Before the end of last year I had started playing with a cool new piece of technology called Triggit that made adding advertising and affiliate links easy to do without spamming them all over the place. As my blogging decreased towards the end of the year, I was mainly focused on quick pieces and didn’t touch Triggit.
You may have noticed the blue search bar at the top of my site (if it’s loaded yet, I need to track down what’s been slowing my load times lately) That is called the Sitebar and Triggit has switched gears and is focusing on this new tool. What does it do? Well, right now it only searches but I’ve boon told to expect more functionality soon, I’ll update more as I get the information
I suppose that someone knows because I saw one today and it was the first time I’ve really noticed one and thought about it. So for today’s Wednesday Whim I decided to add one for the Knetwork. All you need is an animated gif, scaled down to the recommended 16×16 pixel size, uploaded to your existing favicon location. Then add a html line to your header. Just copy your current favicon code, paste it below itself, and alter the file name to your animated gif.
FYI – mine is a little knight hacking away at something…. it’s probably dead by now. I’ll probably replace it or remove it but lemme know what you think!
I’m having a little fun with one of the latest viral trends going around Friendfeed to express my general belief that the term ‘meme’ has been corrupted to be nothing other than a glorified fad.
- Meme was coined by Richard Dawkins in his book The Selfish Gene
- It is defined as conveying the idea of a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation
- It is derived from the Greek word “mimema” meaning something imitated
- The study of memes is known as Memetics
- It is intended to provide a definition for the way ideas and trends move through society as genetic traits move from generation to generation through genes
- Genes are considered to move vertically from generation to generation, although with current genetic research it’s possible they may even move horizontally within a generation at some point in the future
- Memes are considered to move either vertically or horizontally
- Good examples of memes that move vertically are cultural trends like racism, speech patterns, pizza crust preferences and the type of BBQ sauce you consider to be the only true BBQ
- Good examples of horizontal memes are fashion, slang, and the belief that Al Gore truly deserved a Nobel Peace Prize
- A fad is considered to be a phenomenon that becomes popular for a very short time.
- A fad technically fits the description of a horizontal meme since it is transmitted and imitated
- The short time period indicates that it is a failed meme, a dead end on the cultural evolutionary tree
- Although Jams were awesome – why don’t we wear those anymore?
- Calling your short lived internet fad a meme will make you feel more important
- You’re not
- Calling it a meme will make you feel more sophisticated
- You’re not that either
- Calling it a meme might confuse more people into taking part though
- So I don’t blame you for doing it
- But I still find it a little annoying
- And I just wanted you to know…
- That the meme you are participating in is just a glorified fad
- And as long as you are OK with that, then go for it!
- If “internet memes” are your thing you might want to spend some quality time with Encyclopedia Dramatica
This is the first of my Whimsday Wednesday posts. My latest whim was inspired when the little proxy server I was hosting became overrun. It turned out I didn’t hide it as well as I thought, and people sucking down 40GB of bandwidth in a few hours can have a negative effect on all your other sites loading. Once I tracked down the culprit and shut it off, I put up a quick note (see it @ KnightKnetwork.net) saying that I had not intended it to be a public proxy and I added a google search and a small adsense unit to make it easy for folks to find another proxy and maybe make a couple of bucks.
Well, that worked out well enough that I’ve made enough to pay for a domain name and some cheap proxy hosting so I launched LiteProxySite.info this week! I still need to do some work on it, but it’s functional. If you need access to your sites that are blocked by your current network then this can help, but cheap hosting means low bandwidth so I’ve restricted the file size that it can pull down and may have to block some sites myself if it get’s overused.
I hope you find it useful!
Lite Proxy Site
I believe in the power of whims and believe that following your whims can teach you something about yourself, lead you to learn/try something new, and occasionally can lead to great things! They can also waste time, money, and effort in the process – so fair warning.
Wednesday’s are going to be Whimsday on the KnightKnetwork. Every Wednesday I’ll post some random whim of mine with no restriction on subject matter an no promises not to try and sell you something that catches my fancy on Thinkgeek.
I would love to have your feedback on my whims and hear about your whims as well, so leave me a comment if the whim strikes you!