Monday, 1 October 2012
Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Monday, 30 July 2012
"Va rugăm sa nu luati in seama ce spun copiii ca fac aici,
pentru ca nici noi nu luam in seama ce spun copiii ca faceti voi acasa "
- Eh, depinde de bou…
Sânii sunt dovada clara ca si barbatii se pot concentra la doua lucruri
in acelasi timp.
R: Test de sarcina.
- Care celelalte?
Friday, 20 July 2012
Regulile de bază ale marketingului explicate amuzant de către un profesor la Institutul Indian de Management din Ahmedabad (IIMA).
1. Eşti la o petrecere şi vezi o fată superbă. Te duci la ea şi îi spui: "Sunt extrem de bine dotat. Culca-te cu mine".
- Asta înseamnă marketingul direct.
2. Eşti la o petrecere împreună cu prietenii şi vezi o fată superbă.
Unul dintre prietenii tăi se duce la ea, arată spre tine şi spune: "Tipul ăla este extrem de bine dotat. Culca-te cu el".
- Asta înseamnă publicitate.
3. Eşti la o petrecere şi vezi o fată superbă. Te duci la ea şi îi iei numărul de telefon. A doua zi o suni şi îi spui: "Bună. Sunt extrem de bine dotat. Culca-te cu mine"
- Asta înseamnă telemarketing.
4. Eşti la o petrecere şi vezi o fată superbă. Te ridici, îţi aranjezi cravata, te duci spre ea, îi oferi de băut, îi deschizi uşa (de la maşină), o ajuţi să urce, te oferi să o duci până acasă, după care spui: "Că veni vorba. Sunt bine dotat. Nu ai vrea să te culci cu mine?"
- Asta înseamnă relaţii publice.
5. Eşti la o petrecere şi vezi o fată superbă. Vine spre tine şi îţi spune: "Ştiu că eşti extrem de bine dotat! Am vreo şansă să te culci cu mine?"
- Asta înseamnă recunoaşterea brandului.
6. Eşti la o petrecere şi vezi o fată superbă. Te duci la ea şi îi spui: "Sunt extrem de bine dotat. Culca-te cu mine". Tipa îţi dă o palmă cât de tare poate.
- Asta înseamnă feedback-ul din partea clienţilor.
7. Eşti la o petrecere şi vezi o fată superbă. Te duci la ea şi îi spui: "Sunt extrem de bine dotat. Culca-te cu mine". Ea te ia de mână şi te duce să te prezinte soţului său.
- Asta înseamnă dezechilibru între cerere şi ofertă.
8. Eşti la o petrecere şi vezi o fată superbă. Te duci la ea, dar înainte să poţi spune ceva, vine un alt bărbat şi îi spune: "Sunt bine dotat. Ai vrea să te culci cu mine?" iar ea pleacă împreună cu el.
- Asta înseamnă competiţia pe aceeaşi piaţă.
9. Eşti la o petrecere şi vezi o fată superbă. Te duci la ea şi înainte să-i spui: "Sunt bine dotat. Culca-te cu mine" vine soţia ta.
- Asta înseamnă restricţia de a intra pe pieţe noi.
10. Eşti la o petrecere şi nu vezi nici o fată frumoasă.
Friday, 15 June 2012
Monday, 11 June 2012
Friday, 8 June 2012
Thursday, 7 June 2012
Today I received an application form to fill in for a job I applied in May. Apparently they've been busy with hundreds of emails, but I'm lucky enough to be considered to fill in the form. Except for one small detail. "Please be aware the deadline for applications is 16th April, any applications received after this date will not be considered. Due to the numbers of applications we receive, we are not able to respond to everyone, so if you do not hear from us within one month of the closing date, you have been unsuccessful this time." Today is 7 June for goodness sake! This email was sent by the Bookings Manager.
Wednesday being yesterday, I was out from early morning so I didn’t had time to check my email. At about 2 o'clock when I got back I saw I was invited to an interview for Wednesday. Good news, right? Well NO, because the email was sent a bit after 1 pm and I was meant to go to that interview on the same day I received the email . Since I've seen it late I couldn't organize my time to attend it. They said they would arrange a phone interview for today and I asked for the time to make sure my phone would be charged and that I would be in a quiet area with full coverage. I got no reply from them. "I am pleased to inform you that after reviewing the hundreds of applicants that applied for this position. We are happy to select you for our next phase interview for this opportunity. Finally, are you able to come into the office Wednesday this week to have an interview at our East London office?" Nowhere in their email was mentioned their office address. The email was sent by the owner of this business which offered unpaid internship with no perspective for future hiring after the 6 months full time contract.
These are the most recent emails, but I have quite a collection of more alike.
Friday, 1 June 2012
In 2005 graphic designer meant to be fluent in CorelDraw, Quark, Illustrator and Photoshop for printing design for illustrations, logos, posters, flyers, books etc.
Nowadays a graphic designer needs to know the entire Adobe Suite meaning:
Illustrator - logos, vector illustrations, buttons, icons, typography, brushes, custom shapes etc
Indesign - layout for posters, brochures, books, catalogues, calendars etc
Photoshop - photo editing/retouching/manipulation, visual effects, digital painting, textures, brushes, patterns, buttons, web design etc
Dreamweaver - web design, HTML/CSS, responsive fluid grid, html email, newsletters etc
Fireworks - web design, framework, buttons, animations etc
Flash - banners, adverts, email marketing, animations etc
After Effects - video editing
3D modeling/Java/PHP/Ajax/Pearl/MySql would be a plus
Web apps for iphone and android
When you think all these are done on a computer hence all it's digital design. Well not so easy as today these jobs are divided in so many names that it's so hard to grip in which category your skill set falls in.
These days you have apprentice, intern, trainee, graduate, entry level, junior, mid weight, senior, professional role for each of the following roles:
When you know a bit of everything for each position what do you choose? You can't know them all fluently, but these days you are expected to do so, regardless the job you are aiming for. What is the best thing to do to get your foot in the door and start with what you know?
Tuesday, 29 May 2012
Before coming here I was having a secured job as graphic designer in my own country. I was lucky enough to get this job right after graduation even though I held a diploma in philosophy-sociology. Drawing and designing have always been my main passion. This was something I did in my spare time and that's how I learnt how to use CorelDraw, Photoshop and ProPaint years ago. It helped me build a portfolio which granted me my dream job.
In my nativity I thought with a bit of hard work I would carry on doing the same in London, but the journey proved to be a lot harder than I expected. Being Romanian even though a EU member, our work rights are limited here to aupair, agriculture and constructions. I went for the aupair job and to not lose, but rather improve my design skills, I joined a college the moment I arrived in London.
I was very ambitious at the beginning still thinking that I needed to work hard enough to see my dream come true. With the little I had, I saved to pay the school fees, and I would not go out just to save money. To improve my English I joined the IELTS classes and kept on reading random English books. Every hour of the day was busy. School went on for 2 years. In the mean time I was working part time, taking care of 2 lovely girls and doing cleaning. This schedule was interfering with my school hours and most of the time I would not attend the full classes and miss out lessons. After cleaning, laundry, babysitting etc, at 10 in the evening I would finally go to my room and usually would stay until 2 in the morning to carry on with my personal projects. I had to stay focused on what I wanted to do.
Somebody told me that in UK volunteering is highly regarded and most likely would increase my chances of employment. I did this for a while and I got nothing in return, not even my travel expenses covered. In some cases after delivering the final work I wasn't responded back.
After finishing school I received distinction and merit for the classes I've missed. The exhaustion at that point was taking it's tall. I decided it was time to start enjoy life a bit after saving up and staying locked in a room for days to study. I begun to buy clothes, shoes, and go out. I made new friends and was receiving lots of suggestions about jobs. I spoke with the family I was working with that I wanted to move out and find a job. I had a month as notice to find something. A month later my mom died. At that point I couldn't care less about my future, my plans about how life would be and all the ambition went down the drain.
I stayed at the same job for one more year. I felt trapped without a goal. No school to attend. I had extra time and no ambition. It felt like I was living for nothing. I was babysitting 3-4 times a week for the last 3 years. Because I was starting to enjoy the social life and I couldn't leave the house I begun to feel very depressed and small. I was missing my mom with whom I would normally chat during rough times to help me get out of this depression. There was no one there and I started to fall deeper and deeper in my sadness. I felt so lost and lonely. Just because it was an automatic thing to do I would design in the evenings or sketch.
Looking back I lost the focus and I realized I had stayed way longer than I should've had. I had to make an assessment of advantages and disadvantages of being there. Deep down I already knew it was time to move on by my courage was gone. I was afraid of the world. Having to work on my birthday until nearly 9 o'clock in the evening helped me take the final decision. It was too late to do anything. I was dating at that time and we spoke about my disappointing birthday. He asked me to move in with him to help me get back on my feet. It was comforting to have someone there willing to help out.
A month later after the notice I packed everything and left. It left me with a sour taste leaving all behind where I stayed for over 3 years. All those memories and seeing the children grow. I got attached to the family and I couldn't hold my tears and started crying. I knew I would always miss them. Because I was living pretty far I went to see them as often as my budget would allow it and text them on special occasions or chat on skype.
After settling in the new home I begun to apply for jobs. I got few work recommendation and I begun to freelance for graphics. I registered as self employed and focused on improving my sketching techniques, learn how to make logos, even learn how to do web design.
With the money gained I bought a new computer to speed up my work. I started going to the interviews which gave me faith, but never offered a job because I didn't had enough experience.
In the mean time I would focus on my portfolio such vector illustrations or digital painting. This was something I begun to love doing and spent time on following tutorials.
The time started to pass and my savings to go lower. From graphic designer, I started to apply for junior graphic designer and still told I wasn't having enough experience nor the right skills. Just to get some work experience I applied for volunteer work, internship and trainee. I was told again that I don't have the right experience and I can't do internships since I'm not a student nor a recent graduate.
Made accounts on an awful amount of job sites and sent almost 100 applications per day for months. Went on applying for other jobs such as receptionist, administrator, sales in a store, call center, nanny, trafficking personnel, waitress, intern etc. No luck. I printed CVs to pass them in stores and I got no replies back. Now I'm leaving my business cards in stores just in case there will be someone interested in giving me a hand.
Most of my Romanian friends that got a job right away without having to send any applications was because they had connections. I don't have such connections and did asked all my friends if they heard anything and if they know if there is something else I could do just to keep me going and help me gain experience. From some I got no reply at all and some advised me to go back to cleaning.
Two years since I moved in a new home my hopes started to go away as now my partner wants to go back to his country. Feels like I'm about to lose everything. I can't pay my rent for longer than 3 months and I can't find any job without experience because no one is willing to help me make it.
After 5 years of trying to be a graphic designer in London it looks like the only friend that is willing to help is still the one that has very little. He will send my CV to McDonalds and put a good word for me.
I'm not sure London is ready for me.
Sunday, 13 May 2012
My friend is leaving the country for good. Since I didn't know what to get her and I wanted to be something light that she could carry back home, I've made what I can do best, an illustration of her. This is her portrait. Hopefully in time this will still remind her of us her friends and London.
I used a photo as reference. It took me roughly 3 days to paint it in Photoshop. Her reaction was a well worth while effort :)
Tuesday, 3 April 2012
- Mac and PC proficient
- fluent in Indesign, Quark, Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash
- min 3 years experience in the industry
- highly skilled in HTML, CSS, (HTML5 it's a plus) and MySql
- experience with various CMS
- confident creating UI and UX, web app and marketing banners and newsletters
- developing front-end and back-end websites for highly trafficked database
- 3D modeling, video editing, it's a plus
- ability to quickly illustrate concepts trough, sketch, story board, wireframe
- experience with in-house or agency preferable
- meet tight deadlines and liaise with clients, print collaborators, marketing team, sale representative
- DTP, repro-printing, proof printing for mass printing
- work in a very demanding team and have a great sense of humor
- great communication skills written and spoken
- annual salary based on experience 14.000-22.000
If this is you don't hesitate to apply to join our team.
Friday, 30 March 2012
Thursday, 22 March 2012
I was watching earlier The Young Turks video about the ShePAC which is attacking the HBO comedian Bill Maher on making jokes about women. In my opinion this is one mean PR move to make them popular by attacking the ones who laugh at the republicans. Maybe this is the real purpose of the group and no one can bitch about something better than a group of women. Yeah, that's exactly what the world needed. You can watch the video fully above.
However this rouse my interest in seeing what this American group was about. I went to their website and a window popped up with a video editing taken out of the context of Bill Maher's jokes during several shows. On the front page is the same video with what seems to be a joke advert to call on Obama PAC to "Denounce Misogynist Bill Maher". Looking around on the page it's seems very propagandish more like a women’s movements against the left wing disguised in a conservative women's group called ShePAC.
I had to check their facebook page, but strangely enough there isn't much to read about how they support the women‘s causes, especially with a bill against abortion and contraceptive pill waiting at their door. As I was reading the latest comments on the wall, some of them which I must say made a pretty good point, just disappeared in a matter of seconds. In one comment the group was criticized for attaching the poor HBO comedian, while ignoring the serious political acts against women, done by politicians. But nothing is mentioned about this. Few minutes later I decided to leave my comment as this started to enrage me looking at what was happening in front of my eyes. My comment was removed just like the previous ones were. I was raising the abortion issue. Why would they remove it? After I asked a young lady in a comment where she stood when it came to abortion and contraceptive bill, as she was claiming she wanted to make a change when she would grow up. This got me banned from leaving any comments.
Any feedback from a non-republican or from someone with a wider point of view is completely removed. Yes this question we all ask, why? Is because this page is meant for republican women and republicans only full of naive comments absent of substance in what should women do for women. Not surprisingly women’s rights and freedom in this country aren’t supported. When you scroll through the facebook page you will see articles in favor of Sarah Palin, Ann Romney etc or often comments like the ones the Project GOPink an organization which wants to catapult republican women for a governing position.
One more thing! Now this guy is a real misogynist on stage and in real life and guess what he's a comedian too.. so if you have to go trough the trouble then ask Obama to do something about this guy instead!
Luckily I’ve made few screen shoots to prove how this group works.
What about the right wing which trashes women's right with all kind of primitive bills? Humor has no effect over the country's well being, but political destructive bills do, like promote and encourage war to get cheap petrol, enforce a certain religion's morality as politics and abuse women and gay/ lesbian's rights in a 21 century intellectual society! That's outrageous! Bill Maher laughs at the stupidity of what certain people say and do in order to gain power and popularity in a time close to election. He's not the bad guy here same as Julian Assange isn't. The ones that commit crimes and do bad things should be judged not those which fight to enlighten us. Where are the world's moral values for good and bad??
Thursday, 1 March 2012
Wednesday, 29 February 2012
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put code here
So you either do your own research or don't add code at all as it wont show up without a good script and wait for blogger to come up with something. I went for the first option. Throughout my search 4 blogs stand out and they all talk about SyntaxHighlighter the one I eventually went for and the google-code-prettify.
At last I found this blog of Matthew V Ball where it's all nicely explained and easier to implement into the theme code:
The first problem I had with it was that it would't save my theme since there was a problem with the XML script so after reading few comments I gave a try to changing the end script tag for the step 3. I replaced the /script to script/ and all got saved.
However after adding the code to my post on publish post I get the "ERROR
Your HTML cannot be accepted: Tag is broken: A" All the code should be in between div tags pre name="code" class="cpp" text here and end with pre
What I did to get it to "work" was to tick the box for "Stop showing HTML errors for the body of this post". Now I get the code and everything but as you might see the php code is duplicated and I have some extra closing tags which should't be there. This is not perfect but as least it displays something. Another problem I have with it is that it adds spaces between code lines that I don't have in my post, as if there were /br lines.
This is the same script but not clear enough on what I need to do mainly because on www.alexgorbatchev.com is a newer version of SyntaxHighlighter with different files and I didn't know where and how to add the them to the google page and the css files come in different names and I don't know which is the one I should use..
Another interesting post I found here: http://www.newbloggingtipz.com/2009/08/how-to-add-html-codes-in-blogger-posts.html I tried it and I get the code box but the code is converted back to code so nothing is displayed. I'm not sure it works with more then html codes.
Then I found this blog of Viviann which again is not fully detailed to explain the whole process to make the script work.
If anyone has any ideas on how to make this work properly it would be greatly appreciated.
I want to have all the title links above the page and on click to be sent to the very article without having to scroll all the way down. This has to be done dynamically and I tried to combine the anchor links used in html and the id tag to the php code, but for multiple posts on a page this becomes a problems as it can't be generated by wordpress. I need the php code for this.
From what I read this question has been asked for nearly a year and the only solution is to use a plugin. I don't want to use a plugin as I know it must be another way around it.
Any help will be much appreciated.
I tried a bit of everything.
The usual html code:
Here I should add post-123, where 123 = the numeric post ID. This doesn't generates the future posts id tag but only one link for a specific post. It doesn't necessarily needs to be within a ul.
This is only the first part of the loop, but I couldn't quite understand how it works.
echo "Next Project";?>
It's so annoying that I can't show the code as the blogger platform sees it as a html error and includes the php code into this post.
Wednesday, 22 February 2012
Friday, 17 February 2012
I've been going back and forth with searching and testing on how to align horizontally graphic bullets with text in CSS..
this is my code:
padding: 5px 0px;
I can't figure it out as I tried changing the li with no luck.. is here a syntax error that I can't spot?
padding: 5px 0px;
list-style-image: url(../images/layout/link_arrow.png) no-repeat center left;
background-position: 0 50%;
Friday, 10 February 2012
To put everything back in I started with the rubber grip which slided over the plastic pen, then put the button back into the holes and pressed gently until I heard a click which meant the buttons became stable. At last I screwed the pen tip back and now my pen it's functioning normal. If there are people clumsy like me hope this post will help you solve your problem. I added a photo to visualize it better :) Good luck everyone!
For more info please check my other post where I fixed a different problem with the button and it's all explained with the aid of photos.
Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
1. Pentru a va pregati sa deveniti mama, imbracati un halat de baie si fixati-va pe burta un sac plin cu fasole. Dupa 9 luni, scoateti doar 10% din continutul sacului! Pentru tatici: fugiti repede la farmacie, goliti-va portofelul pe tejghea si invitati farmacistul sa se serveasca. Dupa aceea, mergeti la supermarket si cereti ca salariul dvs sa fie varsat direct in contul magazinului.
2. Pentru a avea o idee despre cum va veti petrece serile, intre orele 17h si 22h parcurgeti in lung si in lat sufrageria purtând in brate un sac umed care cântareste intre 4 si 6 kg. La ora 22h lasati sacul, reglati desteptatorul la 00h00 si mergeti la culcare. La miezul noptii, treziti-va si parcurgeti din nou sufrageria purtând sacul timp de o ora. Reglati desteptatorul la ora 3h00. Imposibil sa mai adormiti, evident, asa ca treziti-va la ora 02.00 si serviti-va ceva de baut.Intoarcerea in pat la 2h45. Când suna desteptatorul, un sfert de ora mai târziu, trezirea! Cântati cântecele de leagan pâna la ora 4h00. Reglati desteptatorul la 5h00.Treziti-va si preparati micul dejun. Mentineti acest ritm timp de 5 ani...fara sa va pierdeti buna dispozitie!
3. Goliti un pepene si practicati in mijloc o gaura de talia unei mingi de golf. Suspendati-l de tavan cu o sfoara si balansati-l de la stânga la dreapta. Dintr-o farfurie cu supa (foarte lichida) incercati sa hraniti "pepenele" (care e in miscare), jucându-va de-a avionul cu o lingurita. Continuati exercitiul pâna când farfuria e pe jumatate golita, varsati restul... pe genunchii dvs... Bravo! acum stiti sa hraniti un bebelus! Pentru a avea o idee despre ceea ce se va intâmpla când va incepe sa mearga, etalati dulceata pe canapea si pe perdele, disimulati un pic de peste congelat in spatele televizorului si lasati-l acolo timp de o luna sau doua...
4. Imbracatul celor mici nu e chiar o formalitate. Incepeti prin a cumpara o caracatita si o plasa pentru peste. Incercati sa introduceti caracatita in plasa. Timp prevazut: toata dimineata.
5. Nu sperati ca veti mai avea o masina curata si stralucitoare ca in ziua când ati cumparat-o. Cumparati o inghetata de vanilie si uitati-o in cutia de pe bord. Introduceti o moneda in casetofon (sau CD player).Sfarâmati un pachet de biscuti sau de ciocolata pe scaunele din spate. In final, zgâriati fiecare portiera cu un cui.Perfect!
6. Mergeti la supermarket insotiti de ceva care se apropie cel mai mult de un copil mic: o capra adulta de preferinta. Daca intentionati sa aveti mai multi copii, folositi mai multe capre. Faceti cumparaturile fara sa le scapati din ochi si platiti fara comentarii tot ceea ce au distrus.
7. Repetati de cel putin 5 ori tot ceea ce spuneti.
8. O ultima recomandare: inainte de a face copii, vizitati-va prietenii care au deja. Criticati din plin metoda lor de educatie, lipsa lor de rabdare sau de autoritate. Permiteti-va sa le dati sfaturi asupra orei de culcare, olitei, lipsa bunelor maniere la masa etc. Intr-un cuvânt: ajutati-i sa-si rezolve problemele si, in acelasi timp, profitati bine de situatie: este ultima oara când detineti solutiile....
Sunday, 22 January 2012
Intrigat de ceea ce vede, domnul prim ministru opreşte maşina şi îi întreabă pe cei doi:
- Măi, oameni buni, nu vă este ruşine de faceţi nenorocirea asta de chirpici, într-o ţară membră a Uniunii Europene, care tocmai a reuşit, sub îndrumarea FMI, să se macrostabilizeze? Ce-i înapoierea asta? Ce faceţi cu amestecul ăsta oribil de bălegar, paie şi noroi?
- Domnule prim ministru, răspunde unul dintre indivizi, nu-l facem pentru noi. Îl exportăm în Federaţia Rusă.
- Îl exportaţi în Rusia?!! Extraordinar! Ce luaţi pe el?
- Ştiţi, ruşii nu prea au rezervă valutară, aşa că ne plătesc în natură. Ne dau o mie de AK-47 pe tona de chirpici.
- Sunteţi nebuni?! Introduceţi ilegal armament în ţară!
- Nuuu! Nu intră neam de AK-47 în România. Le reexportăm imediat în Iran.
- În Iran?! La teroriştii ăia? Ce luaţi de la ei?
- Petrol, domnule prim ministru. Pentru fiecare AK-47, câte o tonă de petrol, dar să ştiţi că nu îl aducem ilegal în ţară. Din Iran, pleacă direct în Japonia, că ăia, or fi ei deştepţi, dar n-au petrol.
- Ce luaţi din Japonia, ce vă dau pe petrol?
- Ehh! Nişte rahaturi de microcipuri, de încap o mie într-un portofel, dar le vindem americanilor, că au nevoie de fleacurile astea, ca să facă nişte rachete. Să ştiţi că plă-tesc bine. Pentru fiecare flecuşteţ din ăla, ne dau zece mii de dolari.
- Zece mii de dolari?!! Şi ce faceţi cu ei?
- Păi acum devine complicat, că trebuie să schimbăm la bancă dolarii pe euro.
- De ce?
- Pentru că bulgarii nu vor decât euro.
- Dar ce treabă aveţi voi cu bulgarii?
- Păi, domnule prim ministru, noi, cu tranziţia şi cu austeritatea, am sărăcit de tot. Nu mai avem animale. Cum să facem chirpici, dacă nu importăm bălegar de la bulgari?!
Friday, 20 January 2012
When you go to pages, on the right upper side you will see a tab with a dropdown menu called "Screen Options".. Yes you're right that's where the page attributes, custom fields etc are..
What I still can't find is the template under the page attributes but I do see the parent and order.. if anyone can help please drop in a line..
Found the problem and embarrassing enough my path for the template was wrong.. I moved the template file to the /wp-content/themes
After I read few articles looks like the "Stop Online Piracy Act" SOPA and "PROTECT IP Act" PIPA it's happening.. The US government wants to shut people up as the freedom of speech we have today is too much to take in since the Wikileaks event. They will try by any means to take action against us, as now WE are a threat to them by having access to the online information. They want to take over the most effective free form of communication we have today, The INTERNET. They want to control it under a noble disguise act against piracy. This will not only censure every thing we do on the internet, but will allow them to have full control over it on an international level which will empower the US government to take legal actions and imprison people under this act. Hollywood and Universal Music amongst other big corporation had offered their support. Now Google, Twitter and Facebook are against it, but sadly enough they didn't take part at the Blackout on Wednesday (18 Jan 2012) with Wikipedia, Reddit, Mozilla, Cheezburger, Wordpress and many other websites which are still wearing the black tag "stop SOPA" as part of their support to this movement against the new act.. The internet freedom of speech we have today could be changed by a dictatorial internet censorship, if we allow SOPA to be implemented.
What does mean?
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), or H.R.3261, is a pending bill geared toward preempting U.S. property theft by promoting creativity and innovation. SOPA was introduced to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in October of 2011. SOPA expands Protect IP, a similar bill from the Senate, by giving copyright holders and U.S. law enforcement the right to battle infringed - or allegedly infringed - intellectual property (IP) and counterfeit products.
SOPA is also known as the Enforcing and Protecting American Rights Against Sites Intent on Theft and Exploitation Act (E-PARASITE Act).
Techopedia explainsCopyright infringement is rampant on the Web, and SOPA aims to give copyright holders more power to protect their work. However, critics contend that SOPA and Protect IP could stifle freedom of expression online, and put undue strain on websites, especially social media and other sharing sites, to police their content.
SOPA supporters include many companies in the entertainment industry, cable and satellite TV, etc. Opponents include many of the top web properties, ISPs and most in the web development industry.
Yesterday Megaupload a big online upload website got closed for piracy. The feds push the SOPA in front with the Megaupload case implication to the online piracy. What they missed out intentionally is to explain the full extent of implication this act will have over the common internet user. The website Megaupload got closed overnight as the feds arrested the site operators including the founder Kim Dotcom (aka Kim Schmitz) and confiscated their goods.
more at: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2012/01/why-the-feds-smashed-megaupload.ars
In several online news such as the Telegraph the website is condamend and somewhat the newspaper suports SOPA.
read more at the source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/9027246/Anonymous-attacks-FBI-website-over-Megaupload-raids.html#
A strong point to the above article is brought to the broad by a commentator Neil Appleby.
I will add his full response below as it brings awareness to people.
"NTERNETS, 18th of January 2012.
PRESS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.
Over a century ago Thomas Edison got the patent for a device which would "do for the eye what the phonograph does for
the ear". He called it the Kinetoscope. He was not only amongst the first to record video, he was also the first person
to own the copyright to a motion picture.
Because of Edisons patents for the motion pictures it was close to financially impossible to create motion pictures
in the North american east coast. The movie studios therefor relocated to California, and founded what we today call
Hollywood. The reason was mostly because there was no patent.
There was also no copyright to speak of, so the studios could copy old stories and make movies out of them - like
Fantasia, one of Disneys biggest hits ever.
So, the whole basis of this industry, that today is screaming about losing control over immaterial rights, is that they
circumvented immaterial rights. They copied (or put in their terminology: "stole") other peoples creative works,
without paying for it. They did it in order to make a huge profit. Today, they're all successful and most of the
studios are on the Fortune 500 list of the richest companies in the world. Congratulations - it's all based on being
able to re-use other peoples creative works. And today they hold the rights to what other people create.
If you want to get something released, you have to abide to their rules. The ones they created after circumventing
other peoples rules.
The reason they are always complainting about "pirates" today is simple. We've done what they did. We circumvented the
rules they created and created our own. We crushed their monopoly by giving people something more efficient. We allow
people to have direct communication between eachother, circumventing the profitable middle man, that in some cases take
over 107% of the profits (yes, you pay to work for them).
It's all based on the fact that we're competition.
We've proven that their existance in their current form is no longer needed. We're just better than they are.
And the funny part is that our rules are very similar to the founding ideas of the USA. We fight for freedom of speech.
We see all people as equal. We believe that the public, not the elite, should rule the nation. We believe that laws
should be created to serve the public, not the rich corporations.
The Pirate Bay is truly an international community. The team is spread all over the globe - but we've stayed out of the
USA. We have Swedish roots and a swedish friend said this:
The word SOPA means "trash" in Swedish. The word PIPA means "a pipe" in Swedish. This is of course not a coincidence.
They want to make the internet inte a one way pipe, with them at the top, shoving trash through the pipe down to the
rest of us obedient consumers.
The public opinion on this matter is clear. Ask anyone on the street and you'll learn that noone wants to be fed with
trash. Why the US government want the american people to be fed with trash is beyond our imagination but we hope that
you will stop them, before we all drown.
SOPA can't do anything to stop TPB. Worst case we'll change top level domain from our current .org to one of the
hundreds of other names that we already also use. In countries where TPB is blocked, China and Saudi Arabia springs to
mind, they block hundreds of our domain names. And did it work? Not really.
To fix the "problem of piracy" one should go to the source of the problem. The entertainment industry say they're
creating "culture" but what they really do is stuff like selling overpriced plushy dolls and making 11 year old girls
become anorexic. Either from working in the factories that creates the dolls for basically no salary or by watching
movies and tv shows that make them think that they're fat.
In the great Sid Meiers computer game Civilization you can build Wonders of the world. One of the most powerful ones
is Hollywood. With that you control all culture and media in the world. Rupert Murdoch was happy with MySpace and had
no problems with their own piracy until it failed. Now he's complainting that Google is the biggest source of piracy
in the world - because he's jealous. He wants to retain his mind control over people and clearly you'd get a more
honest view of things on Wikipedia and Google than on Fox News.
Some facts (years, dates) are probably wrong in this press release. The reason is that we can't access this information
when Wikipedia is blacked out. Because of pressure from our failing competitors. We're sorry for that.
THE PIRATE BAY, (K)2012"
This is something to contemplate about since Julian Assange has tried to brings light to the hidden or obscure illegal deeds our governments do, and he became a target. SOPA and PIPA only try to bury what should be transparent to all and punish those that want to unveil the truth. They want us under their microscope.
Thursday, 19 January 2012
I was customizing a theme in the latest Wordpress version 3.3.1. I wanted to set the permalinks from an early start to date and name and I got an error message:
The requested URL /2012/01/19/bla/ was not found on this server
After googling a bit it seems like in the htaccess file the rewrite rules are the problem as they are trying to turn the URL into variables for the wp_query system. I tested it myself and the rules in the php file change once I switch to a different permalink option and I'm asked to click yes or no. Of course for the sake of SEO I wanted the date and name in my permalink, but apparently according to the post below the Search Engine Research Page will not rate the URL as it will be seen as old. So performance wise if a permalink setting it's stating with a number the wordpress system will not triggering a flag to create a rule enhancing the permalink and slowing down the URL. I haven sorted out what seems to be the problem that makes only the default setting work but in the mean time I will stick to this one for testing and after I will see what I can do to my permalinks for the website.
More about this here: http://digwp.com/2011/06/dont-use-postname/
and here: http://ottopress.com/2011/how-the-postname-permalinks-in-wordpress-3-3-work/
27 March update - solution for pretty permalinks
Finally I got my pretty permalinks up and running.
For WordPress pretty permalinks to work on the server you need to check if it's in the Apache mod_rewrite. To do this you need to open the httpd.conf file. I'm using a PC, but I guess is the same for a Mac. Go to your WAMP folder (MAMP on a Mac) . Follow this path: bin/apache/Apache2.2.17conf/httpd.conf
#LoadModule rewrite_module modules/mod_rewrite.so
With (just remove the hash)
LoadModule rewrite_module modules/mod_rewrite.so
This will enable the rewrite of the .htaccess file for pretty links in WordPress.
Now you need to restart your Apache server. If you use http://localhost/ like I do you just need to restart your localhost server.
Don't forget to switch to the new permalink and test. It should be working now.