Thanks for the birthday shout out, Google…

I’ve been working all day, and I’ve had to go to Google.com several times.

You know how they’re always changing their logo when there’s a special occasion, right?

So I go there today, and the logo letters are in the shape of cakes and cupcakes with candles, and I was thinking, “Hm, I wonder whose birthday Google is celebrating today,” but I didn’t hover over the logo to see the caption until about 15 minutes ago. Continue reading Thanks for the birthday shout out, Google…

My mother’s pro-choice…

45 years and about nine months ago, my mother was a college student and a single parent to my older sister.

That’s not to say my daddy wasn’t around, because he was, as he was a student at the same college where my mother was a student.

And, of course, he was there when my mother got pregnant with me. πŸ˜€

I can only imagine what my mother must have been thinking, Continue reading My mother’s pro-choice…

I got a new cellphone…

…a couple of months back, and I was going to do the “buy back” program through Sprint on my old phone. Then I decided to keep it, because it’s still a good phone and I’ll have it if something happens to my current phone.

I know people who have traded in their old phones for new phones and then about two months into their new two-year contract something happened to their new phone; they dropped them and crack the screen or something that can’t be overlooked, like a little nick or scratch.

They go back to the cellphone store, and they’re told that they can’t get a new phone because they don’t have the protection plan or the protection plan they have is the cheapest one that doesn’t cover the damage they did to the phone.

So their choices are to:

  • keep their busted phone and wait for their upgrade in over a year and a half
  • go ahead and buy a new phone at full cost or try to catch one on sale online
  • leave with a loner phone from the cellphone store, which is usually some outdated flip-phone with few features

Even though I do pay monthly for the top-tier protection plan for my phone, it still makes sense to me to keep my old phone, because I can still use a lot of its features while I’m on a WiFi connection.

Also, even with that top-tier protection plan, you can only make so many claims in any given period.

So if I do have to file a claim to get my phone replaced and then something else goes awry, my only options won’t be one of those three choices above. πŸ˜€

Once upon a time: a lesson in authentic charity…

Once upon a time, there lived a man named Marvin whose home was a cardboard box deep in the city park that existed in the middle of a very busy part of the downtown business district.

Many homeless people lived deep in the park, because they knew that all the busy people going to and from work were good prospects for a few dollars here and there.

Marvin even had regular contributors who Continue reading Once upon a time: a lesson in authentic charity…

My latest Twitter rant to authors…

The link I keep referring to in these tweets is to an article I wrote, Do you know where your book is?, and posted on the Independent Author Index.


Continue reading My latest Twitter rant to authors…

I just wanted to let you all know I’m not ignoring…

yourΒ @mentions.

I injured my QL (quadatrus lumborum) muscle, and it’s very difficult to sit at the computer for any length of time, plus the medicine my doctor prescribed makes me extremely drowsy.

For the time being I’m mostly on autotweets, but I’ll be live on Twitter as soon as I heal up, and I’ll reply to as many @mentions as possible. πŸ˜€

George Zimmerman…acting as an agent of the police?

There’s not a whole lot that needs to be said on why George Zimmerman should have been found guilty of the murder of Trayvon Martin.

The six-panel jury found Zimmerman not guilty because of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. Because of this, they decided that a crime was not committed when Zimmerman shot and killed an unarmed youth.

However… Continue reading George Zimmerman…acting as an agent of the police?

I thought Adobe was going to make it hard for me to switch…

Creative Cloud Student and Teacher Edition (One Year Subscription - Monthly Price) for Mac,Winto theΒ student/teacher version of the Creative Cloud suite.

A year ago today, I signed up for the suite using the discount code for those who were previous CS owners, which dropped the monthly fee to $29.99.

After I’d already signed up under that discount, I discovered that I could have signed up under the student/teacher special pricing of the same amount without worrying about the discount.

I decided I’d just stick with what I had, since they were the same price, and I’d switch after my year was up, which happened to be today.

That’s when I got the email from Adobe thanking me for continuing my Creative Cloud subscription at $49.99 a month. Ouch!

I immediately went on the Adobe site and logged into live chat. The customer service rep’s screen name was Bony. πŸ˜€

He had me subscribe to the student/teacher version of the Creative Cloud Suite, where I had to provide my .edu email as proof that I am associated with a school/university, and then he canceled and refunded my payment for the full-priced version.

The whole process took about 10 minutes, maybe less. Awesome!

I’ve been using my Jawbone UP for several weeks now


I’ve been using my Jawbone UP for several weeks now: http://v1s.it/1atmW1k It’s really awesome! I can shower in it and everything!

The best part is that I wear it on my wrist, like a watch.

Before the UP, I had the Fitbit Zip and the Bodymedia armband, but they were a hassle for me.

The Fibit Zip I had to remember to clip to my clothes.

The BodyMedia device I had to wear around my forearm.

With both, I’d forget to put them on, or they just felt like they were in the way.

I tried to get the Fitbit version that you wear on your wrist, but it was on backorder forever, so I canceled that order and went with the UP.

I have no complaints about making a different choice. πŸ˜€