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Saturday, September 25, 2004

Pols Misrepresent Eachother! Someone at the AP needs a little edumacation on the difference between "news" and "editorial." About 70% of this article is Bush "misrepresentations" of Kerry, to 30% of the reverse. But more importantly, some of the alleged Bush "misrepresentations" are not that at all. Her explanations of Kerry's remarks on our foreign allies and the Iraqi leader are particularly weak. She claims that, sure, Kerry did disparage these people, but they were meant as criticisms of Bush. What? The Bush campaign said that these remarks would hurt America's ability to cooperate with these other countries - which is true, regardless of Kerry's intent. That is not a "twisting" or "misrepresentation." Just because it reflects badly on Kerry doesn't mean it isn't true.

gladwell dot com / The Ketchup Conundrum Excellent, excellent article on the process of testing the taste of ketchup and mustard to bring out new products to the market.

Friday, September 24, 2004

OpinionJournal - Taste - That Gift That Never Stops Taking Oprah's car giveaway turns into a tax nightmare.

John Battelle's Searchblog: Your Own Private Island When you Google Omid Kordestani, Senior vice president, world sales and field operations at Google, you get an AdWord ad for a private Caribbean island. Here's why. (Multiple by current share price of $122for effect) - News - Decorated Soldier Reportedly Attacked At Concert: "A local soldier back from the war in Iraq said he was beaten at an area concert because of what was printed on his T-shirt, NBC 4's Nancy Burton reported."'s Pickup Line Contest "Look. I hope you won't take this as any sort of 'line,' but there literally is a party in my pants, and you actually are invited. I know how it sounds . . . "

— Reverend Smoothfield

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Why people aren’t buying Tablet PCs "While Tablet PCs have intrigued the marketplace, there’s been a lot of speculation why they haven’t sold better commercially. Conventional wisdom would state that price is the leading issue but as usual, conventional wisdom is wrong. A recent Jupiter Research survey shows only 32 percent of online consumers planning to purchase a laptop are not willing to pay anything for Tablet PC functionality, indicating price is not the greatest adoption hurdle. The same study shows that 61 percent of online consumers interested in using Tablet PCs prize traditional notebook functionality in a Tablet PC. It’s not that the tablet concept doesn’t resonate with consumers, or the higher price. It’s about devices that don’t live up to consumer expectations in many cases and an under-educated consumer marketplace."

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Yahoo! News - Man Accused of Leaving Feces on Produce: "BELLEVUE, Wash. - A grocery store closed and cleaned its produce section and inspected all of its other merchandise as police arrested a 23-year-old homeless man accused of leavig human feces on the produce."

Urban Legends Reference Pages: Business (The Write Stuff) claims the space pen story is false.

Monday, September 20, 2004

"When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered the ballpoint pens would not work in zero gravity. To combat the problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 Billion to develop a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, underwater, on almost any surface including glass and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to 300C.

The Russians used a pencil."

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Marketing Playbook: A9: What Play is it? Commentary on Amazon's A9 play - compliments of David.