: Again and again, I’ve seen people try to make a publishing franchise out of crime. It last worked when my grandmother read true confessions magazines (before tabloid and reality TV). When I was at Time Inc., they tried, incredibly, to create a crime magazine. Didn’t fly. And now I follow this link to a local franchised crime newspaper. Don’t get it. What a fun weekly read: murder, mayhem, arson, rape, theft, robbery. Oh, boy, can’t wait for the next issue!
: About to attend a screening of The Hunting of the President (Clinton, that is); hints of a very special guest; blog later.
: Well, I’m honored to have received my first Drudge link for the Michael Moore post below, of course.
: Since you’re wondering… A Drudge link added about 12k page views per hour in the first few hours.
We, the people…
: Ernie Miller has a great idea: Instead of ditching “God” from the Pledge of Allegiance, we should ditch the Pledge and have our schoolchildren recite, instead, the much more appropriate and meaningful preamble to the Constitution. Ernie then gives us the tale o’ the tape for the two documents.
We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
: BoingBoing has a new design. Well, it’s the content that matters.
MT pricing, the next try
: SixApart released new pricing for Movable Type and though I haven’t studied it yet, it looks like a big improvement:
: Free edition for one author, three blogs, no support.
: Personal edition, $69.95, for five authors and unlimited blogs for “personal use.”
: Unlimited personal edition, $99.95, for unlimited authors and blogs for “personal use.”
Definiton of personal use: “If you’re an individual whose blogs don’t support a commercial endeavor, you can use the Personal Use license. (Incidental revenue such as Google AdSense, Amazon Associates fees, PayPal tip jars, or other similar programs which aren’t the main purpose of the site are allowed under the personal license.)”
: Commercial for 5-50 users for $199.95 to $1299.95.
I still think they should publish a price for unlimited commercial use; not to do so is to think small. If About.com, a big MT user, were shopping today, would this take them up short?
: Educational for $39.95 for a single teacher and classroom to $999.95 for more than 1,000 students.
: More complicated pricing for not-for-profits.
Michael Moore coverup
: On a clip from a Dateline interview just shown on Today, Matt Lauer confronted Michael Moore about why he did not release images of abuse of prisoners that he had long before the photos from Abu Ghraib came out. Moore ducked and deflected as nimbly as an out-of-shape fat man can, which is to say, not at all.
Moore said that when the photos did come out, it was being treated in a “tabloid” and “s&m” way and so he said he decided to release the images he had in his “context,” which is to say, in his movie. Lauer asked why he didn’t release the images earlier — the implication being that he could have stopped further abuse against the Iraqi prisoners. Moore said, to whom? Lauer said, to the government. Moore shook his head. OK, Lauer said, then why didn’t you break the story? How, asked Moore, I don’t have a TV show. You could have come to us, Lauer said, and we would have shown the story. Moore said he doesn’t trust big media. He said he would have been accused of pulling a publicity stunt for his movie.
Oh, no one would ever accuse Moore of that!
It’s crap. If he really cared about the Iraqi people, Moore would have done something. But he didn’t. He cares about his box office.
The Daily Stern
: FIGHT BACK: Howard Stern called the Daily News’ alleged gossip columnist, Lloyd Grove, an f’ing scumbag last night.
He told the story this morning on the air, still “on fire” from the confrontation. Stern dropped into a party for a friend, not knowing that it would be swarming with press, but he’s used to that. As he was talking to a friend, he said, some stranger was hanging on his shoulder listening to every word. Stern — having been told in a what-bugs-you-about-Howard game on his show that morning that he turns his back on people in conversations — didn’t want to interrupt the conversation but he was bugged at this guy eavesdropping. Finally, he turned and the guy introduced himself. Howard puts on his stuck-up, poker-up-the-ass voice: “Lloyd Grove.”
“You’re an f’ing scumbag,” Stern tells him. Grove is taken aback. Stern says Grove wrote something bad about him. Grove says he doesn’t remember what he wrote, even though it was only a week or two ago. Yeah, right. Stern yells at him and tells him to get away. Finally, Stern’s girlfriend, Beth O, gets him to leave.
But he’s still on fire. Back home, he tries to find what Grove wrote. He calls his producer, Gary Dell’Abate, who tells him that Grove called Stern a “thief” for having a similar answer to Johnny Carson’s 30 years ago when asked what he wanted on his tombstone: I’ll be right back after these messages. A nonitem, as I used to call such things when I was a gossip.
Stern was heading back to that party to confront Grove with what he wrote but his model mate stopped him with tears and sex. He got his revenge on the air this morning.