Friday, June 29, 2007

Even Stone-Cold Journalist in the Media Business Snap

This is my new favorite video. MSNBC anchor Mika Brzezinski decided that the Paris Hilton story did not deserved headline news. She snaps on live TV, even attemping to set the story on fire with a lighter. Check out the video --

“Delta cancels 200 flights to curb delays”

I had to read the USA Today headline about Delta airlines twice: “Delta cancels 200 flights to curb delays”.

According to the article, “Joe Kolshak, Delta's executive vice president for operations, said the canceled flights made up about a third of Delta's departures and arrivals in the Northeast Thursday… ‘While it does inconvenience some people, the goal is to minimize the impact to as few people as possible,’ he said.”

In the declining airline business, this move seems to counter all rational efforts to increase customer satisfaction. At the very least, Delta provides entertainment to non-travelers and people sitting in cubes across the country. Read more.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Random Woman Shoves Cocaine in Athletes Mouth

Well, here is a bizarre story. The six-time world champion in wheelchair racing, Jeff Adams, claims that an unknown woman shoved cocain in his mouth while they were together at a Toronto Bar. Subsequently, he failed a drug test a week later. He was suspended for two years and stripped of his government funding, but he plans to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport immediatly to reverse this "harsh and unfair" punishment.

As far as lame excuses go...

Are you kidding me? No complaints for 21 days

NBC News correspondent George Lewis pledges to stop kvetching for three weeks. See the article.

...People who join in are issued little purple bracelets as a reminder of their pledge. If they catch themselves complaining, they’re supposed to take off the bracelet, switch it to the opposite wrist and start counting the days from scratch. The Rev. Bowen figures that if the average person complains 20 times a day for 30 days, the 126,000 bracelets have stopped millions and millions of complaints. “That’s a lot less ear pollution,” he said, grinning.

“My life is a whole lot better than it was six months ago,” said church volunteer Patricia Platt. A teacher, she decided to ask her grade school pupils to take the no-complaints pledge along with her.

“It was really hard for me,” said a boy in her classroom, “because I’ve got two sisters, one twelve and one thirteen and they are both,” he paused and sighed, “really mean!”

America's Foreign Reputation

Are Americans well informed about international affairs? See for your self:

Finding the Money 35 Years Later

On June 8, 1972 Nick Ut shot one of the most iconic war photographs in our history. He won the Pulitzer Prize for this picture of Phan Thi Kim Phúc.

On June 8, 2007, exactly thirty-five years later, this same Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, who survived napalm attack during the Vietnam War, shot this widely distributed photo of Paris Hilton crying in a squad car last week in Hollywood.Is this the new photojournalism business?

Evil Twin: Ford Sportka

This is so wrong... but so funny.

What is Parkour?

A few months ago I stumbled across a YouTube video that blew my mind. I found out later that is a form of French physical art called parkour. The aim of parkour is to move between two points as efficiently and quickly as possible.

David Belle (born 29 April 1973 in Fécamp, France) is the founder of Parkour and its most famous practitioner. The opening scene from his movie, Distric 13, is amazing.

Why Women Aren’t C.E.O.s, According to Women Who Almost Were

"It’s not a pipeline problem. It’s about loneliness, competition and deeply rooted barriers." Read more in the NYT .