Monday, September 18, 2006

For a communications company, they sure speak badly

According to this news story about a deal with YouTube, Warner Music chairman Edgar Bronfman said [or more likely, the PR department wrote for his approval in a press release]: "Consumer-empowering destinations like YouTube have created a two-way dialogue that will transform entertainment and media forever."

Uh, yeah. Maybe. But it won't be much of a dialogue until the media companies learn to communicate in english instead of marketingbabble.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Madonna space flight plan snubbed

According to the BBC News website, the Russian parliament voted down a proposal to put Madonna on the international space station in 2008. Apparently, many of those voting against didn't realize that the plan did not involve bringing her back.

Not that I've got anything against Madonna, mind you. I've always admired her ability to sing "Like a Virgin" entirely from memory.

And she has done pretty well for yourself when you consider that she is, at heart, a male drag queen trapped in the body of a woman.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Small World

Memo to American sports writers: in order to be world champions of a sport, you actually have to beat people from other countries (and no, Toronto does not count).

The world champion of basketball is Spain, not the Miami Heat. The world champion of ice hockey is Sweden, even if the Carolina Hurricanes did beat some Canadian teams on its way to the North American Championship.The world champion of baseball is Japan, not the Chicago White Sox which is, at best, the World Series champions. Ironically, about the only thing a US team can genuinely claim to be world champions of is the Little League World Series (congratulations, Columbus Northern Little League of Columbus, Georgia).

OK, the world champions of American Football probably is the Pittsburgh Steelers, but only because nobody else on Planet Earth plays the game.

I don't think I'll ever stop being amused by the parochialism that allows Americans in general, and ESPN anchors who really ought to know better in particular, to refer with a straight face to their little local championships as "world" champions.