Archive for November, 2010

My Blogroll

A blogroll, in blogging terms, is a list of external websites that the local website lists and has some kind of connection with. Its not very long at the moment but I expect it will grow.

Information

A Succubi’s Tale — One of the most seductive supernatural creatures around, succubi (and their male counterparts, incubi) are ascribed in popular culture to be overwhelmingly and hypnotically charming (second only to vampires in these regards, if only by their status as secondary to vampires in popularity, although the owner of the blog in question will say otherwise.)

Mind Control 101 — Okay, hypnosis isn’t Mind Control, or, at least, that’s the point I am trying to present. Still the two concepts overlap in the public consciousness far too much to be ignored.

Hypnotists

Derren Brown — Well, he plays on on TV, along with playing an illusionist, showman and magician, and probably a few other kinds of performer that haven’t been named yet. And he’s pretty good at them all, from what little I’ve been able to see (the Atlantic Ocean and the metaphorical divide it represents makes it difficult to watch him here in the US.) Plus he has a lot intelligent things to say about a lot of different subjects in his blog.

Brian David Phillips — An American Werewolf in Taipei — Brian David Phillips has apparently made one of his life’s goals the promotion and popularization of hypnosis to the lay and professional communities both through his Society for Experiential Trance and his extensive collection and support system of training videos.

Friends

Blissful Thoughts — The blog of my good friend Lady Ru’Etha. She is one of the few people I’ve allowed to hypnotize me. Warning: Content may be NSFW as what she has to say can venture into sexual territory.

Jukebox’s Hypnotic Blog — Someone I’ve befriended through Lady Ru’Etha and who also has interesting things to say about hypnosis. Again, some content may be NSFW as what he has to say can venture into sexual territory.

Walford Bodie, “Merrie Devil”

In a century that has produced a number of great stage hypnotists, from Gil Boyne and Ormond McGill, Pat Collins, the Amazing Polgar and Kreskin, to Paul McKenna and Derren Brown, there is one man that outshines them all.

His name is Walford Bodie, “MD”, and he was quite the flamboyant character.

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Mars Needs Women” (1967)

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Mars Needs Women”: Men from the planet Mars (led by former Disney child actor Tommy Kirk) come to Earth to steal genetically-perfect women (including stunningly beautiful scientist Yvonne Craig) with which to rebuild their race. Their strategy leaves a lot to be desired, as they announce to the Earth that they are coming and why, so the Earth is immediately on guard against them.

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BlogCatalog: not worth the effort

I have a very good plugin in All-In-One Webmaster, which concentrates support for a number of blog-oriented websites and services, not the least of which are Google Webmaster and Google Analytics, Yahoo, etc. It puts in the meta tags and code into the blog pages to identify the blog to these services and makes it easy to register for these services if not already registered.

One of the web services this plugin supports is BlogCatalog. I went and signed up with the service and added the returned ID code into the settings page and verified the data was in the blog page. Then I waited for BlogCatalog to finish querying the website to check the tag and verify the site was there.

That was a couple of weeks ago. With a week, i got a message from BlogCatalog saying they couldn’t verify the blog, which was bogus as I could see that the required meta tag was present. I waited about another week and tried again, with the same results.

Therefore, I went to the BlogCatalog website to register a complaint. What I found was that the comment form wasn’t working, and when I tried to add a discussion about this situation, I got an almost-blank page with a message saying “An unexpected error occurred.”

If that’s the level of support BlogCatalog has for its own website, then its not worth my time to do anything further with it. I’ve removed the ID code from the settings pages and will have nothing further to do with them. Its just not worth the effort.

Just a reminder, folks

I just had to delete a comment which had very little to do with the topic at hand and everything to do with being a (rather pathetic) political diatribe. That kind of material has no place here and will be deleted: this is my place and anyone who wants to contribute has to play by my rules. Those rules are pretty flexible but this time the writer went way over the line. I won’t repeat what they wrote but what it came a little too close to getting referred to the authorities that I am comfortable with (and if they’d been a little more imaginative than just simply doing a search&replace job it would have been) and I’m referring specifically to a US federal department with a proven record of having no sense of humor.

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