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[17 Dec 2008 | Comments Off | 216 views]

I :heart: Pandora.  Not the chick with the box but the internet radio station.  I haven’t listened to radio in years for music because my tastes were far from the mainstream, and I had no interest in tuning in to a station at a specific time just to listen to music when I could just play my own.  But lately I was kinda bored with all of my music.  So I decided to give Pandora a try.
Pandora is described as a music discovery service based on the Music Genome Project, …

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[20 Nov 2008 | Comments Off | 195 views]

I’ve been checking my desktop image regularly since installing Desktop Earth the other day. I installed it because I thought it was cool – and the earth is just stunningly beautiful. But I’m finding that I’m utterly fascinated by seeing the evolution of the day and seeing the lights as parts of the world become dark. I’ve been looking at the lights carefully, noting the especially bright lights of the major cities or a squiggly line indicating a major river (the Nile is really obvious). It’s an awareness of the …

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[13 Nov 2008 | Comments Off | 166 views]

I just found this yesterday and immediately fell in love. A little program called Desktop Earth that makes desktop backgrounds using satellite images of the earth. The kicker is that it can update them too, from every minute to hourly.
I love seeing the lights from space and seeing where people tend to live. It can also have clouds, which makes weather patterns much more apparent. Obviously, the bright lights indicate issues with overpopulation and excessive research usage in places, but it is still a pretty sight. It reminds me of …

blogging, technology, the geek speaks, wordpress »

[3 Jul 2008 | Comments Off | 224 views]

The concept of the gravatar – the ‘globally recognized avatar’ – made sense a few years ago.  With the advent of social blogging communities like MyBlogLogs, gravatars seem to be less in use (certainly less by our readers).  So I’m switching from gravatars to MyAvatars, a WordPress plugin that adds MyBlogLog avatars to comments.

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[7 Apr 2008 | 5 Comments | 2,029 views]

Finding a good host can be tricky – there seem to be a lot of great deals out there, but you never know whether they’ll deliver or not. In the past 16 months, I’ve used 4 different website hosts. I don’t have any qualms about switching hosts if their service is lacking. The price range is roughly the same, about $5-10/month, except for MediaTemple which was $20/mo.
Blogging systems like WordPress use a database to keep track of all the information. Every time someone goes to a …