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The Week That Was (aka The Josh Hamilton Story)

If there was a dominant theme on MET this past week it was Josh Hamilton.

Hamilton is a baseball player with the Texas Rangers whose comeback from drug and alcohol addiction was capped in fairy tale style when he hit a staggering 28 home runs during the All-Star home run derby. Inspired by his comeback and performance, I wrote a quick post.

In no time at all, the traffic started to soar on MET – strange given this is a tech blog. I discovered that doing a Google search for “Josh Hamilton” would also highlight blog posts at the top or bottom of the page. Ah, the power of Google!

There was also a lot of interest in a post about how the buzz about the iPhone has overshadowed the reality 3G networks are going to be a golden goose for wireless carriers as consumer demand access to the mobile Web.

And my continued obsession with the iPod Touch also got some traction with posts on whether the Touch is the new XP, and how the Apple App Store makes the Touch even sexier.

Interesting Web Sites

I’m not sure whether there’s a business to be had but Bitstrips is definitely cool. It’s a Canadian start-up that lets you create comic strips. It’s also received some impressive media coverage. You can see Bitstrips in action on StartupNorth.

For Canadians looking to save a few bucks (Note: This is a Canadian obsessions that ranks alongside hockey.), check out Smart Canucks, which bills itself as the “First Canadian Deals Blog”.

Twitter for Travel?

As you can imagine, I spend a lot of time scouring the online travel landscape for new, different and interesting start-ups. When you work for a start-up, it just seems to be part of the gig to see what others for inspiration, ideas and insight into what and what not to do.

It’s not often that I write about competitors but Trazzler caught my attention, mostly because it involves Twitter founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone, who are listed as Trazzler’s founding advisors.

Trazzler is service offering travel inspiration. Clearly work-in-progress, it features articles on things to do and places to go. If you see something you like (e.g. Buying Heavenly Breads at Alain Decasse’s Boulangepicier in Paris), you can add it to a wish list. Perhaps the most intriguing part of Trazzler is a yet-to-be-released feature called the Travel Personality that using algorithms to figure out your interests.

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    Trazzler is service offering travel inspiration. Clearly work-in-progress, it features articles on things to do and places to go. If you see something you like (e.g. Buying Heavenly Breads at Alain Decasse’s Boulangepicier in Paris), you can add it to a wish list. Perhaps the most intriguing part of Trazzler is a yet-to-be-released feature called the Travel Personality that using algorithms to figure out your interests.