Friday, July 30, 2010

If Cartoons Were Real

I came across this and thought you might enjoy it!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

What Drives People Away From Your Website

When you are starting a blog or website, you want people to WANT to go on it, you want features that draw people in, not things that drive them away.

1. PopUp Ads

When I go to website and I have a popup advertisment flash on my screen, I automatically get the vibe that the website I am on is a disease (virus) filled website, I go into "danger" mode and leave right away, 
Even if your site has great content, a popup advertisment can take the most wonderful site and make it look like "Trash" 

2. Advertisments For Gaming Sites

Yes, Advertisments, Now, I know some of you are trying to make money, but could you please refrain from advertisments for games like "Clash of the Scary People" or whatever its called! When I go to nice little site and see a beautiful IMVU advertisment with a girl and guy in a certain "Pose"..... It doesn't make me think highly of the site....
Also most of these are flashy, this can distract your readers and they will be to facisionated by the "Shiny" button than on what you have to say! Also when they see an ad with "Adult" content, they get the impession that the site is full of "Adult" content.

3. Misspelled Words

This is a total "No No" When you go to a blog or website you want your reader to understand the Content.
What I really hate is when I go across a blog like this:
2day I ttally wnt 2 c my BF of TTR we lke ced a flck (Even I can't understand that and I typed it!) 
Even Puntiaction is good, and spacing is also good. 
I really hate it when I come across:
Me and Mei went for a walk she said lets go he said i ran into naruto and he said to come join me i called out but Mei said naruto (Actual Story!)
Paragraphs too: Don't forget we would rather read:
I think cats are cool.
Dogs make me think of Cats, like those little puppies dogs!

I think cats are cool dogs make me think of cats like those little puppie dogs. 
Paragraphs make it look Cleaner and more proffesional!

4. Pictures of your Cat

There is nothing wrong with posting a picture of  cat once and a while, but I went to this one blog, where someone posted 20 pictures a day of their cat doing their "ninja" face. It was annoying. Sorry, but no one really cares about your cat's ninja face-If they do they don't want to see 10 pictures of it.

(Now imagine 50 posts like that?)

So now you know the things you should Avoid! 
Especially the Cat one.

New Feature Coming Soon

I am happy to announce a new feature coming soon-I am working hard on it, To let you know it is BIG, probably the biggest thing on this site I have worked on! I believe this new feature will make your experience more enjoyable!
Thanks for your patience! Sadly the time I have has been working on this new feature, sorry for not posting! It will be worth it! Trust me!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Energy Drinks Pose Serious Health Risk to Kids: Globe and Mail

Energy drinks pose serious health risk to kids: Canadian medical journal

Samm Robbins, 14, enjoys the occasional energy drink but sees it taking hold of people her age who become far to reliant on the beverage's buzz.
Federal minister of health needs to be ‘awakened’ to danger of sky-high caffeine levels

Carly Weeks
From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
Caffeinated energy drinks are a potential danger to children and need stronger scrutiny from government health officials, warns a new editorial in Canada’s leading medical journal.
The editorial, published online Monday by the Canadian Medical Association Journal, argues that the growing availability of highly-caffeinated energy drinks poses a serious threat to the health of young people who are vulnerable to the effects of caffeine.
“It is time for the federal minister of health to be awakened and alerted to concerns about energy drinks sold to children,” states the editorial, written by Noni MacDonald, section editor of population and public health at CMAJ, Matthew Stanbrook, CMAJ’s deputy editor, scientific and Paul Hébert, editor-in-chief of the journal. “Strict regulations are required if business practices and consumer trends are not curbed.”
Red Bull is one high-profile example of a caffeinated energy drink. But the market for these products has exploded in recent years, meaning there is a growing number of products available that deliver high levels of caffeine to consumers.
Unlike cola drinks or similar carbonated beverages, these energy drinks contain much higher levels of caffeine.
For instance, a 250 millilitre bottle of Coca-Cola contains 26 milligrams of caffeine, according to the company’s web site. But a 75 millilitre bottle of Rockstar “energy shot” contains 200 milligrams of caffeine. A 355 millilitre can of Red Bull contains 113.6 milligrams of caffeine.
Health Canada says children between ages 10 and 12 should not consume more than 85 milligrams of caffeine a day. Healthy adults shouldn’t consume more than 400 milligrams a day, the department says.
“At a minimum, all products with caffeine levels exceeding 100 milligrams should have labels and advertising that carry warnings comparable to those required for caffeine tablets. To minimize use by children, there should be no advertising targeting this vulnerable group,” the editorial says.
Caffeine tablets carry warnings they should not be taken by children and that excessive amounts of caffeine can lead to irritability, loss of sleep, nervousness, and even rapid heart rate.
One of the biggest concerns, according to the authors, is that it’s extremely difficult to tell how much caffeine energy drinks actually contain. While companies print how much synthetic caffeine their drinks contain on product labels, they’re not required to state the amount of caffeine contained in herbal ingredients that are also included in their product.
Red Bull and other companies that sell caffeinated energy drinks did not respond to requests for comment.
Refreshments Canada, an industry association representing beverage makers, issued a statement saying companies that sell caffeinated energy drinks are responsible and don’t engage in marketing campaigns aimed at children. It states that energy drink labels clearly indicate the products should not be consumed by children and that the products have been approved for sale in more than 100 countries.

CaramellDansen-Music Mondays

CaramellDansen, A song made by a couple have Swedish girls has made its way over to over here! You may have seen animations like:

Featuring various anime,manga, comic, tv characters!
This song is spreading an Internet phenomenon, (Is that the right word?) 
 Some people think its from japan because of the anime and japanize characters etc.
The song?
Swedish Version:

English Version:

Ps. I am working on a new feature to this site! It is Big!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

New Feature-Related Posts

You may have noticed we have a new feature! At the bottom of each post you can find related posts!
If you read a post and liked it, you can scroll down and see others like it-that may interest you. Want this widget for your blog? We used LinkWithin! (You can search it off google!)
Hope you enjoy the new feature!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Our New Antenna

We Recently swapped our PVR for a HD Antenna, it costed a fair bit, but NO MONTHLY FEES, and all our channels are free.

Did you know major cable companies, have a giant antenna and get the channels for free and sell them back to you?

So, you are technically paying for something you could get for free?

When most people see Antenna's they think of old static TV.

 WRONG! With ours we have mostly HD channels! There is also the fact that you can rotate it to get channels from different cities!
One Con is the fact that there is no guide, or channel listing.
I'm not saying one is better than the other. They both have their pros and cons!
You can see the pictures I took! (My first try at photo blogging!) 
Hope your enjoyed! (Yes I took these!)
Should I add more posts like this?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Top Social Networking Sites

You've heard of Facebook, Twitter, maybe even the "Not as popular ones." Like Bebo, and Ning.

They all have millions of users, but which one takes the crown as being the master of Social Networking?
Does MySpace take home the crown or is stuck in Twitter's shadow? Maybe you might find a site that fits your taste too.

10.  Meetup- Do something • Learn something Share something • Change something

Ever heard of Meetup? I hadn't until today, but millions much of heard of it, since it is in the top ten!
Meetup is an online social networking site, that opens the doors to offline clubs that happen around the world.
This "Smaller" social networking site made its way up to 10th place!

9. MyYearBook
MyYearBook is a site, that instead of adding friends you Know, you get to know new people (Or Strangers) I have to admit I love the CONNECT WITH FACEBOOK botton in this screen shot I took.
My Year Book settles in 9th Place.

8. Hi5 Takes 8th place! It has the same sort of style as Facebook-Create a profile add friends, play games. So on and so on.

7.  Classmates
Is a site, where a member can "Find" classmates from classes from the past

At Tagged you can play games, and share Tags and virtual gifts! Tagged (I didn't hear about it til today either!) Takes home 6th place, not bad.
5. Ning
Ning is a site, where people can create their own custom "social Network," or group.
Fact: Ning means Peace in Chinese

4. Linked In

The purpose of the site is to allow registered users to maintain a list of contact details of people they know and trust in business. The people in the list are called Connections. Users can invite anyone (whether a site user or not) to become a connection.

The membership grows by a new member approximately every second. About half of the members are in the United States and 11 million are from Europe. With 3 million users, India is the fastest-growing country as of 2009. The Netherlands has the highest adoption rate per capita outside the US at 30%
3. Twitter
Not surprising, twitter slides into third place, this social networking site, is where people can follow others and get updates from them in the form of "Tweets."

2. My Space
My space is a site which allows users to create their own "Space." My space is still reigning under Facebook's shadow...(hint. Hint.)


Facebook takes first place! (Not surprised?) 
Facebook is still at the top of its game!

What is your TOP TEN sites?

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Is Pokemon Good For our Children-What Does It Teach?

Pokemon is:
  • a seductive vision: to become Pokemon masters
  • a tempting promise: supernatural power
  • a new objective: keep collecting Pokemon 
  • an urgent command: "gotta catch them all"  

"The concept of the Pokémon universe, in both the video games and the general fictional world of Pokémon, stems from the hobby of insect collecting, a popular pastime which Pokémon executive director Satoshi Tajiri-Oniwa enjoyed as a child.[7] Players of the games are designated as Pokémon Trainers, and the two general goals (in most Pokémon games) for such Trainers are: to complete the Pokédex by collecting all of the available Pokémon species found in the fictional region where that game takes place; and to train a team of powerful Pokémon from those they have caught to compete against teams owned by other Trainers, and eventually become the strongest Trainer, the Pokémon Master. These themes of collecting, training, and battling are present in almost every version of the Pokémon franchise, including the video games, the anime and mangaPokémon Trading Card Game."  Wikipedia

Pokemon is a popular thing that has kids yelling "Gotta Catch Em all!" To the parents this means "Gotta buy them all."  Pokemon is a popular game, show and manga, We are surrounded by pokemon. You may be thinking "OH its just a card game! Its just a show, Its just a video game!" But what is this "Just a game. Just a show. Just a video game!" Teaching your children? 

 In the Tv Series, the main character had just caught his 5th pokemon, he is proud and shows it to his teacher, But it wasn't good enough, the teacher tells him to get more, more, more. This teaches kids that one isn't good enough you have to have them all!"
An author writes about pokemon and magic cards on, About how Pokemon and Magic cards can change the beliefs of children.


Barbara Whitehorse started seeking answers after her son asked a typical question: "Mom, can I get Pokemon cards? A lot of my friends from church have them." Much as she wanted Matthew to have fun with his friends, she gave a loving refusal. Matthew's tutor had already warned her that the Pokemon craze could stir interest in other kinds of occult role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons. At the time, she wondered if the tutor had just over-reacted to some harmless entertainment. After all, the cute little Pokemon creatures looked nothing like the dark demonic creatures of D&D. But when she learned that a local Christian school had banned them because of their link to the occult, she changed her mind.
Later, during a recent party for Matthew, Barbara heard two of the boys discussing their little pocket monsters. One said, "I'll just use my psychic powers." Already, the world of fantasy had colored his real world. So when some of the kids wanted to watch the afternoon Pokemon cartoon on television, Barb again had to say "no." It's not easy to be parents these days.
Cecile DiNozzi would agree. Back in 1995, her son's elementary school had found a new, exciting way to teach math. The Pound Ridge Elementary school was using Magic: the Gathering, the role-playing game called which, like Dungeons and Dragons, has built a cult following among people of all ages across the country.
Mrs. DiNozzi refused to let her son participate in the "Magic club." But a classmate gave him one of the magic cards, which he showed his mother. It was called "Soul exchange" and pictured spirits rising from graves. Like all the other cards in this ghastly game, it offered a morbid instruction: "Sacrifice a white creature."
"What does 'summon' mean?" he asked his mother after school one day.
"Summon? Why do you ask?"
He told her that during recess on the playground the children would "summon" the forces on the cards they collect by raising sticks into the air and saying, "'Spirits enter me.' They call it 'being possessed.'" 5
Strange as it may sound to American ears, demonic possession is no longer confined to distant lands. Today, government schools from coast to coast are teaching students the skills once reserved for the tribal witchdoctor or shaman in distant lands. Children everywhere are learning the pagan formulas for invoking "angelic" or demonic spirits through multicultural education, popular books, movies, and television. It's not surprising that deadly explosions of untamed violence suddenly erupt from "normal" teens across our land.
Occult role-playing games teach the same dangerous lessons.

They also add a sense of personal power and authority through personal identification with godlike superheroes. Though the demonic realm hasn't changed, today's technology, media, and multicultural climate makes it easier to access, and harder than ever to resist its appeal. 

"Pokemon is like teaching little puppies to scratch and bite for your entertainment"

It may just be a game, but it is a game wtih a dark message."

"Think of Pokemon as a jr. Version of Magic: The Gathering!"

What do you think of Pokemon?

More about Pokemon and its message:

Friday, July 16, 2010

Is Pokemon Good For our Children, Answered in a Picture!

 Pokemon: Because the concept of going around and beating wild creatures unconscious then enslaving them so they can fight for your amusement is a good thing to teach children.

The picture summarizes it. 

Coming soon: Is Pokemon Good For Our Children? (In More dept and detail. Think of this as a commercial!)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

What will Apple say about the iPhone 4?

 What will Apple say about the iPhone 4?

A case giveaway? A recall? Duct tape? Analysts says any of those options, and nothing, is possible

By Matt Hamblen
July 15, 2010 10:56 AM ET
Computerworld - By now, the civilized world knows Apple has called a press conference for tomorrow, presumably to address the antenna and reception problems experienced by some iPhone 4 users.
There is speculation that Apple could announce some kind of program to give away a $29 Apple-branded Bumper case that would fix the wireless signal reduction. The disruption occurs when a user holds the lower left side of the phone and covers the gap in the antenna that encircles the exterior edge of the phone.
Consumer Reports recommended that Apple give the plastic and rubber Bumper or some other phone case to iPhone 4 owners, since its own testing showed that a Bumper would help prevent the reduction in the wireless signal.
 Consumer Reports had issued an earlier finding that it could not recommend the iPhone 4 because of the reception issue. Even duct tape over the lower left side gap help, or holding the phone differently, the magazine said, but noted that those solutions put the burden for a fix on the user.
Apple did not respond to requests for comment.
As a respected, independent testing authority, Consumer Reports' recommendation to give away a Bumper has considerable weight, as several financials firms have noted, including Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi. A Bumper costs Apple $1 or less and would be "financially immaterial," Sacconaghi said, and much less than a full recall.

While the Bumper giveaway may sound logical, several analysts today said Apple still could appear at the Friday event and obfuscate the issue and then give away nothing. Some even said Apple could use a software update, iOS 4.0.1, which is reported by Macrumors to ship today with a new signal strength indicator for the phone as the basis of the event, to show it had addressed the reception issue with a promised software update. Apple first described the need for the update in July 2 letter on its Web site. 

Successful as it is, Apple can be stubborn for many reasons, analysts said, and might avoid a hardware fix, recall or Bumper giveaway because it wouldn't want to admit it made a mistake in design or testing of the iPhone 4 before it went on sale.
"They need to acknowledge there is a problem, which they probably won't do very effectively," said Jack Gold, an analyst at J. Gold Associates. "They should say they've heard their customers and take the complaints very seriously, even if just a small minority of customers are experiencing problems. I suspect they will downplay this and say how many happy and loyal customer they have."
Gold and others said the signal indicator fix (which basically makes the bars bigger on the interface) is a red herring for the overall reception issue. "It's a lame excuse saying they were stunned that their software calculations on signal strength were wrong," he said. "The question is, will they step forward and take some responsibility and the do the right thing for customers and their credibility or just continue to obfuscate and make excuses?"
Gartner analyst Ken Dulaney basically agreed. "There are two things going on -- a software [signal strength] bug and an antenna design problem," Dulaney said. "Apple has left it very easy for users to conclude the antenna issue could be overcome by software."
But Dulaney said a software fix is not enough, a position bolstered by the Consumer Reports testing and his own insights. Telling customers to hold the phone differently to improve signal strength, as it has suggested before, "would not be acceptable to most, [meaning] Apple criticism on the issue would continue."
Dulaney went so far as to say that Apple might actually come up with some kind of "aesthetically pleasing tape" to fix the problem, but he agreed that a free case would be the best option. Customers should be offered refunds if even a free case doesn't work, he said.

Dulaney said he would be surprised if Apple issued an iPhone 4 recall over the reception issue, because processing of the units would be an "enormous task."
Whether the reception issue is due to the software or more likely the hardware, "Apple should just fess up to the problem and do what they need to do in order to get customers a phone that works properly," said Zeus Kerravala, an analyst at Yankee Group. "Their obligation is to give customers a working phone, not just skirt the issue continually."

Article by Matt Hamblen From Computer World

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