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Make or Break – 21 Days

Make or Break – 21 Days
Diet Coke – eight liters a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year… That was me last year, and for the preceding I-don’t-know-how-many-years. I like caffeine, but I was starting to worry about the aspartame - I mean do we really know what it is doing to us? – and just the g... More »

The “B-Word”?

The “B-Word”?
I’ll tell you, if this F-Word-Variant S-Word doesn’t stop soon, we won’t have an F-Word-Variant language worth speaking any more. What the F-Word am I talking about? An item on the Seattle Times website asks the question “Is the B-Word Always Bad?” Silly me — I didn’t even kno... More »

Extreme Implications

Extreme Implications
The last several years have seen an unprecedented rise in the number of obscenity prosecutions leveled at adult industry members unlucky enough to be caught in the crosshairs of state and federal officials. Unlike the dreaded 2257 regulations, which are predicated on the tangible process of record-k... More »

Killer PR or PR Killers?

Killer PR or PR Killers?
pet peeve – noun – a particular and often continual annoyance; personal bugbear. Something about which one frequently complains; a particular personal vexation. Having among other pursuits produced a webmaster trade journal for over six years I have seen more press releases than I wish ... More »

The Web’s REAL “Harmful Material”

The Web’s REAL “Harmful Material”
You hear a lot about the need to protect children from ‘harmful material’ on the Internet these days, with that term generally referring to online pornography. Even a casual perusal of the daily web-related news, though, is enough to make one realize that there are far worse things than porn out... More »

Mansion's MPA3

Mansion's MPA3
The big news at Mansion Productions, the Los Angeles-based provider of affiliate stat-tracking and content management software, is its new version of the MPA3 program. The new template engine, now available in beta, boasts a completely rewritten source code, and Mansion CEO and co-owner Oystein Wrig... More »

Maintain that Growth Curve [!]

Maintain that Growth Curve [!]
It was cool to meet with so many people at WebmasterAccessLA. We are just now beginning to catch up, following additional days in Phoenix visiting CCBill and others, and then the Thanksgiving festivities. As you are preparing 2008 budgets looking forward, and predicting revenue forecasts, it is... More »

Ghost in the Machine

Ghost in the Machine
You know the President doesn’t write his own speeches, right? …And you know that most documents coming out of a corporation aren’t actually written by the CEO or some manager? Of course not—they have specialists to do that sort of thing. There is nothing sleazy or illegitima... More »

The Trade Show Marathon

The Trade Show Marathon
Here we are just finished with WebmasterAccessLA and it seems as if The Island Gathering 2007 was just a few weeks ago...Oh, wait; it was! Who knew the New York City Marathon would be such good training for the e-commerce trade show circuit in the new millennium? In addition to all the usual indus... More »

Fred Phelps, Asshole-ism and Free Speech

Fred Phelps, Asshole-ism and Free Speech
In late October, a jury in Baltimore awarded the family of a deceased U.S. soldier close to $11 million dollars in their lawsuit against Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps and two of his daughters. For those not familiar with the name, Phelps and his unhinged parishioners are the people... More »

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