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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Watch Tim Cook deliver a commencement address about Steve Jobs

Originally posted on Quartz:

Sunday, May 17, in Washington, DC, Apple CEO Tim Cook delivered the commencement address to The George Washington University’s class of 2015. Cook cracked jokes about recycling any non-iPhone devices those in the crowd may have had, and also took a photo of the graduates with his own iPhone at the end of his speech.

Cook spoke about Steve Jobs’s influence on his career. Jobs, said Cook, made him question everything, including the role of work in his life, and what kind of satisfaction he should be deriving from it.

Cook also talked about meeting other famous figures, including Jimmy Carter, who he admired, and George Wallace, the racist governor of Cook’s home state of Alabama. Shaking Wallace’s hand, said Cook, felt like a “betrayal.”

You can watch the whole video of Tim Cook’s speech here:

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Tweeting for income equality, ‘#talkpay’ floods Twitter with salary info

Originally posted on Fortune:

Thousands of people flooded Twitter their job titles and salary information Friday in an effort meant to draw attention to the issue of income inequality.

The tweets got the hashtag “#talkpay” trending throughout Friday, which is May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day. A female programmer inspired the social media wave with an article earlier in the week encouraging people to share their salaries, along with their titles and work experience, via Twitter on May 1 to promote discussion of race and gender-based wage gaps.

The programmer, Lauren Voswinkel, kicked things off Thursday evening by tweeting her own salary details:

By late-Friday afternoon, “#talkpay” was among the most popular hashtags of the day with nearly 12,000 mentions on Twitter…

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Financial Fine Cuisine – True “Smart Money” Talk and Wisdom

Economics and the state of the economy can be boring topics to many, but I found this discussion to be exceptionally interesting and educational.

Dylan Ratigan is the former host of CNBC’s “Fast Money”, and later moved to MSNBC to discuss news and politics of the financial world. He is one of the few financially super literate folks who dares to speak truth to power when it comes to the realities of our current economic policies and system/status quo.

Tom Sosnoff is the owner of the Tasty Trade network for traders and the two engage in some straight talk about the economy and investing – and why the masses are not more engaged in getting financially literate. Tom is hosting the show “Truth or Skepticism” where the discussion takes place.

 

 

 

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

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

 

Germany European Central Bank

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

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Huffington Post, Leonard Nimoy has died at 83

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