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Friday, August 26, 2005

Toasted squirrel anyone? 

Okay so today I had off from work. I worked last weekend so I had a comp day today. Nice I know, but hey working weekends sucks arse. I got up around 7:30 took a shower, let the dog out, and hopped on the computer.

I check my email then started to load a few programs on my wife's PDA. All the sudden I heard a loud pop and all the power went out. Ah shit, I thought at first this damn PDA program sucks, it killed all the power to my house. Just kidding, that would be some virus though.

I went outside all checked other people's houses that run off the same transformer and no one had any power. I proceeded to call the power company to let them know. I got to talk to computer Susan, she rocked, all her automated questions were on point.

After I called the power company I took a walk to see what killed the transformer. I walked a block or so and there was the culprit. I toasted squirrel. A redneck's breakfast. I felt bad for the thing but not that bad.

They have been killing all of our flower beds in the yard so it was almost a sweet revenge. Nothing like seeing your enemy black, charred, and smoking at 8:45 in the AM.

I feel bad for the rest of the squirrel community, but they shouldn't play with electricty. Dumb fur ball and STOP EATING MY FLOWERS!

Tag It: Electricity | Squirrel | Blog


Sunday, August 21, 2005

SplogReporter.com : Version 2 

I was recently brought on to this project to help upgrade the site as it tries to eliminate splogs from the blogosphere. We've added some new features to the site to make it easier for people to submit splogs.

We've added a bookmarklet that will allow a user to add it to their bookmark toolbar in their browser to easily report splogs. Once you have installed the bookmarklet all you need to do is click the link if you are at a potential splog and the details are sent to the site. This should really speed up the process. Oh and you won't even lose your page, once you click the bookmarklet it sends the data in a new window.

Version two has been spiced up a bit. A little cleaner and a bit more efficient for the end user. We have added a news section to keep everyone up to date on what is going on with the site.

We have also added a cookie to remember a user's specific information. When you submit a splog you are required to submit your name and email address. Why? We are trying to keep track of who submitted what. When a potential splog gets determined to be a splog, all users that have submitted that URL will receive a point. In the future we will potentially being using that point scale to give back to the users.

We are really excited about this project. If you would like to help us promote this project, visit this page to grab a small graphic for your site. Every little bit will help.

You can let us know what you think about this project here.

Tag It: Splogs | Spam | Splog Reporter


Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Ever hear of a Splog? 

I was reading a post by a friend of mine here. It is about all these blogs popping up on free blog servers like this one that are nothing but spam, hence the name splog (Spam Blog). He took the initiative and created phase one of Splog Reporter.

Splog Reporter will allow anyone to report a blog that is spam. What good does this do for you? Search engines like Ice Rocket are being clogged with spam blogs. When you do a search for blogs that interest you, you get spammed results. This sucks! With Splog Reporter you can report these blogs. When this tool catches on the list can be used by search engines to filter out blogs that have been determined spam.

What a great idea. Right now it is in BETA mode, just started up this weekend. A lot of work will be going into making this tool the tool to use to report splogs.

More Information
Splog Reporter
BLOG: Spam + Blog = Splog : How Is It Affecting The Blogosphere? (Frank Gruber)
BLOG: A splog here, a splog there, pretty soon it ads up… and we all lose (Mark Cuban)

Chime in out what you think about Splogs and Splog Reporter.

Tag It: Splogs | Spam | Splog Reporter



Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Miami Ink 

What a great show. I love tattoos, but honestly you don't need to even like tattoos to enjoy this show. This show goes beyond tattoos and shows what drives some people to even get tattoos.

Besides the stories that are told in the show, the work these 4 guys do is amazing! My favorite is Ami James, his work is the best I think I've ever seen. Chris Garver is a close second in my mind.

A lot of people see tattoos as gross or dirty and almost look down upon people for having tattoos. Although these days are changing it still happens. The way I look at it is if you don't like them, don't get them. You should never judge a book by its cover. This show has even shown some really high up business men/women having full body tattoos. You would never have guessed it.

Anyway I just thought about this show because it is on tonight at 10PM EST on TLC. If you are interested in the show check out the links below.

Miami Ink Website
Ami James
Chris Garver
Chris Nunez
Darren Brass
Yojiro "Yoji" Harada

Tag It: Tattoo | Art | Skin | TV


Monday, August 15, 2005

A Trip to Pittsburgh 

I just got back from a visit in Pittsburgh with my sister and brother-in-law. I went with my wife, mother, and soon to be 4 year old little brother who is deathly afraid of dogs. Low and behold my sister has two dogs, let the nightmare begin.

He didn't want anything to do with the dogs, he was really scared, causing everyone in the house to be at attention at all times. It was frustrating but what are you going to do. He didn't sleep to well because he was scared causing him to be extremely cranky at all other times. This will probably be my last trip with my parents and little brother.

It was just two hard on everyone. When I drive to Pittsburgh it take 4 to 4.5 hours. Yes I am speeding, sue me. Driving with my mom takes 7 hours, another nightmare. Not only is it 7 hours long, you have an impatient 4 year old wanting to be anywhere but in a car seat.

It is also not fair to my sister and brother-in-law. They have two agendas, one for my wife and I, and one for my mother and little brother. My little brother is in bed around 8PM, rendering my mom useless to go out anywhere, but my sister and brother-in-law can't leave her home with the dogs. Hence we were stuck in the damn house from 8PM on.

One good thing is we played a card game called "Killer Bunnies". It is a hilarious game where you try to keep your bunnies alive while killing everyone elses. It is hard to explain. You can check it out in further detail here.

The last thing we did was go to an amusement park named IdleWild. I like to call it the unamusement park. It would have been great except for a few key factors. 100 degree heat mixed with 100% humidity sucks hands down. The other thing is spending 5 hours in the park and only riding one ride. Why might you ask? We wanted to make sure my little brother had a good time. Call me selfish but I don't have kids yet, I want to enjoy myself and it is hard to do that with my mom. If we were to split off and do something else, my mom would get offended and think we don't like them or that they are ruining our trip. I ended up sitting with two older ladies talking about the empty stroller I was watching, that was the highlight of my day. (I am being sarcastic.)

All and all it was okay. I love visiting my sister and brother-in-law, we always have fun with them. It was just more stressful than being at work.

Tip of the day: Play "Killer Bunnies" but never travel with your mother and little brother.

Tag It: Games | Nightmare | Travel


Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Mustard Phobia 

My wife has a really weird phobia. She hates mustard. Not just by taste, but she can not and will not get it on her skin or even want to smell it. It is extremely odd in my mind, but we all have our thing I guess. I don't know what you would even call this phobia, I tried to look for it online with zero success, so I guess I get to name it. I shall called it "Guldaphobia", named after my favorite mustard Guldens.

Me on the other hand, I love mustard. I would eat it on basically anything. I can see not liking something and not wanting to eat something, but I am telling you this is an extreme. If my wife makes me a sandwich, she basically squirts the mustard on and that's it. If she even gets it on her finger all hell will break loose.

Does anyone else out there have weird phobias or know anyone that does? Please share.

Tag It: Mustard | Phobias | Nonsense

Word to ya mother!


Sunday, August 07, 2005

Fun at Fest 

What a crazy night! Two of our friends from NYC came down to visit this weekend. (You can read her blog here) We all met at our house and started our journey to Musikfest. Musikfest is street festival in Bethlehem, PA that run about 10 days long. They have local bands (Free), mainstream bands (far from free), good food, and plenty of beer. In my opinion most people come out just to get drunk in public. I know I did.

We had a great time, I drank way too much and am still paying for it as I type this, but I would do it again. Maybe next time I would actually eat some food first, and not just drink my diet. Basically we just walked around, drank, chatted, and just had a blast. We spent most of our night up at AmericaPlatz. This is where all the local band/cover bands typically play. Also there is a nice beer and liquor stand within feet, a major plus.

Typically I am not a big drinker, I usually save it for times like these. Everyone needs to just unleash and tie one on every once in while. I could never do that every night, I would just not be able to function in a normal society.

To read more Musikfest blogs and read more articles about the festival, follow the links below.

Musikfest Blogs
Musikfest Articles

Tag It: Entertainment | Events | Food & Drink | Music | Personal


Thursday, August 04, 2005

Positives from Negatives 

So I have been thinking a lot about this lately. I have been trying to see positives from negative situations. Everyone strives for the same thing, to achieve happiness, but if you really think about it, negative things happen more than positives for the most part. It seems that people are set up to be disappointed.

That is why you need to see any positive you can from any negative situation. If someone close to you dies, you have to think about the good times you had, or that one death allows another soul to be born or reborn into this world. Death is a part of life you need to accept it. Everyone mourns and has feelings of sorrow and sadness, but you just can't let it over take your life.

If you can find any positive, no matter how small from a negative situation, that situation will no longer seem that bad, and you will be able to move on a lot faster. If you get turned down for a promotion, you have to think that better things are awaiting you, or that maybe it just wasn't meant to be. If you think you don't make enough money, think about how lucky you are to have a job and have money. Think about all the people that don't have a tenth of what you have.

We spend too much time worrying about what other people are doing, or what other people have. We need to stop and take a deep breath, mellow the f out, and just be happy. I know it sounds corny, but why not give it a try. Be happy with what you have, be happy with you. Be happy just to be happy, it does not matter, just stay positive and things in your life will be that much easier.

A great book: The Art of Happiness : A Handbook for Living : By The Dalai Lama

Tag It: Health & Wellness | Health | Random Thoughts


Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Snapple Fact 

So today I get home from work, pop open a diet peach Snapple and like any other time read my daily Snapple fact. Did you know there are three times the amount of cars in Los Angeles than people? Typically I read my snapple fact and merely say "Huh, that's cool", or "I did not know that". Even though I didn't know this fact, this stat blew my mind.

First of all I can barely afford to pay one car payment let alone three. Given some in L.A. probably don't have a car, that means that some people have more than three cars. Why? No wonder our gas prices are through the roof. We as Americans over indulge in everything. That is why we are also the most obese country in the world, but that is besides the fact.

There are 3,694,820 people in L.A. according to areaconnect.com. That means there are 11,084,460 automobiles in L.A. alone. That is an astounishing number. No wonder the freeways are jammed packed and the air looks like God is smoking a cigar, exhaling all his second hand smoke in L.A.

That leads me to my other thought about Snapple facts. Is someone's job at Snapple just to come up with meaningless information? What a great job. Scour the internet and encyclopedias all day for information that you will probably never need. Pretty cool if you ask me.

Snapple fact #50 : Mosquitoes have 47 teeth. (who'd thunk it?)

See if you know your facts according to Snapple here. (Flash Required)

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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Caffeine Withdrawl 

Okay for the past 2.5 days I have had no caffeine. I am kicking my soda habit. I am trying to drink only green tea (minimal caffeine), water, gatorade, powerade, or juices. Why? I don't know I go through phases. I am sure it will only last for a few weeks but hey why not.

For lent I gave up soda for 40 days, it was pretty easy. But this time I have had the biggest headache for the past 2 days straight. No aspirin of any size would be able to handle this banger. I guess I am going through caffiene withdrawl, at least that is what I hope it is. If not, then I might have some larger issues.

As far as soda, that crap weighs me down. It is a double edge sword, soda has too much sugar, and diet soda has too much fake sugar. Both are bad for you, I guess.

Who knows anymore, one day something is the best thing ever for you, the next you will get cancer if exposed. Tomorrow they are going to release that water dehydrates you and causes baldness. I made that up in case you didn't know.

Okay back to my withdrawl, it sucks, but it is good for me. I can't see my body being dependent on any substance. I smoked for eight years, this withdrawl ain't got nothing on that. I guess I just never knew caffeine withdrawl would cause an issue like this. DAMN YOU CAFFEINE!

I'm off like a prom dress!


Monday, August 01, 2005

Why you soooo moody? 

Okay here is the scoop. I am in a funk today. I can't quite pinpoint why? I hate these days when you are moody but you don't really know why? Maybe it's the heat, maybe it's the damn Monday, who knows?

I do feel bad though. I have been a bit moody towards my wife and she does not deserve that. She is the best wife a person could ask for, I need to lighten up. So I guess today I need to tell myself to mellow the f out.

Everyone has their bad days, all you can do is try to make it better. Short post today, I just wanted to get this off my chest. I feel better already.

Tomorrow I will conquer SEO on Mergedigital.com and add Topix.Net to our rail. (That is for FJ, oh my page rank is better, lol).

Peace to the middle east, I'm out!