• Covenant Rocks the Night at Das Bunker

    Set 12 2012, 1:22

  • WordPress

    Apr 22 2012, 1:18

    It's official! I've decided to move my Journal from Last.fm over to WordPress. For those of you that have been following me for the past month, I encourage you to bookmark my new blog: Sonic Alkaline

    I have spent countless hours experimenting with Blogger, Tumblr, and WordPress. They each have their pros and cons, but I feel WordPress is a better fit for me. Blogger has too many inconsistencies with the new Dynamic Views templates, while Tumblr is not friendly for longer posts that have multiple media entries, i.e. video, images, text. I really wanted Blogger to work out because I think the Dynamic View is super sexy, but there are way too many bugs still to be worked out.

    Here's a list of some of the issues I encountered:

    1. Doesn't Support AdSense Integration
    (wasn't one of my issues, but must suck for others)

    Strange but true! There is no option available in the Design section where you can paste your AdSense code and make Ads appear on your blog.

    2. No Widget Support

    There is no layout section (Page Elements) where you may add new gadgets. The HTML/Javascript widget in the custom templates allows you to add almost any widget you like. May that be Adsense code, Buysellads code or important widgets like Popular posts, Recent Comments, Recent posts etc. Your blog will only contain the post body and a sidebar and amazingly both these areas can not be edited.

    In short at present you can not add widgets in Blogger Dynamic Views.

    3. No Edit HTML Option

    The Edit HTML option lets you upload custom blogspot templates. It lets you completely change the look of your blog by applying new plugins and themes. You can introduce new widget sections, adjust columns, edit post body, add JavaScript, add jquery and anything you can think of. Unfortunately Dynamic views offer no Edit HTML functionality. Clicking the design link on your dashboard takes you to the auto Edit area where you can only change the font colors, font family and background color and styles. But you can not upload a new template and can not EDIT the HTML of your blog layout. You can not add social media plugins below post titles or any other plugin inside the post body. Neither can you manually add widgets that I discussed above to your template. No Edit HTML section means no Difference between Blogger and Wordpress.

    If you are using draft.blogger.com then you will observe that the Edit HTML button is not active in your Dashboard for your blog that is using Dynamic views.

    3. Dynamic Views are not SEO Friendly

    Complex web scripts control the display of your blog which includes AJAX. Google spiders can only read text. They are blind to images, videos, flash and Javascript. To access a new page Google robots use the links on your site. Some links such the "Comments link" in Dynamic view asks the user to click it so that comments may be loaded but Spider can not do that. Comments are hidden to spiders when they crawl the content. Comments have therefore chances of being left out of index by Google spiders. There is a greater chance that your comments will not be indexed which means you are loosing 50% content of your post and thus loosing some important keywords which users leave while commenting. Most of the traffic to blogs depend largely on the comments left by the readers.

    Due to no Edit HTML support we can not optimize certain links that can effect site ranking. Neither can you add meta tags such as meta keywords.

    Further Read more link doesn't work in dynamic Views which means half your content will be ignored during crawling. Read here

    4. Loss of Page Views and Page Impressions

    All pages load in a single window with requesting the browser to reload. A reference is sent through AJAX that tells the browser to remain in the same window and load only the post body without loading the sidebar and other sections. Even if Adsense integration is allowed in future, your revenue will tremendously drop due to loss of pageviews. Pageviews matter because you you don't just get paid for the clicks but also for each 1000 impressions/pageviews made on your blog. This is what we call Cost per thousand Impressions (CPI or CPM)

    5. Browser Compatibility Issues

    The Template is build using latest in web technology like AJAX, HTML5 and CSS3. Internet Explorer which is the second largely used browser doesn't support CSS3 and HTML5 completely at present. So the results would look different on different browsers.

    6. Jump Break Does not Work

    You can not attach a read more link by summarizing your posts. The posts do not expand when the read more link or Jump Break link is clicked. Visit this Link to see it for yourself. None of my post is accessible to the user. So if you have decided to shift to Dynamic views than you will have to manually remove jump breaks from all your posts. Imagine removing the "Read more Link" manually from over 500 posts!

    7. No professional Touch

    Your blog wont look any different from those half a million blogs who have selected Dynamic Views as their default template.

    8. Not SMO Friendly

    Dynamic views only have Google+ , Facebook like and Twitter buttons added by default at the bottom of each post. But you can not add your Facebook Like box and other social media plugins to the post section or anywhere else. Indeed a big issue concerned with social media optimization.

    9. You can not add Drop Down Menu

    Would you love visiting a blog or site with no navigation menu? Of course you would hate it. At present you can only add Page Links but no custom installation of a drop down menu is supported. You can not provide your readers with easy navigation option and that sounds weird!

    10. No Favicon, No Blog Logo

    Neither can you add a background image to the header of your blog nor can you add a favicon. So you have no option at present to display your blog logo either on header or as Favicon.

    The above comes from: mybloggertricks

    I am in the middle of moving to Miami, and will be AFK for a while. I will try to at least drop a few videos and other tidbits of stuff I'm enjoying, but for the most part I will be spending my time getting situated in my new life down south. In fact, I should be packing right now... but I am the ultimate procrastinator.

    See you on the flip side, and keep bumping those tunes!

    P.S. I will still be VERY active on Last.fm, as I LOVE this site! :)
  • Assemblage 23 - Complacent (Lyrics)

    Apr 20 2012, 23:51

    <-|-> am i the only one that thinks Assemblage 23 has been forgotten? as i check my "neighbors" music, i see a lot of the same things i listen to, but oddly enough, Assemblage 23 is nowhere to be found! what's going on here people?!?! <-|->

    You're growing complacent
    You forgot what it all meant
    And chose the path of convenience

    The road you took to where you're standing now
    Was fraught with obstacles that tore you down
    They made you drown

    The path of least resistence called your name
    A status quo you tried hard to maintain
    But it wasn't the same

    Sweet denial, take your leave
    You must have others to decieve
    I'm so tired of drifting backwards standing still
    So throw the towel in, if you must
    Give up hope and give up trust
    And I promise you'll drift backwards standing still

    Something changed in you when you gave up
    When you decided that you had tried enough
    The price was too much

    The inconsistencies seemed plain to see
    A swift departure from reality
    How blind can you be?

    Sweet denial, take your leave
    You must have others to decieve
    I'm so tired of drifting backwards standing still
    So throw the towel in, if you must
    Give up hope and give up trust
    And I promise you'll drift backwards standing still

    Sung to sleep by sychophantic choirs
    You preferred the company of liars
    Who made you feel admired

    But one by one they turned their backs on you
    The ranks of your detractors grew and grew
    When they learned the truth

    Sweet denial, take your leave
    You must have others to decieve
    I'm so tired of drifting backwards standing still
    So throw the towel in, if you must
    Give up hope and give up trust
    And I promise you'll drift backwards standing still

  • The Origin of Life!

    Apr 20 2012, 23:01

    Some think life on Earth was "planted" or "seeded" by extra-terrestrial beings... but this article made me think there's a chance it might be the other way around!

    NASA Needs New Plan to Avoid Contaminating Other Worlds

  • Drill, baby, drill... on Europa?

    Apr 20 2012, 22:53

  • Darpa's Ambitious Virtual Therapy

    Apr 20 2012, 22:44

    Most of us are familiar with the Kinect hardware now available on the XBox 360 that tracks players movements and implements facial recognition. When I initially heard about, and subsequently saw the technology firsthand, I immediately thought of all the potential ramification of this new applied science. Some of which are creepy, and some of which could be wondrous.

    I'm still torn about DARPA's take on the whole thing when it comes to treating and diagnosing soldiers suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and TBI (traumatic brain injury).

    Here's a link to the article on Wired.com

    Essentially they are using the technology to create a "SIM Sensei" inside a kiosk, where a soldier would be able to interact with his choice of a 3-D rendered simulated therapist, answering questions and having his speech patterns and body language annalized to facilitate pre-diagnosis of a range of afflictions.

    I find this concept fascinating, but not necessarily in its current form. I can easily see a future when all our speech and body language will be captured/observed/recorded to "take the pulse" of individuals and/or large groups of people. Take for example the Occupy movement that transpired last year... it's not hard to imagine this tech being deployed on the masses gathering in order to predict whether or not they would turn violent. Think Minority Report, a sci-fi film that shows us a future where the police state is able to predict crime before it happens. In the film, citizens thoughts are intercepted ahead of a violent crime... but with this tech, the human mind need not be read... we could simply monitor peoples body language and tonality of speech, which as some of you know, is just as effective as reading someones thoughts.

    The future is now...

    What do you think? Good, or bad?

  • Lulzsec - Final Message

    Apr 20 2012, 5:08



  • “a bunch of Goths that discovered brown”

    Apr 20 2012, 3:46

    Great exposé on Steampunk and its evolution. You will also find references to epic Steampunk works!

    Click Here!

  • Antony & The Johnsons

    Apr 20 2012, 2:59







  • Lakeview

    Apr 20 2012, 2:18

    I grew up in this very special place...



    And now, this is happening...
    *make sure to click the little (cc) button to get the English translation. You might have to open the video in it's own tab by clicking on the YouTube icon, bottom right-hand corner.