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Monthly Archives: October 2002

A Killer to Call Our Own

October 24th, 2002 - 12:20 am

The Washington Sniper reminds me of the IRA

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Mad As Hell

October 24th, 2002 - 12:06 am

Moe Freedman, remembering my Websurfer’s Credo, forwarded this interview with internet advertising guru Jason McCabe Calacanis. Read it and weep:

Advertising must be disruptive to be truly valuable to advertisers. The key word in that sentence is “truly”. Sure, the banner has some value, but it has nowhere near the value or power of an interstitial, a popup, a Television ad, a Radio ad, or a Magazine ad. [Emphasis added]

Think that’s bad? It gets worse.

The truth is we should have gone with full-screen, Flash-based interstitials three years ago. Flash is light, fast, and entertaining. It has all the power of TV, combined with the power of online targeting and tracking. If the New York Times made you watch a 20 second Flash commercial every time you visited the site they would have a line of advertisers at their door. I think Martin [Niesenholtz, CEO, New York Times Digital] will do this in the next six months, I mean, they have already been doing pop-unders for X10 – that is sad!

I use Norton to block cookies, kill pop-ups and pop-unders, and hide referrals. Once a day — a day! — I run LavaSoft’s AdAware to remove snooper programs that slip past Norton. And now they want to take over my entire goddamn work screen, just so I have the privilege of seeing that stupid sock pocket in high resolution?

I gladly pay for worthwhile content, when asked to do so. But I will not pay ransom, just to keep ads off the computer I’ve already paid for. I’m not entertained enough by silly kitty vikings to keep Flash installed on this computer, if that’s what I have to do to retain control of my own desktop.

I’m uninstalling Flash — I suggest you do the same.

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No Rest for the Wicked

October 23rd, 2002 - 11:20 pm

Yes, I’m working on new stuff for Thursday, to be posted after midnight (Mountain), as usual.

I told ya — I’m trying to post less and write more, and this time, I mean it.

Anyway, good stuff coming soon on the sniper and other news. Stay tuned.

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Ah, Youth

October 23rd, 2002 - 12:12 pm

Baby Bitch thinks The Simpsons is the funniest show ever. I can only assume her youth and inexperience caused her to neglect The Kids In The Hall.

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Food

October 23rd, 2002 - 10:42 am

Next time you

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Blogrollage

October 23rd, 2002 - 9:48 am

Just because I haven

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Classics

October 23rd, 2002 - 9:27 am

My first-ever movie review is up at Blogcritics. It involves drinking.

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Short Skirt/Long Post

October 23rd, 2002 - 12:06 am

We’re waiting for war. We’re waiting for an election. We’re waiting for the sniper to screw up and get caught. Mostly I feel like we’re waiting for Godot, which is why I’ve written so little the last couple of days.

No, I haven’t joined the camp that thinks Bush is waffling on Iraq. I

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Funny, He Doesn’t Write Gay

October 23rd, 2002 - 12:03 am

I caught up too late with my email to give you a timely link to this thoughtful, touching post by Arthur Silber on the politics of HIV.

If you’ve read that already — and I hope you have — then please read his reply to the many comments and emails he received.

NOTE: You get that the headline is silly and ironic, right?

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More Useless Info

October 22nd, 2002 - 10:58 pm

At least until next week, I’m going to do more of the column-type material that pleases me, and a lot less of the linking (and smart ass) material that seems to please you.

Why? Flip answer: My blog, my rules.

Real answer? That’s a combination of the flip answer, and just where we are in the news cycle right now. When hell breaks lose — and it will, sometime between now and March — I’m going to need all the reserves I can muster. All of us news junkies will be pushing it 24/7 for who knows how long, and I’d hate to burn out in the clutch.

Besides, this is probably the finest damn thing I’ve written since starting this hobby last January, and part of me would like to train you to expect more things like it, and less things like, well, the rest of the (amusing) crap I publish here. The more static I post, the less likely you are to ooh and ahh when you see something here worthy of a little more consideration.

So a little less content for now, and, hopefully, a little more quality.

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Stay Tuned

October 22nd, 2002 - 12:20 am

We’re gearing up for war, there’s an election just two weeks away, North Korea has nukes — and I have little of interest to say.

More in the morning.

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Francophobe

October 21st, 2002 - 12:13 pm

Is a French guy the sniper?

I doubt it — (insert your own surrender joke here).

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One for the Guys

October 21st, 2002 - 10:24 am

A year later, damn near, and I still can

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One for the Ladies

October 21st, 2002 - 10:18 am

Hendrix looks just like I always pictured him. And I ain

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Most Peculiar, Momma

October 21st, 2002 - 12:26 am

It

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Late Night Blogrolling

October 21st, 2002 - 12:07 am

If I weren’t already married, you just know I’d be hitting on at least two of them.

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It

October 21st, 2002 - 12:06 am

From Bill Safire, talking to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon:

“The Six-Day War in 1967 really started in 1964 when Arabs started to divert the sources of the Jordan. We accepted the U.S. proposal to negotiate, but if the diplomatic process does not produce results, Israel will be forced to act.”

The good news

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Required Linkage

October 21st, 2002 - 12:03 am

Lileks is back. But if you read today

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And Don’t Forget the Esteemed Ray Walston

October 18th, 2002 - 6:07 pm

My favorite bit of dialogue in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (other than Phoebe Cates’ pool scene, which, strictly speaking, had no dialogue), was this exchange during history class, where Sean Penn’s character had a pizza delivered:

Mr. Hand: Mr Spicolli, what are you doing?

Jeff Spicolli: Just learning about Cuba and having some food.

So it should come as no surprise that Penn didn’t learn much about history.

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Who Will Play the Mysterious Chairman?

October 18th, 2002 - 5:43 pm

Iron Blog!

I’m game. Bring’em on, Jim.

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Charges Filed

October 18th, 2002 - 3:27 pm

Hanging is too good for him.

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Funny, Sad, or Both?

October 18th, 2002 - 3:12 pm

More left wing “tolerance,” spotted this time by Jane Galt.

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(*But were afraid to ask.)

Found on Will Wilkinson’s Fly Bottle.

UPDATE: My original headline for this post was going to be “Back Door Imam,” but then thought that was in needlessly bad taste. Just now I remembered exactly what sort of site I run here.

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Not Quite an Update

October 18th, 2002 - 2:29 pm

Still no word on the fate of those two F/A-18F pilots and their backseaters, who crashed into the Pacific while training this morning.

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Why We Read Hitch — and Max

October 18th, 2002 - 2:02 pm

Max Power was privileged enough to attend a Christopher Hitchens discussion last night. The topic? Orwell, Hitch, and the Terror War.

The best bit Max quoted was this:

On Islamofascism: Hitchens noted that Taliban Afghanistan was viewed as a model government by the Islamic fundamentalist movement, and wasn’t that argument enough against it? “It’s not just a question of means, it’s a question of ends.” Hitchens pointed out that Orwell had noted the relationship between the Catholic Church and the Fascists of his day. (Paraphrasing:) “There’s something totalitarian about an all-powerful central figure who needs to be worshipped, who is always watching you, and whom you can never escape, even in death. Even in North Korea, you can get out from under the government with death. This is a sort of Celestial Korea.”

There’s more. Check it out.

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Thank You for Your Cooperation

October 18th, 2002 - 1:50 pm

I’m usually a stickler about copyright, but it’s not like I’m making any money with this site. Read, please, I beg you, today’s Non Sequitur.

Non Sequitur 10-18-2002.jpg

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And a Wee Bit on Al Gore, Too

October 18th, 2002 - 1:46 pm

The Cranky Professor digs up the dirt on Jimmy Carter, North Korea, and those silly concerned scientist people.

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Hold the Kudos

October 18th, 2002 - 1:37 pm

After playing that Iraq War scenario again and again for days on end, it only now occurs to me that that methods used were much the same as predicted in this column from over three months ago.

Advantage? VodkaPundit? We’ll see about that.

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More Funny Stuff

October 18th, 2002 - 1:31 pm

A Monty Python-themed fisking? Only at Mr. Misha’s, kids.

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Intellectual Honesty

October 18th, 2002 - 1:19 pm

Doug Turnbull has changed his mind on ballistic fingerprinting.

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