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Thursday, January 12, 2012
I heard about SOPA almost a year ago. Since then I had dismissed thoughts about this new Policy. But it’s 2weeks before the United States government votes for or against this bill.
Let me explain what this is in lay man’s term. SOPA is the Stop Online Piracy Act. It is an act that allows corporate organizations shut down unauthorized sites where videos, music or files could be downloaded from. Well, you may think this won’t affect you if you don’t download series, games or movies but this law covers even the lifting off of content or links from websites without obtaining permission.
Now, how does this affect you or me? Most of the growth in developing countries, Nigeria included have been through the help of the internet. Not just the internet but access to loads of resources online. The access to these resources will in the future be extremely limited if this law takes effect.
In fact, websites like Facebook, Youtube and Twitter can be shut down if a user breaks any of the guidelines. They could even sue search engines for indexing sites that have download links to ‘unauthorized’ resources. You and I know that most of the sites where you download things like stock images, scripts, tutorials also have content that may be tagged as suspicious. For the mere fact that these websites have the illegal stuff, the whole site could be shut down.
It will also cripple new start ups because it allows companies sue websites that are not doing their filtering well enough.
To fully understand what is going on, you can watch this video below.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
As a web developer with recent focus on front end development, I have found myself working closely with Corporate and Branding departments of different companies. I have gained deeper understanding of branding processes and brand identity.
This short vacation I embarked on, I loaded myself with a lot of books- most on management and others on Start ups, User Experience Design and Branding. Some titles include The Lean Start Up by Eric Ries, Seductive Interation Design by Stephen P. Anderson, KaChing: How to Run An Online Business that Pays and Pays by Joel comm and of course the biography Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.
Apart from the Joel Comm book that I found particularly interesting, Brandwashed was a very interesting book, captivating me from the very first leaf.
It is so interesting how selling a brand and selling a product can start from the psyche. Why are soft drinks hardly colored blue? Do you know how fear gets introduced into selling? The book exposes secrets in making sales through the sensual stimulations, brand addictino, peer pressure, celebrities and fame etc .
Working with Nysteria, I must admit we never really got into our consciousness our Mission Statement. I believe if we had, it would have reflected more in our work ethics and of course, the way we perceive each other- the business as a whole.
In his article, Ben Gillbanks points out the importance of Openness, Mission statements and positive ethics- things he learned when he visited Innocent Drinks.
Saturday, January 07, 2012
What is a Mind Map
A Mind Map is an extremely useful tool and an equally forgotten tool when it comes to planning- and planning anything. Taking a course in User Experience design, I was reintroduced to Mind Mapping and I must say it is pretty amazing how good use of this tool can add positively to the planning of your project or your task.
I have spent hundreds of hours planning different aspects of my life, including pet projects, relationship management and career development objectives and I see the use of Mind Maps invaluable.
According to Wikipedia, ”Mind maps are, by definition, a graphical method of taking notes. Their visual basis helps one to distinguish words or ideas, often with colors and symbols. They generally take a hierarchical or tree branch format, with ideas branching into their subsections. Mind maps allow for greater creativity when recording ideas and information, as well as allowing the note-taker to associate words with visual representations. Mind maps differ from concept maps in that mind maps focus on only one word or idea, whereas concept maps connect multiple words or ideas.
A key distinction between mind maps and modelling graphs is that there is no rigorous right or wrong with mind maps, relying on the arbitrariness of mnemonic systems. A UML Diagram or a Semantic network has structured elements modelling relationships, with lines connecting objects to indicate relationship. This is generally done in black and white with a clear and agreed iconography.
Mind maps serve a different purpose: they help with memory and organization. Mind maps are collections of words structured by the mental context of the author with visual mnemonics,and, through the use of colour, icons and visual links are informal and necessary to the proper functioning of the mind map.
What is a Mind Map Used For?
Mind Maps can be used for
- problem solving
- outline/framework design
- structure/relationship representations
- anonymous collaboration
- marriage of words and visuals
- individual expression of creativity
- condensing material into a concise and memorable format
- team building or synergy creating activity
- enhancing work morale
How to use Mind Maps
|1. Take a blank piece of paper, A4 or larger.||Blank paper allows 360º of freedom to express the full range of your cortical skills, whereas pre-drawn lines restrict the natural flow of your thoughts.|
|2. Use the paper in landscape orientation.||Words and images have more space in the direction we write, so they don’t bump into margins as quickly.|
|3. Start in the centre.||Thoughts start in the centre of our mental world. The Mind Map page reflects this!|
|4. Make a central image that represents the topic about which you are writing/thinking:
||A picture is worth a thousand words. It opens up associations, focuses the thoughts, is
fun and results in better recall:
|5. The main themes around the central image are like the chapter headings of a book:
|The main themes, connected to the central image on the main branches, allow their relative importance to be seen. These are the Basic Ordering Ideas (BOIs) and aggregate and focus the rest of the Mind Map:
|6. Start to add a second level of thought. These words or images are linked to the main branch that triggered them. Remember:
||Your initial words and images stimulate associations. Attach whatever word or image is triggered. Allow the random movement of your thought; you do not have to ‘finish’ one branch before moving on:
|7. Add a third or fourth level of data as thoughts come to you:
||Your brain is like a multi-handed thought-ball catcher. The Mind Mapallows you to catch and keep whatever ‘thought ball’ is thrown by your brain.|
|8. Add a new dimension to your Mind Map. Boxes add depth around the word or image.||To make some important points stand out.|
|9. Sometimes enclose branches of a Mind Map with outlines in colour:
||The outlines will create unique shapes as you find in clouds and will aid your memory:
|10. Make each Mind Map a little more:
||Your eyes and brain will be attracted to your Mind Map:
|11. Have fun!
Add a little humour, exaggeration or absurdity wherever you can.
|Your brain will delight in getting the maximum use and enjoyment from this process and will therefore learn faster, recall more effectively and think more clearly.|
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
There are many things to do when you are bored.
I could take you through the list. An expert at curing people’s boredom with proven track records, I am able to recommend the newest and best therapy when the case arises. The video below is what I am talking about. Please note also that in as much as its a therapy, there are contraindications. Just a bit too much can throw you off. But one thing is sure: If you watch this to the end, you are either going to be cured of your boredom or you are going to pay for it- in DEATH.
Allow me to introduce you to the man who counted 100,000 in 74hours 29minutes and 8 seconds. Enjoy!
Please visit my friend Nogo’s blog. We decided to write about this at the same time and compare stories.
Monday, August 15, 2011
The last 2 months have been full of slow and painful events which I am quite grateful for. The days have left me with many more plans, ideas that I am more than ever enthusiastic about bringing to fruition.
I will be hitting this website with updates on my creations, my education in my career path(and the many cyber attacks that I have faced) and my most recent side kick.
Below are some of the images I saw from a website called Back of A Web Page. Really nice ish.
Thursday, July 07, 2011
I have spent many months trying to find out how to drive traffic to various websites. In fact, I have made it much of a study. Many of the online articles you see about driving traffic to your websites say the same things.
In fact, quite recently, I read an article on Incomediary titled The Missing Link To More Blog Traffic and I got a little pissed when after reading the whole post, he actually never talked about the missing link to more blog traffic and gave a further link to the WordPress SEO Blueprint.
I would just say: There are two key ways to get traffic to your site.
1. Content is Key!
Write good content. In fact write excellent content. This is why people will want to read more. Spend time reading and cross-checking your write-up. Ask yourself this question: If I came to this website without knowing about this topic, will I find this an interesting read?
Yes, content is key. Content is the foundation. But then just like the above website said, the foundation is not enough. Build the house. That takes us to the next important thing:
2. How to select keywords or titles
So you have your content ready? What next? FIND A GOOD TITLE!
Here is how! Go to Google.com, type in a title you feel makes a good one for your article. See the auto-suggestions. See the ones that pop in your face.
For instance, if I wrote an article that featured how to write great content, I would go and type these words in Google.
The suggestions will help me rephrase my words as I would like to put myself in the minds of those searching.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
I came across some of the works of Jakob Böhme. I have not fully read up about him but some of his statements are deep and true.
Termed mystic, I feel he has a point in some of his theology. You can read up more about him here.
Here are his most striking words:
“For he that will say, I have a Will, and would willingly do Good, but the earthly Flesh which I carry about me, keepeth me back, so that I cannot; yet I shall be saved by Grace, for the Merits of Christ. I comfort myself with his Merit and Sufferings; who will receive me of mere Grace, without any Merits of my own, and forgive me my Sins. Such a one, I say, is like a Man that knoweth what Food is good for his Health, yet will not eat of it, but eateth Poison instead thereof, from whence Sickness and Death, will certainly follow.”
And this also makes me think:
“It is not to be thought that the life of darkness is sunk in misery and lost as if in sorrowing. There is no sorrowing. For sorrow is a thing that is swallowed up in death, and death and dying are the very life of the darkness.”
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
I am a lover of the arts. I am an artist myself, practising my artistry mostly in my head. But then just when you think you have seen it all, then comes just another one. I recently came across some of the works of the artist, Shinichi Maruyama. This is what is said of him:
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each bucket of water + black ink ‘stroke’ is unique and ephemeral.shinichi maruyama can never copy or recreate these images.’ I know something fantastic is happening, a decisive moment,but I can’t fully understand the event until I look at these images.’maruyama has been involved in many worldwide advertising campaigns,utilizing his expertise in ice, liquid/splash, and specializing in movement in his works.years of lighting research and the advancement of retouching have made it easier tohave a strong idea of exactly how a photo will look even before the shoot begins.however in photographing liquid and subjects in movement, it is impossible to foreseewhat the end result will be, and it is this spontaneity that enables maruyama to havemore fun creating his work.
You can check out his website for some cool stuff: http://www.shinichimaruyama.com/
Monday, March 21, 2011
I saw these images from Little Chief Honeybee and thought to share. It got me cracking up this morning.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
At the first WordCamp last year, I discussed creating plugins using DuduMobile WP-SMS as a case study. At that time, I had not uploaded the plugin to the WordPress plugins repository.
I’d like to announce formally that it is now available for downloads. You can click on the link http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/dudumobile-wp-sms/ to download.
Please read the download instructions on the downloads page:
- Upload content of ‘dudumobile-wp-sms.zip’ to the
- Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
- Go to http://dudumobile.com/ or http://api.dudumobile.com and register for Corporate SMS.
- In the DuduMobile ‘Settings’ in WordPress, put in your username and password. You can also fill in the name you want displayed when text messages are sent.
- You are good to go!
Are the text messages free?
As at time of release for this plugin, DuduSMS is not free. You will have to purchase SMS from Dudumobile’s corporate SMS page. You never know, they may offer it free of charge.
Do you or your organization own Dudumobile/DuduSMS
No, we don’t. We just happen to use the SMS Gateway very often for clients so I thought to plug it into WordPress for ‘plug and play’ installation.
What if I have issues sending SMS?
DuduSMS is not owned by me or the company I work with. For support, go tohttp://dudumobile.com for support
My SMS credit is exhausted, how do I buy more
Head over to the DuduMobile website
Dudumobile WP-SMS panel on the sidebar
The Settings page
- Initial release
Other plugins will be available in a few days. If you have any ideas for a WordPress plugin, please let me know.