If you didn’t see it

If you didn’t see it in the past few days, Michael overhauled stinkfactor.com, the place previously known as “that one site where the guy eats a lot of cinnamon then pukes.” Aside from the nice layout, the coolest new feature is the ability to cough up dough to see new challenge met. I chipped in 10 bucks to see a guy eat tabasco, thinking it couldn’t be done, and although the person was successful, I think this image makes every penny worth it.

Remember when banner ads were all the rage for making money online? Then selling widgets or site swag was the way to a quick buck? I think Michael and the rest of the gang at his work have discovered and perfected a new profit model: double-dog-dare-commerce.

If Google were a woman,

If Google were a woman, I’d divorce Kay and run off to Vegas and marry Google. Stuff like this proves how effective honest, open communication with users (and customers) benefits a company. Google doesn’t come off sounding like a corporate behemoth that spouts marketing speak, not only do they have a clue who their users are and what their users want, but they actually give it to the users time and time again.

Seems like a pretty simple plan that Google is so skilled at executing:
1. figure out who your users are
2. figure out what they want
3. give them what they want

It’s a wonder so few companies can successfully do all three things.

SXSW stuff: I’ll be speaking

SXSW stuff: I’ll be speaking on a couple panels in Austin next week. On Tuesday I’ll be talking about freelancing in the morning Peer Meeting, then later that afternoon I’ll be doing a community panel with Derek, Caleb, and John. It already seems like there are a million things going on during SXSW, but I’m going to try and hit the SoNewMedia party featuring The Dakota Smith and I hear Cory‘s doing a reading I don’t want to miss. There are at least a few dozen people I haven’t met yet that I’d like to meet up with, if you see me around, feel free to say hi.

Someone asked me who all is in this photo described here.

Back row: Owen, Maura, Jason, Ariana, and Christine. Front row: Robert, jack, Brig, me, and Ev. I don’t know why I took the photo at the time, or how I got everyone together like that, but in two years everything Jason described has happened.

Biggest regrets about going? Putting off freelance work and writing for a week, knowing I’ll come back to crazy amounts of work while trying to get ready to move simultaneously, and also missing From Monument to Masses shows coming up.

Some shots from the

Some shots from the Noisepop show last night. It was fun to go, hang out, and catch some good live music. I especially enjoyed hearing Dealership live, after hearing their recorded tracks so many times. They stood out among the hard rock theme of the night, even going so far as to drop a plinky, soft edged “Anarchy in the UK” Sex Pistols cover that was delightfully cheeky.