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sometimes I post links i like here. sometimes i don't.  

>mine:
adland
commercial-archive
endo.just.nu
dabitch.net

>friends:
zeldman
grizzly
commando
GraphicDesigngate
p.a.w.

>plain cool :
praystation
potatoland
airtoons


On the BBC before the news they show little clips shot from CCTV together with a quote of the latest crimestatistics. Today the clip was of people around a cashmachine and the voiceover saying "plastic fraud is up, please be careful." Next week it'll be: "Everybody out there, please BEHAVE NORMAL!...or we'll make SPECTACLE out of you on NATIONAL TV."
And the week after that it'll be: "you, yes you with the purple-blue stuff in your hair, walk straight will you? Stand up! And where do you get off wearing a sporron? You're not even scottish for crissakes!"
I'm truly terrified.

Thursday, September 21, 2000   08:42 p.m.
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Aaaaah using a computer with an operating system no-one seems to want to code for suddenly pays off, at least I don't get ad-mail. Spam on the other hand, hits us all.

Thursday, September 21, 2000   12:31 a.m.
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Oh my! Aint this just so cute? The Zeldman action figure. I want one! Can we trade 'em as cards?

Wednesday, September 20, 2000   05:48 p.m.
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I'm a terribly annoying shopper. Before I have even entered the store I know exactly what I want, I check if they have and buy it, and if they don't I leave.
This speed enables me to get stuff ten minutes before clsoing time without holding anyone up. In Amsterdam however, shop-assistants (as well as waiters and anyone in the service-industry) tend to be rude, impatient and unhelpful whatever they do, and the customer is always wrong. (Don't even get me started on that).
So a few weeks ago I ran into a Megapool electronics store fifteen minutes before closing time dead set on buying a VCR. The personnel ignored me, they were after all about to close. I remedied this buy setting off a few alarms when grappeling with the VCR's to be able to see the connections on the back.
A shopassistant ran over, reset the alarm and asked me what I wanted. "I want a VCR that takes PAL and NTSC and can handle this little video-out plug so I can connect it to my computer please" I say as I show him my cables, my videocard-box and repeat the NTSC bit twice to make sure he got that.
He points to several that fill the criteria.We settle on one, I ask again if it handles NTSC as it does not state this on the description. He runs and asks someone else and returns with a thumbs up. I buy it, grab some more cables (you can never have enough cables!) and carry it home.
Last night I finally stick a NTSC tape in it. It doesn't work. I call philips. This model does not handle NTSC. I call the store, explain that their shopassisant told me that it did, they ask if I have the receipt, box and all the fillings, I do. They say; come and exchange for another one.
I don't know what I expected, perhaps that they would protest and refuse to exchange it (that has happened before). Maybe an apology. Maybe I expected a shop-assistant in a electronics shop to have some idea of what he was doing. (I know, I'm dreaming) Maybe I want them to send a messenger to pick this up and send me a new one and give me free cables for he rest of the year, to show some kind of service.
Wot a pain, waste lunchhour tomorrow on getting what I asked for (three times! Or wait...I lost count.) in the first place. If I were colorblind, and had to rely on shopassistants information about the color of a gadget when I'm out hunting for a red alarmclock, would they sell me a blue one?

Wednesday, September 20, 2000   05:04 p.m.
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Just found that adcritic has a bulletinboard. Oh dear, I hope they don't think I'm copying them by building mine... I just wanted the mail-levels to go down, I got too many strange mails to the commercial-archive it was making me sligthly loopy.

Wednesday, September 20, 2000   02:47 a.m.
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The Algorythmic boogie generator would probably have been really neat, if had worked in my browser. Found it in Lindsay Mashall's weblog - i have no idea who he is, but he finds strange links.

Wednesday, September 20, 2000   02:37 a.m.
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The new issue of iR3x.it is out. Silly pics from my Japantrip are in it.

Monday, September 18, 2000   08:09 p.m.
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Shots.net has been down for eight hours now. I don't know when it did go down but if they don't fix that Diagnostic Information Error soon, I'll start batteling some serious withdrawel syndromes....

Monday, September 18, 2000   06:16 a.m.
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Back in the archives I ranted about hating to have to recive Spam from a certain "ad community" online.. - Äiiiik, one of them long furless caterpillers is climbing up my wall, hang on I got to get it away from the cats and over to the turtle - ...rright where was I? Oh yeah, *them*.. Well , not only did I get those pressreleases despite signing "no thankyou for spam" when signing up to view ads, I also got an email from one of the people working there, asking me to please review thier link as adforum had really really changed and grown quite a lot, and she signed it with a link to adoforum.com (six billion and you can't spellcheck your sigfiles?).
Well, anyway.. I was just visting again, and yes they do have more ads and ad agencies amoungst their links than they did back then. But I still don't like the place. They have strategic partnerships all over! It's rather unnerving how much they get around (and sound like they control all their partners..).
My little daydream now, is to somehow feed adland's backend to the Moreover Advertising news content.. And thus show up on adforums top page as thats where they dispay those moreover headlines (another strategic partnership).. Now that would be funny.

Monday, September 18, 2000   03:54 a.m.
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It's official. Dan Andersons wisdom teeth look just like mine. And we are both really silly twisted people for bringing them home. (at least I didn't photograph mine while they were still full with blood.. No scratch that..I did.. I never posted it on the web though but they have been in posters and ads..)
Also found in his blog, an interesting history lesson of blogs. :)

Monday, September 18, 2000   03:32 a.m.
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The ongoing soap of the real life kafka entaglement that the URL Alistapart.com went through has been solved. Zeldman simply moved the contents to the URL http://alistapart.zeldman.com/ so that us in need of our daily dose can get it while the dimheads over at networksolutions and register.com shuffle around in their paperwork. *exhale* What a ride.

Sunday, September 17, 2000   08:29 p.m.
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Back from the hairdressers, this purple-lavender trend has now extended to my hair. Ops.

Saturday, September 16, 2000   03:29 p.m.
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Nice thread on copyrights in sitedesign and when code-copying becomes theft at metafilter. Made me feel the need to repeat this: The blues pinks and purples around here are all Waferbaby's fault. I did't take the same colors, nor use any of her code (I didn't even read it) but it looks very similar because when I saw that nifty site I thought..*Hmm* Blue? That would be "being inspired by". What that guy did to Zeldman was just theft.

Saturday, September 16, 2000   12:53 p.m.
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Come October, David Lynch will be shooting a playstation commercial in L.A.
I hope it's better than that Tim Burton Timex ad scriptwise. *sssh* You didn't hear it from me.

Saturday, September 16, 2000   12:53 p.m.
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Reading responses to Zeldmans thread at dreamless "Who owns what you do?", I scroll down and find the word "meme" used again.
Ugh, remind me to never say "meme" again. It's become a virus. ;)

Wednesday, September 13, 2000   04:29 p.m.
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I knew a creative who had an odd - but extremely effective - way of kick-starting his creative brain when stuck on a brief. He would get the dictionary out and look up a word at random by sticking his finger blindly into the middle-anywhere area, say he finds "tadpoles" (note: This is the word he used when describing this idea to me). Then he would look up another word, but this time in the encyclopedia and find say.."neon". He would now have to marry tadpoles with neon and whatever product he was working on and the proposition of course.
Explaining this he said, you take thes two things, so extremely far away from each other and work in larger and larger circles to make them connect - never mind the brief just now, just make them connect, and when they do, you'll be suprised, but you have an ad idea in it.
Is this how that Budweiser frog campaign got invented?
Anyway, the internet is the same. Take any words at random, marry them with another.. say, "memetic engineering" and "Lee Jeans" and presto!
"Anyhow, I think memetic engineering is a brilliant topic that is going to be used more and more as advertising tries to become more sophisticated in order to deal with an increasingly media savvy audience. Take that Lee Jeans thing. They got the buzz, right? "

(Do molecular biologists wear designer genes?)

Wednesday, September 13, 2000   03:34 p.m.
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Interesting scientific discovery. Neither me nor my cats like to eat smoked salmon in the mornings. My turtle Graham however, loved it.
Click here if you have *superspeed* connection and want to see Graham swimming (3,661 k).

Wednesday, September 13, 2000   09:19 a.m.
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it's all "me me me". RRdUh, thats sortof the point of weblogs aint it?
Anyway, Chris mentions a thing about me here which I suddenly felt the need to prove to the world again, so see pics here for answers. Keep in mind, that was during progress, it's bigger now. The ones who can read both texts are few and far between.

Wednesday, September 13, 2000   07:46 a.m.
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Whats the point of covering the entire web with weblogs you say? Do I ever read any. Yes actually. I roll over to zeldmans so often it feels like he's sitting right next to me every day. I look at chris' once in a while (and right now, I feel like telling him SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE - thats what your dream is about honey, stop watchin' them Sci-Fi's!). I stumble through piles of them in a a once-only visit, usually by picking a pitas user at random and going from there.
Anyway, Chris is having bad dreams 'cause he is hitting that big brick wall called the big three-Oh! *hehehe* Cute. My BF is hitting thirty next month, and is pissing off to vegas, only the boy-buddies allowed. (which is why I'm pissing off to New York that same week with all the boys girlfriends and all the boys creditcards - neener neener!). Thirty doesn't seem so bad. But I shouldn't say anything. I freaked and ignored my birthday, it just hit me, three months late, what age I actually am now. I am half as old as my mother. Figure that out.

Wednesday, September 13, 2000   07:46 a.m.
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Someone complained to me the other day that I never look her in the eye. I just realised I never look a camera "in the eye" either. I'm always looking away. Am I hiding something or am I just constantly rolling my eyes at the world? What do you think?

Wednesday, September 13, 2000   04:43 a.m.
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Holy Cow!
Those who complain that advertising rapes our culture just got another pice of ammo for thir guns as a disrespectful and apparently very clumsy ad agency wrecks a 500 year old Intiuhatana stone for the sake of a beer ad.

Wednesday, September 13, 2000   04:17 a.m.
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I'm a gadget freak.
My BF calls me a geek whenever I whip out my palm V (soon to be replaced by an Ipaq, cause, hey it can run Pocket-Linux and has color too! Now that is a cool gadget).
Collegues sneer at me as I redecorate any computer I touch with funny screensavers, daft sounds, background and startup pics, and top them off with silly glow-in-the-dark angels to ward off evil bugs. ;)
This explains the coca cola headlines on the right there. Coca Cola actually generates enough press to start it's own category of headlines at moreover.com. Wow, now that is a gadget I must have -no matter how useless - on my page.

Wednesday, September 13, 2000   03:55 a.m.
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Did I ever mention I really don't like blue, pink or purple? It's the waferbaby bug baby. Those blues just looked so yummy!. Cool feature - you can choose your own colors at waferbaby. Neato.

Wednesday, September 13, 2000   03:23 a.m.
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