Yay! It's a Blog! - February 2012 Archives

A Busy Mid Day and an Untied Shoe Lace

February 3, 2012

My Mid day was busy.

  • I sang the national anthem at a pre-Super Bowl party. [The key to singing the national anthem is to start low.]
  • Then I drove home to eat the lunch I packed last night, but forgot to take to work. [Pork roast and roasted cabbage with bacon]
  • Then I bought a ticket to see Eddie Vedder in April. [$90 for one ticket - sheesh. I remember when tickets cost a quarter of that. Uphill, both ways.]
  • Then I stopped at a coffee shop on the way back to work, giving in to a craving for a mocha latte. [NOT on my diet]
  • Then I took some ibuprofen for the headache that was getting worse by the minute. [A couple hours later, I felt on top of the world. I don't know if I was back to healthy good, or just high on caffeine, sugar and OTC painkillers.]

In the evening, I tried Duck Duck Go search engine. I like it so far. One baby step toward reducing my Google consumption.

Something I Saw At Work

This table's shoe lace was untied.

Table Shoes

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Not sure what I'd be doing without IBU. It truly is a wonder drug.

The River

February 12, 2012

I watched the pilot of "The River." TV seems to be trending toward more scary/creepy TV series that push the envelope. Maybe this one doesn't push the envelope too much, but it's scarier than any TV series I've ever seen. I suspect "American Horror Story" might be scarier given that it's set in a house rather than an Amazon jungle that I'll never visit.

The thing about scary shows with supernatural events is they can make the rules up as they go. In "The River," it feels like a stretch when the characters figure out the rules under pressure and quickly enough to dig themselves out of a deadly situation.

I'll keep watching.

Incidentally, every time I think about this show, that line from Rush's "Tom Sawyer" pops into my head: The river (ba dum ba duuuum, ba doo be doo be, ba dum ba duuuum....).

Reasons not to immediately toss boxes or put laundry away

Cats in Boxes

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Yay! Cats in boxes!

The Internet is Stalking Me

February 25, 2012

I did a Google search a while back, and a rectangle at the top of the Google page showed me what my friends on Twitter were tweeting. But I wasn't on Twitter. I was on Google.

I bought a new router last weekend and discovered I needed a new wireless adapter for my TiVo. I looked for one on the TiVo website and on Amazon. The next day, I went to Best Buy and bought one. The day after that, I started seeing ads on the Sparkpeople website for that specific wireless adapter. I suspect Amazon was pushing it out to me because I searched for it. But I wasn't on Amazon. I was on Sparkpeople.

Two weeks ago, I started getting deliveries from Greenling.com (they deliver local produce to your door). Not long after, Greenling.com advertisements were everywhere on the Web. I'm not sure what action I took that made that happen... maybe it was coincidence, but I don't think so.

Almost every time I go to Target, I receive a coupon for Brita water filters when I check out. I bought some there once. I didn't think much about it until it happened a few times and I suspected they were tracking my purchases, which means they're tracking me by my credit card number because I don't have any kind of special Target card.

Then I read this and knew: Target knows when its shoppers are pregnant.

As far as I know, none of this is dangerous or damaging (except for that poor pregnant girl who was outed to her dad by Target). I don't feel paranoid that they're out to get me. But it feels like stalking and it makes me mad.

I've closed my Google Plus account and try not to use Google search if I can help it. I like Gmail and Google Reader enough to keep using them, but in the back of my mind I'm thinking of switching. I'm considering paying for Target purchases with cash, but getting cash is so inconvenient. I hate that I even have to burn cycles thinking of ways to keep companies from stalking me.

Something I Had Delivered

Greenling Produce

My Greenling.com haul this week: parsley, bananas, green kale, grass fed sausage, broccoli, live basil plant, rutabagas, black radishes (gotta look close because they can be none more black), lettuce (I think escarole), and red kale. Not pictured are crimini mushrooms, oranges and avocados.

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