Archive for October, 2008

October 25th, 2008 by alephnaught

New study by Rubicon Consulting on online communities

I read “Study: Influencers are Alive and Well on Social Media Sites” in the New York Times today, which led me to the underlying study by Rubicon Consulting, “Online Communities and Their Impact on Business: Ignore at Your Peril.” I’ve only just started reading the article, but I didn’t want to loose the link and […]

October 22nd, 2008 by electricbob

When media file upload won’t prompt for files in WordPress

A couple days ago, I tried to use the web interface to my blog to upload some media files, mostly pictures I had taken. I clicked the upload button and nothing happened. I had to do some serious digging but finally found the culprit – Flash 10. It turns out that file selector is powered […]

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October 19th, 2008 by alephnaught

Some data to support the concentration of wealth

I’ve been writing about the concentration of wealth in the United States here and here for example; now the New York Times has provided a series of graphs on the US economy since Harry Truman’s Presidency that shows this trend: So why would we continue a tax policy that places more and more of the […]

October 18th, 2008 by alephnaught

Bernini and Illuminated Manuscripts at the Getty

The Bernini show at the Getty Museum was due to finish in just over a week, so we decided to go see art on a hilltop. The Getty Museum is a huge complex just off the 405 heading south from us.  You pay $10 for parking; that’s it, there’s no entrance fee.  There’s a tram […]

October 18th, 2008 by electricbob

Added the Simile Timeline plugin to my blog

While getting the paging navigation working in my theme, I found the Simile Timeline plugin.  It took some real effort (the plugin is, as the author admits, in alpha state – ya gotta start someplace afterall), but now I’ve got a timeline for my administrivia posts.  You can find it as one of the tabs […]

October 17th, 2008 by electricbob

Fixed another problem with the blog

It turns out the template I’m using (and have modified quite a bit) depends on a plugin to display the additional pages for archives.  I’ve added that plugin, customized its look a bit to more closely match the blog look, and voila, we have archives that work much better now. I’m going to look into […]

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October 17th, 2008 by alephnaught

Redistribute wealth? That’s what taxes do

I saw part of the last debate between Senators McCain and Obama.  I’ve read a number of articles and seen news stories on TV about “Joe the Plumber.”  And everyone is concerned about “redistributing the wealth” as if its some socialist (or, if this was the 50’s, communist) plot. Taxes by their nature redistribute wealth, […]

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October 15th, 2008 by alephnaught

Minted: The Story of the World’s Money

Title: Minted: The Story of the World’s Money Author: Think Books (Editor) Hardcover: 156 pages Publisher: Think Books (January 1, 2008) Language: English ISBN-10: 1845250478 ISBN-13: 978-1845250478 I love books about money and this one was fun.  I got it at Hennessey + Ingalls in Santa Monica. This book is full of anecdotes about money.  […]

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October 11th, 2008 by alephnaught

Culver City Art Galleries and Santa Monica (again)

Aviva and I wanted to see a show up at Billy Shire Fine Arts, so we went to Culver City and visited a few galleries.  There were two shows worth seeing. The first is Billy Shire Fine Arts – he’s got two shows in his gallery right now, one by Miriam Wosk and the other […]

October 11th, 2008 by electricbob

I finally fixed my web site home page!

I added an “ad” for the Metra schedule tools I’ve built, and it offset the main image map that’s the menu to my site; I wanted that image centered, and it was offset by the size of the ad. Well, now I understand the interaction of z-index, absolute and relative positioning much better.  I needed […]

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