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Google AdSense Thinks I’m Gay

I was cleaning out my Inbox today and I came across a screenshot that I had forgotten all about. A few months back I was looking at the blog and noticed that Google Ads had served up a very interesting ad. Well, see for yourself at this link. Yep, Google AdSense thought that my site was gay.

No biggie. I’m not offended or anything, in fact I found it quite funny, but bear in mind that this wasn’t just some random event. According to Google…

AdSense for content automatically crawls the content of your pages and delivers ads (you can choose both text or image ads) that are relevant to your audience and your site content—ads so well-matched, in fact, that your readers will actually find them useful.

So here’s the thing. According to Google, at that point in time, I was gay, my content was gay and you know what… my readers must be gay too. 🙂

It still makes me laugh.

A high pitched girly one at that.

Comments Fixed

I’ve been bogged down by a series of large projects and haven’t had the time to focus on the blog much. One of the snags I ran into was implementing ReCaptcha to the comments. It was kind of implemented, but MT decided that the plugin should work, just not display the captcha.

After digging and digging in the plugin itself, I found the problem and I’m happy to report that it’s been fixed. 🙂

Is It Just Me, Or Does MovableType Seem Dead?

I’ve been working on a large project for a client and we’re implementing the latest version of MovableType. When I first got into MT there was a thriving community around the software and it was a lot of fun, but all of that seems to have changed. MT4 was just released, so you’d think there would be a lot of activity around it, but it just seems, I don’t know — d e a d.

Many of my friends have switched their blogs to WordPress, including my good friend Rachel over at Fiat Lux and for larger installs, it would appear that Drupal is the current flavor of the month. Yet it seemed that MT still had a strong presence and large community around it.

Yet, as I drill down bugs, glitches and fixes for MT4, I have to say that things seem awfully quiet. Maybe I’m too close to it right now, but the forums seem awfully quiet to me. Anyone else find this to be true, or is it just me?

Upgraded To MT4

I upgraded to a fresh install of MovableType 4. I’m working out the kinks, which are all over the place, but I just wanted to give you a heads up as to what was going on.

Help Me, I Don’t Get Facebook

I’ve heard Leo Laporte talk about Facebook at lot on the TWIT Podcasts and I have an account, but I have to confess that I just don’t get it.

To me it looks as if Facebook is nothing more than LinkedIn, but for personal stuff. Am I wrong?

At first I thought it was more of a personal hub that pulled all your online content into one place. For example, I thought that it would pull my Flickr photos, Twitter and all my blogs into one “digital hub”, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.

I figure I must just be missing something so I thought I’d make a quick post for some feedback while I go digging for a review, or something to that effect.

Gary Vaynerchuk On Conan

Gary Vaynerchuk, who recently took over one of my favorite sites Cork’d was on Conan recently and did a very funny bit with Conan on how to build a “proper” palate for wine tasting. Good stuff!

Two New Photosets

I put up two new photosets on Flickr today.

1. Un-boxing Holly’s New iMac
For the past few months, we’ve slowly been working on converting the spare bedroom into an office/project studio for Holly. With the room completed, the first major purchase was a new 17″ iMac. This series shows the un-boxing of her long awaited iMac.

2. iPhone Unboxing
Photos of my new iPhone, which I purchased the first week of it’s release. 🙂

Hope you like them!

A Good Example Of Why I Read Martin Dugard

Mike Rohde turned me onto Martin Dugard last year when he was blogging for the Tour de France. It was one of the highlights of following “Le Tour” tour and lucky for me, Dugard found the blogging experience a positive one and decided to continue blogging on his own once the tour was complete. So for the past year or so, I’ve greatly enjoyed his blog at

The chief reason that I’ve enjoyed reading Dugard’s blog is his writing style. It’s almost effortless and yet it inspires me to push harder and do better. Granted, I haven’t put my butt in the saddle yet as a result of reading his pity prose, but it has bolstered me to do better in work and in the general sense of my day.

Last week Martin had an article that particularly inspired me. It’s entitled “Boston – Roubaix” and I encourage you to take a moment to read it — it’s a good one.


Do My Eyes Decieve Me?

I’m looking forward to seeing Apple’s iPhone is going to look like when it finally ships in June. There are days where I think I’m going to be the first one in line to try and buy one and then there’s other days where I think I’ll wait for the next version to come out.

Then the other day, I was clicking on links from the Engadget web site and a came across THIS (third image). Do my eyes deceive me, or is that a c l e a r iPhone? :O

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