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Tuesday, Sep. 9, 2008 at 2:03 pm

Estimating Gender

September 9th, 2008

Did you know that there’s a cool tool called Social History that will estimate your gender based on your browser URL history?

My favorite feature of this tool is how it breaks down by percentage how much of each genders’ browsing habits you exhibit, and correlates them to the results you receive. I cleared my browsing history and visited, what I though to be, a range of sites. Here are my results:

Likelihood of you being FEMALE is 54% Likelihood of you…

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Friday, Aug. 22, 2008 at 10:39 am

So-Bad-They’re-Good Opening Lines

August 22nd, 2008

You gotta love a contest dedicated to preserving the fine art of crafting so-bad-they’re-good opening lines. The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Writing Contest is named after the original author of the line Snoopy made famous: “It was a dark and stormy night,” and continues to inspire the creation of beauties like this year’s winning entry from Garrison Spik:

“Theirs was a New York love, a checkered taxi ride burning rubber, and like the city their passion was open 24/7, steam rising from their bodies…

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Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008 at 12:56 pm

Did You Miss the Font Conference?

August 5th, 2008

Are you a big fan of fonts. Don’t worry, they captured the humorous event on video. Enjoy.

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Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008 at 12:53 pm

We’re Not Worthy…We’re Not Worthy…

August 5th, 2008

There is a world of difference between the disciplined study of copywriting/persuasion, and the laughable royal road to riches pitched by most internet marketing “gurus.” The following website satirizes this “I’m-too-sexy” approach so well that it practically begs for a mock Wayne’s World-style “we’re not worthy.”

Go ahead, treat yourself to a well-deserved belly laugh:

[Hat tip to Bob Bly]

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Monday, Jun. 2, 2008 at 2:24 pm

It Takes More Than Words to Out-Karaoke Microsoft

June 2nd, 2008

Not long ago, Microsoft showed just how bad a corporate motivational video can be with an utterly painful Bruce Springsteen adaptation that proved a fitting soundtrack the equally lackluster Vista operating system. (So much for the “Start Me Up” days of the Windows ’95 release.)

As a former music journalist and current karaoke champion [in my own mind], I know a bad remix when I hear one. That’s why I’m particularly impressed with this outlandishly cheesy/brilliant rework of Extreme’s soft “rock” hair…

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Friday, Mar. 14, 2008

Do Men and Women Laugh at the Same Ads?

March 14th, 2008

It was one of those eye-opening moments. I was watching Bryan Eisenberg teach Call to Action — the seminar, not the book. (Even though I’ve seen him teach it several times, I still learn something new every time I attend.)

He showed the “Bra Scientist” video clip by Zafu that I blogged about last year.

As the audience was watching the clip, I noticed something interesting: There were certain points when the men were laughing and the women weren’t. And there were other…

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Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008 at 6:00 pm

Comparing Personal Brands: Bill Gates vs. Steve Jobs

January 9th, 2008

Well earlier this week Bill Gates said goodbye to his daily grind at Microsoft. He also gave his last speech at CES.

In case you missed his farewell tribute, enjoy…

But will Gates actually stop making headlines? Probably not so much.

Gates still retains his title as one of the richest dudes in the world and, of course, he will now focus on making the world a better place. It’s enough for even the biggest Mac fanboy to have a few warm fuzzies…

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Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007 at 6:18 pm

Spooked by Spock?

December 19th, 2007

spockLogically, just a few days ago, I received an email from the Spock Team:

“So and so Jones” has added you as a trusted contact on Spock. By accepting trust, you will be able to search each others’ network, share contact information, and get news.”

It continued…

“Since you are a person I trust, I would like you to join my network on Spock so we can always stay up to date on how to contact each other.”

Now it’s like a Klingon invasion!…

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Monday, Dec. 3, 2007 at 8:37 pm

The Latest in Blogger Fashion

December 3rd, 2007

blogger fashionTrying to figure out the perfect holiday gift for the blogger in your life? Kevin Ryan, Global Content Director of Search Engine Strategies and Search Engine Watch was looking sleek modeling the latest from the night before Search Engine Strategies in Chicago. He plans to send a bunch of these out as holiday gifts. Know who would look good in one of these? Don’t despair. Now you know where to get ‘em. ;-)

P.S. The t-shirt reads, “More People Have Read This…

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Friday, Nov. 16, 2007 at 3:51 pm

Friday Afternoon Fun: The English Language

November 16th, 2007

Some oldies-but-goodies for you writers out there…

Let’s face it: English is a stupid language. There’s no egg in the eggplant. No ham in the hamburger. And neither pine nor apple in the pineapple. English muffins were not invented in England. French fries were not invented in France. Quicksand takes you down slowly. Boxing rings are square. And a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig. If writers write, how come fingers don’t fing? If the plural…

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