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Muppets: "Can you picture that?"

Friday, December 29, 2006 - 11:21 PM

Since I started sharing poetry the other day with Robbie Burns, I'll give you a peek into the "poetry" that runs through my mind on a daily basis. This morning, it was the best line ever uttered in the English language.

Specifically, by the Muppet character Janice (of Dr. Teeth's band), in "The Muppet Movie", as the band sings "Can You Picture That":

Floyd:

All of us are winnin, pickin and a-grinnin, Lordy but I love to jam

Janice

Jelly-belly gigglin, dancin and a-wigglin, honey that's the way I am!

Dr. Teeth:

Lost my heart in Texas, Northern lights affect us, I keep it underneath my
hat,
Aurora Borealis, shinin down on Dallas! Can you picture that?
Can you picture that?

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Janice: you are, and shall always remain, my secret favorite Muppet character.

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"Money" Magazine

Friday, December 29, 2006 - 04:56 PM

I realized something interesting about "Money" magazine today...and I'm not sure what it says about the magazine's editorial, promotional, and sales strategy.

First, I should mention that I really, really enjoy "Money". Since they retooled the editorial (hipper) and demographic focus (25-55 year olds) of the magazine, it's improved leaps and bounds. I happily subscribe to it, and have enjoyed reading it cover-to-cover.

But it's in reading it cover-to-cover that I noticed something interesting. Or, at least, something interesting to me, a cartoonist who just moved his entire archives to a free site: Every story from the print version of "Money" is repeated, for free, at money.cnn.com. All of 'em. For free.

Granted, not all at once. They dribble them out over the course of the month. But if you're a savvy reader, and check the site at least once a week, you'll get all of the articles that appear in the magazine.

This seems like an ineffective "loss leader" for print subscriptions, so...I'm at a bit of a loss as to their strategy, here. Keep in mind that, while their demographic is lusted after, there's not a huge amount of targeted advertising on the site itself, so that can't be paying the bills.

Could it be that CNN is paying a tidy enough sum for the extra content? Or is there something I'm missing here?

I'd love to hear your thoughts over at the Sheldon forum. I'm a bit flummoxed.

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Sold Out

Friday, December 29, 2006 - 01:46 PM

I should've mentioned it when it happened, but all copies of "A Well Balanced Meal" are now sold out. My apologies if you weren't able to get yourself a copy...I tried to give fair warning.

On that note: copies are still available for "The Good, The Bad & The Pugly" and "Pure Ducky Goodness", over at the store.

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