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ShoeMoney’s April Fools Joke is a Static-y Video?

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Is ShoeMoney’s April Fools joke this year just simply a Video titled “Making 1000 in 1 Hour“, where the audio is inaudible in all the “right” places? Pretty weak if it is.

Although, maybe this is link bait to get him an extra 1000 hits in an hour? Or maybe for him to make an extra $1000 indirectly from the video by just putting in 1 hour of work on it? Probably not, but it’s quite possible.

Video’s posted after the break.

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Matt Cutts Not Doing An April Fools Joke This Year

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Matt Cutts just posted that he will not be doing an April Fools joke this year. I wonder if this is just to throw people off…

Apple Fools: Google Australia gDay with MATE

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Apparently this year Google Australia has it’s own April Fools joke. They’ve introduced “gDay with MATE”, a new search feature that allows you “to search content on the internet before it is created”. gDay is powered by “Machine Automated Temporal Extrapolation” (MATE). Here’s some more details:

Using MATE’s™ machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques developed in Google’s Sydney offices, we can construct elements of the future.

Google spiders crawl publicly available web information and our index of historic, cached web content. Using a mashup of numerous factors such as recurrence plots, fuzzy measure analysis, online betting odds and the weather forecast from the iGoogle weather gadget, we can create a sophisticated model of what the internet will look like 24 hours from now.

We can use this technique to predict almost anything on the web – tomorrow’s share price movements, sports results or news events. Plus, using language regression analysis, Google can even predict the actual wording of blogs and newspaper columns, 24 hours before they’re written!

To rank these future pages in order of relevance, gDay™ uses a statistical extrapolation of a page’s future PageRank, called SageRank.

Pretty good, but hopefully will have something better.

April Fools: PHP Logos

Monday, March 31st, 2008

PHPSame as last year, has some (only seen one so far) different logos.

Boring. Anything original PHP?

Update: Just say the dog one from last year too.

April Fools: John Chow Cola

Monday, March 31st, 2008

John Chow ColaJohn Chow has posted that he’s entered an agreement with Coca-Cola to produce “John Chow Cola”, a drink that supossedly uses “Liquid Neuro Enhancers” to make post ideas “pop” into the head of the drinker. He posted more details:

John Chow Cola is the first drink in the world to use Liquid Neuro Enhancers (LNE). A technology that took The Coca-Cola Company over ten years to develop. Unlike a sport drinks that only enhance physical performance, the LNE used in John Chow Cola enhances the brain’s ability to come up with new blog post ideas. One drink is all it takes to get a sugar rush of ideas pouring in.

He’s also giving away 10000 six packs of the dream drink, and 1000 trips to the launch party:

Want to be among the first to try John Chow Cola? Simply reply to this post and John Chow dot Com and The Coca-Cola Company will send you a free six pack! You better get your comment in quick however. We’re only giving away 10,000 cases.

In addition to the free six pack, 1,000 winners will be selected at random to fly all expenses paid to New York city for the John Chow Cola World Wide Launch Party on April 15. This is going to be the biggest party New York has ever seen! Reply now to get in on it!

Not a particularly good April Fools joke. However, if Coca-Cola had “announced” something like this (called someone else than John Chow Cola), it’d be better.