January 1, 2017
The “Radio Garden” went live in December. Although basically it is still a list of links to the live streams of Radio Stations around the world it is presented in a novel user-friendly way. When you first access the Radio Garden site you are presented with planet earth covered in green dots that are hundreds of radio stations. It is easy to navigate and will be a great time-waster for me in the future.
January 1, 2017
Although I only post stuff once a month I still find myself checking in here fairly regularly to see if I’ve had any comments. I don’t know why I still do this. The site only received three or four comments throughout the whole of last year. It seems I’ve even lost the few regular visitors I once had. I guess I didn’t make the site entertaining enough. Or perhaps they’re all either too old and jaded to care or even dead and gone? Visitor numbers fluctuate daily between 20 and 120, but if I look at the odd words they typed to actually stumble across my site you have to wonder if Google and the others are actually random-word-generators rather than proper search engines.
Anyway as I’m bored with my own words yet still logged in to WordPress.com I sometimes visit the Support Forums for something to do before I switch the laptop off and go and read a book instead (far more sensible). It amazes me how unwilling people are to look at support documents or to read any instructions. It amazes me how quick people are to shout and complain. They have signed up for a new site 30 minutes earlier and are already announcing that it is far too difficult for them. If there aren’t many staff or the usual gang of volunteers around I may reply to a few questions. I’ve had a free website here for years so it’s one way of giving something back. 75% of the time my replies are met with silence. Either they’ve never bothered to return to see the answer to their questions, or the reply helped them but they still couldn’t be arsed to say thanks. Sometimes I get it wrong. But more usually a few moments research into the question makes me more knowledgable about how the Interweb works at the html level.
The Internet is responsible for people now expecting instant solutions. “My (new….empty of content…) site is online (all of 15 minutes ago) so why can’t I Google it?” is a regular question. Why would Google want to index an empty site? “Why can’t I change the default title/settings of the theme?” etc etc. A surprising number appear to have the misconception that they will be able to fill their (new….empty of content…) site with adverts and instantly become Interweb Zillionaires. Differences between WordPress.com (here) and self-hosted WordPress.org sites is another constant confusion.
The irony is that now just as I’m beginning to get the hang of blogging (only took ten years) I’m also getting closer to the point (again) of finishing with it.
December 1, 2016
Dunno if we’ll get much snow again this year but It’ll be snowing for the next few weeks at WordPress.com. Oddly, the snow stops on January 4th 2017 even though according to the long-range forecast, here in the UK we are far more likely to see real snow after that date.
December 1, 2016
Perhaps you recall the popular musical combo known as “The Rolling Stones”. They had a couple of hit platters back in the day. Do you know how they came to acquire their name?
There are three theories about this. Some say they got their name after seeing an American music magazine called “Rolling Stone”. Others claim they took their name from the Robert Zimmerman tune “Like a rolling stone”. After many hours of research I have discovered the true answer.
Founder member Brian Jones had a younger brother who regularly purchased the comic “”Swift”. This was a companion comic to, and aimed at a slightly younger readership than, the “Eagle”. One day in 1962 Brian flicked through an old copy of this comic and noticed page eight. The rest, as they say, is history…as is the late Mr Jones.
November 1, 2016
The legend that was Mr Khaury was born in 1932 and after many years in obscurity finally achieved overnight success with a “novelty” single in 1968 at (what was then seen as) the ancient age of 36. Over six foot tall, with an ironic Dickens-inspired stage name he was left-handed yet strummed a right-handed stringed ukulele and sang sometimes in falsetto, sometimes in baritone. It’s odd to think how strange people found his novelty hit in 1968 as it was a cover version of a song released (back in the dawn of time) 39 years earlier in 1929! No one would think twice today if I released a cover version of any song from 1977…..a similar 39 years ago. Herbert continued to perform and record until his untimely death at the age of 64 twenty years ago. Here is my tribute to this legendary performer.