Monster Munch: Roast Beef Flavour – Massive Bag (2009)

Monster Munch: Roast Beef Flavour - Massive Bag (2009)

Finally! They’re back with a vengeance, and better than ever. This is a HUGE size bag, abeit made from the worst material since Eastern Germany. A whopping 85 grams with “massive hunks”, fearuting the long gone monster we thought had died in 1973.

We’re glad he’s back! Meet all his friends at www.megamonstermunch.com

Verdict: Roast Beef Rules!

Pombear: Original Flavour (2009)

Pombear: Original Flavour (2009)

Ahhh, I remember these from back in the days. They’ve been around since forever in Germany, undoutedly the land of crisps and chocolate. I seem to remember much bigger bags though, not the lousy 19g version we have here.

They even have their own website now: www.pom-bear.co.uk. Superb! Having said that, I’ve never looked at it.

Verdict: This stuff is so light, you might as well eat nothing.

Walker's Ready Salted "Do us a Flavour" Edition (2009)

Walker's Ready Salted "Do us a Flavour" Edition (2009)

What’s so special about this one? Well the promotion, silly! Remember all the god-awful yuck flavours from earlier this year? Apparently they’re still waiting for the verdict on Chilly Chocolate and Fish & Chips flavour.

Remember our reviews of those? I know we do…

Ready Salted though are still an all time classic. Great with an all time classic sandwich, like all time classic sandwich flavour.

Legend has it that “ready” salted is such an amazing thing to state in capitals, because the “salt and shake” crisps technically AREN’T “ready” salted, until you put the salt on it.

Anyway…

Verdict: salty!

The Totally Mental CRIP WEEKEND on www.versluis.com

Crisp032 You heard the man – this weekend EXCLUSIVELY at www.versluis.com I’ve got something special for y’all:

I’ll be sitting here eating one crisp packet per hour and will post the empty packet right here on the site, every hour on the hour (until the server crashes).

Each time this happens, I’ll send our a tweet – follow the show with #crisps or #potatochips.

I’ll do this all through the night until Sunday evening, when I’ll catch up on some sleep (and Pepto Bismol probbaly), but until then, join me in commemorating the end of the series of CRIPS PACKETS – see the entire series right here.

Happy crunching!

Careful what you Tweet for – How Twitter changed my life

Ever mentioned something casually on Twitter, and got replies and help from people you don’t even know? Here’s what keeps happening to me – it’s impressive!

I’ve signed up to Twitter in 2008, ever since it became apparent that all the internet hipsters are on it. Thought I shouldn’t miss out on something that could potentially be big. I only started twittering in early 2009, when some of my friends got into it – and it has seriously changed my life.

At first I was filled with all the usual reservations (new interface, what the hell is this for, what’s the point, waste of time, don’t know anybody, etc) – but like with any of these social utilities: once you start using it, you might start loving it. Happened to me – from pointless tweeting to having actual conversations with friends far away.

Then I’ve noticed people started using these #hashtags. Although I still don’t understand them fully, I started using them – anything from #iranelections to #nicerfilmnames. Brands and places are a favourite, especially when used as gags (having a #Starbucks coffee in the sunshine in #Camden – nice!)

Hashtags can be picked up by others, so when I use #Camden in my tweet, other people searching #Camden will see my tweets – and can react to them.

So last week I was trying to install a shopping cart software called CRE Loaded. It didn’t work, and it drove me up the wall. Ranting away on Twitter, I said “#creloaded is RUBBISH” to vent some emotions. Very therapeutic I tell you, a bit like Speaker’s Corner.

What I hadn’t anticipated is CRE Loaded founder @saliozzia picking up my rants, saying “it burns, it burns – what’s not working for you?” What a delight, someone who CARES – not only about money, but about his customers! Thanks to his tweet, I have hope to get CRE Loaded working yet!

The other day, I casually mentioned my dissatisfaction with my current webhost Easyspace, tweeting “Considering ditching #easyspace and going with 1 and 1 next year – customer service is atrocious”. Next thing I know, a direct message from @easyspace asking for details so that they can investigate. I nearly had tears in my eyes! (n.b. I’ll probably still ditch them though – nothing ever works on my current server package).

Other surprises include reactions to Firefox and WordPress. My browser kept crashing unexpectedly, and mentioning this in passing, random people are tweeting very helpful tips. Thanks to you all, my issue is now sorted.

What started for me as a new social gimmick to kill some time, a joke maybe, has evolved into a brief and serious online-diary. Now it’s turned into a fully fledged worldwide community help central.

Twitter is impressive – overhyped Media Darling or not. I currently feel more connected to “the world” than my downstairs neighbour, and god knows what’s next. If you haven’t’ tried it out yet, I strongly encourage you to give it a go. Signup is free, and you can follow me (I’m @versluis).

Happy Tweeting ;-0

How to Change Your Domain While Keeping Your Search Engine Ranking

I found this very interesting article on how to add bits and bobs to your .htaccess file, which then redirects one domain to another.

The great thing about this is that – as the title suggests – you can keep you search engine rankings. The downside is that doing it this way requires hosting – which often you don’t have on domains.

Another way to deal with the problem is to simply forward the domain (speak to your hosting provider about this), however you’ll lose your search engine ranking.

I hear though that Google is rather up-to-speed with changing links. I’m saying this becuse I want to free up one of my domains (www.wordpress-guru.co.uk) and import all articles into this site – so the content stays the same, but all URLs will change. Let’s see how Google can cope with that.

Here’s the .htaccess article– enjoy!

http://www.searchenginejournal.com/how-to-change-your-domain-while-keeping-your-search-engine-ranking/11072/