January 31, 2005
Charting the sharing frequency of Del.icio.us links — raises the question of researching Del.icio.us point of entry (via)
Video: Mashup of "Paperback Writer" and "I'm a Believer" — fan-made music video matched to GHP’s flawless mashup
Video: Gene Kelly breakdancing in VW Golf commercial — great editing, but crass exploitation of the dead (via)
Del tha Funkee Homosapien performs at the Dreamcast launch party in 1999 — don’t miss the video of Del performing the gaming-focused song “Proto Culture” (via)
Angie Hart on the bitter breakup and new reunion of Frente! — there’s a new song up on Myspace, but it just doesn’t have the same sense of wonder
If you’ve been following my Links page lately, you’ll know that I’ve been somewhat obsessed with the new Block View search for A9 and Amazon Yellow Pages. Amazon photographed virtually every street-level business in Los Angeles, among other cities, and it’s a very fun toy to play around with.
More recently, A9.com was mentioned in a small bit of awkward dialogue on Thursday night’s episode of The O.C. Waxy reader Eric Vaughan went to the trouble of finding and editing the clip. Watch it below, and judge for yourself:
theoc_a9com.avi (3.7MB, Windows Media)
Even though this appeared to be a clear example of paid product placement, A9.com’s CEO denies that it was paid for or that they knew anything about it.
This seems very unlikely, especially considering A9’s somewhat-obscure status in the non-geek world, the timing of the episode with recent publicity, and The O.C.’s use of the full domain name instead of simply “A9.” (Has anybody ever used/heard the term “A9.com’d” before?) I don’t even particularly care about the product placement, but I don’t like attempts at covering it up.
One way to settle the issue would be to contact Allan Heinberg, the writer of that episode, or any of the producers. I’ll try to do some research on Monday, but please e-mail me if you know anyone that might be able to help.
February 21, 2005: I have two reliable sources that confirm that A9 was not even aware of the O.C reference before its broadcast.
To Protect and to Rock — painting of Steve Perry as Robocop
A9 CEO denies they paid for getting mentioned on The OC — does anyone really believe that?
Mikel Maron's A9 panorama tool — enter a Block Search URL, get photos of the entire street
Homebrew code now running on the Nintendo DS — graphic demos will probably be next, as programmers learn how to code for it
Ben Folds releasing new album in April — Weird Al singing backup on one song?
Panoramas with A9's Block View — anyone want to write a tool to automate this to get an entire block or street?
Image: MSN's new math — 6 divided by 3 is…?
Yahoo moving up to 1,000 employees into new Santa Monica office — about six blocks away from my house (via)
Why Your Pointy Haired Boss Is A Mathematical Certainty — three cheers for the middle manager!