Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Help Stop Text Spam

I don't know about you, but every now and then I'll get a text message telling me "I've won" just click here.  I don't know what to do with these messages.  I know that typically you reply to an unwanted automated text with the words STOP, but those are for ones you subscribe to.

I'm always afraid to reply STOP to these messages because then they'll "know" that this is a live number and the spam will increase - so I typically don't do anything with them other than giggle and hit the delete button.

Not anymore!  The FTC has been cracking down on text spammers lately so I figured now was a great time to share this information with you.

Now when you get a spam text message, don't delete it.  But instead FORWARD the message to SPAM (7726).  It'll then be added to the database - what they'll do with it, who knows, but perhaps it will help shut some sites down.

This program is already three years old and it's the first I've heard of it.



Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Life of a Tester


The life of a tester

I need your help for 5 minutes, they said
At 5AM Saturday morning, they said
Alarm clock goes off, I can go back to sleep, I said
This will be quick, they said
Two hours later: let's roll back, they said
So much for sleeping, I said

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Vintage Post: The day I got "stumbled upon'


You know, it's been a bit crazy around here for a while....I'm sure that you had no idea what was going on, and that's the way I wanted it to be.

I got Stumbled Upon a few weeks ago, and things are just starting to get back to normal - I swear I don't know how Madonna does it!

Stumble Upon is sorta like Digg where people submit stories and then everyone else votes and then suddenly something happens and you get hit with tons of traffic.

So here's what happened (a la Sophia Petrillo).....picture it, the Thursday before a big holiday, the biggest holiday in all of the United States....no, not Christmas, that's everyone's holiday...I mean The Fourth of July.

I was at work and it was super slow (being that it was a Holiday Weekend and all) and they told us that they were going to let us go home at 3:00 (so about an hour and half) whoo hooo!!!! I had checked my blogstats earlier in the morning and it was normal....30...maybe 40 hits. Well when I checked around 1:30 I was at 114....oh ok, that's a little high but I figured I just got hit by a robot or something. So around 3:00 I check again, and suddenly I'm up to 596 hits...WTF?!?

I don't think I've EVER gotten 596 hits in one day. I mean a few years ago when I spelled Jennifer Anniston's name wrong I got a whole bunch of clicks from other people that didn't know how to spell her name, and believe me you, there were a lot of people that didn't know how to spell her name (and probably still don't).

So I hit refresh, and now it's at 603 hits, wait, did I just get like 4 hits in 10 seconds, what the heck.

So I drilled down into my stats to see what was going on.....there was only one referring URL in my entire list......All of this traffic was coming from ONE URL, one freaking URL. Oh crap, what had I written that day, is this gonna get me in trouble?

No, you know what it was....it was a silly email that my Roommate had sent me, "Interesting Facts about the Body" it was cheesy so I posted it....some of you even commented on it (Thank you for doing that btw.)

By the time I got home from work, I was up somewhere around 3,400 hits, I couldn't believe that I could be getting this many hits from one blog post....and why oh why did it have to be one of my stupid blog posts, it couldn't have been something insightful or witty...oh wait, they would have had to have been reading a different blog then.....anyway, I kept eye on the stats and they kept growing and growing and growing.

At midnight on July 3, 2008 I ended the day with 13,063 hits, hey not bad when I consider 70 people poking their heads in a phenomenal day...I counted the traffic from 11:30pm to 12:30 pm and I got 1800 hits.....I was estatic and flabbergasted.....

On July 4th I had 8,758 hits and then all of the fun was over.....on the 5th of July I had a whopping 395 hits....you don't even want to know how big of a drop that is.....in a few days I was starting to level off and hit my regular numbers....but actually a few more than normal, so to all of my new readers out there....HEY!!! Leave me a comment and say hello.

I did find a few interesting things though:

- People don't browse, most people came to my site, read the post and walked out the door.

- People do not comment. Out of 20,000 hits, do you know how many new comments I got on that post? Uhm, NONE....Zip.....Zero, the only comments were from you guys....

- People will rip you a new butt-hole on Stumble if they don't like you.

- People will sing your praises on Stumble if they do like you.

- Your friends in real life have no idea how exciting this was for you.

- I'm glad that it's all over!

You know, we haven't had role call on here in a long time....if ever.....so tell me, where are you from?

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Frozen Turkey Ass - Just in time for Christmas Dinner



Compliments of our local Baskin-Robbins/Dunkin Donuts, just in time for our big Christmas Dinner....I present to  you.....something that will horrify your guests........freak out little children......and melt all over your dessert table:

The Ice Cream Turkey Ass

This is their ice cream cake interpretation of a roasted turkey, like I said "it's THEIR interpretation"

It is a versatile piece of ice cream though, because if you turn it sideways it looks as though it would blend in nicely with the other taxidermy in your home, like that 10-point buck you shot in 1994.

So if you want to horrify your guests this Christmas season, then head down to your local BR/DD and get your very own Turkey Ass....and oh yeah, it's $31.99 plus Tax!

Jump on it!!!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Just random enough



Have you ever noticed that when the low battery alert goes off on the smoke alarm that it's just random enough.

You stop for a few seconds to say "Hey, did I just hear that?" then by the time you convince yourself that you didn't hear it and you go on with life....you hear it again.

But by then you've moved so then you're like "Oh yeah, I DID hear that, now where did it come from?" Then the game begins but just about the time that you lose interest in the game, it beeps sucking you right back into it!.

One time it took me 30 minutes to figure out where the beeping was coming from.  Turned out it was an empty apartment on the third floor and the alarm echoed through the hallway.

Friday, November 02, 2012

I hate throwing up

I threw up on the way home from the gym.

I'm not proud of it.

We joined the local gym earlier this year and decided to sign up for a trainer, since both of us were going it actually made it affordable.

We've got a great trainer - she really puts us through our paces - but she really did it to us tonight.

I know, I know...we should get a male trainer, because "they understand" blah blah blah, we REALLY like our Trainer and we work great together - and that's enough.

Tonight there were two meatheads in the workout room tossing a medicine ball to each other, so the Trainer said "We're gonna work the floor" and so we walked out to the machines......uh oh.

I've never been much of a machine guy, heck I've never been much of a gym guy.

We worked the machines and did a great little upper body workout, I'll be surprised if I can grasp a pencil in the morning.

Our time was up and I was sweating!  We walked out to the car and drove to the other end of the lot while the Husband went into the grocery store for provisions...so I waited.

And while I waited, I started to sweat a little bit more, my tummy was upset.  So I laid my seat back and started doing my Lamaze Breathing.

We headed home and even though I had the window rolled down, even though it was barely 45 degrees outside - I kept sweating.

Every pot hole made it worse, we turned, my stomach kept going straight.  We were getting ready to turn the corner on our street when I literally yelled - PULL OVER!

I unbuckled, threw open the door, almost hit a fire hydrant and let it hurl.

I think I'd rather throw up when I'm really drunk, because at least you sort of forget the whole thing.

It's really hard to forget throwing up on the side of the street, while you're still in your car and the hot neighbor you've been wanting to say "Hi" to, walks by.

Damn Gym!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Can't even say Trick or Treat

It's Halloween...BOO!

Tonight while we were walking the dog and I was waiting outside the bodega while The Husband was cashing in his lottery winnings, there were tons of kids out scavenging for candy.

And that's exactly what they were doing, scavenging.

There was a girl sitting outside the store with a big container of candy - so that the kids wouldn't need to go inside.

Do you know that for the entire 8 minutes while I was standing there I heard not one 'trick or treat' nor 'thank you'

Seriously, not one.  And there were a lot of kids.

All they would do is stick their bag out, the girl would drop a piece of candy in it, they walked away.

Kids suck all the fun out of Halloween!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Beginning of the End


This does not bode well for us, does it?  According to the Farmer's Almanac - we may be getting snow by week's end here in the midwest......

Why is it that no one is concerned about the Mayan Prophecy?  Movies have been made about this exact moment and people are just like "Real life....meh....."  Book after book has been written about the Mayan Calendar and everyone now is just sort of "Real life....meh..."

But what if this really is the beginning of the end?  I didn't watch that last disaster movie, but I'm sure they showed clips from clueless reporters giving updates on the ever increasingly worse weather....which is what was all over the TV today.  One new coverage after the next for this "Frankenstorm Sandy" a mix of a Tropical Storm and No'r Easter.  So everyone is in a tizzy!

There have been all kinds of natural disasters happening this year, heck just this afternoon there was a significant earthquake somewhere, but wasn't newsworthy enough to devote any time to other than a brief mention.

It all starts with "natural disasters" doesn't it?  Hasn't anyone seen the movie where some guy has been monitoring this for years and it's actually happening......I can't believe that no one seemingly cares about the prophecy.

People died over that Mayan Calender and now everyone is like "Real life.....meh...."

I hope the Mayans were right!