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What's the best frequency for posting to a blog? Daily, weekly, bi-weekly?
I stuck to 2-3 times a week for years and then down to just a few times a month. - NOT THE CRICKET from iPhone
The ones I've had the easiest time following stick to a consistent schedule, and post 1-3 times a week. The consistency of the posting seems to be key more than the frequency, at least for my attention span. - Jennifer Dittrich
What are your goals? What can you do? - Todd Hoff
Well, I sort of explained the goal in: What I can do is up for debate—I've got a lot on my plate right now, but so far it's been fun. - Cristo
Sounds like it's more of inspiration sort of thing then by schedule. I remember Printers Inc with fondness. For my area it was Computer Literacy. I guess meetups fill that role now. - Todd Hoff
I used to work with the guys who ended up buying out Computer Literacy. - Cristo
What ever that frequency you decide, stick to it. Otherwise you lose your audience. - Me
Buying CL was a fathead of an idea :) - Todd Hoff
That might be a bit taxing on me. - Cristo
What's the frequency... - Joe
"The consistency of the posting seems to be key more than the frequency" + 1 (So, bi-weekly would be better for consistency.) - elfaxi
The most popular and successful blogs all are run by teams and post multiple times a day (io9, boing boing, Engadget, etc.) but I find that overwhelming. I think of blogs like Paul Buchheit's or Allie Brosh's where they post rarely but when they do post it's great. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Paul's posts are great, but I'm trying to do something a bit different. Something like Mark Twain for Tech, although I'm not comparing myself to one of the greatest writers of all time—I think I'm a pretty mediocre writer. I'm aiming for around 500-700 words per post, although I don't plan to be dogmatic about it. - Cristo
The simple answer is post when you have something to say, share or inform us with. If you have a good enough story, you should be happy with it, even if you're the only reader. - Louis Gray
Louis is right. Nothing worse than forcing yourself to say something when you have nothing to say. Go for quality over quantity. And never hit publish while you are angry. Keep it in draft till you cool off and read it over. - April Russo
The best frequency? You need to ask Kenneth. - Friar Will
Who is this Kenneth? - Cristo
I might have to break the consistency rule. I posted the welsh rarebit recipe from my old blog because people were asking for it. However, I still have a new post in mind for today. - Cristo
See REM single from the 80s - Friar Will
I never liked 80s music. - Cristo
Cristo: Reference to this song: which refers to - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Time—so valuable, yet so much of it wasted. - Cristo
I'm not sure if I'll keep updating this blog as frequently. It seems like traffic has died off, and although I enjoy the writing, there's other things to do with my time if nobody's reading. - Cristo
It really takes time to grow an audience, though. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
It takes years, or it takes highly visible people sharing you ... or you promoting it places. I wouldn't worry about the numbers at all. Just post your stories. - Louis Gray
Don Pardo, Longtime Saturday Night Live Announcer, Dead at 96 | TVLine -
Don Pardo, Longtime Saturday Night Live Announcer, Dead at 96 | TVLine
"Veteran television and radio announcer Dominick “Don” Pardo, best known as the voice of Saturday Night Live, has died. He was 96. Pardo’s daughter, Paula, confirmed the news to CBS Radio. Pardo retired from NBC in 2004, but continued to provide the introductions for SNL — most recently, pre-recording them from his home in Arizona. He had only missed one season of SNL — the show’s seventh — giving him a longer tenure than even Lorne Michaels (who stepped away for five seasons)." - Me from Bookmarklet
RIP. SNL will never be the same. - Stephen Mack
I find I need a mac app tool that will shrink apps to the side of the monitor that still shows what is going on with that app. When I click on it, it expands the window to normal so i can work on it. Does anyone know of a tool that would do this?
Right now I am using a transparent tool that only makes the window opaque when I work on it, otherwise its transparent on the side and I have to arrange the windows in a way that works for me. - Me
If you can't find that, how about a second monitor, 4k, set to non-retina mode so that all the windows you move over to that monitor are tiny? ;) - Amit Patel
If I could afford a 4k monitor... yeah.. I would still probably need it.. but it would be nice. - Me
Texas Governor Rick Perry indicted by grand jury | -
Texas Governor Rick Perry indicted by grand jury |
Texas Governor Rick Perry indicted by grand jury |
"A grand jury has handed up an indictment against Gov. Rick Perry in connection with the investigation into an effort to force Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign. At the center of the issue is a complaint about intimidation stemming from Perry’s threat to veto of $3.7 million in state funding to the Public Integrity Unit run by Lehmberg’s office. The threat came after she pleaded guilty to drunk driving and served a 45-day sentence; Perry called on her to step down but she refused to resign her position. Perry then vetoed the funding for the PIU. A grand jury was called to determine whether or not Perry broke the law when he threatened to veto the funding. As a result they issued indictments on two felony charges: abuse of official capacity and coercion of public servant. If found guilty on the charges, Perry could be sentenced to a maximum 109 years in prison. An indictment indicates the grand jury believes the state has a strong enough case to send to trial... more... - Me from Bookmarklet
bury him. - Big Joe Silence
Cool Tools – Swivel Straight Christmas Tree Stand -
Cool Tools – Swivel Straight Christmas Tree Stand
"One Christmas tradition I was happy to discard what was the annual fight with the tree stand. My brother and I would wrestle the tree into the kind of old stand that uses bolts to screw into the trunk to ostensibly stabilize it. Being the younger of the two, I had the task of holding the tree while lying on the floor after it had been impaled on the stand’s spike and then turning the three bolts into the soft pine in rotation, all in an effort to try to have the tree stand straight. Between the griping and groaning and being covered with pitch, this was a major operation that often had temporary results, leading to guy wires from the tree to the wall to keep it upright. And then my mother bought a Swivel Straight Stand. 20 years later, having inherited the stand, putting the Christmas tree up is a breeze.The mechanism attaches to the tree separately from the stand, so you can do it outdoors before you bring the tree in. You then plop it into the stand and — voila! — the tree is... more... - Me from Bookmarklet
Veterans on Ferguson (with images, tweets) · AthertonKD · Storify -
"The general consensus here: if this is militarization, it's the shittiest, least-trained, least professional military in the world, using weapons far beyond what they need, or what the military would use when doing crowd control." - Me from Bookmarklet
CNN Breaking News
Tiger Woods withdrew Wednesday from consideration for the U.S. Ryder Cup team, the golfer announced on his website.
Really this is what is breaking for CNN? - Me
no shit. - Big Joe Silence
Lauren Bacall Dies: Actress, Humphrey Bogart Wife Dead at 89; Say Reports -
Lauren Bacall Dies: Actress, Humphrey Bogart Wife Dead at 89; Say Reports
"Lauren Bacall, the longtime Oscar-winning actress, has died, according to a reports on Tuesday. She was 89 when she passed, TMZ reported. The wesbite cited family members as its source of information. Later, the Humphrey Bogart estate tweeted: “With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall.”" - Me from Bookmarklet
Dave Winer
The pen is one old-times thing I actually do miss. I used to love to write with ink. Quaint. Like a monk.
I write notes in my ecosystem notebook more now because I found a pen I absolutely love. Hi-Tec-C 0.3mm... #officesupplylove #weirdthatway - Me
I'm on the (mundane but decent) Pilot G-2 and am looking at Pilot Juice next. Hi-Tec-C is highly rated but I wanted a clicky pen because I often write notes while out hiking, and don't want to deal with the cap. Plus, look at all the colors! :) - Amit Patel
I use Uniball Signo 207's in assorted colors. I like the Pilot G-2's, but I've had issues with them occasionally bleeding during use. - NOT THE CRICKET
I stockpile Pentel Hybrid Technica pens. - joey
Amit, there is a Hi-Tec-C clicky pen. and in colors.. just a bit pricey. - Me
Oh cool, I hadn't seen the Hi-Tec C clicky! - Amit Patel
Mary Carmen
HOLY SHIT NO WAY - Stephen Mack
Too young. - Joe
:( - Me
NBC just confirmed. - Mary Carmen
Damn :( - Stephen Mack
Aw, dang. RIP. - Jennifer Dittrich
And sorry, MC -- my "no way" wasn't any kind of doubt about what you said, it was pure denial. I just didn't want it to be true. - Stephen Mack
Dang. Bummer. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
So sad :( - Jen
Where Did All the Entry-Level Jobs Go? - WSJ -
Where Did All the Entry-Level Jobs Go? - WSJ
"Companies bruised by the recession have stayed lean by automating and outsourcing core functions while slashing training budgets and payrolls. But in an effort to cut costs, some companies also have cut entry-level jobs that serve as a crucial first step on the path to a professional career. And others have made the responsibilities for first-timers more sophisticated, raising the bar for new graduates, who are expected to arrive job-ready from day one. These developments may be making it more difficult for some young adults to gain a foothold in the labor market, economists say. The unemployment rate for people 20- to 24-years-old is falling as the economy recovers, but remained at a historically high 11.3% in July. Young adults lacking college degrees are having an especially hard time finding entry-level jobs." - Me from Bookmarklet
Project I am currently on has more interns doing the actual work as oppose to real employees of the company who are multi tasking across at the least 4 major projects each. Poor business management is rampant in the valley. - Me
I've noticed a lot of entry-level jobs have been turned into internships, which is crap since so many of them are also unpaid. People are doing for free what I could barely tolerate to do at $29K/yr. That and changing everything to "contractor" jobs, yet require the "contractors" to work just like employees with benefits? Shady. - Anika
The project I am on does pay its interns something, low for what it take to live in the valley, but they pay. - Me
It is actually cheaper to outsource to freelancers on oDesk at the same hourly rate you would have paid for an entry level position, since on oDesk, you only pay for the actual time spent working, not the time present, when a worker would be doing other non-work related things (such as booting up their PC, fetching coffee, farting around on Facebook, chatting with co-workers, roaming... more... - April Russo
Any police would deem that bag as probable cause. - Me
Actually I wonder if the police would not find any "bob" as probable cause. - Me
Shannon - GlassMistress
I was 90 seconds away from finishing the last bead of the day when the propane ran out ... grrr. Double whammy, my tanks are expired and they won't fill them any more *cries*
NOOOOOOOO! :( - LB's 10:19pm Name Change from Android
Do they not just swap them out? Or are they larger then the typical propane tanks? - Me
They are 20 LB tanks, gass grill sized. I'm kinda leery of the swap variety so I buy them. I think they are good for ten years. I knew it the expiration was coming I just wasn't very proactive about it :-( - Shannon - GlassMistress
Hard Magic (Grimnoir Chronicles, #1) by Larry Correia — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists -
Hard Magic (Grimnoir Chronicles, #1) by Larry Correia — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists
"Jake Sullivan is a licensed Private Eye—with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someone to go after a suspected killer who's been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree. Problems arise when Jake discovers the bad girl behind the robberies is an old friend, and he happens to know her magic is just as powerful as his, and the Feds have plunged Jake into a secret battle between powerful cartels of magic-users--a cartel whose ruthless leaders have decided that Jake is far too dangerous to live. . . ." - Me from Bookmarklet
Great Series. It would make a great HBO/Showtime series. - Me
Whedon would do really good justice to this series on any screen size. His experience with heroines and quick wit dialog would make this so popular. Stop with the tired old Marvell movies and lets bring something new to the screen.. - Me
RT @jxxf: "Please, Dr. Skylizard was my father. Call me Loki."
RT @jxxf: "Please, Dr. Skylizard was my father. Call me Loki."
I wonder what the meaning of that Surname is.. - Me
Men React to Plus-Size Snow White: We're Attracted to This - WorldLifestyle
His work is really good. I think I need to take a trip to LA to see the Gallery. - Me
The game controller that trains your pelvic floor muscles -
The game controller that trains your pelvic floor muscles
"The high-tech pelvic floor trainer space just became more competitive. Remember kGoal? Well, a Kickstarter campaign's looking to fund the production of a similar device called Skea (short for Smart Kegel Exercise Aid), which boasts something kGoal doesn't offer. See, Skea's creators want to make kegel exercises more enjoyable, so they added a gaming aspect to it, turning the device into a kegel-exerciser-and-game-controller-in-one. If the start-up does raise the $38,000 it needs to go into production, a Skea package will come with an iOS or Android game called Alice in Continent (these exercises are supposed to solve incontinence in women, if you're unaware). It's an endless runner with all the usual obstacles, and to jump over them, the user needs to squeeze Skea with their pelvic floor muscles. As one tester said: "It's like playing Temple Run with Fitbit. Just that I don't use fingers but use my pelvic muscles!" Also, when the user squeezes the device, it... vibrates to confirm that she's doing things right." - Me from Bookmarklet
Dave Morin
RT @SlackHQ: Slack: "Boring" - WIRED
I love Slack. Wish I could use it on projects I am on now. Still a bit sore from Glitch being shutdown though. - Me
I sent my boss the link the other day. I like the channel aspect, not to mention all the integration features. - NOT THE CRICKET
I never got into Glitch. It was nice, but I've been in so many games that snowball into maintenance - which I found the original version to have been doing - I tend to drop out after a week. I want fun, not another job. - NOT THE CRICKET
I wish we could use it. - joey from iPhone
The company I was with earlier this year was using it. They used the free version which was fine for them (no long term storage of history.) Had PagerDuty hooks that send notices in when something would bork in production. Then just the plain usage of the apps across all platforms was just ... Easy. Which is saying a lot. No real learning curve to use it. Its reminds me of ICQ, but with current geek hacking expectations. - Me
Victor Ganata
I wonder who is panicking about Ebola but refuses to get vaccinated against the flu or measles. Clearly didn't look at the mortality data.
This is where Darwin Awards get competitive. - Me
Toddler Breaches White House Security, Ends Up on Lawn - NBC -
"The U.S. Secret Service sprang into action and apprehended a trespasser at the White House — a toddler who squeezed through a fence and ended up on the lawn. The toddler made it into the secure area just after 8 p.m. and was returned to the parents, said Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan. Neither the parents nor the tiny intruder was detained for questioning. "We were going to wait until he learned to talk to question him, but in lieu of that he got a timeout and was sent on way with parents," according to the White House pool report." - Me from Bookmarklet
A Self-Folding Robot Inspired by Origami - -
A Self-Folding Robot Inspired by Origami -
"An intricately cut sheet lies flat and motionless on a table. Then Samuel Felton, a graduate student at Harvard, connects the batteries, sending electricity coursing through, heating it. The sheet lurches to life, the pieces bending and folding into place. The transformation completes in four minutes, and the sheet, now a four-limbed robot, scurries away at more than two inches a second." - Me from Bookmarklet
F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone pays staggering £60million out of court settlement to be cleared of bribery charges in Germany - People - News - The Independent -
F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone pays staggering £60million out of court settlement to be cleared of bribery charges in Germany - People - News - The Independent
"Bernie Ecclestone is expected to be cleared of bribery charges in Germany after paying an out-of-court settlement of a staggering £60m or $100m, which is believed to be the largest in the country’s history. The £60m will be handed to the state of Bavaria and Ecclestone’s lawyer Sven Thomas revealed to The Independent that he will ask the court on Tuesday to use the money to build a new Formula One track in the region. “It seems that we will be successful in the settlement,” Thomas said on Monday. “The amount is not confidential. They are talking about $100m.”" - Me from Bookmarklet
Love the Verges headline for this.. "Today, a billionaire paid $100 million for a Get Out of Jail Free card" - Me
Lemme give you this money so you don't charge me with bribery... - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
>.> How is this ruling not bribery? - Soup in a TARDIS
Shhh Soup and Starmama someone might notice - Steve C
Under German law, you can basically make anything part of the settlement as long as it's not against the "public good". Part of the settlement was no conviction would be recorded etc. It was in "public good" because most reports were that the prosecution's case wasn't likely to win and he would have walked anyway, be it after a much longer case. - Johnny from iPhone
Stunning great white shark footage - Boing Boing -
"Absolutely breathtaking great white shark footage captured by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution researchers using their SharkCam underwater drone near Mexico's Guadalupe Island." - Me from Bookmarklet
Mysterious holes in Siberia may be craters of climate change explosions - Boing Boing -
Mysterious holes in Siberia may be craters of climate change explosions - Boing Boing
"But [geophysicist Vladimir] Romanovsky said the hole doesn't look like a typical collapsed pingo; such features usually form from larger mounds that slowly cave in over a period of decades, with all the material falling inside. From the photo of the Yamal crater, "it's obvious that some material was ejected from the hole," Romanovsky said. His Russian colleagues who visited the site told him the dirt was piled more than 3 feet (1 m) high around the hole's edges. Which brings us to the other, fairly awesome, possible explanation. Some observers have noted the presence of smoke and flashes of light in the places where the holes appeared. There's also been some weirdness in the atmospheric science world with spikes of methane turning up in air over Siberia. That's leading some scientists to speculate that the holes could be forming when methane from melted permafrost builds up in a space left by a melting pingo — eventually leading to an explosion." - Me from Bookmarklet
So the Earth farted? - Me
I'm not gonna lie, it could have been our 7 week old. - Steve C
New superhero FartBaby. - Janet from FFHound!
Uber-like service for private security - Boing Boing -
Uber-like service for private security - Boing Boing
"The task routing craze continues with Bannerman, an on-demand private security force that promises to send muscle your way in around 30 minutes. The booking process is similar to Uber and the company says the guards "have passed background checks by the FBI & the department of Justice" and have "physical presence for visual deterrence." Now available in the SF Bay Area with other cities coming soon." - Me from Bookmarklet
Rent-A-Thug - Me
IT service build is not a factory | The IT Skeptic -
IT service build is not a factory | The IT Skeptic
"There is a widespread idea in IT that IT is a factory, repeatably turning out code which can be treated as identical products on some kind of optimisable production line. This is only true for parts of our IT world: it's usually not true of building services. What do we mean by factory in this context? We mean that building software can be treated like a production line cranking out standardised components, where we manage work-in-progress (WIP), and we optimise repeated tasks. IT is not really a factory. I wrote last year about the applicability of factory-floor techniques to IT in general. I want to focus today on service Build in particular. You can't generally treat Build as a factory. Only a sector of the build-centric community think so. The people who run the shop know better; ITSM knows better. IT is more often a bespoke engineering shop, building one-off make-to-order systems, not make-to-stock components as if we were churning out flat-pack bookshelves." - Me from Bookmarklet
No one is going to steal that mouse. - Me
Also a bit of yo dawg going on. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I'm looking for something like that for one of my projects. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Centipede Arcade Game comes to mind for some reason. - Me
3 levels of Vacation as per Home Work Podcast - 1st level is working vacation. Travel someplace else but still do a full time job. 2nd level is Travel someplace but tackle stuff in the evening or early morning. 2-3 hrs of work. 3rd level of vacation is no work at all.
I have not had a Level 3 vacation in a long time. - Me
How Much Sleep Do You Need? - Neatorama -
How Much Sleep Do You Need? - Neatorama
"Asap SCIENCE's latest video takes a look at sleep and how much of it allows for us to be productive, or even merely functional. I'm sure nobody is surprised that the news isn't good for people with a newborn in their house. The concept of sleep debt is also discussed. This morning I feel like my sleep debt has accumulated to the point that, soon, someone's Uncle Vito is going to whack me." - Me from Bookmarklet
The Easiest Solution To Batman Versus Superman - Neatorama -
The Easiest Solution To Batman Versus Superman - Neatorama
"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is an upcoming movie that has both superhero flick fans and comic book readers foaming at the mouth, our heads spinning from all the possibilities." - Me from Bookmarklet
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