This is not a match-making service

Before I decided to sign up for friendster, I probably received five or so solicitations from various friends of mine who happen to be early adoptors (or probably more accurately "innovators"). Today for the first time I received yet another invite, a surprising event since I’m already a member.

After staring at the email for a few minutes I realized that the recipient was not actually me, but rather the giant email list SOCNET which is delivered to the inboxes of most social network researchers worldwide. As I’m sure you can imagine, this prompted a few quick retorts, one of which I thought was priceless (all names have been changed to protect the innocent)

Please be my friend.
Amy Jones has invited you to join Amy’s personal and private
community at Friendster, where you and Amy can network with each
other’s friends.

Could we, perhaps, avoid sending personal solicitations to SOCNET?
Friendship is a wonderful thing, but this is not a match-making service….


Bacterial media

After nearly reaching eradication in America, syphilis rates have been on the rise among gay and bisexual men for the past few years. Most major cities have seen exponential growth in the number of cases over the past two years, and this is causing alarm in many state health departments.

Syphilis is a curable STD. After the initial infection, symptoms can disappear while the individual is still able to pass along the disease to others. Syphilis prevention then is largely targetted around creating awareness of the disease and an urgency for testing among those who think they may have contracted it.

Two complementary awareness campaigns have been started in Los Angeles and San Francisco aimed at gay and bisexual men. The former features a anthropomorphized syphilis sore named Phil while the latter is in the image of a healthy and personable penis. Of course these two campaigns struck my attention because their purpose is to reach as wide of an audience as possible. And in an ironic twist of fate, the syphilis sore beat the penis.

phil the sore vs. healthy penis

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I want the big bag!

an unhappy childLast week I was in Ottawa attending the International Society for STD Research (ISSTDR) convention. By far the funniest thing that transpired during the entire event was a commercial played midway through King Holmes’ keynote lecture. After a bit of searching, I found a copy on the homepage of the source company (Zazoo). Apparently some people have already seen it, but it was a total shock to me. In order to preserve the element of surprise, I won’t go into any further detail.

Zazoo: Advertisement (quicktime, 6.8MB)
Zazoo: Advertisement (mpeg, 3.2MB)

Update: Anil says my coolness share just went down because I posted a dated meme. If it’s not in Blogdex, how could that be possible?

Update: Aisling says I’ve lost my edge. Has any one got an extra?