I Stumbled Upon this site where you can¬ make your own free seal! I suppose if people really like one of these I might add it to the header … maybe. Either way, when I’m done with my thesis in a few weeks I plan to overall AllSux in terms of design. Input would be appreciated!
Archive for May, 2007
Many weeks after the initial LiveLeak-not-indexed-by-Google scandal, the site still has a video up where an administrator complains to Google about not being indexed. As it turned out, the situation appeared to be¬ LiveLeak’s fault. One would think they’d stop showing the video, unless it was a ploy all along to bring in more viewers, right? If they insist on showing an out-of-date video that makes them look like martyrs, LiveLeak should¬ at least post a prominent link to an updated video that explains what really happened, right?
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What is with this new fad of adding context links to every page of a site?¬ By¬ context links I mean the automatic in-text links (you know, those ones with two lines under them instead of one) that pay out for a blogger or site author when people click them and buy something (e.g. on Amazon). Do you use them? If so, why? Do they work for you? Do you feel OK about giving up some control over what you link to?
Unfortunately, these are automatic – like Adsense – and are not necessarily displaying relevant products. In many cases, the outcome is downright ironic, featuring products for sale that are (at best) irrelevant or (at worst) items that are being criticized on the very page that is selling them! At least with Adsense you can easily and permanently¬ block sites that you are criticizing or otherwise don’t wish to support.
A site I just built describes a do-it-yourself system for housing wild rats in your own backyard. However, the site has (until now) no incoming links. Still, a Google search for ‘can humans live with wild rats‘¬ or ‘wild rat habitat‘ give this brand-new site as a top result! I’m honestly not quite sure how Google found it, but at least it is getting some attention (after I built animations and even poured and photographed a concrete rat-block as an example for the project). Maybe Google can see the cuteness in rats that others can’t.
I was just looking at my Google Analytics page and discovered that Allsux.com is the number¬ 1 site out of 430,000 results¬ for a ¬ search on “victim of plagiarism.” Too funny!¬ So, if you want: leave a comment and let me know what your page comes up for on search engines. If you have any analytics program installed it is easy to find out this information, and you may be surprised at the results you discover! Post them here for fun and a free link!
Want some free traffic but don’t want to work for it? Then this is the contest for you – just submit a photograph and phrase for a (very good) chance at winning a link from a site that sees thousands of visitors per day! It really is just that easy – submit early and often to win!
Want to get lots of traffic from Digg.com? It’s easy: just¬ submit an article that is well-written and praises Digg extensively. An article about how Digg has changed the universe¬ is currently the hottest number on the site. Surprise!¬ The article starts with propaganda of the first degree:
“With a very simple concept, Digg.com has changed the fundamental nature of the news media and how millions of people access information. Digg … democratized the media, and wrenched control of what gets read from the gatekeepers of print and broadcast corporations and gave it to the people. Now, argue about whether this is good or bad, but it‚Äôs now a fact of life.”
Meanwhile, what about the voices of those negatively impacted or censored or banned by Digg? They are swept under the carpet unless they exist in such quantity that they can shut down the site altogether. And what about the many ways you can use Digg to your advantage? Beyond the obvious ways to manipulate Digg, there are still rumors of “bury brigades” as well as sites where you can buy, trade or sell Diggs.
People are outraged about how the news has cut out political candidates they deem ‘irrelevant’ while alternative news sources are so full of scandal stories they miss out on the real issues. So, which is worse: covering candidates who (by all estimates) have no chance, or covering only those people? Or how about: a corporate news source we know we can’t trust but that we at least understand or a news source that works in incredibly mysterious ways and seems to censor its critics?
Our lead story today is about a vacuum cleaner that¬ uses ultraviolet¬ radiation to¬ assassinate germs while it sucks. Stay tuned for the follow-up story in two weeks when owners sue after becoming infertile or otherwise dysfunctional!
Apparently an ABC sitcom based on the annoying cavemen¬ featured in GEICO commercials¬ really sucks. A television show based around a series of¬ 15-second¬ commercials? Even a caveman could do it! Much more interesting: a futuristic science-fiction movie in which the fat is literally sucked out of people to fuel their cars.
Finally, a story of controversy about the word ‘sucks’ itself – with a cartoon! Also: I am truly sorry – I suck for not posting for the last three full days (longest gap since my little trip to Mexico a few months back!). My bad – thanks for staying tuned while I re-tuned things!
¬ P.S.¬ I would like to thank a recent spammer for posting some interesting information about how to get prescription drugs online! I tracked back the post and discovered they were using this page as a home base. What I find particularly funny is that the chair of a department of “Information Systems” would not notice his website being used as a launchpad by spammers.
Ever wonder where the “censored bleep” comes from? It didn’t come into popular use until the 1960’s. Prior to that, most finalized films simply avoided explicit language that would require a bleep.¬ You can download or listen to the censored bleep here. Please enjoying this [BLEEP]ing [BLEEP].