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News, Notes, Links for 11 January 2008

January 11th, 2009 . by 21st Century Dad

New Cell Phone

Sprint was offering a promotional deal so I was able to get an LG Rumor for free! The only string attached is my eternally indentured servitude to Sprint. The QWERTY keyboard is a nice upgrade. It better be. I sold my soul to Sprint once again for it. All it takes to stay connected to social media is the ability to send and receive text messages. Now my capabilities here have been improved dramatically.

My objective here is to maintain my presence on Facebook and Twitter via mobile phone while doing the bus thing. Busy Dad started his blog to pass the time commuting on the LA Metro. FB’ing and Tweeting on the go will free up time for other activities when I am sitting at the computer. Maybe I can update this blog more often. Maybe you can just catch up with me via Facebook and Twitter.

Ring Tones Are For Losers

I want to know why people balk at purchasing songs on iTunes or at Amazon for $0.99 but will pay up to $4 for a ringtone? The Amazon download is DRM-free, can be played at any time, and on any stereo system you have access to. With ringtones, you hear only part of the song out of a crappy little speaker when someone calls or text messages you.

Speak Up on Twitter About Your Woes

Cell phone carriers aren’t known for their top-notch customer service. I complained on Twitter about my recent experiences with Sprint. A Sprint rep on Twitter responded to me immediately and offered to help. I didn’t even have to pull out the big guns – “May I speak with your supervisor.”

More and more companies are on Twitter. They’re looking to keep their good names good by sending their sentinels out after us, er, I mean, they’re listening to us in the places we hang out online.

Alternative Transportation

My ride to work is on paternity leave. Looks like I’m taking the bus all week. I’m glad to have upgraded to mobile web access on my phone

A suburban setting is a tough place to live without a car. The landscape gets really sprawly as you go further west in Broward County. I am at the supermarket 2-3 times a week instead of making one big trip a week. Cargo capacity is limited when you’re on the bike.

Selling stuff on eBay presents a logistical challenge. There’s a limit to the number and overall bulk of packages I can haul at one time to the post office. When I first started selling on eBay 6 years ago, there were times when I chose to ride my bike instead of drive to the post office. I did it once before, so I know I can do it again.

Entre Card Users

I haven’t been active on Entre Card lately. I got a great boost in traffic when the blog was new and I found some great blogs. It’s one of the things I am choosing to let go of in the name of simplifying my life. Some of these bloggers have left Entre Card and some remain.

Without my active participation, I still accumulate credits. I already have a good stash I can give away to other Entre Card users. As I procrastinate on the task of running some sort of blog contest involving Entre Card credits, the credits continue to pile up. Look for some sort of giveaway or contest in the future. If you’ve left Entre Card, leave a comment and let me know what you did with your leftover credits.

The War Against Clutter

Getting the UHaul and taking a pile of books to McKay Used Books was phase 1 in the war on clutter. Phase 2 sees the use of eBay, craigslist, FreeCycle, Goodwill and word of mouth. Phase 3 is bulk trash day. I’m still a long way from reducing my belongings to what will fit inside a medium-sized SUV.

Perhaps foreclosure is like “the bomb” that ends the war. How appropos that I am looking to move to Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Much of the work on the Manhattan Project took place in “The Secret City.”

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I Have Resurfaced

December 27th, 2008 . by 21st Century Dad

Holiday Insanity

I am certainly not an exception. Who am I to think I would escape the frenzied pace at this time of year? It was more frenzied than I could have ever imagined leading up to and through this 2008 holiday season. I alluded to some of this insanity in my last post. Now I’m going to blog about it.

Has it got any sports in it?

Are you kidding? Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles…

Yes, it’s all true, except for the fencing, torture, and revenge.

I’ve Been Tagged Again

Down To Earth Mama has tagged me again, hoping to uncover more of what she calls an enigma. The last time she tagged me, I didn’t bite. This time, I must come through.

“Oh blogger, will you post a photo?”

As you wish.

The punk-ass that she is, she tagged me after I just spent 20 hours on a Greyhound bus!

No, this isn’t the first photo I took. Shooting into a mirror is tricky.  However, this photo is completely unedited except for resizing. I didn’t even fix the white balance or Photoshop out the convenient carrying handle attached to my head.

Here are the rules….

1) Take a picture of yourself right NOW!
2) DON’T change your clothes, DON’T fix your hair… Just take a picture.
3) Post that picture with NO editing.
4) Post these instruction with your picture.
5)Tag 10 8 people to do this..

I don’t want to tag 10 people either. That’s a LOT, unless you’re über-popular like Busy Dad. I see that he’s already been tagged by Joe.

Self Portrait

Dad of Divas

Building Camelot

Buddha Belle

Mom is Just a Nickname

Dad’s Workbench

Israeli Mom

Dad Thing

21st Century Parenting

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Happy 4th of July – Random Thoughts and Link Love

July 4th, 2008 . by 21st Century Dad
American Flag

UDPATE: I’m on Twitter now. Scroll down and you’ll see the widget in my sidebar. Now I’m Web 1.85!

Summer is in full swing. I was reminded of that in a very blunt manner when the AC unit decided to die. Ed at Pro-Tech Air worked his magic and we have a functioning AC unit once again. Summer in Florida is BRUTAL!

Too Much for Twitter…

…but not enough to write a full-blown blog post about. And now, a Costco sized serving of Tweets? Twits? I dunno. I haven’t signed up yet. Sometimes I feel like I’m Web 1.8 and not fully Web 2.0. BUT, I’ve been online longer than most MySpace users have been alive. That counts for something, right? It makes me an über geek AND a dinosaur. I’m loving life in 2008. I’ve come a long way since my 300 baud modem.

Photos

Have you noticed that some photos I run with posts have photo credits and some don’t? I won’t assume anything. If there is no photo credit, I took it. Unless otherwise noted, all the content here is mine. If I do use someone else’s photo, I obtain it through legitimate means such as istockphoto.com or Flickr’s creative commons section. Please don’t steal images from the web. It’s all fun and games until Getty Images slaps you with a $5,000 fine for each infringement.

New Toilet Seat

The toilet seat in the 1/2 bath downstairs broke and became non-functional. I replaced it with The coolest toilet seat ever.

It features a slow-closing lid and seat, so it doesn’t slam down. The quick-release feature makes cleaning a breeze. I first saw the slow-close and quick release toilet seats at the Villeroy and Boch showroom in Dania Beach, FL. But alas, I cannot afford a Villeroy and Boch toilet right now.

By now, you’re muttering under your breath, “Skip to the end. Say MAN AND WIFE! MAN AND WIFE!” Or at least you’re saying the “skip to the end..” part. I know you’re thinking, “Has he lost his mind? He’s blogging about a toilet seat!”

State of the Blog

Yes, I’m back. Sort of. In order to manage other areas of my life, the blog is taking a less prominent role for now. I still visit my favorite blogs on a regular basis. Which brings me to…

Link Love

Please help Tyler choose a color scheme. The builder of Camelot is rebuilding Building Camelot. That’s a lot of building going on and quite a mouthful. I’m partial to the “under construction” color scheme.

Frugal Dad is on my short list of blogs I “gotta read every freakin’ day!” He really provoked a lot of brain cells into action with his post on Who is Responsible for Your Misery Index? Frugal Dad is also my top referrer among blogs. Thanks!

While we’re still on the frugal thing, Chelle at It Might Be Love gives us some great ideas on free things you can do with someone you love.

JoJo has collected a series of birth stories. Twilli’s birth story is pretty darn cool, but I missed the deadline for submitting it to Buddha Belle.

SurfJedi is a guy I wouldn’t mind hanging out with over a keg couple pints of Guinness. He shares a great recipe for a tri-tip marinade. And yes, one of the ingredients is Guinness.

Down to Earth Mama tells us a tale of suckling from a lion’s teat.

Chris, Dad of Divas, brings us a post about cats. Not only does this look like one of my cats, but the dude also looks like my father-in-law!

Happy Fourth of July.. Or should I say Fart of July?

I have to hand it to Gerry Phillips. He’s one talented guy. To mark this occasion, I bring you his rendition of John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.” He’s on pitch for the most part, sometimes sharp, but more often a little flatulent.

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