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Archive for July, 2006

“I’m Fired! I’m Fired!”

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

There’s life after the ‘Boom.

“Arrogance Is The Domain Of The Truly Superior” — Seymour Glass*

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

Jason Calacanis may be a shrill, creepy, transparent publicity whore, but at least he’s overbearing. The gloating is very attractive, too. Ever meet someone who’s so sure he’s right that you know he’s wrong? Someone whose motivation and agenda actually speak louder than he does? This paragraph is particuarly galling: Also, the truth is that [...]

Guess Who My Money’s On?

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

Ana Marie Cox takes on Katha Pollitt’s recent output. I wish I had an easy answer about how to navigate between stridency and submission. Then again, I wish Katha Pollitt did too. Had Dorothy Parker not been cremated, you can bet she’d stretch a skinny wrist from the grave to pat Ana on the head [...]

Torturing Your Dog and Neighbors on the Hottest Day of the Year

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

N: Hello? P: Hey, it’s Paul. Look, I don’t want to be a pain…but is there any way we could work out an alternate arrangement for your friend’s dog when he comes to visit? Ever since you left he’s been barking and howling nonstop upstairs. It’s been going on for, like, four hours now. N: [...]

Why Isn’t Nancy Grace Doing Investigative Consumer Reporting For the Local Affiliate In Omaha?

Monday, July 24th, 2006

Is this just another example of the Peter Principle pushed beyond an absurd degree?

Paid By The Word: This Week’s Gina Arnold Award

Friday, July 21st, 2006

Deadlines are a bitch, particularly when you have nothing interesting to write about. The result’s not a pretty thing to witness, either. Apparently the ability to sleep with a thesaurus under your pillow and wake up (optional– a lot of this stuff appears to be written in someone’s sleep) to string together non-sequiturs will get [...]

“Creating An Extremely Retrograde Reality Matrix”

Friday, July 21st, 2006

I wonder if I’d have to get up onstage and apologize for stealing that phrase. This is beautiful.

Children Personalizing Bombs: Backstory

Friday, July 21st, 2006

A refresher course in critical thought.

Hijacking Digg’s Sheepherders

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

I’ll be interested to see what Dave Winer thinks about this. I don’t necessarily blame Calacanis for attempting to poach Digg’s top sitefinders for Netscape. If you can’t formulate content (and/or develop novel and effective ways to find it for your users), why not procure it from an operation that does? It’s still sort of. [...]

I Don’t Understand Why You Would Want To Cancel AOL, Dave

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

Revealed: HAL’s manual for AOL customer retention. File under Unintended Consequences. [UPDATE 7.19.06 7:43am: the entire document can now be downloaded. 7mb .pdf]