Sep 292007

Steve from 1 Cool File has recently added a Blog Directory to his amazing software directory. And to promote it he’s been running a contest where one lucky blogger will win $500USD. But that’s not all! He’s only looking for submissions from bloggers who are really serious about their blog, so you’ll also get a chance to win 1 of the 15 Blog Buffet(valued at $11,50USD/each). I already picked up a Blog Buffet for myself (and my daughter purchased one for herself as well. If you’re not ready to commit that much to your blogs yet, there are packages starting from $2.50USD/year/reciprocal link up to $11.50USD for the Blog Buffet(one time fee, unlimited blogs, no reciprocal link).

He’s got a load of ways to enter the contest, but has fewer than a dozen entries at this point! Why? I have no idea. I would have bought my Blog Buffet even without the contest.

If you’re interested in a great way to promote all of your blogs at one low price, or just want the best odds you’re likely to find at $500, then you need to get your entry in today!

Sep 262007
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Wow, there’s no need to go blog surfing to find the crazy rant of the day this morning. It was sent directly to me email box, courtesy of John Reese, CEO and Founder of BlogRush. He pummeled all of his early adopters late last night with a seven page, 2500 word rant titled “Shocking Changes at BlogRush”. Makes me all the more proud to have removed the widget from Philaahzophy last week.

Aside from the fact that both the format and the tone of the massive missive was less professional than most of the outright spam I receive on a daily basis, it shows a complete ignorance of the industry in which his site (and supporters) claim he is an expert with vast experience. According to the letter –

We also realize that we completely underestimated the number of
unethical people that would sign up and proceed to CHEAT and try to
‘game’ the BlogRush system. These cheaters ruined the click-rates of
many of our members (and burned through a lot of their credits using
automated ‘exploit’ methods) and hurt BlogRush’s ability to send
maximum traffic to our honest members’ blogs.

Can you say, DUH?!? Not only was this obvious to everyone immediately, but the vast majority of the prelaunch “reviews” written by bloggers pointed this out as well. How experienced or knowledgeable could Mr. Reese be to have not forseen the massive security holes in his system? How ostrich-like must he be to have ignored the literally hundreds of blog posts pointing these security holes out?

He eventually goes on to threaten to track down individual cheaters and sue each and every one of them for damages! But of course, he’s not doing this out of spite, he’s doing it for the children

And a quick word to any ‘cheats’ that might be reading this
letter… it’s very possible that you may come up with something
extremely creative that temporarily gets by us, but you should know
something… IT’S NOT GOING TO BE WORTH YOUR TIME. And I’m not just
talking about the tiny amount of traffic that you’ll receive before
we shut you off.

You see, we have other plans in the works…

If you attempt to cheat or abuse our network in anyway, shape, or
form, we will not hesitate to come after you. Our company is well
funded and has plenty of resources. And we WILL use them to punish
you to the fullest extent of the law (and civil court process). Oh,
you think you can just hide behind some anonymous proxy IPs? Sorry,
it’s not that easy. ANY reason you’d have to try and cheat the
BlogRush network for traffic and any attempt you make to monetize
that traffic will lead directly to your front door — whether it’s
AdSense, any affiliate program in the world, any online pharmacy,
porn site, casino… ANYTHING. We will follow the trail and it WILL
eventually lead to you.

Our hard-working company provides the income for MANY families. As
the CEO of our company, I take this very seriously. I HAVE TO.
People that attempt to abuse or cheat BlogRush are affecting the
livelihood of all my employees and their families. And I will do
everything in my power to protect them — it’s MY DUTY.

So for all you cheaters that joined BlogRush and had your fun trying
to siphon off some traffic, hopefully it was fun. And I’ll go ahead
and make this statement right now… IF you were one of the people
that has been cheating our network I’m going to give you ONE
opportunity… quit now and we’ll pretend it never happened. I
think that’s more than fair.

BUT… if you continue after this point, all bets are off. We WILL
eventually discover what you’re doing, where you’re trying to send
traffic, and we will prosecute you. I GUARANTEE IT. Sorry, but WE

I had no idea that 8 year olds were allowed to claim the title of CEO, but then, I’ve always said everything’s possible on the internet.

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Sep 262007

Over the last couple of months I’ve been increasingly distressed over the amount of control my 30 year cigarette habit has had over my life.? I’m not stealing car radios or snatching old ladies’ purses to pay for? my habit, but I have been doing things I’d rather not be doing and thinking about my next smoke way too much.? So when I saw a RiteAid ad yesterday showing they had a Buy One Get One Free deal on nicotine patches, gums and lozenges I jumped all over it.? A quick walk down to the store and $80 later I had a month’s worth of 21mg patches and a gross of 4mg nictotine “mints”.

Knowing that the first day is the hardest I continued to smoke throughout the evening and put on my first patch about 9:30pm right before going to bed.? Between the overwhelming nicotine smell, the mental craving to smoke, and the hot flashes I always get when I start with the patch I couldn’t sleep.? But I managed to get a solid 4 hours or so before waking a few hours ago.? And I’m still cigarette free.

I’ve been down this path before.? But here’s hoping this time will be different.? Wish me luck!

Sep 252007

One of the things that really got me hooked on road trippin’ was finding the massive advertisements painted on the roofs of barns all around the Midwest. By the time I was discovering these ads for the first time most of them were fading and the barns which held them decaying. Many of the products or companies being advertised no longer existed, but their ads were hanging in there for a few more years.

Now, a company called Ad-Air has brought back the concept of ads for the air, though they’re a bit more focused and, of course, much larger. They’re placing advertisements of 20,000m2, approx 5 acres in size, flat on the ground alongside the flight paths in and out of the world’s busiest airports. I’m sure there are plenty of people who are ticked off about these massive spam “billboards”, but I figure the landowners who are (hopefully) leasing the land to Ad-Air are making a pretty penny for giving up so much space.

I don’t know how farmable land in flight paths would be, but I know from experience it’s no pleasure to live in. I’m glad such property owners are able to turn some kind of profit on their investment. I just don’t get how this concept is seen as innovative, when it was being done at least 50 years ago on barns across America.

Sep 242007

I know you’ve seen the Verizon ads… the one where some guy’s going about his daily business with a massive group of people trailing his every move. When asked, the protagonist, offhandedly remarks “Oh, that’s my network.” As if it’s perfectly natural to have a hundred folx with equipment following your every step. The idea behind the ad is to make you feel more secure. but as a fan of personal privacy, these ads scare the crap out of me. Last week, the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts confirmed that my paranoia was perfectly justified.

The court ruled that law enforcement need show only “relevance to an ongoing investigation” to get a historical record of your past movement based on the travels of your cell phone. Relevance? So, if they think you might be guilty of something, that would be relevant, right? If you bumped into someone on a crowded sidewalk and that person is being surveilled for some reason, then you might be “relevant”, right? If you once happened to be in the same chat room where someone was talking about about some crime, then your movements might be “relevant”, right?

Yeah, I know, I’m being ridiculous. Our government would never do anything like that to innocent people. And I’m sure you’re right about that. But then, why do they need permission to do so in the first place?