When I linked to the “best blonde joke ever” I never expected it to become one of the biggest traffic generators I’d ever seen. Yesterday alone 4,713 people visited here because of the joke and the traffic hasn’t seemed to go down.
It got so heavy that Shelley Powers broke the original joke (it used to go on for seemingly forever through blog after blog). Her servers were just seeing an exponentially increasing load so she did something even funnier. She turned the link back to me. So, now I became the joke and it was quite circular. You could count your “blondeness” by how many times you clicked around the circle before you figured it out.
Anyway, here’s a blog that explains a little bit about how the joke evolved.
Remember that gay rights bill that got a local church here in Washington all up in arms and got them to threaten to boycott Microsoft? Well, the church followed through on their threat last week (is now boycotting Microsoft even though many of its parisioners are members of Microsoft) and the bill just passed after eight years of attempting to get it through.
Heh, now whenever I get together with my friends who’ve made a lot of money I can say “well, you might have made a fortune but my book is IN Fortune.”
Buzz Bruggeman called me excited tonight and told me about the ad. Full page in this week’s Fortune Magazine (and I hear it’s in several other magazines as well). I begged Buzz to send me a photo so I could see the ad for myself. He just did.
So, start talking! Er, get Naked!
There’s a rumor that Microsoft is buying Seadragon. I can’t comment, but I got a demo this week and was blown away. The details on the rumored acquistion are on Channel 9.
Hey, wanna go on the blogger cruise? October 5-9. Caribbean.
I love this quote from guitarist Robert Fripp:
“We should not expect good work to be acknowledged; and where it is, we should not expect it to be welcomed. Rather, the strength of a creative impulse is measured by the strength of opposition it meets.”
Robert Fripp is a famous guitarist. He’s in the audience aggregation business. Same business that Google, MSN, Yahoo, and many companies that appear on TechCrunch are in, by the way. He has a lengthy post on why he chose to do business with Microsoft. It’s a must read for businesspeople, particularly with all this venture capital talk that’s been going around lately. Here’s a key line:
“In business, personal connections are not everything; just, nearly everything.”
Oh, I grok that. It’s why my cell phone number is always going to be on the home page of my blog. You can call me anytime (if I’m sleeping I may not answer, particularly if Maryam is throwing my phone against the wall. Heheh). At Microsoft you always have a personal connection (or you can build one).
I’d go even deeper than Robert Fripp. I do business with people I know and can read and can find in search engines. If you can’t be found in Yahoo, Google, or MSN’s engine, well, how about fixing that particular bug?