c2c commerce

by Macauley on October 3rd, 2011

Interesting trend to watch:
Consumer to Consumer, auction-style labor marketplace.


NPR Rewind: Election satire

by Macauley on November 4th, 2009

NPR logoWant a chicken in every pot? Do you think Arbor Day should be a statewide bank holiday? Why not put it on the ballot? The NPR satire troupe Rewind (produced by KUOW in Seattle) spoofs the initiative process.

AUDIO (Running time: (2:47):
Free Pony!

Source: NPR Morning Edition, November 3, 2000

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by Macauley on September 30th, 2009

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Dreaming of electric sheep?

by Macauley on June 27th, 2009

Pretty hard to categorize this video, other than to say, fairly awesome. How they managed to so carefully choreograph the sheep is beyond me. Weird and amazing.

Daily Show media critique

by Macauley on June 9th, 2009

Two instant classics from Jon Stewart & co. As usual his media critique is spot on and hilarious at once.

Morning Joe’s Sarcastic Starbucks Sponsorship (03:47)
Not one of Jon’s 90 writers picked up on Joe Scarborough’s sarcastic Starbucks sponsorship.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Morning Joe’s Sarcastic Starbucks Sponsorship
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political Humor Economic Crisis

“i” on News (05:37)
Fox News insinuates, MSNBC hates Rush Limbaugh, and CNN wants to hang out with us at a slumber party.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
“i” on News
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political Humor Economic Crisis

Stewart Mocks Media on Swine Flue

by Macauley on April 29th, 2009

Taking 24-hour news networks to task for sensationalist fear-mongering. “We’re not trying to freak anyone out,” they insist.

Oh really!?

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart M – Th 11p / 10c
Snoutbreak ’09 – The Last 100 Days
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Economic Crisis First 100 Days

From Flu Schmlu:

We’re at the tail end of the flu season right now, and it happens to be that at this time a new strain of flu has been detected. The Mexican authorities seem to think it can cause unusually severe disease, but that has not been observed elsewhere and it is not clear whether that is really true in Mexico City either. When a small number of young men in Mexico City suddenly die of pneumonia, my first thought is HIV, not pandemic flu. (And it is a small number. The Mexican authorities have attributed 100 deaths to this virus, of which only 18 have been confirmed as actual swine flu infections. 20 million people live in Mexico City.) Influenza normally cannot survive in warm temperatures, which is why flu season ends in the spring. Unless this virus has some as yet completely unknown properties for which there is no evidence whatsoever, this outbreak is almost certainly going to die out on its own in no more than a couple of weeks. Even if it does not, there is no particular reason to think it will ever be much more than an annoyance.

Unless, of course, we proactively make sure that it is more than that. Which is exactly what is happening. I am not going to accuse the Mexican authorities of overreacting because I don’t have the information they do, they have difficult judgments to make, so they did what they did. Undoubtedly, however, they have imposed a huge economic cost on the country, with the political and economic capital completely shut down, tourism effectively suspended, and small businesses without customers.

Here in the U.S., the TV is wall-to-wall flu, with the hair hats screaming and yelling about 40 cases of swine flu in the U.S. — every one of which has so far resulted in perfectly normal, mild, self-limiting illness. The Secretary of Homeland Security, no less, has held a press conference on national television to declare a Public Health Emergency. How do you expect people to interpret that? Of course it’s upsetting and I’m sure people with the sniffles will be clogging emergency departments in the days to come. (I hope not, but I’ll be surprised if it doesn’t happen.)

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Full English Breakfast

by Macauley on March 8th, 2009

My latest pet project. Working on getting it set up as a podcast in iTunes.

For now, here’s a chance to test episode 1 as a Flash player:

“Man in a Suitcase”

by Macauley on February 21st, 2009

Gibraltar Wrap-up video frameThat sounds about right. The non-stop travel schedule since New Year’s Eve included, last week, flights on five out of six consecutive days. I like flying, but that was a bit much. The 8-hour time zone shift between U.S. Central time, and Eastern European time is no fun either.

Internet Chess Club newsletter, February 21, 2009:

Our man always at the ready at the departure gate with his passport and video camera at hand, Macauley Peterson, leaves no continent untouched in our quest here at ICC Chess.FM to bring you the brightest and best video coverage and interviews from all the world’s major chess events and personalities.

He started the year off in Norway at the Aker Chess Challenge before heading to Wijk aan Zee in the Netherlands for Corus. From there, he caught a plane to London and onto Gibraltar, and then back to the US for a little technical advice to those good folks at the St. Louis Chess Club, who will be staging the US Championship (watch this space for future developments!) there, running May 7th-17th. The next day, he was heading to the airport again for the first available flight to Sofia, Bulgaria, for the eagerly-awaited Kamsky-Topalov World Chess Challenge. And from there? Yes, you guessed it. Our intrepid globetrotter will be jetting off to Spain to squeeze in the final rounds of Linares for us.

You can follow all his travels in the ICC Chess.FM blog. Checkout now the latest additions to the blog, including an exclusive 25 min audio interview with Magnus Carlsen and video coverage of Gibraltar, scene of yet another victory for Chess.FM favorite and five-time Russian champion Peter Svidler.