It’s Thursday! That doesn’t really mean anything special… except for the fact that we’ve deciding to have a caption contest to give away some Name.com stickers because we just got a brand spankin’ new order of stickers!! Woohoo!!!!! We know, you’re way too happy about these stickers! But we’re going to up the ante! If you win this contest, you’re also going to get a FREE .com domain name. Dannnnng what a sweet deal! Now that you’re super stoked, we should probably tell you how you can win the sticker and free .com contest.
Name.com spokesman Vic Dixon is a true man of mystery. How is a man so confounded by technology capable of being the face of a tech company? How does a man so bereft of tact manage to avoid career-ending harassment claims? And where did he get that jacket? I sat down with Vic in hopes of finding the answers to these questions.
Ethan Conley: Thank you for agreeing to this interview, Vic.
Vic Dixon: There’s a chill in here. I grew up in a tiny island nation off the coast of FloriBama, so I’m only warm if we’re next to a swamp or cuddled up with a couple wives.
EC: …right. Well Vic, I’m just going to start with a very general question. What’s your story? Tell me about yourself.
VD: Well my parents were refugees of the Great Slovenian War [I am no history expert, but I pretty sure there was no such thing—Editor]. They did some sailing, made a raft out of some old tires and prayer, got over here to the good ‘ol US-of-A and were immediately just sucked into the the nutria business. Are you familiar with nutria? Well, it’s a large rat. So they found some way to make hats and soup out of this here deal. [Vic rambles for a few minutes about catching rats—Editor]
If you just purchased your first domain, or even your hundredth domain, you’re probably way too excited by the thrill of the checkout click. You just bought your own little fertile plot of Internet magic! All of us at Name.com are way too excited to think about how you’re going to be building something absolutely awesome on your new domain name. However, we understand that it’s sometimes hard to summarize joy in words, so we decided to help you express your happiness. The GIFs in this post, especially the first one, show our joy that you’re now part of the Name.com family. They’re also a great way to help you release your excitement about your new name!
Name.com spokesperson Vic Dixon can’t figure out why everybody is so excited about Shark Week! He doesn’t even think sharks are dangerous and believes that if you want to see real danger, just head into a Walmart bathroom.
A lot of spunky and funky new TLDs are on the way. One that recently caught our attention is .dog. It’s a unique name and made us all dream about what kind of fun dog related websites we could make. While on the hunt for dog website inspiration, we stumbled across a majestic thing: dogs in costumes.
This lead us on an epic quest to find the best dog costumes on the Internet.
At name.com we use Google
Docs ugh fine Google Drive all the time to collaborate on projects. Most of the time these collaborative documents are free of any shenanigans, but every now and then a shenanigan party breaks out.
That was the case Tuesday, when everyone in the office had access to a company potluck signup spreadsheet and several people were making edits at once. Click through for full size and behold the shenanigans.
We have a non sequitur column header about color choice (perhaps aMonty Python reference?). We have people signing up to bring NNOOTTHHIINNGG!, tap water, and early ’90s rap classics. We also have a discussion about whether or not kids would be on the potluck menu.
And we had a few well-adjusted human beings offering to bring actual dishes to the potluck, so that was nice.
Name.com’s Nic Steinbach is in Durban, South Africa for the ICANN-47 meeting. Getting there wasn’t easy—Nic had to endure six layovers and an in-flight menu that proved to be disagreeable for all passengers—but he made it. Here are his thoughts from ICANN 47.
Half awake and totally jet lagged I stepped into an elevator at Johannesburg’s airport. I think it was around 7 p.m. local time or 10 a.m. MST, but after traveling for more than 20 hours (with two hours to go) it could have been any time. Luckily for me, a fellow ICANN attendee had generously offered me a guest pass into the coveted premium sky lounge—a haven of comfortable chairs, power outlets, WiFi, and free beer. As we got on the elevator, a couple of other ICANN veterans piled in. One person asked me if this was my first ICANN conference. Someone else chimed in, “No, weren’t you at the last two?”
The ICANN 47 meeting is being held in Durban, South Africa starting this weekend. Durban is one of the world’s epicenters of HIV infection, with over 40 percent of its adult population living with the HIV virus. dotHIV has focused on the ICANN meeting in Durban as a major fundraising opportunity, and name.com is proud to join in.
dotHIV raised a $20,000 pre-meeting matching pool, and found donors to cover the first $10,000 in donations. Then dotHIV invited the ICANN community to cover the second $10,000, and name.com has stepped to the plate with a $2,500 donation.
The donations and dotHIV’s matched contributions are going toward two awesome organizations:
- The Blue Roof Wellness Centre: A state-of-the-art care center for the treatment of HIV/AIDS, located on the outskirts of Durban. Blue Roof is a project of Alicia Key’s “Keep a Child Alive” Foundation. KCA is a US-registered charity that supports innovative, community-led HIV-work with a focus on child well-being. As a small, agile organization, they have earned the highest rating from US-based Charity Navigator.
- WhizzKids United: Their ‘On the Ball’ curriculum successfully uses soccer as a fun and interactive way to teach 12 -16 year old boys and girls the skills needed to prevent HIV infection, by drawing on each facet of the game and interpreting it into a life skill. The award winning program runs in schools throughout the Durban area, with over 35,000 youth graduates over the last seven years.
For more information on dotHIV’s fundraising program for ICANN 47, click here.
dotHIV is the applicant behind .HIV, one of the many new TLDs expected to be released in the near future. .HIV will be like a red ribbon for the digital age. Every time you click on a .HIV domain, you’ll be activating a micro-donation. These donations are financed through the sale of .HIV domains. For more information on dotHIV, click here.
At name.com we’re pretty fond of office pranks, and a series of good ones unfolded on Wednesday.
Some background info
Name.com systems engineer Chris Gaston has a husky named Lobo that he brings into the office on occasion. Lobo is sort of our live mascot. He’s an adventurous canine, and has made some attempts to escape through the public entrance on the west side of the building when Chris has to run to the data center. So now when Lobo is in the office, we occasionally lock that door and use the employee entrance on the east side of the building, which requires a key.
That was the case on Wednesday. Upon returning to the office from lunch, Ashley Forker (marketing manager) intentionally left her keys in the door so that Pat Ramsey (software engineer) could get in the building after swinging by an ATM.
Well, someone got to the door—and Ashley’s keys—before Pat did.
It’s Friday, and it’s the day after the 4th of July, and the office is pretty empty, so it seems like a good time to show off* one of the perks of working at name.com: the
minions employees get access to a fully-stocked kitchen. Here are some of the highlights.
*You know, as opposed to doing real, actual, meaningful work.