GOOD EVENING LADIES AND GENTLEMEN AND WELCOME TO THE CRAZY APPLE RUMORS SITE 5TH ANNIVERSARY ROAST! FIVE YEARS AGO THIS SITE FIRST OPENED ITS ELECTRONIC DOORS, TURNING THE APPLE RUMOR COMMUNITY ON ITS HEAD. TONIGHT WE HAVE A STAR-STUDDED TRIBUTE TO CRAZY APPLE RUMORS SITE, SO PLEASE SIT BACK AND ENJOY!
Why am I shouting?
Oh, it’s these damn klieg lights. The fans in them are really noisy.
Anyway, we’ve got a great show for you tonight. We’re pleased to have a number of luminaries of the Apple community here to roast us and at the end one lucky reader will walk away with some free crap!
Before we get into the roasting, I’d like to note that these are actual quotes from actual people.
I don’t know why I feel compelled to say that. It’s not like we’d make anything up.
Let’s get started!
Our first guest is the author of probably the most popular Mac blog. Please join me in welcoming Daring Fireball’s John Gruber.
I love CARS. It’s sort of like The Daily Show for Mac news, except
The Daily Show is actually funny.
Oh, so, it’s the trademark CARS accuracy he enjoys. Gotcha. We hear that a lot.
Moving on, our next roaster is the editor of the venerable Macworld magazine. A respected voice in Apple news, here’s Jason Snell.
Late in 2001, the world was introduced to a new thing unlike any that they had seen before. It was destined to change the lives of every who laid eyes upon it. With five years’ hindsight, it’s clear that we will, as a society of media consumers, never be the same. That item was, of course, the iPod. Wait, are you saying CARS started then too? Jeez. Congratulations, CARS, for squeezing two years’ worth of Web comedy into five!
You know, I don’t know why I ever agreed to write for your magazine.
Oh, yes I do. You paid me. That’s right.
Our next guest has been a great friend of the site, having been gracious enough to have me on his show twice, despite me getting into a slap fight with Sly. Please give it up for Your Mac Life host Shawn King.
Crazy Apple Rumors is one of the top three web sites of its kind. Granted, there are only three of its kind but… well… ummm…
John Moltz is the funniest guy on the Mac Web. And, if you knew what a
humorless bunch of wankers the Mac Web actually was, you’d know how little
being “the funniest guy” among them actually means.
When I grow up, I want to be just like him – fat, lazy and resting
on my laurels.
Well, in my defense, these laurels are huge. I mean, look at them. How can you not rest on these suckers? They’re just asking to rested upon.
Yes, ladies, what you’ve heard is true. I have gigantic laurels.
We couldn’t be more thrilled than having our next celebrity roaster speak. For the most authoritative word on technology, look no further than Wall Street Journal columnist Walt Mossberg.
Who’s crazy now? On many days, CARS items — even the ones about talking dogs and space aliens — seem more realistic than a lot of the stuff on allegedly “fact-based” Mac rumor sites. And they beat me to the punch in revealing the plans for the forthcoming “iPod nano y nano” device.
Ha-ha! Oh, Walt! We stole your notes, man! We stole your notes!
Seriously, we did. We stole your notes.
And you had a pack of Tic-Tacs on your desk. We took that, too.
Over the years we’ve been fortunate to have several Apple executives look at the numbers and decide that suing us just wasn’t worth the time and effort. One of those is senior director of iPod product marketing Stan Ng. Stan?
Wow, 5th anniversary. Congratulations. Through five years of reading CARS, I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, I’ve fallen asleep, and I’ve had people looking at my ass for the new shuffle ever since that one article. You know which article. The article that prompted me to get the new Ronco Elliptical Buttmaster 3000 with its patent-pending 7 minute work out. Oh, the horror of it all. But I’m over it. My therapist says that people are laughing near me, not at me, so I can’t blame you all for that, especially when you’re just reporting the facts. In any case, congratulations again on five great years. Keep up the great reporting, please don’t write about my posterior anymore, and looking forward to another five years.
No promises! We reserve the right to write about any part of an Apple executive’s anatomy!
But, Stan, if that whole iPod marketing thing doesn’t work out for you, give us a call. I think you’ve got what it takes to write for Crazy Apple Rumors Site.
And I don’t say that to everyone.
Now, Jack Miller first surmised that our next guest was the product of an experiment to splice the genes of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. But we’ve since learned that he’s actually the result of a transporter accident involving the two and some other guy named Greg. Please welcome vice president of worldwide iPod product marketing Greg Joswiak.
Five years? Its hard to believe that CARS has managed to stay in business for that long and so little is really known about John Moltz. Some say that John Moltz is a eccentric zillionaire from the wild dot com days who is funding the highly paid CARS staff and this very high production web site from his own pocket. Others say that there is no John Moltz and that CARS is actually driven by a Canadian syndicate whose primary goal is to promote the reputation of Phil Schiller so he can one day be a candidate for Prime Minister. All I know is that I have started each day for the last five years with laughter by reading the latest CARS posting. Its good to be able to laugh at yourself and CARS makes sure that not only can we laugh at ourselves but millions of readers can laugh at us as well. Hmmm, at least I think that’s good.
Congrats on five great years — well, there were at least three great years in there.
Hey, three years?! We’ll take it! And take that Jason Snell! “Two years.” As if! It’s at least two and a half.
And is it scaring anyone else that these Apple execs really seem to know a lot about the CARS’ content? I know it’s scaring me.
Finally, to close this memorable 5th Anniversary Roast, I’d like to introduce our star speaker.
A 2-time Grammy Award winner, he’s played on three Stanley Cup-winning teams and in 1998 he won the Iditarod, mushing the first all-Dachshund team in the race’s history to victory.
Ladies and gentlemen, you know him, you love him and Apple and this site wouldn’t be where they are today without him. Let’s give a big round of applause to…
…senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller!
I remember it like it was only yesterday, Crazy Apple Rumors burst onto the web scene with it’s unique design and a risque perspective and I thought “what the @*%*? is this guy serious?” And then I laughed until my sides hurt. And the laughter has not stopped ever since. For the past five years CARS has covered Pulitzer-worthy journalism that others fear to touch – crazed replicons, sexbots, alternate universes, hillbillies, open source sandwiches, and more. The Internet needs CARS! So, I lift my frosty mug, toast CARS first five years of hilarious blogging, and hope for five more.
Without turning this into “a very special CARS”, I’d like to thank Phil in particular for being the patron saint of this site. I’d also like to thank the other roasters, each of whom has done his part to make this site what it is today:
But mostly I’d like to thank you, the CARS reader. When the Entity and I first met in the Waffle House in Lancaster, Penn., I never dreamed that the Apple rumors site we envisioned would one day turn out to be modestly popular.
Thank you for five wonderful years.
I swore I wasn’t going to cry!
Well, we’d love to give each and every one of you some crap, but we’re only giving it to one of you tonight.
And tonight’s lucky winner is…
Name Redacted at the Winner’s Request!
Name Redacted has won her choice of one of the following fabulously crappy packages!
- The CARS t-shirt of her choice and some Apple logo post-it notes from the Missing Bite.
- The CARS t-shirt of her choice and a CARS sticker.
- A CARS mug and a CARS checklist mouse pad.
Congratulations to Name Redacted!
Thanks for tuning in tonight and every night. We’ve got four more nights of crappy giveaways so if your name’s not Name Redacted, don’t give up hope yet. If you’ve already sent your name in, you’re automatically entered for the rest of the week.
Good night and thanks again from all of us here at Crazy Apple Rumors Site.