Archive for March, 2009

Ads: Clickthoughs May Suck But They Still Work

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

I have suspected this for a while, but it’s nice to hear it from a real study. comStore’s Gian Fulgoni says that click rates on display ads is generally under 0.1%. Yet in a four-week study…

…while click rates were desperately low, there was a 46% increase in visits to the advertisers site, a 38% increase in searches for the advertiser’s products, and an increase likelihood of purchases.

Display ads are about branding; they get in people’s heads.

Lost Boys 3, Confirmed

Monday, March 30th, 2009

From Corey Feldman himself:

There have been a myriad of reports over the last 24 hrs suddenly surrounding the supposed production of LB3. Some of them are true some of them aren’t. As this is all in a very early stage, for now all I can tell you is this…….YES I have made a deal with Warner Brothers /Warner Premier to executive produce and act in Lost Boys 3, and yes they have made a deal with a writer to write a script for such a movie. BUT those are the only details that I can confirm at this time.

Google Blog Search and Spammy Incoming Links

Friday, March 27th, 2009

So there is this ridiculously bullshit scraper site “Random Blog Blog” (which I’ll refrain from linking to) that scrapes my content from CSS-Tricks. OK, whatever. There are zillions of scraper sites. They’ll never get any search engine traffic, nobody actually reads them, I’m really not worried about it. But in WordPress (by default), the “incoming links” part of the Dashboard shows incoming links from Google Blog Search. Normally it does a pretty decent job and it’s kinda fun to see incoming links. But apparently because I’m in the “blogroll” on this Random Blog Blog, EVERY SINGLE POST they steal from other blogs counts as an incoming link to me. Again, fine, whatever, but because of this, it renders that incoming links section totally useless to me:


He’s Done Crazier Things

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

I think there are even more uncanny comparisons, but I wasn’t about to spend all morning looking for photos.

I Don’t Need To Know What It Is To Know I Want It

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Rainn Wilson on Twitter:

Sign on Wendys: “Try our Premium Fish!”
Me: “A) what is premium fish? B) Definitely I will, yes.”

Talking about Inbox Zero Kind of Makes You Sound Like a Douche Bag

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Ooooooooh look at me I get so many emails that I have to develop a special system that is only for other elite organizational gurus like me. But really, I was just looking for an excuse to tell as many people as I can about how much email I get because it makes my nipples hard.

Man, that shit bugs me.

Especially when the technique ends up being

  1. Open email.
  2. Deal with it.
  3. Move to next email.

Pete Seeger is 90

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

That is crazy. Long live the old bastard. He is having a birthday part at Madison Square Garden. Check out who is performing:

Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews, Eddie Vedder, John Mellencamp, Juanes, Ani DiFranco, Arlo Guthrie, Bela Fleck, Ben Bridwell, Ben Harper, Billy Bragg, Billy Nershi, Bruce Cockburn, Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, Keller Williams, Kris Kristofferson, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Michael Franti, Patterson Hood, Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Del McCoury, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Richie Havens, Steve Earle, Taj Mahal, Tom Morello, Warren Haynes, Abigail Washburn & The Sparrow Quartet, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Dar Williams, Guy Davis, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Larry Long, Mike & Ruthy, Native American Indian Cultural Alliance, NYC Labor Chorus, Scarlet Moore, Silvio Rodriguez, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, Tom Chapin, Tom Paxton, Tommy Sands, Tony Trischka, and Toshi Reagon.


The Final Kazookulele

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

I once learned this song on mandolin and I thought I was cool.

I’d like to go with NOT a Victorian parlor

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Imagine a funeral home that is truly about celebrating life rather than awkwardly mourning death. The surroundings are familiar and are the kind of place the deceased would have enjoyed, which may or may not be an old-fashioned Victorian parlor. As friends lift their glasses to toast and share stories of the person’s life, the room is filled with laughter and life.

Five Great Experiences to Nurture

All Along The Watch(men)tower

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Worst. Blog post title. Ever.

So I’m freshly back from Watchmen at the iMAX. Great stuff, I thought. Really great flick. So, of course I’m compelled to write about the one little thing that I didn’t like: the soundtrack. Not all of it, just the wicked cliche 60’s tracks. The sound of silence? The times are a changin’? 99 luftbaloons? All along the watchtower?!

Great songs, obviously, but they carry too much baggage. I don’t care if they fit perfectly to the scenes (they didn’t), they can never ever be used effectively in a movie again for me.

When I heard All Along the Watchtower, I started thinking about bong hits and learning how to play the chords on my buddy Jessie’s pure white Stratocaster. Fine memories, surely, but now I’ve been daydreaming for 10 minutes. Oh yeah, I’m at a movie, I guess I should be paying attention.

I Guess That’s How it’s Going to Have to Be

Friday, March 6th, 2009

I don’t want to be rich, but if I have to be rich in order to build a secret oak-paneled downtown library where my pals and I can eat chicken salad sandwiches, drink whiskey, and make poop jokes, then fine, I will get rich.

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Friday, March 6th, 2009

Did you know you could have unicode characters in domain names? I didn’t. Check it out.


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