Blogging FROM A Tablet

April 10, 2012

Just added my blog posting email address into my android tablet as a contact. So now the easiest way to blog is to simply open my tablet, select the contact and type up an email.

Using the RSS feed and just three lines of CF I on my web sites, i can easily, type up a blog posting from anywhere, with any device I choose and presto. My posting will be automatically added to all of my sites.

Grammar and spelling may be an issue here though. Sorry. There needs to be a negative somewhere.

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Championship Volleyball Announces Partnership with Barefoot Wine For the 2011 Summer Season Alliance covers more than a dozen events throughout the country

April 6, 2012

Scottsdale, Arizona (May 10, 2011) – Championship Volleyball (CV) today announced a partnership with Barefoot Wine and Bubbly TM as the official wine and sparkling wine of the “Championship Volleyball Series” and the “Barefoot Wine/CV ProAm Series”, to be held throughout the country during the remainder of 2011.

“We are thrilled to team up with Championship Volleyball this Summer, an organization as at home on the beach as we are,” said Barefoot Wine Marketing Manager, Ann Polhemus Peltz. “Joining forces with CV is a natural marriage for Barefoot; we each have a shared commitment to beach volleyball, its players and fans, and beach communities nationwide.”

This partnership pairs Barefoot Wine with the CV Series held in Baltimore, MD; Los Angeles, CA; Virginia Beach, VA; Aspen, CO; Miami, FL; and Milwaukee, WI; as well as the title sponsorship of the “Barefoot Wine/CV ProAm Series” with tentative locations in Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Honolulu, HI; Houston, TX; Jersey Shore, NJ; Milwaukee, WI; Muskegon, MI; New York, NY; Phoenix, AZ; and Virginia Beach, VA.

The CV Series will feature numerous beach volleyball players in an exciting tournament format. Additionally, it is expected that some of the best volleyball players in the world – FIVB World Tour and CV athletes – will participate in select activities for Championship Volleyball at these events. For updated information regarding athlete participation, please visit http://www.championshipvb.com.

The Barefoot Wine/CV ProAm Series will pit the best and brightest amateur volleyball players from across the country against one another in a series of twelve, regional competitions throughout the United States. Winning teams from each local market will compete in a championship tournament, dubbed the “Barefoot Wine/CV ProAm Cup,” which will be held in Miami, Florida on September 9, 2011.

“It is exciting to have a partnership with such a strong corporate supporter of beach volleyball as Barefoot Wine,” said Championship Volleyball President Ron Shaffer. “Barefoot’s involvement in our CV Series and ProAm Series will have a major impact on the growth of the sport and the strength of our fans.”

About Barefoot Wine

Barefoot’s award-winning California wines are attractively priced and can be found in bottles bearing the fun, iconic footprint label. Barefoot’s still wine portfolio (priced at approximately $7 for 750mL bottles, $12 for 1.5L bottles) includes twelve unique offerings: Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, White Zinfandel, Moscato, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel, and Sweet Red. The Barefoot Bubbly line offers five delicious sparkling wines: Brut Cuvee, Extra Dry, Pinot Grigio, Moscato Spumante, and Rose Cuvee. Barefoot Bubbly is the most awarded Sparkling Wine under $20 in the US and retails for approximately $10 per bottle. For more information, visit http://www.barefootwine.com.

About Championship Volleyball

Championship Volleyball, Inc., through its own operations or those of its subsidiaries, partners and contractors, engages in the ownership and/or operation of amateur and professional indoor and sand volleyball events and exhibitions, volleyball camps and clinics, coaching certification and continuing coaching education programs, instructional video curriculum development and sales, regional and national player ranking system, and standardized volleyball instructional curriculum development in the United States in the form of a standardized coaching handbook delineating the Championship methodology from top to bottom. For more information, visit http://www.championshipvb.com.

“California and Argentine Wine and Charmat Method Sparkling Wine: Secondary Fermentation Before Bottling, 2011 Barefoot Cellars, Modesto, CA. All rights reserved.”

Media Contact:
Kevin Foley, Position Sports
480-766-8011
kevin.foley@positionsports.com

Championship Volleyball Announces Partnership With Wilson Sporting Goods Co.

April 5, 2012

TEMPE, Ariz., April 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Championship Volleyball, Inc. (CV) and Wilson Sporting Goods Co. (Wilson) are teaming up to offer the new standard in both the indoor and outdoor volleyball worlds.  Under this new sponsorship agreement, Wilson will be the exclusive volleyball supplier of CV, and the Wilson volleyball will be the only ball of choice played at all CV clinics and events, featuring the best volleyball players across the United States and world.  The expected release date of the new CV/Wilson Volleyball will be August 1st, 2012.  In addition to volleyballs, the CV/Wilson sponsorship agreement will extend to kneepads, backpacks and other volleyball related equipment.

“It’s exciting to have a partnership with Wilson – a strong corporate supporter of both sand volleyball and indoor volleyball,” says Ron Shaffer, Championship Volleyball’s President.  “Wilson’s involvement in our junior, amateur, and professional events, as well as our CV clinics, will have a major impact on the growth of the sport.”

Championship Volleyball along with its founders, Olympic Gold Medalists Kerri Walsh, Todd Rogers, and Phil Dalhausser will offer a wide variety of first-class volleyball events. These events include instructional volleyball camps and clinics, indoor and outdoor junior volleyball showcases, as well as professional beach volleyball competitions and exhibitions.

“Wilson is proud to sponsor CV and to provide its Olympians and players the best volleyballs for their clinics and tournaments across the United States,” says Enrico Di Mario, Wilson Global Business Manager for Volleyball. “We look forward to an exciting inaugural season of Championship Volleyball and continuing this partnership for many years to come.”

Wilson Sporting Goods Co., a division of Amer Sports, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sports equipment. The company designs, manufactures and distributes advanced equipment that helps players improve their performance. Wilson’s core categories include: Baseball, Basketball, Bats, Football, Footwear, Golf, Racquet, Soccer, Softball, Uniforms/Apparel, Volleyball, and Youth Sports. www.wilson.com

Championship Volleyball, Inc. – In early 2011, the top professional volleyball players in the United States, and their key representatives, launched Championship Volleyball, Inc.  The Company’s objective is to establish a nationwide business that can serve the growing widespread popularity of volleyball across the United States, in both the indoor and outdoor game. In order to develop a vigorous and diversified business, the Company established three operating divisions: event management, sponsorships, and facility development. Championship Volleyball is backed by Royal Blue Capital of Leawood, Kansas and Iconic Ventures of Palm Beach, Florida. www.championshipvb.com

Media Contact:
Erica Rodriguez
erod@morganag.com
408-356-6334

What does wordpress do with two images attached to an email?

April 3, 2012

i am real curious to see what wordpress does when you send an email post and attach an image to that email.

Will it post the picture?, Will it resize it? does it end up in the body or as an attachment.

Lets find out right now.

Are WordPress Post E-mails Vulnerable?

April 3, 2012

Great question! If this shows up on the page then you know they are! Do… Not… Share…

Testing the blog post creation via email

April 2, 2012

Trying out some new stuff with wordpress and JSON.

Found an article about pulling in your latest wordpress posts to your website using Jquery and JSON.
To try it out I first have to log into wordpress (which I never use) and activate a few things.
In the process I saw the “Post by Email” button and thought I would try it out.

So here it is.

Health Benefits of Earl Grey Tea

March 12, 2010

Earl Grey tea has its roots in British history, a tea named after the generous British Prime Minister who received bergamot-oil spiked tea from the Far East. Today, the tea is commonly found alongside the classic English Breakfast and other assortments, and can be served both with or without milk and cream. Still, Earl Grey tea isn’t only found at the tea table; it’s commonly used medicinally as to cure a number of illnesses including the cold and flu, and has many health benefits that may just encourage you to add it to your tea basket. If you’re often depressed, anxious, or seem to run a fever more often than not, here are a few reasons to reach for a cup of Earl Grey tea: Earl Grey Tea as an Antidepressant Bergamot, the key ingredient in Earl Grey tea, is often used to treat depression. The Crystal Garden in Florida reports on the the aromatherapy benefits of bergamot. It is used to treat depression, stress, tension, and fear, and consuming it in tea form may offer some soothing and relaxation during troubled times. Earl Grey Tea as an Antioxidant Black tea has long been consumed for its antioxidant properties, and Earl Grey is just one of black tea that works well in complementary medicine. Antioxidants are important for reducing the amount of damaging free radicals in the body, so consuming just one cup per day could ward off infection, disease, and illness. Earl Grey Tea as a Fever Reducer The American Botanical Council reports on the history of bergamot in Italian folk medicine, and the plant itself is grown exclusively along the coast of Calabria, Italy. (Source: American Botanical Council ) Bergamot is widely used to reduce fever and intestinal problems, and may even improve digestion for a weak immune system. If you’re suffering from a fever, a cup of Earl Grey tea can provide instant relief with its soothing, fever-reducing properties.

The sports world was buzzing today!

January 10, 2010

The sports world was buzzing today with the announcement of the official launch of the Protégé Sports, Inc. Franchise Subsidiary. The new entity, Protégé Franchise LLC, has as its mission to sell Franchises throughout the United States in the following eight team sports categories; baseball, basketball, football, soccer, softball, hockey, lacrosse & volleyball.

Protégé Sports, Inc. is an e-learning and training media company producing sports training videos by professional athletes such as Kevin Young, Tim Salmon and Torii Hunter just to name a few, delivered via a Facebook/iTunes model. Protégé also provides a set of rich team/league based communication tools, an amateur athlete social media networking platform which includes a fund raising component that allows teams to raise money in a unique and efficient way which will materially help keep teams playing the game they love.

Ken Waters, CEO of Protégé Sports, Inc. said, “We are excited about the launch of our franchise subsidiary, we knew a local hands-on selling approach was important in providing our client teams with a true understanding of our full featured and robust offering; the franchise based distribution model fits this criteria.” Ron Shaffer, President of Protégé Sports, Inc. added, “This new Subsidiary will act as the Company’s primary sales channel, supporting its franchisees in the sale of sports related products and services that will enhance the youth sports experience for kids, coaches and parents alike.”

For information on this unique business opportunity please visit the Protégé website for franchise information, www.protegesports.com, or call our franchise development team at 480-473-5888 ext 318 for more information.

This franchise offering is not being offered by us or by anyone acting on our behalf or with our knowledge to residents of (nor is it otherwise specifically directed to any person in, nor will any franchise or business opportunity be located and/or sold in) California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, or Wisconsin until the offering has been registered and declared effective and an approved disclosure document has been properly delivered to the prospective franchisees.

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20 Ways to Improve Your Alexa Rating

January 9, 2010

Alexa.com is a subsidiary of Amazon.com and is a website which provides information on traffic levels for websites. The Alexa rank is measured according to the amount of users who’ve visited a website with the Alexa toolbar installed.

In this article, I’ll examine the importance of the Alexa Rank as it relates to site monetization while briefly discussing some of the weaknesses involved in using Alexa ranking as a reliable traffic measure for any website.

What is the Alexa Rank?

Put simply, the Alexa Rank is a ranking system which bases its ranking schema on the level of traffic each website receives from the number of people who visit a website with the Alexa toolbar installed.

See Alexa’s definition of the Alexa Traffic Rank:

The traffic rank is based on three months of aggregated historical traffic data from millions of Alexa Toolbar users and is a combined measure of page views and users (reach). As a first step, Alexa computes the reach and number of page views for all sites on the Web on a daily basis.

The main Alexa traffic rank is based on the geometric mean of these two quantities averaged over time (so that the rank of a site reflects both the number of users who visit that site as well as the number of pages on the site viewed by those users)

Why would you want to increase your Alexa rank?

Webmasters, advertisers and ad networks use your blog’s Alexa rank as a gauge to determine the worth of a link on your website. If you depend on link or site selling as a form of monetization you’ll definitely want to increase your Alexa rank, because it’ll increase your bargaining power when it comes to ad pricing.

ReviewMeText Link Ads and Sponsored Reviews are just three of the networks which base your ad selling strength on Alexa Ranks.

Problems with the Alexa Rank

Alexa ranking is heavily skewed towards websites which have a large webmaster/tech audience. This is because webmasters or web savvy audiences are much more likely to have the Alexa toolbar installed than websites whose visitors are unaware of Alexa.

As such, many have indicated that Alexa is a vastly inaccurate method of measuring a website’s reach, traffic and potential. I don’t disagree.

Alexa is a silly way to measure web traffic but unfortunately, in an imperfect world Alexa is still heavily used by webmasters and ad networks when measuring the value of advertising on your website.

I understand the defects of Alexa’s ranking system and I’m not going to go into more detail about it here. What’s primarily important to me is that the Alexa Rank has become a central element in site monetization strategies.

I’m not concerned with the utility and value of Alexa but it’s perceived importance in the eyes of potential advertisers.

Dosh Dosh’s Alexa Rank

Alexa Traffic Graph for http://www.doshdosh.com

Since moving to my own domain (from Blogspot) in the middle of January 2007, Dosh Dosh has moved from a rank of around 3 million to the current Alexa rank of 21, 709 within two months.

The growth has been consistent and I think most of it was due to the fact that the content on Dosh Dosh is orientated towards webmasters. Another plausible reason is because overall daily traffic for Dosh Dosh has been growing steadily day by day.

The increase in Alexa Rank was also partially due to the fact that I’m active in several webmaster forums, notably Digital Point which sends me some visitors every day. Getting stumbled and receiving thousands of visitors in a day has also undoubtedly helped to increase Dosh Dosh’s Alexa Rank.

How do I get started with Alexa?

There are two easy ways to start using Alexa. If you are using Internet Explorer, visit this page and download the Alexa Toolbar. If you’re using Firefox, download the SearchStatus extension which displays the Alexa Rank, Google PageRank as well as other useful features.

I highly recommend that you use Firefox and SearchStatus instead of Alexa toolbar, which I find to be more bulky and less useful.

Can one actually game or manipulate the Alexa Ranking?

I believe that there are methods which will allow you to easily bring an Alexa ranking in the millions down to the 100,000 level. However, bringing it past the 10,000 or 1,000 mark is a considerably more difficult process, because of the stiff competition among websites.

Some have adamantly stated that there are no proven ways to game Alexa, while others have claimed that auto-surfs and scripts do work to some degree.

I’m not going to take any sides because I can’t guarantee that auto-surfs or other artificial methods will have similar effects for every blog.

The easiest way to know to know if any of the tips mentioned below really work is to actually try them for yourselves and monitor the results.

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20 Ways to Increase your Alexa Rank

Here is a collection of methods you can use to boost your Alexa Rank. Most of these tips are derived from several fellow webmasters I know who claimed to have derived positive results through their experiments with the Alexa Rankings.

Some of the other tips were derived articles and sources, which I have duly referenced at the end of this post.

Do these tips work? According to some, yes they definitely do work. But do note that most of them require active effort of some sort and hence, they will work as long as long as you are consistently performing specific actions.

To increase your Alexa rank in the long run, I would highly recommended that one focus ondeveloping quality content which attracts and maintains a large audience instead of purely focusing on artificially increasing your Alexa Rank.

Great link-worthy content will leads to an natural increase in site traffic and is an excellent way to passively increase your Alexa rank.

It is important to emphasize that you should devote most of your efforts in growing your site audience alongside integrated implementation of any of the following tips below.

  1. Install the Alexa toolbar or Firefox’s SearchStatus extension and set your blog as your homepage. This is the most basic step.
  2. Put up an Alexa rank widget on your website. I did this a few days ago and receive a fair amount of clicks every day. According to some, each click counts as a visit even if the toolbar is not used by the visitor.
  3. Encourage others to use the Alexa toolbar. This includes friends, fellow webmasters as well as site visitors/blog readers. Be sure to link to Alexa’s full explanation of their toolbar and tracking system so your readers know what installing the toolbar or extension entails.
  4. Work in an Office or own a company? Get the Alexa toolbar or SS Firefox extension installed on all computers and set your website as the homepage for all browsers. Perhaps it will be useful to note that this may work only when dynamic or different IPs are used.
  5. Get friends to review and rate your Alexa website profile. Not entirely sure of its impact on rankings but it might help in some way.
  6. Write or Blog about Alexa. Webmaster and bloggers love to hear about ways to increase their Alexa rank. They’ll link to you and send you targeted traffic (i.e. visitors with the toolbar already installed). This gradually has effects on your Alexa ranking.
  7. Flaunt your URL in webmaster forums. Webmasters usually have the toolbar installed. You’ll get webmasters to visit your website and offer useful feedback. It’s also a good way to give back to the community if you have useful articles to share with others.
  8. Write content that is related to webmasters. This can fall in the category of domaining and SEO, two fields in which most webmasters will have the Alexa toolbar installed. Promote your content on social networking websites and webmaster forums.
  9. Use Alexa redirects on your website URL. Try this: http://redirect.alexa.com/redirect?www.doshdosh.com . Replace doshdosh.com with the URL for your website. Leave this redirected URL in blog comments as well as forum signatures. This redirect will count a unique IP address once a day so clicking it multiple times won’t help. There is no official proof that redirects positively benefit your Alexa Rank, so use with caution.
  10. Post in Asian social networking websites or forums. Some webmasters have suggested that East Asian web users are big Alexa toolbar fans, judging by the presence of several Asia-based websites in the Alexa Top 500. I suggest trying this only if you have the time or capacity to do so.
  11. Create a webmaster tools section on your website. This is a magnet for webmasters who will often revisit your website to gain access to the tools. Aaron Wall’s webpage on SEOTools is a very good example.
  12. Get Dugg or Stumbled. This usually brings massive numbers of visitors to your website and the sheer amount will have a positive impact on your Alexa Rank. Naturally, you’ll need to develop link worthy material.
  13. Use PayperClick Campaigns. Buying advertisements on search engines such as Google or Exact Seek will help bring in Traffic. Doubly useful when your ad is highly relevant to webmasters.
  14. Create an Alexa category on your blog and use it to include any articles or news about Alexa. This acts as an easily accessible resource for webmasters or casual search visitors while helping you rank in the search engines.
  15. Optimize your popular posts. Got a popular post that consistently receives traffic from the search engines? Include a widget/graph at the bottom of the post, link to your Alexa post or use Alexa redirection on your internal URLs.
  16. Buy banners and links for traffic from webmaster forums and websites. A prominent and well displayed ad will drive lots of webmaster traffic to your website, which can significantly boost your rank.
  17. Hire forum posters to pimp your website. Either buy signatures in webmaster forums or promote specific articles or material in your website on a regular basis. You can easily find posters for hire in Digital Point and other webmaster forums.
  18. Pay Cybercafe owners to install the Alexa toolbar and set your website as the homepage for all their computers. This might be difficult to arrange and isn’t really a viable solution for most. I’m keeping this one in because some have suggested that it does work.
  19. Use MySpace . This is a little shady so I don’t recommended it unless you’re really interested in artificially inflating your Alexa Rank. Use visually attractive pictures or banners and link them to your redirected Alexa URL. This will be most effective if your website has content that is actually relevant to the MySpace Crowd.
  20. Try Alexa auto-surfs. Do they work? Maybe for brand new sites. I think they are mostly suitable for new websites with a very poor Alexa rank. Note that there be problems when you try to use auto surfs alongside contextual ads like Adsense. They aren’t also long term solutions to improving your Alexa Rank so I suggest using with caution.

This was taken From Dosh Dosh ( http://www.doshdosh.com/20-quick-ways-to-increase-your-alexa-rank/ )

The Amazing Cucumber

January 8, 2010

This information was in The New York Times several weeks ago as part of
their “Spotlight on the Home” series that highlighted creative and fanciful
ways to solve common problems.

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one
cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin
B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium
and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick
up a cucumber.  Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates
that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower?  Try rubbing a
cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a
soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds?  Place a few slices in a
small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long.  The
chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent
undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the
area.   (WOW)

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or
to the pool?  Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem
area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the
collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing
the visibility of cellulite.  Works great on wrinkles too!!!   (DOUBLE WOW)

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache?  Eat a few cucumber
slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free.
Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish
essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium,
avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge?
Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers,
traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you
don’t have enough time to polish your shoes?  Rub a freshly cut cucumber
over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that
not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge?  Take a cucumber sliced
rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don’t have time for massage, facial or visit to the
spa?  Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the
chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water
and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has
been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during
final exams.

11.. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don’t have gum or mints?
Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your
tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill
the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a ‘green’ way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless
steel?  Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to
clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine,
but is won’t leave streaks and won’t harm you fingers or fingernails while
you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake?  Take the outside of the cucumber and
slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and
markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!

Just thought it would be some fun info to share.