Nov 13

All the Presidents Tweets…

Several of the dead Presidents of the United States tweet in character on Twitter including Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Baines Johnson, and Richard Nixon (previously).  As I write this, Lincoln is about to live-tweet the Gettysburg address.  Your mileage may vary, as some accounts are updated more than others.

Aug 12

Why is there no Philadephia museum like this?

Says the profane GrojLart on Philaphilia:

If I were in charge, I’d go balls to the walls with [the Philadelphia History Museum]. I would display every beer can and bottle from every brewery Philly has ever had, a set of artifacts from every neighborhood, a product from every old factory, models of all the coolest lost buildings, an exhibit of all the different urban revitalization plans over the years, a diagram of showing the growth of the street grid, shit about the different indian tribes from the region, models of all the different kinds of rowhouses, a timeline of city government corruption, an exhibit of all the Philadelphia Firsts, the actual paintings that were Saturday Evening Post covers instead of reprints, a Mummers section that’s better than the Mummers Museum, Moses King’s books/photos, Frank G. Taylor’s books/drawings/photos, to name a few. You don’t need some garbage brand consulting firm con-artists to tell you that. You need a Philaphile.




May 11

Memorial Day: American Arsenal Philadelphia

A short clip (previously):


Jan 11

LBJ: Great President or Greatest President?


Yet another example (previously) as to why LBJ was awesome.  When the man needed pants, he got himself pants.  In the above, LBJ contacts Bill Haggar, the son of the Texas-based pants company patriarch, to order new pants.  The audio is presumably from the same audio recording system,  that would later take down Nixon.  The animation was commisioned by the folks at Put this on.

Listen to it, at the very least to hear Johnson reference his “nuts” and “bunghole”.  Via Guy Kawasaki.

Feb 10

Daily Links for February 6th

All excerpts are quoted from the respective link(s).

  • Gargoyles – Glorious Gruesome Grotesques | Quazen – Gargoyles – they are strange, bizarre, unpleasant or just plain ugly. They have been hovering around our towns and cities for centuries, for so long that it can be forgotten that they have meaning and purpose. Take a tour of the weird world of the gargoyle.
  • No We Can’t : Rolling Stone – The decision to shunt Organizing for America into the DNC had far-reaching consequences for the president's first year in office. For starters, it destroyed his hard-earned image as a new kind of politician, undercutting the post-partisan aura that Obama enjoyed after the election. "There were a lot of independents, and maybe even some Republicans, on his list of 13 million people," says Joe Trippi, who launched the digital age of politics as the campaign manager for Howard Dean in 2004. "They suddenly had to ask themselves, 'Do I really want to help build the Democratic Party?'"
  • Toyota’s Brake-Safety Crisis: Made in Japan – WSJ.com – It is not surprising that Toyota's response has been dilatory and inept, because crisis management in Japan is grossly undeveloped. Over the past two decades, I cannot think of one instance where a Japanese company has done a good job managing a crisis. The pattern is all too familiar, typically involving slow initial response, minimizing the problem, foot dragging on the product recall, poor communication with the public about the problem and too little compassion and concern for consumers adversely affected by the product. Whether it's exploding televisions, fire-prone appliances, tainted milk or false labeling, in case after case companies have shortchanged their customers by shirking responsibility until the accumulated evidence forces belated disclosure and recognition of culpability. The costs of such negligence are low in Japan where compensation for product liability claims is mostly derisory or non-existent.
  • Blame Toyota’s Disaster On Japanese Corporate Culture – Jeff Kingston of Temple University in Japan thinks the entire Toyota disaster has its roots in Japan's deferential corporate culture. Essentially, design problems weren't sufficiently challenged and critical information wasn't relayed properly to management due to Toyota's traditional Japanese corporate culture.
  • ‘I’m Not Saying Your Mother’s a Whore’: How Fox News Censored Jon Stewart vs. Bill O’Reilly – Jon Stewart – Gawker – If by "fair cut" O'Reilly means "cut in a manner that left some of Stewart's best lines, most effective arguments, and most convincing evidence out of the interview and hidden from the broadcast audience," then he's absolutely right.
  • The Future of Web Content – HTML5, Flash & Mobile Apps – Editor’s note: This is a guest post written by Jeremy Allaire, founder and CEO of Brightcove. Prior to Brightcove, Jeremy founded Allaire Corporation which was subsequently acquired by Macromedia due to the success of their web development tool ColdFusion. At Macromedia, Jeremy helped create the Macromedia MX (Flash) platform. You can see a recent interview of Jeremy here. As one of the guys who helped build the Flash Platform, we asked him to weigh in on the recent HTML5 v. Flash debate.

    The recent introduction of the new Apple iPad has stirred the discussion over the future of web content and application runtime formats, and shone light onto the political and business battles emerging between Apple, Adobe and Google. These discussion are often highly polarized and irrational. My hope in this post is to help provide some balance and clarity onto this discussion.

  • Innovators Use Bing – The findings indicate that the search engine consumers use to find a brand's website may influence not only the perception they have of that brand but, more important for marketers, the decisions they make while on those sites. The study found different degrees of consumer engagement, from visiting to purchasing, based on the search engine used and the brands and vertical categories studied — automotive, travel, retail and wireless.
  • No-Flash iPad vs Netbook – May be Apple is too lazy to make iPad capable.
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