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Archive for May, 2008

Eurekster – Dead?

Monday, May 26th, 2008

Just when I discovered a neat new tool, it went away.

A couple of weeks ago, I found out that a company called Eurekster has this thing called a Swicki. A Search Wiki. It's like Google + Digg, search results you can vote on. You can make your own for free, and customize it to cater to a certain topic.

Anyway, I thought it seemed like a neat idea! But I heard the original brains behind the operation left to fry bigger fish. And then the site sent out a maintenance message, citing some downtime. And it hasn't been up since. Bummer.

Microsoft, Yahoo, and Facebook at School: A Bully's Journey

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Microsoft still wants to buy Yahoo. And maybe Facebook?

This is wild. I guess originally Microsoft said, "Yo Yahoo! Get over here, gimme your lunch money."

And Yahoo said, "Aaaaahhhh!" and ran home to his brother, a karate instructor, who taught him the martial arts in four hours.

The next day, Yahoo saw Microsoft at school. Microsoft said, "Yahoo! Glad to see ya, gimme your lunch money."

"HIYYAAAAHH!!" Yahoo yelled, landing a punch on Microsoft.

Microsoft didn't even flinch, the punch didn't hurt, he was fine, but people all around were remarking to each other that, "Wow, Yahoo can take care of himself!" "Yeah, Yahoo's tough!"

Microsoft had wanted a quick fix, lunch money with no resistance. He didn't know Yahoo would put up a fight.

At home that day, Microsoft regroups, and thinks things out. Maybe he'll have to… play nice.

So Microsoft lets a week go by, allowing the bulk of Yahoo's congratulations to wear off.

Then at school, Microsoft goes over during lunch and says, "Hey Yahoo? Why don't we team up? Together we could Rule the School!"

Yahoo says, in a newly practiced calm cool way, "I'll think about it."

Microsoft, silently infuriated, walks over to Facebook's table. "I never thought about this before, but right now it makes sense. If I can't get Yahoo, I'll get Facebook instead," he thinks.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Monday, May 12th, 2008

The best summer vacation I ever had was when I went to the Grand Canyon with friends. It was amazing. Huge! There was so much to see, so far to see. I enjoyed being able to take in a ton of different details with such a grand view, as opposed to the kind of view you might get driving through a city. Everywhere you look, there’s a wall. Bam! Your field of vision ends. But not at the Canyon. It was magnificent.

I’ve always wondered what it would be like to go to India. I wonder how much flights to India cost? I know! I’ll bet they don’t cost much at all, when you book through DialAflight…

DialAflight is a UK travel company. They offer travel ideas worldwide, specializing in flights and hotels. You can visit them at www.dialaflight.com, and find heaps of helpful info regarding vacations. Need a rental car? Hotel? Flight? You’re covered! Whatever break you’re on, whether it be an extended leave of absence or just a spa holiday, DialAFlight has your back. Just call and they’ll help you get set up with a tailor-made vacation experience that is just as you request. Right down to the last detail!

Death of Legit Referrals?

Monday, May 12th, 2008

The other day, a friend of mine remarked how he'd found a high-quality repair service through a business he'd had dealings with in the past. The business, when asked who they used for repairs, quickly and kindly replied with the truth. The referral was of high quality, because it was based on legitimate experience.

But on the internet, and elsewhere, scores of individuals and groups are being convinced that it is in their best interest to refer people to the highest bidders. The arena of friendly information exchange has become Kickback City.

"Hey Hans, who cleans the Nakatomi Plaza?"

"Oh, my buddies in the Asian Dawn, of course."

"Great, thanks, I'll hire them to clean my place."

Vs.

"Hey Roy, where are the freshest Twinkies sold?"

"Not here, pal."

"Good to know. Thanks, you just saved me a few bucks."

"Try that place up the street, I've had good dealings there."

"Will do."

I'm sure there are people who, because they simply haven't found a way to monetize their advice, offer up the truth freely. But so many others are fine with spreading virtual lies…

Mother's Day Plans

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Whoo!! Mother’s Day!! Party!! It’s the rockinest, craziest, wackiest…. Ok just kidding. But seriously, have you figured out what you’re going to do this Sunday yet? I know what I’m doing.

I’m going to shower my mother with affection. First, a phone call, and a friendly conversation. Then the delivery truck will deliver flowers. Then a singing telegram will bring chocolates. Then a limousine will pick her up and bring her to fancy restaurant. Then, a lobster and steak dinner!

Ok, that sounds a tad expensive… Maybe just the flowers…and the candy!

But where can we get the perfect flowers for Mom? Hmm… Maybe 1800flowers.com? Yes, definitely! I encourage you, reader, to visit 1800flowers.com for all your Mothers Day gift needs. It’s the perfect place to find exactly what you’re looking for, something your deserving mother will appreciate.

Happy (upcoming) Mother’s Day!

Internet Fads and Non-Web Products

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

The internet has sped things up tremendously. Now someone somewhere can come up with a brand new catchphrase, and have it become famous in less than 24 hours. Next day, "everyone" is using the new phrase all over the place. A week later, a different phrase is hip.

Meanwhile, in slowsville, a video game manufacturer puts one of the phrases into the game as a sort of culturally-relevant bonus.

Does it become out of date quickly? Maybe. But I think most video game makers are probably aware of how quickly certain fads shift online, and so they only choose to use ideas that seem steadfast and lasting.

I wonder just how fast things will get in 10 years?