Monthly Archives: April 2005

Let’s all pause for a

Let’s all pause for a moment to laugh at this idiot.
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I just heard that a

I just heard that a friend of my wife — a woman with a most varied career, having appeared as a chorus girl on Broadway before giving up theatre to get her Masters in International Studies — is going to work in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Holy smokes but I admire her courage and […]
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In this age of 500

In this age of 500 cable channels, streaming online media, and on-demand transcripts of anything anybody says in front of a live microphone, who really gives a ripe fig if the four “main” networks bump President Bush for their own programming? If ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox had skipped airing Bush entirely, do you seriously […]
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Quick business note: If the

Quick business note: If the only way a customer can decide between your company and your competition is to play a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors, then something is very wrong with your company. Although it is certainly fun to think of $20 million riding on a kids’ game. Sothebys, of course, should have consulted […]
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Whoops. Remember that story I

Whoops. Remember that story I pointed to the other day about buried treasure? Never mind. I do find it odd, however, that they didn’t mention who these guys might have stolen the money from.
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The evolution of news and

The evolution of news and blogs continues apace. Some blogs are taking themselves quite seriously, calling people up, asking questions, and doing things one normally attributes to professional journalists. News organizations, on the other hand, are increasingly reading a few blogs, writing about what they see, and calling it a day. Check out this story […]
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Are all Star Trek fans

Are all Star Trek fans The Importance of… >” href=”http://www.corante.com/importance/archives/2005/04/28/la_times_claim_about_pedophiles_wrong.php”>pedophiles? That’s what the L.A. Times comes close to saying.
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Typos can be fun: From

Typos can be fun: From a newsletter I read on children’s entertainment, regarding Marvel Comics’s plan to produce its own movies: “The agreement with Paramount allows for Marvel to deliver up to 10 movies over eight years and specifies that the first movie titles will include Captain America and Nick Furry.”
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The Bonehead Businessman of the

The Bonehead Businessman of the Day Award must surely go to John Kanas, CEO of North Fork Bank on Long Island. One of his employees, Larry Blatt, was diagnosed with colon cancer. Rather than surrender to it, Blatt redoubled his efforts as a part-time salesman for North Fork. Indeed, he earned an award as the […]
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James Lileks: “I know I

James Lileks: “I know I am old and so out of step it’s a wonder I don’t just appear as an indistinct smear, but was it really necessary to push the Age of Sultry Hussyism down to the infant stage?”
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