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This officially qualifies DDB London as a dinosaur candidate.

Marketing Technology : The dinosaur stirs

Gapinvoid: Have a nice death, Dinosaur.

Friday, September 30, 2005   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

Automat is on the menu tonight.

Reminds me of Cafe Luxemburg on the UWS crossed with a diner. In other words, my kind of place ... Marina O'Loughlin from Metrolife seems to like it as well.

When was the last time you came across a restaurant that dared to flaunt macaroni cheese on it's menu? It's testament to Automat's - justified - confidence that it feels no need to apologise for the absolute down-home (downtown manhattan) nature of its food ... This diner - make no mistake, that's what it is - is totally brilliant. I loved it ... Everything we ate was a paragon of its kind. No, really.

Open Table

Thursday, September 29, 2005   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

The Power of Default Values
Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox

Tuesday, September 27, 2005   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

Intellignet Design
The New Yorker: Shouts & Murmurs

Tuesday, September 27, 2005   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

Top 10 restaurants in Notting Hill

Looking forward to Beach Blanket Babylon ... Have heard great things about it. For more, see or

Monday, September 26, 2005   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

Never Pay Retail

A service of

I feel the need to eat a bit of crow, but I think I'll only be eating it for a few days. It seems that since NYTimes columnists are syndicated to other papers who do not charge, it is still possible to read many of the OpEd pieces for free. As they do not represent breaking news, it is not reallly a problem that you need to wait 24 hours to read them. This means that I can still read Dowd and Friedman and co. for free if I wait a day.

However, it doesn't seem like this will last long. I was about to question Niesenholtz' judgement and lack of planning by not anticipating this, but it seems that, as ususal, this is more a question of the print and syndication folks playing catch-up with the web. Editor & Publisher reports on the Times's syndicate policy changes.

From Never Pay Retail:
Each day, today's regular New York Times op-ed columns will be noted, each with a post title indicating the name of the columnist and the Times's title for the column. As they become available-- usually within a few days-- at least one link will be added in the body of each post to a syndicated copy of the column from a news source that doesn't charge for access.

Thursday, September 22, 2005   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments


Very cool. is a customizable web 2.0 homepage solution. This service is free and gives you the user the ability 1) to create a personalized page with the content you like, 2) to put together data feeds and services from web 2.0 applications with a very simple interface and 3) to access your page anytime and from any computer.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

Is Paul Krugman Worth $49.95?

TimesSelect launches today. Ever since I worked there in 97/98, Martin Nisenholtz and the team at the NYTimes have been looking for ways to get people to pay to see and use either all or sections of the site. The print side of the business has always put tremendous pressure on them not to "give away the entire paper" online. They tested an entirely paid approach prior to launch. That didn't fly. They thought about showing section headers for free but charging for everything below. No go. They charged for international access. That didn't work. They tried making people pay to do the Crossword Puzzle online. Mixed results, at best. They started charging for the Archive. No idea about the success, but it must be limited.

TimesSelect is their latest attempt. While I am upset that they decided to do it (I like reading Dowd and co. for free), It is also the first paid content idea from the NYTimes that makes sense. News is a commodity, and they knew better not to charge for something that people could find elsewhere. If they started charging for top stories and such, we could all just look at CNN, The Wash Post, or a myriad of other sources (even Google News) and found pretty much the same stuff for free.

Along with the Archive, their OpEd section and the increasing number of multimedia features on the Times' site are unique, premium content. The content cannot be found elsewhere. It is popular. It has ... value. Despite rumors to the contrary, you can charge for things with unique value on the internet.

How do you make a good idea better? I'd do three things:

1) Offer free content items from TimesSelect and give people a taste of what they're missing. Publish an Op-Ed article or a multimedia piece now and again. Prove the value that The Times is offering. It would give the bloggers something to blog now and again as well, and that is a nice side benefit.

2) The section front of TimesSelect should be much much better than what is there now. Premium content deserves a premium look-and-feel. The current design looks like shit.

3) Find a way for people who buy the paper to access TimesSelect for the day. This is a must-have, and I'm surprised that they launched without it. Paid is paid, after all.

For more, see:
Oh yes, the (New York) Times, they are a chargin' ...
NYTimes letter from the Editor.
FAQ: What is TimesSelect?

Monday, September 19, 2005   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

Will Poker Stocks Fold?

Tim Beyers from The Fool doesn't think so. Either do I.

Monday, September 19, 2005   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

Poker and Zen
Howard Lederer

Monday, September 19, 2005   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

For $2.6 Billion, you'd better have good reasons.

eBay/Skype Analyst Conference Call.

This is the link to the PPT from the call.

Here is the EarningsCast MP3 of the call.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments


Stat du jour ... Total matched bets by Betfair on the 5th Test of the Ashes. A new record. I've never liked cricket so much as today. Bravo England. Bravo Betfair.

Monday, September 12, 2005   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

Poke tops Revolution poll of best UK interactive agencies

by Philip Buxton, Revolution UK

London-based digital creative hotshop Poke has been named as the best interactive agency in the UK in the first ever Revolution Agency Survey, which is published this month.

Following an online survey of client readers of Revolution and sister magazine Marketing, Poke, which includes BBC Worldwide and Christian Aid among its clients, topped the chart of the top 20 agencies in the country.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

Adding the Red Cross
The Brian Alvey Weblog

Add their logo to the upper right corner of your site and help the folks in New Orleans.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

Do I got a promise face?

After College Dropout, West has certaily avoided the Sophomore slump with Late Registration. Late Registration is an instant classic hip-hop album. I liked College Dropout a lot, but this ... this is excellent. Now, I dunno if Roc-A-Fella has gone a bit too far with their "Hip-Hop's Saviour" label and all, but it is damn good.

Intro: "Wake Up Mr. West"
(feat. Bernie Mac)

I knew I was gonna see ya, I knew I was gonna see you again!
I was gonna see you again
Where your god damn book bag at?
Always carryin' that lil book bag
Nobody wanna see that
God damn fourth grader
Sit yo' ass down
wanna play it again like he got somethin else to do
You ain't got nothin' else to do
You ain't doin nothin wit yo life
Nothing with your life
What do you think this is?
You betta look at me when i'm talkin' to you!
You think this is easy don't you?
You think this is promised
Oh ain't nothin promised with you
Look at my face, do I got a promise face?
Does it look like promise you anything?
Ni**a! Is you snorin' in my class?
Wake up Mr. West! Mr. West

Video: Gold Digger (feat. Jamie Foxx)

Monday, September 05, 2005   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

Five Flicks for the Fall

Thumbsucker: trailer, site

Me and You and Everyone We Know: trailer, site

The Constant Gardener: trailer, site

The Beat That My Heart Skipped: trailer, site

Bombon el Perro: trailer, site

Monday, September 05, 2005   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

"Battle for Clicks" War Game
Google beats Microsoft, and MIT beats Harvard, at least in one war game. MIT Sloan Fellows assume identity of Google in an all-day "Battle for Clicks" war game

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 27, 2005 — Google's high-tech sparkle was on display at the all-day "Battle for Clicks" war game between students from MIT Sloan School of Management and Harvard Business School on Sunday, April 10. MIT Sloan Fellows who assumed the identity of Google overcame strong challenges from a Harvard team representing Microsoft, as well as student teams representing Yahoo! and AOL/Time Warner to win the game and capture the $5,000 winner prize.

Video clip is here.

Sunday, September 04, 2005   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

“For They That Sow the Wind Shall Reap the Whirlwind”
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

The Huffington Post takes on Haley Barbour. This is bound to spur a few conversations.

As Hurricane Katrina dismantles Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, it’s worth recalling the central role that Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour played in derailing the Kyoto Protocol and kiboshing President Bush’s iron-clad campaign promise to regulate CO2.

In March of 2001, just two days after EPA Administrator Christie Todd Whitman’s strong statement affirming Bush’s CO2 promise former RNC Chief Barbour responded with an urgent memo to the White House.

Barbour, who had served as RNC Chair and Bush campaign strategist, was now representing the president’s major donors from the fossil fuel industry who had enlisted him to map a Bush energy policy that would be friendly to their interests. His credentials ensured the new administration’s attention.

The document, titled “Bush-Cheney Energy Policy & CO2,” was addressed to Vice President Cheney, whose energy task force was then gearing up, and to several high-ranking officials with strong connections to energy and automotive concerns keenly interested in the carbon dioxide issue, including Energy Secretary ...

Thursday, September 01, 2005   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

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