Olbermann Breaks Down SOTU

I’ve been waiting for this since last week‘s godawful State of the Union address. Below, Keith Olbermann, whose masterfully produced “Nexus of Politics and Terror” report in 2005 debunked every single terror warning the U.S. has ever issued, last night deconstructed the SOTU (read text).

See also: The Onion: “White House Quietly Retracts Entire State of the Union Address,” What Bush Really Meant to Say, State of the Union TagCloud,

Even Andy Rooney hated it.

h/t JBrown.

Aqua Teen Terror Force?!?

MeatwadWhile any number of illicit activities and emergencies broke out in Boston today — the entire city’s resources were put on call due to “suspicious devices.”

By 4:10 p.m. ET the perpetrator of the suspicious devices stepped forward:

Turner Broadcasting acknowledged late this afternoon that the suspicious packages that ignited fears of bombs across Boston today were magnetic lights that were part of an outdoor marketing campaign for an adult cartoon.

Turner was promoting Adult Swim’s animated television show “Aqua Teen Hunger Force.” They definitely got more pub than they could have possibly dreamed of. The long-awaited ATHF movie is set for March 23 release. Preview here.

In a statement, Turner revealed that the “packages” have been in place for weeks in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Portland, Austin, San Francisco, and Philadelphia.

I chuckle as I envision the terror that one Meatwad can unleash, but, seriously… how stupidly and hastily suspect and fear-filled can we Americans possibly get?

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LA Times Publisher David Hiller Visits USC

david hiller, la times publisher, at usc annenbergRead my write-up and listen to the audio of David Hiller’s Q&A at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication, posted at LAist.

If you’re afeared to comment there, go ahead and lay it on down here.

Read the article.

How Does it Feel?


To better understand the Web 2.0 world, one must be in touch with the specific feelings across online content-generating demographics at a particular point in time and place.

Enter WeFeelFine.org, the excellent real-time visualization of the above, created by Internet artist Jonathan Harris and Google personalization tech Sep Kamvar.

Basically, WeFeelFine aggregates and searches the blogosphere for phrases like ‘I feel…’ or ‘I am feeling…’ One of 5,000 predefined feelings is associated with each post and the demographic attributes are tagged on. Their mission statement describes an “artwork authored by everyone”:

The result is a database of several million human feelings, increasing by 15,000 – 20,000 new feelings per day. Using a series of playful interfaces, the feelings can be searched and sorted across a number of demographic slices, offering responses to specific questions like: do Europeans feel sad more often than Americans? Do women feel fat more often than men? Does rainy weather affect how we feel? What are the most representative feelings of female New Yorkers in their 20s? What do people feel right now in Baghdad? What were people feeling on Valentine’s Day? Which are the happiest cities in the world? The saddest? And so on.

We’d love to hear about any other new and up & coming online tools for understanding audience, culture, society or just having fun.