Posted July 2nd, 2015, in: Art Etc| Ideas, Observations, Opinions, Rants Etc

In celebration of the Supreme Court ruling on people being able to gay maryimage

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Posted March 12th, 2015, in: Evil Robots| Humanity, Culture, Philosophy, Politics, Ethics Etc| Ideas, Observations, Opinions, Rants Etc| Marketing/Advertising In The Cloud| Semantic Web| Social Software and The Social Graph| Technology| The Semantic Web (Giant Global Graph)

These mining firms, if you will, will eventually cave to selling to everyone.

What will we do with the data?

What will future for-profit mining operations be focused on?



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Posted February 12th, 2015, in: Ideas, Observations, Opinions, Rants Etc

Il1 as in Eye, Elle, One, remain ambiguously similar in sans-serif fonts, and it’s 2015.
O0, as in Oh, Zero, also remains to be an issue, but most fonts make the distinction pretty clear.
I cross my sevens and have gotten into the habit of crossing zeros too.
But what about ones? What should I do? If I’m jotting down my router’s info on a piece of paper, when it comes to ones, I usually end up using my artistic skills to make a serif one, with a little mullet hairdo at the top and a green army man style base at the bottom.

And capital “I” (sounds like eye), I just give the the horizontal serifs on top and bottom.

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Posted January 30th, 2015, in: Company Information| Humanity, Culture, Philosophy, Politics, Ethics Etc| Ideas, Observations, Opinions, Rants Etc| Intellectual Property| Technology

[Jerry Kelly at Madwire wrote me, apparently hoping to get on the phone with me to discuss my post about Madwire.  This is what I wrote in response.]

[To Jerry and everyone else at Madwire, I will not go away so easily.  I believe that you sometimes do things that are, in my opinion, very uncool to unsuspecting small business owners, and it’s time to either change those policies, or deal with the push-back you are owed as a result.]

All of this is hypothetical.  And all of this is my opinion.  All of this is intended to be seen as the point of view of one individual whom is speculating.  I do not intend to defame any company.  I am merely posting an email I sent, to the best of my knowledge, and altered only as necessary to protect myself and other people,  so that others can read what I wrote, as a matter of historical fact concerning what I wrote, and as a matter of historical fact concerning my feelings and opinions at the time.

[For the record, someone I know signed a contract with Madwire, and when they became unhappy with the results of the relationship, as far as I recollect, they copied the new website Madwire had enabled for them to their own hosting account, which as far as I recollect, was a breach of the contract they signed with Madwire.  As far as I recollect, Madwire (or Madwire’s legal representation did) then give the person I know  a certain number of days to either pay a certain number of dollars, which I recall being around $6,000 (but someone involved closely recalls it as more), or if the amount was not paid, to the best of my recollection, Madwire would sue the person that I know.   To the best of my knowledge, and to the best of my recollection, this really happened.  If Madwire continues to harass me about talking about this, I will be forced to post actual documents such as credit card billing records and emails from Madwire’s legal representation]


Hello Jerry.

I’d prefer to talk via email for now.
I have not worked with Madwire myself, but I do know someone who has. That person felt very abused by the experience.  And I know for a fact that they didn’t recieve the results they were promised by Madwire’s sales people.  And in the end, when they tried to end the relationship, they were not only told they couldn’t take any of the dev work with them (fine if that’s what they agreed to), but that they needed to pay a big chunk of money (for damages?) or they would be sued.
Intellectual Property is a valid thing, and I can’t blame anyone for wanting to protect their rights.  But making a few minor customizations to an off-the-shelf WordPress theme and then claiming that it’s your own intellectual property is pretty bogus, especially since WordPress is itself GPL software and so was the theme in question.  I know because I looked at the GPL License statement in the theme’s stylesheet.
And then, attempting to extort (or something like extort… this is just opinion) money over the matter is really uncool, beyond being unothadox for the kind of claim in question.  A simple cease and disist or DMCA takedown to the hosting company would have sufficed and is the proper procedure, as I’m sure you know.
Meanwhile, I don’t think Madwire is “evil” or anything silly like that.  I think Madwire has some practices that may need to be tweaked in order for some customers to not end up feeling lied to or preyed upon.
If Madwire is going to do business with people, then Madwire is accountable for its customer relations.  Throwing money at trying to surpress customers’ bad experiences is not a sustainable approach to marketing.  Eventually, every company will have some disgruntled former customers out there.  Madwire should expect to be no different.
So since Madwire has done such a good job covering up any bad reviews, and even creating dubious positive reviews, my little blog post has become a focal point, since almost nothing else out there seems like legitimate customer feedback.  I have been contacted by dozens of people wiith stories similar to the person I know that worked with Madwire.  If they represent a small minority of Madwire’s customers, then that small minority is going to be reflected online somewhere, whether it’s commenters on my post, or somewhere else.
And to be clear, I don’t have particularly strong feelings about Madwire, as much as I have strong feelings about accountability, honesty, the freedom and democratization of speech etc.
What would Madwire expect to happen if it (even only occasionally) [redacted] people with baseless lawsuit threats or routinely over-promises results?  I would think that Madwire would expect to get a little bit of pushback from those things. Perhaps that pushback is part of the cost of doing business.  Or maybe it’s an indication of some policy changes that need to happen.  Or maybe a little of both.
I hope this clears up for you where I am coming from.
And Also, I suggest that you try to be involved in the conversation about your company directly.  For instance, you could comment on blog posts like mine when you come across them, and try to be a reasonable and tranparent voice for your company, rather than [possibly] sneaking around, [possibly] trying to take people’s websites down, [possibly] having fake commenters and reviewers troll and spam the web, [possibly] filing things in courts to get unfavorable websites un-indexed and all that stuff, which at the end of the day, just makes your company look a bit shady, don’t you think?


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Posted January 22nd, 2015, in: Humanity, Culture, Philosophy, Politics, Ethics Etc| Ideas, Observations, Opinions, Rants Etc| Technology| The Semantic Web (Giant Global Graph)

I just can’t stand how stupid I sound, even one year ago, what I wrote, what it was about, the words I used, the style, the punctuation.  I can’t really even go more than six months back in these posts before what is there makes me really uneasy.  I get really, really uneasy.  I feel embarrassed and stupid.

Meanwhile, the reason I originally believed in blogging, which I have believed since around 2005, is still a good reason for me to also believe that the Web, and especially personal archiving, can be better than some sort of vanity exercise.

Someone that argues with me a lot recently said that they had stopped blogging when they realized they were just contributing “noise.” I took this as a jab, as if I am making noise as well.  After thinking about it a bit, I have concluded that I am not making noise, not compared to the vast majority of sites that get click-thrus. On the few searches that I appear prominently on, I am the opposite of noise.  I give out helpful information.

Meanwhile, I do also talk about all sorts of non-helpful things.  I even make joke posts.  Is this bad for the Web?  Is it noise?

No.  Because we have plenty of room.  We don’t have a space problem, we have an SEO problem.  The fact that satisfaction with search results is plummeting is not a result of excess content.  You’ll notice it’s often the same sites that let us down.  The problem is that search is not improving.  Search is asleep at the wheel while the link-bate space has exploded.  Here we are.  Answers.666,,, these sites offer often very inaccurate information, mostly voted into place by people with no accountability!

The cluttering of the Web used to be something we could blame on people that make useless websites or spam identities.  But not anymore.  Search is failing to help us find better content.  And it’s really tempting to assume this is not an accident on the part of Search.



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Posted January 21st, 2015, in: Computer Problems and Fixes| Humanity, Culture, Philosophy, Politics, Ethics Etc| Ideas, Observations, Opinions, Rants Etc| Marketing/Advertising In The Cloud| Music-Making| SEO, SEM, SMO Etc| Social Software and The Social Graph| Technology| Viral Marketing

Crowdfunding is an obvious need for undiscovered artists and creative type people.  It’s hard to put musicians, photographers and software developers in the same box, but when it comes to E-commerce, there are some obvious common threads.

There are projects that us small time creators just can’t do without a garuntee of cost offset.  If we know we have a certain amount of support from our community, we can do bigger and better things!

Crowdfunding is growing in popularity, and since I am a long-time supporter of the democratization of virtually everything, I have always been interested in trends related to crowdfunding and other non-gatekeeper models.

I recently experimented with selling an album (mp3 320) via a common WordPress ecommerce plugin, and was trying to make the transaction pay-what-you-want, but I had a hard time editing the checkout process.  It was just really hard for me to find where in the plugin I was using to patch/hack the checkout form to do what I wanted:

  • Pay What You Want (even nothing)
  • Collect emails
  • Gracefully redirect back to my site (from PayPal or other payment gateway) after opting to pay (One of the biggest problems I had is dealing with payments of $0, because the forms for ecommerce usually assume a value, and redirection happens after purchase… but then, what about the email collection and redirection to a thanks page?!)

The real value to me here is the email address, not the payment, which I can only expect to be a few bucks here and there at this point, since I’m not super famous (yet).  But building a fan-base, if I can do that, is very valuable.

What I’d like to be able to do is easily set up, both things for sale, like mp3’s, and also, take pre-orders for things I’m working on. It’d be great if people like myself had an easy way to paywall content or allow paid subscriptions to certain pages or downloads on my site. And it’d be very cool if I had crowdfunding abilities.  As far as I know, this is not an open-source or turnkey possibility. But stay optimistic!  Things are moving fast in these spaces.

I hope all this stuff gets easier for Creatives soon.  Let’s overthrow that gatekeeper legacy we hate so much!

I will do my best to update this if I get new info!  Comments welcome as usual.



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Posted January 7th, 2015, in: Ideas, Observations, Opinions, Rants Etc

axe-body-sprayI wrote this for Jesse. Jesse, you know who you are.

Jesse (pronounced “Jess-EEE”) wrote: “Howcome it’s so hard to find a nice lady to hang out with in this town?”

I had some advice for him.  Here it is.

Jesse, you may need some Axe Body Spray.  It’s great stuff.  Ever since its introduction, I have been enjoying how I get to smell other men’s bodies from a distance.  If the wind is right, I can smell a stranger’s chest or scrotum from a block away. And how sweet it smells!  Women love Axe Body Spray.

I spray Axe Body Spray on my dog. I spray it on the neighbors’ children.  I spray it on strangers in the ninety-nine-cents-only store.  And I’ve even begun using it in soups.

It’s not good to brush your teeth with though.  Your mouth will smell great, sure. But Axe doesn’t actually contain fluoride or electrolytes.  It is, however, gluten-free in case you’re wondering. 

To the haters: Maybe if you guys tried Axe Body Spray, you just might make some new and interesting friends. At least try keeping a bottle in hand as a conversation starter for wine tastings and open houses. 

Axe, Jesse. Axe. And if Axe doesn’t immediately work on its own, maybe also get a Jäger tat.jeger-tattoo

Another thing that works like a charm for me is to sign up for an online dating site and fill everything out, being completely honest, especially about my height, weight, income, and how much I drink. Do that, and also take a current picture which includes the background of where you really are right now and what you’re wearing without any preparation.

Take her to the Olive Garden or Applebees, let her pay for her own food or the whole bill.  Have at least three drinks before the food arrives. And most important, eat the way you normally do.  Women appreciate sincerity.  

The Axe, in this case, is a sort of romantic garnish. She’ll be in love.

Talk about other women the whole time too. That also helps because women are competitive.

Back at your place, put on American Pie or an Adam Sandler film. Chicks love cinema, especially art flix like those.

Go in the other room and slip into your sweats. Then have her sit on the floor so you can lie down on the couch and stretch your tired legs out. Women have a nurturing instinct.  Understanding women will help you find and keep the love you and she both deserve.

fridgeAsk her if she minds getting you a beer from the fridge. When she tells you you’re out and there’s only old Jack-In-The-Box in there, ask her to run to the store and get you a few forties of Hurricane, and whatever she wants for herself, as long as it’s under 4 dollars.hurricane-forties

Then when she comes back, your best friend or band-mates will be there. Don’t introduce her though. Don’t make it too easy. Ladies like a challenge.

Next, it’s time to start talking about 70’s rock super-groups and the best guitarists and drummers. Be sure to get really passionate about it too. Or sports stuff. Or construction techniques.

Heck. If she’s a real catch, she might even be down to sit in the corner while you jam with your friends and smoke bong hits! Most good ladies would be.

Be sure to forget her name.  Maybe a few times.

In the morning, having shared a minute or two of passionate love-making, tell her she has bad breath but explain that it’s ok, becuae she has to leave anyhow, so you can eat breakfast and have coffee.

To seal the deal, wait at least six months to text her. You don’t want to seem too desperate. When you finally do text her, just write “sup.”

Jesse, I hope this helps you find a lasting love.  Some details may need to be changed to suit your needs.  For instance, if she’s a King Crimson fan, don’t talk about 70’s prog-rock with your friends. Instead try engine maintenance, or equipment rental prices, or properly venting drain pipes.  The point is that ladies like a good show.  You gotta keeep ’em guessing.  So you need to talk about something that allows her to sit back and be in the front row!

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Posted November 16th, 2014, in: Evil Robots| Ideas, Observations, Opinions, Rants Etc| Spam and Scams| Technology

Got this phishing email from support support1@Int-servicess-pp.pal and, pretending to be from PayPal. If you get this, yes, it’s fake.  The idea is that you click through to a screen that looks like the real paypal login screen. But when you log in, you’re really just goiving these bastards your paypal login info. Be careful, kids!

Case ID #9515-9674-2194-5217

Dear Customer,
Your accou­nt has been limited until we hear from you.
Our system detected some incorrect information that have been saved to your accou­nt earlier.

What can you do ?
We just need some more information about your ??­?ou­nt,
so you must follow these steps to get your accou­nt back.
Click here to activate your accou­nt. [links to:…eventually redirects to a very long url at which has a fake paypal login]
Confirm that you are the accou­nt holder
Fill all the required fields

We thank you for your prompt attention to this matter,
Please understand that this a security measure intended to help protect you and your account
We apologise for any inconvenience
yours Sincerely,

Copyright © 2014 PayPall, Inc. All rights reserved.


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Here’s what it looks like when you click:

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For some reason, the senders of this scam email use a charset that doesn’t translate to my wysiwyg in WordPress. Y, P, A, C and E become question marks. Example:

Subject: Warning: You should сonfirm your а­ссount informаtion immediately.



??­???­l  Case ID #9515-9674-2194-5217

Dear ?ustom?r,
Your ??­?ou­nt has been limit?d until we hear from you.
Our system detected some incorrect information that have been saved to your ??­?ou­nt earlier.

What can you do ?
We just need some more information about your ??­?ou­nt,
so you must follow these steps to get your ??­?ou­nt back.

  1. ?li?k h?r? to activate your ??­?ou­nt. [links to:]
  2. ?onfirm th?t ?ou ?r? th? ??­?ou­nt hold?r
  3. Fill ?ll th? r?quir?d fi?lds

W? th?nk ?ou for ?our ?rom?t ?tt?ntion to this m?tt?r,
?l??s? und?rst?nd th?t this ? s??urit? m??sur? int?nd?d to h?l? ?rot??t ?ou ?nd ?our ???ount
w? ??ologis? for ?n? in?onv?ni?n??

?ours Sin??r?l?,

?o??right © 2014 ??­?­???­l, In?. ?ll rights r?s?rv?d.


Case ID #9515-9674-2194-5217

Dear Сustomеr,

Your ас­сou­nt has been limitеd until we hear from you.

Our system detected some incorrect information that have been saved to your ас­сou­nt earlier.

What can you do ?

We just need some more information about your ас­сou­nt,
so you must follow these steps to get your ас­сou­nt back.

  1. сliсk hеrе to activate your ас­сou­nt.
  2. Сonfirm thаt Ñ?ou аrе thе ас­сou­nt holdеr
  3. Fill аll thе rеquirеd fiеlds

Wе thаnk Ñ?ou for Ñ?our Ñ?romÑ?t аttеntion to this mаttеr,
Ñ?lеаsе undеrstаnd thаt this а sесuritÑ? mеаsurе intеndеd to hеlÑ? Ñ?rotесt Ñ?ou аnd Ñ?our ассount
wе аÑ?ologisе for аnÑ? inсonvеniеnсе

Ñ?ours SinсеrеlÑ?,


СoÑ?Ñ?right © 2014 Ра­Ñ?­РÙ?а­l, Inс. Аll rights rеsеrvеd.

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Posted November 2nd, 2014, in: Ideas, Observations, Opinions, Rants Etc| Marketing/Advertising In The Cloud| Semantic Web| SEO, SEM, SMO Etc| Social Software and The Social Graph| Technology| The Semantic Web (Giant Global Graph)| Viral Marketing

IfEveryoneJustTypedLikeThisAndWeEssentially AbolishSpaces AsOurPrimary WordSeparators WeWouldntNeed Hashtags BecauseEverythingWouldAlreadyBeSearchableTextStrings. WeCouldUseSpacesToIsolate KeyWords AndPotentially TrandingTopics. This WouldAlsoSaveCharactersWhen Tweeting EtcAndInGeneralItWouldSaveSpaceBecauseIt’s Compression. AbolishSpaces aka #abolishspaces

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Posted November 1st, 2014, in: Evil Robots| Ideas, Observations, Opinions, Rants Etc| Spam and Scams| Technology

Me: This is a scam where they try to get you to pay to protect your trademark, or avoid a lawsuit or something like that.
Email says:
(Please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. Thanks)

We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Shanghai, China. On Oct 27, 2014, we received an application from Huayu Holdings Ltd requested “[your company domain name]” as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names. But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it’s necessary to send email to you and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China?Kind regards

Sean Zhang
General Manager
Yi Guan (Headquarters)
3002, Nanhai Building, No. 854 Nandan Road,
Xuhui District, Shanghai 200030, China
Tel: +86 21 6191 8696
Mobile: +86 138 1642 8671
Fax: +86 21 6191 8697

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Posted October 26th, 2014, in: Computer Problems and Fixes| Technology

Dragon ® 150Mbps Wireless N Nano USB Adapter_Yes, this page is probably going to finally let you get your cheap USB Wifi Adaptor working!

…You’re welcome! :)

I bought the Dragon ® 150Mbps Wireless N Nano USB Adapter from Amazon and couldn’t get it to work with my macbook because of the slot-loading drive.

After googling around, I found a lot of people talking about where to download the driver but after about a hundred cycles of download, install, uninstall, I decided to get MacGyver on this.

I actually cut out an adapter for small cd to full size using a dremel tool. Doesn’t look pretty but it worked. So for anyone not willing to risk putting garbage in their optical drive like I was, here’s the software from that CD. Enjoy.  Just be sure to uninstal the last versions you installed that didnt work. (new driver).zip

Apparently a lof these little wifi dongles work using the same part, a realtek chip.

So this may even work for similar inexpensive USB Network Adaptors. The mini CD that came with mine reads: Wireless-N USB Adaptor. RTL8188_RTL8192. The Disk contained two folders but I zipped and uploaded the one that wasnt called “old driver.”   It contains drivers for Windows, Mac and Linux.

mini cd to full size adaptor

I took one of the plastic protecter disks from the bottom of a stack of CDs and, using my fat finger to line up the center holes, I traced the little disk. Then I cut out the circle with a dremel tool. Sanded off all the burrs and did a little fine tuning with an exacto knife. Then I minimally taped the two disks together.


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Posted October 19th, 2014, in: Computer Problems and Fixes| Music Production Software| Technology

Spinning wheel of death at clear movie: While this isn’t the most ideal workaround, I’ve found that running DP in 64 bit mode doesn’t have this problem.

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Posted October 4th, 2014, in: Evil Robots| Ideas, Observations, Opinions, Rants Etc| Spam and Scams

Phone number (310) 300-0101

This number has been calling me every few days for the couple weeks.  Today, for some reason, I actually answered.

The woman said she was trying to verify that I would be “here” to get served by a sheriff. And that the sherif would only try two times to serve me after which… don’t remember… something about a warrant.

She said that she was merely a legal document processor and knows nothing about my case, but it has been “red flagged” and she only deals with red flagged cases.

She said she could give me a number to call and a case number but that’s the information she has. When I asked her, she said she worked for Fidelity Express.

The number she gave me to call is 1-849-292-8022… Unless I copied it down wrong, that’s a Dominican Republic Area Code.

I asked a lawyer I know about this and he said:

Sounds like a scam.  I get repeat calls all the time from Beverly Hills, Pasadena, Detroit, NY, Miami, you name it.  I rarely answer them. So in the future never identify yourself to strangers on the phone.  Never give a stranger information over the phone. If I do answer and realize it’s not a call I want to take I just say, “Can I take a message?” I won’t even verify if they have the correct number.

If there is any validity to the call avoid being served.  So if a “sheriff” or process server comes to your door, don’t answer the door. As far as I know a sheriff can only serve papers from a court w/in that sheriff’s county.  So the [some] County sheriff’s office can’t serve papers for a court in [somewhere else] for instance or even [nearby county].  

I bet if you call that number they will tell you to send money to X to pay the “fine” or whatever.  I would not suggest you make that call number because then you are rated higher as a candidate for scamming another time. If you get served for a case in another country you can ignore it. If you get served for a case in another state let’s talk.  You would have to file a demurrer to personal jurisdiction.  I think I have a copy of one somewhere.


I decided to call the number I was called from, 310-300-0101 and I got a phone service recording saying “this is not a valid phone number”

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Posted September 29th, 2014, in: Humanity, Culture, Philosophy, Politics, Ethics Etc| Ideas, Observations, Opinions, Rants Etc| Marketing/Advertising In The Cloud| Social Software and The Social Graph| Technology

Some thoughts on @ello

If I recall correctly, the way MySpace got rolling was that they recruited a bunch of lower-tier models and bands in order to make the population seem cool. And that slimy quality never really went away.

Of course, this is probably a premature complaint (is it?), but I fear that something similar might be going on here on ello. In the few days I’ve been here, I feel like there’s tons of stuff flying around that’s really just magazine spreads and and logos… MySpace was once described to me as “an online version of the inside of a teenager’s high school locker.” Now the kiddies use tumblr for that purpose and everyone else uses pinterest: topical passive image consumption and re-posting things that manifest how you want to be seen, by consuming a feed of re-posted crap from a bunch of strangers whom are filtered by topics or genres. Right?

And for now I really don’t want to see runway models and futuristic, laser-accurate post-modern woodcarvings from wall to wall. It actually makes me feel like I’m part of some sort of ‘early adopter’ demographic and I’m being profiled and marketed at. Pretty funny. I put myself here and I’m complaining. But bear with me for a sec.

Once #hashtags are working, and I can actually filter the noise in useful ways, OK fine. But until then, there’s really no value here, beyond the manifesto, unless everyone just shuts the fuck up and talks about what they had for lunch and then uploads a picture of their cat or their baby, while recruiting their ‘real’ friends and family to come here and do the same. Seriously.

The appeal of FaceBook, at least for me (and I suspect the vast majority of people who are not early adopters), is that it doesn’t have to be noisey/quiet if you don’t want it to be. It can be less-quiet/quiet. I know a lot of early adopters are also hustling to promote themselves as the next super-important entrepreneur/influencer/visionary. And I love all those/us people too. But it is a bit ironic to me that everyone flocking to the non-data-mining, non-commercial social software platform (which even has a goddamn ‘manifesto’ for cryin out loud) gets here and and immediately whips out their SEO/follower-collection habbits.

This isn’t going to stick if we can’t get grandma and Joe Blow on here. So I guess what I’m saying is, perhaps we should, as a community of people who are early to this place, think about the potential here, that is, if we decide to steer the status quo of behavior in a constructive direction, acting as an example to the next round of people. Construction problems, missing features, and an unfamiliar interface aside, I know the old ladies I know would bounce right the fuck back out the door if they came to this place and saw what I’m seeing.

I may be sounding like a luddite to you (and to me a bit too), but there’s no way to filter all this content yet. So maybe we should dial back our douchebaggery and think about the ello manifesto and what appeals to us most about it, and what will make that actually happen: Grandma and Joe Blow coming here, along with a few hundred million other people (most of whom live in stupid towns and just have jobs and cats and babies) who are tired of being spied on, bought and sold by Facebook, data-mining companies, marketers Etc. Right?

We’re expecting company! Right?

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Posted September 28th, 2014, in: Computer Problems and Fixes| Technology| WordPress

NOTE: this will probably work to use shortcodes for any plugin or theme within NextGen Image Descriptions, but this does not make the shortcodes get parsed and work in the lightbox effects. Also, you’ll have to put the gallery template file somewhere where it works. I couldn’t get it to work in my theme’s folder. So this post has it in a plugin’s folder, but you may not be using that plugin (although I guess you could install it, just for the shortcode-enabling bit)

Link to modified gallery-wp-cart.php file which should be used to overwrite the version in /plugins/wordpress-simple-paypal-shopping-cart/lib/.

This was a NIGHTMARE for me to figure out. After some recent software updates, probably most notably, Nextgen Gallery’s big v2 update, my client’s descriptions disappeared from the lightbox effect.

We had things set up so that each image in a gallery represents a product.  Underneath each thumbnail in the gallery is an “add to cart” button created with WordPress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart Plugin. This was done by adding the following syntax to each image’s description in “Manage Galleries:”

Visible human-readable description is here followed by human-friendly price, followed by shortcode contained within SPAN so I could selectively hide the shorcode. $20<span class=”cart”>[(remove this)wp_cart_button name=”Product Name” price=”20.00″(remove this too)]</span>

Then with CSS, captions were hidden from thumbnail view, buttons were un-hidden and styled for thumbnail veiw, lightbox captions were styled and lightbox shortcodes (which just display as the shortcodes, a challenge I’m not up to night now) were hidden via the span.

It worked fine, but after some site maintenance, shit went crazy.  Captions disappeared.  The closest I could get to getting things back was to use “template=caption”  in a legacy Nextgen shortcode, but this did not allow the Cart Buttons to be parsed and render as buttons.

Nextgen says on their site that you can create new gallery templates by adding them to your active theme.  While this may be the case, it wasn’t working for me.

I noticed, by the way, that that span id=”lightbox-image-details-caption” now had style=”display: none; and the span that previously contained the caption was now empty :(

I think having gallery-wp-cart.php in two places (the theme and the plugin) favors the plugin over the theme.  And anyway, the file that came with WordPress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart is out of date, at least as of writing this, 2014-09-28.

So after spinning my wheels for hours and hours, I finally created a hybrid of gallery-caption.php (from nextgen) and gallery-wp-cart.php (from WordPress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart). Link is below and above (zipped file). I used this to replace the plugin’s version.  Of course, this will get overwritten when there’s an update to the plugin.

If you are going to try to use my solution, and you’re working for someone else, I recommend, at the very least editing the cart plugin’s description  to contain a warning not to auto update (in wp_shopping_cart.php).

Here’s the Gallery Template file I made.


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Posted September 11th, 2014, in: Computer Problems and Fixes| Technology| WordPress

Seems some of the Edit Screen’s Ajax stuff is broken after an upgrade to WP 4.0.  #pound sign/hash shows up in URL, a sign of incompatible or broken Javascript.  And most likely it’s conflicting versions of jQuery, since I see this all the time and that’s almost always what it is.  For me, it was All in One SEO Pack.


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Posted July 11th, 2014, in: Evil Robots| Humanity, Culture, Philosophy, Politics, Ethics Etc| Ideas, Observations, Opinions, Rants Etc| Social Software and The Social Graph| Technology| Videos

Om’s post is here:

I decided to have this read by OSX’s Alex voice, which I thought was fitting, given the subject.


QR’s are for original post and recording software used.

With Big Data Comes Big Responsibility


By Om Malik

Read by Mac OS X.6’s Alex at the whim of Andrew A. Peterson

Recorded with SoundFlower

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Posted July 10th, 2014, in: Art Etc| Humanity, Culture, Philosophy, Politics, Ethics Etc| Ideas, Observations, Opinions, Rants Etc| Marketing/Advertising In The Cloud| Projects| Social Software and The Social Graph| Technology| Videos| Viral Marketing| Visual Art


If you accept The FaceBucket Challenge, you must:

A) Promise that from now on, you will not share any alleged facts on social media without first reading the Wikipedia entry likely to contain confirmation of the alleged fact;


B) Share a video of yourself putting a bucket over your head.


The FaceBucket challenge is intended to spread awareness about media literacy, especially social media’s potential for spreading misleading information.

As participants in social media, we have a responsibility to the others in our networks to not disseminate an inaccurate portrayal of the world we live in.  This is especially true when it comes to political or ‘loaded’ topics where widespread misinformation can lead to negative consequences for large numbers of people.

Also, it’s kind of funny.

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Posted July 5th, 2014, in: Ideas, Observations, Opinions, Rants Etc

Bill East,

I discovered your song called “Is everything happening uncontrollably,” because it was featured on “This American Life” in the episode called “Human Spectacle”

I bought your album “What Am I Really” from amazon and I’m listening to it now.

I’d like to encourage you to upload your songs as YouTube videos so people can explore your songs and hopefully decide to buy them.

The previews on Amazon and iTunes are too short to hook most people I think.  And right now, in search results, you pretty much don’t even come up so it was hard to find you.

I actually know a good deal about “viral marketing’ Etc, and I’d be glad to give you further advice if you want.

Thanks for the music.  I am enjoying it quite a bit.

-Andrew A. Peterson

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Posted June 18th, 2014, in: Music Production| Music-Making| Technology

All of the following refers only to STEREO mixing.
Also, if I use the term “2.1” I’m referring to stereo plus monoized sub. It should be noted that in reality, “real” 2.1 is actually more complicated than that. Real 2.1 decodes the source material in more sophisticated ways, depending on the material. But for our purposes, 2.1 means left plus right plus a monoized bass signal.

Here are some main points.

  • Powered monitors that have individual volume controls are a pain cuz they need to be calibrated unless you leave them all the way up, which is a different pain (turning on/off or noise when unplugging etc).
  • Powered moniters kind of suck because when one goes out, youre out the whole setup, which is why I’ve decided it’s better to use an amp and 2 passive speakers
  • No matter what, you’re blind if you don’t have a subwoofer.
  • I can defintely say that 8 inch speakers sound more real than 5 inch
  • I can definitely say that not having a sub is worse than anything
  • the second area where you’re most likely to be blind, is the crisp/shrill (i’d say everything above 5 or 8k) area of highs, followed by the muddy area of low mids (i’d say between 150 and 300) (maybe why 8s are better than 5s)
  • 2-way speakers are definately more reliable than 3-ways or 4-ways… One low driver and one tweeter. If there was such a thing as a driver that could reproduce everthing from ~100hz all the way up to ~12kHz or higher, that’d be the way to go. Basically, monitors have “crossovers” which send highs to the tweeter and lows to the woofer. The crossovers are never perfect so the fewer crossovers the better.
  • I’ve found that “coaxial” 2-ways are better than the typical setup where the tweeter is above the woofer. I think I can detect the difference in location so if the tweeter is in the middle of the woofer, it seems to all be coming from one place. Unfortunately, not many manufacturers make inexpensive coaxial monitors.
  • it’s important to remember that the room you’re in has almost as much to do with what you hear as the speakers. REALLY.
  • amplifier quality is pretty much a non-issue nowadays. Even very cheap amps are very faithful, especially when considering how volatile the speakers and room are as factors.
  • Powered speakers that have their own USB digital to analogue converter: why deal with another layer of bullshit? The mac you’re using has a great sound card! Switching audio outputs in system prefs and in program prefs is a workflow bitch when going from speakers to headphones Etc. Plus, latency! Whenever possible, use the computer soundcard, unless you have some sort of interface that has less latency, which I doubt you do.
  • The fewer components to hook up the better

If money was no object:

  • a good room
  • 2 coaxial 2-way speakers L and R
  • 2 subs L and R
  • Amps for each speaker
  • Crossover adjustment for the subs

Since money is an object

  • A monoized signal for the sub-bass is an ok compromise, since it is true that it’s nearly impossible to tell where the hell in your room the sub is, AND a lot, if not most audio material is mastered to have a monoized low end and since we’re cheap bastards, whom may want to skimp on mastering costs, it may even be smart to just work under the pretense that sub-bass is mono or at least ‘mono-compatible’ meaning there’s no significant phase cancellation in the low end that will cause volume changes when the low end is monoized by someone else’s stupid 2.1 setup.
  • So this means what we’re after on a budget is a 2.1 system. The single sub takes the left and right signal and actively mixes them together (actively as in via a mixer, not a y-cable)

My setup is 2 speakers, mixer, L/R amp, powered Sub.

  • soundcard to mixer.
  • mixer L and R to amp for L/R monitors
  • Mixer mono post-fader send out to powered Sub (post fader so channel volume effects L, R and Sub… In reality, there’s a thing called the “Fletcher-Munsen Curves” which means that bass is not proportianal to highs the same way at every volume level, but for practical purposes, within a typical listening range, I can calibrate the bass to the L/R once and go a little louder or quieter without being too far off) …So I have one volume level which controls everything.

Problem with my setup: Too many components!

If I was going to start over and keep it cheap, I’d buy a consumer-grade 2.1 system and toss the L/R speakers that came with it and instead, use my high-end coaxial 2-ways for the L/R. The 2.1 system would have a sub crossover frequency adjustment and a sub volume and a master volume. Then I’d have:

  • 3 pieces: sub containing all three amps, a Left passive monitor, a Right passive Monitor
  • one stereo mini going from the computer to the sub, where the L/R amps and the Sub amp is housed, and 2 speaker wires going to my L/R monitors.
  • NOTE: The L/R Monitors are where the money is spent!  If the 2.1 Amp/Sub bullshit dies, toss it and get a new one.


I really think you should have at LEAST a hundred watts of power for the sub!!  Meanwhile I think you can get away with far less for L/R… Maybe even as low as Twenty Watts!  But it also depends on how efficient the amplifiers are… And since we’re trying to get all three amps and a sub in one unit, we’re essentially shopping for bass power.  The L/R will be plenty.

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Posted June 15th, 2014, in: Ideas, Observations, Opinions, Rants Etc

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Posted May 14th, 2014, in: Ideas, Observations, Opinions, Rants Etc| My Music (music made by Andrew A. Peterson)| Projects

Original chords are essentially


A5, G5, D5

D5, C5, G5


E, C, F, D


My improved, dramatic version:


E4, D4, A4

A4, G4, D4


G#m, Am, F, E7

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Posted May 7th, 2014, in: Humanity, Culture, Philosophy, Politics, Ethics Etc| Ideas, Observations, Opinions, Rants Etc| Intellectual Property| Marketing/Advertising In The Cloud| SEO, SEM, SMO Etc| Spam and Scams| Technology

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Posted May 6th, 2014, in: Humanity, Culture, Philosophy, Politics, Ethics Etc| Ideas, Observations, Opinions, Rants Etc| Marketing/Advertising In The Cloud| SEO, SEM, SMO Etc| Spam and Scams| Technology| Videos| Viral Marketing

Some info about the Better Business Bureau lifted from the wikipedia

In 2010 ABC’s 20/20 reported in a segment titled “The Best Ratings Money Can Buy” about the irregularities in BBB ratings.[24] They reported that a man created two dummy companies which received A+ ratings as soon as he had paid the membership fee. They also reported that business owners were told that the only way to improve their rating was by paying the fee. In one case a C was turned to an A immediately after a payment and in another case a C?minus became an A+. Chef Wolfgang Puck said that some of his businesses receive F’s because he refuses to pay a fee. Ritz Carlton, which does not belong either, also receives Fs for not responding to its complaints.[23]

In response, the president of the Council of Better Business Bureaus has stated the BBB ratings system will cease awarding points to businesses for being BBB members.[25] The national BBB’s executive committee voted to address the public’s perception of the ratings system. It voted that the BBB ratings system would no longer give additional points to businesses because they are accredited. It voted to implement a system to handle complaints about BBB sales practices. [26] Despite the vote, the BBB website still states that points are taken away if accreditation is lost.[27][28]

In Canada, the CBC News reported in 2010 that Canadian BBBs were downgrading the ratings scores of businesses who stopped paying their dues. For example, a moving business who had an A rating and had been a BBB member for 20 years, dropped to a D?minus rating when they allegedly no longer wanted to pay dues.[29]

BBBs have been accused of unduly protecting companies. If a branch does not act reasonably on behalf of a consumer, a complaint may be filed with the Federal Trade Commission. However, recent reports have suggested that the Austin chapter of the Better Business Bureau refused to resolve complaints against companies if customers do not pay a $70 mediation fee.[30]

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Posted May 6th, 2014, in: Humanity, Culture, Philosophy, Politics, Ethics Etc| Ideas, Observations, Opinions, Rants Etc| Marketing/Advertising In The Cloud| Scam Email Mashups| SEO, SEM, SMO Etc| Spam and Scams| Technology| Viral Marketing

I recently posted a compilation of negative reviews about Madwire.  Pissed Consumer sent my hosting company, BlueHost, who I generally really like, a DMCA takedown which claimed copyright infringement, do to the fact that I posted a copy of one of pissedconsumer’s user reviews on my own site, albeit with credit and a link back to, and clearly with  journalistic intent.  I strongly believe my post is considered ‘fair use’ under copyright law.

I called the Terms of Service department at Bluehost and they said that they cannot validate a takedown.  I would have to fight this in court. And my site will remain down until I remove the content in question.

I wrote the legal department hoping the person on the phone was incorrect, but I got back the following response from Bluehost’s legal department:


Thank you for contacting the Legal Department.

Unfortunately, we are not able to make determinations as to the validity
of a Takedown notice. If the notice is properly submitted, we are required
by US Federal law to take action. The notice was properly submitted.

Alternately, you or your client could contact the claimant to resolve the
matter directly – we would not be required to take any action if the
claimant contacts us to withdraw their claim after any such conversation.

Please note that nothing in this message should be considered legal
advice. We recommend that you or your client contact an attorney to further
discuss your options.

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