1) Turducken is in effect. It went into the oven at 5:50 am local time this morning. Due to come out about 7:00 pm and served at about 8:00 pm. Pictures coming later. I also made Apple Pie with Whiskey-Soaked Cherries (substituting kirschwasser for whiskey) and Sugar-Free Fudge.
2) The US has a plan to invade Canada. Really.
3) Abduraahman Wahid, the former president of Indonesia has a great Op-Ed in yesterdays’ WSJ entitled: “Right Islam vs. Wrong Islam”.
4) Following the success at my first piece for The World, Clark has invited back to do another one! Should air toward the end of the month.
5) HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!
Testing access to the Internet in remote parts of the world can be difficult, if not impossible. Now, a California-based, non-profit is working on solutions. Reporter Cyrus Farivar is in San Francisco with the story.
Internet access in remote parts of the world (4:10)
Selling porn? Dealing prescription drugs? Nope. All he sells are pixels, the tiny dots on the screen that appear when you call up his home page.
He had the brainstorm for his million dollar home page, called, logically enough, www.milliondollarhomepage.com, while lying in bed thinking out how he would pay for university.
The idea: turn his home page into a billboard made up of a million dots, and sell them for a dollar a dot to anyone who wants to put up their logo. A 10 by 10 dot square, roughly the size of a letter of type, costs $100.
He sold a few to his brothers and some friends, and when he had made $1,000, he issued a press release.
That was picked up by the news media, spread around the Internet, and soon advertisers for everything from dating sites to casinos to real estate agents to The Times of London were putting up real cash for pixels, with links to their own sites.
So despite the fact that I’m a stockholder, I’ve never actually flown JetBlue. My grandmother pointed out that they’re currently selling $39 one-ways from OAK to Long Beach, and I immediately grabbed it. (Although in my haste, I had to make a change from a Friday eve flight to an early Sat morning flight due to a thing at work that I forgot about.) I’m leaving my craigslist ad up for now on the off chance that someone replies so I can save the flight.
One thing I don’t get though, is why doesn’t JetBlue fly into Burbank from Oakland? They fly out of Burbank to lots of other places, just not to Oakland. Doesn’t make sense.
by Cyrus Farivar
No final 2005 podcast would be complete without a look forward as to what to expect from Apple in 2006. The next big event is Macworld Expoâ€”to be held Jan. 9 – 13 at the Moscone Center in San Franciscoâ€”so the Macworld editors have been pondering what they might see at the biggest Mac-related trade show of the year.
I spoke with Paul Kent, Vice President of IDG World Expo, one of the head honchos in charge of this yearâ€™s conference.
In addition, I checked in with some of my colleagues, Jason Snell, Editorial Director and Jonathan Seff, Sr. News Editor. They discussed what Apple may be doing at this yearâ€™s Expo, including the major shift to Intel-based Apple hardware.
Download Macworld Podcast #18 (10.6 MB – 23 minutes).
I found this site on a Google Ad somewhere. They advertised crazy prices for memory cards, like a 2 GB SD card for $50. I put in an order. It’s been two weeks and no SD card.
It’s a scam. They use my credit card number to buy some AOL service and Yahoo Classified ads. Completely fradulent.
The address that they list on the site :
308 Fountain Circle
Huntsville, Alabama 35801
is the address of the Huntsville City Council.
A whois reveals this:
Admin Name……….. Richard O Hansen
Admin Address…….. 42212 County Hwy. E
Admin Address…….. Ashland
Admin Address…….. 54806
Admin Address…….. WI
Admin Address…….. UNITED STATES
Admin Email………. firstname.lastname@example.org
Admin Phone………. +1.7152783934
Watch out for this slimeball.
I tried calling the Better Business Bureau of Northern Alabama but they’re closed until Jan. 3.
One of the new projects of mine at work is to be a blogger at Macworld’s new blog: MacUser. Come check us out!
I saw Munich last night. Quite a good film. The ETA/ANC/IRA meets PLO scene is fantastic.
In semi-related news, the Council on American-Islamic Relations is giving away free copies of the Qur’an. If you’re interested, sign up. I just got mine in the mail last week. It’s a large and high quality version. Check it.
Is anyone else going to LA for MLK weekend?
I could have bought a Southwest ticket last night for $120, but stupidly waited until this morning and now they cost almost $200.
I’ve put up an ad on craigslist. My other options are to suck it up and get the $180 ticket on United or Southwest — or try to brave the California Chinatown Bus scene (San Leandro BART to Santa Monica!) for $90 roundtrip on CABus.