Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowlege, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

The rise of the big-boobed mannequin

From Salon (free with a day pass): Big breasts for dummies Mannequins with giant bazooms are busting out in shop windows from coast to coast. More than just garment racks, they are a mirror of current beauty and fashion

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Wed, January 3 2007 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

Spam, spam, spam, spam …

I just checked the gmail account I have set up for this blog. There were 3,297 spam unread messages in the spam folder. Gmail deletes all spam after 30 days. So over the past 30 days, that account got pounded by a minimum of just over 100 spam messages per day. Wacky.

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Algorithm-driven hiring at Google

In an attempt to hire better people, Google has tried to develop an algorithm to predict who'll be a great candidate. Have you written a book or own a dog? Bonus! An excerpt from the NYT story: Have you ever made a profit from a catering business or dog walking? Do you prefer to work […]

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CNN, NYT lowball Saddam-U.S. connection: Prof.

Democracy Now! interviews a professor who felt CNN and the NYT shied away from the connections between the United States and former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, who was hanged early Saturday in Baghdad. An excerpt: AMY GOODMAN: Well, I wanted to turn now to Professor John Collins at St. Lawrence University, Upstate New York, who […]

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Since Saddam has left this mortal coil …

Now might be a good time to revisit South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut. :) From the NYT review by Stephen Holden: The Devil seems to be having romantic problems. Having succumbed to the charms of Saddam Hussein (portrayed as a smiling photograph attached to a tiny cut-out figure), who has died and gone to hell, […]

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'Rambo' wisdom on Afghanistan

Last month, I regaled whoever read the post with a story of my attempt to rent the 'Rambo in Afghanistan' movie (Remember: III, not IV!!!!!). Here's the scene that I dimly remembered in my rapidly deteriorating mind as having some relevance to the current day, as transcribed from a DVD that I rented from the […]

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A particularly perplexing example of headline-ese

From the BBC:  Child attack dog 'pit bull breed' I think they meant to say: Child-attack dog 'pit bull breed' Or: Child-attack dog a prohibited pit bull Maybe even: Dog that attacked child confirmed as pit bull As it stands, I found myself wondering if they meant to say: Child attacks dog the pit bull breed Or: […]

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