Archive for January, 2005

Link spam

The register has an interview with a link spammer. Good read. Those guys are pain.

RSS power

Ross Mayfield has a good post on subscribers vs impressions:

Impressions are information, subscribers are relationships

Impressions are on-offs, subscribers are recurring revenue

Impressions are directly monetized (today), subscribers are influence.

RSS is key.

Paris at full speed

Amazing film from Claude Lelouch: "C’etait un rendez-vous", 1976 which is about from one side of Paris to the other in less than 8 minutes in a Ferrari 275/GTB. Count (if you can) the number of red lights the car is passing by! Some background info on the Independent web site.
From vowe via Le Meur

Definition of the long tail

Chris Anderson, the editor of Wired Magazine, has open a public call for defining the long tail. This is his selection of the best definitions:

"The Long Tail is the realization that the sum of many small markets is worth as much, if not more, than a few large markets." –Jason Foster

“The Long Tail is what […]

Google VoIP ?

The rumour is all over the place including in the Times: Google gears up for a free-phone challenge to BT. This would be a good mix with their local product: yellow pages with the ability to call the company.

AdWords API

Google is opening up API support for AdWords. From the coverage: "The release of the API marks a transition for Google, from an online services company towards that of an IT platform for global ad delivery. The types of sophisticated management tools that will be available from Google and third parties should also help tie […]

Voice messaging

Stuart Henshall is beta testing Skype voice messaging feature, and has an interesting post on voice messaging. It is all about sending a voice message without ringing the other person’s Skype client, and this is a major difference to the standard telephone.

Fair and balanced

On Fox News Channel, you’re free to speak about the coronation of George W… unless you’ve got the nerve to criticize Dear Leader. Go and see the video on Oliver Willis’s blog.

Chess engine rating

Here is the most repected site, and their list has been updated at the end of 2004: SSDF Chess computer rating list. Shredder 8.0 still comes on top.

“Even powerful, savvy media moguls screw up sometimes.”

This is the start of the Business Week article on the 2004 media mistakes. This is their list:
1. Scaring your own investors with a hostile bid.
2. Mistaking a slap on the back for a knife in the back.
3. Relying on courts, not creativity.
4. Going for white lions instead of laughs.
5. Ignoring the handwriting — or […]


Banksy has a new one on the M4. Or at least I just discover it today. (Took the picture from his website).

Chess Databases

Yesterday there was an good article in the NYT on how databases have changed the game.

Cheerleaders in Iraq

Welcome to the Twilight zone:
A lawyer for Charles Graner, accused ringleader in the Iraq prisoner abuse scandal, on Monday compared piling naked prisoners into pyramids to cheerleader shows and said leashing inmates was also acceptable prisoner control.
"Don’t cheerleaders all over America form pyramids six to eight times a year. Is that torture?" Guy Womack, […]


Marc Goldberg has a wonderful Blaise Pascal’s quote from Les Pensees on his blog:
We do not rest satisfied with the present. We anticipate the future as too slow in coming, as if in order to hasten its course; or we recall the past, to stop its too rapid flight. So imprudent are we that we […]

Real van Gogh ?

Answer here. I am not a fan of van Gogh, but I like this painting very much. The red pear looks great.