Twitter Saves

Cool story:

U.C. Berkeley student’s Twitter messages alerted world to his arrest in Egypt – San Jose Mercury News

Buck, 29, a former Oakland Tribune multimedia intern, used the ubiquitous short messaging service to tap out a single word on his cellular phone: ARRESTED. The message went out to the cell phones and computers of a wide circle of friends in the United States and to the mostly leftist, anti-government bloggers in Egypt who are the subject of his graduate journalism project.

The next day, he walked out a free man with an Egyptian attorney hired by UC Berkeley at his side and the U.S. Embassy on the phone.

More here and here

Worst New Yorker Insert EVAR

Worst New Yorker Insert EVAR, originally uploaded by revolute.

I usually don’t mind the fact that my house is weekly littered with inserts from The New Yorker. I’ve subscribed for years and it’s always been worth roughly a buck an issue if only for the covers and cartoons.

But the April 21 ’08 issue was so fat (especially for a non-double) I was horrified that I’d open it to the stank of some cologne or perfume.

Instead I found a super-sticky envelope with the absolute most tacky, sellouty bow-like MasterCard sticker-seal and a message beneath reading:

One-of-a-kind, commissioned portrain of you, painted by Julian Schnabel: priceless? Give or take a few cents.

Look inside to see if your search is over.

Come on now, New Yorker, you’re supposed to be the last great print periodical for all eternity. Don’t piss me off!


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