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The REAL reason Leo Laporte went to China

by Ken from Chicago / July 20, 2009 7:01 PM PDT

For those in Buzztown who caught Tom, Molly and Natale on This Week In Tech for the past couple of weeks when Leo was away in China, I can now reveal the reason he was in China:

Leo was hooking up with Scarlet Johanson!

Hey, it was good enough for Bill Murray. Now you're wondering if Leo also whispered something to Scarlet before they parted. Yes, he did, words which she would never reveal until her dying day:

Decades in the future, when, ironically, Scarlet suffered from color blindness, forced to see the world in black and white, would finally collapse, dropping her snowglobe of a then-ancient audio player that plays her favorite audio book purchased from, Scarlet would finally speak the fateful five final words whispered lo those many decades prior:






-- Ken from Chicago

P.S. Or as Scarlet refers to them as Leo's "Final Five".

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Can you tell me
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 20, 2009 7:35 PM PDT

why the expanded link to

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The real question is:
by Slikkster / July 20, 2009 11:31 PM PDT
In reply to: Can you tell me

When is cNET going to use a more full-featured forum software package that allows for selective editing? This way, you can avoid throwing the baby out with the bathwater and simply make MOD edits where necessary vs. deleting posts that might have useful info, but fail forum policy in some unrelated regard. Additionally, users can self-edit where necessary.

I do think that the forum policy on links is a little vague. It seems to want to have it both ways on external links, which can be a bit confusing to some. Is Dvorak's blog a "competing service" in the truest sense of the word? It's a serious question. If his site is, then it wouldn't be a stretch to say that any other tech site off-cNET could be considered a "competing service", no?

I certainly don't think that simply posting a link to dvorak's blog is an invitation to leave cNET and "join a competing service". Is his blog something that is to be "joined"? You would have to take the position that the original poster here was implying "Hey, leave this silly site for good and go to Dvorak's, instead!" I don't even see a forum as such there (although since Dvorak's site is pretty messy and I might have missed it). On the other hand, simply linking to the blog absent context can be viewed as at least gratuitous. But is it telling people to leave cNET for Dvorak permanently? That would be a stretch, in my view.


"Posting links

Our policy on linking to other forums is pretty simple. Members may link to any other site that provides information that helps answer another member's question <b><i>or is just of general interest to members of that particular forum.</i> One of the most basic tenets of the Web is the open exchange of information, and the CNET forum managers wholeheartedly support this type of exchange.</b>

The only type of linking (besides porn and spam, of course) that will not be allowed on our site is when members solicit people to leave our site and join a competing service. That's just common sense. We won't allow people to use our site to promote a competing service any more than a brick-and-mortar store would allow his competitor to paste flyers all over his walls. <b>However, people are always welcome to link to any online resource, whether it's on our site or any other site, in order to share useful information with fellow members.</b>"

Of course, it's like the late Justice Potter Stewart's view on pornography. He basically said he couldn't define it, but he knew it when he saw it. I think it's safe to say that some clarification --possibly with examples-- could be made in the policy.

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Now that I actually read Ken's post...
by Slikkster / July 21, 2009 2:13 AM PDT
In reply to: Can you tell me

The Dvorak link was the punchline to the story. So, in that sense, it was in context to the post.

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It was a joke
by Ken from Chicago / July 21, 2009 12:57 PM PDT
In reply to: Can you tell me

First it would be at best redundant and at worst pointless to plug Dvorak's blog in the BOL forum considering those who would be most interested already know of it given the huge overlap between "Buzztown" and the "TWIT Army". It would be like plugging Buzz Report, The Real Deal, Loaded, The 404, etc., podcasts here.

Second, as pointed out downthread, it was the punchline of the joke as a spoof of LOST IN TRANSLATION, starring Bill Murray and Scarlet Johanson, as well as Dvorak being a long time highly frequent guest of Leo's podcast (the two are like the "World's Finest" of the dear departed TechTV, with Dvorak being the cynical, dour "Batman" to Leo's optimistic, friendly "Superman"--much like Molly Wood is to Tom Merritt, except, of course, Laporte and Dvorak were prior, and doubt either of them have in half-human half cylon offspring, that I know of) and known for constantly plugging his own blog.

Third, I thought Dvorak moved on to a new website / blog. He's now plugging something different, and uncensored website when he's on podcasts.

-- Ken from Chicago

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by shmody / July 20, 2009 9:45 PM PDT
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The REAL reason Leo Laporte went to China
by wizkids32 / July 21, 2009 7:29 AM PDT

LOL but Leo was also doing a Mac Cruise that happened to go to China.

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