Ions and Revelations

I’ve been considering setting up an affiliate account with Amazon and/or Newegg in order to potentially generate some income from this site but then again I’m unsure I would generate enough referrals to actually sell anything. I suppose I could write various small reviews about some of the stuff I buy since I always seem to be getting something new. But that involves reviewing it. Bleh.

Amazon does have a lot of stuff though. Absurdly large amounts of stuff. I could even refer things such as MP3 albums. I’m not sure how much of a commission I could get from doing so, much less how many of my… 2 readers would actually follow the link and purchase.

But now that I said that, them doing so would potentially lead to “click fraud” sorts of issues. Especially since they, well, have hosted blogs on my site.

Speaking of the site, I was planning on redoing it in order to fit affiliate functionality into it better. I suppose I should probably get rid of the Draeblood skin as demon draenei boobies aren’t exactly PG material. And I’d assume that’d be something they would check on. I guess I’m not entirely too certain on that, though.

I had ads once. I used Google AdWords. Nice because they were text links and basically would pull analytical data about the subject on the page then match ads to them. The downside is I often would click the links myself. Which is entirely against the terms of use. I fried myself there by doing that. =/

I recently found another site that would track people you send to shopping sites. It’d essentially follow them all the way to check out–somehow. Then they’d give you a small commission based on if they complete a purchase or not. Gaining insight into the shopping habits of people, I suppose. Again, that requires me to link stuff.

Or I could just leave the site as is. I do kind of want to redo it again but lack the motivation to start. I had drawn up a rough draft of what I thought might look good, but couldn’t really get it to feel “complete.” It felt like it was lacking something.

I had the idea of playing off an idea I had floating around. I keep making scenarios regarding a society by the name of Xion. (Matrix blah blah blah) I would essentially play on that by making the logo similar to an atom with XN in the middle. Then by learning flash skills, make the links to the pages electrons that float around the XN as if it were an ion. Then hovering over would snap them into place and allow you to click. It’s an idea, at least.

Joy of Revision

As we develop technology and ideas, we occasionally go back to review what we’ve done. We make changes and learn a little more in doing so. Without this process, we wouldn’t have patches or content updates to programs. We’d have simple, buggy software.

But we don’t live in that world. We go back. We find mistakes. We learn. We make better. We release new products after we revise what we’ve learned and done.

This is a standard process. This is something we all do.

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Facebook

xfir Networks is now on Facebook. Yay. (Oh snap, ponies)

I’m offering hosting for blogs. If you’d like to have a blog, shoot me an email with your name, email address, what your blog would be about, and what you’d like as a username. (That determines the URL, like Ashley’s)

I’ve been meaning to update the site code and perhaps get involved in coding projects as well. But my general overabundance of laziness impedes that progress. Plus I need to be inspired.

With that, we conclude the month of August. Stay tuned, I may be posting more often on my blog until the appeal of it wears off and I find something else to distract me.. ooh shiny.

Soul

It’s always interesting to see how others view the world around them. I would define myself as a relativist.. essentially the world you perceive is unique to you–the knowledge you have is in a way tailored to better fit the method you use to store and recall it. In a sense, I view things as they are relative to the rest of the world. I define words in a way in my own mind that surely differs from the way other people define words in their own minds.

The commonly held idea that a color is a certain color is such an example. Unless you were able to view inside someone’s mind at the moment they pulled up the definition of, say, the color red, who knows if what they see as red is *actually* red. They may have some sort of optical stigmata and are actually seeing a different color but because they defined it as red because it was taught as red, they call it red.

In that mindset, this post looks to analyze how others view the world and perhaps make conjectures as to what may actually be reality. (Or just a.. ranting of a madman)

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Digital Dust

Okay so this was actually inspired by Ashley. I received a thank you card for the gift I gave James for their wedding. (It’s what they wanted, so I went with it)

But in the discussion after I messaged her saying I got it, she asked if I knew how to read cursive. I did and remarked that cursive isn’t as widely used as it once was–in fact they don’t teach it in schools any more. Anyway, it brings up an interesting subject and figured it’d be a good opportunity to post about it.
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So I got bored

.. and decided to post a new blog about nothing.

Actually, I was reading some of my blogs from the past. It’s interesting to see how I’ve changed (and how I haven’t). In a way, I suppose it’s interesting to know where we came from. …and where we are going.

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Weddings

I recently was a Groomsman in James & Ashley Will‘s wedding. Outdoor wedding.. thankfully had some good/decent weather despite the threat of rain on that day.

Congratulations to them and I wish them a happy life together.

In terms of news for xfir Networks, I think another site redesign is in order. But then again, I’m pretty lazy so it’s doubtful I’d go that far. I had an idea to handle projects, essentially making a dynamic system to handle them so I can just post and update one file.

But then I might use blog functionality to handle that instead, so I don’t have to deal with manually editing files all the time. As I was typing that I was already thinking of how to do that, even. The style reminds me of something I did in the past, where I had a forum essentially control aspects of the main site. I make a specific forum and had the main script load the menu based on the titles of the topics in the forum. The topic subjects would have a specific format. Then the topic would get loaded if that option was picked and the post would contain a formatted posting allowing the admin to control what was displayed. I made it so we could control what each page would do, with additional options like displaying the contents of a forum post or redirecting to a different section of the site.

I at least thought it was neat. The guild I created it for fell apart, however.

I’d essentially be doing the same thing with the site but having it controlled via a blog post. It’d be set as private so it doesn’t show in the blog list.

Terraria

The earth, it screams for me.
Dig deeper, find that ore.
What ho! I found treasure.
Oh dire, indeed. Death by lava.

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Re-mazed V2

Okay… so last time I mentioned I was recoding my maze generator.

Well, I went and redid it.. again. I really seem to be unable to keep my mind in order.

Anyway, let’s take a look:

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G.E.A.R.S. – Judgement

Interesting.

This is probably not a normal post. This will more likely be a sort of view of the abstract. Actually I’m not sure I can totally describe it like that.

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