Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Fun with shrinking URL services

Actually I was never even aware of the fact that there are services that allow you to abbreviate URLs. Until I stumbled upon them in Twitter. (Also a service I was not aware of, but that's a different story) Apart from the obvious 'Why Did I Not Think Of That' moment, the second thought that came to me is that it would be fun just to type in random combinations of letters, and see where it gets you.
So I started with rurl.org/aaa to find out what the best fishing spots are in Russia.
And I cannot read rurl.org/zzz , but somehow I think it has something to do with a jubileum.
Even funnier it is to use combinations that have a meaning, like my initials: rurl.org/caj which bring you a surprising technical paper by Scott Hanselman.
And of course rurl.org/sex , which does not bring you what you might expect...

(And if you want to know how it works, check out this article by Jeff Atwood)

Monday, November 03, 2008

Chair or no chair-man..

Not at all related to any of my blog entries, but just too funny to let it pass by unnoticed. This Chairman of the South African Finance Portfolio Committee proves that the national tv station indeed lacks the money for maintaining it's furniture.