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If Bloggers were winos…

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

From Boing Boing comes

a former Gallo salesman who recalled handing the drink out to Native Americans who were just being released from jail — “to get the brand started.” “Wino Samplings,” as this former employee calls the practice of passing out free samples to hard drinkers, “used to be widespread.

Are winos conversations? I’m reminded of some other free wine give-away…

Froday night links – Introverts,

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

Caring for your introvert.

Blogger now has AdSense intregration. It’d be great if Movable Type and Word Press came with default installs that allowed you to do this. As well as bringing about blogrolls, delicious, flickr, picassa, Amazon referrals etc. Input some initial account information when you first create your blog and then sit back and relax as the money comes in, or doesn’t.

I guess Yahoo 360 did this idea where you logged in and read your feeds and could blog about them too but the fact is most people don’t have integrating aggregators and blogs. Perhaps they should. One interface to manage your blog , photos, feeds and so much more. AND not locking you into Yahoo only properties.

Oooh. Skype will be used as a delivery platform for all things digital says James Enck. That would make a lot more sense. Skype afterall is also a P2P application. Bringing Voice to you and downloads which you can pay for using Paypal, which can be bought via Ebay. That would be pretty damned nifty.

Meanwhile MS is quite worried that the platform is moving from the desktop to the net. In fairness this CNet Article is nothing new and many have been harping on about this for years. Still, MS are probably going to be pissed with the discussion it generates.

Mad cool marketing idea. Bubblewrap in the shape of Sony PlayStation buttons. Cute marketing technique.

Russell doesn’t like his Mac

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

Russ Beattie lists what bugs him about his mac. Then the zealots come and comment and it turns into another pointless mac versus pc debate. I await someone asking to think about the children.

Google Secure Access – RIAA and MPAA target?

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

A secure encrypted tunnel going from you to Google to wherever and back again. Unless ISPs and Telcos start blocking access to Google Secure Access then a workaround for VoIP port blocking has just been reached as Richard Stastny and James Enck explain.

So, this means all those who want to use their connection to download the latest Metallica album (which is going to be shit. Napster karma!) can’t be tracked by their ISP. I’m sure the ISPs will be delighted to have the RIAA off their backs, but what about Google.

Will we see Google hand over your IP readily? Will they hand over your login details? Are they ready to be sued by another bully? I wonder will this VPN work in China? Will we see them block sites and eventually block ports?

Google Toolbar for Firefox | Project Comet and other cool tools

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

Google Toolbar for Firefox is out of Beta. Has Google suggest built in. Bam. Right back at you Yahoo!

SixApart announce Project Comet. Looks like they are kicking blogging up a notch. Still not gone to 11 on it though. I like the Community Aggregation idea.

via James Enck comes Gush – a newsreader and IM tool and more. It can use Google Talk too. I like the SplitChat ability and the ability to send the same message to lots of people. Write Once Read Many as a guru pointed out to me.

Recommendation tools aren’t all that cool says the LA Times.

Prisoner Inventions. Wow.

I never noticed GMail had an undo button.

iPod Nano Thong. Jesus.

Amazing Arty Photos taken with just a camera phone. Gifted artists don’t need good tools. They can create beauty out of anything.

Wine Freebie Promotion leaves Sour Taste

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

Oh come on, it was too hard not to use such a tabloidesque post title.

Anyway, so someone called the wine that Hugh Macleod pimps “crappy” and Hugh went off and shredded the guy and even drew a nastycard about it.

Quite an over-reaction if you ask me. Markets are conversations but I understood the cluetrain intention was still to remain civil in the conversation. If someone calls your product crappy you can ignore them or engage with them to find out why and either improve yor product or discuss with the person why you think it is untrue. Getting personal and calling the person names is not conversation and is not the way of the cluetrain.

A better analysis of this comes from Tom Coates.

Catholicism Wow – Jesus Christ Matrix Style

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

In Dogma Kevin Smith took the piss out of the Catholic Church getting a PR/Marketing overhaul where they came up with the slogan “Catholicism WOW” and the lovely Buddy Christ doll:

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Now in 2005 a “gifted” priest came up with the idea of a priest in the style of Neo in the Matrix They wanted to ban Dogma, and then allow this. Funny how the world changes.

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Giant Pink Bunny Invades Italian Mountain Resort

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

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The Gelatin group along with an army of grannies knitted this giant bunny which, over time, will start to decay.
Other views of the Pink rabbit.

At least it’s not a giant shark stuck in your roof.

Aer Lingus – Some are more equal than others.

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

Aer Lingus wanted to discriminate on age grounds. Seems Aer Lingus lobbied the Minister for Inequality to allow them to be excempt from the Equality Act. It is bad enough that there are loads of exceptions in the Act since McDowell took a hatchet to it, but now the State Airline wanted to give the older staff better benefits. Some nerve.

Legal Eagle Links

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

Overlawyered.com explores an American legal system that too often turns litigation into a weapon against guilty and innocent alike, erodes individual responsibility, rewards sharp practice, enriches its participants at the public’s expense, and resists even modest efforts at reform and accountability.

Common Good’s Top Ten New School Rules.

Many educators spend their days complying with burdensome regulations and dodging lawsuits. So, for those teachers and principals heading back to school this fall, Common Good has put together a list of ten new school rules to help them stay compliant and lawsuit free.

That blurb was sarcastic by the way. The list highlights some scary and stupid legal cases involving schools and students. Suing because you got an F? Jeez.