Posts from November 2002

Human entropy: I’m not a

Human entropy
: I’m not a conspiracy theorist because I believe that people are rarely so well organized that they can conspire effectively.

I am also not a privacy paranoid because I don’t believe that data bases are so well constructed that they can aid conspirators against us.

Today’s hilarious Wall Street Journal story about TiVo and Amazon profiling gone haywire — mirroring experience we all have had (I don’t want to tell you what Amazon thought about my life) — is proof of the latter point:

Mr. Iwanyk, 32 years old, first suspected that his TiVo thought he was gay, since it inexplicably kept recording programs with gay themes. A film studio executive in Los Angeles and the self-described “straightest guy on earth,” he tried to tame TiVo’s gay fixation by recording war movies and other “guy stuff.”

“The problem was, I overcompensated,” he says. “It started giving me documentaries on Joseph Goebbels and Adolf Eichmann. It stopped thinking I was gay and decided I was a crazy guy reminiscing about the Third Reich.”

Take comfort in the knowledge that organizations and technology are still F’ed up.

Soprano’s aria: The fans are

Soprano’s aria
: The fans are fighting mad again. They loved last week’s episode: lots of death. They hated last night’s episode: lots of angst. From my Soprano’s forum:

This show is a disaster. It’s all about relationships, therapy and crying. Even Furio cries now. Put it on Lifetime !!!!!!!!!!

If I wrote the show, it would be called “Furio kills people” Each week Furio kills someone in new and interesting ways.

Would Jesus give a damn?:

Would Jesus give a damn?
: Tim Blair has the Jesus driving test.

Pizza is a guy thing.

Pizza is a guy thing. You wouldn’t understand.
: And boy, is Lileks’ wife in trouble.

: Pizza is also the perfect media topic. When in doubt, talk pizza. Long ago, when I used to appear on Ronn (two N’s) Owens’ show on KGO radio in San Francisco, I learned the pizza trick. If the lights on the phones were as dark as the Baghdad skyline in an air raid (translation: we were boring the audience), all I had to do was say, “Y’know, Ronn, you just can’t get a decent pizza in this town.” Suddenly the night lit up. Pizza is media.

Weblogs as marketing tools: An

Weblogs as marketing tools
: An attorney at the Revenge of the Blog conference had wise advice about law firms using weblogs as marketing tools.

Jason Kottke has created a weblog to promote a movie, Adaptation.