Friday, May 12

I'm huge in Oregon.

Y'all may or may not have heard about a Web site called Platial, "The People's Atlas," which uses Google Maps technology to allow people to create personalized maps of places that are important to them (it also allows people to set up community maps where random people can stop by and leave markers of their own). I heard about this on NPR a few weeks ago, and while I was bored one afternoon, I went by there and created a map of all the places I could remember being dumped or otherwise rejected in some way, just to give it a whirl. The list, rather unfortunately, turned out to be even longer than I expected, but . . . well.

Anyway, last week I got an e-mail from a reporter from The Oregonian in Portland, the city where Platial was created. He'd seen my map on Platial and I guess thought it was funny, and asked me about it for an article he was doing on the Platial phenomenon and what various people use it for. I sent him an e-mail back with some more stuff about me, and today . . . voilá.

Some other people might shy away from this kind of attention. Me, I say any publicity is good publicity, especially when they spell your name right. Plus this actually puts me in a better light than any of the newspaper coverage I've gotten here in Birmingham -- just ask any of my friends around here.


When I get elected president, they're going to print these out and sell them like "maps to the stars' homes" or some shit.

8 comments:

Bill from JC said...

An article that starts out with "Doug Gillett is a 23-time loser." can only go up hill for you.

Keep trying and don't loose hope, #24 could be just around the corner!

Hey, I know a Jennifer from JC, and she doesn't dump anybody,...

Bill from JC said...

and there is nothing gay at all about being known as "Dougiedoodle." nope, not gay at all.

Willy Wonka said...

The lead to the story is just classic.

Nice work, Doug. I hadn't heard of Platial. Pretty damn cool.

-Peter
Burnt Orange Nation

jason said...

Hi Doug, you are the star of that article, and you are right, just measure the publicity in inches. Keep rockin it.

Blue Gal said...

I'm with jason. Keep rockin it. And I hope your date is as fun as you are.

DAve said...

Maybe I missed it, but I don't see "Elisha" on there anywhere.

Bill from JC said...

Maybe Elisha didn't dump him, have you considered that? Perhaps her publicist just wants them to lay low for a while, at least until after the season finale of 24. Doesn't that explain why you have never seen a picture of them together?

Newspaper Hack said...

When the conservatives declare martial law and outlaw liberals, we'll be able to organize the underground resistance using the code phrase, "I heard it on NPR."