Fox News Attacks the Blogosphere

It appears that there is a big stink in the blogosphere concerning Fox news and the left wing crowd. Bill O’Reilly has made several attacks on the bloggers, including The Daily Kos, and MoveOn.org. These good folk have been likened to the KKK and Nazi’s. I sincerely feel the Everday Citizen is missing something here.

I read these blogs infrequently. Their content is always good, they do not appear to be overly radical, and fight for change in the system. Possibly I am more left wing than I thought. I have always been a little left of center, but this attack is not only ridiculous, but unfounded. Who killed the First Amendment?

As confused as I am over this issue, I leave it to the reader to determine whether this is unfounded or not. View this video with an open mind, and comment, please…

Drive on,

Charlie~

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[youtube width=”425″ height=”335″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpht4sXDhx0[/youtube]

Photoshop Tip – Working With Backgrounds

My wife owns Bella Grande, a consignment shop in Charlotte, MI. She has a website that she just isn’t happy with, and wanted to change. I offered to help, but my Rosie is the original anal retentive, and working with her is next to impossible at times.

The theme she has chosen for her business is black with white polka dots. The awning on our store is black and white polka dots, and she sells a lot of polka dot items, including handbags, head scarves and of course clothing.

I reluctantly accepted the assignment of building her site and blog, after she wasted time on Godaddy, using the Website Tonight feature. Too much input for her on that site, and I hate nothing worse than working with templates. She paid a hundred bucks, and is letting it slide because she can’t navigate through the templates. they are a pain in the ass…

Of course, she wants a polka dot background on her page. I figured it was no problem, until I designed the usual 250X250 px background image. I thought it would be no big deal to just create a black background, put a few rows of polka dots on it, and insert into the page. Wrong…   😡

Here is what I did. She has many polka dot items in the store, so I simply took a pix of a black and white polka dot dress, used the touch up tools in Photoshop CS2 to insure an even background, sized the image to be the same size as the page, saved as a .gif, and Voila! Instant background.

I see no sense in making it harder than it needs to be. She’s happy. I’m happy. and it took all of ten minutes to accomplish this. Gotta love Photoshop!

Peace,

Charlie~

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Tweaking The Theme

I have been working on tweaking this theme, and so far my results are coming together, albeit not as good as I would like them to be. If you have followed along at all, you know that I used a WP theme generator to build this blog. I find that the CSS does not validate,nor does the HTML. I am not very happy about that, so will be struggling along with it in the future. Gotta keep it friendly for the SE’s! 😥

I added drop caps, which is a nice touch in a newspaper type blog like this one is. It adds a bit of elegance to the blog, and it also draws attention to the post. I want to tweak this further so will work on that later.

I added an RSS feed, using Carp, a free feed generator. I don’t like the large font, so will have to work on that one, too. It really helps having an RSS feed on your blog, boys and girls. I have a blog that is a WIP that incorporates an RSS feed by Carp, and I have done little to this blog except tweak the theme and add an RSS feed. It has been indexed by Google, and the only text on the pages is the pseudo-Latin Lorem Epsum. Google never fails to amaze me…

The blog is a lot of fun to write to. I am discovering a lot of things about CSS, PHP, and how WP comes together in the process. Good enough for me…

Drive on…

Charlie~

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Technology To Save The World

I get a lot of fodder for this blog from the NY Times and LA Times. It is a natural thing for an old man to get up in the morning and read the newspapers, and I don’t find it much different than it was in my own Dad’s day. He sat at the breakfast table and read the State Journal before beginning the day’s labor. I do the same. The only difference between Pop and I is that I get my news from the Internet. The Times, both of them, dutifully deliver the breaking news of the world to my inbox as regular as the sun coming up in the morning. My attachment to the LA Times goes back 40 some odd years when I lived in Imperial Beach and my whole world was southern California.

These days, I sit in the tower of the Beechler building in beautiful downtown Charlotte and spend a hell of a lot of time contemplating my navel. I find as I grow older that the news of the day is of utmost importance to me. Typically, I read the Times to find things of interest to blog about. This lovely morning in May, with the sun peeping through the blinds and a cool breeze soothing my soul, I read two articles. Both of them captured my interest.

The first, about Lurita Doan, is a political thing. I find myself obsessing on the ills of the political arena way too much, so decided to pass on this one. Folks are gonna start thinking I am some kind of radical rebel, or political activist if I don’t leave some of this shit alone. It just annoys the hell out of me, ya know?

I instead decided to write about something we all pretty much never think about, or probably don’t even care. The people of third world countries, especially Africa, have been in the news a lot lately. I first took interest once again in this after reading about the BOGO flashlight, and the man who developed it. We of a high tech nation think that something as common as a flashlight is not a thing to write about, and dismiss these thoughts out of hand. The capability of light in an African nation can mean the difference between life and death. The BOGO is used at night to help children learn to read and write by illuminating their classrooms. Wild animals are held at bay by something as simple as a flashlight. Who’da thought?

I read this AM about Kickstart, and the technology it is developing for third world nations. The article told of the billions of dollars spent to provide us with haute couture, wine labels, and the Maserati. It then went on to say that virtually nothing is spent on developing product for the billions of people that are in desperate straits. Kickstart does something about it.

The most prominent thing I saw on their website is a simple pump with which farmers can irrigate their fields. Because so much of Africa is without fuel or electricity, it is a man operated pump that takes advantage of the plentiful labor there. Methinks I shall think of that today when I jump in the shower, or turn o the tap for a cold glass of water.

I find myself once again humbled by these things. Rosie and I discussed this weekend the fact that we always bitch about how bad we have it, when other people are much more disadvantaged. The discussion arose from seeing a news story about a woman that gets up at 3 AM, has breakfast, gets in her car to drive to the bus station, and rides the bus for two hours to get to her job. Rosie jumps out of bed, takes a shower and puts on her makeup, and goes downstairs to work. Me? I get out of bed and walk 5 feet to my office and begin my day. No matter how bad we have it, there is always someone else who has it a lot worse. Food for thought…

Peace,

Charlie~

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Gobala Krishnan – The WordPress Guy

I have long since given up on the socalled “goo-roos” and slicksters that abound in Internet marketing.  I have just dropped too much cash on things I not only didn’t need to further my internet biz, but which reside on my HD, taking up real estate and never getting opened.

Some time last year, I ran across Gobala Krishnan.  This gentleman from Malaysia proved to be the “real deal” to me in many of his offerings.  I use his Super Adsense WordPress Theme on several of my blogs, and like the clean interface and ability to customize.  He has a small offer on the theme linking to his WordPress Adsense System, that has put cash into my Clickbank account with no work on my part.  It doesn’t get any better than that…

I got an email from Gobala this morning, telling me about a link campaign he is setting up.  He is beginning a new campaign, targeted at internet home business.   His idea is refreshing -“review me, and get a link.”I find it a good thing that someone like Gobala takes the interest of fellow marketers to heart.  Reviewing his site has been a pleasure to me…

Drive on…

Peace,

Charlie~

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Washington State & Text Messaging

One of my biggest gripes has always been people attempting to drive and using cell phones, especially on the freeway. I don’t even wish to think of all the close calls I have had because of this distraction. I watched in horror last night as a woman in Washington State drove in crowded traffic and was text messaging on her Blackberry. Studies show that even a teenager, who has good reflexes and think quicker than us oldsters, have changed from being a 17 year old to a person with the capabilities of a 90 year old person when attempting to drive and use their cells for staying in touch. (Wish I had those results to post here!)

I guess I am old fashioned in the sense that if my life is so busy that I need to talk on the phone or text message while driving, then I am living way to supercharged of a life. Working the net full time keeps me on information overload as it is, and to have this distraction in my personal life is more than I wish to bear.

The state of Washington has finally realized the danger in this, and has passed a law making it tough on people using their handhelds and driving. New Jersey also has new laws on the books regarding cell phone usage while driving. I am thinking it is about time that the states took this to task, and try to assure the safety of their citizens.

Drive on…

Peace,

Charlie~

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