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Create a Map from a List of Places using Google Docs and Mapalist.com

This morning, I was looking to create a map of campaign contributions in Maine using data taken from the Maine campaign finance website. From that website I’d found that Stand for Marriage Maine, the primary group organizing to outlaw same-sex marriage in the state, had received only 257 contributions from just 250 individuals who live [...]

Jacob and Lilly Warm Me Up on a Dark Night

Looking for open-hearted, full-throttle earnest acoustic music? I found Jacob & Lilly on CBC radio driving up the dark Maine coast late at night last night, very tired after two days’ demonstrating and needing something to stay awake. I’d hoped for BBC News and was immediately disappointed to hear a chord of music playing. “Yeesh, [...]

Review: Sellit ADPAK Apparently Fails to Deliver Ads As Promised

Starting in August and through last month, we at Irregular Times tried out the Sellit ADPAK advertising widget in order to review its performance. In its FAQ section, Sellit promises to deliver at least 15,000 “impressions” (views of the advertisement) in a month:

But as you can see from this screen capture of a [...]

Ignore Your Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

The chocolate chip cookie recipe you got from the back of the bag? Piece of crap. For a recipe using a 12 ounce bag of chocolate chips, add a cup of flour. If you want, add another cup of oats. Then they won’t come out as flat as an old 33 record.

That is all.

TweetMixx Fixxed

It seems that when people write Tweets about dolphins, they’re writing about the pro football team the Miami dolphins. I was looking for articles about the marine mammals. [...]

One Month With Sellit AdPak: 0.6% Clickthrough, $19.41 Profit

To evaluate the usefulness of Sellit’s ADPAK advertising widget, we signed up for a month’s worth of the program’s ad placements. According to Sellit, the following widget was placed on various webpages related to health care reform for 15,000 page views over 30 days:

According to Google Analytics (the program Sellit recommends for tracking), [...]

The Magicians by Lev Grossman: Recommended

What if Harry Potter was in his late teens when he went to a magical school where the older boys hooked up with the younger boys in the bell tower? What if some kid in Narnia finally worked up the gumption to interrupt the speech of Aslan the Magnificent to ask him where the hell [...]

Dan Brown's Waxy Substance

The Lost Symbol is written in a compelling style, unless you stop to think about it for more than a second or two. If you’re going to read this book, do it fast, and just forget about reality. [...]

John Twelve Hawks’ The Golden City: Not Recommended. Darn.

I really, really would like to be able to recommend John Twelve Hawks’ third book in his Traveler series, The Golden City. I wanted very much to enjoy the book. I hoped that the book would make some kind of sense. But I haven’t enjoyed the book, it doesn’t make sense, and I can’t recommend [...]

John Twelve Hawks' The Golden City: Not Recommended. Darn.

I really, really would like to be able to recommend John Twelve Hawks’ third book in his Traveler series, The Golden City. I wanted very much to enjoy the book. I hoped that the book would make some kind of sense. But I haven’t enjoyed the book, it doesn’t make sense, and I can’t recommend [...]

Sellit ADPAK: 26 Days, 76 Clickthroughs, 9 Orders, $13.61 in Profit

For the past 26 days, Irregular Times has departed from its practice of not taking out advertisements in order to transparently test Sellit’s “ADPAK.” The ADPAK is a $14.99/month advertising program that designs and places an advertising widget for clients on various websites. In this case, we asked Sellit to place widgets advertising our health [...]