Salon: The rigged missile defense test. “There was only one thing that all the happy salesmen forgot to mention about their latest test drive. The rocket fired from Vandenberg was carrying a global positioning satellite beacon that guided the kill vehicle toward it. In other words, it would be fair to say that the $100 million test was rigged.”
And we’re getting ready to throw decades of work on strategic arms control out the window for this crap? I smell a rat.
John Robb: “I went to the Air Force Academy. We had the toughest honor code in the country. Ballmer wouldn’t have graduated. Neither would have Gates.”
CNN: MTV: Rewinding 20 years of music revolution. “It was a scary few years,” Pittman says. “The reality was that no basic-cable TV network had ever succeeded. None of them had ever made money. There was a real question mark as to whether any advertising-supported basic-cable network could ever be a profitable venture.”
(Bob Pittman is one of MTV’s founders, and currently a co-COO of AOL Time Warner, which happens to own CNN.com.)
Paul Boutin: search engine optimization. “When it comes to search engine optimization, it’s easy to become obsessed with doing every little thing, but the rewards for that kind of attention to detail are far too small. You need to stick to chasing the big game.”
Paul also indulges in a little “petty gloating” on his weblog — his words, not mine. 😉
Jeff: “I asked the front desk to call a taxi cab for me. Twenty minutes later a black stretch limosine pulled up, ready to take me to Wal-Mart!”
Jeff told me the story on the phone the other night. Apparently there weren’t any cabs avaliable, so they sent a limo instead, and charged him the regular taxi rate. That’s discount shoppin’ in style…
Dictionary.com Word of the Day: aficionado.
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