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So, just what have I been doing?

February 24, 2008

That seems to be the question everyone has been asking. My in box, crammed full with people begging, pleading, “Why haven’t you written anything lately? Are you ok?” My phone hasn’t stopped ringing from my throngs of adoring fans… ok, maybe that’s just the ringing in my head… or the voices, it’s too muffled to make out. No, actually it’s more of a hum. It has been been awhile (over a month actually). And what HAVE I been up to? Well, two things. 1) I’ve really been going hard at my new hobby (being an internet marketing mogul) and 2) (almost ashamed to admit it, but) Oblivion (Elder Scrolls IV). I haven’t played a computer game in… wait, I’ll have to consult with one of those voices. Ah, yes, yes I remember… He tells me it’s been a while. I don’t know why I started playing, somehow just got sucked into it. A complete and utter time waster, but what-ya gunna do? I am proud to say, however, that I have flushed many more hours down the toilet (almost backed up on me once, but I managed to clear it) trying to be an SEO monger. Surely you have seen the links off to the right. My SEO experiment? Basically my goal at this point is to get a site together (done) and then getting it ranked, hopefully on page one of the SERPS (Search Engine Results Page(s)), (work in progress). I’ve played around with making pages a few years ago, but never really pursued it. Needless to say I’ve had to brush off quite a bit of dust on the ole html and css skills. However, as I made, remade, and then made again my site, I realized (after manually making my first “spider food” page (that would be a page optimized for search engine web crawlers)) that my approach was total crap and I needed to straighten it out and automate. To sum it all up, I needed to embrace the seedy world of… black hat <dramatic music>duh, duh, duuuhhh</dramatic music>. So to begin my journey to the dark side, I needed to learn a scripting language. The flavor of the moment for the internet, or intraweb depending on your level of sophistication, (actually, for several years now) has been PHP (oh, and I like intraweb). So got a bunch of reading material, Zend Developer Studio, and got cracking. Skipped right over the whole “Hello World!” gar-bah-shz and got right to work. And the result? After endless hours/days/weeks of slugging it out… He, he, heee. I’m actually going to save that for my next post (not as dramatic as you may think unfortunately). Hopefully Monday (I’m going to make it a several part series, I think, I’ll know how much material I actually have to work with once I actually start writing). For the moment, I’m going to slap some links below that you can feel free to ignore. I want to see how the google-monster is going to like my new approach, but the problem is, I’m having a problem getting google to pay attention and get indexing! Argh. Google likes my blog for some strange reason (though I’m sure the same can be said for everyone here at WordPress) sooo hopefully if I put links here, that will encourage the G-shredder to, well, pay attention. Oh, and if you were wondering, noooooo, I am not nor do I have any intention of becoming a spammer. This is going to be quite a challenge though. I want to rule the serps, but I need to find a kinder, gentler way of doing it. However, one may make the argument that the very site that I am trying to move up the ranks is, itself, spam, or at least a site that is contrary to the intent of search indexes. But I would have to disagree. The stuff I talk about, a digital camera, is perfectly good and accurate content that people may find interesting, which is the purpose to which indexes serve. Perhaps that should be the first article because actually, I am a bit irked at google (I never bother with the other engines so I can comment on them). Pages that are so blatantly obvious spam get ranked higher than quality pages and, because of the patent discrimination that google dishes out to new sites to the benefit of old, established ones, some sites will never get a good ranking. I understand PageRank and the need to sandbox new sites, but I’ll give a quick example. Digital cameras. Manufacturers spit out press releases about various new products. Web sites *cough* cnet *cough* with automated programs immediately swipe’em (these releases are published through rss feeds) and stick them up on their own site. Established site after established site (there are others besides cnet) do this with out modification or adding content. The result? When you search for, ohhh, I don’t know, maybe the fujifilm finepix f50fd? You get the exact same stinking press release on page one of the serps from umpteen established sites. Google is suppooose to have a duplication filter that punishes such spam-looking practices (black hatters posting the same content on a bunch of different sites) by allowing one copy to show and pushing the others way far down in the results or de-indexing them altogether. What you end up with is an almost Microsoft type monopoly of the page one serp. There are a lot of good, smaller sites out there that work hard at producing solid content, but will never see the light of day on page one because of the choke hold more established sites have. Which, because of the ranking system, sets up an almost perpetual motion machine with these sites. They’re already on page one because of their status, this causes huge amounts of traffic to go to them, which thereby only solidifies their hold. It’s not fair I tells-ya. Whew! But, as I have said before, what the bloody heck do I know? I’m just a grasshopper. So how is that for a post? My longest one yet.

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p.s. once they have served their purpose, I’ll probably go back and delete these (assuming I remember).


Behold! The dancing banana!

A Hello Kitty assault rifle, yes it is true.

January 18, 2008

I’m sorry, but I am compelled to share this. Over at digg there is a blurb about a Hello Kitty assault rifle. Here is the picture. Hilarious.

Woo-whoo! It snowed! (again)

January 18, 2008

So I either wasn’t paying attention to the weather dudes, or they once again screwed up another forecast because I was definitely not expecting this at all. It didn’t seem cold enough for it. It was nice though. It was the fluffy, cotton ball type snow. The 1st pic is of the leftover damage caused by the ice storm. The 2nd, although it may look like a pond, is really just a low spot where water collects. And the others are pretty self explanatory. If your wondering why all the trees (because of my tunguska post), fortunately the lumber-asses didn’t touch the ones immediate next to where I live, though you can see the clearing through the trees in the last two pics.






Again, feel free to ignore this link (finepix f50fd). Like I said, I’ll get around to posting something on this later. Of course, I think I said something to that effect the last time so technically this would be later. But, eh, time is suppose to be relative, right?

So you say you have a frog who rides a motorcycle, and picks winning lotto numbers?

January 14, 2008

Here is a short post. I saw this on the late night news, did a quick search, and turns out I’m only about 4 days late on this one (but you do have to admit, I am getting faster with the topical stories). So there’s this frog in Thailand who apparently likes to ride a toy motorcycle and, until recently, was picking winning lotto numbers. The numbers appear on her belly. However, for some reason, because she seems to have lost her ability to pick the winners, she has been grounded from her favorite activity. Eh? Punishing the amphibian because she ain’t producin’? That’s cold dude. She should give the finger to the man and speed off into the sunset. The story is actually pretty funny (which you can read by following the link [pist, look <– that way]).




My open letter to McDonalds

January 13, 2008

To whom it may concern:

In reference to your recent multi-million dollar ad campaign were you showcase two young gentlemen who clearly suffer from some degenerative neurological disorder doing something that I can only assume is some form of rap on what appears to be a street corner…

Stop it.


Ok, so keeping with my current theme of horribly late topical commentary.

January 9, 2008

Well, maybe not completely late. What caused me to think about this was Christmas, but my complaint has nothing to do with that. Hershey Kisses. Prior to last Christmas, I haven’t had one in years. Maybe even closer to a decade. I remember that I would pop those things in my mouth like popcorn. Sometimes I would line my molars with four of them at a time and then chomp down (and of course they had been in the freezer). They tasted great, smooth with a chocolatey aftertaste. Good enough that is was worth (to me at least) the extra cost over the generic pasty garbage that would only mascaraed around as chocolate. So you can imagine my surprise when, years later, I bite into a Hershey Kiss this past Christmas and uuuuuuuhhh! What happened? It was the same gritty, pasty, nasty aftertaste cat litter detritus of all the other pedestrian mucky-muck that you won’t even flush down the toilet. It was bad enough that I found myself checking the next piece (I’m a bit like Homer Simpson that way) for that white stuff you find on really old, bad chocolate. Not there. Of course, I knew that I wasn’t eating stale chocolate, but my mind just won’t accept what my tongue was telling me. If I had sharp Photoshop skills I would make a picture of a biohazard bag in the shape of a Hershey Kiss. I blame Wall street. In this never ending pursuit of the all-mighty dollar, they have allowed the hallmark of the Hershey company to go into the crapper. Good job. Of course being the growing cynic that I am, I am forced to wonder if this is a simple profit increasing strategy of is it more involved than that. Perhaps a drop in the quality of milk chocolate (in general – not just the kiss) is part of a larger effort to push people towards the more expensive dark chocolate (my current love affair). Ah, what do I know. I’m just a grasshopper.

Feel free to ignore what’s below, seriously. I’ll be writing more about it later, but basically it’s just a little hobby of mine. I want to see if I can get a website I made to rank at least on page one of Google’s results page. One way of doing that is to “drop” links to your site around the internet. I’m having trouble getting Google’s spiders to visit my site on regular basis. Sooo, if I take advantage of Google’s infatuation with by dropping a link here, when the spiders come crawling, they will discover to the link to my “other” site and hopefully stop by for a visit.

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Tunguska all over again

December 20, 2007

Right next to were I live is a somewhat densely wooded area and just beyond that is a prairie-like clearing. Thick brush, raspberry and blackberry bushes, and honeydew draping off of everything. The place is truly unworldly. Especially when you can get there early in the morning to watch the mist ebb and flow. Some of my best pictures came from that area. Well, awhile ago it pretty much all came to an end. In an effort to control the undergrowth, a lumber company was hired to clear it all out. I assume that part of the deal was that they got to take the trees as well. An absolute massacre. Almost all of the old-growth trees were removed and, from the looks of it, any of the younger trees that were in their way were just mowed down with a bulldozer. It was like standing at the battle of Gettysburg or Omaha beach during D-day. The bodies of the dead and wounded were strewn about everywhere. There is actually a slope down to the prairie so you didn’t get the full scope of it all until you reach the crest. Even the most anti-environment Rush Limbauh Dick Cheney love child would be taken back at the contrast, from Lord of the Rings to the face of the moon. I’m all for proper forest management, but this is just terrible. Unfortunately, the dimension constraints of this here blog really doesn’t allow a good show of it all. But here are a few pics. The before shots can be seen in my early hop through the prairie post. Again remember, I am a grasshopper.





All right you, leave a comment or the duck gets it.

December 14, 2007


Pretty funny I thought. I stumbled across this pic when I somehow ended up on the main page of photobucket. Although if you look at the lettering, you can tell that whoever changed the top line. Highly amusing.

But seriously, leave a comment or the duck is getting whacked!

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Woo-Whoo! It snowed! (well, a little bit anyway)

December 7, 2007

So it finally got around to snowing, woo-whoo! I want to say that it helped with the humidity because my poor, dry stuffed-up nose doesn’t feel quite so painful, but eh, maybe that’s just wishful thinking. I’m not sure how the woodland critters feel about it though (actually, I think the footie prints in the picture below are of the stray cat who comes around panhandling for grub). And of course, it warmed up today just enough for a little melting today only for it to freeze into a nice sheet of ice for tomorrow’s drive. This should be fun.


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Holy mackerel, what a lousy day.

December 5, 2007

Yes, holy mackerel indeed. Today was one of those obnoxiously cold days. The one where the wind blows so hard and is so cold that it feels like your face is being sandblasted? And yet, the air is so incredibly dry that there is no possible chance for snow. If it is going to be this torturesly cold, the least it could do is snow. If that weren’t bad enough, the air is sooo unbelievably dry that from my nose to the back of my throat, nothin’ but sandpaper. And not just any kind of dry, the kind of dry that is so bad that every breath feels like a paper-cut inside of my nose. I actually find myself holding my breath for as long as I can when I’m outside just to avoid the pain. Hmm, live or pain. And of course, my body thinks it’s doing me a favor by overreacting to the whole thing by completely closing off one side of my nose, which of course only makes the pain on the other side that much worse. I’m currently hopped-up on benedryl to try to take the worst of the edge off, but the only thing that seems to be doing is giving me that discombobulated feeling. You know, the one where you stop walking, but it feels like your still moving? That and the feeling that I could topple over at any minute asleep. And if you think about it, it makes absolutely no sense. Shouldn’t a runny nose keep it from drying out? And don’t even get me started on my corneas. By the time this hell is over with, they will have been filed down to the width of an onion skin. The only light at the end of this tunnel is that a system is suppose to move through later tonight or tomorrow. Hopefully this will drive up the humidity. This is one grasshopper who is not happy.