Christmas Wrap-Up

I honestly didn't intend to go a month without blogging, so sorry about that. I got sidetracked with lots of dumb stuff but hope to write more often in 2009.

Either way, Christmas 2008 was not a great one. Largely because I did not get what I wanted.

However, that disappointment is surrounded by a lot of awesome other happenings that have salvaged the year. They include:

  • Meeting more geeks in Boulder and Denver.
  • Typing faster (if that's possible).
  • Discovering that Adidas Sambas are the perfect shoes.
  • Positioning my iPhone as the axis of my social life.
  • Taking myself less seriously.

(And for those WoW Heads that read this, I hit level 80 on my main and am now working on my alts. Woo!)

So...yeah. Very spicy year. My ears are still ringing.

Twitter Bans Tweetbomb

Anger the Twitter Gods and they will smite thee with furious anger. That's what @Tweetbomb found out today when its account was unexpectedly suspended by Twitter for "strange activity."

No one's sure why Twitter laid the smackdown on Tweetbomb, but they have re-emerged as @Tweetban, promising to provide information about the banning and the process toward reclaiming the account. Follow Tweetban for more info.

As I wrote yesterday, Tweetbomb is essentially harmless. Just a jovial surprise for the target. I hope Twitter reconsiders - perhaps they'll be touched by the holiday spirit. Time for carols!

What is Tweetbomb?

There's a pretty amusing meme called Tweetbomb that's scampering across Twitter right now. I'm not sure who's behind it, but it basically boils down to "tweetbombing" a Twitter user at random with a bunch of @ replies with no other text but the recipient's name. Harmless and very fun.

Here's Tweetbomb's official instructions:

To be on the receiving end of this deluge of attention is to be tweetbombed. I'm not sure if the chief Tweetbomber adheres to a set of criteria when selecting the target, but it must do wonders for that person's ego. There are presently 878 followers involved in these antics - amazing.

Ooh, I wonder if Tweetbomb is the new realization of Warhol's infamous prediction: "In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes." Heavy!

UPDATE:
Today's Tweetbomb was focused on @Bsimi, who had this to say amid the chaos:

Bronx Mowgli Could Use a Drink

I just heard that Pete Wentz (bassist from Fall Out Boy) and Ashlee Simpson (non-singer of non-songs) have named their child Bronx Mowgli Wentz.

That kid's going to have it soooo rough, haha. Mowgli? Really?

I suppose it's kinda cool that American culture has progressed to the point where we can give our children completely ridiculous names and chalk it up to creative license. Or a potassium-deficient diet.

Either way, I'm totally naming my future son Baloo.

Yelpstick - Yelp's Lip Balm Swag

I attended Social Media Club Denver last night at the Whiskey Bar and picked up some pretty sweet swag from Yelp, who was one of the featured speakers. I can't remember the woman's name, but she handed out Yelp-branded lip balm at the end of the night:

Yelpstick. "Now with more reviewing power!"

I haven't tried it out yet, since I vastly prefer Burt's Bees to social media balms. Pretty cool idea. Much better than a bookmark, but not as awesome as a tote bag.

I love tote bags.

New Twitter Fail Image

Twitter's down. But instead of the much-loved Fail Whale, they have added a new fail image to the page:

Love it? Hate it?

I kinda dig it. While the Fail Whale is a Web 2.5 classic, the sight of a talking ice cream cone is too cute to dislike.

Things I Love

I love it when people are giving demonstrations on laptops and say, "Sorry, I can't type today."

It's usually uttered after misspelling something. And it's usually totally hilarious. I'm not sure why.

I think someone (perhaps me!) should come up with some other icebreaker for that moment. Here are my ideas:

"Oops! Someone's got a bad case of the can't-typies!"

"You're in luck! Sausage fingers for everyone!"

"Uh-oh. Is there a doctor in the house? Because my typing is so bad that I require expert medical attention to rectify the potential nerve damage in my hands that would prompt me to type 'pompous' instead of 'papoose.'"

Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

WoW Geek Break

I just noticed that I've never written a post about World of Warcraft, my current gaming obsession. If you don't know much about it, it can be described as a fantasy-based computer game where you play with hundreds of other people in real-time. That includes grouping up and chatting whilst killing monsters.

I've been playing WoW since summer 2007. I started because I kept reading articles about it and thought it might be a fun - the idea of taking part in the most social of gaming genres. As a social media junkie, that aspect of the game appealed to me. It also helps that I talked my brother, sister and brother-in-law to play with me.

Here's a shot of my WoW alter ego. His name is Bubblegoose:

He's a Level 70 Undead Warlock. For the unitiated, he's basically a spellcasting zombie. The big fellow beside him is his demon minion - as you progress further in the game, you get cooler minions. I have progressed as far as I can, which is why my minion looks so fierce.

The game's 2nd expansion pack (which provides new content and explorable territory) is being released later this week. I preordered it and am giddy with anticipation. Please don't judge me.

Colorado Bloggers Challenge

Yesterday, Micah posted about DonorsChoose.org, specifically the Colorado Bloggers Challenge, and I thought it was an awesome cause, so I'm doing my part to spread the word.

The way it works is pretty simple:

There is a specific Colorado Bloggers Challenge with a bunch of Colorado-specific giving opportunities. This is a really direct and meaningful way to effect change in the classroom. I hope other Colorado bloggers will take notice. Peep the widget below to see what it's about:

Nobody Told Me About Hispanic Heritage Month

I just found out that it's National Hispanic Heritage Month. I hope I don't get kicked out of the club.


I guess it started Sept. 15 and lasts through Oct. 15. Whose idea was it for it to span two months? It's very confusing. We should renegotiate with the Calendar Council (or whichever governing body presides over these matters) and secure the whole of October instead.

It would be a delightful double whammy for me, since my birthday is also in October.

I would get an entire month to celebrate my heritage (Mexican father, Chicana mother) as well as a day wholly devoted to my life in general.

Who should I contact to make this happen? Who is the Hispanic with the most clout? I suspect it's either Alberto Gonzales or Slater from "Saved by the Bell." Hmmm.