Archives for the month of: February, 2012
When Nicolas Cage saw the breadth of his acting, he wept for there no more scenery left to chew.
Thanks to my buddy John Apostolides for sending this my way. And, of course, happy Friday, everyone! [Vulture.com]
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Happy Valentine's Day! Today's Google Doodle features a short film in which a boy wins a girl's heart by Googling different gift ideas. Of course, like any male in a cartoon, he gets it completely wrong until he finally gives up and inadvertently wins her heart by buying something that she already owned (a jump rope). It was cute but nobody cared about the cartoon until an image of two men in tuxedos popped up; you can see them bottom center in the image above. Does this mean that Google supports gay marriage!? 

Well, yeah. Google has come out publicly on this issue in the past, vocalizing their opposition towards California's Prop 8 and participating willingly in the "It Gets Better" campaign. With the Republican primary in full swing, the recent Ninth Circuit Court ruling against Prop 8 and the end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in the military's rear view mirror, gay marriage has been back in the news and remains controversial in some areas of the country. Some might feel as though a company with Google's clout shouldn't be weighing in on such polarizing topics but, personally, I applaud Google for including imagery of same sex couples alongside imagery of an interracial couple and a more "traditional" couple. It's a pleasant reminder that in a year where Google is being criticized for it's "evil" privacy policies and "evil" business practices, that it's still a company made up of actual human beings. In this case, those human beings took a little time out of their Valentine's Day to support equal marriage rights for same sex couples, albeit ever so subtly. 

On the other hand, I cannot condone Google's support of intergenus and interplanetary jump roping. Everyone knows that trying to get a dog and a cat to jump rope together is a recipe for disaster and don't even get me started about the potential fallout of letting the aliens learn all of our Earthling jump rope secrets! Before we know it, we'll be taking home bronze in the Space Olympics! For a company that so bravely defends equality in marriage, you'd think Google would be a little smarter than that!
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Microsoft has decided to join us all in the year 2005 and acknowledge that not everyone in the universe is still using Internet Explorer by opening up their adCenter user interface to Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Unfortunately for Microsoft, the rest of us have moved on to 2012 since then, and 2012 is a very different world than 2005. Internet Explorer usage has been plummeting over those years and it has become pure folly to ignore browsers like Chrome, Firefox and Safari. One might think that Microsoft would want to make it easy for advertisers to give them money, regardless of browser, but this notion has eluded Microsoft since the inception of adCenter. While every other website on the planet, including Microsoft properties like Bing.com, took pains to become compatible with every browser, adCenter remained off limits to those without Internet Explorer for years. That includes the entire population of Mac users! 

I'm glad to see Microsoft making these strides but it really does seem like very little very late. I wonder what woke them up to the fact that they couldn't bully Chrome/Firefox/Safari users? Maybe it was when they noticed that Apple does more business with just the iPhone than Microsoft does with everything! Whatever it was, I hope that this is only the first in a series of improvements to adCenter, a platform that is still playing catchup to Yahoo's Panama, which was playing catchup to AdWords when Microsoft decided to sunset it in 2010.

I recently stumbled across this video while browsing Reddit. Although I take issue with some of the pronunciation (e.g. Deinonychus should be pronounced "die-NON-ih-kus," "not die-no-NICK-us"), this is about as accurate and hilarious a diatribe on dinosaurs as I've ever heard.  For a much longer, maybe slightly less hilarious but equally intense diatribe, ask me why I have serious issues with the movie Jurassic Park as well. Seriously, every dinosaur is somehow misrepresented. Don't get me started.

Anyway, enjoy!