My site has been offline for the past 12 hours or so as there were some major issues caused by a few ‘site optimization’ plug ins that dug a little too deep into the code of the site, thus bringing the site down to its knees. As such, a lot of the wallpapers that I have recently uploaded to the site were blown away as I had to roll back the site to its state several days ago. I will re-upload them to the site but it will take a few days…so please bear with me as I try to recover things.
This week marked the end of an era in Internet lore as Yahoo! was officially sold off to Verizon, thus ending its position as an independent company. Over the past 10-15 years, Yahoo! has been the butt of too many jokes and a cautionary tale of how a sprawling, rudderless organization grew too quickly and did not have the leadership and management chops to take advantage of their once dominant position.
Let us not forget that at one time, Yahoo! was THE most dominant online property on the Internet. They had a leadership position in Search, in Email and as a “portal” of content. They purchased Flickr, a once dominant, innovative and highly influential photo sharing site that is today a shell of its former self, a victim of Yahoo! completely missing the mobile revolution. They once owned Delicious, another highly influential web bookmarking service that – like Flickr – introduced the Internet to tagging and RSS Feeds of your favorite internet links. The amount of data that was generated by Delicious was staggering, but Yahoo didn’t see it and that too withered on the vine. And I have not even touched on Yahoo!’s self grown and highly regarded services like Fantasy Sports, Yahoo! Finance and of course, Yahoo Mail.
I won’t go any further in waxing poetic about the opportunities that Yahoo! (not to mention AOL, who they will be joining at Verizon) squandered as they proceeded to get Googled before they ever knew what was happening.
I will, however, leave you with one of the classic Yahoo! commercials from the late 1990s that will bring a smile to your face and make you think back to the wonder and joy of discovery that was present back when Yahoo! was, well, Yahoo!:
- The Week In Tweets – https://t.co/EZwMCTx9YT via https://t.co/vUsSrohLrI #Social #Twitter #WeeklyTweets 2017-05-30
- Mr. Met flipping fans off.
- May Mar A Lago wash away into the rising ocean. You dumb simpleton. https://t.co/6kgaCAqQOa 2017-06-01
- RT @elonmusk: Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world. 2017-06-01
- RT @stevekolowich: In March, @SethAbramson was telling us to focus on secret meetings at The Mayflower. What else is he telling us? https:/… 2017-06-01
- RT @SethDavisHoops: Of course he didn't. He does not read. https://t.co/CeyQLYhizY 2017-06-01
- Listen to this. Truthiness. Makes 45s decision look even worse. Venezuela didn't think Paris was strong enough!! https://t.co/hNcVbQLeJo 2017-06-01
- This is just filthy. #NBAFinals https://t.co/PqBMAS2jRU 2017-06-04
- Still Bringing The Heat – https://t.co/7m9kpqfEge via https://t.co/vUsSrohLrI #Comedy #Funny #GeneWilder… https://t.co/lJEtWOaTou 2017-05-23
- Wow. Next logical step is to see if there is a connection with this and Trump/campaign. https://t.co/c6Te6x25nu 2017-05-25
- RT @starwars: And many more. #StarWars40th https://t.co/H5GKgwIpOB 2017-05-25
- My collection of @starwars desktop backgrounds for the 40th anniversary of the movie's release. #starwars40th https://t.co/q4KXcqv5lH 2017-05-25
- RT @davewiner: Walt Mossberg's last column. https://t.co/bHeAwOf7bo 2017-05-25
- RT @SteveKopack: Did Trump just shove another NATO leader to be in the front of the group? https://t.co/bL1r2auELd 2017-05-25
- "Star Wars" 40th anniversary: The $11 million it took to make “Star Wars” in 1977 was the best money ever spent https://t.co/0TrHB4tPwH 2017-05-25
- RT @SInow: The best of Frank Deford https://t.co/mIQUiLVMpn https://t.co/oiaK7sMsos 2017-05-29
This past Sunday, I went to NJPAC (New Jersey Performing Arts Center) to see a screening of Young Frankenstein, followed by a ‘conversation’ with Mel Brooks himself…all of 90 years young.
Watching the movie in a theater the size of NJPAC was fantastic. I’ve only watched Young Frankenstein (more times than I can count) at home on TV, so listening to an audience laughing and reacting to the movie was a unique experience. It made me appreciate even more the subltle nuances of Gene Wilder’s reactions, and the classic facial expressions of Cloris Leachman and Marty Feldman. You just don’t get that from watching the movie in your living room.
But the real joy came during the conversation with Mel Brooks after the show, where he shared stories and memories of filming Young Frankenstein: how Marty Feldman kept on switching the shoulder of Igor’s hump until someone on the set noticed, upon which Mel thought it funny enough to write it into the script; how in the grave digging scene, an off the cuff quip from Feldman (again) led to him writing in the downpour of rain as being the only thing that could make digging up a grave worse.
Near the end of the conversation, the host read some questions that the audience got to submit for Mel to answer and there were two interactions that illustrated how quick and brilliantly funny Mel Brooks still is:
The Underwear Question
Audience Question: Mel, boxers or briefs?
Mel (without missing a beat): I’m going to give you an honest answer. Depends.
Brought down the house.
Don’t Kiss And Tell Question
Initial Audience Question: Katie asks if you would consider marrying her?
Mel: I’ll think about it. I’ll definitely think about it
Next Audience Question: Jennifer says that she is a huge fan and was wondering if she could give you a kiss?
Mel (again, without missing a beat): Oh, I’m sorry Jennifer, I’m engaged to Katie now and I don’t think that would be appropriate.
Brings down the house again.
Of course, the most popular questions were: When are “Spaceballs II” and “History of the World, Part 2” coming out?
- RT @BillSimmons: 1973
- RT @rembert: Current ranking of important professions in USA:
1. Bartender 2017-05-09
- Nixon Forces Firing of Cox; Richardson, Ruckelshaus Quit https://t.co/Rcy29PRAPd via @nuzzel 2017-05-09
- “Home, James — 10 Quick Thoughts About the Comey Firing” by @davepell https://t.co/C8BeX7QgEo 2017-05-10
- You just can't make this up. #followthemoney https://t.co/y655pENBjf 2017-05-10
- @DanGartland 2nd time @RogerClark41 has done that https://t.co/4yNEXsjppY Reporter nails half-court shot https://t.co/YMI17WPZyK 2017-05-12
- @katie_barnes3 he did the same thing with the Globetrotters last year. See link below. That's the story. https://t.co/4utwy92Zw3 2017-05-12
- https://t.co/RCAHmtLmgZ https://t.co/NMnWyS7qdT 2017-04-27
- Afternoon at the office. LGM…I guess. 😜 https://t.co/UWnVrOYpUp https://t.co/eHfrF3IeLk 2017-04-27
- @NY_Comic_Con Page crashed at final confirmation and now system saying my email is already associated with tix when trying to buy. HELP!!!! 2017-04-29
- https://t.co/pewCoekHIU https://t.co/fc31zyvGQg 2017-04-29
- https://t.co/Ooy1ZVaUPo https://t.co/5k2Wa0RkpD 2017-04-29
- https://t.co/nHpg9wfbhY https://t.co/8Qg5WDSoZi 2017-04-29
- You can pick up the M42 cross town or go to Portland, ME https://t.co/6ZMQ1D5vBS https://t.co/ePKimYJmuY 2017-04-29
- Browsing privately from my ISP with @theTunnelBear #BroadbandPrivacy https://t.co/1Q8gggxevj https://t.co/gmLYyVvssM 2017-04-11
- Truthiness https://t.co/44c8CqkWmO 2017-04-11
- Best show around @kairyssdal @mollywood @Marketplace https://t.co/5R7cDoswro 2017-04-12
- Only 8 months away. :) Star Wars: The Last Jedi Official Teaser https://t.co/NM4N2HqVT4 via @YouTube 2017-04-14
- Wallpaper on the Boardwalk https://t.co/tPZt96QICG https://t.co/1XlWrBfRgF 2017-04-15
- Yellow Submarine https://t.co/AXMSWeZdIA https://t.co/IvUBgDADgA 2017-04-15
- WTC #latergram https://t.co/e8MkEJhkYo https://t.co/7O6nsclZ1d 2017-04-15
- RT @BillSimmons: Sources: my dad would trade the 2017 Brooklyn pick for Porzingis right now. 2017-04-15
- X-Wing https://t.co/eJwAj4vwUv https://t.co/TnDxbJ7KcM 2017-04-16
- Badass Stormtrooper Helmet https://t.co/lJYrCwKb2Q https://t.co/nykLT7xAcD 2017-04-16
- https://t.co/Wyhanlj8ey https://t.co/03079wboKa 2017-04-16
- NASA photos capture a strange new crack in a massive Greenland glacier and we might be doomed https://t.co/umuPpZrx35 via @mashable 2017-04-16
And yet, the vast majority of the traffic goes to the top 100 or so properties.
There are over 1.1 billion websites on the internet, but the vast majority of all traffic actually goes to a very select list of them. Google.com, for example, has an astounding 28 billion visits per month. The next closest is also a Google-owned property, Youtube.com, which brings in 20.5 billion visits.
This just illustrates just how long the long tail of websites is and how many different elements are out there to be explored. Cyberspace has never been a more apt description. The top 100 properties see the vast majority of traffic while the remaining 1.0999 billion sites/properties have relatively small volume of visitors.
Looking at the infographic and the properties that are listed is a really interesting visual into our world.
- Google takes the top spot with the aforementioned Google, Youtube, Blogger, etc.
- Facebook and Instagram represent a formidable combination
- Yahoo, for all its troubles, still is listed as the #5 site online
- News sites from all different angles have a significant presence with CNN (#22), HuffPo (#49), NY Times (#31), Wash Post (#54), along with Breitbart (#45), Fox News (#50) to name a few.
Click through below to see the original size of the infographic.
- The Week In Tweets – https://t.co/WKZCEXUSvI via https://t.co/vUsSrohLrI #Social #Twitter #WeeklyTweets 2017-03-07
- I just started following Filmumentaries – Jamie Benning on #Vimeo: https://t.co/BgTdGwGtiU 2017-03-07
- I just liked “Returning to Jedi: A Filmumentary by Jamie Benning @Jamieswb” on #Vimeo: https://t.co/wTlkUuaPjr 2017-03-07
- I just liked “Building Empire, A Filmumentary By Jamie Benning @jamieSWB” on #Vimeo: https://t.co/TV2Ky0yWxy 2017-03-07
- I just liked “Star Wars Begins – The Complete Filmumentary – By @jamieSWB” on #Vimeo: https://t.co/kGL8x9crr3 2017-03-07
- Don't Laugh, He's the President. Paul Ryan reacts to 45's pledge to end trivial fights during speech. https://t.co/kQS4LCerbj via @YouTube 2017-03-08
- RT @BillSimmons: Cutler to the Jets would be so incredibly Jetsy. 2017-03-09
- RT @BillSimmons: START THE SEASON RIGHT NOW https://t.co/yyDaLE1YpB 2017-03-10
- Patriots send 1st, 3rd picks to Saints for Brandin Cooks. And we still have Malcolm Butler. 😀 https://t.co/BTbBiolAPl 2017-03-10
- I just uploaded “Untitled” to #Vimeo: https://t.co/CdLluPDjjV 2017-03-12
- Download a Bear! https://t.co/WCwsDZzD02 Browse like you're in another country! @theTunnelBear https://t.co/xVQLcaw6m7 2017-03-13
- @cookiecastle It's a free VPN app and I got extra bandwidth for tweeting them. in reply to cookiecastle 2017-03-13
- Trumpcare DOA. But he said it would be the greatest health care bill ever. Everyone will be covered. 🤣🤣😂😂 https://t.co/ChK70d83Cg 2017-03-13
- Now this is interesting. YouTube unveils YouTube TV, its live TV streaming service https://t.co/XIDTXa63x6 via @techcrunch 2017-02-28
- The Week In Tweets – https://t.co/7wXmmKsr6t via https://t.co/vUsSrohLrI #Social #Twitter #WeeklyTweets 2017-02-28
- This is a tremendous podcast analyzing the issues with The Ringer's Top-50 Fast Food list w/ Bill Simmons, Joe House https://t.co/QCh76zp2pz 2017-03-01
- That's keeping it in the family. 😂. Beau Biden's Widow Hallie Biden Is Now Dating His Brother Hunter https://t.co/FEfXBZVOhj 2017-03-01
- Rut roh. Not good for @redsox. When will teams learn?
- So funny. TV reporter interviews man on the street … has no idea it's NFL star Adrian Peterson https://t.co/cFmSCPNVj6 via @YahooSports 2017-03-03
- Shift tries to fix the multiple Gmail and email account experience. https://t.co/xh4Y07ZkoZ #TryShift #GetShiftDone via @Get_Shift 2017-03-04
- RT @SAI: Urban Outfitters is selling a T-shirt with the classic AOL logo for $45 https://t.co/kIDi8LygEQ https://t.co/53SchLBXiz 2017-02-21
- The Week In Tweets – https://t.co/gcd5xposMi via https://t.co/vUsSrohLrI #Social #Twitter #WeeklyTweets 2017-02-21
- RT @BernieSanders: One of the great and ongoing struggles of human existence has been the effort to overcome fear of people who are differe… 2017-02-23
- The Beastie Americans https://t.co/IAajbJ4p44 via @YouTube 2017-02-24
- FBI Chief Comey is one shady dude. White House confirms chief of staff discussed Trump and Russia with FBI. https://t.co/cIl5OW4ASG 2017-02-24
- You can't be serious… https://t.co/wTXfMoZg1a 2017-02-24
- @CoryBooker https://t.co/GhJCYWzzaU 2017-02-24
- RT @JohnWDean: I have expertise on this matter. Push back on an FBI investigation of the White House is better known as a COVER UP: https:/… 2017-02-26
- RT @TheOnion: Frustrated Russian Officials Struggling To Get Any Policies Through Dysfunctional Trump Administration https://t.co/RHwI9HjHu… 2017-02-27
- Nice summary & take down of 45's 'plan' for Obamacare via John Oliver. He's nicely filling gap left by Jon Stewart https://t.co/AaQUxF9S03 2017-02-27
- Where there is smoke, there is 🔥
- RT @gruber: Investigate, impeach Trump, and the R’s still get Pence as president. I don’t think they’ll hold out much longer. https://t.co/… 2017-02-14
- This is starting to read like a Tom Clancy novel.
- Go Shep Smith! https://t.co/JsFdcxyEWa 2017-02-16
- RT @TheOnion: Fearful Americans Stockpiling Facts Before Federal Government Comes To Take Them Away https://t.co/d25kP6rm6B https://t.co/OR… 2017-02-18
- RT @techofmeaning: "The only security of all is in a free press." — Thomas Jefferson #NotTheEnemy https://t.co/cy0j4cuJet 2017-02-18
- Don't be fooled by the diversionary tactics. Be Distracted by @davepell https://t.co/FDLx0VQZwG 2017-02-20
To me, the NHL and their uniform designs (or sweaters) have always struck a great balance between honoring the history of the game while still embracing the opportunities to try new and innovative visual design ideas. The All Star game has always been a great place to test out said new ideas, whether it’s a neon colored uniform or some silly puck tracking visual on the TV broadcast. And over at NHL.com, Chris Creamer took a look at past All Star uniforms going all the way back to the 1930’s.
From orange-and-black with stars all over to neon green and reflective crests, the NHL All-Star Game has always been the ideal event to experiment with new designs and give fans a visually unique uniform matchup.
This year’s black and white with neon green trim All Star uniforms are a good example of that willingness to embrace a look that will appeal to hockey fans young and old.
For my tastes, the All Star uniforms from the 2004 game (featured image above via cited NHL post) were pretty sweet.
The annual tech pilgrimage to Vegas for CES has come and gone. As usual, Apple was not present – they never have a booth – but they have been known to have a big presence in terms of buzz, apps, and other items within the Mac ecosystem. Apparently, according to ReCode, this year there was one big area of “innovation” within the Mac ecosystem:
The large iProducts section of the convention hall boasted the usual array of cases and chargers, but not a lot that was really new or exciting. Perhaps the biggest area of innovation was around trying to replace all the ports Apple took away on its latest MacBook Pro.