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Huff posts (aka copy/paste)

by henrycopeland
Friday, December 19th, 2008

Some bloggers are riled by Huffpos copy/paste “journalism.” (Thank you Amy!)

Too thick to run

by henrycopeland
Friday, December 19th, 2008


by henrycopeland
Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

“Because in the time when companies can plant jobs whereever there’s an internet connection, and two thirds of all new jobs require a higher education, or advanced training, if we want to out-compete the world tomorrow, we’re going to have to out-educate today.”

Black boxes within black boxes

by henrycopeland
Monday, December 15th, 2008

Bloomberg: “There are roughly three funds-of-funds for every single hedge fund, up from one to seven in 2001, according HFR.”

Photos from our Friday night holiday bash

by henrycopeland
Monday, December 15th, 2008


Right now it seems there are no photos to commemorate our best party ever.

Seems everyone had too many glasses and bottles in their hands to take photos. A sign of a great party.

But also an unpleasant surprise, since I promised photos in this morning’s Blogads payout.

Update: A photo of the “blogle your mind” trivia game, designed by Megan and Kate, and played by sundry staff. Our guests weren’t so intrigued and huddled by the drinks and food until we were done.

Pizza Hut idiocy

by henrycopeland
Monday, December 15th, 2008

Wow, bad, bad, bad.

Ian Schafer pansPizza Hut’s new viral video:

Lets see…anger mom & pop pizza places (yes, in this economy), and bring in the mass-produced bastardization of their bread and butter to rub in their face. Yeah. That makes me feel better about Pizza Hut. It’s one thing to call out your competition if they are another chain. It’s another to insult small businesses.

My advice? Next time, stop trying to make a ‘viral’ with the goal of getting views, and instead, focus on creating content that actually builds your brand — or at least makes it look good.

This one is made for the Suxorz at SXSW 09. Posting now to the Suxorz Facebook group.

Blagojevich’s only mistake…

by henrycopeland
Monday, December 15th, 2008

…was to forget a few code words?

Let’s pause this morning to wallow in the irony of the juxtaposition of articles on the front page of Saturday’s New York Times (I’m going to miss her!) excoriating Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich for attempting to trade the Obama Senatorial seat for campaign contributions versus an article about how much campaign cash New York Senator Chuck Schumer raises from the businesses he helps to regulate.

The next day, Mr. Schumer appeared at a breakfast fund-raiser in Midtown Manhattan for Senate Democrats. Addressing Henry R. Kravis, the buyout billionaire, and about 20 other finance industry executives, he warned that a bailout would be a hard sell on Capitol Hill. Then he offered some reassurance: The businessmen could count on the Democrats to help steer the nation through the financial turmoil.

“We are not going to be a bunch of crazy, anti-business liberals,” one executive said, summarizing Mr. Schumer’s remarks. “We are going to be effective, moderate advocates for sound economic policies, good responsible stewards you can trust.”

The message clearly resonated. The next week, executives at firms represented at the breakfast sent in more than $135,000 in campaign donations.

The article went on to detail the millions that Schumer has raised from Wall Street and included a useful table of Schumer’s influence on regulation relating to Wall Street. Schumer sure looks “bought” by security industry interests.

Blagojevich’s chief mistake was to articulate the quid pro quo to urgently and loudly, rather than letting politics take its natural course.

Arguably, Schumer’s campaign-cash-smudged vision has cost the American people far more than any Senate seat Blogojevich wanted to peddle.

“He is serving the parochial interest of a very small group of financial people, bankers, investment bankers, fund managers, private equity firms, rather than serving the general public,” said John C. Bogle, the founder and former chairman of the Vanguard Group, the giant mutual fund house. “It has hurt the American investor first and the average American taxpayer.”

Has anyone considered taping Schumer’s phone? I guess we don’t need to bother, when it’s on the front page of the New York Times.

The gift that keeps on giving… live!

by henrycopeland
Monday, December 15th, 2008

Pajamas TV offers you a chance to give conservative friends a unique Xmas gift.

PJTV… including “live coverage of election night!”

Sadly, it isn’t imbeddable, so here’s a screenshot.

Rot wiles

by henrycopeland
Monday, December 15th, 2008

A friend sent my father the source for one of his famous quotations.

Macmillan was writing nostalgically in The Times in 1965 (two years after his resignation as PM) about his grand experiences at Oxford. The don in question was J. A. Smith, Professor of Moral Philosophy, who, according to Macmillan, opened his course in 1914 with the passage I cited, which ended: “. . . if you work hard and diligently you should be able to detect when a man is talking rot, and that, in my view, is the main, if not the sole, purpose of education.”


by henrycopeland
Monday, December 15th, 2008

When I first moved to Budapest, roughly one in four cars was a Trabant, a two stroke car manufactured in East Germany. Other than the engine and axels, the cars were almost entirely fiberglass. Nearly 20 years after the fall of Wall, only 1 in 1000 is a Trabant.

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