Archive for May, 2011

He writes like a poet. He sings like a stroke victim.

No Comments »

Yes folks, Bob Dylan turned 70 on Tuesday, May 24, 2011.  Since his voice is enough to make people jump off buildings, here’s a link to seventy artists who are not Bob Dylan doing seventy covers of his songs.

Why it’s a really bad idea to steal somebody’s laptop.

No Comments »

The guy who had his laptop stolen – author of O’Reilly’s Complete Web Monitoring, Sean Power.  Incidentally, this should have been the thief’s first clue that he stole a laptop from the wrong guy.

The douchebag that stole it – Paolo Votano (bottom photo, guy on the far right)

Prey – the software that helped him find the perpetrator.

The blow-by-blow of how he got it back with the help of Twitter and some chick who will be forever known as “The girl in the purple sarong.”

Anatomy of a poorly executed smear campaign.

No Comments »

It all starts:  A mystery client hires top PR firm Burson-Marsteller to execute a smear campaign against Google by claiming that Google’s Social Circle violates the privacy rights of Gmail users.

May 3, 2011:  John Mercurio of Burson-Marsteller tries to convince a blogger to write an op-ed piece critical of Google which Mercurio claims he can get re-printed in outlets like The Washington Post, Politico, The Huffington Post, and other “top-tier media outlets.  After turning down the opportunity with a skeptical “Who’s paying for this?”  The email exchange is made public on the internet.

May 6, 2011:  USAToday publishes an article outting former CNBC news anchor Jim Goldman and former political columnist John Mercurio as the two Burson employees behind the campaign.

May 12, 2011:  The Daily Beast uncovers and confirms that the mystery client is facebook.

Exquisitely beautiful example of corporate doublespeak.

No Comments »

 “We take our responsibility very seriously, and I don’t think we get enough recognition for the efforts we make to ensure that there is effective worldwide regulation of a product that is harmful and that is addictive. Nevertheless, whilst it is addictive, it is not that hard to quit.”

– Louis C. Camilleri, CEO of Phillip Morris International

The best part?  He said this to a cancer nurse.

Texas. Where men live big, love big, and grow even stupider.

No Comments »

If you are wondering where education falls in the list of Texas’ state priorities, here is an abbreviated list:

  1. Executing the mentally retarded
  2. Formula One racing
  3. Creationism
  4. Finding a way to keep Mexican food while expelling Mexicans
  5. Secessionist rhetoric
  6. Telling Barack Obama to go fuck himself
  7. Refusing federal aid


     210,973.  Education

Christianne Amanpour, October 3, 2008

No Comments »

“I just talked to somebody very knowledgeable … that thinks that he’s in a villa, a nice comfortable villa in Pakistan.  Not a cave.”


(By the way, Obama wasn’t elected until November, 2008.)