MWGblog Resurrected – 2014

MWGblog, my personal site has been resurrected… again.

Over the last few months I’ve toyed with the idea of using MWGblog again. Don’t get me wrong, Facebook and Twitter are great, but posts on those sites are ephemeral by design. They come and go in that constant stream of updates. I miss the more permanent approach that a blog provides. Just in cleaning up the theme and WordPress install I came across posts from the early days of podcasting and lot’s of great pictures of my kids marking various special events. I don’t get that experience on Facebook. Besides, it’s nice to have a place to call your own on the Internet.

In a bit of a coincidence, I noticed that exactly nine years ago today I first resurrected MWGblog after splitting off Reel Reviews. That was a good run but my posting to the site dropped off in 2009. I hope to remedy that moving forward.

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Great iPhone WordPress Theme Plugin With AdSense

Ever since the advent of the iPhone, I’ve always tried to have an iPhone optimized theme for my sites. For the last 2 plus years I’ve been using the iWPhone plugin for WordPress. It did the job with a simple straight forward approach. However recently, I switched to WPtouch. This plugin is a power house. It also provides a feature I’ve always wanted for my mobile themes – Google AdSense integration. More on that in a minute.

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To start it lets you set up a simple theme and then, when you are ready, you can really dig in an customize all types of features. As you can see, the home page displays a simple chronological listing of your most recent posts (I chose calendar display – it also has thumbnail view), allows for a number of menu functions and a feature to read the first few lines of the post before committing to the next screen.

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The post screen displays the whole post and allows for both the submission and display of comments.

This is also where you’ll see the Google AdSense, it dislpays between the title bar and the post content. The Adsense is optimized for mobile content and has a rollover display that pages through the advertiser title, link address and copy elements. If you are curious to take the theme for a spin and see it in action, I’ve set it up on MWGblog.com, PodcastAcademy.com and ReelReviewsRadio.com.

Another nice feature is the theme works for iPhone, iPod Touch, Android smartphones, Palm Pre and BlackBerry Storm.

As for podcasting, it worked just fine playing audio tracks straight from the sites. Perhaps in a future version some intelligence can be built in to display a small “play” symbol next to the file link. I’d also like to see the ability to add AdSense to the main page perhaps after every 2 or 3 post titles.

I’ve just scratched the surface here. Make sure to check out WPtouch’s great gallery of Features and the whole host of Admin options.

Top Chef Timer

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My wife wants the timer used on Top Chef for Christmas. I figured, easy enough, I’ll just go to Google and find it. Turns out it really takes some digging to get from “Top Chef Timer” or “Top Chef Red Clock” to the actual unit but if you are looking for one as well, here it is on Amazon.

EFF Takes on VoloMedia Podcast Patent

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation has added the VoloMedia podcast patent to it’s “Most Wanted” style list for its Patent-Busting Project.

I wrote about this patent back when it was first announced. As expected, there is now some movement in challenging it. Specifically, the EFF is looking for examples of prior art: “evidence that the podcasting methods described in the patent were already in use before November 19, 2003.” You can read the whole story over at the EFF.

(I was only half joking when I said I was “adding podcasting/episodic media expert witness to my resume.”) We’ll see what happens.