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How Much Is Your Twitter Account Worth?

Posted By Ben Goulding, 15 October, 2009 | permalink

New Twitter Homepage

The massive growth of Twitter has opened up a whole new advertising platform for businesses and individuals all around the world. The degree to which Twitter can be a successful advertising platform, however, depends on how many followers you have, your reputation amongst your followers and how focussed your follower group is.

With the recent news that Drew Carey will donate $1 million to Livestrong if his account @drewfromtv reaches 1 million followers by the end of the year, it got me thinking, how much is my Twitter account worth? It turns out mine’s worth just $551, which is more than I thought. How about you? How much is your Twitter account worth? Click the link to find out.

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All About the Junk Mail

Posted By Ben Goulding, 14 October, 2009 | permalink

Junk mail is a pain in the backside, we all know that, but just so you can fully comprehend how much of a pain it is, not just to you, but to the environment and the rest of society in general, here’s a nice illustration from The Cool Print detailing everything you could possibly want and need to know about junk mail.

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The Simple Concept by BMW

Posted By Ben Goulding, 13 October, 2009 | permalink


(Youtube Link)

Meet the Simple Concept by BMW – Simple is the acronym for sustainable and innovative mobility product for low energy consumption, a vehicle concept combining features and advantages of both motorcars and motorcycles.

The concept owes its protective passenger compartment to motorcars whereas the streamline shape, the two occupants seated one behind the other and the uniquely driving experience are naturally owed to motorcycles. Whilst researching ideas for futuristic urban mobility combined with the prerequisite of reduced consumption (less than 2l /100 km eqals more than 120mpg) and emission values (50g CO2 /100 km), the BMW Group spawned this concept vehicle featuring the extremely low weight of 450 kg and aerodynamic drag properties (0,18 drag coefficient), which of course also fulfilled all the BMW Group premium brand demands: sheer driving pleasure, innovative vehicle configuration, technology integration and a sense of comfort and spaciousness.

It’s a nice concept, but in the real world how viable is it? Would you drive one to your workplace? Without a paper bag on your head?

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US Olympic Committee Tries to Block The Olympian Newspaper

Posted By Ben Goulding, 12 October, 2009 | permalink

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The US Olympic Committee is attempting to block the newspaper ‘The Olympian’ from trademarking it’s name, despite the fact the paper is from Olympia, Washington.

Lawyers for the committee say the name will cause confusion by its similarity to the Olympic brand which may threaten relationships between sponsors and partners, which is it’s main source of revenue.

Meanwhile, Michael Masnick, a legal blogger on the website Techdirt, said: “It does seem pretty ridiculous that the Olympics could suddenly claim that there might be confusion between the two after over a century of the two ‘brands’ living together peacefully.”

He added: “We didn’t realise that governments had any responsibility in helping the Olympics make lots of money.”

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The Cultural Subversion of Barcode Art

Posted By Ben Goulding, 8 October, 2009 | permalink

Barcode Art

Invented by Bernard Silver in 1948, the barcode went on to become one of the greatest success stories of the late 20th century, adorning most commercially available products around the world. Its omnipresence in modern society makes the barcode particularly appealing to artists, many of whom have featured it in their works.

Barcodes are a ubiquitous part of modern capitalist society, but there are artists out there who actually use them subvert that culture. Click the link for a collection of the greatest pieces of art which incorporate barcode design, from Banksy and graffiti to barcode buildings and advertisements.

Link (Thanks Andy!)

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A Day At The Magic Kingdom

Posted By Ben Goulding, 8 October, 2009 | permalink

Disney have put together this stop-motion video, showing us what it’s like to spend a day at the Magic Kingdom. Clearly it’s very sparkly, has great amusements and has incredibly long queues.

Via Boing Boing

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Top CEO Compensation Ladder

Posted By Ben Goulding, 7 October, 2009 | permalink

top ceo compensations

Don’t be fooled – those aren’t phone numbers.

Via Digg

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Wisconsin Tourism Federation Changes Name After Internet Jokes. WTF?!

Posted By Ben Goulding, 30 September, 2009 | permalink

The Wisconsin Tourism Federation has changed its name, after being made aware that it’s acronym WTF had become crude internet slang.

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The federation, which was set up to attract more visitors to the state, will now be called the Tourism Federation of Wisconsin (TFW), in an attempt to put a stop to the jokes.

Unknowingly however, the Wisconsin Tourism Federation probably attracted more visitors due to it’s unfortunate acronym, than any other marketing strategy that they had in place. I say the TFW should forever been known as the WTF…even if it means it will be joked about on thousands of internet sites.

But seriously, I can’t believe they only just realized their name was one huge internet joke. I mean WTF?!!!

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Honda Launches Unicycle Segway

Posted By Ben Goulding, 28 September, 2009 | permalink


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Honda’s new mobility technology looks like a Segway rip-off. The only noticeable difference being that you sit on it.

Honda has developed a new personal mobility technology, U3-X. It is a compact experimental device that fits comfortably between the riders legs, to provide free movement in all directions just as in human walking forward, backward, side-to-side, and diagonally.

This new personal mobility device makes it possible to adjust speed and move, turn and stop in all directions when the rider leans the upper body to shift body weight.

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How Far Can You Get Away From McDonald’s?

Posted By Ben Goulding, 23 September, 2009 | permalink

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We all know that McDonald’s is a huge company, and it seems like you can’t go anywhere in the U.S. without seeing one.

Stephen Von Worley created this map of the U.S. illustrating where all the McDonald’s outlets are. The most depressing fact came from this though, is that you’ll have to go to South Dakota to get 107 miles away from one.

Link (Thanks Matt!)

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A Hotel Made From Key Cards

Posted By Ben Goulding, 18 September, 2009 | permalink

Hotel Of Cards

If you’ve somehow amassed 200,000 plastic key cards, what would you do? Well one bright spark had the genius idea of building a hotel with them.

Holiday Inn’s Key Card Hotel, which opened yesterday in New York, includes a guest bedroom, bathroom and lobby, all fully equipped with life-sized furniture all made out of, yes, well, you get the point.

The 400 sq ft, two-ton construction in Manhattan , which will be in business until September 21, was built by world record-holding ‘card-stacker’ Bryan Berg.

He said: ‘This is my largest card-stacking challenge to date and the only card creation I have ever made at full human scale.’

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Carrier Pigeon ‘Faster’ Than Internet Broadband

Posted By Ben Goulding, 11 September, 2009 | permalink

Pigeon

Broadband has been a revolution in the transfer of data and communication, however a carrier pigeon in South Africa has proved to be faster.

A South African information technology company on Wednesday claimed it was quicker for them to transmit data with the pigeon than to send it using Telkom, the country’s leading internet service provider.

Internet speed and connectivity in Africa’s largest economy are poor because of a bandwidth shortage. It is also expensive.

The 11-month-old pigeon, Winston, took one hour and eight minutes to fly the 50 miles from Unlimited IT’s offices near Pietermaritzburg to the coastal city of Durban with a data card strapped to his leg.

Including downloading, the transfer took two hours, six minutes and 57 seconds – the time it took for only four per cent of the data to be transferred using a Telkom line

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McDonald’s Loses Trademark Battle With McCurry

Posted By Ben Goulding, 8 September, 2009 | permalink

McCurry

McDonald’s has lost an eight year trademark battle, to prevent a small Malaysian restaurant using the “Mc” prefix, Malaysia’s highest court has ruled.

“The McCurry restaurant serves mainly roti and curries and opened in 1999.

Its logo does not resemble that of the burger chain and the owners say the name is a shortening of Malaysian Chicken Curry.”

McDonald’s now have to pay 10,000 ringgit ($2,900) to McCurry.

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Serena and Nike Couldn’t Afford a Spellchecker?

Posted By Ben Goulding, 7 September, 2009 | permalink

Serena Spelling

It looks like Serena and her sponsor, Nike, didn’t bother with the spellcheck on this one.

Vicious, yes. Ambitious, yes! “Delicous”, what?!

Via

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@shitmydadsays Lands a Book Deal

Posted By Ben Goulding, 4 September, 2009 | permalink

shitmydadsays book deal

I recently posted an article on @shitmydadsays, the 73-year-old dad, Sam, who has taken the Twitter community by storm with his funny quotes, which his 28-year-old son, Justin, then tweets, gaining the pair 250k followers in less than a month. Well now, Justin has landed himself a book deal for his efforts.

Until last week, Sam had no idea his youngest son had been broadcasting his anecdotes for the world to read. But you could write a book about Sam. Indeed, Justin has already signed with an agent and is considering offers from book publishers.

If you haven’t already, I urge you to check out @shitmydadsays. Please note though, it does contain some strong language.

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How to Rob an Apple Store

Posted By Ben Goulding, 3 September, 2009 | permalink


(Youtube Link)

These guys really are expert Apple Store thieves. They cleaned the place out in 31 seconds! The five men made off with 23 Macbook Pros, 14 iPhones, and 9 iPod Touches from the Marlton, New Jersey store. That’s an average of one item stolen per 0.67 seconds!

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The Article Cash4Gold Doesn’t Want You To Read

Posted By Ben Goulding, 2 September, 2009 | permalink


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Here’s a really interesting post from Consumerist, entitled “The Article Cash4Gold Doesn’t Want You To Read.”

You’ve probably heard of Cash4Gold. They are a company who pay you for your unwanted and ‘not-so-precious’ metals. You may have seen their multi-million dollar Super Bowl XLIII advertisement campaign which raised their profile considerably.

Well now they are suing an ex-employee and Consumerist from exposing and publicly criticizing the company.

Here’s a brief extract from the article:

“The whistleblower’s post appeared on ComplaintsBoard last November. We featured it this February, as part of our ongoing coverage of Cash4Gold, after the company raised its public profile with a multi-million dollar Super Bowl ad. The post was indeed written by an ex-employee, Michele Liberis, who is now being sued by the company for defamation. Recently, Cash4Gold added Consumerist and ComplaintsBoard as co-defendants in its lawsuits against Liberis and another former employee, Vielka Nephew, in an attempt to force us to take the information down. Liberis and Nephew have chosen to stand up to Cash4Gold’s legal attack, and so have we.”

Full article

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Make Your Own Monopoly

Posted By Ben Goulding, 1 September, 2009 | permalink

Monopoly – the game that never seems to end, constantly buying and selling property like a real estate guru. Well, now you can customize the monopoly board to make it all about you.

Your-Own-Opoly

“Make your own board game. Construct a custom made board game by using just some scissors, a PC and almost any simple color printer. MAKE-YOUR-OWN-OPOLY contains everything you need to hand customize the game board, cards and play money for your very own property trading board game. After you’re done, even the box itself will look like it was manufactured just for you, your family, your town, your school or virtually any special purpose. With a digital camera or scanner, you can even put your own picture on the play money. MAKE-YOUR-OWN-OPOLY contains award winning, easy to follow drawing and cutting instructions and also software that will easily allow even a first-timer to produce a quality one-of-a-kind board game. “

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The Value of United States Currency in Circulation

Posted By Ben Goulding, 31 August, 2009 | permalink

Money Circulation

Visual Economics have put together this graph to show the value of currency in the United States, the value of different bills and their life expectancies. I was quite surprised to see that there are practically the same number of $20 bills floating around as there are $100 bills, and also the lack of $10 bills.

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Robbery Gone Horribly Wrong

Posted By Ben Goulding, 31 August, 2009 | permalink


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Take a look at this failed robbery attempt from several camera angles. These guys met their match when they tried to rob this shop.

Despite the fact that the criminals had multiple sledgehammers, the man behind the counter only had one this on his mind. Flying chair and extinguish! Nice work.

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