BlogKits pays Bloggers 10c per click

From our CEO:

…During the last week we’ve been running reports that have indicated overwhelmingly to us that sites running the ’support this blog’ line of ads that were initially the cornerstone of BlogKits ads – are not making money. That’s right – Aside from the higher volume traffic sites and lucky bloggers running campaigns like FreeDebtAssessment.com most bloggers running ads with ’support my blog’ on them have NOT been making money. Google 1 / BlogKits 0This however is NOT YOUR PROBLEM. You run the ads and you deserve to get paid for them. So read on…

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Development. concept: TAXI Action Figures

For discussion and possible development.

Potential TAXI youth/community outreach

Format: Workshop with integrated psychological, practical and publicity angles.
(possibly borrowing a few pages from BodyMaps and the Doll Project http://www.chico.mweb.co.za/art/2004/2004mar/040319-fragile.html

Practical outcomes: Developing basic D.I.Y. skills and knowledge, especially where these can lead to income earning capacities

Psychological outcomes: Participants facilitated to explore their own identity, the life challenges they face, and metaphorically model their ideals and move towards formulating character responses – imagine dealing specifically with issues around anger, fear, frustration but would like it to be thematically open to formulation by participants

How: Mentored process of developing ‘action figures’ from available resources, partly as artistic expression, partly as creating toys with sustainability ideals

E.g. I am sure wood-offcuts can be gotten at very low cost from timber suppliers, would like to stick as close as possible to ‘hardware’, but more feminine interpretation also possible.

New media and art – as (frequency) space

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I love that I can hop over to DigitallyImported.com and plug into some of the most sophisticated contemporary music streams thumping in the world today.

Franci Cronje’s 2004 masters paper explains the importance of William Kentridge’s work – particularly for new media. His new book Wiliam Kentridge Prints is beautiful – in fact lets put up its cover in high-ish res as a special treat to the bandwidth advantaged. If you appreciate the finer subtleties of obliquity, also have a look at Nathaniel Stern (the other new media artist featured in her paper)’s Compresionism.
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David Krut Publishing on WordPress

Some notes about my humble hacking of (and fumbeling with-) the WordPress open source code I’ve implemented in the David Krut Publishing and Arts Resource site at http://www.davidkrutpublishing.com/dkp so far:

  • The single weblog database contains distinct content streams, e.g. the bookshop is a online catalogue, usually seprated from news, gallery exhibition notifications and behind the scenes views on the print workshop
  • The bookshop features a shopping basket system I’m putting the finishing touches on. I developed this woven right into the code fabric – nope, couldn’t find a convincing plugin.
  • Display of books are sorted according to source, via customised meta-data fields,(using Custom Field GUI to ease standardised data entry) then sorted by the default chronology of system entry timestamps – which I would like to convert to date of publication in due course (by creating a loop around WordPress’s The Loop – which creates some perplexing implications for the ‘length’ of certain views of the content – the user-friendliness issues of which will probably be adequately addressed through the integrity of the navigational framework of the site.
  • The above especially when we add more interactive filtering and finding functions.
  • The navigation bars have been manually arranged and extensively modified to seamlessly integrate procedural as well static organisation. (Maybe the next version of WordPress will be less limited by alphanumeric organisation, or perhaps this would be ideally addressed by a plugin. Almost can’t resist giving developing that a shot.
  • We also use Image Manager – on which I would like to implement user specific access to functions, especially the delete function :- ( especially in view of the very slow ftp transfer rates we have to work with. I’m sure its just a matter of figuring out how. Since the site already successfully uses Role Manager. The darkside of hacking is the seemingly inevitable complexity that almost always exponentially increase while you’re out innocently engadging the extreme juggling act of trying to combine development with maintenance and sustainability.
  • Plan is to set up a blog in the new TAXI-000 site tomorrow morning, calling it Co-Lab. A blog forum that focuses on, and intends facilitation of synergies that lie in skills development/social responsibility/art/creativity/collaboration and general experimentation – and more along those lines, inspired in part ideology similar to that which positively oozes from TED

COBOL Cover – to the muse of computation

Power of COBOL, Cover Illustration/Design by André S Clements

Preliminary cover page design. I love book cover design, and designing a cover around subject matter from another great love – computing technology – is an absolute treat.

COBOL has been around since 1959 or there about (a 2nd generation programming language). The fact that it is still very-much around certainly counts for something.

Object orientation receives quite a bit of prominence in the text. My cover illustration design is partly intended to be a visualisation of object orientation. I have tried to Continue reading