"Why would anyone buy a digital camera on its maiden launch? Total sucker move. It's like taking hundreds of dollars and hurling them up in the air, where they vanish in a poof of magic smoke."
Seems like an opening you might read on a photography forum, right?
Wrong. They're the words of the esteemed James Wolcott, Cultural Critic of Vanity Fair, frequent contributor to The New Yorker, etc.
His ultimate $45 solution might be a little over the top, but it's interesting to see this issue invading the MSM. Won't be long before the news gets around, at this rate.
Here's the article on vanityfair.com. You've probably read something similar before, except with many more spelling and grammar mistakes, on a forum.
(Thanks to Tom Voigt)
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A book of interest today:
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kirk tuck: "OMG. I've made it as a blogger. I've been mentioned on VanityFair.com. Sideways compliment? And in the context of the article, I just bought (at full street prices) both the new Sony a99 and the Sony NEX-6, last Saturday. Damn, I should have read the article first."
Mike adds: OMG indeed. I was jealous. Just as an aside: the Daily Mail recently reported that the abbreviation "OMG" is not an Internet phenomenon—it was used in 1917 in a letter from Lord Fisher to Winston Churchill:
Greg: "When I saw this over the weekend from Wolcott, I had to double check whose feed I was reading! It read so much like something I would read, as you mentioned, on a forum, or something I might find here on TOP. Just another reason why I adore James Wolcott."
Mike C.: "On the OMG thing, you're probably missing some context. In the British diplomatic service, knighthoods 'come up with the rations,' but in a strictly hierarchical way: CMG (Commander of the Order of St. Michael & St. George), known as 'Call Me God.' KCMG (Knight Commander etc.) = 'Kindly Call Me God.' GCMG (Grand Commander etc.) = 'God Calls Me God.' I've been waiting years to offload that bit of trivia...."