Thursday, March 18, 2010

Looking Forward to The Weekend.

misty moon
Image by miuenski via Flickr



I’ve had one of those weeks.  A week filled with the stale monotone of repetition.  I spent the large majority of the my time doing things that are designed specifically to fill the blank spaces between the real jobs.  I suppose I should be thankful though and not complaining.  I could have just as easily been doing nothing.

I feel like an early leaf bud, waiting for the repletion of springtide to arrive.  Fearing the infrequent neutralizing cold snaps of pre-spring.  Yet desiring a spontaneity grounded by a comfortable perseveration of routine.

In other words, I want my cake, but desire to eat it too!  Ha, Ha, Ha.
Quote of the Day:
Sharing money is what gives it its value.
--Elvis Presley, singer

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Too Funny, (Don’t Send A Man)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Pod-A-Log?

Creative Commons
Image by ocean.flynn via Flickr


Or perhaps it should be Cast-A-Log… NO, that certainly doesn’t sound right, Ha, Ha, Ha.    In my recent research about podcasts, I discovered that the name came from the fact they were “broadcasts” you could receive or download on your “I-pod”, hence podcast.  It only stands to reason that if your broadcasting on your blog, it should become a blogcast.

Needless to say,I have been doing a lot of research.  I bookmarked some helpful, how to, blog posts by different authors.  Located a number of free podcast hosting services, and even downloaded a couple of free audio recording utilities.  The interesting thing I’m finding out, is that there are a lot of open source sites out there dedicated to podcasting.  The advantage of this is the availability of Creative Commons music for background and atmosphere.

I am by no means ready to jump feet first into this option, but it bears some serious consideration.  One of the things I’m finding fascinating, is the added connection you can get with your readers.  There is nothing more personal than “talking” with someone.  That added benefit of allowing your readers to hear your voice could intimate the whole blog experience to a new level.
Quote of the Day:
Even as water carves monuments of stone, so do our thoughts shape our character.
--Hugh B. Brown

Monday, March 15, 2010

Family, Such Sweet Inspiration

Milbert's Tortoiseshell butterfly - White Moun...

Image by Al_HikesAZ via Flickr




I got an email from Kassi, my niece, a short time ago.  She was so happy to see me back “on-line”.  Kassi has just recently become a mom, kicking off the next generation of our family.  She’s really happy being a mom, and enjoying all the little things that go along with raising a baby.  I am very proud of her.  Anyway, to get back to the email.  She mentioned that she loves to read, and has a large number of books.  But she mostly “reads” by audio book.  She suggested I create a podcast to go along with my blogs. 

What an interesting idea, and my mind started looking at the aspects of the thought.  A person could click a link or player on my site, and let me read the post to them.  Kassi insists that I have a “soothing” voice.  I’m sure I could provide a list of names that would state the exact opposite, due of course to the context and purpose of conversations, Ha Ha Ha.  I foresee a couple of issues I would have to overcome though.  Not the least of which is my shyness!  I think I could do it, but would feel very strange creating them at home.  It’s one thing to sit here in my office writing, creating stories out of the pictures I see floating around my mind.  Something entirely different to read them out loud when other could here what I’m doing! 

I’m such an introvert, talking about things I write is pretty strange to me.  Actually reading something I wrote out loud would be… I don’t know, frightening.  I may check into it though, and see what I can figure out about it it.  It could certainly be a unique way to add a new and interesting level to my blogging.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Personafy Your FireFox Browser

Image representing Personas as depicted in Cru...

Image via CrunchBase

Yeah, I know I misspelled Personify!  That’s because there is a cool add on for the FireFox browser called Personas Plus.    What it does, is dress up your browser, similar to templates or skins.  You can have any number of over 30,000 Persons on your browser.  It places an image, kind of like a blog header behind all your toolbar buttons, and search box.

I’ve been playing with it for a couple of weeks now.  I even made a few Personas, and uploaded them.  Naturally they all have Chihuahuas in them, go figure.  You can check out my Personas by clicking here.  Some are in the process of being approved, so there are only 3 up there right now.  But I have gotten pretty creative with all the on-line image manipulation sites.  I now have five, I think, in the cue to be approved.  They are a lot better than my first ones.   Here’s a quick sample of one of mine, Junior Looking down at your web content.  I wonder if he’ll report to Blinda what I’ve been doing on-line?
 Full_Moon_Junior

Quote of the Day:
Everything that lives, Lives not alone, nor for itself.
--William Blake

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