Rexblog exclusive Paris HIlton sighting

Rexblog exclusive Paris Hilton sighting: Except for the chance of totally scortching Mr. Roboto
with this exclusive rexblog scoop, I doubt I’d be blogging a Nashville
sighting of Paris Hilton, but, well, a blogger’s got to do what a
blogger’s got to do.

So, here goes:

One of the seven readers of the rexblog claims she saw Paris Hilton in Lillie Rubin at Green Hills Mall earlier this evening.

She e-mailed me to report:

heard the girl at the register say, “That’ll be $18…” Wasn’t close
enough to hear if she meant $1800 or $18,000. Outside the store, I
noticed a posse of three waiting on her and holding all the loot she’d
already bought, plus the four Lillie Rubin bags she was leaving with.
(wonder why you’d go on a shopping spree in Nashville if you lived in

For those interested, she was wearing a light blue jog
suit with her stomach totally exposed (even though it’s about 20
degrees outside) and UGG boots. Once outside the store, she pulled the
hood over her head and slipped on sunglasses. The seven people at Green
Hills Mall on Tuesday night at 8:30 didn’t notice her.

You heard it here first.

How will magazines survive the Internet, Part III

How will magazine survive the Internet, Part III:
I guess I started a new feature yesterday when I responded to a panel
discussion about magazines “surviving the Internet” with a link to an
announcement of how a business to business website has launch a print
magazine. Today’s version of that is the launch of a newsstand magazine
about online college programs, published by a self-described online
higher education “portal,” a web-metaphor I thought had been retired.

Podcasting needs no eBay, says Odeo’s founder

Podcasting needs no eBay, says podcasting centralized marketplace founder: I don’t know about you, but I love the way blogging enables a conversation. Say, for example, the country’s best known technology reporter mischaracterizes what your start-up company is all about, a weblog gives you the ability to, uh, wait five days before blaming the reporter for having to do a business story and not a “power to the people” story and therefore focusing on a particular part of the story that isn’t necessarily how you would tell it.

A blog can help with the challenge a repeat-entrepreneur has when trying to rekindle the benefit-of-the-doubt-mojo of the good old days when things were all about “power to the people.” A blog can help one balance the crap one knows must be proclaimed to potential funding sources: we’re going to be the ebay of podcasting (i.e., a business model), sure we have a business plan, we demo’d at TED, hey, the NY Times is convinced we’re the next new thing.

Bottom line: As Ev is now on record (five days later) clarifying that Odeo is not aiming to be “the” eBay of podcasting,” I’d like to once more clarify that I’m looking forward to seeing all the free and powerful stuff Odeo will provide we, the people.

People who need a magazine other than People

People who need a magazine other than People:  I was about to post this to my link blog
with a glib remark, but noticed a quote in this press release about the
20th anniversary of a fan magazine dedicated to Barbra Streisand (I
don’t make this stuff up) that displays some insight into the power of
print vs. digital media.

While such a publication can’t compete with the speed of the net, Lynne
sees its validity differently. “We maintain a constant record,” she
explained. “Collecting each issue builds into a competent reference
library of this artists amazing career.”

While I’ve never seen any of them (he said, sheepishly),  I’m sure
there are hundreds of fan websites and blogs dedicated to Barbra
Streisand. However, how can someone call themselves a real fan
is he (or she? who knows?) have in his (or her) possession a complete
collection of All About Barbra magazines? I know I can’t.