Archive for January, 2007

Blasphemy Challenge Anyone?

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

How come I only hear about this today? Why hasn’t anyone informed me of this earlier? Why must I be the dispatcher for this sort of stuff?

There is a new user-generated campaign taking the country by storm. It’s not Dove. Or Smirnoff. Just a bunch of a folks going on camera to affirm their denial of God, Jesus, the holy ghost and usefulness of TMZ.com.

My first reaction to this story was “oh my god”. Seriously. This campaign backfired for me; instead of eliciting a deity denial, it actually spurred me to invoke the “oh mg god” statement.

For my atheistic friends, all I want to say is that when Friday arrives in the office, let us all agree that “TBBTIF”. (thanks big-bang-theory it’s Friday!)

I am just waiting for people to get angry at YouTube….as if this has anything to do with them….

Them folks have a website too.

P.S. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say this sort of initiative is pure blasphemy….

TV Pilot?

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

There is a show on the tellie called “Everyone Hates Chris“. It’s about Chris Rock growing up as a child.

Anyways, we was thinking on the couch…if there should ever be a new show called “Everyone Hates Jews”, this would be an awesome trailer.

Seriously. Dude. It could be a comedy or drama. Maybe even a sappy 90120 genre :-)

Dispatches “Undercover Mosque” on YouTube

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

Saw this the other day. A UK channel conducted an undercover investigation of several prominent Mosques in the UK. No clue why the channel didn’t approach me to be their clandestine reporter. The program aired January 15th, 2007.

It’s interesting to note that before YouTube, I would not have been able to watch any of this. There are many interesting comments on these clips. It’s a six part-series. First slice is below, if you like it, then you can watch the other five.

Part 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.

P.S. There is also a rebuttal on YouTube; 1, 2, 3 and 4.

The Amazing Racist

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Will not even discuss the latest absence of my blogging. Please don’t even bring it up.

Today, a news item reminded me of this clip of the Amazing Racist (Ari Shaffir).

The Amazing Racist makes Borat seem politically correct. He’s much more daringly funny and while Borat makes fun of the Jews, The Amazing Racist makes fun of pretty much everyone else, including Asians. Perhaps one of the reasons why TAR has not reached celeb fame as did Borat.

Like Borat, The Amazing Racist does not appear to be a genuine racist (not that there’s anything wrong with that; kidding!) and is merely doing some nutty stuff for entertainment value.

I was however a bit disturbed when The Amazing Racist begins harassing the women in the Mosque. That just aint right.

This clip is the craziest of them all.

Google Checkout Increases Troops

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

Did you know that Google has an army? With troops, battalions and even a Naval operation.

Generals Larry and Sergey have been whipping their adversaries in battle for some time now.
Specifically with online search.

Then Google established a new squadron to engage in hand-to-hand combat with an online checkout service. They named this initiative “Google Checkout”. I fondly refer to it as Geckout.

Today, for the first time, I noticed that Google is promoting Geckout on the Google homepage.

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This is not to be taken lightly. This is not a flippant test by Google. We’re talking prime real-estate. As prime as you can get, considering the fact that Google is so economical with every letter.

The Original Endless.com?

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

We have spoken. In the past. About the new shoe and bag site from Amazon, endless.com.

Just from poking around the blogs, it appears that people are somewhat confused about this move by Amazon.com.

Well, newsflash. Anyone who doesn’t get this is not very well versed with ecommerce. However, those enmeshed are aware that shoes and luxury goods (handbags) are like the best stuff to sell online.

These categories continue to grow in online sales. And the margins are good, in contrast…to loose diamonds and engagement rings.

Last night, whilst snooping for endless.com insight, I stumbled across another endless.com.

The domain is actually miss-endless.com. And the site just happens to be an adult fetish site.

I wonder if they are experiencing an unexpected increase of traffic. LOL.

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Filling the Gap

Friday, January 12th, 2007

Out of the goodness of my lungs, I created a new product for the Gap.

It’s tres cool. At least IMO. Did you know that IMO stands for “in my opinion”.

Taking this abbreviation to further lengths, my friend uses the term IMHO as in “in my honest opinion”. Wild! It is a super time saver, especially if use the expression quite often.

The new product can be viewed on this clip.

P.S. You can also check it out at www.thegapvomitbag.com!

Amazon Employees Read (blogs)

Friday, January 12th, 2007

In case you needed more proof that Amazon is on a mission to divide and conquer the spoils of ecommerce; I have some for you.

Keep in mind that Amazon is not new to the scene. They predate pretty much everyone on the web. Which means they’ve got more know-how and experience than Walmart and myself put together….JK.

Anyways, yesterday, after a long dry-spell of blog-relief, I wrote about the new shoe and handbag site from Amazon.com. The site is called endless.com.

Guess what? Nope. I am not pregnant. Close though. 29 Amazon employees read my blog post. The very same day I published it.

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What’s the big deal? Well, I have a tiny blog. Sort of like a mini-me blog. Yet Amazon still managed to FIND my post and share it with the fellow suits. Compare this to Gap where most employees there are of the belief that a blog is a mild medical condition.

FYI, for the Amazon peeps reading this; I have a cool idea for a viral video clip about endless.com. Want to assist me with this?

An Idea For the TV Networks

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

This morning. Me. Breakfast table. In my hands is a newspaper so fresh that the ink is dripping into my protein shake.

The paper no doubt is the WSJ. From the start of 2007, the paper is much slimmer, which makes me suspect that Dow Jones hired Rachel Zoe as creative director.

The section? That would be the Personal Journal. Usually, not much for me in this area. Many articles on retiring, investing and other things I can only wish for.

The article was on the front page of the section. It discussed the TV programming available on the web. For whatever reason, the article chose to focus specifically on the TV networks. CBS, NBC, FOX and ABC.

Anyways, the thing is, that the piece mentions that some of these sites update shows on an ad hoc basis. Basically, there lacks a consistency of web programming. Especially when compared to the old fashioned television, which has a TV Guide magazine, programming channels and that annoying friend of your who calls you every time 24 is on the tellie.

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My hero!

So, I am here to offer a solution that will enhance the online TV viewing experience of web browsers. Here’s what the networks need to do:

1) Set up a simple email notification process; whereby if I visit CBS to watch episodes of CSI, I can enter my email address and receive an email notice whenever CBS uploads a new episode. Simple, eh?

Keep in mind that this is also a kickass opportunity for the interactive ad departments to build an email databases…and sell newsletter ads on a CPM basis.

2) Another option is to offer an RSS feed. Again, it would mean setting up an RSS feed that would update each time a new show is unleashed. Duh.

Wake up fellows! It’s 2007. Do you really want Apple Inc. to consume you for breakfast!

Get on this ASAP.

xoxo,
Shmuly

Undeserving Credit from a USA Today Blog

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

Big stuff. Not that big actually. Just stuff.

Last week, my grandmother became an online celeb. The funniest thing is that to my knowledge, she has never used the internet. You can more about it here.

So, Tech_Space, a blog on usatoday.com, had a posting about my Bubby with the caption “2007’s first online star?”

All cool. Especially since the writer gives me credit for something I didn’t do! Angela Gunn writes, …..”Mr. Tennenhaus is no stranger to making a splash on that site“….These words are linked to this article.

However, if you read the article, the site I made a splash with is not YouTube. It was MySpace! In fact, the title of the article was “If you see these CEOs on MySpace …”

Ooops! MySpace, YouTube; all in the same boat, right? Apparently so!