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Archive for August, 2005

New Orleans Times-Picayune forum

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

The Crime & Safety online forum gives some insight into what’s going on in New Orleans right now.

CNN Ranks Iraq Tragedy…

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

Currently the 11th headline down on CNN.com‘s front page 841 dead in Bagdhad mosque stampede.

Shearer on the Sandbagging of Sandbags | Looting or Finding?

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

He’s posted five times in the last 24 hours, with updates as they happen: Harry Shearer is wondering why New Orleans officials and the Army Corps of Engineers can’t get their stories straight. Wonkette explores the rhetorical shadings of ‘finding’ vs ‘looting.’

Wal-Mart vs Tesco in UK

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

Wal-Mart’s move into the UK superstore market has been stalled by megaretailer Tesco’s dominance. This BBC story details Wal-Mart’s attempts to kickstart an investigation of (wait for it) Tesco’s alleged anticompetitive practices. [link via Stay Free!].

Amazon Ups the Metadata Stakes

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

Yes, Amazon feels Google breathing down its sweaty neck. The e-commerce Borg is pushing a new book searching tool, the catchily-named Text Stats (memo to Jeff Bezos: the marketing team could use some new blood). Washington Post explains how this tool can reveal more than you– or authors– could ever want to know.

Katrina Ripples

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

Cable media outlets not only exaggerated Katrina’s initial force in New Orleans, they got the neighborhoods wrong, says Harry Shearer. And he should know. I’m a linking slut for CJR Daily, of course, so everyone reading this should just visit that page every day. But their Katrina musings can be found here: Fire Ants Eat [...]

Apple News Event September 7th

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

Blogs and tech news sites are reporting that Apple has scheduled a media event for September 7th. silicon.com speculates Apple might announce the long-awaited iTunes-enabled Motorola cellphone. Today’s New York Times has a similar story. Other possibilities involve a video iPod and iTunes 5.0.

Hurri-Porn | American Apparel, Fish In a … | Scorn Yr Inner Whiteness | Networking Hugs

Monday, August 29th, 2005

The inevitable parade of CNN soaking heads continues. Yes, as in other recent natural disasters, the studly media pros in and around New Orleans are doing their best to….well, sensationalize and cheapen the event. They’re even managing (no!) to make it boring. And oh, is it still a human interest story when you’re talking about [...]

Stewart Meets Hitchens | Gloomin’, Doomin’, Noonan | Friday Fashion Don’ts

Friday, August 26th, 2005

Before I went out on a limb about this, of course, I wanted to wait and see what what Wonkette had to say about it: “The thing about Christopher Hitchens is that no matter how wrong or drunk he is, he always sounds like he’s making sense.” Ah, okay to proceed. Last nights’ Daily Show [...]

“You Go To War With The President You Have” – Christopher Hitchens

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

Notwithstanding interrupting each other again and again, tonight’s Daily Show square-off between Jon Stewart and Christopher Hitchens was indescribably good. Hitchens seemed a bit shaky, and Stewart was much better prepared than he was during Hitchens’ last visit. Stewart was on the attack about Hitchens’ apologist stance on Bush’s Iraq policy. Christopher made a brave [...]