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Geekologie writer + crafty self-promotion

May 13, 2009
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I love Geekologie, the blog never fails. Today he wrote about Zapatag (which is hilarious):

Zapatag is a user submitted database of bad/inconsiderate/female/rude/raging drivers’ license plate numbers and their alleged infractions. I have no idea of the legality of such a system, but quite frankly, I don’t care — I think this is a great idea. Provided, of course, I never see a GK WRITR tag pop up. If you don’t like the way I drive, stay off the sidewalk! That said, I change my mind about the GK WRITR thing — make as many sightings as you can around the DC area talking about how handsome I am and how I can make light turns green by unbuttoning my shirt. Also, maybe mention that it looked like my truck was dragging its muffler but it turned out to be my penis. Ladies?”

Sure enough, if you go to the site you’ll see that almost over half of the most recent submissions are about GK WRITR. Nice way to pull some free press.

Anyway, go check out the site, it’s f’ing funny. My favorite offense: “pointed a corn cob at me in a threatening manner”

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A new place to start your search

May 13, 2009
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It’s hard not to go directly to Google. But Evri is a pretty cool alternative. It aggregates different kinds of information–news articles, Twitter posts, business info,  images, videos, trends, etc–and organizes it so you can look at everything in context.

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Spam mail as art

May 13, 2009
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Check out this site, it’s an ongoing project illustrating titles of spam mail. Funny.

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6 other ways to use a turkey baster

May 12, 2009
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1. To water your plants

2. To rinse your sinuses (instead of a netti pot)

3. To decorate or ice a cake

4. To replace the gawk in your shower

5. To fill crepes, blintzes or muffin tins

6. To clean spilled beer


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Next level vanity Googling

May 12, 2009
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When I was just out of college I remember Googling my name and thinking that results were pretty crap. I think there was another Leah Gritton in Minnesota who had won an award for her work with pigs, and that was the result that came up first. Great.

Then, Facebook added the public search option and I started using other social media. So my search results got better. Now, Google is upping the anti. They just added Google Profiles, because that’s just what everyone needs, one more place to brand themselves online.

The Google profile kind of works like a resume or business card. You create your personal profile and add  employment info, education, interests, a bio, photos and links to other personal pages. Could be a great tool for people in the job market. Could also be a great tool for stalkers.

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Why I’m lovin Tumblr

May 1, 2009
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It’s easier on the eyes than Twitter
Have you ever seen a well designed Twitter page? They are pretty few and far between. Tumblr’s themes and customization features make it pretty easy for even the design-challenged to get away with a good looking page.

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It’s insanely intuitive and easy to use
It took me about 2 minutes to set up my account and start Tumbling. The dashboard clearly shows how you can upload and share links, videos, pictures, etc all from the site–no third party services required. You also don’t need a dictionary of hash codes and memes or an extensive handbook on proper retweeting etiquette to get going. Simple = better.

You can easily connect Tumblr to all your online accounts
I connected mine with Twitter and my wordpress, so anytime I blog here or tweet it automatically syncs to my Tumblr and posts there. You can also feed in Digg, YouTube, RSS feeds and any other blogging platform.

You can track trends
Tumblr has their own Google Trends-like feature, so on the site I can chart and compare popular topics. I charted my irrational fears against the world’s irrational fear. Looks like in the battle of me vs. the world, the world wins.

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So, go set one up and start following me...


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