What is Internet?

Posted by Paull Young | Posted in Humour, Internet | Posted on 28-01-2011

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Via the awesome Azita Ardakani, check out this 1994 video of Katie Couric and her fellow news anchors grappling with the @ symbol and Internet concept.

And Stephen Davies adds another pearler via the comment section:

2 Golden Rules of Digital

Posted by Paull Young | Posted in Humour, Internet, Marketing | Posted on 21-09-2010

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There are two golden rules that underpin my approach to all things digital:

1. People are inherently good, and will do good if you let them
2. People are inherently lazy, and will be lazy if you let them

Some of the World's Laziest People

Puns Labyrinth

Posted by Paull Young | Posted in Humour | Posted on 30-08-2010

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Too good not to share

charity: water unsubscribe page

Posted by Paull Young | Posted in Business, charity: water, Humour, Internet, Marketing | Posted on 11-08-2010

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We’ve been stepping up our email marketing efforts at charity: water thanks to the generous pro bono support from our partners at Silverpop.

As we move onto best-in-class technology (the Silverpop tech and services really do rock – I can’t endorse them highly enough) we also want to clean up our list and make sure all our subscribers are completely happy. So in a recent mailing we placed a prominent ‘unsubscribe’ link at top and bottom of our mailing, and pointed them to this page:

The users choice – unsubscribe, OR watch this video featuring our fearless leader Scott Harrison getting the clean water treatment:

The results so far:

  • over 70,000 emails sent
  • around 100 unsubscribes
  • 740 views of the video

We’re pretty happy with an unsubscribe rate at close to a thousandth of a per cent, and that over 7 times that many watched the video and stayed with us. Plus, we love another chance to have a personal touch with our network of supporters.

If you would like to opt-in to our occasional emails and help us provide clean and safe drinking water to the 1 billion people living without it, just click here to sign up.

Many thanks to the folk at Groupon for sparking this idea!

Early Candidate for Lede of the Year

Posted by Paull Young | Posted in Humour | Posted on 25-07-2010

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  • FLAKE, cow, loser, slut, idiot, airhead, trash, penguin, creep, moron, midget, freak, Oompa-Loompa, nobody.

From today’s NY Times Sunday Styles feature on Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizi.

Cognitive Surplus: Anything is Entertainment

Posted by Paull Young | Posted in Humour, Internet | Posted on 16-07-2010

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Nearly 5 million people have watched this guy REALLY enjoy a double rainbow.

And old mate’s comments at the 2 minute mark of this interview really highlight how the media landscape is changing:

  • “The whole thing is just a trip. It’s this cheap camera I bought on Ebay 6 years ago for $250. It’s easy to upload on YouTube so that’s what I use”

If this bloke can entertain 5 million people… what hope does big media have?

Fixing Your iPhone and Apple Customer Service

Posted by Paull Young | Posted in Business, Humour, Life, Marketing | Posted on 08-07-2010

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I’ve been an iPhone user for three years, and like many iPhone owners I’ve cracked my screen (twice). And also like many iPhone owners I’ve had many a horrible experience with Apple and ATT’s arrogant approach to customers.

I knew that the Apple store would charge me an arm and a leg, despite the fancy decor and Genius Bars. So I typed ‘fix iPhone’ into Yelp and found Dr Brendan near me in the East Village who would fix it for $60.

I entered his small East Village apartment to find a bunch of people lining up, two friendly blokes fixing phones and a phone ringing off the hook. To my surprise they’d been featured on CNN today and a legion of similarly disaffected Apple customers had found salvation.

The bigger story here: can a brand like Apple really get away with treating its customers so badly they’ve created a black market in customer service? Dr Brendan’s service was great, but I must admit climbing four flights of steps to a small East Village apartment had me feeling like I was doing a drug deal.

The quote to sum it all up comes from one of Dr Brendan’s other customers today, a hospital employee with a cracked screen:

“Apple’s a total asshole to me. The one time I went in there I scheduled an appointment, you have to wait, they tell you they can’t fix it…”

My advice – if you’re in NYC with a cracked screen or other issue see Dr Brendan. If you’re in the market for an iPhone: buy something else.

This is How You Announce an Acquisition

Posted by Paull Young | Posted in Humour, Internet | Posted on 03-07-2010

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Woot got acquired by Amazon. Why not announce the news with a rapping monkey?

WSJ and Goatse

Posted by Paull Young | Posted in Humour, Internet | Posted on 10-06-2010

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I had to chuckle when I spotted this staid paragraph in the Wall St Journal’s yarn on the iPad data leak while flying to Chicago today:

AT&T Inc. acknowledged Wednesday that a security hole in its website had exposed its iPad customers’ email addresses, a breach that highlights how corporations still have problems protecting private information.

A small group of computer experts that calls itself Goatse Security claimed responsibility for the intrusion, saying the group had exploited an opening in AT&T’s website to find numbers that identify iPads connected to AT&T’s mobile network.

I can’t help but wonder if the WSJ sub-editors spotted the nerd joke in the namesake this ‘small group of computer experts’ has chosen to adopt – ‘Goatse’ is an infamous part of internet folklore, as Wikipedia attests:

Goatse.cx was an Internet shock site. Its front page featured a picture,hello.jpg, showing a completely naked man stretching his anus with both hands, to approximately the width of his hand.

Because many frequent Internet users have been tricked into viewing the site at one time or another, it has become something of an Internet meme. As such, hello.jpg and the other images on the site are common subjects of parodies and tributes.

Click through for more Goatse if you must, but consider yourself forewarned (especially if you work for the WSJ).

I Found Heaven: The Lost World NYC

Posted by Paull Young | Posted in Humour | Posted on 08-05-2010

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I’m still not sure if this really happened or if it was simply a dream, but today in New York’s West Village I stumbled across a little piece of heaven: the Lost World – a Big Lebowski themed Tshirt shop.

The Dude Abides

The best part about it? The owner hanging out in a purple bathrobe – a true to life version of The Dude.

Mark it Zero

The dude abides. Oh, and if you ain’t seen the Big Lebowski do yourself a favour and hire it… but this 2 minute version will give you the gist:

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