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The first Adamsonian clean-up in two years
September 26th, 2008 posted by JB under From The Admin. [ Comments: 1 ]

I’ve just upgraded this blog’s Wordpress, from the archaic 2.0-something, to the latest 2.6.2 version, so some of you might be in for some surprise when you log in.

Since the blog went online sometime in December 2006, I never really got around to “religiously” upgrading it to whatever new version the folks at Wordpress.org would release every few weeks or so. That’s why this upgrade is a big leap: design changes and improvements are invisible on the front end and can be seen only when you log in. This new upgrade supposedly makes Adamsonian.com more secure, and makes writing new blog posts more efficient. And, well, enjoyable.



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Status of the blog: September 2008
September 10th, 2008 posted by JB under From The Admin, Uncategorized. [ Comments: 5 ]

First, thanks to a buddy who helpfully watched over this site and “observed” its weaknesses in the past couple of weeks I had been away. So now we’re making the following changes that will hopefully improve it:

  • The Forum will be removed to direct more focus on the blog. Anything that can be discussed shall be discussed on the front blog end.
  • Comments are no longer possible if you’re not a Registered Member and logged in. This will avoid anonymous impostors from leaving nasty irresponsible commentary. On the upside, this will also instill a better sense of responsibility among commenters. And hopefully, they will be nicer to one another.
  • I have received about half a dozen supposedly “paid” blog posts, but I had to decline them all for a range of reasons, from quality to wrong choice of topic. So if you haven’t tried writing something that can earn you some money, please do so by first reading carefully this laundry list of requirements and email your submissions to me.
  • My supposed on-site promotion of this blog right within the university has been delayed several times because of a variety of unexpected work-related stuff. The said promotion involves pretty girls handing out flyers and other promotional paraphernalia to students. I already have the pretty girls, but we have yet to sit down and work on the “promotional paraphernalia.” But I will table this for now and maybe the next best schedule would be at the start of next year.
  • And again, if you’re an Adamsonian and you maintain your own blog/website, feel free to contact me so I can add you to our links.

So that’s it. Not much but probably enough to keep us rolling. Thanks also to a bunch of regular contributors, mostly former and current Adamson Chronicle writers and editors, and student leaders, for keeping things interesting and intellectual on this site. Keep the discussions coming. Whatever direction Adamsonian.com may take in the future, you have already made a great contribution to it.



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Adamsonian is now paying contributors
July 4th, 2008 posted by JB under From The Admin. [ Comments: 2 ]

Sticky:

Adamsonian is looking for hardcore blog contributors. We’re paying Php 500 for every approved blog post [minimum of 1,000 words].

If you are interested, just send me a note about what subject you are going to write about. If I think it satisfies what I’ve set for this site, then I’ll ask you to send your article [with photos or videos, if there's any], to jblazarte@gmail.com, and I’ll prepare it for publication on the site. Payment to published write-ups will be sent to author via Paypal or Western Union every 30th of the month. Currently enrolled students, professors, administrators, tuknene/cigarette vendors are most welcome.

Possible blog post topics:

- round-up of the university’s technology/art projects, if there’s any [pictures required]

- interview with the loveliest currently enrolled Adamson University students by course [pictures required; at least 3 interviewees]

- well-argued rant/essay on the state of Adamson’s education [must cite present situations; current circulars, rules or memos released by the administration, etc.]

- in-depth treatment of the university’s standing with the UAAP; sports-related article

- “spy photos” [at least five pictures] and related explanatory/background text; this must concern what’s currently happening within the university.

- exposés [must be accompanied with evidence -- photos, videos, documents, etc.] that concern students, university faculty or administrators

- a secret administration memo “leaked”, with accompanying background information.

- an exclusive piece of Adamson University-related news.

The above list by no means represents all possible topics. So just email me your idea for a blog post first, then I’ll decide if it’s a go.

However, this new paid blogging scheme doesn’t affect non-paid contributors [e.g., those who only want to share information, personal views, stories]. So everyone’s still free to join and write about anything under the sun as long as it doesn’t break the blogging guidelines.



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Chat live with other users
February 23rd, 2008 posted by JB under From The Admin. [ Comments: none ]

I’ve been taking down some posts lately because of their complete disregard for the Blogging Guidelines.

Also, I’ve noticed that most users would only want to leave very short messages and not really “respectable” blog posts. So I’ve installed a new shoutbox on the sidebar, which will hopefully serve a few new things:

  • allow registered users to communicate or chat live with one another;
  • allow users who love communicating in “txtspeak” to express themselves freely without me hounding them about the very unpopular and so-easily-ignored Guidelines;
  • the shoutbox also gives a deeper sense of interactivity for users.

I had been avoiding to install this feature because anonymous f*ckwads love posting steaming piles of BS on these things. As a measure, only registered and logged in Wordpress users can post messages. We’re still observing how “secure” this really is or how effective in stopping spam or BS messages, so there might be problems cropping up later on.

For the meantime, feel free to use it and see if you can find it to your satisfaction.



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Attach photos to your profile
February 22nd, 2008 posted by JB under From The Admin. [ Comments: 4 ]

You can now attach your own good-lookin’ photo to your profile, which appears near your blog post’s title.

  • To upload, just log in (assuming you are already a registered user) and click Profile.
  • Scroll down till you see the Your Photo section.
  • Select a JPG, BMP, PNG, or GIF image about as big as a 10-peso coin, then click Upload. Hope for the best.

Try it.



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Hello, Adamsonian!
February 16th, 2008 posted by JB under From The Admin. [ Comments: none ]

Sticky:

If this is your first visit here, please read the following “iron-clad” reminders on how you can make full use of this site:

  • Usage of this site is your privilege as a member of the Adamson University community. Enjoy!

Now, you can REGISTER or LOG-IN.



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Blogging reminders
April 14th, 2007 posted by JB under From The Admin. [ Comments: none ]

Thanks to everyone for making this site a richer and richer online hangout. I can’t tell you more how overcome I am of gratitude for your sharing through this site your intellectual, literary, or media-related thoughts and views and for letting everybody know what fine class of people Adamsonians really are.

But I’d just like to remind everyone that we do have some blogging guidelines handed down to us by Moses himself, so it would be for the best interest of this site if we’d observe and follow these blogging rules as we follow whatever our good mothers tell us.

Again, thanks, and I hope we’d see more exciting posts in the future.



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Attention: Adamsonian bloggers
March 29th, 2007 posted by JB under From The Admin. [ Comments: 13 ]

If you’re an Adamsonian and you have a site/blog, you may join this site’s blogroll (”Affiliates” as seen on the left sidebar) by posting the URL of your blog/site on the comments section of this post. Your site/blog has to be:

  1. Well-maintained or at least 3 months old.
  2. Belongs to any organization that has something to do with Adamson University (like ACOES).
  3. Personal blogs may be submitted and included, but ONLY if we “like” it (”likeability” depends on how much you participate in Adamsonian’s blog or forum, at least not a Friendster or MySpace or Multiply blog, and can shoot straight with some decent language).

We want to know every Adamsonian that has an online life, so if your blog/site is all these three things and more, feel free to join the party.



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Uploading YouTube and other videos the easy way
March 28th, 2007 posted by JB under From The Admin. [ Comments: 3 ]

I know this is late, but I’ve already installed a new Word Press plugin that makes it easy for you to upload your favorite videos from YouTube, GoogleVideo, and iFilm. Just place the cursor on the Compose page where you’d want the video to appear, then click the appropriate button (YouTube, iFilm, etc), then just provide the video ID.
Click to enlarge.

For example, if you’re uploading a YouTube video, the URL looks like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALYzQHeLXqE

The video ID are the characters AFTER the Equal sign (ID as follows is highlighted):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALYzQHeLXqE

Click the YouTube button, then paste “ALYzQHeLXqE.” And that’s it; your video is clickable on the post itself.



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Holding out
January 15th, 2007 posted by JB under From The Admin. [ Comments: 1 ]

Two things: one, we’re still having several more weeks of crappy online access; and two, despite that, I’ve snatched up something nice: a stronger “community-building” feature.

First things first. The unbearable crappiness of our present Internet connection. When the telecom guy told me a week ago that large areas in Asia, especially those who’ve had previously enjoyed the bliss of broadband connection, are still going to live in the Dark Ages till the end of February, my knee-jerk reaction was nervous laughter. I wasn’t sure if the guy was just one of those “techies” who love to power trip at the expense of the rest of us non-uber-geeks. So I asked, “You’re joking, right?”

But he said, like one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, that he’s so serious he’s already shitting in his pants.

The other day, I realized why when I saw this update from AFP, which basically details why the repair seems to be taking too long. It also mentions some interesting facts:

1. Fiber optic cables are each merely 21 millimeters in diameter.

2. Those cables are submerged 2.5 miles deep underwater.

3. There are eight separate cable systems in waters off Taiwan, and each of those cable systems take 10 days to repair. I won’t even do the math; it’s already frustrating.

That’s why I’ve been somehow holding out. If it’s too much hassle to even make the site’s page load nicely on the browser, it’s sheer insanity to keep on pushing everybody to make its content rich. So the shining things I said here, they won’t be happening yet at least till early March.

But all these not-very-good-things notwithstanding, we’ve managed to include a little more community-building feature. What you see now on the sidebar is the MyBlogLog community for the Adamsonian. What it simply means is that now you’re no longer invisible — you can post photos, say richer things about yourself, “talk” directly to other members via its “Leave Message” feature. To quickly join, click on View Community on the sidebar, or register directly here.

For the first time, both active Adamsonian bloggers and users who simply read stuff can operate on the same level. Can you imagine this? You can engage in discussion on the blog, also on the forum, but now, you can also get to know more about those you converse with. We’ve just made things a bit more exciting. Register now and upload your photos so that everybody else can see you.



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