A new look!

Times change, technology changes
I’ve been posting to the three blogs for some time. This is blog I use for political stuff, videos and general commentary on the human condition. It was formatted using one of Blogger’s pre-configured templates. It took a bit of tweaking to get it to appear as I wanted.  A while back Google came up with a “dynamic” template that had some nifty features like flyout menus and some animation to the photos. It was cleaner and less cluttered. It was also BUGGY. It has matured and I finally decided to move all the blogs to that template. You can see all the posts just by scrolling downward. You can also select HOW the postings will be displayed from a menu of choices.
It’s not perfect, it has a few bugs but an active online community gives solutions. I like it because I don’t have to tweak the template as much. I also think Google is doing a better job of promoting the site. 
I think the site is cleaner an more attractive now, the ads are still there and I hope you use them. Unlike Facebook, I actually get some money from purchases from the Amazon and Adsense purchases. Thanks for the patronage
Here is a preview of the screens you can choose (menu dropdown in upper left corner).
This is the classic view, very similar to the original format, most recent blog is posted.
On the right you can find a fly-out menu with several choices, This is default view

Magazine View
A choice that displays several postings in a “magazine” view
Menu selection pulldown on the upper left

Mosaic View
All photos no text, click on photo to see the details
Upper left dropdown

Sidebar View
Labels displayed

Timeslide View
Organized view by date

Right side fly-out has a “slideshow” choice which shows ALL the photos

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iPhone 4s (Parody) release

We share a cell phone. It’s dumb and has a keypad. You punch numbers into it and you can speak to people with no wires. That is pretty amazing if you think about it, but eventually I guess I will need to get a “smart” phone with apps and cool stuff.

Friends and family will wait for hours to get the latest iPhone and now I know why:

Remember those SNL routines that went on forever? The ones that weren’t funny?

Lots of new features coming to Facebook. The timeline is interesting but I have no idea how much control you’ll have over the information that is posted. It might be a wonderful boon for identity thieves.

However the addition of Spotify for music is a boon for all music lovers. It now shows as an app for your “timeline” on the left side of your profile.

Hooray for Amazon Cloud Player!

A while back I was a great advocate for Lala, a CD swapping and online music service. Later Apple bought them and killed their business which presumably was threatening their iTunes virtual monopoly.

In the last two weeks I lost a hard drive with ALL my music. Thankfully I had a backup but it made me think of how I liked having the music uploaded to a streaming service like Lala. I assumed Apple would use the technology they purchased to do a similar thing with iTunes…. NOPE!

This morning I got a message from Amazon about their cloud drive and cloud player. It has all the features that Lala had (except the 10 cent per song listen on website feature). It’s integrated with iTunes and Media Player which means it will work with players and it’s available with iPhones and Android device.

I know that I’m being a little too enthusiastic, but once again Amazon has come up with a solution that solves a problem as move into digital media from physical media. Check it out.

Amazon Cloud Player

I’ll admit it, cell phones are useful

I used to question the reason that anyone would want a cell phone. I once watched a woman attempt to make a right turn in her car while grasping the silly thing. She overcompensated and drove off the road. It never occurred to her to put it down and grab the wheel with both hands.

I’m a late adopter, so now that there are a number of smart phones that can anything, I’m finally getting the hang of which buttons I need to push to bring up the address book on our prehistoric Verizon phone.

But I will admit it, it comes in handy for calling for additional groceries and such, arranging meeting places and even for an emergency.

The various plans and phones confuse me and I have NO desire to have some 20 year old with a glowing blue ear tell me what I need at some dreadful kiosk at some dreadful mall. I like to do my own shopping online, take my time, do some research.

Amazon is aggregating a group of phones and service contracts in a single area. Here is the link:

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