Goob Is Goofy

Hey Disney, don't sue me.

The Big Mind Bang

I had to stop this video halfway through because my head hurt from just pondering the logistics of it. Unfortunately they don’t provide any data, but the thanks page mentions people who helped “during the last year,” which sounds about right.

How pissed do you think the makers were when they learned the triceratops probably never existed?

I Guess High School Never Ends

I always chuckle when I see people who brag about how awesome they are in a deadpan, serious effort. I thought those days were behind me, but it looks like I’m wrong.

I recently attending a blogging conference and Holy God, it was like high school all over again. Every other person was telling me how amazing they were and spouting off traffic or revenue stats that meant not a thing other than proving they had an ego that needed stroking. On the flip side I see fellow comedians offering up naming rights to their firstborn in exchange for watching their latest YouTube video. What the hell is going on here?

Take this recent NY Times piece on The Awl, a wonderful site.

By August 2009, they had chewed through their savings and had just under 100,000 unique visitors a month, a nice number that was rich with media insiders and hip twentysomethings, but not the kind of traffic that would make a living. When an anonymous donor sent in a few hundred dollars at one particularly stretched-thin moment, Mr. Sicha used it to buy food.

No and no.

100,000 unique visitors a month is not a nice number that’s rich with hip twentysomethings. I’m a twentysomething and none of the hip people I associate with know what 100k monthly uniques mean. None of the people I hang out with know what’s a “rich” number because nobody knows what’s a rich number. It’s all relative from site to site.

Which leads me to my second no. 100k uniques is most definitely enough to make a living off of because if you’re drawing that many people a month (A) you’re doing something right and (B) it’s not hard to turn that number into a much larger number. As Ze Frank says, going from 0 to 1 is the hard part. You think the guys at Twitter are sweating bullets trying to figure out how to start earning some cashola? No, they’re thanking their deity of choice that they made the site popular to begin with.

But I digress. My point is that everybody, even in the 21st century, seems to love playing the numbers game. I have X number of readers, but darn, you have Y number of followers. It doesn’t matter. It all comes down to content.

I don’t love Louis C.K. or Jon Stewart because they have millions of other fans, but because their content is routinely phenomenal. However many other people also appreciate their work is inconsequential to me or my appreciation of them. In fact, I’m more willing to go out of my way to support people who have fewer followers. If there’s an upcoming comedian with 10 Facebook fans and I only have enough money to buy one CD, he’s getting my money over a more well known figure as I’m positive he needs it more.

I’d venture to take that one step further and say there are more fans like me out there than people think. Anyone who has tried to self-publish knows how hard it is to achieve sustaining success and let’s face it, what twentysomething hasn’t tried to launch their own blog or podcast?

Where does that leave us? Hell if I know. All I can say is if you want to be taken seriously and impress someone, show them examples of your work and leave out mentioning your Twitter numbers.

Nobody Tried To Kill Me!

Earlier this month I had a bit of bad luck in the “will my plane take off today?” department. A few dozen delays, three airports, and a trillion snide jokes later I made it home. It was just after midnight and I had a 90 minute drive ahead of me in the middle of a monsoon, but hell, home is home. I don’t mind bad weather or long, solo drives but I do tend to look down on my truck catching fire in the middle of nowhere.

I think you see where I’m going here.

As I sat waiting for the tow truck that was “soon” to arrive, six people pulled over to ask if I needed any help. Six! That was 600% more than I had predicted.

I bring this story up only as a reminder that the world tends to be a scarier place than it really is. Scarier both in “what might happen to me?!” and “how will I manage?!” When it comes down to it, I’ve always found that the majority of people are good, kind hearted and yet I’m always amazed when I have to be reminded of this time and time again.

Whoa, Watch Out Says That Bird!

I feel like I need to post this video here just to make sure I never lose track of it. I found it a few weeks ago and easily account for a few hundred thousand of it’s 677,000 views. In it, a comedian redubs a NatGeo video in a gay voice and thus makes my entire year.

Pretty NSFW if your employer frowns upon foul language or animals eating each other. I guarantee you’ll have this guy’s voice in your head narrating your daily activities for a few days as well.

A Rare Look Inside Pixar Studios

Does anybody not love Pixar? They get bonus points in my book for having a hidden speakeasy.

EDIT: Well apparently I have to have permission to embed the video here. Cue a few choice curse words then watch it here.

Ringing In The New Year Nerd Style

I’m all for automating as much as possible in my life. I’d sign up for dropshipping new underwear if such a service existed. The sentiment hold doubly true when it comes to online tasks. “I need to manually reboot the server again?! I just did it last week! It’s a f*&king server, can’t it reboot itself?!”

However one digital task that I absolutely love to do is change the copyright date in the footer of all my websites. There’s something oddly rewarding about updating them each one by one. It’s as if by changing them, they’re announcing to the world “heck yeah, we survived yet another year!”

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Years!

No Title, Spooler Error

As inspired by a recent The Oatmeal tweet, please do the following as long as you don’t mind nsfw language:

  1. Read this short comic about why printers suck.
  2. Watch this video.

So deliciously funny.

What’s In A Name?

Shadowy Pretend Figure: Hey Goob, what did you do yesterday?

Goob: Oh, not much, just spent a few hours working and then researching how to get a species of tapeworm named after me.

Shadowy Pretend Figure: Oh, cool, what freebies did you find … wait, what?

Goob: What freebies did I find? Um, I found a Yoplait yogurt coupon and-

Shadowy Pretend Figure: -No, no, the other part. You want to get a species of tapeworm named after you?

Goob: Oh, yeah! Apparently there are tens of thousands of tapeworm species still to be named! They’re already named 6,000 of them, so I figure all the leading parasite and tapeworm scientists already have a few species named after them. How cool would it be to have one of the remained species named after me?

Shadowy Pretend Figure: Aaaaand, that’s my cue to leave.

Talk To Me

Rachel Maddow / Jon Stewart Interview

While half-awake in a medication-induced haze three weeks ago, I managed to stumble across the Rachel Maddow / Jon Stewart interview on MSNBC. Of course, at that time I couldn’t comprehend the purpose of socks let alone an hour long debate on media vs. satire, so I marked it for later and get around to watching it tonight. And damn if I didn’t dig it.

I would kill for more interviews like this. No graphics, bells or whistles; just two people sitting and talking. In a seemingly black void no less, which says something about the rarity of these types of interviews. It has nothing to do with politics or ideology (though I do enjoy both Maddow and Stewart), but instead with the deconstruction of topics we otherwise ignore. I’m the guy who will waste an hour watching cellphone video footage of a interview on a college campus just in case the interviewee lets their guard down. But to see this on cable TV? Yes please.

Where else can you find this stuff nowadays? It’s fitting that tonight’s conversation was partially about the 24 hour news’ cacophony of bullshit, because I can’t think of any show where people are frank and open to civilized debate. Charlie Rose can get people to open up, but you only get thirty minutes and that includes at least a dozen bad jokes by Rose. I like Lipton’s style of conversing on Inside the Actors Studio, but there it’s more about the person’s full life and we’re limited to actors. When you throw in the debate requirement, the list shrinks to nill.

So somebody go make a show like that. On the Internet! It could be cheap and easy and I’ll watch the hell out of it.

Soda Pop Shop

The Soda Pop Stop is a store in Los Angeles that sells nothing but soda you’ve never heard of. There are over 500 options and somebody needs to immediately get some of the coffee soda into my possession! I couldn’t differ any stronger with him on the carbonated water end though. Long story short, it’s not the best option to drink after a long run, especially when you think it’s normal water.

[via Kottke]

Page 5 of 6

Powered by WordPress & Theme by Anders Norén