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February 14, 2007

“We’ll make it … BLINK.”
Posted by Teresa at 07:57 AM * 21 comments

The last word on the Great Boston Mooninite Scare.

Comments on "We'll make it ... BLINK.":
#1 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: February 14, 2007, 08:36 AM:

If you can't get it to play properly, wait a bit; it's getting hammered this morning.

#2 ::: PurpleGirl ::: (view all by) ::: February 14, 2007, 08:48 AM:


#3 ::: JC ::: (view all by) ::: February 14, 2007, 09:39 AM:

On one hand, I hate that Boston is laughing stock of the country. On the other hand, the video is hysterical. (Besides, I assume the rest of the country will forget about Boston quickly enough.)

#4 ::: Steve Buchheit ::: (view all by) ::: February 14, 2007, 10:04 AM:

A head fake and $5 kit from Radio Shack, America's new terrorism threat.

#5 ::: meredith ::: (view all by) ::: February 14, 2007, 11:51 AM:

"I want every Joe Schmoe in a Red Sox cap to feel the middle finger at them."


#6 ::: Marcos ::: (view all by) ::: February 14, 2007, 12:24 PM:

I hate that Jim Samples had to step down because of this nonsense. It should have been the Boston Police Chief who lost his job, not the Cartoon CEO.

#7 ::: Steve Buchheit ::: (view all by) ::: February 14, 2007, 12:42 PM:

#6 Marcos, somebody had to fall on their sword over this. If I had a choice, the bendy cartoon ones would be better. They're not as pointy as the real ones.

#9 ::: Suzanne ::: (view all by) ::: February 14, 2007, 01:37 PM:

Personally, I find it absolutely galling that this whole mooninite thing was blown so far out of proportion with sanity or reason, and yet there is no sign whatsoever of homeland security going after people who use the "blink" tag on their web pages. Now those are *real* terrorists.

#10 ::: Alan Bostick ::: (view all by) ::: February 14, 2007, 01:54 PM:

Y'all have seen this, right? In it, the Boston Police Department warns citizens of six more weeks of terror.

#11 ::: Skwid ::: (view all by) ::: February 14, 2007, 02:29 PM:

Thanks, Suzanne. Glad I wasn't the only one who went there...

#12 ::: Suzanne ::: (view all by) ::: February 14, 2007, 02:38 PM:

Skwid (#11): As near as I can tell, the only legitimate use of the blink tag is when demonstrating why you should never use the blink tag.

#14 ::: Tom Scudder ::: (view all by) ::: February 14, 2007, 06:17 PM:

13 - after all these years, odds are it's dead of old age if not of mistreatment.

#15 ::: Steve Buchheit ::: (view all by) ::: February 14, 2007, 06:24 PM:

#8 Teresa Nielsen Hayden, it most certainly was. My snark dial is up to 11 today. I didn't mean for my comment to make it seem that it was fair. Someone did need to fall on their sword, it would have been better for those responsible for failing to control panic, failing to do their jobs, and failing to show some form of responsibility in position to actually do the act. Given their past behavior, I doubt it was really going to be those in Boston.

It also goes to show that Turner Broadcasting is being the adult in this whole story.

My guess is Mr. Samples will find another position quickly. It's also my guess that Ted Turner will write checks to the campaigns of anybody that will oppose these people the next time they are up for election.

#16 ::: Larry Brennan ::: (view all by) ::: February 14, 2007, 09:09 PM:

That made my day.

Plus, it contained the deadliest insult to all Bostonians, the word "average".

#17 ::: Bruce E. Durocher II ::: (view all by) ::: February 14, 2007, 10:18 PM:

Ever looked up the hysterical website that went up before Galaxy Quest came out? It's in the Internet Archive, and clearly the designers had their copies of Dreamweaver taken away and were told that the blink tag was mandatory and they had to do it in a text editor. (Supposed to have been done by a stock checker/bagboy for a grocery store--can't remember if he lived with his parents or not.) Wonderfully well done.

#18 ::: Rob Rusick ::: (view all by) ::: February 14, 2007, 10:57 PM:

Tom Schudder @14: Given a particular dead cat, do you think the CSI team will be able to make a case that the cat had been killed in a ritualistic manner unique to physicists?

#19 ::: Anaea ::: (view all by) ::: February 14, 2007, 11:54 PM:

It's the last line in it that kills, really. Pun intended.

Also, does this mean Boston is the new Florida?

#20 ::: skippy ::: (view all by) ::: February 15, 2007, 11:35 PM:

i'm infuriated that the ceo of cartoon network was the fall guy. 8 other city police departments didn't say squat about the britelite ads, and boston didn't even worry about them for two weeks. these people are nuts.

#21 ::: BadTux ::: (view all by) ::: February 16, 2007, 03:21 AM:

FYI, Ted Turner has nothing to do with Turner Broadcasting anymore. Time-Warner bought him out years ago. I think they even booted him off their board of directors recently.

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