How does the Internet see you?

28. 08. 2009 at 15:31

Personas is a component of the Metropath(ologies) exhibit, currently on display at the MIT Museum by the Sociable Media Group from the MIT Media Lab.

You simply enter your name, and Personas scours the web for information and attempts to characterize you by fitting you into to a predetermined set of categories that an algorithmic process created from a massive corpus of data.

The computational process is visualized with each stage of the analysis, finally resulting in the presentation of a seemingly authoritative personal profile.

Personas profile of Peter BarghI tried it to see how the internet sees me.

Here’s the result – click on the photo to enlarge the detail.

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Back to the 80s

22. 08. 2009 at 13:24

Martin Fry and ABC

That’s where I went last night in Clumber Park at a gig that had a line up of T’Pau, Go West, Belinda Carlisle, ABC and Human League.

Back in the 80s I’d roamed away from UK music to more obscure ambient and German rock. So 80s music doesn’t really appeal, but I went with work as a night out for the team…and, despite reservations I really enjoyed it. T’Pau were average, and only did a few songs. They were off before they’d had chance to get warmed up. Then Go West came on and got the crowd moving. Not me I’m not a Go West fan, although the singer did sound really on form. And then they did U2’s Vertigo and that rocked.

Next up Belinda Carlisle, Started off great and I mus admit to fancying her in the 80s so good to see she’s still in good form. Sadly the same couldn’t be said for her voice which started to miss notes after the third song. Nevertheless, hearing some of the classics was good, even though they were out of tune!

Then ABC. I’ve known them since the early electronic days when they were Vice Versa. Never a fan of the glitzy pop style of the 80s though. And last night they didn’t deliver to my ears. A disappointing set.

Finally headliners, Phil and the girls with Human League delivered a great set. The drum structures and synth pieces worked well to get the crowd bopping. Recognisable hits such as Don’t you want me Baby and Love Action sounded even better than I remember, and then they played Empire State Human from the first album. Giving the Girls a rest Phil sang this one alone and it was a classic moment. The highlight of the night for me.

Hacked and deleted

14. 08. 2009 at 16:42

Some ?!%$&!!?$ has accessed my host’s server and managed to deleted all my personal sites files and folders. Luckily I have backups, but that’s not the point. It’s all the trouble I have to go to to get the sites all back up again. Why do people have to do this? Why do people have to write graffiti on signs, smash windows, drop litter, vandalise beautiful things? GRRRR
Anyway the reason, apart from rant, of this blog post is to say sorry to anyone who’s tried to access any of my personal site projects and couldn’t get on. They will be resumed as soon as I can.
One peed off person

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Images don’t right align in WordPress

10. 08. 2009 at 18:16

I recently added a new WordPress template to one of my sites and found that the right align option did not work. The Alignment was set correctly in the upload “Edit Image” settings and appeared correct in the “Advanced settings” but when you preview the image was still at the left hand side. I looked up various WordPress sites for the answer and it appears that the style sheets of many of the themes are old and need updating to work on more modern versions of WordPress. Several sites suggested adding the following code:

img.centered {
display: block;
margin-left: auto;
margin-right: auto;
}

img.alignright {
padding: 4px;
margin: 0 0 2px 7px;
display: inline;
}

img.alignleft {
padding: 4px;
margin: 0 7px 2px 0;
display: inline;
}

.alignright {
float: right;
}

.alignleft {
float: left;
}

The replies from various happy forum readers suggested that the code fixes the problem, but it didn’t do so on my chosen theme GabLog 1.0

After some more research I finally found the answer one line of code

.alignright { float: right !important; margin:0 0 15px 15px !important; }

Simply place this in the css style sheet. You’ll find this in the wp-admin page under “Appearance” and sub menu “Editor” From there look at the Theme files on the right, select Stylesheet (style.css) from Styles and add the above line of code in to the centre edit box. Click on update File and you should then find your image aligns to the right when you refresh.