Storm in a WordPress?

I’ve been reading this morning of Matt Mullenweg’s alleged attempt to fool Google’s AdSense program by placing hidden key words within pages on WordPress.org. The WordPress site has a great PageRank and as a result is quite coveted by advertisers. Apparently Matt entered into an agreement with HotNacho.com to hide the words in articles for a fee. While this isn’t illegal it is seen as unethical in the blogosphere. Matt’s currently away on holidays in Europe and I personally feel that the story should have been held by Andy Baio, who broke the story, until he got back. The guy should be allowed to respond to the allegations and explain his reasoning. He cannot do that when he’s thousands of miles away from his accusors. I’m reserving judgement for the moment, as a WordPress user from Day 1 (when it evolved from b2) I think I owe him that.

Trackback problem to Neil’s Blog

I read Neil Turner’s web log and by using the Trackback feature of WordPress, have pinged any of his entries that I have referenced. Unfortunately those pings haven’t been getting through and we’re not 100% sure why. He’s posted a couple of possible issues with it so I’m writing this test post to ascertain why it isn’t appearing on his blog. I’ve commented out a logging section which should see if WordPress reports any errors back.

Yahoo buys Flickr

Apparently the worst kept secret on the net has been confirmed and Yahoo! has bought Flickr. Neil links to a post by Jeremy Zawodny who works for Yahoo! giving his thoughts on the announcement. For those uninitiated with Flickr, its a photo sharing service where you can store large amounts of photos and easily tag/organise and share ’em. I’d be wary of Yahoo’s motives as they seem to have mauled Geocities when they bought them but I’m not an expert on the area. Heres hoping that Flickr will still retain the nice sense of community and ease of use I’ve become accustomed to. 🙂

IMDb Top 250 Meme

Got the idea for this from Neil who has posted the ones he’s seen. He only had 21 so I reckon I’m gonna have a little bit more than that. 🙂 The films I’ve seen are in bold and the ones I also own on DVD are in italics. Here goes:

  1. The Godfather (1972)
  2. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
  3. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
  4. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
  5. Seven Samurai (1954)
  6. Casablanca (1942)
  7. Schindler’s List (1993)
  8. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
  9. Citizen Kane (1941)
  10. Star Wars (1977)
  11. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
  12. Pulp Fiction (1994)
  13. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
  14. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  15. Rear Window (1954)
  16. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
  17. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
  18. The Usual Suspects (1995)
  19. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  20. City of God (2002)
  21. 12 Angry Men (1957)
  22. Memento (2000)
  23. Psycho (1960)
  24. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
  25. North by Northwest (1959)
  26. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  27. Amélie (2001)
  28. Goodfellas (1990)
  29. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  30. Sunset Boulevard. (1950)
  31. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
  32. American Beauty (1999)
  33. Eternal Sunhine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
  34. Apocalypse Now (1979)
  35. The Matrix (1999)
  36. Paths of Glory (1957)
  37. Fight Club (1999)
  38. Vertigo (1958)
  39. The Third Man (1949)
  40. Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001)
  41. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
  42. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
  43. Double Indemnity (1944)
  44. Das Boot (1981)
  45. Taxi Driver (1976)
  46. M (1931)
  47. The Pianist (2002)
  48. Rashômon (1950)
  49. Se7en (1995)
  50. All About Eve (1950)
  51. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  52. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
  53. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
  54. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
  55. Chinatown (1974)
  56. Some Like It Hot (1959)
  57. L.A. Confidential (1997)
  58. Léon (1994)
  59. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
  60. Alien (1979)
  61. American History X (1998)
  62. Modern Times (1936)
  63. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
  64. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
  65. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  66. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
  67. The Sting (1973)
  68. On the Waterfront (1954)
  69. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
  70. Raging Bull (1980)
  71. Ran (1985)
  72. Amadeus (1984)
  73. Life is Beautiful (1997)
  74. Touch of Evil (1958)
  75. The Great Escape (1963)
  76. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
  77. City Lights (1931)
  78. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
  79. The Apartment (1960)
  80. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  81. Metropolis (1927)
  82. The Shining (1980)
  83. High Noon (1952)
  84. Jaws (1975)
  85. Aliens (1986)
  86. Finding Nemo (2003)
  87. Annie Hall (1977)
  88. Braveheart (1995)
  89. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
  90. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000)
  91. Fargo (1996)
  92. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
  93. Oldboy (2003)
  94. Yojimbo (1961)
  95. The Incredibles (2004)
  96. Blade Runner (1982)
  97. Strangers on a Train (1951)
  98. Donnie Darko (2001)
  99. The Sixth Sense (1999)
  100. The Princess Bride (1987)
  101. The Seventh Seal (1957)
  102. The Great Dictator (1940)
  103. It Happened One Night (1934)
  104. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
  105. Forrest Gump (1994)
  106. Before Sunset (2004)
  107. Cinema Paradiso (1989)
  108. The General (1927)
  109. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
  110. Mononoke-hime (1997)
  111. Rebecca (1940)
  112. Duck Soup (1933)
  113. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
  114. The Bicycle Thief (1948)
  115. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
  116. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
  117. The Big Sleep (1946)
  118. Notorious (1946)
  119. Smultronstället (1957)
  120. The Graduate (1967)
  121. Hero (2002)
  122. Unforgiven (1992)
  123. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
  124. The Deer Hunter (1978)
  125. Patton (1970)
  126. Run Lola Run (1998)
  127. Toy Story 2 (1999)
  128. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
  129. Hotel Rwanda (2004)
  130. The Gold Rush (1925)
  131. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
  132. Cool Hand Luke (1967)
  133. The Elephant Man (1980)
  134. Back to the Future (1985)
  135. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
  136. Glory (1989)
  137. The Green Mile (1999)
  138. Ben-Hur (1959)
  139. Quatre cents coups, Les (1959)
  140. Grande illusion, La (1937)
  141. Manhattan (1979)
  142. Bronenosets Potyomkin (1925)
  143. Platoon (1986)
  144. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
  145. Gone with the Wind (1939)
  146. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
  147. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
  148. Shrek (2001)
  149. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
  150. The African Queen (1951)
  151. His Girl Friday (1940)
  152. Ikiru (1952)
  153. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
  154. The Searchers (1956)
  155. Mystic River (2003)
  156. Die Hard (1988)
  157. Amores perros (2000)
  158. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
  159. Hotaru no haka (1988)
  160. A Christmas Story (1983)
  161. The Wild Bunch (1969)
  162. Life of Brian (1979)
  163. Stalag 17 (1953)
  164. Big Fish (2003)
  165. The Hustler (1961)
  166. Charade (1963)
  167. Gladiator (2000)
  168. Young Frankenstein (1974)
  169. Sideways (2004)
  170. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
  171. The Straight Story (1999)
  172. Talk to Her (2002)
  173. To Be or Not to Be (1942)
  174. The Killing (1956)
  175. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
  176. A Night at the Opera (1935)
  177. Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)
  178. Passion de Jeanne d’Arc, La (1928)
  179. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
  180. Spartacus (1960)
  181. Lost in Translation (2003)
  182. Monsters, Inc. (2001)
  183. Magnolia (1999)
  184. Harvey (1950)
  185. Strada, La (1954)
  186. Ed Wood (1994)
  187. Sling Blade (1996)
  188. The Terminator (1984)
  189. Toy Story (1995)
  190. Groundhog Day (1993)
  191. Untergang, Der (2004)
  192. All the President’s Men (1976)
  193. The Lion in Winter (1968)
  194. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
  195. Roman Holiday (1953)
  196. Festen (1998)
  197. Twelve Monkeys (1995)
  198. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
  199. Trainspotting (1996)
  200. 8½ (1963)
  201. Finding Neverland (2004)
  202. Laura (1944)
  203. Brazil (1985)
  204. The Conversation (1974)
  205. Trois couleurs: Rouge (1994)
  206. The Insider (1999)
  207. Almost Famous (2000)
  208. Dogville (2003)
  209. The Station Agent (2003)
  210. Gandhi (1982)
  211. Stand by Me (1986)
  212. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
  213. Persona (1966)
  214. King Kong (1933)
  215. Fanny och Alexander (1982)
  216. The Exorcist (1973)
  217. The 39 Steps (1935)
  218. Rain Man (1988)
  219. Mulholland Drive (2001)
  220. Stagecoach (1939)
  221. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
  222. Being John Malkovich (1999)
  223. The Big Lebowski (1998)
  224. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
  225. Rio Bravo (1959)
  226. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
  227. Network (1976)
  228. Snatch (2000)
  229. 21 Grams (2003)
  230. The Thin Man (1934)
  231. For a Few Dollars More (1965)
  232. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
  233. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
  234. Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
  235. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  236. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
  237. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
  238. The Right Stuff (1983)
  239. Barry Lyndon (1975)
  240. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
  241. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
  242. Miller’s Crossing (1990)
  243. Garden State (2004)
  244. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
  245. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
  246. The Untouchables (1987)
  247. Heat (1995)
  248. The Last Picture Show (1971)
  249. Fa yeung nin wa (2000)
  250. Kumonosu jô (1957)

For stats fans:

  • I’ve seen 71 of the top 250 films. Not bad going.
  • I own 33 of the 71 films I have seen.
  • I own 7 films I haven’t watched yet. 😯