I’ve made a few design changes to Madison Pike to give it a cleaner Dave Winer-like “River of News” appearance. The site is a news aggregator for Madison, Alabama and the new design cuts out extraneous design elements and does away with the larger blog-style headlines in favor of headlines nested within the paragraphs. I started with Automatic’s relatively new P2 WordPress theme and made a few modifications, including using Google Web Fonts for the masthead. Continue reading
So, am I technically photo bombing her? Magic Kingdom, Florida.
I traveled to Orlando this past weekend as chaperon with my daughter’s high school choir. I took this photo of a tired man at dusk at the Magic Kingdom. By this point in the day I felt like he looks.
Painters on the steeple at First United Methodist Church in Huntsville, Alabama.
I ran across this guy trying to climb a palm tree on the University of Florida campus last Saturday. He was actually making a good go of it, but finally had to give up and drop to the ground. It turns out he was trying to retrieve a football and shoe from the branches. His buddy started hurling his remaining shoe to try to dislodge the other two. When we walked by later the tree was empty, so they figured something out.
This is information I took away from WordCamp Birmingham. The notes below are simply things that were new or important to me and do not begin to cover all of the information offered. I’d recommend following the SlideShare links for more details. Today’s post is my notes from marketing strategies for bloggers. Continue reading
I think I may have killed my beloved VAIO laptop. Yesterday afternoon I tried adding a external monitor to extend my desktop, but after rebooting neither the laptop monitor nor the external monitor would work. After spending a good part of the day futzing with it, I have come to the conclusion that I somehow damaged the graphics card. Continue reading
The most useful thing I read today:
“Our philosophy has been that most of the money we might ordinarily have spent on advertising should be invested in customer service, so that our customers will do the marketing for us through word of mouth.”
– Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO in Harvard Business Review
But will it make you happy?: New research shows money spent on experiences brings more happiness than money spent on belongings.
City of fear: Using cell phones, an organized prison gang launched an attack that shut down Brazil’s largest city last May.
Monopoly killer: Germans are addicted to board games and the Settlers of Catan is said to be the perfect game.
The boy who cried Cal: Kevin Hart deceived coaches, friends and family into believing he was headed to play Division I football.
In your palm, memories of horror and valor: The Explore 9/11 app, which has already been downloaded 100,000 times, is a guided tour around the perimeter of the World Trade Center site, narrated by the people who lived through it all.
The real Facebook burglaries story: The bottom line for both companies is that trust is essential and cases such as these can ruin trust and eventually ruin companies if we cannot depend on them. In the first case, media blew up a story for effect. In the second case, a dangerous vulnerability is revealed.
No, you are not ‘running late’, you are rude and selfish: In recent years it seems that a meeting to set start at 9 am, for some people means in the general vicinity of any time which starts with the numeral ‘9’. Like 9.30 for example. People drift in at 9.10 or 9.20, or even later. And they smile warmly at the waiting group, as they unwrap their bacon sandwich, apparently totally unconcerned that others have been there since five TO nine, prepared and ready to start.
Updated to remove now broken links.