If you have ever used Facebook then this video by the geniuses over at Train of Thought (a comedy sketch group) will surely give you a chuckle:
You heard me right! There are items in your house ‘sucking a nickel of every dollar’s worth of the electricity that seeps from your home’s outlets’. The items I speak about are the ones in “standby mode”, such as your computer or any type of electronic waiting for the touch of a hand to fire it up. This includes rechargeable and trickle charge devices for cell phones, tools, toothbrushes, and any idle appliance such as an oven, dvd player or microwave that displays a clock.
An average household in the US will pay an additional $200 per year due to electronics on standby which is why The Vampire Slayer Act of 2006 has been approved by the California Assembly.
For ways to conserve energy I found this site to be of value and informative.
As for vampires in your home, they may be the ones shouting “Trick or Treat” at your door tonight.
Happy Hallowe’en from all of us at StepForth!
Ps. The picture of the kitty was added by Ross because… well a picture of a vampire kitty just seemed to work in his crazy Halloween-filled mind.
Nerds and techies rejoice! BUG Labs has launched its official website where they released more detail on their flagship product that, in a sense, is like the ultimate Lego for nerds and techies
In quarter 4 of 2007 BUGbase will be released which will allow inventors to create an infinite variety of gizmos and gadgets from programmable building blocks. The blocks are called modules and all connect to the BUGbase which is a “a fully programmable and “hackable” Linux computer, equipped with a fast CPU, 128MB RAM, built-in WiFi, rechargeable battery, USB, Ethernet, and a small LCD with button controls. It also has a tripod mount because, well, why not? Each BUGbase houses four connectors for users to combine any assortment of BUGmodules to create their ultimate gadget.”
On their About Page, the Bug Labs team coins this concept as “Community Electronics” because in addition to being able to create your own custom gadget you can also share your code and learn from others in the online community called BUGnet. This innovative move by BUG could open up a whole new level of advancement in technology where the eccentric and brilliant minds of inventors join as one to continually advance this hardware and software to unimagined heights.
Celebrating 10 Years of Web Marketing Excellence
Well I have no idea how this algorithm based on Technorati’s API is but according to this nifty widget created by Dane Carlson, StepForth’s SEO Blog is currently worth $83,551 buckaroos. Hmm, now if we could just get that kind of money from our blog
A company by the name of CambrianHouse got some free press by getting 1000 pizzas to Google employees on the Google campus – bypassing security. So it looks like CambrianHouse has set the bar on outrageous press stunts in the social media industry. Now… I wonder who will try to one-up them? I look forward to finding out. Check out this video, it is a bit long but a lot of fun.
Recently when traveling on the ferry from Nanaimo to Vancouver BC, I picked up the June 2007 issue of Discover Magazine. In this issue there was one article that I found particularly interesting. On page 42, “How Much Does the Internet Weigh”?. The article attempts to put an actual physical weight on the data being transferred over the internet on an average day.
The article in many places is far too technical and scientific for me to truly understand, but the basis for the theory is that every bit of data sent via voltages in electronic circuits has some level of mass, albeit minuscule. There is an incredible amount of data sent across the internet on any given day so there must be a measurable figure of weight. Read more…
My friend and fellow Canadian SEO company owner Jeff Quipp over at Search Engine People has launched a lyrics contest where one lucky person could win $1000 USD. The contest rules and details are listed here but here is a quick lowdown on this fun contest:
SEO Lyric Contest Overview:
- Create a full lyrical song using terms from the SEO/SEM industry.
- Contestant website’s should be internet marketing related and have no bans or search engine penalties.
- Song parodies are allowed but the source must be noted.
- Entries will be evaluated “totally unscientifically” by a panel industry people (including myself – unless of course I enter something), social bookmarking votes, and comments.
- The award will go to the “most popular and marketable submission”.
- Weird Al is completely prohibited from participating – purely out of principle.
- A minimum of ten contestants must enter for the contest to take place.
- The contest ends at midnight (wherever you are) June 21st, 2007.
- etc. (see the complete rules for more detail)
An important note:
“You do not have to be an expert or experienced composer! Far from it. This is all about fun, and blowing off steam!”
Have you got the chops for prose? Give it a shot, it can’t hurt! After all, winning a cool grand would definitely be a nice way to start the Summer.
Yahoo has launched a Poker enterprise in the UK. No this is not a joke and believe me I thought it was… I kept wondering if I was transported back to April 1st or something. In fact, everyone I checked this news with was equally as shocked.
Personally I think this move is yet another show of desperation on Yahoo!’s part. That said, gambling is HUGE money and by launching their own enterprise they are going to make a fortune if anyone chooses to play on it.
Currently the signup form states “Participation in online poker is illegal in some countries. It is your responsibility to ensure that the laws of the country in which you are resident or are located permit you to play Poker. You must not play Poker on this site where it is illegal or otherwise prohibited in your country.” To further impress this upon users they do not even provide “Canada” or “United States” as options in the “Country” drop down menu.
Do you think this Poker enterprise will have a negative effect on Yahoo or do you think it is a smart move? I would love your feedback. So far the responses have been very different from those I have spoken to so far.
Celebrating 10 Years of SEO Excellence
This rant by Thomas Claburn at Information Week titled “Dear Microsoft: Enough With the Interactive TV” is funny and very well written. Also I agree with it totally. Enjoy!
My favorite excerpt is “TV needs interactivity like paintings need flavoring”…”Imagine all those people in the Louvre licking the Mona Lisa. It’s not very appealing.” PERFECT!
Kudos on the great rant Thomas!
I just love April Fools Day! The foolishness really seems to come alive online and this year I take my hat off to Google – they really had fun with it this year with TiSP; Google’s new Toilet WiFi service.
“Google TiSP (BETA) is a fully functional, end-to-end system that provides in-home wireless access by connecting your commode-based TiSP wireless router to one of thousands of TiSP Access Nodes via fiber-optic cable strung through your local municipal sewage lines.”
Remember! “Please wash your hands before surfing.”
And yes, I felt strongly this great new technology merited a position under the SEO Blog’s “New Tech” label.
For a hilarious walk through of some of the best April Fools hoaxes of all time check out this great hoax site – it is well worth it for the painful grin your bound to enjoy.