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Wednesday, March 31, 2004   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

Check out the Red Bull Big Air.
I'm in Sweden, and this looks like it should be one hell of a weekend. News, photos and, as a bonus, a sweet website from the guys at farfar.

Thursday, March 25, 2004   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Kaufman also wrote Being John Malkovitch and Adaptation ...

Washing That Girl Out of His Head
NYTimes Review (Free Registration Required)
Often, when Jim Carrey plays it straight, all of the vitality is drained from his face; he looks like a root- canal patient trying out a pleasant expression for his oral surgeon. In Michel Gondry's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" — a title that will frustrate ushers trying to abbreviate it for marquees — Mr. Carrey finally understands that he needn't cut a character off from pleasure, and so his Joel Barish is serious rather than anestheticized. But this angular and intelligent romantic comedy isn't entirely consistent. Even as you laugh, it's a movie you admire more than love. review
This is French director Michel Gondry's second full-length movie, written by Charlie Kaufman (with whom Gondry also collaborated on his first picture, the 2000 "Human Nature"). In "Eternal Sunshine," Jim Carrey plays Joel, a man who arranges to have every memory of his ex-girlfriend, Clementine (Kate Winslet), erased from his brain, only to realize that those memories may be more dear to him than the failed union itself: They're all he's got left.

Trailer on
Official Site
2nd Official Site

Also fun:
Director File. Michel Gondry
Music video by Gondry done for the film

Friday, March 19, 2004   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

Blog Survey: Expectations of Privacy and Accountability
© Fernanda Viégas, 2004 (MIT)
Blog Survey: Summary of Findings

Friday, March 19, 2004   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

Google Local Search
Find local businesses and services on the web.

Friday, March 19, 2004   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

Sharp's Aquos LC-15L1U: 15" of wireless TV joy ...

State of the Art: A TV That Cuts All Cords
By David Pogue
Circuits, NYT (Free Registration Required)
Published: March 18, 2004
Every industry has its marketing buzzwords. In the food business, you've got your "fat-free," your "all natural" and, lately, your "low-carb." In the auto market, it's "G.P.S.," "ABS" and "AWD." But in the consumer-technology racket, the three hottest buzzwords are, in no particular order, "wireless," "wireless" and "wireless."

Sharp USA product page

Thursday, March 18, 2004   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

Dustin Hoffman's Secret Ad
Marketer: Audi
Brand: Audi A6 Sedan
Title: "Graduate Spoof"
Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi, Frankfurt, Germany
This spot is banned from airing in the U.S. In a reprise of "The Graduate," crafted into an Audi ad for the German market, Dustin Hoffman is once again locked out of the church, trying to rescue the would-be bride. Except this time it's his daughter. All dialogue is in German. The original movie's theme song, "Mrs. Robinson," plays in the background but is a cover by the Lemonheads rather than the original by Simon and Garfunkel.

Wednesday, March 17, 2004   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

winners published.
Fairvue Central >> Features >> Fourth Annual Weblog Awards

Wednesday, March 17, 2004   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

now *this* is must see tv ...
Rumsfeld injured in backpedaling accident on Face the Nation ...

bonus: iraq on the record
President Bush, VP Cheney, and Top Advisors Made over 200 Misleading Public Statements on Iraq Threat
A detailed report and accompanying searchable database released by Rep. Waxman identifies 237 specific misleading statements about the threat posed by Iraq made by President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Secretary Rumsfeld, Secretary Powell, and National Security Advisor Rice in 125 separate public appearances.

Wednesday, March 17, 2004   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

funny as f*ck.
updater: favorite swear words

Saturday, March 13, 2004   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

This month's Knowledge@Wharton newsletter is better than usual ... and it is usually pretty good. Highlights include a nice review of David Denby's book, American Sucker, a co-report with CNet about "what's next" and a look at the Dick Grasso situation as seen through Wharton-colored glasses.

How to Lose Your Shirt in the Dot-Com Meltdown and Make Money by Writing about It
For David Denby, film critic for The New Yorker, his wife's announcement that she was ending their marriage was the moment when, as he notes in his recent book, American Sucker, his life "wandered off the tracks." An eloquently candid, if wordy, memoir, filled with rich observations on greed, lost love and the destructive pursuit of wealth, American Sucker is the tale of Denby's ill-fated attempt to ride the dot-com wave in 2000.

The Emerging Face of Technology
(A Special Report by CNET and Knowledge@Wharton)
With the economy rebounding and the technology sector once again focused on new partners, products and opportunities, the Wharton Technology Conference on Feb. 27 emphasized the future with the theme: “From Survival to Growth: The Emerging Face of Technology.” Panelists and speakers from industry, the government and academia discussed entrepreneurship and business innovation, new technologies, and hot-button issues such as outsourcing and open source software. Knowledge@Wharton and CNET covered several of the panels and keynote speakers.

Should Dick Grasso Return the Dough?
It’s today’s $139.5 million question: Why doesn’t Richard Grasso, former chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, give back at least some of the nearly $140 million in compensation that he was granted by the NYSE’s board of directors? That the question is even being raised, of course, speaks to the sudden change in thinking about such issues as corporate governance and executive compensation. While some say that the New York Stock Exchange should be held as accountable as Grasso, right now it’s the former chairman who is facing the most outrage. The sentiment among corporate governance experts at Wharton is that Grasso should a) give some of the money back, or b) at least start talking about giving it back.

Knowledge@Wharton: 2004
Free registration required.

Thursday, March 11, 2004   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

worth a look.

Stephen VanDyke » How News Travels on the Internet

Tuesday, March 09, 2004   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

Evolution, not revolution ...

Experience Google's new look

Jesse Ruderman wrote a cool little bookmarklet that will let you take a peek at Google's new look.

Tuesday, March 09, 2004   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

The passion of Howard Stern
The shock jock says radio colossus Clear Channel fired him because he criticized George Bush -- and he's sure as hell not going to go quietly.
By Eric Boehlert

while you're at it, check this out. the connections and ties are deep.

or, have a peek at radio ga ga.

Friday, March 05, 2004   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

typeface as art. try it.


Friday, March 05, 2004   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

subway systems of the world, presented on the same scale

world subways

Friday, March 05, 2004   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

It is fun to compare the quality of life survey with the cost of living survey to see what cities give you the biggest bang for your buck, euro, or whatever.

Mercer’s study is based on detailed assessments and evaluations of 39 key quality of life determinants, grouped in the following categories:

~ Consumer goods (availability of food/daily consumption items, cars, etc)
~ Economic environment (currency exchange regulations, banking services, etc)
~ Housing (housing, household appliances, furniture, maintenance services, etc)
~ Medical and health considerations (medical supplies and services, infectious diseases, sewage, waste disposal, air pollution, etc)
~ Natural environment (climate, record of natural disasters)
~ Political and social environment (political stability, crime, law enforcement, etc)
~ Public services and transportation (electricity, water, public transport, traffic congestion, etc)
~Recreation (restaurants, theatres, cinemas, sports, and leisure etc
~ Schools and education (standard and availability of schools etc)
~ Socio-cultural environment (censorship, limitations on personal freedom, etc)

Mercer Human Resource Consulting is part of Mercer Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., which lists its stock (ticker symbol: MMC) on the New York, Chicago, Pacific, and London stock exchanges.


Mercer report - official site (registration required)

Mercer Worldwide Quality of Life City Rankings Survey 2004: summary

Mercer Worldwide Quality of Life City Rankings Survey 2004: summary

Tuesday, March 02, 2004   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

44% of U.S. Internet users have contributed their thoughts and their files to the online world.

Pew Internet & American Life Project: Content Creation Online

WASHINGTON (Feb. 29, 2004) – More than 53 million American adults have used the Internet to publish their thoughts, respond to others, post pictures, share files and otherwise contribute to the explosion of content available online.

A new survey and report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project find that 44% of U.S. Internet users have contributed material to the online commons.

While blogs or personal online journals have captured the attention of the technology community, most of those who have made contributions have done so in less cutting-edge ways. Here are some of the things American adult Internet users have done:

21% of Internet users say they have posted photographs to Web sites.
17% have posted written material on Web sites.
13% maintain their own Web sites.
8% have contributed material to Web sites run by their businesses.
7% have contributed material to Web sites run by organizations to which they belong such as church or professional groups.
7% have Web cams running on their computers that allow other Internet users to see live pictures of them and their surroundings.
4% have contributed material to Web sites created for their families.
3% have contributed video files to Web sites.

Monday, March 01, 2004   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

Nothing will ever top the original, but if Tiger Woods has to make ads to make more millions, he may as well make these. Sure beats the ones for Buick.

Gopher Broke
In a TV new spot called "Tigershack," Tiger Woods reprises Bill Murray's memorable role of manic greenskeeper Carl Spackler and gets the evil gopher thanks to his American Express Card.

Read the article: Gopher Broke
Watch the ad: Tigershark

Monday, March 01, 2004   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

Photoshop photography

Loretta Lux

The Eerily Lovely Children of the Photoshop Generation
Published: February 29, 2004
Fourteen years ago this month Adobe introduced Photoshop to the software market, a leap forward in graphic design that allowed any fool to cut, paste, shade and rearrange images with ease. One of the original "killer apps," this widely adopted program has also been widely abused. The temptation to play virtuoso riffs on the keyboard has led to countless pictures that aspire to be "futuristic" but reek of a moldy surrealism better done when scissors were cutting-edge. Photoshop may have been a boon to print advertising, but the compelling artworks it has facilitated have been scarce.

Monday, March 01, 2004   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

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