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Mikeorren has 588 articles published.

Mike Orren is the Chief Product Officer of The Dallas Morning News; President of Belo Business Intelligence; husband to Crystal Orren; and a Mungarian at Munger Place Church in Dallas, TX. All opinions herein are mine alone.

Stream o' consciousness for July 29th

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Forget the 4chan nonsense. AT&T (& Apple) doing much more damage by banning Goog Voice & Qik on iPhone. Might have to jailbreak again. [#]
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Banjo, The Best Dog Ever™: http://is.gd/1RhXI (To be avoided unless you are prepared for maudlin sentimentality and mantears) [#]
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#Twitition Apple to unblock Google Voice App http://twitition.com/xh8jk @kevintraver [#]
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I just learned from Buzz Aldrin that Supertramp is reunited and playing concerts: http://is.gd/1Rs2A #whyilovetwitter @therealBuzz [#]
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Mad Men Yourself is cooler than you know. Why it’s textbook of how brands, mktg and fans should interact: http://is.gd/1Rw9E [#]
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Horizon Realty in Chicago is a sue first, ask questions later kind of landlord: http://is.gd/1RwLw #assclowns [#]
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Listened to 27 songs.
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@dgouldin What if you want to hire fir a frontman fir your band or an oriental stealth fighter? [#]
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@dgouldin What if you are hiring a band frontman or stealth fighters? [#]
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rt @stephenfry Even to be presenter on a BBC doc you now have to complete an online "ethical training module" called "Safeguarding Trust" [#]
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Transcript of Obama, Gates, cop happy hour: http://is.gd/1SyBL [#]
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AWESOME parody of AP illustration of paywall DRM plan: http://is.gd/1SHLh #coffeespittake [#]
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@sblaskovich For the record, I only read nonfiction while driving. [#]
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Listened to 13 songs.
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@jiconoclast Still doing a post on comments? Get my email? No biggie-was just gonna post on my blog so I don’t forget it if you don’t need [#]
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@jiconoclast Saw that one. Hadn’t seen the followup. I’ll watch your feed! [#]
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RT @Sully007: Part 3 in excellent healthcare series – http://bit.ly/14cvP3 (Me = Can’t wait for finale w/ solution proposals) [#]
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A Dyna Moe model of media

in Media/PopCult

My Mad Men totem, cruising through the offices of Sterling Cooper
My Mad Men totem, cruising through the offices of Sterling Cooper

One of the first posts ever on this blog was a recognition of work by a New York artist and actress who was making weekly stylized desktop images based on episodes of Mad Men.
The artist, Dyna Moe, started doing the illustrations after doing a Christmas card for a friend in the cast of the show. I discovered her illustrations via a fansite towards the end of Season 1. We started looking forward to them every Monday during season two; quietly thrilled for her as she met the show creators when star Jon Hamm was on SNL ; and are now ecstatic to see her creations turned into the instantly-popular Mad Men Yourself” tool on the show’s official website.
I see this as a textbook example of how the new New Media should work: A fan / friend starts creating an homage to a brand. That brand does not sue or discourage the fan doing unofficial work, even though she might be making a few paltry bucks. Nor does it jump in and try to co-opt, compete or take over. It lets the homage play out. Once it becomes clear that the homage is successful and additive to the brand, it embraces that homage. It then hires the fan / friend to extend that homage in an official way that is true to the brand and the artist.
Everybody wins. Imagine that.

Banjo, The Best Dog Ever™

in Fam/Memoir

My favorite photo of Banjo. After playing a while, he'd want to float regally on his raft, which we called "George," after the actor George Raft. We're weird like that.
My favorite photo of Banjo. After a long play, he'd want to float regally on his raft, which we called "George," after the actor George Raft. We're weird like that.

As a kid, I never had a dog, or any pet for that matter. My mom was terrified of cats, and perhaps had OD’d on pets as a child, as my grandfather kept everything from dogs to monkeys to bears to sheep as housepets. I got a cat on graduating from college: Buffett is now sixteen years-old and looks likely to dance on my grave someday. But it was April who brought dogs into my world.
April and I married in October of 1999, right as we were moving to Charlotte in my first attempt to start a business. Her first birthday as my wife was a couple months later, and it was clear that she wanted a dog — not just any dog, but a Chesapeake Bay Retriever.
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Stream o' consciousness for July 28th

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RT @johnperrybarlow: The most dangerous of all falsehoods is a slightly distorted truth. – G.C. Lichtenberg [#]
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Shared 2 photos.
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Really @bluefly_com? Order placed 7/21 and 9(!) sales pitches since then? + sales pitch while unsub? http://twitpic.com/bu8j6 Stay classy. [#]
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Hey @snappysalads our film guy likes you. He really likes you: http://is.gd/1Pefj [#]
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Get @seankovacs excellent iPhone Google Voice app fast. It’s about to be pulled from the store: http://is.gd/1Pkrq [#]
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@drnicomartini I learned about it from your post. Looking into it. [#]
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Listened to 23 songs.
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@drnicomartini Who/what is MavTV? They sent me the same message. I don’t get it. [#]
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Made my Mad Men avatar at http://madmenyourself.com. Go make yours! Mad Men premieres Aug 16, then every Sunday 10p on AMC. #madmen #fb [#]
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@jdunck There is no Sanctuary!!!! #logansrun [#]
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@jdunck #logansrun never got MST3K’d because it is a Great Film. Or they couldn’t get the rights. One or t’other. [#]
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My Seattle friends’ hot weather reports crack me up. #northernborderofhell [#]
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@westseattleblog Yup. And in turn, a cool rain shuts down our city. All a matter of perspective. [#]
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Anyone have good stats on rural / smalltown broadband penetration? [#]
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@gapingvoid What’s broadband penetration like in #westtexas? [#]
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@jdunck You have learned well, young Padawan. [#]
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Budweiser, Blue Moon and Becks? If Dubya was having people over for beer, at least coulda been @Shiner or Lone Star. #meaninglessgestures [#]
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BHO’s Bud order is self-consciously faux working-class. Don’t fear the frou frou Belgian ale with butterfly nectar! #whatdotheydrinkatluaus [#]
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Despite last two tweets, don’t peg me GOP. Card-carrying member of Equal Opportunity Offender Party. #ironyisdead [#]
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@johnrobinson That’s what I’m responding to. Politico says bud for pres, moon for cop, becks or red stripe for Gates. [#]
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And if we can’t agree of one beer to share together, what will we accomplish? Take up question of bottle, can or draft? [#]
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"Sorry hon. Gonna be late. Lime ickeys with the commander-in-chief." #feydrinkswithpotus #fb [#]
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"Sorry hon. Gonna be late. Lime rickeys with the commander-in-chief." #feydrinkswithpotus #fb [#]
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rt @jimbradysp To me charging for content is akin to movie scene where, after running out of bullets, a gunman throws the gun at its target. [#]
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@hotpinkpunk Yeah but he’d never serve a beer from there #urbancowboy [#]
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Yes, John Prine. It IS a crooked piece of time that we live in. #fb [#]
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No traffic in Dallas this morn. Did I sleep through The Rapture? [#]
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Oof. Spoke too soon. [#]
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Stream o' consciousness for July 27th

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When making film with all midget cast, must suspend disbelief on town being full of regular buildings. How else know they’re midgets? #tcm [#]
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@Candyland A little closer to freeway. No house porn, nut there’s a porn studio on Dilido! [#]
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@jdunck Clearly too subtle for film audiences of the 1940s. [#]
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"So many people to see. So many people you can check up on and add to your collection." #prescienceofelviscostello [#]
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Yes, Declan Macmanus, you are correct that it’s not very far from sulphur to sugarcane. #fb #mustremember [#]
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@CharlotteAnne @michelemclellan Unless planning on using only for travel, go pro. Air is anemic and less computer for $$. [#]
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@JoostTX Leave it to a scientist to ruin a perfectly good metaphor. #dontlettruthruingoodstory [#]
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@jayrosen_nyu @johnrobinson Greensboro has great tradition: O. Henry. Murrow. John Robinson. [#]
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Watching "Showtime," MGM retrospective of dogs in movies. Laughing. Crying. Laughing. Crying. [#]
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@JoostTX Did you expect the traditional liberal anti-bee bias? [#]
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@Candyland Not a house. A warehouse. Not sure of exact addy. [#]
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Seeing Our Culture With Fresh Eyes – O’Reilly Radar http://bit.ly/uvmlK
(mustread) [#]
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@rossbates happy to help with #evilplans [#]
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A special report on Texas: : Lone Star rising | The Economist http://bit.ly/12DtMd [#]
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@AlexGoodall Auto DM = almost instant unfollow. I come to Twitter to talk to people, bot robots. #TWADMR [#]
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@TheNewsChick If you lived in TX, you’d find that weather report hilarious. Low 90s = coldfront. [#]
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Cancakes: An Idea Whose Time Has Come http://twitpic.com/btac1 [#]
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Listened to 3 songs.

Stream o' consciousness for July 26th

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Tough day. April and I and Banjo (The Best Dog Ever ™) could use any positive vibes you could send our way. #fb [#]
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I think @bretthoerner is being haunted by the Good Doctor HST. Glad the newsroom rubbed off… [#]
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Helicopters over the house again… Police scanner on Wunderradio iPhone app FTW. #fb [#]

Stream o' consciousness for July 25th

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RT @chadwatt: I’d rather be celebrating National Tequila Day http://tinyurl.com/fhz8y [#]
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OK DFW, here is this week’s complete estate & garage sale listings: http://tinyurl.com/9fofxy #dfw #garagesales (via @mikebullock) [#]
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RT @TheOnion: Why Did No One Inform Us Of The Imminent Death Of The American Newspaper Industry? http://bit.ly/QzcHf (via @cshirky) [#]
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Found intersting / good / real shops and restaurant / pub while running errand in (gasp) Plano. Worldview shattering in front of me. [#]
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Getting up off the floor. There was a Mike Orren sighting north of 635 (via @bradlarock) [#]
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@bradlarock Surely an imposter. [#]
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rt @johnperrybarlow It strikes me that everybody in the Cops vs. Gates (& Obama) Affair behaved badly. But understandably. Let’s drop it. [#]
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If I could find a place that was like Downtown Plano on the shores of a lake, w/in 30 minutes of major city & with 4 seasons, I’d move today [#]
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Sad and ironic. "The future of music" eh? http://twitpic.com/bhawg [#]
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rt @pegasusnews Three strikes law for buildings?: Square Pegs http://bit.ly/iHItU [#]
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Shared 3 photos.
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How am I supposed to work @ office when April is sending me photos like http://twitpic.com/bhllq http://twitpic.com/bhlno ? [#]
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@jiconoclast I have a LOT of ideas on commenter best practices. Won’t claim we have it foolproof, but close. Was going to write a post… [#]
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@jiconoclast … but if you’re doing a roundup, I might send you some notes instead? [#]
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Tip for FedEx drivers. Don’t piss off Mike D!: http://is.gd/1KUmR [#]
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Heil Twhitler: http://twhitler.com/ (via B3ta) [#]
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Pulling stat on comments, pretty cool: We’ve had 55,867 comments posted. We’ve only moderated 268. [#]
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Listened to 5 songs.
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Huxley was right-er than Orwell, he said tweetingly: http://is.gd/1KXXo [#]
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Eminem meets Dr Who meets Benny Hill : http://is.gd/1KY9K [#]
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@dgouldin to be expected in collegetown. [#]
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Bucket’s got a hole in it. Actually my city’s got gerrymandered dry areas. Either way can’t buy no beer. #apttuneshuffle [#]
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@rhettmiller Who is in photo on cover of HHTR?#wanttowakeupnumblikeallmyfriends [#]
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"The dollar’s weak, but it’s stronger than me." #thescottmiller [#]
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Without access to my music library for 72 hrs, would likely go catatonic or postal. #mykryptonite What’s yours? [#]
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@blues_traveler honkycrackercool. Like crazysexycool but with more harp. [#]
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What do I do when bored with errands / stoplights? Try to start twittermemes like "What is your #mykryptonite?" Please to play along. [#]
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Good to hear. NY Times: Swimming Bans High-Tech Suits, Ending an Era. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/25/sports/25swim.html (via @jdlasica) [#]

Stream o' consciousness for July 24th

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@TEDxSMU Old Red Courthouse downtown is good for that sort of thing. [#]
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DFW peeps: Where can I find a Hefner-esque smoking jacket on short notice? Need sure thing – no time to troll vintage shops. [#]
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@reid1000 I imagine we might be a size or two apart. [#]
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Having first frappucino since the old dog walks, @joosttx. My eyes are all swirly. #desperatetimes/measures [#]
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@bretthoerner Good luck out there, man! Sorry to miss last night @ Pearl, but had dog issues. Don’t be a stranger! [#]
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RT @ckrewson: Nice to see the underdog nytimes.com pull out a narrow win in the j-lab innovation awards. http://is.gd/1Jmy8 [#]
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@scottkarp So what do you think right number to follow is? I’m pretty happy @ 300, w/ about 100 regular & 50 avid. [#]
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"In a time of chimpanzees, I was a monkey…" #fb [#]
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Realizing how much I hate "Everyone knows I’m like that" as excuse for bad/inconsiderate behavior. And how much I use. #ladyknewiwasasnake [#]
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RT @vincrosbie: Let’s face the fallacy that people value local news http://bit.ly/kVdf6 (Me: key= Local data is impt. Stories less so.) [#]
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RT @stevebuttry: By all means, let’s spend our money on lawyers. We have so much to throw around. http://bit.ly/Yg3I6 [#]
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Texting with my vet, whom I convinced to upgrade iPhone yesterday. Just got value of appt. in 1 minute of texting. #ilovethefuture [#]
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First Inglorious Basterds trailer made me roll eyes, shake head. Latest: looking for opening date, place to buy tickets: http://is.gd/1Ktov [#]

Stream o' consciousness for July 23rd

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RT @stevebuttry: "Newspapers haven’t actually charged for content since the 1830s," @NewsFuturist blogs. http://bit.ly/yFY9k [#]
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An app I’d pay for: Dedupe links in my RSS and Twitter feeds [#]
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Has anyone ever come out better by joining any organization with "consortium" in its name? [#]
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Thinking about Harland Williams’ great bit re: 7 minute abs in Something About Mary. Make a fortune with a Twitkiller. The hook = 139 chars [#]
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RT @ryansholin: Followed up on the "community" conversation w/@mikeorren via videochat just now. [#]
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Hmm. If Google Voice added video, I could delete Skype (which I use roughly 5x/ year). [#]
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@shawnpwilliams No consortiums for me. Riffing on the Yahoo, which just stabbed the Newspaper Consortium in the front. [#]
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Someone shows up at your office unannounced trying to wrangle an interview for a non-sales position. Positive, negative or neutral? [#]
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Interesting data from a customer today: We converted 80% as much business as competitor with 8x more clickthrough. Still want more of both. [#]
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rt @pegasusnews Pegasus News week in view: Reality check edition – http://eepurl.com/cAFA [#]
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Love when tech limitations are cheated. #Omnifocus simulates push notification by creating a .ics file that synchs with iPhone calendar. [#]
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Listened to 47 songs.
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@theiBlog Did I miss something? I have Omnifocus on iPhone and it doesn’t push notifications of due dates/times? Does it? [#]
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Clarification: competitor had 8x the raw clicks. Don’t know the %. We still converted 80% of the $$. [#]
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@mikebullock Different when you’re escorted. Yours was invited guest. Mine today was a stranger. [#]

Stream o' consciousness for July 22nd

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Note to self: Next time have bright idea to volunteer to write homepage lead based on personal experience, don’t wait 2 wks. #writersblock [#]
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Dear Apple: Next update, how about making it so I don’t have to go four clicks deep to toggle Bluetooth? kthankxbai [#]
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John Stewart (70’s singer of "Gold," not DailyShow host) seriously underrated. Recommend album "Bombs Away Dream Babies." [#]
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So, can anyone cite 1 solid example of McKinsey turning around a media company? Just asking. (Spurred by @pkafka‘s http://bit.ly/u3j9u) [#]
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@sblaskovich whom? [#]
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Thinking about giving in and going full-on Lou Grant prickly curmudgeon route. Can you be a curmudgeon under 40? [#]
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And what, prithee, @ryansholin, is wrong with Steely Dan? Do you not enjoy the shaking of the sisters from Babylon? #nevermetnapoleon [#]
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RT @therefore: @mikeorren c’mon Mike there’s got to be something between Lou Grant & leather pants for you! [#]
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Staff meeting oer Twitter as @sblaskovich and I talk @pegasusnews contribs from 10 mtrs away. Some interest here: http://is.gd/1GGFU [#]
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RT @alyankovic "Thanks for yr email, but both James and I will never approve this parody to be released on any label."#jamesbluntisassclown [#]
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@sblaskovich Sorry, can you SMS that? [#]
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OK: I’m officially dropping my MIT (mogul in training) for ELC (entry level curmudgeon). Thanks for the many replies on the matter… [#]
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@johnrobinson I have no idea who Erin Andrews is, but "peephole stills" got my attention. Good SEO! [#]
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RT @Bootsy_Collins 2 answ question left on vm: Yes it’s humanly possible 4 white ppl to have the funk..it’s only a shell we’re all the same [#]
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Requesting an invite for Tweetboard Alpha (http://tweetboard.com) by @140ware, for my site: http://orrenmedia.com [#]
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Loving GoogVoice @spamboy. Have even figured way to make original cell# on iPhone send vm too GV. Also using as fluid app on desktop. [#]
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@got80s Yeah. I saw potential too but haven’t had chance to use. Also like "call me" widget: http://is.gd/1GIa8 [#]
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@JasonLBaptiste Meh. I preferred Syquest drives. (Major flashback to early magazine days of getting maybe 8 pages of layout on disc) [#]
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If #FriendFeed doesn’t aggregate FB comments and Twitter replies on a simulposted item, really, what’s the point? [#]
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@ryansholin You can’t *make" readers of a news site feel anything. You have to nurture the environment for it to happen organically. [#]
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@ryansholin *How* is long treatise that I may write. Names used have been pegasi, peggers, pegnewsers, "regulars." No one has stuck… [#]
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@ryansholin With or without name, community exists or does not. (How Yoda!)… [#]
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@ryansholin Bigger question if you want to make money: How do you nurture the community without alienating the casual. Big Problem. [#]
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@ryansholin Best / worst community name I’ve seen in that it illustrates the problem in its awkwardness: Frontburnervians http://is.gd/1GKz9 [#]
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RT @johnperrybarlow: John "Marmaduke" Dawson of the New Riders of the Purple Sage rode out forever in Mexico this morning at 64. [#]
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@wmhartnett Dropped SiteCatalyst for Google Analytics a couple months back. Haven’t missed it a bit. [#]
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Nobody ever accused me of being fussy re: aesthetics, but if your site has photos out of proportion, I dismiss it as a hack job. [#]
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If I was concert promoter, I’d put on tour w/ Dan Baird, Scott Miller, Kevn Kinney, Todd Snider; make dozens of dollars, see every gig. #fb [#]
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So far I am followed by – and following – four city council candidates. None of them incumbents. (rt @johnrobinson editor of my htown paper) [#]
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