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Entries from March 2008

True Hollywood Story

March 31st, 2008 · No Comments

Yes, it really can happen. Photographer, filmmaker, and former pro snowboarder Jon Boyer and his wife were walking their dog Disco (RIP) in the Hollywood Hills when they were stopped by a talent scout and asked to audition for a commercial. They went and Jon ended up charming his way through the audition (past dozens […]

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Tags: Media

Newspapers’ Worst Year Ever

March 31st, 2008 · No Comments

The Newspaper Association of America just announced their numbers for the 2007 business year. Tim Mullaney of Bloomberg.com calls it the worst year ever. U.S. newspapers suffered their worst drop in print advertising sales since industry record- keeping began 57 years ago, hammered by the housing-market slump and competition from the Internet. . . . […]

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Tags: Media

ESPN Gives Sales Networks The Boot

March 30th, 2008 · No Comments

I’ve never been a big fan of selling off excess online advertising inventory to third party “sales networks,” for several reasons: with sales networks publishers lose control of who is advertising on their sites (often leading to irrelevant and annoying advertising that junks up the site). And secondly, dumping remnants ad impressions tends to dilute […]

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Tags: Business · Technology

Are We There Yet?

March 28th, 2008 · 3 Comments

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Tags: Business · Fashion · Skateboarding

Celebrity Doppelgangers And Me

March 28th, 2008 · No Comments

When “Sean O’Shinigan” posted yesterday that Rick Astley’s “resemblance with the blog author is uncanny” it got me thinking of all the famous people I’ve been accused of looking like. It’s not a long list. Here they are from left to right: actor Timothy Hutton, actor Jack Black, suspected Natalie Holloway murderer Joran Van der […]

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Tags: Life

It’s Only Rick And Roll To Me

March 27th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The first time I was “Rickrolled” I didn’t even get it. I love pop-songs and Rick Astley’s Never Going To Give You Up is about as perfect a pop song as you can get. Painfully hooky, shamelessly 80s and epic in execution. The LA Times got in touch with the singer to ask him how […]

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Tags: Media · Music · Technology

UNIV Is The Inspiration

March 27th, 2008 · No Comments

Aside from checking out Hypebeast and Slamxhype everyone now and then I really don’t follow the streetwear scene all that much. But when someone sent these photos over I had to laugh. UNIV, the Encinitas, California style shop and streetwear label has been stirring things up lately, so it’s kind of fitting that the design/style […]

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Tags: Business · Fashion

Salomon Factory Workers On Strike

March 27th, 2008 · No Comments

According to the blog PisteHors.com: The Salomon factory at Rumilly [France] is at a standstill for a third day today. The workers are claiming an increase of 150 euros per month. Salomon is planning on moving ski production from France to Austria. . . .Salmon’s union representatives are complaining that Amer Sports, which owns Salomon, […]

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Tags: Business · Snowboarding

Look Looks At Rossi

March 26th, 2008 · No Comments

Look Cycle International, the French company that revolutionized the cycling industry with what I still believe is one of the most game-changing products in history (the clip-less pedal) is rumored to be considering taking Rossignol off of Quiksilver’s hands, according to a story on Reuters. The head of cycling equipment group Look International [Dominique Bergin] […]

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Tags: Business · Snowboarding · Surfing

All Da Cat Stories In One Book

March 26th, 2008 · No Comments

Writer David Rensin’s book on Miki Dora is coming out next month from HarperEntertainment. It’s titled: All for a Few Perfect Waves: The Audacious Life and Legend of Rebel Surfer Miki Dora. In an article for Malibu Arts Review Magazine writer Josh Hastings kicks down the details. Rensin’s book uncovers the truth about the sport’s […]

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Tags: Books · Surfing