Mar 31, 2003
Mar 28, 2003
Question: Sometimes, when browsing, I see people talk about their RSS feed, which seems to have something to do with XML. Do you know where I could find info about it?
Answer: RSS (RDF Site Summary) is a (primarily) text format for reading blogs, news sites and perhaps other content in the future. You need an RSS reader to make much sense out of an RSS feed. Check out: Newzcrawler or NewsMonster for two options. Some folks see a benefit in being able to read weblogs in a fast scanning format that is reminicent of an email inbox. You can subscribe to feeds that will update and refresh in your reader as new content becomes available.
If you want to see what an RSS feed looks like, view the RSS feed for this site in IE. This will show the raw format. My feed is output by Blogger Pro (though I'm using a beta version of the next Blogger for mine). If you use Blogger Pro it's a matter of turning the settings on to publish simultaneously when your blog publishes.Check out these articles for more info:
Mar 26, 2003
Mar 25, 2003
Performed by Jason Shellen at John D. Morgan Park in Campbell, CA after nephew Jack's 2nd birthday party. Photo by Grant Shellen.
I received a lot of comments and email when I mentioned that I tried the 'human flag trick' in this picture but failed. I wanted to document the trick for you curiosity seekers in the crowd. I should have had more height off the ground but my shoulders were going to snap off after several attempts. Perhaps another day.
Mar 24, 2003
Mar 21, 2003
- If you want to get ratings, folks that agree with your host are bad for business. Conservative hosts mixed with random left wing callers equals radio gold. Be prepared that some callers may not have hung up on your host on purpose but have potentially driven into a ditch after experiencing a 'cardio-pulmonary episode' while driving.
- Have your host trot out the 'Why don't you go back to [fill in name of Axis of Evil country]..' gambit when methods of normal debate don't work in your hosts favor. It doesn't matter if the person had ancestors on the Mayflower or is on a visiting work visa. You don't love or belong in America if you disagree with an AM radio host.
- Another popular gambit: Talking over your callers. Nothing says 'I am unequivocally right!' like cutting off and harassing your call-in guests.
- People with PhDs probably spend little time calling 800 numbers to get on local radio. This is good, you don't want to have your host bested in front of a drive-time audience. Your host will sound like a genius compared to folks who make time to call in at 4:30PM on a Thursday, trust us.
- I know it's tough but you may have to go a bit heavy-handed on the patriotism to make up for the lack of intelligent conversation. Have a Lee Greenwood CD in the deck for any down time or interludes between calls.
- A good way to make folks feel like they are being entertained: Catchy war time slogan. 'Stay with KNEW for the 'Showdown in Iraq''. Use a sing-song voice and make it sound like a Tyson - Holyfield match. Kids love boxing.
- Hire a host that sounds almost exactly like Rush Limbaugh. Rush gets ratings. Sound-alikes will get ratings too. It can't be a Howard Stern type, for some reason you would need to invest in an FM transmitter for that to work out.
- Have your host broadly refer to 'my audience' in a genuine tone, indicative of the fact that there are by some chance repeat listeners to this drivel.
- Democrats and Republicans alike need sofa beds, cars and refinancing for their houses. These are your advertisers, unleash the sales team upon them.
Mar 20, 2003
What happens if God blesses Iraq?I know you probably know that President Bush doesn't speak for all Americans but he certainly doesn't stand for anything this American can get behind. I don't believe in the necessity of this war. I don't even believe anything remotely close to an achievable goal has been given for this action. Anyway this isn't a formal argument or even fully formed thought (yet). It's just that I am in a bit of shock and disbelief, just as I felt back in 1991, only this time it's worse because we know the amount of damage we are capable of inflicting on Iraq and we should know better.
For those of you that want to construe my distaste for war as not being supportive of our troops, I have a question for you. When I wish for gang battles to cease between the Crips and Bloods in LA why haven't I once heard someone say 'Oh come on now! That's disrespectful to police officers!'? I hope that peace is achieved and am a friend of justice. I am upset with the leaders that have put the machine in motion. I hope for the safe return of our fellow Americans and for their duties overseas to be swift. I also hope that the peace loving folks in Iraq will remain safe too. I hope God blesses us all.
Mar 19, 2003
Mar 14, 2003
Mar 11, 2003
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Subject: Blogger + Google party this Wednesday!
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You are invited to an informal get-together to mark a new entry in our company's history.
Join us in celebrating our new home at Google this Wednesday, March 12th.
Food. Drinks. Free shirts. (See, the deal is already paying dividends).
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Mar 9, 2003
Mar 3, 2003
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