This weekend I spent some time shortening the urls you see at the site. I compressed this
My primary objective was to make the urls easier to port. The click totals that you see everywhere on the site aren't limited to clicks made at the site. You can take that bottom url, put it anywhere and unique hits will be incremented at Planet Lotus. Think about that the next time you pay tribute to someones post. Volker did this as a goof to make Ben's post on ASW's "Hot". Yes, that was a real example.
In other news, I've cut the communication link to the Planet Lotus Satellite/Widget. As of an hour or so ago all clicks from the blog widget will go straight to the actual post. In the beginning, brining everyone back to PL was a great way to get the word out; now with the word is somewhat out visitors can click on the logo or the note at the bottom describing the site.
Yes; I know it's Friday.
Here is how to configure Pidgin to 'Sametime' with the greater YellowBleeders community. More details on Pidgin here. The following is the instructions for Pidgin on Ubuntu. I will assume the same procedure will work for Windows.
1. In Pidgin click Accounts / Add/Edit. Once open click Add.
2. Add your account info
3. Click the Advance tab.
4. Add the im.bleedyellow.com server
5. Change the proxy type to No Proxy then Save.
6. Go back to the main dialog and click Accounts select the Sametime account and choose "Add Notes Address Book Group..." and add YellowBleeders
The following is from the news.com.au story on Excessive emails and text are a mental illness
As more people leave the office computer, only to log on as soon as they get home, the American Journal of Psychiatry has found addiction to text messaging and emailing could be another form of mental illness.
Read more here...
Sick of waiting for your posts to arrive on Planet Lotus? The power is now in your hands. Simply bookmark or navigate to your Planet Lotus profile and click the refresh button. Your profile can be found by clicking on any occurrence of your name; or your blogs name, on the front page.
Also added is a timestamp of the last time the scheduled task visited your feed.
This refresh button can also be used to troubleshoot your feed. Please check your feed at feedvalidator.org before notifying me.
Please consider testing it after your next post. I have added the change log entry here: posts on demand.
The growing pains and lack of control of my current shared hosting account has caused me to upgrade to a Virtual Dedicated Server. This is good news! To start, this weekend I tested the broken feeds on a VDS from the same vendor and the test group I used all came back successful, (no proxy/no squid/yes good!). This also means a slight performance increase for page loads and potentially speed and frequency of collecting feeds; all in theory of course.
I will start working on this as soon as the VDS is setup. The actual move will happen either tonight or tomorrow night; late so as not to disrupt anything.
I have setup a Planet Lotus Forum post to capture all questions and updates regarding this move.
I won't read too much into this. His last post was Sat, Apr 1st 2006.
Yesterday Carl Tyler put together a quick screencase to show how the Lotus Notes 1.0 desktop worked. He did it to illustrate a comment he made on vowe.net. I loved watching it and I'm assuming many of you out there would get a kick out of it. Those that never got the pleasure of working with 1.0.
Thanks to BleedYellow, I was able to Sametime Carl just after watching it to see if he made others, he didn't but i learned in the process... Given that i started with Notes 3.3 I always had buttons and inline attachments. Thank goodness. I remember how Action Buttons in 4 were the Widgets of today.
Here is another good one from the IM chat: Saving the Browser
This week v. Last week
|wk ending||runs||miles||avg dist.||avg time||avg pace||total time||best pace||max dist.|
|1||Mar 09 08||4||26.80||6.70||58:44||8:46||03:54:57||8:33||8.30|
|2||Mar 02 08||4||26.00||6.50||58:34||9:01||03:54:14||8:39||10.00|
Today - (Sun March 9th)
ROWLEY, MA - This run was more like it. I started off ok and it kept getting better until the last two miles where I was really picking up speed. My full body was into it which I haven't felt all that much lately. This was the second run on the new sneakers and I feel the control is just what I need. It will be fun growing into them for the 400 miles until I start this all over again.
6 hours separated these two runs. This time was balls on with my watch. (I didn't forget it.)
5.80 miles at a 8:51 pace.
Today - (Sun March 9th)
ROWLEY, MA - I had to get this run done quick. At least I thought. I was going to try and do 11+ but my better judgment got a hold of me. I would have made Johanna and Emma late and I didn't want that. By the time they came back there wouldn't have been enough time to get it don't, not enough daylight; so I screwed myself on planning the day. So I figured double.
Started off too fast; two days off will do that to you, and it turned into a mediocre run; I guess you can say I paid for going out quick.
I did this one cave man style to a degree. I had no watch period but in know the distance. If im no going to run with my cell then I have to keep to my regular route. Just have to.
This was also my first run on Brooks Adrenaline 7. I've put about 5,000 on Adrenaline 6's thank goodness Brooks philosophy of changing gradually (or maybe not at all) paid off.
The time is my bestguess.
5.80 miles at a 8:53 pace.
Thu March 6th
ROWLEY, MA TREADMILL - I have tried 3 different times to write up what's been going on lately and just can't make it as meaningful as i'd like it to be, so here is an overview.
I stared running again. In doing so, two weeks ago, I popped in a vhs of the 1995 Ironman Championship where a triathlete named Chuckie V was featured. After the run i looked him up. He has a blog and it is amazing. He has opened my eyes more then once. One such post sparked the past two amazing runs i've entered here. Essentially its a hybrid of his Cave Man approach. I start my run on 6 mph /10 minute mile; for a couple minutes, put a shirt over the treadmill readout and go from there. What makes this different is the lack of me bitching at my, slow speed, lack of energy, pain in my legs. What changed this is the act of listening. I have become a domestic to my body. I ask it, what do you need, what do you want, i am there to server its every desire.
I have learned some much from this listening; as odd as all this might sound. I don't slave to the speed i want my body to go, rather I let my legs tell me how fast they want to go and remarkably they want to go fast... Its so amazing im thinking of expanding this theory beyond the treadmill. If it works for running, and they say it works with relationships, what else does it work well with?
For this run I ran until my body was done. I did artificially push this a little so i could watch the end of the apprentice; guilty. I have no clue how fast i was going at the end but every 5 or 10 minutes i was pushing it faster and faster. Whatever my legs wanted. It was magical. I wasn't tired, my legs weren't tired all because they were setting the pace they were making the choices.
I can't wait to see where this goes. For now its surly expedited my venture back to a pace i feel happy with (the low 8's.). Another byproduct of this is eating well.
My body is craving good food. I have helped this along with reading "the Zone". Not because im looking for a diet rather so i can learn what foods are good for me. I am utterly food dumb. This book is great at breaking out fats, carbs, etc. I could say that the runs ive done are a result of my better eating but i feel its a circular effect. Everything is working on all cylinders and i feel great.
This is why i love running; all this, and of all places a half dark corner of my basement. I can't wait to get out on the street this weekend.
Thanks Chuckie V.! You're "The True Meaning of Miles" post has made my week; and then some.
8.30 miles at a 8:33 pace.
Tue March 4th
ROWLEY, MA TREADMILL - Tonight i left everything on the treadmill. It was all due to an amazing new approach to running that I've adopted. The details of which i will write about tomorrow.
6.90 miles at a 8:51 pace.
More at... http://www.yancylent.com/running/
Ever sport I've ever followed has had an opening day. Cycling is no different. It starts with the Spring Classics (one to a few days in length) and then leads up to the grand tours,
The part I struggle with is, not only is cycling my favorite sport to watch but its also my favorite sport to take part in. I don't race per say but i do ride a lot either alone, with clubs or in triathlons. So the opening day is two part, my version and the established sports version.
So the question is what is my opening day. I've heard Paris-Nice is the opening race of the season as the history of the sport goes; the almost brand new Tour of California has already passed. But when does it start for me.
It seems to happen in stages, all leading up to late Spring where I am slightly/completely (depending who you ask) obsessed with it all. The first spark this year was watching the Tour of California on my treadmill. I was running for the first time not as prep for road races but to prep for the cycling season. Don't get me wrong i still love running; its just this Summer I'm focusing on the bike.
The next spark was Bicycling Magazine's Annual Buyers Guide that arrived a couple weeks ago. Now this year i didn't walk around the house with it in my hands all weekend like last year when I was in the market for a new bike, maybe just a few hours. I actually have to stop myself from spending too much time memorizing all the new details on all the new bikes and components. It's just like any other hobby.
The next trigger, tonight's event on Versus which starts a string of other races on Sunday nights that are all already in my Blackberry; with reminders set.
There are two other steps to follow. Getting out there for the first road ride and going for the first group ride of the season.
The more it snows the longer it stays cold the longer I find myself starring at my bike as I walk past.
I can't wait for the nice weather!
Just about 100 of us are using their Sametime gateway at bleedyellow.com to have random, often personal conversations. The trouble is, all our ‘keystrokes' are going through their server. The beauty of Sametime is all of this can be logged… but it isn't. Guess how I know? Tim Tripcony said so! You may find that funny but if you've ever read his posts on politics, government, etc. you'd understand why that's all I need to know.
But for some of us in the community this isn't enough, so the Lotus 911 bleed yellow team caucused and went into quick action. They've setup an advisory committee to peer audit their server configuration. Issue settled.