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Ras Midas - Rain and Fire

I see rain I see fire.
I see rain I see fire
This is the time of tribulation.
The publican claims its inflation.
Iron sharpeneth iron.
The Sadducees them don’t know.
That I and I a lion.
I and I a lion.
I and I a lion.

I see the Messiah From the tribe of Judeah
Selassie I is the Trinity.
Oh, three in one
and one in three.
Is the Trinity,
the Trinity.

Said I read it in the Prophecy.
Read it children
Seven years of plenty, yeah.
Seven years of famine.
That I never see on this earth before.

Seven years of plenty, yeah.
Seven years of famine.
That I never see on this earth before.

He that is on the housetop.
Won’t have time to come down.
He that leave his tool in the fields.
Won’t have time to pick it up.
For tribulation and inflation.
Cover this land.
It’s only Jah Jah.
Can solve this pollution

I see rain I see fire.
I see rain I see fire

- “Rain and Fire” by Ras Midas [YouTube]


Forbes' Ad Blocking

I clicked on a Forbes link today with my ad blocker turned on and was greeted with a message:

“Thanks for coming to Forbes. Please turn off your ad blocker in order to continue. To thank you for doing so, we’re happy to present you with an ad-light experience.”

That sounds like something you should be offering all your users. Hovering over “ad-light” showed me this:

“Forbes Ad Light provides you a less intrusive advertising experience for 30 days.

  • No welcome ad when entering the site
  • Faster load time for ads
  • No auto-play videos
  • No video ad overlay

Please enjoy this experience as we work to finalize its various components.”

Great! So wen my 30 days are up I can go back to their ad-heavy version and get:

No thank you!


Back to Basics

Approximately 8 months ago I switched blogging platforms to a mix of GitHub and Jekyll. In previous blogging platforms I would spend some time finding a theme I like. I took this opportunity to ditch themes and go with some basic CSS. While it looks ugly, some things come free (“Responsive design”? ✓ Mobile-friendly? ✓ Works on pretty much every browser? ), and it’ll likely work for browsers that aren’t even released or invented yet.

The motivation to do this goes back to my old BlackBerry Bold 9780 phone whose browser and capabilities were so limited that I had to turn off images and javascript when surfing the web, because otherwise I would risk crashing my browser. The other reason for switching off images/js was that many sites took too long to load over 3G. So I began to really prefer text-only sites that were much easier to navigate.

Overall pretty happy with the website, though certainly not a good portfolio item to show off :)


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