Thursday, August 31st
What MySpace Is Having For Lunch
If you've been to MySpace lately you may have noticed that on top of the "sticky design" (i.e.: 20 clicks to do anything), you get a lot of error pages and dead ends. Well Sean Bonner (whoever he is) says MySpace can eat a bag of dick. That language might be a little strong, but I agree in principle with what he says. (If Al Gore gets around to inventing YouTube, he should also get hip to MySpace. His page sucks.)
Posted By: Ian on 08.31.06 @ 08:59
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Wednesday, August 30th
When Will Al Gore Invent YouTube?
It's cool that Al Gore is speaking out about how control of the media is destroying democracy. Unfortunately, you'll never hear about it, because, well, control of the media is destroying democracy. It's also cool that he seems to grasp some connection between TV and the web. Somebody really should tell him about YouTube though. If you search Al Gore on YouTube, you may get the impression that the greatest threat to the world right now is Man Bear Pig, not global warming.
Posted By: Ian on 08.30.06 @ 09:45
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Tuesday, August 29th
Who needs oil, anyway?
Sitting in a meeting yesterday, I was struck by the irony that on one side of me, a person was drinking decaffeinated coffee, while on the other side, a person was drinking caffeinated water. The plastic bottle the water was in got me thinking: how many products do Americans use every day that are made using petroleum products? Here's a little list I found:
Ballet tights, nylon cord, women's polyester blouses, beads, pajamas, women's polyester pants, bracelets, pantyhose, nylon zippers, plastic hangers, permanent press clothing, dresses, purses, thongs/flip flops, earrings, ribbons, fake fur, windbreakers, sandals, garment bags, shoe laces, rain coats, iron-on patches, sneakers, sweaters, men's nylon undershirts, sofa pillow material, men's polyester shirts, men's polyester slacks, tote bags, umbrellas, Ball point pens, diskettes, thermometer, Ink, computers, typewriter ribbon/cartridges, business card holders, copiers, waste baskets, calculators, printer ribbon cartridges, microfilm, carbon paper, protractor, name tags, correction fluid, ring binder, erasers, rulers, letter divider, scotch tape, magic markers, telephone, Back packs, fishing lures, air mattresses, Polaroid camera, beach balls, fishing poles, hang gliders, vinyl cases, cameras, footballs, glue containers, puzzles, darts, Frisbees, golf ball/bags, shotgun shell casing, ear plugs, knitting needles, waterproof jackets, stadium cushion, earphones, yarm, kites, tennis racquet, fabric dye, decoys, lifejacket, nylon strings, face protectors, volley balls, model cars, plastic water gun, fishing bobbers, soccer balls, oil paints, parachutes, fishing cylume, light stick, earphones, playing cards, photographs, monofilament fishing lines, diving boards, poker chips, goggles, roller-skate wheels, whistles, guitar strings, picks, rafts, ice chests, tents, sleeping bags, pole vaulting poles, motorcycle helmets, skis, rubber cement, plastic flower pots, water skis, hot tub covers, sails, snorkels, monkey bars, photo albums, wet suits, flippers, tennis balls, boats, insulated boots, Acrylic toys, baby oil, laundry basket, waterproof pants, baby aspirin, bath soap, mittens, pacifiers, baby blanket, bibs, rattles, double-knit shirts, baby bottles, disposable diapers, baby shoes, teething ring, nipples, dolls, stuffed animals, baby lotion, Allergy medication, cotton-tipped swabs, inhalator liquid, Pepto-Bismol, aspirin, first aid cream, lancet for blood testing, pill case, band aids, first aid kits, latex gloves, prescription bottle, burn lotion, glycerin, mosquito spray, rubbing alcohol, chap stick, heart valve replacement, nasal decongestant, surgical tape, syringes, Vaseline, antiseptics, hearing aids, anesthetics, artificial limbs, eye glasses, antihistamines, cortisone, vaporizers, Bactine, oxygen masks, stethoscope, prescription glasses, cologne, hair brushes, lipstick, permanent wave curlers, perfume, hair color, mascara, petroleum jelly, comb, foam rubber curlers, denture adhesives, shampoo, contact lens/case, hair spray, hand lotion, shaving foam, cough syrup, hearing aids, hair dryers, shoe inserts, dentures, Keri body lotion, face masks, skin cleanser, deodorants, laxatives, moisturizing cream, soap holder, disposable razors, leather conditioner, mouth wash, sun glasses, facial toner, lens cleanser, nail polish, sunscreen, tooth brushes, toothpaste tubes, vitamins, synthetic wigs, bubble bath, soap, capsules, vinegar bottles, egg carton, meat trays, trash bags, bread box, freezer containers, melamine dishware, tumblers, cake decorations, jars, microwave divided dishes, utensils, candles, freezer bags, milk jugs, vacuum bottles, coasters, gelatin molds, nylon spatulas, wax paper, coffee pots, ice cream scoops, oven bags, mops, drinking cups, ice trays, plastic containers, fabric softener, detergent, liter bottles, plastic table service, drain stoppers, dish drainer, lunch boxes, pudding molds, sponges, dish scrubber brush, baggies, drinking straws, Styrofoam, paper cup dispenser, measuring cups, Teflon coated pans, table cloths, refrigerator shelves, Carpet padding, naugahyde, Venetian blinds, TV cabinets, extension cords, picture frames, flocked wallpaper, shower doors, Formica, refrigerator lining, vinyl-coated wallpaper, curtains, kitchen carpet, shag carpet, welcome mats, fan blades, lamps, shower curtain, patio furniture, swings, linoleum, upholstery material, rugs, caulking material, light switch plates, plunger, faucet washer, clothesline, measuring tape, polyurethane stain, water pipe, electric saw, paint brush, propane bottles, wood floor cleaner/wax, vinyl electrical tape, plastic pipe, shingles (asphalt), light panels, garden hose, plastic wood, spackling paste, awnings, glazing compound, Plexiglas, spray paint, enamel, epoxy paint, artificial turf, folding doors, floor wax, glue, house paint, paint rollers, toilet seats, water pipes, putty, solvents, roofing material, plywood adhesive, sockets, propane, Anti-freeze, flat tire fix, street paving (asphalt), car battery case, coolant, motor oil, tires, loud speakers, bearing grease, sports car bodies, traffic cones, car enamel, brake fluid, dash boards, windshield wipers, visors, car sound insulation, oil filters, car seats, convertible tops, fan belts, gasoline, Ash trays, dog food dishes, tool boxes, cd's, balloons, dog leash, tape recorders, synthetic rubber, bubble gum, dog toys, flashlights, nylon rope, bungee strap, fertilizer, flight bags, disposable lighters, cassette player, flea collars, flutes, lighter fluid, cigarette case, electric blankets, tool racks, name tags, cigarette filters, ammonia, insecticides, newspaper tubes, calibrated container, insect repellent, food preservatives, phonograph records, crayons, ice buckets, dyes, pillows, credit cards, flashlights, fly swatter, plastic cup holder, dice, movie film, k-resin, plastic tie, polyethylene, polypropylene, rain bonnets, luggage, video cassettes, charcoal lighter, rayon, safety glasses, safety gloves, safety hats, shoe polish, signs, cassette tapes, toys, watch bands, waterproof boots, shopping bags, bed spreads, traffic cones, check books covers, tobacco pouches, clothes hangers, flea collars, flavors, masking tape, safety flares, flags, signs
Somehow, I don't think driving more fuel-efficient cars is going to help very much....maybe we need some wheat plastic?
Posted By: Ian on 08.29.06 @ 06:25
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Monday, August 28th
Ann Arbor Without Coffee
As a Metrosexual in denial, living in a college town surrounded by MetroHicks can occasionally drive one to drink. Drink coffee, that is. I just helped my friend and Coffee Genius launch his site, Roosroast.com. Monday morning would be unbearable without the Devil's Cup, and Roosroast will give you the devil. Roosroast is confident enough about their organic, fair-trade, small-batch coffee that they even list all the other cafes in Ann Arbor, inviting a taste-test. VROOM! Order some coffee on line. Check out the Race Roast. Raw like NASCAR, it'll pump your pistons.
Posted By: Ian on 08.28.06 @ 07:59
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Sunday, August 27th
My Wet Stuff Is Coming
In spite of the fact that "...the number of Americans killed by international terrorism since the late 1960s (which is when the State Department began counting) is about the same as the number of Americans killed over the same period by lightning, accident-causing deer, or severe allergic reaction to peanuts..." (see A False Sense of Insecurity? 98KB PDF By John Mueller), Americans are still freaking out about dying in a fiery mid-air explosion. Well, now your shampoo is safe. Beginning September 5, 2006, these people will handle your wet stuff for you!
Posted By: Ian on 08.27.06 @ 07:35
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Saturday, August 26th
That's YourSpace, Not MySpace...
I knew the web was toast a couple of years ago when "Blog" was one of Time Magazine's words of the year. These days, an estimated 73% of Internet traffic is going to MySpace, YouTube (isn't watching videos what a TV is for?), and Flickr. Because everyone's cat is SOOOO cute. The remaining 27% is spam, I guess, judging by my inbox...
Watch this space for the next big thing. Really.
Posted By: Ian on 08.26.06 @ 10:56
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