Monday, January 16, 2006

Moving to WordPress

Sorry for the pain I'm causing you, but I'm moving to the WordPress free hosting service. The URL of my blog is .

I will be updating the Feedburner feed to point to that address (at least I'll try), but you can also subscribe using the WordPress feed for my blog.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Wedding Crashers

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are best friends who like to crash weddings. Yes, they show up uninvited, are able to pass themselves off as guests and manage to have a great time at the weddings. Their main aim however is to pick up women. Weddings apparently are good places to meet women.

The story is weak and at times cliched. Vaughn and Owen are not convincing, probably because their characters aren't all that great. There are a couple of funny scenes, but other than that the movie's not that good. When you have a guy like Christopher Walken alongside talented actors like Vaughn and Owen, you expect a bit more. This one disappointed.

This is the kind of movie that most people probably wouldn't mind watching. It'll probably do well here, since people in the theatre did seem to enjoy it.

For me though, it wasn't worth the price of admission. I like a different kind of funny.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

AdWords on TV?

Remember the scene in Minority Report where a certain superstar (who jumps on couches) character is walking in a mall and his eyes are scanned, and then personalised ads are shown to him, some even naming him?

Remember a certain company which has ads that "match" what you're looking for in searches or in the content of your email?

Robert Cringely thinks that Google might be up to something similar on TV:
Google imagines a world where only single people see ads, and people who can't drive see ads from taxi companies where others see Toyota campaigns. Where fraternities see ads for strip clubs, beer, Cancun weekends and LSAT prep courses, and only seniors (and their adult children) see ads for Alzheimer's drugs. What would be the value of that increased efficiency, capitalized into present dollars? Ten billion? Fifty billion? I say the value is $100 billion -- 25 percent of the total U.S. advertising market and 15 times Google's current size.

Read the full article (A Commercial Runs Through It) it's fascinating.