Mar 312011
 

I have just watched the video of Bob Parsons, CEO of Godaddy slay an elephant. It is extremely disturbing and stupid. This video has sparked thousands of people to literally move their domains from godaddy elsewhere.

Currently, NameCheap has publicly announced that anyone who transfers their domains, Namecheap will donate $1 to Save The Elephants which is a very nice gesture, and good for namecheap.

I personally believe that the more money someone has, the more bored they get with their life and are always looking for something else to take up time – however what Parson’s did was just downright retarded. Who the hell gets off on shooting an elephant? Then he glamorizes his “achievement” by playing AC/DC’s Hells Bells and has all the locals wearing godaddy baseball caps. I think Parson’s should go back to Zimbabwe, and face the elephants without his gun. Then I’d like to see the outcome of that.

PETA recently awarded Parson’s with the “Scummiest CEO Of The Year” award – which he should get. TMZ published the letter, which can be read HERE.

So all in all, Bob Parsons – you are a moron. I have about 100 domains registered at godaddy which I am going to be moving shortly. I dont need a CEO that gets a euphoric high from slaughtering an elephant.

In case you want to see the stupid video – it is below:

Mar 112011
 

For those of us who have an amazon associates account and live in Illinois, we will no longer be allowed to participate in the program. I knew that it was only a matter of time before this law was signed and passed.

Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill forcing companies like Amazon and Overstock to collect 6.25% tax on their sales from affiliates living in Illinois. I am so sick and tired of this crooked ass state. I usually don’t like bitching and moaning but how much more can the people of Illinois take? Just a few months ago, the state tax was raised over 75% so the state can make even more money than it already does. Here is the email that Amazon just sent:

    Hello,
    For well over a decade, the Amazon Associates Program has worked with thousands of Illinois residents. Unfortunately, a new state tax law signed by Governor Quinn compels us to terminate this program for Illinois-based participants. It specifically imposes the collection of taxes from consumers on sales by online retailers – including but not limited to those referred by Illinois-based affiliates like you – even if those retailers have no physical presence in the state.

    We had opposed this new tax law because it is unconstitutional and counterproductive. It was supported by national retailing chains, most of which are based outside Illinois, that seek to harm the affiliate advertising programs of their competitors. Similar legislation in other states has led to job and income losses, and little, if any, new tax revenue. We deeply regret that its enactment forces this action.

    As a result of the new law, contracts with all Illinois affiliates of the Amazon Associates Program will be terminated and those Illinois residents will no longer receive advertising fees for sales referred to Amazon.com, Endless.com, or SmallParts.com. Please be assured that all qualifying advertising fees earned prior to April 15, 2011 will be processed and paid in full in accordance with the regular payment schedule. Based on your account closure date of April 15, 2011, any final payments will be paid by July 1, 2011.

    You are receiving this email because our records indicate that you are a resident of Illinois. If you are not currently a permanent resident of Illinois, or if you are relocating to another state in the near future, you can manage the details of your Associates account here. And if you relocate to another state after April 15, please contact us for reinstatement into the Amazon Associates Program.

    To be clear, this development will only impact our ability to continue the Associates Program in Illinois, and will not affect the ability of Illinois residents to purchase online at www.amazon.com from Amazon’s retail business.

    We have enjoyed working with you and other Illinois-based participants in the Amazon Associates Program and, if this situation is rectified, would very much welcome the opportunity to re-open our Associates Program to Illinois residents.

    Regards,

    The Amazon Associates Team

Am I the only one who wishes Rod Blagoveich was still the governor? At least when he was in office, shit was getting done. So what if the guy took some money under the table to do certain tasks – at least he wasn’t trying to screw over EACH and EVERY resident of Illinois.

Jan 182011
 
zoop twitter icon

I have decided to join the dark side and have just joined Twitter. I created a negative post about it last year stating how it might not be beneficial to join twitter. Well I have done more research and it turns out that the good outweighed the bad. I mean come on, what negative aspect could twitter have?

I am still trying to help spread the word about .co domains and this is one of the best and easiest ways to do it!

So without dragging this on, FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER! My name is: zoopdotco!

I literally just joined and somehow I already have followers – not bad!!! anyone here have twitter? feel free to post your ID’s icon smile ZOOP Now Has Twitter

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Jan 072011
 

As if living in one of the most corrupt cities in the nation was not bad enough, now our friendly government has a “nicer” way of sticking a steak knife into our hearts and turining it 90 degrees clockwise. The only thing that is good about living in this city is the fact that we have nice summers. That’s about it – the entire city is corrupt and always finding more bullshit ways to stick their fingers into the tax payers dollar.

So here is a breakdown of this ridiculous law. If you bought ANYTHING online from 2004-2010 from Amazon – basically any online store – you now have the JOYOUS opportunity to pay BACK TAXES on all those items. Here is an excerpt taken from wbez:

    “Starting Jan. 1 a new amnesty program will allow customers to pay sales taxes on past online purchases without penalty.

    Mike Clemons is a spokesman for the Department of Revenue. He said the program is one way to educate customers but it falls short of necessary reform.

    “The only way to run an efficient and effective system is for a federal law change that says, ‘Amazon.com and other internet online retailers: When you sell to a customer in Illinois you have to charge tax, collect it from the customer and send it to the Department of Revenue,” he said.

    Clemons said those who take advantage of the amnesty will avoid penalties of 20 percent, plus interest on taxes owed. Research by the Illinois Department of Revenue shows losses of up to $150 million a year in revenue from internet commerce.

    The amnesty program is part of a bill signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn. The amnesty applies to online purchases made between 2004 and 2010.

Can SOMEONE please tell me how this is legal? How can the government charge back taxes on items I bought in 2004 – let alone 2 years ago. This is complete bullshit and I HOPE this doesnt get passed.

As if this werent bad enough, I got an email from Amazon last night – and this is what it said:

    Greetings from the Amazon Associates Program:
    We regret to inform you that the Illinois state legislature has passed an unconstitutional tax collection scheme that, if signed by Governor Quinn, would leave Amazon.com little choice but to end its relationships with Illinois-based Associates. You are receiving this email because our records indicate that you are a resident of Illinois. If our records are incorrect, you can manage the details of your Associates account here.

    Please note that this not an immediate termination notice and you are still a valued participant in the Amazon Associates Program. But if the governor signs this bill, we will need to terminate the participation of all Illinois residents in the Associates Program. After that point, we will no longer pay any advertising fees for sales referred to amazon.com, endless.com and smallparts.com nor will we accept new applications for the Associates Program from Illinois residents.

    The unfortunate consequences of this legislation on Illinois residents like you were explained to the legislature, including Senate and House leadership, as well as to the governor’s staff.

    Over a dozen other states have considered essentially identical legislation but have rejected these proposals largely because of the adverse impact on their states’ residents.

    Governor Quinn’s office may be reached here.

    We thank you for being part of the Amazon Associates Program, and wish you continued success in the future.

    Sincerely,
    Amazon.com

    So I STRONGLY suggest that you contact Gov. Quinns office and let him know what you think about this proposed law.

    Here are some other articles related to this stupid proposed tax law. Journal Standard, Northwest Innovation

Dec 142010
 
$100,000 front bill

Did you ever have a great idea that never became a reality due to money? Well now you can change all that and all it requires you to do is drop out of college – AND be under 20. Shit, if this was given to me years ago I would have dropped out in a second. For those of you who are saying, “what is he stupid?” – Think about this – you are given the opportunity of a lifetime and make your dream a reality… Say it doesn’t work out – O well – you lost 1 maybe 2 years of your life and can go back to college. The college will always be there – the opportunity wont.

The program is called “20 Under $20” that will grant $100,000 to 20 aspiring entrepreneurs under the age of 20. In addition to the cash, the two-year program offers mentoring, training and employment opportunities with Thiel’s personal network of tech entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and philanthropists. Deadline to apply is Dec. 31, and fellows will be announced in early 2011.

This program is sponsored by the co founder of paypal – a self made billionaire that wants to spread the wealth. If you are interested in the program click the link I provided above. Below is an interview with Jonathan Cain, president of the Thain Foundation, about the “20 Under 20″ fellowship and why college students should consider giving up school for it.

    Q: How will the “20 Under 20″ fellowship be structured?

    A: The fellowship is two years. Those we select as fellows can start it any time in 2011; you can decide to finish the spring semester and take a leave of absence, or start right away. How the fellowship is structured is fluid — it will depend on that person’s needs and what he’s interested in, what field she’s in, and the day-to-day schedule he wants to do.

    Some fellows may have a great idea for a company and want to dive right in and work on building that. Some might want to start on getting investors. Others might actually want to do a deep literature review for whatever their idea is, like the two founders of a company Peter recently funded. They left the University of Arizona when they were 18, 19 and spent two years reading all the science literature they could find that was related to their idea. That helped them to create their company, Halcyon Molecular. So some might follow that model and spend their time reading science papers and talking with scientists. Others may benefit from interning at startups to see how they work. Whatever stage they’re at, we can open doors and connect them with the right people.”

    Q: Who are the people you can connect them with?

    A: Some have reached out to us, offering to help as mentors, but who we end up connecting them to will really depend a lot on the fellows’ interests. Peter and his partners at the venture capital firm Founders Fund have all invested in and worked with dozens of companies over the years. Most are focused in California and Silicon Valley, so that’s the network we predominantly work from. Broadly speaking, we do work with consumer Internet companies. But we also work with nonprofits, and we have reach in biotech, engineering, biophysics and astrophysics.

    Q: What type of person should apply for this fellowship?

    A: Certainly, we have a bias toward those interested in tech and entrepreneurship. But we have a particular emphasis on how passionate they are about how they want to change the world, and how differently they think about the world.

    They don’t necessarily have to make a change in the U.S. Someone could have an idea for, say, a hydro-powered electricity generator to develop or sell in Africa or someplace where it can make a difference. Or she may want to launch a charity to do something else entirely. We’re looking for someone who has a new, different idea that hasn’t been done before, and is enthusiastic, passionate and focused. Overall, we’re looking more at people than at ideas when we select the fellows.

    Q: How is this fellowship going to help someone more than a four-year degree at Harvard or Stanford could?

    A: For a lot of people and some fields, college is definitely the right place, especially if you’re studying in fields like law, medicine, academia. But for other people, college is mostly about getting a credential that feels necessary to get a job. But you could end up alongside millions of people who are overqualified and over-educated for the work they actually do, not to mention all the college grads who are unemployed right now. Combine that with the tremendous amounts of debt some are racking up to get that degree.

So what do you think?

Nov 232010
 
Black Friday Holiday Nintendo DSi Green

Nintendo officially announced its new holiday orange and green DSi bundles. Both of the new colors include Mario Party DS. The new bundle will be in stores on Black Friday for $149.99 MSRP.

Amazon is currently accepting PRE-ORDERS on this item which will more than likely sell out. They are also offering a FREE $25 gaming credit to be used on a future game purchase! Also Free shipping and NO tax (if you live in one)

Oct 012010
 
Old man beats robber fishing pole

fishstory 300x142 Grandpa Beats Ass With A Fishing Pole

Dont mess with old people – I cant stress that anymore. Here is an interesting article I came across taken from The Riverfront Times

A 67-year-old man fishing in a pond in a north St. Louis park fended off three armed robbers with his fishing pole Tuesday night.

According to police, the incident occurred just after 10 p.m. September 28 in O’Fallon Park when the fisherman was approached by three male suspects age 15, 16 and 20. The suspects produced a handgun and announced a robbery.

The fisherman resisted, and a struggle ensued wherein he defended himself with his fishing pole. The victim suffered a laceration to his abdomen in the process, but his efforts were enough to send his attackers fleeing by foot from the park.

A short time later police were called to the 4300 block of W. Florissant Avenue for a report of a “cutting.” They were met there by the two juvenile suspects who stated while in O’Fallon Park they had been attacked by a man with a fishing pole. The 16-year-old suspect was carted off to juvenile and booked. The 15-year-old was transported to an area hospital and treated for a cut before being booked at juvenile.

The fisherman, meanwhile, was transported by EMS to an area hospital where he is listed in stable condition.

Police are still searching for 20-year-old suspect.

I hope someone finds these losers and get their asses beat!

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