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November 8, 2009

'Virtual Goods Start Bringing Real Paydays'

The above-headlined front page story in yesterday's New York Times got me all atwitter (sorry, no pun intended).

Though the thrust of the article was that people in virtual worlds like FarmVille are paying real cash money for pixels — one billion dollars this year in the U.S., around $5 billion worldwide — what struck me is that such transactions are only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what's possible for web monetization.

For example: How about if I were to create a WordCloud within bookofjoe such that the size of a fan's name or handle were proportional to whatever they threw in the virtual fountain?

Why, I bet I could make a dollar a day, maybe more, with such a feature.

My crack tech team's on this as I type.

Stay tuned.

November 8, 2009 at 05:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Quaker Oats — by Tom Friedman

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Currently on display as part of the show "Slash: Paper Under the Knife," at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City.

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Friedman's giant cylinder, constructed in 2008, consists of 13 actual cartons of Quaker Oats attached end-to-end.

November 8, 2009 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

4-in-1 Measuring Spoon

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Can your measuring spoons do that?

Didn't think so.

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$5.95.

November 8, 2009 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Introducing the BMW Economy Class

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Photo by Danny G.

[via There, I Fixed It and Brogui]

Note: Gambiarra do dia is Portuguese for "workaround of the day."

November 8, 2009 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Ravens — by George Dawes Green

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Fourteen years after he vanished from the bestseller lists following his 1995 thriller "The Juror," Green returns with this sui generis novel.

That's a long time between books.

Most of Green's time is occupied by The Moth, a "not-for-profit storytelling organization" he founded in 1997, which is now taking off with "... a free podcast downloaded by half a million listeners each month and a stellar cast of performers, including authors (Candace Bushnell, Malcolm Gladwell, the late Frank McCourt), actors (Ethan Hawke, William Baldwin) and musicians (Suzanne Vega, Run-DMC’s Darryl “DMC” McDaniels), who tell stories on the same stage as retired pickpockets, neurosurgeons, voodoo priestesses and NYPD lieutenants."

Browse "Ravens" here.

Below, the first thee pages.

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Read the first chapter here.


November 8, 2009 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Rebellious Cabinet — Could Push OCD Types Over The Edge

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"The drawers of this cabinet can never be fully closed.

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When closing one drawer, the one next to it will open a bit.

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If you want to open a drawer that is fully closed, you just hit, kick or push the drawer next to it."

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€4,500 (made to order).

[via What Alice Found]

November 8, 2009 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

How to use an apostrophe

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It's easy, you just put your lips together and blow.

Wait a minute....

[via Milena]

November 8, 2009 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Transformer Table

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Created by Italian designer Lodovico Bernardi, who wrote,

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"Table © é realizzato con un unico pannello di compensato marino mediante un unico taglio. Il suo particolare design permette una netta riduzione di sprechi e energia in fase di produzione."

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"Il tavolo chiuso ha uno spessore di soli 4 cm e può essere utilizzato da entrambi i lati. Se interessati contattatemi per email [mail@lodovicobernardi.com]."

[via Interior Design Room and Likecool]

November 8, 2009 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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