Kara Swisher

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BoomTown Has No Idea What a Julia Allison Actually Is, But NomSociety Cracks Me Up!

I’ll admit, if asked and my life depended on it, BoomTown could not tell you what the bizarre Web 2.0 phenomenon of Julia Allison is exactly.

I would hazard a guess, if pressed, which would be: Geek-pretending “Gossip Girl.”

Hey, I am not trying to be snotty either, as I totally get the pretty girl flouncing about and giggling in an online video thing, especially if you throw in an iPhone or two.

But I am obviously too old–well, even 20 years ago, I would have been too old–to really appreciate its profound superficiality, even if the kids love it.

In any case, this spoof of some slick life-blogging site called NonSociety recently started by by Allison and two other unusually hyperactive ladies, which was done by Richard Blakeley and called “NomSociety”, is definitely entertaining and made me laugh out loud several times.

But, I will also admit, I am always a sucker for a man in a dress:


Welcome To NomSociety from Richard Blakeley on Vimeo.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik