Categories: "Blog Attitude"

English only - moving

So... this is like my first post in my brand new b2evolution 2.0 English only blog.

One of the nice things when you start a new blog is that you can write sentences like the above. Sentences that are almost impossible to read. Worse: sentences no one cares about! :>>

Who cares? No one is reading this yet! And I bet my first reader will be the Google bot...

Of course my plan is to move all my previous English posts from my French site over to this one.

I gotta do this carefully though...

  • First, I wouldn't want the Google bot to see any duplicate content.
  • Second, I need to redirect from the old location to the new one.
  • Third, I'd like to take that redirect opportunity to clean up the URLs a little bit.

One thing I'm having a hard time deciding on is whether or not to keep the /2007/03/11/ parts inside of my URLs. The alternative is to use category names...

That podcast song [EXPLICIT LYRICS]

You cannot possibly ignore that podcast anthem by Cruisebox [broken link].

What's a little bugging though, is that you won't find the original version with the explicit lyrics, the rude words and all the rest very easily.

So I thought I would post the results of my search here... :P

Verse 1
Do you remember, way back last summer
When mainstream radio was such a fuckin’ bummer
No indie music…nothin’ too funny
Clear Channel motherfuckers did it for the money

Bridge
But somebody heard the call
Now, you can have it all

Chorus
I heard it on a podcast…rockin’ fuckin’ radio
You want it, you got it…just download it and pod it
On a podcast…no one’s gonna stop ya
Tell the FCC to stick it…kick it…
The revolution’s on

Verse 2
Do you remember your first computer
That piece of shit was like a freakin’ Roto-Rooter
Now we’ve got wi-fi, downloadin’ files fast
Listenin’ to everyone who’s ever done a podcast

Verse 3
It’s history, now you see, each and every nation
Radio has got to go, it’s our emancipation
Play that song, sing along, mash it up and mix it
Radio was fuckin’ blow ‘til Adam Curry fixed it

Bridge
Yeah, somebody heard the call
Now, you can have it all

Instrumental

Turnaround
Mp3 killed the radio star…

Chorus
I heard it on a podcast…rockin’ fuckin’ radio
You want it, you got it…just download it and pod it
On a podcast…no one’s gonna stop ya
Tell the FCC to stick it…kick it…
The revolution’s on a

Chorus
Podcast…rockin’ fuckin’ radio
You want it, you got it…just download it and pod it
On a podcast…no one’s gonna stop ya
Tell the FCC to stick it…kick it…
The revolution’s on

Chorus Tag
The revolution’s on
The revolution’s on
The revolution’s on
The revolution's on a podcast
The revolution's on a podcast
The revolution’s on

Blog = Tamagotchi ?

Corante [broken link] makes a wise point comparing blogs to tamagotchis:

If you don’t feed them, they die. If you don’t clear up their crap - comment spam, for example - they die. They’re more fun when there are other bloggers to play with, just like the new IR connected Tamagotchi are allegedly more fun because your little virtual pet can now interact with other little virtual pets.

One thing I’d like to add though: many people tend to overfeed their blog by posting just as much as they can find time to! Though I’ve never owned a Tamagotchi, I’m pretty sure they die if your overfeed them. So when will bloggers realize that posting 10 times a day will kill their blog?

I don’t think the average blogger can come up with more than one, maybe two, constructive, original and/or interesting ideas a day. Posting more will only dilute your interesting posts in an ocean of ordinary posts and readers will eventually unsubscribe because they don’t have the time to – or just get bored by – reading all that irrelevant stuff…

I don’t even know why I’m suggesting this since virtually all bloggers tend to consider themselves above average anyway!


Something pretty much unrelated, but I must say Corante also got this “shower lucidity” thing sooo right:

Often thinking requires quietude, physical exercise or doing some non-cerebral task. The shower, for example, is a great place for a good think, but opportunities to take a quick shower in the workplace are, well, limited. This is one of the problems that arises when the creative clashes with the corporate - the way that the creative mind functions is often at odds with the work ethic, not to mention environment, of many companies.

Fame! (The illusion of)

Every blogger gets to do that once in a lifetime (ahem, I mean at least once...): I searched for my firstname in search engines...

Surprisingly or not (depending on how much you know about web indexing techniques), I am famous, very very famous!

  • #1 François in the world out of about 6,450,000 on yahoo.com
  • #2 François in the world out of about 3,310,000 on google.com

What more could I ask for?

Real fame? nah... I just hope those rankings last long enough for me not to look stupid when you read this :p (Those rankings can actually change on a daily basis, so... yeah maybe cyberfame just works like real fame, one day you're at the top, the next day you're gone...)

A little adventure into web dev

My real life has been holding me off from blogging and all that stuff for the last month. However, as I was sick and staying at home for the last two days, as there was nothing on TV (I really oughta get that satellite dish!), I pulled out my Dreamweaver...

First, I conscientiously fixed all open bugs on b2evolution and released a maintaince package. Then I went on playing with the homepage at http://b2evolution.net/ .

Check out that totally fluid 3 column layout. Try resizing the window. Try changing the font size. What do you think? ;)

By the way, tweaking with CSS layouts is a very efficient way to kill time! :>>

Anyway, the most interesting part of that new homepage is in the right column. There is a list of recently updated b2evolution blogs. I had added a feature in version 0.8.6 where b2evo sends a ping to its homesite everytime it is used to post a blog somewhere on the internet (unless you disabled that pinging in the conf). These pings actually get stored and here they come out of the darkness.

Now the homepage is different everytime I visit it and I can see b2evolution in action even when I don't feel like blogging myself! :D

Okay, enough self pride...