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.


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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“Did you know?” – Some Crazy Technology Facts You Probably Didn’t Know [VIDEO]

Posted By Ben Goulding, 28 September, 2009 | permalink

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This Did You Know video focuses on the changing media landscape, including convergence and technology.

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‘Web-Bot Project’ Makes Prophecy of 2012 Apocalypse

Posted By Ben Goulding, 25 September, 2009 | permalink

end of the world 2012

There has been a lot of speculation as to a potential apocalypse on December 21, 2012, which is the day that the Mayan calendar ends, and now “web-bot” technology has moved apocalyptic prophecy into the internet age, predicting that the world will end on that very day.

Conspiracy theorists on the web have claimed that the bots accurately predicted the September 11 attacks and the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, and that they say a cataclysm of some sort will devastate the planet on 21 December, 2012.

The software, similar to the “spiders” that search engines use to index web pages, were originally developed in the 1990s to predict stock market movements.

The bots crawl through relevant web pages, noting keywords and examining the text around them. The theory is that this gives an insight into the “wisdom of crowds”, as the thoughts of thousands of people are aggregated.

Its latest and most sweeping prediction is that 21 December 2012 signals the end of the world, possibly through a “polar shift” – when the polarity of the Earth’s magnetic field is reversed. Believers claim that as well as the bots, the 2012 apocalypse is predicted by the ancient Mayan calendar, the Book of Revelations, and the Chinese text I Ching.


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Hilarious Kimbo Slice vs Caterpillar Norton Internet Security Commercial

Posted By Ben Goulding, 15 September, 2009 | permalink

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This Norton Internet Security 2010 commercial really made me laugh. Get Norton 2010 – don’t let Kimbo hurt your caterpillar!

Imagine UFC fighter Kimbo Slice is a cyber criminal who picks on innocent caterpillars. Now imagine that unsuspecting caterpillar is your identity. Give your caterpillar the PC security tools it needs to take out Kimbo.

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If You Printed The Internet…

Posted By Ben Goulding, 15 September, 2009 | permalink

Here are some interesting facts about printing the internet. For the sake of trees and your sanity, I recommend you don’t try it.



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Carrier Pigeon ‘Faster’ Than Internet Broadband

Posted By Ben Goulding, 11 September, 2009 | permalink


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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50 Things That Are Being Killed By The Internet

Posted By Ben Goulding, 7 September, 2009 | permalink

Internet Revolution. Image: masternewmedia

The internet has been the revolution of our time, and it’s generally changed our lives for the better. I mean, we have an eternity of information at our fingertips, can communicate with others around the globe at the click of a button as well as being able to bank and shop from our homes, and that’s just the start. But the internet is not all good and it does have it’s downsides. Take a look at this really cool article entitled “50 Things That Are Being Killed By The Internet” from the “Telegraph”.

Here’s a brief extract:

1) The art of polite disagreement
While the inane spats of YouTube commencers may not be representative, the internet has certainly sharpened the tone of debate. The most raucous sections of the blogworld seem incapable of accepting sincerely held differences of opinion; all opponents must have “agendas”.

2) Fear that you are the only person unmoved by a celebrity’s death
Twitter has become a clearing-house for jokes about dead famous people. Tasteless, but an antidote to the “fans in mourning” mawkishness that otherwise predominates.

3) Listening to an album all the way through
The single is one of the unlikely beneficiaries of the internet – a development which can be looked at in two ways. There’s no longer any need to endure eight tracks of filler for a couple of decent tunes, but will “album albums” like Radiohead’s Amnesiac get the widespread hearing they deserve?

Click the link for the full 50.


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Will Cats Be Banished From The Internet On 9/9/09?

Posted By Ben Goulding, 3 September, 2009 | permalink

These days, cats are everywhere on the internet. It’s hard to open up a webpage, close down a pop-up, read an email or do anything mildly computer-related without seeing one. Well that could all be about to change.

Urlesque is organizing a ban on cat related coverage on the internet for one day only – 9/9/09, and proposing we all join them in their mission.

I’ll put it to you, people of the internet. Should cats be banned on September 9, or is a day without cats, a day without laughter?

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Happy 40th Birthday Internet?

Posted By Ben Goulding, 2 September, 2009 | permalink

Internet-Explorer-LogoOn September 2, 1969, scientists at the University of Los Angeles (UCLA), connected two computers with a 15ft grey cable that were able to communicate with each other.

The data these early computers exchanged was tiny and meaningless, but it was the breakthrough that eventually created the internet. However, with many other milestones in history, so when should we really celebrate the birth of the internet?

Oct 29, 1969 – The first time a message was sent between two distant ARPANET computers – from UCLA to a machine based at the Stanford Research Institute.

1971 – Computer engineer Ray Tomlinson sent the first email. It was simply a test message to himself.

Jan 1, 1983 – On this day all computers on the ARPANET network were required to adopt the TCP/IP protocol, the online communication standard that is still used today.

March 1989 – Twenty years after the earliest incarnations of the internet emerged, Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web as an efficient system for posting and accessing information.

April 1993 – The launch of Mosaic, the first web browser to make a real effort at usability, helped popularise the internet.

Whilst many believe that September 2 should be regarded as the internet’s birthday, when do you think is the most appropriate anniversary?


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Twitter Releases New Homepage

Posted By Ben Goulding, 29 July, 2009 | permalink

New Twitter Homepage

Twitter has just released it’s new homepage. The new design focusses on search and popular topics. For those of you that use Twitter, I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s more sleek and pleasing to the eye than the previous homepage.

Twitter’s functionality is still the same, however it’s redesign makes it more accessible to new users and more interactive as well as putting more emphasis on Twitter trends.

This is another step forward for Twitter, in making it easy for businesses to make money from the micro-blogging site.

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CSS Is Amazing Mug

Posted By Ben Goulding, 24 July, 2009 | permalink

If you’ve worked with CSS I’m sure this mug will make you laugh. It’s like CSS in ie6.

CSS Is Awesome

You can buy one at Zazzle.com for $12.95. A great present for any web designer.


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Eternal Moonwalk

Posted By Ben Goulding, 13 July, 2009 | permalink

I recently stumbled across a site called “Eternal Moonwalk.” It’s a nice tribute to Michael Jackson, with the king of pop himself starting a moonwalk, then followed by thousands of his fans from all around the world each doing their own moonwalks one after each other to form a cool collaboration.

You can even submit your own moonwalk to appear on the site!

Check it out for yourself here.

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You Can Recreate Star Wars!

Posted By Ben Goulding, 11 July, 2009 | permalink

Claim your place in history now. Star Wars Uncut is giving you the opportunity to recreate Star Wars: A New Hope.

Star Wars: A New Hope

The website has split the entire movie up into 473 parts that are each 15 seconds long. All you have to do is click on a scene to claim it, make your 15 second clip and upload it. Once all 473 scenes have been filmed it will be put together to form the movie…with YOU in it.

If you’re interested, check it out here.

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