Who would have ever predicted this? Radar to vanish from the radar

Who would have ever predicted this? Radar to vanish from the radar: Who would have ever thought Radar Magazine would not be a huge success? I don’t know what I will do without the longest running soap opera of pre-launches, launches, folds, re-launches and empty hype in the history of this weblog. More importantly, what is Gawker going to do without its go-to running gag?

Says BusinessWeek’s Jon Fine:

(Radar) sought to prove that a smart segmentation of a young and urbane audience could work in magazines in a manner akin to how HBO makes it work in TV. That his backers ultimately disagreed will do little to convince a magazine world already hopelessly stuck in “me-too” mode to take chances on novel ideas. But given current business dynamics, that’s at least partly understandable.

Says me: Give me a break, Jon. Anyone who read Spy Magazine 15 years earlier knows that Radar was stuck in a derivative “me-too” mode of a model that didn’t work the first go-’round. Self-absorbed, extreme inside humor for a few thousand New York Gen-whatevers is not urbane — it’s mundane. Don’t insult HBO that way.

Update: In his written statement, founder and editor Maer Roshan said:

“We are currently engaged in productive discussions with a number of new investors and I look forward to continuing operations in the near future.”

This is almost as good as the statement he made (and I blogged) in July of 2003:

“As everyone knows, we’ve been working hard to complete Radar’s funding, and while it’s taken longer than expected in this environment, things are now looking good. We expect to have our next issue out around October.” Until the new funds come through, most of the staff, who went on hiatus just after Memorial Day, remain out until further notice.

My last link on this will be to funny folks at Jossip.

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Blogging for business

Blogging for business: I can’t wait to hear what RSS hall of fame developer and entrepreneur Nick Bradbury and 2005 Weblog Awards finalist Brittney Gilbert have to say on January 12 at the Nashville Technology Council‘s “Tech Roundtable,” on “Blogging for Business.” The panel will cover Blog platforms, RSS/XML feeds, collaborative communities and social networking, and their relationship to business processes and other issues.

I also will be on the panel for comic relief.

Communicating with users: Update the blog while you’re fixing the problem

Communicating with users tip – Update the blog while you’re fixing the problem: As I have a project that depends on a del.icio.us feed that I and others maintain, I notice when something weird starts to happen with the service. And some weird things have been happening in the past couple hours. So, it’s nice to see that the del.icio.us weblog was immediately updated with an explanation so we can stop trying to figure out where the problem is.

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Good name for a weblog and a cowboy

Good name for a weblog and a cowboy: Today’s “word of the day, paladin,” has the definition: “A champion of a cause.”

Of course, for those of us of a certain age, the word conjures up this image. Which reminds me of one of my favorite gifts from Santa ever: an “official” Have Gun Will Travel/Paladin Holster Set that made me look exactly like a six-year-old version of Richard Boone in that picture. And, thanks to the fact that you can find everything on that Internet thing, here are some photos of that holster set.

A public service note to people who remember a Christmas gift from when they were a child and do a Google search looking for a picture of it: Don’t do it. You’re likely to turn up information like this: “Among the outstanding performers in the auction (was) an Official Have Gun Will Travel/Paladin Holster Set In Box, which sold for $2,342.”

Update: Upon reflection, I’d like to suggest to all parents out there. On Christmas morning, tell your children they’ll thank you one day for making them leave their new toys in the box. (That’s a joke.) Considering inflation (and the present-value of play), that Have Gun Will Travel Holster Set provided me with at least $2,342 in fun.