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Most expensive domain name ever. Literally.

Posted by: James Lileks under Architecture, Technology Updated: October 11, 2013 - 12:40 PM

This is the most arresting press release header we’ve seen this week:

For Immediate Release: Immediately

No sense putting this one off, then. Let’s go:

14-year-old Finnish Boy Sells the Most Expensive Internet Domain in the Planet

Stop right there. Let’s google the subject to see what comes up. In 2006, Cameras.com was sold for $1.5 million. Monthly traffic: 1,747 unique visitors. Computer.com was sold in 2007 for $2.1 million, and draws in an eye-popping 1,049 people per month. Vodka.com brought 3 mil, and gets 1,346 - no stats on Vodak.com, though, which might be what people type when they’re boozy and thick-fingered. Fund.com went for almost 10 mil in 2008, and doesn’t get more than 400 visitors a month. That just can‘t be right, but thats what BusinessInsider.com says. We continue with the press release, IMMEDIATELY:

With the personal motto of “Don’t dream, act” 14 year old, Niklas from Finland is set to break a Guinness Book of World Record. The record he’s set to break came to fruition during a sleepless night. His idea was big, so big in fact, that he plans to sell the most expensive Internet domain on the planet.
He has recently made Internet history by setting up a new price record by selling his domain theplanetsmostexpensivedomain.com, which has a 16 million and one dollar price tag. The domain and its buyer will get the price record to the Guinness Book of World Records. The record breaking event will become the central focus of media all over the world including TV, Radio, Print Media, and Social Media.

In just a few short weeks, he has already gained a massive following and fan support from his audience on both Facebook and YouTube, where his videos have been viewed close to 16,000 times alone. It is on these popular social networking sites where he speaks of his personal ambitions and goals, winning over the hearts and minds of countless individuals.

His other projects, in correlation of this goal as support, he aims to garner an exclusive selection of sponsor’s logos, which will be launched into outer space with a hand crafted weather balloon. Their products or logos will rise to an altitude of 30,000 meters with the entire journey being filmed and uploaded online for the world to witness. In addition, their logos and company websites will be listed on his personal sites.

Around 7 minutes into this he’s just running outtakes.

GORGEOUS A collection of Hotel Stationery. This isn’t one of them:

That’s from my own small collection, which draws on antique-store finds. The link goes to the Goldstein-Avery collection in the Burns Library at Boston College.  Interesting how the date field is usually 191_ - apparently they expected to change styles in the Twenties, or just didn't want to hang on to lots of inventory.

YO HO HO Kernel has a piece on “Torrent Snobs, ” people who share, shall we say, things for which they did not pay. Turns out that this ragtag band of unorganized pirates has self-organized into classes. Shocker./

. . . at the heart of this supposedly decentralised system of amateur pirates is a cluster of elite clubs that cater to the file-sharing A-list: professional copyright infringers who trade in ultra-high quality recordings, bootlegs and other rare material.

Most people don’t know that these private sites exist. They’re not listed on Google, and they don’t advertise. Almost all private torrent sites operate on an invitation-only basis.

What do you get for membership in this band of high-class pirates?

On private sites, there are no worries about incorrect capitalisation of file names or missing album art, as is often the case on regular torrent sites. The site admins and moderators, who are often paid employees, work to establish a “house style” for files. Books must be of a certain file type, music must be tagged with a genre, films must have subtitles attached, and so on. Torrents uploaded that don’t meet these high standards will often be removed.

Tagging music with a genre is now considered a high standard. Speaking of high standards: Mike Myers said he backed out of the “Sprockets” movie because the script was bad, and he didn’t want to disappoint people who paid “their hard-earned money to see my work.” But Splitsider’s read the script, and says it was pretty good. More here.

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