Sunday, November 16, 2008

Signing up with

I'm signing up with the Vivaty 3D social world or 3D chat or whatever you want to call it.

Vivaty is at

I'm using my Second Life avatar name, Sharcel Bellic, for Vivaty.

Vivaty's pretty sluggish on my computer using the Flock browser.  Too sluggish for someone who lacks a special interest in virtual worlds, 3D social networks, etc. to want to use it.

The Vivaty avatar is pretty ugly.  No offense intended

Vivaty closed long ago. Today on March 4 2013  I finally removed the Vivaty embedded viewer that has screwed up the display of this post for years now. 

I'm not sure how well the embed code will work in blog post.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Chorded typing using a midi keyboard

Anyone know of any examples of using a midi keyboard to do chorded typing?

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Flock Accounts and Services

So far I have Facebook, Twitter, Gmail for my personal stuff, Gmail for my public web stuff, Photobucket, and Blogger in my Flock Accounts and Services.

I have a lot more accounts and services for an alias, but I'm tired of always being an alias.

If I was posting as my alias, I would have some readers, at least a few, but posting as me has I think not produced a single reader.

I not registered with as many places as the "real me" as I am with my alias, and thus have no "friends" or history with sites like Digg and Myspace and so on.

I have signed up with, and it has a page with a ton of social networking sites that include all the places in the Flock Accounts sidebar, plus many many more. So one thing to do to make this "real me" presence a bit more lively or find some readers and make some social network friends is to sign up for the bulk of the Flock Accounts sidebar sites, then go to the Mashable sites list, which I think is called the grid on the mashable site, and start signing up for them

Adsense disappointment

I was disappointed to find that Adsense only allows one Adsense account per checking account, or what Adsense thinks of as one person. The Adsense text includes a publisher id, which would then appear on all your sites that use Adsense.

So, for example, if you wanted to produce a Republican seeming blog with Adsense ads, and a Democrat seeming blog with Adsense ads, that should seem like they were written by different people, they would share a common Adsense publisher id, which means that dilligent nosy busybody troublemakers could find that both mutually incompatible blogs were produced by the same source.

I am in a situation similar to that described above, though it doesn't involve Dems and Reps.

I've only accumulated about 4 cents in my existing Adsense account, so closing it in order to get one opened for this blog and perhaps elsewhere is no big deal financially, but it is an annoyance. The probability that Google would change this policy is about as likely as the probability that Google will enable sorting of Gmail by date, or add folders into Gmail, i.e., zero.

The picture above is one of things I saw on Help Island when I joined Second Life. It's just here as a test of uploading a picture with the Flock photo uploader and putting it in a post using the Flock blog editor.

For some reason this process, which should be very simple, failed repeatedly. I clicked the insert image icon in the (I will now make an acronym, I'm tired of typing Flock Blog Editor, and having to decide whether to capitalize Blog and Editor, so from now on I'll try to use FBE to mean Flog Blog Editor. Having decided that, I'll probably never need to refer to the FBE again. Unless someone asks what it mean, which they probably will, especially since it starts with FB, which suggests FaceBook. I think I'm drifting off course here, though. )

I pasted the url for this picture, , into the appropriate field in the FBE image insert dialog over and over, and while the letters appeared in the dialog, the image did not appear in the editor when I closed the dialog. The source code view showed html for an image. I chopped off the http:// at the front of the image url and pasted the remaining part that onto the end of the http:// that appears in the FBE image editor by default, and that worked, the image appeared when I closed the dialog. I pasted the image url again, the whole thing, making the http/:// that appears in the field vanish, to be replaced by the one in the pasted text, along with the rest of the url, and nothing appeared.

I did that kind of crap over and over, at least a dozen variations on the them of using a complete, guranteed to be error free image url into the FBE image insert dialog, with no image appearing upon closing the dialog.

Then for no apparent reason, doing the exact same thing that had failed before repeatedly worked.

There's no lesson in how to get it to work right the first time to be learned here, and the details described above are almost certainly totally uninteresting to anyone, including the author, but there is a lesson to be learned, and that is that doing the same thing that has failed repeatedly one more time is not alway a sign of insanity, as one sees fairly often as a quote attributed to Albert Einstein.

This makes me wonder about the people who post that alleged quote repeatedly, as if it was somehow going to stop people from doing the same thing again and again expecting a different result from doing the same thing again. Why do they keep posting that quote again and again, can't they see that it's not going to change people's behavior, it's never caused people to keep from repeating behavior with an expectation of different results before, so posting it again is not likely to work the next time they post it. I suppose they must be insane.

I was also hoping to see how this big image appears in this blogger blog. The built-in Blogger post editor has three choices for image size, none of which are big enough to suit me.

Blogged with the Flock Browser

Testing Flock 2.0's Blog Editor

I've just installed Flock 2.0 and created shortcuts for my Chuck Baggett profile and for another profile.

This is the first post I've made using Flock 2.0's blog editor.

First off, there's a problem with the font display in the editor, and problem that reminds me of a similar problem in Second Life's menu text using certain video drivers and versions of SL.

I used SnagIt to take the above screenshot, and uploaded it into my Photobucket account.   I'm finding that I'm not liking using Photobucket now because they've added so many popup menus to the interface that I can't move my cursor around without an unwanted menu appearing over top of something I want or might want to read.  I don't like having to snake the cursor around in hopes of finding an inert path that won't make something pop up over top of where I'm trying to read or where I want to move my cursor to or where my cursor currently is.  I'd much prefer to have the cursor change in appearance to indicate it's over something active.

Possibly Flock's media bar and other media functions will enable me to use my Photobucket account in a convenient way without having to actually see the overactive Photobucket site.

The text distortion problem may well have nothing to do with Flock or it's blog editor.  It could be because I'm posting this on the secondary monitor.
Blogged with the Flock Browser

Thursday, October 9, 2008

I just want white menubars and toolbars in Firefox, why is it so hard to find?

My eyesight has reached the point where I need to have higher contrast than current web page designs are tending to use.

In Firefox 3, for example, I would be able to read the menu and toolbars, the tab and bookmark and navigation and address bars much better if the gray background was white.

I don't want to change the whole interface, just change the menu and toolbar backgrounds to white.

On an unrelated note, why is the title field in the blogger post editor so darned short?


About Me

My photo

I feel like I need to exercise extreme care in what I write about in order to avoid trouble, and that sounds like what the phrase "walking on eggshells" means, hence the title "Writing On Eggshells".

I think "Writing On Eggshells" offers the chance for some nice graphics for the blog title banner. Another thing to add to the list of things to do.

I'm the Chuck Baggett in facebook at
I'm Sharcel Bellic in Second Life, and Sharcel in Hipihi.