If we had a Photo of the Day department, like Londonist has, we would have posted this.
Reminds me of all those deflated Santas you drive by in my neighborhood.
Do people let the air out at night? Is it the drop in temperature?
With Saddam hanged and reports of arguments at the end -- American advisers counseling caution, Iraqi officials rushing to the gallows -- there's one spot in the blogosphere that could be counted on to make sense of the confusion.
And now it's gone.
If you stopped by Whiskey Bar over the holidays, you might have found that instead of the usual - an elegant and well-reasoned essay about the folly of our times - the blogger named Billmon had posted a picture of Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig and the words "That's All Folks!"
Psst! Wanna know a badly kept secret? With Black Friday approaching like an good-old-zombies-in-the-mall movie, several Internet sites have gotten into the business of spoiling retailers' secrets by leaking what products are going to be on sale.
And some of those big-box retailers haven't loved letting the world know their plans. Last week, Frank Barnako reports, some of the Black Friday sites received threatening letters from lawyers representing Best Buy, insisting they remove their tips from the Web. (Best Buy insisted its sale prices were copyright-protected.)
Now we're seeing an "if-you-can't-beat-them-join-them" strategy.
A Stanford researcher, Elias Aboujaoude, MD., reports that a small, but growing number of Internet users are starting to seek medical help, complaining of unhealthy attachments to the virtual world.
"He said these patients' strong drive to compulsively use the Internet to check e-mail, make blog entries or visit Web sites or chat rooms is not unlike what sufferers of substance abuse or impulse-control disorders experience."
For about the worst possible reason.
Readers want to know about Edelman's campaign to create a fake blog that celebrates the down-home charm of Wal-Mart.
This historic picture of the young Mao Tse Tung embracing Oscar Wilde Jon Valania (l) is shown hugging old friend/rival Joey Sweeney (r) backstage at the Philebrity weekender Thursday, just in time for the launch of Valania's Phawker site today.
We publish this picture because:
A. Valania e-mailed it to me. And it does seem to end the nasty feud between the two former Philadelphia Weekly scribes who worked together at Philebrity until Sweeney showed him the door this summer.
Been representing Philly this weekend down in Greensboro, N.C. at a conference called Converge South, where all sorts of bloggers, community activists, pols, journalists and academics have gotten together in an unconference, swapped stories, provoked each other, made nice.
"No yelling, no selling," were the rules laid out by writer and local boy Ed Cone.
It started off with some Friday night Piedmont barbecue, cooked in the front yard by Dave Hoggard, who cut out to watch his son win a high school football game. An unconference, where the mics are in the crowd, not on stage, can't have a keynote speaker, but first to talk was the next morning was Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former presidential and vice-presidential candidate John Edwards. She came to speak about the power of online communities.
Most MySpace users are over 35?
ComScore's stats show that the social network, while growing, is growing old. Forty-one percent of its users are 35-54. Another 11 percent are older than that. The share of teens has halved since August, 2005.
Xanga users are the youngest, Facebook captures the 18-24 year olds - though that will change now that it's open for anyone - and Friendster attracts those old enough to rent cars.