Easy Google Sitemap with PHP

Tonight I needed a fast php google sitemap created for my site. Here’s how I did it.

  1. Go to: http://enarion.net/google/phpsitemapng/download/
  2. Download phpSitemapNG
  3. Upload the folder to your web site
  4. Go to that folder on your web site, i.e.: http://www.mysite.com/phpSitemapNG/
  5. Click create sitemap, you now have a sitemap in your root folder ( http://www.mysite.com/sitemap.xml )
  6. Submit it to google using webmaster tools. Done.

Sitemap it up.

Demographics, Video Games, and Shoes

  1. www.quantcast.com – Get demographics about any web site on the net. Look at their top 20 web sites. I loved seeing how many unique visitors google.com got vs yahoo.com.
  2. www.familyvideo.com – Discounted video games and DVDs. Use this familyvideo.com coupon code to get $5 your first purchase ‘NEWPGMEM’. I just bought Mario Strikers Charged for the WII for only $38.98 including $1 shipping.
  3. www.endless.com – Online Shoe Store. Free overnight shipping! Good gravy, free overnight shipping? Yes! And they are currently discounting all shoes $5 and sending it to your house the next day. It is too good to be true, but they are seriously doing it. If the shoes don’t fit, you can send them back for free, and they will send you a new size, free! Try it out, I dare you. Steve Maddens are amazing.

Try them out, I love finding great things online.

Quicksilver for Windows

Download AppRocket

I converted to a Mac G5 for 2 days, then I had to get back to my PC. I did enjoy Quicksilver, which is a application launcher where you press ctr-space and the name of the program and it finds the program on your computer. I did a quick google search and found AppRocket which is similar to Quicksilver on the Mac. Press alt-space and you can launch any program or find any file, very handy.

Enjoy.

Adobe Flex Goes Open Source

Visit Adobe’s Press Release

On April 26, Adobe announced strategic plans to move the development of Flex to an open source model.

Adobe is announcing plans to open source Flex under the Mozilla Public License (MPL). This includes not only the source to the ActionScript components from the Flex SDK, which have been available in source code form with the SDK since Flex 2 was released, but also includes the Java source code for the ActionScript and MXML compilers, the ActionScript debugger and the core ActionScript libraries from the SDK. The Flex SDK includes all of the components needed to create Flex applications that run in any browser – on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux and on now on the desktop using “Apolloâ€?.

Social Media

For 2 years I leave, and come back, and wham! All these social media sites have popped up without me knowing about it. I’m on a social media extravaganza right now.

Tonight I just found:
Flixster.com – Movies! Actors! Movies! – Everything I’ve ever wanted in a movie site!
iLike.com – Find Music!

Recently I just registered for:
Facebook.com – An Upgraded MySpace!
Linkedin.com – Professional Community

Other social media sites I enjoy:
YouTube.com
43things.com

Other Fun Sites I enjoy:
Pandora.com
LastFM.com
Threadless.com

Invent Yourself

Textual Analysis of Inventing the Unversity by David Bartholomae

Your standard success seeking college student walks into class on the first day. He scans the environment of his new fellow classmates and realizes his competition. New scribbles of dry erase marker dance on the white board as he critiques every move that his new professor is making. In order for this student to pass this class, he has to play this professor’s game. He has to invent the university. Chemistry is a new concept to this college student, but he acts like he’s been doing it since second grade. Whenever an assignment is made, he takes on the characteristics of a scientist with a PhD. The writing style he chooses persuades his audience of fellow scientists that he is knowledgeable and credible.

A college student switches from a scientist to a fitness expert to an English professor all within a matter of a few hours. Professors expect it, and the student plays their game. According to David Bartholomae, “He must dare to speak it or to carry off the bluff, since speaking and writing will most certainly be required long before the skill is ‘learned.’â€? Bartholomae suggests that a student must invent himself into the subject that he is currently studying.

Professors love it when a student invents their specific university discipline, because they want their students to become what they are. The professor finds delight when his students act and sound like their profession. The students are rewarded for carrying out the bluff and continue their path to the ‘A’. Playing the professor’s game is what college students are best at.

A common problem is that the student often slips out of stance or character and becomes less than they claim. Bartholomae outlines specific occasions when basic writers, college students, slip out of character and are caught red handed. On one instance the setting is wrong and on another instance the writer fails to conclude what he introduces.

Let us imagine this college chemistry student beginning his first chemistry paper. His first step is to analyze his audience. According to Bartholomae, it is a catch 22 because it is impossible for him to accurately analyze his audience. How can he know exactly what the reader knows or their life experience? All they can do is guess and assume what his reader knows. He thinks to himself, “Am I more powerful than my audience, or equal to them?� Decisions like this need to be made while planning in order for this paper to be successful.

On the other hand, some college students do not fit into this category of ‘jumping through the hoops’ to get an ‘A’. They feel they do not need to be something they are not. They argue to ‘accept reality’ and ‘stop trying to be something they are not.’ What if the college student’s priority isn’t playing the teacher’s game? This college student doesn’t care what grade they get. Learning the content of the subject is what intrigues them and motivates them. This type of college student is definitely the easiest route to take. It doesn’t require you to fake who you are. By simply writing, you display who you are and what you know. Simple as this seems, the downfall that is created is the lack of challenge and improvement.

Bartholomae seems to land himself right in the middle of both these types of college students. He argues that, “There is, to be sure, an important distinction to be made between learning history, say, and learning to write as an historian.â€? The difference is expanding the student’s mind beyond himself and challenging himself to think like the historian. Bartholomae suggested, “I expect my students to be, themselves, invented as literary critics by approximating the language of a literary critic.â€?

Using a personal history while writing is important in certain areas. Using the term ‘I’ is what can make or break the paper. Authority is instantly criticized by the reader when an opinion is stated instead of assumed fact. Bartholomae suggests that if the author, themselves are already credible, the opinion’s force is very great. Whereas if the author has no authority, the opinion has the weight of a feather.

Personally, I have used this technique of inventing myself into a professional of subjects that I study. It is similar to the conceptual idea of “Act as if, and then you will become.� When I study public speaking, I am the best public speaker there is. When I study object oriented programming, I know exactly how to write code. At work I become a technical scope document expert.

Should a college student invent themselves into what their professor wants? Or should the college student just be themselves? Balance needs to be created between these two types of students. When that balance is mastered, the student does more than invent themselves and is more than who they are. The student becomes the professional of that discipline. Do more than invent yourself and become.