Gaming the System

There’s been a lot of talk lately about Google having to clean up its ranking system because other companies have figured out how to game the system. I find this somewhat interesting because no matter what I do, I can’t seem to figure out how to get more people to read my blog. I guess if I cheated and did … Read More

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“Perhaps you need to live in the real world….”

A couple of days ago, a female reporter from CBS was sexually assaulted in Egypt. What’s unique about the whole situation is not just that it happened, but it occurred right after a number of assaults on western media entities by pro-government forces. To put it more poignantly, it happened after those pro-government forces stopped attacking and took place during … Read More

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What it All Comes Down to

I guess it’s time for another update on what’s going on, what’s on my mind, and where I think things are going. 1. My Readership. I suspect I really don’t have anyone reading this blog (my main one). It gets printed also on Open Salon, which might grant me a few readers there, but even there it’s a crap shoot … Read More

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Time for Another Round of Current Events and Happenings

1. The Assassination Attempt in Arizona. Okay, there’s really no way of walking around this topic without having to address it head-on. It’s pretty much the main story of what’s going on in the country, and like most current events, it’s yet another one of those that seems to be so out of context practically everywhere it gets reported. What … Read More

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The Act of Searching for a Literary Agent

There are few activities that make me want to claw my eyes out with a spork, but a couple immediately come to mind: 1. Having to explain the special theory of relativity to Sarah Palin. 2. Having Sarah Palin explain the special theory of relativity to me. 3. The natural desire that most people have to claw their eyes out … Read More

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My Take on the Really Important News Stories Currently Happening

As I know I’m the one everyone turns to for on topic news reporting, I thought I’d give some opinions on what’s currently happening. Okay, no one reads me, so I’m ranting to the wind, but it’s my blog, so I’m going to do it anyway. 1. Obama Takes Credit for Lame Duck Victories. Um, okay. It seems that our current … Read More

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Is There a Cure for Spam?

Years ago, when the World Wide Web was still a few years away, one of the hottest communication tools available was a thing called Usenet. Sadly, some people may not know much about it, know it only from its current, sorry state, or had experienced it and fondly think of all of the potential that was destroyed. It was the … Read More

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Is Craigslist Really the Enemy They Claim It Is?

Craigslist recently announced that it is going to be suppressing its listings for sex ads. Instead of the adult listing, it now shows up as “censored” on their site. Public interest groups are now high-fiving themselves because they seem to have won some sort of Quixotic victory that they believe has somehow made things better. Others, of course, still say … Read More

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All Common Sense Aside, a Virtual Girlfriend Sounds Like a Great Idea

I know we like to rag on the Japanese for adopting really ridiculous concepts like having virtual relationships with cartoon characters from computer games, but after thinking about it a bit, I’m starting to think that maybe they’re onto something here. I mean, let’s face it. I haven’t done all that well with human girls/women. The few I’ve dated have … Read More

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Facebook Is Lawsuit Happy & Trying to Rule the World

It’s only a matter of time before Facebook turns around and says that everyone must stop using the word “.com” in their titles, because Facebook uses it and Facebook is much bigger than they are. It’s not that much different than forcing people to not use the word “book”. Think about it because soon that may be all you can do.

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