Dubai in Pictures – Past, Present and the very promising Future – Part 1

With a possibility of their oil reserves running dry in the near future, Dubai is looking at alternative sources of income. Who would’ve thought that a country that is mostly desert could take to tourism as it’s chief source of revenue. But then, this is UAE we are talking of. It’s current ruler, Sheikh Mohammed, had a vision that is now almost a reality. The vision was so huge it takes me two posts to put it all together!

This is part one of the 2-part series. Be sure to check out the other part too.

Dubai in 1990 prior to the craziness
Dubai in 1990 prior to the craziness
The same street in 2003
The same street in 2003
The very street last year!
The very street last year!

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SuperSundayVideo-Week 11-Beijing’s Bird’s nest stadium

The Beijing olympics 2008 kicked off in grand style at 8 minutes past 8 on 08/08/08 at China’s National stadium popularly referred to as the ‘Bird’s nest’. This is week 11 of SuperSundayVideo and here is the entire episode of Discovery Channel’s Man Made Marvels program which shows the construction of the marvelous structure.

The entire episode has been divided into 5 parts. This has to be the longest SuperSundayVideo yet, but then the stadium deserves it! The stadium has a seating capacity of 91,000. It was built with 36 km (22.4 miles) of unwrapped steel, with a combined weight of 45,000 tonnes. Estimated cost of construction: $423 million!! Highly recommend everyone to watch all 5 videos but you could always jump directly to the last video.

part 1 of 5
part 2 of 5

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Sidebar revamped. Book your ad-spots now!

Recently, I was reviewed by Syed Balkhi of over at his site. Read the full review here. Keeping all the suggestions I received there in mind, I’ve redone the sidebar. Tell me if you like it. As you can see, the site is no longer cluttered with ads.

I’d like to mention that there are ad spots up for grabs. If you would like to advertise on, please have a look at the ‘Advertise‘ page.

Looking forward to your comments. A couple of comments could get you into the top commentators list. Getting a quality backlink from a PR3 blog should now be easy pickings!!

Oh my! Nice shoelaces!!

People flaunt all sorts of things. Be it their new tattoo, their piercings, clothes, accessories, bling… I even flaunt my blog! But ever heard of anyone flaunting their shoelaces? Now you will. Ian Fieggen has this entire site dedicated to shoelaces! Check out Ian’s Shoelace site.

Here is just some of the exciting stuff that he’s got over at his site.

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SuperSundayVideo-Week 10-Learn to solve a rubik’s cube

I’ve had a Rubik’s cube for almost 5 years now. I was excited when my mum first give it to me. But all the excitement fizzled out a while later. It was just recently that, out of the blue, I decided to check out YouTube if it had any tutorials on solving the Rubik’s cube and sure enough it had! Here is the best of em all, a 7-part series that will get you trained in minutes!

part 1
part 2

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UZOOM review – Chat and LiveSupport softwares for your site

I was asked by UZOOM to to review their site and the chat softwares they provide. I thought the softs were pretty neat and worth a mention. So here it goes…

Uzoom.comIf you are on a self-hosted blog, chances are that you have already used the ‘Live Support’ features most webhosting companies provide. I think it’s a really cool feature. Much better that having to open a ticket and wait for someone to reply to the ticket. Using a liveSupport function instead of the ticket system shows that your company actually wants to be accessible at all times. It simply shows that you care.

UZOOM is one company that provides all kinds of chat related softwares for your site/blog. First, we look at the ‘Live Chat’ feature. This service was very easy to setup and run. You just need to add the ‘LiveSupport’ button to your page that will show the ‘NOW ONLINE/OFFLINE’ status. The rest can be controlled from your account on their site itself. You can add additional operators so that your team can attend to different clients at the same time!

Just an example of how the button can look like
Just an example of how the button can look like

Then there is the Free Chat Client that allows you to add a neat looking chat window to any page (you don’t need an account with them for that). Just pick a nickname and chat away. As seen in the screenshot below, it has all the standard messaging features like text formatting and emoticons.

A screenshot of the embeddable free chat soft
A screenshot of the embeddable free chat soft

But now the big question – Do you really need a chat software as a blogger? A support system could come real handy if you are a designer who’s just released a theme or a new plugin. If you are a full-time blogger, why give away your private messenger IDs when you could chat off your own blog! Sounds like a great way to give back some of that reader love. Then you can always add it to your facebook/myspace page.


  • Very easy to setup.
  • Nice clean layout
  • Gives you a professional touch


  • LiveChat sometimes took ages in the ‘connecting servers’ phase.
  • LiveChat is a tad expensive if you don’t make much money from your product
  • Anyone could pose as you while you are away on the free chat client! There should have been an authenticated login for the admin

Note: I have implemented the chat client on my blog. Give it a shot. It can be found here.

I support the 60-mile-walk for Breast Cancer Research

Note: This is a guest post by Debby Phillips who is a part of Affiliate Marketer’s Give Back. The initiative she has taken is truly noble. I asked her to write me a guest post on this blog and she obliged.

Breast cancer kills 40,000 people in the U.S. each year and 400,000 people worldwide. Many families are affected by this horrible disease every year. We must find a cure!

Affiliate marketing guru, Missy Ward, started a group called, Affiliate Marketers Give Back to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. It is a group of 15 affiliate marketers that will walk 60 miles for breast cancer on September 12th-14th in Seattle, Washington.

Jen Fluker and I heard about the group and immediately joined. My grandmother is a breast cancer survivor, and I am walking in her honor.

We started a blog,, so that we could document our training and fundraising efforts. The rain seems to be working against our attempts to train!

Donate. Raise awareness. Do your bit!
Donate. Raise awareness. Do your bit!

Each walker is required to raise $2,200 each. Jen and I have asked our family and friends for donations. MarketLeverage has agreed to match every dollar that is donated. So far our group has raised $29,136.09 of our $45,000.00 goal.

If you would like to help Jennifer and me in our efforts to raise money for this important cause, please follow the links below to donate. Thank you for your support, and please be sure to go to to follow our progress.

Jen’s donation link

Debby’s donation link

–Debby Philips

SuperSundayVideo-Week 09-4 year old sings at AGT!

This is another one of those America’s Got Talent (AGT) videos. 4 year old Kaitlyn Maher sings a cute little song and is selected for the next round! Never mind the rude captions, but the girl is damn cute! Way to go kid!!

This is week 9 of SuperSundayVideo. If you have any suggestions for next week’s edition, feel free to add it as a comment to this post. I would love to share it with all my readers.

Trying out the ‘EntreCard + SezWho’ linkup

Not so long ago, Entrecard announced of a partnership between them and SezWho. Didn’t bother much about it earlier, but since a lot of blogs have installed SezWho, I think maybe I should give it a try! There’s nothing to lose.

The entire process of installing it on the blog was easy but the concept of SezWho beats me. Probably if I don’t figure it out by a week, I might throw it out! I’ll keep you guys updated whether this service really helps.

Till then, I’ll be grateful if a SezWho user can brief me up on it.

The ‘Microkids Related Posts’ plugin

Displaying a short list of ‘Related posts’ below every post can be a nice way to increase pageviews and decrease your blog’s bounce rate. But I find most ‘related post plugins’ to be very inaccurate. They either display posts having the same tags or posts that belong to the same category. Newer posts are more likely to be displayed first. Honestly, that’s the best they can actually do! Sounds foolproof right? But what if you know of a post that’s related but is very old. These plugins seldom display the older posts.

The only solution could be to manually select posts that you feel are related. Here’s a plugin that will definitely simplify the entire process. It’s called the Microkids Related Posts plugin.

This plugin neatly integrates into your Write Post page. Every time you write a post you can very easily search for a post that you know of and add it to the bunch of related posts. Check out the screenshot below to know more.

This is a screenshot from this post itself. As I type in the word 'wordpress', it searches for posts that features the word 'wordpress'. Then you can add them manually.
This is a screenshot from this post itself. As I type in the word 'wordpress', it searches for posts that features the word 'wordpress'. Then you can add them manually.

So when I install this plugin, do I have to do this for all my previous posts manually!! The answer is a mix of both yes and no. When I write post A and mark B as related to A, A is also marked as related to B automatically. So when I edit post A, I don’t have to edit post B. That’s half the job done!

So here’s a plugin worth giving a shot. Try it out. If you don’t like it, you could always dump it!
Note: The ‘Similar Posts’ you see below were not generated by the plugin. I’ll be using it when I have the time to do it.