Alex Tew of Wiltshire, England came up with an innovative idea to finance his education: sell space on his website milliondollarhomepage.com 100 pixels at a time at $1 per-pixel!
What’s the big deal? Well, there are tons of ways to advertise online, but Alex is only selling exactly one million pixels on his page and has committed to maintaining the page for the next 5 years.
Sound like a stupid idea? Well, yeah, if everyone did it, but this idea is so unique, and the first of it’s kind (that I know of anyway) that it’s getting huge press. It will be imitated, but noone will get the worldwide recognition of the original.
Where’s the money go? Alex named four potential uses for the money… First, his education. That seems like his main drive. Second, he wants to give his parents some vacation. Third, he needs new socks, and what’s left over after that he has some (undoubtedly unique) business ideas he wants to sink some money into.
While the site does remind me of a “Where’s Waldo” book, a wall with too many bumper-stickers on it, and an exploded (or perhaps imploded) billboard factory all at once I’m sure it will continue to get plenty of attention.
At the time of this article, Alex is selling his last 1,000 pixels on eBay. The current bid for the item is US $23,500 with 7 days to go. Good luck Alex!
internet, advertising, internet advertising, ads
A reader commented on my story about Kopi Luwak, a coffee brewed from beans collected from the droppings of a wild animal, that there is a tea in China brewed from the dung of tea-eating insects.
Leslie, the reader, said it was called Poo-poo Pu-erh. I couldn’t find much info on this online, but this article describes an interesting encounter with this rare beverage.
I welcome anyone with more information on this tea to please comment; and for those of you disgusted by the very thought, well… let’s just try not to forget that honey is made from bee puke.
dining, food, tea, coffee, beverage
Not in time for Christmas, but Red Dwarf Series 7 is due out on DVD January 10, 2006! (in the US)
While I remember following Red Dwarf on public television I’m fairly certain I had lost touch by the time these episodes would have made it to the states. Nevertheless I can hardly wait for the next installment. Season six ended on a cliffhanger and, while the final two seasons are oft considered inferior to the first six, I am still anxious to see what season seven will bring.
reddwarf.co.uk has the complete episode listing for series 7 along with a ton of other great resources about the series.
Series 8 (due in the US May 10, 2006) marks the final year of Red Dwarf and it will be sad to not have any more to look forward to, but with a series this good I’ll be watching and rewatching Red Dwarf for a long time to come.
dvd, sitcom, comedy, britcom, british comedy, tv on dvd, red dwarf
When decorating this year make sure you meet all standards and regulations! This is a key factor in reducing friction with in-laws and maximizing holiday cheer.
Thankfully, the folks at Winzler & Kelly have graciously provided this detailed PDF on how to accurately arrange and decorate for the holidays. Proper runway specifications appropriate for sleigh landings are also included.
Thanks to Tom for sending this to me.
christmas, xmas, decorations, holiday, holiday decorating
And now for something completely different…
…An Electric Chicken Cup
Currently living on Matt’s desk.
fun, entertainment, rubber chicken, chicken, cup, coffee, coffee cup, office fun, amusing