Saturday, September 01, 2007

Free Background Music for Your YouTube Projects

AKA... How To Get Free and Legal Background Music for Your YouTube Projects

AudioSwap (http://www.youtube.com/audioswap_main) - I tried YouTube's option on Buddha Electra (my nephew and I were having fun with one of his toys) and managed to find a free clip that fit the mood. The problem with AudioSwap is that you aren't in control of editting so you can't fit the music to the movie and also they warn: When you add a new soundtrack, the audio track on your video will be permanently replaced. Here is another blog post about AudioSwap and their video example of a rhino that must have been beautiful baby.

Royalty Free Music.com offers a comprehensive music library of production music for your various royalty free music needs including full albums, tracks and free music clips, loops, and beats available for download. I am particularly drawn to ... Free Music Clips from Royalty Free Music.com. By the way, they also have a page talking about Copyright Law and YouTube .

Royalty Free Music and Sound Effects - Download the music and sound effects you need for your multimedia project today at Partners In Rhyme. Again, I'm particularly drawn to the free clips because buying royalty-free music for a hobby would be expensive!

My Favorite Things


Raindrops on roses..., originally uploaded by Aditi Kidambi.







Max, originally uploaded by Tante Bluhme's.







copper kettles, originally uploaded by 1vintage1.





woolen still life, originally uploaded by la fattina.





There are a few of my favorite things....

How To Make A Ramly Burger



Looks like of good. This isn't exacly a recipe, but I think I could make my own version of a ramly burger. Here is where I read about ramly burgers and saw a link to YouTube.

Wikipedia defines Ramly Burger

While You Were Sleeping

What happens to your computer when you don't shut down....

Have you ever noticed when you use your computer first thing in the morning, the icons appear to be in a different place than when you left? Have you sensed that something goes on if you leave your computer on overnight? Well, when you go to bed at night and forget to shut down your computer, I think you ought to know what actually goes on.

For the first time, someone has "captured" what takes place after you leave the room....

http://www.xs4all.nl/~jvdkuyp/flash/see.htm

(I always knew that there were computer gremlins.)

Sand and Stone



"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."

....AMEN TO THAT!




Sand and Stone


TWO FRIENDS WERE WALKING
THROUGH THE DESERT.
DURING SOME POINT OF THE
JOURNEY, THEY HAD AN
ARGUMENT; AND ONE FRIEND
SLA PPE D THE OTHER ONE
IN THE FACE.

THE ONE WHO GOT SLA PPE D
WAS HURT, BUT WITHOUT
SAYING ANYTHING,
WROTE IN THE SAND:

TODAY MY BEST FRIEND
SLA PPE D ME IN THE FACE.


THEY KEPT ON WALKING,
UNTIL THEY FOUND AN OASIS,
WHERE THEY DECIDED
TO TAKE A BATH

THE ONE WHO HAD BEEN
SLA PPE D GOT STUCK IN THE
MIRE ! AND STARTED DROWNING,
BUT THE FRIEND SAVED HIM.

AFTER HE RECOVERED FROM
THE NEAR DROWNING,
HE WROTE ON A STONE:

"TODAY MY BEST FRIEND
SAVED MY LIFE ".


THE FRIEND WHO HAD SLA PPE D
AND SAVED HIS BEST FRIEND
ASKED HIM, "AFTER I HURT YOU,
YOU WROTE IN THE SAND AND NOW,
YOU WRITE ON A STONE, WHY?"

THE FRIEND REPLIED
"WHEN SOMEONE HURTS US
WE SHOULD WRITE IT DOWN
IN SAND, WHERE WINDS OF
FORGIVENESS CAN ERASE IT AWAY.
BUT, WHEN SOMEONE DOES
SOMETHING GOOD FOR US,
WE MUST ENGRAVE IT IN STONE
WHERE NO WIND
CAN EVER ERASE IT."

LEARN TO WRITE
YOUR HURTS IN
THE SAND AND TO
CARVE YOUR
BENEFITS IN STONE.

THEY SAY IT TAKES A
MINUTE TO FIND A SPECIAL
PERSON, AN HOUR TO
APPRECIATE THEM, A DAY
TO LOVE THEM, BUT THEN
AN ENTIRE LIFE
TO FORGET THEM.

SEND THIS TO
THE PEOPLE YOU'LL NEVER
FORGET.
I JUST DID.

IF YOU DON'T
SEND IT TO ANYONE,
IT MEANS YOU'RE IN A
HURRY AND THAT YOU'VE
FORGOTTEN YOUR FRIENDS.

TAKE THE TIME TO LIVE!

DO NOT VALUE THE THINGS
YOU HAVE IN YOUR LIFE, BUT VALUE
WHO YOU HAVE IN YOUR LIFE !
AND IF I HA PPE N TO GET IT BACK,
THEN I KNOW MY PLACE IN YOUR LIFE

"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."

....AMEN TO THAT!

Source: the text comes from an e-mail that an old friend sent, and the camel image comes a free book that is archived at Google Book Search called the Garden of Allah by Robert Hichens (published 1904 so that image would also be in public domain). I created it while having fun creating an e-book cover.

To Be 6 Again...

A man was sitting on the edge of the bed, observing his wife, looking at herself in the mirror. Since her birthday was not far off he asked what she'd like to have for her Birthday.

"I'd like to be six again", she replied, still looking in the mirror.

On the morning of her Birthday, he arose early, made her a nice big bowl of Lucky Charms, and then took her to Six Flags theme park. What a day! He put her on every ride in the park; the Death Slide, the Wall of Fear, the Screaming Monster Roller Coaster, everything there was. Five hours later they staggered out of the theme park. Her head was reeling and her stomach felt upside down.

He then took her to a McDonald's where he ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a chocolate shake.

Then it was off to a movie, popcorn, a soda pop, and her favorite candy, M&M's. What a fabulous adventure! Finally she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed exhausted. He leaned over his wife with a big smile and lovingly asked, "Well Dear, what was it like being six again??"

Her eyes slowly opened and her expression suddenly changed. "I meant my dress size, you dumb ass!"

The moral of the story: Even when a man is listening, he is gonna get it wrong.

SEND THIS TO SMART WOMEN WHO NEED A LAUGH AND TO MEN YOU THINK CAN HANDLE IT.

Source: An e-mail from a man that could handle it.

About the Label

The MySpace Pics label is my method of organizing images on TinyPic so that I can use them when I'm using my account. You see, I am not a great fan of those image Web sites with massive amounts of advertising and pop-ups. So I started keeping track of my favorites (a year and a half ago). Note: The images and posts are liable to change, but the labels will remain.

I do have some of my own images on my Web site.


Theme Labels

Fairy Pics
Mermaid Pics
Rose Pics
Lil Pics (smilies)



Color Labels
(not specific to the tinypic images)

apricot
blue
orange
pink
purple
rainbow
red
yellow


Style Labels
(not specific to the tinypic images)

glitter
reflection



TinyPic Image and Video Hosting

The Color Purple

I found the color quizes at Isabelle's blog this evening, and got to playing. According to the quiz, my aura is violet.

Interestingly enough, I was having all kinds of fun today posing my purple water bottle in front of the bright-blue screen on my computer thinking the violet color was absolutely lovely and worthy of a photograph. I mentioned this to a woman at work, and she looked at me like I was nuts. The colors were a lot like those in this image below....



Your Aura is Violet



Idealistic and thoughtful, you have the mind and ideas to change the world.

And you have the charisma of a great leader, even if you don't always use it!

The purpose of your life: saying truths that other people dare not say

Famous purples include: Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Susan B. Anthony

Careers for you to try: Political Activist, Inventor, Life Coach



Didn't quite match the same results....




You Are Lavender



You are a sweet person with a very soft personality.

People become easily entranced with you. They seem to glow around you.

You have a quiet energy that can keep you active late into the night.

Even if you aren't the life of the party, you definitely keep the party going.



Matched here....




Your Inner Color is Purple



Your Personality: You're a dreamer and visionary. You believe you were put on this earth to do something great.



You in Love: You're very passionate but often too busy for love. You need a partner who sees your vision and adopts it as their own.



Your Career: You need a job that helps you make a difference. You have a bright future as a guru, politician, teacher, or musician.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Don't You Be Yelling At Me

An anonymous conversation that I had at work. The debtor owed a few hundred dollars to some credit card company. I was on inbound and answered the phone to someone screaming at me.

Me: How may I help you?

Debtor: I'M NOT PAYING THIS BILL. SOMEONE CURSED AT ME.

Me: Ma'm, could you please stop yelling.

Debtor: I WAS TRYING TO BE REASONABLE, AND THEY YELLED AT ME

Me: Today? Are you asking to speak with one of our supervisors?

Debtor: NO, WHEN I FIRST GOT THIS @#$@#$ CREDIT CARD.

Me (thinking): Five years ago? Wow. Talk about upset.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Notes to Netflix


Notes to Netflix
Originally uploaded by LauraFries.com
I was reading Tanya's Netflix vs. Blockbuster post and started surfing to Web sites like Hacking Netflix.com and eventually found Post-Its that people have sent to Netflix on Flickr.com.

Have you done this yet?

Not the sticking Post-Its in the envelop, but the....

"Oops, I sent Monk in The Legend of Ron Burgundy envelop. Could you plese resent me Monk, I haven't seen it yet."


Rather than correct that spelling, I'll just point to Cora Zane's Thursday Thirteen about being tired.

Thirteen Bumper Stickers


Thirteen Bumper Stickers



I wanted to copy Jenna's thirteen things Google said "Annalee should" do. However, I could only find six things. Only six? I'm absolutely sure there are more than six things that I should do.

So if I can't Google, then I guess I will have to giggle. Below are thirteen bumper stickers at AzureGreen that I'd buy if I wanted to cover my bumper.

  1. Do Not Meddle In The Affairs Of Dragons For You Are Crunchy and Good with Ketchup - This one I found hanging in a cublicle at work, and had to check out the Web site.


  2. Sex Is Like Air. It`s not Important Unless You Aren`t Getting Any


  3. Watch Out for the Idiot Behind Me


  4. I Do Whatever My Rice Crispies Tell Me To


  5. If going to church makes you a Christian, does going to the garage make you a car? - This site has all kinds of WICCA bumber stickers and other items. They describe their business as being "created to be a discipline and point of focus for magical work and spiritual growth."


  6. Last Time We Mixed Politics with Religion... People Got Burned at the Stake.


  7. I Started With Nothing & Have Most of It Left


  8. Keep Off My Tail - Another dragon-themed bumpersticker. You need to see the image.


  9. My Convictions are Not for Public Display


  10. Adult Child of Alien Invaders


  11. AHH... I See The Screw-up Fairy Has Visited Us Again


  12. Ankh If You Love Isis


  13. Buckle Up! It makes it harder for the aliens to suck you out of your car.



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Links to other Thursday Thirteens!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

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The Heron Smiles by Annie Humphrey

I found a free download of the title song from Annie Humphrey's album The Heron Smiled at Rhythms of the Globe.

I don't own a lot of Native American CDs because it is harder to find radio stations that play the music, and I like to fall in love with a song before I buy. Most of my CDs are from artists that I've known, or heard thanks to attending a POW WOW or some other function. Perhaps that is why this song is there on Rhythms of the Globe Web site, now? It is really lovely, and they know the song advertises itself.

The lyrics in this song speak to me. Having grown up in a Native Alaskan family and close to those roots, I've always been drawn to animals and looking to them and to nature for insight. This song The Heron Smiled reminds me of animal speak and totems. I'm not sure if that is what the writer meant (I'm not sure that Annie Humphrey writes her own music), but it worked for me. Either way, Annie Humphrey has a lovely voice.

Here is a review of the album in Rambles, a cultural art magazine.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Don't Click It vs. Click It

This next post proves that some people have even more time on their hands than I do! I found these pages, but someone else created them!



Don't Click It
http://www.dontclick.it/


This is a Web site devoted to not clicking your mouse. I kid you not.



Then there is...


The One Billion Clicks Project
http://www.1bclicks.com/



Their motto is "click it". Their Web site is devoted to getting people to click a useless button one billion times. It isn't even a very pretty button, is it?

By the way, I found this old post on Networkworld that talked about them when they were a new web site and had only a few thousand clicks. Now the One Billion Clicks Project say that they've had just over 9.1 million clicks.

Grammar Rock - Mr. Morton



Romance on Schoolhouse Rock!

Remember the songs of Grammar Rock? I sure do.

Here is more information about the entire series of 1970's educational cartoons on Wikipedia.



I don't recall the 30th Anniversary Edition of Schoolhouse Rock! being released by Disney a few years back. Even though the videos are on YouTube, this is one DVD I've added to my wish list.

Open for Submissions - Limited Time

AWE-STRUCK E-BOOKS IS NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR A LIMITED PERIOD OF TIME

http://www.awe-struck.net/asubmit/authsub.html

Awe-Struck E-Books is open for for submissions for releases in 2009 in the following areas:

> Regency Romance
> Historical Romance
> Paranormal Romance
> S/F and New-Age Romance
> Inspirational Romance
> 'Out of the Box' Romance--something new and different!
> Futuristic Romance
> Time-Travel Romance

Monday, August 27, 2007

Hail the Chief

Da-da-da-daaa...

The local news had a picture of a lovely rainbow accompanying a hail storm in the mountains east of Reno that colored the skies as Air Force One touched down this evening here in Reno. President Bush has a meeting of some sorts here in town. They didn't really get into that on the news, they just had a picture of the rainbow and pink-tinged cloudbank.

It was really pretty around sundown yesterday too. There were huge thunderheads over that eastern range, and it was a great sunset. Because of yesterday's view I'd considered going photo hunting, but I didn't think about it today until it was too late.

Speaking of the moon, that is why I am still up. However, I'm starting to get tired. I can't see myself staying up a few more hours to catch the total eclipse.

How to Monetize Your Blog

Warning: This post is rated P for Potty Humor.

You know, I was wandering around the WWW in the not so distant past and had seen an article about How to Monetize Your Blog. Right at the top of their list was Google AdSense. They had written a nice little article giving tips and ideas without sharing the reality of monetizing your blog by advertising for other people. I remember thinking that I'd rather read the truth than mumbo jumbo from someone that probably just wrote that article to get search engine hits.

Out here in the trenches, I decided to sign up for Google AdSense in September 2005. It's been slightly less than two years ago and I've had 26,582 page impressions (as of today) and made $16.97 doing it. That is about .70 a month. I'm so looking forward to the year 2017 when I can finally cash in.

I am not complaining. I didn't expect miracles because I've been an Amazon.com referral associate for an entire decade. Besides, monetizing this blog isn't my primary goal.

Nor am I complaining that I advertised a pink toilet on my blog today.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketI got a good laugh out of this ad when I found on my blog.

1) Because the toilet is Pepto-Bismol pink.

2) Because the last time I had to pee in the woods, I sat behind the tree and not in front of it.

3) I decided there probably is some rich person out there with a huge pool on their estate grounds that actually has a composting toilet in the poolside cabana because they want to save an extra 30,000 litres of water a year .

By the way, if you want to calculate how many US gallons are in different-sized swimming pools, check out this SWIMMING POOL GALLONS CALCULATOR (which is another Canadian Web site so why are the reporting in US gallons?).

Back to the topic of....

How to Monetize Your Blog - Google Ads

If you're going to take the plunge (ah gee), here are a few of tips that might help you not scare off readers. As you read these keep in mind that there are some really popular bloggers out there that have to be making a lot more than I am monetizing their blogs. I'm not an expert on the subject (or I'd be making more money now wouldn't I?), but I can tell you that I am an expect surfer and I don't hang out for long on Web pages and blogs that are drowning in advertisement and I can absolutely identify right off the bat when a blog's primary focus is something other than having fun blogging.

1) Don't get sneaky and place those mini-text link blocks between your own links in hopes that'll people will accidentally click on the links. That is my number one pet peeve when I see the tactic on blogs and Web pages. Even if you got some accidental clicks, do you really want to make a penny off some small-time Web site owner that is just trying to eke out a living on the WWW like you?

2) In fact, don't get sneaky at all. Display them prominently in your sidebar. But, absolutely do not give into the urge to place them up-top and center in a big chunk. Even if some of those blogs make more money, it isn’t because anyone is reading them. I won't always take the time to navigate down three inches to an actual blog post, will you? Besides, I don’t think having Adsense for Content up top makes much difference. That pink toilet was halfway down the page and it still caught my eye. I once had my ads at the top of my blog's sidebar and I didn't notice any changes in revenue during that time frame. None. No kidding. I think this is because it is the ads that are catching people's eyes, not the placement (see #4).

3) Having the search box up-top and easy to find is more important. If someone wants to use that search box, the percentage is phenominally higher that you'll get clicks off that search box. I find that nearly 10% of people who use that search box click through on one of the ads. I don't know that tons of people use the search box, but they certainly won't if it is hiding in your sidebar. By the way, here is one man's blog (love the title) that doesn't even use the blocks of advertisement in his sidebar to earn money. He only uses the AdSense for Search option.

4) Pick the image or at least the text-image option. I'm pretty sure that I was not the only surfer that noticed the pink toilet today. Images are harder to ignore and as a rule, I think most people ignore advertising. Advertising only works because it hits a lot of people.

5) Making money off advertising all boils down to percentages. Only a tiny percentage of people are going to click on the ads, even if you inundate them with advertising. So, you need more traffic. Out of those 26,588 page impressions, only 86 people have clicked on ad links. That is about 3 out of 1000 people. If my blog was getting millions of hits, that wouldn't be so bad would it? The best free way to get traffic is to start reciprocal linking with other bloggers and Web sites. You need links into your blog so search engines and people will find it. And even though some people will link to you just because they think you’re cool, the vast majority of us want a link back. You need to be an active reciprocal linker. If you're one of those people that thinks someone will actually applaud you for picking out only the cool blogs for your sidebar, that is fine with the rest of us "link-hos" because it puts us higher in the search engine results.

6) As for the "desperating seeking search engine hits method" of getting traffic to our blogs, posting just to bring in search engine hits is probably not a good idea. Even though I'm of the opinion that random surfers are probably much more likely to surf away from your blog via an ad than a regular reader, blogs need regular readers or they aren't intersting.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Suppose iPhones are Waterproof?



I'll tell you why they sent you a bill on a box. Because, they agreed to send you an itemized bill for your convenience when you signed the contract. Or, didn't you read it before you signed?

Actually, many written contracts include that being billed isn't required prior to payment (and that is why Justine was able to post the AT&T Simplified Billing post). Companies only send bills to customers to expedite payment. But, they really don't care if the mail gets to you. They do not care if your postal worker is new and delivers your mail to the guy upstairs. Nor do they care if that guy fed your bill to his shredder. They want their money, and put it in the contract that you're responsible to pay them even if they don't tell you to pay them. (Well, most written contracts anyway.)

The company I work for collects debt that AT&T sold to a debt purchaser after giving up and the first thing out of the mouths of 99 out of 100 old AT&T users is: “I don’t know what you’re talking about. I never got a bill. They never sent me a bill.”

The second thing out of their mouths is: "Oh, and I use Sprint. I never had AT&T."

The company I work for also collects debt for Sprint and wouldn't you know, 99 out of 100 of those debtors used AT&T phones and never heard of their debt with Sprint.

The only thing that is silly about iPhone users receiving 300-page bills is that the execs at AT&T underestimated that people like that actually exist among us. Notice, I didn't say live among us. (Seriously folks, if you're texting 30,000 times a month you need to get a life.) Anyway, they’re executives of a multi-billion dollar company and they should have their fingers on the pulse of the market they were getting into. Don't you think? Isn’t that what they get paid for? But, apparently this woman caught the boardroom at AT&T by surprise.

I image that some like-minded cellphone user in AT&T accounting probably knew this would be a problem. But, mum is the word. She couldn't tell on herself. If she admitted to her boss (and so on and so forth up the chain) that she text-messages 30,000 times a month, her boss would know she was text-messaging at work.

People who spend that much time with their phone are doing some serious multi-tasking. You know, like the people behind us on the Interstate who are driving with their elbows while they text-message. Or, the people in the stall next to you in the bathroom that are on the phone while they pee.

Back to this Justine, I saw the RAW interview posted by her local TV station WTAE. She flips and fluffs her hair. She’s obviously got time for showers. Suppose that means iPhones are waterproof?

Google Watching Out For Us

Years ago I found this fellow on the Internet for adoption. I used to have him on my Web site, linking back to the creator's Web site.



I was wandering around my old Web pages recently and the link didn't work.

Light bulb comes on.

Google!

It occured to me that the owner may have just moved the site, so I opened Google and this is what I got...





Of course, being an average surfer so I clicked faster than I read, and this is what I got...




They're protecting me from nothing. The Web site is gone. As I recall, the creator was an active graphics user that people talked to. So I'd have to assume that someone else caused this malware problem and Geocities deleted her account.

Still, it is nice to know that Google's bots are keeping an eye out for us.

By the way...

Last night I was chatting with a blogger I've been talking to for years and she mentioned that I post a lot of images.

I know. This post is proof. But, I can't help myself.

I used to have so many images on my Web site back in the day that everyone had dialup that I had this warning...

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
WARNING!
These pages are image intensive.
There is plenty of text to read while the pictures load.



I thought the snail was a cute touch. I found him on some freebie image Web site long, long ago. I don't know who created him.