Make Your Band’s Site Sing

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Hey musicians! We just launched WordPress.com/music with two new features to help you rock the web: playlists and upcoming events.

We know that you need specific features to create a killer experience on your band’s site. You need a calendar so fans can keep track of your gigs, an easy way to embed your music, and lots of social media options to share the love. Oh, and all this on a tight budget? Check, 1-2-3.

WordPress.com has a symphony of tools you can use to keep fans in the loop and share music with them, the media, labels, and venues.

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Blogging? I mean, really… Why would I blog?

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A good question deserves a good answer.  Unfortunately, the world is not the fairest place in the, err, world, so all I can say is that I am diving in.  I plan to post opinions on current events and interests as well as more mundane updates to get into the habit of living in a digital world.  Just have to see how it goes.

Here’s a start, though: the media empires of Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst strongly helped to fan the flames that led to the Spanish-American War in 1898.  They helped shape public opinion to the point where one major but uncertain incident (the sinking of the battleship USS Maine) made war unavoidable.  Parallels can easily be drawn to the nationalistic media posturing in the South China Sea right now.  The Philippines are too weak to start anything militarily, but China is another case entirely.  Let us…

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bierstadt54

A good question deserves a good answer.  Unfortunately, the world is not the fairest place in the, err, world, so all I can say is that I am diving in.  I plan to post opinions on current events and interests as well as more mundane updates to get into the habit of living in a digital world.  Just have to see how it goes.

Here’s a start, though: the media empires of Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst strongly helped to fan the flames that led to the Spanish-American War in 1898.  They helped shape public opinion to the point where one major but uncertain incident (the sinking of the battleship USS Maine) made war unavoidable.  Parallels can easily be drawn to the nationalistic media posturing in the South China Sea right now.  The Philippines are too weak to start anything militarily, but China is another case entirely.  Let us…

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Endless: The War Syria Cannot Win

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When this past summer began, it seemed only a matter of time before the repressive Syrian regime fell and was replaced by a diverse assortment of disorganized but enthusiastic Syrian rebels in a democracy. Since then, the situation has deteriorated. Syria’s rebels, with minimal aid from the international community, have instead accepted the arrival of extreme Islamists carrying the experience, weapons, and tactics of a decade of insurgency against America and allied nations. This will certainly bolster the fight against Bashar al-Assad, but it will not bring victory to the people.

There was a time when we would commit to a foreign intervention without a realistic understanding of the consequences, simply because it seemed right to do so and it could lead to a better future. That was Iraq. We don’t do that anymore. So let us look at what would happen if action were taken in Syria.

Who are the rebels?…

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bierstadt54

When this past summer began, it seemed only a matter of time before the repressive Syrian regime fell and was replaced by a diverse assortment of disorganized but enthusiastic Syrian rebels in a democracy. Since then, the situation has deteriorated. Syria’s rebels, with minimal aid from the international community, have instead accepted the arrival of extreme Islamists carrying the experience, weapons, and tactics of a decade of insurgency against America and allied nations. This will certainly bolster the fight against Bashar al-Assad, but it will not bring victory to the people.

There was a time when we would commit to a foreign intervention without a realistic understanding of the consequences, simply because it seemed right to do so and it could lead to a better future. That was Iraq. We don’t do that anymore. So let us look at what would happen if action were taken in Syria.

Who are the rebels?…

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Embedding Images from Instagram

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We know many of you document and share your experiences with Instagram, so we’re excited to announce that you can now embed images from Instagram on your blog.

As with other embeds, it’s quite easy. First, copy the image’s URL from your web browser’s address bar while viewing the image:

Then, while you are editing a post or page, simply paste the URL on its own line:

http://instagram.com/p/QI9cbtAdvW/

So for example, this text and URL:

will display this on your blog:

The URL automatically embeds the largest size of the image that fits into the content area. Alternatively, you can control the size of an image using shortcode. For example:

A few days to catch my breath. Finally.

A post shared by CLR (@cherilucasrowlands) on

embeds this image instead:

An image is automatically linked to the URL of its original Instagram page, so when readers click the image on your blog, they are taken to its full-size version.

It’s another quick and easy way to…

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