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03/28/2013  — 

Surfing on Easter Sunday

Overheard:
  • [16:22] surfer1: sigh
  • [16:25] surfer2: log today, fish on easter sunday?
  • [16:25] surfer2: I mean log tomorrow...
  • [16:25] surfer1: hmm
  • [16:25] surfer2: wasn't jesus a fisher of men?
  • [16:25] surfer1: I'd like to, BUT I think it'll be crowded
  • [16:25] surfer1: scared of dings
  • [16:25] surfer2: isn't the fish the most christian of surfboards?
  • [16:25] surfer1: thinking log tomorrow, log sunday, fish monday
  • [16:25] surfer2: or is it the log?
  • [16:25] surfer1: it is, people sign them with a jesus fish sign
  • [16:26] surfer1: heh jesus WAS a carpenter
  • [16:26] surfer2: because the cross was made of logs
  • [16:26] surfer1: I think that's a kookbox

02/22/2012  — 

Song-A-Day In-Progress

Some truly amazing music rolling out of the 2012 Song-A-Day crew so far. The month is nearly done and people are feeling it. I'm feeling it.

Here are a few of the downloads we've noticed...

  downloads / files
803 /songs/2012/20120209_jonnybecky_expiration_date.mp3
725 /songs/2012/20120208_darin_instacanon.mp3
619 /songs/2012/20120205_darin_trippin.mp3
289 /songs/2012/20120209_peter_very_funny_elizabeth.mp3
285 /songs/2012/20120206_dberkman_calling_neptune.mp3
284 /songs/2012/20120214_dberkman_safari_of_love.mp3
277 /songs/2012/20120205_dberkman_hammer_reflections.mp3
255 /songs/2012/20120206_darin_epic.mp3
253 /songs/2012/20120207_dberkman_patience.mp3
223 /songs/2012/20120219_dberkman_path_of_the_heart.mp3
204 /songs/2012/20120213_jonnybecky_you_are_me.mp3
195 /songs/2012/20120216_dberkman_the_ground.mp3
195 /songs/2012/20120203_dberkman_the_tea_party.mp3
193 /songs/2012/20120204_dberkman_half_life.mp3
187 /songs/2012/20120215_dberkman_aftermath.mp3
179 /songs/2012/20120208_jonnybecky_corvair.mp3
171 /songs/2012/20120212_dberkman_alien_love_life.mp3
170 /songs/2012/20120202_dberkman_creatures_of_the_core.mp3
165 /songs/2012/20120203_darin_left_behind.mp3
162 /songs/2012/20120210_jonnybecky_anymore1.mp3
153 /songs/2012/20120207_jonnybecky_ears_ring_.mp3
149 /songs/2012/20120209_artemis_eye_to_eye.mp3
146 /songs/2012/20120206_artloft805_hippy_gypsy.mp3
141 /songs/2012/20120201_dberkman_a_life_in_the_day.mp3
138 /songs/2012/20120215_jonnybecky_baby_bankrupt.mp3
137 /songs/2012/20120207_darin_rain_at_last.mp3
135 /songs/2012/20120203_artemis_supernova_21.mp3
130 /songs/2012/20120214_jonnybecky_the_city.mp3
130 /songs/2012/20120211_seela_.mp3
130 /songs/2012/20120211_jonnybecky_run_a_shop.mp3
128 /songs/2012/20120207_artloft805_moon_cocoon_v13.mp3
127 /songs/2012/20120215_jonnybecky_die_in_my_sleep.mp3
126 /songs/2012/20120217_bruce_moon.mp3
125 /songs/2012/20120207_greacen_want_to_move_on.mp3
125 /songs/2012/20120207_derek_elvis_sandwich1.mp3
125 /songs/2012/20120201_darin_inauspicious.mp3
124 /songs/2012/20120216_jonnybecky_songaday.mp3
124 /songs/2012/20120206_jonnybecky_people_are_blind1.mp3
124 /songs/2012/20120201_derek_welcome_to_songaday_2012.mp3
123 /songs/2012/20120205_artemis_fisherheart.mp3
122 /songs/2012/20120202_darin_back_to_sleep.mp3
121 /songs/2012/20120210_jonnybecky_the_bill.mp3
121 /songs/2012/20120204_artemis_just_a_song.mp3
120 /songs/2012/20120208_derek_thanks_walt.mp3
117 /songs/2012/20120212_artemis_little_explosions.mp3
117 /songs/2012/20120204_jonnybecky_weatherman1.mp3
117 /songs/2012/20120203_derek_here_i_am.mp3
114 /songs/2012/20120206_dearl_those_wacky_nords.mp3
113 /songs/2012/20120201_jonnybecky_january_underwear.mp3
111 /songs/2012/20120204_greacen_whats_the_rush.mp3
109 /songs/2012/20120220_dearl_creatures_of_the_core_pt_2.mp3
109 /songs/2012/20120212_jonnybecky_on_call.mp3
109 /songs/2012/20120202_seela_the_dr.mp3
109 /songs/2012/20120202_dearl_deaf_by_drop.mp3
107 /songs/2012/20120211_peter_running_up_a_pane_of_glass.mp3
106 /songs/2012/20120202_jonnybecky_chase_me.mp3
102 /songs/2012/20120211_greacen_world_built_for_two.mp3
101 /songs/2012/20120219_artloft805_57_blues_with_harry_o.mp3

There are more of course. This is just the list of files in the triple-digits. Go listen!

12/15/2009  — 

Rubicon Project Ad Network Sloughs-off Small Publishers

Looks like my run with the Rubicon Project is about to end. They are starting to charge publishers a (laughable) $2000/month fee for using their network. I'd love to make more than $2k/mo over on NetScrap.com, but even with 100k impressions a month it's nowhere near that volume. This likely spells the end of my relationship with Rubicon.

Rubicon's service had a great promise: automatic optimization for the ad campaigns that run on your site. They claimed that they'd be able to run the highest-value ads through this optimization. Their system seemed to perform well for a few months, but like all networks the effective CPM eventually started to peter-out.

My guess is that Rubicon's continual focus on premium (read: large-volume) publishers is really driving this. Do they need to aim high-value ads toward their premium properties? Are the operational costs really catching up with their network? The ads on NetScrap.com make a little dough to cover part of the hosting costs. The returns haven't been that great though, maybe I'll just kill them all.

Rubicon Folks-

I am disappointed to read about these changes in your terms. Your decision to scrape small publishers off of your network by charging fees seems to be directly opposed to your 'power to the publisher' tagline. I hope the premium publishers you pursue will accept and understand this apparent disconnect between your claims and your actions.

Sincerely,
CG

Here's the notification from the Rubicon team:

Dear Customer,

It's been a growth-filled year at the Rubicon Project. We've expanded internationally to several continents, continued enhancing our technology and support offerings and welcomed hundreds of new customers to our developing global family.

Over a year ago, we narrowed our focus to concentrate on the premium publisher segment of the market -- tailoring our products, services and level of support to meet their needs. At that time we ceased taking on new sites that didn't meet minimum impression and managed revenue thresholds, but allowed existing small to mid-sized publisher customers to remain using the platform and services.

Despite great strides in developing and applying patent-pending technologies to the management of display inventory, due to the nature of the industry we operate in, there are a number of key elements that still require considerable amount of staff and resources. Primary among those are the development of new ad network relationships, applying resources to collect and consolidate stats from disparate ad networks, billing, responding to and resolving publisher inquires and managing a high level of overall ad quality. As we always strive to give the best to everyone we work with, we've continued to service small and mid-sized publishers, some running 25,000-100,000 impressions a month just as we do premium publishers running 50 million a month. The costs have really begun to add up and we've come to the realization that this simply isn't scalable given our existing basic fee structure.

Beginning January 1st, in order for publishers to continue to be able to access our technology platform and associated support services, we are instituting a requirement for a monthly minimum fee of $2,000, below which a publisher will have to make up the difference. By means of example, if your fee on managed revenue ends up being only $500 a month, you will be responsible for the additional $1,500 to make up for the costs associated with managing and supporting our, and your, business. We recognize these minimums are not going to work for all publishers. If you choose to pass on the new monthly minimum and close your account, we hope you will continue to keep us in mind as your traffic grows and it makes more economical sense for you.

One thing to consider when making your decision on how you would like to proceed, is how your traffic is currently allocated and whether you are serving all your Ad Networks through the Rubicon platform vs. outside of it. This additional traffic might help you meet the minimum monthly fee, while at the same time providing additional lift for your overall inventory.

If you would like to continue to access the Rubicon Project's technology and services, please let us know no later than December 18th by responding to globalsupport@rubiconproject.com Best Regards, the Rubicon Project

This email was sent to: *@netscrap.com*

This email was sent by: the Rubicon Project 1925 S Bundy Drive Los Angeles, CA 90025 USA

09/08/2009  — 

Story of a Surfboard: 1963 Bing

I found an ad for this one on Craigslist a few years ago. At that time I had been watching a bunch of old videos on YouTube and drooling over pics of early Bings on classicbingsurfboards.com was really curious about how these old boards felt on a wave. When I saw the ad for an old 9'6" bing, I jumped on it.

The guy who sold it to me said that he had done some repair work to the nose. He added the paint to the deck (probably to cover up some of the work on the nose), but mentioned that that was common for boards from this era. He offered the following advice about the leash-hole in the tail:

"Someone drilled that leash hole. Not me. I don't use a leash -- with two exceptions. 1. when there are rocks that will break your board. 2. when you know there's a shark in the water."

Bing Copeland, added some info about the board's history:

"Your board #2699 was ordered by a local Hermosa surfer named Steve Lupo on August 3, 1963. I'll send you a birth certificate for your board to your email address.

Bing"

Sure, enough, Bing shared a Birth Certificate (pdf) from his log book when the board was born on 8/3/1963. Super cool!

This thing has taken a beating. 2" balsa stringer, neat red lamination job, big d-fin. What's not to love about it? In the water it really screams (once it gets going). It's kind of like riding a torpedo. I rode this board exclusively in all conditions for a little over a year. It really helped my surfing: strength, balance. Maybe even style.

Low rocker
D-Fin, leash hole
Tail
Split-eye Bing Logo
Tail and Belly
Bottom, patches
Serial No: 2699
More Bottom
Deck

Lots of gaps in the story. Who was Steve Lupo? How did this thing end up in Santa Cruz? I hope to add a few new stories before the stringer rots through.

Oh yeah: Skip Hoard snapped my pic at Linda Mar one day. I ran into this pic on the wall of a cafe after a morning session.

Pic on the wall at a cafe

04/05/2009  — 

Menu and Wines from Dinner at Cyrus

Amy and I headed north to Healdsburg for an amazing day topped-off with an amazing dinner at Cyrus, one of the best restaurants in the bay area (possibly the country).

I'm reverse-blogging this so please bear with the memories. I recall the service to be top-notch. I witnessed a table of 6 (maybe 8?) served silently, simultaneously, with such grace and precision. Our service was impeccable: every question about preparation or ingredients was met with expert, but friendly answers. I witnessed negotiations between an obviously French patron and a server over the cheese course. The server knew everything about every cheese: climate, preparation, treatments... the patron (and I) was impressed.

Our tasting menu worked like this:

  1. Canapés
  2. California Select Caviar with Accompaniments.
  3. Amuse Bouche
  4. Thai Marinated Lobster with Avocado, Mango, and Hearts of Palm.
    Wine: Kerner, Abbazia di Novacella, Alto Adige, Italy 2007
  5. Me: Foie Gras "Torchon" with Tamarind and Dates.
    Wine: Riesling Kabinett, Dr. Crusius "Traiser Rotenfels" Nahe, Germany 2007
    Amy had the Gnocchi with Morels and Snap Peas
  6. Seared Scallop with Chorizo and Clams.
    Wine: Manzanilla Pasada Sherry, Hidalgo "Pastrana" Jerez, Spain.
  7. Duck Breast with Bok Choy and Asparagus, Sesame- Shao Xing Sauce.
    Wine: Pinot Noir, Skewis "Lingenfelder" Russian River Valley 2005.
  8. Amy: Wagyu Beef with Burdock and Shiso, Oxtail Umeshu Consommé.
    Me: Lamb roulade with Mélange of Spring Vegetables.
    Wine: "Pian del Ciampolo", Montevertine, Tuscany, Italy, 2005
  9. Artisanal and Farmhouse Cheeses presented Tableside.
    Wine: Savigny-les-Beaune, Camus-Bruchon "Vielles Vignes", Burgundy, France 2006
  10. Verjus Sorbet, Blood Orange Riesling Soup with Crystalized Picholine Olives.
    Wine: Brachetto D'Acqui, Marenco, Piedmont, Italy 2006
  11. Tiramisu, Cappuccino "Spoon", Caramelized Fennel and Espresso Gelato
    Wine: Bual Madeira, Henriques & Henriques "15 Year Old", Portugal
    Amy: Carmelized Walnut Carrot Cake with Yuzu -- Carrot Sorbet
  12. Mignardises

Hits: Cocktails were really good: the bar uses seasonal ingredients to create new drinks. The Amuse Bouche was a play on all senses of taste. The Scallop was amazing: the scallop/chorizo/manzanilla pairing was so perfect. The Foie Gras "Torchon" was a play on indian flavors: I think they served it with papadam and maybe even a puri -- lots of fun.

Misses: Very little. The espresso in the desert was too bitter. The Blood Orange Riesling Soup was a little lame. Nothing much else to complain about.

If we win the lottery we'll get back there sometime soon. Untill then, the memories will keep us rolling along.

12/03/2008  — 

Blert, A Zeen

10/09/2008  — 

New Crop of Food TV

08/21/2008  — 

Blog Action Day 2008: Poverty

08/20/2008  — 

Digsby will change the way you communicate online

06/27/2008  — 

Post 1000

05/14/2008  — 

Double Surf-Swap Happiness This Weekend.

04/15/2008  — 

GFSearcher=Nutch

01/25/2008  — 

js-kit comments on greacen.com

01/23/2008  — 

The horror of the Hayward fault

01/09/2008  — 

Gofish, spilled...

09/23/2007  — 

Long time no blog.