This was the Week that Was, Vol 43

I can’t exactly say that my Google Reader is down to 10 unread like it was last time I went through this, and to be honest, I’ve not had much time or that much of a pressing desire to read other blogs – it’s nothing personal, it’s just me. πŸ™‚

Another thing that you will have noticed is that I’m not posting every day – I’m ok with that, because I’d rather have posts every few days that are of some quality instead of just having the quantity of mediocre posts. So, with that said, let’s have a bit of a retro edition of the TW3, just looking at the Bumpzee aspect, with a new list of blogs that have joined the US Blogs community. As always, if you have a blog and are in the US, feel free to join the community.

In addition to that, I should also add that I have put together a post for the Aussie Bloggers Blog about one of the subjects which I kind of fancy my talents – reality TV (little that I thought I’d be a pseudo expert on the subject, but really, all you need to do to become one is watch the show. πŸ˜‰ ). I talked about how the first couple of weeks of the new series of Big Brother is going. My opinion – definitely for the better.

Coming up this week, I believe there’s an anniversary coming up pretty soon, and also, logo-free HD, is it possible?

Til next week y’all! πŸ˜‰

This Was the Week That Was, Vol. 42

I’ve cleaned my Google Reader down to 10 unread items, and I have quite a few things to link to, and I think I’ve only doubled up on one site! πŸ˜‰

Trust me, the mark all unread button was used with great gusto. πŸ™‚

Posts I liked

  • First off, some sad news from the beginning of the month, with Katie getting into her first accident. Luckily it looks like the damage was only superficial, and nothing bad happened to her or the internals of the car.
  • Of course, then she went on to show off some awesome-looking Chicken Fried Rice. I’ll have to adjust the amounts lower and try it out once. πŸ™‚
  • Meg has a debate about the bog roll – over or under? Personally, I’m an over πŸ˜‰
  • I have never seen this much text on a billboard. However, if you note, Mercedes’ billboard in NZ is at a stoplight, so if you get stuck, you have some free entertainment. πŸ˜‰
  • Ah, what would the world be without Peter Popoff? The Rev. Anaglyph is still getting mail from him. Now with baggies, oil, and chewing gum?
  • If you’re using the CommentLuv plugin, you should seriously consider the effects on your site. Not only could it be slowing down your server, but your database could be growing exponentially
  • With New York considering going to a congestion charge like London, Streetsblog shows how Paris is defeating congestion by encouraging bicycling and public transit. Could New York use this as a model?
  • Seeing that Northwest (Orient) Airlines might be going the way of Eastern, Ansett, Pan Am, and Laudair, Yesterday’s News looks back to when the first introduced stewardesses to their flights.
  • Would you want to smell this flower? Amorphophallus titanum smells like rotting flesh. Apparently it also has a nickname: Bob. I kid you not.
  • Some of the most interesting photos you see of a city are from its river (or at least off of the beaten path). Such is the case with Berlin, as seen from a river boat.
  • And, last but not least, Yahoo might be having issues, and a sign of that might be the restrictions on fun in their toilets. πŸ˜‰

New Blogs in the US Blogs Community

  • Well, shockingly, Bumpzee is down again…

The US Blogs community is open to bloggers in the US that are a part of the Bumpzee community. If you’re interested in more about the community, you can view the main page of the community. πŸ™‚

Keywords

  • home improvement tips – Uhh…make sure everything works? Seriously, how do you all get here from these searches? I know, but how did I get onto your list?
  • channel 36 pbs switch to digital analog – assuming you’re in Milwaukee (though considering your IP says that this is the US Senate Sergeant at Arms, I’d think not), I’m not sure what’s going to happen with the current setup of channels. I should be getting a set top box to get digital this week, so I’m looking forward to it. πŸ˜‰
  • gifting non-solicitation form – Still no response from the cash gifting people on YouTube. Why not, folks? It’s a great opportunity for free advertising, or if you wish, you can remain anonymous!
  • wordpress 2.5 old look – Sorry, mate. Ain’t happening πŸ˜₯ (Maybe someone will write up an admin script to get the look the same…still wondering what feedback led them to changing the whole damn thing)…
  • gas price speculators crude refineries congress – Here’s how the oil pricing scheme works – speculators bid up the prices of everything, Congress blames the companies who get profits out of this bidding up, and the speculators bid up the prices some more. Who loses? Everyone, except for the speculators. But are they given their comeuppance? Nope. They’re not a “fancy” enough target. πŸ™

Around the Blog

First off, I introduced a new service for anyone to take advantage of, one thing that the Horoscope said that should be done, in addition to my own experience. It’s WordPress Upgrades. With a new version available, now would be a great time to inquire about an upgrade.

Going along the line about the speculators, I really do hope that they’re happy. Really. Nice move not even showing your faces…

Also, Skype is a great program, but it’s lacking in some important areas – like accessibility.

Coming up, I’ve got an interesting question that I’d like to have y’all take the challenge and answer, but more on that later this week. πŸ˜‰

Til next week (or in two weeks), y’all! πŸ˜‰

This was the Week that Was, Vol. 41

Back from a one-week vacation, TW3 returns this week with more of the usual links, including a wrap-up of the last two weeks on the blog here. πŸ™‚

Posts I liked

  • Have you ever wondered how the inner workings of a TV broadcast work? The Daly Planet received some high-resolution photos from the folks at ESPN showing off their broadcast capabilities. πŸ™‚
  • Ah, Russia. The land of all kinds of oddities, including some lax plane maintenance. Thankfully, these are just cosmetic things as far as I can tell…
  • Passive-Aggressive notes has dug up a classic note, from around 2001. Apparently at CondΓ© Nast Restaurant, someone was unhappy with the lack of egg salad
  • The UK continues to be a source of things comedic, and this is no exception. If you’ve watched the 24-hour news channels (or even the local news), you know how often they’re begging you to give your input. So, what exactly do you reckon?
  • Lastly, if there is one link you read out of this whole wrap, it should be Raj Dash’s explanation of why he hates WordPress 2.5. Sadly, it seems that we’re stuck with it. We can only hope that the folks at WordPress will keep the 2.3 branch alive. Either that or someone will come up with a replacement dashboard that is like the one everyone’s used to already.

New Blogs in the US Blogs Community

The US Blogs community is open to bloggers in the US that are a part of the Bumpzee community. If you’re interested in more about the community, you can view the main page of the community. πŸ™‚

Keywords

  • wordpress 2.5 missing subpanel – I can’t say I’m surprised that something’s missing in there – it seems they released this one half-baked…and an update isn’t forthcoming for a few weeks yet
  • driving test tips singapore – Erm, I dunno; maybe don’t stall the car if it’s an automatic? Or, don’t try to interfere with the F1 cars as they round the corner? I’m at a loss y’all! πŸ˜‰
  • dress like a whore – Another one I’m at a loss on. All I know is that I’m not an authority on that one. Maybe you should consult Britney Spears or that chick who hosts that show on Speedvision – Vida Guerrera I think her name is. I call her Slutty McSlut…she looks like she has experience… πŸ˜‰
  • wordpress designers fuck up widgets – Could not have said it better myself. In fact I think I said just that. πŸ˜‰
  • what to wear on a plane in june – It might be warm, but you should always dress with safety in mind. I’d personally go with a pair of sweatpants, as surprising as that might seem – there’s no chance that you will trip over them in case you need to move quickly, and you can easily roll up the legs for comfort…

This week around the blog, I’ve been talking about this theme that I’m making. First up, I had to do some reading of the Codex, but then I quickly got an idea together and it suddenly had some form to it. Right now, it’s still got that basic form, but the comments box has gotten to a more appropriate width. πŸ™‚

I also asked about why Entrecard changed their pricing system, when it didn’t need changing (sound familiar?), along with having a discussion of cash gifting. Just so you know, I’ve offered an opportunity to some of the folks on YouTube to be interviewed by me; whether they do it or not is up to them, but I think it would be a quite fascinating look into what could be considered almost a second world.

Coming up this week, I’ll have that announcement about a new service that I’ll be providing, along with wondering if someone is happy about the state of certain things.

Til next week, y’all! πŸ˜‰

This was the Week that Was, Vol. 40

This is a bit of a rain-shortened version of the weekly wrap up, but I have all the regular features in here, with a slightly different focus. πŸ˜‰

Posts I liked

  • First up, some sad news in the blogging world – Radioactive Jam is calling it quits. At least for today. πŸ˜‰
  • Also, if you’re in the UK, you can check out BBC’s iPlayer for video of penguins flying; or just view the spot that aired showing off this rare species of the bird. πŸ™‚

New Blogs in the US Blogs Community on Bumpzee

None this week

The US Blogs community is open to bloggers in the US that are a part of the Bumpzee community. If you’re interested in more about the community, you can view the main page of it. πŸ™‚

Keywords

  • scroogle blog – They don’t have one as far as I know. However, I can do nothing other than wholeheartedly recommend using their search instead of google – it’s the same, just without the tracking. πŸ˜‰
  • offline blog writer – I’ve talked about w.bloggar, however I think that there’s a new winner in my book – look for the details soon. πŸ˜‰
  • home security – This came in via Google Blog Search; why are you searching blogs for that? If you’re concerned, try regular google or the yellow pages…
  • blogger paid move to new domain and host – If you’re looking to move your blogger blog to a new domain, then that’s as easy as setting it up. If you want a paid service, then you might want to consider going with WordPress 2.3
  • wordpress 2.5 why do dashboards look different on different blogs – Well, that’s likely because some blogs upgraded to the new version and others didn’t. Apparently user input was sought for the 2.5 dashboard – I’m still not buying it…

Around the blog

This week, I talked about my misadventure when it came to my first go at releasing a theme. I’m glad that I’ve learnt a lesson from that, and now I just need to get cracking on reading the information in the Codex about themes.

Another adventure I had was the one in getting the ingredients for an attempt at making risotto. It came out fantastic, and the leftovers tasted really good, especially when I added a bit more cheese to it. πŸ˜‰

Also, with the release of WordPress 2.5, came my trying it out. First, I wasn’t excited, and now I know it’s going to be given a wide berth when it comes to being placed on my main site now.

Coming up in this shortened week, I’ve got a bit of a complaint about gasoline – yes, the price is high, but everyone is pointing fingers everywhere but where they deserve to go.

‘Til next week y’all! πŸ˜‰

This was the Week that Was, Vol. 39

Posts I liked –

  • The geekfest known as SXSW was held recently, and apparently some passive agressive notes were found – I especially like the last photo
  • A couple of posts from the Russians – first up, an amazing natural phenomenon where the sun’s light is reflected to show multiple suns.
  • If you’re a fisherman at this time of the year, read this post for a reminder why you don’t drive your car on ice. It takes about 2 feet of ice to safely carry a car, but I wouldn’t even consider going on it myself. πŸ˜‰
  • Cugat’s found himself with a new Easter tradition. Though, if some movements were taken out, it’d be better. (fortunately, we don’t have to do the kneeling thing at my church, but we did have to change books every song…)

New blogs this week in the US Blogs community at BumpZEE –

Keywords –

  • channel 58.4 ncaa – Well, as far as I know, 58.4 is not being used anymore, and the second game is visible on 58.3; the multicasting that had been in action the last few years has gone away in preference to having a game in HD.
  • passive income – How the heck did you get here from there? Anyway, I know your intentions were to spam my blog. It’s just too bad that Akismet liked your comment sir. πŸ˜‰
  • how do databases work – free information – Er, you might be better off going to Wikipedia. πŸ˜‰
  • blogger typeface? – You can set that in the customize panel, or in the template.

This week around the blog, I talked about the release of WordPress 2.5; I’ve tried out the demo that’s available, but I’m still not impressed. I also talked about how the state can’t get its act together when it comes to speed limits.

Then, on Saturday, a message on Skype led to me talking about how one plugin developer is not making friends at all with his actions. I also gave some advice to parents out there – make sure your kids know what to say on the phone, ok?

Coming up, I actually have a draft started for posting; it’s a lot easier to have drafts when you have an offline blog editor. And speaking of offline editors, I gotta say that I’ve been won over by another one, and it’s from a surprising source. πŸ˜‰

’til next week y’all! πŸ˜‰