See the First 15 Minutes of #Helix Now!

Helix TV show on SyFy
Are you looking forward to Helix tonight as much as I am? Desparetly need your RDM fix?
Sate your desire now by watching a sneak peak of the first fifteen minutes!

“From Executive Producer Ron Moore (Battlestar Galactica), Helix is an intense thriller about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a remote research facility to investigate a possible outbreak. Once there, they find themselves embroiled in a life-and-death struggle that could spell mankind’s salvation – or annihilation.”

Just a reminder, as if you need one, Helix airs tonight at 10pm ET/9pm CT on the SyFy channel… and it’s a double episode!!

Hugs and DNA strings,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Style blog

P.S. I’ll be live tweeting my thoughts during the episode tonight, so follow me on Twitter @BionicBeauty!

WordPress How-To: Create a Redirect to a Random Post

Prior to WordPress version 3.8, I had this wonderful little plugin called “Random Redirect” written by Matt Mullenweg. That little plugin served this blog, and Bionic Beauty, for over four and a half years! Sadly, WordPress 3.8 with Jetpack completely borked the use of Random Redirect and its successor, “Random Redirect 2”.

Creating magic with WordPress - tutorials by Bionic StyleWhat’s a blogger to do? I LOVE my little “Surprise Me” graphic in the sidebar that whisks readers off to a random post. It’s simply awesome.

I set off seeking a replacement.
And ker-splat.
Nothing worked.

Then… a lightbulb moment! I already have the completely awesome “Redirection” plugin by John Godley. I’ve used it in the past to handle 301 redirects with ease.

In this case, we’re looking for a nifty bit of code to allow website visitors to click on a link (or image), such as the Surprise Me graphic in this site’s sidebar; the click action needs to trigger the code to magically send the visitor to a random article.

How to Make the Magic:

  1. Install the Redirection plugin by John Godley. Get it at Godley’s own website or from WordPress.org.
  2. Active the plugin.
  3. In your WordPress admin, select Tools, then Redirection.
  4. In “Add New Redirection” type: http://your-domain.com/?random  *Remember to replace your-domain.com with your own domain name.
  5. Set Match field to “URL only”.
  6. Set Action field to “Redirect to random post”.
  7. Tap that Add Redirection button to save!
  8. Head over to your theme/layout/code/wherever you’d like your redirect placed and insert the link using the code from step 4:  http://your-domain.com/?random
  9. For example: < a href="http://bionic-style.com/?random" title="Read a random article on Bionic Style!">Random Post!< /a>. *If you copy/paste this code directly, be sure you remove the spaces after each “<“.
  10. Enjoy the wondrousness that is a surprise random redirect to one of your own articles!

Happy coding,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Style blog

Who is the Mysterious Google Elf?

Does anyone know who made the awesome paper crafts and designs for the Google Play 2013 “holiday sale” promotional images???

If you haven’t spotted them yet, the images are sprinkled throughout the Play Store app as well as the ol’ standard browser-based Play Store. There are even paper versions of the Nexus family of phones and tablets! *geek squeal!*

Happy Holidays from the mysterious Google Play Elves!

The Google Play Store holiday section just says from “the Google Play Elves” and the (totally awesome!) behind-the-scenes video shows a bearded mystery man…

Here’s the video:

On a further note… A series of images like this would make incredible holiday wallpapers for the Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10 and other Android devices!

Whoever the creative designer was for this campaign, he’s certainly a talented guy.

Happy holidays y’all,
Jami

Google April Fool’s Roundup 2013

Longing for the scent of waffles? Want to know what Abraham Lincoln smells like? Get smellovision NOW with Google Nose (beta)! More info: google.com/nose
And a handy, dandy video too!

8 years in the making and the new email revolution is here… Gmail Blue!

YouTube is shutting down from now until 2023. Why? Turns it YouTube was one big contest to find the world’s best video… and now the judging begins.

While expanding the underwater (ha!!) Street View collection, Google located William “Captain” Kidd’s treasure map. Easter eggs (and clues) are hidden in the videos and posts on Google+.
Captain Kidd's treasure map

Video of the underwater find…

I’d like to take this moment to say a quick “HOWDY!” to all 41 of my readers who are viewing Bionic-Beauty.com and Bionic-Style.com from the International Space Station. Helllooooo uppppp thereeeeee!!!
The ISS visits Bionic-Beauty.com and Bionic-Style.com
You can check and see if you’ve got visitors from the ISS too by logging into your Google Analytics account.

Keep giggling and googling,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

P.S. I’ll be updating this article throughout the day to include all the hilarious goodies Google gives us. Stay tuned and check back often! And feel free to post a comment below if you see a new prank that I’ve missed!

Happy Holidays… BSG Style

Merry frakking Christmas everyone! And I mean that in a truly nice, yet geeky, way. *grin*

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