I have now found the heinous membership page on the KING5 website. I’m not sure how a got there the first time, and to be fair when I went there on purpose — by clicking on the top nav bar — I had no trouble using the back button to return to the page I was reading when I discovered the button. Nonetheless check this out: [Read more…]
Pay per view isn’t always in the form of subscriptions and the companies that bring you your local news are either greedy or stupid or most likely very much both.
This morning I went to one of the local TV station’s sites (KING5) to have a look at a piece of video and I learned what it really costs to look at the local news on the ‘Net.
I recently set my computer and browser to ask me before installing cookies. Mostly out of curiosity.
In addition to the KING5 cookies which I accepted (at least 4) I have to deny cookies from the following sites:
Actually about 12 sites but they were all variants of the above. That’s right FOUR different advertising networks what to install cookies in my browser so that I can read one local news story. Not happy.
It gets worse… [Read more…]
I’ve been working for over a week on a review of the book Web Dragons:Inside the Myth of the Search Engines. My drafts are copious and they all suck for one reason or another. So in a fit of having to get some damn thing out by the end of the week I give you:
This book is Basic Search Engine Care for People without Library or Computer Science Degrees.
For more then the 20 years a number of community colleges have offered classes in basic car care that were aimed at women. A nice avuncular gent in a shop coat talked about things like:
- What an engine is and how it works.
- Which noises coming from under the car are actually dangerous and which are just annoying.
- How to change a tire when the AAA truck can’t come for two hours and you have a meeting with your boss in 30 minutes.
- How often to take you car to Jiffy Lube for an oil change and why it really does matter.
- How to deal with a mechanic and not get taken.
I never took one of these courses because I know what carburetor means (no, it is not French for don’t fuck with it) but lord knows I have some friends and relatives who damn well should .
Search engines are just like cars. We all use them everyday, and we all assume that they will work properly when we need them, and most of us have no idea how they work. [Read more…]
Bloggers blogging on blogging
Deep Secrets of Successful Blogging is the complication of 30 posts from April of 2007 when Chitika (a blogger’s advertising network) held a “blogbash” about professional blogging. (I’m a sucker for pdfs, or anything that I can print and take away from the computer and this one is nicely designed for the type of content it offers.)
So why should I, or you, care about bloggers blogging about blogging?
Look up there at the tag line and you’ll see it. “Tools, tips, and toys…” Blogging is a tool for thinking. [Read more…]
Today David Seah mentioned in an almost aside to a post about learning to network (a shared weakness) that he had read a couple of books by Paulo Coelho and that these were, for him, the right books at the right time.
For me the right book was Coyote Blue by Christopher Moore. I’ve read and loved a ton of CM’s books since then but only Coyote Blue came by at the right moment with the right message: You are what you are, and any and all attempts to pretend otherwise are bound to result in the old man biting you in the ass.
What was your right book at the right time?