Saturday, April 29, 2006

Taking A Break....

I love visiting new weblogs (and will probably continue doing so) but for now I need to focus on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

In other words, I need to focus on my other weblogs below.

Will be back the mean time, if anyone wants to take over posting here, let me know. I'll even give up some Ad Sense spots for them too. :)

Update: Corrected html link.

Friday, April 28, 2006

The Dark Side Of The Nav Bar (Spam Fraud)

One of the benefits of having a Nav Bar within Google Blogger is it gives you the ability to search new and interesting weblogs and search within your own (although you can do that without it).

On the flip side of the coin, if someone does not like you they can mark your weblog as spam, which may cripple your weblog operation. Via Sister Raya on the Blogger Help Group:

My blog PAINTERSMARKETPLACE was for some reason flagged by a spambot.
The message I received when I went to post was it was most probably and
error and that a human would review in less than 24 hours. I filled out
the request for my blog to be view by a human and no one has reviewed

My blog is a "teamblog" and my members would like to post. I also
emailed Adsense. No response. I feel like crying. I put so much work
into this blog to give artists exposure for their work.

How can I get Google to look at my blog and see that we are not mindless spammers. I
would so appreciate anyone's help or advice. I'm getting really blue
about it.

The good news is that Google will eventually get around to it. The bad news is that it may take them a while (remember, the whole planet emails/calls/IM's these guys). Perhaps if enough blogspot users discuss this on Technorati, it may give attention to her plight.

But if Raya ever gets her blog back up, I would recommend that she remove the Nav Bar, as I have found it to be a dangerous tool, especially if you blog about politics.

Note: Oh, and you can visit her blog over here. Looking forward to some future posts.

Posting Via Writely...

I came across this post on the Blogger Help Group from Doitonabike who said:

The on-line word processing service (a Google service) is
supposed to suport publlishing to Blogger but a lot of people over on
the Writely user forum are expressing difficulties with this aspect of
the service.

Can anyone in Blogger Help point me somewhere where I might get some
advice and assistance with the Blogger/Writely interface?

A second user who goes by the name "Rat" (what's up with all of these weird names?) recommended using Blogger's Word tool, although I find the feature to be a bit messy since blogger does not support all of word's font formats.

Writely does work with blogger, however I found the best way to use it was to:

  1. Make sure that you follow their instructions on the forums (keep searching if you don't find your answer immediately) and
  2. Make sure their is no "extra html" when posting (underneath the Edit tab, then select Edit html).

That should resolve most issues. If anyone needs any help with this, let me know.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Photographing The Bible?

A very interesting way of matching images with holy text!

Inverclyde, who posts over at Photo Galleries World Creation matches various biblical scriptures with photos on his site. This post is my favorite:

Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned? Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched? So is he who sleeps with another man's wife; no one who touches her will go unpunished

I am sure all of the ladies would love this post (and if not, then don't attack me--I'm just the messenger).

Too Much Information Online?

Genie Belle who posts over at Genie's Bottle has this to say about the digital information overload:

I think there is too much information on the internet. By that, I mean there is too much personal information floating around. From online dating sites to personal pages and blogs, we are simply giving out too much information.

We list our address and phone numbers, e-mail address, messenger/chat screen names, physical characteristics, our likes and dislikes, our pets name, our feelings, and our deep dark secrets.

This is stuff our family and closest friends don't know about us.

This definitely is a problem online, and Genie Belle goes into more detail about this issue on her site.

My reasoning is that their is a "lack of accountability" online, as you can simply delete the person's message if you do not enjoy them anymore, an action you could only dream of taking with an annoying next door neighbor.

Or could it be that you can find similar minds easier half-way around the world than half way across town? Hmm...


Having some problems publishing to this weblog again. Sigh...Will let you know when it is back up to speed. :(

Update: And we're back!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

A Business Owner's Weblog

It looks like the President of has a weblog. And it seems as if he has stumbled upon some helpful information.

Large firms can spend millions of dollars on determining an optimal market size and segmentation. Small businesses, like AutoTCO, don't have this luxury. We either have to do a lot of exhaustive research, or simply guess. Once in awhile, we stumble into a nugget of data that someone else has taken the time to research on their own. This is one that I found today.

He links to an article which informs him that 16 million people are looking for cars to purchase (something very good to know if you are in the business of selling cars).

Ironically, I am also looking for a car, although I think my neighbor might offer me a vehicle for a good price.

Cats Do Have Value (After All)

It seems that The Willa Woman has stumbled across a story that increases the value of cats--or at least this feline anyway.

BERLIN (Reuters) - A cat saved the life of a newborn baby abandoned on the doorstep of a Cologne house in the middle of the night by meowing loudly until someone woke up, a police spokesman said Saturday.

"The cat is a hero," Cologne police spokesman Uwe Beier said. "Its loud meowing got the attention of the homeowner and saved the baby from suffering life-threatening hypothermia. The homeowner opened door to see why the cat was making so much noise and discovered the newborn."

Although I am not a fan of cats, (mainly for economic reasons) stories like these do highlight their feline potential. Now if we could only get the rest of the species up to par with this kitty, then cats might be considered valuable to the human race.

Sweet Nothings While You Slumber?

This is the first time I've come across a guy who is more romantic while unconscious then while he is fully awake.

What galls me is that when he sleep talks he usually wraps his arms around me and murmurs sweet nothings in my ear.

And sometimes it goes a bit further than that (!)

Last night's bit was something to the tune of "I think I could fall in love with you"

The problem is, he generally does NOT say such things during his WAKING hours.

Wow, that is hilarious! Perhaps she could record her hubby whispering those romantic phrases in order to teach him what to say in the waking world.

Committee To Protect Bloggers Signs Off

Although I have not posted to this weblog recently (due to my focus on three other weblogs), I have just found out that the Committee to Protect Bloggers is signing off for the very last time.

Sixteen months after I began it, I am closing down the Committee to Protect Bloggers. There are a host of reasons for my decision, but the short one is, the organization is no longer sustainable. This will be the last post on the blog. The blog itself will remain up as long as the hosting service wishes to keep it in place.

Although the Committee to Protect Bloggers is done, the legal organization behind it is not. That organization has already created several independent projects and has begun a new one.

Blogging, although fun is what I call a "rough hobby" in the fact that life, political pressures, work or your government can convince people to leave the field indefinitely.

Committee to Protect Bloggers, which recently became a non-profit organization, has left the field due to the fact of funds and timing.

They will be greatly missed.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Testing Out Qumana


Hmmm...this appears to be a neat little piece of software. I am going to have to test this out on the other weblogs as well...but so far, this one rocks!

Sorry for the lack of posts on this weblog. I have been busy with Inside Orkut and Colony Worlds, so light posting on this weblog thus far.

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Update: Ghetto photo manager! First and last use of Qumana!

Monday, April 03, 2006

Blogger For Dummies...Heh!

Peter has some great advice for those of you who accidentally delete their post:

You have by mistake deleted some posts or links, etc., or you may even have messed up your template, and you need to recover from the mistake urgently. What do you do?

This is what you can do. Do a search (Google, Yahoo, etc.) for some terms in your past post and see if it turned up some cached copies of your post.

This is advice I could have used in the beginning of my webloging days. An excellent post by Peter! I think I am going to add him to the sidebar underneath "Weblog Wisdom."

Does This Look Yummy To You?

Annie claims to have discovered the best tasting cookie ever (at least the best one that she has created).

Attention Chocolate Chip Cookies Lovers. This could possible be the best cookie I have ever had the pleasure of making. It is chewy and delicious. I happened to be watching the food network this weekend and Alton Brown of Good Eats was babbling on about three different styles of chocolate chip cookies.

He called them the thin [and] cripsy, the soft & puffy and the chewy. Now I started to listen carefully. I have made a couple hundred batches of cookies in my life and have alway found it hard to master the chewy texture that I so desire. So when this scientifically inclined chef said there was a secret to the perfect cookie I watched with bated breath.

After visiting her site I was sorely disappointed. The cookie looked extremely ugly, which was confirmed by commentaries below.

However, Annie said it was the best tasting cookie, (not the best looking) so perhaps I'll step beyond my vanity and see if I can find the recipe for the cookies myself.


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