It seems that you can type any string of characters before the domain name on a Gawker network site (e.g., randomtext.gawker.com) and still be directed to the standard homepage. However, it’s been pointed out that at least two prefixes—ca and uk— will direct you to Gawker’s classic layout. It may be a coincidence, but these prefixes match the country code TLD format, so I poked around a little (the full list is way too long, but hey, have at it if you want) and found that the mx prefix sends you to a blank page with /rhn/Login.do in the URL. Are there any other special prefixes? What do they do? Are they permanent? Does anyone know?
Here comes another blown up kid from over there Making the whole world safe for the millionaires The same old swindle hides Behind a fresh new coat of lies This is no time to be naive It’s hard to believe
Google worked with some of the larger providers of recipes — AllRecipes.com, Food Network, Epicurious and BettyCrocker.com content will be visible at launch — to ensure they were coding their content appropriately to be indexed. The new recipe search is likely to be both a boon and a curse for recipe sites — it allows people to more easily find the recipes they are looking for, but it may minimize the need to search or page through the sites themselves, potentially reducing pageviews on sites selling ad impressions.
The search giant turned its attention to recipes, Menzel said, because of the surprisingly large volume of searches — 1% — that seem to be aimed at finding recipes. “That’s quite a large number of queries, so we were inspired to make that better,” he added.
I wonder how this will affect the search return positions of our clients’ recipes. Must make sure every recipe is properly coded.
I like food. I like data. This is making me so excited it’s almost indecent. Yes, I get my jollies in strange ways.
“The exhibition at Auschwitz no longer fulfills its role, as it used to. More or less eight to 10 million people go to such exhibitions around the world today, they cry, they ask why people didn’t react more at the time, why there were so few righteous, then they go home, see genocide on television and don’t move a finger. They don’t ask why they are not righteous themselves.
To me the whole educational system regarding the Holocaust, which really got under way during the 1990s, served its purpose in terms of supplying facts and information. But there is another level of education, a level of awareness about the meaning of those facts. It’s not enough to cry. Empathy is noble, but it’s not enough.”—
PIOTR CYWINSKI, director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland, where officials are revising exhibitions to better educate visitors, numbers of which reached 1.3 million last year. “If we succeed we will show for the first time the whole array of human choices that people faced at Auschwitz.”
Microsoft Word pisses me off. Well, actually, Microsoft products in general piss me off in a thousand different ways, but that’s not why we’re here. We’re here for the rage du jour: why the %@$&#!! won’t Word let me know where I am on a page? In the status bar, the horizontal position is displayed as “columns,” which is really a character count from the left margin. But of course characters won’t line up in columns unless you’re using monospaced fonts. Hello MS, we’re not using typewriters any more. Vertical position is displayed in 1/10 of an inch. In other words, completely useless for any sort of precise work. To get around this truculence, here is a simple macro to display the cursor position in precise inches (BTW, I cribbed it from here, so it’s not like I’m some sort of coding genius):
The Photo: While you probably recognize the iconic photo of Elvis meeting Nixon in 1970, you might not know the exact reason for the visit. Elvis desperately wanted to become an undercover agent. Concerned about increased drug use in America, he petitioned Nixon in a handwritten letter…
Oh man what a great story. Just one minor quibble: Elvis didn’t walk straight into the White House after showing up unannounced. A meeting with Nixon still had to be scheduled. But everyone—everyone—you HAVE TO READ THIS. It’s full of nuggets such as:
Upon arriving in the nation’s capital, Elvis decides he wants a doughnut.
For all the freedoms Twitter is giving the world, the fact that it’s also empowering us to shout down and disable the free speech of others (something fought for in Egypt) is beyond incidental.
Lara Logan and Nir Rosen were attacked by the same thing. Or more precisely, the same sociological profile. The fact that people can’t see them as birds of a feather while they scream over connecting the two is just ironic, and beyond that, depressing.
You’ve probably never heard of eLoyalty, but they’ve almost certainly heard you — and quickly pegged your personality by analyzing nothing more than your voice over the phone, parsing your words, pauses and even inflections on the spot.
The company works with call centers that handle the nation’s biggest car-insurance firms, banks and health care organizations. They’re usually the ears listening in after the automated message promises you, “This call is being recorded for quality assurance.”
It is no giant. Founded in 1990, the company is mostly privately held, and lost $2.7 million in the third quarter of 2010 on revenues of $23.3 million, according to SEC filings.
ELoyalty’s premise is that training customer-service representatives, or CSRs, to quickly diagnose which of the six types of personalities a caller is leads to happier customers and shorter calls. And shorter calls matter, because when it comes to customer service, time is money — somewhere in the neighborhood of $1 to $1.50 per minute, depending on how you account for it.
And it promises even more. ELoyalty says that its system can help companies know the core personality type of each of their customers, so they can individually tailor websites and e-mails to each one. Taken to its logical conclusions, it could promise a new model of customer targeting that’s far less invasive that web tracking — if it actually works.
Initial reports after mobs broke into the Egyptian Museum in Cairo on January 28 indicated that some items were damaged but none were stolen. However, a new inventory now shows that a number artifacts have been lost:
In a statement entitled “sad news”, [Egyptian Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawass] lists 18 items that have disappeared. They include a gilded wood statue of the boy king Tutankhamun being carried by a goddess and parts of another statue of him harpooning.
Other museums were also affected during the unrest:
intruders tried to enter the Coptic Museum in old Cairo and the Royal Jewellery Museum in Alexandria on 29 January.
It’s not clear from the report if any items had been damaged or stolen from these museums, however.
Amidst the widespread celebration of Hosni Mubarak’s ouster, there are those who have speculated gravely that radical Islamists will gain power in post-revolution Egypt. These concerns bring to my mind what Fareed Zakaria wrote on the potential of democratic governments to be used as tools for the majority to suppress the minority. The article was published in 1997, but it’s worth revisiting today:
The tension between constitutional liberalism and democracy centers on the scope of governmental authority. Constitutional liberalism is about the limitation of power, democracy about its accumulation and use. For this reason, many eighteenth- and nineteenth-century liberals saw in democracy a force that could undermine liberty. James Madison explained in The Federalist that “the danger of oppression” in a democracy came from “the majority of the community.” Tocqueville warned of the “tyranny of the majority,” writing, “The very essence of democratic government consists in the absolute sovereignty of the majority.”
The American system is based on an avowedly pessimistic conception of human nature, assuming that people cannot be trusted with power. “If men were angels,” Madison famously wrote, “no government would be necessary.” The other model for democratic governance in Western history is based on the French Revolution. The French model places its faith in the goodness of human beings. Once the people are the source of power, it should be unlimited so that they can create a just society. (The French revolution, as Lord Acton observed, is not about the limitation of sovereign power but the abrogation of all intermediate powers that get in its way.) Most non-Western countries have embraced the French model—not least because political elites like the prospect of empowering the state, since that means empowering themselves—and most have descended into bouts of chaos, tyranny, or both. This should have come as no surprise. After all, since its revolution France itself has run through two monarchies, two empires, one proto-fascist dictatorship, and five republics.
Fareed Zakaria, “The Rise of Illiberal Democracy,” Foreign Affairs, vol. 76 no. 6, Nov/Dec 1997, pp. 22–43. Download the PDF here.