Sep 292008

Greetings! And welcome to the premiere edition of the weekly ForumFinder Blog Carnival!

We’re a little light on submissions this week, but that just means we’ve got room to grow! Each week we will feature the best blog posts written by members of the Forum Finder community.

What’s ForumFinder, you ask?  Well, Breezie has those answers for you in The ForumFinder Forums, which covers “A little bit of the history behind ForumFinder”, posted at Just shooting the breeze with Breezie.

The short version?  It’s a place where netizens try to help each other out.  For example, Izea Bloggers at My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings wants to know what you think about Public vs Private School.  This blog post has been on fire all week with people from every walk of life weighing with opinions one way or the other.  It’s one of those great experiences when the comments are as entertaining and informative as the original post itself.

We’re not “all serious all the time” over at ForumFinder though, as Christina thecoffeelady  of CoffeeCoffeeCoffee (notice a theme there?) makes clear in her recent post It happened again!

Okay, that’s just “internet fun”.  What about “the real world”?  Well, how ’bout seeing what Aahz has to say about last weekend’s Taste of Morgan Hill Street Fair over at Aahz Reviews Morgan Hill.

That’s it for this week. Hey, I warned you it was a bit light! If you’d like to be included in next week’s edition check out the blog carnival homepage for the guidelines, then submit your article via carnival submission form. The deadline for next week’s edition is Friday, October 3rd at 9pm (Pacific time) and it will be published at Aahz Reviews Morgan Hill next Monday.

Sep 282008
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It’s been three days since the 6 hour downtime at Top Hosting Center and I still have not received a reply to any of my emails to support or to the THC CEO, Eric Vanier.  They also have yet to acknowledge that the downtime even happened other than this brief mention in their control panel news-

We are facing an issue with our dedicated firewall. It should be solved shortly. Your patience is appreciated

Of course, the downtime began on 9/24, but carried over into 9/25 as well.  And despite the present tense in that notice it wasn’t published until after the downtime was complete (or at least it wasn’t visible as the control panel was crashed as well).

When all of the site’s on my server (including Eric’s blog)  lost their database connection for 15 minutes this evening, customer support’s response was unsurprising – they denied it was happening.  However, once I asked if they wanted to see the screenshots they said they’d “check something else”.  A few minutes later, database connectivity returned.  Once again this coincidentally (?!?) occurred during a spate of StumbleUpon traffic – this time to my post: Applied Anarchy: You CAN Trust Politicians.

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Sep 272008

Welcome to the very first edition of Social Saturday here at Philaahzophy. This semi-regular serious will appear whenever I have some new discovery, ide, or news to share about the world of social bookmarking sites: StumbleUpon, Digg, Reddit, etc.

By far, the most common complaint I see about social bookmarking site StumbleUpon is that the traffic “doesn’t convert”. In this case, “convert” means that the visitors don’t buy the product being advertised and/or click through any of the ads on the page, thus generating revenue for the blogger or webmaster.

I’ve been concentrating on becoming a better member of the StumbleUpon community, learning more about how the service works, and closely watching its effect on my blogs for the last six weeks or so.  I’m certainly not going to claim any sort of “expert” status, but one thing has been made very clear to me – StumbleUpon traffic does convert.

Unfortunately, “convert” for me means “click on my Adsense ads” and Google won’t permit its publishers to share specific numbers.  So, instead of being able to share screenshots y’all are just going to have to trust me on this one.

As I’ve mentioned before, during the first two weeks of September (county fair season in the United States) my Carnival Midway Games Revealed (Part Two) post was receiving 50-100 hits a day coming from StumbleUpon.  That actually climbed as high as 500 visitors a day before finally petering off to the “normal” 10-20 visits a day.  The SU traffic to that post alone was quadrupling my daily unique visitor account.  During those same two weeks, my Google Adsense revenue frmo Philaahzophy tripled, without a single change in anything I was doing with Adsense.  In fact, by the 12th of September I had set my all time record for a full month’s Adsense earning.

Now, you could certainly think that I’m making this all up for some reason.  You might also think that it’s just a coincidence.  But I know that I had a steady $x.xx per day earnings for weeks before that post got hot on StumbleUpon, and that my earnings since the SU traffic dissapated matches the pattern before hand.  If it was coincidence it was the darnedest thing I ever saw.  The only different about Philaahzophy during that time was the amount of traffic coming from StumbleUpon and  going to that single post.  So, if it wasn’t Stumblers checking out those Adsense ads, then who was it?

Sep 262008
Part of the Applied Anarchy Series - Previous in series         Next in series

…to be politicians.
While checking out the new Salvation Army Store in Gilroy (one of the few ways to avoid sales tax) last weekend I came across a mint condition copy of Dr. Fred Schwarz’ You Can Trust the Communists (to be Communists, originally published in 1960).  The paperback copy I picked up was printed in 1972, but looks like it just came off the press this morning.  But, my love of ‘new’ old books isn’t the point here.  Instead, I’d like to share a section of the first chapter with y’all. Oh, but I am going to make one minor change-

The statement is frequently heard “you cannot trust the Politicians.” This is incorrect; you can trust the Politicians.

They are extremely trustworthy. You can trust a cancer cell to obey the laws of its lawless growth. You can trust an armed bank robber to take the money and try to escape. Similarly you can trust the Politicians to act in accordance with the laws of their being.

When people operate according to clearly defined principles they are both trustworthy and predictable. While we continue to believe that the Politicians think, feel and believe as we do the Political movement is, as Winston Churchill described [the Communists] “a riddle wrapped in an enigma.” The movements of the heavenly bodies appeared mysterious and unpredictable til Copernicus discovered the governing laws. When we understand the philosophy of Politicians the unified purpose concealed in their frequently chaotic and contradictory conduct is revealed.

Schwarz’ purpose (and mine) in these few paragraphs is to help those interested in defeating Communists (Politicans) to better understand their enemy.  As long as you remind yourself that Politicians are trustworthy – in the sense that they will always act in their own self-interest – their actions are vastly more understandable.

If you already consider yourself an anarchist, Libertarian, or freedom lover than this is probably obvious to you.  You’ve also probably encountered many a person who simply can’t understand your views.  This, may well be the reason why.  They have not yet come to realize that politicians always act i ntheir own self-interest. Bring them to that understanding and the rest will most likely fall in place.

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Sep 262008

A few weeks back a friend pointed me to  I have been unable to thank them enough for doing so.  As the name implies the website is actually a forum, but it doesn’t only deal with forums.  In fact, more and more it (like the internet itself) is being taken over by bloggers.

Essentially, ForumFinder is dedicated to helping its members promote their online projects – be those forums, traditional static websites, blogs, or pretty much anything else online.  It really is a great group of people that are interested in both sharing the hard lessons they’ve learned and pushing other members to excel in all ways.

In trying to find a way to give back to this new community I now call home I decided that the best thing for me to do would be to create the weekly ForumFinder Blog Carnival.  All of the rules and guidelines are available on the carnival homepage (check my right sidebar, or just click the link in the last sentence), and if you have any questions or comments you can submit them in the forum thread dedicated to the carnival here.

The deadline for the first edition is tonight at 9pm (Pacific time) and there’s still plenty of room for your best blog post of the week!   But if you read this late don’t worry, because we’ll be having one every week.  Articles can be submitted at