Eh, I’m perfectly ok with this. The idea that some random dude, just by virtue of being first to the copyright office, should be able to have sole control of a slogan based on someone else’s name + accomplishments is pretty absurd on it’s face.
No official design has been announced by mother Russia, but TheRings stumbled upon this gem of an image today while stalking the Sochi mascots on tumblr (Team Hare). Could this sketch and design proposal be the 2014 Olympic medals? Guys…they’re stack-able, because that’s so incredibly important. The Winter Olympics ladies and gentlemen. The Winter Olympics…
Kudos to Eater for this fine piece of public service journalism, and for reminding us that while Sandy devastated the Northeastern United States over a month ago, many good places to eat still haven’t gotten back on their feet.
“Somebody punched me in the head and I yelled up, “I don’t know which one of you just punched me in the head, but if I find out, you’re going to be ejected.” With that, Bill Fitch said to me, “Jess, I know who punched you.” Of course in the heat of the moment, I look at Bill and say, “Who was it?” He said, “It was Kareem and Magic.””—
I was walking through Terminal 2 at SFO this morning, looking all the bright shiny new stores and their tenants. It occurred to me that most of them were companies, “chains,” I had never heard of. There were one or two exceptions - I think Mango was in there - but by and large the stores were…
For the record, I fucking LOVE Lark Creek Grill. (Only Deep Blue beats it for terminal fare.)
Ben Leventhal, who hosts a pretty rad `Burger Bloodbath’ every year in the Hamptons, has hiked the price of the competitive meatfest to $150pp, up 20% from 2011’s price of $125. There are a limited number of friends and family tickets currently being sold for $100.
Related: Leventhal is calling it the (Montauk) Superburger this year. Public tickets will go on sale next week exclusively through Eater. Last year, Leventhal partnered with Gilt City to host the event.
Competitors SEAMUS MULLEN, Tertulia JESSE GERSTEIN & DAN ALDWORTH, 2011 Superburger Runner-up (a) ALEX STUPAK, Empellon ZAK PELACCIO, Fatty Crab EDDIE “HARLEM” HAUNG & CHARLIE DOUGIELO, BaoHaus RYAN SOLIEN, Montauk Yacht Club HAROLD MOORE, Commerce MEHDI BRUNET-BENKRITLY, Fedora MIKE DEFONZO, PJ Clarke’s SARAH SIMMONS, City Grit (a) JAMES RAMSAY & STU “THE GRIFTER” WILSON (a)
Judges PAT LAFRIEDA, LaFrieda Meat Purveyors SPIKE MENDELSOHN, 2009 South Beach Burger Bash Winner JOSH CAPON, 2010 NYC Burger Bash Winner HEAD JUDGE KATE KRADER, Food & Wine Magazine LEE “THE RING” SCHRAGER, NYC/South Beach Wine & Food Festivals
Eater Exclusives is hosting its second, well, “exclusive” dinner at Danny Meyer’s North End Grill. The $200 per person ticket price includes wine pairings, tax, tip, and a fine four-course meal cooked by chef Floyd Cardoz. We’re big fans of all-inclusive “real cost” pricing here at The Bad Deal, so Meyer and crew is already off to good start.
Recall that the first Eater Exclusive dinner at Perla, which was advertised as being four-courses, ended up being around seventeen dishes or so. We’re inclined to say the North End Grill family-meal MIGHT very well be a GOOD DEAL. Check out my solid 2.5 star Bloomberg News review of the ambitious Battery Park Goldman Sachs cafeteria restaurant. Also take note that as of publication, one of the two North End Grill dinner services is already sold out.
The youngsters of the USA won team Gold at last October’s World Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo. They did it without their 2008 veterans, Alicia Sacramone who suffered a torn achillies and Shawn Johnson who was not quite ready, as well as Chellsie Memmel, who…
An Oral-ish History of the First-Ever Live Tweeting of The Oscars, February 25, 2007
Yesterday morning, a Twitterbot tweeted at me that Sunday marked my five-year anniversary on Twitter. Seems I signed up for the service on February 25, 2007.
Why did I sign up for Twitter on that day? So I could “live-Tweet” the occasion for Defamer, Gawker Media’s Hollywood blog, edited at that time by the genius who invented the Oscars liveblog, Mark Lisanti (now of Grantland). As obvious as it all sounds now, it was completely nonobvious then—so nonobvious, in fact, that the Twitter founders had to reach out to us and hold our hands to make it happen.
Twitter had gone live the summer before, and this would be the first Oscar Sunday of the service’s existence. What follows is a transcript, culled from the depths of my harddrive, of how the first ever live-Tweeting of the Oscars went down.
from: Nick Denton email@example.com to: Evan Williams <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Lockhart Steele <email@example.com>, Mark Lisanti <firstname.lastname@example.org> date: Tue, Feb 13, 2007 at 7:37 PM subject: Re: twitter + oscar + defamer
Cd be good for defamer. Let me check with Lock and Lisanti…
On Tue, 13 Feb 2007 7:28 pm, Evan Williams wrote:
We’re looking for a celebrity blogger to partner with to “host” the Oscars on Twitter — i.e., live-blog news and commentary during the event.
We would promote it to Twitter users with the idea of following what’s going on at the Oscars without watching them and/or watch them and get extra/interesting/funny commentary. All the posts could then be mirrored on a blog, of course.
Let us know if that’s interesting to you guys.
from: Lockhart Steele email@example.com to: Nick Denton, Ev Williams date: Mon, Feb 19, 2007 at 11:17 AM
Sure — Mark is liveblogging it on Defamer, so we just need an intern from either Gawker or Twitter to take the best of his stuff and put it on Twitter.
from: Nick Denton firstname.lastname@example.org to: Lockhart Steele date: Mon, Feb 19, 2007 at 11:17 AM
I think they were hoping we’d use Twitter for the original publishing — and splice, I guess.
from: Lockhart Steele email@example.com to: Nick Denton date: Mon, Feb 19, 2007 at 5:04 PM
Doesn’t make sense. Lisanti’s oscar blog is a huge traffic driver for Defamer — why give that to Twitter?
from: Nick Denton firstname.lastname@example.org to: Lockhart Steele date: Mon, Feb 19, 2007 at 5:24 PM
Okay, just turn them down.
from: Biz Stone email@example.com via gmail.com to: Lockhart Steele, Nick Denton date: Mon, Feb 19, 2007 at 6:54 PM
Great! We can find someone to curate Mark’s stuff if necessary although we think it would be best coming straight from Defamer.
- We’ve reserved Twitter.com/defamer and will promote via email to users, UI announcement, and blog post
- We’re hoping you’ll promote on Defamer.com (i.e., Text FOLLOW DEFAMER to 40404 for instant Oscar updates this Sunday). Will this be possible?
from: Lockhart Steele firstname.lastname@example.org to: Biz Stone date: Mon, Feb 19, 2007 at 5:04 PM
Sounds great, Biz. I’ll be with Mark and the Defamer guys during the Oscars — how easy is it to feed the stuff to Twitter? I might handle it myself. We can and will promote on Defamer.
from: Biz Stone email@example.com to: Lockhart Steele date: Wed, Feb 21, 2007 at 9:13 PM
Then, head over to http://twitter.com/devices and activate your phone number and IM screename (AIM or Jabber/gtalk). Once you do that, you’ll have 3 ways to feed Twitter:
- On the web at twitter.com - via Instant Messenger - by SMSing to 40404
Your best bet during the Oscars will probably be IM because it’s really fast and easy. (Although you don’t want to send them *too* frequently.) Please email or call Jack or myself if you have questions or want help with anything.
Ps-We’re going to feature the profile, do a ui announcement, and blog about this tomorrow. Also, a friend in Yahoo’s PR department sent us this note today:
Just was reading the twitter update and think the stuff with defamer is really cool. I’m sure you’re already thinking about this but think some of the entertainment outlets like hollywood reporter or variety would think this is pretty cool and write about it. It’s pretty timely and everyone is writing about the oscars.
from: Biz Stone firstname.lastname@example.org via gmail.com to: Lockhart Steele date: Sat, Feb 24, 2007 at 12:19 PM
If you prefer just to sign in to Twitter.com and update via the web that’s fine too—you don’t have to fiddle with the IM or Mobile settings. Let us know if you have questions.
I’d recommend about 6 or so Twitter updates per hour since you have lots of folks signed up to receive them via SMS while they watch. (300 so far).
from: Lockhart Steele email@example.com to: Biz Stone date: Sat, Feb 24, 2007 at 12:51 PM
Great. I’ll be on AIM too — lockloct. Can’t see any glitches, but I’ll ping you if I have problems.
from: Biz Stone firstname.lastname@example.org via gmail.com to: Lockhart Steele date: Sun, Feb 25, 2007 at 8:24 PM
6:05: A quick programming note: If you text FOLLOW DEFAMER to 40404, you’ll get instant Oscar updates from this liveblog to your mobile phone from Twitter.com. Sound like an unbelivable amount of fun? It is! You can leave the laptop behind and stay connected even while using the bathroom!
AIM IM with bunsen096 [aka Mark Lisanti] 2/25/07 9:26 PM
lockloct text me the latest update? bunsen096 Oscar Poll FuckageWatch: Upset! Alan Arkin’s cracked out grandpa beats Eddie Murphy for Supporting Actor! The Curse of the Fat Suit is in effect. lockloct 12 characters too long lockloct i expertly edited out several “the”s
… 10:51 PM
bunsen096 6:53: The Departed wins Adapted Screenplay, with William Monahan admitting a debilitating Valium addiction. We suppose this means we’re not going to get Sacha Baron Cohen discussing his near death experience within the rancid folds of Ken Davitian’s anus. Oh well. We’ll always have the Globes. lockloct don’t freak lockloct but we’re up to 520 twitter subscribers bunsen096 HAHAHAHA
… 12:05 AM
lockloct 518 subscribers lockloct 2 people have unsubscribed bunsen096 HAHA bunsen096 9:08: But then again… Scorsese wins Best Director! We can feel joy again! (A lock, but still. Defamer HQ just exploded in relief. No one wanted to see those eyebrows droop once again in defeat.) bunsen096 9:15: And the big one, courtesy of Bald Jack and Diane Keaton: The Departed, Best Picture. Graham King’s emotional acceptance speech is marred when Paramount emperor Brad Grey unexpectedly emerges from the head of the giant Oscar at center stage, sneaks up on King as he recites the litany of names he needs to thank, then snatches Oscar from the stunned, credited producer. We knew he’d get his moment of glory, whatever it took.
from: Lockhart Steele email@example.com to: Biz Stone date: Mon, Feb 26, 2007 at 3:32 PM
Hey Biz — good fun yesterday! Hope it lived up to your expectations.
from: Biz Stone firstname.lastname@example.org via gmail.com to: Lockhart Steele date: Mon, Feb 26, 2007 at 5:35 PM
Yes, it was fun! You guys had over 500 folks getting your updates via SMS during the show and you’ve actually held on to 468. Feel free to keep distributing content to those users, it seems like a fun way to get the dirt.
Was hoping for a little link-love from Defamer.com. Maybe you guys can still think of a way to work that in?
from: Lockhart Steele email@example.com to: Biz Stone date: Mon, Feb 26, 2007 at 5:42 PM
from: Biz Stone firstname.lastname@example.org via gmail.com to: Lockhart Steele date: Mon, Feb 26, 2007 at 5:47 PM
Oh shoot, I missed that. See it now. Thanks Lock!
Did get some feedback from folks that they wished for more twitter updates about what it was like *being* at the Oscars—most people didn’t get that you were actually there from the updates. Lot of good feedback though. People had fun.
from: Lockhart Steele email@example.com to: Biz Stone date: Mon, Feb 26, 2007 at 6:07 PM
Ha, well, you realize we don’t actually attend, yes? Mark liveblogs from his sofa.
… 1:23 PM Monday… Reconnecting to bunsen096…
bunsen096 good morning! lockloct hihi bunsen096 i am a mess bunsen096 what did you do after you left? lockloct went home, shoveled down a little food, crashed! lockloct you? bunsen096 stayed up playing wii
[photo at top: Defamer HQ, February 25, 2007, via my Flickr]
I first met Mo about 5 years ago. I’m pretty sure it was Santo that made the initial intro. He was working at IAC at the time, and I really enjoyed meeting him. His energy, passion and opinions about the world of media and technology left a mark with me.