Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Break out the your Spray Cans of CFC's, Mother Nature isn't Dead Yet!

Earth's formerly thin ozone layer is recovering - Yahoo! News

I think this just proves that we have no idea how or even if we affect the weather.

Camper Velourium Story : Coheed and Cambria

The Camper Velourium Series Story

Song: The Camper Velourium I: Faint of Hearts

Told from the perspective of Al the Killer, this song chronicles his abduction of a girl he keeps as his prisoner on a ship called The Camper Velourium. Over the course of the song Al falls in love with this girl. Listen to the end of the song and you’ll catch Claudio Sanchez sing “So I bid to you goodnight, tonight sleep tight my gun” instead of “my love” suggesting that Al the Killer’s heart has grown “faint” and he is unable to shoot her. It is likely that the trauma has made this poor girl’s heart faint and Al’s inability to shoot her has made his heart faint as well, hence the name “Faint of Hearts”.

The Camper Velourium II: Backend of Forever

Still from of perspective of Al, the song opens with Al being awaken suddenly. He is startled to find out that the girl he held as a prisoner has escaped. Al is now very heart broken and ponders why she left him. Unfortunately for Al, he actually believed that his prisoner had fallen in love with him. He realizes the truth of their relationship at the end of the song saying “this isn’t love so forever let it go”.

The Camper Velourium III: Al the Killer

After being devastated by a bad relationship, the space pirate Al the Killer raids a colony. The girl he was in love with happens to be there and so he devotes the entire space colony to destruction, including her. (“When I kill her, I’ll have her”) He is dismayed that nobody attempted to stop him, lamenting the lack of an antagonist. (Will the killing veil love should the heroes play dumb, but killings no fun when the heroes are none”)

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Coheed and Cambria Story : The Crowing

The Crowing Story

The Crowing is told from Claudio’s point of view. It tells of his revelation that he is “The Crowing” and the events surrounding it. We find out that he is in live of Newo Ikkin and that Ambellina has been sent to watch over him like a guardian angel.


Blood Red Summer Storyline
This is another song that completely baffles me. The song suggests that Mariah Antillarea is thinking about how her actions will affect Jesse and Claudio. (“Even number your nephew” refers to Jesse and Claudio. “A child in keeping secrets” referring to the Secret of Silent Earth which is Mariah.) There is also a possible reference to the traitorous acts to be committed during the rescue attempt at House Atlantic. (“Will they know what I’ve done in the after?”) The title “Blood Red Summer can also refer to the blood that will be spilled on her account.


No doubt these storyline explanations will evolve as I look ever deeper into the story of Coheed and Cambria.

Monday, August 28, 2006

SEO Tip 4: Linking

Every good SEO campaign includes a strategy to obtain links. There are two types of links: reciprocal and one way. Reciprocal links exist when two sites link to each other. One way links occur when one site links to another and the site linked to does not link back.

Which Type Should I Focus On?
The answer is both. A good site will link to other sites. (Remember, its not called “The Web” for nothing. The internet thrives on sites interlinking, it allows people and search engines to find new content on the internet.) Linking to other sites helps search engines determine what type of content your site contains.

However, it is widely speculated that many search engines place more value on One Way Links. Why? Its kind of like people knowing your name and you not knowing theirs because you’re popular. (EX: You probably know who Snoop Dawg is, but he probably doesn’t even know you exist.) Popular sites with good content, useful programs, or fun games usually generate large amounts of One Way Links via blogs and personal websites. So, when a search engine sees that a lot of people are linking to you and you aren’t linking back, it assumes you’re popular and useful.

SEO Danger Zone:
Be careful who you link to! Linking to low quality sites such as MFA’s or Spam sites could count against you. (Linking to these sites could make you part of the spam problem.) You should also stick to linking to sites that are related to your particular subject. (Linking to sites willy nilly can also get you penalized.)

That’s it for links, hope you can catch my next quick SEO tip.

Coheed and Cambria Storyline Part 1

Coheed and Cambria Storyline

Here is a rough storyline for the first three songs including lyrics:
In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth : 3
Cuts Marked in the March of Men
Three Evils (Embodied in Love and Shadow)

Disclaimer: This is the storyline in so far as I see it. Some things will be wrong, and some things will be right. I’ll update these explanations as often as I can and as the storyline is revealed.

Album: In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3

Song: In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth : 3
This song is told from the perspective of one of the characters, I don’t know which one. The story of this song tells of his anticipation of an upcoming battle. Then, Mariah Antillarea is referenced. She is the secret that Silent Earth has been keeping. Mariah is a powerful mage that is supposed to lead an army against Wilhelm Ryan. (There is a picture of Mariah being born the cover of “The Second Stage Turbine Blade.)

The back half of the song reveals his motives for fighting, glory and a girl. It seems he has a crush on Mariah Antillarea. However, he thinks her affections belong to people who get more glory and credit for winning battles like navigators and pilots while he is a lowly jackhammer gunner. (Jackhammers are basically turrets.) This leads to one of my favorite lines in the song: “for you my love I would kill

Lyrics
A broad incision sits across the evening
The victim to our father's lost war
The restless children sit and mourn the graves
Of those they've never seen before
Will they be buried here among the dead?
In the silent secret

The pioneers
In dealing with it they march for dawn...of will and worthy
The truth be told the child was born

Man your own jackhammer
Man your battle stations
We'll have you dead pretty soon
Sincerely written from my brother's blood machine
Man your own battle station
We'll have you home pretty soon

Awake through motion
With curiosity to curtain your first move
Over arms length they'll break protocol
Jealous envy for the youngest one
To be the hero is all I’ll ask
Can i be buried here among the dead, with room to honor me here in the end?
You'll be better off too soon
You'll be better of when you get home

For you,
I'd do anything just to make you happy, hear you tell me that you're proud of me.
For them,
I’d kill anything cut the throats of babies for them break their hearts for they were
them.
Waiting for you to say...i love you too

The navigator
The pilot
her favorite
the one they call the vision that bares the gift

Will,
Do the children really understand the things you did to them?
and why oh why...
Should they conjure up the will for you my love i would kill him

In the seventh turning hour
Should the victims shadow fall
Will the irony grow hungry?
With victory and all they sought for
We were one among the fence
One among the fence



Song: Cuts Marked in the March of Men

This song is told from the perspective of the narrator from IKSSE3. He describes the outcome of the battle he was so eager to fight. It seems that they are going to lose this battle and prisoners are going to be taken. He is very distraught over the capture of the Mariah Antillarea and wishes to take her place. He observes the destruction that their failure allows to happen, people lying dead in the streets. He then asks “is god’s work to have us fail?” wondering if it was their destiny to lose the war against Wilhelm Ryan.

At the last moment the battle doesn’t seem lost, and he starts to regret some of the horrible things he has to do to win and promises to “make peace” when its all over. The song ends with a promise: “deliver a favor to my love”, meaning he plans on trying to rescue Mariah, this takes place in “A Favor: House Atlantic”. (See the connection now?)

Listen to the world out on the outside pressing in
are you ready on my mark?
Fingers given names and with the last word they ascend
on the comfort of their well being...in arms
Into something they can't stop but wish that they could kill
you're the answer to there prayers
In your last hour stand
You'll notice the one that you had loved in dreams is here among the others
Chase it's you i want but if i can't have her
Then why should i spend any more time in a world that's going to end pretty soon?
I need you now more than i ever did
I'll hand myself over for you
This comlinks lost its frequency and i feel that we're coming home short
Here take me instead i'd rather not see her off alone

Scattered amongst the killing streets the children slate defense
Is God's work to have us fail?
Rivered blood streams out the dead as bodies foul the air
I'll make peace when this is done
in arms...we storm
Slowly the streets begin to fill with new flesh bound to bone
Armed and ready it begins again...tonight we form

Deliver a favor to my love
I'll make peace when this is done


Three Evils (Embodied in Love and Shadow)

I don’t know very much about this one except that it is about Longcindia. Longcindia was one of Dr. Hohenberger’s failed creations. Longcindia was a malfunctioning IRO-Bot and destined for destruction. Fortunately for Longcindia he was “reborn” and saved. (Longcindia is referenced in the comics when Hohenberger says “I’ll burn you just like I burned Longcindia.)

Across the floor in the hand of where we drove the drill
a cautious ear to the mouth of your confession
Think of all the things we put him through
in the face of his god would he tell the truth?

Still recorded were the words that dribbled out his kiss
When eyes go blind in this man of what could once become
Sever the limbs off his torso in sleep
and burn what remains so the world may now see
no longer...will we wait for your answers
Back to the hell where you've come from
Think of all the times you've once had
Write them in a letter that says goodbye

You'll listen to reason while you're face down in the dirt
You'll stomach the hurt and break for him here just how much he's worth

Slowly discarded were the remains of his lonely youth
Among the alley where the dwellers scare to notice
Picture a young boy in pieces and streets with leveled malfunctions
no name to be called redeemer
We'll fix him restore him...with the love is no other
Think of all the things you did before
Write them in a letter that says reborn

You'll listen to reason while you're face down in the dirt
You'll stomach the hurt and break for him here just how much he's worth

Following you across the interstate walking away...I'll fire on
Following you across the interstate walking away...I'll fire on
following you across the interstate walking away...I'll fire on

On the wrong way out
On the causeway to neverwhere
On the wrong way out
On the causeway to neverwhere
On the wrong way out
On the causeway to neverwhere


Dear my friends in the time we've spent forever after beyond this when will our nightmare ever end?
Dear my friends in the time we've spent forever after beyond this when will our nightmare ever end?

Pull the trigger and the nightmare stops...
Pull the trigger and the nightmare stops...
Pull the trigger and the nightmare stops...forever you will learn (3x)



The New Super Mario Bros. Review and Comments

I'm still trying to figure out why they put "the" in "The New Super Mario Bros." I don't know, it just kinda seems weird to me.

Anyway, if you haven't heard or played about this game here are a few reasons why I like it:

1: Excellent sequel to the greatest side scrolling game of all time.
2: The giant mushroom. This thing is so freakin sweet. I love smashing through everything in site, and the smash meter thingy was a nice touch too.
3: Levels are cool and innovative. The multi directional warp pipes are a nice surprise. I’ll leave all the other cool surprises a secret.

There are a few annoying elements like giant fish and the turtle power up, but overall this game is excellent. I’m even tempted to beat it a second time, a feat few games have inspired me to achieve. If you like Mario at all, this is definitely a must play game.

Something You Should Know: Holding down L and R at the “Select a File” screen and pressing A will let you play as Luigi. A neat little thing many Mario games have neglected.

Final Rating: 4/5


New Super Mario Bros. - Pre-Played

Kingdom Hearts II Review

I’m a huge fan of Kingdom Hearts. The first one was really awesome and the second one was even better. First, I like the Gummi Ship levels better. They’re really neat and get to be really challenging. Sephiroth was also a nice addition, though beating him was no small task. (I leveled up to 70 before I could beat him.) Unfortunately Sephiroth was the only hard part about the game. Though I had a lot more fun playing it, the game was a lot easier.

Favorite Things to Do:
Level and power up Goofy as much as I can.
Fly Gummi Ship missions.
Spend time in Atlantis jamming with Sebastian.

Kingdom Hearts II - Pre-Played


Sunday, August 27, 2006

The Tao of Pooh Book Review

Okay, I know you haven't seen it in the MyMediaList thingamaboby but I finished the book today and here is my review:

It seems a man deeply interested in philosophy came to see Winnie the Pooh Bear as the epitome of Taoism. (Pronounced Dao and Daoism. I learned this the hard way.) So, he set off to prove it. He wrote a book on the basic principals of Taoism and illustrated these principals with examples from the stories of Winnie the Pooh. He also contrasts the other characters like Rabbit with Pooh and highlights how Pooh benefits from unwittingly practicing the ancient Chinese philosophy.

My favorite part of the book is the chapter about being clever and having knowledge for the sake of knowledge. He skewers Rabbit for being a know it all and Owl for, well, I’ll let you read it to find out. Things start going downhill after that, and I kept reading mostly for the sake of reading the excerpts from Winnie the Pooh because I always thought I should have read at least two or three Winnie the Pooh stories in my life and this may be the closest I ever come.

Rating: 3/5



Goals

I have several goals for I want to reach by 2007, they are:

1: Be able to quit my job.
I want to build up a blogging empire, as evidenced by the ads and Amazon AStore. The goal is to consistently generate $1600 a month consistently so I can quit my job and concentrate on my real passions: blogging, video games, and history.

2: Get straight A's
Because I have this terrible addiction to food, water, shelter, clothing and the ocassional geeky toy like light sabers and DS games I need to work. This means I can only take 6 to 9 units of school a semester depending on my workload. So, since I'm going to be taking so few classes I hope to get straight A's this semester. I still don't know what classes I'm taking...I'll know by Wednesday.

3: Sell something through an affiliate program.
My friend started a Treadmill review blog and he started making some money from it. I got jealous, wrathful, and envious. Thats why I decided to start blogging about stuff I care about. His blog is here.

4: Finish reading 2 books I started in June and July.
I started reading the Tao of Pooh. It explains the concepts of Taoism with story excerpts from Winnie the Pooh. Pooh is supposedly the empitome of Taoism.

The War. Its a book about World War II written way before I was born. Its a very good chronology of the events that led to that god awful war. I'll write reviews of both when I finish.

5: Remember to set the font of all my posts to Arial.

6: Reach all of my goals and make it look easy.
Even though I know it won't be easy, I want to make it look like it is. I don't know why.

Why I Started this Blog

Hello,

My name is John and this blog tracks my life as I make my way through it. It started out as a place to house my college essays for my future reference as well as anybody on the net who wants to read them.

Over time, this blog grew to reprent a wide range of things that interest me including video games, my favorite band Coheed and Cambria, Search Engine Optmimization (Which I do for work while I'm in school.) and the super hero I invented Memorexo.

Coheed and Cambria Index

Coheed and Cambria Lyrics

IKSSE3 Album Lyrics:
In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Cuts Marked in the March of Men
Three Evils (Embodied in Love and Shadow)
The Crowing
Blood Red Summer
The Camper Velourium I: Faint of Hearts
The Camper Velourium II: Backend of Forever
The Camper Velourium III: Al the Killer
A Favor House Atlantic
The Light & the Glass
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Coheed and Cambria Storyline : Your guide to the CoCa world

In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth 3 Story Guide:
Coheed and Cambria Storyline Part 1
Coheed and Cambria Storyline Part 2
Coheed and Cambria Story Part 3
Coheed and Cambria Story Part 4

Coheed and Cambria Character Lists - Updated weekly

Other stuff on Coheed and Cambria
A favor House Atlantic Interpretation
Cuts Marked in the March of Men

Folding Keyboard - Spill Resistant Makes Happy!

Another really cool thing I found online is the folding keyboard! You can fold it and spill drinks on it!



This Week in SEO :

Articles worth Reading
SEO Chat
Best article by far from SEO chat this week was written by Jennifer Sullivan Cassidy. She wrote a brief history of search engines and how their evolution had an impact on search engine optmization.

I like this article because it impresses on SEOs, especially ones newer in the field that search engines and the internet are fickle.
Read the article here.

Matt Cutts
This week Matt Cutts touched on how unique, useful, and engaging content is crucial to the success of a web site. More importantly, he mentioned how finding your niche is important.
Read the article here.

Matt also wrote a short but very revealing article on a black hat technique that some SEO companies use to win your business. Definitely worth a look.
Read the article here.


SEOMOZ
Read an okay article that is helpful for webmasters whose advertising model relies on page views.
Read it here.