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Wednesday, February 9th, 2005

Sometimes I think the blogging evangelists just get a little overhyped about how blogging is going to change the world or at least change the way that marketing works. You know, how markets are conversations.

However, I must admit that seeing referrers from major ad agencies makes me feel a little influential. Just a tad.

Question (re: Fox Sports)

Sunday, February 6th, 2005

Who dressed Terry Bradshaw? He’s got more pastels on than a bad 80s music video. And that out of control goatee. It’s called “shaving”.

Jimmy Johnson’s purple tie is just…classy.

Paul McCartney is ROCKING OUT. Good choice Fox. He looks like he’s having alot of fun onstage.

Sunday Bloody Sunday isn’t a good montage song. Sorry.

Update: 9:15pm Tied, finally.

Update 2: 9:30ish Not so tied.

Update 3:Pats 10 points ahead.

Update 4: 24-20…with over a minute and a half to go. Or, rather 24-21.

Update 5: 17 seconds to go….. damn, this is awful.

Update 6: Ah well.

Blogging Superbowl Ads

Sunday, February 6th, 2005

AdJab is blogging Superbowl ads.

Updated: I’m just going to categorize my own.

Liked: I liked the iTunes ones and the “I work with a bunch of monkeys” one. Robbery. NFL players singing tomorrow. Soldiers coming home (tugging on the heartstrings, I still don’t like watery beer). Clouding up the car windows. Cooking the cat. Working with a bunch of monkeys II. The nuts with the fairy tale characters. Working with a bunch of monkeys III.

Tasteless: GoDaddy. Apparently, the tasteless godaddy ad was pulled from a second showing by request of the NFL. Heh.

Huh?: The muppets (my daughter didn’t get that one).

Had to live during the 80s:MC Hammer.

Oooh lala: A single Brad Pitt drinks Heineken? I didn’t know that. (I missed the Diet Pepsi walking down the street one.)

Most likely to use the product they’re advertising: I work with a bunch of monkeys (careerbuilder). iTunes/Pepsi. Napster. Prius (ok, the commercial was cool.)

Lame commercials of the night: The Cadillac in the tunnel one. The countertop one. Frozen guy in a car (all three times of it is lame). Talking Baby. Tobasco. The easy button - seen that already, lame-o. Drug for can’t getting it up syndrome - even showing a couple in two seperate bathtubs. Verizon wireless miniaturization.

Ok: Bud light jumping out of an airplane. The guys on the picture phone. Budweiser Clydesdale wanna bes. The bold and smooth one. Pepsi truck.

Didn’t make an impression on me: The movie commercials. The rest of the car commercials. mbna. Comcast.

Philadelphia’s Simply Ravenous for a Winner

Saturday, February 5th, 2005

The NY Times covers The Wing Bowl.

Ya know, if I didn’t hear multiple people talking about this (and wishing they were there) yesterday, I simply would not have believed it.

Y!Q - wtf?

Thursday, February 3rd, 2005

Yahoo research just released a beta of a new contextual search technology they call Y!Q. The basic idea behind it is that you, the Web reader, can click on words or phrases on a Web page and open up a contextual window with results from Yahoo. Here’s the Yahoo Search blog entry about the conception of the idea.

As a Web master, in order to get Y!Q to work, you have to embed javascript and additional non-standard tags into your Web page.

So, tell me again why I would want to include Y!Q tags, just so I can make my page size larger (with javascript at that) and then lead people off of my page with results from Yahoo?

My call on it is that it’s a technically interesting idea, the execution needs much more (like, say, standards) but I don’t see real world applications for a professional Web master. Link farms, on the other hand, will probably benefit..

Fly Eagles Fly

Thursday, February 3rd, 2005

Just because I know you all were looking for a link to the Eagles fight song.

I’m just amused at all of the Eagles fandom. And I’m sure this weekend it will be a sea of green everywhere.

Toyota’s Hybrid Highlander coming soon

Monday, January 31st, 2005

This evening I recieved spam a newsletter from Toyota which noted that their Highlander Hybrid should be on sale by mid 2005. I really, really hope that Toyota will keep the deadline, since I’m *this close* to getting rid of my Jeep.

I’m never buying an American car ever again. And getting a 4 wheel drive hybrid just sweetens the deal, as far as I’m concerned.

hey all

Monday, January 31st, 2005

Those of you who know me “off blog” know how much I enjoy looking at my logs and figuring out who is reading and where they are coming from (yeah, especially those of you who are now local to me). Since I’ve started posting (again) I’m thrilled to see new people reading, but I haven’t heard from some of you!

Anyway, for those of you who are new or are just really, really quiet, feel free to comment or to drop me a line at blog at cleverhack dot com…


Sunday, January 30th, 2005

I’ve updated WP…and am messing around with index.php… watch the transformation!

Intuit is *still* evil, news at ll.

Sunday, January 30th, 2005

This morning, boingboing and slashdot are all aflutter because Intuit is yet again disabling earlier versions of Quicken. The Slashdot thread has some informative posts from a few developers who have worked for financial institutions and have experience with Intuit. According to one poster, the reason for this most recent push to upgrade is that Intuit has switched vendors for their online bill pay backend.

I’ve written about Intuit and it’s unholy ways in the past, let’s peruse the timeline, shall we? Suffice it to say, I’m not only a Quicken user but I’ve taught classes on how to use Quicken, so I think you could call me a power user. Intuit is a software company that writes various financial software packages, some of them you might know like personal finance software Quicken, Turbo Tax, and software for small business called Quickbooks. If you’ve ever used Intuit software, you’ll notice that Intuit not only is selling software, but is trying to sell services, which may or may not be beneficial to the consumer. Product tie ins with Quicken, for example, include stock quotes, integration with TurboTax and online bill pay directly from your Quicken software.

In 2003, Intuit got into a heap of bad PR because they included digitial rights software called C-Dilla along with their Turbo Tax product, without telling anyone. The major problem with the included DRM, was that it was uninstallable and it did not allow the software to be run on more than one computer, which proved to be a major inconveience to honest users. It was only months later that Intuit apologized for the mistake, and handed out universal product keys for Turbo Tax. Then, in May 2004 Intuit announced they were cutting support for previous versions of Quicken 98, Quicken 99, and Quicken 2000.

Back then I observed…

The WaPo article touches upon a personal sticking point I’ve had with the way the whole Quicken “system” operates. If you use the Quicken bill pay and/or the stock quote and investing features, you have to use the Quicken servers. Thus, when Intuit chooses to pull support, you’re up a creek. This is why in my classes I would make sure that my students realized that they could pull their own stock quotes/do bill pay through their financial institution’s Web site.

In all reality, the problem for Intuit is that there not much innovation to be done in the area of personal finance software, therefore, one needs to add bloat in order to move new versions of the product. Like I stated earlier, most people have relatively simple needs and the only way that they are going to purchase new versions of this type of software is if the support for the software ends.

A snow wish

Sunday, January 30th, 2005

I really wish that PennDOT and municipal and local governments here in PA would get their act together concerning snow removal. It seems that the philosophy down here is “Oh it snowed? Let’s put some salt down and hope it melts.” on major travel routes. And talking about municipal governments, you’re damn lucky to see salt on a secondary road. Let me put it to you this way, the road in front of where I live was cleared of snow from last Sunday’s snowstorm on Tuesday - and that’s because it melted.

It’s gotten to the point where I don’t like to drive when it’s snowing not because I’m worried about me, I’m worried about the other morons sharing the road with me. Nothing like driving behind a guy in a Lincoln going 20.

My car is currently covered with road salt and I’ve had to refill my windshield washer fluid. I didn’t have problems like this in Vermont.

The funny thing is that I when I drive to work in Delaware, I notice that DelDOT does a mighty fine job of clearing the roads. Even the secondary ones.

Mommy Hottest

Friday, January 28th, 2005

From USA Today

Best quote: “I don’t think you have to stop living just because you become a mother.”