February 28, 2005
Florida Project, free vintage Walt Disney World font — several more free Disney fonts, and a comprehensive font list (via)
Phil's roundup of niche product forums — there are many, many more, but these are some of the best
So, I think I have a scoop. I’ve discovered that Yahoo is very quietly testing their new contextual advertising program for blogs and other small publishers, a la Google Adsense.
Ken Rudman is a product manager at Yahoo-owned Overture, and his blog features contextual Overture ads throughout. His homepage shows the vertical two-ad format, monthly archives show a three-ad horizontal format, and individual entries show another variation of the horizontal format. The ads have decent relevancy, especially considering its early state.
I haven’t spoken to Ken yet, but I’m assuming that only Yahoo employees are able to test the ads for now. If you find any other sites testing them, please let me know.
Update: As Phil points out, some of the ads aren’t very relevant.
March 8, 2005: The program will be called the Yahoo! Publisher Network. I was close! Silicon Valley Watcher independently confirms that YPN is Yahoo’s response to Google Adsense. No word on the launch date yet, but the markets have responded positively to the Yahoo rumors.
Here’s another Yahoo employee blog with the same YPN ads (thanks, Rick). Oh, and anyone want to bet that their new “publishing tools” refers to a free hosted blog service that ties into their contextual ads? Brace yourselves, Blogger.
Video: Chris Ware on French documentary series about comic artists — Kempa went to huge efforts to get the episode online
Halle Berry attended Razzies ceremony to accept her award — “I want to thank Warner Brothers for casting me in this piece of shit” (via)
Scene.org Awards 2004 nominees announced — the cutting-edge of algorithmic PC demoscene art
Jason Scott from Textfiles.com is archiving every podcast he can find — so far, about 7,500 different files taking up 75 GB (via)
Nevada Girl, Japanese murder becomes Internet meme — from last year, but new to me; don’t miss the three pages of fanart depicting the murder
Google Maps now works with Safari and Opera — we knew about Safari yesterday, but Opera is new
Michael's tribute to Another World — one of my favorite games of all time
Blinfolded Pianist's Mario Fantasy — free album of NES videogame themes on classical piano; the Super Mario World I theme is my favorite
Wall Street Journal growing irrelevant because of its online strategy — they’ll survive off of subscriptions, but will lose influence over time (via)
Glassdog responds to Dave Winer's criticism of Evan Williams and Odeo — to be fair, Dave’s site is non-commercial so he can get away with no design
Nathan Torkington compares local search engines — Yahoo and Google were the best, A9 and MSN the worst
Tony Butcher's obsessive collection of collections — he has no shortage of shelf space (via)
flicReplacr bookmarklet — highlight a word, click bookmarklet, and it displays a Flickr image tagged with that word
Beatallica shut down by ISP?! — it’s not even infringing material! has the world gone insane?
Harmon Leon goes to dinner at Applebee's with white supremacists — also: Mister Pants’ Harmon Leon archive and his other SF Weekly columns
Eric Ward e-mails Yahoo's Jerry Yang in 1994 — patient zero of the SEO plague
Flickr, Yahoo deal rumored — I’ve been hearing these rumblings, as well
Google Movies vs. Keanu Reeves — some creative queries with the Google’s new movie support
Airbag interviews Kottke — I can’t get enough blogger navel-gazing