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Why Isn’t Direct Mail Regulated Like Spam?

Junk Mail
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I never did understand why direct mail never came under as much scrutiny as spam. Everyone has an issue with spammers, but most actually just suck it in and deal with direct mailers.

Now let’s be honest, if you look at both sides, they operate under the same concept but just in different mediums. Direct mail uses the postal service, while spammers use the Internet. You have no say in either thing on whether or not you get it, and both are trying to sell you something. And just like having an inbox, if you have a mailing address, you will get some regardless of how hard you try to keep it completely hidden.

So my question is… why isn’t direct mailing under similar rules as the CAN-SPAM Act? Why is it that we have to suck it up and deal with this type of marketing tactic and not the other? It seems like they would fall under similar regulation rules since the difference really only being that one being electronic and the other is physical. In fact, now that I think about it, I’ve even taught the concept of emailing with the analogies of home addresses.

I suppose it’ll never be changed, but one can always wonder since both are annoyances in most people’s lives.

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Project Animatic by Bao-Yao Liu

There’s really not too much to say about this but wow. Yeah, I didn’t actually see it on the intertubes until it hit 8A (what can I say, the things that I follow don’t include Ashton Kutcher). The fact that this guy did this for his senior project and took 3 months of planning, 4 days of shooting, and 6000+ post-it notes is just amazing. That’s actually a great commercial for 3M too (nudge nudge 3M PR and marketing). I’m actually surprised that he hasn’t been contacted by 3M to actually have that placed into commercial form. In any case, there isn’t too many art projects that come through that just make me go…”Wow!” but this definitely is one of them.

Hotlinker Threatens to Sue

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I love stuff like this. I mean, let’s be honest now. Most people that have been on the Internet long enough, learn the term hotlinking. This is mainly because hotlinking is where you use someone else’s bandwidth to provide for the images that really should be on your own server (and thus you pay for the hosting cost). Instead, it’s leeching off of someone else to provide images for your website.

Well, strangely enough, after I had read about a local hotlinking issue (NSFW) from Sue, I ran across Jason Kottke’s post on someone threatening to sue another blogger because of they pulled the “hotlinked” images.

Now just let that sink in for a second.

Yes, that’s right. Someone that was stealing the bandwidth, was threatening to sue because the originator of the bandwidth pulled the plug on the theft. That definitely counts as one of those jaw dropping, baka muttering, geeky chuckle moments if I’ve ever saw one.

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Restaurant Review: Oriental Cafe

orientalcafe I have to admit that I have yet to try all of the food yet. Only been there twice, and both times I insisted on Japanese since that’s what I usually crave since it’s a bit more difficult to get good Japanese food in the South unless you’re a big fan of hibachi. But I have to admit, I found a new favorite place for my tummy.

And what the tummy wants, the tummy gets. To a degree. In any case, the decor on the inside was fabulous, and well done. Something that you’d never would have known from the outside decor due to the fact that it’s in a strip mall. From a cuisine perspective, you’re probably looking at a decent valued meal unless you go ballistic and order several of the ten dollar rolls. They serve Thai, Chinese, and Japanese cuisine and all of the waitresses are extremely friendly. I actually had a chance to meet the owner at one of my NAAAP meetings and found that we actually knew a mutual friend. In either case, the food was great, the value is good, and you really can’t get anything better than this around the Winston-Salem area. At least not to my knowledge.

There are definitely other reviews out there so don’t take my word for it. But I can tell you that both my wife and I have found a new restaurant that we adore. Oh, and one other thing since the Triad restaurants always have incredible crazy wait times during the Friday and Saturday dinner crowds. You don’t have to wait here. It’s one of those diamonds in the rough that people haven’t discovered yet. Nestled in the shadow of the Hanes Mall across from Allegacy credit union, this place is definitely an asian foodie’s choice.

Pirate Party takes Seat in EU Parliament

The Pirate Party
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It seems that the Pirate Party has finally made it happen. They’ve joined the EU Parliament with at least one seat in Sweden but more likely two seats. This basically should leave most of the more aged political parties quaking in their boots. What this really means?

The Internet is a powerful tool. This was proven in the last American election when the Democrats used the Internet and technology as a driver for youth voting. Similarly, the Pirate Party is the largest party in the young voting demographic in Sweden and is growing in Europe at an astonishing rate. Gathering behind the Pirate Flag and the only agenda being to legalize file-sharing for personal use and throw gestapo copyright enforcement back media industries, they have gathered a younger generation into a political rebellion.

And interestingly enough, this should open the eyes of not only corporate leadership, but also political ones where special interest groups hold some weight. Because this legal process basically shows that the people will stand up and rise against things they believe in regardless of regime. And this is one method of doing so, not to mention it’s the legal way of doing it.

Should be interesting to see if there are any more Pirate Party representation in future elections around the world.

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