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  • Rich 11:42 am on November 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Taking a Break from Work 

    I’m taking a break from work because Google is kicking my butt, one day I’ve got the sites I maintain on the first page and the next they’re back on page two.

    On top of that, everybody wants a glorified print ad in a mobile dominated internet. In other words they want ugly, overly bright, totally useless sliders so they can stare at their website on their 27″ monitor and go, oooh, pretty. They also want their pages to load at record speeds, while serving lots of useless pictures to their iPad.

    Case in point:
    ptl
    This beast started out at 1.7mb, it takes up at least 3/4 of the page, it’s not clickable, has no alt tag, it adds nothing to the page SEO and Google pagespeed is 47/100. Not to mention it’s FUGLY!
    But they told me it was “pretty.” “Everyone likes bright pictures” they said. Fortunately It’s nothing I need to worry about…. Yet.

    Of course all this begs the question; How the hell are you going to sell somebody something if they’re using their IPhone and have to scroll down for days just to find your phone number or address??? Please put your phone number on top and make it clickable, then put your address right underneath ‘cus that’s all people look for when they hunt for you using their phone.

    –See I can be polite when I want to, but most days I just don’t fucking want to.

    End whine:
    Now to something strangely amusing.

    Selectively Social has a YouTube iframe embedded in one of their posts, that shows some guy out of Georgia -Europe, not US- who does sound effects including birds, winds and operatic voices.

    Did I happen to mention that normal work headaches combined with this latest website bullshit has made me so stressed out that I watched the whole bloody thing?

    Lastly. To answer a question:
    Yes I whine a lot. Because nobody knows this blog exists, so I can vent to my hearts desire. If people follow, that’s cool. If they don’t so what.

    I write this blog for the same reason people keep diaries. It’s more socially acceptable than talking out loud to our selves. I do that too, but most folks who know me are used to it. 🙂

     
    • Rich 11:23 am on November 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

      The Google Headache and New Laptop 

      The Google Headache is what several of us call Google’s new two index system -and trust me, there’s not enough Excedrin in the world to fix it.

      (It’s also taken me out of circulation for the last month or so. This leaves my social life -such as it is- in shambles, makes me cranky(ier) and keeps me from drinking as much as I’d like.)

      At any rate, the two index system means that Google now maintains one index for mobile and one index for desktops, and Pagespeed is one of the more important factors in how well you place in their index. -Oh, yeah, you can’t get a descent shot at figuring out how you’re mobile version will place using your desktop. You really need to use a tablet or smartphone to get accurate results.

      So, three guesses what I’ve been fighting for the last month or so. The boss wants pretty, but Google says that slows the page down and our ranking slips. So I listen to Google and the boss gets to stay in second place.
      –I knew there was an upside to all the stress. 😉

      I’ve been working on a Dell 15″ laptop with a 4k monitor. The problem is the pretty pictures don’t help when the screen fonts have to be set at 250% and they’re still too small to stare at for hours on end.

      I was offered a deal on an Asus G751JT with a 17.3″ screen running at 1920×1080, so I grabbed it.
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      I also updated from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 pro, at at cost of $200. -There’s never been a “Black Friday” special from Microsoft, so you get to pay retail if you want their “best.”
      This is great for website work and graphics, but it weighs 4.4kg(9.7lb) plus another pound or so for the adapter. It’s also 16.5″ x 12.5″ x 2″, which makes finding a case a bitch.

      I finally bought this Swiss Gear backpack which says this beast fits with room to spare. -Wrong. It fits but just barely. They forgot mention the taper at the top.
      img_20161125_103455.jpg

       
      • Rich 2:41 pm on October 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

        Banana Nut Bread 

        OK, so I can’t sleep because of the neuropathy in my feet and legs. -Tingling, burning, twitching- As I was pacing the floor waiting for the meds to kick in, I spotted some bananas.
        bananas
        Well we all know where this is going.
        At half past midnight I started putting together a pan of banana nut bread.
        banana nut bread

        Of course by half past one I decided I had eaten too much fresh, hot nut bread with lots of butter, and my feet were making a serious effort to make me completely nuts, but you know; it was so worth it.

        You see, I’ve been trying to get used to being on the Mind diet (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay).

        It’s mainly fruits, vegetables and fish, just like the Mediterranean diet but with more leafy green veggies.

        Here’s what you should eat:

          Green leafy vegetables (like spinach and salad greens): At least six servings a week
          Other vegetables: At least one a day
          Nuts: Five servings a week
          Berries: Two or more servings a week
          Beans: At least three servings a week
          Whole grains: Three or more servings a day
          Fish: Once a week
          Poultry (like chicken or turkey): Two times a week
          Olive oil: Use it as your main cooking oil.
          Wine: One glass a day

        And here’s what you shouldn’t eat.

          Red meats
          Butter and stick margarine
          Cheese
          Pastries and sweets
          Fried or fast food

        The good part: I like red wine.
        The bad part: That entire shouldn’t eat list.

        A friend introduced me to this “life altering” diet, but what he forgot to mention that it’s taken him a couple of months to adapt. And he still mumbles about burgers on the BBQ. –Don’t whine to me about it, you volunteered.

        Nope, I didn’t tell him about the banana bread.

        I figure I’m allowed a couple of lapses, after all it’s supposed to be a really good way to lose weight and hopefully keep my mind healthier. But one thing that really bothers me is that I feel like they spent more time coming up with a cutesy acronym than they did designing the diet.

         
        • Rich 12:19 pm on October 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply
          Tags: nfl, raiders, stadium   

          Stadium Costing $1.9 billion Approved for Las Vegas 

          The legislature has approved a 1.9 Billion dollar Stadium, and the Raiders football team is coming to Las Vegas.

          The stadium financing goes like this – $650 million from Nathan Adelson –casino billionaire, $500 million from the Raiders ($200 million of that from an NFL loan) and a $750 million public investment (hotel room tax).

          Proponents of this rolling cluster-fuck say that it will bring in 451,000 new visitors, bringing us an additional $620 million every year. Of coarse Stanford professor and sports economist Roger Noll, says the deal as a boondoggle based on outlandish financial expectations.

          The problem as I see it is that most serious sports fans can go to stadiums that are much closer to home. And a lot of those stadiums have turned out to be total boondoggles that profited only the local politicians and their pet contractors.

          If the Raiders suddenly starts winning every game, the cost of running a goliath like a stadium with it’s utilities and maintenance is outrageous.

          Oh, well.
          The politicians and their cronies always win.

           
          • Rich 6:59 pm on October 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

            Scarlett Studio 2i2 by Focusrite 

            I saw this Focusrite Scarlett Studio 2i2 at Pioneer Pawn.
            focusrite scarlett studio 2i2 gen 1
            Beginner’s like this setup because you get a microphone, an interface that supports two mics and headphones for under a hundred bucks, used. — Heck, I almost bought it.
            –SOLD–

            The dvd with the software has gone walk-about, but I never did like Cubase LE and I’m too broke to buy the full version, so this is not a problem. My favorite editor, Audacity, is still free. It’s available for Mac, PC and Linux.

            An aspiring pod-caster will need a computer, a quiet place to work and some sort of mic-stand to eliminate the noise generated by handling the mic.

            I’m using a Rode PSA1 boom arm, but at a C-note it’s kind of expensive for a beginner. — But don’t buy one of those 15 or 20 dollar arms you see on eBay, they are not strong enough to handle even a medium-heavy mic and they make a godawful lot of noise.

            Whatever you do, do not rush out and buy the best equipment on the planet, all that will do is max your credit cards. There’s no way in Hell all that junk is going to miraculously make you a star.

            On the other hand, if you want a cheap way to figure out if talking, screaming or singing to an audience you can’t see is for you, this setup will get you started.

             
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