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Friday, December 23, 2005

All I want for Christmas is sleep 

Ain't that the truth. I dedicate a large portion of my life to work. Sometimes I really question why. So far I work about 50 hours (supposed to be 37.5) at my current job, then a ton of side projects outside of work. I also have to rotate a weekend shift which enables me to work 11 straight days. (YES!)

I try to go above and beyond at work for a few reasons:

1. I have always tried to be the best at what I do, not to show anyone up, but just because that is me. I don't want to be mediocre, I want to be the best.

2. I want to advance in my career. So far it has not paid off too much. I have won some awards but not anything I really wanted. I don't care about awards/recognition. I know what I can do and what I do well. I want that to be shown in my job title/pay.

3. I really do love what I do. I code everyday all day and that is my thing. Take away all the annoying work-related crap and I love what I do.

4. To learn. It is easy in life to do what you know and be scared to move on. I love to learn knew things, find new ways to code, find faster more compact ways to code. How is this done? Time, and lots of it.

5. Out to prove myself. I get turned down for a lot of things because I have less education than most. People doubt me everyday in all aspects of life. I love, actually strive, to prove these people wrong. I get no better satisifaction in life, than to rub success in someone's face that said "You can't do that" or "So and so is more qualified, you only have an Associate's Degree." Don't get me started on education. Life isn't about how much money you spent to educate yourself, it is about how you use your education.

It is not that I do not get enough sleep, I do, it is just exhausting to use your brain so much. Once in a while I have to just drop everything because I can feel my brain actually turning into a slurpee. (Wouldn't that be a sight to see.)

I am yawning as I type this, maybe it is boredom with this entry, maybe I need a nap, whatever the cause, I will be tired till the day I die.


Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Integrated Google Ads 

You know what I hate, f'ing ads. Everyone and their grandmother is trying to fool people into clicking their lame google text ads to earn easy money. I was reading a blog on Somewhat Frank about Strategic Board, a new service that shows a list of IT blogs. Okay that is cool I guess, but what is lame is that in between each listing they try to make a Google text ad appear like it is part of the results, tricking you into clicking it.

This type of crap really ticks me off. I am not one for ads period, I understand the importance of them from a financial standpoint, but come on, have some dignity and make one blog site without a google ad.

I am all for Google I think they are a great company with fabulous ideas, I just think people take their products too far and start to make them lame, not Google, their products. Sorry to rant I am just sick and tired of seeing damn ads. I don't click them and never will.

Oh and don't say I put them on my blog because it helps pay for hosting, shut it, must blogs are not using anywhere close to the bandwidth needed to generate a large bill, and if that was the case you would have your own advertisers.

This was not written to offend anyone, just my opinion, and if you are offended, I don't care too much. Anyway it is better to be pissed off than to be pissed on.

Final Answer: Ads suck!


Sunday, December 11, 2005

EasyJournal Ad Hack 

Okay so I was messing around today looking at some other free blog services and came across easyjournal.com. They are a pretty good platform but you are required to have a nice 728x90 (leaderboard) ad at the top of the page. There is a work-around though. (If you do this you will probably violate their TOS, so be warned). You can easily hide the ad using this little snippet of JS code in each post.

<script language="javascript">
<!--
var divs = document.getElementsByTagName("div");
var adUnit = "freetop";
var adDiv = "";

for (var i = 0; i < divs.length; i++) {
if (divs[i].className == adUnit) {
divs[i].style.visibility = "hidden";
}
}
//--
>
</script>

This will cycle thru each div tag on the page and once it finds the ad, it will make it invisible. Why am I showing you this? I don't know, to me it is a huge flaw in their system. They have a free and a paid platform. If I were them I would strip all code from posts on the free system, that could be another upsell for their software. They choose not to do that but that leaves their system open. The best thing is if you run this code it causes the ad to still get served by the adserver so all the stats will get tracked but the click-thrus will be null and void.

Have fun and maybe they will update their system.


Saturday, September 10, 2005

More Katrina Coverage 

Okay so as I still sit fixed watching the boob tube about Katrina, I get more and more fed up with Bush. I just really dislike the man. I didn't vote for him and wish he would just disappear.

How long does it take to get help down to these people? Of course their is more to blame than Bush but in my opinion (besides mother nature) he created this mess. Do I agree with Kanye West in saying he doesn't like black people? I do. Whether that has anything to do with this or not, I think he is only out for the rich white man, which sucks. The only thing he does is make his rich friends richer. If it does not benefit them, he doesn't care, or at least that's how it seems.

These poor people in the south had to go through an ordeal I hope we never see again. I can guarantee that if this happened in his neck of the woods or things would have been different. The response time would have been sooner. And I don't want to hear we couldn't get to people. In this day and age when you can launch satellites into space to take a picture of my house, you can reach a disaster vicitim.

Another thing is how the hell did moron Brown with zero disaster experience ever get put in his position? Oh wait he is Bush's buddy. Way to go Bush, put all your friends in power and screw up the world. Too bad we didn't have more of our troops here to help the south. They are off fighting a war that's not needed. Why can't we take care of our country first? We have sick and dying here in the USA.

I think Talib Kweli put it best when saying "We got a Dick and a Bush in office, a whole lot of fucking is what we gonna get." That is how I feel everyday more and more every time I see the great George Dub. I actually think he gave the same speech for New Orleans as he did for Iraq.

"It is going to be a long tough process, but we will prevail..." Shut up, we as a country will never prevail with the Bush in office. I know he has a tough job, but damn, could you be any worse at your job? I vote to impeach this son of an arse.

One thing I saw tonight on TV was the mayor of New Orleans was asked who is at fault, and I thought it was great that he didn't dodge the question. He said "We all are, I could have done more." I thought that was the best thing I have heard from a politician in years, the truth! It takes a real person to admit when they are wrong and could have done better.

I wish the best for everyone in the south affected by Katrina, I will keep you in my prayers. As for Bush, I will pray he is out of a job soon.


Friday, August 26, 2005

Toasted squirrel anyone? 

Okay so today I had off from work. I worked last weekend so I had a comp day today. Nice I know, but hey working weekends sucks arse. I got up around 7:30 took a shower, let the dog out, and hopped on the computer.

I check my email then started to load a few programs on my wife's PDA. All the sudden I heard a loud pop and all the power went out. Ah shit, I thought at first this damn PDA program sucks, it killed all the power to my house. Just kidding, that would be some virus though.

I went outside all checked other people's houses that run off the same transformer and no one had any power. I proceeded to call the power company to let them know. I got to talk to computer Susan, she rocked, all her automated questions were on point.

After I called the power company I took a walk to see what killed the transformer. I walked a block or so and there was the culprit. I toasted squirrel. A redneck's breakfast. I felt bad for the thing but not that bad.

They have been killing all of our flower beds in the yard so it was almost a sweet revenge. Nothing like seeing your enemy black, charred, and smoking at 8:45 in the AM.

I feel bad for the rest of the squirrel community, but they shouldn't play with electricty. Dumb fur ball and STOP EATING MY FLOWERS!

Tag It: Electricity | Squirrel | Blog


Sunday, August 21, 2005

SplogReporter.com : Version 2 

I was recently brought on to this project to help upgrade the site as it tries to eliminate splogs from the blogosphere. We've added some new features to the site to make it easier for people to submit splogs.

We've added a bookmarklet that will allow a user to add it to their bookmark toolbar in their browser to easily report splogs. Once you have installed the bookmarklet all you need to do is click the link if you are at a potential splog and the details are sent to the site. This should really speed up the process. Oh and you won't even lose your page, once you click the bookmarklet it sends the data in a new window.

Version two has been spiced up a bit. A little cleaner and a bit more efficient for the end user. We have added a news section to keep everyone up to date on what is going on with the site.

We have also added a cookie to remember a user's specific information. When you submit a splog you are required to submit your name and email address. Why? We are trying to keep track of who submitted what. When a potential splog gets determined to be a splog, all users that have submitted that URL will receive a point. In the future we will potentially being using that point scale to give back to the users.

We are really excited about this project. If you would like to help us promote this project, visit this page to grab a small graphic for your site. Every little bit will help.

You can let us know what you think about this project here.

Tag It: Splogs | Spam | Splog Reporter


Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Ever hear of a Splog? 

I was reading a post by a friend of mine here. It is about all these blogs popping up on free blog servers like this one that are nothing but spam, hence the name splog (Spam Blog). He took the initiative and created phase one of Splog Reporter.

Splog Reporter will allow anyone to report a blog that is spam. What good does this do for you? Search engines like Ice Rocket are being clogged with spam blogs. When you do a search for blogs that interest you, you get spammed results. This sucks! With Splog Reporter you can report these blogs. When this tool catches on the list can be used by search engines to filter out blogs that have been determined spam.

What a great idea. Right now it is in BETA mode, just started up this weekend. A lot of work will be going into making this tool the tool to use to report splogs.

More Information
Splog Reporter
BLOG: Spam + Blog = Splog : How Is It Affecting The Blogosphere? (Frank Gruber)
BLOG: A splog here, a splog there, pretty soon it ads up… and we all lose (Mark Cuban)

Chime in out what you think about Splogs and Splog Reporter.

Tag It: Splogs | Spam | Splog Reporter