Cool sites

Have yet another backlog of sites. The “Time”:,28804,1809858_1809957,00.html list is pretty good:

GasBuddy has real time prices from the community. Save a few bucks!

TripKick since TripAdvisor isn’t good enough. It tells you which floor to stay on 🙂

AfriGadget are simple things that can work in the developing world

PopSugar shows I’m a bad person. I love reading gossip!

Picnik uses flash so you can do basic picture editing. I don’t think I’d actually use it, but amazing user interface and the future of applications imho. is the way to figure out all the slang being used on the internet. For instance l33tspeak which means you replace letters with numbers like she1b0y. Lots of things I didn’t know like P911 or W/E (my current favorite!).

Clickz on Ad Placements

Hat tip to Bill on this one, a good source of overview information that shows the size of the internet advertising business. “Clickz”: which is mainly from Neilson Online (really “Netratings”: Some tidbits:

* Web Media (what ever that is?) is largest at 74B impressions per month
* Financial services is the largest segment I understand at 52B impressions per month
* Retail goods and services 35B (which is different than consumer goods at 10B)
* Telecommunications is 26B. I imagine these are cheap long distance
* The other interesting ones were travel at 7.5B which is much smaller than I would have thought
* Public services is 9.6B whatever that is.

Final interesting thing is latest search share. “Netratings”: says it is 59% Google. Yahoo is 17% and Microsoft increase share by 72% to their share to 13% since last year in May. Overall search grew 9.5% YOY. Google by 15% so share growth is modest at best.

Finally I thought the top 25 companies buying sponsored links (you know the right hand side of google) was interesting and sort of unexpected too. Here they are along with the top three search terms they bought. Most of the top searches look like people typing into the toolbar a URL. But I would never have guess term 3 for ebay, nextag and others was google:”refrigeration tools”

Top 25 Companies by Top Three Search Terms, May 2008
| Company | Search Terms |
| eBay | ebay trucks refrigeration+tools |
| Interactive Corp | priceline |
| Internet Made Simple | calorie+shifting weight+watchers |
|True | online+dating |
| Yahoo | natru-vent trucks prom+dresses |
| Pickamortgage | no+cost+refinance mortgage+refinancing+
companies refinancing+a+mortgage |
| Wu Yi Source | nutrisystem south+beach+diet |
| | samsung+series+6 “richard+pepperman” |
| Target Corp. | the+sockman+socks nintendo+event global+stone |
|Experian Group Ltd. | endurance+saddle+pads free+credit+report equifax |
|driverTV | santa+fe+ volkswagen+beetle hyundai+santa+fe |
|Fidelity Investments | car+insurance car+insurance+quotes united+health+care |
| | match rich+in+new+york |
|Zencon Technologies LLC | blackplanet blackpeoplemeet |
| | chat chat+rooms |
|NexTag Inc. | refrigeration+tools toter+trucks fayetteville+state+
university |
| BizRate | natru-vent endurance+saddle+pads homes+for+rent |
| Shopzilla Inc | refrigeration+tools cost+of+helicopter abetta+saddles |
| Inc. | sweet+sixteen+party+ideas cinco+de+mayo+music cinco+de+mayo |
|Google | google mail google+homepage |
| | refrigeration+tools citizen+cmp-10 portable+dvd+players+
for+cars |
|Time Warner | trucks mapquest aol |
Money And Markets | g+e+stock korea+free+trade fed+rate |
|FUZZ | independent+labels promoting+music lyrics+for+spanish+
christian+songs |
|Esurance car+insurance car+insurance+quotes free+auto+insurance+quotes |

Where is Matt?

Kind of amazing, this guy travelled around the world twice doing the same dance in different places (hat tip to the fake “Steve Ballmer”: for this rocking good video. I mainly love the soundtrack. What a great job and what a great adventure. 14 months of travel, 42 countries at “Where the Hell is Matt?”: and thank “Stride Gum”: for the imagination to sponsor him. I wish every market was as adventurous:

Lost Sunglasses

I’ve been using beatup sunglasses for a few years now, but I’ve always wanted to get another set of “Oakley M Frame”: or whatever is the coolest set these days. I still have a bunch of the blades and somehow lost my bright yellow ones. These are $110 now, so a little bit less than they three years ago when they were the hottest sunglasses in town thanks to Lance Armstrong using them. These things list for $120 these days and not too many discounts. “Sunglasses-int”: has them for $110 including shipping. “Zappos”:

So what’s new:

* “Asian Fit”: They have a whole line for smaller faces. Nice since the Hybrid S just about fits me, but is still large.
* “Oakley Radar Path”: These won Outside’s 2007 Gear of the Year and look like the follow-ons to the M Frame Pro, although they is more side frame so maybe more stylish. These have a new coating that is supposed to keep the water (or sweat) off of it. You can even get a “LiveStrong”: version! These are about $157 so a little more expensive at “zappos”:

Single Malt Scotch

Read a good review of scotch on some plane somewhere. Made me curious. Of course “”: is filled with data. For instance telling you that Single Malt Scotch is really whisky from scotland that is from a single source.

There’s a good “Award”: list up there. Some of the great names are:

* Highland Park 18 year old ($90)
* Highland Park 12 year old ($40)
* The Macallan (speyside)


Another book recommendation by John. This is a series about multiple alternative worlds. Chrestomanci – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Chrestomanci is the title of a powerful enchanter with the responsibility of regulating magic usage in a set of parallel universes including our own world. The Chrestomancis are unique in that they have nine lives. This is because while most people have “doubles” across nine worlds, a potential Chrestomanci has no doubles. It is a government job, and each Chrestomanci is responsible for locating and training his or her successor. The word “Chrestomanci” may be derived from the Greek khrestos, meaning “useful,” and -mancy, “divination.”

The books are in publishing order:

* Charmed Life
* The Magicians of Caprona
* The Lives of Christopher Chant
* Conrad’s Fate
* The Pinhoe Egg
* Witch Week


Compact Cameras

For years I’ve used the Fuji Finepix F10 which took really great pictures with 5Mpixels but most importantly was fast enough to take ISO 400 photos. That camera still works really well but is not pretty big. Ideally you want a shirt pocket camera that:

* 8MP sensor and lense quality so you can get A3+
* ISO 400 quality so you can use available light most of the time
* Image stabilizer to future help you get those low light shots
* Aperture and shutter priority to control exposure
* Shirt pocket size

Here are the pro choices as “Luminous Landscape”: and “Steve’s Digicam”: reviewed:

* “Sony DSC-W300″: It is a wolf in sheep’s clothes. It has a 13.6MP lense and a tiny 1/1.7” sensor but it looks good at ISO4. nice, but kind of big, so defeats the purpose a little bit. You really want something that is shirt pocket size. Most importantly it has an optical viewfinder. However, “Amazon”: found picture quality poor. “Steve’s Digicam”: as ISO 200 images for earlier W200 (12 vs. 13MP) and was the ultracompact to beat. “”: found nothing special about picture quality.
* “Ricoh GX100”: is another no obvious choice, but this one does have a 10MP sensor, 24-72mm equivalent lense. It has a Raw mode but takes 5 seconds to write a single shot! It has a optional electronic viewfinder, so you its easier to aim. Main issue is it is noisy at ISO 400.
* “Sigma DP1”: might be a good choice because of its incredible image quality using a dSLR foveon processor. The main issue is that it has slow startup, slow shot to shot and is noisy above ISO 200, so really isn’t practical.