Get your own shortener for all your projects

I just created my own url shortener using YOURLS.  Its just as easy as setting up a WordPress site and with the WordPress Plugin easily post your posts directly to twitter.

Fail: Proud new owner of Brazilian Government Agency

I approved a new LinkedIn contact today, then took a look at my profile.  Much to my surprise I found out I was now the owner of a Brazilian Government Agency.

Delicious’ passing … new options arise

With the news of Delicious’ demise, some of the alternatives I have found have an interesting take on collecting links an present them with more curated feel.  Although there is always a place for a good tag cloud.  I think this much more potential as tool for event or topic tracking.  I use delicious as a tool in education to provide one link for all supporting material for workshops and show faculty how to use it in their own classes.  Check out these examples using’s new bundles and

Bot SPAM fail

Yesterday I received this @ reply in twitter:

C21Oakville meant to b answered i guess RT SheLuvsEMO: Omg_ItsAshCash Mannnnnn WTF was yo question?!? Lol  ‘

Followed by the link I was suppose to click on. This is about the 4th or 5th of these I have received the last couple weeks.  My question is what human is this suppose to fool.  I don’t eve know what it is attempting to say.  Is the bot just pulling random parts from other tweets?

12 stadium tour

Currently on a twelve baseball stadium tour in twelve days. Just completed first leg in Milwaukee and now in Minneapolis about to head to the twins. Follow along at

Tried out new Event Calendar Plugin

I am trying out my new event calendar plugin click on the post and see how it worked.

New BETA CatVis

Beta version of CatVis available now … but not from me.  Richard Hamilton who stopped updating his plugin, giving my plugin life, has decided to get back in the game.  So go check it out .  If you using older versions of wordpress, mine will still be available.

Patrons grow hostile

I apologize for the long delay.  I’m now beginning work on bug fixes and new version sorry for delay.  Please go here to submit issues and ideas and vote on the ones you’d most like to see! 2.0 Feature Suggestions or 1.0.8. Bug Fixes (things that need fixed or ideas on how to)

P.S. if in the delay you have found another plugin that fills this whole please let me know. Because I’m not vain and will gladly point everyone else in that direction. I’ve been just trying to keep this feature alive. Also, will gladly accept and credit any assistance offered in making this plugin again viable.

As I work I’ll post alphas to the Category Visibility Plugin page.

Locked out a God send

Last night as I left my apartment a cry of horror came from the back of my brain just as the latch of the door clicked.  A burst of emotions hit me quickly changing from panic to rage to self hatred. Even though I knew the back door was both locked and chained, I went around to the rear entrance and confirmed what I had already known.  Then a small glimmer of hope the bathroom window beside me.  I checked it … also locked.  Another half hour of frustration followed as I desperately alternated from trying to force the window open and unlatching it with a credit card.  As my mood finally calmed down and switched to acceptance, I began thinking clearer.  Actual solutions presented themselves… phone no also locked inside … car keys also locked inside …landlord number also locked inside and couldn’t remember his name …campus is open until elven I can look it up online.   Alas a solution had emerged.  I headed back to campus, ran a few Google searches, and recognized his number when I saw it.  I called the number only to get voice mail.  Left my message and proceed to watch hulu for the next two hours as I waited for the return call that never came.  Since, I did have my wallet it dawned on me that if he doesn’t call back I can just get a room at the Comfort Suites in town.

When I check into the hotel, the attendant gives me a rate even lower than the AAA rate despite my not having the card… things are looking up.  Upon entering my room and see that gorgeous flat screen tv, I recall all the college basketball games being played on ESPN.  Since I have forgone cable, I would have missed these games at home.  Watching the games, I looked forward to a long shower, I only ever get ten minutes of hot water in my apartment, and the continental breakfast in the morning.

Side note major kudos to Comfort Suites the room was emmaculate was complete with:

  • the aforementioned flat screen tv
  • two beds
  • couch and coffee table
  • fridge
  • micro wave
  • a heating system with digital display allowing to actually set the desired temperature
  • an alarm clock with preset buttons to local country, classical, and pop stations as well as a line in

I mention all of this because by the end of the night and into this morning I was actually happy that I had locked myself out of the apartment.  It was like a little mini vacation right in the middle of the week that recharged my batteries.  And with the economic times what they are, it was a very affordable way to do so.  So, if you are feeling warn out and have been cutting corners to save money and just need a cheap way to get away from it all, call your local upper scale hotel you could probably dicker a pretty good price.


Still settling in

Hello all,

I am still settling in to my new apartment and job.  CatVis seems to be in high demand and have had some bug fix request as well as feature suggestions. I hope to work on those soon thanks for the feedback.