Friday, November 18, 2005

Interesting articles from the Boston Globe

First, am I clairvoyant, or what? Nancy Marapese-Burrell, covering the Bruins, opened her piece with this sentence:

Maybe the Bruins could petition the National Hockey League to make one more
change to the game -- shorten it to two periods.

Actually, I'm sure she just read my blog late last night and stole the idea from me!

Secondly, the allegations described in this article, if true, would be VERY disturbing. I'm linking to the article, but you might have to register to read it, so here are some excerpts:

Online daters sue matchmaking sites

NEW YORK --It's not easy finding love in cyberspace, and now some
frustrated online daters say they were victims of fraud by two top Internet
matchmaking services and have taken their complaints to court., a unit of IAC/Interactive Corp., is accused in a federal lawsuit
of goading members into renewing their subscriptions through bogus romantic
e-mails sent out by company employees. In some instances, the suit contends,
people on the Match payroll even went on sham dates with subscribers as a
marketing ploy.

In a separate suit, Yahoo Inc.'s personals service is accused of posting
profiles of fictitious potential dating partners on its Web site to make it look
as though many more singles subscribe to the service than actually do.

Wow! I can't imagine Match, with it's millions of members, would care so much about a few to pay people to go on sham dates. The Match suit stems from some guy who said his date confessed to him she worked for Match. I think she just didn't like him and that was the excuse she used to ditch him. As for Yahoo, there a A LOT of fake ads there, from using pictures found on the internet to grudge ads placed by an angry ex. I don't see why Yahoo would have posted the fake ones I've seen. It will be interesting to hear what evidence comes out, but I'm sure both suits will settle with no admission of any wrongdoing, and no evidence made public. What a great legal system we have.

iPod: "Roulette Systems" by Hey Mercedes, "When Will We Fall" by Toad the Wet Sprocket, "Drown" by Smashing Pumpkins, and "Jesus Doesn't Want Me for a Sunbeam" by Nirvana.