Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Spam Burger Hamburger

So now that I'm attempting to dust off this blog on a more normal basis I have noticed that there are approximately 1800 spam bots constantly posting to (mostly) my older posts with their weird lingo and links to robot porn.

I guess this means it is about time for me to turn on the option that says I have to approve all comments before they post to the blog instead of just letting it happen and then coming back later to delete all the spam.

But, in the grand scheme of thing I guess I should be happy about the Spam Bots because they are driving my views up as I slowly push towards 1 million!

It's the little things in life.

I will have to take and post pictures next time but our backyard at the Big House is officially done.  It went from a big dirt box to now having pavers, grass and plants.   Next thing to do is bring the table and grill over.  I have a box of new chairs in the garage and Ideally I need to find something to cover it all up because Vegas is full of dust and dirt.

One of my least favorite things bout grilling is the fact that I have to clean the grill off every time but the table is the absolute worst part.  The amount of dust that has to get cleaned off to make the surface ready for my impeccable burgers is disgusting.  So, Table cover is my current solution.

After that it is a matter of getting the dog to stop pissing on everything new.  I put a fire pit out there and put a cover on it and I caught him pissing on the cover several times.   Now I don't even want to touch it so that I can fire up the pit and drink my beer.   Not to mention roasting marshmallows.


Speaking of Smores - one of the great things about the backyard being done is now I get to start looking for cheap camping gear for Jacob and I.

I think I want to get something soft for under the tent to make it easier for me to sleep because, lets face it, I'm getting prettier but I'm not getting younger and these bones ache enough as it is.

But, I will need a tent and some sleeping bags at the very least.  Some long pointy sticks to roast our marshmallows and hot dogs.  I'm quite excited about the possibilities.

What has you all excited lately?
Tell me some stories.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Pinched Nerve and Missing Poker

I'm pretty sure that I have a pinched nerve in my shoulder or under my shoulder blade or something.

Over the course of this year there have been many times where I'll be sitting down and in an, evidently, wrong position and my arm starts to go numb.  Only certain positions and only my right arm.

It is pretty damned annoying but I've been finding ways to work around it so that I don't get into those positions of annoyance.

I do know that the proper solution is that I need to hit a masseuse (and not in China Town) to work out the kinks of the muscle that is pressing on this particular nerve but masseuse's are expensive and I have a second job to pay down debt - not to have a hot chick rub my naked body down and make it really awkward to roll over.


The other day I was talking to a buddy about getting the urge to play poker again but knowing that it is currently not the right thing to do for me.
If someone is visiting and I know in advance I can set the money aside as play money - and in reality I would just take out of other hobby/fun budgets that I have to save it up.

However, when I play (because I suck at the game) and I lose my thoughts immediately go to what I could have used that money for instead of sitting down at a poker table and blowing through a buy-in or two.

I should probably just get good and not have that problem no?


However, this is where I am grateful to have a second job because I have four step plan.

1 - Help get out of debt faster
2 - Bankroll a second honeymoon
3 - Bankroll a poker addiction
4 - Profit?

So - who knows, maybe by the end of next year I'll be hanging out at the poker tables with Tab, John and Rob again.


Thursday, June 06, 2019

Cleaning up my Email

I collect email addresses.  I have a bunch for different purposes and one of the reasons I ended up going that route is because the main ones that I use were getting too cluttered over the years with random junk, subscriptions, spam and other tomfoolery that would occur.  So, instead of cleaning up and organizing my email so that the static didn't become too much I would just create another email address for a given purpose.

For instance, I have one email address just for my Fantasy Football stuff.  I have a dedicated email address that I attached to this blog for anyone who read it and felt like responding or for advertising requests.

As you can see, I'm one of those idiots that instead of fixing something so that it can work better for me I create multiple somethings which all end up steamrolling downhill and ending up in the exact same spot to varying degrees.

So recently I have decided that I really need to clean up my email so that everything is neat and concise and I am getting all the information that I need to be getting and the clutter goes away because it serves no purpose other than to convince me to ignore my problems for another day.

Knowing that the cleanup process was not going to be quick nor easy (several of these email address have been collecting stuff since gmail was invite only) I turned to external sources for help.  After talking to friends and asking for recommendations I was pointed in the direction of a website and an app called Unroll.me.

What this site does is it takes the emails in your inbox and asks you what you would like to do with it.  You have three options to choose from: 1 - You can Unsubscribe from the email; 2 - you can keep it in your inbox; 3 - you can put it in a daily "rollup" which is just an email that gets sent showing you all the emails that are in your "rollup."

The rollup feature is pretty cool honestly.  When the emails come in they automatically get marked as read and then moved into a newly created folder creatively called Unroll.me.  From there, through the magic of the internet, voodoo happens and you get your daily email (you can change the frequency of these emails and the time of day that they come in) and if you actually want to see the information you can click on it and it will open up.  If nothing interests you from your Rollup then you just delete that one email and all is good.  It definitely helps cut the clutter in your inbox and makes everything more manageable.

At any point you can go in and manage where your emails are going, weather you want to remove something from the Rollup or from Unsubscribe and put it back in your Inbox, etc.  This has been an absolute life saver in terms of getting me on the right track towards Inbox Freedom.

My ultimate plan is to eventually weed things out myself and organize through the folder system that gmail has and tackling that goal is going to be a ton easier because of Unroll.me.

From here my main goal is I need to go through all of the folders that I have set up and delete what is no longer needed, set up new folders that make sense for me now and organizing items from my inbox to auto sort themselves so that I can look at them later if the need arises. 

Also, unsubscribing from mailing lists is sometimes the biggest pain the ass that there is.  You can go through the motions but then like 2 months later you start to get emails again because companies hate us.

I'm fairly certain this bored the hell out of all of you and if you actually read this far BRAVO.

I spent I don't know how much time typing out something stupid about a process I am going through instead of actually going through my emails and deleting and organizing.

Long Story Short: Boredom!

Monday, June 03, 2019

Day of the Typing

Today I had some housekeeping to do now that vacation was done.   I had two products that I needed to write reviews for on Amazon so I decided to get them out of the way and now they are submitted and waiting on Amazon to publish them.

I'm not exactly sure how it happened but I was contacted by some people on Twitter about reviewing some of their Nintendo Switch related products and I was more than happy to jump on free product.  This actually ended up giving me my current favorite Switch Case and you can read the review I put up on my Video Game Blog.

I left the G out on purpose.

I do not know what that Purpose is though.

And then due to social media interactions and emailing I ended up on a list of people who get the opportunity to test products from the brand ZeroLemon.

I came across them a few years back when I needed a solution to my phone battery dying too quickly and got one of their Battery Cases.  Since then I buy a new Battery Case with every phone I get.
I've also won a few things from their Book of Face page in giveaways so that makes life better as well.

So for them I got a 4 Port Desktop Charger that I was able to use and review and just waiting on Amazon to push the review through, and I'll probably do a more detailed review on one of my blogs as well at some point but haven't gotten around to it yet.
Long Story Short: I love it!


I also sat down with a journal and started scribbling out notes for something I want to record soon.  Normally I just kind of have Ideas that I want to talk about but free-stream my thoughts but on this one I really felt like I should get it out of my head and in a written form of some sort.

The weird thing is that I have spent a lot of today sitting in front of a computer and typing things up but when I want to jot down my thoughts on that one subject I actually grabbed a journal and a pen and hand wrote it out instead of typing it up on the computer which would have been so much quicker.   Whatever.

I guess I just felt like writing today.


And on top of that I still am feeling adventurous and have something I want to record in an audio only format and a video I kinda want to take with the kids if they are up for it.

I hear it is WSOP season.
I'm broke as a Joke and just reading some random tweets while waiting for my chance to start playing again!