Sunday, February 26, 2006

A Blog Making Fun Of Islam's Prophet

(Hat Tip: Sinan from the Blogger Help Group)

Yeah, I know free speech is a virtue, but what can be gained by ticking people off intentionally? Apparently Muhammed Pron enjoys the artwork and has even begun to "franchise" his view of Muhammed (although nothing is in it as of this post).

Although we live in a world of free speech (at least in the west) I wouldn't be too surprised if blog rioting started to commence.

Busy Busy Busy

Unfortunately I'll be unable to blog due to it being Sunday, and alas, my day is packed full again. :-(

But in order to make you smile, you can check out an updated look to my other site, Hidden Nook.

Note: Yep, I am Mac-ie, even though I don't own a Mac.

I Wish It Were Father's Day

Because it seems that Myles is the proud owner of a new born baby. Congrats!

An image can be seen of the cute kid via Blogskins Times, a site I am going to add to the sidebar later on.

Congrats Myles!

Can't Touch This Blog!

(Hat Tip: Blogger Buzz)

Apparently MC Hammer has entered the blogosphere and seems to be enjoying it!

There's nothing like the smell and look of spring. The sun begins to shine through the thinning clouds and the trees and plants start to blossom anew. The birds start to sing a new joyful song. The sunsets become vibrant orange and the days become warm.

And somewhere deep in the background of the noise of the towns and cities you hear the crack of the bat and the sound of the ball. It's baseball season again!! There is no place are time on Earth like spring training.

I am not a baseball fan, (football is king in my book) but his presence does add some star-dom to the blogosphere. Of course the little music intro in the beginning may get on your nerves, so you have to remember to turn off your speakers--especially at work.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Technorati Testing

It's great to be back! I've experienced several difficulties with this blog, but since its free I guess I can not complain to loudly. ;)

I've decided to test this blog out using Technorati tags as it will reveal what other bloggers are chatting about. Although Technorati is slow as molasses, it has "charted" a larger chunk of the blogosphere than any other blog search engine to date.

Hopefully it will work for you guys as I generally use Google's blog search and Blogpulse, as they are much more fun.

Weblog Ghetto Speak

It seems that like all subcultures bloggers have developed their own form of "ghetto speak." Here is a list from the Blogger Buzz:

  • MSM: "mainstream media"
  • Above the fold: "what we see on a blog's screen before we begin to scroll down"
  • The jump: "a place to which the blog's readership is referred inside the Web site"
  • sidebar: "a column down one side of the screen displaying advertisements, archived links or a list of other blogs called a blogroll"
  • bye-line: "an adios or similar farewell at the end of the blogger's politely expressed opinion or angry screed"
  • wingnuts: "the prevailing put-down of right-wing bloggers"
  • moonbats: "the vilification of left-wing partisans who use the Web"
  • ping: "the gently noisy notification sent when a blog needs updating or has been updated"
  • link love: "an unsolicited, posted link that aims only to amuse or interest"
  • simultaneous blogasm: "the discovery that some other blogger has posted an identical thought at the same time"
  • meme: "a type of online chain letter where bloggers answer questions designed to give a quick overview of the blogger's personality"
  • tag: "a descriptive label applied to an individual post"
  • delicious: "To someone is to add them to your delicious bookmarks."
  • blogerati: "people sophisticated in operating blogs"
  • spam blogs, splogs and zombie blogs: "these strange animated robot-generated texts meant to game search engines. When it's published as unwanted feedback on people's blogs, it's called comment spam" — definition from former Blogger team member Biz Stone
  • fisk: "from Robert Fisk, a U.K. journalist. That's when you take an article and reprint it on your blog adding your line-by-line critique"

Some of these I've heard of before (such as sidebar, MSM, Fisk, etc.) but others seem completely "geekish" such as bye-line, the jump, and above the fold.

Blogasm seems to be the strangest to me, but that phrase probably invented by a weblog that wasn't very family friendly.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Advice That Could Save Your Life

Jillian gives some healthy reason for teens without wisdom.

Please stop using the internet if you're going to act foolishly; you are ruining it for the rest of us. When you meet someone on say, myspace, who has feelings just like yours and is into Yellowcard, and seems supercool, and wants to meet, DON'T DO IT. Why don't you know by now that this so-called kindred spirit is, in actuality a grunting 40-year-old pedophile?

Ironically I was just talking with a teenager about MySpace. Both of us agreed that it was evil, due to the fact that it is an "over glorified profile," of an individual, a gold mine for perverts without consciences.

And if you think there is an exception to online dating, think again.

Skiing For All The Wrong Reasons

This would have made an excellent Valentines post...except for the fact that it was posted after Valentines day. Here Indigo recaps on her semi-romantic pursuit of a boy named P.V.D:

I probably should have stuck out the ski lessons that my parents paid for, that would have been the wise thing to do. However, I thought I could figure it out. I mean, how hard could downhill skiing be??? I skipped my lessons and went straight for the slopes, hunting P.D.V. out all night long. [...]

I recall skiing down the back of the hills one night, it was pitch dark and the slope was narrow and I had to try my best not to hit a tree. I totally wiped out and kept on sliding .... but my ski fell off and didn't slide down with me. I think I hollered up to people to 'throw me my ski!' or something completely lame like that.

Oh yeah, Hubby is sooooooooooooo lucky that P.D.V. didn't fall for my cuteness during the Ski Club.

"Hubby" probably is lucky (hey, that rhymed!), although I wonder if he is going give Indigo skiing lessons in the near future?

If not, I recommend snow boarding (although snow biking may be more fun).

Body Odor Got You Down?

I've encountered some pretty horrible stenches before, but most of those were from animals (dead and alive). Apparently The Freud encountered a stench from a group we all have come to know and love--humans.

There is one profound thing that I have experienced here in Germany that I never thought I would. On two different and distinct occasions I have been practically knocked out by the body odor of another human being.

When we first moved into our home here, the moving company sent 3 people- two men and one woman. [...]

The Woman is what caught me the most off guard. She was probably in her fifties- a heavy set woman with skin like wet leather.

She wore a stained tank top- that's right... it was sleeveless. As if the look of her pit hair as she hefted boxes out of the truck wasn't enough, she wore no bra with this t-shirt weight garment.

There are more details, but for the sake of my stomach they will be omitted here. Hopefully she will be able to get the smell out of her house as I can sympathize with her dilemma (my issue was more canine in nature, so I understand her pain).

All I can say is, at least she didn't have to purchase a gas mask. :-(

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Road Rage

For once in my life (perhaps the only time) I sympathize with this driver. I truly do.

Today, on my way to work, I'm like the only car on the road for about a mile in both directions. Behind me in the distance, I see a car turn into the lane and it's starting to catch up to me. I'm going five miles over the speed limit which is fifty miles an hour so this guy is hauling ***. A few seconds later, he's 10 feet from me and just trails me. [...]

Why did he not go around me to continue on his way? [...]
Are the people that do this a bunch of lonely drivers that has to drive close to other drivers?

I don't know but tailgating is very annoying. Perhaps they should invent flames that come out behind your vehicle to serve as a warning sign to "back off." But then again, equipping your car with such powers would probably be illegal in all 50 states.

Disposable Skidmarks has a scary photo to go along with his weblog. As long as he doesn't hold a hammer in that hand, I'll feel safe while on the road.

Cheerio! (From London)

I never realized how global the b5 Media empire was. So far I have only fallen in love with two weblogs from the network, although this one may be my third.

(Genetics And Health) If you're reading this, I thank you! It's taking much longer than expected to get broadband set-up in our new home in London.

I have been thrilled to find that genetics and health are very much on the minds of the public here and have been collecting newspaper articles and other interesting tidbits to share.

It's good to see that another being has discovered the blessing of a faster internet. The weblog looks pretty interesting thus far and I think I'll add it to the sidebar as it may have some helpful tips for the human race...or at least for me. ;)

Dungeons And Dragons?

I don't know if I jumped into the middle of a conversation here, but I am a bit confused.

I am inwardly replused by the idea of D&D, but I am also somewhat jealous that I am not involved. It's like a geek-meeting, and apparently I'm just not geeky enough to get invited.

The Black Eyed Gurl is referring to another blog called Northern Bound. Apparently she is confused as to what the weblog is all about, and I don't see a link anywhere to the site.

The one thing I do admire about the site is the layout design, a pet peeve of mine as many users do not realize how easy it is to change it.

Either way I guess I'll move on as there are other weblogs to cover.

I'm Back!

Yeah, I've been away for a while, but I decided with Google fixing out the tweaks with Blogger that I would take a little break as well as add in some necessary content on this blog (as well as others).

On another note, I discovered a way to do categories on Blogger (via which I installed on Inside Orkut and Colony Worlds.

Well, I had my fun for today, now to start blogging! ;)

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Another Regional Blog...

I posted about this weblog over on Inside Orkut as many users of that service found themselves unable to access the site due to government regulations.

The UAE Community Blog looks very interesting, and will make an excellent addition on the side bar. :)

Deep Dark Voice

I know some people who have gone through this surgery. Hopefully his voice will recover from surgery. Here are the details:

As some of you know (and as many of you probably don't) I had nose and throat surgery done on Tuesday. They removed my tonsils and my uvula and did a septo-plasty on my septum all to correct sleep apnea.

For the most part, I feel good. My nose doesn't hurt as much as I thought it was going to but I have some residual throbbing pain in my temples which I think is just muscle fatigue from having to spit so much after the tonsilectomy. My throat is a different story though because it feels like I have strep throat 24/7. It's just very sore and inflamed.

I bet. I don't have any ice cream for you, although if you have the ability to build a time machine, Yahoo is offering some ice cream for free.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Maintenance? What Maintenance!

Hmm...Google seems to be working on the Blogger system again. Although this is one of my favorite blogs to publish on, it also has been the one with the largest hassle.

I am going to cool things down here for a while, although this would be a good time to take a break and perhaps switch over to my other weblog. Heh.

Did Someone Say Blog Party?

Blog Mosh has recently joined the Blog Party Blog Resource Network and gives an explanation as to what the blog party is all about.

Blog Party brings bloggers together by providing blog resources all in one place, and just a click away. The partners of Blog Party Network have joined together to provide you with such things as blog forums, blog directories, blog advertising exchanges, blog news, plus a whole lot more.

Sounds pretty interesting, especially the Blog Reporter weblog (although I am already a member of Blogger News and Blog Critics so I may not join due to lack of time).

Either way, it may be of some interest to those who do blog, so sign up and spread the word.

These People Really Do Exist!

I've only seen these type of people depicted in cartoons at banks, although I never thought I would hear of someone actually encountering these type of people. Zazza Fooky retells her adventures below.

I had to go to the post office today. I hate going to the post office more than.... gee...having all my pubic hairs plucked out one by one, having my eyelids held open with toothpicks while some guy liquefies my retinas with battery acid and let's see, what else?, I could probably think of a million other things but you get the idea.

I ended up being the 12th person in line and after waiting for everyone to collect their notices, letters and packages I was finally 2nd in line behind an old lady buying stamps. This ought to be be quick, I thought to myself. It's just stamps.

The story gets better or worse, depending on your perspective. Perhaps this lady is a sign from above to webloggers everywhere to simply mail items from your house.

Don't you love the internet? The possibilities are endless!

Farewells Are Never Easy

I know because I had to do something similar around 17. Here is a farewell to family from a fellow blogger: (tongue twisty isn't?)

One week from now I will be travelling abroad for higher level study (university)... I know I am going to miss my country and I know (have a feeling) it is going to be difficult for a while there :-( .

Cheer up Nav! It is only difficult the first couple of months (after that, then you can adjust).

After all, you have the internet, which can help you survive--even at great distances.

A Parable Of The Newlyweds

This story by Tachizuno just made me laugh. Here is a snippet:

A young couple decided to wed. As the big day approached, they grew apprehensive. Each had a problem they had never before shared with anyone, not even each other. The Groom-to-be, overcoming his fear, decided to ask his father for advice.

"Father," he said, "I am deeply concerned about the success of my marriage. I love my fiancee, very much, but you see, I have very smelly feet, and I'm afraid that my future wife will be put off by them."

You are going to have to visit the site in order to find out the ending. I think it would make a great story at weddings--that is if you have good relations with the in-laws. ;)

See No Evil, Speak No Evil?

It looks like another blogger is addressing the Google Censorship fiasco. Here is what they had to say.

Blog Censorship has become a hot topic as of late, especially with Google headlining the news. This debate is short and sweet, but do you think countries should be allowed to censor personal blogs?

My view is that it whether a nation should allow free speech or not is determined by who is in power. Although I see freedom of speech as an inherit right, it can only be maintained by force.

After all, do you think a Communist government will tolerate dissent after rolling over people via tanks?

Update: You can see my view points about Google over here.

A Million Pixel Gallery?

Rebecca it seems has stumbled upon a way for artists to gain more exposure.

1 Million pixels art gallery
The internet's first and only 1 Million Pixel Homepage Art Gallery!
The newest way for artists to exhibit their art online.

exhibits, voting polls, art classifieds, art news feeds, free art classfieds, free artist link directory and more.
The homepage is in the process of creation and will soon be 1 million pixels of art.

I've seen this "pixel advertising" before on other websites, and basically have written off 99% of them as scams. After all, there is no point in visiting a site if it consist entirely of ads.

Displaying art however is ingenious and makes it worthwhile to visit the site. Whoever came up with this idea to feature artists may have found a way to change the image of pixel advertising.

Some of the art work is actually good too! So check it out. Thanks Rebecca!

Monday, February 06, 2006

Blogger Will Be Down...

In approximately two hours according to Pete from the Blogspot team.

(Blogger Status) Just a quick reminder that we will be going ahead with a planned network maintenance on Monday the 6th from 7–8PM PST. Blogger and Blog*Spot blogs will be unavailable during that time.

This maintenance won't fix everything, but it will make things better. I promise.

I know a lot of people have been upset about blogger being "offline" without notice over the past few days, but I think we should all cut them some slack. Google charges users $0.00 for their service (and for those of you in Europe it's zero Euro's) so if you are not happy you should switch to Go Daddy or Dream Host.

Since that only gives me two hours to post today, I am going to be posting later on tonight as their are other weblogs I like to publish to while I'll have time.


Congrats for the Steelers on their Superbowl XL victory. Although I was routing against you, your team deserved the trophy for that game. ;)

Update: Whoops! Looks like my world time skills are off a bit! 7pm PST is 11pm EST! Looks like I'll be posting here after all! ;)

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Blogspot Resurrected From The Dead

It appears that blogger is back online now. I was able to post to my weblogs, although they were not viewable to the public. I am glad I did not post the Saturday Blog Novels although I was able to finish the second "episode" to Sol Worlds. ;)

I guess I'll turn in for tonight as far as publishing goes, but I guess this will give me time to fix a few little details I've been trying to get around to on my weblogs. :)

Yeah To Blogger!

My weblog went down last night and after several unsuccessful attempts (even changing the domain path and template) my site gave me the "403 Forbidden" error. Google, or rather Blogger (who are surprisingly fast I must say) worked on the problem and now I am live again.

Props to the Google/Blogger Team, where ever you guys reside! :)


Since tomorrow is superbowl Sunday, I am probably not going to post. I think I am going to download the Blog Calendar that Wayne mentioned on his site. Should be quite useful as I run several blogs each with a different focus. Heh.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Can You See Me?

My weblog went down for some strange reason. I think the blogger guys fixed it, although I am not exactly sure. If this post is visible, then life will continue on. :)

Hmm...I think my site is down.

I can post to it but I can not see it. Perhaps Blogger didn't like me using this template after all.

Especially after all the long hours of discovering its beauty. :(

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Watch Out For The Blog Patrol!

I love the slogan on their site.

Ridding the internet of ugly blogs one blog at a time!

The little Canadian at the top is hilarious too! I'm adding them to the list of interesting blogs and hopefully they can help bloggers improve their template layouts.

I was doing something similar to this when I came across interesting, yet basic template bloggers. Fortunately pointing many to made the difference.

What's Wrong With My Faith?

Ben it seems is irritated that some people at work do not enjoy listening to his faith and may write him off as "a fruit loop" (my words).

Here is the scoop.

Working in a liberal university setting, I struggle with the fact that, if you have Christian beliefs and ideologies, they are immediately invalidated as ludicrous or antiquated and somehow they shouldn't be discussed or that you lack intelligence because you have these beliefs.

We live in a society of cultural relativism. Where there are no absolutes and it is offensive for a person to tell others that what they believe is wrong. The majority has a problem with Christianity because our faith is based on absolutes...according to my faith, there is right and wrong. But nobody wants to be told that they are wrong.

Although some may view Ben as "a fruit loop," I do have to side with Ben, on this one, as the PC crowd is really getting on my nerves.

I think regardless whether you are a Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jew, Straight, Gay, etc., you do have the right to be told that you are wrong and if you disagree then you are entitled to respond back in kind with evidence.

A famous man once said, "For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth," and I believe that quote still applies today.

Good job Ben! If you get any more resistance, tell them to start a blog. Heh.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Beware Of The Wench!

Crazy Like A Fox has the details.

My renter this week is Danalyn, better known as Tech Wench. Don't let her good looks fool you. This chick has got some brains and she knows how to use them.

Tech Wench is the head designer for WestDesigns. Not only do her templates look great, but her coding is so clean and organized that her designs are easy to customize for your own needs.

Yeah, the title was deceiving, but Danalyn designs blogs starting at $60 for blogspot powered weblogs (really inexpensive as the price some ask for $100 plus).

I probably could have used her help in the very beginning of my blog days as coding is only fun when you get it right. Although I may consider her services in the future for another weblog idea of mine.

Scary Stuff, Cyber Stuff

My sympathies go out towards the author of Ask Daddy-Mommy is Off Duty who is going for some testing to see if anything is wrong with her gall bladder.

I pray that the doctors find out the problem and discover a quick solution, as hospital visits are never fun (unless you are having a child, then they are semi fun I guess).

Later on throughout her post, she talks about Microsoft "being good."

I recently downloaded the Microsoft Anti Spam and Anti Spyware and they have been keeping my computer nice and clean and running in tip top shape.

I was beginning to think the poor thing was starting to get old (okay, four years is probably ancient in computer years) and just could not handle things any longer, but it is like a brand new machine.

Now if I can just talk hubby into the 400 GB hard drive I saw yesterday...when did I become such a techo babe?

Heh! Well, I don't know what one would do with a 400 GB hard drive (unless your legally backing up movies to your personal server).

But if she is looking for the space because of storage, she may want to consider creating an email address at either or Mail Nation as both are offering 1000 GB (a whole terabyte) for free.

Are You Three Dimensional?

Tree George (pronounced "trey") has some fascinating 3-D (space?) art that boggles the mind with beauty. Here is an image from his site with an explanation below.

(Photo Credit: The Great Tree)

In this image, I took a sphere and placed it inside a slightly larger square. [...] Of course, if I had centered the square within the circle that might have helped the composition. I'd like to think when this pod crashed into the sea, it cracked and twisted.

Excellent photos! Definitely going to add this to the list of interesting sites on the sidebar (and soon I'll dedicate a whole day posting about these fantastic blogs). I think my favorite image is 10pm.

Note: Is he writing a photo blog novel? Interesting...

Free Deodorant? What?

If it wasn't true, I would laugh really hard. According to The Domestic Diva's blog site, Degree Deodorant is giving away free samples of their product for guys and girls.

I'd quote her below, but she has Copy Scape enabled and she may freak out if I quoted three words (even with credit assigned). Sigh.

Is This For Real?

Here the Artist has a photo post about a sign that reads:

Kennet And Avon Canal


The Captain of every vessel allowing Horses to Haul across the Street will be Fined. By Order.

Well, I'm not a horseback rider (although I wish I had more time to ride them) although I wonder if that law is still in affect in that area.

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