Monday, July 25, 2005

a lot of promise

Never before has a simple press release so swiftly and thoroughly made our day. For the next week or so, you'll find us sitting around the warm, two-liter bottle of Diet Cherry 7-Up that serves as the SEM|ANTICS snack bar, trying to decide which word in the following paragraph is the most entertaining:
Graphic artist and website developer Karl Ribas publicly announced his intentions of stepping into the search engine marketing industry, an industry which as of late has been showing a lot of promise.
Cruel first graf! Thou dost smite me with thine vainglory!

Is it the way Karl publicly announces his intentions, like an 18-year-old high school hoops star brashly announcing that he'll skip college and head right for the NBA? Or is it Karl's finely honed ability to spot industries that show "a lot of promise"?

(Oh, and the next four paragraphs are pretty good too.)

Either Karl is the hands-down master of old-school ironic satire, or next week we might just read about his intentions to become something else, like a firefighter, or maybe an astronaut. You can guess which one we're betting on.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

google moon beta - exclusive shots

Yes, by now, you've all seen (or read about) the release of Google Moon, just in time for the 36th anniversary of the first moon landing.

But damn it, some of those Google interns nearly ruined the whole thing for Larry Schwimmer, the guy who wanted this thing so badly in the first place. We've unearthed (so to speak) an exclusive shot of the site, as it appeared yesterday, with just minutes to go until it went live. Otherwise, the Google Moon team surely would have looked like a bunch of asses.