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July 11, 2012

laughterkey:

vh1:

We know a lot of our DirectTV fans are mad today.  We saw that the CEO of DirectTV had a message for users, and we gave it a bit of the Pop Up Video treatment… ;)

Call 800-531-5000 to

I think the whole thing is ridiculous and outdated, but this is a hilarious means of striking back.  

Seriously, they pull this tool out for this? What, are we children?

EDIT: They made the video private after posting it, but you can find a version here.

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14:18 // 2 years ago
May 26, 2012
If you let one (truant student) run loose, what are you gonna’ do with the rest of ‘em? Let them go too?
Houston judge Lanny Moriarty • On his decision to sentence a 17-year-old honor student, who (since her parents divorced and both skipped town) has had to work both a full and a part time job just to support two siblings, to spend a day in jail, after she missed school recently. Diane Tran, who also takes dual-credit college-level courses, says that she’s often so tired that she finds it difficult to wake up for school. But that didn’t sway Moriarty, who chose to make an example of Tran. If you think this sucks, we direct you to this Change.org petition.
16:11 // 2 years ago
February 2, 2012
11:24 // 2 years ago
October 29, 2011

What the heck, Mediaite? Why do you just let your writer just drop an ad-hominem attack on the subject of an article, unchecked? It’s one thing to disagree with Michael Moore; plenty of people do this already. Frances Martel took it a step further by calling Michael Moore a communist in the VERY FIRST SENTENCE of a story, then drawing reference to it at the very end of said story. Uncalled-for.

12:49 // 2 years ago
September 15, 2011

joshsternberg says: I started an "Unnecessary Journalism Phrases" tumblr. (I can't put links in the Ask Box) Feel free to submit some of your favorites!

» SFB says: Great idea! We think a related topic would be news stories’ unnecessary descriptions of obvious things. For example, from that epic Nicolas Cage quote we reblogged last night, the story included this phrase: “A Fudgesicle is a frozen, ice cream-like snack.” Everyone submit your ideas to Josh’s blog! — Ernie @ SFB

12:14 // 3 years ago
March 2, 2011
A friend of ours tweeted today about this site called OneMinuteNews, which they compared to SFB in a way flattering to us. (Hey, we’re vain; we’ll take it.) After watching a clip or two, our thoughts on the matter seem to suggest that the problem is personality and content-based. Just as a comparison, watch this clip. Compare it to this clip from Newsy (which basically does this already). Which one did you learn something from? If you said the one from Newsy, you’re probably in the same boat as us. And plus, the OneMinuteNews personality is terrible. Just unspeakably bad. The guy in the Newsy clip? A recent Missou grad who’s way more on point. Just to compare, here’s another OneMinuteNews clip. Better personality, but still, it just doesn’t feel like you’re learning much from watching it. Some smart TV industry people put OneMinuteNews together, but it just feels like what would happen if you let MTV run CNN for a week. And not the MTV News folks, either. 

A friend of ours tweeted today about this site called OneMinuteNews, which they compared to SFB in a way flattering to us. (Hey, we’re vain; we’ll take it.) After watching a clip or two, our thoughts on the matter seem to suggest that the problem is personality and content-based. Just as a comparison, watch this clip. Compare it to this clip from Newsy (which basically does this already). Which one did you learn something from? If you said the one from Newsy, you’re probably in the same boat as us. And plus, the OneMinuteNews personality is terrible. Just unspeakably bad. The guy in the Newsy clip? A recent Missou grad who’s way more on point. Just to compare, here’s another OneMinuteNews clip. Better personality, but still, it just doesn’t feel like you’re learning much from watching it. Some smart TV industry people put OneMinuteNews together, but it just feels like what would happen if you let MTV run CNN for a week. And not the MTV News folks, either. 

21:15 // 3 years ago
February 17, 2011
Huffington Post uses word “Google” 103 times in single article
The article of the moment on HuffPo: Personally, we prefer to Bing Google on Bing. What an obvious grab for SEO! The article says Google 103 times (by our count)! But seriously, folks, we Lycos this article and think it’s pretty Cuil. source
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The article of the moment on HuffPo: Personally, we prefer to Bing Google on Bing. What an obvious grab for SEO! The article says Google 103 times (by our count)! But seriously, folks, we Lycos this article and think it’s pretty Cuil. source

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19:27 // 3 years ago
January 15, 2011

Worst startup angle: Naming your wannabe hip startup “Hipster”

  • 10,000 wannabe hipster signups so far source

» A really clichéd calling card: While not giving much away, the use of UseHipster.com appears to be ironic. Some might even say … detached. All that exists is a startup page of an aerial urban image that changes based on your proximity to NYC or San Francisco (or Atlanta or Chicago … The Washington Post lied! – thanks lemonpeelclock) – the two cities where whatever idea they have is going to launch. ”I think we might have perfected the viral ‘Coming Soon’ page,” said founder Doug Ludlow, who is wrong.

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21:02 // 3 years ago
November 23, 2010
Axel Rose’s disdain for Slash hits a new “Guitar Hero” high
How much does Axl Rose hate Slash? Enough that he filed a $20 million suit against the makers of “Guitar Hero III” because he felt they lied to him about Slash’s role in the game. Rose, who allowed Guns ‘N’ Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle” to be in the game, did so only on the assurance that his estranged former guitarist and his new band, Velvet Revolver, would have no role in the game. Instead, Slash is featured prominently during “Welcome to the Jungle,” and Velvet Revolver songs are in the game. Dude, is your beef with him really worth this? source
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How much does Axl Rose hate Slash? Enough that he filed a $20 million suit against the makers of “Guitar Hero III” because he felt they lied to him about Slash’s role in the game. Rose, who allowed Guns ‘N’ Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle” to be in the game, did so only on the assurance that his estranged former guitarist and his new band, Velvet Revolver, would have no role in the game. Instead, Slash is featured prominently during “Welcome to the Jungle,” and Velvet Revolver songs are in the game. Dude, is your beef with him really worth this? source

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23:54 // 3 years ago
November 18, 2010
20:41 // 3 years ago