Posted by Brian Connolly Friday, December 29, 2006
This just in...
CHICAGO — Amanda Chapel, author and managing editor of the popular weblog Strumpette, was seriously injured in a rollover crash here early Friday morning. The accident occurred at around 3:20 a.m. on the Ohio Street exit ramp off the Kennedy Expressway.
According to the Illinois State Police, Chapel, 37, was driving a 2004 Porsche Carrera GT when, for an undetermined reason, the car drifted into the center median. Chapel apparently overcorrected to the right, causing her car to go into a broadside skid across the eastbound lanes. The car then left the roadway and rolled over two times, police said.
Chapel was later transported by ambulance from the scene to Northwestern Hospital where she was listed in stable condition. According to sources, she was wearing a seatbelt but still sustained serious injuries. Initial medical reports indicate that she suffered: a fractured left clavicle, fractured pelvis, lacerated left ankle, and a cerebral concussion.
Excessive speed is believed to be the cause of the crash.
Officer Peter Cassavetti said, "By the skid marks and where she ended up, we estimate that she was traveling well in excess of 100 miles an hour. The speed limit for ramp is 45 miles an hour."
At this time alcohol is being ruled out as a cause. Citations are pending the outcome of a full investigation.
NEWS UPDATE: Ms. Chapel is schedule to be moved to an undisclosed location. No further information is available at this time.
Posted by Amanda Chapel Thursday, December 28, 2006
A little preface if I may: I bled this one. I prayed for a reference piece and my vixen muse had me crawl for it. As you'll see, it was on my belly over a razor’s edge. ‘Tis the season, ‘tween Christmas and Auld Lang Syne, I am typically awash in spirit. I go happily merrymaking as She strops the rage to hone the blade. You'll see, I wrote this raw and particularly depressed. But She kept her promise. In the end She was quite generous.
With that as backdrop, such as hangovers are, I've been haunted by a teeth-gnashing rumination. The Bloggeratti pat phrase “they just don’t get it” keeps churning in my head. All the while, my evil Muse repeats a simple refrain: "when the got-its that don’t get it is good.”
Chris Cree is a “business blogging consultant” who "gets it." With little more than his own personal blog and a pocketful of zealous opinion, Chris would be thrilled if you gave him money to justify his life. In his words, “Blogging is my thing and I’m passionate about it because I understand how tremendously beneficial it can be to your businesses profitability.” Fact is, no one knows that to be the case. Forrester analyst Charlene Li is working on an ROI calculation to figure out "cost-benefit" or "risk-benefit" analysis for blogs, as we speak. And according to accountant and celebrity blogger Dennis Howlett: “You can't realistically apply accounting type measures to blogs because they don't fit. I can tell you it's been very difficult to move away from traditional measures as reflective of how we measure ROI in social computing initiatives.” All of which means, of course, that Chris’ zealotry doesn’t amount to squat in the business world.
But, our young Chris is undaunted. In fact, he’d go so far as to educate me with, “Why One PR Expert Doesn’t Understand Business Blogging.” Chris says that my “core error” is that “Money is about people.” In summary, Chris thinks it’s all about “relationships” and how people feel.
I am again reminded of the Woody Allen quote, “It’s nothing that a fistful of Prozac and a baseball bat couldn’t cure.” This is where the baseball bat comes in: First off, money is about property, you dink! And to protect property is why people hire lawyers... or more efficiently buy shotguns. Here's reality bub... get the fuck off my land!
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