See? I know what you people want: more adverts on the site!
Okay: probably not. But this is actually kinda cool. I tripped across pixazza.com, which integrates adverts into images [there are some images on this site, you see], theoretically identifying elements in a given image and tracking down adverts for related stuff.
Oddly, the system’s not great at identifying elements in, like, stickfigures. I’m sure the problem’s totally on their end.
But, in playtesting the thing [I've only had it for a couple days now], I’ve worked out a couple things. One’s that the adverts don’t interfere with the hovertext function—something I’d been a bit concerned about, which woulda caused me to undo the whole thing. The other’s that, my stickfigures bearing no resemblance to reality, I can go in and tell the system what’s going on, picking the adverts it should be serving.
So far, mostly, it’s all contextual. The system tries to guess what I’m on about, based on titles and hovertext and, in cases, the text of an entry beneath a given strip. The system often sucks at that. But, with 279 published strips to date, I haven’t really had a chance to go through and talk to the system about each and every mistake it’s made.
But we’ve discussed a couple strips now. F’rinstance: Velociraptor Awareness Day should at present have an advert for a Ninja v Velociraptor shirt I kinda dug; OnMouseOver, that’ll kinda fade in off to the side [I’m not sure about all browsers yet] and become available. I’m not sure what happens if and when the shirt itself becomes no longer available—like, if someone stops advertising it. I guess we’ll find that out later.
Anyway: that’s kinda the news. In case you’d noticed that images now have neat little overlays advertising something you hadn’t asked about. And of course it gives me yet one more thing to do every day: watching for adverts however loosely related to a given strip, and teaching the system to agree with me. Though I can’t promise that that’ll necessarily happen every day.
In other news, if you’re wondering why there are adverts at all, I grabbed one of these yesterday:
It should get here on
Monday Tuesday. Meanwhile, I’ll see whether I can get the system to link to it through an advert….
EDIT: It wasn’t in the system. But I found a backpack designed to clip a mountainboard to. That could come in handy, after you just grab the board itself from http://shop.mbs.com/mountainboards/mountainboard/atom-line/mbs-atom-95x-mountainboard.html