DVD Slowdown

Studios have more or less mined their vaults for what DVD-releasable material they have, says The New Yorker. This was going to happen at some point.

Josh Whedon Was There First

All due respect to Niall Ferguson and Tom Barnett, but they’re hardly the only guys to posit a convergence between China and the US. Firefly major domo Josh Whedon has too — and he clearly doesn’t like the idea.

Community Reinvestment

Stephen Bainbridge rubbishes the idea that the Community Reinvestment Act caused the Wall Street meltdown:

Put simply, the freezing up of the credit markets doesn’t have anything to do with either affirmative action or illegal immigration, and people who believe it does are on a par with the conspiracy theorists who think fluoridation is a Chicom plot.

When you look at the data, it’s true that minorities are slightly over-represented in the sub-prime mortgage market. Yet, whites (non-minorities) received 72.5% of subprime mortgages. Blacks got 16.2% of subprime mortgages, which isn’t all that different from the 12.4% of the general population that blacks comprise. The Hispanics about whom Malkin is so hysterical got only 6.2% of subprime mortgages, significantly less than their 14.8% of the general population. But you don’t find an analysis of that data at blogs like those of Malkin or Krikorian.

Bainbridge comes to his variant of conservatism by way of intellectual honesty. And his numbers square with what I’ve seen in pawing through foreclosure records.

Apple Users for Microsoft

Just remember, guys, the cover-up is always worse than the crime:

Metadata found on Microsoft’s creative copy used in its ‘I’m a PC’ ad reveals that the graphics were actually produced using Macs running Adobe Creative Suite 3. After the details were published on the Flickr photo sharing site, Microsoft scrambled to polish off the embarrassing details last night.


What I find interesting about the split-screen cut that occurs here during this Biden clip is that it occurred on Fox News:

Light Posting

Blogging has been admittedly light the last few days. I haven’t been reading many blogs in that span either. Frankly, I’m seeing a lot of hackery out there from even established names, low-quality posts with low-quality links, seeming to suggest that the ‘sphere is becoming corrupt in way it claims the MSM to be.

Great Moments in Movie Advertising (Updated)

Someone at Amazon obtained the full series of posters for W, Oliver Stone’s new movie. They rock:

But Does It Sell Software?

Back in my college days, I sat in on a presentation from a Miller Brewing marketing person who was explaining the thinking behind company’s then-popular “less filling, tastes great” ad campaign. The ads were noteworthy for their light touch (the George Steinbrenner/Billy Martin spot remains a classic) but the Miller rep’s takeaway point was that cute can never be an end in itself. The key question to use in evaluating any spot, especially the cute ones, she said, is “does it sell beer.”

Whoever’s working on the new Microsoft ad campaign featuring Jerry Seinfeld didn’t get that memo:

Weird beyond all immediate description.

Missed Connection

Sports information guy at small football school misprints phone number on news release, sends sportswriters scrambling to call a phone-sex line instead of the coach’s weekly news conference. Hilarity ensues:

When I dialed in, the voice on the other line said, “Hi sexy, you’ve reached the one-on-one fantasy line.” I gasped, hung up and figured I must have dialed the wrong number. So, I checked the UCF news release and dialed again, but I got the same phone sex hotline complete with offers I can’t really post on this blog.

What he didn’t mention was that he no doubt was worried for a minute there about what would happen when that call showed up on the company phone bill. Bean-counters just don’t have a sense of humor about that kind of thing.

Hillary’s No PUMA

I think we’ll hear this in her prime-time speech. As David Byrne said in Stop Making Sense, does anyone have any questions?

Oh, and Steve Benen at Washington Monthly has only it partly right:

It’s almost as if the party “rift” has been exaggerated for effect by news outlets obsessed with the notion of drama, and desperate to find some kind of major conflict, whether it exists or not.

No, Steve, it’s a plant. And some people are dumb enough to fall for it.

UPDATE: They’re still at it. Let’s go to the tape, shall we?