July 1st, 2010

Miscellany

This is a slick way to park cars.

I recently finished the book Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, by Christopher Moore. I found it to be a delightfully entertaining and highly irreverent read.

I told my mother the other night about driving topless in the parade. She mostly took it in stride until I pointed out that there were lots of people there with cameras, so there were probably pictures all over the internet. She relaxed a little bit when I pointed out that I was driving a car, so they were probably fabulous pictures of my shoulder. The poor woman gets bombs like this dropped on her on a regular basis.

Opting out of stalker web ads

I saw a retargeted banner ad today-- it's an ad on some site that shows you a product that you recently looked at on another site. In my case, I'd been to Calumet Photo to look at a price on something, and a couple of hours later I got an ad for exactly that product.

I find this particularly creepy. It was a Criteo ad, and they have a little info button on their ads. I clicked it, and went to their info page. From there I found a link to a Network Advertising Initiative page that let me check my status and opt out of any or all of them.

Here is the NAI opt-out page. I'm a little surprised and quite happy that I was able to do this for all of those companies with minimal effort.