Vanilla Coke Review

Image via Chowhound

So I picked up my first bottle of Vanilla Coke today and I’m still not sure what to make of it. Is it good? Kinda. The closest I can come to describing it is it’s like drinking the left over Coke of a Coke Float. Or, really, its more like the foam from a Coke Float, just a hint of Vanilla that grows the more you drink it and eventually can get overpowering. At first it’s a slight Vanilla, but the more you drink, the stronger it gets, almost to the point of too sweet. I’m not sure I can finish my bottle here.

I can see kids digging it, all 28 grams of sugar per serving (which a 20 oz bottle has 2.5 of) but I’m not sure adult taste buds can take it.

Would I recommend buying it? Sure, why not, give it a try, but I probably won’t get more than this one bottle myself, it’s just not my bag.

Links for 5/13/2002

Will the Blogs Kill Old Media?

One blog avatar has formally wagered that by 2007, more readers will get their news from blogs than from The New York Times

A year ago, Glenn Reynolds hardly qualified as plankton on the punditry food chain. The 41-year-old law professor at the University of Tennessee would pen the occasional op-ed for the L.A. Times, but his name was unfamiliar to even the most fanatical news junkie. All that began to change on Aug. 5 of last year, when Reynolds acquired the software to create a ?Weblog,? or ?blog.? A blog is an easily updated Web site that works as an online daybook, consisting of links to interesting items on the Web, spur-of-the-moment observations and real-time reports on whatever captures the blogger?s attention. Reynolds?s original goal was to post witty observations on news events, but after September 11, he began providing links to fascinating articles and accounts of the crisis, and soon his site, called InstaPundit, drew thousands of readers?and kept growing. He now gets more than 70,000 page views a day (he figures this means 23,000 real people). Working at his two-year-old $400 computer, he posts dozens of items and links a day, and answers hundreds of e-mails. PR flacks call him to cadge coverage. And he?s living a pundit?s dream by being frequently cited?not just by fellow bloggers, but by media bigfeet. He?s blogged his way into the game.

Ahhh…. Irresponsible media hype. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say mainstream media’s attempting to create a hostile environment towards blogging. And for no reason. Think about it, blogs are nice and all and a good way to find opinions, but that’s about it. They’re opinions. Think of them as massive op-ed pages. Some of them, like Instapundit and what not, will post a few different opinions and link to news that supports those and their opinions. But it’s still opinion, heavily slanted, and in no way a replacement for the regular media.

And I think most people realize this. And, anyone that doesn’t and takes what these people say as facts, well, they’re already doing that elsewhere, mainstream media has already lost them.

Blogs will not “kill” old media, but they will effect it. I think you’ll see more and more journalists and columnists getting online and blogging. Maybe some breaking news will take on a more blogging feel where the correspondant in the field can quickly update and let the world know what’s going on in real time without the need for streaming video or audio. But “kill”? Radio was supposed to “kill” old media. Television was supposed to “kill” old media. The Internet’s been “killing” old media for almost 10 years now. But they haven’t succeeded in this, they’ve been assimilated and utilized.

Old media doesn’t die, it evolves.

Blogs take Web diaries to the next level

Ever frog blog — or contemplate blogging your dog? Or how about blogging over that 1967 mustang? Blogs are journalism’s latest craze. The odd little word is short for “Web logs.” They first appeared around 1998, and are starting to take off among people searching for information online. You can find a blog on just about any topic imaginable, and this week, Bruce Burkhardt speaks to a self-proclaimed blogger. Josh Quittner, editor of Business 2.0, tells Bruce Burkhardt why he thinks blogs are journalism for the future.

Got Blog?

Instant online journals are a hot trend

Web logs, or blogs, are one of the hottest trends on the Internet, allowing people to instantly post their thoughts or links to whatever catches their fancy.

New technologies are giving more people a way to quickly set up their online soapboxes. Instead of needing extensive programming knowledge, computer users now can choose from several Internet-based services to open a site and keep their journal.

Blogs are arranged chronologically, like a diary, with short messages, pictures, links or essays.

Absolut Director

Dr. Seuss Went to War A Catalog of Political Cartoons by Dr. Seuss

Blog Blogging

Blog Blogging

At Large in the Blogosphere

Jorge Luis Borges dreamed of a library the size of a universe, whose wealth of books would induce first delirium, then despair, then breakdown of the social order. Since we first became aware of the Web, we have ricocheted between similar feelings over a universe far more disruptive: one of unbounded, uncensorable streams of text. The current craze is for something called a blog. The name is the diminutive of ”Weblog,” an online news commentary written, usually, by an ordinary citizen, thick with links to articles and other blogs and studded with non sequiturs and ripostes in sometimes hard-to-parse squabbles.

Here’s what blogs are not: (1) the super-personalized news filters that social critics fretted would splinter the nation into a million tiny interest groups, or (2) the Drudge Report. Blogs don’t limit your news intake, break stories or promulgate rumor, at least not intentionally. They have an only seemingly more innocent agenda. Blogs express opinion. They’re one-person pundit shows, replete with the stridency and looniness usually edited off TV.

A blog’s bark has bite

One vote here in favor of the blogging revolution. Bloggers (from the words “Web log”) write online diaries and commentaries. The best bloggers weigh in on social and political issues, report nuggets of information that the national media miss or suppress, and provide links to other bloggers with something sharp to say. Subjects that the mainstream press is skittish about (e.g., the link between abortion and breast cancer, or the mini race riot that occurred in Cincinnati three weeks ago) tend to show up in the blogging world. Since nobody can be fired or intimidated, bloggers skip politically correct language and just write in plain English.

A minor example of the culture in action: The blogging corps got wind of an online poll sponsored by the Council on American Islamic Relations allegedly showing that 94 percent of those surveyed thought Ariel Sharon should be tried for war crimes. By linking to one another’s Web sites, the bloggers got more people to cast votes and reversed the numbers. At the end, 94 percent opposed the idea of trying Sharon.

The first commandment of blogdom is that anyone can become a pundit. Nobody is in charge. Bloggers can say anything they want and get their message out with blinding speed. This is unsettling to us lumbering print guys. Six or seven times I had to abandon a column because some upstart blogger beat me to it. Andrew Sullivan, perhaps the most quoted blogger, is surely the fastest gun. His 1,000-word analysis of the State of the Union message appeared 33 minutes after President Bush finished. Sometimes he launches attacks on wayward New York Times columnists around 4 a.m., so blog fans can read his version before they get to the columns.

The Weblog Tool Roundup

I’ve been running a personal website for about six years now. You should see the ladies’ faces light up when I casually drop that little nugget at a kegger or outside the dressing rooms at Old Navy. Their voices get husky, they twist their frosted curls around suggestive fingers, jot their numbers on my bare chest just in case I need someone to do some “freelance QA work,” you know how it is.

Lately, however, I’ve run into some credibility problems. Adoring fans have started to delve into my backend, as it were, asking about my database server, flavors of Unix, PHP, MySQL, and I have to either feign pulmonary edema and excuse myself or admit that all I do these days is type something into a form and press a button. My site then automagically updates itself and archives the previous entry. “You mean you built your own content-management system?” she’ll say. “That is so hot.” And then I’ll sort of mutter: “Well, I use a tool, this Web-based thing that sort of handles all that stuff for me.”

It’s at this point that a look of growing horror emerges on the young debutante’s face, and she’ll say: “Oh dear God in heaven. You’re a weblogger, aren’t you?” And I’ll call out, “No, no, more of a personal online diarist!” but she’s already gone, chatting up some hunk with the telltale swollen knuckles of a Java programmer.

Blogspace Under the Microscope

The culture of blogspace is evolving in near-realtime. Last week, a new mutation brought backlinks into a more prominent role. At Disenchanted, inbound links were automatically reflected outward. Each article grew a tail of backlinks that pointed to pages referring back to it. Suddenly a new kind of feedback loop was created. With a twist of the lens, conversations that had been diffuse and indirect came sharply into focus. Almost immediately the meme replicated.

Variants appeared at DECAFBAD and diveintomark. It’s hard to avoid the sense that there’s some biological force at work here. When blogspace told me to follow that hunch, I listened.

From Harper’s Index for March 2002

Amount the United States spent in 1949 on international aid and diplomacy : $66,400,000,000

Amount the United States plans to spend on this in 2002 : $23,800,000,000

Total voting population of a Denton, Texas, tax district when a development plan was approved there in 1996 : 1

Weeks before the vote that the resident was moved there by Dell Computer so that he could approve the plan : 5

Number of years a sheep can remember another sheep’s face : 2

More from Harper’s

April In Review or How Elin Nordegren Boosted My Ego Without Actually Knowing Me

April In Review or How Elin Nordegren Boosted My Ego Without Actually Knowing Me

First, a graphic!


How ’bout that, eh? Almost 18,000 hits in one month. How did this come about?

I blame Mike Sanders and his Google Persuader. GP is a neat little game where you take the top ten searches from Google for the week and use them all in a sentence. One week, Elin Nordegren happened to be there. A model and new girlfriend of golfer Tiger Woods, Ms. Nordegren is a hottie who everyone wanted to see. And, I happened to be one of very few sites to even mention her name.

Searches were few until that one faithful day, April 10th, when Ms. Nordegren showed up at the Masters to cheer her new amour on. Almost 4,300 hits later it was the 11th. What a day. And it would continue for the next few, every now and then flaring up with the last real bump coming April 15th.

But on the 17th there was another surge, but this one wasn’t a cheat, no, I earned this puppy.

Glenn Reynolds linked to some comments I made towards someone else’s comments about the pro-Israel rally in Washington DC earlier this month. People who normally flock to his site turned to mine for these comments and the hits surged.

And then there was a sudden decline and I’m now getting about 100 or so hits a day.

The end.

Blog on, Wayne…

Blog on

What are “blogs” and should you have one, too? The term is a contraction of “web log.”

Well, blogs (let’s take off the quotes and get used to the term, as we’ve gotten used to ‘Net and Web and download) are personal Web sites that individuals can get up and running without being technical whizzes. There are companies that put them together for you and you can maintain them for free if you accept ads or for fees ranging from about NIS 50-NIS 300 per year if you don’t.

You’ve Got Hacked (and more)

AIM Today Gets Hacked

Users of America Online’s instant-messaging program and system were unwittingly connected to profanity and pornography last Saturday, according to an anti-AOL Web site.

AOL Watch said that malicious hackers — more accurately known as “crackers” — inserted profane graffiti, X-rated photos and sound files throughout the “Entertainment” section in AIM Today. The AIM Today feature of AOL’s Instant Messenger (AIM) generally pops up when a user first starts the AIM program, unless the user has disabled the feature.

It’s Your Congress. Learn to laugh.

Toiletology 101

Let’s plunge in; flush out the facts and plumb the depths of toilet repairs.

Welcome (I guess…)

Mike Says

Jason is a blogging fiend. There are at least four people that he is responsble for getting hooked into having one of these things (myself included). If you’re looking for someone to blame for the explosion of pretty pointless blogs (mine included) you should look no further then him. He is evil. Send him hate mail by the dozens. You can write to him here.

I am completely in awe of his ability to convince people to waste their time. Now if only he would use his power for good instead of evil. (or at least convince his girlfriend to start a blog. She’s a lot smarter than him with more interesting opinions.). Go check out his latest conquest ‘Will’s Rambles’. The link is to the right.

Um… thanks? I guess….