A Plan to Restore the “Xanga Style” Community on “Free” WordPress

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Soullfire is Bringing Sexy Community Back ** Former Xangans – Like and Reblog if you support this idea ** It’s been close to a month OVER SIX MONTHS A YEAR since Xanga has launched it’s “updated” “Xanga 2.0″, driven with the WordPress engine, and it’s still operating well below the “free” WordPress state. The “community” that was, disappeared with the end of Xanga 1.0 with the loss of free blogging, along with all of “1.0’s” community centric features like having a front page, ring groups, and general areas where users could find each other and congregate. Xanga has given no updates – so no one over there knows how long the “non community” condition will last. Many former Xangans like myself have moved their general blogging over to “free” WordPress but are also feeling a general loss of overall community that “Xanga 1.0″ had. After using my WordPress site more often, I realized that it has certain features that will allow the former Xanga community to reconnect.  The answer lies in the “Reader” section, which is accessed by the top menu bar: Top_WP_menu In the Reader section, on the right hand side, there’s a “Topics” exploration search column underneath “Find Friends”: Side_WP_menu The topics search works by searching all the “Tag” keywords put in a blog and displays the blogs that have a match. Below shows an example of the Tag area in a new blog: blog_WP_menu Tag words go on the bottom line separated by commas. So once you’ve published a blog with certain tag words, it can be searched by others using the “Topics” search function. Now here’s where the Xanga community restoration comes into the picture. All that’s needed are some common “key words” used as tags that will allow users to find posts by former Xangans. Searching on a particular keyword will be similar to using the Xanga “Blog Rings” to find a group of posts related to a similar interest. Okay, to set this up, Xangans need to do the following: Post a blog stating what your Xanga name was and what your current name is now. In this blog use the tag word “ID_Xanga“. This will let people search for other former Xanga users using “ID_Xanga” as well as identify the Xangans who have changed their usernames. The beauty of this is it will only pull up the blogs that use this tag, so you will have an exclusive Xanga search feature. Next, when blogging, include the tag word “FreeXanga“. This will allow folks to find the latest blogs of former Xangans. Following this format, we can now use keywords to group blogs by interest or subject, just like the former “Xanga 1.0″ Blog Ring or “Ish” sites. I’ve created a few tag words to get us started: QOTD_Xan  – Use this tag word to post with a question of the day Dollarish_Xan – Use this tag word to post with a money/savings/economic blog Politicish_Xan – Use this tag to post with a political related blog Rant_Xan – Use this tag to post with a rant type of blog Drama_Xan – Use this tag for drama blogs – for the drama lovers, haha. =) Townhall_Xan – Use this tag for general community info. This would be the tag to use when introducing new tag words to create a new search group. FreeXanga – Use this tag in all your blogs to make them “Xangan” searchable. I added “Xan” to the tag word topics to make it unique to Xangans, and it provides the general format for creating new search terms/groups. “ID_Xanga” need only to be used once for identification and to create a search list. I think this should work to help restore the “Xanga 1.0″ style of community on WP, with the super bonus of now having a new world of people available to meet as well! Note: The max number of searchable tag words is 9, so don’t add too many tags words to your blog. ** Like and Reblog this and pass the word around if you support this idea – the “FREE” solution to bringing back community “Xanga 1.0″ style! =)  **

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Video: Mario Draghi’s ECB press conference is disrupted by an anti-austerity protestor


Who says economic speeches on international monetary policy can’t be exciting?


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Originally posted on Quartz:

We’ve been hearing a lot about drones and disruption lately. But this is ridiculous.

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi’s usually droning monetary policy press conference was disrupted by a colorful protestor today. The woman jumped onto Draghi’s desk, flung what appeared to be papers and confetti, and chanted “end ECB dictatorship” before being carried off by security personnel. The slogan on her shirt read, “END THE ECB DICK-TATORSHIP”. (She is reportedly a member of the “Femen” feminist protest group )

No one was hurt in the incident, and after a brief break Draghi continued like nothing happened. Still, the brief demonstration underscores an uncomfortable tension in the euro zone.

The ECB’s last press conference, held in Cyprus in March, was also briefly disrupted, albeit less spectacularly. A journalist in the press pack went on an off-mic rant, accusing the president of bias against the local media. Also last month, the “Blockupy” movement, an alliance of left-wing groups…

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NASA Research Suggests Mars Once Had More Water Than Earth’s Arctic Ocean

Originally posted on The 7R Future Leadership Institute:

NASA scientists have determined that a primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth's Arctic Ocean and that the Red Planet has lost 87 percent of that water to space. Image Credit: NASA/GSFC NASA scientists have determined that a primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean and that the Red Planet has lost 87 percent of that water to space.
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A primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean, according to NASA scientists who, using ground-based observatories, measured water signatures in the Red Planet’s atmosphere.

Scientists have been searching for answers to why this vast water supply left the surface. Details of the observations and computations appear in Thursday’s edition of Science magazine.

“Our study provides a solid estimate of how much water Mars once had, by determining how much water was lost to space,” said Geronimo Villanueva, a scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and lead author of the new paper. “With this work, we can better understand the history of water on Mars.”

Perhaps about 4.3 billion…

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Incredible photo: Baby weasel latches on back of woodpecker

Originally posted on WKRN.com:

LONDON, ENGLAND (WKRN) – A baby weasel decided to hitch a ride on a flying woodpecker’s back.

This photo was taken by an amateur photographer, Martin Le-May, in the United Kingdom, according to itv News.

Le-May said he was alerted by the “distressed squawking” from the woodpecker and he noticed its struggle with the mammal at Hornchurch County Park in London.

If you’ve heard of the term fight or flight, this is a rare case of fight and flight. The weasel wasn’t really riding the bird but trying to eat it.

Weasels are notorious nest robbers. And it looks as if Le-May got the perfect shot following a confrontation between a weasel and the woodpecker.

Le-May managed to capture this amazing shot and it has become a hit on Twitter.

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Leonard Nimoy

Originally posted on odd little rants:

Amok Time

Live Long and Prosper

“A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP” – Leonard Nimoy, February 23, 2015


Huffington Post, Leonard Nimoy has died at 83



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Star Trek Veterans React To Death Of Leonard Nimoy

Originally posted on CBS San Francisco:

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The death of Leonard Nimoy, the beloved “Star Trek” star known for his pointy-ears and signature “live long and prosper” parting has set off a wave of grief for fans and veterans of the franchise.

Many of the show veterans are active on Twitter, and used the forum to say goodbye, including the man who was Spock’s commanding officer on the Enterprise.

And a fellow crew member with more than a million and a half twitter followers:

Also among those expressing his grief is the man who played Spock in the most recent Star Trek films:

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What America’s historic net neutrality rules mean in plain English


Big win for the consumer!!

Originally posted on Quartz:

The US Federal Communications Commission just adopted strict net neutrality rules that will treat the internet like a public utility. What’s in the new regulations? There are three major principles that internet service providers—like Comcast, AT&T, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon—have to follow when sending data from their networks to your computer:

No blocking

Internet providers can’t prevent you from accessing “legal content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices” when you’re on the internet. This is intended to prevent censorship and discrimination of specific sites or services. Some open internet advocates worry the phrase “legal content” will create a loophole that might let internet providers block stuff they see as questionable on copyright grounds without a fair hearing.

No throttling

Internet providers can’t deliberately slow down data from applications or sites on the internet. That means, for instance, that a broadband company have to let all traffic flow equally, regardless of whether it’s coming from a competitor or a…

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FCC approves net neutrality rules for broadband Internet

Originally posted on Fortune:

Proponents of net neutrality scored a major victory Thursday when the Federal Communications Commission voted to pass tough new rules meant to regulate high-speed Internet providers and ensure an open Internet.

The FCC’s commissioners voted 3-2 to pass a set of rules proposed earlier this month by chairman Tom Wheeler. As was expected, the commission’s two Democratic commissioners voted alongside Wheeler, also a Democrat, while the two Republican commissioners accounted for the “no” votes.

Thursday’s vote comes a few weeks after Wheeler penned an op-ed outlining his plan to put forth what he called “the strongest open internet protections ever proposed” by the FCC. By approving Wheeler’s proposal, the FCC voted to ban paid prioritization on both wired and mobile networks while reclassifying high-speed Internet service as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Communications Act. The rule change will allow the FCC to treat Internet Service Providers (ISPs)…

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