Mini iPods, $100, and the joys of iMovie

That’s the rumor. 2-4GB capacity will translate to 400-800 songs… more than most folks have in playlists anyway. They will come in fashion colors, natch.

A cheap iPod (certainly without some of the bells and whistles of current models) will sell like hotcakes and (I have to say it) synergize brilliantly with the flawless iTunes Music Store.

There will also soon be an update to iMovie, which I used for the first time this week. Can I just say that it is the most fun I’ve had with a computer since I was like 12. In about 4 hours, I turned 2 hours of raw footage into an amazing highlights reel. What I really want to do is direct.

If people beg, I might even post the QuickTime movie of our vacation footage (complete with soundtrack) up on nonfamous. If people beg, and David’s family promises not to sue.

WTF, courtesy of the NYT and Google AdWords

So I’m reading an article on the NYT about the Golden Globe Nominations, and my eye strays down to the “advertiser links” section at bottom. For the uninitiated, this is a feature powered by Google AdWords; it pulls ads based on article text. (I’ve considered adding it to the site; other folks with similarly trafficked blogs get about $15 a week from the program.)

Anyway, what were the ads served up?

End Times
Find out how current events show that we’re living in the end times!
www.leftbehindprophecyclub.com

Is Christ coming back?Are you anticipating His return? See for yourself, the good news.
www.godword.org

The U.S. in the Bible
Are America and Great Britain mentioned in Bible prophecy?
www.wonderfulworldtomorrow.org

I was taken about… how in the world did a standard awards round-up article net this crop of nutty Jesus-freak ads? (I did pause brief to wonder if Jamie Curtis’s nomination as best comic actress in “Freaky Friday” might be a sign of the End Times. Bad, but not that bad. Now if J. Lo had been nominated for “Gigli,” I would have headed straight to church.)

It can only be “Return of the King.” Is this intentional? Could freaky fundies really think that people looking for movie times want to see their ads? A deeply strange marketing strategy.

But I’m glad they are so misguided, because godword.org is such an entertainingly weird site that you must visit. Especially if you speak Chinese (Mandarin? Cantonese?) because they are looking for someone to translate some of the stuff Jesus said when he showed up in China recently (apparently speaking Chinese but somehow nobody there managed to translate it). Freaky stuff.

The “Left Behind Prophecy Club” is, of course, the same damn site I went off on a few months ago, operated by false prophet Tim LeHaye and Jerry Jenkins. (There is a nice Jacuzzi of Fire just waiting for them, imho.)

The “Wonderful World Tommorow” folks aren’t as interesting as Even Latter Latter-Day Saints or Revelations novelizers–just the web site of a garden-variety UN-fearing fundamentalist radio program based in bustling Modesto, California.

Back to the godword.org folks… they have apparently had a tough time:

In 1995, we decided to formally begin to testify the good news of the Kingdom of the Almighty God, we depended on our gratefulness for God and truly love to testify God¡¦s appearance and work to brothers and sisters of every denomination. We never thought we would suffer the tremendous resistance and very strong slander from the leaders of every denomination, we only can sincerely say the prayers in front of God, we impetrated God to personally do the work. Following 1997, we saw the Holy Spirit consumedly work, and every local church number quickly gained.

Impetrated. Consumedly. Indeed. Did I mention that these people are in West Nyack, NY?

There’s a lot more I’d like to read, like “God’s Voice in China (selections)” but they are, like “Sing a new song with the Lamb,” “in the process of waiting to for translation.”

Stay tuned, friends.

Not wanting to let Amazon have all the fun…

About Google Print (BETA)

“What exactly is Google Print (BETA)?

“Google’s mission is to provide access to all the world’s information and make it universally useful and accessible. It turns out that not all the world’s information is already on the Internet, so Google has been experimenting with a number of publishers to test their content online. During this trial, publishers’ content is hosted by Google and is ranked in our search results according to the same technology we use to evaluate websites.

“On Google Print pages, we provide links to some popular book sellers that may offer the full versions of these publications for sale. Book seller links are not paid for by those sites, nor does Google benefit if you make a purchase from one of these retailers. In addition, these pages show contextually-targeted AdWords ads that are served through the Google AdSense program. During the initial phase of this beta test, advertisers will not be charged for clicks they receive on these pages, and neither Google nor the publishers with whom we work profit from these ads.”

Food and Wine: Le Divorce

Slate ‘s Mike Steinberger has a great article on how parallel trends in food and wine (toward a certain level of “irrational exuberance”) create a collision at the table. His well-argued thesis is that more aggressive tastes are harder than ever to pair. It’s hard to disagree, but then again it’s also hard to get to riled up about it… does that make me a Philistine?