Doug Haslam

Gischeleman: "To Create With the Mind"


Help hollywood name the 4th “Jason Bourne” movie

Just heard that Matt Damon has signed on to play Jason Bourne in a 4th film in the action-packed “Bourne” series. As many of you know, the first three movies were “The Bourne Identity,” “Bourne Supremacy,” and “the Bourne Ultimatum.”


What to name the 4th film? I think we have an opportunity to help the producers here. How do you follow up such Hyperbolic titles? On Twitter, I have already garnered a number of suggestions. Please add your in comments:

The Bourne Divinity
Bourne Again
The Bourne Yesterday
The Bourne on the Bayou
To the Manor Bourne
The Bourne Free
The Bourne to Run
The Bourne Postscipt
Bourne 4.0
The Bourne Hyperbole
Bourne in East L.A

What’s your idea?

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Social Media Top 5: Why Facebook numbers are down

Time for another semi-satirical look at Social Media happenings. This week, the Facebook WTF: visitors to the popular social network were reported down in the UK for the first time in January. On top of that, numbers have levelled off, even dipped a bit, in the US. What’s a super-poker to do?

One cannot find a solution without examining the causes. Why did Facebook traffic go down?

  1. Vampires, zombies and other undead creatures are no longer counted as unique visitors.
  2. Plaxo scraped their traffic
  3. Facebook members defected, upset that those meddlesome privacy experts made them scale back Facebook Beacon
  4. Diane Sawyer of 60 Minutes joined Facebook. It’s just not cool anymore
  5. The real stampede forthe exits? The “funwall infections of the the heinous Hillary Clinton music videos:

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Snowy Commute redux

Today, we had ample warning of a major snowstorm in the Boston area. A lot of people, remembering the horrid commute of last December 13, telecommuted or made plans to flee the office early and beat the storm.

In fact, here is some video I did during my four-hour commute Dec. 13, to while away the time sitting in traffic and snow. I posted this before, but stitched it together here for the first time:

Today, the traffic wasn’t nearly so bad, what with school vacation still going on and the aforementioned over-reaction to the weather report. Still, a snowy commute is worth a few minutes (to me). This time, a little less of an epic, but a little more ranting:

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Blog Tag: What are you reading?

We all love blog tag! Ok, maybe we pretend we don’t sometimes, but we love being linked to, and we love sharing info about ourselves.

So, I would like to start a blog tag experiment inspired by a client, Brijit, which provides 100-word abstracts of long-form content, or as they put it, “The World in 100 Words.”


When I represent a company whose product or service I can actually use, I do it; and Brijit is one that is growing on me, as I discover articles, even in magazines I subscribe to, that I would never have read otherwise.

The idea behind this tag game is to show that you can dig through and find some spectacular content that you might have missed otherwise. Brijit is the engine for this particular game, but the star is the content that you find fascinating.

So, the Blog Tag and guidelines:

“Three Great Articles I Found on Brijit That I Would Never Have Found Otherwise.”

Guidelines (not rules, I know people will change how this is done down the line):

  1. Dig for treasure: Use Brijit and find three articles that interest you greatly, teach you something new, or simply would not have bothered to find and read in your normal day of browsing and offline media consumption.
  2. Share the booty: Summarize those three articles and link to the Brijit abstract, the article itself, or both.
  3. Don’t bury the treasure: Tag five blog friends by linking to them in your post, and make sure they know they have been tagged.

That’s it. Simple enough, I hope. Now, for my three articles:

1. Vanity Fair: Mailer’s Movie Madness, by Patricia Bosworth.

Just in time for the Oscars, a look at the uneven, and at times, crazy film career of Norman Mailer. The video below is referenced as a great example of Mailer’s gonzo film career: a too-realisitc brawl with actor Rip Torn:

2. Salon: Bowling for Votes in Wisconsin by Edward McClelland


During presidential campaigns, I love seeing the on-site stories of the local campaigns: how the candidates struggle to fit in with “normal folk,” and the locals’ stories of candidate visits past and present. Wisconsin presents no shortage of color in this instance.

3. The New Yorker: Killing Joke by David Denby

new yorker

The New Yorker has long been my “read it as you find it” magazine; it’s simply too much too read cover-to-cover on a weekly basis. I was very pleased to find this article by veteran cinema writer David Denby on the state of on-screen affairs for Oscar favorites the Coen brothers, following the moods of their movies from “Blood simple” through the current “No Country for Old Men.”


  1. Scott Monty
  2. Chris Brogan
  3. Kami Huyse
  4. Paull Young
  5. Dave Austin
  6. Marshall Kirkpatrick

If you like this tag concept, don’t wait to be tagged; run with it!

UPDATE: and to stress the “no real rules” bit above, I found a fourth article (not to mention tagging 6 people)– a bit different from the first three, but a very timely topic for me due to my recent switch to green teas:

Gourmet: Tea Loyalties, by David Shenk. Should I check out Japanese teas, or the Chinese one mentioned in the article? I am now curious.

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Green Tea

Green Tea– if it looks like worms and bugs, it must be good for me. Down the hatch!
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Baseball’s finest tradition: the Prank is alive and well

I love baseball, and have all my life, and have come to appreciate the goofballs and pranksters that litter baseball history. In fact, that’s the main reason I would like to see the great lefty Bert Blyleven enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

Well, now there is a new Major League Baseball Prank King. Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Brett Myers came up with this whopper: he convinced teammate Kyle Kendrick that he had been traded to Japan, getting the manager, general manager, teammates and even the local beat reporters in on the joke. Impressive work.

Here is the letter informing Kendrick of the “trade.”

Hat Tip to Bugs & Cranks for the video and image.

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A cool thing I have: the Dick Gregory Dollar

Some of the strangest random possessions have the best stories behind them. My wife grew up in Boston’s South End, her family moving in back in 1968. To get a partial idea of the South End in the 1960’s and 1970’s have a peek at J. Anthony Lukas’ celebrated book “Common Ground.”

One of the relics from their first year in the new neighborhood is a small stack of Dick Gregory dollars, of which they let me keep a few:

Dick Gregory Dollar

In 1968, comedian and civil rights activist (and later dieting guru) Dick Gregory ran for President as a write-in candidate. I new a bit about Gregory, but decided to do a little online research and came up with some great nuggets:

  • Gregory ran as a member Freedom & Peace Party, a splinter from the “Peace & Freedom” Party. People’s Front of Judea/Judean People’s Front, anyone?
  • The dollar bills were confiscated by the U.S. Treasury. Apparently, they worked in some of the primitive change-making machines of the day, though CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite couldn’t get one to work. Gregory claims one of the reasons the Treasury Department got off his case was that he persuaded them that a dollar bill featuring a black man couldn;t possibly be real. Touch√©.
  • Gregory has always been outspoken, perhaps a bit “out there,” but a luandry list of his platform planks in the 1968 election (as laid out recently in the Daily Kos), make some eerie sense even in these times, such as:
    • “America speaks with pride of the fruits of democracy and advocates democracy for the rest of the world. Yet we go all over the world trying to force democracy upon people at gunpoint.” (Dick Gregory)
    • Gregory “wanted to see America taking leadership in eliminating world hunger and he proposed to have elementary school children contribute a penny a week and for adults to give up one meal each week with the proceeds from both to be used to feed the hungry.”
    • Gregory “advocated the elimination of capital punishment. He sought a criminal justice system that accomplished rehabilitation of the criminal rather than merely punishment.”

Dick Gregory was definitely on the progressive edge as you will see reading through the rest of his ideas, but he was more than some joke candidate.

Speaking of which, if I could only find some Pat Paulsen memorabilia from 1968, my life would be complete.

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Social Media Top 5: Social Media ailments? Don’t hold your breath for a cure

Time again for my Social Media top 5, a weekly round-up of items, real and imagined, from the world of the Internet and social media:

Email apnea seems to be a real illness. Do people stop breathing when they read email? Another reason to wean yourself off. there are certain emails that might make me stop breathing, but most of them would be from the HR department.

Anyway, here are 5 other Internet/social media-related ailments I see down the road:

1. ooVoo Mouth: constantly discussing one of the new Internet “shiny objects” can actually bring to life what we thought was an urban legend; yes your face can “feeze that way.” Look what happened during the My ooVoo Day promotion, when one video chat host said “ooVoo” one too many times:

ooVoo Mouth

I could only look on helplessly.

2. Facebook Zombification: you thought “Zombie bites” were harmless, didn;t you? That notion is so wrong, George Romero just made a movie about it:


3. Twitter clipping: the tendency for heavy microblogging addicts to cut off their sentences, no matter how well constructed, after 140 charac

4. Utterz confusion: conducting conversations across several different Internet-based platforms, and not being able to remember where the conversation started, or where the best nuggets and ideas reside. Symptons are disorientation, dizziness, and nausea. (not tied to Utterz, but heck the name is cool). I discussed a benign version of this ailment here.

5. Seesmagoraphobia: an acute condition, signified in extreme cases, largely by Seesmic, Utterz and some YouTube users, by a preference for recording badly-lit webcam “bon-mots” and waiting for replies over face-to-face human interaction.

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Video from Social Media Breakfast

Perhaps only for my own amusement, here is video of my portion of the presentation at yesterday’s Social Media Breakfast:

Thanks to Mike Bayer of Utterz for the video. I should also thank the Utterz team for helping me deal with WordPress’ seeming hatred of embedded Flash objects. They helped me stop breaking this site every time I posted something.


Social Media Breakfast 5 (Boston): Bizarro Version, 140 characters at a time

For a straight take on the Social Media breakfast, please see my post at Tech PR Gems.

This morning I was among the four presenters to talk about “How Twitter Changed My Life” at the 5th Social Media Breakfast at the S&S Deli in Cambridge, Mass.

First critique: aside from the fact that having to speak before a critical audience of peers is a superior appetite suppressant, it is hard to decide what a “social media food” is. Bagels invite embarrassing face “schmearage.” My choice, the scone, was a crumby disaster which proved the perfect antidote to any sort of conversation.

In the end, we decided to hold our talks in front of the food tables to discourage any further unfriendly comestible consumption.

Laura “Pistachio” Fitton guards the food.

As speakers, our job was to explain Twitter while remaining brief. In that spirit, I will boil down each speaker to 140 characters, the Twitter message limit:

Scott Monty
: warned by Bryan Person to keep it clean, Monty had to scuttle his dirty Sherlock Holmes jokes. Plan B? Honestly can’t remember.
photo by David Fisher

I brought props, reminiscent of a junior high school science project. Note to self: Be careful not to put skewers through the hand. Ouchie.


Jim Storer emphasized the value of listening to the Twitter community. In fact, he doesn’t post his Twitters at all, ever. He just listens.

photo by David Fisher

Laura “Pistachio” Fitton revealed her past as a fierce modern woman pirate. Really I don’t know what she said, I was Twittering at the time:

Photo by Colin Nederkoorn

In all, I think we convinced a surly, tired starving crowd of the value of distilling your entire life down to 140 characters. Blame Bryper.

photo by David Fisher