- The Free State of which you speak is a province in South Africa. Initially a country called the Orange Free State, it was founded by Afrikaners leavingMessage 1 of 4 , Dec 9, 2006View SourceThe 'Free State' of which you speak is a province in South Africa. Initially
a country called the Orange Free State, it was founded by Afrikaners leaving
British-controlled Cape Town. The country was annexed by the British (mainly
for its gold and diamonds), and then became a province in the Republic of
About 15 years ago a group of Afrikaners, in an attempt to secede from what
they saw as the increasingly dictatorial statism of the ANC government
bought land out in the desert and founded Oranjestad (Orange City), a
private pseudo-country. The group aimed to generate their own electricity
and grow their own food, and thus through living separately ultimately
achieve independence. I believe it has since foundered.
I have visited the Orange Free State Province although I do not have a
picture to prove it :)
On 12/9/06, Seth Cohn <sethcohn@...> wrote:
> As part of my daily news reading, I have a few searches that attempt
> to find all mentions of the FSP online, just because I like to track
> the blog/media mentions. Imagine my surprise when I found this
> "Wits Gold intersects reefs at Free State project"
> Reefs? In New Hampshire? What?? Did I miss that part of Portsmouth Bay?
> The funniest thing was I clicked on the link and still understand
> almost nothing about the resulting news article:
> It's all (mining)geekspeak to me.
> For those who don't know, there is a South African province:
> "The Free State with its rolling hills, wide golden plains, impressive
> sandstone mountains and almost 340 days of sunshine per year, is a
> haven for the outdoor enthusiast."
> Next time someone complains about NH weather, just tell them to move
> to the 'other' Free State instead. And bonus Porcupine Points to be
> award to the first FSPer to visit there and get photos of themselves
> with a sign showing they are in the "Free State"
> Just a little something to dream of, now that the cold weather has set
> in here in New Hampshire, with the first snows on the ground.
> November's Indian summer is only a memory... so when's global warming
> gonna make Concord into Savannah?
> According to
> should be happening any day now...
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- ... Yeah, but that catches only about 5% of the mentions, maybe less, and it s slow, and by the time the alert is sent, I ve usually already seen it using myMessage 2 of 4 , Dec 10, 2006View Source--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, deror0 <deror0@...> wrote:
>Yeah, but that catches only about 5% of the mentions, maybe less, and
> I hope I'm not asking a stupid question, but have you set up google
> alerts for words like "FSP" and phrases like "Free State Project"?
it's slow, and by the time the alert is sent, I've usually already
seen it using my current methods.
For the curious, I use a number of tools,including technorati.com and
bloglines.com searches, coupled with rss feeds galore, and in
combination, it works well. (none catch everything and some find some
items faster than others, funny enough, so there is no "one true search")
I do this other topics besides "Free State Project" (I usually don't
search for FSP, as it hits too much offtopic items and isn't a good
keyword) such as website clients (who is talking about them?),
software I use (updates, bugs, security, custom code hacks), and of
course myself (who is talking about me or the things I'm involved in).
One neat meme going around with the more search-savvy
individuals/companies is something called 'freedback'. Post a message
on your own blog/website about them (service/products/questions),
using the word 'freedback' and their name, and they will find you
using similar tools as above, instead of you having to contact them.
This is the ultimate in customer service... "You rang?" The resulting
good (or bad) impression is left not only with your customer, but
anyone who searches for you as well - meaning free googlejuice
advertising for you, so long it's happy customers and not angry ones.