October 9, 2005

Linky Love!

Do you know about woot-dot-com? My friend Kevin "Okay, I'll Go Too" Wilson alerted Scott to it. Every day, WOOT has a thingy for sale, only one thing, only a certain number. And they are usually TOYS of the sort that cause my beloved's heart to go pittery-pat-pat: Digicams. Video cards. Joysticks. Boomtubes. It doesn't seem like a site that would attract me. Heck, I don't even know what a boomtube IS. Scott goes to actually SHOP, and according to HIM, you can find some good deals indeed if you check it at midnight and make all speedy with the mousey. But me? I go for the text. The copy. The content. The BLOG. I want to know who writes it so I can send them a package of chocolates shaped like little handbags. BECAUSE THAT IS HOW MUCH I LIKE THAT PERSON. Just go read the hilarious launch event FAQ and see if you don't have the urge to send chocolate handbags, too.

Of course, based on the Gender Genie I suspect the WOOT blogger is male. Not because Gender Genie says the blogger is male. Quite the opposite. I loaded about 10 different entries in there and the Woot blogger registered as VERY likely to be female, every time. But then Gender Genie thinks KUDZU is written by a man, so, on the basis of "Gender Genie is a dork to keep calling me a man," it can't possibly be right about the WOOT blogger. (Dear person in the back with your hand raised, Please be quiet. I am a scientist, and my logic is positively SPOCKIAN in it's incontrovertableness. Thank you, The Management.)

If the WOOT blogger IS male, he probably wouldn't appreciate the perky delightfulness of the little handbags... until of course he TASTED them, at which point he would hide in the closet with the whole box, making smacking noises and mentally elevating the handbag-sender to the rank of food deity. Post mouth-ecstacy-frenzy, he might come to ask why such marvels don't come in some less-humiliating-for-boys-to-be-seen-with shapes, like race cars, say, or little tiny Dewalt power drills. The handbag-sender might slip down a peg or two, but no lower than demi-god or angelic flunky. Because no matter how you shape them, those things are AWESOME.

Today at Faster Than Kudzu, I seem to be playing a little game where I try to make as many long hyphenated word chains as I possibly can. If I am, unbeknownst to myself, playing that game, I suspect I am winning. I am going to try to control myself, but no promises. The "-" key has a strange appeal today. A glow, if you will. An attractive quality, as if it were secreting Tap-Me Pheromones. I am helpless before it, as witnessed to by the word tap-me, which in retrospect ABSOLUTELY DOES NOT NEED TO BE HYPHENATED.

To finish with MORE LINKS (The title is demanding it. The title feels like the "-" key is sidetracking me from linky love and sucking up all the attention. LORD, but Personified Text is TOUCHY. GET A GRIP, PERSONIFIED TEXT! Maybe it isn't ALL ABOUT YOU.) allow me to point out that by tomorrow at midnight, it will be too late to get in on this month's BLOGGING FOR BOOKS CONTEST. There is no time for lollygagging! RUN, FORREST! RUN!

Posted by joshilyn at October 9, 2005 5:26 PM

Hey! Your V key seems to have recovered. ;)

Posted by: Mir at October 9, 2005 7:48 PM

Kevin objects to being called "ok, I'll go too." Some people have trouble facing reality.

Woot! is awesome. But I'm still waiting for the day they sell nothing but Ford Mustangs for $1.99. THEN I'll be really excited.

Posted by: Amy-GO at October 9, 2005 8:38 PM

You or Scott may also be interested in http://www.dealazon.com/, a listing of sale items from Amazon. We love it! My husband gets this information from a site he frequents, http://linkfilter.net/.

Posted by: Karen at October 9, 2005 9:03 PM

Joss - I cut and pasted your second paragraph into the Gender Genie. Following is it's answer. And, of course, it says that it works best on longer texts, but I say that I would know IMMEDIATELY from your writing that you are a female and I think the Gender Genie is smoking crack. OR: You are correct, the Gender Genie is male given his obvious inability to pay attention to anything a woman says.

Words: 113

(NOTE: The genie works best on texts of more than 500 words.)

Female Score: 204
Male Score: 334

The Gender Genie thinks the author of this passage is: male!

Posted by: Angela at October 9, 2005 9:25 PM

Oh duh...I must be a man too. I have only just now noticed your comment that the Gender Genie is thinks you are a man.

Ah well.....why keep one's mouth closed and be perceived as an idiot, when one can open one's mouth and remove all doubt, eh?

Posted by: Angela at October 9, 2005 9:28 PM

Breathe Joss, Breathe.

This post will keep me laughing for at least two days.

Posted by: Cele at October 10, 2005 1:14 AM

That's the first time I ever heard of Gender Genie, so I decided to try it. I submitted three of my blog entries: one about books, one about quilts, and one a general rambling discourse about life, the universe, and everything. That last one was the only one GG pegged as female - barely. The book and quilt posts both scored as male.

Trust me, no one with two functioning brain cells to rub together could ever read my blog and think anyone but a woman wrote it. I think GenGen needs to do a bit more work on his program.

Posted by: DebR at October 10, 2005 9:19 AM

The computer ate my comment. Grr... Again, I say...

If I ever come across a chocolate handbag, I will be buying it for you. LOL!

My review of Gods goes up on the shelf at work, this week. Want me to take a picture?

Posted by: Heather at October 10, 2005 11:14 AM

Another link you and yours may come to love-
full of geeky, er, electronic wonders and witty banter. Brillant!

Posted by: Chris at October 11, 2005 11:53 AM

Chris and I are on the same page, try thinkgeek.com, it is also great.

Posted by: Karen at October 13, 2005 10:55 AM