Friday, December 31
Don't be put off by the shopping cart at British Pathe. The video images are free to preview.
Thursday, December 30
Tuesday, December 28
One of the most amusing letters and least drinkable cocktails comes from H.L. Davis, author of the Harper prize-winning novel, Honey in the Horn. It is not recommended for "Children, expectant mothers and people who cry easily":
High Proof Rum (at least 10 years old)
(About 2 Beer Steins)
Dark Strained Honey (the thin, runny kind)
(A Tin Dipperful, and a Little Over)
Fresh Huckleberries (crushed to a pulp)
(A Tin Dipperful)
Mountain Ash Berries (crushed)
(2 Tablespoons; be careful with 'em boys)
Best Black Gunpowder - To Taste
"Mix (at room temperature) and stir savagely until it is no longer streaky in color. Each drink should be served with a toothpick impaling a dead bumblebee, a dead yellow jacket and a dead wasp. These are supposed to be eaten first to give the revelers a notion of what lies in store for them."
Monday, December 27
According to the study, Craigslist had 12,200 active job listings on its San Francisco site the week of November 21, 2004. In contrast, the San Francisco Chronicle had 1,500; the Oakland Tribune had 734; the San Jose Mercury News had an estimated 1,700; and the Contra Costa Times had around 1,000.
Thursday, December 23
"Subsidized stadiums require subsidies forever," says Scott Wallsten, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. "And they don't generate benefits to the neighborhood, typically. The jobs they create are small in number, low paid, and temporary."
But there are other non-economic advantages to having a team in the city. Culturally a team can bring a community together and offers an enjoyable entertainment option.
Despite the rise in pop-up blocking tools, pop-ups are still the most hated ad format, according a 2004 survey from Jakob Nielsen. It's not in Falk's interest to defend the pop-up, Apprendi said, but to place more control back into the hands of the company's publisher clients.
Tuesday, December 21
The worm sends Google a specific search request, essentially asking for a list of vulnerable sites. Armed with the list, the worm then attempts to spread to those sites using a PHP request designed to exploit the phpBB bulletin board software.
Monday, December 20
Santaism imposes large costs on parents, both the moral costs of lying and the opportunity costs of losing credit for well-regarded gifts. Yet Santaism does not appear to offer countervailing benefits. You don't need that mythical construct to tie good behavior to good gifts; parents routinely use carrots and sticks to get their kids to act appropriately.
Tom lists some costs and has a hard time coming up with any benefits. I believe tradition is the strongest argument for maintaining the myth, but that doesn't speak to any direct benefit in maintaining it. Of course it is fun watching the children get excited when they see Santa and make their visit with him.
I will add a potential self-esteem cost of children believing Santa favors one child or family over another based on what he leaves.
Sunday, December 19
Saturday, December 18
Unlike in the United States, where consumer electronics is an overwhelmingly male-driven industry, the critical vector in the propagation of keitai culture was its embrace by adolescent girls. That this demographic drives the market is no coincidence. Like many Japanese marketers, NTT DoCoMo had determined that i-Mode would live and die based on whether teen fashion queens adopted the handsets as the season's must-own accessories. A year and a half of aggressive marketing later, with 30 million active users, DoCoMo became the world's largest Internet access provider, surpassing longtime leader America On-Line. More than 10 million of these users are young women.
- AlmostPositive.com: Gone, cannot find server. The domain is available for purchase.
- TheWebIsFun.com: Gone, two links to directory scrapped indexes.
- XFL2002.com: Gone, cannot find server. The domain is available for purchase.
- Married4Life.com: Gone, a stern "Forbidden" warning.
- eLamazeCoach.com: Gone, cannot find server. The domain is available for purchase.
- SongsInYourHead.com: Gone, cannot find server.
- AstroKeyboard.com: Gone, cannot find server. The domain is available for purchase.
- HindsightTravel.com: Gone, cannot find server. The domain is available for purchase.
- SpamWarehouse.com: Gone, cannot find server.
- BiliteralAnagrams.com: Gone, cannot find server. The domain is available for purchase.
Zero for 10. None of these sites appeared to have a compelling business model - YesterdaysWeather.com offered 100% accurate weather forecasts, exactly 24 hours old - but it's surprising none of the sites are still around.
Friday, December 17
Thursday, December 16
Update: On further study it looks like Yahoo is adding some detailed information in popups when incidents occur.