April 24, 2008

How to be a Hero in the Digg Universe

OK, so the headline is misleading - I don't have a clue how to be a hero in the Digg universe, but I'm getting seriously into Digg and I'm trying to learn.

It is actually quite difficult to get an article you are championing on to the "front page" of Digg. You have to have a lot of friends and do a lot of shouting - Digg terminology.

So you'll understand that I was over the moon when I found this 21 page .pdf called Breaking the Digg Code.

It has a nice, easy-to-follow step by step approach. But if you want Breaking the Digg Code you'll have to subscribe to their blog wither via RSS or email.

I guess it's only fair to say that I was made aware of this on Digg, by a friend who gave me a shout. This led to another really interesting blog called Daily Blog Tips, where I read about Breaking the Digg Code.

April 19, 2008

One Hundred Years of Converse

This year Converse celebrates 100 years of manufacturing best selling sneakers - half the history is about basketball; the other about really cool urban footwear.To date over 1.1 billion pairs of shoe laces have been made just to meet the manufacturing requirements for Converse’s "Chuck Taylor" All Star sneakers.

read more | digg story

April 17, 2008

Blog It - Facebook App

Now, I'm big time into blogging - when I get some time and I love all the Web 2.0 things like Facebook and Stumbleupon and all the news aggregators, but as an older person I think I have to admit - I'm too just old to Twitter!

As it is, I somehow feel I'm running out of time all the time and because my thumbs are not quite as agile I text slower, so when I find an app that is going to save me time I'm over the moon.

Blog It (powered by Typepad) is a free Facebook application which focuses on making it easier for you to create content no matter the blogging platform you use. Blog It brings some of the best social aspects of Facebook to blogging, making it easy for you to let your friends and colleagues around the web know what you're up to and what you're writing.

Blog It can be used to update all your blogs - it supports a whole lot of platforms - from your Facebook Platform, so why not give it a try? I know I'm going to try Blog It as soon as I have a moment.

April 13, 2008

Photos of Zimbabwe Currency (banknotes)

All the time we read about inflation in Zimbabwe that is it running at - goodness knows how many thousand percent but I don't think it really hit home for me until I saw a real genuine Zim banknote. A note for 10 million Zimbabwe dollars - with an expiration date on it - 30 June 2008. (Do they know something that we don't know?)

I believe it is worth about R2,00 or $0,25. It is a beautiful note - well designed and feels substantial, not a cheapie -with a watermark nog, and immediately I wondered how much it cost to print the note and how many of them they printed.

I'm sure the printing costs per note were more than the face value of the banknote. So I had to get out my camera and take a picture of the Zimbabwe currency so that I could share it with everyone else who wouldn't believe me when I showed them these beautifully made banknotes with the expiry date.

We sure live in interesting times.

April 7, 2008

Taking a Look at Human Bite Marks

How reliable is forensic bite mark analysis? Everyone knows that a bite mark on Lisa Levy ended Ted Bundy's crime spree, but many convictions are now getting overturned.

read more | digg story

Facebook Chat Launches

That's right, for those who can't already do everything that they ever dreamed of on Facebook, they now have Facebook Chat!

It is only available in a few networks at the moment, but Facebook Chat will be rolled out across the whole spectrum over the next couple of days according to Inside Facebook, where the whole Facebook Chat process is explained in great detail and screenshots.


"Facebook Chat is a very compelling experience that will spell trouble for legacy IM networks that haven’t built vibrant social networks around their friend lists (i.e. AIM). By making Facebook more real time/presence oriented, Facebook session length should go up a lot. Facebook will become an important player in IM very soon."

Well, I'm not much of an online chatter, but I can't what to try out Facebook Chat!

April 3, 2008

40 years after Martin Luther King Jnr's death

Jesse Jackson(above on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel the day before the assassination with Dr King) has no difficulty remembering his last conversation with Martin Luther King. He was in the car park of the Lorraine motel in Memphis and King was standing a floor above him on the balcony outside room 306.

read more | digg story

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Dr Martin Luther King Jnr

40th Anniversary of his Assassination in Memphis, Tennessee

40 years ago civil rights leader, Dr Martin Luther King Jnr was assassinated by James Earl Ray at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

On 4 April 1968 at 6.10 pm, a sniper assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jnr while he was standing on the balcony of Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis Tennessee. Dr King had come to Memphis, to support striking sanitation workers.