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Bullet Sunday 166

Posted on Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Dave!It's just another Bullet Sunday (whoa o whoaoooo). Wish it was Saturday (whoa o whoaoooo). 'Cause that's my fun day (whoa o whoaoooo). My I-don't-have-to-run day (whoa o whoaoooo). It's just another Bullet Sunday...

   
• One-Up. The latest round of one-upmanship going on is truly stellar. AT&T and Verizon are battling it out over who has the best 3G service when Sprint jumps into the fray with commercials saying "We got 4G, bitches!!" Never mind that their 4G coverage map is anemic at best, it still makes AT&T and Verizon's argument look petty and antiquated. And then there's the mobile phone battle... Nokia sues Apple for patent infringement, and so now Apple fires back with a lawsuit of its own saying "we want Nokia phone imports BANNED, bitch!" I guess where millions and millions of dollars are involved, this kind of thing is inevitable, but it all seems so stupid. Everybody shut the fuck up, put the legal fees into making your products and services better, and may the best mobile phone and network win.

   
• Golden Globes. I really, really, don't care about the Golden Globes. Though hearing that the brilliant Christoph Waltz rightly won Best Supporting actor makes me want to watch Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds all over again.

   
• Team Conan. I'm sure Jay Leno is a nice guy and I'm sure some people think he's very funny. I don't think he's funny at all, which is why I am firmly on Team Conan in the whole late-night talk show battle that's raging. But, putting funny aside, I'd still be on Team Conan after watching this clip over at Funny or Die...

So, basically, Jay let Conan hang on for five years with the promise of getting the show... then took it back when his new show tanked. One could argue that this has nothing to do with Jay, and it's all the network's fault, but the simple fact is that Conan would not be getting the boot if Jay turned down the network's offer to take the show back like he pretty much premised he would in this clip. Lame.

   
• Blogography. Today I got an email from somebody telling me that they have a photography blog they've named "Blogography" and I should hand over my domain because they are using it for business purposes. This is not the first time. A while back I got an email from somebody who was "concerned" that my blog was confusing to people because they were using "Blogography" for their blog, and I should sell my domain to them. For $50. To which I politely respond "no." As I've blogged before, I Googled "Blogography" before I bought the domain, and the word did not exist. And even though I scrapped the first year of my blog when I rebooted it in 2003, I've been using "blogography.com" continuously since I purchased it in March of 2002. With that in mind, I remain mystified as to how anybody thinks they deserve my domain more than I do.

   
• Haiti Help. I've written many times about my love, admiration, and respect for Doctors Without Borders and the incredible work they do. Often going where angels fear to tread, DWB is an international medical humanitarian organization working in more than 60 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe. They are in Haiti right now, doing everything they can to tend to the victims of the earthquake. If you can help them to help others, please visit their website and make a donation...

Support Doctors Without Borders in Haiti

   
And now I should probably get some work done. Heaven only knows there's enough of it laying around.

Comments

  1. Troy says:

    I’m on the Conan boat as well. Though I rarely watch late night TV anymore (I did when I was in university). I’ve always enjoyed Conan, though his sense of humour likely turned away many of the Leno Tonight Show followers when he took over.

    As for the idiots who told you they have more of a right to Blography then you do. You should have copyrighted the term years ago. That way anyone who came to you with there demands would get a nice cease and desist letter from your lawyers (or from you pretending to be a lawyer) :)

  2. martymankins says:

    You and I are on the same page on the Conan/Leno battle. Leno needs to step aside, as he said he would years back and let the Tonight Show be allowed to flourish under Conan.

    This wing nut that is demanding your domain name just because he is using his name for business. Well, in a way, so are you. You have your shirts and buttons, although they are at artificialduck.com, they are still a part of Blogography. Unless this guy can show that he’s been using Blogography for the last 10 years and has owned a valid copyright to it, then he’s got no leg to stand on.

  3. Michelle M. says:

    I don’t really care about the Globes either. But I watch to see (and judge)the dresses.
    You ARE Blogography.
    I never cared for Leno. I couldn’t make it all the way through the clip. Ugh.
    Doctors Without Borders was our got to charity for our donation. They are amazing.

  4. A. Lewis says:

    What is this golden globe thingy to which you refer?? (That should show you my level of interest as well.)

  5. I didn’t watch the Golden Globes as, like you, I wasn’t really all that bothered who won what. The only thing I was remotely interested in was seeing how Ricky got on as the host. Which those nice internets provided for me this morning as I sipped my coffee.

  6. RW says:

    Well ya know, if the price is right…

  7. Jill says:

    So I’m guessing that you don’t tell people not to use the ‘Blogography’ name? Or do you, and they just ignore you?

    Just out of curiosity, I Googled ‘Blogography’ and I was surprised at the number of sites that came up as Blogography or had Blogography included in the name. In my eyes, you’re the *only* Blogography :)

    BTW – I love your Wikipedia page!

    • Dave2 says:

      Oh heavens no! I don’t care if people want to call their blog “Blogography”… it doesn’t bother me one bit. Of course, I think it’s kind of silly to name your blog after somebody else’s blog… all you do is reinforce their identity on the internet while burying your own. :-)

  8. Sybil Law says:

    Team Conan for sure.
    And now the Bangles are in my head. Could be worse! :)

  9. I don’t have anything against Leno either and I think that what this whole thing came down to is more of a numbers game than anything.

    Good for Conan standing up and saying “No, it is not right to move the show to 12:05.” He’s right. It’s one of the two legacies that dying network has left. It would be like saying “Okay SNL, let’s see how you do at 3 AM”

    At the same time, from what I’ve read, it looks like it is simply cheaper to buy Conan out of his contract and keep Jay on the air than it is to do the reverse. So in a “the only thing that matters is how much we’re spending” world–Conan gets the shaft.

    Until he goes to Fox and kicks everyone’s ass in ratings and advertising revenue.

  10. Walt says:

    Dave:

    Anyone silly enough to use blogography in their blog title probably is not creative enough to have an interesting blog in the first place. That would be like me starting a blog about cocaine and naming coke.com.

    As for the NBC thing, say what you want about whose fault it is, I believe it comes down to NBC giving mindless options. If it’s all about money then these executives should be gone! They have spent millions on this idea which has been given mere months to work. Leno’s show was weak from the start as they simply took the content from Leno’s Tonight and moved it to 10:00 – weak idea. The Ten @ Ten boring! And the comments from Ebersol, a weak attempt to shift blame from executive orders. If this were in any other business these executives would be looking for another job! NBC just cut benefits for their employees this year claiming revenue loses now they get to suffer some more off this stupid idea and buy out. The shareholders need to force these executive out and maybe just may be we could see the dawn of a new business model instead of this rehash of bone-headed ideas. Television is bleeding these days because the executives can’t find thought that doesn’t revolve around 1950’s television practices. As for Leno, well, there are always going to be yes men, as long as they are allowed to be.

    • Dave2 says:

      As for me, I think it all comes down to class. Leno agreed to take back the show after he let Conan hang on for five years believing that he would step down. This basically means that Conan waited for nothing. He had other opportunities that he passed by because he had a dream of doing The Tonight Show… a dream that was cancelled after a mere 7 months. Now he’s back to square one, with not nearly the opportunities he once had.

      Of course, EVERYBODY in the game is a millionaire a hundred times over, so my sympathy level isn’t incredibly high. It just goes to prove that money can’t buy you class… at least it hasn’t in Jay Leno’s case. He said he’d step down and he should stick to his word.

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