One Step Closer to Ubiquity

I will, in my lifetime, probably never reach the heights of popularity that The Tron Guy has reached in his 48 years on the planet, nor dare I try such a feat with spandex. But, last Friday, Ken Ray of Mac OS Ken played my Ska Out of a Cannon song as a sound bed to his reading of the email. So, I wrote Mr. Ray…


You played my song!
You played my song!
You played my song!


I have been listening to his show since before his show was his show. So this is an honor. I know I am just gushing, but this was cool. Towards the end of the following show he, thanked me.

Mac OS Ken 8/4/2008

Thank you, Ken.

And thank you, Tron Guy.


Ikea – some oak, some pine and a handful of Norsemen

I am of a very small group of people on the planet who can step out of his front door, walk a couple blocks and go to Ikea. Ikea’s latest catalog features disembodied heads of their designers. ‘Tis a bit odd, going to engineering school, getting a job with Ikea, and they take your head, paste it on a catalog and give weird, Swedish names to your work.

So in honor…

Listen to the N.P.R. story that ran this week on Ikea’s very non-English naming scheme

Play the Ikea Name Game

Listen to “Ikea” from Jonathan Coulton

This is the thanks Tord gets for the hard work?!?

diabeticfeed – David’s comment

Sometimes a comment is so good, it deserves it’s own post…

Thanks for your wonderful contribution to both podcasting and those interested in information about diabetes. When I first discovered podcasting, I wanted to find something that I really wanted to listen to. So, I entered “diabetes” into the iTunes search window. Up popped your podcast. I have to admit that yours was the second podcast I listened to. The first one only had a single episode. It was conducted by some seventh grader somewhere as a class project. He read his script so carefully. It had good information. Then you could hear a crash in the background. He called out to his mother to be more quiet making dinner, after all, he exclaimed, “I am on the Internet.”

I am glad to hear all is well. When things go silent with this podcast, and the host is a diabetic, it is easy to get nervous. I am a Type II Diabetic and keep a close watch on myself.

Your podcast exemplified the best of podcasting. It was authentic, had passion for the topic, interacted with the audience, etc. It inspired me to create a weekly podcast with the college students in my history class. Our theme music comes from Derek K. Miller, “Cold Cloth” I am planning an additional podcast on another education issue as well. I will use your theme music from Derek K. Miller. I play it on my iPhone from time to time as well. That music selection is in honor of Mr. Miller and your show as well. The content will be different, but the theme music on mine (and lots of other podcast shows) lives on.

Thanks again for your work. It was well appreciated. (I still keep all the old episodes safely stored on my desk top computer).

God bless,
David Arendale

Blogging and the Art of Not Pissing People Off

I have no great wisdom to impart in this post. This one will be filed under “Duh, John, you dork.” Last year, around this time, I started reading S.E.O. blogs (search engine optimization) and B.F.D. blogs (blogging for dollars – I just made that up.)

Snake oil – the lot of them.

These “blogs” dole out dubious little bits of low quality information while hoping you click on their ads, showing you how to dole out dubious little bits of low quality information getting people to click your ads. “You too can be a rhesus monkey, sitting around my RSS feed waiting for your next morsel.”

I’m going to call it. “Done.”

At one point I had three different ad companies puking ads for antennas and Tivos, making me about a penny per day. The problem is, though ads seem to pay for much internet in one form or another, the ads here seemed to push people away.

There was a perceivable “Push Back” reaction. Sure, you may find the info you are looking for from an article you Googled, but you see all the ads and you get this immediate visceral reaction to leave.

Why do ads do this? I honestly think the answer is simple – we do not want any more noise to process than we have to. Ads = Noise. Simple.

And now there is noticeable increase in “hanging around.” Thank you for staying. And thank you for REALLY hanging around, those from Tallahassee, FL and Vancouver, WA. We miss you too.

I also needlessly shut off comments as an experiment. Email quantity went up. I then had to re-post good ones. Too much work. They are back on now.

Ads are gone. Comments are on. And there is a fresh pine scent.