Life goes on …

Let see? My virus scanner says that my system is squeaky clean, I have no Spyware, no Trojan anythings, my malware is not there, I am doing well. I am somewhat concerned about this ugly rash in my right armpit, and may have to stay on top of that. But all in all, I am okay, or perceived to be okay at this point in time.

Been an interesting week, backed out of my driveway on Monday and nailed my neighbor’s car, and he isn’t too happy with me. The cable company demanded that I cough up funds, the utilities are due, insurance, you name it. Life in the big city goes on.

All my hero’s at WordPress have left me alone and disillusioned again, and I am flat out bent out of shape with them. If you want a taste of it you can find it at WordPress SNAFU.

Maybe I am wound too tight for my own good? Children are said to laugh about 300 times each day on average, the adult however only about 15. Perhaps I should get more childlike in my approach to all of this ____ and try to mellow out. It just seems here lately that every other person is lying to me and I am tiring of trying to sort it all out. More …

The whacky world of Hollywood makes me smile. Robert Downey Jr. was recently quoted as saying: “While groping for answers, he tries to keep things pretty simple. In this transition phase, I am really trying to live as much as a lizard as I can. Hot, rock, sun, fly, tongue. My identity was written on the wall by ancient and honorable formidable guides and forces. I’m such a work in progress at this moment. It’s crazy.”

Yeppers Robert, it shore is. And I thought Gary Busey was a little off tilt? As for me, I am not into that. I come from a long line of catalytic converters, and after sleeping all night long, I still wake up exhausted!

Tonight on the NBC News they were running this short item on used cars, new cars, saving money. They had this piece where a girl traded in an SUV and it was appraised at less than 50% of what she had paid for it three years ago. The article pointed out that by taking the loss, and trading in for lower rates, and the apparent gas savings included in the deal, that it would take her 52 years to recoup her loss.

Man, how sad is that? Oil prices are down now, because it is “election time” what do you suppose is going to happen after the Grand Old Party gets their lap-dog in there? Here is a new wrinkle in the fabric of daily life. The oil companies have started adding a 10% ethanol mix to the fuel, which could possibly damage your old hoopie that isn’t designed to run on ethanol and give you considerably less mileage.

It just kind of happened. I also have noticed that the stickers they put on the pump are not uniform. Some are orange, some blue with yellow letters, some white/black. Slowly they will increase the ethanol levels I suppose, just as they secretly sort of put this into effect.

Might be advised to look at the pump … before you pump. After the elections it will again revert to business as usual … An arm and a leg to fill up, watch n see. How does $4 a gallon grab ya? Just like a nasty head cold it is coming back.

Our good friends at the ACLU have filed a suit to stop employers from checking electronically the status of immigrated new hires to their businesses in Rhode Island. Once again, the erosion of rights in this country. If you have a business you should have the RIGHT to check on the people you hire, I personally see nothing wrong with this.

Maybe someone ought to inform the ACLU that presenting a false Social Security Card is a crime in this country, serious enough to be rated a felony. We need to disband the ACLU.

Speaking of crime? I love this one, police in Iowa City, Iowa, said that they did not have a lot of trouble locating the suspect. He signed his OWN NAME to the credit card receipts on a stolen credit card. He used the card at a coffee house, a tobacco store and a deli before it was eventually declined.

I am watching this Reality TV show, “The Principals Office” and it barks out at me. FIND OUT WHAT REALLY GOES ON IN THE PRINCIPALS OFFICE AT 8PM EASTERN! And I have to smile, “I know what goes on in the principal’s office, I had my name on my own chair in the tenth grade.”

Like I said, “I need to learn how to lighten up.” I am going to relax and read my book, “100 things to do before you die.” Written by Dave Freeman (co-author) who incidentally died this week at age 47. He fell and hit his head, he had visited about half of the places he mentioned in his book.

Hot, rock, sun, fly, tongue …. Life goes on.

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: When I’m feeling down, I like to whistle. It makes the neighbor’s dog run to the end of his chain and gag himself.”

WordPress SNAFU

Old Army Term:  Situation Naturally All _______ up!

Been a good week, only had a few problems with WordPress.com and I am sure they are tired of my chivy attitude and my comments concerning their lackluster performance. They need to learn, that if you put lipstick on a pig … It is still going to be a pig in the end.

This week it is “Fastest Growing Blogs” on the net. Which would be just fine if it were “honest and true” but it aint.

Gonna go out on the limb here and venture an opinion about people that blog on these systems. First, I believe all of them suffer from one common ailment, most of them are somewhat frustrated by statistics and counts. As Creative Endeavors approaches the six month of publication, it is doing well, about 50 hits per day on average and over 1,100 linked RSS Feeds, a pretty worthy accomplish for a half year old blog (which is my opinion and no one else’s).

But as most people, I would like to see it do much better. The last time I checked its ranking it was sitting on about 71% out of a possible 100% value score, and that aint too shabby. Something akin to a doting parent, this is my child, and I want to see it crawl, walk and then grow … So I spend an inordinate amount of time trying to find that “thing that will make it excel, to make it unique in its neighborhood here on the world wide net..” I want it to stand out and shine. Most of these people who work hard at this, strive to make it the very best that they can make it, and they want to see their efforts increase, grow, become popular, whatever.

In the past few months, I have often made the trip over to the WordPress.com Global Dashboard and I have hit the “fastest growing segment” to see what it is that makes them the fastest growing blogs. Almost daily I peruse this medium and try to figure out what makes one blog extremely popular and the other to whither on the vine. Why some are a garden of richly flavored comments and others are the Death Valley of Wordsmiths.

I suppose to a certain extent it was somewhat educating for me at the same time.  This latest development surely has been an eye opener for me.

Getting your readers to DO something on your blog is a powerful thing – this is why the average blogger is constantly trying to hit a home-run on several levels. This is (in my opinion) why they’re so obsessed with trying to find that one thing that makes it all come together.

(1) – The act of making a first comment on a blog can often be enough to make a lurking reader an active reader. I’ve noticed this before – people often feel shy about commenting but once they take the step to do so they open the flood gates. So you try to stimulate the comments section or make it easy.
(2) Personal contact with readers makes a real impact – this is something I’ve known for a long time but have had to re-learn many times. It can be difficult to interact with all of your blog’s readers but when you do it can really impact them and help them to become more loyal to your blog.

So that is why I head out for the WordPress.com Global Dashboard, figuring it was all there for me to discover and if necessary dissect. Now apparently I find that this is a total waste of time, and of course, that irritated me. This is why I once again dumped on them yesterday, and find myself so disenchanted with them this morning.

Where you stand on something, often depends on where you sit. Here you spend all this time and effort to try and find that “Holy Grail of bloggin” that thing that attracts the readership, and then you discover it is all a ruse, that is severely disappointing.

The Point?

An old worn out joke (which by the way could have been told much better) and one paltry post, does not constitute a fast moving blog in any way, shape, form or manner.

Not in the wildest stretch of the imagination.

It is frustrating to say the least, searching for something that you actually do not know what it might be? That ever so elusive plum that will allow you to achieve the goals that you have personally set for yourself and seem to always be just out of reach.

Then it is even more annoying to find out what you have been researching and studying is nothing but a cheap come on for a readership subscription to WordPress.com (this is what your blog would look like if it were real or you had actually made a comment” – which should be followed with some kind of disclaimer … this is NOT a fast growing blog nor is it the genuine thing).

WordPress.com at the very least should provide a level playing field for its subscribers and/or readers and give them what it is that they advertise. Not some trumped up crap because someone was too lazy to do the necessary research (getting off their butt and actually finding a fast growing blog).

In my neck of the woods the farmers have an expression. “Two ways to buy oats, before they been through the horse, and after” …. and I am truly sorry folks ….. But this Fastest Growing blog on the net crap is definitely after.

You need to clean up your act.

A special thanks to Nick at Support who has been most helpful this past week, I appreciate it. He helped me out with my RSS Feeds, and they are now fixed, still only see one comment in the comment feed, but I guess I can live with that.

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Lying In America

Not long ago I was watching “A Few Good Men” with Nicholson and Cruise and the line they have in that movie a scene which resonated with me, it always does. While under extreme cross examination Cruise asks Nicholson to “tell the truth.” Nicholson replies, “You want the truth? Is that what you want Danny, the Truth? You cannot stand the truth! ”

In First Timothy I believe it says, “Towards the end that they will tickle their ears” (tell people what it is that they want to hear, not what the need to hear) and that “the truth shall become a lie, and a lie shall become the truth.”

Perhaps we are already there and do not realize it.

Recently I read where the TVA was going to raise rates some 20% because of increased costs associated with fuel and the drought conditions in Tenn. Not so. Yesterday I read where the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority a regional power company) has paid two contractors $42 million dollars in bonuses and other fees for a job that ran $900 million dollars over budget and was brought in late.

Now I am wondering, when they put out the first media statement, were they lying and hoping to not get caught, or is this just a slight mistake on their part.

There should be at some point, a place where the people in Tennessee would demand that this firm or firms be held accountable for this shoddy work, but more than likely nothing will happen. There was a time in America when someone was caught in an outright lie such as this, there would be an uproar. But this is probably not going to happen.

What if you tell everyone that there are Weapons of Mass Destruction and get them involved in a six year war that is depleting your country morally and financially, would that be a lie, when the weapons are not found? When you take data and clearly cherry pick it and cast aside the information that isn’t to your advantage, isn’t that a lie?

Do you actually believe anything that all of these candidates are saying?

Conventions are part of the grand scheme, and I think their time has come and gone. Who is running this country when our elected officials are out campaigning 12 to 24 months in advance? Why does the campaign with our system of government for electing presidents begin more than a year ahead of the event?

Politics are joke right now, clearly out of whack, so why aren’t we in an uproar when we find out that this candidate said this and the other candidate said that … And they are found to be lies.

Why aren’t they being held accountable?

When Bush, Cheney, Rumsfield and that wrecking crew were clearly caught in their lying ways, and all of us, sat back and said nothing. Just accepted it and moved on, business as usual. Now it seems it is happening all over again, different bunch of clowns, but it is the same old circus.

I dunno, maybe it is me, but the truth once again seems to be in short supply here lately. Spend ten minutes of your time watching anything on either the Democratic or Republican Conventions and it will become apparent that the truth isn’t to be found most days in the U.S.A …

And rest assured you can bet your last dollar that this is one of the primary reasons the rest of the world looks down on us with disdain. They see us for what we are turning out to be, a petty little debt ridden nation full of liars and thieves.

And sadly no one seems to care.

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