Saturday, January 31, 2009

Don't Call it a Comeback

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Bay Area Backroads - Secluded Armpits Edition

Seal Point area
Had a fairly nice ride in San Mateo this afternoon. My friends invited me to go to a hidden, secret magical land, which turned out to be Seal Point Park and the surrounding environs (just south of Coyote Point).

However there were some weird, foul, and fowl things that came up. So, when going there


The Good:
1) Going to the top of the hill above the dog park to ring the bells that are part of the art sculpture there.
2) See the cute cats farther south

The Bad:

1) ...actually going to see the cats, it smells like ass in that part of the bay. It was also kinda sad to see so many strays. Spay and neuter your pets people!

2) Biking by the large pile of manure just sitting in the parking lot. Unless you're looking for a way to get the kids out of your hair for a while, and tell them to build sandcastles out of it.

3) Lingering over the seabird roadkill. Nasty!


Saturday, January 17, 2009

Belkin Paying Folks to Post Fake Reviews on Amazon

Check out this story via The Daily Background.

Apparently Belkin's "Business Development Manager of eCommerce", Michael Bayard has been found to be paying people to post positive reviews of their products, and downplay any negative reviews. The posting states you don't even need to own it. They used Amazon's own Mechanical Turk service to post the job orders.

UPDATE: Belkin confirmed this story in their apology.
Second copy available here.