Friday, April 28, 2006

bustin' makes me feel good!

leff, a and i have been thinking about names a lot lately. specifically web names. even more specifically web 2.0 names.

(i know it seems a little behind the curve to be writing about web 2.0 names this late in the game but sometimes when projects use ajax and ruby on rails and such, it calls for the term "web 2.0". i didn't make this rule. i make rules like "the person who laughs first has to clean the litterbox!".)

anyway, an article that brian d. crecente of kotaku fame wrote for the rocky mountain news contains this little nugget of genius from branding expert steve manning. and i quote:

“The biggest key to figuring out it’s a bad name is when they explain it,” he said. “You don’t have to explain a good name, you have to explain a bad name.”

sheer distilled genius. (even though it's about the nintendo wii, it's still very applicable to the 2.0 situation at hand.) (and, no. i don't really care for the name "wii", for what it's worth. but i'll still buy the console because i heart nintendo.)

it makes sense really. a person sees a website's name on their screen and, unless you're willing to have an imbedded audio file explaining the name on the front page, the name stands alone. quite like the cheese.

and that's all i'm going to say about that.

*ahem* i guess i should tell you a joke to make up for being all serious. here's one of jme's.

q: what's brown and sticky?

a: a stick

(i really do think that's an awesome joke.)

in other news, it's three days until may. and may means lots of baking since it's my birthday month. i don't know what kind of cake i'm making for myself this year but i DO know that i feel like making cupcakes. probably a batch a week. so stay tuned if you're into things like these.

also this year, i'll be celebrating in september since it will be my 33 1/3 birthday. which makes it a record birthday. *ba doom chick!* thank you, cleveland!

right. this post needs a photo.

who am i gonna call?

who am i gonna' call?

*sigh* ok, that was pretty bad...


Crystal said...

May is my birthday month, too!! I was planning a Birthday Burn CD, but maybe I'll do weekly cupcakes , too.

r4kk4 said...

how awesome!

so are you a taurus may baby or a gemini may baby? ;D

(i'm a gemini may baby.)

i'll swap bday mix cds with you if you want! :D!

Crystal said...

That'd be great! ('cause trading cupcakes just wouldn't work out)

Oh, I'm a Taurus May baby (the 8th).

r4kk4 said...

wooo! it's always nice to find early may babies!

happy early bday, btw! :D!

email me your address at rakkadeer [at] gmail [dot] come and we'll get the bday cd trade started!

Irregular Shed said...

Freaky - that's my favourite joke ever, of all time, ever. Ace!

r4kk4 said...

i hadn't heard that joke until last month!

we mericans always hear the good jokes later than everyone else... ;D

Brit said...

'Nother Taurus here. We should have an internet party.

r4kk4 said...

wow! how freakin' cool!

we should TOTALLY have an online may baby party!! :D!