Category Archives: All Things Irritating

April 24th, 2009

The most confusing spam in the world.

I’m…speechless. You’d assume that people who spam would have some master plan; some great idea. I can understand why some people would want to click on a promise to make their doohickeys larger (tho I’ve always been just fine with mine), but this one?

Check it out:

We will manually place you and leaders under you from around the world. We will also place your personals with the volume under them. We will provide a system API for you. I am sponsored by the master distributor. Read More


March 21st, 2008

Bad, Bad Ads Manifesto, Chapter 1.

Online ads have been driving me nutso-bonkers long enough. It’s time that I started griping about them in my blog, which, of course, will cause the entire industry to change overnight. So here goes. The fundamental principles of the Bad, Bad Ads Manifesto are:

  1. It can’t possibly make sense to try to sell someone something by annoying the hell out of them. Read More

February 26th, 2008

The Persona Non Grata article is a gift. Really.

Bad, bad blogger. It’s been far too long since my last underpants entry. And what jolted me out of my blog lethargy? You guessed it. The ongoing fracas from that Persona Non Grata article in Interactions magazine by Steve Portigal. The one where he says personas suck. And that we should find other ways to communicate what we know about users, like, for example, stories.

Here’s the deal…he’s got a great point, and I actually kinda furiously like the article because it reflects what annoys me about persona efforts (not personas themselves). Read More