NOTE: This is a repost of the previous episode, encoded in MP3.
Given todays crisis with the rising prices for oil and the rising prices for food, I thought it would be interesting to look back at George W. Bush's statement "America is addicted to Oil". As astonishing as it was for GW to be so honest as to admit the national addiction, as I reread the State of the Union speech this statement was embedded among some interesting promises related to freeing the U.S. from dependence on oil.
Yesterday Democracy Now had a pair of interesting segments about the crisis in the mortgage lending sector. Subprime Lending Crisis: Millions of Families Face Losing Their Homes to Foreclosure and In Debt We Trust: America Before the Bubble Burst ... the idea they present is that 'predatory lenders' have been roaming the country stealing peoples houses and forcing people to run up enormous debts.
In this CNET article Viacom moves on without YouTube a very strange argument is made. The situation is that clips from Comedy Central programs like The Colbert Report and The Daily Show are very popular on YouTube. Viacom, the owner of Comedy Central, has demanded that over 100,000 clips be removed from YouTube.
Here is a useful tutorial on Creating Keyword Rich Pages. What a keyword rich page does is to hopefully rank highly in search engine results for that keyword. Once you have a page that ranks highly for specific results, then it ought to draw visitors looking for information related to that word or phrase. Of course that's not the whole of the equation for gaining visitors.
Podcasting is an interesting phenomenon that has wideranging potential consequences. Podcasting allows for easy distribution of audio "shows" similar to radio programs. For that matter, many radio programs are currently available as podcast. A podcast is relatively simple application of the RSS feed, the podcaster merely makes an audio file be an attachment to an entry in their RSS feed. Voila, instant podcast.
A few months ago there was a big hoopdedah about the Star Wars series being "OVER" because Episode 3 was finally shown. Well, a couple weeks ago the actual final step happened when Episode 3 was released on DVD. Okay, that's the final step assuming that George Lucas doesn't film episodes 7-9 or maybe episode -20 through -18 or something.
So, how does it feel to finally have the whole thing on DVD? I'd say "completion". I saw it in the store and "had" to buy it just for that completion. What kind of geek would I be and not have the whole set?
It was nice to verify one of the spoilers I'd seen about a sighting of the Millenium Falcon in Episode 3. Yup, it's there, in the scene when Obi Wan and Annikan are returning from rescuing Palpatine and their ship is docking at the Senate. At the same time the Millenium Falcon is docking elsewhere in the frame.
What is Splog
"Splog" is short for Spam Blog. Spam blogs are blogs that don't provide any real content for users. They exist solely to game the search engines. These splogs may exist just to have links to other websites or, they may have ads on the blog itself. The content on splogs are auto-generated, either from some other source or a list of useless keywords.
What is Wrong with Splog?
I love Java. Lots. It's the neatest programming language I've used over the past 30 years, bar none.
You'll notice this web site is based on drupal. If I love Java so much, why don't I use a Java equivalent? And, as noted on these two blog postings, why are the PHP based web applications so much more popular than the Java equivalents?