Web 2.0 redux

2006-Feb-17

wankr beta – collaborative masturbation network

This truly is the summary of the “Web 2.0” phenomenon.

Please, for the love of [thing], stop the bubble before it it forms.


The Top Ten Sci-Fi Films That Never Existed

2006-Feb-15

David Wong, on Pointless waste of time writes about The Top Ten Sci-Fi Films That Never Existed

Excellent, even well written (as in articulate and cogent) article. From an obvious sci-fi, gamer, geek culture fanboy.

[So What Happened?…] The Chicago Cubs, that’s what. The Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908. Why? Because Cub fans sell out Wrigley Field every game, regardless of how bad the team is. Management makes money regardless of whether or not the team is winning, so why bother?

Likewise, studios think video game fans will pile into the theater on opening weekend regardless of whether or not any effort was put into the film. Will that change? Come ask me after I’ve seen the Peter Jackson-produced Halo.

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Cough, cough, cough

2006-Feb-10

I’ve had this nagging cough for the past 3 weeks now. I just can’t shake it. Went to a Doc after the first week and was on Biaxin (antibiotic) and Ratio-Cotridin (decongestant and cough suppresant) for a week and no change.

I feel great otherwise. No headache, soreness, fever, upset stomach, nor congestion. But I can’t get any consistent sleep so I’m really run down.

Just this past Tuesday, at about 2:00am, I went to the nearest ER. I was coughing so hard that I couldn’t breath. My throat had closed up and I had to vomit to clear the passage. I’ve never been diagnosed with asthma, but according to the ER Doc the symptoms were very close so he gave me two puffers (a cortico steroid, and something else) to help keep the airways open.

The strange thing is, I caught this from another guy here at work. He has the same symptoms, and to his knowledge has never been diagnosed as asthmatic either. His teenage son, not an asthmatic either, also had the same symptoms.

It gets stranger… two other guys here at the office are coming down with the same thing.

Viral asthma?
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Google: Party Over

2006-Feb-01

After missing earning expectations the honeymoon for Google’s stock appears to be over.

Some analysts have added that Google will soon face more significant competitive pressure from Yahoo! as well as Microsoft. Microsoft’s MSN Internet unit is set to launch a new online search tool for advertisers soon called adCenter this year.

All I can say about that is, “about time!” Google makes a search engine. A SEARCH ENGINE. They catalog information and let you go through that catalog, while presenting advertisements that relate to you search. That is essentially it.

They also have some add-on services, like email and local searching and mapping, but so does every other “portal” company in existence. Yes, gmail is very good (better than yahoo mail) but it’s just email, not a revolutionary concept. Google hasn’t done anything truly innovative since their search engine. Incremental improvements that drive the rest of the industry, yes deffinately, but nothing revolutionary and nothing that can’t be done by just about anyone.

They’ve acheived fantastic brand recognition, and that counts for something. But they need to produce something that sets them apart, that proves that all their Phds are doing something, that justifies their ridiculous market valuation.

To me, it just looks like Internet 2.0 is going to followed by Bubble 2.0 and I’d rather avoid that.

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