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Happy Father's Day

June 14th, 2008

I never put too much thought into the wide variety of cards that are appropriate for Father's Day. This changed a few days ago.

Shopping for a card, I noticed some that seemed geared toward sons and grandsons, and not dads. What could it mean?

My first thought was that in some circles, fathers exchange cards with their children. Of course I'd never heard of this practice before, but perhaps it existed nonetheless. Why not? A parent could reciprocate the feeling of appreciation on Father's Day, especially since there is no Children's Day.

But alas, this theory was wrong. And rightfully so! Father's Day is Dad Turf Only.

Quickly I mentally hopped from Theory The First to Theory The Second, and realized that the cards for Sons and Grandsons are going to Fathers as well. So Billy's Grandfather Hector sends Billy a father's day card, "To My Grandson," because Billy himself is a father.

A ha! It's all so clear…

First comment: Duh!

Second comment: Dude, there is a kids day, kidsday.com

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Eurekster – Alive!!

June 2nd, 2008

…For now.

Last week I wrote about how this great new (to me) service, Eurekster, had apparently died.

Makes me think of that Simpsons episode where Homer held Lisa's dying robot and said, "Linguo… dead?" The bot replied, "Linguo …is ……dead."

So, "Eurekster… dead?"

The reply: "Not by a <cough*cough> long shot…"

The service seems to be back up, the widget I installed is working again, and the search results seem fine. But who's to say when the next unexpected outage may occur? You never know…

We must prepare ourselves for the darkest of days, when we will no longer have access to search-wiki swickis!

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Eurekster – Dead?

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.

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

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.

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

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!

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Death of Legit Referrals?

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…

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Mother's Day Plans

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!

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Internet Fads and Non-Web Products

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?

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Vehicular Ad Space

April 30th, 2008

You know how some people find a way to get a free car, just by agreeing to show a huge ad on that car? It’s like instead of a normal, solid-color paint job, that car has a huge, bold message, asking everybody on and off-road, “Who You Gonna Call?!” Beneath that would be the phone number or website of a specific company, let’s say… Phantom Nabbers.

Those types of ads must produce some kind of results, otherwise why would companies bother to give away free cars? I’ve always wondered what it would be like to drive one of those… I think you’d probably have to be ready to answer a couple questions!

Anyway, I was thinking about how a small business owner might go about using the same ad tactic, and I think I found a way. Car magnets! These are magnets that you slap on the outside of your car. Each magnet can be printed with your company logo and message. Where can you get them? VistaPrint!

VistaPrint is a printing company. They’ll print everything — dogs, cats… ok, just kidding, here’s what they really print: checks, announcements, rubber stamps, business cards, and of course, car magnets. Each item is highly customizable, and VistaPrint will take each of your specifications very seriously. So the next time you’re in the mood to buy some quality car magnets or get something else printed, think VistaPrint!

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Yahoo + NY Times = Time Travel Lesson

April 30th, 2008

I was reading some Yahoo news today, complete with links to the New York Times, and I was surprised to see that "A new study says it's possible to boost the amount of mental ability you were born with."


Yahoo Time Travel

I understand what they're going for, and I get their point.

BUT! The wording just sounds like you can do something in the here and now that would retroactively impact how smart you were at the moment of birth. If you could "boost the amount of mental ability you were born with" by 100%, you'd effectively double how smart you were however many years ago you were born. But that would cause ripples throughout the past 20-60 years…

Let's see if the article (from the Times) can shed some light on the matter. Surely it will be much clearer than the short Yahoo headline.

The first sentence of the article reads, "A new study has found that it may be possible to train people to be more intelligent, increasing the brainpower they had at birth."

Wow, this is serious. This is great! So long, SAT score of 200! I'm gonna change everything.

First I'll go back and double how smart I was at age 0. Then I'll live my life up to April 30, 2008, and go back and double my intelligence again! And again and again and again…

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