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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Another Day, Another Dime

Man, I'm in a funk this morning. I am not made to work Mondays, it's just not in me. Granted I'm stoked Ken Layne actually found this site and thought enough of it to explain the changes SPLOID! is going to be going through. But I'm a tired stoked.

Even the new System of a Down song, as good as it is, can't get me past these heavy eyelids. But let's see what's out there.

Runaway Bride: This story just won't go away. Now we find out this flake has been arrested five times in the past. Some for shoplifting and one for having abnormally big eyes. My god, lay off the frappucinos please. [Access North GA]. Apparently her toast is on sale at ebay or something but I'm not linking that.

My thoughts on this woman -- well she's an idiot. The only person dumber is whoever would want to marry her.

Huffington Post Day 2: Damn this site is getting RAILED. There's an LA Weekly column that just rips it to shreds. Seems more personal than professional criticism so I'll skip it. The site should either be a blog, which might work, or another news site, which will fail. The blog aspect is decent. There's a great piece from Joe Scarborough on the genocide in Sudan and the fact that nobody from the White House to Amnesty International wants to do anything about it. And Larry David has a funny piece on John Bolton. Even Bill Maher contributed. The contributors list is quite impressive and they do allow comments and she has an impressive blogroll that I'm sure Mudge and I will both try to get linked on at some point.

The news aspect is terrible. A few of the items (i.e. Clinton's war on obesity) are outdated by a week. There's no focus to it and frankly the same news breaks at a dozen other blogs about six hours earlier. She needs to invest in someone who's job is to surf the wires every minute of the day. The headlines aren't great, although the dog adopting the baby in Kenya one did the job.

I did find one, fairly decent review [E&P] and another one that's more objective [Outside the Beltway].

Will the site fail? I don't think so. Not in the long run. The first day sucked, but I expected it to suck. The first day at anything is pretty damn tough. It just needs to focus itself in the right direction and put a foot on the gas pedal.

Speaking of blogs. The Times had a feature on Gawker headman Nick Denton. I link to a few Gawker sites myself and have about nine of them on my newsreader. [NYT] The Times is actually going to devote a weekly column in its biz section for blogs.

It's a slow news day so I'm going to read about the leaks from the launch of the New XBox. I'm definitely putting this on my Christmas list. [USA Today]

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