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May 05, 2004
Odd, Interesting, or Disturbing

Frat Boy Ethics.

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Pope's Spanish ambassador calls for recognition of gay couples.

I agree with Dusty Saunders. The to-do over the end of Friends is a bit much and Dateline not only crosses but obliterates the line between "news" and "entertainment" by putting on a special program just to rake in more share points around the episode.

Not satisfied with three hours of Friends programming on Thursday, NBC begins its over-the-top promotion at 7 by airing two half-hour Friends reruns.

Dateline takes over at 8 for a two-hour show with a goodly portion devoted to interviews with the Friends' cast and crew and profiles of the producers.

If I had been planning to watch the final episode, I'd most certainly have taped it and skipped the debris the network is throwing in to extend the suffering and rake in more share points.

Addressing Threats In A Connected World

For the record, I'm reconsidering attending the Rocky Mountain Blogger Bash. Call me oversensitive, but the picture on this page seems to change, and when I first saw it, it was a woman bending over and lifting her skirt to let the viewer see her butt. The caption read something like, "Now, Doesn't This Look Like Fun?"

In fact, it did not look like fun and I'm thinking maybe the advertised Bash isn't really my kind of thing.

(It's a pity, because I visited the page following a link to The Nuance-headed League, and it was a well-written entry that I wanted to link to myself.)

UPDATE: In truth, and as I explained in the comments, the ad isn't very PC but it's not really earth-shatteringly offensive, either. I may have had a slight overreaction.

What's important to remember is that this is an event put together by some guys mostly for themselves and other guys who blog. With that assumption, it's probably natural their choice of ads will appeal to men.

I re-wrote that six times and it still doesn't sound right. I'm trying to say they can advertise their party any way they choose to. They're under no requirement to make it palatable to me or anyone else. It's their party.

Posted by AnneZook at 10:38 AM


There are a series of Blogger Bash ads that rotate on a random scriptor and change each time you load the page. I linked to all the ads. I didn't make them.

Posted by: Jeff G at May 5, 2004 11:30 AM

Yeah, I got the butt shot Blogger Bash ad too when I clicked on that page. Doesn't look like fun to me either.

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at May 5, 2004 02:06 PM

Honestly, Jeff , on any other day I probably would have just shaken my head and mumbled something about how men never seem to age past an adolescent sense of humor.

As it happens, four of the men I work most closely with are getting on my nerves in a serious way this week.

Since they're paying my salary to put up with their nonsense, and no one is paying me to put up with nonsense in the world o'blog, I unfairly transferred my aggravation to that ad.

Posted by: Anne at May 5, 2004 03:05 PM