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New Park in Rockland, Maine Celebrates Google Maps

“The brilliance of Google,” writes Owl Eyes Creative, “is that the company has grown to understand its users.”

Part of understanding Google’s users is an understanding of where Google users live. Google has become an unrivaled expert at using the power of well-designed data mining to create a deeper level of understanding for users about [...]

Despite Prominent Promotion in News Media, Few Americans Agree that “We Need Smith”

We Need Smith, a mysterious effort to independently promote unidentified presidential and congressional candidates who favor good things and oppose bad things, has been getting some prominent promotion in the news media lately.

A FOX News segment on July 5 of this year devoted a full five minutes of airtime to promoting We Need Smith, [...]

In Other News, 734 Street Signs May be Replaced by 2146

I think it may be impossible for this “fact” from Science News to be disproved.

“We Need Smith” Follows Americans Elect in Hilarious Footsteps

Do you miss the audaciously loopy drama of the 2012 political corporation Americans Elect? If so, don’t fret; you’re just going to love “We Need Smith,” a new, mysterious effort to promote political candidates for national office.

Do you miss Americans Elect’s unintentionally self-deprecating PR-talk? You’ll love “We Need Smith.” Leader Patrick Caddell’s case for [...]

Context Matters

I can so totally see that guy.

Must See Advertisements?

Marketing Magazine, in a tweet this afternoon, promises to show its readers a list of “must-see ads” for the week.

Must-see advertisements? Readers, can you name even one advertisement that you have seen that you felt, afterwards, it was necessary for you to see?

Are these kinds of exceptional, necessary-to-see advertisements really released on [...]

What Counts As Indie In Books?

I love the idea of Indie. Finding a true independent in a world filled with big, powerful organizations is a lucky thing, like finding a four-leaf clover.

So, I was excited to discover IndieBound this morning. IndieBound is the web site of an association of independent bookstores. It describes itself as follows: “A product of [...]

The Mythological Precedent Of The Woman Thor

This week, Marvel Comics announced that its comic book hero Thor, which is based upon the Norse god Thor, will become a woman.

A representative of Marvel explained, “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike [...]

Big Data, Doctor Who, And Bob’s Burgers

This, the latest installment of How Big Data Is Going To Make Human Insight Obsolete, comes to us courtesy of Netflix, which assures me that, because I watched Doctor Who, I will want to watch Bob’s Burgers…

(“This animated series centers on Bob Belcher and his ragtag clan of burger-flippers, who are desperate to get [...]

Should American Religious Groups Censor Outsiders Who Blaspheme?

September 30 is International Blasphemy Rights Day, an unholy day on which people celebrate the legal right to defy religious leaders’ attempts to restrict speech and artistic expression. I’m tempted to design a set of bedsheets carrying the images of Ganesh, Mohammed, and Jesus to mark the occasion. [...]

If People Are Created In The Likeness Of God, And People Like Pornography, Then…

Independent Political Report brings to our attention the interesting political agenda of a small political party calling itself the Prohibition Party. Though it’s named the Prohibition Party, and it’s anti-pornography, the party doesn’t seek to prohibit pornography.

The Prohibition Party explains. “Believing that we, as humans, are created in the image and likeness of [...]