No High Fructose Corn Syrup; Ingredients: Corn Syrup & Liquid Sugar

No High Fructose Corn Syrup; Ingredients: Corn Syrup

Shape of Chipotle's Pigs Evokes Shape of Burrito

Am I just hungry or do the stars of the new Chipotle commercial resemble burritos to anyone else?



Z is the new X

It is strange to talk about the tone or connotation of a letter, but 'X' has one

Keep your eyes open for a slew of new products and companies with the letter 'Z' in their title.  It's not just Zynga, Zillow and Zite - personally I can attest that my larger domain name sales have been words starting with the letter Z, such as 'Zing."

As a voiced-fricative, "Z" as pronounced stimulates the lips and voicebox when said.  Perhaps that is an objective measure of how "fun" the letter and sound is.

The similar sounding 'X' has reigned supreme for some time (from X-Men, to Xerox to OSX  to X-Factor and many more).  Lexicon Branding predicts a further rise in the use of the letter, and the letter usually sounds like a 'Z' when used before a vowel.

Even though 'X' does sound like 'Z,' it isn't always clear that 'Xoom' and 'Zoom' have the same pronunciation.  Does anyone read the word 'Xax' as sounding like "Zax"?

It is strange to talk about the tone or connotation of a letter, but 'X' has one. The appearance of the letter X is harsh. The crossed lines suggest something akin to "do not enter." There was a time before the recession when symbols of skulls and crosses were common and popular (e.g., Ed Hardy, Affliction, Damien Hirst), and the letter X did fit that aesthetic.  It seems that the market crash and subsequent recession fulfilled whatever death-drive was present, and these symbols have since fallen out of favor.  With out collective id satisfied, the softer stimulation of "Z" should be poised for a rise.

Aziz Ansari at Comedy Cellar


Surreptitious pic, but you get the idea.

Weird Al and 30 Rock's Jenna Maroney, Twins?

A still from Weird Al's upcoming "Perform This Way" (parody of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way") next to Jenna Maroney from 30 Rock.


UPDATE: Weird Al later appeared on 30 Rock as Jenna in an April 2012 episode

The Social Network: Great movie, bad math

Eduardo Saverin begins owning approximately 1/3 of Facebook shares, but ends up owning approximately 1/27 after signing his "own death certificate" by allowing for the eventual issuance of 24 million new shares. He characterizes this ownership dramatically as "point zero three percent" (.03%).

In actuality this is roughly 3% after dilution. Yes, 1/27 = ~.03 (the likely source of the number in the movie), but expressed as a percent this is ~3%, not .03%.

Original ownership: 1,328,334 / 3,861,436 (34.4%)
Diluted ("you issued 24-million shares..."): 1,328,334 / 27,861,436 (4.7%)


In honor of Memorial Day, text from a letter from my grandfather to his parents during WWII:

May 6, 1945

Dear Folks,

Today has been by far the most important day of my life so far. We released 18,000 Jews from a Concentration Camp. The details are indescribable and even as I think of it all now I can't believe it. All the things you read about don't begin to describe the horror of it all. Those walking skeletons didn't seem at all human any more. Mom you would be proud of me if you saw me today...

I got rid of all my cigarettes and candy. I am proud to be a solider, proud to be in the Infantry and now I know why I fight...

I may not be much of a hero ma but I sure felt like one today. You would be proud to see me today...

Love
Danny

The Value of a Domain Mentioned on The Daily Show (UnionVictoryAppreciationMonth.com)

Domain good for over 1,200 clicks. Details below:

On Thursday, April 8th, The Daily Show mentioned a domain: unionvictoryappreciationmonth.com. It was not registered. As any red-blooded American would, I dropped everything I was doing (not much) and, to my surprise, was able to snag it.

Via a j.mp (bit.ly) link in order to use bit.ly's public analytics, it was forwarded to my Twitter Profile. You can still view the on-going bit.ly statics.

The episode reruns 5 times total, Friday at 1:30am, 10am, 2pm & 7pm, and Monday at 10am (Eastern). From the traffic patterns it is clear that people do watch The Daily Show Live. After the 2:00pm rerun, the domain had received a modest 341 visits, with a clear spike at the 2:15 mention:


The biggest spike was at the 7pm rerun:

The site received 571 hits by 7:20pm Friday. In the next 20 minutes, the site would only receive another 7 hits. As Friday night rolled on past the last spike, the site maintained a steady 35 hits per hour, ending Friday with 738 hits.

UnionVictoryAppreciationMonth.com was good for 258 clicks on Saturday, even though the episode did not rerun that day. Sunday, with also no rereuns, the site received a steady rate of roughly 12 clicks per hour (151 total).

So far Monday as of this 10:30am post, the site has received 47 more clicks, with a modest traffic increase of 6 clicks between 10:15-10:30.

In total www.unionvictoryappreciationmonth.com has received 1,203 clicks.

The domain also yielded 11 new followers on Twitter. Far and away, the most conversions came from the tweet:

"Follow me for stats on www.unionvictoryappreciationmonth.com, posted after final rerun of Thursdays' Daily Show, #dailyshow" .

6 out of the 11 started while that "call to action" post was up, even though it was up only 6 hours (2:08pm - 7:57pm).

Maybe a reader can suggest a future use for unionvictoryappreciationmonth.com? While we're at it, any suggestions for the Colbert-inspired wikiality.org? Other questions? Leave a comment or send me a message. Or help me achieve my goal of getting more followers than @vitamuffin and follow me on Twitter.


A note to aspiring domain snatchers: remember that because unionvictoryappreciationmonth.com was not registered at airtime, it is impossible to determine the initial traffic spike. An earlier mention of William & Mary in the same episode was enough to temporarily bring down their website.