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Madonna vs. Will Ferrell and Anna Gasteyer as the Culps

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The latest Madonna is awful:

and Culp imitators with a biblical angle proving that imitation is the worst kind of flattery:


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March 24, 2008 at 10:55 pm

Vagina Sushi

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Some people think blogging with 10 dollar words makes it ok:

Think word sushi: delicately-prepared high-quality content that’s easy to consume.

When I think of sushi, I don’t think of fancy phrases -I think of Kate Beckinsale:

You told an interviewer you’d rather eat a vagina than sushi. When stuff you say makes headlines, what’s the reaction of your publicity team? I have to say, sushi freaks me out more than almost anything. At least a vagina would be warm. [laughs] My publicist has literally turned a funny color and is going to go have a lie-down. He’s throwing up now, as well. I find a lot of things kind of funny and I often say what’s on my mind, and then get nine texts from all my friends going, “What’s the matter with you?” But I haven’t ever made a big attempt to have any particular image. And I don’t really worry about it.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind the readers to stop blogging.

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March 23, 2008 at 10:18 pm

Web 2.0 marketing, Web 2.0 Business

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Web 2.0 Marketing (Seth Godin’s Meatball Sundae):

It’s an excellent (and I believe a required) read for any marketers, online or offline. The concepts are the same for both. The information age has started to render the ‘big and slow’ companies obsolete in the way they do consumer business and marketing.

Copacetic » Blog Archive » Web 2.0 vs Web 1.0

* Web 1.0 was about reading, Web 2.0 is about writing
* Web 1.0 was about companies, Web 2.0 is about communities
* Web 1.0 was about client-server, Web 2.0 is about peer to peer
* Web 1.0 was about HTML, Web 2.0 is about XML
* Web 1.0 was about home pages, Web 2.0 is about blogs
* Web 1.0 was about portals, Web 2.0 is about RSS
* Web 1.0 was about taxonomy, Web 2.0 is about tags
* Web 1.0 was about wires, Web 2.0 is about wireless
* Web 1.0 was about owning, Web 2.0 is about sharing
* Web 1.0 was about IPOs, Web 2.0 is about trade sales
* Web 1.0 was about Netscape, Web 2.0 is about Google
* Web 1.0 was about web forms, Web 2.0 is about web applications
* Web 1.0 was about screen scraping, Web 2.0 is about APIs
* Web 1.0 was about dialup, Web 2.0 is about broadband
* Web 1.0 was about hardware costs, Web 2.0 is about bandwidth costs

For all this nonsense, web businesses that mirror traditional businesses are doing well (structured blogs that replace industry papers, classified sites, retail sites, web directories). Magical sites like Meebo, Pownce and unfortunately myspace (which gets points for its similarity to a phonebook, but sold for web 2.0 hype value) don’t have real business plans; they raise money but don’t have any real world value.

Even Google only operates as an advertising firm. Being web 2.0 is nothing and using web 2.0 marketing techniques is irrelevant. For all the gmail, google reader, google docs, grand central, radio automation, blogger etc… it’s only the ad sales that give them value. It seems like business hasn’t changed, it’s only found a new storefront.

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March 21, 2008 at 9:38 pm

A Gawker blogger is worth….

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Blogonomics: Gawker’s Payroll, Redux:

Still, cruising around the Gawker Media stats pages (just put /stats onto the end of the domain in question) does make you realize how the Gawker-obsessed media misses much more important writers for the network as a whole. Do you know who Adam Pash is? He’s a blogger at Lifehacker; he got 5.2 million pageviews in January. Dashiell Bennett got 2.8 million pageviews at Fleshbot.I’d assume that Pash and Diaz are making comfortable six-figure incomes blogging, and that a good few of the “site leads” (Gina Trapani, Brian Lam) are as well. Conversely, some of the less popular bloggers are likely getting paid $50-60,000 per year.

Doubt is immediately cast on the numbers by the commentators, but dividing the editorial budget by the relative eyeball power of the bloggers seems like a pretty good way of figuring out the salaries.

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March 21, 2008 at 5:35 pm

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Ben Bernanke Retrospective

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Now that Ben Bernanke is getting some tentative plaudits for his rate cuts and Bear Stearns bailout, is this different than what was expected? A look back at the time of his nomination:

Marginal Revolution on BB’s academic history from late 2005:

The credit channel for monetary policy; here are the papers, most of all the 1992 piece with Alan Blinder. Bernanke took an old Keynesian idea and gave it empirical rigor. During upturns and downturns, does money or credit play the leading role? Bernanke showed that credit has greater importance. Bernanke’s work in particular helped combat the Litterman and Weiss paper of 1983; L&W had showed that once you put the nominal interest rate in a Vector Autoregression (a relatively atheoretical statistic technique), money didn’t seem to matter. Bernanke rescued the relevance of money but showed it mattered through the associated channel of credit. This work stands among the most important contributions in macroeconomics in the last twenty years. It also suggests that Bernanke, as Fed chair, will look closely at credit indicators. Here is a Bernanke speech on money and the stock market.

Daniel Drezner linked to a number of comments

Brad Delong, note the housing bubble mentions in the comments

Economist’s View has links to most other 2005 reviews

New Economist confirmed the glowing predictions

Bernanke predicts house bubble could cool in Washington Post, but to be fair:

That view mirrors Greenspan’s .He and Bernanke have both said it is unrealistic to expect the Fed to identify a bubble in stock or real estate prices as it is inflating, or to be able to pop it without hurting the economy. Instead, the Fed should stand ready to mop up the economic aftermath of a bubble.

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March 18, 2008 at 6:04 pm

Cont. Perez Hilton Is A Marketing Whore

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It’s starting. In relation to my earlier Perez Hilton post.

The U.K. is going through a huge retro movement right now!From Amy Winehouse to The Pipettes and Duffy, everything old is new again. And it’s HOT.

The Puppini Sisters are no exception!

We don’t even know if they’re actually related, but this trio from London totally brings an Andrews Sisters vibe to their songs.

Their vintage twist on the ’80s classic by The Bangles, Walk Like An Egyptian, is just delicious.

Enjoy it below and then CLICK HERE to check out some other tunes from the Puppini Sisters.

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February 28, 2008 at 5:53 pm

The Gawker Comparison is teh Suck

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Gawker is small potatoes

Some background

gawker tmz “perez hilton”

Google Trends

TMZ and Perez Hilton are out there bum rushing US weekly and Star for tabloid and celebrity coverage; when was the last time you saw Perez Hilton target B-level executives at Conde Nast for a takedown? Does Julia Allison even register at TMZ?

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February 28, 2008 at 4:50 pm

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