Testing The Webcam

Lo and behold, I have a new webcam, my first ever. I was going to say that Santa bought it for me but that would be a lie. I’ve thought about having some kind of camera on my computer for a long time and decided to give myself a Christmas treat.

It turns out not to be as easy as one might think it would be, especially for someone who’s used to professional speaking. Figuring out where to look was an interesting challenge, and I was doing some things during the couple of practice runs that I had to quickly train myself not to do. Anyway, here’s the video:

There’s a few things I had to do to get the video on here.  I didn’t want to have to go to YouTube, so I installed a plugin called Embedded Video.  Then I had to switch to WYSIWYG so I could access the program, as that’s the only way it shows.  The last tab of the program allows you to pop in the link to the video, which is on my own website, and thus you see the video. Once I saw what the code looked like, I went back and got out of WYSIWYG and only used the code I saw before in my normal mode to see if it still worked, and it didn’t. So, it would seem that you can’t just write the code and add a video that way; sigh…

Also, my original file was around 183MB, so I had to upload it to my site, which took awhile being that big, but the video seems to be doing its job, and I’m a happy guy.

So, this post ends up being a great learning tool as well as you seeing my video; it’s all good. I did go back and find out that the webcam I bought today is the one I’m showing down below; it’s pretty neat and fairly inexpensive. I bought one for my wife as well today to replace her obsolete one once I got her a Win 7 machine.

What do you think?

Update If you don’t have a very fast internet connection it’s going to take forever for the video to load. I’m learning on the go, and I realize that’s a really huge file for many people. Sorry about that in advance.

Update II It turns out I actually have a YouTube account, though I have absolutely no idea where it came from. Anyway, the video is now able to be viewed by everyone; go for it! 😉
 

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Revisiting Website Grader

Back in June of 2008 I introduced a site on this blog called Website Grader. Basically what the site will do is review your site, which can be a blog, give you a ranking of some sort, then tell you some things about it that you probably didn’t know to give you the opportunity to improve, if you’re so inclined.

When I did this back then, my rank came out at 84; as you can see, it’s ranked much higher now, and that’s out of 100 so I’m not complaining one bit. It adds that I’m ranked #32,194 out of 3,127,474 websites it’s reviewed; I’ll take that, as it puts me around the top 1%.

The weird part is that it ranks this site as a blog differently, since it is a blog. My ranking there is only 74, which is weird. That must be a new statistic, since I didn’t catalog anything like that in the past. It says I have 1,870 Google indexed pages, which is weird since I only have a bit more than 900 posts, and not tons of pages either. It’s telling me I’m missing out on some SEO because I haven’t put anything in my ALT tags, which is probably true. It says I have 14,206 inbound links, which is pretty neat because back then I only had 837.

And it shows me as having a MOZ rank of 5. I had no idea what that was, so I clicked on the link it provided and it took me to a page called seamoz, where I found a page of all their ranking factors that gives you a rank of something out of 10, like Google page rank. It seems that have all sorts of tools you can play with as well; if you’re interested, take a look around.

It tells you a lot of other stuff as well, but I’m not getting into all of that. I will say that Website Grader will tell you some things that you might want to address if you want your blog being seen in a better light. Or not, since it told me I have too many images on this site, and I’m keeping them! lol For kicks and giggles, go ahead and pop your website’s link in and see what it has to say. And trust me, it has some funny things to say to you while you’re waiting for your results.


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Merry Christmas – With The Muppets!

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate Christmas, and happy holidays to the rest of you. Although Christmas isn’t overall my favorite holiday, one can’t dispute that some of the best specials on TV are due to Christmas.

One of my favorites ever was John Denver and the Muppets – A Christmas Together. Strange thing is, it’s never come out on video in any fashion, for whatever reason. I have the album, which I’ve always loved, but of course now I don’t have a record player so I don’t get to play it anymore.

Anyway, part of that is solved here. Here’s a video from that special that captures the funny part of Christmas; great stuff! I hope you enjoy it and your holiday.


 

The Three Roses Of Christmas

The day before Christmas, and I thought I’d go in a much different direction than normal. I wrote this poem back in 1993, probably the last poem or anything like it that I ever wrote. I’ve had it for years, but can’t say that I’d thought about it in awhile.

Me being me, it’s probably not a traditional Christmas poem, but it’s my style. I hope everyone is going to visit someone they care about this holiday season, regardless of what you believe, and if not, I hope you have some peace during this time, even for only a few days if that’s all you can get. Happy Holidays to all.

The Three Roses of Christmas
 

There were three roses of Christmas
Discussing the coming day
The trip they were to undertake
And what they were supposed to say

The first one was a cynic
Said “Man, we’re being used
This cat’s afraid to speak his mind
So we’re to plant a clue

I looked into the brother’s eyes
I’ve seen the signs before
He figures that by sending us
He’ll get a foot in the door

This dude will freak when she reacts
Cause this stuff never works
The ladies like a man who’s strong
Not one who acts a twerp

Man, this way’s a cop out
The girl will see right through
Got too many eggs in the basket
This Christmas he’ll be blue”

The second was a romantic
Said “You’ve got this thing all wrong
It’s such a lovely gesture
Like writing someone a song

Every Christmas love’s in blossom
It’s a perfect time of year
When an exchange with someone special
Brings a sentimental tear

I think our overt statement
Sends a message very clear
It’s sent from someone special
To one that’s very dear

You and your misgivings
Open up and see
We’re the symbol of Christmas love
Like the tree’s for family unity”

The third one had been quiet
Taking in every word
He listened to the argument
And thought it quite absurd

“Why of course we’re a sign of love
We’re not a sign of hate
But love has many levels to which
I hope you can relate

There’s love of just one person
There’s love of family
There’s love of all mankind
Though for us intent’s the key

We can’t be sure of one’s motives
For human’s are a sensitive lot
They never seem happy for very long
When they can’t get what they have not

You two just can’t see how close you are
On the feelings the season brings
You probably see different reasons for
So many Christmas wedding rings

For the cynic, why not send a dozen?
For the romantic, why not send just one?
So many relevant theories are born
With each rising of the sun

And what about the religious
Who know why the day was named
If believers were our destination
Would our meaning be perceived the same?

I think we should be happy for
The feelings we hope to impart
An outward reaction of a smile
And a touching of the heart”

Finally the three were silent
It was time for them to go
There are so many different meanings
That they may never know

Though flowers may enhance someone’s feelings
It’s the receiver who has to adjust
So a specific message may not be conveyed
By any three roses of Christmas.


 

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What Do You Want For Your Blog?

Last week I was reading a post on Mike’s Life blog titled Why Businesses Should Blog Outside The Box. It was written well, and it made an interesting point in saying that once he was able to convince a friend of his to find a way to convince people who didn’t know they needed him and his business that his friend’s business skyrocketed once he figured out how to reach that particular market.


Dream On
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It was interesting to think about because I believe most of us really are searching for those people who we believe need us or want what we have to offer in some fashion, and we don’t really think as much about reaching out to those people who may not know they need us. Of course, that really would be thinking outside the box, and I’m unsure how we’d get it done.

Actually, that’s not true at all; at least for me. I find myself always trying to convince people I meet to stop by my blogs. Most of them aren’t really interested in many of the things I talk about… at least that’s often my first thought. Then I start thinking that there are people who visit this blog because one never knows what the heck I might be talking about, and I invite people to stop by once I’ve had a chance to talk to them. I often find that I’m talking to someone that mentions something I’ve written about on this blog, and I’ll say to them “hey, I wrote about that; you should check out my blog.”

Of course, just because I get people here doesn’t mean I know what I want for this blog. It’s something I’ve been thinking about as we get towards the end of the year, and as I start the creep towards post #1,000. Some think I should talk more about myself; some think the path I’ve undertaken in the previous posts over all these years is sufficient. Frankly, I haven’t fully come to grips with what I want for this blog.

So I dream and think, and in sharing it maybe you’ll dream and share. I’m not about to lay out my goals for 2011 on this post; that’s later. But here are things I’m thinking about. Do I want to make money on this blog? Do I want to increase my overall influence through this blog? Do I want to keep increasing all my measurable numbers, as in more subscribers and a lower Alexa ranking? Do I want to talk more tech or talk more blogging and writing or share more stories or add more motivational stuff? Do I want to add more video (can’t just yet) or audio? Do I want to use this blog to get more business overall?

What do I want for this blog? I’ll be thinking about that over the next few days. What do you want for your blog? Have you thought about it, and if not, will you?