Thesis 1.6 and Why You Should be Using It


thesis-260x125When I began blogging back in 1999, I may not have had the tools at my disposal that I have today, but one thing I was as certain of then as I am today is the power of blogging. There has been no other tool in the history of mankind that has given voice to so many, for so little, in such a short period of time.

I believe that history will look back on this era, this dawn of social media, and pay homage to those who played a part in arming the masses during this wondrous time. It is my personal opinion, and I believe that history will bear this out, that Matt Mullenweg (Wikipedia) will be one of the people that will go down in history as having given voice to so many who may otherwise have felt marginalized and silenced their entire lives.

Of course there are many thousands of others who have played a part and I’m not saying Matt is the most important, nor the least, I am saying that for him to remain adamant about keeping WordPress Open Source even while it demolishes competitors in the market, is something very special.

Bet you weren’t thinking I was going to get so deep on why you should be using Thesis huh? Well, if you’re still reading this then I’ll assume you have a WordPress powered site, or are at least some marginal interest in starting one up. Once you’re up and running you’re going to want to customize the look and feel of your site. Depending on your level of experience and your budget this may be relatively easy or damn near impossible.
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NASA Naysayers Proved Wrong


I can be the bigger man and admit when I am wrong. I admit that there may have been one (or more) occasions that I have entered into a “spirited” dialogue with someone and tried my hardest to persuade them that the entire moon landing was a hoax. Most of me knew it was bs, but part of me thought it would be much cooler to find out it was a hoax than to confirm it actually happened. I’ll never know what the former would feel like, but I have to admit the latter feels pretty cool too.

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LRO maneuvered into its 50-km mapping orbit on September 15. The next pass over the Apollo 17 landing site resulted in images with more than two times better resolution than previously acquired. At the time of this recent overflight the Sun was high in the sky (28° incidence angle) helping to bring out subtle differences in surface brightness. The descent stage of the lunar module Challenger is now clearly visible, at 50-cm per pixel (angular resolution) the descent stage deck is eight pixels across (four meters), and the legs are also now distinguishable. The descent stage served as the launch pad for the ascent stage as it blasted off for a rendezvous with the command module America on 14 December 1972.

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via LROC.com

Automattic Releases WordPress 2 App for iPhone


I just downloaded the WordPress 2 app. It’s has a few more options for bloggers, with a heavy focus on content moderation.

Like the old app it allows you to publish posts on the go as well. This time you can type your post body in landscape mode, which I’m not sure was an option in the first app.

A cool new feature is that it autosaves your post so if you drop connection, which you most definitely will since you’re on AT&T’s network, you can come back to it later when you’ve reconnected.

Below are a few screenshots and a few test photos.
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The Social Media Briefcase


If you’re ready to create, strengthen or build upon your presence on the web then you’re going to need to make sure that your Social Media Briefcase is stocked with the right tools for you to succeed.

There is no “one right tool” for everyone. Every social media strategy is unique and a good strategy should also be malleable and prepared to quickly adapt to the landscape as it develops. The inability to adapt is the one sure way to ensure failure.

That being said, as you prepare to launch yourself into the great unknown the one thing you can do to prepare yourself is make sure you’re properly equipped.

The list below is by no means exhaustive, but it will definitely get you started on your way to staking claim to your own little section of the internet. While the three tools listed below may not be the only weapons in your arsenal they are sure to lay down enough cover fire to get you safely where you want to go.
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Google Image Search Rolls Out "Find Similar Image" Feature


Google announced today that a sweet new feature was finally being rolled out of Labs and becoming a permanent feature in Google Image Search.

So, let’s say you want to find images of Ancient Egypt. Google Images will provide you with a rich variety of results, including pyramids, maps, relics, drawings and other types of images. Instead of poring through hundreds of images, now you can simply click “Find similar images” to narrow down the results to the results to the type you want. (We’re rolling this out gradually, so the links in the below examples may not work for you yet.)

Let’s say you want to find a work of art by Michelangelo but you’re not exactly sure what the piece is called. So, you do a Google Image Search for “Michelangelo”, which returns the following results:

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Which leads you to the image you actually want, The Creation Adam. Once you figure out what you’re looking for you can click on “Find similar images” and return a whole slew of results to choose from.

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This is a very helpful feature and has the potential to save you a lot of time if you’re looking for just the right image for that project you’re working. Google is currently rolling this feature out so if you don’t see it now you should be getting it shortly.

Twitter Outage Happening Again: Could be another DDoS Attack


Update: Twitter downtime going on 40+ mins. I’ve definitely confirmed that Twitter is down everywhere which is pretty significant. What would be interesting is that this would be less than a week that Twitter Founder Ev Williams said that “Twitter does not (or will not) have scalability issues.” This may be a hacker taking that claim to heart and issuing a DDoS to bring Twitter down.

Twitter seems to be experiencing a massive outage. Obviously the first thought that comes to mind is that Twitter is under attack again. Back in August Twitter was down for a significant period of time due to a DDoS attack. I’m not sure if that’s happening again, but Twitter has been completely down for at least the past 25 mins.

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This isn’t even producing the notorious fail whale, Twitter doesn’t seem to be responding at all, as if someone completely turned the lights out.

Whitehouse.gov Launches on Open Source Platform Drupal


Whitehouse.govWhitehouse.gov was relaunched today on the Open Source Drupal. This is a groundbreaking move that will allow people across the world to monitor and contribute to the code that Whitehouse.gov is built on.

“We now have a technology platform to get more and more voices on the site,” White House new media director Macon Phillips told The Associated Press hours before the new site went live on Saturday. “This is state-of-the-art technology and the government is a participant in it.”

“Security is fundamentally built into the development process because the community is made up of people from all across the world, and they look at the source code from the very start of the process until it’s deployed and after,” said Terri Molini of Open Source for America, an interest group that has pushed for more such programs.

You won’t notice any change to the look or feel of the site, the only noticeable change will be for developers looking at the foundation of the site. One can only assume that other government sites will eventually follow in Whitehouse.gov’s footprints.

This is a truly exciting announcement and a huge step forward for new media in politics. Kudos to Macon Phillips and the Obama administration on changing the face of how information will be used by the government in years to come.