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Re: “An Unnatural State


Thanks for the questions.

To be clear, Mr. Lipsey did not look at a drilling rig and declare it a resort property. Perhaps I was unclear, but a major point of the piece is that the recreation interests were there first.

Lipsey's land is leased. He owned the property before the shale came online.

There are two counterpoints to the "they're getting paid" idea: integration laws and the costs/risks to the community and property owners. The latter being the road congestion, water use, light and noise pollution, sediment, etc.

The former issue with "getting paid" is compulsory integration.

I talked to other property owners, among them Greg Seaton, whose land is drilled against their will under integration laws, which are old laws on the books in many states. If you refuse, they drill (horizontally) and pay you anyway; albeit less than if you had consented when operations began. Here is an upholding from February, and you can find the leasing agreement on the "Mineral Rights Holders" section of the AOGC website.…

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Posted by Memphidelity on 04/01/2012 at 9:40 AM

Re: “The Commercial App


Great points.

Print lets me process information so much more effectively. Apps and websites are inferior reading experiences: the animated ads are intrusive and I am personally too weak to resist the urge to look at something else. The controls on apps are too easily bumped and the page keeps moving around. Holding anything that has a heat signature like an iPhone is a nightmare. If you add a floating ad to a hot thing, you are not engaged in the content.

I'm a huge fan of the first Kindles, which really preserved the readerly virtues: It focused on text and did not need the electrical energy to do 75 other things. I don't own an iPad. They just seem like an expensive subset of a computer. The CA let the Kindle pass by, which was probably a smart business decision.

I agree completely about the amount of content that is posted. It gets stale really fast and encourages moving on more than reading.

Read the whole print CA yesterday morning. End-to-end.

Nothing ever let my eye or mind away from the page. So I feel engaged in the ideas of the week: Peck on the imperfect nature of journalism and Sanford on optimism/pessimism. I remembered all of it and discussed Smith, Calkins et al all through the game last night.

Flitting around online never adds that much to my day.

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Posted by Memphidelity on 12/12/2011 at 11:55 AM

Re: “The Commercial App


I subscribe.

I paid and rooted for the Tigers tonight. But I can't say they did a good job. Both the CA and the Tigers can count me as a committed fan. A grousing, cranky fan who wants them to succeed. I am on board. But that means I get a say.

The app is an inferior reading experience (I know) and a bad investment (I bet).

I would hate to see any of our writers "downsized" to accommodate an investment in technology. We do a good job of letting Twitter and Facebook do the investments in technology and letting you and the other writers add our value. I am proud of the Flyer for playing the hand a little better.

When apps pay, there will be plenty of companies there to write them. They will take into account the human eye's evolution with with print. Until then, I hope we stay a paper that uses existing (free) technology to market the reporting.

Paid CA Subscriber and Rowdy Memphis evangelist,

Joe Boone

Posted by Memphidelity on 12/11/2011 at 8:20 PM

Re: “State GOP Opts to Keep Open Primaries

Ramsey used to confuse me. Now I get it. His real job is liquidating the farms of Tennessee's poor.

So if people don't have teachers and businesses can't bring educated people to the state, then more people are poor and have to sell their farms.

Makes perfect sense.

Posted by Memphidelity on 04/20/2011 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Tennessee House Overturns Scopes "Monkey Trial" Verdict


"Such science assumes a nonexistence of God, which purports the principle of atheism itself."

False. Science does not address myth and superstition as part of the method. Sorry.

There is a victimization pathology to Christianity. They want to feel persecuted. So, they invent boogeymen around every issue that requires subtlety of thought. The obvious irony here is that they are the political majority in the most powerful nation on Earth.

Posted by Memphidelity on 04/12/2011 at 8:56 AM

Re: “Haslam Signs SB25, the Norris-Todd Bill

Mute, Did you see his TV ads? He is like Mr. Rogers on codeine, which beats Ramsey on anything?

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Posted by Memphidelity on 03/15/2011 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Regaining Focus

Merc is right. The statehouse is an idiot contest. But the local industry has not represented itself well. I looked at the data kept by the commission. They never tracked anything consistently year-to-year. You can't even make a meaningful graph. And for some reason, they failed to use a multiplier: the notion that the crews spend money on taxable goods and services while here, which then gets spent and taxed again. With properly collected data, you could make an effective argument that the tax breaks pay for themselves. Without that ... what Merc said.

Posted by Memphidelity on 02/18/2011 at 9:40 AM

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