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Google Search Results

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Inspired by other similar posts on many other blogs I decided provide some answers to questions that people come to this blog via search engines with. Sorted in descending order of the number of requests ever.

lakeland revival (with and without quotes and various prefixes and postfixes) – My Post,, matthewblogroll, Wikipedia’s [[Wikipedia:Florida Healing Outpouring]] page

richard slater – Yes that is me, there are more Richard Slaters though – you can find a list at!

richard slater artist – this isn’t me unfortunatly, you may be looking for this page.

lakeland revival online – you can find out more information about the lakeland revival online at or on the Fresh Fire Ministeries web page.

“http://localhost:port” “wikipedia” – I honestly haven’t got a clue what the searcher was hoping to happen here someone searching for a way to host wikipedia on a local machine, for that there is a Wikipedia CD available.

wedding aniversary – Me and my wife got married on September 4th, if you are reading this why not tell me when yours is.

catherine worship leader lakeland revival – I think you are probably looking for Catherine Mullins (who is a fantastic energetic worship leader at the revival, you can find more information on Radiant God, I Trust You and Coweta Community Church.

guitar lessons peacehaven – you may want to have a look for Keith Markwick, apparantly he does guitar lessons in Peacehaven!

homeplug latency – from experience it can be slow and laggy and is often considered unsuitable for gameing applications, however for e-mail and surfing it is fine.

inkscape – that would be here.

john piper lakeland – John Piper has a website at Desiring God however I don’t know if he has anything to say about Lakeland!

liz calmiano – her Myspace is a good place to start.

mapin borrow cable crimper – I don’t think Maplin loan out equipment, you would have to buy it, I bought this one.

Well I enjoyed that.

Links and Things

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

If you are so inclined I have created a page full of things that I find on the Internet, at the moment it isn’t very full as I am in the process of going through my bookmarks and deciding what I want and what I don’t want, things that I keep go on the list (if it is appropriate).

Anyway take a look and let me know what you think!

Blog Updates

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

I have spent most of the day messing arround with the blog, much of the work has gone on behind the scenes adding sitemaps to make spidering the site easier. Moving the links section to a menu so that it isn’t taking up valuable sidebar space and adding buttons to share posts on popular social networking sites such as Facebook, Linkedin and Technorati.

Tweaked the templates a bit more so that it didn’t just give snippits of articles on categories, archives and tag pages. Made the pagination slightly more useful you can now jump to any page, the same way you would be able to for Google.

I think that is all I have done, as ever if anyone spots any problems with any of the changes do let me know.

Site Upgrade

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Upgraded the site to WordPress 2.6, also switched the style to use widgets so everything down the left hand side is now a widget rather than some hand coded SQL stuff, that worked but could have been much better, now it is!

As you can probably see I am experementing with Twitter I don’t know if I am going to get along with it, but I do like the idea of blogging with less than 140 characters.

As always if anyone spots anything that is not as it should be do let me know and I will fix it, well try to, or perhaps phone a friend.

Blocking Adverts

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

I read an interesting article on The Register about the Firefox Plugin AdBlock Plus, the article covers a bit about the current favourable relationship between Firefox and Google which could be threatened by the increased usage of products that block adverts from being displayed.

I am no fan of adverts on websites, as you can see; this site is devoid of adverts for the conscious reason that I find them distracting. Many adverts can not be controlled, if I add adverts to a page then I am leaving some of my screen space open to be used by another company, doubtlessly this company will have different views on what is appropriate, perhaps they promote content I would find objectionable (betting or breaking of game rules for example).

This of course doesn’t mean that you can’t make any money out of blogs and other user generated content, my personal preferences is contextual links, not the automatically generated JavaScript kind but the ones that the author puts in his or herself. For example affiliate links to Amazon or Barnes and Noble for books and music, Eclipse Internet to recommend as an ISP or EVE Online to encourage people to join you in-game. So many companies run successful affiliate programs why do so many people still invest so much time and clunky and unappealing design constraints just so that they can include an advert?

I would be really interested in the thoughts of readers, does anyone else use AdBlock? do adverts on sites annoy you? or do you see them as a fact of life, after all they do pay for the free content we are consuming?

Desktop Blogging Client

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

Thanks to Ian’s Messy Desk and BlogWell this post comes courtesy of w.bloggar. Going to give this a go and see if I get on with it, shame it is not a [[Wikipedia:WYSIWIG]] tool, but it seems to have some useful features.

The Saga Continues

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

I have removed ActiveLinks as I decided I don’t like the curly brace linking style, and I can’t quite fathom how to modify it so that it hides the mark-up in my style. It is in part a failing in the style that I have used as it picks some odd places to use templating functions and in part an oversight of the plugin authors (of both WikiLinks and ActiveLink in not adding actions that strip out links in certain circumstances.

I gave WikiLinks a try and it generated a large number of errors, although works on my local test blog I will have a play over the next few days if I get a chance. We have friends coming to stay so updates may be few and far between (as if anyone actually notices I posted twice in one day). I have put a load of the annoyances I have with the blog on the Annoyances page, hopefully I will get a chance to work through them.

Style Change Log:

Current Revision 11

  • index.php – Changed from summaries to full text for posts
  • single.php – Added Post MetaData bar at base of Single Post
  • archive.php – Adjusted spacing on Archive Pages
  • style.css – Changed entrys to be justified
  • rsidebar.php – Halved the number of recent comments to 5