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R.E.M. Tickets @ Hollywood Bowl for May 29th 2008 – For Sale at Cost

Sunday, May 11th, 2008


I got a little over excited when REM @ Hollywood Bowl (May 29th) went on sale, and I bought 6 extra tickets. I was hoping to be able to take some friends.. however, everyone I’ve asked is oddly busy that night (or are they allergic to REM?).

Anyway, I have 6 tickets that I need to sell and of course I would love to just get back the money I paid for them (face value+Ticketmaster fees).

I have:

2 tickets (together) are in Section G2

4 tickets (together) are in Section F1

If you’re interested, please contact me via Facebook, by email, or via twitter (please send a direct message).

Inside Sprint: Take Two

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Inside Sprint: Take Two

Originally uploaded by Joel Tanner

I forgot to rotate the photo on my first attempt to upload from my phone to flickr and my blog…so here it is again.

I’m in the process of switching from t-mobile to sprint. This is a photo from my new Sprint Mogul by HTC.


Tuesday, April 1st, 2008


Originally uploaded by Joel Tanner

An old pic of SoBe when he was a kitten.

The Sweet Escape

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Had the pleasure of seeing Gwen Stefani last night, with Anne, at Sound Advice Amphitheatre (West Palm Beach). Totally amazing show. Gwen really puts on an amazing performance. Since we were sitting in the 5th row, center, I decided it would be a good opp to take some pics… enjoy.

SEO’s should be “Googlable”

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Are you satisfied?

Or did you really want the full screen version ;)
That was easy.

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Life Hacks: Un-Hacked

Sunday, February 18th, 2007

My friend, Ethan Kaplan, has got a winning plan. I was doing almost the same thing for a few months, and the results were great… then the holidays came around and my efforts feel to apart. I’ve taken a few steps backward, and I really need to get back on the right path.

I’ve always felt that the day-to-day life of a geek is already ‘hacked’.
Gadgets, toys, networks, hardware, software, etc – all are things that are supposed to make life easier but really just add layers of complexity to your life. You’ve become the Borg, buried so deep in technology and efficiency that you forget the underlying basics of life.  Returning to the basics, and using common sense, is a great start to getting healthy. It’s essential to be able to ‘un-hack’ yourself and be able to separate your ‘digital life’ from your ‘real life’.

My basic plan was to alter my habits without doing a 180. I find it easier to modify my long-term behaviors by slowly changing things. Trying to change to many things at once usually results in failure.

So here is my self-compromised plan:

Exercise: Ok, I wasn’t doing much exercise but I was making a point to try and get out of the house and walk instead of just plopping down at the computer or TV. I’ve got a nice gym here, I never use it… and I should. Some exercise is better than none, and the time spent exercising is time not spent sitting at a desk or couch.

Food:  Essentially I was trying to eat 2 low calorie meals a day. Additionally, I’d have one ‘regular meal’ where I wouldn’t so much worry about the number of calories but instead have exactly what I was craving for the day but eat a smaller portion, and of course try to make it as healthy as I could. Throwing in some low-cal snacks throughout the day kept me going as well. Low-Cal pre-made things to eat:Lean Cuisine meals (300-500 cals) for Lunch or Dinner, Lean Pockets and South Beach breakfast burritos for Breakfast, and 100 Calorie Packs for snacks.

Liquids: Water. Water. Water. I cut out soda, iced tea, and regular (sugary) juices. I substituted  regular  juices with the Ocean Spray low calorie/low sugar Cran-mixes. Adding lemon to water sometimes changes it up nicely too.  If you’re only peeing a few times a day, you’re not drinking enough… and pee is not only a great indication of hydration levels, but also of the amounts of excess intake of sugar (as well as other things). Color is everything ;)

Hobbies/Activities: Computers/electronics SUCK UP ALL MY TIME if I let them. I have to make a concerted effort to find other things to do; walking, exploring, photography, cleaning, doing errands, etc. Anything that gets me out of the house and moving around, or being ‘non-computer’ productive, is a good thing.

And Ethan’s 100% right… wives and girlfriends really do appreciate the last bit.

The hardest thing about all this is just sticking with it.  My 2 month ‘break’ ends now. Today’s the day. Thanks for the re-inspiration Ethan!

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I’m #1 in Google. No Googlebombs here.

Friday, January 26th, 2007

Ok, so maybe ‘Joel Tanner’ isn’t the most searched for phrase, but for someone that spends a lot of time on SEO it’s pretty damn exciting to get their own name up in lights. Now normally this wouldn’t be a big deal for an SEO…
But I accomplished this without using any black hat, or even grey hat, methods of SEO. I’ve moved this site from being on the 4th page of resutls, to link #1, for the search ‘Joel Tanner‘ on Google. Let’s see how long it sticks…

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Web 2.0: The Weebles in disguise!

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006
The similarity between the spread of Web 2.0 logos and the colors used by children’s toys (ie. Playskool and Fisher Price) is suspicious. I really haven’t looked into if anyone has done a study, research, etc on this. Perhaps someone has a theory about this? Or does this just mean that all of our favorite web 2.0 companies are nothing more than toys that will lose our attention in a few years, or are the Weebles taking over? Either way, they’re doomed, just give up now and wobble in peace. ;)

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Movie studios should get in the bandwidth biz.

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Ethan Kaplan points out the advantages to protocols, like BitTorrent, that lend to large downloads such as HD movies (for purchase/rent of course).

My only problem with the grand idea of doing away with physical media, at this point anyway, is that at 2 Mbps, much more than the average Joe’s downstream bandwidth, a 3GB file will take roughly 3.5 hours. 4hr 40min with a full T1.Over 9 hours at 768Kbps (closer to Joe’s average speed).

Ultimately, bandwidth needs are growing and are going to continue to grow, as are the technologies that support them.

The movie and music industries have both enjoyed tight control over their distribution models. Napster sort of mucked that up, and the land slide hasn’t stopped since. But here’s a great opportunity for both industries, as well as gaming, to invest in the pipes and technologies that pump all this data into our homes. They could make money on the content, and the delivery. The more you consume, the more they make. Pre-Napster Total Control. Different shit, same smell.

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Ordering Lunch, Telepathically

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

The guys in my office were ordering lunch, from a local Mexican joint, and I was thinking “I want 2 beef tacos, crunchy, with EVERYTHING”. I never ordered since I had already brought something for lunch today. The lunch order arrived. The person that placed the order realized he had ordered extra. So what were the left overs? EXACTLY what I had thought about ordering. I have lunch ordering super powers. Just don’t drive-up to me and say “a #1, with a coke, and supersize that”. So far it only works for tacos.

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Mmmm, Lemonade.

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

I am so happy. So happy that my wonderful girlfriend A has made a great discovery. Perhaps I’m crazy, but she’s found a ‘Muscle Beach‘ in South Florida. Muscle Beach, for those who don’t know, is the alter-brand of the west coast fame ‘Hot Dog on a Stick‘ which serves up simply the best hot dog or cheese on a stick, and some of the best lemonade ever! It’s 37 miles from home, but who cares! Now all I need is a Wahoo’s Fish Taco, In-n-Out, Ruby’s, Carl’s Jr, etc. etc. in South Florida. Thanks A!

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Web 2.0, Bubble 2.0, or Clique 2.0. Same shit.

Monday, September 4th, 2006

Sooner or later people are going to get sick of hearing themselves, some people will get sick of other people talking about themselves, and the rest of the folks either won’t have a clue or will be the folks blogging for the sake of self-worth. Wait… that’s already happening. Ethan Kaplan drives it home. His post is mostly about himself, but for the sake of discussion, it works and in a way.. sort of proves a point: There are brilliant people out in the ’sphere (and real world) that have a lot to say, and need to be heard, but they can’t seem to poke their voice above the cloud of A-listers talking about each other. The clique-cloud is dense.

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CrazyEgg Must Be Crazy

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

A week ago I setup a trial crazyegg account because I thought their ability to produce a heatmap based on visitor clicks was pretty cool. The trial is limited to 5000 visits, and unfortunately I don’t think that crazyegg is properly measuring/tracking actual clicks. In my 5000 visits for the homepage of crazyegg reported that there were only 413 clicks — and that number is incredibly deficient of the actual number of clicks. Maybe once they get their shit together it could be a useful service, but until then I’ll save my money and stick with good ‘ol grep.

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Business 2.0: Blogging for Dollars

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

The scary/interesting thing thats happening in the online space is how much $ some of these low traffic (in relative terms) blogs are able to demand when peddling their advertising spots. And while they may have return readers, and some of the more tech saavy may have a few rss readers, the majority of these sites dont have newsletters, don’t have interactive communities (besides ‘comments’), and really only have a 1 page view per person per day exposure. I hate to bring up old Web 1.0 terms, but the simple fact is most of the blogs out there aren’t ’sticky’. Sticky is good. Sticky means repeat exposure, which means increased brand awareness. Increased brand awareness means more word of mouth, and ultimately more bang for the buck. I honestly can’t remember what ads I saw on any of the blogs I read today, of the ones I visit daily. I think it’s much easier for community based site’s to modify their appeal to attract to blog-hoppers then it is for a single blog to mass a loyal and addicted community. Think of it this way, blogs are to community sites as one warrior is to an entire army.

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Kiko Collides with Google. dotBOMB!

Friday, August 18th, 2006

Apparently Kiko has tanked and is now for sale on ebay. Guess they couldn’t compete the Goliath Google Calendar. I’m sure this is just the beginning of the falling dotBOMBS from sky, better known as the Internet Web 2.0 gold rush. Maybe I’ll start reading FuckedCompany again for daily bits of amusement.

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NSA Eavesdropping: Unconstitutional!

Thursday, August 17th, 2006

This is the best news I’ve heard all day, all week even. There is some hope left for the United States of America. I’ve been pretty pesimistic about the longterm likelyhood of American freedoms remaining intact but this is welcome news. I love the ACLU and EFF (although not directly related to this article).

Wooo hoo!!!

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RSS Privacy Advocates, Oh Please

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

Marshall Kirkpatrick writes on TechCrunch about Bloglines suggesting a standard that basically allows people to opt-out their blog’s RSS feeds from being indexed in the search engines. This has got to be one of the most ridiculous things I’ve heard lately. People, if you don’t want your life, business, family, or other dealings public… do this, simply don’t post them in a public medium. Best suggestion is to use a username/password mechanism for those that you actually wish to read your ‘private’ crap. Even then, most people use stupid passwords, easily guessed, or heck.. if someone really wants to get at your information they could always find a way to hack into it. If you truly want something to be private, don’t post it online. It’s amazing to me how many people lack the most basic common sense.

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Video Blogger Jailed

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

A friend of Robert Scoble’s, Josh Wolf, was apparently jailed for withholding evidence (video) of a burning of a San Francisco PD car from the Feds. I’m really shocked to see Scoble using phrases like ‘the government has scary powers and is using them’ when it comes to something like this. I’m 110% for journalists being able to shield their ’sources’, but come’on, give me a break, shooting video of people committing a crime IN PUBLIC is hardly a ’source’. Robert, if Josh shot a video of someone committing a crime in private would you have posted the same way? I believe, either way, this is simply ‘withholding evidence’, and while I’m no lawyer I’d also guess that by withholding the evidence he could actually be charged with something a bit more serious than contempt. There is no justice in protecting criminals.

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Elvis Plays Walt Disney World

Friday, July 28th, 2006

I have officially made my geek-ness public, visually. Mock me as you will.

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Bush Sings Sunday Bloody Sunday

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

Yes, I’m late (in Blog-time) on this… but I got a great laugh out of this. So ZooTV.

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