You know an Internet meme has come full circle when the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is using it or, as I suspect, one of her interns.
What am I talking about? Feast your eyes on:
Just some cats around the capital, oh wait what’s happening to the music? A familiar 80s tune appears, this has happened to me before…but the Speaker of the House? I look at the channel again, it says NancyPelosi and it looks official. How can this be? Continue reading »
I would like to share and reprint a classic editorial that I am sure you have all read or heard about in some way. In 1897, an eight-year-old girl named Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the The Sun newspaper in New York asking if there is a Santa Claus. Her friends at school had told her that he did not!
Newsman Francis Farcellus Church responded to her in the most reprinted newspaper editorial of all time. Though it was printed 111 years ago, the essence of its message has not changed one bit. Continue reading »
I have to say I am surprised, but not too surprised, at the response to the Iraqi journalist throwing a shoe at President Bush during a press conference at the Iraqi prime minister’s office.
In case you missed it:
Now we can all see the humor in throwing a shoe. Just as the title to this blogpost reflects the Austin Power’s joke. Even Bush, who I’ve thought always had a surprisingly good sense of humor, said afterward:
“Okay, everybody calm down for a minute … And if you want some — if you want the facts, it’s a size 10 shoe that he threw. (Laughter.) Thank you for your concern, do not worry about it. ”
Every year, for the past 24, PNC does a Christmas Price Index that calculates the cost of goods for every item in the song 12 Days of Christmas. This is surprisingly a good measure of the economy for the year and inflation. This year, the price is the highest ever at a whopping total of $21,080.10 for 2008, which is $1,573 more than 2007. Of course, if your true love is an online shopper, it’s going to cost them $31,957. If you buy all 364 gifts you will pay $86,608.
Here’s a helpful breakdown for the interested lovers out there:
The holiday season is always a crunch on people’s wallets. You go from Halloween candy and costumes to Thanksgiving feast to Christmas gifts, food and decoration to New Year’s fireworks and alcohol. This year is especially tight with economic and financial woes.
I often visit the coupons section of my favorite forum, keeping an eye out for a great deal, and there are plenty of Web sites that are willing to help.
Many of you have heard of the deal-a-day savings on Web sites like woot.com, which offers a different product each day at a severely discounted price. It now includes sub-sites such as shirt.woot.com that has a different shirt every day for just $10.
I found Bantler.com, which very conveniently compiles these deal-a-day sites onto one page. Bookmarking that page, I check it daily for great savings on sites like the various Woot! pages, Amazon, Yugster, and SteepandCheap. Deals include clothing, electronics, jewelry, wine and cheeses, DVDs, mystery boxes, outdoors equipment and much more. On Bantler, you can sort by category or site, and you can add them to your Facebook for updates. Continue reading »
You may or may not have heard of the “group” Anonymous, recently. Chances are, if you have only recently heard of them it was from some media outlet. I have been curiously following them and their antics for the last couple of years, and one thing that constantly bothers me is the media’s complete ignorance in defining them.
Fox News coined them the “Internet hate machine,” much to their humor. On the other end of the spectrum, they have been called an “Internet vigilante group” by news stations for the work they did that lead to the capture of a pedophile last year.
So who are they?
Anonymous isn’t really a group, it is a concept. There are no members or leaders. People come and go. They are nameless Internet users who typically come from sites like 4chan (or any of the various *chans), Encyclopedia Dramatica and to a much lesser extent Something Awful.