Blogosphere.ca Updated!

The new site has been uploaded and is now live. There are a few things we are still working on, but all the functionality that previously existed still works in the new design. The links have changed however:

This means the old links to the blogs may not work (we setup some redirects, but not all). If you have any problems, let me know.

Happy Birthday Greg, Fowler Anniversary!

Friday night was Greg’s birthday celebration at the Druid downtown. I think Dickson and I did a good job of making sure Greg won’t remember a thing – good call on that winning shot Dickson! Wondering what the winning shot was?

Bartender: What can I get for you?
Dickson: Give me the nastiest shot you have.

And believe me, it was nasty. The shot glass smelled so bad, so horribly bad. But Greg took it like a man!

Last night was the 30th Anniversary celebration for Megan’s parents. Even though the average age was much higher than I can count, it was fun! Andrew gave two very funny speeches, and is now known as “Tom’s Little Buddy”. Also, I finally got to meet Megan’s cousin Christine. That was good 🙂

Shrek 2 and Blogosphere Updates!

My sister was in town for a couple days, on her way to Vancouver for some youth parliament event, so last night we went to see Shrek 2. It was quite funny, in some ways funnier than the first one, but in some ways not. That is to be expected I guess, as most of the characters are the same. Definitely worth the money however!

Now I will take a moment to share a teaser of some upcoming Blogosphere changes! Check out our new logo:

The new site is amazing (if I do say so myself). I would call it sexy! More to come soon!

Blogosphere

Chu made a very cool post today, and no it isnt about girls! He posted the EdmontonGasPrices.com ticker! Check it out, its really scary!

Well neither Dickson nor I have done a Blogosphere.ca update in quite a while, so here are the latest statistics:


  • We are 6 days away from three months of existence!

  • We have launched Blogosphere Media which has released two radio shows.

  • There are 39 bloggers, who have contributed to 386 posts and 22 articles.

  • People have left 956 comments, and linked to posts 18 times (this number should be WAY higher).

  • The site has had 282,057 hits, a total of 26,121 visitors, and total transfer of 4.11 GB (thanks to Chu and Inge’s damn photos).

  • The most popular day in our history was May 10th, when 629 visitors flooded the site.

  • The busiest time of day is from 11 PM until midnight. The least busy is 6 AM.

  • Korea is the 4th most active country to visit the site.

  • Popular search engine keywords used to find our site include “milk”, “animal”, “hunnies”, “hot”, “snowboarding”, “william”, “asian”, “groban”, “and girls”. Most popular search phrase by a long shot is “milk and cereal asian version”.

  • Roughly 55% of you use Internet Explorer 6, and thanks to me, Lynx cracked our top 10 to contribute 2.37%!

That’s enough for now. Let’s keep it going!

Has Summer Arrived?

What an incredible day outside today! As I write this post we are still at the high for today of 22 degrees. Amazing is what I say, and tomorrow is supposed to be even hotter! Crack out the shorts and sandals! Too bad its gonna get cold again on Friday.

Everyone remember the Inuvik high school roof collapsing? Well apparently two kids broke in over the weekend and set fire to the mechanical room – that’s right, the room that runs the rest of the school. They also ended up torching the gym in the process. So basically, there is no school. Period. Anyone want to ask me again why I went to high school here?

Finally, it seems like the nasty flu that has been going around has found its way to Inuvik 🙁 Hope you are feeling better soon Mom!

More on splogging

Now that splogging has been accepted into PseudoDictionary, I created a special Splogging articles section which can be found here. So far you can read Splogging Defined and The Official Splogging Guide.

Also, if you want to link to the dictionary entry, you can use this easy to remember URL: http://www.pseudodictionary.com/splogging.

[Listening to: Take Me Away – Avril Lavigne – Under My Skin (02:58)]

The Offical Splogging Guide

So you’ve read all about splogging and now you want to splog someone yourself! Well follow the simple steps in this guide and you’ll be splogging in no time!



  1. Select a victim

    The first step in any successful splogging campaign is to select a viable target. Ideal candidates are frequent bloggers, who receive email comments on their blog, and who don’t already have 100 comments on an average post. Even better candidates are people you don’t particularly like or at least someone you like to annoy or otherwise get a rise out of.

  2. Select your co-sploggers

    You cannot splog alone. Well you can, but it’s much less interesting and effective. Step two is to select one, or preferrably two, co-sploggers to assist you in your campaign. Steer clear of anyone who may grow a conscience in the middle of your attack. Ideal candidates are able to come up with something funny on the fly, adjust well to adversity, and obviously who share your dislike or desire to annoy the selected victim.

  3. Plan the attack

    No war has been won without careful planning. To launch a successful splogging attack you must complete step three, and make your plans. Things to prepare in advance are the time to start, the post to splog, and the content (or at least the initial content) for your splogging attack. You should also plan either a comment count or an end time for the attack.

  4. Launch the attack

    Obviously you must launch the attack to be successful at splogging! During the launch you should execute well on your plan and come up with new angles and topics on the fly. The best splogging attack comes from something that a splogger comes up with on the fly during the attack.

  5. Follow up

    A step which might be overlooked is to follow up on the attack! A splogging attack will always be more successful when the sploggers themselves publicly brag about the event, on their own blogs or on some other Internet community type site. A super splogging attack is when the victim finds out by reading a sploggers blog before checking their email or their own blog!


If you follow these simple steps, your splogging attack will be a success and we can add another victim to the ever growing list! Good luck!

Splogging Defined

Now that splogging has made it into the dictionary at PseudoDictionary, I figured I should create a special post for information regarding the word.


Creation


The word “splogging” was created on April 14th, 2004 at 9:16 PM MST. The actual splogging began at 1:27 PM MST that same day on Jeanie’s post entitled “Utility Programs” which can be found at http://blogosphere.ca/genie/archive/2004/04/13/1142.aspx. The original post announcing the creation of the word can be found at https://blog.mastermaq.ca/archive/2004/04/14/472.aspx.


Definition


You can read the official dictionary entry and definition at PseudoDictionary: http://www.pseudodictionary.com/splogging.


Forms


The word splogging can be used in the following forms:



noun. splogging, splog – Mack practices the fine art of splogging. That last attack was the best splog ever!
verb. splog, splogged, splogging – Dickson likes to splog people! Looks like Jeanie got splogged again! Chu is splogging!


Meaning


Splogging is a cross between the terms “blogging” and “spam”. Making a post on your weblog or perhaps even reading other blogs is commonly referred to as blogging. And spam as I am sure you are aware is that annoying email that is either unsolicited, repeated, or both. Splogging then is the unsoliticed, repeated, or both, type of comments found on a blog post. The link above provides an excellent example.


Future


I suppose the term splogging could be expanded in the future to refer to inserting the types of posts in a blog that are strictly advertising. As people increasingly read news and other websites in feed aggregators, a new form of advertising will inevitable have to emerge, and that might include inserting advertisement posts into a feed.