Martha Stewart, Firing: An Apprentice spin-off is being developed with Martha Stewart playing the role of Donald Trump. As she’ll surely be in the “post-incarceration redemption mode,” I predict this will be a kinder, gentler show in which Martha dismisses losing candidates by throwing them a going away dinner party.
Super Bowl hype embargo: Bill Simmons uses 2,000 words to argue why he doesn’t think Jacksonville is the right place to have a Super Bowl. As I’ve said way too often, the two weeks before the Super Bowl are the worst two weeks in sports. Primarily, because typically talented writers like Bill Simmons are reduced to cranking out this kind of crap. Unless the Titans are involved (hey, it could happen again one day), I’ve sworn off all pre-Super Bowl hype for the rest of my life.
Sign me up: I know that one reader of this weblog will not approve (he’s not a fan of Bezos, long story), but I’ve already signed up for Amazon Prime – “All You Can Eat” Express Shipping. For $79, you get a year of “free” (how’s it free when I pay $80 for it?) 2-day shipments and overnight shipments for $4 with no minimum purchase required. Up to four members of a household can use it. A quick review of my Amazon.com purchase record convinced me that, for me at least, this is a no-brainer. Apparently, they’ll still be offering the super saver free shipping for purchases over $50. Also, before you purchase anything at Amazon, remember to come to the rexblog and click on the link to my Amazon.com affiliate store on the left-hand column of any page on this blog. I was saving up all my commissions for a plasma TV (I was up to, like, $22) but then I donated it to the Red Cross tsunami-relief fund, instead.
More Microsoft lousy name suggestions: Dan Gillmor is also asking for suggestions of names that Microsoft can use to keep customers from buying Windows Lite. From last Friday, here are my top-10 suggestions for unappealing names:
10. Windows Weakling
9. Windows Yugo
8. Windows Mute
7. Windows Crash
6. Windows Without
5. Windows Osama
4. Windows Short Horn
3. Windows Slow Edition
2. Windows FU-EU
and the number one least appealing name…
1. Windows Mini
Would the Federalist Papers receive “press protection?” An article in the Christian Science Monitor today explores whether or not “press protections” extend to bloggers.
Here’s a quote:
Ultimately, the issue comes down to whether bloggers act like traditional journalists, says University of Iowa law professor and First Amendment specialist Randall Bezanson. Simply expressing opinions to a tiny audience doesn’t count, he says. If so, “then I’m a journalist when I write a letter to my mother reporting on what I’m doing. I don’t think the [constitutional] free-press clause was intended to extend its protections to letters to mothers from sons.”
As the primary authors of the Constitution did not use the “press,” but, rather, used the anonymously written “blogs of their era,” pamphlets, as their primary means of simply expressing opinions to a tny audience, I suggest “writing letters to mom” is not the proper comparison.