Jason Cochran

Stuff you never knew you never knew

Archive for August, 2010

Aug

30

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When bloggers attack

Tweet I recently wrote about bloggers who seek to elevate themselves by launching unprovoked attacks on other writers in their field. As if on cue, someone has tried it with me. A British writer, whom I have never met nor named in any of my published work, went after me for the warning I wrote […]

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Aug

29

2010

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The fatal flaws in flashpacking

Tweet I tried, but I just can’t get behind the so-called “flashpacking” trend. I have real problems with it. In the beginning, when flashpacking was first named as a trend, it sounded like something the trust funders were doing: Go abroad with your laptop, your HD video camera, your iPods and iPhones, and use them […]

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Aug

24

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The honest-to-goodness, actual, oh-my-gosh-it’s Ken Burns

Tweet You know about my passion for connecting to American history, and for remembering how we’re all product of it, and how much I love dispelling the patronizing myth that the people who came before us were somehow simpler than we are. When it comes to a geek like me, there’s no bigger geek-out than […]

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Aug

23

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Vulgarity or good clean fun? Disney’s new ‘soaking awesome’ tees

Tweet A new souvenir tee-shirt soon to be on sale at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will sport a frisky turn of phrase. The shirt, themed to the water flume spectacular Splash Mountain, will proclaim “It was soaking awesome.” The shirt, previewed on Disney Parks’ official blog today, is sure to be given a pass […]

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Aug

20

2010

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“You mean the most maddening!” in Philly

Tweet Here I am again with the ever-winsome Kerri-Lee Halkett on my weekly Fox Philly appearance for WalletPop.com. This time, I’m simply outraged about those ridiculous fees. Outraged, I say! I love it when Kerri-Lee gets outraged along with me. Makes me realize how right I just might be.

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Aug

19

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Why they sobbed at ‘South Pacific’, and why we see only corn

Tweet PBS showed a live telecast of the Broadway revival of South Pacific tonight as the show prepares to close. I saw this production, which opened two years ago, for the first time last Tuesday, and I liked it so much I made sure to watch it again tonight. I know there are a lot […]

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Aug

18

2010

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How to see Los Angeles without a car: Use the subway

Tweet This one was fun, and it had me getting paid to eat maple-glazed bacon donuts at the Nickel Diner. Not recorded: Me getting kicked out of the forecourt of the Chinese Theatre for having a video camera. I felt like a 60 Minutes correspondent, only without the muckraking. The original post on WalletPop explains […]

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Aug

16

2010

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The Disneyland Railroad runs on old french fry oil. Want proof?

Tweet I have a soft spot in my heart for this one, and not because I’ve been eating too many french fries. I pitched this idea to Disneyland for about a year and a half before they were kind enough to acquiesce to my bringing a camera to the park during operating hours. I think […]

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Aug

15

2010

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How ‘Blogger Brands’ win by undermining their colleagues

Tweet One of the changes that has come upon the writing business in the past few years is the rise of bloggers. Four years ago, if a writer wanted to work, he or she had to find someone to edit, publish, and distribute them. For that, they got paid. Now, though, anyone who thinks they […]

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Aug

14

2010

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It’s Marshall Field’s fault that weddings are so expensive

Tweet I shot this video in Chicago recently. I had heard that there was a new exhibition about weddings in Chicago, and I called the Chicago History Museum to fish around for an angle that might be right for me to cover for Aol. I was stunned to hear there absolutely was. The curator of […]

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