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December 15, 2010

"The anatomy of a perfect landing page" — really?


My headline up top (in quotes) was one of @justinlevy's tweets yesterday, retweeted by @suzemuse whose tweetstream intersected mine such that I clicked on the included link, figuring I could learn something about perfection.


Study the graphic above and see if you can find the thing that makes it perfect only in the Bizarro World.

Answer for one and all here this time tomorrow.

December 15, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Roast Beef Bubble Gum


Ummm, roast beef.

"This Roast Beef Bubble Gum tastes so delicious that each gumball deserves to be served on a platter and carved with a knife and fork. Each 3-1/2" x 2-1/2" x 3/4" tin contains about 22 roast beef-flavored gumballs.



December 15, 2010 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (7) | TrackBack

Travelwriters UK

Fantastic resource, featuring easily searchable lists of UK travel guidebook authors, journalists, photographersbroadcasters and editors.

Not just names but biographies, personal pages, photos, contact information, and websites.

But wait — there's more.

"Special expertise" and travel writers in residence with "local knowledge" could be extremely useful and just possibly might save your bacon – and a whole lot more — in a crisis.

December 15, 2010 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Clothespin Chopsticks


Not very good with chopsticks?

Here's your solution.

I'll never tell.

Wood; spring-loaded.

Set of four: $9.95.

December 15, 2010 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Foreclosures on Google Maps


From Legal Blog Watch:


Via Consumerist I learned... that you can see foreclosure sales in your home town and all over the U.S. through Google Maps. Who knew? Here's how it works:

1. Enter a town or city name into Google Maps.

2. Go to the "More" drop-down box at the top of the map and select the "Real Estate" box.

3. All homes for sale will appear, but then go to the options menu on the left and select "Foreclosure" (and deselect "For Sale").

All homes for sale as foreclosures should now appear as red dots.

Mouse-over the dot to get address information, and click on any dot to get photos and much more.


Up top is a screenshot from yesterday of foreclosures in the continental U.S.

[via Richard Kashdan and Dregs of the Future]

December 15, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Falling Letters Eye Chart


"What happens when you shake an eye chart?"

11" x 17".


December 15, 2010 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

If the Great Wall of China started at Charlottesville, Virginia


"BBC Dimensions takes important places, events and things, and overlays them onto a map of where you are."

Screen shot 26rtyiu010-12-13 at 9.01.50 PM

There goes the day.

[via Richard Kashdan]

December 15, 2010 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Virgin Mobile MiFi Hotspot


"Use the MiFi 2200 Mobile Hotspot to connect up to 5 Wi-Fi enabled devices to the 3G wireless internet."

Talk about making new friends fast at the airport....


"Great reasons to choose us":

• Mac or PC

• No contract

• $129 for device

• No credit check

• No activation fee

• Unlimited internet

• Wireless — no dongles

• Compact: 3.5" x 2.4" x 0.25"

• Range of 30–40 feet from device

• 3G connection (via Sprint network)


• $129 for device

• Data speeds between 600 and 1,400 Kbps


One thing worth thinking about: an iPad with a 3G connection costs $129 more than the identical capacity iteration without 3G capability.

But — and it's a big but — if you choose to use the 3G your cost is $14.99/month for 250 MB or $25/month for 2 GB, with serious overage charges.

Using Virgin's MiFi Hotspot will give you unlimited data for that same $129 outlay, though it will cost you $40 as opposed to $14.99 or $25/month.

But — huge but — you can use the very same MiFi Hotspot with a computer wherever you happen to be, giving yourself a lot more flexibility for that extra monthly cost.

Consider also that the iPad 3G works with the AT&T network, considerably less robust than that of Sprint.

One other feature of the Virgin MiFi device is that it doesn't have to be physically attached to a computer but can be kept in your bag or pocket.

December 15, 2010 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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