Innovation

Domains OMG!

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I was pitching an IM related web service idea to CK today. The nice thing about web services is that instead of brainstorming and fleshing out details you can jump directly to the stupid entertainment that is picking out a domain name. Since it’s IM, CK jokingly suggested LOLOMGWTF.com. That domain is in use and made me wonder how many other iterations were in use.

  • OMGWTFLOL.com blog or something
  • LOLOMGWTF.com open directory
  • LOLWTFOMG.com Tom Seizmore sex tape
  • WTFOMGLOL.com domain ad page
  • OMGLOLWTF.com points to real sites
  • OMGWTF.com domain ad page
  • OMGLOL.com blog
  • WTFLOL.com server not found
  • WTFOMG.com domain ad page
  • LOLWTF.com domain ad page
  • LOLOMG.com domain ad page

WTFLOLOMG.com wasn’t registered; well it wasn’t before I bought it. (get the order right: first you swear, then you laugh, then you sin) For completeness sake: OMGWTFBBQ.com.

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Link blog

I’ve wanted to start a link blog for a while now. I’m reading nearly 200 feeds and even when I wrote at Hack-A-Day I almost never used anything I read. I just read to keep us from duplicating someone else… maintaining the freshness. I use Bloglines to read so I was thinking about using their blogging tools to publish a feed I could then use in my sidebar.

First step was widgetizing my sidebar. It’s a simple process (well, if you’re using the default theme like me). Once that’s done you can drag and drop widgets that you want to appear in your sidebar. I tried using the RSS widget only to find my host uses an old version of PHP (we’re talking vulns from 2002, but hey, $36 a year ain’t bad). Doesn’t really matter because I found out the Bloglines blog feeds would not be fun for the user. I found the widget Sideblog which lets you publish categories in the sidebar. I changed the name of the default category to “Links” and published that since none of my normal posts are ever left in that category. Now when reading articles I can use the WordPress bookmarklet to publish directly to the link blog.

The posts show up in the regular site feed with everything else. I may eventually write two separate feeds for the site, depending on how much I want to know about PHP.

Have a look in the sidebar for frequently updated links and enjoy!

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Exit plan #1


A friend of mine is thinking about moving to Denver so I was kind of brainstorming a good excuse to move there. Maybe it was the upcoming trip (I’m in San Diego now) that made me think of it, but here’s the plan: open a strip club either near or in Denver International Airport. Denver has horrid weather and is a massive hub. So every time they shutdown you’d have a captive audience. Best of all, the naming is obvious: The Layover.

[Update: AirStrip might be an even better name.]

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Screenhead

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Gawker has apparently trashed Screenhead‘s old “cool web shit” format and replaced it with an “online review of movies, TV series, DVDs, commercials” shit format. Seriously, who came up with this crap post about the The Covenant? These shills are excited about a movie who’s trailer’s scariest element is that it makes you want to beat your own skull in with a shovel. I’m sure they’ll get around to changing the masthead once they fix all of the broken internal links.

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SIGGRAPH

exhibit hallI wanted to get this story posted because I keep forgetting it: So, the male/female bathrooms at the Boston Convention Center have shared entrances. Whether the male bathroom is on the right or left isn’t consistant throughout the hall (stupid). I didn’t know this at the time though. I was more perplexed that I seemed to have found some magical bathroom that had no urinals…

Check out my SIGGRAPH posts on Netscape. Oh, and I ate supper with Jimmy Wales and Gil Penchina (CEO of Wikia and former eBay VP), which was pretty cool (I’m sure there were some other VIPs there I haven’t realized yet).

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Boston

ritz carltonI’m in Boston for SIGGRAPH. The trip got booked so late I ended up in the Ritz-Carlton… Yeah, I don’t think the staff can believe I’m staying here either. They are very nice though, but starting or ending every sentence with “Mr. Phillips” will take some getting used to. I’ll try to keep Flickr updated through the week. Here are pics of my massive room. I’m contemplating keeping a daily log (yeah, no editing on that). Continue reading

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Expected Error

myspaceEvery once in a while you’ll run into this error on MySpace. I always thought the phrase “unexpected error” was a little odd. Doesn’t that imply that MySpace has expected errors as part of their service?

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