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Bloviating Zeppelin: Blogging In A Snap & King Kong

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Blogging In A Snap & King Kong

First, I am not a shill for the author, the publisher or the series. I happened to come across the blog for the book when I logged into Blogger one day. I went to the blog associated with the book, which led me to

From there I checked out the book, examined the contents page, and decided to purchase the book.

I received the book a few days ago and, as promised in another comment section, I am proffering my opinion about the book because, as a man rather unskilled in confusers and Blogger in particular, others had asked about the book and whether or not it contains valuable information.

I'll cut to the chase:

Should you purchase the book? Yes, if you're not really familiar with Blogger and find it difficult to interpret their help areas and, more importantly, find their help areas woefully inadequate, this book is for you. I'm still reading it (at 270 pages, I'm around half through) but, though not finished, I give the book very high marks.

Once I finish the book, I hope to garner the time to attack my blog and make some updates and/or more completely understand how Blogger functions.

Some bloggers have sites that are feasts for the eyes. They've broken down their side links and blogrolls exquisitely and enhanced their sites with wonderful graphics, moving gifs, photo links, surveys, hit monitors and the like.

Of course, in my opinion, it's all about the writing. But it doesn't hurt that, in addition, one's blog is well organized, pleasing to the eye and customized to your wants and needs.

Also, there is a website concomitant with the book, maintained by author Julie Meloni, entitled Blogger In A Snap. Please remember: the book, though entitled BLOGGING In a Snap, is specifically about Blogger and no other blog provider.

Once I start to apply the various ideas and concepts I've gleaned from the book, I'll provide another review regarding the ease of application.

KING KONG: The New Movie

I saw the new King Kong today. Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings trilogy) directed this second remake (1976's King Kong starred Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange, Charles Grodin) of the classic 1933 black and white thriller, starring Fay Wray. On the heels of Rings' success, Jackson is gold and could, essentially, have made a movie about banana slugs and found it funded.

First: be prepared. This movie is 3 hours and 14 minutes long. I timed it. Better hit the bathroom and squeeze every little bit of pee from your bladder prior to finding a seat.

Was it another Lord of the Rings? No. Out of 5 stars, I'd give it 3.5.

It was just too long. Peter: learn to listen to your editors. But the Brontosaurus stampede scene was absolutely riveting and marvelous -- what viewpoints, digital melding and drama!

A very good movie, not an exceptional movie, but there was just -- I don't know -- something missing. So much of it was digitally contrived. Yes, it yielded some Eye Candy scenes. But the digital thing just lacks -- for want of a better word -- humanity.


Blogger TexasFred said...

Do you EVER check your email??

Might be a good idea... :)

Fri Dec 16, 08:41:00 PM PST  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Okay, I have a request. You need to do a post entitled "Blogging for Dummies". And then you can tell us all the things you learned in an easy to understand way for the technically challenged like me :-).

Fri Dec 16, 10:57:00 PM PST  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Also, thanks for the King Kong review. It was helpful.

Fri Dec 16, 10:59:00 PM PST  
Blogger Revka said...

I am TEMPTED to get the blogging book, but don't have time to read it. SO.......I will CHEAT and have you inform me as I gaze at your soon to be transformed blog. Just like i cheated and took LMC's ideas off her blog. ha!! NO, i won't do that to you unless i get permission since I don't know you as well as Chatterbox.

King Kong is o.k. huh? Haven't seen it yet. We are going to see the Truman Capone movie. Have you seen that? (I hope I got his name right, i get it mixed up a lot.. My husband has to correct me all the time).
We are going to see it Tuesday. Hopefully it is still showing. We don't get out much you know.

Sat Dec 17, 05:19:00 AM PST  
Blogger Gayle said...

I think, Miss Chatterbox, that you meant "Truman Capote." I could be wrong, but I've never heard of a Truman Capone. (I suppose there's probably one out there somewhere though!) :)

And I'm with you.... "Blogging for Dummies" would be a wonderful idea. But that means poor BZ would have to do all the work!

I haven't seen King Kong and don't know if I will or not. I don't like movies that are that long.

Sat Dec 17, 07:27:00 AM PST  
Blogger Revka said...

thanks for the correction.. It IS capote.. I get it mixed up with the mob guy named capone.. :)..

Sat Dec 17, 08:05:00 AM PST  
Blogger TexasFred said...

One of these days, I'll learn how to set up a blog and add *features*...

King Kong is just *monkey business*... Saw the 1st one, just have never been impressed with this kind of movie... And you already know how it ends... That's a bummer with re-makes...

Sat Dec 17, 10:16:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...


If there are any startling revelations I shall reveal them to you in a timely fashion.

They may come to you in a number of subsequent posts.

Sat Dec 17, 09:56:00 PM PST  
Blogger JM said...

Hey, for not being a shill, you shilled pretty well. Thanks! :)

Now that I know people actually have it in their hands, I'll step up my updating of things that changed in the month between finishing the book and the time the chapters were printed. So, please do check back to the book's blog!

Sun Dec 18, 09:18:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Hey boys and girls, check this out: the actual AUTHOR of the book I wrote about visited the blog because I had mentioned here book.

And she has a sense of HUMOR!!

Great book, I am not yet finished but at this point it explains so much more than Blogger ever thought of explaining in a fashion that a blockhead like ME can understand!

Also: since you visited, can I nip over to your blog and maybe send you an e-mail or post a comment containing a question when I get to something I don't "get?"

BTW, this is so cool, I'm gonna post about something as simple as your appearance on this blog. You will see why.


Mon Dec 19, 03:42:00 PM PST  

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