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  • I hear your disapproval of the new design of my site. You think it’s cluttered. Hard to use. Confusing. Slow. Weird. I hear you. I will be hopefully implementing a theme switcher for switching between Minimalistica and Phi — but do keep in mind that I do not develop Minimalistica for this blog anymore (i.e. customize) and most of the features of the new design will not be there.
    I apologize for this new design not living to your standards.
  • Hell for Bush Starts Today This election turned out very bad for the GOP…
  • Rumsfeld Resigns As Secretary of Defense via Reddit.
  • Here’s how the 2006 mid-term election was stolen. via InformationLiberation.
  • 1984: America’s Slide to Totalitarianism via InformationLiberation.
  • Iran: The Next War via InformationLiberation.
  • What Longhorn Should Have Been in October 2003 Good video. via Digg
  • All Four Major E-Voting Machines Flip Votes in Early Voting Early voting in five states showed that voters’ choice are being flipped to the opposite candidate on all four major e-voting machines — Diebold TSx, Sequoia Edge, ES&S iVotronic, and Hart InterCivic eSlate. "…vote-flipping on the eSlate can’t be explained as a calibration error, since the eSlate doesn’t have a touch screen."
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Theme Switcher
 
Posted on Wednesday, November 15th, 2006 at 5:03 pm

Over the blogosphere there has been a discussion about ReviewMe. Advertisers sign up to ReviewMe, and bloggers sign up as well. Advertisers find bloggers and request that the blogger review a product or website of theirs. If accepted, the blogger is to write the review, whether positive or negative. The blogger receives a 50% commission.

The advertisers pay the amount assigned to your blog, which is calculated by an algorithm based on your Alexa rank, Technorati rank, estimated subscribers to RSS, and the overall ranking. (I came in at $20 one-star, the lowest rank.) The blogger is given a certain amount of time to complete it, and the minimum number of words is 200. Also, the post needs to say that it is disclosed somehow.

You are allowed to use ReviewMe with 6 blogs, and have unlimited reviews to them. So how do you get reviews? You don’t. Advertisers come to you. The advertisers browse the Order Reviews page, where they can see the bloggers, their ranks, and how much it will be to review. Some bloggers can cash in over $125 by writing reviews.

There is an issue with ethics, though. Some people think that it would be untrustworthy for readers to read sponsored blog posts. Yet ReviewMe requires that the post have a disclosure to notify the users that the review is being paid for.

Overall, ReviewMe looks like a nice service that can help bloggers monetize their blogs, and mostly the better blogs, as ReviewMe requires that a blog “must meet a minimum number of citations, subscribers, and traffic.” So check out ReviewMe, a service for bloggers and advertisers to get their word out and also get paid for it.

As for myself, I will always write honest reviews on stuff, because I am not required to approve of the product nor will I receive more money if I do so.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored review.

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CSSReboot: The Best Reboots
Posted on Wednesday, November 1st, 2006 at 10:51 pm

CSSReboot has happened. Many great designs have been submitted. I’d like to showcase a few.

GolfMedic

This website is clean, simple, and really nice. It also has a nice layout.

Mein Brandenburg

This is clean and modern, and I like the color contrast and curves.

Jonathan Snook


I left a comment for Jonathan on the CSSReboot website: “Nice design! The layout is very good. Clean and simple, very nice!” ‘Nuff said. We can’t miss the Snook guy, he’s a genius at this stuff.

Six Shooter Media

Another big name in webdesign, Six Shooter Media rolls out a new, nice, and orangy site for the Reboot. Nice work, I love it.

PCheek.com

It’s weird naming Paul’s site as one of my favorite, but it’s pretty insane. So I shamelessly plug it.

Kineda

Terry Ng redesigns Kineda again. Every redesign I’m like… Damn! that’s nice. Including this one.

JSBox

Last but not least, JSBox, a clean, minimalistic design. Very nice gradients and color scheme.

Every year CSSReboot gets better. This year was not an outlier. Nevertheless I feel that this Reboot did not improve as much as the previous one, which was totally kick-A. Let’s hope for a better reboot next time. Why hadn’t this Reboot been as awesome? Technical difficulties. I have kept communication with the CSSReboot guy and there were many technical difficulties this time around, but he says that the next Reboot will be better since he will be ready (code built, I suppose) and there will be better reboots next time. (Update: Terry [who also has a great article I only found after writing this article] speculates that “The decline in partcipation may have resulted from programming issues that the new CSS Reboot owner didn’’t get sorted out until the last minute.”)

As for my own design, I am not happy with it. There are many bugs, uncomplete sections, and I believe that it does not validate. And it’s kinda slow. Just kinda. But this was a great CSSReboot round, and I cannot wait for the next.

How to Stay Up Late?
Posted on Tuesday, October 31st, 2006 at 1:15 am

It’s 1 in the morning now (or something) and I have an essay due on Wednesday that I have not even started on the essay. I was just wondering if anyone had any techniques they have to be able to stay up late. All I know is that as time passes it is exponentially harder to stay focused and not drift off to sleep. (Duh.) So, does anyone have any good techniques on how to stay up late?

OMG Fake Boarding Pass! Arrest me!
Posted on Sunday, October 29th, 2006 at 11:18 pm

Boarding pass!

In the wake of the guy that wrote a fake boarding pass generator that was arrested, I have decided to bring back the project and create another one!

The above is just a preview!

I will be releasing a generator for this fake boarding pass soon! FBI (and others if interested), please add my blog to the websites you monitor and/or subscribe to my RSS feed! (w00t +1 reader!)

I hope I don’t get the FBI on my ass! Oh wait, maybe I will with this ridiculous attempt to create fake boarding passes! OMG!!!!!!!1!1!!oneone!1!!!11!1on!!1!eleven!11!!

Boing Boing has background on this topic, if you are interested or don’t know what the hell I am talking about. Also, about the B-B-B part, see P-P-P-Powerbook!

Warning: This blog, or its creators, or the commentors do not necessarily endorse the use or practice of using this image (Fake boarding pass) in any way, shape, or form, nor will they be held for any charges arising due to the above.

killtown.911review.org Questions 9/11
Posted on Sunday, October 29th, 2006 at 8:14 pm

I don’t mean to try to disprove any 9/11 theories, but this site is strongly convincing that something is strange about Flight 77, Flight 93, and 9/11. Warning: Conspiracy Theory Links Follow!

Killtown (F77) Killtown (F77) Killtown (F93) Killtown (Coincidences and Oddities)

Also Reference: OverthrowTheGovernment.org

Bush Signs Bill Enabling Martial Law
Posted on Sunday, October 29th, 2006 at 7:34 pm

In a stealth maneuver, President Bush has signed into law a provision which, according to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), will actually encourage the President to declare federal martial law (1). It does so by revising the Insurrection Act, a set of laws that limits the President’s ability to deploy troops within the United States. The Insurrection Act (10 U.S.C.331 -335) has historically, along with the Posse Comitatus Act (18 U.S.C.1385), helped to enforce strict prohibitions on military involvement in domestic law enforcement. With one cloaked swipe of his pen, Bush is seeking to undo those prohibitions. (source: Toward Freedom)
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This is starting to feel like the Weimar Republic’s Weimar ConstitutionArticle 48:

In the event a state government failed to fulfil its obligations under the constitution or Reich law, the President could use armed force to compel the state to do so. Furthermore, in the event of a serious threat to public safety or Reich security, the President could take measures — including the use of armed force — to restore law and order, and could suspend civil rights if necessary. The President was required to inform the Reichstag of these measures and the Reichstag could nullify such a presidential decree. (This provision was the infamous Article 48 used by Adolf Hitler in 1933 to quash the civil liberty provisions of the constitution and facilitate the establishment of a dictatorship.) (source: Wikipedia)

Legislation passed under this article of the constitution was referred to as Notverordnung (emergency decree). Article 48 was used by Adolf Hitler in 1933 to establish a dictatorship, ending the Weimar Republic and ushering in the Third Reich. (source: Wikipedia)

Also, we are getting close to:

The Reichstag Fire Decree (Reichstagsbrandverordnung in German) is the common name of the decree issued by German president Paul von Hindenburg in direct response to the Reichstag fire of February 27, 1933. The decree nullified many of the key civil liberties of German citizens. With Nazis in key positions of the German government, the decree was used as the legal basis of imprisonment of anyone considered to be opponents of the Nazis, and was used to suppress publications not considered “friendly” to the Nazi cause. The decree is considered by historians to be one of the key steps in the establishment of a one-party Nazi state in Germany. (source: Wikipedia

Only a matter of time.

This should not be passed! What do you think?

(via Barbelith; Slashdot; Toward Freedom [caution: bias])

Also Reference: OverthrowTheGovernment.org

imeem: The Best of Social Media
Posted on Thursday, October 19th, 2006 at 11:52 pm

Let me introduce you to imeem. Its tagline is “The Best of Social Media”. And let me tell you what I think is the importancy of this service. It’s better than Friendster. It’s better than MySpace. It’s better than Facebook. Look, this is absolutely amazing. So it is the Best of Social Media.

Video. Music. Playlists. Photos. Blogs. Tags. Meems. People. That’s their navigation bar.

I don’t know how they managed to finish the PHP or whatever, but this is most excellent. It blends the feature-richness of MySpace with the reliability and simplicity of Facebook. This is social networking perfection. This is true Social Networking web2.0.

It also has a nice client software for itself, as a software download. I have not tried it yet, but it is for Windows and Mac.

And of course, imeem also has privacy options. Excellent.

So check it out for yourself. Get an account and start mingling. It’s pretty amazing. Add me on the way

Internet Explorer 7 Released
Posted on Thursday, October 19th, 2006 at 3:27 pm

Internet Explorer 7

Microsoft has released their official, new version of Internet Explorer, Internet Explorer 7. (download it.) New Look! Tabs! Printing!(?) RSS! Search! Security (*cough*in under 24 hours a security patch was released*cough*)

IE Toolbar

It actually looks pretty… awesome. In the words of Adam Pash from Lifehacker:

To get a better idea of the kind of milestone the IE7 release is, keep in mind that IE6 was released way back in August of 2001. So the question is, has Microsoft spent all this time polishing a turd, or do they have something good to offer. (citeback)

There are bound to be problems with rendering pages and such, though it does (finally!) have PNG Alpha Channel support, and *better* CSS support.

In conclusion, it looks pretty good, the features presented are pretty nice, though I have not personally tried it myself. If you have a Windows machine, you might want to grab a copy if you wish.

Jump2Mail: Multi-Email Aggregator
Posted on Tuesday, October 10th, 2006 at 6:27 pm

Jump2Mail

Jump2Mail is like a web-based Thunderbird - you can add multiple email addresses and it gets the emails from them. It has nice features, such as planning features, tasks, anti-spam filtering, contacts, bookmark management, and RSS aggregation. It looks much better than Horde - but is it really? It is taking a long time to get email from an IMAP server - it still says “Chargement en cours.” It looks promising with its nice Ajax interface, but is it really good enough and fast enough to switch to?

MapQuest Beta Released
Posted on Saturday, October 7th, 2006 at 3:00 pm

MapQuest

In the midst of the pwnage of Google Maps MapQuest is getting back in the game by finally adding some interactivity to their maps. Their new maps have Javascript - meaning they are draggable, just like in Google Maps. MapQuest also adds aerial views - just like Google Maps’ Satellite View. It’s almost just like Google Maps with the instant zoom bar, switching between aerial and street views, etc. Check it out, though it might not be as good as Google Maps, it will be good for the people that don’t know what Google Maps is.

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