Saturday, May 16, 2009

Mud Volcanos?

Well Mud Volcano would be a bit of an overstatement but it is the first thing that came to mind. Anyway, i am almost hesitant to upload this considering some of the fairly critical comments i have gotten for other uploads (such as driving along in Afghanistan, sorry no bombs or anything) but hey.

Ok, this is an area near the capital city of Azerbaijan (Baku). There are no signs to it or anything so if you dont have an Azeri with you (or dont speak the language) then you are SOL trying to find it. Some of the mounds were not bubbling constantly (I timed one to be about every 7 minutes) so i didn't feel like waiting around for the "perfect shot" especially after i got this one. I had thought (for some reason) the mud would be hot but not even, it was actually cold. I was told that many Azeris come there to put the mud on thier skin (kind of like an open air spa... without the spa). That is about it, for those of you looking for dancing cats or bombs etc you might not want to wait for this video to load and keep browsing.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Google should take geocities

I recently heard on the futuretense podcast that Yahoo would be closing geocities sometime in the near future. The covered how some organization "Archive Team" is trying to copy as much of geocities as they can. The first thing that came to my mind was "isn't doing this?" (apparenlty they stopped archiving geocities in 2002) but today i was studying up on using regular expressions (regex) in the Vim editor and found a webpage... on geocities (I guess Yahoo hasn't taken it down yet). After i noticed this it popped into my head, hey, google should buy geocities! Google now has its own webpages for its users and i would think that Geocities would be a steal now (plus google has already taken another icon from the pre-internet bubble age "De Ja News" and managed to monetize it why not geocities?

Anyway, hopefully someone will take geocities, as the "Archive Team" mentioned, there are alot of pages on geocities (including one of my own which i haven't accessed in years) which ind of give one a peek into the days-of-internet-yore; it would be a shame to loose that.