Yesterday was a good day. I got up, brushed my teeth, ate toast with
pickled herring and jalape?o jelly, made a few phone calls, and trimmed
my nostril hairs. Later on, I dived through some Dumpsters and went
shopping for a new trench coat. That was a good day, and it would have
been a great day if 100 of the world's best photojournalists followed me
around and snapped every undercover moment (without revealing my true
identity, of course). It sounds like Intel CEO
is thinking similar
My intelligent agents report that the abnormally tan Grovester is
bankrolling the next project of
Rick Smolan, le photo-entrepreneur who brought the world
24 Hours in Cyberspace and A
Day in the Life of America. Smolan, who was once described by a
weekly business mag as a "vicious capitalist in hippie clothing," got
into hot water with
Nicholas Negroponte and the MIT
Media Lab crew when they claimed Slick Rick stole the "24 Hours" idea
after ducking out of the Lab's 10th anniversary Day in the Life of
Cyberspace project. Smolan retorted that his light bulb went off the year
before while having dinner with old school chums.
The upcoming project is tentatively called "A Day in the Life of the
Microprocessor," but Skinside sources say it's more or less an Intel
annual report gussied up to look like an outsider's camera-eye view.
Veteran TV producer Mike Cerre has already signed on to be the editorial
director. Cerre last made news with his boob-tube show
Scan on CNBC, which focuses
on the way new technology is changing the world. Cerre lost high-tech
street cred when IBM, Scan's sole sponsor, admitted last year that it
pulled some editorial strings.
Look for the microprocessor photo shootout day to happen on July 11
(7-11, how very convenient), a day that Intel employees around the world
will have their hair neatly combed and smiles on straight.
7-11 may be the right number for microwave burritos, but 56 is
double-digit despair for many in Skinnyspace who complain that competing
56-kbps modem vendors promising fast upgrades from 33 kbps are not
keeping their word. Both U.S. Robotics and Diamond Multimedia are making
56-kbps modems difficult to obtain, according to several irate readers
who purchased 33-kbps modems with the promise of a quick, easy upgrade
when the 56ers hit the shelves. Now that it's time to cash in, the
companies' customer service reps are hard to reach and the upgrade plans
have fine-print conditions that weren't part of the original 33-kbps
purchase deal, some readers allege.
Speaking of reading fine print, did Wired News blow holes in its copy
desk? I don't mean to be petty, but when you dish the dirt on my homies,
you gotta dish it clean. The top Wired News headline on Friday afternoon
needed a second read: "Did 'Gunsmoke' Blows Holes in CNET Stock?" I may
not agree with a lot of things (frames-based Web sites, for example), but
at least my subjects and verbs agree with each other. As for this
Gunsmoke thing, I did my own poking around...and found out it's an old
TV show. Gosh, you learn something new every day!
More media rounds: the San Jose Merc ran a
back in February about superstore Fry's Electronics, a.k.a. Geek Heaven,
suing the owner of Frenchy Frys over
the "frys.com" domain. The Merc said the dispute had been settled with
silicon winning over starch and grease, but Mr. Frenchy himself, David
Peter, remains defiant and online in his pursuit of truth, justice, and
franchising opportunities. To underline his rebellious nature, he has
harnessed the visual power of the same blinking "red alert" GIF that the
Heaven's Gate folks used (and they called themselves Web designers!?).
CNET sugar daddy Paul Allen has proven that
bad Web design transcends class
boundaries. His little cyberhome is squeezed tight with fuzzy text and
confusing graphics. It has everything you've always wanted to know about
the largest Microsoft cofounder--even hot, breaking news!--except for his
favorite pizza toppings. As for browsers, the site is best viewed with...
take a wild guess.
Now that I've made fun of Pablo Grosso, I'll most likely need my own sugar daddy. Please email your resume, along with a rumor, to my inbox. Don't forget to include your net worth!