Twitter Updates for 2010-12-20

  • Latest Blog Post: I Still Use #
  • Unlike other 'Robin Hoods' I can speak with an English accent. #NameThatMovie #
  • TRON was great. Lived up to the hype. Possible sequel? #TRON Now to bed, to bed. #
  • It is Friday. Time for a happy dance. #
  • Ask Murphy? RT: @RizzoTees: @lisackeller @ArcoJedi Why must great companies like @Yahoo continue to make missteps as they fight The Google™? #
  • Agreed. What are they thinking? RT: @lisackeller: Oh I am so mad about this whole #delicious thing! #
  • The Escapist : Experienced Points: Bargains Are for Cheaters #
  • Kids Korner: Mars Email Hoax #
  • A matter of degrees: a debate over higher education | Need to Know | PBS #
  • "Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back" as a silent film :: You know it to be true(ly funny). via @youtube #starwars #
  • Dumb Cat Can't Figure Out How To Drink from a faucet: Video Meh, whatever works. #
  • Quote by Demetri Martin: [showing a line graph] This is very autobiographical. This is the cuteness of a girl… #
  • Was just beboppin' to the Hannah Montana theme bcuz I've heard it way too many times in this house. I'm not ashamed! #DoNotJudgeMe hahahahah #
  • My Comedy Awards: Tom Smith – Tech Support for Dad #
  • Need some construction paper for scrapbooking or back-to-school? This is the best quality stuff. #
  • Hmmm, tasty tasty hard drive. Use at least 1 TB and season to your preference. Serves your entire family. #
  • There is only 4gb left on this computer. It started with 250gb. Ugh. Must get larger hard drive to replace it or dump a whole lotta stuff. #
  • Just a warning, if you decide to let your 8-month-old use your computer, they can be pretty violent with the keyboard. BANG BANG BANG BANG! #
  • Sammy typed: uy vhg dut xvcer k XZEWDSDtrgf zgdf r f ve  b az~? .S X3w24$#????????? vv/ ' 3q.423ewzzzzzzzxzHGR]E XC[]RE \ 5 \\\\\\I ] V0B #
  • In the style of @wilw { ME: What will happen if I let my 8-month-old son type on the computer? HIM: ,? L055,2350000000000000 .2 .0 4789+ } #
  • The Wii Fit says BMI is 40.67 (-0.04) Weight is 253.x (-0.2) #WiiFitAge is 27 (-7). Small moves… #PublicHumiliationDiet #
  • Quote by Francis Bacon: He that will not apply new remedies, must expect new evils: for Time is the greatest… #
  • I like this game, but the most difficult parts are timing the long jumps. 2,188,459 points. #
  • Quote by Thomas La Mance: Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans. #
  • There was no Twitter #WhenIWasLittle There was no Internet #WhenIWasLittle There was no 24-hour news #WhenIWasLittle #
  • I don't know anything about Keith Olbermann. But I agree w/ this: There Is No 'Ground Zero Mosque' via @youtube #
  • Another of my goals for #WeightLoss and #PublicHumiliationDiet is to be able to wear my wedding ring again. #
  • Slipped a bit. BMI: 40.71 (40.14). Weight: 253.x (+3.5). #WiiFitAge 38 (+4). No excuses, just more exercise. #PublicHumiliationDiet #
  • Hooray for Verizon Billing, they just got schooled in math! #
  • Hooray for Verizon Billing! They just got schooled in math! [mp3] #
  • Character matters. Don't do business with people you can't trust. This advice will never change, no matter what … #
  • If I knew WHY the stupid thing doesn't work, it would mean that I'd already fixed it. I'll let u know after it's fixed. #ThingsISay #tech #
  • My Friends: Derek Brink – New Year's Eve #writers #blogs #music #friends #derekbrink #
  • My Comedy Awards: The Preacher's Son…a valuable lesson to learn #
  • Apparently, you think, therefore you ski. SOLIPSKIER, the game. #
  • Hey teachers, get the power of @Aviary in your classroom in a private, secure environment. #aviary #art #music #
  • My Comedy Awards: Married To The Sea – ARCHIVE: Aug 2010 #
  • According to #WiiFit BMI is 40.14, weight is 249.8 (-4.4, wow), Wii Fit Age is 23 (-11). #PublicHumiliationDiet #
  • Only a few of these surprised me, but good read: 19 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Star Wars #
  • I have a new appreciation for Lando Calrissian! #starwars #BlackstarWarrior #
  • Quote by John Lennon: You're all geniuses and you're all beautiful. You don't need anyone to tell you who you are… #
  • Quote by Eleanor Roosevelt: No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. #
  • STRAWBERRIES! Who doesn't love strawberries? [pic] #
  • Bill Gates: In Five Years The Best Education Will Come From The Web [] #
  • How can I communicate to my kids that it used to be really uncool to be a nerd / geek? ??? CONFORM OR BE CAST OUT! ??? #
  • How can I communicate to my kids that it used to be really uncool to be a nerd / geek? "YOU LIKE SCIENCE?! WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU?!" #
  • How can I communicate to my kids that it used to be really uncool to be a nerd / geek? I mean, social pariah; "U HAVE A COMPUTER? EHWWW!" #
  • #WiiFit says BMI 40.85. Weight 254lbs (+1.5) #WiiFitAge 31 (-3) #PublicHumiliationDiet – Workout 34min. Milestone 10 Hours Tot. (since Dec.) #
  • More bad news from Google. Google Wave go bye-bye. It was … neat … while it lasted. #
  • What happened to "Do No Evil"? Bad Google! No treat for you! :: Google and Verizon Near Deal on Pay Tiers for Web #
  • Music: Pink Floyd, Music Lessons, Guitar & Banjo Lessons – All on Netflix: Just a quick note for those with a… #
  • My long term goal for #PublicHumiliationDiet is something less than 200lbs. The #WiiFit suggest a crazy BMI that puts my weight at 136? WTH? #
  • #PublicHumiliationDiet Seems to be working? BMI: 40.6 (-.25) / Weight: 252.5lbs (-1.5) / #WiiFitAge 34 (0). Slow and steady… #
  • My Comedy Awards: Customer Service Comic at PartiallyClips #
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    links for 2010-12-17

  • It looks like your (and my) personal search engine of interesting web pages is about to go away. Yahoo hasn’t formally confirmed, but all signs point to the impending demise of What are we going to do with all of our bookmarks? There are several alternatives available and, if you’re like me, you’re going to have to test some of them out until you find the one that best fits how you like to save bookmarks and later search for them. You’ll also want to export your existing bookmarks and, if possible, import them into the new service you choose. Instructions on that are below, but first, here’s a list of options for your bookmarking.
  • About once a week I get emails demanding to know my stance on a particular piece of “historic orthodoxy”. Lots of folks wonder about my view of hell, or who I think Jesus was or if I think there will be a second coming. I think it is a bit funny – after all, I run a ministry for homeless people. Perhaps, it would be more appropriate to ask my views on homelessness. But I digress. So, to answer the title of this entry – do I deny the resurrection of Christ?
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    links for 2010-12-11

  • The Motorola Cliq with MOTOBLUR for T-Mobile is a new smartphone featuring the latest Google Android operating system. This QWERTY Slider supports Microsoft Exchange 'Push' Email and Outlook, as well as popular web-based email services, like Gmail. Of course, the Motorola Cliq with MOTOBLUR comes pre-loaded with all your favorite Google apps including YouTube, GTalk, Google Maps and more. The user interface, called MOTOBLUR, creates an intuitive, customizable experience with home screen widgets, syncing of personal, work and social network contacts, and easy access to the information you want – whether it is a friend's status feed or the weather. And with MOTOBLUR, you only need to update your status once, and the Cliq will push your update to all your social networks at once. When words aren't enough, record videos and snap photos with the advanced 5 megapixel camera/ camcorder and easily share on your favorite sites, including Picasa, MySpace, Facebook and Photobucket.
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    links for 2010-12-10

  • It’s no secret that we love textures and patterns here at WDL. They’re great for easily adding lots of interest and depth to a design, whether it be a huge background pattern or just some subtle textures here and there. So to continue our “Best of 2010? series, this week we’re covering textures and patterns. We’ve seen a lot of them this year, but some really stood out. So here’s our picks for best textures and patterns of 2010. We picked our favorites, but tried to include a mixture of styles.
  • The Web Design Ledger is a publication by web designers for web designers. We cover a wide range of topics such as Photoshop, web design, photography, programming, and more.
  • "Tron: Legacy" is a high-tech 3D adventure set in a digital world that's unlike anything ever captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn , the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn, looks into his father's disappearance and finds himself pulled into the digital world of Tron more »where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin's loyal confidant Quorra, father and son embark on a life-and-death journey of escape across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.
  • The web and its related disciplines have grown organically. I think it’s safe to say the web is not the domain of just the geeks anymore—we all live here. And those of us who work here should have sophisticated, native tools to do our jobs. A little over two years ago, I started reflecting on the web as a design medium. Coming from a print design background, most of what I knew about design was still applicable; but the things that weren’t made a huge difference. What came of this was a presentation I gave at a few conferences (the abbreviated 10-minute version of which you can see on Vimeo). The discussions that followed prompted me to look closely at how the creative process—and the tools we use—affect designing for the screen. The framework for what a page is has changed considerably even in the past few years, though our applications for designing those frameworks are still stuck in the web of yore, and largely dictated by their use for print design.
  • I’m not sure about you, but I still favour using Photoshop to create my designs for the web. I agree that this application, even with its never-ending feature set, is not the perfect environment to design websites in. The ideal application doesn’t exist yet, however, so until it does it’s maybe not such a bad idea to investigate ways to optimize our workflow. Why use Photoshop? It will probably not come as a surprise if I say that Photoshop and Illustrator are the applications that I know best and feel most comfortable and creative in. Some people prefer Fireworks for web design. Even though I understand people’s motivations, I still prefer Photoshop personally. On the occasions that I gave Fireworks a try, I ended up just using the application to export my images as slices, or to prepare a dummy for the client. For some reason, I’ve never been able to find my way in that app.
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    links for 2010-12-06

  • In this tutorial, I will start and finish a logo while documenting the entire process. I encourage you to open up photoshop and follow every step, it will help you learn a lot more than just reading it.
  • This is the time of year that many of us are thinking about what we didn’t do in 2010 and what we should do for 2011. Even professional online marketers have a long ‘to do’ list of things to improve their online marketing performance – made up of tasks to specifically improve ROI or something to save time and improve efficiency. For those of you that are doing your own online marketing, this sort of tasks may be way down on your list, way below items more specifically related to your business. These are the types of tasks that may not be ‘sexy’ and fun, which is why they are easily ‘put on the long finger’ (as they say in Ireland), but are critical to bring the best results from your online marketing activities.
  • I hope you had a blast fine-tuning your blog with testimonials last week. It’s really encouraging to hear that some are trying out the methods, can’t wait to receive more feedbacks on that! In the mean time, I will be sharing few more practical ways to display testimonials (and portfolio) on your LinkedIn and Facebook Page! Now there are definitely limitations comparing to working on a self-hosted blog because application is the main key. Not the best of plans but hopefully you can be inspired by this post and work out creative ways to promote your brand:
  • Today is the first page in a new chapter of our mission to improve access to the cultural and educational treasures we know as books. Google eBooks will be available in the U.S. from a new Google eBookstore. You can browse and search through the largest ebooks collection in the world with more than three million titles including hundreds of thousands for sale. Find the latest bestsellers like James Patterson’s Cross Fire and Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom, dig into popular reads like Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken and catch up on the classics like Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities and Gulliver’s Travels.
  • Search operators in Google help you refine and improve search results. For instance, a query like “Taj Mahal AND Hotel” will search for pages related to the Hotel Taj and not the Mughal monument. Similarly, “kindle” will find all Kindle related resources outside the Amazon website. This Google cheat sheet [PDF] has a nice overview of all the popular search operators that are supported in Google. Other than this “official” list, Google also supports an undocumented search operator called AROUND(n) that will help you find documents where the distance between two search terms is around ‘n.’
  • Looking for an alternative to the Windows native Windows Media Player? If yes, then look no further; fortunately for you we have gathered a list of 7 great audio players for people running Windows computers. Find the players detailed below and check out which one will suit you best.
  • Google today unveiled its long-rumored entry into the e-book sales world, not called Google Editions, as was previously speculated, but a more anonymous-sounding Google eBooks. The basic idea is to provide an entirely web-based e-book platform accessible from any device with a browser. The business model they’ve opted for is slightly less centralized than the competition, but not quite the distributed seller network I envisioned last week. My wool-gathering regarding the decentralization of the e-book store model are all in that post, so we’ll just focus on the particulars of eBooks service for now. One quick note: I’m going to continue to use the term “e-book,” though the service has opted to drop the hyphen. Like so many new tech-related phrases, the word and its relatives have yet to settle into a single standardized form.
  • Google eBooks is all about choice, so you can use just about any device you own to read any book, anywhere.
  • Google's thrown open the doors to an online bookstore stocked with over 3 million titles, which you can store and read in the cloud as if they were Gmail messages. Google's also offering free reading apps for Android and iOS devices. Beyond Android and iOS, Google's eBookstore supports Nook, Sony readers, and other devices, as well as offering straight-up access through the web. Other retailers, like Powell's, will offer Google's eBookstore offerings for sale, and Google claims it will offer "unlimited storage" of your purchases, with your page progress synced across everything. Google's made an effort to offer up lots of modern, popular books at reasonable price, but there are also a lot of free books in the collection, culled from Google's scanning of more than 15 million items in library archives. A video demonstration of Google's new Books and eBookstore is available, but it's neither playing nor embeddable for us—we'll update soon.
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    links for 2010-11-30

  • Three day work week! Woohoo! Now, what are you going to do with all of that free time? Sure, you’ll probably get in the regular Turkey/Shopping/Football Thanksgiving activities, but here’s a few more ideas from The Loud Few if you are in St. Louis over the holiday.
  • After your Google Apps accounts are converted, your users will have access to most Google products. Previously, many Google products — such as Blogger, Reader, and Picasa Web Albums — were available only in personal (consumer) Google Accounts. See the list below for which Google products are accessible to users for use with accounts on your domain. Note that this list is subject to change without notice, and that not all products are available in all areas.
  • Digital marketing is gaining traction in a number of industries, and business-to-business (B2B) marketers are in on that trend, too. Increased spending on online marketing is driving companies to try new and innovative means of getting the word out about their products and services — one area that’s getting a lot of buzz with B2B marketers is social media. The following five case studies lend insight into how B2B marketers can use social media to generate leads, create specialized communities, improve SEO, become knowledge sources, and strengthen marketing campaigns. Let us know how your brand uses social media for B2B marketing in the comments below.
  • At noon on November 13, 2010 unsuspecting shoppers got a surprise while enjoying their lunch. A flash mob singing the Hallelujah Chorus!
  • Irvin Kershner, director of the best Star Wars film, has died at 87 in LA. Kershner also directed such genre hits as the Bond flick Never Say Never Again and Robocop 2, and the cult favorite TV series Seaquest DSV.
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    links for 2010-11-22

  • I've had this issue as long as I can remember – Adwords and Google accounts collide. If you are an intense user of both, you know what I'm talking about. It is a great mystery why Google invests so much money in developing magnificent products that generate 0 revenue, and the one product that brings in all of its revenue – adWords – remains a step child. It is the only product that works really badly with the whole Google single-signon system. To take just one small example – the password strength requirement is different in AdWords. AdWords requires a stronger password, so if you attempt to sign up for a new Adwords account, your good ol' password from your Google account may not be strong enough. Anyways, that's enough whining for one post. The reason I'm writing it is to explain how I finally got all my logins lined up without getting thrown from one account to another unexpectedly or getting logged out in the middle of writing an email.
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    links for 2010-11-06

  • For over thirty years one iconic villain has reigned in the dark corners of so many hearts mdash; and not just of those who proudly parade beneath the banner of sci-fi junkies. Darth Vader has transcended the page and screen to live on in ways most characters will never achieve; but then again, most characters do not have command over the power of the force like the dark Sith Lord does. So when you are looking for a dose of inspiration from the darker areas of the imagination, turning to the artwork inspired by the face of the dark side is a fantastic way to go.
  • Below I’ve laid out a plan for you to find profitable niche markets, produce content, and monetize a niche blog that will make you money every month. And we’re going to do this using completely free and available information on and a little insight from Google. This guide, as well as the niche, are my gift to the person who wants it most. Let’s make money in 2011! Follow these methods outlined below, and with some practice and patience under your belt, I promise you will be producing great content that ranks well in Google, informs consumers about the products they are searching for, and refers them directly to Amazon where you’ll get a cut of the sale.
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    links for 2010-10-30

  • Maurice Murphy, who died yesterday, is an essential part of the soundtrack to your musical life – even if you don't realise it. Maurice was principal trumpeter of the London Symphony Orchestra for 30 years, from 1977-2007, and you have sung along to his unmistakable, brilliant sound even if you have never knowingly been to the Barbican to hear the LSO in the flesh. It's his trumpet playing you hear blazing over the soundtracks to all six Star Wars films, and it was his playing for John Williams on the first film – his first gig with the orchestra – that made Williams stick with the LSO for his future movies. But Murphy's playing was always cosmic in its splendour, as anyone will know who heard him with the brass section of the LSO in the countless concerts and recordings they made together.
  • Today on the Twitter blog, the company wrote a post that was all of three sentences to let people know about their new logos. Yay! But there’s actually quite a bit more to it then it seems. If you follow the link they provide to Guidelines page, you’ll find some interesting tidbits.
  • Mike Pantoliano of Distilled had a good post over at SEOmoz about how to turn Google Analytics into your own rank tracker. We have been playing with the cd= parameter at Yoast before to track SEO rankings, as Mike also notes, and his improvement on the idea is a welcome one. In the comments, my buddy Richard Baxter immediately suggested this would be a good addition to the Google Analytics for WordPress plugin. The "problem" was/is that Mike's example was in PHP, doing the rank recognition server side. This won't work, as we all use W3 Total Cache to cache our pages, right? And then, we'd be storing the same rank over and over again, or no rank at all, or, well you get it, mayhem ensues.
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    links for 2010-10-09

  • MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Anyone driving the twists of Highway 1 between San Francisco and Los Angeles recently may have glimpsed a Toyota Prius with a curious funnel-like cylinder on the roof. Harder to notice was that the person at the wheel was not actually driving.
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