Happy days. Just upgraded to newer version of WordPress. All seems to be working okay. This post will test the Twitter integration is working as well.
Another test of Twitme after changing the text that is included in the Twitter notifications.
If everything works okay this post should generate a tweet on Twitter notifying people following me about a new post to the Soapbox.
EDIT: to see if edits generate Twitter notifications.
Whilst I’m testing blog features I might as well test audio integration between Ecto. iTunes and WordPress hosted blogs. Here is a short piece of music, called Europa, that I created using GarageBand..
Implementing Lightbox style image handling. Shown below are some test images. Go on. Click them.
Since I started Twittering I’ve been posting things that used to appear here on the Soapbox, like Song of the Day, as tweets instead. I can see this increasing with Twitter been used for short posts and this site being used for longer screeds. My 3 latest tweets also appear in the sidebar on the right here. If you are not on Twitter then give it go.
This is so cool. Updates from the Mars Phoenix lander via Twitter.
I’ve succumbed to Twitter. My page is here. Surprisingly IanRobinson was not taken!
I suppose it’ll be Twitter next…
Garr Reynolds over at Presentation Zen has some excellent points to make on why inspiration matters.
(1) Never apologize for your enthusiasm, passion, or vision.
(2) Never apologize for being inspired by another human being.
(3) Seek out inspiration (don’t wait for it).
(4) Inspire others by sharing your talents and time.
(5) And no matter what: Don’t let the bozos grind you down, ever.
There are a few projects I’m working on that involve me trying to get people to change the way they do things. I’m treading a fine line between evangelising new technologies, solutions and products and trying not to come over as a zealot, at which point people turn off. The 5 points above provide a good framework for this process. Number 1 is certainly true. I believe passionately in the solutions I’m advocating and won’t apologise for that. I’ve found inspiration on many (too many?) fronts, so Number 3 is covered. Hopefully I’m progressing with number 4. Number 5 is for the times when you don’t think you are making progress. Well worth reading the whole post over at Presentation Zen. Check out Garr’s book as well.
I’ve just signed up for the Amazon UK Associates Program. In the interests of disclosure please be aware that I will be putting my Associate ID into the links I provide to the Amazon Uk site from the Soapbox. This means that I will get a 5% kick back if anyone follows a link and then buys the linked book, DVD, game etc. If you follow this site you’ll know I link to a lot of books on Amazon. The addition of the Amazon ID, and its potential financial kickback, won’t make any difference to that. There won’t be any more or less links to Amazon. If there are any kickbacks as a result of links then that’ll just be a bonus. Any funds generated will be paid to me in the form of Amazon vouchers to buy more stuff.
Of course if you did the a similar video for the sites espousing irrational beliefs you’d be there for a while.
Link via Pharyngula.
I’ve just started using the new .Mac Web Gallery functionality. I’ll be using this for my extended picture hosting from now on. Also linked from the side bar in the right.
Canicula. What does it mean?
Canicula is the Latin name of Sirius, The Dog Star. The following definition is from
Answers.com online dictionary.
IT Infrastructure consultant, Apple geek, atheist, hobby guitarist, science junkie, perpetual math student, chess patzer, also trying to write stuff.
by Ian Bush