July 18, 2003

Heh. And here’s something from a really rather interesting article by John C. Dvorak about the appeal and ubiquity of online porn:

Here are the top ways to obtain porn on the Internet:

1. Stand Still
2. Get an AOL or Hotmail account and look in your e-mail.
3. Click on any spam solicitation

He makes an interesting point: An article will get more hits if it merely mentions porn in the title. I mean, nobody expects an article by Dvorak will actually show hot girl-on-girl action. So why do people want to read about the problem so much?

Sorry for the lack of update yesterday. No excuse; I just completely forgot. I normally update this journal around lunchtime, and yesterday I went out to lunch instead of having my regular PB&J at my desk.

Meanwhile, I apparently have lost my subscription to the Wall Street Journal. It didn’t appear on the strip of grass next to the driveway yesterday, and it didn’t appear there today. I did receive a “please renew” notice yesterday, but that seemed like rather short notice.

And I won’t renew just yet, as I’m determined to pay off my credit card debt. I’m on track to be debt-free by mid-August, and I won’t be dissuaded. I can live without a morning paper for a month.

Here’s a nicely-put quote from an article about why online columnists like James Lileks don’t get newspaper columns:

“Newspapers and TV talking heads are falling behind their audiences because they refuse to read the map that is in front of their noses. They want to regain their monopoly on commentary, and seem to believe that by ignoring the repeated tidal waves that hit them, they can will themselves back to relevance.” — Hugh Hewitt

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