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The Biggest I Have Seen So Far – Not Any More!

If you would remember, last year, when I was moving from one Internet weblog to elsua, I actually migrated a number of different weblog posts in order not to lose the information. Well, one of those weblog posts was this one: The Biggest I Have Ever Seen So Far, where I was actually detailing the largest paella party I have ever been to and where I shared some pictures about the event itself. What can I say, folks? If I was flabbergasted back then when I attended the event for the first time, this year it has been more of the same. But this time around I was well prepared. I thought.

Yes, the traditional paella party or festival, whatever you would want to call it, took place this year as well as the ending event from the local festivities of El Tablero de Maspalomas. There were perhaps a little bit less people than in previous years but it is also true that there wasn’t much paella left at the end of the event (About two and a half hours later) thus it looks like it was a bit more scaled than in previous occasions. This time around I did my homework and I arrived a little bit earlier than usual so that I could take some pictures before hand of a paella that was going to feed several thousand people! I cannot describe it with many more words, other than saying that it is an art to be able to cook such a tasty giant paella for such a large crowd and still make it worth while eating! A big thumbs up for all of the cooks and rest of personnel who helped making it possible year after year! Just brilliant! Congrats, guys!

I doubt that I would be able to say something more than just show you a few of the pictures that I took during the event. There are many more that I will be sharing later on in my Flickr account but here you have got some of the most representative ones:

El Tablero - Paella Party

El Tablero - Paella Party

El Tablero - Paella Party

El Tablero - Paella Party

Next year, I will be ready for some more. No doubt ! Thus if you happen to be around here on holidays, or whatever, you know where you will find me! Yummy!

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How Linkable Is Your Weblog Post?

Back after a re-energising long weekend! As I get busy catching up with some of my RSS newsfeeds, and while I have been playing around with a few changes with elsua that will be taking place during the course of the next couple of weeks, as I transition into a new host, I bumped into an interesting link that I am sure would be of interest to all those folks out there who feel that weblogging is all about linking with other weblogs/webloggers in order to be part of the conversation and share and collaborate with others. Something that I have been much in agreement with all along.

Check out How Linkable Is Your Blog Post? presented by Philipp Lenssen‘s Google Blogoscoped. Over there you would be able to read how Philipp has put together a short test to let you know how linkable your weblog post(s) may be.

It will not take you more than a couple of minutes to go through it and the good thing is that after getting your results you would also see listed a number of different tips on how you can improve the linkability of your weblog posts. Pretty interesting seeing that most of those tips contain lots of common sense and would take you very little action to get them implemented.

Yes, of course, you guessed it right. I tried it out and got the message that my linkability is on 65%, that although not too bad it could certainly be improved to a higher level. Say to something like 80% or above. Thus I went down the list of tips I got recommended to improve that linkability and I have decided to actually do a little bit of an experiment with this particular tip:

Sometimes, a small illustrative or explanatory image can go a long way to improve the linkability of your post. It just makes an article feel more fun, and more complete. Naturally not everyone’s an artist or designer, but there are many Creative Commons licensed photos around on Flickr and others.

Thus from now on, and since I have been maintaining a Flickr account where I have been sharing a number of different pictures already, every single post that I create here in elsua will have one of those explanatory or illustrative images of the pictures that I have taken so far and which are available for a larger image over at Flickr. As I said this is going to be an experiment that I am willing to give it a try and see how it goes. But then again when I come to think about it I feel it may be a good idea as well as it would provide me with a great opportunity to share some of the pictures I have taken so far and which I have been delaying weblogging about them for a couple of weeks now. That way, I keep up to date with that and, hopefully, it would help me as well improve that linkability.

We shall see how that goes. I will get started with it from this weblog post onwards and would appreciate if you would share a comment or two on how you, faithful readers, would feel about it. If it works out it would be one of the many changes I have got planned while I transition into a new host, which I suspect is not going to take me much longer any more since I think I have found a very good choice. But more on that later on this week…

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Social Networking – Is It Really That Funny?

Over at Chronicles Beth has just shared a weblog post that I have enjoyed quite a lot, not only because of its message but also because of the scenario where it is coming from. The title of the weblog post is Centrality Journal and in it she is referencing another weblog around the topic of social networking, Centrality Journal, where she has found this gem: A YouTube (You have got to love YouTube!) video from The Daily’s Show on social networking sites.

The video itself is really worth while watching, I tell you. It will give you an idea as to why social networks are becoming more and more popular that they even make it on to the main stream media big time. However, what I really found interesting from the video itself is the actual parody itself. It clearly reminded me of what happened a few years ago when Instant Messaging first came out. Everyone thought that it was just meant to be for kids, their pastime to kill all of those idle hours. However, throughout the years IM has proven to be the killer application for instant, real-time collaboration not only amongst regular end-users but also amongst knowledge workers as a way of helping them become much more productive in such an on demand world as today’s. So much so that today in many companies it is considered a business critical application in order to get distributed teams together in a much more efficient way. And hardly anybody thinks that IM is just meant for kids any longer. Everyone is using one IM client or another, that is for sure.

So what it looked like was not going to make it into the real business world turned out to be one of its many key components. And by the looks of it I would think that we are now witnessing the exact same thing with Social Networking. And The Daily’s Show video on social networking sites is just another proof of that. Oh, we also have to remember that even if social networking could be considered one of the main options for our youth to hang out we have to remember that those same youngsters would be the ones ruling this world not too long into the distant future. So if they are making use of those social networks offerings and they are enjoying them quite a lot to get together with other people, then there is a great chance that they would be using them when they grow up. And, like a good friend of mine once said, no company would be able to ignore that fact, whether we like it or not. Social networks have been grabbing more and more focus from businesses but more specially by those who will not long from now will be our coworkers, managers, team leads, you name it. Thus are you ready ?

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Instructional Video on Storytelling – Not Really

In the past I have mentioned a couple of times how crucial storytelling is for the spreading and sharing of knowledge across different organisations, amongst other things. I talked about it both in KM Insights – Capturing Knowledge and Companies Struggle To Pass On Knowledge That Workers Acquire but this time around I thought I would also draw your attention towards another weblog post that Shawn Callahan shared over at Anecdote where you can watch a very short video clip on quite the opposite theme: what storytelling should not be. Indeed, in Instructional video on storytelling you will be able to watch a very funny video clip that with a very clear example demonstrates everything that storytelling is not and that given the date and the time of the week would make for an amusing time during the course of this Friday.

You will just need to load this web site and then scroll to the bottom till you find the clip called “Principles of Organisation Storytelling“.

Thanks to Shawn as well for sharing this particular link over at their weblog and for the good laugh !

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The Good Earth – Our Beautiful and Bizarre World as Seen from Space

During the course of the week I have received it from a couple of friends about three or four times already. I lost the count. But every single time I still get hooked and have to watch it through again and again. Quite stunning ! Yes, folks, I am talking about this Flash animation called The Good Earth, a multimedia view from our planet Earth as seen from satellites, the space shuttle and the International Space Station. I must admit that most of the pictures are quite beautiful and breathtaking, from a place that we should be all cherishing and nurturing much more than what we actually do. Hopefully, upcoming events like Habitat Jam may help promoting that preservation of what we have got over here before it is too late.

But in the mean time if you would want to go for some impressive Flash animation with some of the most impressive pictures from some wonderful places on Earth I would suggest you spend a few minutes relaxing, sitting back and watching The Good Earth. You may like it so much that in the end you may also go for Deep Space.

Enjoy it !

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Pandora – Discover Music

Some time ago a good friend of mine mentioned to me, while we were talking around online music, to check out a relatively new offering out there on the Internet called Pandora. I am sure that by now most of you would have heard about it or read some more around this same topic. He did mention back then (a few weeks back) that I would certainly enjoy such offering as it allows you to build up on your musical taste by being able to find other pieces of music related to the same one(s) you have already listened to. And he was right. I really loved the experience !

If you are ever looking for an online service that would allow you to play the music you want at your own leisure and with instant feedback about the different tracks that are played then Pandora is your choice. Besides that, not only has it got a very appealing design but you would also be amazed at the ease of use and how quickly you can build up on a lovely set of tracks to keep on playing back and forth.

However, what most people may not be familiar with though is the fact that there are some tricks out there that would allow you to actually save those tracks in an .mp3 format which you can then upload to your favourite .mp3 player. Check out, for instance, Pandora Streaming Radio Caches to Your HDD. In that particular article you will see how it is describe how you can grab those .mp3 files and then upload them into your .mp3 player. And although it describes there how you can grab those files from both IE or FireFox I thought I would let you know the trick to get them from Opera while you are still playing the tunes.

In principle you would need to go to this particular folder location: C:\Documents and Settings\[Windows User Name]\Application Data\(Opera)\Opera\profile\cache4 and from there sort the folder by size as in most cases those audio files would take some more disk space. Once you have done that you will find out that you will have a file name following this name convention: opr0D5QY.tmp, as an example. From there onwards just rename the .tmp file to .mp3 (And whatever filename you would want to give it) and you are ready to play that file with your favourite .mp3 player or upload it whatever the audio device.

Pretty nice trick, indeed, and as I have mentioned before, a very handy one in order to help Pandora build up your music collection with your taste in whatever the tunes and then have the opportunity to save all that searching and listening to your .mp3 player for later enjoyment.

Kudos to the Pandora development team for such an outstanding service and thanks a bunch to Wilson for sharing this great tip with us and for letting us enjoy the Pandora ever so much more !

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