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HearingTest Add-Ons

Posted by Molli Fire on Saturday, 9June07

It is my goal to make HearingTest the best damn site on the WWW for music news and culture. One way is by providing as many resources as possible for obtaining music in a Fair Trade style. Here you find links to DRM-free music, stores that are recommended by the artists themselves and, whenever possible, links to purchase directly from the artist who created the tunes. I am researching more ways to bring the music directly into this site for you to preview. It’s my nature to constantly analyze this site, looking for ways to improve upon it. Currently, my biggest concern is your interaction with the tools here. I want to make this site easy to navigate, with fun things to explore. You can find news from other sources in the sidebars to keep you up to date on more stories than I have time to write about. Every post includes video and streaming audio when available to listen to the music being discussed. There is also the boombox of tunes in the sidebar and the Listen page at the top. My latest satori was to create more regular weekly features in addition to the constant stream of news. To this end, I present –

Hearing Test -REWIND!

This will be a weekly roundup of all the best stories that were reported here during the last week. It seems that there are so many stories that get reported on HearingTest, that many of the best ones get buried quickly to the bottom of the page, then the next page, etc. So to highlight the best news of the week, I will be compiling headlines (with links) into a single post every weekend. This is a pretty common practice in blogging, but I am just starting to get to the place with HearingTest that I can offer this kind of cyclic feature. This will also provide a platform to let you know of any big changes or new toys to fiddle with on site that were implemented during the week.

Well, on that note, I will start compiling this week’s best stories for the first installment. And don’t expect the latest Paris Hilton gossip to make it into the weekly roundup. You can find that anywhere (and everywhere) on the web. Instead, you will find only quality news that maybe got buried underneath the big news. On days that have extra time, I will also try to supplement the week’s stories with additional info, updates, and/or more audio, video to complement what was already posted.

You Have A Voice Here

At the same time, I am thinking about other weekly features that I can start to include. Let me know if you have any ideas, or have thought of something you really wish this site offered. My next bright idea is something along the lines of offering a rotating Best Mix Of The Week which can get refreshed every weekend. I guess we’ll both see what comes next. Hit me up in the comments with any input you have. I LOVE feedback! If you don’t see your comment right away, I will try to wrestle it away from the hungry spam bots that manage the comments sectors. Non-spam comments should show up right away.

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoy the new REWIND!

Molli Fire


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HearingTest Gets A New Look!

Posted by Molli Fire on Sunday, 27May07

Those readers who are visiting this page via the homepage can plainly see (i hope!!), that this site has just had a complete renovation. If you are reading this via a reader or email post, please visit the website at your convenience and let me know how it looks. I hope you are able to see everything well enough. I will be making adjustments and improvements constantly until it looks absolutely fantastic on everyone’s computer, so if anything is not working out in your view of this site – please email me! In the meantime, i just wanted to get this up and running. The colour palette is very dark for a very good reason – these colours are intended to save quite a bit of energy and therefore be more environmentally conservative. It takes more energy/electricity to illuminate a monitor screen to make it appear white, it takes half as much energy to appear dark blue, green, and red, and even less to produce black. In fact, black might be the total absence of light in this case. For more information on low-watt web palettes, visit these pages:

Black Google On TreeHugger

EcoIron Uses Emergy-C

I will be posting more very soon about conserving energy on the internet, blogging on wordpress, CSS control, etc…

So Stay Tuned!
And as always, THANKS FOR VISITING!!!

Molli Fire
~iVi~

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New Colours For Hearing, New Sounds For Viewing

Posted by Molli Fire on Wednesday, 9May07

ALLLLL RIGHT!

Please let me know if you prefer this theme/layout/color palette more or less than the previous black and white one. i feel like this one is a little easier to navigate, but i like the style of the other one better. colours on this one are optional. i hope to completely renovate the colour scheme soon, because i want to use an energy-saving palette. that’s where most of the screen is dominated by dark colours, with the text and links in medium-light colours. this significantly reduces the amount of energy used while viewing, because it requires less illumination. so, that will be a big site overhaul, and this one is temporary. i would just like to know what works best for people, and what totally does not work, so i can work those suggestions into the new style…..

and thanks to those who emailed and commented in the last month, your feedback has been delightful!

if you head over to the HearingTest youtube channel, you will get a sneak peak at the videos that i will be posting up soon. they are short little videos taken at the Teen Suicide 002 Record Release Party on April 27, 2007. i will be posting them along with a slideshow of pix as soon as i finish resizing the photos.

enjoy!
~iVi~

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Hacking The Social Network To Get To The Top

Posted by Molli Fire on Monday, 30April07

Before I end the detour into posting about HearingTest and internet technical info, I want to add a few things….

This Here WordPress Blog

I like to read about all kinds of things and i’m fascinated with how things work. I have a terrible habit of dismantling things, especially electronic things, to see how they work. If they weren’t broken to begin with, I am good at getting them back together. One of my many obstacles in life turns up when I take things apart that don’t work for some reason. I leave them “exploded” – scattered bits about 1/16th inch away from where they were nestled together as a cohesive whole. I leave them that way while I try to find the part that will make them work again. This would be fine, except they tend to multiply. Many little unfinished projects with their guts exposed.

I can’t do this with the web. If something can’t be fixed properly, I have to figure out a backup plan that will work. Which brings us to the current design and layout going on here at the HearingTest HQ. WordPress worked on fixing the sidebar/widget problems this morning, and seems to have resolved it. For some reason, it’s not working for me. I have a dead widgets dashboard. I can’t mess with ’em. So what am i going to do now?

(shrugs) nothing.

It really doesn’t bother me too much, as long as all the correct info is there. I’d actually like this layout if the sidebars were on the left. And, i wanted to change the CSS for this site soon enuff anyway. So, maybe this will do until I get a chance to write up a stylesheet, it might increase my motivation to get on that. Or, maybe i will figure out how to get the old design working again. Either way, it means there will be a bit of a construction zone goin on here for a short time. I apologize, I hope no one is actually inconvenienced, though i hardly think a person could be inconvenienced by this site.

Technorati favorites, Digg, Top blogs, And other Social Networking Issues In Web 2.0

I’m A Tinkerer

Part of my fascination with how things work extends to the web. I learned programming at a very early age – I was writing programs on a Commodore 64 that would tutor me on french when I was about 12 – so I am intrigued with SEO, accessibility, user interface, and such things. This is one of the reasons I thoroughly enjoy reading Problogger, even though i have almost no interest in making money from the blog itself. Sure, i have that link to Threadless Tshirts in the sidebar, which generates a whopping $3 credit in the store for me if someone were to use that link AND buy a shirt. (have you seen that link? oh you really should, it’s near the bottom. have you seen Threadless Tshirts? They are SO nice!) ;) But i digress. I read Problogger because I find it interesting. It’s useful, often has specific info on topics that are of interest to any website manager, and I like that he values reader interaction and quality of content more than what the web-surfing robots think. You know, the robots who decide things like blog rank and top posts and such.

Technorati Favorite Swapping

This weekend, I learned of yet another web 2.0 obsession – swapping favorite blog links. It is a game that some people play to get ahead on the web. The idea is to get enough people to add your blog address to their favorite blogs list on Technorati so that you get into the Top 100 Favorited Blogs. Darren, the author of Problogger, wrote a post about the dynamics of this game and whether being in the top 100 was a huge advantage or not. He has a great perspective in this matter, being #3 on the list, and it is valuable to get a glimpse of what he can see from there. Especially because he does not use this swapping method to get ahead in the rank. His post got me thinking about such methods, and I just thought I would put them here for the record. Think of this as an editorial in the Opinion section…

Put Down The Mouse, It’s Time To Get Some Fresh Air

Towards the end of that post, Darren offered up his honest opinion of the tactic. He said “This might not be popular – but I think that the practice of swapping favorites is a little sad and that the energy that some bloggers are putting into doing it could be much better spent by actually engaging with readers and encouraging genuine relationships to be formed.” I couldn’t agree more. The funny thing is that some people got really upset. Some even went so far as to use expletives in their comments! Getting heated about a topic like this displays how some people identify themselves with their blogs too much. MANY people in this cyber world need to step away from their computers and get some air. And some perspective. Take a walk, or a vacation. Seriously, it’s a blog, a web log of some series of events and personal experiences. Blogs may be taking over the web, but they should not be allowed to take over our lives. I say this even as someone who has spent 16 hours/day on my laptop every day for the last 2 weeks. I have not had any day off, I have been eating pizza and chinese, drinking too much coffee, and going insane. However, this is really unusual for me. I love the outside world, I love dancing and kung fu, I love huge stacks of speakers playing dub music, I especially love fresh air!

Every Man And Woman Is A Star

Blogs, writing, coding, programming, designing, and all computer based careers cause pixel burn to the eyes, a lack of social skills, stiff joints, sore backs, and a host of other problems. Why would i want to identify with these things? I find it a little scary that we, as an online population are getting so involved in web 2.0 that some people are beginning to internalize their online personas. Granted, your blog is a personal experience, and it probably follows the same moral standards that you adhere to in “real” life. But really, why take it so seriously?
I can appreciate the spirit of experimentation that this game began with (supposedly), but these types of trading, gaming, etc. is really just cheating. Is it more important to see inflated stats, rather than have any clue if someone actually likes the work being presented? For some, I suppose it is. But in the end, it’s just an illusion. I’d rather have one genuine reader than 100 fake ones. At least I would know if I was blogging to a brick wall in cyberspace. Plus, I hate it when a good idea, and a useful tool gets ruined by people who abuse it and exploit it, thereby making the tool completely inaccurate and useless. Well, for me, and my web persona, we’re gonna stick with integrity and moral highground. Even if it means we look insignificant in the vast universe of the www. Coz we are, we’re VERY insignificant. So is almost everything I post here. Do you think I would care about anything at all on the web if I was hungry from not eating enough for a week? How about a month? A year? Do you think our great great grandchildren will care about how popular our stupid blog was? Maybe it would be better to leave them a healthy environment, or an inspiring educational system.

End : rant transmission

Thanks for reading through all that. I don’t often rant and I’m not sure what has inspired this sudden interest in interacting with fellow bloggers. Today I even found myself going back to the WordPress forum about the broken sidebars and posting the temporary solution that had worked for me. I went back, and shared my insight in the hopes others could benefit as well from my discovery. This is totally my style, but not usually my web style. I hope I haven’t been virtually bit by a link swapping, black hat, blogger vampire!

Take it slow,
miss iVi

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Today’s WordPress Problem Fixed With Easy Solution

Posted by Molli Fire on Monday, 30April07

hi there music fans!

if you are viewing this post on the actual webpage, you might notice that HearingTest looks quite different today. it’s true, and hopefully it is only a temporary solution. i dun know what gwan with di wordpress serverisms, but i go lookin at me page and the sidebars are all muckled up something naaasty! it seems that the problem is limited to only 2 or 3 wordpress themes : Andreas 09, which is what i was using, Garland and Freshy. Freshy is causing problems for some but not others. those are 3 out of about 4 total wordpress themes which offer 2 sidebars aka 3 columns. well, it just so happens that wordpress support peeps were away at the moment, perhaps fully aware of the situation and already investigating. so, until dis a figured out, i jes simple changed di theme to somethin similar but totally different, and everything is where it should be, no bugs or nuthin. i decided to use the theme titled “2813” because it has 2 sidebars plus the main column, which is as close to the other theme that i could find. that’s right, i jes change di theme to anything else besides those 2, and all of my sidebar info is restored with no additional work. judging from users feedback in the forum, any 3 column theme is potentially problematic right now. some users were not able to fix the problem with the 2813 theme, but got good results from switching to a 2 column theme. the best advice is – leave those widgets and sidebars alone! there is probably nothing wrong with them, it’s a problem with the theme that is having trouble communicating with them. if you make changes now, you could end up deleting them yourself when they were fine to begin with. if you want to make any changes while wordpress is working on the fix, stick with theme changes and posts, but don’t touch anything else. whew! so glad i dun hafta recreate alla dat. i got nuff work drowning me right now. no time fer di blog.

Report from the HearingTest HQ

i’m almost finished wit what i am writing and contributing for the reggae music and culture book i am collabing on. heaps of amazing research results, and some pretty good rants and tirades about dancehall music, its influence on other styles of music, and its place in the world. i’m writing pages and pages of content about soundsystem culture, the huge part that the dance-as-social-gathering has played in the survival of some of the world’s most oppressed populations, the psychoacoustic effects of riddims, speaker stacks, and repetitive drumming, even some crazy in-depth shizzle about dancing as the antidote to Babylon’s toxins – a fairly thorough exploration into the outmoded fight or flight response, which is more psychoacoustic stuff. you will definitely see some excerpts from alla dat come up soon.

thanks again for bearing through technoccult difficulties over pon HearingTest music brewery…..

a few things that will be revealed on HT this week, for you to anticipate :

  • photos and videos from a killer roots underground sound system party that featured End.User, Dan Doormouse, Arson, Bonk, theStapler, 666 Gangstaz, and Rtype. celebrating the record release of Teen Suicide 002!!
    TS002 is engraved with secret messages from 666 Gangstaz, HRock, the Stapler, and Planetsize. Available in record stores worldwide starting this week!
  • essays and rambling thoughts about dancehall – it’s history, cultural significance, and continuing cross cultural popularity…
  • more news than is worthy of reporting, except everybody likes something different, so hopefully you will enjoy at least one post per day.

and, we’ll just have to see what else happens. hopefully something fantastic and worthy of further discussion.

~have a lovely week~
miss iVi

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