CodyLoco's Random Rants… A little bit of everything…

20Jan/110

Shark Fining in Costa Rica continues and there’s nobody to stop it…

A couple weeks ago, Costa Rica was in the news after Gordon Ramsey, the TV host for Hell's Kitchen, was held at gunpoint and doused in gas as a warning to stop sticking his nose into the shark fining issue in Puntarenas.  A few days later, a local Tico environmentalist received the same treatment and both events were covered in The Tico Times.

The mini documentary Gordon was filming has since been released (and subsecuentely of course landed on YouTube), titled Gordon Ramsey's Shark Bait.  Although there is no footage of him and his crew being attacked in Puntarenas, the documentary does provide a decent rundown of what shark fining is and how inhumane and irresponsible it is - and does include lots of footage of the shark fining situation in Costa Rica.

If you are interested in knowing more, watch the movie Sharkwater - an excellent 2005 documentary which uncovered a whole lot about shark fining in Costa Rican waters and the Galapagos, and you can read Capt. Paul Watson's recent commentary on Sharks, Drugs, Lies, and Corruption in Costa Rica.

That said - here's the show in four parts (make sure you click read more if you are reading this from the front page!). Please post this to Facebook or share the link with your friends to spread the information!

19Jan/110

Flattr – The e-tipping jar…

Flattr

Flattr

I'd seen and quickly forgotten about this about a year ago when it was pretty much ignored by most, but the other day I was reading a donation page for a site and ran into this little icon which I had no idea what it meant.  I figured it was just another digg-type link sharing clone, but I was curious so I clicked anyways.  From there I was taken to the Flattr.com page, and signed up for an account... so here's the lowdown of what it is...

Flattr is the solution to that guilty feeling some of us get from using free resources (say, like Exact Audio Copy) and not giving anything back.  A lot of sites have a PayPal donation box, or you can click on their banners (and hope they don't get cheated by their ad provider), but never has there been a way to easily throw them a little tip every now and then.  PayPal works if you want to donate, say, $5 or $10... but it's just not worth most people's time and effort to donate a quarter, especially when you consider you'll be paying more in fees than the donation value itself (in North America last I checked it was 2.95% + $0.30, and in other places it can be higher).

Flattr greatly simplifies the "tip giving" down to literally one click.  All you need to do is sign up for an account and deposit some money into your "means" - your available balance to give with.  You can deposit the cash using PayPal, and since it's a european site the balance is displayed in € Euro (not that location matters anymore on the internet, right?).  Next you set a total monthly € amount that you want to share between all those things (things = websites, freeware sites, videos, etc - anything that has a Flattr button on it, even real world stuff - there's a phone app for that!).  You can choose anything between €2 up to €100.  Once you've set your monthly Flattr amount, you are ready to go out on the web and start clicking the Flattr button on anything you think is worthy to get a share of your allocated monthly total you set to share.  The actual giving is done at the end of the month, so you have all month to click on those Flattr buttons around the web and at the end of the month the amount you set before is split evenly among every thing you Flattr'ed.

Example, if you have set a €5 amount to give per month, and clicked on 20 Flattr buttons, each person who owns the Flattr buttons would get €0.25 from you that month.

15Jan/110

Pioneer’s new DDJ-S1 Serato hardware DJ controller… niiiiice.

Pioneer DDJ-S1 Serato Hardware Controller

Pioneer DDJ-S1 Serato Hardware Controller

I wasn't expecting this...  Pioneer just released the info on their new Serato and Traktor hardware controllers.  Why am I suprised?  Because in the past Pioneer has always said they weren't going to be jumping on the hardware controller bandwagon like the rest of the manufacturers.  But with the relative success of controllers from other manufacturers, I guess it was only a matter of time.

While I couldn't find any real hands on videos, I did find Pioneer's official introduction video, which you can check out below.  I'm not a fan of Traktor, since I got used to Serato Scratch Live with my two CDJ-800's patched through an SL-1 box, so I really didn't look much into the DDJ-T1 - the Traktor version.  The DDJ-S1 also uses Serato ITCH instead of SSL, which I don't yet know what the difference is (maybe I'll post once I find out...).  Otherwise, the system seems to provide all of the same features as what my current coffin offers, with a few apparent drawbacks...

14Jan/112

The 34th Dimension

The 34th Dimension

The 34th Dimension

A few days ago a friend of mine told me he was going to take another go at running a website.  I know he's put in tons of hours getting it going over the past couple years, mostly on getting the design and template tweaked... but of course its kind of boring to write for a site when you get no traffic (kind of like this blog!)...

So when he mentioned that he was going to work on the SEO - first thing I said that what matters most is your content and then your backlinks.  He then asked me how these magical backlinks are acquired... to which I replied good content of course.  So as my good deed for the day, despite the fact that this site gets little to no traffic anyways, here's your first backlink my friend - The 34th Dimension -

If you are reading this post right now... then you really have nothing better to do, so why not check out his site?  It's actually pretty good!

Oh and Kent - why don't you Flattr me?  😛