- Writer -- journalist for 25 years, poetry & fiction & essays for my entire life. More info at www.areporter.com.
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October 06, 2012 01:42PM
- William Butler Yeats Comments
September 11, 2011 11:04AM
- Star Wars, Murdoch, Oprah, the
economy, My Little Pony,
Google+ and the FDIC are just
a few of the things I have
been writing about
July 21, 2011 01:20PM
- Where the hell has he been?
May 17, 2011 03:49PM
- Obama goes back to Bush
playbook and declares war on
“price gouging” oil
April 26, 2011 12:16PM
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- “Thank you
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see correction above”
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November 17, 2009 11:42AM
- “Contact the USO --
November 12, 2009 11:27AM
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Come check out these and many other topics at my new blog for BNET, Fun & Games.
Astute readers may have noticed a dearth of new material here at CD and I canâ€™t help but notice at the lack of complaints over this development.
So where the hell have I been. Iâ€™ve been cheating on you with another blog. Iâ€™m not ashamed to say it. This one… Read full post »
WikiLeaks suggested the â€œother sourceâ€ was Daniel Domscheit-Berg, a former WikiLeaks associate who WikiLeaks claims took, without authorization, many WikiLeaks files when he left.
I am a fan of what WikiLeaks does but not so much of Julian Assange.
Iâ€™m… Read full post »
â€œA three volume history of the Civil War. Itâ€™s much better than the six volume one I read last year.â€
â€œWhat,… Read full post »
My wife will tell you that itâ€™s not so much that I love baseball as much as it is part of my DNA. The soundtrack in my car from late March to late October because is whatever baseball game I can find on the radio. On May 20th, 21st and 22nd… Read full post »
Never, ever, let it be said that mere facts will come between an executive and his or her bonus. Transocean which â€“ along with BP â€“ is responsible for 11 deaths while creating the worst environmental disaster in US history, used its safety record as the reason for giving out exec… Read full post »
What’s in a name?
We’ve talked with a few experts in the field of marketing, branding, etc. and here’s the general consensus:… Read full post »
1. Analtech is a brand name known and trusted by the academic and science communities worldwide
Likely as not you never read one of Dianna Wynne Jones wonderful, archly funny and slightly dark fantasy novels which generally poked fun at the conventions of fantasy. (And one, Deep Secret, which also poked fun at SciFi & Fantasy conventions.)
If you have read her then likely as not you… Read full post »
Abercrombie & Fitch is selling the ‘Ashley push-up triangle’ top which features thick padding in the cup to give the illusion of a larger chest size. Whatâ€™s news about that? Itâ€™s for girls 8 to 14.
Yes, for a mere $24.50 you too can pimp out your not-yet-tween girl and remin… Read full post »
Probably not, but itâ€™s still impressive.
Itâ€™s a winner!
â€œYou have operational names like Desert Storm or Iraqi Freedom that convey a message. Others, like Operation African Lion, are symbolic of the location. Odyssey Dawn is neither of those.â€ – Eric Elliott, spokesman for U.S. Africa Command, or Africom, explaining how they came up with… Read full post »
The iPhoneâ€™s apps have been a marketing problem for Apple pretty much since they debuted. The problem is really that Apple wants to approve of all apps before they go on the store. This would be fine is there was a consistent or even coherent policy guiding what goes in and… Read full post »
Now clearly all the women in this ad from Oprahâ€™s magazine are supposed to be showing off the wonderful â€œafterâ€ effect of using Dove soap. Itâ€™s just that the women (who are shaped like actual women â€“ bravo, as usual, to Dove) are arranged by… Read full post »
A pink oil delivery truck? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? I was driving around Boston the other day and I saw one. Then I Googled it to get a picture and found out it was one of TWO local oil companies doing this. Then my friend Karen sent me a link to… Read full post »
Video featuring cute characters trying to avert nuclear disaster. The explanation of Chernobyl Boy is especially notable.
The always-brilliant website Sociological Images found this appalling ad for an Australian â€œluxuryâ€ real estate development. My first response after â€œThis has got to be a hoax,â€ was how unsafe these places are when you have a resident scared out of her wits tied to a chair and calling the cop… Read full post »
â€œMay you live in interesting times.â€ â€“ Ancient Chinese curse.
The 6:30 AM news update on CNN started with Japan followed by the latest on Charlie Sheen. Click here for BBC World News America.
Image courtesy of the Great Gregory Marlowe
- Anti-Religion ad banned: Last month the South African Advertising Standards Authority banned an ad from a church for claiming miracles, this month UKâ€™s ASA banned posters from the British Humanist Association asking people to check the â€œNo Religionâ€ box on census forms. The reason? They had the … Read full post »
You would think by now everyone would have figure out the rule that No Nazis is Good Nazis. While this is universally true it seems the business world in particular has a problem remembering it.
Toy Story 3 didnâ€™t win Best Picture this year. I wouldnâ€™t mind so much if I thought it ever had a real fighting chance. It didnâ€™t win for one simple reason: Itâ€™s animation. No other reason.
While I havenâ€™t seen all the other nominees this year, I have seen True… Read full post »
For some reason The Hacienda restaurant chain thought an ironic reference to Jonestown was the basis for an ad. Billboards in South Bend, Ind., read â€œWe’re like a cult with better Kool-Aid’ and ‘To die for.â€ (Did someone tell them South Bend is a hot-bed of irony? They we… Read full post »