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Wah Wah Wah, Poor Me

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Digg is like this holy grail for bloggers. It’s a big deal when something you create hits the front page of Digg. Fame. Fortune. Super traffic. It feels good and it can be a nice jumpstart for a fledgling website.

Obviously my blood sweat and tears all go into creating stuff for CSS-Tricks. No article I’ve ever written for CSS-Tricks has ever made the homepage at Digg. Do I care? No, not really. I have been very fortunate with the amount of traffic and commuity the site has already. And it’s even more than some sites that get dugg all the time. So obviously in the design blog niche, it isn’t a huge deal.

What is a little annoying, is that content I have created HAS made the homepage. Three times, in fact.

  1. 4255 Diggs – What Beautiful HTML Code Looks Like
    This one was the worst, as it was hugely popular but the link was to an image I created for a blog post that was stolen and reposted elsewhere.
  2. 2323 Diggs – Fun CSS Trick – Secret Message
    This one was actually on CSS-Tricks, but it was a simple example page I mocked up for a post. I could have jazzed the page up when it was getting Dugg to make more use of that traffic, but I thought that would have been a little slimy.
  3. 2104 Diggs – 12 Principles For Keeping Your Code Clean
    This one feels good, as it was a direct link to an article I wrote, but it was for Smashing Magazine, not my own blog. I of course love SM and they nice folks over there. It was their idea to title it as a “list” post which I’m sure helped. I refuse to go the “list” route on my own blog for some reason. I feel like it’s a cheap ploy for attention.

I’d like to actually get a CSS-Tricks article on there one day!

I wonder if anyone will remember her in 4 years?

Monday, December 29th, 2008

My buddy Randy texts me:

What’s the difference between Sarah Palin’s mouth and her vagina?
Only 25% of what comes out of her vagina is retarded.

Amazon Video On Demand Blows

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

I recently updated the software on my TiVo HD so I could test out the Netflix integration. Which, is friggin awesome. I don’t actually have a Netflix account though, we used my roommates. So I figured I’d test out Amazon movie rentals too.

  1. Go through process of connecting Tivo Box to Amazon. Not too awful, but a bit laborious.
  2. Find movie to watch, select it, confirm that you want to buy it.
  3. Uh oh! Problem with credit card. Of course it didn’t ask me which credit card I would like to use, it just picked an old expired one for me. Thanks.
  4. Wait for email to arrive about the problem… Go to computer, log into Amazon there and correct the purchase.
  5. Wait for movie to arrive on TiVo. Takes quite a while, since you can’t start watching it until it’s fully downloaded.
  6. From that point you have (30 days?) to start watching it, and once you do, you only have 24 hours to complete it.
  7. OK FINALLY. Ready to go, play movie. NO SOUND.
  8. Try to figure out how to contact Amazon about the problem, but don’t see any clear method.
  9. Write bitchy blog post about how the service sucks.

Should College Football Have Playoffs?

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

The Onion:

“Oh, I am so sure that this new solution will solve everyone’s problem with the system and no one will complain about anything ever again.”

“Sounds great as long as we can figure out a playoff system where each round has a corporate sponsor and a system of unreliable computers helps decide an unclear national champion.”

The Muppets Went Down To Georgia

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

I can’t believe I hadn’t seen this before.

Oh, Comcast, You So Silly

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Comcast just sent me this letter saying they have some new HD packages that I need to pick from. There is just a slew of them and they all sound totally generic.

HD Basic
HD Plus
HD Preferred
HD Preferred Plus
HD Premium

My god. Reminds me of the Microsoft Vista options. Do you need Home Basic, Home Premium, Business or Ultimate?

I’ll tell you what I need. I want HDTV service, I want all the channels you can give me and I want to not be confused or ripped off.

Turkey in the Mouth

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Every second I don’t spend mastering this technique is a wasted second.

My Favorite iPhone Apps

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

I’m gonna just go ahead and post the 1,967,979th blog post on favorite iPhone apps. I don’t why this kind of post is so compelling to write, but I guess that’s the power of Apple.

Byline


Word on the street is that Google has secret API’s behind a number of their services that they only selectively give access to. Despite the fact that I think that is kind of shady, it has given birth to my most-used iPhone app of all time: Byline. It’s an extremely well-designed interface for Google Reader.

Wurdle


I’m no Peggy Hill, but I like me some Boggle. Wurdle is actually more fun than Boggle, a feat that few game translations achieve. You drag your finger across letters to spell words and it’s the most addictive game I’ve ever played. Super easy to jump in and play anywhere. The lady at Subway had to shout to get my attention one time because I started a game while waiting my turn to pick veggies.

Twitteriffic


I use it on my desktop and I use it on my phone. I think the Icon Factory has done a great job making Twitter clients that mesh with the hardware at hand. Twitteriffic just feels good to use. There is a free one which works perfectly well and I would probably use (the ads are pretty chill), but I figured I’d go premium and show some support.

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