Thursday, January 31, 2013

Bangs

Some say she could be mistaken for a relative of an NBA star. A recent change of hairstyle (has set others wondering if she wears a wig)...

But our fashion god in the clouds has taken notice of her bangs, and doesn't care for what he sees.

Karl Lagerfeld, interviewed on French television ::: “I don’t understand the change of hair . . . Frankly, the fringe was a bad idea. It’s not good.” He also noted that Mrs. Obama now resembles “une speakerine de LCI,” or an anchor on the French news network LCI. The designer concluded the interview by clarifying that he "adored" the First Lady.

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Sustainable Blogging

Back in 2010 blogger Kim Werker published a post about flattr[1]. I recently discovered it while searching for more info to expand my knowledge and understanding aboutthe service. Just as it happened to me with twitter, MySpace and Facebook, when I tried to sign up I found I had done so in the past. So I'm already a member. Sweet!


Simply put, Flattr is a social micropayment platform that lets you show love for the things you like. Think of it as a networking tool to help support the blogs you like and enable the bloggers to continue with what they do. In today's challenging economic times, every penny counts!

You may have seen the Flattr buttons that have appeared at the bottom of the posts here on my blog and been ignoring them, or wondering what they are for.

Flattr is free. You don't have to add funds.You can just choose to receive and not give. But since the minimum amount one can give is so small and so easily accomplished via paypal, you must at least contribute that amount in order for the program to work its monetary magic.

Adding money to a Flattr account, and withdrawing revenue from a Flattr account can be done via PayPal, Moneybookers, several credit cards (including Visa, EC and MasterCard) and other methods.

IMPORTANT ::: Flattr relies on network effect to prove useful, it is necessary that users join and have the opportunity to flattr and be flattr'd. A wide number of platforms are supported including WordPress, Blogger, and Joomla among many others.

Flattr was founded in Malmö, Sweden, by Peter Sunde, who was one of the founders of piratebay, together with Linus Olsson, as a way to encourage people to share money aside from content. It can be very hard to earn money with content on the internet just by advertisement and Flattr wants to make it easier for people to give monetary tokens of appreciation and for bloggers and content creators to earn money. How does it work practically?

You start by setting up an account on flattr and transfer some money to it by credit card or paypal. Remember: flattr is about giving and getting, before you can start making money getting flattred you need to add some funds. Withdrawals are supported via Paypal and Moneybookers.

How to Use Flattr, the Microdonation PlatformIs there a "catch"? The only downside is that you can only Flattr sites which have signed up.

Funding ::: In 2012 Flattr received funding from Passion Capital Investments, LLP and Federico Pirzio-Biroli to the sum of EUR1.6 million.

Awards Best New Startup in 2010 - TechCrunch Europe. Hoola Bandoola Band award. Top-10 in Netexplorateur 2011.

Additional resources used to compile this post include [1] Flattr: One Step Closer to Sustainable Blogging. I was able to communicate with Kim Werker who told me she continues to use flattr but "adoption never hit a critical mass" on the crafts sector of the blogosphere. But that's just one small niche. I also obtained information from flattr.com, wikipedia and mathaba.net in preparing this article.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Will a Cup of Coffee will Cost More?

One of life's cherished pleasures, IMHO, is a delicious cup of freshly brewed coffee. Since the product is packaged in cans, now may be a good time, especially when you see a sale, to stock up on your favorite brand!

Coffee growers across Central America and Mexico are worried that a fungal outbreak of Hemileia vastatrix or ‘coffee rust’ will affect the next harvest of coffee berries. ICAFE - Instituto del Café de Costa Rica | The Institute of Coffee of Costa Rica estimates the outbreak may severely affect the 2013–14 harvest. Prices are holding steady... for now!

The fungus causes the plants to lose their leaves, affecting overall plant health. Scientists are tackling the problem genetically, looking for ways to interrupt the fungus' natural cycles so as to render it harmless, or at least less toxic to coffee plants. Researchers are also looking to breed more fungus-resistant varieties of coffee. Let's wish them well!

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YouTube Set to Introduce Paid Subscriptions: Blog*spot to Charge Bloggers?

The paid channels could come as soon as April. You can answer the following question in comments or facebook comments [must be logged in first] below!

Which YouTube channels would you be willing to pay for?

At a media conference last year, YouTube CEO Salar Kamangar talked about the potential to poach second- or third-tier cable networks that were having trouble building big enough audiences on cable TV to command subscription fees from distributors.

Currently, YouTube is visited by 800 million people globally every month. The first step toward making you pay for video content is coming! AdAge reports that YouTube is gearing up to launch paid channel subscriptions. They quote multiple sources familiar with the plans who say that the paid subscriptions could debut as early as April 2013.

This may be the long-awaited answer to the prayers of millions of artists, writers and moviemakers who have seen their moneybags consistently disappear very year since the late 1990's. Maybe Anonymous and Pirate Bay will take action on this later on when it actually happens... we'll see!

Self-annointed Blog 'Gurus' are Dancing on their keyboards!

YouTube's first incarnation paid channels will bill you from $1 to $5 per month. YouTube is also considering charging for content libraries and - here's where the gurus begin drooling over your cash - "financial advice shows".

The bigger threat here may be to cable and satellite TV: most of us are tired of paying for a bundle of channels we don't want just so we can watch two or three. With the flatscreen merging internet and TV, YouTube may be thinking way ahead toward attracting cable channels like BBC and Channel [V] to expand their online presence, forcing cable and dish to rethink a la carte pricing models.

YouTube started experimenting with film rentals on the site in the US in May 2011, so making YouTube a "pay enter" site is a logical progression...

A rumour floating around is that if the pay-for-YouTube initiative works out, Google will consider offering blogspotters the chance to continue blogging - for a monthly fee. While I couldn't find anything anywhere to support this notion, I will just say "nothing is a given." The information regarding the fee is said to have appeared on a blog or forum that has since been deleted.

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#WordlessWednesday : Don't forget to walk your monitor daily!



Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Super Bowl 2013 picks

The Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers are fairly well matched. Both have well-oiled offenses and hard-hitting defenses. This year I would be going with the Ravens, but because of the location of the game, San Francisco may have a slight edge. If forced to pick a winner, I would guess the 49ers and I am looking for a very close game. Having typed that, I think if the score is very close by halftime, it will be one of those "anybody's game" contests. Edge to the 49ers. If the Ravens can pull way way out in front by halftime, they'll win unless thay fall apart afterwards.

Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome

When: Sunday, Feb. 3

USTV: CBS; Live Stream available online at CBSSports.com and on mobile devices via NFL Mobile

The website PredictionMachine.com forecasts the outcome of sporting events based on computer models. They recently crunched the Super Bowl numbers. They ran Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers stats through their system: on the digital playing field, the 49ers won the game 66.9% of the time, scoring an average of seven points more than the Ravens in simulations (28.6 to 21.3), with San Francisco outgaining the Ravens by an average of 85 yards per game.

You might also like ::: SB Nation bloggers for the Ravens and Niners "share" their secrets about the three phases of the game.

CBS-TV Schedule:::
The Super Bowl Today Pre-Game Show 2 p.m.
Super Bowl Kickoff Show 6 p.m.
Super Bowl XLVII 6:30 p.m.
Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Beyonce 8 p.m. (Approx,)
Super Bowl XLVII Trophy Presentation/Post-Game Show 10 p.m. (Approx.)

All times listed are NY


Musings on a Rainy Tuesday Night in January

Blogger's Lament

[Previously]:::For a good minute and a half today, I actually considered switching my blog to a minimalist style template. What was I thinking!

I've read a lot recently about blogs and platforms. Blog*spot could delete you in a heartbeat. Hackers could blow your WordPress blog to smithereens. How would I feel if all 6000+ posts on this blog were gone tomorrow?

If such a thing were to happen, be it at the hand of google or a hacker or a pulse bomb that wipes all things digital away, would it really matter in the greater scheme of things? Writing, whether it is a book or a poem or a blog or a magazine article or a radio script, is an art. The greatest artists become that way how? Right! They P.r.a.c.t.i.c.e.!!!

My big grumble for almost 4 years before 2012 was that my blog was just a main body and a sidebar, with a lot of unused space on the sides. That wasted, unused space was magnified considerably when viewed on a new flatscreen monitor. The current template or theme is one that I customized myself. I'm looking at it right now. Yes, I like it. I am going to stop listening to those people who keep urging me to change it.

As I explained last night, a lot of the material in the sidebars is as much for ME as it is for any reader who might drop by. Some ads. Contact info. Links to other blogs and websites important to ME. I'm working on a forum about money and magick. I'm plodding along slowly on a few other pages and prospects. I just joined flattr, and I am perplexed that it doesn't seem to appear on all browsers. I added a poetry page. I have a few videos up on youtube. this blog is a hobby and an exercise.


And in the end, what matters, is that YOU, dear reader, you come here and you read the stuff in the big fat column in the middle. I got toys for ya in the form of social network and print friendly buttons - you can leave blog*spot comments if you can make it thru the cap'cha -or- preferably, facebook comments if you're already logged into the Social Network (which by the way, I really like and wish they would keep it user-friendly for all of you who use it to keep in touch with friends and family.)


Best of all, I keep finding wonderful new things - new people - new blogs - new challenges, and they all harmonize nicely. And many of the bloggers who were online when I came online are still blogging too: people like Michelle Malkin and Wendy Cheng. Other bloggers I met along the way whom I continue to "like" and "follow" - folks like Aldon Hynes, who tweets this out: ahynes1: RT @GoforNo: "Courage is about doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared." - Eddie Rickenbacker

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Sarah Prout and the 10 Elements of Blog

Ah, Tuesday, January 29th, 2013.

Hokey smokes! 2013? Wow, time flies! I was over at Sarah Prout's blog last night. She published an article entitled "10 Elements Every Blog Should Have to Be More Awesome" and I left her a comment. There is one thing I have a hard time with when I read her blog: her text colour shows up very pale in my browser - other than that, her blog is really awesome.

I see a lot of blogs using "extra white space" - but I think it is wasted space. I believe when you come here and visit my blog, your eyes are drawn to the middle column. The two sidebars are simply that - sidebars - but they are populated with some ads and information, including URLS I have put there for my own enjoyment - websites I visit frequently along with some that don't update all that often, so I can see immediately when they do update! Something for me - something for you!

Let's examine Sarah's 10 elements: (1) A newsletter sign-up box - she recommends this, and I don't offer one. I used to write and distribute an email newsletter before blogs became popular! I don't think there would be any demand for a newsletter from me at this time. I think the blog is enough.

(2) A super-dooper about page, and (3) Social buttons to share your content I'm good to go on those two!

(4) A Facebook ‘like’ button to your page - Now, I offered on for awhile but I removed it - I forget why, but I'm sure if anyone on facebook comes across anything I've written that they really like they'll spread the word.

(5)Monetised elements - yup, I've got 'em.
(6)That "White Space" stuff - not for this blogger!
(7)Fonts that are easy to read - here's where her blog falls down in the dirt - unless she is not seeing it the same way through her browser as I am thru mine... Here's a little screengrab for ya:
See what I'm sayin'? Looks a bit washed out and difficult to read!

I think I have (8) (9) and (10) covered. Branding that really represents my message, ways for people to contact me and of course, unique (or at least really interesting) content. Thanks, Sarah!

Thought for the day:

 "Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all." — Ecclesiastes 12:13

Monday, January 28, 2013

@ReadyForHillary super-PAC Launches

Get ready! “Ready for Hillary,” filed as a super-PAC with the Federal Election Commission late last week and plans to roll out a website in the coming weeks. It has already been active online, with 48,768 Twitter followers and almost 30,000 people following the group on Facebook.
Read more: on The Hill. Follow: @thehill on Twitter | TheHill on Facebook

Ready For Hillary | Facebook


Schumer, McCain drive immigration deal


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Protect copyright of your pictures on Google's new image search

Several months back I published a couple of articles warning bloggers and others about using images.

-Original artwork, photographs and public domain images should always be your first choice. If you have any doubt that an image may be under coppyright don't use it. If you "borrow" an image from another's blog, make that clear.

To that I now add:

- Utilize lower resolution images - I do this all the time - when I upload my image I make sure it is already of smaller size, and I use the dashboard's built-in tools to shrink it further - remember: even a fuzzy image looks sharp when reduced in size!

- If you MUST use hi-res hi-quality photos and other graphics, place visible watermarking on your pics.There are a lot of sites that automatically remove all embedded metadata - including copyright information!

- Protection and identification of your images is important: many folks sign up for services like twiter, instagram, facebook and even blog*spot without actually reading those "terms of service." Add unique alt and title information to the html of your pictures. Many times I will label a pic "1268.jpg" - I have uploaded THOUSANDS of pics with that same name. Makes 'em harder for people to find a certain image then copy it!

- If you are good at html, robots.txt or htaccess (possibilities of targeted redirection included) can restrict access to others and may completely prevent it. Don't be afraid to experiment!

Read this thread from the Webmaster World forum :::"Content theft is no longer something for scrapers and ordinary thiefs. It's the new business model. "-" I saw a 70% drop! "-" Min 30% DOWN traffic today with this new image layout "-" adsense earnings down 50% today ".

"Gun Crisis" resolved in Albany : Pass a law, Get Over it?

This is interesting. In my Google RSS reader this morning. Public attention/fascination/outrage associated with guns is over - at least in Albany, if this information is accurate!

Here's a snippet or two:

...the Albany gun show took place in the State owned convention center in the Empire Plaza and not a protestor in sight. There were record crowds though... the show went on without so much as whimper from the anti-gun crowd. No Yepsen or David Soares, no Move-on bullhorns. No fire breathing ministers or crying women, no one tried to stop me from taking pictures...


...a  community forum on guns and gun violence was held Saturday afternoon in Albany. Sponsored by Albany County DA David Soares, Albany Police Chief Steven Krokoff, Albany SNUG and Assembly member John Mcdonald, among others. The event was billed as an attempt to extend the "gun conversation" throughout the community. Guess what happened? Six adults and a baby showed up. I guess Albany didn’t get the memo from Susan Steer about how important this is.Don’t believe me. See video. The video was up and the link was LIVE when this article was posted: I suggest you view it before it is taken down - In the past I've seen local news videos from this particular station "disappear" so catch it while you can!



Museum of Ancient Greek Technology



Museum of Ancient Greek Technology, sign at entrance, Katakolon (Peloponnese, Greece). Photo by Drjwolfe, public domain.
Ever wonder how ancient temple gates would open automatically after altar sacrifices?
Greek Reporter writes about the unique Museum of Ancient Greek Technology in Katakolo, Peloponnese, founded in 2005 by engineer Kostas Kotsanas [el, en]. The museum showcases some 300 operating models of ancient Greek inventions covering the period from 2000 B.C. to 100 A.D.
The Museum is supported by visitors' donations and entrance is free, while free tours are conducted in Greek, English and French. Follow the Museum on Facebook for photo collections and video presentations. ~ H/T Global Voices

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Are you a spectator or a participant?

Now you can be both - coming soon to my humble weblog - a forum! We will discuss magick and numbers and things that go bump in the night - I will have more details for you as this thing rolls along - it is in what, for lack of a better name, we shall call "alpha" and as soon as we go to "beta" I will let you know!

This blog is interactive in other ways - try my Facebook comments - easy to use if you are already logged into facebook when you stop by the blog here, FB comments will appear when you click on the URLS assigned to individual posts! A great way to spread my stuff - of course, I also provide you with twitter, stumble upon and sometimes Pinterest buttons - to anyone who helps me out THANK-YOU!

Last but not least, if you look at the bottom of each individual post on this blog you will see a flattr button... it works just like the like button of Facebook. But instead of just getting a number of "likes" you get money... I'll be posting more about Flattr very soon!



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Top 10 Social Media Sites That Failed

These Social Networking and web-media sites that, for the most part, were "fixed" when they weren't broken, or just were way too damn slow! I can remember a MySpace page taking 55 minutes to fully load on broadband, after the service allowed users to edit their own pages and inject all kinds of horrible templates, features and other nonsense that choked the system!

(1) MySpace Cause of failure: Bloat, bandwidth hog, lost user-friendly edge to Facebook.

(2) Technorati - succumbed to stupidity after declaring MySpace pages were blogs - could have been as big and as influential as Google! (these guys get the "I really blew it" award!)

 (3) Entrecard collapsed after years of neglect and system-gaming by cheaters in Malaysia and Indonesia

(4) MyBlogLog grew too big and then fell victim to mismanagement by a company that didn't understand it

(5) Friendster - slow-loading bandwidth issue became Achilles heel

(6) digg - outlived its usefulness, went the way of the horse and buggy.

(7) Xanga - failed to provide users with tools and features every competitor offered

(8) Orkut - again, bandwidth: queen of buffering graphic

(9) eons - one of the stupidest ideas ever

(10) ping - people have their own ideas about music and this thing was described by one teenager as "alien."

Friday, January 25, 2013

Questions For Bloggers

Now that Xiaxue has announced she is moving her blog to WordPress...




  1. What would YOU do if YOUR blog was deleted?
  2. Would all the stuff you’ve blogged to date survive a change to a new platform?
  3. Do you expect to still be blogging in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?
  4. What strategies would you use to keep a blog going for years, or even decades?
  5. Would you want your blog to continue after you've passed away?
  6. Would you pre-write posts today and schedule them to publish for years and years after you're gone?
  7. How do you deal with writer’s block?
  8. How much traffic do your posts get years after you’ve written them?


Just added 0700 ::: 9 - Do you back-up your blog or print it out or save it in any way, shape or form?

Place your answers in comments or Facebook comments below! Thank-you!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Winter In America

The Revolution will not accept you as a friend on Facebook; The Revolution will not be available as a tweet in less than 140 characters; The Revolution will not be uploaded to You Tube or available as a download via Vimeo. The Revolution will not be digitized. The Revolution cannot be Googled; The Revolution will not be linked to your web page; The code for The Revolution will not be open source and not available for inspection by the authorities. The Revolution will not be digitized.

How to milk canonical links

Here's a technique that gets killer results for the Huffington Post on the planet's largest, most-respected search engine, for posts they don't even bother to write! It's all about CONTENT SCRAPING! (All YOU have to do is figure out how to apply the technique to YOUR blog or website!)

There! I just gave you something of immense, unique value... BEFORE the gurus sell it to you! (I'm sure they'll find a way to sell this anyway, and there will be fools sending $29.99 via pay pal for it!)

CLICK on the image to ENLARGE!

Lola Ponce, Xiaxue, Jacky Bracamontes ... Which Famous Tummy Do You Prefer?


Celebrating one of the most wonderful stages of life, pregnancy, the famous have been captured on film with bellies full of babies. Didn't Demi Moore pioneer it all back in the early 1990's? Many have followed since then. Here are three quite beautiful women posing while pregnant. All very lovely. Which do YOU prefer?

XiaXue Blog Moving To WordPress

Are YOU thinking about moving to WordPress? BEFORE YOU DO, remember this: "You are never the true owner of your data if its not backed up."

Having typed that, I found an excellent post on MyBloggerTricks explaining why you should THINK TWICE BEFORE LEAVING BLOGGER (blog*spot). Although written by someone whose first language is not English, it is quite remarkable and if, after reading it, you still think you want to "migrate" - here's a link to an excellent tutorial to help you along - (I honestly think it would be better to just start a brand new blog instead of attempting this...)

I know how it feels to wake up one day to find your blog DELETED!
Is the typing on the wall for the rest of us? I am passing Wendy's bad blogging experience along, in effect, saving it here, for ever as long as my little blog hangs on... by the way, I'm going to perform a complete back up after this post publishes.

WHY am I posting this?

Because Wendy posted this dire warning:

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Pop Clips » 22 January 2013


On Inauguration Day, US Drones Strike Yemen

Read this post.

Barack Obama was sworn in for a second term as President of the United States Monday [Jan 21, 2013]. Ironically while the crowd was cheering his inauguration line “A decade of war is now ending”, more than three drone strikes hit Yemen. Monday was also Martin Luther King's Day. Many tweeps said that while King had a dream, Obama has a drone. Interesting!  


The other day a colleague of mine encouraged me to read up on The French Revolution. He says a lot of what happened leading up to that historic event is the same sort of thing happening right now, today, across the U.S.A.
CNN (blog)
Republican members of Congress plan a host of questions for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her long-awaited testimony on Wednesday about the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.


What Facebook Has Taught Me About People      Let me first preface this by saying that there are some things you already know in your heart, but a little confirmation really gets it into your brain!..

You heard right: Beyonce lip-synched anthem
It's true what you're hearing about what you heard not being "true." Beyonce's spectacular inaugural performance of the national anthem was indeed lip-synched. Do YOU think it's that big a deal?  (more




A Message Worth Repeating

If You Don't Like It, Don't Look At It or Think About It

Certain readers apparently have had "problems" with a few articles I've recently written and published here. Whether you don't agree with me politically or spiritually or whateverly, I have a right to express my thoughts, opinions and beliefs!

Freedom of speech is the freedom to speak freely without censorship. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution.

Just as I have the right to speak, YOU have the freedom not to listen to me (or in the case of this blog, you may choose NOT to read what I have written!)

To clarify, I offer you this snippet of an article on humanistlife.org.uk:
"What is interesting about freedom of speech is that it is defended as being an important right of the person doing the speaking, writing or drawing (although Mill thought that free expression would eventually benefit society, this was arguably an added bonus and definitely came second to the idea of the right of the individual to be free). Is there another side to free speech? Can it be defended not only as a right of the speaker, but perhaps as a right of the listener also? If I have a right to say and write what I like, does it make sense to say I also have a right to hear and read what others say?"
"We're living in a time when the freedoms we take for granted—the freedom of speech, the freedom to protest and dissent—are truly in danger." ~ Barbara Kopple

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5 Web Sites That Should NEVER Pop Up in Your Man's Browser (Single Page Version)

Hello Ladies!

Here they are:


  • Pornography
  • Dating (like Match.com or ChristianSingles.com)
  • Homosexual Sites
  • "Spy" websites that sell cellphone spyware etc.
  • Married Or Cheating Types - which could include craigslist!


This annoys the crap out of me. You have to jump thru hoops - page by slow page by page interrupted by a popup ad or two. Just spell it out! So I did you a favour here! I'll even give you one more!


  • Animal Sex Sites

MLK's Final Marching Orders

We do this year after year in Albany, NY - and many other cities across America. And we've come a long way. Or at least we perceive that we have come a long way.

MLK’s Final Marching Orders

Kazu Haga, Op-Ed: If we as a nation are going to continue to use Martin Luther King Jr.’s name and image as a moral compass, then we owe it to him to continue his legacy of struggle. We owe it to him to remind ourselves that he was not only a loving person who wanted everyone to get along, but also a radical who was not afraid of confrontation. We must remind ourselves that he was a man who called for a movement that is “nonviolent, but militant, and as dramatic, as dislocative, as disruptive, as attention-getting as the riots.”
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Now that we know who owns the guns down in Journal-News territory...

Shouldn't this Albany guy get the death penalty under NY's new "tough gun laws"???


Vanderhorst Arrested Again for Illegal Handgun


Kristen Brown reported in the Times Unionthousands of opponents of New York’s SAFE legislation descended on the state Capitol, Sat., Jan. 19. The newly enacted law tightened the state’s restrictions on assault-style weapons and ammunition. Protesters stood in the bitter cold beginning at noon, chanting “We the People” and “Freedom.”  The demonstration took place in conjunction with similar rallies across the country organized by Guns Across America. “Government never moves this fast except when they are taking your rights,” Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin told the crowd. Read the full story in the Times Union.

Monday, January 21, 2013

MLK Day 2013

Welcome to Monday, Martin Luther King Day in the USA!

The weather forecast for around these parts is C.O.L.D. That's happening because I am going to be outdoors quite a bit over the next several days. It never fails. The days in winter when I have to be out and about always seem to be the most brutally cold ones. Not too much in the way of wind in the forecast, but anytime one is walking through the downtown area, even in summer, it's like a wind tunnel.

The image on the left depicts today's "Popular Posts" - every single one has to do with a WOMAN. Every one. What is the fascination, I wonder? And who is really reading (and caring about) these posts?

One time when I was on a site, I think it might have been associated with Alexa, that purports to give the blogger a sense of who is reading the blog. I was on that site a few different times over the last 5 years and it essentially says the same thing. But the audience it describes seems like it would have no interest in say, Nicki Minaj. let alone, Gia or Dawn Yang, and certainly not Elizabeth Wurtzel.

Upon further investigation, I noticed something in the statmeters I use to measure traffic. Now, I use two different ones plus Google's built-in blogger stats. The reports the three generate could represent three different blogs. If  I went by "sitemeter A" - I have less than half the traffic Google says I have, and only the "Dawn Yang" post remains in the Top 5 - placing at #1, just like on Google. But 2 thru 5 are vastly different - matter of fact - 2 thru 5 don't show up on either "sitemeter A" OR "sitemeter B" - and there are two different sets of 2 thru 5 on each!

I know for a fact that one sitemeter doesn't record any visit when it comes from a mobile phone. The other doesn't "see" visits from certain brands of tablet computers. And if I go on the computer at the Public Libraray but read my blog thru RSS, you wouldn't know I visited... only Google "catches" and logs that visit! Anybody who can explain this phenom or knows of a good URL that does, please, inject it into Facebook or blogger comments!

Interestingly enough, my posts about "the fake girlfriend" haven't racked up much in the way of hits... being curious, I set out to discover why.

It seems those particular posts haven't "gelled" with any of the search engines. And number one on Monday's list of popular posts has a very extensive presence on search engines and websites of all kinds. Ditto for #5, which was just uploaded Sunday. Why the engines pick up and run with some posts but not others is somewhat of a mystery to me... although I have noticed that anytime I blog about something that is in the Top 10 on Google trends, Google and IceRocket don't count my posts. If I blog about something that is not getting ANY movement or "juice" on the search engines, my links show up in the #1 positions almost within minutes. go figure!

I haven't checked this morning, but feel free to check and leave me a comment if you find out that Wendy Cheng's Xiaxue blog has been restored after deletion, as reported here.

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

A Woman Judged - Part 2 of Living In A Real-Time Neverland


Living in the real neverland...

The Media Judges Elizabeth Wurtzel

  • A New York Magzine article  commanded the attention of a virtual Who's Who of American media who hit the ground running with a variety of takes on it. My turn!

I surmise that one level or measuring an individual's life-performance is the amount of press that person receives (think Andy warhol's 15 minutes) - if that's the case, there must be a multiplier effect when publications including Business Insider[a New York Magazine confessional suggesting she wants to re-do many of her major life decisions], The New Yorker (blog) [In this story, as with many tragic New York City stories, the catalyst for reflection is a housing crisis.], The Washington Post (blog) [Who knew that ’90s literary wild child Elizabeth Wurtzel and establishment superlawyer David Boies were pals?], Patheos (blog) [it's self-absorbed when Elizabeth Wurtzel says it!] and [every person on my Twitter feed was very “What's yr deal, Elizabeth Wurtzel?” even though she had just explained her deal, in detail!] and VICE.

Not to mention Part One [I read Elizabeth's story, and I had to read it again. And again. And once more. I read it a few times, because I saw right through it, right to the soul of its message] of this particular post!

 "I never saved or invested, because I believe if you take care of the luxuries, the necessities will take care of themselves." ~ Elizabeth Wurtzel 

 An Elizabeth Wurtzel piece appearing in New York Magazine kicked my brain in the teeth. Although some commenters found the article excessively long and rambling, I found little nuggets of lifetruth scattered throughout.

One of the things that has particularly challenged those on the tail end of the baby boom generation and those generations that followed is accepting the fact that life is terminal. The Rolling Stones don't want to get old. Neither does Elizabeth Wurtzel.

She writes "...at 44 my life was not so different from the way it was at 24. Stubbornly and proudly, emphatically and pathetically, I had refused to grow up, and so I was becoming one of those people who refuses to grow up—one of the city’s Lost Boys. I was still subletting in Greenwich Village, instead of owning in Brooklyn Heights. I had loved everything about Yale Law School—especially the part where I graduated at 40—but I spent my life savings on an abiding interest, which is a lot to invest in curiosity. By never marrying, I ended up never divorcing, but I also failed to accumulate that brocade of civility and padlock of security—kids you do or don’t want, Tiffany silver you never use—that makes life complete. Convention serves a purpose: It gives life meaning, and without it, one is in a constant existential crisis..."

A lot of folks out there are operating in this "crisis mode." So who do they look to? People like The Stones, Madonna, Willie Nelson. More Wurtzel : "...I run, and Gyrotonic sessions three times a week have kept me in the same shape I have always been in. But age scares me. I look at Kathryn Bigelow at 61 and feel greatly relieved."

And last but far from least, haven't YOU felt this way at times (those of you moving out of their 20's and beyond:

"I have lost my life. I had a lot of friends, saw people, had full days. I don’t know where anyone is anymore, and I can’t even remember who it is that is gone."


READERS: When I saw the above comment from a reader on Prettier Than Napoleon, I simply just had to come back and include it here for you!

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