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Every neighborhood should have a bazooka

August 17, 2009 1 comment

Yes, it was, I seem to remember, far too early to be woken up. Especially given that I was enjoying a rather tasty dream. Pancakes, maple syrup and a very good cup of coffee sat before my fish like dream eyes, tempting me. Just before my fork managed to grab a mouthful of the stuff, I swam up, still flapping my gills, to the sound outside that must have woken the whole neighbourhood.
My goodness they were drunk. Two women were literally rolling around on the gravel out front, pulling each other’s hair.
I shit you not.
I thought that stuff only happened on stupid ibiza gone wild television shows. But no. There it was, right in front of me. Well, not right in front, more like down below me, cause I live one floor up.
A shirtless man paced around the skirmish, along with several other tarted up induhviduals, pretending to try and stop the little display of fisticuffs…..or should that be hairicuffs? or grabihairicuffs.
But they didn’t really want it to stop, did they? I mean how hard is it to pull two people apart. Especially after they have clearly had their adrenaline dump. There was no fight left in them, but they persisted. I have to give them that.
Mr Shirtless actually got a bit excited by all this and punched a car window. Then kicked the car, presumably because the car window hurt his hand.

Nothing else really happened. It was all a little bit of a let down really. No blood, no other violence. The police turned up (actually rather a lot of police turned up) and broke the whole thing up….a domestic of some sorts (I can’t possibly fathom what about though amidst the screams of “you dirty slut” and other such profanities). A young lady with far too many children got in a car and drove away, leaving Mr No Shirt growling. I presume it was his lass. Hopefully now his ex-lass.

In other news Joshua Goodwin has released a rather nice looking wordpress theme called Old Popular Yolk. I think you should use it. I know I would if this blog let me. Yes, it is yellow, even though his blog is not.

I’m starting to subscribe to Kilgore Trout’s theory that every neighborhood should have a bazooka and a responsible adult should know where it is………

I can’t take the suspense

Yesterday, when I wanted to put some thoughts onto a e-paper and publish them onto the great big world wide web, I found my blog had been suspended by wordpress. Why oh why? A nice message said that I had contravened the terms and conditions and they had pulled my blog. It was like I was never even here. Erased from time. Except for a few cached pages in some major search engines. I was, at first, a little pissed. After all, I rather like some of my writing on this blog. I think some of it is even fairly good……when I’m feeling the muse, I can write fairly well. But then, I kind of figured – eh, doesn’t really matter if the blog is here or not. And then my ego thought….eh? yes it does, at least I should get the better posts and publish them elsewhere. A sort of online portfolio of my writing if you will.

Actually, I was surprised to find how many of my pages were cached by a few of the larger search engines. So I cut and paste a bunch of my posts into notepad and saved them to my harddrive…..thank you google. thank you yahoo.

Of course, my blog is no longer suspended. I managed to stage a little get out of jail by sending off a nice email or two to wordpress. They released my blog from purgatory on the condition that I removed a few links from my blogroll. Oh well. I wasn’t really in a position to bargain, since they had all my writing and all, so I did. And now I’m back. With the proviso that I don’t try and make money from this blog. Fair enough. The blogroll links that I had were to other mmo sites that I don’t control, which I did point out, and I guess that’s why my blog was released. Now I’m not sure if I’m on some sort of wordpress watch list, but I guessing I should tread a little carefully on who and what I link to. See, even if you have no control over other sites you link to, you will still be tarred with the same brush as they are to a certain extent. I’m not even sure how my blog came under scrutiny – I don’t get much traffic. I don’t get much attention. And wordpress has a ton of other blogs out there. But lightening does strike somewhere 🙂

And that got me thinking about WordPress and Blogger again. Google/Blogger allows complete freedom on their hosted platform because their ideal sollution the internet is to have every page on the internet slathered with adsense ads. That would make google much more money. They shot themselves in the foot a little when they made their adsense page matching algorithm too clever and now they’ve got the old interest based advertising going so that even if you visit a page outside your normal sphere of interest, you’ll still get ads relevant to what you like to do/see. So they get more clickthroughs and they get more money. Blogger is built on the idea that google really just wants to own every piece of internet real estate.

I’m not sure what wordpress wants to accomplish, but I think, on the wordpress hosted side of things anyway, they really just want people to write good content. Heck, it doesn’t even need to be good. But it does need to play a little bit by their rules. Fair enough, it’s their house.

My god are you still reading this. I’ve rambled on and on and on with a bunch of not very coherent thoughts. I wanted to post something about technology. I guess I’ll have to do it another time.

Take backups kiddies.

Switch off

September 22, 2008 3 comments

(or where I tell you why you should disconnect once in a while)

When was the last time you actually disconnected from your online life?  For many bloggers and online marketers, this is not something that happens very often.  The availability of wireless networks and online services from our mobile phones basically mean that we can travel anywhere and still check our email, post our blogs, read our blogs and generally pass our time on the internet.

For most of us, being online is so connected to our lives that we have a hard time without technology helping us along.  Part of being human is to change our surroundings, mould our world for our convenience – for better or worse.  The better part is that we can make use of all the fantastic services available on the internet.  On holiday?  Don’t know where a good restuarant is?  Hit a search engine, or a blog.  Need directions?  SatNav or  googlemaps.  Forgot your flight times?  Check your email – it’s there for sure!

The problem is, using computers and the internet tends to foster continuous partial attention.  Which basically means, you don’t fully focus on one thing at a time.  When was the last time you wrote a blog post without checking your email in the middle or quickly reading another blog?    There is a time and place for this, but there is also a time and place to block out all the noise and just experience where you are, who you are, what you are doing or who you are with.  Yeah yeah, I’m a big old hippie…..but really, full attention in the moment is a concept as old as the hills and has been absorbed into many traditions.  You can really feel yourself slowing down, sleeping better and relaxing more and more.

I was away for a week, and for that week, I didn’t even see a computer.  That’s pretty unusual, but bizarrely refreshing.  My own no-information diet.

Allowing yourself time and space gives your brain time to really sift and sort important and unimportant.  Internet marketers and make money online folk spend too much of our time lusting after more traffic, more comments, more blogs, more money.  And it will kill us.  We will become soulless workaholics.

Let’s be honest if you are trying to make money online with blogging or internet marketing, is reading yet another blog post on “content is king” going to help you?  Most of the time, we read it anyway, don’t we?….we chase one idea with another so we can make more money, build a better blog, scope a better domain name, write a better e-book, affiliate another product. check our stats, check our stats, check our stats.  Keep up to date or you will miss the golden opportunity.

Bullshit.  There is no mythical one golden opportunity.  Take some time off!  Feeling tired but still compelled to bang out one more blog post or twit?  Fuck that.  Go to bed.  Listen to you body.  Eat when hungry, sleep when tired, and create a harmonious balance in your life.  Work, rest, play.

Now, turn off the computer, switch off the TV and freesat and go play with your kids, or have dinner with your family, or just grab a cup of tea and watch the trees waving outside your window for an hour.  You will feel great afterwards!

Disconnected

September 19, 2008 Leave a comment

(or where I tell why I haven’t written for days and days and days)

I’ve been away.  One week.  No web, no cell phone, no ipod, no radio, no tv.  I’ll tell you more another day – I’m just home and hungry, and it is the weekend!

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