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Our weekend editor Carey is taking some time off today and tomorrow, probably to relax, although it might also be to go get a facelift, or enter rehab, or perform community service, or make a drug run to Canada. We didn’t ask. In the meantime, I’ll be posting various diatribes until I hit my quota or boredom sets in, whichever comes first. If you’re missing your weekend Carey fix, remember you can always check out his previous posts here!
Our publisher’s advertising monkeys are giving you the chance to win a $300 AMEX card if you tell us a little bit about yourself in this 5-10 minute survey. Giving an email address is optional to complete the survey, but necessary if you want to be eligible for the drawing, otherwise we won’t have any way to contact you.
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IT’S WAR! Jamba Juice, home of the Diabetes Smoothie, is having a special freebie event at the same time as Starbucks next Tuesday morning, where they’ll be giving out breakfast mush or something like that. Which store will you abandon your job for next Tuesday?
Starbucks wants us to all go to our nearest Starbucks location on Tuesday, April 8th, at 9am PST/ 12pm EST “sharp,” for “something big.” If the barista re-training last month was Phase 2, is this Phase 3? Is the spaceship comet passing overhead then? Will we at least get free drink coupons out of the deal?
You may notice that the site looks different. Yes, we updated our template. Feel free to leave your thoughts or bugs (along with browser and OS type and version) in the comments. (BTW, we’re aware of the XP and IE6 viewing problems and are working hard to fix them).
You can now use Twitter to read the top stories from Consumerist more easily via the web, text message, IM, email or RSS. Just plug http://twitter.com/consumerist into the device of your choice and start Twittering away.
Sometimes you can’t think of anything to say, but you can think of a video on YouTube that will make your point perfectly. That’s when you might want to bust out a new feature we added to the comments. Just drop a link to a youtube video and then our computer gnomes will go make that video magically appear in the comments in a thumbnail size. When you see one of these, click “watch video” to watch it. Click “stop video” to make it go back to thumbnail. Nifty.
Did you know? We have an “Archives” section (consumerist.com/archive) where you can quickly skip backwards through our posts by month. We also have a new feature where if you click on an author’s byline next to their post, you will only see the posts written by that author.
The Consumerist made it to the final round of the Bloggies and we need your votes by the end of today to get the gold. We’re finalists in three categories: Best Topical Weblog, Best Group Weblog, and Weblog of the Year. If you haven’t voted yet, today is the last day. Head on over to 2008.bloggies.com to let your voice be heard on who you think are the best of the blogs. Click the buttons under at least three categories. Complete the word verification test at the bottom. Enter a real email address that you can check. Wait for the verification email and click the URL inside to finalize your ballot. Last time we posted this, people were concerned about their email address getting sold to marketers. This is not one of those operations. And once again, should we win, on the day that it’s announced, all the posts during that day will be illustrated with cat-based photography.
Did you know? Consumerist.com/popular/ is a way to read only the most popular posts of the past week.
Thanks to your helpful votes, we’ve become finalists for three Bloggies: Best Topical Weblog, Best Group Weblog, and Weblog of the Year. Hooray! Now we need more of your votes to seal the deal. Head on over to 2008.bloggies.com and if you think we are deserving, select the little buttons under our names for the various categories. If we win, it will be a sure sign that America is “taking The Consumerist seriously.” Oh, and cats – If we win, on the day that it’s announced, all the post during that day will be illustrated with cat-based photos. Voting closes on January 31st.
In remembrance of MLK’s birthday, our overlords have given us a half-day today, so there will be half-day’s worth of posts.
It’s time to nominate blogs for the 2008 Bloggies, which awards the best blogs on the planet, and darnit, we think should at least have the honor of being nominated. If you agree, head over to 2008.bloggies.com and submit our name under one of the categories. Something like Best American Weblog, Best Topical Weblog, or Best Group Weblog might be fitting. It’s mainly for bragging rights but there’s a possibility we could win 2,007 cents, which we pledge to only use to buy all the site editors burgers.
io9 is Gawker’s newest blog and it’s obsessed with the world(s) of science fiction. Site lead Annalee Newitz tells us what it’s all about:
Are you an unrepentant neophile? Do you sometimes think post-apocalyptic futures and alien invasions are pretty cool? Want to know what’s going to happen next to the climate, the shape of skyscrapers, the contents of your genome, or your favorite scifi TV show? Then come to io9.com.
Sounds fun. Incidentally, legions of customer service drones rising up to overthrow their corporate overlords would make for a good sci-fi scenario.
Wow, has another year really gone by? By all appearances, the answer is yes. Here’s wishing you and yours a happy and a merry. Half-day of posts today, tomorrow is off, and then we’re back in action on January 2nd.