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Sunday, 20 Jun 2004

No-one reads adverts on websites right?

Well check it out, the three drug ads on the right side are context-sensitive ads from Google, but they are fed to the newspaper by DoubleClick. They exhibit the evil that the reporter is trying to expose. There are only two problems: 1) the newspaper has little or no control over the ads that appear, and 2) they're making money off of the ads. The excellent reporting is part of the solution, while the newspaper itself remains part of the problem.

There are many concerns nowadays about privacy on the web, GMail has highlighted many...

http://gmail-is-too-creepy.com/

The interesting fact is that deleted mail stays on the system...mail not accessed in 180 days becomes the legal property of Gmail and you loose a lot of rights....? Freaked out? I am

We all hear the 1Gig signs and think how great it may be... when to be honest...a proper mail client and 5mb storage is MORE than enough for anything decent... I am far happier downloading e-mails in Outlook than I have ever felt keeping them on an online webmail site...

However nowadays it seems the POP has died and gone WEB... well at least my server seems to handle POP fine...
I just came across this post on http://www.hahaha.com.au/weblog/

"No Steve, don't go there. Just post the image.



If only everyone else in the world was like me and checked the authenticity of things before they shared them. If so, on the Concerned Womens Association website they would find things like this quote from “Ashley” from Texas who found nothing unusual with the toy.

“Even my daughter’s friends enjoy playing with this fun toy. I was surprised at how long they can just sit in her room and play with this magic broomstick!!”

haha.... I don't think I will speculate on that either… But it looks like every child has always needed a large vibrating stick to jam in between their legs

Unfortunatly Amazon.com's Product Listing is showing it as "Out of stock"…oh well

oh and this seems to be the current theme "even my teenage daughter herself has been caught playing with the broom" yes I bet!



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A few Amazon.com reviews (Most have now been deleted) to keep you amused
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Keep the batteries out!, December 26, 2001
Reviewer: A toy enthusiast from NJ
This toy was #1 on my daughter's Christmas list. So what the heck, although it has no educational value I figured it would be good for imaginative play. It wasn't until after she opened her gift and started playing with it that I realized that the toy may offer a more than sensational experience. The broomstick has cute sound effects and ***VIBRATES*** when they put it between their legs to fly. Come on---what were the creators of this toy thinking? She'll keep playing with the Nimbus 2000, but with the batteries removed.

GREAT TOY!, June 11, 2002
Reviewer: Ashley from TX
My 12 year old daughter is a big Harry Potter fan, and loved the part with the Nimbus 2000, so I decided to buy her this toy. I was afraid she would think it was too babyish, but she LOVES this toy. Even my daughter's friends enjoy playing with this fun toy. I was surprised at how long they can just sit in her room and play with this magic broomstick! A great buy for any Harry Potter fan! Smile

Harry Potter Toy, Review, August 28, 2002
Reviewer: A toy enthusiast from Maine, USA
I recently bought this for my son, Vantro. He's a HUGE Harry Potter fan. Seen the movie 32 times (in the theaters) and made the paper. This toy gives him the ability to fly around the house zapping things. My only problem I see with the toy is the batteries drain too fast and his sister fights him over it, so now I need to buy her one.

Excellent!, June 11, 2002
Reviewer: poola13 from Ohio
When my 12 year old daughter asked for this for her birthday, I kind of wondered if she was too old for it, but she seems to LOVE it. Her friends love it too! They play for hours in her bedroom with this great toy. They really seem to like the special effects it offers (the sound effects and vibrating). My oldest daughter (17) really likes it too! I recommend this for all children.

The batteries die 2 quickly..., June 10, 2004
Reviewer: An Amazon.com Customer
My name is Christina.
I am 10 years old.
My Mommy got me one for my birthday and I thought it was the koolest toy. One night I left it on and the next day the batteries were dead. Mommy took it away becaust I couldn't be responcible and remember to turn it off when I was done. She hid it in her room and didn't give it back to me for days and days. Finally she gave it back for only 15 minuts to play each day until she says I earn more time. The problem is many time I play with and the batteries are always need to be replaced. I get mad and I ask Daddy why it always needs new batteries. Daddy tezes me and says it is Mommys falt and that she plays with it all nite and kills my batteries. Shame on mommy!

GREAT TOY!, June 11, 2002 - Amazon.com Reviewer: "My 12 year old daughter is a big Harry Potter fan, and loved the part with the Nimbus 2000, so I decided to buy her this toy. I was afraid she would think it was too babyish, but she LOVES this toy. Even my daughter's friends enjoy playing with this fun toy. I was surprised at how long they can just sit in her room and play with this magic broomstick! A great buy for any Harry Potter fan!" Ashley from TX

---------(This one got Amazon to stop selling the product (Hmm I wonder why) ------------
Harry Potter Toy, November 8, 2002 - MethodShop.com Reviewer: "Suppression! What is wrong with little girls getting a littel stimulated? Why send a dirty review to Amazon hoping to discourage them from selling this? Do you think little girls are not already playing and exploring with things down there? Maybe something like this will make them more comfortable and confident about their sexuality instead of embarassed and fearful. I say every girl should have one! "

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Perverts!, September 4, 2002 - Amazon.com Reviewer: "I was walking to work today through Times Square, and one of the Adult Sex shops was selling this "toy" for $40. I wasn't sure exactly why, so I did a search on the internet and found a page on Amazon.com selling the item. Now that I know this is a "VIBRATING" broom stick that you are suppose to place between your legs, it makes more sense. The people who work at Mattel are such perverts."

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Kinky, Feb. 27, 2003 - MethodShop.com User: "As soon as I saw it on Amazon.com, it hit me to buy it before they were all gone. I got it a few days later, and wasted no time in turning it into a sex toy for my g/f. Although the vibration isnt that stimulating (for an 18y old at least), seeing a woman get herself off with a vibrating harry potter broom is kinky enough to turn any guy off, and with a little encouragement, it doesnt take long for the woman to get off. All in all, its the kinkiest sex toy I have seen anywhere." Chris
"Authors are encouraged to pingback http://www.hixie.ch/specs/pingback/pingback to register their implementations."...and that I shall/have
Ok, I have one question, how new is pingback in Wordpress?

on a search in google for "Pingback" to try and find the newest and biggest blog mentioning pingback I came across this. By the looks of things, Pingback has only come alive since Janurary... I know Nikki's site doesn't seem to support it...

and many sites claim that Pingback is the replacement for trackback... I thought it was the other way around... well not like it matters... i'm sick of talking about it now Tongue