city of angels drankkit

Coming shortly after Valleywag kindly published the free beer = traffic chart (hopefully bringing us all one drink closer to the implosion of Web 2.0) we were keeping the beer (and traffic) flowing with an LA meetup. There were no celebrity sightings, but we did get to meet many more redditors and hand out some drankkit pins.

After one jagerbomb too many, I found myself offering to take the above group photo of those who'd soldiered on well past the 9pm "closing" of the open bar and turn it into today's header. Here's the result:
Thanks to all of you who came out and apologies to those of you who didn't make it into the logo. You'd only be a few pixels anyway, if that's any consolation.

Now with more pictures!

google experiments with reddit-style voting

TechCrunch scooped me on this one, but a few redditors emailed to note the similarities to reddit's voting arrows. I've chosen to call it 'reddit-style voting' for no reason other than it sets me up for some sage advice that was given to me early on at reddit. It's a suggestion I'd like to pass onto Google.

Visit GoogleLabs and you'll see that they're toying with an up arrow and a "do not want" button that's similar to our old "rtm-button" (instead of a down arrow, it's the classic square-with-x-in-the-middle). They've also elected to use an arrow designed with a fat shaft and petite head. Frankly, I'm not crazy about the style. Some of the best design advice I've ever gotten was "More head, less shaft." True story.

It was a suggestion based on one of our first demos (if you're curious to see the early iterations of reddit's design, travel back in time). The original arrows I'd designed were similar to what Google is going with at the moment: a lot of shaft. Unlike the "bad muthafucka" with the same name, having too much shaft kinda ruined the arrow effect.

So all in all, I'm curious to see how this helps search. As long as Goog can weed out the bots and evildoers (which shouldn't be too hard), this should do some good things for search results.

Just ease off all that shaft, guys.

reddit loves mister splashy pants, greenpeace does too

Tuesday was a pretty rough morning, so doodling a whale for the logo that morning really cheered me up. Especially because this whale was named Mister Splashy Pants (abbreviated to "Mr." in the logo because I only had < 120px to work with).
This all started when a redditor submitted an online Greenpeace whale naming competition and declared that all of reddit vote for "Mister Splashy Pants." It wasn't a difficult sell. Admittedly, the rest of the names were all very thoughtful and cultured (e.g., "Gana - means 'song' in Hindi" or "Yarrindi - means 'song' in the Wagiman Aboriginal language of Australia"). But how could anyone not vote for "Splashy?"

So it wasn't long before the poll (which currently shows 73% for "Mister Splashy Pants" and the second-place name of "Libertad" at 3%) was, for lack of a better word, pwnd.

But to the credit of Greenpeace, they're rolling with it (although they have extended the deadline). The person running the competition even commented on it.

Like I told him, it was impressive to see them honoring this poll, as wonderfully skewed as it may be. It likely has brought - and will continue to bring - a lot of great attention to the Great Whale Trail Expedition.

I thought I'd celebrate it with the above logo, but little did I know that it'd lead to quite possibly the most unnecessary reddit submission ever. Heh.

lolcats have sold out: advertisers strive to show they're still "with it"

This is not a laughing matter -- let alone a lol one.

Looking forward to the new Geometry Wars: Galaxies?
A video game with "geometry" in the title -- who wouldn't?

Well, as if that wasn't enough to ensnare any high schooler, they've also got a lolcats ad campaign.

Highlights include this poorly-photoshopped tv with angry cat:

A cat looking bored as hell while its owner games like a champ (not a good sign):

And the ever-popular demon cat. Look closely, part of its tail appears to be severed. That ain't right:

As if it wasn't enough to take this dated Internet meme and produce some exceptionally unfunny ads, they even botched the lolcat syntax. Didn't one of these advertisers have a 14 year old they could have called over to "help daddy make an ad?"

Once this appears in AdAge and the rest of the advertising world jumps on the bandwagon, it'll stop being cool. And then what will be the next sell-out Internet meme? Hmm...

Big tip o' the hat to S.I. for sending me teh lols.

spamming for the sake of spam

I really don't think spammers are trying anymore. Behold this gem from Casey Preston (rsn@bodensteiner.com)
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Everyone knows it's poor form to put your own name in the subject line. Tisk tisk.

And am I not worth including even one link? What's the point of this second-rate, bush league spamming?

reddit evolution

After a day devoid of alien, the process of creating a new one would need to start from scratch.

And that means evolving the alien from a few cells (yes, those are supposed to be cells, not floating eyeballs) in some primordial ooze. Fortunately, our time-traveling mascot will be able to expedite this process so it only takes a week. I understand such things normally take much longer.

Cells are dividing. See, Ellen (evolutionary biology PhD student) I'm finally doing that alien evolution series you suggested so long ago. I just couldn't wait until Darwin's birthday. The next few days could get interesting; natural selection isn't always pretty. I thought it'd be best to explain before the logos got even weirder.

I wasn't kidding when I said this would be an epic doodle series, Homer wishes he could see this -- well, he'd probably wish he could see.

aliens vs. redditor

Kinda. Two weeks ago, our alien mascot was trapped on LV-426 before being rescued by the USCM. After donning a pink shirt for the weekend, the week started out fairly innocuously.
Maybe it was just some gas from those terrible army rations.

Then it suddenly became clear that this wasn't just gastrointestinal issues.

Instead of producing the complicated animated .gif depicting the chestburster erupting from the alien's stomach, I opted to go right to the last frame. If you're curious to know what it looked like, here's the original scene from Alien. Trust me, this was really scary back when it first came out.
The result? A reddit-alien alien.

Modeled after the almighty Queen, we needed Ripley.

It turned out Ripley was dead (and cloning her again would be too much trouble -- besides, it didn't turn out too well in Alien Resurrection) so we got a predator.

Cue triumphant predator roar.

(thanks to "Anonymous" for this great suggestion)

And now what? At the moment, we're mascotless...

best ad ever

You may have noticed some ads here on redditAll. I've signed up with AdBrite not to find blogging millions, but to see just how broken online advertising can be.

They are sending me some fantastic advertisements. Let's see here, I used the keyword "geek" in describing the blog. So that explains the MySpace-ish photos of the fake blond (apparently we have a weakness for fake blonds).

The three question marks really entice the viewer. What could be so important to merit three question marks???

And there's something to be said for ALL CAPS. I suspect there's empirical evidence proving humans are more likely to follow written instructions when written without lowercase.

What could be the product behind this savvy advertising campaign?

Did you guess pheromones? +5 points for you.

I'm awarding this campaign the first "best ad ever" gold star award. Hopefully it'll be the first of many.

Congratulations.

flickring hope for global pirate appreciation

Yesterday was International Talk Like a Pirate Day and even flickr got festive. This is the same flickr that switched its release from "BETA" to "GAMMA" in a savvy move that reminded me of a certain web 2.0 mock-up (emphasis on the mock) that I'd seen months earlier...

But if it hadn't been for flickr, I'd have forgotten all about this important Pirate holiday. I didn't want to risk derailing this epic logo series I've had running for the last three weeks, so I improvised. Always one to respect and celebrate different cultures, our alien's final words were in pirate.
Yes, a chestburster did indeed pop out of it's tummy. This logo epic is not for the faint of heart.