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I was intrigued by this news about Shoney’s reviving. I hadn’t heard the name in years

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, which itself is telling, if not as much as it would be if they existed in New England.

I first heard of Shoney’s from the CPA I worked for in 1985. He had a place in Florida and went there for an extended time twice each year, after tax season ended, and then in October. He just loved Shoney’s, and had been investing a lot of money in their stock. The very next year, I stayed in Florida for six weeks, so I went to Shoney’s once or twice. One in Raleigh, NC was my first exposure to a breakfast buffet. Yum.

A Commercial Is Not Necessarily Commercial Use

That’s the bottom line of asking an actual expert in the Beastie Boys versus Goldieblox kerfuffle. I sympathize more with the band than I did originally

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, given their express decision never to allow a song to be used in a commercial. However, that apparently doesn’t apply to parody, with control limited to use of the actual song in a way that would be compensated, commercial use.

If it’s any consolation

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, people like me who’d never heard a Beastie Boys song and were barely aware a band by that name ever existed are far more aware of them than before.

Good Question

I saw the news yesterday about Katie Couric moving to Yahoo, of all things, and was intrigued. I thought it was clever and had potential as a business move for the news aspect of Yahoo. I’d love to see Yahoo succeed, for the sake of worthy competition among internet giants with overlapping business models or target audiences.

My thought was that, as a relatively washed-up talk/news personality from the TV world, but one with huge name recognition

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, it was a clever, novel, unexpected, and big fish/small pond move for Couric. One that was worth taking what I assumed would be a significant pay cut. Conversely, it brought that sort of name recognition and star power to the unexpected venue of Yahoo. This could only boost Yahoo’s work in becoming more about content and less about traditional features such as search

, even mail.

As always, in time we will know how it works out.

Predatory Towing

If my car were towed while I was legitimately inside a business

, such as the restaurant example, said business would never do business with me again

, and I would broadcast that near and far. Not a good policy for a business to involve itself in, as far as I can see.

I’m all in favor of a towing policy that is hands-on by the business whose parking is, but automating it so it goes rogue? That’s letting the inmates run the asylum.