Posts from June 8, 2004

Compare and contrast

Compare and contrast

: PaidContent tells us that Yahoo is testing a new home page.

What, they made it even messier?

Go look at Yahoo. Then go look at Google. Rococo vs. Reformation. Mess vs. not.

DoubletTree sucks

DoubletTree sucks

: I’m imprisoned in a Doubletree “hotel” in Skokie right now in a sweltering room with an airconditioner that doesn’t work and a front-desk “manager” who doesn’t give a damn. Not that you should care. But some hapless traveler who may come upon this post someday stands warned. DoubleTree sucks.

In-N-Out

In-N-Out

: I thought people would give up anything for an In-N-Out burger, even – ahem -their virginity.

But, no, Avril Lavigne wouldn’t topple for Fred Durst’s everything with fries. Best Week Ever (again) reports Avril’s account:

“I mentioned to Fred that I was hungry, like, ‘I want an In-N-Out burger.’ “He had someone go out and get me a whole box of them, with fries. I was like, ‘Yeah!.’ Then he took a private jet out to one of my shows, expecting me to bang him. He was disappointed that I wouldn’t even go near him. He was a little pissed that I went to my room alone that night.”

A three-episode cruise

A three-episode cruise

: Best Week Ever reports the perfect meeting of life and art: The Real Gilligan’s Island:

That’s right — Gilligan’s Island is coming back on TBS — and this time, you can be a part of it!

The producers of “Gilligan’s Island” are teaming with the producers of the “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” to bring you The Real Gilligan’s Island.

This all-new version of the classic sitcom will feature real life versions of the original show’s characters: a real-life skipper, first mate, millionaire couple, movie star, professor and Kansas farm girl. And one of them could be you!

Just like the original show, the castaways will work together to get off the island, and episodes will include situations drawn from the original series.

So if you’re the perfect Gilligan, Skipper, Thurston or Lovey Howell, Ginger Grant, Mary Ann, or The Professor (just what was his name, anyway?), fill out the application and mail it in, along with a video of yourself telling us why you’d make a great castaway.

Who knows, it could be you who takes the fateful trip to that tropic island nest.

Go to the open casting call. Or nominate a favorite enemy…

Come to think about it, about a reality Beverly Hillbillies? Petticoat Junction (who wouldn’t want to watch that casting call?)? Cheers (the drunken reality show)? Taxi (with translators)? M*A*S*H (in Iraq!)?

Hired gun

Hired gun

: Hugh MacLeod advises how to use a blog to get a job:

3. Narrow the focus of your blog to just these 4-6 distinct parts. Create them as official categories, if you have to.

4. Blog like crazy about them.

5. If you’re any good (I’m assuming you are) eventually somebody interesting will get a whiff of it, and invite you to scatter your pollen throughout their company in exchange for decent money, as opposed to doing it for free in the ‘sphere.