25 Oct Dan Abrams’ Websites Today
Oh, Rick Perry. Mediaite reports that Perry is justifying his newfound Birtherism as harmless fun. Says Perry “I’m really not worried about the President’s birth certificate. It’s fun to poke at him a little bit and say, ‘Hey, how about it. Let’s see your grades and your birth certificate.” Even when it makes you seem a teensy bit crazy? To read the full post, click here.
On Geekosystem: ELIZA, a chat program from 1966, and Siri, the iPhone’s new virtual personal assistant, had a little chat. This is what we do in 2011 — have a 55-year-old robot talk to another baby robot. The machines are taking over! Get the full post here.
Styleite reports that J. Crew President and Creative Director Jenna Lyons may be in love with someone else, and that is what is precipitating her divorce from husband Vincent Mazeau, who she married in 2002. The twist: rumor has it that Lyons has fallen for another woman, who also works in the fashion industry! Messy, messy. To read the full post, click here.
Sportsgrid has some reassuring news if you couldn’t sleep for fear of the myriad ways the NBA lockout will affect advertisers. Nike (masquerading as Jordan) had Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul play pickup games against Brooklyn hipsters and seniors. Perhaps Nike’s ingenuity will inspire an end to the lockout! To read the full post, click here.
Boo! The Mary Sue announces that Warner Bros. will be pulling all Harry Potter DVDs from stores by the end of the year, so they can keep them locked in a safe somewhere and release them for limited periods of time á la the Disney classics. Definitely a good marketing strategy; definitely a naked cash grab. Boo! To read the full post, click here.
On Mogulite: sometimes we forget that billionaire luxury mogul Francois Henry-Pinualt is married to Mexican actress Salma Hayek, but we were reminded on Letterman last night. Hayek seems to think her husband being “the CEO of a few luxury brands” is not a huge deal, but I guess it’s hard to be impressed by stuff when you’re already a movie star. Get the full post here.