Emily and I love the Discovery Channel “Boom De Yada” commercial. And so does XKCD:
And so does Stephen Hawking.
Damn, the commercial even has a Wikipedia page. That’s impressive.
I really like Zemanta. Oringinally it was made as a browser plugin, and I believe it was released recently to work with some common blogging engines, like WordPress, Movable Type, and Blogger.
What I liked the most was the tag suggestion feature. I like the tag feature in WordPress, but I don’t like trying to determine good tags for a post. And so I didn’t tag posts.
So when I read about Zemanta, I decided to try it out. I didn’t realize it at first, but the WordPress plugin adds a panel on the right of your ‘Write Post’ page. I used Zemanta’s tag suggestions for some posts this weekend, and when I found out how useful it was, I went back and tagged many of my recent posts.
After adding these tags, I found determined the quid-pro-quo with the Zemanta service. With every post that you utilize Zemanta, Zemanta adds a “reblog” button at the bottom of your post that links back to their website.
Now, I don’t mind Zemanta getting a little credit for their product. But not on my personal website, without my approval. Zemanta does not ask permission to add these buttons and links. You can turn off the generation of the buttons and links, but by default they are added to all posts. And if you turn this off, you then have to go back to all the posts you used Zemanta and manually delete their code.
No, thanks. I don’t want the look of my blog to include your buttons. And I don’t want my PageRank to slide downhill because of all the sketchy links that I didn’t approve or add myself.
Zemanta provides a great, even amazing service that is really useful. But I don’t like the way they added images and links to my blog (without my knowledge). Had I known about this before using Zemanta, maybe my view would be less jaded. But for now, I’m uninstalling Zemanta. And I’m going back through and manually removing all the code they added to my posts.
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Since I moved to Lawrence, I’d been looking for a new bank. Well, not new. I’m keeping my old bank account, but they don’t have branches in Kansas, so I wanted something local. A place to deposit my paycheck and other odds and ends. After a little advice, I decided on Capital Federal (I also liked a commercial series they have been doing locally).
Bad news. I should have realized it when I walked through the door and saw that everyone inside (except the college-aged tellers) was over the age of 50. The kindly secretary found a banker to help me out.
He started out by telling me the wonders of their bank. The new thing there is telephone banking. He told me that it was great, you could do it 24/7.
Thanks, but I like internet banking. Much easier, and no typing numbers in over the phone. Why would anyone use telephone banking as opposed to internet banking? Certainly not your customers under 30. They do have internet banking, but the gentleman told me that, “It is only for checking your balance.” Bummer.
But the real problem arose when I asked my central question:
“How about a debit card?”
They give you a passcard, but that is only good an one of their atms. But I need a debit card. Otherwise the checking account is useless to me.
No luck. You can qualify for one after having an account in good standing for 9 months. Ha! And “good standing” means a balance over $300 for all 9 months. Yeah, you are reading that right, you have to qualify for a debit card (I didn’t even ask about credit cards!).
I asked him to clairfy several times, telling him that the lack of a debit card was a deal-breaker.
He explained to me that, in some circumstances, they might can give a customer a debit card before the 9 months. But the customer must meet with and get approval from the branch manager. Oh, and get a credit check.
Yeah, right. I ultimately went a couple of blocks down the street and opened an account at Bank of America, where a debit card is standard with a checking account.
But, there is a central problem here. A bank, with older customers, continues to only cater to their older clientele. Meanwhile, they aren’t gaining new clients because of some asinine rules. This branch is in a college town. Do they really think they can pick up younger clients without this central service?
I’m young, and a college student. I only use checks to pay rent, utilities, and other bills. And I don’t want to carry around lots of cash. So I need a debit card. Do you really expect me to just through hoops or wait 9 months, when I can walk down the street to BoA or somewhere else and get what I need?
How long does CapFed, or any other bank for that matter, expect to stay running when they are operating in the 20th century? There is a key age-group that these types of banks are entirely missing out on, and as this internet generation gets older, these banks will have to offer modern services or shut their doors.
I think I understand how banks work: they will do anything to have you deposit your money there. They make their money by having your money in their bank. So why do some banks seem to push younger clients away?
Imagine the shock of the Tech fans as they enter Bobby Dodd Stadium only to find:
-30,000 Tech Fans
-15,000 Mississippi State fans
-10,000 Empty Seats
-5,000 Cow Bells
And those engineers think Georgia Bulldawg’s are obnoxious, just let them wait for the cow bells.
Firefox 3 was released this morning! Get excited, because version 3 is amazing. I’ve been using the betas since January, and I love it.
See Mozilla Links 5 Minute Review of Firefox 3.
They are doing having a contest to become the most downloaded program, so make sure you download Firefox today!
Forbes Magazine says Hendrick Motorsports is the most valuable team in Nascar, worth $335 million. They also ranked race cars, and the #24 DuPont Chevrolet (Jeff Gordon – $92 million), #88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet (Dale Earnhardt, Jr – $79 million), and #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet (Jimmie Johnson – $58 million), all three from Hendrick Motorsports, were ranked 1, 2, and 3.
Check out Seth Godin’s email checklist before you hit send.
The University of Georgia’s independent, student-run newspaper is threatening students. Today they ran an open letter to parents saying they would again post mug shots on the front page of students charged with alcohol related violations before classes start. Maybe a good response to this would be a student boycott of the Red and Black.