Saturday, May 05, 2007


All Things Digital

All Things Digital is a Web site devoted to news, analysis and opinion on technology, the Internet and media. But it is different from other sites in this space. It is a fusion of different media styles, different topics, different formats and different sources.


Michael Jackson's Credit Card

This is Michael Jackson's credit card.

It's easy to get a credit card in Michael Jackson's name -- or any other celebrity, for that matter. Just order a Chase Visa card in your own name, then call your credit card company and ask them to add an "additional cardmember." Because credit card companies don't give a rat's ass about anyone's privacy, they'll happily send you a new card in any name you choose.

With your new credit card, you can create all manner of mischief. Like, for instance, staging a public appearance of Michael Jackson in Boston when he was living in Bahrain. Which is exactly what we did, in our greatest media hoax to date.


ZUG's Funniest of the Month

One of my favorite pieces I've written is the one where I confessed all the weird things that my brain does to keep itself amused. What made that article so fun was all the crazy (literally, crazy) confessions from ZUG readers that followed. Hearing all the obsessions, compulsions, and bizarre thoughts that go through your heads made me feel much better about my own mental health. You guys are nuttier than a midget with elephantitis of the scrotum. 

In the original article, I talked about my habit of shooting cars with imaginary guns. I've since added to my repertoire with imaginary dynamite. As I walk past a building, I will occasionally press the button on the imaginary detonator that blows up the entire structure. Why is my brain amused by this? Why cannot I devote spare cycles to solving world hunger, or attaining spiritual enlightenment?

ZUG's Funniest of the Month Newsletter is published every month, or at least every month that we get around to it. It's a quick e-mail summarizing the funniest stuff from our site, as rated by you.

Our newsletter also gives you original material that you won't find anywhere else on ZUG, like behind-the-scenes information on our book, PRANK THE MONKEY.


Like It Matters

I'm a marketing consultant focused on social media and product/service development. Like It Matters is my personal blog where I write about social media, community-based marketing and technologies that revolve around relevance.
I do social media consulting and projects for companies and marketing agencies of all sizes, helping them use these new tools to have better conversations with those who matter to their business. I also do quite a bit of speaking and training on social media and other topics.

In my past lives, I was a marketing consultant and writer for hire, managed national brand accounts at large and small advertising and PR shops, started a social media consultancy called Weblogs Work and helped build a suite of applications for those clients, taught literature and creative writing, wrote newspaper articles, did the morning news at a radio station, and many other things.


The 4-Hour Workweek and Timothy Ferriss

"It's about time this book was written. It is a long-overdue manifesto for the mobile lifestyle, and Tim Ferriss is the ideal ambassador. This will be huge."
—Jack Canfield
Co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul®, 100+ million copies sold

"This is a whole new ball game.  Highly recommended."
—Dr. Stewart D. Friedman
Adviser to Jack Welch and Former Vice President Al Gore on Work/Family Issues
Director of the Work/Life Integration Project, The Wharton School

"Stunning and amazing. From mini-retirements to outsourcing your life, it's all here. Whether you're a wage slave or a Fortune 500 CEO, this book will change your life!"
—Phil Town
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Rule #1


I am a strong proponent of "single-tasking" as the defining feature of top performers in a digital world. Social media expert Brian Oberkirch just posted a great list of rules he's implemented for "firewalling attention", to quote the inimitable Merlin Mann and Gina Trapani. Here are a few of my favorite picks:

* I'm checking email Dr. Pepper style, at 10, 2, and 4. Batching should help, and also making it a sprint to process my inbox within 10 to 15 minutes. 'Reply to' stuff goes in that folder. Stuff I note and might want later goes to 'Archive'. Stuff I never need again gets deleted. You can delete a ton of your email. Really. Process voice mails at the same time. (I'll also do an RSS feed run at these times. I'll reward myself with a flickr/twitter/mefi review if I'm a good boy.)

* No email review in the morning as I start my machine.

* Turned off all email notifications from social networking sites.

* Stop trying to accomodate a global work schedule. Again, unless it's really mandatory or unavoidable, I work during my work hours, not those in other parts of the world.

* No answering emails on the weekends, unless absolutely necessary. One review per day on Sat/Sun.

* Dump new contacts immediately into Address Book so I never waste time looking up contact info.

* Make 'no' the default answer for new project/app review/etc. requests. New things should earn their way into the attention field.

His full list can be found here. I


Apple news and rumors



Crunchgear is a blog covering gadgets, gear and computer hardware. It is a part of Michael Arrington's TechCrunch Network.



Wikivid is an encyclopedia of informative videos. Each content page is made up of links to free videos laid out as a video-course for anyone to watch and learn. Each page can be edited and moderated by anyone.

The goal of each entry is to provide access to videos on the given subject for purposes of education. The vision for Wikivid is to eventually provide its own content through video uploads from the community, however, content may also be provided via links to free videos from around the web. Wikivid is currently in Alpha, and during this test stage, content will be limited to Software-related entries only.

Each video can be imported into an article via the "Import Videos" feature at the bottom of each edit page. If you'd like to link to a video that is not yet included in the Import Videos database, simply submit it. By submitting it, the video will be linked with a Wikivid sidebar that allows for seamless viewing navigation.









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Friday, May 04, 2007

Lew Rockwell, founder and president of the Mises Institute in Auburn, Ala., and vice president of the Center for Libertarian Studies in Burlingame, Cal., is an opponent of the central state, its wars and its socialism.

A student and colleague of Murray N. Rothbard, he is the editor of six books, most recently The Irrepressible Rothbard and Speaking of Liberty. For more on Rockwell, see his interview in Spintech Magazine. Also read his interview in the Slovakian magazine, OS as well as his interview in FrontPageMag. Here is a (slightly flawed) transcription of his interview with Bill Moyers. Here's the video. And here is his interview with the Polish website Liberalis. highlights the news and commentary that he finds important, or simply interesting. It is therefore unapologetically idiosyncratic. Given this, the views expressed in the articles do not necessarily represent those of Lew Rockwell or the Center for Libertarian Studies.


Guardian Unlimited: What's the worst song lyric ever?

1. ABC - That Was Then But This is Now
More sacrifices than an Aztec priest
Standing here straining at that leash
All fall down, can't complain, mustn't grumble
Help yourself to another piece of apple crumble

2. Snap - Rhythm is a Dancer
I'm as serious as cancer when I say rhythm is a dancer

3. Human League - The Lebanon
Before he leaves the camp he stops
He scans the world outside
And where there used to be some shops
Is where the snipers sometimes hide

4. Razorlight - Somewhere Else
And I met a girl
She asked me her name
I told her what it was

5. Duran Duran - Is There Something I Should Know?
And fiery demons all dance when you walk through that door
Don't say you're easy on me
You're about as easy as a nuclear war

6. Oasis - Champagne Supernova
Slowly walking down the hall
Faster than a cannonball
Where were you while we were getting high?

7. Des'ree - Life
I don't want to see a ghost
It's the sight that I fear most
I'd rather have a piece of toast
Watch the evening news

8. Black Sabbath - War Pigs
Generals gathered in their masses
Just like witches at black masses

9. Toto - Africa
The wild dogs cry out in the night
As they grow restless longing for some solitary company
I know that I must do what's right
Sure as Killimanjaro rises like Olympus over the Serengheti

10. U2 - Elevation
I've got no self-control
Been living like a mole now, going down
High and high in the sky
You make me feel like I can fly, so high

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