If you locked a few reasonably intelligent web developers in a room for six weeks to design a user-friendly ecommerce site and they had never heard of 1-Click Shopping (capitalization used sarcastically), they would probably develop it independently.
A brief overview of why I no longer sleep.
Chinese Weightlifter Sets Five Records in a Day
116 pound Yang Xia, of China, lifts 220 pounds in the snatch event, and 275 pounds in the clean and jerk. Incidentally, I have difficulty not only with lifting my own body weight, but with actually lifting my body itself (From off the couch, for example).
Simon Whitfield Wins Gold, Acts Like a Nut
I assume you've all witnessed Whitfield winning the gold medal and subsequently acting like a nut. Top marks for spiking the finish-line tape into the ground. Where can I buy cereal with Whitfield's face on the box?
Attractive Swimmers Advance to Final
Joanne Malar and Marianne Limpert have both advanced into the 200-metre individual medley finals. I understand that training and competition keep you fairly busy Joanne, but if you happen to get a chance, my address is email@example.com.
Canada Decimates Kazakhstan
The Canadian Women's Waterpolo team improved their record to 1-0-2 after defeating Kazakhstan by a score of 10-3. In an earlier match the Canadians had been up by three goals on the Americans but ended up settling for a tie. Canada plays the Netherlands at some point tonight when I should really be sleeping.
<sarcasm> It's good to see that we still control the media even with Kirby gone.</sarcasm>
The smart folk at IslandEdition.com put it nicely, comparing the spread of 'blogs' to a bad genital rash:
“Done well, blogs can be a refreshing, quick read. Done badly, they're indulgent and dull.”
Blog. I hate the word. Maybe that's what this site is, and maybe denying it is like The Moffats saying “we are not a boy-band”, but I still loath the term.
One final note: However hip/cliché it may be, the proper capitalization is silverorange. Not SilverOrange, Silverorange, or Silver Orange. We artists are picky about that.
Retailing at around $10 each, for about $250 you can own a big chunk of the 2000 Binaural Tour. That may seem like a lot to spend in one go on music but people are paying $60 - $100 a shot for one poor quality bootleg.
While ‘hardcore’ Rage Against the Machine plays the MTV;; Video Music Awards and Billy Pumpkin whines about not selling as many albums as Britney Spears*, Pearl Jam manages to make good music in a universe parallel to that of our pop culture.
Thank you Pearl Jam.
I'm as skeptical of the Olympics as the next steroid-scandal-weary member of my generation but while watching the CBC's typically brilliant coverage of the opening ceremony of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, I was weak.
It was a ceremony so fine, it was easy to forget that the Olympics have been bought and sold by Coke and IBM.
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Speaking of defining oneself with material goods (as I was a few posts ago), I have found my dream vehicle, the Audi A2. The Audi site calls it “Discreetly distinguished - not attention-grabbing”. Just like me.
I recently was shown a site which has an AMAZING ability. It's not in english, but cows don't speak english anyway. It's not hard to stumble through. This jewel of a site amazed me for two reasons. First of all, it's amazingly cool to watch the quality claymation cows rock/hiphop/disco around as you design a music video for them. But if you look at the interface, it's very slick. Nice easy drag and drop onto the timeline (Premiere users don't mock me, I think it may be called a timeline), and easy to preview the samples before throwing them on.
All of that information is required for simply to set up one of the better descriptions of Ebay that have read. The following is quoted from the FuckedCompany.com newsletter for Wednesday, Sept. 13th:
You might notice I took the auction down. Ebay was created in 1995 to auction Pez dispensers. And it's really good for auctioning Pez dispensers. If you're interested in buying the site, drop me an email.
Why is it that every time Apple releases a new product their site goes down? I realize that they must have an enormous spike in traffic, but it should be completely predictable and can't be near the kind of traffic Yahoo get's on an average day.
While I'm picking on Apple, at last Apple expo, when Steve released the supercomputer in a 8" by 8" box (excluding the enourmous external power supply never shown in the media), the streaming video broadcast using QuickTime was crap. Through barely audible audio and nothing but still frames of video every 10 seconds (even on a fast DSL connection), I could barely make out Steve bragging about how he was being broadcast live to the world with QuickTime and Akamai.
Style + Shitty Products = Stylish Shitty Products.
Akamai, which claims to be “delivering a better internet” by mirroring popular content on their ‘bleeding-edge’ servers, seems to be a lot of non-sense to me. Sure, I don't know what I'm talking about, but here is my anecdotal evidence: Two sites I know use Akamai, Apple.com and CNN.com. Apple.com crashes with traffic spikes and the streaming video feels like 1996. CNN.com has the worst video offerings of any significant website (in fairness to Akamai, this is partly do to poor encoding of video and audio).