Saturday, April 23, 2005

What is to be done?

Get down and get funky.

(My first emailed blog)

Alexander Graham Audioblog

You have got lots of good, clean yogurt.


Blogs will change your business.
Are you prepared?

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Stamping out shitty businesses

Business Week: Our advice: Catch up...or catch you later

Go ahead and bellyache about blogs. But you cannot afford to close your eyes to them, because they're simply the most explosive outbreak in the information world since the Internet itself. And they're going to shake up just about every business -- including yours. It doesn't matter whether you're shipping paper clips, pork bellies, or videos of Britney in a bikini, blogs are a phenomenon that you cannot ignore, postpone, or delegate. Given the changes barreling down upon us, blogs are not a business elective. They're a prerequisite. (And yes, that goes for us, too.)

I'm reminded of the updated...
Interactive Community.

If your business does not have a blog, or its equivalent, the assumption will be that you are inauthentic, you lack passion, you are hiding something, you are unoriginal and lack integrity, and you are not community-friendly.

Well...maybe it is true! And perhaps you deserve to lose customers to more receptive, friendly, and open providers. Maybe business blogging will help weed out those who are only in it for themselves anyway. Everyone learns from each other. Or at least they could, if they factored in sharing.

I hear that the Blogfather, Mister Ed Cone, is going to take the matter even further in the upcoming ZD publication. We'll let you know when that one comes out. These are exciting times!

CNN Guerrillas in the Midst: A Viral Marketing Campaign Exposed

This is CNN: the only major news network using your blog for an experimental guerrilla marketing campaign.

Nick Lewis

This week, CNN broke ground as the first news network to attempt a viral marketing campaign in the blogosphere. But the sophisticated, insightful, deceptive, and even aggressive tactics that I’ve unearthed are all part of a much bigger story: CNN is gambling that they can use the blogosphere to gain a competitive advantage over their seemingly invincible arch rival Fox News[5].

If CNN’s viral marketing tactics succeeded [1], than make no mistake: Fox will retaliate; and they are likely to use the exact same methods. Allowing these guerrilla marketing campaigns to continue could result in our blogs -- leftwing and rightwing alike -- to become the battlefield in ratings war between two of the largest media giants.

Friday, April 22, 2005

One America Committee: Blog

John's podcast, and Jude coverage thereof. History in the making...

"I'm in the blogosphere to escape from this degradation of values." - David Weinberger

Joho the Blog: The spit fight that ended my career at MSNBC
(hat tip to Ed Cone)

"I'm in the blogosphere to escape from this degradation of values." says David Weinberger, citing one of the reasons he has said No to the MSNBC.

Starting Monday...The Myth Of Charlotte Pollution

The Charlotte Capitalist (TM)

I went ahead and tossed out the following questions:

A few questions you might wish to answer:

1. It is somewhat understandable how someone would defend polluters when they are paid to do so. How do you explain unpaid defenders of polluters?

2. On more than one occasion, Charlotte has had a "Code Purple Race Week" (or "Code Purple" "Race Week", if you don't like the implication of the former). How much air pollution is added to Charlotte's air because of car racing? Will Charlotte be the first city to host Solar car racing? (It would be nice to go to a race and not choke on the air.)

3. Certainly one of the worst-smelling air polluters in the area is the Pipe & Foundry, just across 277 from the Bank of America Stadium.
Higher Standards would also demand higher air quality standards. When will the stadium folks tell the polluters to put a cork in it?

4. Is our addiction to cars chaining us to a future of greater congestion, in traffic and in health, because of the concomitant air pollution?

5. Why is it that polluting, and the defense thereof seems to be a peculiarly Republican activity? How much money is spent by polluters to defend and distort the truth?

A concerned citizen

Spiritual Leaders Speak out on the Religion of the Future

A Dialogue with Andrew Cohen and Rev. Michael Beckwith

Andrew Cohen (l) - Rev. Michael Beckwith (r)

“If we are willing to let go of our biases and our prejudices and appreciate someone else’s stance, and then begin to see that, in essence, religions are the same, there will be a revolution in the evolution of religion,” Beckwith said in his recent interview in What Is Enlightenment? magazine. “If you start to break down the shell of religion, then this essence will be more available to everyone.”

Lenox, Mass., April 4, 2005 – Andrew Cohen, editor-in-chief of Lenox-based What Is Enlightenment? magazine, and Reverend Michael Beckwith, founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles, will explore “religion of the future” in their first public dialogue together. The event is Wednesday, April 27 at 7:30pm at the Foxhollow Forum, 4 Foxhollow Dr., Lenox, MA, and is presented by the Voices from the Edge speakers series, which is sponsored by What Is Enlightenment? magazine. Tickets are available online at (recommended) and at the door: $12. For more information log on to or call 800.376.3210.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

U2 coming to Charlotte's new uptown arena

U2 will play Dec. 12 in Charlotte, in the first concert announced for the city's new uptown arena...
Tickets for the U2 concert, which start at $49.50, will go on sale Saturday, team officials said. For more information, go to

- Charlotte Observer

Robarchek writes his Living Will

via Charlotte Observer

Charlotte's master of risibility, Doug Robarchek sets the record straight...

Let's make it clear here

We don't know who was "right" in the Terri Schiavo case. Personally, we can't imagine anyone wanting to go on indefinitely in that twilight between life and death. For ourself, to be perfectly clear in case the question ever arises:Unplug me. Turn me off. Unhook the tubes. Shut down the machinery. Cash me out. Write a big "30" at the bottom of my paper. Call the game on account of darkness. The last one out, turn out the lights.

Cancel my subscription. Shut down the power plant. Pull me out of the game, coach, and clean out my locker.

Give me the deep six. Hang up the phone. Cancel my card and close my account. Take the coffeepot off the stove. Take me off the clock and retire my number. Announce that "Doug has left the building."

Tell the milkman no more deliveries. Turn off the camera, cut the film, send the crew home and say, "That's a wrap." Throw my glass in the fireplace and pass around what's left in the bottle.

Wish me a peaceful rest and don't set my snooze alarm. Make my bed, light the light, tell the blackbird I said bye-bye, and don't wait up.

Are there any questions?

Enron Blog

Enron Blog

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Google Search: taggregator

Google Search: taggregator

Red State/Blue State

There are two kinds of people in the world, those who believe there are two kinds of people in the world and those who don't.
-Robert Benchley, Benchley's Law of Distinction

Yet Another Pope

ABC News: German Cardinal Ratzinger Elected Pope - Cardinal