Pandora the Tease

I’ve known about Pandora since it was first publicly announced, but I’ve been ignoring it until today when Paul Kedrosky managed to convinced me to give it a try. It is absolutely amazing — at least the 4-song demo is, anyways.

Then it asks you to sign up.

It is the typical americentric registration screen: email address, password, gender, birth year, and zip code. So I check the terms of use…

In order to use any of the Pandora Services, you must be a resident of the United States of America

Gah! Foiled again!

If anybody at Pandora is listening, please come to Canada soon. I’d love to use your service.

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Theories of Humour

Scott Adams is giving away all his secrets:

The core of humor is what I call the 2-of-6 rule. In order for something to be funny, you need at least two of the following elements:

  • Cute (as in kids and animals)
  • Naughty
  • Bizarre
  • Clever
  • Recognizable (You’ve been there)
  • Cruel

I invented this rule, but you can check for yourself that whenever something is funny it follows the rule. And when something isn’t, it doesn’t.

I recently read Comedy Writing Secrets by Mel Helitzer, who had a similar theory about humour (or as you Americans spell it, humor). His is the rule of THREES. The more of the following that a joke contains, the funnier it’ll be:

  • Target: the butt of the joke
  • Hostility: works best if directed at somebody superior to the audience
  • Realism: be believable
  • Emotion: get people involved
  • Exaggeration: but not too much
  • Surprise: otherwise known as the punch line

The two theories are completely different, but both seem plausible when you think about it. So what’s your theory on what’s funny?

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Publishers Lose Big in Chitika Audit

JenSense is reporting that publishers are losing huge in a recent audit by Chitika:

In a thread at DigitialPoint, it didn’t take long to see the full extent of just how significant these audits actually were. One publisher saw one day’s income drop from $28.02 to $3.05 and saw similar drops on other days. Publishers are reporting drops anywhere from 10% to as high as 60% of revenue cut.

I applied to the Chitika eMiniMalls program when Darren Rowse was hyping it. It sounded like a an excellent opportunity at the time.

They rejected me, though, for reasons they kept to themselves.

Somehow I’m feeling pretty good about that now.

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Nautilus NT-CC1 Owners Manual and Fitness Handbook

Like the NT-CC1 Assembly Manual, some purchasers have missed out on receiving the NT-CC1 Owners Manual and Fitness Handbook. So here it is, in all its glory:

Update (2011-11-16): The manual is now available as a single PDF document, Nautilus NT-CC1 Owners Manual and Fitness Handbook. Many thanks to William Brown for putting it together.