Aug 26 2004

Tired… can’t sleep

I was tired and groggy all day–now I can’t sleep.

I just drafted a long and rambling email to remind people in a not so subtle way to get their butts over to my place tonight and watch The Green Mile. It’s a thing we call Cinema Community. John (my pastor) is fond of saying: “Nothing builds community like sitting in a dark room with a bunch of strangers for 2 hours!”

The funny thing is, mostly regulars come. You know, the people who come to most events. The people who have been coming to bluer for years. The ones who are fairly plugged in.

Rarely (if ever) does a really new person pop on in. Is that because they weren’t personally invited? Perhaps. I wonder though if that’s just too much. I don’t think I would have had the guts to go to a strangers house to watch a movie, even if it was a church event. It took a cute girl and free pizza to get me to attend an extra-church activity… a movie? Not so much (and I love movies).

So anyways, now that I’m all down on my own stinking event, I believe I will try to go to sleep again…

Here’s the email:
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Aug 25 2004

This is your life…

This is you life… are you sure you want to be able to relive it at the click of a button?

LIFE CACHING | An emerging consumer trend and related new business ideas

Aug 24 2004

Cheap Audio Books

What a great idea!

1. Pay professional voice actors to record 50 classic texts per year
2. Don’t use DRM
3. Sell them dirt cheap
4. Release them under a Creative Commons license after 5 years or 100,000 sales

The world needs more of this, and less of the RIAA 😉

Telltale Weekly Audiobooks

Aug 24 2004

Hyperlink Policies are stupid

The Athens 2004 Web Site has one of the dumbest hyperlink policies I’ve seen.

In fact, by publishing the link above, I am in violation of the policy. Amazing.

You see, they want to control how others link to them…. as if that’s possible…. or even advisable… or even a sane and rational thought.

Let’s translate this into a non-internet example and see how silly it really is.

Joe owns a supermarket called “Joe’s Foods.” He posts a ‘word of mouth’ policy one day. It states that in order to tell others about his store for free you must:

a) Use the term “Joe’s Foods” only, and no other term as the text referent

b) Not associate the referral with any image esp. his logo (which is copyright ©2004 Joe’s Foods)

c) Send a request letter to the “Joe’s Foods” stating:
Short description of yourself
Reason for referring
Your address
Time period during which you will be referring
Phone Number

Sounds really silly now doesn’t it?

Athens 2004 wants you to ask permission, provide personal information, and follow strict guidelines in order to give them free publicity.

The term ludicrous comes to mind.

The best part is that the policy is “For your protection and ours…”.

Since when was hyperlinking dangerous?

Update: Greplaw agrees. has more stupid hyperlinking policies.

Aug 24 2004

Trying to snag a free iPod

Apparently there is a web site that will hook you up with a free iPod if you answer a survey, sign up for a free offer from one of their partners, and get 5 others to do the same.

Sounds too good to be true, right? Wired says it is true.

So I’m going to try it out and see if it’s legit. I’ve signed up. All you need to do to help me is be one of my 5 referrals. Here’s my referral link:

Aug 23 2004

10 kinds of people

There are 10 kinds of people in this world—those who understand binary, and those who don’t.

If you don’t get it, you aren’t a geek. Sorry to break it to ya. No my binary converter won’t help (it just does text).

If you do get it, get the T-shirt