Citibankers Up A Creek

Boing Boing is running a customer service horror story about Citibank. Citibank customer Jake Appelbaum tried to withdraw cash with his ATM card on Saturday night in Toronto. The ATM machine rejected the transaction and urged Applebaum to contact his financial institution. When he did, he discoverd his problems were part of a much larger […]

No Qualms From BMW’s Writers

From The New York Times: Nobody had to pay author Karin Slaughter to put a BMW in one of her books: it’s what the protagonist, Dr. Sara Linton, drives in five Grant County crime novels. In the acknowledgments for “Indelible” in 2004, Ms. Slaughter wrote, “I’ve had Sara drive a BMW in every one of […]

Digits Piling Up

From USA TODAY: Media and entertainment conglomerate NBC Universal Monday said it would acquire iVillage, operator of a network of websites for women, for $600 million in a bid to bolster its Internet strategy. The deal, expected to close in the second quarter, underscores the ambitions of established media companies to establish a presence on […]

Writers Guild Resists Advertainment

From The New York Times: A Hollywood union is stepping up its campaign against the embedding of brands and products in entertainment and, as they say in the movies, this time it’s personal The Writers Guild of America, West, is making fun of the interweaving of sponsors’ wares into films and TV shows with a […]

Finally, A PDF That Pays

From Kottke: 37signals has published their latest book, Getting Real, as a PDF download that they are distributing themselves. After more than a day, they’ve sold over 1750 copies at $19 apiece: If you do the math, that’s ~$33,000 in sales in one day. I don’t know what the advance would be on a book […]

Vodka’s Creation Story

From Thinktopia: Smirnoff was created by Piotr Aresenyevich Smirnov, who was able to take raw vodka and filter it into through silver birch tree charcial and create a potable drink. While peasants were still filling buckets of their hard stuff, Smirnov’s refined vodka was smooth and imminently drinkable. When the Czar tried it and liked […]

Adventures Of Kling Kong

One look at Jeff Kling, and you know the guy rages. What might not be as readily apparent is the fact he is also a man with a fancy position in advertising–executive creative director at Euro RSCG/New York, to be exact. A search of the Way Back Machine, reveals an interesting Willamette Week story recounting […]

If It Were Only True

Strange New Products helped introduce hangover helper, Security Feel Better, last fall. According to their report, SFB has a distinctive pear flavor, and comes in a 30ml bottle, small enough to carry in a coat pocket, handbag, or glove compartment. The manufacturer, PPN SA, says that after drinking a full 30ml bottle, consumers can expect […]