Monthly Archives: January 2007

Yahoo! Messenger Blog

Yahoo! Messenger Blog

Tonight we launched the official Yahoo! Messenger Blog! (I say “we”, but I only played a small roll; our web developer Ryan, designer Chin, and product manager Sarah created this). So far there’s only a “first post” type message, but I know the product team has a lot of topics to discuss. Hopefully this blog will give some transparency to the Yahoo! Messenger products and the team behind them. We even have comments enabled and that should be interesting.

VideoJug (How to Make a Mojito)

VideoJug — “Life Explained. On Film.” — is a new site full of how-to videos in categories like food, health, pets, leisure and so on. It looks like the bulk of the videos are produced by VideoJug, but they also have the ability to submit your own. The topics are pretty varied from How to Float a Ping Pong Ball in the Air to How to be the Perfect Girlfriend.

Here’s a great example which shows how to make a mojito (if the video doesn’t show, here’s an alternate link):

VideoJug: How to Make a Mojito

(Via Somewhat Frank)

The Apprentice

The Apprentice TV ShowThe new season of The Apprentice is starting this weekend and it looks like Yahoo! is again providing the official site. I don’t watch the show religiously, but I tend to watch it with my wife, if nothing else to make sure the HotJobs ad shows up at the end when the loser gets in a taxi cab.

This season there is also a game called The Apprentice Intern Contest where you can answer questions and make predictions prior to each episode (Apprentice fantasy league?):

Think you have what it takes? Predict the answers to our weekly questions correctly and you could find yourself “interning” at the Trump Organization for two weeks. All you need to play is a free Yahoo! ID.

Check it out!

Best Bowl Game of the Year

Last night the Boise State Broncos delivered by far the best bowl game of the season, defeating the Oklahoma Sooners 43-42 in overtime. If you just read the headlines summarizing the game, they really didn’t do it justice. Boise State clearly outplayed Oklahoma and led almost the entire game.

Jeremy Stone on Yahoo! Sports has a good column summarizing the game:

A 43-42 overtime win over Big 12 champion Oklahoma would have been enough to satisfy even the pickiest Bronco fan. But 43-42 doesn’t begin to tell the story of this four-hour journey, from impressive domination to sheer despair to unbelievable excitement to one last dig into a depleted bag of tricks, that made everyone a Boise State fan.

How do you top a 50-yard, game-tying hook-and-lateral with seven seconds left and a fourth-down, game-saving touchdown pass by a running back? How about a Statue of Liberty play for the game-winning conversion in overtime to cap an unbeaten season, with the scorer (Ian Johnson) proposing to his girlfriend right afterward?

WAC champion Boise State 43, big bad Oklahoma 42. One for the little guy. One for the ages.

Over on ESPN, you can vote whether this was the best bowl game ever or check out Pat Forde’s great column today:

Check the plaque at the lady’s feet on Liberty Island this morning and see if the familiar sonnet has been changed. See if it now reads, “Give me your non-BCS teams tired of being disrespected, your poor of football budget, your huddled masses of mid-major strivers yearning to play in the grandest bowl games.” And see if Lady Liberty is wearing a Boise State jersey today.