Hey Clown! Even Kids Don’t Like You

I’ve hated — no loathed — clowns since I was very young. I could share several traumatic pre-school encounters with these, uh, clowns — but I won’t bore you. Besides, you probably hate clowns too! It’s a fact — kids hate clowns! LONDON — Bad news for Coco and Blinko — children don’t like clowns and even older kids are scared of […]Continue Reading →

Introducing… GooglePhraseRanking

Mark Hurst at GoodExperience invented the term “Googlephrasing”. I’d like to build on that and introduce “GooglePhraseRanking”. GooglePhraseRanking provides a list of connected Googlephrases whereby deeper meaning can be inferred from the relationship of the Googlephrases than from any of the individual Googlephrases. Here is the first GooglePhraseRanking ever (for […]Continue Reading →

Thought at 3:36pm April 1st, 2004

So as of now (morning April 1, 2004) there is no Emzytec when you search Google.

I only bring this up because that fact was pointed out in this morning’s Fisher comic strip. (Fisher is trying to come up with a new brand for a biotech firm called Higgins Biotech).

Let’s see how long that empty Google page lasts!

Thought at 5:32am September 15th, 2003

Major web buzz is building on this:

“Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by it slef but the wrod as a wlohe. ceehiro.”

Check out languagehat.com for some of the most insightful discussion.

(via Joi and bb)

Thought at 6:34am July 8th, 2003


“Form a sentence from the acronym of the last word found on the latest post. Quirky, funny, nasty, silly, serious, whatever your post may be, the words are yours. Every correct entry gives you 1 point.”

Thought at 5:17pm August 22nd, 2001

While the expression “the Internet changes everything” might be out of fashion, I keep running into things that I can’t imagine existing in a non-Net world.

Today’s proof that The Internet Changes Everything is a site from the UK called “What should I put on the Fence?” which is at (what else) whatshouldiputonthefence.com.

Here we have what some would consider a stereotypical British eccentric who has become a bit obsessed with the fence where he used to lock up his bike.

The site is a one man effort providing statistics on how long various items stay on the fence after he chains them on. The people who own the building are going crazy trying to keep up with “the fencemaster.”

What is really fascinating is that many people are following his “adventures” on the Net and making requests for various items they’d like to see on the fence. People are now starting to visit the fence in question as a tourist spot. Some are adding their own items.

I can’t imagine how the world could get involved in one man’s fight to chain things to a fence without the Net. Seriously, find an hour or so and dive into the mind of another person. Fascinating and scary.