Archive for November, 2009

tiger woods pr alert

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

what can tiger woods do to salvage his career. well, considering that no level of controversy could diminish his talent, we’re talking about all those lucrative endorsements.

from what’s flying around the internet, apparently/allegedly tiger woods’ wife, the swedish former babysitter elin nordegren, went ghetto on him and went after him with a golf club.

the first round of reports released from news outlets was that tiger’s wife had smashed out the windows on his ford escalade to get him out following an accident. which sounded sort of noble. but people then you start to wonder how a small woman like that could drag someone tiger’s size out of a car all by herself. it is possilbe. but why go through the back windon and not the window on the passenger side?

according to abc news, an eyewitness who took photos at the scene of the crash there were 2 golf irons in the street and both backseat windows were broken.

photos on WFTV show tiger’s front passenger tire lodged in a tree with a golf cart and blanket right nearby.

so what advice would you give tiger woods? well, from a p.r. perspective this story could spin any old way. if this is what is really happening, it’s good that somebody on his team is leaking information to gossip sites about his wife having whooped him over the head, if that’s what actually happened. because otherwise the drunk driving/drug taking rumours would immediately start which in the long run would have a far damaging affect on his endorsements than a man who can benchpress 300 pounds (apx 150 kg) being beat up with a 9 iron by a former babysitter.

now tiger and his people better make sure he talks with the police today, otherwise it could look like he is guilty of something and in hiding. if he is trying to save his wife, we suggest he do an obama and throw her under the bus.

yes she just might walk away with millions, but certainly tiger has a prenuptual agreement. and since elin was merely a glorified nanny when he met her, the odds are that she’ll run through that cash in no times. no matter how many zeros are attached to it.

since tiger has declared himself a cabalasian (sp?) he can’t contact oprah or reach out to reverend al. he’ll have to contact the cabalasian community and try to get them behind him so he can repair his image that is fraying by the minute.

and that new image is soon to become: legendary golf star beat up by petite blond swedish woman welding a 9 iron.

roman polanski getting out of the pokie

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

a swiss court has decided that roman polanski can post a 4.5M bail. it’s not clear if that quote is in swiss francs, euros or dollars. money talks and the country of bankers responds. but apparently a higher court is appealing this and hopes to block this. the man, whose spent the past 30 years on the lam being tortured by living in a penthouse apartment in paris, forced to buy a chalet in paris and forced to accept money for directing such horrendous films such as ‘frantic,’ probably wouldn’t want to spend his few remaining years in prison.

kristen stewart great acting moments

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

kstew, as fans and foes and the tabloids like to call her, puts in a series of oscar winning performances in the following video:

newsweek's palin cover

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

no debate about sexism here. the real deal is that newsweek, according to runner’s world magazine the company that originally commissioned tthe photos, ran the photo without the magazine’s knowledge and more importantly, without their permission. is time-warner (or whatever the company is called now) shaking in their boots out of fear of rodale, the publisher of runner’s world?

according to the caption in the above link, the image was given to newsweek by the photographer’s stock agency. so this could lead to a question regarding rights and copyright. who owns the rights to these photos? yes, they were commissioned by runner’s world. but what sort of contract does the photographer have with the magazine? and what rights does the photographer’s stock agency have? and what photographer aside from annie lebovitz, who barely even owns her own stuff anymore (was she foreclosed or not?) has his (we prefer not to use the ‘his or her’ or ‘their’ construct that one finds on twitter) own stock agency?

and yes, given the context of the image and that it’s no longer inside the covers of a running magazine but prominently featured on the cover of a (cough cough) real news publication, it is quite interesting that the editors were hardpressed to find another cover image. or that christopher hitchens, sexist that he usually appears to be, was given the honors of writing a scathing screed on palin.

michael sheen type cast as tony blair

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

how many times has this man played tony blair? for some who were never into blair, sheen’s turn as a vampire might seem to be appropriate.

oskar lafontaine chairman of germany's communist party has cancer

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

oskar lafontaine, chairman of die linke political party and the man who has sewn confusion into the german parliamentary system by introducing a viable 5th party into the government has announced that he will undergo a cancer operation this thursday.

rupert murdoch versus google

Monday, November 16th, 2009

rupert murdoch is showing his age. the old guy wants to block google from indexing content in his newspapers. we say, dude. that’s easy. you don’t have to block anyone. just don’t add any metadata to your pages and google algorithim (or however you spell that) won’t be able to find you.

it’ll be like the times doesn’t exist. is this what the murdoch family really want? the world has changed. and well, people have been quoting from newspapers in term papers for ages. does murdoch also not want this information available to academics as well.

it’s true. the free model sucks for people trying to turn a quick billion slaving away at the helm of a multi-billion dollar media company. but ultimately, the problem isn’t that you can find murdoch’s stuff on google. the problem is that young people aren’t interested in buying newspapers and magazines. and the advertising model is broken.

robert enke memorial in hannover 35,000

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

yesterday evening the german national football team, including oliver bierhoff and michael ballack, along with robert enke’s widow, attended a memorial for robert enke, the goal keeper of the german national team who committed suicide on november 10. enke, who suffered from depression had driven his car onto train tracks. earlier in the day he had left a suicide note for his wife. you can watch video of the memorial here which includes images of the 35,000 people who attended a memorial march in hannover.

oliver bierhoff cries during robert enke press conference

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

robert enke, goal keeper for germany’s football team (that’s soccer to north americans) committed suicide on november 10. oliver bierhoff, manager of the the team, shed more than a few tears during the press conference. more information with photos and video can be found on the berliner zeitung website.

rick astley versus nirvana

Monday, November 9th, 2009

the bbc reports that some hackers have figured out a way to take over some iPhones and have created a risk astley worm which takes over your phone and creates a rick astley wallpaper on your phone. you’ve been rick roll’d: