Archive for June, 2009

Star Trek:TOS-in-the-Park? Why Not?

Posted in liff in PDX, PDX WIN on June 30, 2009 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2123.They’re going to have to get a chorus up for the “Dah-dah-dah-dah-dah, Dadadah Dadadahdah” fight music though. Should be sweet!

Atomic Arts will be staging the Star Trek: The Original Series episode “Amok Time” in the Woodlawn Park amphitheater during six dates in July. Check the Woodlawn neighborhood blog for when.

Phasers will be checked at the entryway.

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Star Trek:TOS-in-the-Park? Why Not?

Posted in liff in PDX, PDX WIN on June 30, 2009 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2123.They’re going to have to get a chorus up for the “Dah-dah-dah-dah-dah, Dadadah Dadadahdah” fight music though. Should be sweet!

Atomic Arts will be staging the Star Trek: The Original Series episode “Amok Time” in the Woodlawn Park amphitheater during six dates in July. Check the Woodlawn neighborhood blog for when.

Phasers will be checked at the entryway.

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The N Word

Posted in Brand Failery, branding, modren times, networking, Stuff that does't fit anywhere else on June 30, 2009 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2122.In what is being hailed as an EPIC BRAND FAIL, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Russian petroleum combine, Gazprom have partnered to monetize Nigeria’s (apparently) still-amazing petroleum reserves.

Regardless of what you think of Nigeria, Russia, corporate monoliths, or petroleum, this is a canny move from all sides. Ideally, the Russians will Get Paid™, Nigeria will get petroleum reserves further developed and also Get Paid™. Win-win.

But if you were putting together a combine such as this, what would you call it? Would you take the first syllable of “Nigeria” and the first syllable of “Gazprom” and make a new word out of it? No? That would make you a laughing stock and leave a lot of people scratching their heads, yes? Talk about a tin ear. And Twitter users worldwide laughing at you,  yes?

That is, amazingly what they actually did. The Partnership of NNPC and GAZPROM are to be called

NIGAZ, which sounds similar to a word that a lot of english-speakers consider to be derogatory and offensive, is now being spread across the web as a memorable PR blunder. Users on Twitter are reported to have first highlighted the negative connotations of the word “Nigaz”.

Although the origin of the name is obvious– from the words “Nigeria” and “gaz” — the word when written down has different connotations to English-speakers.

People are still wondering why the Nigerian govenment would allow such an offensive word to be used and also speculate that the Russians allowed or ignored it because the offensive word is still widely used in Russia.

Oh, my.

This reminds me of that time that Google launched Gmail without finding out that a British financial firm already had the name which is something they could have found out with … well … a web search.

No, we aren’t making it up: here’s the BBC (as pointed to by Slate) on it.

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The N Word

Posted in Brand Failery, branding, modren times, networking, Stuff that does't fit anywhere else on June 30, 2009 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2122.In what is being hailed as an EPIC BRAND FAIL, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Russian petroleum combine, Gazprom have partnered to monetize Nigeria’s (apparently) still-amazing petroleum reserves.

Regardless of what you think of Nigeria, Russia, corporate monoliths, or petroleum, this is a canny move from all sides. Ideally, the Russians will Get Paid™, Nigeria will get petroleum reserves further developed and also Get Paid™. Win-win.

But if you were putting together a combine such as this, what would you call it? Would you take the first syllable of “Nigeria” and the first syllable of “Gazprom” and make a new word out of it? No? That would make you a laughing stock and leave a lot of people scratching their heads, yes? Talk about a tin ear. And Twitter users worldwide laughing at you,  yes?

That is, amazingly what they actually did. The Partnership of NNPC and GAZPROM are to be called

NIGAZ, which sounds similar to a word that a lot of english-speakers consider to be derogatory and offensive, is now being spread across the web as a memorable PR blunder. Users on Twitter are reported to have first highlighted the negative connotations of the word “Nigaz”.

Although the origin of the name is obvious– from the words “Nigeria” and “gaz” — the word when written down has different connotations to English-speakers.

People are still wondering why the Nigerian govenment would allow such an offensive word to be used and also speculate that the Russians allowed or ignored it because the offensive word is still widely used in Russia.

Oh, my.

This reminds me of that time that Google launched Gmail without finding out that a British financial firm already had the name which is something they could have found out with … well … a web search.

No, we aren’t making it up: here’s the BBC (as pointed to by Slate) on it.

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Running Firefox 3.5 FTW

Posted in net liff, networking, web design on June 30, 2009 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2121.This user has downloaded Firefox 3.5 and I’m running it under Mac OS X 10.4.11 on a PowerMac G4. Really smooth so far.

What really strikes me at this point is the way Firefox has taken over the center spot in my web usage. Of all the browsers available to me, only the Firefox community offers the readily available tools to get the most out of my web life. I absolutely depend on the ScribeFire plugin to do my blogging, and the Fox has fewer problems with websites than any other browser that I use (I’ve used Opera and Safari – and both are nifty, but they don’t have it all. And even Safari 4 has problems displaying some content that Firefox doesn’t trouble with at all).

About the only thing I’d like to see in Firefox that it don’t have now is a PDF plugin. Having it in the browser instead of downloading and opening Acrobat is so much nicer.

I’m just a small fish but I’d sure recommend downloading this. Don’t miss out!

And dig the downloads in real-time here. Now approaching 2 Millions as this is being written.

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Running Firefox 3.5 FTW

Posted in net liff, networking, web design on June 30, 2009 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2121.This user has downloaded Firefox 3.5 and I’m running it under Mac OS X 10.4.11 on a PowerMac G4. Really smooth so far.

What really strikes me at this point is the way Firefox has taken over the center spot in my web usage. Of all the browsers available to me, only the Firefox community offers the readily available tools to get the most out of my web life. I absolutely depend on the ScribeFire plugin to do my blogging, and the Fox has fewer problems with websites than any other browser that I use (I’ve used Opera and Safari – and both are nifty, but they don’t have it all. And even Safari 4 has problems displaying some content that Firefox doesn’t trouble with at all).

About the only thing I’d like to see in Firefox that it don’t have now is a PDF plugin. Having it in the browser instead of downloading and opening Acrobat is so much nicer.

I’m just a small fish but I’d sure recommend downloading this. Don’t miss out!

And dig the downloads in real-time here. Now approaching 2 Millions as this is being written.

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22 Links To Free Seamless Vector Pattern Downloads

Posted in design, digital design tools, vector design, web design on June 30, 2009 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2120.As a follow up to the previous free goodie, let’s be fair to the vector side of the equation; here is a link to twenty-two free resources for getting vector backgrounds for web design. I’ve not downloaded any of them myself (yet), but they seem to come from a range of reputable design sites and are at least worth a look.

Find them at 22 Free Seamless Vector Pattern Resources Perfect For Web Design on the 1stWebDesigner site: http://www.1stwebdesigner.com/resources/22-free-seamless-vector-pattern-resources-perfect-for-web-design/

A nota bene: this and the last posting were inspired by Twitter users; I have misplaced exactly whose tweets I got them from. If you stumble by here and think I got them from you, just shoot me an email and I’ll give credit. Mea culpa.

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