Gentlemen, start your (search) engines

March 2, 2005 |

If it ain't comin' out of a metal pipe with chrome heat shields, I don't want to hear it 'til next week.

March 1, |

Being a cartoon warrior robot saves you from having to worry about the peril of prostate cancer, right?  .


is like the famous penguin tossing game except you crash into a guy with a bicycle.  Something tells me there'd be a little more to appreciate if I spoke Japanese.

I ran into the Poynter journalism site a couple times today.  First, from a journalist leaving the profession upset with the deterioration of standards.

Then, a mention of a possible solution to the we looked at yesterday.  I don't plan to track the autolink issue too closely in this space, but I'll add this which shows that the ultimate solution may be a bit of code that allows those who object to opt out of the feature.

Speaking of search engines and home grown augmentations of them, the Papa company has come up with .  I didn't quite understand it at first (it kind of reminds me of the video clues in Myst) but then a colleague sent me with some explanation.  It's a big fake viral marketing site -which is pretty much what it looks like.  I still think it might be salvageable if they turned it into a game.  Make one of those characters kill another and we have to use the clues to figure out who did it.  Winner gets a video camera.

The awkward fakeness above stands out in particular contrast to still another search engine link getting a lot of clicks today.  We see all the time (and link to many here) examples of programmers who make cool Web toys with Google (see yesterday's Google Mapping).  It surely benefits Google greatly to have people integrating their site into other sites, playing games with Google, etc.  That is likely a large part of what made Google a verb.  And so Yahoo, rather than come up with a bunch of fake sites, has made it easier for Webizens to make real sites with Yahoo tools.  -the .

Paris Hilton is the least of .

This is one of the .  How can Putin have such a poor understanding of America?  I thought propaganda was just for the little people?

This from colleague Jon Dube surprised me by showing up on most-linked lists today becuase it's pretty old.  Turns out it got some attention on the other day.  The power of the A list.

A little while ago we linked to a page that pointed out that punishment for actual theft can be less than the virtual kind.  Today I come upon bloggers pointing to that compares FCC fines with other government fines.  "Tell a sex joke on the air, or dump toxic waste in New York's drinking water while willfully placing an employee at risk of injury or death?"

Speaking of that virutal kind:   Curious about why this link would suddenly be coming up, I poked around, first checking Amazon to see when the songs were released.  But Amazon doesn't have the album.  Turns out, , these are the leaked songs from Apple's new CD which Sony is apprently refusing to release becuase they don't think it's marketable enough.  More info on the site.

Following yesterday's theme of history photos, ""

Speaking of history:

"Shel Israel's and Robert Scoble's business blogging book is ."

, whose blog we leaned on heavily for tsunami coverage is being for comments made on his blog.

  What makes this a particularly useful article is that it gives some numbers.  Every time you hear about podcasting you hear that everyone can do it.  You don't hear things like $600 dollars a year or $5000 dollars in bandwidth fees.  I'm not saying these are definitely the price, or that a person can't make more money than that from traffic to a good podcast, but it does take a little of the wind out of the idea that anyone can do it.

-Right now it looks more like the Blogger Editorial Network, not really much news reporting there.  Still it's impressive to see that many bloggers get together on a project.

Captian's Quarters looks at developments in the Mideast and sees an answer to the question, ""

You can always tell when the new New Yorker is out because suddenly there are New Yorker links getting passed around everywhere.  The popular one today: .

Video of the Day:  Trailer for the new -feature length!

" is a suite of research tools that captures, modifies, validates, generates, analyzes, and shares data from magstripe cards."  As near as I can figure, this is basically a free "build your own card swiper" kit.  It's technically over my head, but pretty amazing to read about considering how everything has a magnetic strip on it.

No one can own the Happy Birthday song, right?  That's like owning Taps or that little tune they play to start horse races, right?  .