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   Undertoad  Thursday Apr 18 01:19 PM

4/18/2002: Monkey Mountain



Hong Kong is getting overrun by monkeys in an area called "Monkey Mountain". (If they named it "Ping Pong Ball Mountain" would it be overrun by... oh never mind.)

It turns out that the monkeys roam in gangs of between 30 and 100. Gangs! It's believed that there are 1250 macaques in all, and gang leaders have been identified and given names. The one shown above is named "Longlegged 7".

At first the govt tried to ban feeding of them, thinking that the feeding was what was bringing them out to try to live amongst the humans. They now say that animal lovers scuttled that idea, despite a HK $10,000 fine. So now they are resorting to birth control for the monkeys.

They're outfitting the male monkeys with condoms in the hope that -- no, I'm lying.

They're actually catching the females, injecting them with a long-term birth control of some sort, and then microchipping them so they can be tracked.



Griff  Thursday Apr 18 01:46 PM

Looks like the opening shot of an Audi commercial that we'll never see.



melsbasketcase  Thursday Apr 18 02:17 PM

Where did you get the cool pictures of the monkeys? I found this site when looking for different kinds of blogs at Google.
I am new here and will try and not annoy.

Melinda =^..^=



dave  Thursday Apr 18 02:33 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by melsbasketcase
I am new here and will try and not annoy.
You will anyway, I promise. Everyone does. It's part of any community. What matters is that you don't let it get to you. Be your own person. Some people will like you for it. Some won't. That's the way it is.

Welcome to the Cellar.


Undertoad  Thursday Apr 18 02:37 PM

Hey cool, you must have clicked on the paid link!

I bought the word "blog" on Google, just to see how their system worked and what kind of response rate I'd get. So far it's cost me $3.33 for 57 clickthroughs on 7765 impressions.

So, Mel, getting you here cost me $3.33. I can either send you an invoice, or I could set up a paypal link for you... your choice.

Haw haw!

This picture came from Ananova, the British news service. The full story is here .



melsbasketcase  Thursday Apr 18 03:06 PM

Maybe you could do like the "talentless hack" guy did. If you look up talentless hack on Google this one guy is the first hit just because all his friends linked him. It is an old story so you probably know.

Damn, I just learned about Fark today. Talk about lame. Memepool is my fave though.

Melinda =^..^=



kbarger  Thursday Apr 18 03:24 PM

This one guy tried to use the Google pay-per-click ads to publish poetry on Google.



Torrere  Thursday Apr 18 04:49 PM

I expect poetry to be beautiful. His stuff was just rubbish that had either rhyme or meter.



vsp  Thursday Apr 18 04:57 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by Undertoad
Hey cool, you must have clicked on the paid link!

I bought the word "blog" on Google, just to see how their system worked and what kind of response rate I'd get. So far it's cost me $3.33 for 57 clickthroughs on 7765 impressions.

So, Mel, getting you here cost me $3.33. I can either send you an invoice, or I could set up a paypal link for you... your choice.

Haw haw!
Well, HELL. I just tried the search, and voila -- there was the link. What'll they think of next? (I didn't click on it -- those clicks cost money, yo.)

What will they do when there are more than five people who bought that word (i.e. more than one page's worth)? Can they end up with more sponsored links than actual links in many cases?

And how discriminatory are they? Can you buy the word "Microsoft" and link it to goatse.cx?


Undertoad  Thursday Apr 18 05:24 PM

*koff koff* The impressions cost money too! But it's really as much a test as anything... no big deal.

I didn't really understand all of the nuances of their system when I bought the ads. But it's clear that some words are more desireable than others, which means that words like "sex" are pricey somehow. But basically, you specify how much you're willing to pay per day, (I think I said 50 cents!) and they add you to the rotation... and if others are willing to pay more they get in first. I think.

What was cool about it is how easy it is, and how cheap. After a $5 buy-in you can start advertising on the web's most critical search engine. Damn!



Sperlock  Thursday Apr 18 10:14 PM

Doesn't the government have anything better to do than monkeying around up there?

Steve runs for the hills. But not the mountain.



Xugumad  Friday Apr 19 03:12 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by melsbasketcase

Damn, I just learned about Fark today. Talk about lame.
We could. In fact, we would probably never stop.
My personal favourites on fark are the linked NewsMax stories that are presented as fact and not as the utterly, utterly blatant propaganda machine that is NewsMax. <a href="http://www.newsmax.com/showinsidecover.shtml?a=2002/3/11/153651">This one</a> is particularly impressive)

As an aside, here are a few interestingly-titled fark.com stories; it's not necessarily the links themselves that are all that great, but it's how fark 'attributed' them. (i.e. Asinine, Lame, etc..)

[COOL]
- Best Miss Cleo Soundboard Ever
- Kenworth Truck Company rolls out high security package for rigs.
- Father-daughter pair team up with another teen to rob banks
- Pages of quotes from Buffy
- Smart glass technology keeps waiters on their toes.
- Babes with Blades play in combat chess
- Just the thing for the drunk on the go: A gas turbine engine powered barstool that can travel over 40Mph.
- Rush going on tour this summer

[ASININE]
- Clarance Thomas: "Fake Kiddie Porn is O.K. by me"
- Russia implements 15% flat-tax, government now richer than ever. U.S. still claims it would never work
- Convicted pervert-priest refers to himself as "The forbidden fruit." during a CNN interview


... and we could go on forever. But we shall not. Nevah!

X.


Tobiasly  Friday Apr 19 10:11 AM

Not sure if any of you are programmers, but Google also has API's that you can use from your own web services, for free (up to a certain number of hits or something)..

http://www.google.com/apis/

With the Google Web APIs service, software developers can query more than 2 billion web documents directly from their own computer programs. Google uses the SOAP and WSDL standards so a developer can program in his or her favorite environment - such as Java, Perl, or Visual Studio .NET.

Pretty cool!



jaguar  Saturday Apr 20 09:13 PM

10,000 hits, yea i saw this a week or so ago, looks intersting, illl have to play with it some day.



MaggieL  Sunday Apr 21 11:28 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by Tobiasly
Not sure if any of you are programmers...
Uh, nope. No programmers here. Nuh-uh. &lt giggle&gt :-)


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