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New Developments

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

I started a new project the end of last week. we basically designed it in a day and are in the middle of development as i type. i think it's going to be pretty cool. i would show you what the site will look like, but for now i'll tease you with this.

I've also started a blog account on blogger's beta version. So if you're subscribing to this blog, you should subscribe to my blog at http://broomsblogs.blogspot.com/ instead. as soon as i get some free time i'm going to transfer all my stuff over there and create a much more involved site than whats here. it will be split up into different sections and also include my portfolio. i've been wanting to do this for a while, but haven't figured out how to go about it with this version of blogger. i think the beta version will make it possible. we'll see.

oh, and a site i worked on launched this week. its the official blog for microsoft vista (their new OS). it can be found at http://windowsvistablog.com/. an unaffiliated blog about the site can be found here. i should note that this wasn't really my design, but i was heavily involved in the project and elements from my designs went into this one.. so i can take some credit.

Pink for October

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Web sites will Go Pink during the month of October to bring attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, get people talking about breast cancer, and raise money for research. Find out more about this at the pink for october site, and donate for the cause if you can.

I know people close to me that have been through and overcome breast cancer, and i'm sure a lot of you do too. some arn't so lucky.

Google's new shoes

Friday, October 13, 2006

I ran across an article this morning about google's recent purchase of the site YouTube. I know that they had made the purchase already, but i didn't give it enough thought as to what it meant, or to how much freaking money these internet companies are bringing in.

If you don't know, google bought YouTube for $1.65 Billion Dollars, or to be more specific, $1.65 Billion Dollars in stock. i don't really follow the market closely, but that much money in google stock has got to be a good thing. i can't imagine it doing anything but going up over the years. either way, that is A LOT of freaking money.

What i found interesting is why they bought YouTube, and what made it valuable enough to google to spend that kind of cash on. Bokardo.com talks about the term "top-of-mind". Basically its your first thought when someone mentions something. for example: communities = myspace, search = google and video = YouTube. this makes YouTube very powerful. more than i first realized. Basically Google is betting a lot of money that YouTube will remain top-of-mind over the next few years so that they can recoup they expense in advertising and search hits, or however they make money on there. with the pace of the internet, you'd think that any website that is top-of-mind today has a 50-50 chance of keeping that piece of mental realestate tomorrow. there's always something new. some new web2.0 thing-a-ma-gig.com to make what we used yesterday obsolete. Google doesn't think so which is why they made this purchase.

What makes that even more interesting is when you think about what they could have bought with that kind of money. imagine the possibilities. out of all the major business moves they could have made with that kind of money, they bought a community video site. Susan Mernit wrote a nice blog on what that means about the future of business on and off line.

Texas State Fair

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Megan and I took ayden to the state fair this saturday. It had it's ups and downs, as does anything with a 3 year old, but we had fun. we didn't realise that there was a big football game there that night, so there was a TON of ghetto people there. the fair is always full of interesting people, and around 9 or 10pm it always gets really packed, but it was especially bad that night.

the people watching was fantastic. i really should have taken some pictures of it. it was seriously unbelievable.

Ayden really liked it though. he got some ice cream, some funnel cake and rode some rides like a big boy. dad got a couple beers and a corn dog, and megan had the traditional corn cobb. I was on a mission to eat some fried treats such as oreo's and twinkies, but i couldn't find them. i did come accross one booth that sold them, but i didn't have any tickets to get some with at that time and figured i'd come back. I never saw it again. that place is bigger than you think! i was dissapointed that i didn't get to try one.

most of the pictures are Here. almost all of them of ayden of course.