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When I was a kid – my favorite books were the “Choose Your Own Adventure” books. I still remember spending hours reading them, ending up in different scenarios, and never getting to the outcome I wanted in my favorite Indiana Jones book.
While looking at despair.com to see if there were any new demotvational posters – I stumbled across this book. A must have for anyone out there that, like me, enjoyed these books, who loves despair.com products, and who also loves history! Check it out!
On another note – I also decided to see if they still made the Choose Your Own Adventure books – and they do. You can see all the books available: http://www.cyoa.com. I may also be shopping there as well. Such classics – just looking through the titles brings me back to my childhood in the 1980s.
Recently I started getting some Russian match.com (lovely) spam that just kept on coming. I got so tired of it – I decided to take a minute to see how I could properly report this as spam without getting a ton of other similar messages. Turns out – if you are an iCloud user – you just need to do the following:
In OS X Mail
- When viewing the message, choose Forward as Attachment from the Message menu.
- Send the message to [email protected].
- Also send the message to the abuse@domain address, replacing “domain address” with the domain the spam was sent from. For example, if the message came from spammydomain.com, you would send the message to [email protected]
Hopefully this will help someone else with the same issue.
I found this information: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS4019?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US
Last weekend I decided it was time to sell my car and buy something I have been dreaming about for the last few years. My car – which was the car of my dreams in college – was now 13 years old and I was getting frustrated with a few issues.
Friday night I cleaned out my car, took pictures of it, and pumped myself up for buying a new car (a process which I love). Saturday I arrived at the car dealership ready to test drive the new car and make the deal. I test drove the car, loved it, and then sat down thinking “this is finally going to happen”. I had looked up how much my car was worth and was sure I could get a decent amount. When the dealer came back with a number that was not satisfactory – an unwilling to budge I was completely not prepared. How could I let my car go for so little when, like the dealer told me, it was worth more to me than anyone else. As I took a deep breath, I in that moment realized something – I really did not want to sell my car. I always told everyone this is the car that I want my kids to drive when they are old enough (my oldest is 6).
Not selling my car quickly went from a disappointment to a big relief. I realized I could fix the minor things that were bothering me, live with a few others, but really have more time to enjoy driving it. I always wanted to drive an old Volvo – and that is exactly what I was doing.
The lesson I walked away with:
Focus on what you love, not what you do not love.
I had spent too much time focusing on a handful of issues vs. that I actually was driving a great car, a car I had as my desktop picture back in college. If you spend too much time focused on the negative – you can miss the positive right in front of you.
I listen to a lot of DJ mixes and often find an awesome remix, Shazam it and come up with nothing (not the right remix) from the Apple iTunes store. Luckily enough – just when you thought you were out of luck – you have another option: Beatport I generally keep up with their Top Ten as well – and find that I am about 1-2 weeks ahead of the radio stations on what is the “it songs”. (Example: Summertime Sadness – well before the radio started playing it non-stop).
So – next time you are looking for a remix you cannot find on the Apple iTunes store – make sure you check out Beatport.
Over the past year or so I have greatly cut down on my posting to my web site. I think most bloggers at one point or another get to a point of either frustration, being overwhelmed, and just give up. I have had a lot of time to think – and have decided that it is time for a change. Time to get back in the groove and instead of focusing on the bad or the frustrating – it is time to focus on the good and helping others.
This has been a hard year for me personally. I have lost two of the most influential people in my life and to say life has been busy/hectic is an understatement. When the going gets tough – I tend to add more to my plate and to push myself farther than I thought I could ever do. To deal with the increased stress I started running. I have run in a few 5Ks and plan to run a few more before the year is out. Running helps clear my mind and has made me stronger. A little over a month ago I started also going to Endurance XT to really hone in on my Operation Sarah Connor physique. Every class is harder than the last and nothing is easy or fun. I come home tired and sore, but at the end of the day I am glad I did it and look forward to the next time.
When things get hard, just remember – just when you think you can’t…you can. We are all more resilient than we think. Expect more from people, not less. That is my new mantra and that is what I am going to try with this site in the next few weeks/months.
I have been running more and more over the last few months and literally ran until the bottom of my last pair of Nikes. This time I decided to custom design my sneakers on Nike.com. All the colors, down to the swoosh were custom selected – and I even put my name on the shoe’s tongue. I look forward to my first run tonight!
I work with web hosts all day long – five days a week. When someone asks me where they should host their files – I always rattle off 2-3 different options – depending on their needs. I never make a recommendation for a hosting package under $15.00 a month – and there is a good reason – you get what you pay for. I have been over this a thousand times – but if you pay $1.99 a month for hosting – expect your developer’s bill to be more than you will pay all year with a “minor” change.
Example: a client came to me with a mod_rewrite issue on their host. I took a look and could not make sense of it at all. Rules that worked on my own developer server as well as other servers would not work at all. I decided instead of wasting more time trying to decipher this issue (on a host that is known for major .htaccess/mod_rewrite issues) – I would simply move WordPress out of root directory and into it’s own directory. This is a very simple process that I have done several times before. An hour later – I am still dealing with this. Word to the wise – while $1.99 a month may sound like a deal- no backups, no support, and the need to pay hundreds/thousands to a developer to deal with it – makes a host that actually has good support worth every penny.
PS – did you see the screenshot? I was appalled.