Weezer's Pork and Beans – Web Celebs' 16th Minute

It’s time for me to post another music video link. Weezer has recently released their new video for their song, “Pork and Beans”.

In it, they have captured a ton of the viral web celebrities. Plus it’s an awesome Weezer song, so I’ve already watched it 4 times.

I didn’t recognize them all, but here’s what I could identify.

Pachelbel’s Canon Guitar Guy
Numa Numa Guy
Dramatic Squirrel
Kung fu Falling Guy
Diet Coke and Mentos
GI Joe PSA – can’t find the exact link
Lots of T-Shirts
Leave Britney Alone (profanity)
All Your Base Are Belong To Us
Miss Teen USA South Carolina
Star Wars Kid – subtle reference
Evolution of Dance
Chocolate Rain
Kevin Federline’s Popozao preview
Peanut Butter Jelly Time
Daft Punk’s Harder Bodies Faster Stronger
Daft Hands – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

I know I missed a couple. Let me know if you can identify them.

And that, my friends, is a great way to head into a long weekend.

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Goal Recognition

Frequently you hear athletes, successful business people, etc… saying, “You can accomplish anything if you set your mind to it” or some similar variation of goal achievement. I find that a lot of people (myself included) frequently just lack the goal. Yes, if you have a clear vision of your goal, it’s a lot easier to figure out how to get there.

I’ve been fortunate to work closely with some very, very successful people. Truly game changing visionaries. Wherever they go, their reputation precedes them. Their bio’s tout about how early on, long before anyone else they saw an opportunity and charged full speed ahead. What I’ve found in talking with them candidly is that often is not completely accurate. I’ve learned that they didn’t necessarily know what they were stumbling on and luck was a large part of their success. Where they are today wasn’t a goal back then.

That’s good news for those of us who fret about not seeing the master plan today. As long as you’re out there making yourself open to opportunity, you have a good chance of something coming your way.

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What's your Fighter Entrance Song?

Last night I watched the UFC pay per view fights. No major upsets. GSP beat Matt Serra, Michael Bisping beat Captain Miserable McCarthy, Kalib Starnes killed his career as a UFC fighter.

I always notice the intro music. You know, the music over the louspeakers that blast as the fighters make their way to the ring. It used to seem that every fighter would come out with some aggo-scream metal song like Korn, Godsmack, Disturbed or Drowning Pool. The other night, there was much more a mix of more recognizable music with classic rock, rap and country. Eminem is used a lot. The funniest I’ve heard was Duran Duran’s ‘Wild Boys’ for Mirko Cro-cop.

I wonder if the metal is out of the fighters’ itunes playlists or if it’s an overt effort by the promoters to have more encompassing songs. Do the fighters have complete control over what they could play assuming it’s a pay per view fight and naughty words isn’t a problem? If I wanted to use the theme song from Happy Days, could I? What about inserting subliminal messages? “You will wet yourself in fear when Andy Sweet enters the ring…. You will wet yourself in fear when Andy Sweet enters the ring…”

That got me further thinking… what would I choose for an entrance song? The following are some possibilities:
The Serpentine Offering by Dimmu Borgir – evil symphonic metal
Come to Daddy by the Dillinger Escape Plan and Mike Patton – insane redo of Aphex Twin which was insane to begin with
The Foggy Dew by the Chieftains and Sinead O’Connor – The Dropkick Murphys use this before they take the stage. Or at least they did the last time I saw them. It gives me goosebumps.

What would your fight entrance song be and why?

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Transparency Call: You show me yours and I'll…. hey, look over there! Isn't that Elvis???

Everybody is calling for more transparency. Domainers say the parking companies and the PPC ad networks need to be more transparent. The advertisers pull their hair out because it seems that every ad network and publisher goes out of their way to obfuscate data for the sole purpose of driving bid prices up. Yahoo’s Panama was supposed to be the savior for them, right? That program was going to increase revenue for Yahoo and it wasn’t by opening up the ad network to more exposure. And the PPC networks want to put conversion tracking on advertiser sites so they can get an idea of the cost per conversion.

EVERYBODY wants the OTHER guy to be transparent! Yet, nobody wants to let anybody else know their business. After all, it’s in those secrets where you maximize profitability. Gordon Gecko hates transparency.

Posted in Business, Domains, PPC

2008 – Shift Gears

Let me be the first to welcome you to 2008!  What’s that you say? It’s January 3 already?  Everybody else has already posted their 2008 welcome messages?  Oh well…

Here’s my slogan for the year: Shift gears.  What does that mean?  To me, it means it’s time I combine everything I’ve learned in web marketing and shift to my next gear.  Last year I frequently felt like I was on a 10 speed bike in top gear, pedaling my tail off but only going 3 MPH.

Now that’s going to change.  I’m going to use my knowledge of SEO/SEM, domains, analytics and monetization to break a lot of new ground.  I’m finding new sources of great information.  The best information frequently doesn’t come from the self-promoting ‘experts’ out there.

It’s been a long time since I’ve been waking up before my alarm and looking forward to what new things I’m going to do in my day.

Note – I’ve made andysweet.com a dofollow blog.  I don’t get compensated for my links and I moderate comments heavily, so why shouldn’t I pass some link love to the sites I really like?

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