Kottke.org, now with x10 ads.
June 8, 2001 8:36 AM   Subscribe

Kottke.org, now with x10 ads. Sad, but true. I don't like them, but I suppose if you need the money... Look in the source for confirmation:

var url = "http://ads.x10.com/bluefish/bf23.htm";
var domain = "kottke.org";


at least the girl in the camera ad is kinda cute.
posted by moz (86 comments total)
 
I experienced this "sad" truth yesterday, but refused to believe it came from Jason's blog and moved on. I wish I could thank you for confirming this in the source for us all, but I preferred my dogged ignorance. Since any regularly updated blog gives a lot and asks little (nothing?)in return I am open-mindedly sympathetic, hopefully Jason will respond. Now I am off to read up on how to turn the damn things off!
posted by tdstone at 8:55 AM on June 8, 2001


Something seems fishy about this... I can't picture Kottke doing such a thing without even commenting on it. But what do I know?
posted by tallman at 8:59 AM on June 8, 2001


Hmm. Would you expect anything better from the kind of person who thinks the best way to spend time in the Louvre is by taking photos ("Oh gee, honey, I must prove I've been to Europe")?

(after reading his comments on others doing the same I wouldn't be surprised if somewhere else he also comments that there a lot of popunder ads on the net these days...)

Grumble grumble.
posted by andrew cooke at 9:02 AM on June 8, 2001


I wouldn't put it past J-Ko just to do this as a chain-yank. You go, J-Ko.
posted by rodii at 9:10 AM on June 8, 2001


This whole popunder thing is puzzling. Why is it only this one ad? And why is it so ubiquitous?
posted by luser at 9:11 AM on June 8, 2001


I think the reason he's doing it is probably just to see what sort of discussion he can raise about personal sites having commercial advertisements on their site. Go to it people. Pros versus Cons? Is this a viable way for webloggers to make some money? Is it a pain-in-the-arse? Both?
posted by almostcool at 9:13 AM on June 8, 2001


I think he's saying that we all need to love each other more and help the people in Tibet in their hard struggle for independence from the oppressive neo-Maoists in Beijing. He's saying the web isn't just about stylesheets and javascript: it's about people and making connections with each other for the betterment of humanity.
posted by cardboard at 9:17 AM on June 8, 2001


And there's no better way to do that than with a phone from Cingular Wireless.

I saw the Kottke ad this morning and figured it was Yet Another Witty Example Of Why Kottke Is Popular. Keep your eyes on this one, folks - he may be a star someday.
posted by hijinx at 9:22 AM on June 8, 2001


I'm very disappointed. Kottke's selling out. Personal sites should be a labor of love. Cashing out is what separates web people from dot-Com people.
posted by ktheory at 9:26 AM on June 8, 2001


I think I'm the only person in America who finds Kottke.org to be...vaguely interesting at best. Of course, my dark secret is that I find most weblogs to be pretty boring.
I now fully expect my MeFi membership to be revoked.
posted by Doug at 9:26 AM on June 8, 2001


is it just me or do these ads seem to imply that one could, ahem, film young ladies like the ones in the ad , um, without them knowing it???????
posted by bunnyfire at 9:31 AM on June 8, 2001


do these ads seem to imply that one could, ahem, film young ladies like the ones in the ad , um, without them knowing it???????

Some of them do more than others. Fiddle around with the 2-digit number near the end of the url
http://ads.x10.com/bluefish/bf23.htm
--> most combinations in the teens and 20s show the same ad, the only difference being the presence or absence of the oh-so-alluring bulletpoint suggesting its use in bedrooms, oh, way too much time...
posted by luser at 9:34 AM on June 8, 2001


Implication is correct. That's the first thing that I thought, but then again I've done that sort of thing before.
posted by chainring at 9:35 AM on June 8, 2001


I think kottke's doing this as a joke.

on the other hand, I see nothing wrong with anyone supporting themselves with their weblog, given the chance. poverty is not a virtue. getting paid to do what you love is the dream.

unfortunately, almost none of us have enough traffic to make advertising worth the heartache; for most of us the most practical advantage to a personal site is its use as a calling card.

rcb
posted by rebeccablood at 9:37 AM on June 8, 2001


so, do you guys think that if i bought one of these cameras i could meet myself a hottie? i'll hold off on that second turntable in that case.
posted by moz at 9:43 AM on June 8, 2001


I think I'm the only person in America who finds Kottke.org to be...vaguely interesting at best.

Doug: You're not alone. 'Course I always found powazek.com to be trite, too. Guess we're bastards.
posted by Karl at 10:22 AM on June 8, 2001


Both fo you, out of the memepool!
posted by Mick at 10:31 AM on June 8, 2001


damn dyslexia
posted by Mick at 10:32 AM on June 8, 2001


x10 does offer an opt-out service to block this popunder crap.
posted by textist at 10:36 AM on June 8, 2001


Although quite clearly a (de)constructivist approach to totalitarian memes, this latest text is much more Spivakian in its (re)generation of gender separatist dis(course)/ease. Here we have a self, troubled, split - yearning to reach a Foucault-like extenstion of self awareness in a space itself divided and misidentified. Of course, a pure Lacanian reading would render differently, but this text is too fragmented as it now stands.
posted by gsh at 10:40 AM on June 8, 2001


A quick comment would eliminate ambiguity, unless the purpose is to encourage ambiguity. Pass the petri dish around for collection.
posted by timothompson at 10:56 AM on June 8, 2001


This thread is killing me - with laughter. OF COURSE he's doing it as a gag - whatever flaws Jason might have, lack of humor and/or stupidity is not one of them. When I first saw it early this a.m., I almost convulsed, it was so damn funny. Then I got over it and moved on. Let's go people - can't we find something better to do, like search for the next AYBABTU?
posted by davidmsc at 10:57 AM on June 8, 2001


moz "at least the girl in the camera ad is kinda cute"??!?

You got some funny taste in girls
posted by PWA_BadBoy at 11:05 AM on June 8, 2001


yah, i guess. assuming there isn't more than one of the ads of that kind. i think i have funny taste in girls regardless.
posted by moz at 11:09 AM on June 8, 2001


gsh misses Feed already. Obviously.
posted by mikel at 11:29 AM on June 8, 2001


Kottke's really got you guys strung along. People spend so much time putting him down, yet he still manages to spark discussion. Keep it up, J-Ko.
posted by owen at 12:16 PM on June 8, 2001


Is it just me or is does every thread about him contain the same kind of odd speculation about his intentions and criticisms about his content.?

rodii,

I think it should be J Ko as in J Lo. In fact,


<a href="http://www.kottke.org/">J Ko is cooler then J Lo.</a>


5% off the top is all I ask J Ko.
posted by john at 12:16 PM on June 8, 2001


Well, the new New Economy isn't treating me any better than anyone else out there. The free hosting that I've been lucky to have for kottke.org is ending in a couple months and I'm moving it to a new non-free home. Due to the amount of traffic I get (and I'm sure this thread isn't helping any), the hosting is a wee bit expensive and I've had to look at some, shall we say, desperate options.

One of these options is the x10 popunder ads. I hate them too, but kottke.org has to start paying for itself now that the free Internet is over with. I don't know if I'm going to keep them or not, but it's an option.

Another option I've been talking to potential advertisers about is product placement on kottke.org. I'm in the middle of rewriting my baseball story to include references to Gatorade and Wilson as a sample to show to advertisers. If this works out, I also plan on taking more photos with products in them as well, as seen in this mockup I did earlier this week (compare with the before pic).

Free is over, friends, even for personal sites. Embrace the future.

Would you expect anything better from the kind of person who thinks the best way to spend time in the Louvre is by taking photos ("Oh gee, honey, I must prove I've been to Europe")?

I missed the memo that said no one can take pictures as remembrances of places and experiences anymore. Can someone forward me a copy? Also, time spent in the Louvre: 4 hours. Time spent taking pictures in the Louvre: about 10 minutes. Time spent taking "a whiz" in the Louvre bathroom: 32 seconds.

I think I'm the only person in America who finds Kottke.org to be...vaguely interesting at best.

Not at all. I myself think it's only vaguely interesting. And the 5,999,932,401 people in the world who have never read my site? They could fucking care less.
posted by jkottke at 12:17 PM on June 8, 2001


What's all this I hear about funny tasting girls?
posted by Outlawyr at 12:20 PM on June 8, 2001


Some of you may not know this, but the "a" in "a-list" actually stands for "ads". I used an IRC spy agent like the one described herein: http://grc.com/dos/grcdos.htm and over-read the following chat session in the ads-list chat room hosted on this very server:

mathowie: are you puttin' up ads?
calamondin: i'm not puttin up ads.
mathowie: hey, let's get j ko! he'll put up anything!
posted by ericost at 12:22 PM on June 8, 2001


Why do I get the feeling we're no better off after the explaination than we were before?
posted by tallman at 12:31 PM on June 8, 2001


i wonder how much those x10 ads pay. they're harder to ignore than banner ads. not that i'd be paid anything with my traffic.
posted by moz at 12:35 PM on June 8, 2001


Given Simply Porn, I'm surprised this isn't a link to something like XXX10.
posted by dhartung at 12:36 PM on June 8, 2001


I'm sure some of you still thinking he's joking.

If the free internet is overm the only alternative is "sponsoring" by ads?

My hoster isn't free too, but to run my site is my personal fun, so I pay for it like others for their snowboard or other hobbies.
posted by ronsens at 12:37 PM on June 8, 2001


hmm? has anyone ever seen j ko and dave eggers together?
posted by tigger26 at 12:39 PM on June 8, 2001


what on earth does that mean?
posted by jbeaumont at 12:44 PM on June 8, 2001


I missed the memo that said no one can take pictures as remembrances of places and experiences anymore.

You also missed the point of my comment.

When you're next in a gallery, and finding it tricky to take a picture because so many others are too, make a mental note to read up on the tragedy of the commons.

And consider how the photo you took to remind you of the Louvre didn't include all the ******* tourists taking pictures...
posted by andrew cooke at 12:47 PM on June 8, 2001


>has anyone ever seen j ko and dave eggers together

Yeah, they're doing a buddy cop picture this summer. Their other partner is a dog. And there's a monkey too. Guaranteed hilarious highjinks.
posted by mathowie at 12:47 PM on June 8, 2001


Yeah, they're doing a buddy cop picture this summer.

I heard it was a Spaghetti Western for the Gen Y crowd
posted by mmm at 12:50 PM on June 8, 2001


A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Product Placement.
posted by judith at 12:52 PM on June 8, 2001


No, it's yet another remake of some remarkable French film that will only suffer a thousand deaths at the hands of Hollywood. Why do you think he went to France?
posted by heather at 12:56 PM on June 8, 2001


Twenty dollars a month is too much to spend on a site? With a few dollars more for super-bandwidth?

I'm sorry, but that smacks of considerable bullshit. If you can pay $10 a month for Tivo (I don't and won't), then surely you can afford a measly Hamilton to maintain a personal website. Besides, why adopt a failed and ineffectual 2000 business model that will ultimately pay nothing in the first place? There are other solutions out there.

Either this thing is a complete satirical lark (and I would suspect that it is) or Kottke gives not a good goddam for integrity. But then who the hell really cares?
posted by ed at 12:57 PM on June 8, 2001


twenty dollars a month with a few dollars more for super-bandwidth? that kind of hosting is a myth. i paid through the nose when a portion of my site was linked from a number of high traffic sites in november and december.
posted by heather at 1:08 PM on June 8, 2001


Unlimited bandwidth?
posted by ed at 1:24 PM on June 8, 2001


Due to the amount of traffic I get (and I'm sure this thread isn't helping any), the hosting is a wee bit expensive

If it's any consolation, I never visit your site. (Can't stand #DFFF0C, not to mention most of the content.) Just doing my part!
posted by jpoulos at 1:27 PM on June 8, 2001


"unlimited bandwidth."

there's always a catch. when you push these people on what unlimited truly means, well, suddenly things change. i've not dealt with pair or softcomca but i don't believe it.
posted by heather at 1:29 PM on June 8, 2001


A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Product Placement.


Most of this thread has been "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Get-Over-Kottke's-Site-Being-More-'Popular'-Than-Your-Site". People, he is a guy who runs a site. If you don't like him, you can probably find better ways of showing sending traffic his way.

Most of us run sites. Popularity is in the eye of the beholder, baby! Live free and die! Don't worry about what other people think of you! [Insert self-love and/or self-help cliche here]

For those of you keeping vote: Yes, I do enjoy his site. Yes, I do think this is a joke.
posted by bakiwop at 1:36 PM on June 8, 2001


And the 5,999,932,401 people in the world who have never read my site?

Come on! Only 5,999,932,401 have never read kottke.org? It's GOT to be higher than that.

Damn his ego!

;)
posted by justgary at 1:53 PM on June 8, 2001


nobody who saw the pepsi image should think that was anything other than a joke. If he gets paid a bit for his joke, all the better!
posted by nedrichards at 1:54 PM on June 8, 2001


And consider how the photo you took to remind you of the Louvre didn't include all the ******* tourists taking pictures...

It's really not worth sharing the email exchange I had with Jason on the way that we both took pictures in the Louvre of people trying to take pictures of things that look better in the postcards and prints anyway, is it? Or that people were complaining about how the Louvre was being ruined by visitors from about Day Two of its opening?

Actually, I think the A-list should follow the example of the big museums in Paris, and introduce a Carte des Weblogs, allowing premium ad-free access at a discount. Tcha.
posted by holgate at 2:02 PM on June 8, 2001


Yeah, they're doing a buddy cop picture this summer

I heard the part of Eggers was being played by a talking pie.
posted by scottandrew at 2:11 PM on June 8, 2001


Nedrichards, I think you're on to something, it looks like Pepsi is paying for Kottke afterall.
posted by mathowie at 2:24 PM on June 8, 2001


Can't link to it, but while on the subway on my way home, I was reading on Wall Street Journal that this is the New new-media merger/partnership subliminal commerce strategy. Analyst Abby Joseph Cohen said that the larger companies are re-evaluating the concepts of word of mouth advertising via microcontent websites. If you had noticed, Jason Kottke has frequently linked to Amazon in his bid to further e-commerce. Using those data aggregated with data from other Amazon affiliates, a new group of companies are moving into this new field of subliminal advertising via microcontent sites.

The report also indicated of in-crowd whispers/rumors of both Kottke and RobotWisdom to be acquired by larger media and/or web ad placement companies.


posted by tamim at 2:25 PM on June 8, 2001


you know, meg's been awful quiet lately. do you think that britney has come between them?
posted by heather at 2:27 PM on June 8, 2001


that's a neat trick
posted by moz at 2:27 PM on June 8, 2001


Complaining about someone's personal site irks me. It should never be done, it's that simple.
posted by Mark at 2:31 PM on June 8, 2001


j ko: the new kaycee?
posted by judith at 2:34 PM on June 8, 2001


"Live free and die!"

Extremist! (or were you just speaking to j ko? in which case "hate monger!")
posted by CrazyUncleJoe at 2:38 PM on June 8, 2001


it looks like Pepsi is paying for Kottke afterall

Dammit, they said they weren't going to run that until early next week. Can't trust the media with anything these days.
posted by jkottke at 2:41 PM on June 8, 2001


Extremist! (or were you just speaking to j ko? in which case "hate monger!")


Try and think of "Live free and die!" as more of a sequential suggestion than a correlational one.

:)
posted by bakiwop at 2:59 PM on June 8, 2001


Free is over, friends, even for personal sites. Embrace the future.

Yeah, I'm with ya on that. I recently got into telesales to pay my $50 a month phone bill, cuz that phone bill sure aint paying itself.

Pointless sarcasm aside, Jason can do what he wants with his site. It's his. Not all of us have extra money floating around each month to pay for personal projects. So, if the ads turn you off, so be it. I only visit his site once every week/fortnight anyway, so one popunder ad sure aint gunna annoy me.
posted by wackybrit at 3:11 PM on June 8, 2001


I think this is really interesting, actually. I mean how many people came up with the idea of trying to build a personal site upon which one could sell banners (back in the day)? I know I thought about it - just for kicks, mostly, but still, I thought about it.

Again back in the day the conversation (usually started by someone who wasn't me, but it happened at least half a dozen times in the mid-90s) started, "I'm thinking of doing a personal site, but selling banners on it! Imagine the controversy - that alone would increase traffic for a while and justify the investment!"

The world has changed a whole lot since then, at least on the web. There *are* personal sites that receive considerable traffic now. Free services are dropping like flies. And in that context, I think it's perfectly appropriate to seek out alternate means of support. And more, I think it's a good thing that someone like Jason Kottke is doing it, sticking his toe in and seeing how the water feels. Better him than many, many others I can think of, anyhow.

I'm surprised it wasn't Jason Hall though. He's had huge hits for longer than most have had sites, and certainly isn't averse to experimentation.
posted by mikel at 3:27 PM on June 8, 2001


Can't stand #DFFF0C

I'm painting my home office in #DFFF0C.
posted by SpecialK at 3:28 PM on June 8, 2001


I don't see much of a problem with personal homepages selling advertising. If the site provides good content, why shouldn't the user be paid? I'd much prefer they get the money on a site they own than give Yahoo/Geocities/Angelfire/Tripod money for hosting their sites. But of course, I'm a capitalistic bastard.

[Coca-Cola is the official sponsor of owillis' comments, Enjoy]
posted by owillis at 3:33 PM on June 8, 2001


Hrmph. I actually check Jason's site on occasion and I actually originally stumbled upon it because of osil8. But let's not get our collective panties in a bunch over pop-up ads. People have to make money, and if Jason can put an extra $5-10 in his pocket then so be it.

Plus, having a pop-up window killer program running background makes this matter less. Jason, keep doing what you've got to do. People do enjoy your work.

-boogah
posted by dincognito at 3:39 PM on June 8, 2001


Risking a slight veer back towards the serious, pair.com doesn't offer unlimited bandwidth. They just spell out up front what your bandwidth limits are. (i.e. a 'Webmaster' account lets you have 400/MB a day or about 12 Gigs a month).

You may now continue with the krazy kottke kamera klicking katastrophies.
posted by alan at 3:42 PM on June 8, 2001


New Economy, New Blogging:

Had breakfast today. Enjoyed a luscious glass of Minute Maid Orange Juice, without the pulp, came in a carton for only $1.99. It smacked against my lips, tasting scrumptuous with my Noah's Bagel, onion with tomato spread and toasted, the kind of bagel that mom could have made if she knew how to bake, available in over 100 locations in the Bay Area!

posted by ed at 8:37 a.m. on June 8


What's the point of blogging like a Sunday newspaper advertising insert? Is this the kind of thing that happens regularly under the Bush Administration?
posted by ed at 3:46 PM on June 8, 2001


Speaking of Pair.com and bandwidth, they have always been very fair with posting upfront their bandwidth limitations. Hell, I went over a few times, and they waived the charges for me (probably because I only racked up about $10 worth of extra mb.)

As for the X10 thing - joke or not, it's still $20 a referral if someone buys through Jason's site. Not bad, eh?
posted by annathea at 3:54 PM on June 8, 2001


"What's the point of blogging like a Sunday newspaper advertising insert?"

I think you are missing the point of having a personal web log. It's not to tell stories and post nice links. The whole point is to be famous and have lots of people link to you. The commentary is just filler anyway.
posted by y6y6y6 at 4:57 PM on June 8, 2001


Opera's such a spoilsport.
posted by Mrmuhnrmuh at 4:58 PM on June 8, 2001


As said above: "Risking a slight veer back towards the serious, pair.com doesn't offer unlimited bandwidth. They just spell out up front what your bandwidth limits are. (i.e. a 'Webmaster' account lets you have 400/MB a day or about 12 Gigs a month)."

Agreed - but that's a hell of a lot for most people's purposes - particularly for a personal site.

I run both http://www.barbelith.com and http://www.plasticbag.org off a pair webmaster account. Most of the stuff I do doesn't get that much traffic at all, but the server intensive UBB software (plus my fairly small community of regulars) does/do. With nearly 300,000 page views a month it's only just started pushing me regularly over my 400Mb a day account. Is Jason really getting 10,000 impressions a day just for kottke.org?

Having said that, I'm getting a bit stuck now as well. The gap between pair's $30 package and the one above ($130) seems a little steep to me...
posted by barbelith at 5:02 PM on June 8, 2001


Agreed - but that's a hell of a lot for most people's purposes - particularly for a personal site.

Definitely. That's what I was trying to say. With the exception of their screwy invoices, I love pair. (And they really only get screwy when, you're, um, a little late with your payments).
posted by alan at 5:22 PM on June 8, 2001


Ok, ok pair is the best host in the freakin world. I'm sure they love the free advertising:)

But couldn't we get back to kottke selling out to the man?
posted by justgary at 5:30 PM on June 8, 2001


jkottke (who is that, anyway?), I'm so sorry to hear your cat died!
posted by bryanboyer at 5:42 PM on June 8, 2001


I thought that x10 hack from a few days ago was supposed to prevent me from seeing those damned pop-unders for something like ten years? Guess not...
posted by Spanktacular at 6:23 PM on June 8, 2001


Wow, my head is spinning.
posted by Hackworth at 7:25 PM on June 8, 2001


"I think you are missing the point of having a personal web log. It's not to tell stories and post nice links. The whole point is to be famous and have lots of people link to you. The commentary is just filler anyway."

OH! So THAT'S what I been doing wrong! I'm supposed to try to be POPULAR!

Ack! *hits self in head with fist* I coulda had a V-8!

This ZachsMind Moment brought to you by V8 Tropical Blend Splash! Now available in diet, too!
posted by ZachsMind at 9:36 PM on June 8, 2001


pair pair pair
posted by alan at 10:40 PM on June 8, 2001


Time spent taking "a whiz" in the Louvre bathroom: 32 seconds.

Oh... that was my *next* question. Nevermind. :0)

Can someone forward me the memo where personal sites *aren't* supposed to have banner ads? I see them all the time... it's nice to know that whatever Kottke makes on click-thru's or sales will actually go to him, as opposed to a corner office at Angelfire, Hypermart or Geocities (like most people's sites).
posted by EricBrooksDotCom at 3:30 AM on June 9, 2001


I mean how many people came up with the idea of trying to build a personal site upon which one could sell banners (back in the day)?
it's nice to know that whatever Kottke makes on click-thru's or sales will actually go to him, as opposed to a corner office at Angelfire, Hypermart or Geocities (like most people's sites).
i am continually 'encouraged' to get my own domain rather than host my writing at geocities. however, my ego has never won over my pocketbook. free is free. jason probably does have bandwidth issues. as for the pop up ads, i don't consider them a quality of life issue. if anything on the internet is causing an emotional issue for you, TIME TO GO OUTSIDE. plus, andre has a popup remedy at www.torrez.org
posted by jyoung at 7:46 AM on June 9, 2001


Hell, at least he gets paid for his ads - the people who have the suffer through with me at Tripod just get a cute little banner at the top of the page.
Damn society.
posted by GirlFriday at 9:56 AM on June 9, 2001


How much is offered for this type of "sponsorship deal"? I want to know what to expect what I launch LostSockLand.com (not to be confused with pair.com--the domain name I tried to buy).

Also, who would buy a camera based on those popunders?
posted by ParisParamus at 12:29 PM on June 9, 2001


ParisParamus: I would...but only if the girl was included. She is pretty cute. But seriously, does anyone know if these cameras actually work?
posted by davidmsc at 9:06 PM on June 9, 2001


I've heard they work pretty well. A friend of mine bought one and put it inside a model railroad engine, so he could look at his layout from the perspective of the engineer.

This is the same guy who said that once he did buy one, he was spammed to death by the marketing geniuses at X10, to the tune of up to 5 emails a day.
posted by crunchland at 6:06 AM on June 10, 2001


From the site it appears that sign-up-at-the-site affiliates get $20 in X10 merch for each sale. Am I misreading it?
posted by FPN at 6:45 AM on June 10, 2001


> But seriously, does anyone know if these cameras
> actually work?

I would bet many are being sold to would-be peepers who look at the girl in the (damned annoying) ads, think about a concealably small camera (and wireless means hard to trace if someone finds it), and suddenly decide their homes or offices sure could use secret security surveillance. Here are some of the recommended uses:

"Monitor children or pets! (See who has been stealing those cookies while Mom is not looking.)
Domestic surveillance
Transmit live video footage of your parties all over the house! Have guests watch themselves on TV!
Bring a little spice into your romance... (need we say more?) "


Only the densest of peepers would fail to take these hints and realize that the thing can be secretly installed in bathrooms and bedrooms, on window ledges and in ceiling tiles, with no incriminating wire leading back to the one-handed typist at the PC.
posted by pracowity at 7:35 AM on June 10, 2001


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