Monthly Archives: October 2008


I heart David Sedaris

Check out this essay in the New Yorker about undecided voters. Money quote: To put them [undecided voters] in perspective, I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. “Can I interest you in the chicken?” she asks. “Or… Read more »

Flack watch: "This downturn is going to be good for us."

  As we head into the maelstrom of another economic downturn, flacks and spinmeisters will be rushing out to tell the world why the bad times are actually good for their companies. I’m already hearing people deliver some version of this, including the one that while many companies are going to get crushed, this particular company… Read more »

Sun to change ticker symbol again — now will be called DOH!

Other ticker symbols considered included WTF, OOPS and OUCH. In case you haven’t heard, My Little Pony announced yesterday that they’re going to lose buckets of money and take some huge charges related to some acquisitions. See their press release here. Of course the villain in all this is the economy. Not My Little Pony…. Read more »

There is no bubble. There is no bubble. There is no — oops.

Visionary entrepreneur Marc Andreeeessssen did a Churchill Club interview on Sept. 4 with Kevin Maney of Portfolio magazine. The transcript is here (along with a very unkind PhotoShop picture of Andreeeeeessssssen where they made him look like Beldar.) Money quote comes on Page 3 of the interview: Does that create the danger of a new tech… Read more »

Blodget: Yahoo will probably screw up layoffs, too

King of all media Henry Blodget says here that while Yahoo is about to announce massive layoffs, which is a good thing, it’s probably going to screw up on the execution. Reason? Well, we’re talking about Yahoo, which Blodget calls “AOL II.”

The "Apple tax"

The Borg has been going around making noise about the so-called “Apple tax” — ie the premium you pay for using a Mac instead of a Windows PC. Mac fanboys dispute the notion. My sense as a user is that there may indeed be an “Apple tax,” but who cares? My Macs and other Apple… Read more »

Apologies for the long hiatus

Newsweek has been keeping me super busy lately, and things outside work have been a bit overwhelming too.  That’s left me no time for blogging. But I’m trying to get back on it. Much love to the folks who keep sending in material. I’m going to start posting it and please keep sending it along.