shilpanicodemus has written 36 posts for Shilpanicodemus's Blog

Places You Don’t Want to Be Mayor of

The men’s bathroom at a bar I know the first thing I think when I see a crusty,  piss-stained urinal is “I gotta keep coming back here and snag that sweet, sweet mayorship!” A substance abuse center Looks like someone’s been relapsing. BP You, sir, probably suck. Why on earth would you want to be … Continue reading

Unlike “Whose Line Is It Anyways”, Points Do Matter

Other websites have grown up, awarding points for practically any activity, such as performing challenges in public venues, solving protein-folding problems, helping people use Facebook, giving diet advice, exercising, and even doing housework. Still think the points are worth nothing? Continue reading

How to Think Creatively

I recently started working in a position that demands I think more creatively.  Here’s a few methods that I’ve noticed have been working well for me. Get the Hell Away from Your Desk Ahh, my workspace. It’s beautiful, ergonomically-designed and efficient. I have everything I need: a dry erase board, moleskine notebooks, and post-its in … Continue reading

A Personal Appeal From an Average Wikipedia User

That Wikipedia’s next “Personal Message” shouldn’t come from someone who edits Wikipedia; it should come from someone who reads it and seldom contributes. The average Wikipedia user will see that even other casual users are contributing to Wikipedia, not just geeky Wiki editors. That will hit the right nerve, and hopefully cause its users to emulate the casual user who has chosen to donate. Continue reading

Creating Porn Marketing: It’s not just sex anymore

Food porn. Redecorating porn. Craft porn. Continue reading

Which would you rather look at?

You need to find out a website’s shipping and return ship policies.  Which would you rather look at? This one?   Or this one? Yeah, it’s pretty clear.  Props to Asos.com for making an easy to absorb graphic explaining their shipping policies, and storing the fine print elsewhere.

Because I’m a geek (World Series Google Calendar)

Public Google Calendars for the 2010 World Series available here to add to your calendar. Here’s the XML, iCal, and HTML

Is Google Testing Out Ads on their Main Page?

Advertising on the Google main page? Really? Even if it’s for Google products and features, this ad is garish and shrieks, “Girls! Girls! Girls!” Continue reading

That’s Mrs. (null) to you!

Someone at Tungle.me needs to proofread their code. If the whole point is to welcome back a user, you’re invalidating (nullifying?) the sentiment if you don’t check what you’re calling them.   It could have been worse (and funnier): there could have been an exclamation point at the end. That’s all for now, null!

The Magic Words You Should Think But Never Say

No matter the tone a customer has with you on Twitter, be tactful first. Tact is what keeps a Twitter conversation at a whisper; nastiness is what makes a Twitter conversation go viral.
Remember, you as the business have more to lose than the customer does. That’s why you eat crow and collect the dough. Continue reading