. For an old cynic like myselfit is very refreshing to find someone so generous and unconditional in his liking for Uncle Frank.

  6. i agree with xorg. even the most mediocre friday download is usually superior to any of the zft ‘joe’s’ discs. and on top of that, barry seems to have a real good sense of humor, unlike the brittle folks over at the zft.

    however, xorg – i need to caution you regarding talking shit about the zft on the kur forum. there are some folks here who are apparently neck deep in gail’s withered nether regions.

    either that, or they’re feverishly beating their meat to dweezil’s infamous playgirl spread.

    anyway – speak softly and carry a big stick, is all i’m saying.

  7. …the old boy never held back his words, nor did he demand you agree with him (he might call you a fool, or worse, if you didn’t, though) i certainly can’t speak for the old boy (he’s dead, anyway, isn’t he) and have little respect for those who think they can; but I do somehow have a strong feeling he’d like it here…

    thanks all…

  8. “Also, a rare video of barry’s activites on saturday nights, which easily explains why he doesn’t post for the week end:”

    Are telling me that Barry goes drinking with a bunch of toothless people, with thick accents?
    ‘Cause that’s what I do on the weekends…
    My rabble is from Kentucky, but still…
    Small world.

  9. Oh, what the funk :

    – will get you 2 the neither-new-nor-improved, electric-eel version of my personal vendetta against music, culture, the arts & that other fun stuff … hemhorrage-inducingly ugly, yet clocks in under 3 minutes; dag nabbit, i just plain can’t get m’other superdupersized (& yes, even Nastier ) micro-opuses up due 2 their space-quota … sigh.

    ps} if you liked this, you may want 2 try:
    *Happy Flowers
    *Little Fyodor
    *Your local Pulp-Mill during their “busy-season”

  10. August 31, 2006

    Re: The Zappa Family Trust / Infringement
    Our File No.: 18448

    Dear Mr. Healy:

    We represent The Zappa Family Trust. This letter is regarding the
    unauthorized use of numerous Frank Zappa works on your website located at

    The Zappa Family Trust is the owner of all right, title and interest, including without limitation the copyright therein, in and to many, if not all, of the musical compositions available for streaming via your website.
    As the owner of all right, title and interest therein, The Zappa Family Trust has the exclusive right to perform such musical compositions, digitally or otherwise, and you are required to obtain a performance license from the proper performing rights society in order to stream these
    compositions from your site. Although we understand you may have attempted
    to obtain a license for performance of the musical compositions and sound recordings through Live, your site does not comply with the Digital Millenium Copyright Act and therefore, your performance of the musical compositions and sound recordings is illegal.

    Your site allows the interactive, ³on demand,² streaming of sound recordings, including entire albums, owned by our client, Rykodisc, and
    other third parties. The owner of the sound recording has the exclusive
    right to digitally perform such sound recordings. Since ³on demand² streaming is excluded from the statutory license pursuant to section 114 of the Copyright Act, in order to digitally perform such sound recordings, you are required to obtain a voluntary license from the copyright owner. You have failed to obtain any such voluntary licenses from The Zappa Family

    Additionally, the streaming of these musical compositions and sound recordings may also constitute ³copies² for which you must obtain separate
    and additional licenses from the owner. No such licenses were sought or

    The Zappa Family Trust also owns the photographs and artwork embodied on the Frank Zappa album covers, and pursuant to the Copyright Act, has the exclusive right to display such photographs and artwork. Again, you have failed to obtain permission from our client, or accord proper credit to our client, with respect to the display of such artwork and photographs on your site. Furthermore, your unauthorized use of Frank Zappa¹s image may also violate our client¹s right of publicity under California law.

    Further, your use of ZAPPA, FRANK ZAPPA and FZ (the ZAPPA Marks) on your website infringe upon our client¹s federally registered marks as follows:

    FZ 2,175,923
    FZ 2,133,662
    FRANK ZAPPA 1,847,913
    ZAPPA 1,843,244
    FRANK ZAPPA 1,840,371
    ZAPPA 1,840,370
    ZAPPA 1,179,890

    In addition, your entire website as presented, including use of the ZAPPA Marks, Frank Zappa¹s image and the linkage to the official website, are violations of Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1125(a)). Your use of the ZAPPA Marks and the Zappa domain name is likely to deceive the public to believe that you have been authorized by The Zappa Family Trust to operate this website and/or to engage in the streaming activities provided. Also, such activities collectively imply some affiliation, connection or association with our client, which, as you know, is patently false and misleading.

    Accordingly, your unauthorized use of Frank Zappa¹s musical compositions, sound recordings, photographs, artwork, name and likeness, ZAPPA Marks and domicile name owned by The Zappa Family Trust violates our client¹s rights and constitutes, without limitation, copyright infringement and a violation of section 43(a) of Lanham Act.

    We are hereby formally advising you that you must immediately disable the above-referenced website and cease and desist any and all further unauthorized use of the materials referenced herein or any materials owned by The Zappa Family Trust. Our client will consider every available remedy including injunctions and recovery of attorney¹s fees, costs and any and all other damages which are incurred by our client as a result of any action that is commenced against you.

    Please advise us in writing of your intent to fully comply with the requests herein within seven (7) days from the date of this letter.

    Nothing contained in or omitted from this letter is, or shall be deemed to be, either a full statement of the facts or applicable law, an admission of any fact, or a waiver or limitation of any of our client¹s rights or remedies, all of which are specifically retained and reserved.



    cc: Gail Zappa (via e-mail)
    Live365 (via fax)
    Federal Bureau of Investigation (via US mail)

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