Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Major overhaul nearing completion, plus Martial Arts channels have moved

[Thanks for all of your patience. Hopefully you are enjoying the added speed of the 'today' pages and not cursing the slowness of some of the 'archive pages too much. ]

Finally moved the Martial Arts channels out from under Personal/Fitness into Sports [Weeell, it seemed to make sense at the time. And its not the worst thing that 'seemed to make sense at the time' either].

For those that don't know, the Martial Arts channel has several specialized channels: Aikido [one of my all-time favorites], BJJ [this I only learned about recently. Yes, I do live under a rock - how did you know?], Judo, Karate and Taekwondo, Kung Fu [no, not the TV program, which was great... but this is not that] , MMA [very popular, especially with everyone mixing styles from everywhere these days], QiGong [my current fave], Tai Chi and several others.

The Yoga channel will likewise be moved into sports/athletics [make sense? hope so] from it current location in personal/fitness. [well, hopefully it at least makes more sense than its current location]

Advanced and Sports Fitness will also be moved into sports/athletics but Family Fitness will be moved under family or stay where it is and merged into the general fitness channel. Similar things will happen with the two similarly named nutrition channels.

Don't worry - All your links will still work. This will just help new people find these channels, hopefully, because they will now be where a reasonable person might expect them to be ;-)
The CelebrityGossip Channel: Megan Fox – Will Brian be able to accept a more successful wife? Celebrities Gossip http://celebrity-gossip.mattters.com/tribune#5235480
The Soccer Channel: Venus won't retire Worldcup Sports News http://soccer.mattters.com/tribune#5229289
The WorldCup2010 Channel: Fifa to release tickets of disappointed fans FIFA World Cup Wc2010 Soccer http://world-cup-2010.mattters.com/tribune#5232305
The ProTennis Channel: Shock exit for Williams sisters Tennis http://pro-tennis.mattters.com/tribune#5240161
The WorldCup2010 Channel: England fan fined for trespassing FIFA World Cup Wc2010 Soccer http://world-cup-2010.mattters.com/tribune#5230223
The Snowboarding Channel: Jack Link's Sasquatch Makes His Return Sports Extreme http://snowboarding.mattters.com/tribune#5241783
The WorldCup2010 Channel: Xavi excited by Spain FIFA World Cup Wc2010 Soccer http://world-cup-2010.mattters.com/tribune#5227396
The Startups Channel: European Commission Launches Consultation On Net Neutrality Entrepreneur http://startups.mattters.com/tribune#5237815
The WorldCup2010 Channel: A new beginning FIFA World Cup Wc2010 Soccer http://world-cup-2010.mattters.com/tribune#5231891
The MartialArts Channel: Just checking in… MMA Kungfu Taichi BJJ http://martial-arts.mattters.com/tribune#5236625
The WorldCup2010 Channel: WC failure sets off blame game in Italy FIFA World Cup Wc2010 Soccer http://world-cup-2010.mattters.com/tribune#5232008
The MediaNews Channel: "Damaging To Culture", Online Library Smashed By Police Media Journalism http://media-news.mattters.com/tribune#5235083
The WorldCup2010 Channel: Match Review & Highlights: Spain 1-0 Portugal FIFA World Cup Wc2010 Soccer http://world-cup-2010.mattters.com/tribune#5219046
The SocialMedia Channel: Fashion News: The Chambord Shine Awards 2010 by CallmeKBro Social Media http://social-media.mattters.com/tribune#5234417
The WorldCup2010 Channel: Match Review & Highlights: Spain 1-0 Portugal FIFA World Cup Wc2010 Soccer http://world-cup-2010.mattters.com/tribune#5219046
The TinyFarms Channel: Prairie Walk--The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Urbanfarming Farming Homesteading http://tiny-farms.mattters.com/tribune#5097906
The WorldCup2010 Channel: England fan fined for trespassing FIFA World Cup Wc2010 Soccer http://world-cup-2010.mattters.com/tribune#5230223
The Desserts Channel: Pecan Pie for Two Sweets Chocolate http://desserts.mattters.com/tribune#5223438
The WorldCup2010 Channel: Villa offers support for Torres FIFA World Cup Wc2010 Soccer http://world-cup-2010.mattters.com/tribune#5232303
The Golf Channel: Mark Nessmith: TPC Las Vegas celebrating the 4th of July with discount green fees, more Sports http://golf.mattters.com/tribune#5231100
The WorldCup2010 Channel: Fifa to release tickets of disappointed fans FIFA World Cup Wc2010 Soccer http://world-cup-2010.mattters.com/tribune#5232305
The InternetAdvertising Channel: The ADVERTISING Club of New York Honors GEICO's Ted Ward as 2010 Advertising Person of the Year http://internet-advertising.mattters.com/tribune#5227305
The WorldCup2010 Channel: Fifa to release tickets of disappointed fans FIFA World Cup Wc2010 Soccer http://world-cup-2010.mattters.com/tribune#5232305
The GreenLiving Channel: monday moment of zen Green Carbonfree http://green-living.mattters.com/tribune#5152077
The WorldCup2010 Channel: Echoes of 2006 FIFA World Cup Wc2010 Soccer http://world-cup-2010.mattters.com/tribune#5231890
The Golfing Channel: Gold's Factory Tiger Woods Style Design Putter Sports http://golfing.mattters.com/tribune#5201574
The WorldCup2010 Channel: Heitinga blasts English egos FIFA World Cup Wc2010 Soccer http://world-cup-2010.mattters.com/tribune#5228526
The TinyFarms Channel: Fish Fajitas Urbanfarming Farming Homesteading http://tiny-farms.mattters.com/tribune#5228431
The WorldCup2010 Channel: Heitinga blasts English egos FIFA World Cup Wc2010 Soccer http://world-cup-2010.mattters.com/tribune#5228526
The GratefulDead Channel: Daily Dead Blog Tweets for 2010-06-27 Music Thedead http://grateful-dead.mattters.com/tribune#5145378
The WorldCup2010 Channel: Soundoff: What Grade Would You Give World Cup 2010 So Far? FIFA World Cup Wc2010 Soccer http://world-cup-2010.mattters.com/tribune#5229410
The Business Channel: And The Nominees For The "Best Dive" Category Are Lionel Messi... And Gold Investing Finance Stocks http://business.mattters.com/tribune#5219442
The WorldCup2010 Channel: Gyan boost for Ghana FIFA World Cup Wc2010 Soccer http://world-cup-2010.mattters.com/tribune#5228527
The Watches Channel: Xetum Tyndall http://watches.mattters.com/tribune#4907653
The WorldCup2010 Channel: Gartside wants Capello stay FIFA World Cup Wc2010 Soccer http://world-cup-2010.mattters.com/tribune#5227893
The Climbing Channel: RMNP Sports Extreme http://climbing.mattters.com/tribune#5145706
The WorldCup2010 Channel: Match Review & Highlights: Spain 1-0 Portugal FIFA World Cup Wc2010 Soccer http://world-cup-2010.mattters.com/tribune#5219046
The GameDevelopment Channel: Are Zombies Cool? (Or Overdone) Gaming http://game-development.mattters.com/tribune#5225429

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The WorldCup2010 Channel: Cele claims tabloid plot in security breach FIFA World Cup Wc2010 Soccer http://world-cup-2010.mattters.com/tribune#5226056
The Humor Channel: Police: Woman Used Toilet Lid As Weapon Comedy Funny Lol http://humor.mattters.com/tribune#5224206
The WorldCup2010 Channel: List of referees for remaining matches announced FIFA World Cup Wc2010 Soccer http://world-cup-2010.mattters.com/tribune#5212503
The BMW Channel: BMW M3: Celebrating 25 years and 4 generations of a great car [Video] Cars Autos http://bmw.mattters.com/tribune#4950624
The WorldCup2010 Channel: Okada laments missed chances FIFA World Cup Wc2010 Soccer http://world-cup-2010.mattters.com/tribune#5212502
The MartialArts Channel: Dana White Comments On Fedor Emelianenko's Loss This past Saturday Night MMA Kungfu Taichi BJJ <a href='http://martial-arts.mattters.com/tribune#5216515'>martial-arts</a>

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Site Improvements Status: DEFCON 3?

Still lots of glitches... but the idea is that the site should never slow to a crawl or be inaccessible anymore. And the glitches? We tryin' to fix those too.

Haven't added or revamped any channels in the last few days. We have added a number of Tweople, scattered about across the channels. One thing we have certainly learned, good Tweople (that are just right for Mattters) are few and far in-between. But we're finding them and they are finding us.

OK. Hope everyone's weekend was fun. Or relaxing. Or both!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Two Teas into One, Apache into Web Servers and now... Model Railroads

Well, it made sense (or rather, the way it was no longer made sense) so now the Teas channel and the More Teas channel are now just one Teas Channel. Yay!

Simpler huh? We need to do this for several other fractured channels... Cats, Animation, Mommies, etc.

We expanded the focus of the Apache channel and changed the name to the Web Servers channel. Music more clear what it is about to non software people - and we can now include Nginx, Varnish (I know, it is only an accelerator, but...) and other types of related web server-ish software on this channel.

Added a new channel: Model Railroads. How many of us played with Lionel Trains Sets? Well, some people still do (the lucky stiffs). Finally found a group of folks who are less likely to have Alexa toolbars than us High-end Audio folk.

And, OK, we are not turning into Twitter (referring to Twitter being down a lot) but we were down a few times today. We are making the transition to a much faster web server (ah, now you see the connection, huh?) and hopefully overloading the server will be a thing we will all look back on a laugh (yeah, when we are old and senile and laugh at everything. Right now, I can't wait. Senility... come take me away.....)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Nostalgia and the Retro Channel

[No, we're not on vacation. As the traffic to the site increases, it is getting a might slower than optimal - so we're working to fix that. Hopefully we'll be done before we go nuts. OK, nuttier.]

We added a Retro channel a few days ago. It is nostalgic for those of us who lived 'back in the day'. It certainly is... it does something to the brain to see all this stuff - reminds me of days gone by - of days I'd forgotten.

And , yes, we have indeed started the 60s, 70s and 80s channels under the Retro channel. Because they mattter, that's why. :-) [Nostalgia is such a deep and melancholy emotion, if emotion is what it really is].

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Expanded the World Cup 2010 Channel

The FIFA World Cup 2010 channel was expanded a little, which means by a lot in terms of number of stories(!) - there is so much going on right now. Hopefully none of the new tweeps and blogs dominates the channel, but it is a little hard to tell right now - keep getting distracted by reading the actual stories. :-) [yes, I know smiley faces are passe, but *I* still like them ;-)]

This World Cup is supposed to be (I read somewhere) 264 times as popular as the super bowl here in the U.S. (obviously this is globally, of course). Very impressive.

We sure hope our special FIFA World Cup 2010 channel is up to it (there ARE other World Cups out there, so some people add the FIFA in front of it. Such a confusing world, tell me about it). It kind of splits the stories with our usual, everyday Soccer channel (which most people in the world cal football. See? Confusing.)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

New and old Toys channel

We greatly expanded the toys channel. There is some overlap with both the comic books channel and the geek channel and even the new retro channel (more about this in another post).

The way we try to setup these channels is this:

The Toys channel is for kids and adults who just happen to love toys (lime me!). There is talk about comic books here too, but most in the context of action figure toys.

The Geek channel covers toys that are a little more strange and intellectual.

The comic book channels may mention action figures and toys, but only in the context of talking about comic books...

And the nostalgic Retro channel has posts about toys, sometimes, and action figures too, about which kids of today would have no clue about just how cool these toys really are :-)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

New Channel: Drupal Customization and Programming (PHP) News

Drupal is a very popular content management system (CMS) written in the PHP programming language.

We finally started a Drupal channel, having had the PHP channel for quite a while now (as part of our programming languages section). We've had a placeholder for a long, looong time, and now we expanded it enough to release it on the internet.

Interesting thing, so far, about most of the Drupal blogs we have found - most are run by software developing companies that specialize in helping people with their Drupal configurations and installations. This is good in as much as they should know what they are talking and writing about. It is not so good in as much as we are probably missing a lot of good blogs by ordinary people who use Drupal (perhaps for their own business).

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Comic Books: Spider-man, Iron Man, Hulk, Superman, Batman

We significantly expanded the comic book channels.

The DC Comics channel (featuring Aquaman, Doom Squad, Flash and Doom Patrol and of course Batman and Superman) has been brought up to equal, and surpass the Marvel Comics channel (Spider-man, Hulk, Iron Man, Daredevil, Fantastic Four).

I am sure that the Marvel channel will be expanded itself someday soon.

Added a whole new comic book history channel. It is great to see some of the old, and in some ways better, comics from the Golden Age (however one defines that).


The comic book news and comic book reviews channels have also grown, as has the related comic book art channel.

Spiderman is the only superhero with his own channel so far. With at least 3 (last I counted) concurrent comics to his name each month, and all great, it is easy to see why. Oh yeah, and the movies. Somewhat surprised Hulk does not have more followers. Hopefully now that World War Hulk (part 1) was such a success, he will pull out of the doldrums he has been in since, my opinion, Peter David and his 'smart Hulk'.

'Nuf Said
The Comic Book Channel: What Are You Reading? http://ping.fm/Qi72f ComicBooks Marvel DC
The Autos Channel: Le Mans-winning 1959 Ferrari 250 GT TdF on the block at Mecum Monterey http://ping.fm/ESRD2 Cars
The Internet Tips Channel: Google adds World Cup themes category to Chrome Extensions Gallery http://ping.fm/ivsbB WorldCup
Internet Tips: Think Safari Reader looks familiar? Apple used open source Readability code http://ping.fm/GHEyJ
Internet Tips: First Chrome OS Systems http://ping.fm/g5Mis Google
Online Marketing Channel: Google Analytics Landing Pages http://ping.fm/24VUW SEM SEO
The Startup Channel: Memorial.gov.hk: Facebook For The Dead and other news http://ping.fm/nY4ep Business Entrepreneur
The Vegetarian Channel: Cracking a Coconut http://ping.fm/hN8iJ Food Cooking
The BBQ Channel: Sunday Breakfast On Da Bayou http://ping.fm/6gW9e Barbecue Grilling
The new Bread Channel: baggy crust! http://ping.fm/0PndH Baking Cooking
The Beer Channel: Bud Light Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup cans approved http://ping.fm/2VaOo Budweiser StanleyCup
The Beer Channel: Beer Vs. High Rollers http://ping.fm/kQIt8 Brewsky Ale Pilsner Ahhhhhh
The Coffee Channel: Dean & Dleuca Adds Shot Of Charity http://ping.fm/CNxYg
The AmericanIdol Channel: So You Think You Can Dance 7 – Top 11 Spoilers http://ping.fm/M2LJp Idol
The AmericanIdol Channel: Eminem disses David Cook; Siobhan Magnus with Hanson http://ping.fm/3TXdP Gossip

Saturday, June 12, 2010

FIFA World Cup 2010 - Soccer / Football Championship Games

Our FIFA World Cup 2010 channel is quite popular - as is our Soccer channel. They both cover the games - the ones in the special World Cup channel are, however, more or less dedicated just to this one game.


The Soccer channel is supposed to be a long term channel focused on Soccer in the U.S. and Football, as they call it, everywhere else. The World Cup channel is kind of sort of supposed to be a channel dedicated to a specific event. In reality what happens is that event channels take on a life of their own - for a year or so until the next event anyway. We'll have to figure a way to make this work by next year's World Cup, huh?


Certainly is exciting and it is good to see so many countries competing and the fans so happy. Guess a few fans will be disappointed when their teams don't win... but right now everyone is so hopeful!

Fashion and Photos

The Fashion channels look just like we want ALL the channels to look... lots of tantalizing photos that look nice and entice our visitors to click to see more.

Of course, all those photos... they load fast but... we need to make them load faster. So we are. One of the things we are working on in addition to continually adding and expanding channels.

I think my personal favorite Fashion channel is the Fashion Sightings channel (which probably should be called Street Fashion. Oh well, someday). I must be quite fashionable myself - while in Vegas somebody professional looking took a photo of me on the street, pointing out that I made quite a fashion statement (I was in a hurry to get somewhere for a dinner appointment - so I didn't linger). Who knows, maybe it was someone from What Not To Wear, lol.
The Cult Movies Channel: BRUCE HAACK - HAACKULA (Unreleased, 1978) http://ping.fm/rNBPe Horror Dracula
The Fashion Trends Channel: rag and bone resort 2011 http://ping.fm/GNtY0
The Fashion Channel: Like vintage pornography, without the nudes... and other news http://ping.fm/dQkcc photography
The Fashion Channel: The Tierry Mugler Conundrum: Who Will Be Creative Director? http://ping.fm/468i7
The Physical Science Channel: Google adopts Hella - the official prefix for 10^27 Physics http://ping.fm/NZ5Mo
The Gay Life Channel: CBS News Poll: Folks likes the Gays http://ping.fm/mOPIq
The Social Gaming Channel: FrontierVille: Everything You Need To Know http://ping.fm/6oTdL
The Gaming channel: Dell Streak 5-inch Android-powered tablet Review http://ping.fm/wGOdb
The Rap Channel: Kid Cudi Arrested In NYC and other news http://ping.fm/W53NG
The Rap Channel: Preview Of Nicki Minaj In Blackmen Magazine http://ping.fm/GDeBh Music
The HipHop Channel: Who Could Possibly Want To Cover Their Cakes At The Beach??? http://ping.fm/StSLI Music Celebrity
The HipHop Channel: XV 'T.A.L.K.' Headlines New Downloads http://ping.fm/eY6dF Music
The Britney Spears Channel: Britney Spears & Jason Trawick: Holding Hands! http://ping.fm/eDYzH
The Justin Bieber Channel: JUSTIN BIEBER, KING OF BELIEBERS! (not in English but great photos) http://ping.fm/cQBL9

Friday, June 11, 2010

The Justin Bieber Channel: Justin dances at Johnny Rockets in the Bahamas http://ping.fm/XIcS2
The Ruby on Rails Channel: RailsConf 2010: Spree and The Ecommerce Smackdown http://ping.fm/jtbul RoR
The Ruby On Rails Channel: The Road To Passenger 3: Technology Preview 1 – Performance http://ping.fm/ooBY7 RoR
The Science Channel: Best Team Not Guaranteed World Cup Success http://ping.fm/ZXysN WorldCup FIFA
The Android Development Channel: High-end Android GPU showdown http://ping.fm/sSTMP Google Droid Coder
The Android Channel: Interview with HTC CEO Peter Chou at D8 http://ping.fm/EMEVH Google Droid
The Justin Bieber Channel: Rehearsing in the Bahamas all day...getting excited for the tour... http://ping.fm/SDPBb
The Justin Bieber Channel: Just at the MuchMusic Awards http://ping.fm/i0Qqt
The BMW Channel: Spy Photos: 2012 BMW 6 Series Coupe F12 Cars Autos
The BMW Channel: BMW Issues Recall For All 1-series Sold Between 2008 And 2010 http://ping.fm/lLU9e
The Celebrity Gossip Channel: Gary Coleman’s adoptive parents on The Today Show: we didn’t steal his money http://ping.fm/8MeMZ
The Celebrities (in their own words) Channel: Dinner with ME! (Tommy Lasorda) http://ping.fm/6WSNp
The Soccer Channel: Team news and lineups: Argentina v Nigeria http://ping.fm/CXSKv WorldCup FIFA wc2010
The Soccer Channel: Uruguay V France (and fan's entertaining costumes) http://ping.fm/Etzz8 FIFA wc2010 WorldCup
The WorldCup Channel: Nigeria's Martins wary of Argentina threat http://ping.fm/UU5md FIFA wc2010 Soccer
WorldCup: 35 Selected for Hyundai Best Young Player Award http://ping.fm/Fbpaz FIFA wc2010
The WorldCup Channel: Parreira: The Draw Keeps Us Alive http://ping.fm/NpVlS SouthAfrica FIFA wc2010 Soccer Football
The Tattoos channel: THE TATTOOED MEN of OLD JAPAN 入れ墨 http://ping.fm/nN4qq
The Paris Channel: How To Be a Parisienne: 10 Golden Rules http://ping.fm/N52bb France Humor
The Paris Channel: Paris’ not-to-be-missed restaurants http://ping.fm/Gv4Mj French Foodie
The Paris Channel: Marsha Moore – 24 Hrs Paris http://ping.fm/heEyn France
The Qigong Channel: Taijiquan Dao, Tai Chi Saber (book review) http://ping.fm/Acejt TaiChi MartialArts MMA
The Scotch Whiskey Channel: Tasting Two New Indie Imperial http://ping.fm/SYMHB
The Blogging Tips Channel: FBML Tutorial Videos http://ping.fm/sW1fI Facebook
The Asian Food Channel: Madrid & Marrakech… http://ping.fm/HuA5A Cooking Gourmet Foodie
The Business Analysis Channel: Questioning "Progress" and the Poverty of our Imagination http://ping.fm/BZeLy Simplicity
The Business Analysis Channel: Pete Peterson Has Won: Americans Rate Federal Debt As Top Threat http://ping.fm/BSRXA
The Family Channel: From Inspiration To Reality: The Design http://ping.fm/13UzY Weddings
The Soccer Channel: Watch South Africa vs Mexico Live Football Streaming World Cup 2010 http://ping.fm/G3jEl FIFA wc2010 WorldCup
The WorldCup Channel: Larsen Wary Of Lions, Not Oranje http://ping.fm/PBm4i FIFA wc1020 Soccer Football
The iPad Channel: iPad Stuffed Inside a Macintosh Classic?! http://ping.fm/g6HLk Apple
The Soccer Channel: It's all kicking off in Johannesburg: World Cup city guide http://ping.fm/t05da WorldCup FIFA wc2010
The WorldCup channel: World Cup weekend of wondrous football http://ping.fm/achJe FIFA wc2010 Soccer

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The English Life Channel: Preview: Bike And Kite Festival, Blackheath http://ping.fm/CZ27m
The Bollywood Channel: Movie Review: The Camp (2010) http://ping.fm/PU3zv
The Web Comics Channel: Meth-Based Life http://web-comics.mattters.com/tribune#4589640 Humor Funny Cartoons
The Android Development Channel: Nexus One’s AMOLED Screen Under The Microscope http://android-development.mattters.com/tribune Droid
The Android Channel: First Photos Of Motorola Droid 2 Surface http://android.mattters.com/tribune Google
The Craft Tutorials Channel: So You Want To Design Your Own Sweater? http://crafts-tutorials.mattters.com/tribune#4572381
The Soccer Channel: What Must The USMNT Do To Beat England? http://soccer.mattters.com/tribune#4622158 FIFA wc2010
The WorldCup Channel: World Cup weekend of wondrous football http://world-cup-2010.mattters.com/tribune FIFA Soccer
The HipHop News Channel: Is Trey Songz Chopping Down These Juicy Juicy Cakes??? http://hip-hop-news.mattters.com/ Music

Dolls & Doll Making & Doll Crafts

Thanks to madame samm we were reminded that we did not have a Doll Making channel. Well. we do now! Hope people enjoy it.

Hand crafted dolls were one of the things my wife's mom liked a lot and we picked out several to gift her with... back when she was still with us.

What always amazed us was that the variety of dolls is only limited by the imagination. And the imagination Has No Limits.
The Hockey Channel: Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup http://ping.fm/oXIGY StanleyCup
The Internet Radio Channel: Pierce The Veil, 'The Boy Who Could Fly' -- Free MP3 Download http://ping.fm/ZBufI
The Thailand Channel: Pinky Cries With Tears In Her Eyes; Denies Getting An Abortion ... http://ping.fm/AFm8a Thai News
The Asia Channel: Jungle Woman Returns to Wilderness Amid Continued Controversy http://ping.fm/zhFXk Cambodia
The Vegan Food Channel: “At least you’ll never be a vegetable…even artichokes have hearts.” http://ping.fm/Z3vBK
Web Developers Channel: REST vrs. SOAP. Simplicity Wins Again http://ping.fm/XmHNy
The FIFA WorldCup Channel: World Cup fever infects Asia http://ping.fm/5poZo Soccer Football
The HarryPotter Channel: Hi-res Deathly Hallows MTV Movie Awards preview screencaps released http://ping.fm/qtDWf DeathlyHallows

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Thai News Channel: No Permanent Friends, No Permanent Enemies… http://ping.fm/CadK2
The Fantasy Football Channel: 2010 Fantasy Football Team Defense Rankings http://ping.fm/6VITe
The Doll Making Channel: A Patriotic Pair http://ping.fm/J6XL2 Crafts
The Green Communities Channel: Milwaukee urban farmer attends White House State Dinner http://ping.fm/yHYCw UrbanFarming
The Burger Channel: McDonald’s Leverages World Cup Role; BK Goes Guerilla http://ping.fm/IPqTh Hamburger FIFA
The Bluegrass Music Channel: Balsam Range ready for CMA Music Festival appearance http://ping.fm/b0sqq
The Eminem Channel: Eminem's Recovery Production Credits http://ping.fm/FKmMG Rap Music
The Rap Music Channel: Slim Thug X Z-Ro “Gangsta” http://ping.fm/fKWWg
The Rap Music Channel: Eminem feat. Lil Wayne - No Love http://ping.fm/lxg4w LilWayne
The Soccer Channel: World Cup 2010 Previews: Germany http://ping.fm/S03ea FIFA Fooball WorldCup
The Soccer Channel: FFT in SA: Rustenberg http://ping.fm/MKqVW England FIFA Football
The WorldCup Channel: Donovan Hails Beckham's Impact http://ping.fm/3McpY FIFA Soccer Football England
The SEO Channel: Keynote Q&A: Yusuf Mehdi Microsoft Bing SearchEngine http://ping.fm/fScIh
The Mobile News Channel: Video Walkthrough Of BlackBerry 9670 http://ping.fm/9lH3V SmartPhone
The Quilting Channel: Machine Appliqué http://ping.fm/LInIg Crafts
The Crochet Channel: How-To: Crochet Or Knit Grass Rug http://ping.fm/erNVm Crafts
Enuf about food! Dying here. Welcome a new channel: Doll Making: Patti Culea doll books http://ping.fm/cVH93 DollMaking Crafts
The#Cheese Channel: Cheese Is Good For You! http://ping.fm/gE38h food Cooking
The Bread Channel: Worlds Worst Pretzels http://ping.fm/3itay BreadMaking
The Food Recipe Channel: MELLOW BAKERS: VERMONT SOURDOUGH http://ping.fm/zdCL6
Hope everybody is hungry. I sure am! The Healthy Recipes Channel: A Fermented Feast http://ping.fm/P4SXA
The JavaScript Channel: 5 Excellent New Features In Safari 5 http://ping.fm/Sz8L8
The Whiskey Channel: Whiskey Jim's Perfect Mint Julep http://ping.fm/ualiM
The Tea Channel: Finding Balance – The Tea Paradox http://ping.fm/NF4re
The iPad Channel: Play SNES On Your Jailbroken IPad, With An IPhone As Controller (video) http://ping.fm/SUM1B
The Cricket Channel: South Africa’s Whitewash Of West Indies Not An Eyewash? http://ping.fm/SGcci SouthAfrica
The Indian Music Channel: NastyPeach Plot India Tour http://ping.fm/rUSRR
The Soccer Channel: Bye Bye Philippe http://ping.fm/S8XSR FIFA WorldCup Football
The FIFA WorldCup Channel: Uzbekistan ref awarded World Cup opener and other news... http://ping.fm/SAsTd Soccer Football

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Justin Bieber: NEVER SAY NEVER is 10 on ITUNES!! thank u all so much. LET'S BLAST it up ... http://ping.fm/oR4vQ
USPTO rules against TiVo's "Time Warp" patent, but the fight vs. DISH rages on http://ping.fm/5wyfw HomeTheater Video
The Home Theater Channel: Broken Part - What Is It Called, And Where Can I Get One? http://ping.fm/isYMa HomeTheater
Trending... The Science Channel: 10 Oil-spill Ills http://ping.fm/egbRV OilSpill
Trending... Eat Local and Localism: Top 10 Mistakes Made by Farmers Market Newbs http://ping.fm/njiQd
Trending... Britney Spears Channel: "Womanizer" among the best singles in France http://ping.fm/sEccR Pop Music
Trending... The SEO Channel: Google Caffeine Is Live! http://ping.fm/pvUrg Search RealTime
Mixed Martial Arts Channel: Jingwu: The School That Transformed Kung Fu http://ping.fm/ugJFL MMA KungFu MartialArts
Iron Maiden Announces Artwork, Tracklisting And Release Dates For THE FINAL FRONTIER http://ping.fm/mhdGO HeavyMetal IronMaiden Music
The Music Channel: Faust in San Francisco http://ping.fm/QgvfK Opera
The Music Festival Channel: BBC confirms Glastonbury coverage http://ping.fm/xNhEy
The Soccer Channel: The Most Effective Forwards At The World Cup http://ping.fm/6NOLU FIFA Football WorldCup
The WorldCup Channel: Skrtel Boost For Slovakia http://ping.fm/lY0qb FIFA Soccer Football
The Urban Farming Channel: UPDATED Front Range Planting Calendar http://ping.fm/cEKwJ
The Space Science Channel: NASA says: send your face to space (AFP) http://ping.fm/sxAfm
The Pizza Channel: Gluten Free Pizza in Winnipeg http://ping.fm/wmRu7 GlutenFree
The Celebrity Fashion Channel: 2010 MTV Movie Awards – Jessica Alba In Louise Goldin & Vanessa Hudgens in... http://ping.fm/XTN3k
The iPhone Channel: Rogers & Telus Confirm Launch (in Canada) of iPhone 4 in “Coming Weeks” (July) http://ping.fm/1UczL
The iPhone Channel: iOS 4 Jailbroken Within a Day of Release http://ping.fm/L3zYm JailBreak
The Video Projector Channel: SACD - The Super Audio CD: An Introduction http://ping.fm/qTJEI
The Boulder Channel: Hey, This Town’s Getting Bicycle-crazy! http://ping.fm/e9uOr
The Hot Sauce Channel: WhyNotHot’s Last Laugh Hot Sauce Review http://ping.fm/ePa4X Food Chile HotSauce
The Advanced Nutrition Channel: What I Learned At The Olympics http://ping.fm/Y4BPl Sports
The Yachting Channel: Bone Water: Bonefishing in the Bahamas flats http://ping.fm/zIZIi Fishing
The Twitter Channel: RT If you HATE seeing this iDoit2 on Twitpic http://ping.fm/UV0rD OverCapacity
The Formula One Channel: McLaren introduces another new front wing http://ping.fm/IEQfe FormulaOne F1 Montreal
The Formula One Channel: New aero configuration for Ferrari at Montreal http://ping.fm/YVlna FormulaOne F1
The Soccer Channel: The Most Effective Forwards At The World Cup http://ping.fm/BavyO WorldCup FIFA Football
The WorldCup Channel: Villa: England can win World Cup http://ping.fm/E3kyT FIFA Soccer Football
The China Channel: Beautiful infographic on China’s cities http://ping.fm/tGVBn
The Australia Channel: Wallabies still in awe of Wilkinson http://ping.fm/AiL1t
The England Channel: Liverpool Midfielder to Push for £35m Anfield Exit: Benitez May Wish to Reunite With Mascherano http://ping.fm/xHJXN WorldCup FIFA
The India Channel: ICC says Sri Lanka?s new World Cup stadiums on track http://ping.fm/9feri WorldCup
The Soccer Channel: War & Football 2010: Portugal http://ping.fm/AMvJL Football FIFA WorldCup
The WorldCup 2010 Channel: Mexican system concerns Mosimane http://ping.fm/gMKbl FIFA Football Soccer

Monday, June 7, 2010

The Tattoos Channel: Take That, Mister Mayor! http://ping.fm/aAgE9
The American Idol Channel: Idol Headlines For 06/07/10 – The Evening Edition http://ping.fm/MY8H0 AmericanIdol
The Windows Phone Channel: Fifa WC 2010 Windows Phone app http://ping.fm/lvi1c
The Soccer Channel: 2010 World Cup Preview: Group G http://ping.fm/nfndB WorldCup FIFA
FIFA WorldCup 2010: Fennecs touch down in South Africa http://ping.fm/0qi9w

Movers and Shakers

Funny expression, isn't it?

Some of the... up and coming channels, rising in popularity quite quickly are somewhat surprising until one actually looks at the channels...

For example, one might think that the Justin Bieber channel would be hot, because it is so hot over on Twitter [though we just added it a few days ago... hmmm. pardon me but I think my brain melted and is no longer functioning up to spec].

So, a few happy happy channels are the Celebrity Shoes channel, the Celebrity Babies channel, the Tattoos and Body Art channels.

We have quite a few shoe channels at this point:

The main Shoes channel. Mostly high fashion shoes.

The Athletic Shoes channel. Nike and Adidas and their competitors

The Sneakers channel. (Kind of athletic shoes for people who want to play tennis or want to spend less money, lol)

And, soon, the Cowboy Boots channel

[By the way, you can see the most popular channels yourselves by hovering the mouse over the 'Popular' channel]

Another recently popular channel is the Golfing channel [whose name we changed from 'Playing Golf' a few days ago... good move, huh?]

The Google Android Phone channel has been quite successful for awhile now [though we are having to cut back severely on the number of androlib's posts - or discontinue it completely - we just don't think the readers of this channel want notification of each and every one of 100,000s of apps for the Android].

Well, this was supposed to be just a quick update...
Justin Bierber: Cute even when making dumb face? http://ping.fm/Jyw49
The Geek Channel: How to Follow Apple’s WWDC 2010 Announcement Live http://ping.fm/0OFQc
The Geek Channel: Comics Minus Cats: “Garfield Minus Garfield,” meet “Calvin Minus Hobbes” http://ping.fm/qLqKA
The Family Fitness Channel: Foods in TV Ads High in Sugar and Fat http://ping.fm/h8lOR
The Oakland Raiders Channel: Report: Raiders rookie McClain vows not to hold out http://ping.fm/Nb3cJ
The Weed News Channel: Controversial Regulations To Purge L.A.’s Medical Cannabis Dispensaries Tak... http://ping.fm/ndD4u Marijuana
The Fantasy Football Channel: Colts Claim QB Brandstater From Broncos ... http://ping.fm/sLX8C FantasyFootball
The Soccer Channel: World Cup Legends #5: Archie Gemmill http://ping.fm/GGKGT FIFA WorldCup Football
The Historic England Channel: Looking Into Time: Kodak Building… http://ping.fm/gGYnt History
The Startup Marketing Channel: How Apple is setting itself apart from the pack of iPhone clones http://ping.fm/K7jt5
The Pro Wrestling Channel: "Modern Family," "Superbad" Actors Confirmed For WWE's New HHH Movie http://ping.fm/rMwAY
The Wine Channel: WAWine World Tasting Event: Oh, What a Night! http://ping.fm/JdQc5
The Firefox Channel: Open Web, Open Video and WebM http://ping.fm/MyizV Mozilla
The Athletic Shoes Channel: Saucony Men’s ProGrid Omni 8 Running Shoe http://ping.fm/RxVtt
The Soccer Channel: World Cup 2010: England's Final Warm-up Match http://ping.fm/TSixn WorldCup FIFA Football
The WorldCup Channel: Fennecs touch down in South Africa http://ping.fm/1F1Yh FIFA Football Soccer Fun
The WorldCup Channel: No fixed formation for Italy http://ping.fm/eddhW Soccer FIFA Football
The Justin Bieber Channel: Justin @Summertime Ball 2010 http://ping.fm/OxQpA
The iPad Channel: PhotoFast Makes IPad Work With A Microsoft Webcam, Cats And Dogs Live Together http://ping.fm/zazYw
The Android Channel: Android: The Three Things You Need to Know First http://ping.fm/E5rVV
The Gadgets Channel: PhotoFast makes iPad work with a Microsoft webcam, cats and dogs live together http://ping.fm/7J5dM
The Social Gaming Channel: Epic Goal on Facebook puts players on the pitch http://ping.fm/A228i SocialGaming
The Game Developer Channel: UNITED NATIONS CONFIRMS PLAYSTATION MURDER ASSOCIATION http://ping.fm/5e5Ar
The Gaming Channel: NintendoWare Weekly: Flametail, Lead The Meerkats http://ping.fm/Y9e6i Nintendo
The Electronics News Channel: Google allows you to display your own image on its homepage http://ping.fm/uB3dg Technology
The Camera Channel: Functional RED EPIC In The Wild http://ping.fm/IPEf2
The Cricket Channel: Flintoff Backs Himself To Return To England Squad http://ping.fm/68QES
The England Channel: Arsenal Close In On £8m Centre Back as Barcelona Set Sights On Another Gunner: http://ping.fm/libMU Fantasy WorldCup
The Soccer Channel: World Cup 2010: Paul Scholes says England recall request came too late http://ping.fm/yOA19 WorldCup
The WorldCup Channel: Drogba Operation A Success http://ping.fm/ZI2bA

Sunday, June 6, 2010

The HipHop Channel: Video: Rick Ross & DJ Khaled - MC Hammer (Live in VA) http://ping.fm/RvsKf MCHammer
The Raw Food Channel: homemade raw chocolates http://ping.fm/XaqXC RawFood
The Tea Channel: Tea Kettle Philosophy — Something and Nothin http://ping.fm/gXnQY
The Vegan Channel: Otarian (NYC Restaurant) Puts Carbon Footprints on the Menu http://ping.fm/OzCcH
The iPad Channel: iPad App Review: Tips & Tricks iPad Edition http://ping.fm/Dnm4w
The Android Development Channel: Verizon Droid Xtreme – Leaked pictures & specs http://ping.fm/HzQwB
The Android Channel: Why Is Google Failing With Desktop Synchronization? http://ping.fm/0ZLMt
The Anime And Manga Channel: We Remember Love Editorial Folio: Cultural Roots In Anime http://ping.fm/QR0xN
The Thailand Channel: Emergency to remain: PM http://ping.fm/Rzh4i
The Hockey Channel: Stanley Cup Gameday: She's Lost Control http://ping.fm/99joX StanleyCup
The Pro Tennis Channel: Berankis Into Finals Of Nottingham http://ping.fm/fRtCm FrenchOpen
The WorldCup Channel: Ljubijankic Lift For Slovenia http://ping.fm/HbeK4 soccer football
The Justin Bieber Channel: Bilder Från Idag: Capital Radio Summertime Ball [photo] http://ping.fm/z01GR

New Channels and an Update

Been too long since the last update. oops.

Not sure how long it has been, so perhaps we mentioned some of these before...

We started the Pro Wrestling channel. There were a surprising number of quality wrestling blogs - and it was a blast. Finally, sports stars who are SUPPOSED to be bad. The badder the better. How much fun is that!

Over the holidays the anemic BBQ and Ice Cream channels were 'beefed' up. Also added a Hot Sauce channel (a friend of ours once started a small Hot Sauce store. Boy that was fun to shop in)

Added a few city channels. We are starting with well-known, destination-type cities, in this case Boulder, Colorado; Santa Cruz, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. This is kind of an experiment, on many levels. Interesting to see if you all like these channels. Being 3 of our favorite cities, they were certainly fun to do. Very different from each other, these cities are.

On a related theme, as we build out the foodies channels, we significantly expanded the Bay Area Foodie channel. Not yet complete, but foodies (who we define as people who eat and drink the best, and write about it, and who may or may not cook) are certainly some of the luckiest people ever - or more precisely, being a foodie sounds like a lot of fun, it being around supper time here... :-).

Finally we added a Justin Bieber channel - he being the most popular guy on Twitter it seems like he deserves a channel to himself, and, on a completely different note, the Game Development channel. Although the Game Development channel is in the Software category, it includes deep analysis of game design, the gaming industry and other topics central to developing games but not necessarily involving software.

Well, that's it... for now!
The Open source Channel: Why Sharing Will Be Big Business (#Netflix, Renting textbooks and beyond) http://ping.fm/Cy2bg
The Open Source Channel: What's the Point of Hacktivism? http://ping.fm/YGzOg OpenSource Hacking Leadership
The Americana Channel: Bluegrass Festival: Great day for bluegrass at Strawberry Park http://ping.fm/ar2xu Music
The Illustration Channel: Toy Story 3 http://ping.fm/4Hl7E ToyStory Art
The Fine Art Painting Channel: Surreal Psychedelic Drawing - Tree Art http://ping.fm/fliHR