America’s steel, coal, beer, beaver pelts and PCs may have come from our...– P.J. O’Rourke (Via WSJ.com)
It would have stayed that way forever, but one day a mysterious yet important...– And then every GM brand started making a Cadillac. I once heard that Ford held onto Land Rover for years despite mounting losses, purely because executives didn’t want to go back to driving Explorers. (Via How Fake Luxury Conquered The World)
Carol Bartz Finds Yahoo's Footing →
Remember Jerry Yang? Remember his waffling and poor articulations of his company, strategy and competitors? Valleywag cuts a few clips of Yahoo’s new CEO on the PR trail the last few days, noting them for her ruthlessness with reporters. But the larger point here is her focus. Behind her rebuke of CNBC’s Jim Goldman is the most accurate and focused description of Yahoo I’ve yet...
Wikipedia bans Church of Scientology →
And proves why Wikipedia should not separate the content from the creator in it’s presentation. Granted, the Church of Scientology is especially ruthless in its PR efforts to revise opinions of its organization. But this slippery slope leads to organizations like the Catholic Church and governments fighting wars over perception (I believe the page on the Israeli/Palestine conflict is still...
Jack Passion discusses the finer points of the...
Palm Pre to Sync Directly with iTunes →
Remember when Real tried to do this? I’m sure Apple will block this within a week.
German's Presidential Election Results are Leaked... →
Our understanding of the North Korean situation has changed in light of our...– The Atlantic conducted a War Game regarding an invasion of North Korea in 2005. It’s definitely worth a reread in light of the current situation. (Via The Atlantic)
Discussion of Times Reporter’s Personal-Finance... →
If you haven’t been following the Edmund Andrew’s discussion regarding his recent NYT Magazine article, Daily Intel does a great job at recounting the back and forth. This is definitely a narrative to keep your eyes on… Will the NYT apologize? Will Business Insider keep the issue alive? Will NYT Ombudsman every call Megan McArdle by her name and not simply...
Topics during the semester have included Glenn Beck, an R.V. that can go two...– Julia Ioffe’s Talk of the Town piece in this week’s New Yorker on Michael Taussig’s Columbia graduate seminar regarding the apocalypse (official title:”Preëmptive Apocalyptic Thought: The Angel of History Reconsidered in Light of Climate Change, the War on Terror, and the...
And oh, the montages. Cheesy montage sequences accomplished so much in the...– Scott Tobias, pulling apart the 80’s through Wet Hot American Summer. (Via The New Cult Canon)
It’s a Cheezburger Night wif the Seattle Mariners!!!1! (Safeco Field on...– The Seattle Mariners are hosting a Cheezburger Night for their game against the Rangers. (Via Mariners.com)
Google Calculating Who's About to Quit →
himmelsblog: rocketboom: [Google] recently began crunching data from employee reviews and promotion and pay histories in a mathematical formula Google says can identify which of its 20,000 employees are most likely to quit. Google officials are reluctant to share details of the formula, which is still being tested. The inputs include information from surveys and peer reviews, and Google...
Hulu Is The No. 10 Most-Watched YouTube Channel Of... →
The House voted 367 to 54 to pass the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act.– They need a Supreme Court style dept that names all proposed bills. This is getting ridiculous. (Via Congress Approves an Anti-Foreclosure Bill - NYTimes.com)
Pirated Windows 7 RC builds a botnet →
Clever. Install the malware before you get your OS on your PC.
The magazine, in a generation that must run as it reads, takes the place of the...– A 1892 Harper’s Monthly column wherein the author protests the quickening pace of life and waning forms of media. Nothing changes, does it?
Yes, in that it scares everybody. It’s terrible for the Valley, which is...– Peter Thiel Says Valleywag Is ‘Silicon Valley Equivalent Of Al Qaeda’.
Hearst Says SeattlePI.com Is Growing With An 80%... →