Here’s a screenshot from today of Hacker News, a popular tech aggregator:
Dear hackers: have mercy! Your product or company name should not be as difficult to pronounce as that of an Elder God. Spend another hour and come up with a human-friendly name. If you do not, Cthulhu might eat you.
The famed San Francisco columnist Herb Caen had a regular feature called “Namephreaks”, which featured people whose names are related to their occupations. Well, meet Carla J. Dove, director of the Feather Identification Lab in the National Museum of Natural History. Dr. Dove is in charge of identifying the birds that hit US Airways Flight 1549 and forced it to crash-land in the Hudson River.
Nils Holgersson Airlines
Sarah Lyall of The New York Times has just published an article about places in the UK with… unfortunate names. One such place is Crapstone, Devon. One of its residents has taken to telling people that “It’s spelled ‘crap,’ as in crap.” And pity the people who live in Butt Hole Road, South Yorkshire: pizza companies hang up when they say their address, thinking it’s a prank call.
Ever methodical, the Gray Lady included a map of some of these spots. It would make for a great road trip in England! After gazing at the historical colleges of Cambridge, why not take a side trip to nearby Titty Ho?
Americans might now be chuckling about those quaint Brits with their funny names. They should look closer to home, such as at Bald Knob, Arkansas or Hicksville, Ohio. (Thanks to the good people at Squidoo for collecting all too many such place names.)
My favorite poorly-named town would have to be Hell, Michigan, because I lived 15 miles away, at Ann Arbor, for 3 years.
The Obama compaign is hiring developers to create software for his presidential campaign. It was suggested to make this software open-source. But why stop there? Whenever a successful website comes along, someone invariably creates a service that lets anyone churn out a clone in five minutes:
- Want your own social network? Ning.
- Your own Digg? coRank.
- A Wiki to call your own? Wetpaint.
- Want to show the Twitter folks how to keep a site running? ReVou.
- Starting a presidential campaign? Contendr!
He coulda been a contender, if only he'd had Contendr. (Marlon Brando in "On the Waterfront")
- Collect signatures to get the candidate’s name on the ballot by harvesting .sig’s from Slashdot and other forums.
- Ask for campaign contributions with a tip jar on the website.
- Spread the candidate’s message by link-spamming the appropriate sites: Instapundit for Republicans or Daily Kos for Democrats. Actually, link-spam both sites; everyone deserves to hear what you’ve got to say.
The name is available (but sadly, the domain is not). Act now, and help democratize the democratic process!