September 05, 2007


Chris Shipley called me Dear!

update: the real chris shipley has demo news, here.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Chris Shipley on behalf of DEMO
Date: Sep 5, 2007 9:30 AM
Subject: Tap into what’s NEXT at DEMOfall 07
To: Dear Executive

Dear Dear,

Tap into what's NEXT at DEMOfall 07

In less than a month, DEMO will launch over 70 new companies with products poised to reshape the technology landscape and completely change how you perceive even the latest tech trends. Don't just read about these tech trends, register today, and experience the unveiling of the NEXT emerging technologies first-hand.

September 04, 2007

Quechup Can't Cut the Mustard

I got my invite to Quechup today from Euen, who says the newbie-social-site spammed his address book AFTER he deleted his account. Been reading several folks who had bad-quechup-spam experiences today. Which leads me to this question:

Is there a dumber move than for a social network to use the uber-anti-social approach of spamming users' address books to get folks signed on?

Can you think of a stupider PR approach than to steal a play out of plaxo's old playbook and bug the shit out of busy people?

I mean, other than perhaps using a seizure-invoking "join us" logo?


Welcome Home (from Home) Doc!

CONGRATS!! Doc made it from left to right coast, where I gather from my recently scattered reading, he'll be calling home for a while--while he does the Berkman shuffle like a good cluetrainian should.

Glad he's safe and sound!


lots o links

While you were out.... Karsh has a bunch of links worth checking out--especially go and vote for his panel ideas for SXSW. While you're there vote for other panels you think sound like worthwhile investments of your time. And ladies don't bitch about how few women are presenting if you don't stop by the panel picker and check out what your best blog girlfriends are proposing. Give them some stars if you like the ideas.

Looks like winners of the Black Weblog Awards will be announced tomorrow. Weee!

And inspirationally speaking, check out Karsh's 100 in 1oo1.


September 02, 2007

Things that make you go WTF

Are you drunker than a 4th grader?

10% of 4th-Graders Have Tried Alcohol: Study

As many as 10 percent of 4th-graders have already had more than a sip of alcohol and 7 percent have had an alcoholic drink in the past year, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

The rate of those who have tried alcohol doubles between grades four and six, according to lead author John Donovan, associate professor of psychiatry and epidemiology. The research is published in the September issue of the journal Prevention Science.

"Children are drinking, and our concern with underage drinking needs to start in elementary school, not in high school or college," Donovan said in a prepared statement. "Knowing how many children have had experience with alcohol would serve as an indicator of the number potentially at risk for later use of marijuana and other illicit drugs."

Early drinking also is associated with a greater risk of other behavioral problems, "including absences from school, delinquent behavior, drinking and driving, sexual intercourse and pregnancy," he added.