Testing the Post 2 Email via Jetpack Module

I decided I wanted to revive my blog this year so I had a look at what options were available and an article about the postie plugin being down piqued my curiosity.

I had a bit of a rummage and discovered that the swiss army knife that is Jetpack had squirrelled away in its bowels a similar (if not as elegant ) function

Lets see how it goes …


Post by Email

Post by Email is a way of publishing posts on your blog with an email address. Any email service can be used to send email to this address, allowing you to quickly and easily publish from devices where the WordPress app may not be installed.

You can enable the Post by Email feature from Jetpack> Settings> Writing> Publish posts by sending an email in your site’s WP Admin.

Continue reading for more detail, or click on a section below to be taken directly to it.

Creating an Email Address

Posting by email requires an email address to post to, not from. This should be a secret address that only you know, otherwise, anyone who knows it can submit content to your site. Jetpack provides suggestions for a secret address under Jetpack> Settings> Writing> Post by Email when clicking the ‘Create Address’ button:

Jetpack will generate a random address like the one below. Do not use this address for your own site.

Each click of the ‘Regenerate address’ button will generate a new random address. Once you see an address you like, leave it in place, and your site will be ready to receive posts by email.

Sending Emails

Publishing a post by email is straightforward. Please note that you can only post by email to one site at a time.

Post By Email - mail example

When writing a new email the subject line will be used as your post’s title, and the email body will be used as the post’s content. If it’s not possible to provide a subject line a shortcode can be used instead (explained below).

Mail Formatting

Your email can be plain text or formatted. Be aware that the Post by Email system will strip any HTML tags that it thinks will interfere with a post’s display on your site. For example, italic and bold formatting will be retained, but colour and font changes will not.

Note: when posting by email you will need to use an email client that supports rich text or HTML formatting in order to make use of formatting. Most website based clients support this, as do most desktop clients. Keep in mind that you may need to switch your client into rich text or formatted mode.


When posting by email, signatures that match the standard signature block pattern will be automatically removed:


(that is, dash dash space)

Posting by email will also remove anything after a <hr/> HTML tag, and will attempt to clean up cellphone network signatures as well.

If your email system attaches a signature that does not match any of these patterns then you can manually tell Post by Email to stop including the signature by adding a special

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MFI at the Brunswick Music Festival

Well once again the Brunswick Music Festival rolled around (it’s the opening of festival season – sort like daffodills and spring).

This year My Friend Ian (hereinafter MFI as usual) played on the PBS  Roots stage for the Sydney Rd Street Party , it’s the opening event of the festival.  He had the band  (Ian Bland & The Lamington Drive Orchestra) with him and they played really really well.

We threw a couple of cameras up and then ran around taking stills. Jools did the video edit using Sony Vegas (she wanted to see what it could do)

Ian Bland – Jesus of Hollywood – Live at the Brunswick Music Festival

Ian’s song “Jesus of Hollywood” was a real crowd pleaser when Ian was in the UK last year, seemed to go down just as well here.

Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20090504

Zoom H4 ToyHi,

So for the time being let’s be wildly optimistic and assume that this missive is going to go back to it’s regular schedule (the odds are against it but as Leonard Cohen said “the optimism keeps breaking through”)

Anyway let’s get started shall we.

As I mentioned I have a new guitar, and showing you a picture of it , while all well and good on the “Oooh. Shiny” meter. Well lets face it, you really need to know what it sounds like (and ooh shiny just isn’t a good enough description). So I recorded me playing a little something I was messing with in D(?).

Now here are the ground rules. A while back I was having a long conversation (email) with Bill ( I have mentioned him before http://billcanty.com ) about things he could do to get his music heard. The short version is

  • Wake up on a Sunday morning
  • Turn on Zoom H4
  • Tune guitar
  • Start stop watch.
    I now have 60 minutes to record a tune using nothing more than the Zoom and the guitar.
    No overdubs, only the processing that is built into in the Zoom and only 4 tracks, no bouncing down tracks
  • Now play lots (the clock is ticking)

At the end upload the finished MP3 to the website and link it to the impediments post.

Elapsed time not to be greater than 60 minutes.

In the words of Jeremy Clarkson “How hard can it be?”

Well as it turns out… you can hear today’s first attempt at this here

The things you can do with a Zoom H4 dept

Ted Talks – I have listened to so many of these in the last few months that the best thing to do is pick some at random. They are all amazing and all thought provoking.

Lets Begin with Margaret Werthein. Margaret Wertheim leads a project to re-create the creatures of the coral reefs using a crochet technique invented by a mathematician — celebrating the amazements of the reef, and deep-diving into the hyperbolic geometry underlying coral creation.
(We mentioned her project last April)

Next. In this talk from TED University 2009, veteran rock climber Matthew Childs shares nine pointers for rock climbing. These handy tips bear on an effective life at sea level, too.

This one fascinated me, Erik Hersman presents the remarkable story of Ushahidi, a GoogleMap mashup that allowed Kenyans to report and track violence via cell phone texts following the 2008 elections, and has evolved to continue saving lives in other countries.

Fractals and Snacks – this from Kalene

“i thought hat you might appreciate the math that goes into these cupcakes. The fondant looks more accurate (well as accurate as it can get with a little softening,) but the marzipan looks prettier as it has softened more.http://www.evilmadscientist.com/article.php/fractalsnowflake#comments

thankfully for cupcake lovers the possibilities in the fractal fondant decoration are endless. I’d say that i would try this, but I know that I would give up too easily and just eat the marzipan.
Kalene “

Well if you ever do give it a go put Jools and I down for a dozen

Jools spotted this mashup http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1Q7f-fPXcM

It broke me up.
Also from the Inbox was this from Doreen.

I am pleased to announce my web site is now live! http://www.rivendellstudios.com.au
Have a look


Now I have mentioned Doreen in the past, but this website is a time soak. I found myself looking at a bunch of old favourites and still ended up wondering “How did she do that?”
Seriously recommended.
Duggup continues to stumble through music genres with abandon. Head over to http://duggup.com.au and have a look. Recent gems include Steve Lawson and Field Mice. Both are brilliant but totally different.

Flash Game Time:
Over the past few years we have all tried out some great web-based games and you would have to agree that things have coma along way. Well the bar just got raised, Scarygirl is a a way better than average platform game. I believe it’s based on a comic by Nathan Jurevicius, this game is just gorgeous. The art is just phenomenal, the controls are drop dead easy and it just oozes “Play Me” fun.

You play the title character, Scarygirl, as she attempts to locate a moustachioed dude keeps showing up in her dreams. Help is available on your quest from characters like Bunniguri and Blister (the giant octopus), as you proceed through treehouses, eel-infested water (shades of Princess Bride), caves and other levels, performing an assortment of deeds as you go. (I feel sure that Joseph Campbell would have approved of this one)

Scarygirl is entirely free to play online, and you can register to save your game. You will probably need to do that, this is a wonderfully addictive world.

Question: What does this XKCD cartoon signify? http://xkcd.com/563/

Answer: Yep, Numb3rs is back on tele this week and this is probably one of the rejected plot devices

Have a good one.


{Currently listening: Papercuts, Everyday Jones and me}
{Currently reading: Risk Analysis manuals}
{Quick Status Check: Hell, is doing budgets in an economic downturn}
{Crop Circle Status: Move along, still nothing to see here ’til later in the year.}

Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20090420

Fender FR50
Fender FR50
Fender FR50


What do you mean it’s past Easter, the last time I looked it was Christmas, bugger.

Well after a longer (much much longer) than planned hiatus, Impediments is back. Well back with a quick one at least.

What you thought I’d given up?

Sorry, it’s just the usual life impeding Impediments stuff.

It all started at Christmas when my brother gave me a guitar as my chrissie present. And not just any guitar it was a Fender resonator (you know the ones, they have a whole lot of metal work that looks like a hubcap  where the hole usually is. See here – http://www.fender.com/products//search.php?partno=0955000032 ).  Now as some of you are aware I stopped playing guitar a few years back, but my brother missed the memo (thankfully as it turns out).

This guitar is a hoot, it sounds interesting, it plays well thanks to a trip to Terry Dean Guitars,  who I might add deals well with maniacs like me who have been given new toys for Christmas and want to play with them. I am having just the best time playing guitar again and making all sorts of horrible noises (sorry folks – nothing changed). But it does tend to soak up the “free” time – dare I say it “Impedes Productivity”. Hence the lack of stuff in your inbox for a while.

And a special thanks to all who sent messages inquiring after my well being.

Anyway let’s get started shall we.

Ted Talks –  I have listened to so many of these in the last few months that the best thing to do is pick some at random.  They are all amazing and all thought provoking.

Wired has an article about Jay Walker and “The Library of Human Imagination”. The opening line reads.

Nothing quite prepares you for the culture shock of Jay Walker’s library. You exit the austere parlor of his New England home and pass through a hallway into the bibliographic equivalent of a Disney ride. Stuffed with landmark tomes and eye-grabbing historical objects-on the walls, on tables, standing on the floor-the room occupies about 3,600 square feet on three mazelike levels. Is that a Sputnik? (Yes.) Hey, those books appear to be bound in rubies. (They are.) That edition of Chaucer … is it a Kelmscott? (Natch.) Gee, that chandelier looks like the one in the James Bond flick Die Another Day. (Because it is.) No matter where you turn in this ziggurat, another treasure beckons you-a 1665 Bills of Mortality chronicle of London (you can track plague fatalities by week), the instruction manual for the Saturn V rocket (which launched the Apollo 11 capsule to the moon), a framed napkin from 1943 on which Franklin D. Roosevelt outlined his plan to win World War II. In no time, your mind is stretched like hot taffy.

The room looks like it belongs in “Myst” or more importantly my place.


Ted has an all too brief piece with Jay,


Over the break I managed to catch Stephen Fry and his truly compelling chat with Pamela Connelly on the ABC.  He is someone I just got in the last year. I had him in the “pedantic English don/actor” pigeon hole. Big oops on my part . Stephen Fry is amazing.  How amazing? I hear you ask. Head over to http://fry.positive-dedicated.net/fry-podcast2-episodes-03.mp3 and listen to his recent podgram on Language  (a podcast by any other name still sounds as sweet and the text version is here http://www.stephenfry.com/blog/2008/11/04/don%E2%80%99t-mind-your-language%E2%80%A6/). A more entertaining half hour you will be hard pressed to find.

The things you do:

Adam Savage from  Mythbusters  raises the bar on obsession. I have been left in the dust ( I wonder if he can play guitar?)



I will work through some of the backlog but this is a gem.


Love, Jools..


Take it up with Jools

Duggup continues to wander through music genres with abandon. Taking a  stroll over to http://duggup.com.au and have a look. My recent faves would be “Kiss The Mistress” and Vetiver. And for totally different reasons.
Flash Game Time:

All relaxed after your break? I am


Love Jools

Have a good one.

{Currently listening: Clannad and Keb Mo and Charlie Parr (it actually works)}
{Currently reading: Kim Klein ‘s book on NPO Funding}
{Quick Status Check: Hell, is it really April already? Really? Bugger}
{Crop Circle Status: Move along, still nothing to see here ’til later in the year.}

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Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20081222



Well folks, it’s official I’ve gone over to the dark side. {insert dum dum dum dumde dum dumdemum and asthma voice here}

Jools went out and bought me a new MP3 player. It starts with an I and it ends with phone. I never thought I would say this but it’s a great little toy. Now don’t panic I am not buying an Apple Fan Boy T Shirt yet. But it really is fun to use. The iPod part works fine and after a couple of hours I had my playlists on it. My Layla ringtone and my address book. The upside is that when you get a call the music fades down when you answer it. Hang up and it fades back up right where you left it. Brilliant.

The downside is that I still have to use iTunes (see previous rants about this piece of software) and I have an Apple Touch up for grabs.

If anyone in Melbourne wants to pick up a first gen Touch as achrissy present for themselves (one owner – me) for $220 give me a call. Jools didn’t want it. I suspect that Steve Jobs “Reality Distortion Field” doesn’t work as well on women OR that the “Toy Acquisition Gene” is specifically linked to the Y chromosome. I could be wrong.

OK, I wasn’t going to talk about this, BUT I can’t help myself. This is about my favourite train wreck of the year. Gun’s and Roses “Chinese Democracy”. this album really is truly priceless. Actually, even if they gave it away it’s still too expensive.

This is one of those albums you have to listen to ONCE. So here is a yet another submission to my “Perfection Is Overated “meme.

Before reading Jon Pareles article head to MySpace http://www.myspace.com/gunsnroses and get the album playing in the background. Yep the whole album was made available at MySpace when it was released all they have left there are some sample. it will be enough.

So. Do we have the track Chinese Democracy running in the background yet?

It’s OK. I ‘ll wait…..

All comfy? now read Jon Pareles album review. I think this is the best review I have read this year.


And then because we are all masochists, we can now move on to the Guardian, another fine review. Keep the album going and read on http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2008/nov/21/guns-n-roses-chinese-democracy

The upshot of this is that any of the things that made his earlier stuff interesting have been tweaked out of existence. Along with any interest. Say good bye to the old order. This is probably the last album of it’s kind and the end of an era.

That’s really enough about him, let’s get started shall we.

Ted Talks – Dennis vanEngelsdorp: Where have the bees gone?

Bees are dying in droves. Why? Leading apiarist Dennis vanEngelsdorp looks at the gentle, misunderstood creature’s important place in nature and the mystery behind its alarming disappearance.

This is a fascinating talk , scary and hopeful and unbelievable in places.


This is worth a look too.

Paul Collier: 4 ways to improve the lives of the “bottom billion”

Around the world right now, one billion people are trapped in poor or failing countries. How can we help them? Economist Paul Collier lays out a bold, compassionate plan for closing the gap between rich and poor.


The things you do:

I spotted this over at Make.

“Canoe” by Canadian artist Peter Fleming is a 20 foot long trough of water resembling a canoe where a gunwale tracking mechanism endlessly paddles forward and back inside the boat. The entire piece is solar powered and was originally built from aluminum, gussets, and bolts so that it was fully collapsible. Check out the link below for some video clips of it in action.


It really is a gem.

Also from Make is the Victorian Star Trek (Victorian era NOT place). Photoshopped portraits of the original Enterprise crew as Victorian Steam Punkers. http://www.rabittooth.com/OtherWallpapers.htm


Andrea L spotted this one and sent it in. Get some practice in before heading to the great outdoors over the holidays. http://majman.net/fly_loader.html

Kalene C sent in this.

“I feel sad that i only spotted this yesterday. I could have done all of my shopping here.



Kalene “

My fave was the House Selling Kit. that would be me though.

Jools sent along a few items for your consideration

First up The Google Street View Prank http://www.neatorama.com/2008/12/11/the-google-street-view-prank/

Next there was this one

“Man I’d love try this, but I’m not brave enough.

Love Jools


Then there was this – a plethora of tiny R2D2’s.

“Deep beep, blink wooo.

Love, Jools



and we will finish with this one

“A MMI I think.

Love, Jools


duggup has finished up for the year (we are taking a short break). Jools and I both did a highlights post. There really was some fine music around this year. Stroll over to http://duggup.com.au and have a look.

Flash Game Time: It’s Christmas and if you are working through, have I got a game for you. I mean what do else do you get for the person who has everything. Yep that’s right “WORLD DOMINATION”

Travian is in the same vein as say “Civilization” or “Empire Earth” but there is no install, it just lives in the browser. This lets you play it at work or on the go.

So , you register, pick a server and then they give you one week to build up your resources before the attacks start. This is important because it takes time to build up wheat, wood, clay and iron production. It takes around 3 minutes to upgrade a wheat field in the early levels so to get your empire up and running takes more than just a few minutes.

It’s one of those great games to keep running in the background so you can start a wheat field or building upgrade, and then move on to something else on your to-do list for a few minutes.

Yes this will take more time than the normal fare we put up, but hey if you are working over the hols, you have time?

More info here

Game here http://www.travian.us/

Have a good Christmas and a Great New Year.


{Currently listening: Richie Havens and Dead Can Dance. }
{Currently reading: Lewis Hyde – Trickster Makes This World. this is just fab stuff}
{Quick Status Check: Hell, it really that close to Christmas}
{Crop Circle Status: Move along, still nothing to see here ’til next year }

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Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20081201

Lego Cash Register
Lego Cash Register
The Spirit Of Christmas


OK, it’s December and that means that Christmas is now officially looming. Yes, I know that they have been selling Chrissy stuff on tele since Easter (remember only 130 days to get your chocolate eggs), but me I like to wait until December.

Last year I waited until the week before Christmas to send out the “really crass commercial Last Minute Gift Ideas”. A few of you suggested that I should do this a bit earlier, like BEFORE the shopping season really kicks into high gear, to give you all a chance.

So just like last year, once again lets consider stuff. We all have tons of stuff, and if this Christmas runs true to form we are all about to get tons of NEW stuff. (Jools could use a new MX5 if you have one lying around)

Stuff per se isn’t bad (although if you looked at what I carry about on a daily basis in my messenger bag. you would be appalled), here is the late George Carlin’s priceless routine on “STUFF”.

Excerpt: A house is just a pile of stuff with a cover on it. You can see that when you’re taking off in an airplane. You look down, you see everybody’s got a little pile of stuff. All the little piles of stuff. And when you leave your house, you gotta lock it up. Wouldn’t want somebody to come by and take some of your stuff. They always take the good stuff. They never bother with that crap you’re saving. All they want is the shiny stuff. That’s what your house is, a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get…more stuff!

Here is a Youtube video (Language Warning – Not Safe For Work. seriously USE THE HEADPHONES) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvgN5gCuLac

Here we go with the serious stuff.

One of my clients, the International Women’s Development Agency is promoting a great idea for you last minute shoppers (note how I casually implied that I am not a last minute shopper myself. I can see some of you rolling on the floor laughing as I type this).

The idea is that you give them some money, they give some women in a developing country stuff and you get to nominate the friend who doesn’t get the stuff but gets the warm feeling of having done good without actually doing anything. It’s like “Blame” but in reverse.

Seriously though, I have worked with these people for about eight years now. They are a non-profit organisation and they do make a difference for women and their communities in Asia and the Pacific.

Here is an example, $45 purchases stationery for 20 women in remote rural villages in East Timor to participate in literacy and numeracy classes. You receive an email card to send to the recipient of your gift. Low carbon foot print, the planet wins, the women win and believe it or not you win. (face it $45 wont buy a decent Single Malt… or even a bad one when I think about it)

Confused? Go to http://iwda.org.au/catalogue and IWDA will explain it in English (rather than the gibberish I type)

Hmmm. So you actually want to give stuff, no problem. How about music? (c’mon you knew I was going to get music in here somewhere). First up lets go with music with words and stuff.

Ross Ryan has released his “The Difficult Third Compilation 1973 – 2008′”, it’s a 19track CD, with a couple of my personal favourites (Chaplin & Harlow, Postmark Paradise and the reason I bought a Ross Ryan album way back in the Seventies, “Empire Lady”. he doesn’t get it but I do). Now in a hysterical (to me at least) piece of synchronicity, Ross is also throwing in a bonus album called “Stuff” (how perfect is that). Head over to http://rossryan.com.au/archive/news/2008/d3c.htm give him money and he will send you two CD’s.

Now some of you have children or nieces and nephews and are maybe looking for something for the kiddies (small kiddies, trust me on this – 8 year olds want a Wiii. Now that I mention it…..err ) Back to the small kids.

Andrea Rieniets is a singer/composer/performer who has plays a very nice guitar (Martin) and has a couple of albums worth of kids music. If the whole Hi 5 thing leaves you a bit “errr” have a look at Andrea’s stuff. She will even send you an apology for putting “Up In The Sky” into your permanent brain storage, this song is more infectious than Leslie Feist’s “1234”, it’s just aimed a younger audience, you’re just collateral damage.

Head over to http://www.chachasam.com.au/ and hit the order page.
(Disclosure: Jools is currently doing the new website for them and should be up by next weekend)

Back by popular demand.My Friend Ian (gloriously vilified once again this year) has an album that is magic.

Disclosure: I have a credit on the album as “Devils Advocate” which means I made “respectful” suggestions about the mixes and stuff. Also Jools has done a mashup video as a project for her course. It’s over at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgRQmMxi-0A and uses Ian’s song “Love Is A Thief” as it’s music. The things you can do with a computer.

The album is called “Drifter” and you can check it out at http://www.ianbland.com.au/ or his MySpace site http://www.myspace.com/ianblanddrifter

Lastly, let’s consider a pressie for yourself, everyone knows that Christmas is the most stressful time of year. So why not pickup a CD of relaxing music to help you through the season. I have mentioned Bill Canty before (we agreed that we weren’t going to call him My Friend Bill. it was just silly). Bill has a ripper of a CD called “Elysian Peace”, that is perfect for this purpose. I find arguing with Bill about music almost as much fun (but that would be me).

Anyway back to the commercial realities …er Christmas suggestions. Head over to http://billcanty.com/html/elysian.htm and have a listen to “Elysian Peace”, you know you are going to need it.

Now back to some more Non Stuff bits. These people won’t send you a card but they can use our support.

Creative Commons is an organisation that provides free tools that let musicians, authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from “All Rights Reserved” to “Some Rights Reserved.”

They are a nonprofit organisation and like all free organisations need some bucks to keep going. Goto http://creativecommons.org.au/ and have a read of where they are coming from.

Next up is Electronic Frontiers Australia. http://www.efa.org.au/

Since 1994, on a shoestring budget and without business premises, EFA has led campaigns within Australia and overseas. Each year EFA spokespersons respond to hundreds of media and public enquiries about Internet regulation. Given the limited understanding of politicians and bureaucrats regarding Internet issues when EFA was formed in 1994, EFA can be justifiably proud of achieving a change in Government opinion in relation to censorship, ISP liability and telecommunications policies, and widespread support for EFA’s views among key stakeholders and the general public.

This year (and next) they are leading the push against the Australian Government’s “Great Australian Firewall” . Yep Kevin Rudd’s infatuation with the Chinese is about to get us The P*rn Proof Firewall (and it will be about as effective as the Rabbit Proof Fence), that’s right instead of getting rid of China’s censorship, the Oz government has decide to join in the party and put in place MANDATORY filtering. This particular piece of ‘policy” needs to be stopped, it is ill conceived, universally condemned and will slow up your internet access. Head to http://nocleanfeed.com/ ,read about it and then slip the EFA a few bucks.. They are going to need them.

Last of the Non Stuff bits.

SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) is the name for a number of organized efforts to detect Extraterrestrial life. The general approach of SETI projects is to survey the sky to detect the existence of transmissions from a civilization on a distant planet, an approach widely endorsed by the scientific community as hard science.

There are a whole bunch of hassles in searching across the sky for a first transmission that could be characterised as intelligent (sort of leaves out Qustion Time at Parliament House), imagine trying to tune in 3RRR if the tuning dial was about a mile long and you didn’t know where they were on the dial. Now scale it up to looking for 3RRR by pointing an aerial at just the right place in the sky at just the right time.

Tricky huh?

They could use some money as the US government pulled their funding in 1994. Head over to http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/sah_donate.php

And consider slipping them a few bucks. Remember if SETI goes under how will the aliens find us? No More Crop Circles (horror). This is your chance to make a difference.

So there you have a few ideas for Christmas. Hopefully they are neither crass nor too commercial.

Thanks for reading, have a good silly season and make sure you are careful out there.

Remember Single Malts and moving anywhere don’t mix.

Have a good one


{Currently listening to: Lots and Lots of Warren Zevon. Christmas and Cynicism. Just a perfect mix}
{Currently reading: Lewis Hyde – Trickster Makes This World. Just awesome }
{Quick Status Check: Christmas Looming. crowds are already hell }
{Crop Circle Status: Move along, nothing to see here ’til next year }

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