Shop and confess

I have to confess that online shopping has become a favorite pass time of mine. Besides the convenience factor, shopping online has opened up the range of products available to me. I'm no longer restricted to what I can find in the local shopping center. The one thing that annoys me about buying stuff online is the shipping expense, particularly when most of the stuff I buy is shipped from the US.

Got a shopping confession to make? Why not share it with the world?

If you want a chance to score a prize, enter the contest on the Shop and Confess website. Go and register on the website now, and get your contest entry in before it closes. No purchase is necessary to enter, so get in there and take a look around.

Here is a video to give you some motivation.

I think I want a H.R. Giger tv stand

For a little while now I've been using a cheap coffee table as a make shift tv stand. It is starting to bow significantly in the middle now, and even though I'm no structural engineer, I'd say that its days are numbered.

I'm thinking I might buy a tattslotto ticket and see if I can get H.R. Giger to custom build me a tv stand. Sure it may creep visitors out, but it works for that dude from Korn so I don't see why it couldn't work for me? I wonder what a H.R. Giger tv stand would look like?

Fat and skeptical

Do you know what Leptorexin is? If you guessed diet pill, then you are on the money.

Based on the standard sales pitch on the official website you'd think it'd solve all you problems.

Leptorexin contains a “Euphoric Fat Burning Matrix” that Boosts Energy, Promotes Feelings of Well Being (users describe as total Ecstasy), Zaps Your Appetite, and induces Thermogenesis.

I don't know about you, but anytime a diet product uses big words like Thermogenesis and sounds like it's too good to be true, I start feeling a little skeptical. Has anyone out there actually tried this sort of stuff? If so, what was you experience like?

And in case you're curious (I was), Thermogenesis is the production of heat, esp. in an animal body by physiological processes.

Conversion rate optimization

For many businesses the sole purpose of their websites are to create leads. If you have successfully designed your sight so that it is effectively generating leads, then the next thing you are going to want to know is how well does it convert these leads to actions. This is where conversion rate optimization comes into play.

The art of conversion rate optimization relies very heavily upon access to quality web analytics and an understanding of what those analytics measure and mean. A business should view its website as something that needs to constantly evolve, and consistent monitoring and optimization of a sites conversion rate is imperative if maximizing revenue is the end goal.

Sitting out the HDTV revolution

I guess I am what some people refer to as a 'late bloomer'. I'm yet to join the HDTV revolution. It's not that I don't want to, it's just that I can't actually afford a $2,000AUD plus LCD HDTV. Sadly I'm consigned to living with CRT syndrome, also known as owning one of those old fashioned TV's, for the foreseeable future at least. With the whole global financial crisis and all that, word on the street is that HDTV prices are going to rise, in Australia at least. What are the odds of a government subsidy? Maybe I should write a letter to the Prime Minister?