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I Just Don’t Get It

Posted in Nonsense, Tech Stuff with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2011 by Bob

There are many things in life that I do not understand. Whether it be that I am just not tuned into the latest trends, technology or whatever. There are also things that I do not care to try to understand. I know a lot of this will change as my daughter gets older and I will want to know about everything that is going on, but I will worry about those when they start to rear their ugly heads. I don’t need to stress out over that right now.

This is my short list of what I don’t get lately:

WordPress.com’s “Freshly Pressed” Featured Posts – I was under the impression that WordPress.com was free so that the little annoying guy, like myself, could have a place to spout insanity and annoyance without having to pay big bucks for hosting and yada yada. I thought the featured posts were random, updated frequently and would show a lot of different things. I was apparently wrong. There have been times when the same featured post has been up for a week. There are a lot of the Featured Posts that are professional blogs that don’t need the exposure of being featured. I would like to have just one day where I had hundreds of views on my blog. Not for any reason but to say it happened. Oh well.

Justin Bieber – That is all that needs to be said. I will have to wait until Tori is older to find out about that fascination.

Facebook Places – Now, let me preface this one with admitting that I just started “checking in” to places. The reason is for my job. With coupons and specials and everything that can be offered with places, I have to know how this technology works so it can be offered to clients. With that said, I don’t understand why I have to let people know where I am every minute of the day. Can’t you just “check in” without everyone knowing? I know that it is word of mouth free social platform advertising and all that. I just feel that it is a little bit of too much information. Thankfully this doesn’t work with NFC yet. Once it does, I think I might have to turn my phone off or leave it at home. Maybe even do the unthinkable … get a phone that only makes calls!

Twitter – I have been trying to get on board with this one. I have a twitter account. I try to tweet, I follow tweets. It just seems like it is an awful lot of work to keep up with reading and tweeting all the time. I guess if maybe I had it on my phone, but then, I would be distracted all day and get nothing done.

Phone Apps – I know I am going to get a lot of eye rolls for this and be called an old man but, why? I have a Blackberry Storm. I like that I can go to the web when I need to, I like that I can read my emails and my Facebook page when I need want to. I installed a few apps on my phone. I recently removed them because the only time I used them was when I said to someone “hey look at the app I have on my phone”.

WOW I am really leaning toward the Andy Rooney territory here ain’t I?

Keenan Cahill – I am not being a hater but, WHY?!?!?! It is a kid who lip syncs, poorly at that, on YouTube. I have watched the videos. I watched videos of him singing the songs himself. He is horrible. Yet he has like 24 million views. MILLION! Someone PLEASE explain to me what is so special about these videos. I have seen comments on the videos themselves asking the same questions. Am I a little bitter? Probably. My video of me singing a bunch of different Muppet voices in 2 years only got 1,075 views. A recent push bumped it up some. Granted, I am not the most talented person in the world however, I think that I got mad skilz over this kid. Is it because there are 24 million people who are watching this video and making fun of the kid? Does he realize this may be why so many people are watching it? He isn’t even cute. He is a pretty unfortunate looking kid. And he is like 15. It’s not even like he is some little, little kid being cute. It was painful to watch these things. I am sure something will come out and I will feel like an ass for writing this.

Plenty of other things I don’t understand out there is this wonderful world of ours but this has riled me enough for one day.

Until next time, remember … “People write to me and say, ‘I’m giving up, you’re not talking to me.’ I just write them a simple message like, ‘Never give up,’ you know? And it changes their life.”

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I’m Taking The Plunge

Posted in Nonsense with tags , , on January 12, 2011 by Bob

I mentioned the other day that WordPress is doing 2 campaigns this year, post a week and post a day. They are self explanatory. I wasn’t sure if I could keep up with such a rigorous schedule based on my last failed attempt to post only 3 times a week. Well, so far I have posted every day this year except the 1st so I think I want to attempt this. So here I am officially declaring that I am going to participate in the post a day campaign.

What does this mean for you, the faithful reader of VIMB? Pretty much it means nothing. You can choose to read everyday or you can choose not to. It is up to you. This IS a warning however for those of you that subscribe and get emails. This means you will be getting something every day. I will not feel bad if you un-subscribe for the time being. Of course I hope you don’t. I hope I get more subscriptions. I did however just want to give you all the heads up so you aren’t cursing me out by the end of the month.

Why am I doing this? I am not really sure. It seems kind of sadistic even to me and I am the one doing it. I want a challenge. I want that sense of accomplishment for sticking to my guns. I thought about doing a photo365 challenge but then I realized I am not that great at taking pictures and it would probably be 365 pics of Tori. Not only that, but I think I am a little too lazy to upload and tag pics every day. Anyhoo, this is what I am doing so there. Like I said, just wanted to give everyone fair warning. Plus, by doing this announcement, it takes care of my daily post. A cop out I am aware, but I am just soooo un-motivated today.

Well, that is all for today. Another boring day, unless something happens between now (lunch time) and the end of the day. For now I need to cut this short and go and buy a brake light bulb for Jackie’s car. Maybe something exciting will happen the rest of my lunch hour!

P.S. Nothing exciting happened except the guy at AutoZone trying to up-sell me a bunch of stuff I didn’t need.

 

Until next time, remember … again, no good quote. This is going to be a long year.

I WON! I WON! I WON!

Posted in Nonsense, Tori with tags , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2011 by Bob

Is what you might have heard if I lived in Washington or Idaho, or if I had ever bothered to watch Lost and remembered the lottery numbers and then played them. Alas, I have never seen Lost, I live in Illinois and I am still subjecting you to my writing.

I think today I am going to make this post one of the annoying baby updates that I promised months ago and have slacked on. Tori is officially 3 months old today. Everything is going great! I am loving every minute of being a daddy. Sure, there are still moments of no sleep, little sleep and every variation in between. There is crying, smiling, spitting up and being fussy but most days I behave pretty well. I know I should have some updated pictures of Tori to add to this post but I need to unload the camera. I promise to do that when I get home tonight so if you want to see updated pics, come back around 9 p.m. C.S.T. and there will be pictures added to the Flickr feed.

I should “Side Note” this but I am just feeling lazy today. Some may have noticed that I did NOT come up with a list of resolutions this year. I don’t think I kept any of them very well so I am not going to set myself up for disappointment, ridicule and potential bankruptcy for posting new ones this year.

There is an interesting thing that WordPress is doing this year where you sign up for blogging every day, or every week and they give you inspiration or some crazy stuff like that. I am not sure exactly how it works because I did not sign up for it. I didn’t even read all of the particulars because I know there is no way in hell that I will be able to post every day. I failed at 3 times a week! I wonder if it would help my chances to be a “featured blog” if I posted every day. Probably not. Good God I am starting to sound like Andy Rooney. Did you ever notice that when people whine a lot, they ALL sound like Andy Rooney?

Don’t think I have forgotten about the few challenges I got last year of various ways to write my blog. There were a few good ones that I am still going to attempt. I did say when I made the challenge that it may take me a while. I blame the new baby.

Well, this was kind of a meandering mess today but at least it was something. I think I might have to start doing top 10 lists again or something. Not sure if I am going to continue with Techtainment Tuesday even though we are right up against the CES. Maybe I will do a recipe day. I can come up with some recipe and someone can make it and let me know if it is any good? Anyone daring enough to go for that?

Well, that is it for today. Gotta go pluck my ear hair and trim my eyebrows. Until next time, remember … “Vegetarian – that’s an old Indian word meaning lousy hunter.”

FEATURE ME! FEATURE ME!

Posted in Nonsense with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2010 by Bob

I have been blogging on WordPress.com for a little over a year now. I have had some funny blogs, some unfunny blogs, some good pictures, no pictures and a variety of other things in my posts. No matter what I post though, I have yet to be featured on the “Freshly Pressed” section of the WordPress.com home page.

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For those of you who don’t know what this is, it is a section where 10 blogs are posted on the home page as featured blogs. I have clicked through a number of these and sometimes I just think to myself “really?!?!” I have had PLENTY of blogs that I think were far more amusing that the ones they have featured there. I know that they are randomly chosen, and they even had a post about how to get chosen. It seems to me I have done most of the things that it takes to get chosen to be freshly pressed.

I will admit that incoherent ramblings aren’t always the things that masses of people want to read but still, I would like the shot. I would like the personal satisfaction to know that I was good enough to be one of the chosen few. One of the elite to have their blog opened up to possibly hundreds of hits in one or two days. I want my 15 minutes of blogging fame.

With that said, I am not complaining about the selection process really. I don’t want the committee to think that I am writing this just to get chosen … oh wait, I am doing that. Hmmm. That probably will keep me from getting chosen. Come to think of it, my spelling is pretty bad at times, my grammar is nowhere close to being copywriter quality. I don’t have very many interesting original images. My headlines are often times lacking and most times my content isn’t all THAT interesting is it? I am starting to see now, why I am not chosen.

Oh well, I guess I should just be happy to have the readers that I DO have. I love my readers and the comments that they leave are many times much better than my actual blog post and keep me and my wife laughing for hours. Well, ok it is usually my wife laughing at me, but still.

Well, I am hoping that the powers that be will someday find one of my blogs interesting enough to feature me on the home page. Until then, I will continue to let the voices tell me what to write and hopefully entertain all of you.

Hey look at me! I posted three days in a row! I hope I can keep it up but made the list of things that need to be done before the baby comes and … YIKES! I am going to be one busy soon to be daddy the next couple of months.

Well, I am off to come up with a hundred or so tags to let me be found. Until next time, even if I am never featured, remember … “when I die, on my deathbed, I will receive total consciousness. So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.”

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