"The Mind of Messy Me"

2008
Dec
9

I’m starting to get a little concerned about what I myself consider to be ‘interesting’. See what I mean here…

#1 This article on “how Freddie Mac halted regulatory drive”. I ended up focusing on this paragraph:

In 2005, Freddie Mac hired political consultant Frank Luntz, a Washington fixture whose specialty is choosing the right buzz words to achieve a particular goal. The records AP obtained do not cover 2005 and Freddie Mac refuses to confirm that it brought Luntz on board. But four people familiar with events at Freddie Mac at the time confirmed the Luntz hire. All four spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they fear reprisals if their names were revealed. Luntz did not respond to efforts to contact him through his office.

To some, half of that paragraph would be considered Journalistic Ass-coverage, but to me it’s explaining clearly how much the reporter knows, how much he thinks he knows and why he’s not sure. Four sources fearing reprisals if their names were revealed? Interesting…

The reporter, Pete Yost, has written a lot on political scandals over the last few years and been accused by both Republicans and Democrats of bias, which I consider a good sign, especially since he’s working for the AssPress, which, among its many sins, surgically removes all nuance from most of its content. Not a good sign is that the #1 result of a Google Search for his name is one of the accusations, at least not a good sign for Google.

mimosa#2 The “color company” Pantone (what else can you call it?) has declared Mimosa, a bright, slightly-orangish shade of yellow to be its Color of the Year for 2009. No fighting it, you are going to be Yellow next year. blueirisJust like you’ve been Blue Iris for 2008, right? Between the economic Blues, the Red States turning Blue in the election (or at least Purple) and this song that’s been earworming me all year…

If you’ve never seen this trippy video, it’s almost worth listening to the song even if you hate it. But I digress…

Of course, I had to check out just how close this Mimosa was to the Yellows and Oranges in this site’s color scheme (yes, I really did put some thought into these colors, don’t act so surprised) and found that, based on the color swath on Pantone’s own page, it averaged out very close to a 3-digit RGB of #1BF, although the same swath on other sites was closer to a #2BE. Or not #2BE. That’s a question.

#3 The Web and the Entertainment Biz have a “top hits chart” for everything, and when the two come together, you get something like “The Hitwise Top Visited US Cable Network TV Show Sites – Excluding Children’s Programming (Week ending Nov.29, 2008)” (via Cynopsis.com – warning: auto-starting video news report). “South Park” is number one in this category for the double-umpteenth week in a row, but a close #2 is “Paula’s Home Cooking” from Food Network. The Ingestibles Channel actually has 6 of the top 10 show-based sites, including “Good Eats with Alton Brown” at #8 just edging out Rachael Ray’s “30 Minute Meals”. Yay Alton!

In other news from Cynopsis.com, J.K. Rowling has legally forced Hogwarts trivia collecter Steven Vander Ark to change the title of his upcoming book from “The Harry Potter Lexicon” to “The Lexicon: An Unauthorized Guide to Harry Potter Fiction and Related Materials”. According to the report “the new title was created using the guidelines set out by the judge in his opinion that would avoid any copyright infringements”, meaning that adding an additional 8 words to the original 4-word title makes it OK.

I could probably do a blog just commenting on stories from that site, one of the few places where “Entertainment News” doesn’t just mean gossip about a dozen pre-chosen celebrities (which is why I’m not writing for MSNBC.com these days). But then, I just received my copy of the re-published “Intimate Sex Lives of Famous People” in which, 27 years ago, I wrote two gossipy articles about long-dead celebrities, so who am I to complain?

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