1) Spambots trying to link their websites by posting a bunch of trending items
2) People asking "Why is [thing] a trending topic?"
3) People misusing it hoping that you'll see their post (with the topic tacked on the end), love it, and start following their stream of mundane observations.
Here it is in practice. "Gorgeous twitter" was popular because of a Mashable post about 6 gorgeous twitter visualizations. Note how no one is talking about the actual item.
There, I fixed your defrost Monday, June 29, 2009 | comments
For the golfer that wants to pee into his golf bag Sunday, June 28, 2009 | comments
A website built with MSPaint, Clipart, and Comic Sans Saturday, June 27, 2009 | comments
-Leading news websites saw traffic surge to 4.2 million visitors per minute from around 2.75 million visitors per minute, according to Akamai.
-CNN's traffic grew fivefold in one hour and the site clocked 20 million pageviews.
-Twitter had its biggest spike in traffic, to 5,000 tweets per second, since Barack Obama's election as president, according to co-founder Biz Stone.
-Facebook status updates tripled.
-AOL Instant Messenger went down for 40 minutes.
-TMZ, which broke the news of Jackson's death, crashed several times amid a surge of traffic.
-The LA Times, which got early confirmation of the death, went down, as well.
-For about half an hour, Michael Jackson queries weren't working on Google News.
-Wikipedia froze amid an edit war on Jackson's page.
[See information source and data links at Gawker]
Bonus information from things I've seen:
-Chart of Google search volume by time
-Over on iTunes, Michael Jackson's albums currently occupy slots 1-9 of the top selling albums for all of iTunes (as seen at right)
Today we had a pool party for our residents Friday, June 26, 2009 | comments
In all, the whole thing was pretty fun and entertaining and I got to take home a free pizza since we had extra.
Their main youtube page has a bunch of other songs/dances too.
1) There is nothing more satisfying than posting something and seeing it hit Digg a few days later
2) There is nothing for frustrating than holding off on posting and then seeing someone else post it before you get around to it.
Here's an a capella group doing Kids by MGMT (which is probably only entertaining if you know the original song) as posted to collegehumor a few minutes ago.
If I were in this group, I would want to be the "ooh waa ooh waa ooh waa" part. The leader must be an indie kid given that they also did a Fleet Foxes song and that he's posted a bunch live Of Montreal shows.
In other news, why the heck is MGMT being mean to a baby in the official music video? (and filling the opening with a minute of filler)
You deceived me, googley-eyed stack of money Thursday, June 25, 2009 | comments
Joel typically sends out a monthy email with miscellaneous financial links and tips, and this month his email included the following thing that I had never thought about:
"We all see ads all the time about switching our auto insurance. I've always wondered "how can they all say that the average customer who switched is saving $300? They're switching to the ones that were just in that other commercial." The simple answer is that people that don't save money, don't switch :)"Very clever, verrrry clever.
And in other intresting tidbids of information, the consumerist posted a list of 50 different ways that people are influenced. Here are two excerpts from the full article:
On having too many decisions: "When Head & Shoulders brand killed off 11 scents of the shampoo, leaving only 15 on the market, the sales rose 10%."[See Full List]
And of course the classic foot-in-the-door technique: "Asking for small favors changes self-perception, introducing ways for big favors. Researchers asked a group of homeowners to place a large “Drive Carefully” sign on their front lawn. Only 17% agreed. With the second group of homeowners, 76% of people were ok with road traffic people maintaining the sign on their beautiful lawns. What was the difference between two groups? A few weeks earlier group B was asked to display a small non-intrusive window sign asking drivers to slow down. This mental foot-in-the-door technique made homeowners from the group B view themselves as socially responsible and safety-aware, hence a request for a larger favor few weeks later didn’t startle them. "
Easier than Glass Joe even Wednesday, June 24, 2009 | comments
Googly Eyes Monday, June 22, 2009 | comments
May a suggest a name change for both you and your business? Sunday, June 21, 2009 | comments
When making a holiday ad, make sure that you change more than just the headline. Proofread. | comments
I know that these little line-ups happen all the time Saturday, June 20, 2009 | comments
Pizza Hut is renaming itself The Hut Friday, June 19, 2009 | comments
With the exception of 5-6 apartments, everything passed inspections. Among those that didn't pass were
-one showerhead that was against code
-one was so full of stuff where there wasn't a wide enough path to walk through (need 36 inches),
-and two or three that were dirty: one from uncleaned cat poop/vomit.
The most surprising one, however, was someone who was a recent move in. Yes, somehow in the space of 25 days, one person lived in a manner so foul and disgusting that the city housing commission deemed it unsanitary after less than a month of occupancy (lowlights: multiple cat food dishes on the floor, not-quite-empty food containers up and downstairs, and fish skin on the floor left for cats to eat).
It takes a special kind of sloth to get two notices that apartment inspections are coming and respond by saying "meh" and displaying your barn-scented home to city officials.
What I really want to know though is what were the songs she payed $80,000 each for?
"Get out of here," the president told the pesky insect. When it didn't, he waited for the fly to settle, put his hand up and then smacked it dead.At right is the "Katcha Bug Humane Bug Catcher, a device that allows users to trap a house fly and then release it outside" that PETA is sending him.
"Now, where were we?" Obama asked Harwood. Then he added: "That was pretty impressive, wasn't it? I got the sucker."
Friedrich said that PETA was pleased with Obama's voting record in the Senate on behalf of animal rights and noted that he has been outspoken against animal abuses.
Still, "swatting a fly on TV indicates he's not perfect," Friedrich said, "and we're happy to say that we wish he hadn't."
Even as I post this, I'm expecting comments like "oh Mike, I can't believe you fell for this fake news story"
edit: as Joel points out, someone has already gone and made a ninja remix of the video
Wrecks Cake To This Submitted I Wednesday, June 17, 2009 | comments
You're going to have to be more specific Monday, June 15, 2009 | comments
But by far, the worst sign I have seen is the sign you see below. It's staked outside of one of the local apartments. I never got around to taking a picture, so here's the reenactment:
Can you believe that an apartment would have more than one amenity? Now if only they would tell you which ones.
Pay 10 Euro to Make Yourself Sick All Day Saturday, June 13, 2009 | comments
Mario's Cafe in Westhoughton does a big breakfast for £10! Eat it all in 20 mins without a drink to wash it down with and you get it free!
It's 10 eggs, 10 bacon, 10 sausage, 10 toast, 5 black puddings, tomatoes, beans and mushrooms.
I hope they gave the vomitmopper a raise.
Followup: Guy who made the construction barrel monster was arrested Friday, June 12, 2009 | comments
Raleigh police arrested a North Carolina State University student last week who was accused of creating a "monster" out of construction barrels and placing it on the side of the road.He's asking for people to write letters in his defense on his site
Authorities charged Joseph Carnevale with larceny for taking materials from a construction site at a roundabout project to create the monster.
If I was a government official that took things via eminent domain, I would want my title to be "Executor of Condemnation" | comments
Explain this conversation to me Thursday, June 11, 2009 | comments
Caller: Do you have any 2 bedroom apartments available immediately?
Me: Yes we do: I only have one left. It's 840 square foot apartment that includes heat, water, and a covered parking space and rents for $865 a month.
C: That sounds good. Should I set up an appointment to come see it or can I just come by?
M: You can just come by but it's probably best to set up an appointment just so I
know to expect you. What day did you want to come by?
C: Do you have any 3 bedroom apartments?
M: Wh-? No, we only have one and two bedroom apartments
C: Oh never mind then, goodbye *click*
It's a comfort to know that if I were transported to some sort of war in the future that I would still get by even with my insufficient technology since it all comes down to a fist fight in the end (though there was also a sword fight in Star Trek).
And it's not like I need a gun since the minion training school never seems to include marksmanship.
It seems that the one thing that would be most beneficial to be would not be a blaster rifle or lightsaber, but rather crampons so that when I undoubtedly find myself hanging on the edge of some great chasm, I can can get some traction and pull myself up.
That and a gauntlet since heroes always get their hands stepped on.
41 characters you always see in informercials Wednesday, June 10, 2009 | comments
[Extreme Yoga Poses via digg]
Speaking of WiiFitPlus (officially one word?), everyone knows that the awesome thing about it is that you can finally string together a bunch of exercises to make your own workout routine and that there are many more exercises and games. The thing that surprised me the most is that WiiFitPlus allows you to track the fitness (well, weight) of your dog as well. Here, I queued up the trailer to the right part:
Orphaned tweets & websites Tuesday, June 9, 2009 | comments
User1: "it hurts to breathe. should I go to the hospital?"
User2: "what kind of donuts are you offering?"
User3: "marching backwards toward the source of the four winds "
And through that article, I came across a website called One Post Wonder for blogs that only have one post. My personal favorite is a site someone made called Corner Bakery Watch to give her opinion on some locationless bakery. Its lone post reads:
"Friday, October 06, 2006
Corner Bakery SUCKS
posted by Sally | 8:17 AM | 0 comments"
It's bizarre how much he still looks and sounds like him when he wants to. Also: 90's pants.
While in my office, she called him at his work and handed me the phone, telling me to explain to him how our late process worked and how much it cost each month.
"Accents: Copy their accent slightly. You don’t want to come across as mocking them, but listen to how they pronounce words. Mimic them just enough to hint that you might've lived in their part of the country at some point in your life."Put into practice, I feel like this will only come off as mocking them since most people probably don't have a good-enough handle on accents to do anything but mock.
"During the conversation, breathe like they breathe. This will create a hypnotic synchronization"So while you're trying to match their accent and also listen to what they have to say, also figure out when they're breathing too.
And finally, the weirdest of all
Mimic the depth of their voice. People talk in one of three ways: through their nose, throat, or chest. Figuring it out won’t be too difficult. Compare them to the descriptions below and shift the depth of your voice a little bit closer to theirs.There you have it, folks. Next time you head down to a new state, bring out a toned down version of your Kermit-speaking-in-a-deliberatly-breathing-Southern-Dialect voice and you'll do great!
- Throat: A very throaty person will sound similar to Kermit the Frog
- Nose: An person who talks through their nose will sound a bit like they’re congested.
- Chest: People who talk to their chest usually sound very deep and loud.
"Not a plant to be seen, the desert ground is too dry. But the air contains water, and research scientists have found a way of obtaining drinking water from air humidity. The system is based completely on renewable energy and is therefore autonomous."Sound familar? May I remind you that before Luke Skywaker was a Jedi that he was a moisture farmer on the desert planet of Tatooine with Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru?
So after you read the news article on moisture farming, feel free to get some more data from wookiepedia. And then go to Tosche Station and pick up some power converters.
I'm sorry Google: I did not mean to break you Monday, June 8, 2009 | comments
Google gives precedence to sites that
1) Have the search terms in the website title ("serial")
2) Have the search terms in the address (sims-3-cd-key-generator.html)
3) Are recent
Which is fine when people follow the rules, but not so fine when people don't.
Some malware software writers have taken to taking over popular words by making a page that looks legit (and even has relevant text) but then instantly redirects you to another site without ever taking you to the first site. They've been known to go after top search terms on Google Trends to capitalize on up to the minute popular search terms.
For more info and examples, check out ZDNet's list of The Web's Most Dangerous Words to Search For (#1 is "screensavers" with 59.1% dangerousness with "lyrics" and "free" also being higher risk words as well)
School lunches from around the world Sunday, June 7, 2009 | comments
Luckily there are some American school lunches that look healthier. Full gallery at http://interestingemailforwards.blogspot.com/2009/05/school-lunch-from-around-world.html
Take your vote and shove it (into a ballot box) Friday, June 5, 2009 | comments
As shown at boingboing and elsewhere, India uses a different finger to vote.
Non-circular bike wheels | Spokeless bike Thursday, June 4, 2009 | comments
On the cake below, they were told they could bring in pictures on a USB drive. Instead they got a cake with a USB drive on it.
Cool guys don't look at explosions Wednesday, June 3, 2009 | comments
In a related note, the New York times ran an article that talked about how some schools went and banned hugging:
A measure of how rapidly the ritual is spreading is that some students complain of peer pressure to hug to fit in. And schools from Hillsdale, N.J., to Bend, Ore., wary in a litigious era about sexual harassment or improper touching — or citing hallway clogging and late arrivals to class — have banned hugging or imposed a three-second rule.