Scripting News for 11/24/2006

Podcast interview with Cecile Andrews about her new book.  

The University of California is looking for a dean of their graduate school of journalism.  

Doc Searls suggests that Google do something with Blogger. “Have a real market relationship with its most serious bloggers — and not just with advertisers,” says the Doc. 

I gotta hand it to Evan Williams. He gets a hand job from the NY Times when he starts an ill-conceived podcasting company with millions of VC dollars (“We’re going to let people do what they do and we’ll see what they do and hope they do it a lot.”), and after the company fails, another hand job from the Times. What are they so impressed with I sure don’t know. 

I’ve now completed Season 3 of The Wire. Bring on Season 4! 

Joel Spolsky: “In the early nineties Microsoft looked at IBM, especially the bloated OS/2 team, as a case study of what not to do; somehow in the fifteen year period from 1991 – 2006 they became the bloated monster that takes five years to ship an incoherent upgrade to their flagship product.” 

The secret to a juicy turkey: Cook it upside down. The breasts are the part you have to keep moist, and if you cook the turkey with the breasts up, they get the most heat, and cook faster than the legs (which have to get hotter to get fully cooked) and gravity works against you (the juices go down, on to the back, which doesn’t have much meat). But putting the breasts down, they cook more slowly and the juices sink down into the breasts, keeping them moist. Works every time, producing a deliciously juicy turkey.  

4 responses to this post.

  1. Listening to your conversation with Cecile was a great time, thanks for making it and sharing. Collaborate and Deliberate.

    If Life is a trial, our blogs will be the exhibits.


  2. Regarding your Evan Williams item yesterday, you’ve found a very real bug in news media.

    That is, we rarely publish early, high-profile stories about an entrepreneur’s first endeavour on the first go around — the one that almost always matters the most. How much coverage was there of Google before it launched, or in the first month, or in the first year? Ask the same question about Blogger or Mosaic or Napster or AOL or RSS or podcasting or Yahoo or Myspace.

    Then, compounding the error, the news media lavishes attention on the sophomore efforts of people once they’ve made a big name for themselves. It’s a more obvious story. It doesn’t require one to go out on a limb or understand a sector deeply. Follow the tail lights of a now-big name.

    This is such a common media meme it’s not even funny: “Can JOSH DOE do it again?”

    And copious ink is spilled for Loudcloud or Orkut or Zune or Newton or — remember this one? — Eazel.

    What’s incredible is that the big media companies keep not fixing this bug.

    They watched Red Herring fix it and get rich by spotlighting early-stage companies, even many dubious ones. Time Inc. would have paid tens of millions for the mag if Tony Perkins had been willing to sell.

    Now Mike A is doing is again with TechCrunch. I don’t mean that as a slam. He’s fixing a big bug in media. It serves readers better to spotlight some companies that will be out of business in a few years along with some winners than to only highlight winners when they are no longer news because they already have millions of users, or when they are not news because everyone is already watching the superstar founder.

    One exception to this is Business 2.0, owned by Time Inc. They do seem to act as a useful radar quite often. Dislaimer, I used to work there.


  3. PS I don’t fault Evan Williams or anyone else simply for taking free publicity when it comes their way, nor do I argue stories about big names should not be written — people *are* interested in their sophomore or junior efforts. But there should be some major skepticism in the coverage and a big effort to stay away from the tendency to mythologize these people as heroes, which makes for an easy narrative so is way too common.

    And it should only be done when coupled with a real effort to find under-covered startups, IMHO.

    Disclaimer, I have not actually read the NYT piece!


  4. Posted by stephen bove on November 26, 2006 at 1:40 pm

    re: upside down turkey cooking…

    interesting to note “upside down” is actually right side up (at least while the turkey is stll running around)…


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