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Why Apple Matters

Apple StoreToday at 6pm, Apple opens their new 24×7 flagship store in Manhattan — and in typical Apple fashion it’s a blockbuster of design: the store itself is hidden underground and customers enter off 5th Avenue by walking into a glistening 30 foot high glass cube. People have been lined up overnight to be the first to see the spectacular as soon as it’s opened. Gary Allen, a blogger who has chronicled other Apple Store openings, is [blogging live] from the line outside.

This is why Apple matters. They succeed wildly in marrying technology to style and fulfilling our fantasies of the tech future we were promised as kids. Microsoft and Dell may have all the money — but I think people sense that Apple conciously decided to be a bit player (relatively, anyway) because it was required to maintain design and philosophical integrity. Cool.

Now where’s my damned flying car?

A rat’s agent of grace

I stepped out of the office this morning for one of my million daily smoke breaks and had my tobacco-scented daydreams of world media conquest interrupted by a man asking for a handout. He spoke so softly I wasn’t sure at first if he had asked for the time or for money, though, living in a city, expected the latter. Within a moment of appraising his appearance I was certain and automatically put on my Tender Sympathy┬« face, featuring the trademark head cocked to the side which means, “I’m sorry, brother, I have nothing to give you.” He was well familiar with my reaction and shuffled off, moving very slowly. But this time I didn’t turn away, I kept looking after him.

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Gawker Stalkers Beware!

Jeri RyanThe Hollywood backlash to Gawker continues. Last night on Boston Legal, they addressed an issue ripped right from the headlines (all right, the friggin’ “blogosphere”) about a celeb who gets stallked by paparazzi with the help of a web site that just happens to post the whereabouts of stars. The star, played by the voluminous Jeri Ryan, reacts by shooting a photographer. She goes on trial… AND WINS! Subtle, huh?

Apparently George Clooney has a friend in David E. Kelley. I love how old media goes up against new media and uses its power to shape people’s perceptions by hitting every emotional button at their disposal. If stars’ locations are posted on Gawker — er, a website — it will LEAD TO HOMICIDE.

Of course the palsied fingers that scratch out Gawker will take any publicity gladly. If Clooney & Co. really want to get their attention they’ll just sue their sorry asses.

The Shambling Corpse, Part III

There’s news from, of all places, [Women’s Wear Daily], that Radar “The Little Magazine That Couldn’t” will be returning for its third ghastly incarnation. Oi vey. This is becoming very Fitzcarraldo. Or Dawn of the Dead, take your pick. According to the women’s wear gossip, [radaronline.com] — now frozen in a time warp since December of last year and still featuring up to the minute news about… Matthew Perry — will return within a matter of weeks to be followed by a return of the celebrity-sniffing rag to newsstands by September or October.

Supposedly Ron Burkle is still interested in funding it, and, considering his recent sordid dust up with the fine folks at Page Six, he may be just the fellow to re-animate the zombie magazine. Until its next inevitable demise.

Devil in a blue dress

Hillary as Devil

Will you vote for President Hillary come 2008? According to the conventional wisdom, it’s practically a done deal that Hillary Clinton will not only run for president in 2008, but will be the Democratic candidate. Karl Rove has already started [beating the drum] about the dangers of this coming to pass and early polls seem to give her the nod. Clinton is certainly playing coy about her plans, while amassing a huge war chest. Looks like a done deal alright. But there’s something interesting hidden in the polls that neither Hillary nor Karl nor the mainstream media will talk about. Read the rest of this entry »

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