naked URL

posted Nov 17, 2010, 1:11 PM by Les Johnson

Should have posted this last week but life got in the way.
Finally made the DNS change at GoDaddy to point the naked URL at the site.
So now a visitor can type just '' into the browser's address bar and find the site.

www address

posted Nov 7, 2010, 11:45 AM by Les Johnson

I purchased the other day from
Following the instructions in the google sites help area I've managed to point at my google site.
I'll try following up with the naked domain later this week so '' (no 'www') works as well.

A dip into YouTube Annotations

posted Nov 7, 2010, 11:15 AM by Les Johnson

Yesterday I added Annotations to a youtube video for the first time. (see the video embedded in the map in the Kaslo to New Denver page)
It's simple ... and it's giving me ideas.
Like: When one video drive comes to a place where another one starts I could put in a Pause annotation with a text annotation that has a link to the 'other' drive should the 'rider' wish to take it. If they simply wanted to resume the drive they are on (provided it has not ended) they would just hit play ... and off they go.
But if they hit the link they would switch to the new drive ... haha - I can make this happen.
It's not that far removed from my original  crazy idea of over a decade ago: get the highway system online and let the visitors choose which road to take and in what order and direction.

A narrated (partly) video

posted Oct 30, 2010, 10:29 AM by Les Johnson

Yesterday I posted a drive up the Paulson Bypass. And I forgot to blog anything at all about it - and it was a unique (in regards to the others) in one way: I stuck my own voice in two places to let the listener/viewer know some things I was too lazy to put into the video / titles.
So it was (ever so) slightly narrated ... a first for me.
Wish I had a better voice for this stuff ... sigh.
I guess I'm not the first one to feel that way.

Ad Sense added

posted Oct 30, 2010, 10:27 AM by Les Johnson

Well I decided to try out AdSense ... not that my site's got any chance of being popular enough to draw the kind of traffic that could return big payouts (I'm not that self deluded ;).
But it's one of those things that have been bumping around in the back of my head for a while ... so what the hell.

Old Opera is a skinny thing also

posted Oct 27, 2010, 3:03 PM by Les Johnson

Just tried to view the embedded video in Opera 9.something
and it behaved the same as IE: window too narrow for the video.
Upgrade to v10.5something and got the same result ...
After that upgrade Opera immediately told me I was using outdated software
(I had just upgrade from their site :)
So I let it update to v10.63.
This one works fine.

Hmm ... popup too narrow for video ... IE only

posted Oct 27, 2010, 12:46 PM by Les Johnson

When I look at the combo map in Chrome in Google Maps the popup has enough width for the video.
When I look at it here ... in Chrome the popup has enough width for the video.
When I view it in  IE 8.0.6 the popup is too narrow.
When I look at in Firefox the popup has enough width for the video.

It seemed too easy ...

posted Oct 27, 2010, 12:38 PM by Les Johnson

and it was too easy.
The combo map was broken. When you clicked on the path lines the popup was empty of video ...
I simply went back and got the embed code blocks and pasted them in. (the edit mode was HTML when I opened the popup - probably remembered from the last time I was in it)
Now that it is fixed I'm hoping that it is the path (and not some particular node) that gets the popup video ....

country roads

My first Combo map

posted Oct 27, 2010, 12:26 PM by Les Johnson   [ updated Oct 27, 2010, 12:35 PM ]

Ok ... I'd wondered how to do this ... it turns out it is easy.
I created a new map in google maps and labeled it 'country roads'.
There is an Import link so I tried that.
You get two choices: a file or a URL
I figured I'd try the URL method ...
I  went to my one of my country road maps and copied its URL to the clipboard and then notepad.
Went  back to my new map, Edit and them Import.
Fed it the URL that I got from the other map. That didn't work ...
Went back to the map I wanted to import from and thought for a moment.
There was a 'View in Google Earth' link. I clicked on that and Chrome showed me that a file had been download. A 'kml' file ...
I went back to my new, combo, map and fed that file into the Import from file option.
It worked. Sort of.
The path is there ... lots of points. If I click on it the popup comes up and I can see the YouTube video in it but ... the window is too small :(
And the popup edit mode is Rich Text .. I switched it to HTML ... not much I an do right now. Hope it works ...

country roads

And so it begins ...

posted Oct 27, 2010, 11:16 AM by Les Johnson

Well ... it's time to try and organize my stuff.
By stuff I mean all the media content I generate and post on YouTube and Google maps.
My YouTube page is and if you know it exists then you might have seen the videos. But not that many know ...
AND while Google makes it possible for a user to create their own maps ... the final result is not findable by other users in either Google maps or Google Earth. :(
So I'm putting it all together here.
It also gives me a chance to cut my teeth with Google sites.

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