mr. blackandwhite

May 16, 2010, 12:02 pm
Filed under: Nerdery,Weblogs

Wow that title says it all doesn’t it? So I think I’ve got the RSS feed working… I think that should do it. Just doing a quick post here to test it out. Wow! Fab!

Quick recap of the last few days from Friday up till now which is Wed.
September 17, 2008, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Life in General,Music,Nerdery,The Pats,The Sox,Web/Tech

Hey whats up everybody? Happy hump day.

Quick recap of the last few days:

The Supersuckers show last Friday = Awesome.
Driving home from Boston after the Supersuckers show with toothpicks holding my eyes open sometime prior to dawn on Saturday morning = Not awesome.

Not having to go to work after the Supersuckers show last Friday = Awesome.
Being pretty much total junk all day on Saturday due lack of sleep and seriously wondering if I'm getting too old to go to these rock shows = Not awesome.

The Patriots beating the Jets in Jersey on Sunday after football 'fans' in nyc celebrated Tom Brady's season ending knee injury and crowned themselves the presumptive AFC East Champs the week before = Awesome.

The Red Sox tying The Rayz for first place in the A.L. East on Monday = Awesome.
The Red Sox falling a game back again after The Rayz walk off win last night = Not awesome.

Finding earlier today = Awesome. (I like to end the post on an 'Awesome')

(H/T to the The DSC Drop for the lolinator link. Also, my is feeling lonely..)


High Fives all around for Typepad
September 12, 2008, 8:00 am
Filed under: Nerdery,Weblogs

Before this gets too far in the past I want to send a sincere thank-you out to Ginevra and the folks at Typepad who helped me out tremendously with the problem I was trying to solve involving Typepad typelists and getting them to display only on the front page of the site and not on posts, archives or categories.

In order to make the change it was necessary to convert my site design to an advanced template and make some changes to the html guts of site. Ginevra hooked me up so that I could experiment with the necessary changes and make sure that they would work the way I needed them to.

Thankfully the solution to the problem was relatively easy and the issue has been solved. Thanks again to Ginevra and Typepad tech support for their assistance!

For anybody on Typepad who is running into this situation, here's what I did:

- Upgrade your site design to an advanced template. (Unfortunately, according to Typepad, there's no way around this at the moment.)

- In the advanced template, edit the sidebar template. Don't make any changes, just select all, copy, and close out of the sidebar template.

- Create a new sidebar index template, name it something appropriate. (I called mine

- Paste in the info you copied from the original sidebar template.

- Find the Typelist that you don't want to be displayed site-wide and simply comment it out like so:
(you may need to do a little comparing between your actual website and the html code to locate it in the code):

<!-#include virtual="/lists/phenotype/" list_id="1234"->


<!-include virtual="/lists/phenotype/" list_id="1234"->

- Save the updated sidebar template.

- Now simply edit the archive templates that you don't want the particular typelist to appear in (in my case, advertising links) and replace the '' with your new sidebar template, like so:

<!-#include virtual="/<$MTBlogDirname$>/"->

gets replaced by:

<!-#include virtual="/<$MTBlogDirname$>/"->

- Save each template and when you're finished republish your site. Done. No more site-wide typelists. In my case, no more site-wide ads. Yay!

Hopefully this info proves helpful to anyone out there running into this dilemma (and hopefully this gets me off of Google's naughty list and back on to the nice list, which is where I belong. Because I am nice. Mostly.)

Anyone know how to make Typepad Typelists display only on the front page and not on blog posts?
August 26, 2008, 11:10 am
Filed under: Nerdery,Web/Tech,Weblogs

Consider this a call for help to all of the web-o-sphere magicians out there, particularly those well versed in Typepad or maybe Movable Type.

I'm getting killed by my site sponsors because my text advertising is displayed across the entire site; on the main page, in posts, archives, etc etc.

Over the past few months Google has decided that they don't like people who have site-wide ads (and are not using Google Ad-Sense) and they are punishing sites and advertisers who have site-wide advertising links by lowering their page ranking.

I need to somehow come up with a way to make a Links Typelist (which is where the ads are placed) appear only on the main page and not in posts or other areas of the site.

I've been in touch with Typepad support over this issue, and their solution for me was to upgrade ($$$), switch to an advanced template and then create separate page templates for each section of the site. Kinda kludgey and costly as well. I'm wondering if there might be an easier way to do it before I shell out to upgrade my account..

This has become a huge issue for me and I am sure it is affecting others who display ads on their sites as well. There are solutions to this problem for Blogger and WordPress, anybody know if there is a solution to this problem for Typepad??

I'm trying to save up for a new acoustic guitar here peeps, and the angry Google Web God is putting a big kink in my plans. It's like being on Santa's naughty list. Nobody wants to be there. I need to make Google like me again.


Thanks web friends.

Random observation while waiting for the clock to strike ‘beer’…
July 3, 2008, 1:37 pm
Filed under: Film,Meaningless Questions,Music,Nerdery

Inspired by this post at Cullen’s site:

Did you ever notice that rock stars can become actors / actresses but actors / actresses cannot become rock stars?

I can think of a bunch of rock stars and musicians who have become fairly successful in movies and T.V. but I can only think of one actor / actress that has successfully jumped into music: Jack Black (Tenacious D). The only other person I can think of is John Schneider from the Dukes of Hazzard.

It seems to me that most of the time when an actor attempts to get into music, they are generally derided (think: Keanu Reeves / Dogstar) but when a musician becomes an actor it is looked at as cool.

What do you think?

I’m not exactly Mr. Pop-Culture so I’m sure there must be a few other examples of actors / actresses who have succesfully turned into musicians. Try and name me a few if you can..

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Car Songs
July 2, 2008, 10:04 am
Filed under: Lists of Things,Music,Nerdery,The Sox

Semi-inspired by a recent post by Michele at A Big Victory, semi-inspired by the fact that it’s the Summer Nationals this weekend in beautiful Worcester, MA and semi-inspired by the fact that I don’t want to write about the Red Sox dropping another game to the A.L. East leading, Rays.. (They’re still the Devil Rays to me.)

Mike Ness - I’m In Love With My Car
The Supersuckers - Hot Rod Rally
Reverend Horton Heat - Like A Rocket
Clutch - Passive Restraints
Fu Manchu - King of the Road

Dead Kennedys - Buzzbomb from Pasadena

Bake em up.


Hmmm. What do I make of this?
June 24, 2008, 8:00 am
Filed under: Nerdery,Weblogs

Is this a good thing or a bad thing??

Also, not that I care about such things but, apparently:

C-List Blogger

Hmmmm… Ok then!

April 30, 2008, 1:07 pm
Filed under: Music,Nerdery,Web/Tech

I’m loving Drop some more on me here.

The other night I was practicing the geetar while watching the Celts / Hawks game in the background. The game ended with a C’s loss after holding 10+ point leads throughout the game.

As the game was winding down, the last couple songs I happened to play were ‘Shot Down in Flames’ (AC/DC) and ‘Death or Glory’ (The Clash).


I turned off the Social D track after I realized it was loading every time somebody opened the page, which can be annoying to the reader. (See, I care.) You can still hear it on my drop page.

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Send me some shite at my
April 25, 2008, 10:36 am
Filed under: Nerdery,Web/Tech

I just started fooling with this:

I found it after listening to some of the recent episodes of The Daily Sourcecode and so far it seems super cool.

I made my own and you can go look at it right here .

I don’t have much on there right now but I’ll probably drop all kinds of junk in there over time. Feel free to send me your shit, junk, nonsense or anything that you think will make me laugh while I’m sitting here in hell, I mean.. at the office. It’s a free-for-all, for now anyway, so go nuts.

{Mood: Ted Nugent - Free For All}

Too cool for school..
March 22, 2008, 9:07 pm
Filed under: Life in General,Nerdery

I got my new iPod Classic last night and I am totally loving it. I upgraded from an older 3rd gen iPod and I am blown away by how much stuff you can do with this new iPod. This thing is too cool for school.

Before I could use the new iPod Classic I had to get a USB 2.0 PCMCIA card for my old Titanium Powerbook so that I could connect the Classic to my computer. I got a Belkin USB 2.0 card, (model F5U222) and it works great. Zero problems. Just plugged it in to the cardbus slot, no drivers to install. Done. To sync the iPod with my computer I have to plug in an external power supply into the USB card (the power supply is included with the card). Plugging in the external power supply is not exactly ‘elegant’, but it gets the job done so I am happy with that. Better than buying a new computor!

It is so great having all my songs back on my iPod. No more turning songs off to fit new ones on. So awesome. You’d probably be shocked if I told you some of the songs I had to turn off. Well, they’re all back now.

Welcome back podcasts! I can’t wait to listen to my old favorite podcasts again and to find some new ones too.

If you listen to any cool podcasts, feel free to send me some suggestions, especially any that are music or sports related!

One thing I could not help but note, and it’s not really bad, just an observation, is that you get zero accessories with the new iPod. My old 3rd gen iPod came with a dock, earphones, extra ear-bud covers, a wall charger, a protective case, the charger/connection cable and a bag to hold stuff. The new iPod comes with a usb cable, earphones, and a univeral dock insert, which by the way, does not fit in my old 3rd gen dock. All the stuff that used to just come with the iPod you now have to shell out extra $$$ for. In Apple’s defense the new iPods are less expensive than they used to be, so I guess in the end it all evens out.

Ok I have to go back to geeking out with my new toy. The iPod is definitely one of the best presents I’ve ever received. I’d have to rate it either as #1 or a close second after the Skyway T/A BMX bike I got when I was a kid. The Skyway was (and is) a pretty cool gift. Old school BMX, yo.