Goodbye 2012 – Here comes 2013

31 12 2012

Just a short note to all of you that read my blog… Thank you for letting me share my experiences, travels and a bit of life with you over the past year.  I met SO many new people in 2012 in countries from Ecuador to Cambodia.  You all had a positive effect on my life.  I strive to be better, but often fall short. It’s the presence and love of my dear wife that keeps me going even when I fall down.  This past year has seen a LOT of travel… almost too much.  I hope that in 2013 I’ll be home more often to share more of the joys of life with the people I love.

Happy 2013 to all of you!  May God bless and keep you always!

2011 in review

31 12 2011

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,500 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Finally got my old entries from My Hong Kong Trip back

10 01 2008

After “The Great Blog Loss”, I have been gradually working at recovering my old posts.  I have managed to resurrect my posts from my Hong Kong/China Trip back in January 2006, as well as my work trip to Monterrey Mexico in 2004.

Thank goodness. I was pretty crushed losing all that information!

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Gaaack!!! My WordPress Blog Stats page has changed – for the worse :(

17 08 2007

Dear WordPress…  What have you done?  My Blog Stats shows some bizarre graph with “Region A” and “Region B” I don’t get a nice daily hit counter anymore.  I’m a number junkie… yer killin’ me! 😦  WTH is Region A? Why do I have 2003-2005?  I’ve only been blogging here since 2007!  So many questions.  No answers – that I can see.

Update – Whoa!  Back to normal.  Bizarre.

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Felicity is in Korea!

11 10 2006

My cousin is in Korea!  She’s been teaching English there for a month now.  Crazy!

Felicity’s Korean Adventure in text and pics

Bloggers ARE the "press"

29 05 2006

In a recent court battle of Apple vs. someone who published leaked documents, the court has ruled that bloggers should be afforded the same protection as the press in the United States.

This is HUGE for the world of the independent press (bloggers).  It will be interesting to see what comes of it in the long run.

Using Word as your Blogging tool?

15 05 2006

Soon you’ll be able to use Word 2007 as your blogging tool.  It creates CLEAN HTML that doesn’t have all the garbage that Word usually spews out into HTML. That’s right… a step in the right direction.  I look forward to seeing this one MS!

Summary of my Hong Kong/China vacation trip blog entries

25 01 2006

It was a GREAT time. I would suggest that anyone thinking about visiting Hong Kong do so, and while you’re there do a tour to one of the nearby places like Vietnam, Thailand or China!

For just pictures: 

Day by day:
Hong Kong Day 1-3 (Dec 25-Dec 27 2005)
Hong Kong Day 4 ( December 28, 2005)
Hong Kong(Guangzhou) Day 5 (December 29, 2005)
Hong Kong (Guangzhou) Day 6 (December 30, 2005)
Hong Kong Day 7 (December 31, 2005) part 1
Hong Kong Day 7 (December 31, 2005) – complete
Hong Kong Day 8 (January 1, 2006)
I got to meet Jackie Chan!!!
Hong Kong Day 9 (January 2, 2006)
Hong Kong Day 10 (January 3, 2005)
Hong Kong (Macau) Day 11 (January 4, 2006)
Hong Kong Day 12 (January 5, 2006)
Hong Kong (Zhengzhou) Day 13 (January 6, 2006)
Hong Kong (Luoyang) Day 14 (January 7, 2006)
Falling behind – sorry
Hong Kong (Xi’An) Day 15 (January 8, 2006)
Hong Kong (Xi’An) Day 16 (January 9, 2006)
Hong Kong (Xi’An, Beijing) Day 17 (January 10, 2006)
Hong Kong (Beijing) Day 18 (January 11, 2006)
Hong Kong (Beijing) Day 19 (January 12, 2006)
Hong Kong (Beijing) Day 20 (January 13, 2006)
Hong Kong Day 21 (January 14, 2006)
Hong Kong Day 22 (January 15, 2006)
Hong Kong – Day 23 (January 16, 2006)
Things I learned while touring Hong Kong/China

Looks like I’m not alone in hating cut and paste blogs

6 10 2005

Roger and Matt both agree with me:  Cutting and pasting someone else’s blog entry, and adding NOTHING is a waste of electrons.  Blogs are about opinions, feelings, and the guy on the street view of things. Not simply parroting some other blog 😦

Looks like we moved!

26 09 2005

Well, kind of moved.

We appear to be located at now.  Basically, if you do a search and replace for the and replace it with  All your bookmarks and RSS for me should be fixed. [8-)]

New Header graphic

26 07 2005

I took it while out visiting my aunt.  I like the contrast between the farm field and the housing development.

What do you think?

Something’s not quite right in the blogosphere

13 07 2005

Check out the following blogs.  They all have the same structure, but apparently nonsensical postings.  Coincidence?  Blirus? (BlogVirus) Virus (blog tool based)?  One links to the next by a simple “Reference“ tag at the beginning of the blog post.

What is the cause?  Do YOU know?

It seems to be some intricate viral linking.

One year!

27 05 2005

Just over a one year ago, I started this blog.  I must say that I’m pretty happy with the readership, and the comments and feedback that I get on it.  It has been fun so far.  I’m definitely glad I started it up.  If you’re sitting on the fence saying “I don’t know if I should do this..”  Do it.  Nothing to lose.  Who cares if nobody reads your blog.  It’s a chance for you to record the things you like, and that you think others might find interesting.

Darth Vader has a blog!

28 04 2005

In case you were wondering what it’s like to be the servant of the Imperial emperor, and tough front man for the dark side…wonder no more:  Darth has his own blog.  Very insightful.  Complete with RSS feed.

Always keen to keep up with the Dark Lord, and his comings and goings, I’ve subscribed 🙂

Blogger says "We’re home to 8 million blogs"

12 04 2005

Dave Winer points to a CBS marketwatch page which says that Blogger has 8 million blogs. What it fails to mention is that probably 7.9 million of them only have one entry – the one that people do when they first set up a blog, to see if it works.

It would be interesting to see what their ACTIVE count is.

The city of San Francisco is looking to pass an ordinance that requires bloggers to REGISTER!?

4 04 2005

Acccording to the Personal Democracy Forum, the city of SF wants to pass a a city ordinance  requiring all local bloggers to register with the city’s Ethics commission.  What’s next?  Will every home cookie maker have to register with the Health Inspection Agency?

An interesting, and less panic inducing comment on the ordinance can be found at “Riding Sun”

Tony Pierce has 20 basic points on what to do in a Blog

16 03 2005

Tony Pierce has 20 basic points on what to do in a Blog.

And to many of those points, I say “Screw It!”

Do what you want.   It’s your Blog.  People will diss you, people may praise you, but be ready for it all.  If you’re going to be live on the ‘Net, you’d better have thick skin.  Get out there and take a chance.  (Do watch for the blogging about work and getting fired thing.  It happens a bit too much these days)  Let your feelings be known. Say what you you want.  This is YOUR piece of the ‘Net and YOUR place to inform people.  Get out there and do it!

Have fun, play nice, and other kids will share their toys with you 🙂

How do Blogs Impact a Business?

22 01 2005

A comment on a previous post led me to a blog by “Mark” doing an Executive MBA program, and his first post, which asked “Why should I Care about Blogs”  I was going to post in the comments, but this could get long.

Blogs, themselves, are like guns.  They don’t do anything other than the bidding of the person controlling them. 

Blogs affect businesses in 2 different ways.

1) Company employees have blogs. (See MS etc)
2) People blog about a company (reviews/complaints/kudos)

Both of these avenues can be both good and bad for a company.   When you let your staff blog, you have to draw the line to make sure that they aren’t giving out corporate secrets, or disparaging your company in “public“.  Many bloggers start with a small audience of close friends and/or relatives, and then it grows.  When it’s small, it may not seem so bad to complain about an overbearing boss, but as it becomes larger, you might find that it is your boss that’s reading.   There have been a few cases of bloggers being fired for blogging about their work, even when they didn’t mention their work directly.  (Washington DC intern, British Book Store Waterstones, and others (see bottom of page))

Letting your staff blog has the advantage that your company becomes immediately more accessible, and people like that.  It shows that you are willing to let your staff talk DIRECTLY to the public, rather than vetting EVERYTHING they say and do.  It’s good PR.  I know that I feel more comfortable dealing with a company if I know that I am getting some of the straight goods directly from the developers rather than the marketing droids.

The most common blog relating to companies these days is still the individual blogger who uses a product or service and loves it, so writes about it.  Or s/he hates it, and wants to make sure others know it before they make the same “mistake“ in the blogger’s mind.  A smart company keeps alert as to what is being said about it in the blogosphere, either via sites like PubSub, or technorati.  If someone blogs something negative about your product, contact them, and try to make it right.  These little bloggers can carry quite a bit of weight on Google, and nobody like to find their product in Google with “Sucks“ attached to it in the top rank 🙂

Blogs empower joe computer user to speak his mind, and to get information out that isn’t always “sexy“ enough for the mainstream media to cover.  This means that some of it may be wrong.  It usually isn’t vetted as closely as big media, but it’s usually from the heart.  And it’s from the heart where many people decide if they will be using your company or not.

So, Mark….I hope I helped a bit.   As to other sites that talk about this, you might want to try to contact Dave Winer as he really has been the orginal driving force behind the growth of “blogging“.

Anyone else know any sites for Mark?

CBC has RSS!

22 12 2004

The CBC has RSS feeds.  They are the first Canadian news source, that I’ve found, which has RSS feeds.  Finally, I don’t have to count on Yahoo! as my sole source of info.


New Look to the Blog

10 12 2004

What do you think?

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