Even though Twitter is quickly turning in to the way most people communicate with each other, it’s starting to get so unstable, it’s barely usable. This is the reason I hate it. You would think that they would figure out a way to fix these problems, but it might have something to do with the monetization issue. It’s hard for a company to invest money into a product, if there is no real way to get a return on the investment.
I really can’t think of a way they could make money. Any advertising would most likely be overlooked by the tech savvy users of the service. The only other kind I could think of is something Facebook did with its Beacon service, but we all not how bad that turned out for Facebook.
I think services like Twitter will be short lived in the long run, for that reason. The life cycle for Twitter-like services will be as follows. Launch > Gain popularity > Grow faster than its resources > Find no way to grow resources > Become plagued with server outages > Die once something else comes along > Repeat
Using this formula, I think Friendfeed will be the next jump for Twitter users, since a lot of them are already using it. Once Friendfeed works out a few minor problems, Twitter better shape up or else.
This is a tasty little video showing the evolution of cellphones, starting in 1985 and ending in 2007. Before watching, you might want to mute the sound. Especially if you are watching this in a public place. If you don’t, the people around you may think you’re watching an adult film from 1987.
I got an email from Alex Zalben of Modern Materialist a few days ago. He just wanted to tell me how much he loves the site, and about this chocolate covered bacon he recently reviewed. Check out his video below.
After watching the video, I can tell from his face that this is something I need to get my hands on. Sadly, at $32 a pound ($16 for 1/2), it might be out of my price range. Check out the rest of Alex’s review and photos here.
Monday (May 5th, 2008) Hilldog was on the Late Show to deliver the 10 reasons she loves America. Now I can’t say that I agree with her politics but I can get behind her 9th reason why she likes America.
9. “Canadian bacon: soggy and chewy; American bacon: crisp and delicious!”
So the next time someone asks me, “Can you find at least one thing you can agree with Hillary about” I can reply “Yes, I too enjoy American bacon over the Canadian variety. I never was a big fan of it.”
I think her delivery could have been better. This appearance proves even more to me that she has zero personality. She still said bacon, though, so I guess I can’t hate it to much.
Today I got an email from a guy in Vermont named Mike. He wanted to tell me about a beer with a logo I might like. It’s called PorkSlap Pale Ale and it’s brewed by Butternuts Beer and Ale in upstate New York. It’s their interpretation of the English Pale Ale. Mike tells me it’s pretty good and that if I can find it I should give it a try. He also had this to say about the logo.
Get a load of the PorkSlap logo – amazing!”� -Mike
I went to the website to view this masterful logo. To my surprise I did think the logo was pretty great. It’s two pigs bumping bellies or it could be two pigs about to give each other high fives. Whatever is going on I like it. I don’t know how I feel about a micro brew putting it’s beer in a can. They do have a video explaining that so I might be able to forgive them, if the beer is good.
I was doing some spring cleaning last month and realized that I had a few things I didn’t need but couldn’t throw away. I was going to drop it off at Goodwill but then I thought, “I wish there was some way I could trade this stuff for things I need”. Well I was in luck. Thanks to the internet there were two options I could go about doing just that.
The first option is SwapTree.com. With this site you list the items you have and the items you want. Then it uses some kind of algorithm to find people for you to possibly trade with. Once you find someone who wants to trade, all you have to pay the cost of shipping. The site does have its limitations since you can only trade books, movies, music, and games. So for bigger items like desk and TVs you will have to look elsewhere.
The second options picks up were SwapTree left off, it’s called Freecycle.org. Almost every major city has a Freecycle group, so all you have to do is look yours up. Then you can join and post items you would like to give away. Since everything is handled locally there is no shipping involved you just pick it up yourself. You can also list things that you want and if someone has it they will let you know.
So instead of throwing away perfectly good items first try to trade them and see if you can get something you need for them. It’s a lot of fun and you can feel good about helping yourself and other people get what they need.
If you know any other ways to get rid of non- trash items let me know.
The world of web comics has recently been a reawakened obsession for me. It all started with the blog CrunchGear posting a funny Penny Arcade comic about twitter. I used to read this comic when I was in “college”. I couldn’t believe it was still around, so I stated reading it again.
A few days later Matt Gondek of Echoflip writes a post that just says “Garfield minus Garfield … Google It”. So I did and found the funniest comic I have seen in a long time. The creator takes the old Garfield comic and Photoshops Garfield out. The effect is a really funny comic about a lonely schizophrenic bachelor. Don’t worry, Jim Davis approves of the comic.
Then soon after I was done reading through the archives of G-G, Dan B emailed me a web comic gem. I guess the creator of “xkcd” is a fan of bacon. The latest comic shows his health in relation to when he figures out how to cook bacon. I really enjoy this strip, the jokes are smart and funny. I will have to admit a few of them were over my head, but all in all it’s a good time.
So that’s where the web comic obsession ends for now. I think once I get some more free time I will search the internet for more. If you know any good ones please share.