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These pages are all my own work. Unfortunately that may be a terrible admission. In these pages are various writings of mine, from the first part of my life story, to poems, to mad ramblings without excuse. Below the links to the articles is my blog. Not to be confused with the Techie Blog, this is random ramblings from life.

Rambling Rumination

Diving or Drowning Part I. The first part of my Autohagiography... up to the point where I first take ecstacy. The tale of how a polite, well mannered middle-class child became such a ruffian.....

Diving or Drowning Part II. The second part of my life story - the further fall....

Life in Romania. An article about living in Romania. This follows two visits in 2004 and 2005 to visit my wifes parents. Life is very different in Romania than it is here in Britain.

A Random Assortment. A short collection of my poetry. There's one or two gems buried in here.

HumanOS v1.3. Subtitled baby crocodiles, computers and the human personality. This is an article that compares the human mind to a computer operating system. It touches on artifical intelligence and the ages old Nature versus Nurture debate.

Christian Meditation. A short piece on Christian meditation - exploring living Spirituality with God.

Imagine Paradise. No its not about a large network of computers, its actually about Christian Community..... and why we bother.

The first is an article on the spiritual power of symbols and sacraments. The second one, is on what sort of truth we can expect to find in the bible - with a brief section providing one possible reconciliation between modern science and Genesis. They should both be understandable by 'beginners' to the subjects.

Quick 'n' Dirty HTML. Need to get a webpage up quick and never done any HTML before ? This article will get you up to speed with the basics, using a TABLE for layout. Not for those who want nice, standards compliant, XHTML and CSS...

Voidspace Story. My cyberpunk short story. Lovely imagery but very short *sigh*. Come and play in the Void !

Beginners Guide to Atlantis. My beginners guide for new players of Atlantis - the computer 'Play-by-eMail' game. Very useful if you`ve just started to play.


Exploring the Blogosphere

emoticon:globepage I knew the blogosphere [1] was big... in fact I knew it was probably huge... it's just that I always had this sneaking suspicion that the number of people writing was bigger than the number of people reading. Razz

I guess I should have known better. My Techie blog is mainly about Python programming. It's included (is this the right place to say aggregated ?) in a feed [2] called Planet Python which is kind of a microcosm of the blogosphere for Python programmers. Every time I do a new blog entry it appears there - and I get up to a few hundred people reading my blog posts from it. (Including some people who subscribe directly).

Python is a small community as special interests go (hey - I wonder if there's a cyberpunk blogosphere - I guess I've never managed to find it), and there are many many bigger communities out there. So if an amateur like me can get a few hundred readers - I guess there must be blog circles with tens of thousands of readers [3].

Yesterday I decided to poke my nose further into the blogosphere. Maybe by using a few standard blog tools I can get more traffic to my blogs with no extra work. Wink


Actually I'm a great believer in content. I've never placed a great deal of value on things like SEO and that malarkey. I reckon if you have quality content, even if it takes a while, people will find you.

So I've finally started to digest the jargon a bit, and jump on board the blogging bandwagon [4]. As a result of my exploration I've stumbled across the following people and places :

  • Technorati - Yes I've finally succumbed. Smile
  • Britblog - directory of British Bloggers, up the Brits.
  • Blogs4God - Directory of Christian Blogs.
  • Blogshares - virtual trading in blog values for goodness sake.
  • Haloscan - I was already using Haloscan for my comments, but I'm including it here for completeness
  • Feedburner - I'm still considering this, I don't know how useful it is.

I have also sorted out the rss links in the html head - all gnarly stuff. (And even added the proper XML icon to the feed link).

A buzzword I haven't mentioned yet is tagging - which is something Technorati make a lot of. My blog tool has fixed categories (this post is in Blog on Blogging) - but doesn't allow arbitrary tags. Hmmm.. maybe I'll have to add it [5]. Confused

The next buzzwords to cope with are pings and trackbacks. These are how you tell people you've updated your blog, or linked to their blog entry. Because I do my blogging on my PC (client side) and then upload, I ought to do this from my PC. But I don't have unrestricted internet - so it looks like I'll have to code or find a compatible server side solution. It seems like pinging might be fairly important in terms of letting some services know you've made a new entry (although some don't require it).

You never know - I might get some more traffic from all of this (as I sort out the details). A better way of saying this is that I might have improved my findability. By making it easier to subscribe to my blog(s) - more people might read it.

Of course what I really need to do is increase the amount of quality, relevant, posts. That's always the best solution - and in the long run, the only way to attract new readers.

Hmm.. by the way - according to Technorati :

The Pew Internet study estimates that about 11%, or about 50 million, of Internet users are regular blog readers. A new weblog is created every 7.4 seconds, which means there are about 12,000 new blogs a day. Bloggers - people who write weblogs - update their weblogs regularly; there are about 275,000 posts daily, or about 10,800 blog updates an hour.


Now you might ask why any of this matters ? Why indeed.... Well it looks like web feeds are more and more becoming the way to deliver news and information. I still tend to read them through a web interface - but aggregators are the programs that let you subscribe to feeds and view updated items as they happen.

Some people think that these tools will replace browsers. Now that's definitely overhype [6] - but they'll certainly become more common. I've just started playing with Google reader, another unsung google tool. If you're really unlucky I might even let you know how I get on with it. You'll have to subscribe to my feed to find out of course - hey I'm getting better with this jargon. Wink

[1]The blogosphere is kind of the social circle (dare I say community...) created by people who blog.
[2]Can you tell I'm struggling with the jargon here ? Laughing
[3]Blogads run a network of advertising for bloggers. They're only interested in blogs that get a thousand or more visitors a day - so somebody somewhere is reading blogs.
[4]Of course, by the time you see a bandwagon... it's too late.
[5]Tagging is interesting because it breaks away from the strict hierarchical way of categorising things. It can be more useful to apply several categories to something. I'm adding support for tags in rest2web (which builds my website). I'll consider how best to add them to Firedrop, maybe through a plugin...
[6]I think browsers will also develop to become better at delivering web applications - not just information. Browsers will become more of an interface for doing thing.

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2005-10-14 15:22:11 | |


Voice on the Web

emoticon:paper Here's another interesting offer from Voidspace.

Have you ever written anything that you would like to put online, but haven't ? If you'd like to publish your work, but don't want to have to learn HTML, then maybe I can help.

I can host your content at Voidspace [1], and link it in to the rest of the site. This way you get the advantage of being part of an established site (that gets hundreds of visitors a day).

I'd consider anything of reasonable quality :

  • stories
  • opinions
  • travel writing
  • poems
  • recipes
  • open source projects or technical writing

If you're interested, then browse over to Voice on the Web.

[1]Obviously nothing offensive, and purely at my discretion. Smile

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2005-10-14 10:18:21 | |


Voidspace at Your Service

emoticon:noise I've recently expanded the range of Voidspace services.

These include various advertising type thingies :

  • commercial links
  • product reviews
  • adverts and competitions

There are also a raft of technical services on offer [1].

Slightly more unusual is Romanian Translation. My wife is Romanian, and keen to do translation work. So if you need anything translating from Romanian to English (or vice-versa) - she's the lady. Very Happy

[1]Hosting, website creation, custom application creation. You know, all the usual suspects.

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2005-10-14 09:47:06 | |
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Wired for Chaos

emoticon:cyberpunk Who said cyberpunk was dead ? Surprised

There's a new player in town - or more to the point a new book that places itself firmly in the cyberpunk genre.

Wiredforchaos by Brett Renwick [1] claims to be :

badass science fiction, a thriller, a hard-boiled, kickass page-turner where no one is innocent. In a world where street cams, chips imbedded in your clothes and all manner of surveillance keep tabs on your every move try running for your life.

It certainly sounds Cyberpunk. Very Happy I've managed to get my hands on a review copy, so I'll be able to let you know soon....

It's nice to see things still moving in the world of cyberpunk. Current advances in technology (not to mention terrorism, world disaster) are exactly the sort of themes explored by cyberpunk. I'm surprised not to see more happening.

Maybe as Alx says - cyberpunk is now no longer fiction.....

[1]Published by Creation Books

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2005-10-14 09:46:58 | |


Friend or Foe ?

emoticon:bugs I've just realised that I don't have a convenient page of links to my friends. Sad

I'll be putting one up shortly - so if you feel you deserve to be included Wink then drop me an email and I'll make sure you are.

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2005-10-14 09:46:31 | |
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Fuzzy Stuff

emoticon:fuzzy Another Fuzzy quote.

"I live to hug, to dream, and to worship."

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2005-10-14 09:40:39 | |
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Pretty X-Stream

emoticon:info My friend Justin has just released his mini-app SlippedStream TV.

It's basically a utility that connects you to lots of the free internet TV and radio channels out there. He's put a lot of work into sorting out which channels are actually worth watching - so there's no junk.

I'm selling it at $9.99 [1] from the shop - a bargain I think you'll agree. Laughing

If you've not explored streaming TV or radio before, this is an easy way to get into it.

[1]That's pounds sterling - seeing as some encoding problem is messing up the pound sign. sigh

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MirrorMask Film

emoticon:eyeballz The MirrorMask Competition ends today. This is your last chance to enter. Very Happy

The response has been great - better than I expected. The pages I set up for MirrorMask (including the initial blog announcement and screenshots) have had over a thousand page views. Great.

I'm hoping to announce the winners on Monday.

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2005-10-14 08:46:15 | |

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