Archive for the ‘fun’ Category

The best of YouTube and South Park combined!

May 17, 2008

This is totally random, but ridiculously funny! Whether you like South Park, YouTubeian phenomena, or both, this one combines them in a rather creative manner (it was a matter of time until someone would do it with this episode :). It definitely made me smile and i hope it will have the same effect on you. Thank you Veronica for sharing this!

The cat ate my homework!

May 1, 2008

This one is just for fun.

Apparently, “my cat ate my homework” can be a valid excuse these days:

Thanks to my sister for pointing that one out.

Happy May 1st everyone! :)

Fun bubble 2.0 + some thoughts on FB

December 5, 2007

Thanks to Eszter for posting this:

On a different note, i keep on following the buzz about Facebook (FB) criticism due to deployment of Beacon platform.  For those who did not have a chance to follow, recently FB launched a platform that allows them to follow you to third-party websites (anybody said spyware?) and if you make a purchase there, news about it would go to your FB news feed (for your friends to see, follow your opinion leadership, and of course go and buy something from that company).  Of course they do not follow you to any website, but only to those who have an advertising agreement with FB, but nevertheless, this move raised a lot of antagonism and questions of privacy.  It also unleashed a wave of critique of FB and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg.

One of the things i noticed recently is people being surprised by FB non-responsiveness to the PR crisis it is going through.  The assumption is that to manage this wave of negativity, FB has to make substantive changes to the Beacon platform followed by a massive PR campaign.  Although i have my own critique of FB and more so questions about the nature of their business and its long-term sustainability, this later wave, particularly expectations for response, made me thinking.

I wonder if Zuckerberg’s strategy of ignoring the critique is actually the correct one.  I remember about over a year ago, FB introduced the news feed.  Back then it raised a lot of criticism from the privacy advocates and there was, not as strong, but still noticeable, negative buzz about FB.  I don’t remember the company investing as much in PR back then.  What it did was adding a couple of tweaks to make its users feel as if they were in charge of their privacy and in a matter of a couple of months the wave of negativity died and, as we can see today, people are happily using the feed.  In fact, can we imagine FB without the news feed these days?

Now, following the current criticism, FB also added some minor tweaks to the Beacon platform, and is now waiting for the wave of criticism to path.  The main threat to FB when its users would start massively leaving it.  Getting the users angry by exposing their Christmass surprises is indeed a step in that direction.  But in my (unsupported by any kind of evidence) opinion this is not enough.  Simply because most of FB users do not care or do not realize what is going on.  Talking to my friends, for example, i gain further support to an intuition that people don’t really view it as a big deal.  They continue logging into their FB account, poke each other, bite, send virtual gifts and drinks, etc.  and at the end of the day this is all FB needs.

So, from FB point of view,the business is as usual and all they need to do is wait until the critique in mass media and the blogosphere dies out.  After all how long can this be news/blog-worthy?  People will get bored and it will happen sooner than we can think.  Once the wave of negative publicity is no longer there, the advertisers will come back, and the next thing we know Beacon will be a recognized standard in the industry.  Doesn’t it sound as a logic scenario?

I still have a sense that the basic idea behind FB is bubblish (linking back to the video :), but maybe at the end of the day, FB is actually more strategic about how it is handling the current crisis than what it appears in the press and the blogosphere?

First Life

October 19, 2007

One more thing.  Today I listened to a presentation by John Lester who spent about an hour and half evangelizing about Second Life.  So Leah showed me this website, “Get a First Life,” which I think is hilarious!

Now it’s officialy a cult

July 7, 2007

The i-phoners are now officially a cult :)

But seriously, what’s the deal with a sealed battery?

Very impressive!

July 6, 2007

In fact it is so impressive that i have to reproduce Tarleton’s post and urge you, if you are reading this blog, to check out this video and try the demo. This is a tool named Photosynth that uses image database, such as Flickr, to create a visul space. In other words, it uses large amounts or pictures, taken by unrelated individuals and constructs a larger space with abilities to zoom, rotate and cruse around. You have to try it in order to get as excited as I am at the moment.

On a different note, provided that this is an MS development, i think it shows that there is still a lot to the MS-Google battle. Very impressive.

Surprise

June 29, 2007

Apparently my previous post made it to “Washington Post”.  They have a feed that probably tracks mentions of their articles in blogosphere and it got it.  Frankly, it is even a bit embarrassing that from all the posts that one is getting linked.

Lonely CNN

June 13, 2007

Gladly i am in a good company with the amusement by the fact that Paris Hilton’s return to jail took so much air time and media attention.

(i couldn’t figure out why WordPress wouldn’t let me embed the video…hmm)

Finally – a 2.0 presentation that I like :)

June 6, 2007

Enjoy!

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LUV TWO POINT OH (the key)

by johnnyonline
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Let down your Firewall baby let me upload packets of love
Directly into your heart tonight

I’ve got your SSID all I need now is your WEP Key
C’mon girl, everything’s gonna be alright

Don’t wanna be be your myspace friend, already got a million and one of them
But maybe I could be your friend on facebook?

I’ve had my spy-ware on you, but I never seem to get through
Your Ad-Aware must be working overtime

I’m running love 2.0 for you, it’s still in beta but it’s running pretty smooth, oh owowo..
I’ve got the latest patches, right now the only catch is
I don’t know your user name

Just kidding ’bout the spy-ware, I would never ever go there
But I really digg dot com you girl

All my heart are belong to you, this song’s going straight to youtube
Hope you leave a comment or subscribe

You’re prettier than fine CSS, you’re finer than del.icio.us
If I googled “wonderful” I’d find you

We’d have better chemistry than Kevin and Alex and Tikibar.tv
Combined. I think you’ll find. I won’t ebay, our love away!

I’m running love 2.0 for you, it’s still in beta but it’s running pretty smooth
I’ve got the latest patches, right now the only catch is
I don’t know your user name
I got the key to our love, no DRM’s gonna stand in our way
I got the key to our love, no DRM’s gonna stand in our way

Digg on Digg on Digg on Digg on
Digg on Digg on Digg on Digg on
I digg you girl

C’mon C’mon C’mon C’mon
C’mon C’mon C’mon C’mon
I need you girl

C’mon C’mon C’mon C’mon
C’mon C’mon C’mon C’mon
I love you girl

Digg on Digg on Digg on Digg on
Digg on Digg on Digg on Digg on .. I digg you