Monday, December 31, 2012

You know the wheels are coming off America's Free Society when...

Citizens begin letter-writing campaigns to newspapers calling for the piecemeal deconstruction of our Constitution.

Ben Franklin is spinning in his grave, right about now...

Fiscal Cliff Ahead

It would seem that the US government is destined to go over the fiscal cliff come Tuesday. The Washington Post blames Congress. Do you have your seat belt securely fastened?

By the way, it seems we have averted going over the dairy cliff. But what about the moral cliff? Any thoughts on any of that this New Year's Eve?

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Interested in #blogging? Why not download a chapter for free?

Why indeed! 

The title of this blog post was sent across twiter by one of those blogging "guru" types.

You may not even want to read the rest of this post! Just click on the image to the left and you will have FREE FULL 24/7 ACCESS to my award-winning series, "The Blogging Class."

So I clicked though the link on twitter - it's a blog of stuff that wouldn't really interest the "I wannabea" blogger... but if you look closely, up in the top right corner, there's an option to "donwload the first chapter of my blogging book for free." (Didn't see any reference to a "learn to drink water" or "how to watch tv"pdf - *joke*)

Of course there is a catch - hoping that your impulsiveness will lead to your giving away your email address... for future marketing solicitations, of course - and that information will be sold and resold for years to come!

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WAIT, WHAT? I subscribed to something?

It continues: Please check your email to confirm your subscription. Download the first chapter of the hot selling book here:  (url) To download you will need the password provided in your confirmation email. Alternatively, you can order your full copy of the eBook by clicking here.

WAIT A MINNNIT! When you click that "here" above - be sure to have the volume turned down because you will be blasted by a dude "are you ready to make money" --- that's where I hit the kill switch!

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Monkey in Jesus' Crib

Some elderly folks at the laundromat today were distraught over something. I couldn't help but listen in: they were incredulous over a picture and caption in the Sunday newspaper:

"...the filthy rag. Stuffed monkey! If this happened when I was in grade school, the nuns would have flogged this kid and made her knell in rock salt."

"...if that was Mohammed the arabs would storm the newspaper building!"

"I remember a time when good people would object to this kind of crap. it doesn't belong in the paper. The Times Union isn't what it used to be."

Naturally, I checked it out later at home. here's the drift:

Students from the Sunday School Program dressed as angels giggle as Maddy Tyler unexpectedly places her stuffed monkey in Baby Jesus's crib during an early Christmas Eve mass at The Cathedral of All Saints on South Swan St. on Monday Dec. 24, 2012 in Albany, N.Y. Maddy had her stuffed monkey with her because she wasn't feeling well.

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Anything wrong with that? I'm sure Jesus loves little girls and stuffed monkeys! But the old folks didn't like it one bit.

I remember hearing something on the radio - one of the talk shows - about how American mainstream media is targeting religion, reflecting a move toward socialism. I did a little googling and found a couple of interesting items, pro and con.

Islam is Becoming the Official Religion of American Media

American Media prefers "Occupy" over Religious Relief Efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy

What do YOU think?

7 Bad Moves That Hurt Facebook in 2012

Gee, only 7? Seems like there were more than that!


Stock Market 2013 Pick and Play Project: "The Little Financial Experiment"

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I present you with a gift: a "post-in-progress" - I've never done one of these before in my 12 years of blogging... as they say, "there's a first time for everything!"

Panning for Gold in 2013

With the New Year, I decided to conduct an online experiment. I've always been good at selecting Mutual Funds, so I'm going to transfer my method to the stock market. I am going to pick a limited number of stocks to follow and will present quarterly updates (roughly quarterly) - I will update this series in February, June and October, with a year-end "finisher" around the 15th of December.

I may add to the portfolio (or subtract from it at any time) - this individual post was uploaded on December 30th 2012 but will be updated as needed between now and January 14. I am participating in some stock market/wealth blog carnivals, and if you are a visitor from one of these carnivals, I would like to hear from you either in blogger comments or facebook comments, your own experiences, your URLs, whatever you can contribute to help make sure we have a produtive and very fruitful year with this little financial experiment.

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Check this out ::: Rupal Bhansali on Finding Investments Off the Beaten Path

Hey, I'm the first to admit that when it comes to stock-picking, I'm just monkeying around, a rank amateur, if you will, so do what I do at your own risk! Inother words, do your own due diligence before investing.

Other keyboards ::: Barron’s Top 10 Stock Picks for 2013 are Apple (AAPL) Barnes and Noble (BKS) BlackRock (BLK) Novartis (NVS) Royal Dutch (RDS.A) Marathon Petroleum (MPC) JPMorgan Chase (JPM) Western Digital (WDC) General Dynamics (GD) Viacom (VIA) Read more:

Jenna Voigt's "Five stockpicking managers to watch in 2013" Nope, I'm not on the list! LOL!

The Current State Of The Macro-Economy And Implications For Stock Picking


Money Blogroll



Private Domain Registration

While Google's Blogger platform meets my particular internet needs, you might have thought about geting (or you may already have) what you think is a "private" domain name. But did you know that "private" in some cases doesn't mean PRIVATE, as in true privacy, safety from prying eyes?

Here's the truth: when you REGISTER your domain name, all of your pertinent personal information (name, home address, telephone number, email address) is published in the Whois Public Internet Directory. The Directory can be viewed 24/7 by anyone, anywhere on the planet! (This is legally required by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers as part of the domain name registration process.***) Once your information is online, it can be harvested by criminals, newspapers, bloggers, "blogging gurus," telemarketers, spammers and hackers and a laundry-list of unsavory characters and organizations to gain access to your financial and personal data.

THERE IS A WAY you can protect yourself, your loved ones (and maybe even your job) - it's called private domain registration, and in this case, it is really and truly PRIVATE! You can choose to re-register an old domain name or start a brand new one.

Here's something else to consider: A lot of folks who begin a new business are currently employed. They may not want their employer to know that they are trying to branch out on their own - it may even be prohibited by the company they work for! A private registration keeps your activities seperated from your other online endeavours.

*** ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) requires domain registrants to provide accurate personal information: name or company name, mailing address, phone number, and email address. This information is publicly posted online unless the domain is protected.

Creating a Unique Website Is Easy

It's a new world out there - 2013 expected to deliver more in the way of internet commerce via tablets and smartphones, not to mention the existing HUGE online shopping and marketing system.

If you have a business, brick-and-mortar or mail-oder, if you engage in eCommerce of any kind, you absolutely must have a professionally designed interactive website. Attractive to the eye. Easy to navigate. Interactive. Common sense: if you want to be professional, use professional tools.

While netsurfing the other day I found the ideal ecommerce website builder: web.com has developed a step-by-step system to create a unique website with FREE domain name, professional design layouts, and point-and-click editing!

Their package includes a unique SiteBuilder that features a user-friendly website building tool that comes with over 9500 starter templates that you can use to make your webpage design unique. It's chock full o' starter content you can fine-tune to fit your products or services, features that keep you connected with your customers and prospects, and - VERY important - a stock image library so you can make your site attractive and relevant to your customers, without the need or hassle of using licensed images.

In short, web.com has everything you need to build your own website from scratch. A study conducted by Dr. Gitte Lindgaard at Carleton University in Ontario showed that most users will form an opinion about a website within 1/20th of a second, which means the design of a website is very important when it comes to its success. When it comes to site design it's best to use professionals: there's no time like NOW to check out the ecommerce website builder!

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Rehearsing the future...

This is gonna be big - no kidding - it's not the next iPhone or Facebook - no - much much bigger than that! It's something that's been a long time coming - something that up to a few years ago was "imagination only."

Three-dimensional objects will soon be appearing "out of nowhere" in homes and businesses all round the globe! I produced a radio report which aired earlier today- and look at some of the wonderful articles I discovered as I was putting the pieces together!

Chris Anderson says 3D printing is what happens "when DIY meets Web 2.0" - and it's going to be the next industrial revolution - the biggest disruption since the last big disruption, only bigger.



What is 3D Printing? wire.kapitall.com details the basics here


Get around newspaper paywalls in 5 ways

They are relatively easy to breach!

  • Don't use javascript
  • Remove the text after the ? at the end of the URL
  • Open another browser on your PC
  • Delete your cookies after each session
  • Share with others by using the URL for the PRINT version!

Cheerleaders for paywalls claim the practice allows newspapers to charge advertisers more, however, one of the biggest proponents of paywalls, the New York Times, admits that the paywall has had no impact on the rates they can charge for ads.

By the way, NYT articles you visit from links my blog postings or my Twitter don't count toward the Times' articles-per-month limit.

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RIP Newsweek ‘a Sh-tty Little Paper’ ~ Karl Lagerfeld

Which print publication or newspaper do you think will be next to stop the presses forever?

#LastPrintIssue : Newsweek's last bid for relevancy?


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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Embrace The Snow

The word is the white stuff is on the way! One meteorologist mentioned the low-end blizzard is akin to a "small Tyrannosaurus-Rex" - imagine that! So I named the storm "T-Rex"!

"The way I've been describing it is as a low-end blizzard, but that's sort of like saying a small Tyrannosaurus rex," said John Kwiatkowski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis IN

Welcome, T-Rex! You are here to inform us that Global Warming hasn't removed winter from New York's weather menu!

Instead of meeting and greeting T-Rex by going out to buy bread and milk (which you all will most certainly do anyway) I give you substance and song, and challenge you to draw power from this event! I have a little help for you in this wonderful blog post from Robert Mirabal! Thank you so much, Robert!

With each day we all get a little older (and hopefully wiser). Listen, the snow is falling!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Who Was Jibra'il (Gabriel)?

Interplanetary Traveler?

Did he travel through the stars in an "ark"-like device?

Could he have used some kind of teleportation machinery to facilitate his "appearances"?

Were the "wings" he posessed some type of machine or service award or decoration? With the knowledge we posess today, could it be possible that one of the key figures in religious history was a being from another place, another time, another world? Did he play one of the biggest roles in shaping human destiny? What knowledge did he posess and why did he choose to help mankind?

Three arkangels are mentioned in the Bible, although Gabriel said they numbered seven. In Islam, Gabriel (Jibra'il) is thought of as “the divine intercom” because he is the Angel who relayed The Qur’an to the Prophet Mohammed over a period of 23 years. Gabriel first appeared to Muhammad when the Prophet was a child. When the Prophet was 40 and meditating at Mt. Hira, Gabriel returned to him in "a blaze of light". I find this rather interesting: According to The Qur'an, the number of wings angels have may vary.

Muslims believe that Gabriel gave the prophet Abraham a stone known as the Black Stone of Ka'aba; Muslims who make pilgrimages to Mecca, Saudi Arabia kiss that stone. Muslims, Jews, and Christians all believe that Gabriel delivered news of the upcoming births of three famous religious figures: Isaac, John, and Jesus.

In the Kabbalah, Gabriel is identified with the sephirot of gevurah. He also has a prominent role as one of God's archangels in the Kabbalah literature. There, he is portrayed as working in concert with Michael as part of God's court. He is not to be prayed to directly; because he is so disliked, and only God can answer prayers and send him as His agent.

According to Jewish mythology, in the Garden of Eden there is a Tree of life or the Tree of Souls that blossoms and produces new souls, which fall into the Guf, the Treasury of Souls. Gabriel reaches into the treasury and takes out the first soul that comes into his hand. Then Lailah, the Angel of Conception, watches over the embryo until it is born.

Gabriel means "God is my strength." Other spellings of Messenger Gabriel's name include Jibril, Gavriel, Gibrail, and Jabrail. People in certain Christian denominations, specifiacally the Catholic and Orthodox churches, consider Gabriel a saint. He serves as the patron saint of journalists, teachers, the clergy, diplomats, ambassadors, and postal workers.

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays


Hotel Kitchen Supplies Online

Although PeachSuite Hotel Supply is primarily a commercial supplier, most of the products they offer are available for purchase by the general consumer! There are many fantastic itmes (of course, since they are designed for heavy use, you can expect them to do the job a little better and last a little longer than something you would pick up at a big box or department store!)

On the other hand, if you are buying for a commercial entity, PeachSuite should be bookmarked as your source for Hotel Supplies Online, because the outstanding choice of high-quality items goes above and beyond wht you may find anywhere else! PeachSuite is the perfect match as a Hotel Amenities Supplier for any hotel, motel, bed & breakfast, resort, lodge, restaurant, caterer or health care facility.

PeachSuite has been in business for more than 30 years - the range of what they offer is wide - including Kitchen, catering and bar supplies, furniture, janitorial items and a whole lot more! 


Now, when you poke around on the website, before you go, check the Clearance Items, as you may find a surprise or two! (I found a Conair Cuisinart 4 Cup Coffee Maker with Stainless Steel Carafe priced around 30 dollars!) Everything on site is interactive and very user-friendly. You can create an account, place and pay for an order, and be "good to go" in no time! Check it out right now, or bookmark the URL for future reference! You'll be so glad you did!


5 Top Ways To Drive Traffic AWAY from Your Blog

Many of the self-annointed gurus bloggers turn to for assistance have one objective: money. There's always a catch. And then, some give absolutely ridiculous advice. If you want to send vistors scrambling to get away from your blog, follow these handy tips!

1YouTube Videos - will slow your page load time down and the googlebot will stop coming by to assess your content. Readers in other countries will either see a "video not available in your country" message or if they are on a slower connection, the video will "choke" your blog out. That means a stalled screen on IE and Firefox and a "white blank screen" with a "done" leading message on Chrome and Flock. I do use videos, but sparingly. Or just link to the video. (And remember, even today, there are people still accessing the net via dial-up!)

2Free eBooks

Gurus believe that free eBooks will bring traffic to your site. They advise creating an eBook out of several former blog posts on the same topic and merge them into a PDF that you can give away on your blog. When was the last time you downloaded a free eBook. And did you ever read it or is it still sitting there in some folder or on your USB stick? I rest my case.

3Guest Blog

Hahaha! 95% of the gurus who recommend Guest Blogging are quick to point out they don't accept guest posts on their own sites! They even think of other blogs and bloggers as "victims" to be pillaged - here is actual copy from a blog recommending guest blogging:

"Most blogs will allow you at least one backlink in your author profile, which you can use to drive traffic back to your site... If they turn you down, simply move on to the next victim blog."

4Contests and Giveaways

when you see these happening on blogs, remember, you have to be in the "blogger's clique" or that golden circle encompassing a selected group of friends or "frequent commenters" because that's the only way and they are the only "winners" in these events - for example, two sisters in Malaysia each have blogs and hold contests where they or their friends "win" - the prizes are non-existent and never change hands. The tactic can attract up to 100 extra visits to the blog per day, and maybe 1 or 2 of those will get suckered in and keep returning. The gurus also recommend using software and plugins like Rafflecopter and Punchtab.

5Hire a Professional

If you are a hopeless boob unable to write an intelligent paragraph, you can hire someone else to write for your blog. This is only for the idiots who have bought into the gurus' promise that you can "make easy money blogging."

Now do you want some sweet FREE advice? Some time ago I compiled a variety of "helper" posts into a blog I created entitled "The One Minute Blogger." Definitely worth a visit!

I have also prepared for you a simple, SENSIBLE blogging checklist!

Happy Holidays and Good Morning!

Good Morning everyone!

The time of Holiday Magick has finally come - many friends around the world are already deep into the Christmas Eve festivities. God Bless You all, and may you have a safe, prosperous New Year as well!


In life, things and people come and go, and sometimes it is better to LET GO, other times we have no choice. Yesterday I saw a tweet about Newsweek's last print edition. This morning while reading the AP wire, I saw where an old brick chimney that was Northville's answer to California's Capistrano mission had been torn down.

For half a century, Hubbell chimney was the destination for hundreds of chimney swifts. People would gather every 6th of May to watch the tiny birds complete an 8,000-mile journey from the Amazon — just like folks watch the swallows return to Capistrano on March 19.

Turns out the property owner tore down the chimney a few weeks ago because it was deteriorating. The flocks of chimney swifts had dwindled and so had the birdwatchers. Times change. People change. Things change. Life is change, how it differs from the rocks, someone once said.

Chris Cuomo tweeted something th eother day about buying a special gift for his young son that he had planned to give the child next year. The Newtown massacre changed his heart. Has it changed yours? Life, from time to time, can be intense, but deal it as calmly as you possibly can. There are times to keep quiet and keep to yourself, just as their are times to dance and be merry.

A short time ago I tweeted: "The Holiday Time is NOW!!!! Never let the things you want make you forget the things you already have!"

#MusicMonday ::: Tom Jones & Janis Joplin

Tom Jones and Janis Joplin performing 'Raise Your Hand' together on 'This Is Tom Jones' from 1969.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Pop Clips » 12.23.12

Top Buzz of the day: Did NBC's David Gregory Violate DC Gun Law On National TV?

#LastPrintIssue ::: The transition from newsprint to digital almost complete, US icon newsmagazine Newsweek bids us all a fond farewell with a dead-on hashtag headline that displays the old and the new together...

JustOneMinute ::: posts about the NY Times reacting to the NRA ideas on school shootings.

#Egypt ::: Muslim Brotherhood claims victory in constitution vote amid fraud allegations.

Making The Most Out of Off-Network Blogger Tools

Several months back when Google announced an overhaul of the blog*spot/blogger interface, the initial effort was met with great resistance and dismay by users frustrated with the imposed system. Google backed off for a minute, but now everyone MUST use the new interface, or, you don't blog.

Well, that's not exactly true. Blogger still allows you to post via email and phone. But there are a couple of tools I use that I find truly helpful. I have told you about them before, the details are HERE...

Zoundry Raven and Deepest Sender have advantages and disadvantages. Biggest advantage of both: they work very very well on DIAL-UP and superfast on broadband! Here's the way I use them

Zoundry Raven (for me) is for totally original articles with no links. My opinions, musings, technical articles, commentaries. Stand-alone works that need no visits to other sites or blogs. Yes, you can upload images through this app. Sometimes I think bloggers rely too much on external linking. Raven contains a variety of tools that I really find useful:

Tagwords (located under the title bar) can be added as one writes. (This corresponds to Blogger 'labels' displayed at the bottom of each post)

A drop-down menu allows one to choose
(1) categories (also corresponds to Blogger 'labels' displayed at the bottom of each post) -
(2) General (mouseover and click on the screengrab) -
(3) weblog ping - nice! send pings out to 8 service including Google - (4) Tag Sites alerts 4 site sincluding Technorati and Del.icio.us - and
(5) for those who still use them, trackbacks, which can be entered or not, at your choosing.

This article was started on Raven and completed via the Blogger/Blog*spot interface so that I could more easily add the links to other articles for those interested in learning about, downloading and pressing these tools into service. Raven lets you save drafts as well, so you can take your time working on posts and articles OFFLINE if you wish (unlike when you're connected to blogger, there is no danger of losing everything you've written if the internet stalls or times out or freezes.)

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Now, I am adding this section in via blogger interface: the previous post about my mobile WP blog was prepared via Deepest Sender, which installs as a firefox plugin right on the toolbar.  I use DS for the same reasons stated above with the exception that it makes adding links extremely easy. And you can assign a different URL if someone clicks on your post title. No labels, though, so if you needed to add them, you would have to do so later. I use them all the time but I'm not sure if they are used by others at all. Here's a screenshot of "Deepest Sender"


I Just Updated My Mobile WordPress Blog

Did I do the "right thing" by adding stuff in the sidebar? Or am I defeating the purpose of having a mobile friendly "lifestream" or "spur of the moment" type of blog?

I also changed the header image. I copied and edited the picture that was displayed on my facebook page before The Social Network takes it down for having "too much text."

Take a look and tell me what you think... ::: BETTER YET please tell me if the blog displays ok on your smartphone, cellphone or tablet. You can leave your comments below via blogger or facebook comments. Thanks!

Sunday Surfing 12.23.12

I've been thinking more about facebook, in the wake of the article I published yesterday, and the fact that I cannot summon The Social Network on either of my computers, not by broadband, not by dial-up... and the little buffer wheel just keeps spinning on my Blackberry... wondering what's up, facebook?

Just about a year ago, the blogosphere was abuzz over something new called Pinterest, but I see the movement there appears to have leveled off, which may be a good thing, because, in case you haven't noticed, new apps and services that people flock to and love suddenly get corrupted when big names like facebook and yahoo purchase them and then ruin them.

Speaking of ruin, I was watching an old VHS I taped that has Comedy Central's South Park episodes from the late-90s holidays, and saw a commercial for AOL! What a freakin' disaster AOL was, and all of the mindless sheeple sucked into it! AOL left people STUPID about the Internet. It was "reverse education," IMHO. Good riddance! I crusaded for years against it. Natch, I was more geeky and I was a CompuServe subscriber, but that's another story.

Today, Microsoft still draws ire now and again, as it does on The Michigan Telephone Blog ::: (You could easily substitute the word "facebook" for "microsoft") "And Microsoft probably still has enough cash reserves to live comfortably for a while. But it appears they have lost their sense of perception. There's the kind of world Microsoft wants to create, and there is the world the rest of us want to live in." The author continues "I will just say that among people I talk to, nobody seems to want Windows 8. Yesterday, Staples sent out an e-mail offering an HP Laptop for three hundred bucks after a discount, coupon, and rebate, which cut the price almost in half. The catch? It comes with Windows 8. Somehow I have a feeling they may have to discount these a bit more to move them, and if they do that then people will probably buy them, wipe out Windows 8 and either install an earlier version of Windows or a version of Linux. " ~ You can read the full post and many other interesting articles HERE.

I've been busy this morning surfing the net prior to a day of last-minute Christmas shopping and Holiday Preparation. I ran across Frank Ocean's new tune which was left on Django's cutting room floor. You can hear it on frankocean.com - I was going to do a direct link, but those darn DMCA-ers would probably object.


Django was ill without it, says Frank.



Predictions for digital journalism in 2013


Tools journalists will find helpful (says Alison Gow) include Geofeedia, Spundge, Twitter Search,Instagram* and RSS feeds, for example, to find out what people are talking about when a story breaks, and "potentially tap into users who are on the scene".

Raju Narisetti predicts the rise of more US paywalls. He also sees the following as major components of what i call "mass mindthink" :::  YouTube, Google GlassTout, Spreecast, Storify and Square. I will add to his list TinEye.

The journalists see mobile and tablet becoming bigger players in 2013 ::: François Nel points out that news sites like the Guardian have more traffic via mobile than desktop at some times of the day.

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Original Dave Lucas Art For Sale



This piece is entitled "Press Play For Christmas" and is a one-of-a-kind collage - it is NOT a copy or print. It was publicly displayed in New York as part of my Christmas 2012 digital art exposition. Size approx. 11x14 - it will be framed and sent to you (No charge for shipping). email davelucasblog -at- imap.cc for price and ordering information. Proceeds will go to a needy family.

Facebook Changes Forever Not For Better

Some people just can't leave well enough alone. Facebook is about to change your profile timeline again. Apparently, a new look has shown up for a limited number of users already. If you have fb “subscribers” they will now be labeled "followers."

IMHO that whole "timeline" thing was a f*d-up idea from the get-go. This weekend fb is doing a LOT of experimenting, so it's basically anything-can-happen!

IMPORTANT! ::: Beginning on January 15th 2013, Facebook will be making some changes to their text overlay policies for cover photos and Page post ads and sponsored stories in the newsfeed.

Changes mandate that you can’t promote images with more than 20% text in them as page post ads, sponsored stories, or cover images. Facebook will be releasing a tool to help quickly determine whether your image satisfies the 20% limit.

This new policy replaces previous policies around “calls to action”, “price or purchase information”, etc.

The wolf-in-sheep's-clothing approach is a new one for fb - when I jumped on this morning, I noticed something different. It asked me, by name, how things are going. Really? I was tempted to answer “none of your f-ing business.” And they wonder why facebook stock is so dull and worth a lot less than it could have been! The Social Network has lately been taking a lot of foolish gambles and making a lot of odd business deals. That egg-on-face IPO will never be forgotten!

But wait! FB isn't done yet: Facebook's newest standalone app is called “Poke” - it lets people send photos, videos, pokes, or text Facebook messages to their friends that expire after a few seconds. The launch confirms a report that appeared via AllThingsD. Poke is regarded as DANGEROUS by some who say it will slip your private data through security (if there ever was true security on fb).

Unhappy and frustrated users of social media will only tolerate so much. They will leave as soon as something better and friendlier appears. Facebook is setting the stage for its own death. We just don't know how long before the wheels fall off, or what service or app will be the 'facebook-slayer' - in the same fashion facebook had once been called the 'myspace slayer.'

Mark Zuckerberg and cronies: you should have just LEFT FACEBOOK THE F ALONE - it was perfect, easy to use and effective - until you guys caught the “googlebug” of "if it ain't broke let's fix it" (which is why people now are constantly anticipating 'the next facebook').

In my recent post entitled "Relinquishing Control" I wrote “Facebook is pushing a lot of crap on users. Once of the most insane: auto-text!” Which may be another 'experiment' as some of my fb friends are experiencing this while others are not.

Related Reading ::: In the past year, we've seen Facebook try out a range of tactics to squeeze money out of its users - check out Want to send me a Facebook message? But you’re not my friend? That'll be $1, payable to Mark Zuckerberg. Today you're worth about $5 a year to Facebook; the Social Network would really like to see that number go up.

Is Facebook Becoming Irrelevant?

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The world didn't end. Now what?

Any suggestions? What do we do now? Or were the Mayans off by a few days, thanks to adjustments to modern calendar systems?

Friday, December 21, 2012

Dave Lucas' Most Popular Blog posts 2012: Topics that buzzed my readers

 H/T to Pugs Atomz for his smashing music video that made my post "Yay the weekend" so popular in such a short time!


Anything that hinted at being X-rated drew traffic in droves - posts about Gia and Beyonce and Xiaxue and Dawn Yang attracted readers but that's not the story. Here are my Top Ten posts of All Time -


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Oct 17, 2012, 5 comments
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Nov 7, 2012, 66 comments
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Jun 20, 2010, 7 comments
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May 11, 2012, 56 comments
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May 14, 2012, 14 comments
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Aug 29, 2012, 2 comments
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Decisions. Lifepoints. Sharmin.

Several weeks ago I came across a photograph of a woman who looked remarkably like my friend Sharmin. Weeks later, I have discovered that it was indeed a snapshot of Sharmin at a time of personal change in her life. She has shared the experience on her tumblr, and now I will share it with you.

»Read it here

and then

» Read another woman's experience as a Muslimah in America and one more

»Hijab

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Want to send me a Facebook message? But you’re not my friend? That'll be $1, payable to Mark Zuckerberg

You know you love me!

@iludiumphosdex and others please stop

Please stop mentioning me in tweets that point to links that will choke browsers and freeze computers. If there is a topic that concerns you, please write a short blog post or facebook article about it, and tweet that instead of an offending URL.

Best Blogging and Social Media Advice FREE



The following article contains the "Best Blogging and Social Media Advice FREE" that you'll see anywhere this week! Compiled by Dave Lucas, you may copy and spread this material freely! Ready?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

EntreCard CMF and Adgitize blog ads are back...

...well, sort of... okay, kind of...

ARE YOU SEEKING TRAFFIC - QUALITY TRAFFIC? - people that may actually be interested in reading and interacting with your blog, this post is for YOU!

A popular blogger once blogged "As a blogger I believe in blog promotion and advertising, to generate readers and visitors to my blog. After all, what is the use of publishing content without readers? A reader is to a blog as water is to a plant..."

Three wonderful Blog marketing resources have faded into oblivion: EntreCard, CMFads and Adgitize all bit the digital dust for different reasons. Some bloggers used them to make money, others used them to make friends, while others used them to generate traffic.

Another blogger, (Kirhat) wrote "But, maybe the closure of CMF Ads, Adgitize and Entrecard presents an opportunity for us to refocus our goal. Maybe it is time to think seriously on how to attract readers to the site's content..." Yes it is and it is here! Your blog WILL have targeted, interested readers!

Seek No More, Kirhat & friends - I have the answer! Entrecard, Adgitize, and CMF Ads falsely inflated blog stats. I fixed that. It took lots of time to hop and drop and interact and sometimes you got nothing in return. I fixed that too! Real blog stats from INTERESTED and CURIOUS readers!

I came up with a unique way of serving ads in the old EntreCard/CMF/Adgi-style, with a little twist or two:
(1) People won't click on your ads and bounce just to get "credit"
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(2) These are REAL ads, so, yeah you have to pay for them - (don't worry it's not too much) and full details are HERE (scroll down to "EntreCard CMF style")!

Google Panda, Penguin and Your Blog

Believe it or not, it is possible to recover when your blog takes a hit from one of those search engine refinements or updates or whatever label you throw on it... first, take a peek at

 A Case Study by Ben Kemp ::: Ben advises that if your blog or website was badly affected by Google’s Panda and Penguin updates, it is possible to recover fully from the impact. In fact, he claims it’s usually a straightforward process of improving the website’s content, structure and functionality. Results of such improvements are invariably positive, rapid and enduring.

Not clear on what exactly Penguin and Panda are? Panda despises websites/blogs that rely on guest-blogging, content farming, have thin content and high bounce rates. On the other hand, Penguin lowers the search engine rankings of websites that violate Google’s Webmaster Guidelines through the use of so-called "black-hat" SEO techniques, like keyword stuffing, cloaking, over optimized anchor text, participating in link schemes, junk like "my top 10 commenters" as well as any deliberate creation of duplicate content.

One thing that has always puzzled me: when my blog PR ranking is high, traffic (the number of visitors) is low. When my blog PR takes a hit after a Google update, my traffic skyrockets. If anyone can help me figure out what's going on there, I would appreciate it! Now let's delve into some related articles!

Panda, Penguin and People ::: Google is a complicated “piece” of software that is being updated constantly, with each update theoretically bringing new fixes and improvements. Pratik Dholakiya, in Search Engine Journal, offers link-builders 10 Post-Panda/Penguin Era Link Acquisition Strategies. Here they are.

Abridged History of Google's Panda & Penguin ::: Every year, Google quietly releases hundreds of refinements to their search engine algorithms. Most of these updates are small, incremental...

SEO Resurrection Review ~ Panda and Penguin Recovery ::: If you’re a blog owner or webmaster, you might have experienced a decrease in your rankings and traffic over the past quarter or so. This may have been caused by Google updating the way it manages the search results. Google has many tricks up the ol' digital sleeve:



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