Thursday, June 03, 2004


Regular readers of Medium have noticed the diminishing frequency of our posts. We apologize, but everyone needs a vacation. Some of us are off getting married and living happily ever after, while others will be spending an extra few days at beach. We'll return to the world of popular culture and political intrigue soon, but right now, the sun is shining through the office windows, chiding us for staying indoors too long.

Friday, May 21, 2004

Loose Ends
Lets's tie up a couple of things today. First off, Medium officially endorses Gmail as of today. The interface is a little difficult to get used too and all the color coding sometimes reminds us of an elementary school art class, but the function of the site (and the much lauded storage space) is superior. With that said, we'll happily point out that we are indeed at the forefront of this trend. Gmail hasn't gone public yet and many folks are desperate, and darling we do mean desperate, for a gmail account. A new site,, lists the various dorks/techies/nerds who are willing to pony up some pretty impressive tidbits in exchange for their own gmail account. To wit:
a customized Latin motto
a signed Weezer backstage pass
a tree planted in your name, in Eastern Europe or Italy
friendliness, wining and dining in Santiago, Chile
ticket to a Cubs' game
9,000 ladybugs
online girlfriend for a month
Italian insults!
your phrase on stickers all around FL and MA
a quart of fresh, home-made peach ice-cream
a 5-minute conversation on the phone
invitation to a wedding
the thanks of someone who appeared on TV's Average Joe

These people are a desperate lot, but we have pity in our hearts, and will soon be auctioning off our one remaining Gmail invite to a lucky user.

Secondly, May sweeps are over and before you all get back to having a life, we remind our readers to send in their reviews of season finale episodes!

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

It Could Happen to You....

Medium has no intention of turning into a celebrity gossip rag, but this little piece of fluff, creatively titled "Crazy, Random 'Chris Rock Thing'" caught our eye and we had to pass it on.

What would you do if you got Chris Rock's old cell phone number? The author leaves a little to be desired in terms of narrative voice, but this is a good story, mainly because it's crazy and true.

Also, don't forget to the read the Chris Rock update. That will really make you jealous.

Monday, May 17, 2004

Much has been written on the topic of out sourcing, from tech workers bemoaning lost jobs to developing countries welcoming them with open arms, but what the whole debate has really been lacking is a good dose of celebrity content.

In an article in this month's The Atlantic Monthly, David Kipen raises a good point by noticing that Hollywood has long been making movies for the world market. Not only taking into account the recent trend of out sourcing move production (Vancouver...I'm looking at you), the industry subsists on marketing its products to a worldwide audience. Kipen addresses the growing concern that the artistic product, to no one's surprise, is "overbearing, carelessly told, and gang-written into incomprehensibility." It's also culturally watered down for mass consumption.

By contrast, the Bollywood film industry is distinctly Indian. The films produced in India are for Indians. They reflect the morals, cultural quirks and conservative dress code of that society. In the same vein (as Kipen points out) the French make films for the French. Why not the Americans?

This season's summer blockbusters are hitting theaters now, and among them we have a Greek epic, the story of a British wizard, and an animated fairy tale.

Thursday, May 13, 2004

Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me

Apparently, the world really is a darker place then it was 50 years ago. Put the following item in the fact really is stranger then fiction column, Medium readers.
The New York Times reports the following:
"Defying expectation and easy explanation, hundreds of instruments around the world recorded a drop in sunshine reaching the surface of Earth, as much as 10 percent from the late 1950's to the early 90's, or 2 percent to 3 percent a decade. In some regions like Asia, the United States and Europe, the drop was even steeper. In Hong Kong, sunlight decreased 37 percent."

Say what? The article goes on to explain that the sun is as bright as it's ever been, but increasing rates of air pollution have been a primary factor in preventing the sun's rays from reaching us little people.

Remember all those TV Land sitcoms where the sun was impossibly bright and it seemed like there was never a cloud in the sky? Maybe that wasn't such a stretch. Maybe your grandparents and parents really are right when they say that the sun used to shine so much brighter way back when.

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