People: They're Just Like Us!

In much the same way that I was a little late to the whole blogging thing, and then again to the whole Twittering thing, I was also a little late in jumping on the bandwagon marked "iGoogle homepage." (Seriously, those bandwagons are like buses: terrible signage!)

As such, I didn't end up getting an iGoogle homepage until everyone else and their 81-year-old grandmother already had one. (My 81-year-old grandmother might not have one, actually, now that I think about it, although I'm sure yours does. Mine wears jeans, though, and goes to yoga on Wednesday mornings, and she has even---much to my mother's surprise---mastered a wee bit of HTML, and can now drop links into emails. So I guess there's that.) 

Let me tell you, I love my iGoogle homepage.  I love all the little bits and pieces you can download so that everything's in the same place: just by typing in one URL, for example, I can tell you what time it is in Singapore (thank you "World Clocks"), what movies are playing in my hood tonight (thank you, "Movies for 94107") and what the word "vociferous" means (thank you, "Dictionary.com Word of the Day.") (Although, please, I already know what vociferous means. Step it up next time, okay? Give me a harder one!)

My favorite piece of flair on my iGoogle homepage, however, has to be the BREAKING NEWS! I get from People.com. (I also get BREAKING NEWS! from CNN.com, but it's, uh, way farther down the page so I don't read it as much.) The little tidbits that People.com considers to be highly important news never fail to crack me up; in fact, they crack me up so much that I even started keeping a list of them, just to amuse myself on slow days.

It all started with this one, back in April:

"Jessica Alba in Frantic Nesting Mode!"

After that, which I found just too priceless not to make a note of---"Quick! Get every interior designer we know on the line! It's an emergency, take me to Pottery Barn!"---I started noticing them everywhere. First, there was a scintillating update from the Richie-Madden household:

"Nicole Richie: 'Joel Handles Most of Harlow's Diapers'"

And then this exciting broadcast from Planet Wait Who Gives a Crap:

"Christie Brinkley Throws Daughter a Birthday Party!"

After I had been offered advice on my love life from a 19-year old:

"Vanessa Hudgens Reveals the Secret to a Great Relationship!"

....it was time for my old pal Jessica Alba to make another appearance, in perhaps the most bizarre headline to appear anywhere, let alone in the People.com ticker as valid and valuable news:

"Jessica Alba Competes in Online Staring Contest"

After that, I sort of lost the will to keep recording them anymore (and also the will to live, because seriously? Jessica Alba Competes in Online Staring Contest?), but then today a real humdinger of a headline caught my eye and I just couldn't resist making a note of it.

Are you ready for this? Are you ready? Because in the midst of the most important political election of our time---or hell, failing that, at least in the middle of Jennifer Garner's second pregnancy---People.com would instead like to grab our collective attention with the following headline:

"Kim Kardashian Traces Her Dancing Journey"

Man, I don't know about you, but I have just been waiting for Kim Kardashian to trace her dancing journey. I've been on pins and needles, even! Tenterhooks!

Except, wait: who is she again?

Eh, who cares, let's go and challenge Jessica Alba to another staring contest. First one to look away is a rotten egg!

(PS: Do you by any chance have skin? I just wrote about my four favorite skincare products at BeautyHacks, so this is the post for you!)

1
alice
Sep 18, 2008

Oh I love my iGoogle page too! The most nuts things I have is a countdown to Christmas widget which has a santa zooming across a snowscape telling me how many days it is until Christmas (it is 98 days to Christmas today).

2
Lois
Sep 18, 2008

Ah! to iGoogle! It is a wonderful thing. I love mine too.

On another note, it never ceases to amaze me what passes for news. Stop the presses--Madonna has a hangnail. The obsession with celebrity slays me!

3
silverblue
Sep 18, 2008

I did NOT KNOW ABOUT THE EXISTENCE OF iGOOGLE until I read this post. So, uh... you're not the last one to have one.

*hangs head in shame*

4
Marguerite
Sep 18, 2008

Hmm, i don't have an igoogle page (yet), but I get the poeple.com breaking news via a widget and yes, 'Jennifer Lopez: I spend every free moment with the babies' has made me laugh a mere two minutes ago - right before I read your post about it in fact!

5
Sheila
Sep 18, 2008

Huh. There are many things that, thanks to your blog, I now know I didn't know. Some examples:

1) I did not know about iGoogle.

2) I did not know Jennifer Garner was pregnant again.

3) I did not, and still do not, know how to leave a comment without having a website address (see? You're not the last one on earth to the blogging party-- I am. Or, rather, I would be, if I ever get up the gumption to begin a blog). As a result, I always leave false links, not to be mysterious or anything, just because I'm forced to input SOMETHING just so my comment will post.

4) I always thought the word was tenDERhooks. Apparently, I am too vocabularily-challenged to even think about starting a blog. Quick! Get me Word of the Day! STAT!

6
Mrs. Who
Sep 18, 2008

I was resistant to iGoogle as well and stuck with my Google Reader until I found out that you can mark all posts as read in iGoogle. As much as I hate it, sometimes, I just have to do that!! I was excited to read about the movies in your zip code and the DVD releases widget - I did not know about them and instantly added them. Thanks!! I just recently took off the people news - I just did not have that much time to waste. Although I do manage to waste plenty of time actually reading People magazine each week.

And - the coolest widget I have found so far? The totally free crap widget. I have gotten all kinds of totally free crap!! (GOOD crap. There is a difference.)

7
chirky
Sep 18, 2008

My favorite widget is "Reuters: Oddly Enough" because of its headlines like:

Pizza man fined for delivering very fast fast food

or

Court detains preacher with 86 wives

or

Cat survives being walled-in under bath for 7 weeks

These treasures are the first news I see each time I open my iGoogle, and usually why you'll catch me laughing aloud when I visit my homepage.

8
smartypantsmoney
Sep 18, 2008

Jennifer Garner is in the middle of second pregnancy! Hmmm. now how could I have missed that? Thanks for updating me.
:p

9
slynnro
Sep 18, 2008

BUT WHAT IS AN ONLINE STARING CONTEST? How is that even possible?

10
smartypantsmoney
Sep 18, 2008

More importantly, I have a question for you that I forgot to ask in my earlier comment. I really like the way you have set up your blog. What did you use to set up the page with all the little widgets for playlist, the window seat etc?
Thanks!
-smarty

11
Debbie
Sep 18, 2008

Never heard of iGoogle -I just checked it out. And made it my homepage. Wow! I like it so much better than my boring Yahoo page.

But now I have so many decisions! What "theme" should I go with? What all should I add to my page?

I added "Places to see" and I already want to visit Santori, Greece. I shouldn't of added ColorJunction -I will get no work done today. :-)

12
sizzle
Sep 18, 2008

I love iGoogle but I want better options for "decorating" it. The skins they offer aren't cutting it for me.

13
GabrielLe
Sep 18, 2008

helLo..it's 10:55pm now, Greetings from SINGAPORE! =D

14
Patrick
Sep 18, 2008

MICKEY ROURKE, UMMM, DOES SOME STUFF!!

(never heard o' IGoogle either)

15
Nothing But Bonfires
Sep 18, 2008

Smartypantsmoney -- My boyfriend designed my website from scratch (he's a web designer) so it's all been lovingly hand-coded to my specifications. He built the music player and the Window Seat widget etc. from the ground up. However, I'm pretty sure you can find similar-ish add-ons out there which come straight out of the box. Hope that helps!

16
Blythe
Sep 18, 2008

I had to remove the People widget from my iGoogle page because I was unable to resist the temptation to click on every ridiculous headline and would look up from the latest photos of Katie Holmes wearing big round sunglasses to realize that 45 minutes had passed. I also had to remove the Twitter widget because I couldn't tear myself away from the updates. So now my page pretty much contains a clock and CNN world news, which is just there to make me feel smarter than I really am.

17
Georgia
Sep 18, 2008

I wish I had your sense of humor about that stuff. When msn.com opens every morning and I'm greeted with "Actor killed cat in jealous rage!" instead of "Oh My God, Look At The Mess We're In!" or something, I die a little inside. Is this really what the American people are concerning themselves with right now? Really??!

18
anna
Sep 18, 2008

BWAH

Planet Wait Who Gives a Crap:

This is classic!

19
Katie
Sep 18, 2008

Um, I believe you might louvre the Wiki How-To of the day thingie you can set up on iGoogle. It's RAD.

A few of my favorite How To's so far this year:

-Trigger Green Lights
-Run Up A Wall and Flip
-Make a Dinosaur cake
-Accept Blame when you deserve it
-Be a Gothic Lolita
-Tell if a Mirror is Two-Way or Not

Too lazy/dealing with Chinese firewall to post the links. Maybe this comment could be filed under "How To Increase Time Waste-age At Work"

20
chirky
Sep 18, 2008

Oh - my other favorite widget is called "Places to See" - everytime you refresh iGoogle, it loads a photograph of some new place in the world. In fact, I have a new itinerary to Greece made up based on the images I've found through that widget!

21
Chiada
Sep 18, 2008

What does it mean that I have never heard of an iGoogle homepage?

But at least I know who Kim Kardashian is! I must be somebody.

22
Karen
Sep 18, 2008

Tenterhooks.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

23
sunny
Sep 18, 2008

*COUGH*

ahem. (raises hand) "I too did not know Jennifer Garner was pregnant again. I will now add the People News gadget to my iGoogle page."

I've had iGoogle for awhile now but never really liked it. too cluttered. but I can twitter from the page? nice. read blogs from google reader? nice. ok. will use it more.

24
Debbie
Sep 18, 2008

Whee!! I just found a widget for my new iGoogle page that has the Twilight movie countdown on it. 63 days 9 hours and counting......

25
Melanie
Sep 18, 2008

The convert english to yoda-speak widget, my favorite is.

26
wafelenbak
Sep 18, 2008

I love my iGoogle page, but the irony is I only go over there for Google reader. I HATE the way Gmail is laid out so I've kept my Yahoo mail account all this time.

27
Rhi
Sep 18, 2008

My favorite today?

Lawyer: Gary Coleman 'Did Nothing Wrong'

28
Jordyn
Sep 18, 2008

I suppose I should now jump on the bandwagon and get an iGoogle homepage. It has to be better than the Apple homepage I haven't bothered to change since getting my Mac... right?

I shall go check it out and report back.

29
Jordyn
Sep 18, 2008

Reporting back. I have no idea how much extra time wasted having this as a homepage would add to my day, but in any case I am STAYING AWAY.

30
Ellen
Sep 18, 2008

Love iGoogle. Switched to it when I became a SAHM in January and lost all the company-provided technology and software. I was able to replace pretty much every function I needed (and more!) for free with Google and I use it every day.

P.S. It's awfully annoying how to post a comment I HAVE to put in my website... seeing that I never was much of a blogger and my last post dates September 7, 2007, I'm pretty sure you really just don't want to know.