Pulitzer prize for best photo out a window: I’ve blogged before how Doc Searls’ shots out airline windows have inspired me to always have my camera ready. Today, he posted a photo he shot this morning that better captures the precarious situation of La Conchita, California, than any I’ve seen. Wow.
Wow, a new WSJ column just for me: It’s no secret that I believe 9-out-of-10 reporters flunked statistics. So, I am an instant fan of The Numbers Guy (free link) by Carl Bialik, a new column about “the way numbers and statistics are used – and abused – in the news, business and politics” that launched today in the Wall Street Journal. Coincidentally, the first column is about the “so-called” Asian bird flu. I say, “coincidentally,” because, well, here’s the story on David Weinberger’s blog, four years ago.
Is a “branded magazine” a custom magazine? For the second time this week (Forrester Magazine was the first) we’re seeing the announcement of a “branded magazine” — a magazine that is, in effect, a product extension of an existing brand. Today (what’s with Friday announcements), Hachette announced it is launching the magazine, “Chris Madden,” that will be “centered around stylemaker Chris Madden (sorry, the only famous Madden I’ve heard of is on Monday Night Football), who sells a line of home merchandise at J.C. Penney Co.,” according to Reuters. The story says that 400,000 copies of the magazine will be distributed via newsstand and another 50,000 copies via J.C. Penney. To me, this is clearly a custom (or, customer) magazine, but I am sure its backers will disagree with such a characterization because of the business model (which, is probably a licensing arrangement or joint venture). Whatever.
My hero: You just gotta love it that Nick DePlume is a 19-year-old Harvard freshman who started what is today Think Secret when he was 13. Apple, stop being idiots, call your legal goons off this guy, rather hire him to be Steve Job’s heir apparent.