Saturday, September 29, 2007

My Random Desktop Meme

Me and My Drum, has tagged me with the “What’s on your desktop?” meme.

So I guess it's Meme time again for me :)

My desktop shows a view from my girlfriends house one evening in Vermont, USA. Isn't it beautiful!

As you can see i'm a little cluttered and could do with organising myself a bit better.... maybe we will find with this meme that desktops show a little of ones personality!

[TAG STARTS HERE]

My Desktop Free View Instruction:

A. Upon receiving this tag, immediately perform a screen capture of your desktop. It is best that no icons be deleted before the screen capture so as to add to the element of fun.

You can do a screen capture by: [1] Going to your desktop and pressing the Print Scrn key (located on the right side of the F12 key). [2] Open a graphics program (like Picture Manager, Paint, or Photoshop) and do a Paste (CTRL + V). [3] If you wish, you can “edit” the image, before saving it.

For MAC users: Press [ Apple] [ Ctrl ] [ Shift ] and [ 3 ]

B. Post the picture in your blog. You can also give a short explanation on the look of your desktop just below it if you want. You can explain why you preferred such look or why is it full of icons. Things like that.

C. Tag five of your friends and ask them to give you a Free View of their desktop as well.

D. Add your name to this list of Free Viewers with a link pointing directly to your Desktop Free View post to promote it to succeeding participants.

List of those who have participated: Francine of La Place de Cherie Chez Francine Bloggishi Unchained Melody LadyJava’s Lounge Mariuca Revellian Dot Com|Desktop iRonnie Rebecca Jon Rolando Speedcat Brown Baron Tish Mike Money Online NoDirectOn Max Elena’s Photos Comedy Plus MeAndMyDrum The Random Forest

add yours here after doing this tag.

[TAG ENDS HERE]

The following people are hereby tagged: Ugly Mailbox, Twisted Sister, Life in the Country, Samir, John Cow, and Bush Mackel. (Oops, I did 6!!)

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Where did the Strange Ones Go?

No Batch Fees. best crypto payment gateway. No Annual Fees! Many would argue, including myself that 1995 until 2000 were great years for music.

In the UK, Britpop reigned supreme with great bands such as Blur (featuring Damon Albarn of Gorillaz fame), Kula Shaker, Sleeper, Manic Street Preachers and Echobelly bringing out their greatest works.

It was in 1997 whilst watching Saturday morning television that I discovered what would turn out to be one of my favorite (so far) songs of my life.

The band was a Supergrass, a three piece (now a 4 piece) from Oxford, UK, and the song was Late in the Day.

That afternoon I rushed out and purchased the album 'In it for the Money'. This album is now a firm favorite. It also in my opinion has one of the best album titles ever...but I would say that.

I was 16 at the time and like many teenagers music was one of the most important things in my life. I couldn't go anywhere without my Discman and the minute I returned home from college or work I would run upstairs ignoring my parents and lay down to listen to some music.

Recently music has sadly been resigned to the 'when I get a chance' pile of commitments and especially over the last few months, whilst traveling and finally moving to Montreal, I have neglected my duty to listen.

Over the last few weeks I have been aware of how much I have been missing it and have vowed to try and get back in touch with what is going on in modern music and also start listening to all my old favorites.

All my CD's are packed in boxes back in Liverpool, UK so this morning I started downloading songs (that I own on CD, I think this is legal!) and one band that I payed particular attention to was Supergrass.

This band have always made me smile and helped me cheer up or chill out when needed. I have decided to give a glimpse to anybody who wants to read and watch/listen a chance to discover or remember this great band.

1995 - I should Coco.

I never heard this album when it was released but I had heard the single 'Alright' which is really the main thing that ever defined this band as a Britpop band. This album was a great snappy, fast paced and fun affair. Strange Ones for me was the stand out track and since this was the 2nd Supergrass album I ever listened to and loved it was also the album that cemented me as a life long fan.


Strange Ones, live at Glastonbury Festival, UK


1997 - In it for the Money

I listen to this album more than the others. Original ideas flow through this album and the distinctive sound really stylized their essence and gave them great foundations for future works. Hard hitting singles such as 'Richard III' and great uplifter's like 'Sun Hit's the Sky' give this album classic status.

But it was Late in the Day that still enters my mind every day.


Late in the day Single Release Music Video, 1999


1999 - Supergrass

Strangely their third album was self titled and lyrically took a darker turn and a smoother slower flow but still defined itself with the Supergrass feel. Moving was a beautiful track from this album and was used with great effect to poignantly end the film East is East.


Moving - Live on Jools Holland


2002 - Life on other Planets

Bringing back some of the hardness of earlier Supergrass albums but keeping some of the chilled charm learned from the last album this album really did work great. The songs were fresh and as always inventive but the album sounded like it had been recorded using equipment from 40 years prior. It was a great combination. Sharp bursting songs such as 'Never done nothing like that before' and 'Mary' will stick out for the rest of their career


Mary, Music Video

The Future
Supergrass are recording a new album and I really can't wait. One of the members (Mick) is currently in hospital after breaking his back but he is still helping with mixing and artwork and stuff.

I know this band will be producing another corker. After surviving the Britpop era and establishing themselves as solid performers and album makers I believe we will see these guys still rocking for another 4 or 5 albums.

Further Reading / Watching / Listening
Supergrass are:
Gaz Coombes - Guitar/Lead Vocals
Danny Goffey - Drums / Vocals
Mick Quinn - Bass / Vocals
Rob Coombes - Keyboard /Vibes

I finally got to see Supergrass live in 2006 and I can honestly say they were amazing. They played songs from all their albums and really made a lasting impression on me. I suggest you check out some of their live stuff on You Tube.

And also check out the sites:
Supergrass.com
Strangeones.co.uk
Childrenofthemonkeybasket.com

I really hope that somewhere along the way I have introduced or reintroduced someone to Supergrass, or if not maybe you have enjoyed the read anyway, I enjoyed writing this. So please leave your comments and stumble me if you like.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Social Bookmarking Footer - Tutorial for Blogger (Actually works!)

Social Bookmarking sites are becoming a popular and successful way for people to bring traffic to their blogs.

After reading and starting to use Digg and Stumbleupon I decided I wanted my post footer to display the links for people to promote my posts using some of these sites.

A quick search on the web revealed a few tutorials but after trying various things I just could not get it to work. Eventually by modifying some code that I found and pure guess work it is now up and running with my Blogger Blog and it was pretty easy!

So I thought I would show you how you can add these useful links to your Blogger Post Footer.

Here goes.....

  • Log into www.blogger.com and click on Layout for the blog you want to add this to
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  • Click on Template and then Edit HTML
  • Make sure the first thing you do is Download Full Template and save it in a convenient place
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  • Make sure Expand Widget Templates is checked
  • Then either scroll down the HTML text, or if you have Firefox us the Edit>Find in this page tool to find the text class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-3'
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  • Hit return a few times to create a few lines of space (it makes it easier to see where to paste your code).
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  • Copy and paste this code below into the space you created:

<span class='socialbookmarking'>

<small>Share This Post</small><BR/>

<a expr:href='"http://digg.com/submit?phase=2&amp;url=" + data:post.url + "&amp;title=" + data:post.title' target='_blank'><img alt='Digg This' border='0' src='http://getfreecodes.googlepages.com/digg.png'/></a>

<a expr:href='"http://del.icio.us/post?url=" + data:post.url + "&amp;title=" + data:post.title' target='_blank'><img alt='Add To Del.icio.us' border='0' src='http://getfreecodes.googlepages.com/delicious.png'/></a>

<a expr:href='"http://furl.net/storeIt.jsp?u=" + data:post.url + "&amp;t=" + data:post.title' target='_blank'><img alt='Add To Furl' border='0' src='http://getfreecodes.googlepages.com/furl.png'/></a>

<a expr:href='"http://reddit.com/submit?url=" + data:post.url + "&amp;title=" + data:post.title' target='_blank'><img alt='Add To Reddit' border='0' src='http://getfreecodes.googlepages.com/reddit.png'/></a>

<a expr:href='"http://www.technorati.com/faves?add=" + data:post.url' target='_blank'><img alt='Fav This With Technorati' border='0' src='http://getfreecodes.googlepages.com/technorati.png'/></a>

<a expr:href='"http://myweb2.search.yahoo.com/myresults/bookmarklet?u=" + data:post.url + "&amp;t=" + data:post.title' target='_blank'><img alt='Add To Yahoo MyWeb' border='0' src='http://getfreecodes.googlepages.com/yahoo_myweb.png'/></a>

<a expr:href='"http://www.newsvine.com/_wine/save?u=" + data:post.url + "&amp;h=" + data:post.title' target='_blank'><img alt='Add To Newsvine' border='0' src='http://getfreecodes.googlepages.com/newsvine.png'/></a>

<a expr:href='"http://www.bloglines.com/sub/" + data:post.url' target='_blank'><img alt='Add To Bloglines' border='0' src='http://getfreecodes.googlepages.com/bloglines.png'/></a>

<a expr:href='"http://mystuff.ask.com/mysearch/QuickWebSave?v=1.2&amp;t=webpages&amp;url=" + data:post.url + "&amp;title=" + data:post.title' target='_blank'><img alt='Add To Ask' border='0' src='http://getfreecodes.googlepages.com/ask.png'/></a>

<a expr:href='"http://favorites.live.com/quickadd.aspx?url=" + data:post.url + "&amp;title=" + data:post.title' target='_blank'><img alt='Add To Windows Live' border='0' src='http://getfreecodes.googlepages.com/live.png'/></a>

<a expr:href='"http://slashdot.org/bookmark.pl?url=" + data:post.url + "&amp;title=" + data:post.title' target='_blank'><img alt='Add To Slashdot' border='0' src='http://getfreecodes.googlepages.com/slashdot.png'/></a>

<a expr:href='"http://www.stumbleupon.com/refer.php?url=" + data:post.url + "&amp;title=" + data:post.title' target='_blank'><img alt='Stumble This' border='0' src='http://getfreecodes.googlepages.com/icon_su.gif'/></a>

</span>

  • Hit Preview to test that it's viewing correctly and then Save Template and it should be working.


Easy customizations for your bar

  • If you want to remove any of the Bookmarking sites them simply find the block of HTML and delete it.
  • Also if you want to rearrange the order of the icons you can simply cut and paste these blocks of HTML and stack them in the order you want.
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  • If you have an alternate image that you would like to use for any of the icons then find the line src= for the correct service and change the url in the 'image url' to point to your new image url.
I hope this tutorial has been helpful.Please feel free to comment.....

..... and if it crosses your mind then maybe you could submit this article to Stumbleupon or one of the other sites in my footer bar :).


Sunday, September 23, 2007

Help....... Social Bookmarking

****UPDATE**** Woo Hoo, I did it. My next post is a Tutorial so others can maybe have any easier time than me!

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If anyone could help I would really appreciate it!!

I have been trying to add them little Digg / Stumbleupon etc etc icons to the bottom of my posts and can't find any tutorials that work!

Does anyone know how to do it?

Thanks :)

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

What's the 'Blog'Rush?

Well it seems all the big guns have been out blogging about this BlogRush thing and I added the widget myself to my toolbar so I thought it was about time I got around to writing a post about it in the hope that I can coax one or two unsuspecting victims into joining through my referral link.

So What is it?

What do you mean, What is it? Have you not been reading all the other blogs?... No? Oh... erm well I better tell you then.

From my understanding Blog rush is a very simple widget that will hopefully help drive FREE traffic to your blog by displaying a link to your current posts on other peoples BlogRush widgets. As it would be an effort (and I'm already going out of my way to explain all this :) ) for me to re-explain what already has been explained, here is what they say:

BlogRush is a free service that was created to help bloggers solve their #1 need:
More Readers For Their Blog.

By adding the BlogRush Widget to a blog, a blogger can get instant distribution for their latest blog post titles across a network of related blogs.

BlogRush users earn "syndication credits" (the right to have their blog post titles shown inside a widget on another related blog) based on their own traffic (loads of the widget) as well as the traffic of other users they refer to BlogRush. Users can automatically refer others to BlogRush via special links on the widget, as well as through the promotion of a special referral URL they are given.

BlogRush is a "Cooperative Syndication Network" that rewards its users for their contributions to the network -- from the impressions they provide of the BlogRush Widget to the referral of other users through 10 'generations' of activity and the impressions of the widget that they provide. BlogRush was designed to be incredibly viral and to provide its users with tremendous distribution leverage to receive exposure for their blog content (onto related content blogs) that they could never achieve on their own; at least without a massive advertising budget.
So as you can see it's pretty straightforward and may bot instantly bring you tons of free traffic but if you work at getting some referrals you may find yourself some new readers from unexpected places.

How do I get it?

Well I'm glad you asked, finally. It's really simple. Just follow this link and sign up. Then add the widget to your page and start getting your referrals to get your FREE visitors.

Please let me know how you get along

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Jump in while it's hot, and maybe make a nice wad of cash too!

Today I signed up for a great opportunity that isn't even launched yet. The great news is you can join me and sign up too, Woo Hoo, how good id that?...... Well i'll tell you.....

It will be launched on Tuesday 18th September and I'm sure if you get in early the growth potential is phenomenal. Many people have made amazing amounts of money with systems like this including the well renowned John Chow so I don't see any reason why we can't.

The website probably explains it a little better than me as they probably paid profrssionals to write the text. The website says:

"What's in it for me?"... you ask? Five words:

Permanent Lifetime Two-Tier Commissions

If you've been in the Internet Marketing world for more than 30 seconds, then those five little words have probably made you start shaking with anticipation. We understand - it's okay. Tuck your tongue back into your mouth and read on:

When you refer others to DealDotCom and they get their free account, they are marked in our system as having been referred by you. Anything that they ever buy from us nets you a 35% commission. Notice the word "ever" in the previous sentence... as in FOREVER. It doesn't matter if they buy something tomorrow, next week, or fifty years from now - you're going to get paid. What's more, anyone that they refer to DealDotCom goes on your second tier. Anything people on your second tier buy nets you a 15% commission. Again, FOREVER.

and also;

Why do you need to hurry?

If you refer someone to DealDotCom, they are attached to you forever (like that bad tattoo you got that one night), so you need get the word out to your sphere of influence before the other guys do. Look, everyone on your list is going to hear about DealDotCom - if they hear about it from you first, you stand to make some serious commissions...

Okay, that's the end of the pitch. Now it's crunch time. Sign up for your free account, get your affiliate link, and start spreading the word... Don't miss your early-bird opportunity to profit from DealDotCom before the wave hits on Tuesday, Sept 18th.

Get Your Free Account Now!

So what are you waiting for?

PS: The sign up banner on the left there was provided very kindly by www.everybodygoto.com

Friday, September 14, 2007

Free for all, two new Technorati icons




Whilst re-modelling my blog I found the nice big Feedburner icon you can see to the right of this post. Looking at my measly Technorati icon I decided I wanted a similar one. After searching with no luck I decided to make one for myself.

Now I have decided to upload it for anyone else to use.

Please right click (or alt click, on mac) to download these images and host them on your space if you would like to use it.

So please feel free to use this, maybe a credit link if possible might be nice but if not then no worries!

Also if you want any alternate versions then leave me a comment and i'll see what I can do.

(I'll also add the HTML code to this post once I work out how to do it)

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Finally

At last, after a long long time of thinking I have managed to change my template.

I converted to Minima and then used a great simple guide over at Tips For New Bloggers to finally get my third column.

I've changed the entire mood of te site and your opinions would be greatly appreciated.

It still needs some tweaking as I have alignment issues with the header and other things but this will come in time.

I have also started to clean up my widgets and will be looking to find some new ones that will hopefully benefit me and my blog.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Has my Statcounter really just reached 1000?

It's a monumental occasion when something hits a big number!

And today my Statcounter finally reached 1000.

But sadly the news was sobered by an article I read this morning by snoskred.org

The Article is called Do NOT rely on your sitemeter and it gives some very good reasons as to why stats are not always a good thing to obsess over. Mainly that the free services do not necessarily offer an accurate service.

Basically this article made me think about some basic things that are more important than stats and if your having trouble refocusing or constantly looking at your stats I suggest you read it for inspiration.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Win £1, but only if you are from Greenland!

WELCOME TO THE COMPETITION OF THE CENTURY.

ARE YOU FROM GREENLAND?

WOULD YOU LIKE TO ME TO SEND YOU £1 VIA PAYPAL?

WELL YOU BETTER BE THE FIRST TO LEAVE A COMMENT THEN......



I was just looking over my visitor map today and realised that I have not had any visitors from Greenland and being a selfish man I decided, well I want some :)

So I thought the best way to do it would be to flash my money around.

Rules are simple. Be the first Greenlander to comment and leave a little mark on my Statcounter map and i'll send £1 fine English pound over to your Paypal account.

How's that for a great competition.

If this works maybe i'll try and buy visitors from all over the world.

I hope you Greenlanders also enjoy reading the blog.

I'm a legal alien, A legal alien in Montreal

Well just over a week ago I arrived in Montreal to start my new life.

Today I just (sort of) moved into a new apartment and I just managed to start a job washing dishes in a kitchen.

It's a very different life to the one I had in London where I owned a flat and charged a fair amount of money for people to hire me for graphic layouts but I think this new life is more challenging.

I turned up for my first shift on Saturday night and had no safety induction or anything. I was just dressed in white clothes and pointed towards the washing up area where an emotionless guy stood there staring at me.

I was left to fend for myself and quickly discovered that the people I was working with spoke French only so strangely for the first time I remember I was the one who was could not understand rather than the normal perception that the foreign people can't understand you. What a shock that was!

I hated the job, could not speak to the people, barely am earning enough to live and will be looking for something new but at least I'm experiencing first hand the predicament I have seen with many immigrants and travelers that come to London, and for that I feel very proud of myself.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

That Smug B*****D O'Reilly

I only just saw this clip today and thought I would share it.

I really really do hate O'Reilly. I mean he just has no idea what he is on about and seems to be under the impression that he has one up on a much more quick witted Stephen Colbert




How the hell did he think that the French pronounciation jibe was worth spending so much time pointing out?

Well that's my rant and laughter for the day.

Friday, September 7, 2007

What did the Memes ever do for us??

Absolutely NOTHING!!!

Well..... they gained us a huge Technorati rating.

Well apart from technomajik rating, what did they ever do for us?

Errrr.... they brought us visitors from all over the web.

Well apart from Technorati rating and visitors, what did they ever do for us?

Mmmmm.... helped us find new and exiting blogs to browse and join.

Well apart from Technorati rating, visitors from all over the web and finding new and interesting blogs, what did they ever do for us?

.............. So what did they do for you guys??

I now have a nice big 274 rating on Technorati and about 10 random visitors a day. I still need many more though!

Better get that content thing up to scratch.

Quick memories from the UK

As promised here is a selection of photos from my UK trip. For more you can visit my Flickr here

Hastings:


First off I visited my Dad in Hastings, South East England. It's a small coastal town famous fro fish and chips, smugglers, quaint buildings and rowdy drinker types.

As you can see if beautiful.







Battle:

Whilst in Hastings we popped over to the nearby town of Battle. This is where the Battle of 1066 took place so that's why there is a boring picture of a field. The abbey in the background was built after the battle. To be honest it was a bit boring but it's all historical and stuff so had to be visited.


Eniskillen, Northern Ireland:

We then headed off to Eniskille in Northern Ireland. It really was a beautiful but still full of reminders of the fact that a struggle has / in some ways still is happening between the British Government and some Irish parties.

We spent a lot of time here growing our beer bellies!







Liverpool and Chester

A few days were spent chilling in the home of the Beatles and one of the oldest tudor cities in the UK.








Finally Home to London:

Trafalgar Square, Some scary people sculptures and a old graveyard in South East London.

Not much else to say really, apart from the fact that it was great!




Monday, September 3, 2007

Queen Vic, or is that King Vic?

On my recent trip to the UK whilst in Liverpool I stumbled across something which may well change history!!

Well maybe not that history changing, unless of course it turned our to be true.

Anyway here is the photograph. Make of it what you will!



More photos from my UK trip will follow.

 
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