Delta schedules an impossible flight, landing at 10:19pm when the curfew is 10pm. Consequences: predictable — Consumerist
My second wine column for Reuters is out, and in it I talk a little bit about my wine contests; previous installments can be found here, here, and here, and I should definitely thank Tamara Lover for the original idea. If you want the price-quality graph and scatter graphs for the Beaujolais contest, here they are; they look much more like Merlot than Pinot. For the real nerds among you, the spreadsheet is here.
Every so often, a reporter gets a glimpse of the enormous amount of behind-the-scenes craziness that goes on in advance of even the most mundane interview. Rarely, however, does it become public that an interview preparation session resulted in a flack storming out of the company, taking the CEO to arbitration, and eventually scoring a six-figure financial settlement. That’s what seems to have happened after eBay CEO Meg Whitman was unhappy with her PR person’s preparation for an interview with Adam Pasick of Reuters.
Back in 2006, I started writing about Zipcar insurance. Zipcar — which is going public in an offering worth as much as $75 million — has a history of being more than a little disingenuous about the degree to which its drivers are insured. I spoke to them in February 2007, and they promised to change the language on their website; instead, in May 2007, they decided to start leaving sock-puppet comments on my blog, rather than actually do what they’d promised. Eventually, in October, they merged with Flexcar, which had much better insurance policies, and as part of the merger they adopted Flexcar’s insurance plan. (They had to, or face mass defections by Flexcar’s corporate client base.)
The NYT has a clear policy when it comes to primary sources — if you’re writing about a certain document, then you should link to it, if it’s online. Increasingly, the NYT’s journalists are actually doing that.
Thomas Kinkade, drunk driver — Sacramento Bee
The death of the sun’s “magnetic soul”? — New Scientist
England 1-1 USA in lego — Guardian
McCain tweets words of wisdom to Jersey Shore’s Snooki — NYT
Congressman behaving badly — YouTube
These are beautiful, but are they true? If so, now I know what I’ve been doing wrong all these years — Design You Trust
The CFTC has approved trading in film futures. This means almost nothing. A handful of contracts will trade in the next few weeks, but once the financial regulatory reform bill is signed into law, all such trading will come to an end. The opponents of box-office futures never really thought that the CFTC would change its mind and prevent these futures from trading, so they went over the CFTC’s head to Congress. Which is determined to make sure this market never takes off.