|Relaunching as Vorg|
| Vorg is the new name for SillyTech. That's the software that my blog runs on, along with a bunch of other cool people.|
The Tag Cloud shows what Vorg blogs about. Authors - tags are a powerful way of us becoming internet authorities on topics we care about. Highlights include the map blog, music blog, photo blog, video blog, art blog, Montreal blog, and Vancouver blog.
RSS feeds are being pumped out for individual tags, individual authors and the full Vorg.
The Funny Quote Database has an improved view!
Vorg is continuing its slow and steady growth. All feedback is welcome. Some more improvements are planned soon. Also, we're looking for a few good bloggers to join Vorg.
Why the name change? Running 2 entirely different websites both starting with Silly in their names wasn't working for me. I hope you like Vorg.ca as a domain, I think it's pretty awesome. I'm gradually putting URL redirects in place with the goal of minimizing loss of google mojo. Everything should be switched over in the next few days.
|Why Does Sillytech Hate?|
| It seems like a lot of people can't leave comments while logged in right now because of the spam filter. What gives, Dustin? I, for one, have a number of fictional dialogues between Amazon.com and One Metre Beer that I'm dying to get started.|
| Sillytech has undergone a redesign. The goals were to eliminate all the boxes, and make things cleaner all around. If things look wacky, try refreshing your browser to get the new style.|
What do you think?
|Who Is The Girliest Sillytecher Of Them All?|
| Has anyone seen this before?|
The Gender Genie
Based on the work of some Israeli linguists, this algorithm looks at a chunk of text and guesses whether or not the author was male or female. In the original study it guessed correctly something like 90% of the time, though the web-based tool has a lower success rate.
A quick rundown of the blogs I tested:
Me - Consistently guessed male
Adrienne - Mostly guessed female, one false male guess
Budman - Consistently guessed female
Sean - Mostly guessed male, one false female guess
I'm not sure what this proves, apart from the fact that Budman apparently has a very feminine writing style.
|Photos in the sidebar|
| I updated the sidebar to include a random photograph on each page. The pictures are selected from the Sillytech Pool on flickr. Everyone is welcome to join the group and add their best photos to be included.|
This is just one of the many great features that flickr provides. If you own a digital camera and you want to share photos online then go sign up with flickr. It's free (with a monthly upload limit) and awesome!
|Vote for your favourite blag*|
| Canadian Blog Awards.|
Both Sillytech and Without Annette are up in a lot of the same categories, because I'm an idiot (but an idiot who cares). Still though, voting is anonymous and you can show your favourite wobsite* some love.
*not a typo.
|Praise like you should|
| So apparently there are Canadian Blog Awards. |
Go nominate some blogs you like.
I've taken the liberty of entering this fine blog, and Without Annette, in a few different categories. Voting begins November 15th, so I'll remind you then.
|Multiple category tags per post|
| I upgraded the category system on my blog. Posts can now be put in multiple categories. When posting there's a free-form text field where any category labels can be entered. This means that categories don't have to be pre-defined. This approach has been successful in a number of other websites, and has come to be known as tags (or 'tagging'). Eventually I'll make a nice tag cloud (like the one at flickr) to show the weight of each category in the total make-up of posts.|
Hopefully it doesn't break anything (let me know if you notice something).
|Pirate Parlance Preparation|
| International Talk Like a Pirate Day is but one week away, so you've all got a lot of work to do to get ready.|
This website helps you perfect you pirate accent. Apparently, pirates were Newfies.
This site should help with vocabulary..
| Any one know how to calculate the top speed of a Dodge Dart 700HP 5 speed with a 0.71 overdrive 3.23 final drive. |
| I made a little fix to the recent comments box. Things were getting screwed up if the snippet had the start of a link but not the end. Now this case is handled correctly.|
| For the past while sillytech has been operating in a non eastern standard time. I think it is fixed now. This was posted at 6:03 PM eastern time. The posts before this one are off by 5 hours.|
|Even more changes|
| OK, so I felt like I was on a roll with sillytech and decided to continue with some more changes...|
The categories have been sorted out, with all the skit-like ones being put back in and every category being made available to everyone. The categories are listed near the bottom of the sidebar on every page. There is also a 'Friends of Sillytech' list in the sidebar on every page. These are blogs or websites that I read regularly. I have mentioned some of them before, but I will try and introduce them all eventually. They are some good reading if you are bored. If you want to suggest a site to add toss me an email.
Also, when editing posts you can now change the Title and category.
|Changes to sillytech|
| A few changes were made to sillytech today. The funkiest being:|
- Everything gets shown on the front page.
- The most recent comments get displayed in the sidebar.
|Fun with web stats|
| In July there were 2173 different search terms that brought people to some page on sillytech.com. For your enjoyment here are the top terms, anything that brought 10 or more visitors...|