Archive for November, 2008

November 25, 2008

Social Money is bubbling up all around us. is a new model that lets you tweet an IOU to someone you follow (stalk) on twitter. Would be better if functionality included ways to tweet UOMe, and through some back-end system, link bank or paypal accounts for actual paybacks.

For firends like Sarah Thompson, a model like this would be great to track sponsorships or pledges to fundraisers, like the AIDS Life Cycle.


What makes up your social media world?

November 25, 2008

Which of these social media sites are you currently registered?

Social Media sites

1. Of those, how often do you visit them?

  • Daily
  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Quarterly
  • Annually
  • Only when someone emails a link to me
  • Never

2. Which 2 or 3 sites do you consider your favorite sites? Why?

3. What other social media sites NOT on the list above do you visit regularly?

Shorten that URL with

November 25, 2008

Move over tinyurl, now there’s something even more teeny-weeny.


What is it? is a service that shortens URLs. Short URLs come in handy when you have a super-long URL and you want to include them in documents or email, like a complex and deep-rooted SharePoint link. Short URLs also come in handy when posting on micro-sharing sites like twitter where you’re limited to 140 characters per post.

How does it work?
Simply type (or copy/paste from your browser’s address bar) the URL which you’d like to make smaller into the text box on the main page. Push the “Compress That Address!” button, and will make the address smaller for you, and give you a new link. You can then copy this new URL wherever you’d like to use it.

Best practices (taken from
Here are a few…

  • Shorten web addresses for emails, forum posts, blogs etc. which cannot handle long URLs and might wrap them, making them unclickable
  • Lower the character count when texting web addresses to a mobile phone
  • Hide the real URLs of affiliate links from visitors to your site
  • Obscure your real email address from bots which harvest them to spam (enter an address like
  • Circumvent protections on sites which don’t allow direct links to a competitor’s site (if you are violating a site’s terms you do so at your own risk)
  • Clean up bookmarks for social bookmarking sites or sites with low character limits like Twitter
  • If you dislike a website and have to mention it (e.g. when complaining about it), link via so that your link does not help the site’s search engine positioning

How to put the ragtop up on your Jeep Wrangler

November 25, 2008

100% of Jeep Wrangler owners all agree—it’s fun to ride with the top down. Let’s talk about ragtops only for now, not hard tops… Putting the ragtop down is a snap! Putting the top back up… BUZZ KILL. There’s a price to pay for everything.

Put your top back on!
Instructions for putting your Wrangler ragtop up:

  1. Procrastinate for 3 weeks to 3 months. Day, night, sunny, chilly, clear, foggy… it’s more fun to ride with the top down. If you don’t think so, you should not own a Wrangler. Go buy a Cherokee.
  2. When you feel the first drops of rain, or wake up in the middle of the night to the sound of a torrential downpour, don’t panic. Think for a minute… Where did you stash the rear side window panels?
  3. Grab your emergency Power Bar or Cliff Bar from the glove box. Eat it. You will need some extra energy. For some motivation, turn up your favorite Prodigy song, to help you keep a good pace.
  4. Starting at the back, raise the soft-top and secure the two main roof latches at the top of the windshield. Leave the soft-top’s side tabs above the door unclipped for now. If needed, push on the frame, from the back and then the middle, towards the front of your vehicle. Do this on both sides and you should be able to clip the main latches.
  5. Open the tail gate, unroll the back window, zip the sides, shut the gate and fasten the clips. Yep, this is one step. Easy breezy. Don’t get comfortable, the hard part’s coming.
  6. This next step is pivotal. It’s what 4 out of 5 Wrangler owners refer to as “the biggest bitch ever.” Take a few deep breaths and crack your knuckles. Ready? … Take the driver’s side rear window, connect the zipper and zip it about one to two inches. Now, insert the window’s tab into the catch by the door. Keep it in place by providing tension in the far upper corner with your right hand and then zip it the rest of the way. Start at the rear and insert the bottom window tab with your left hand and compress it in with your right palm, working toward the door. Secure the velcro seam. Then wipe the sweat off your brow. Now breathe. Exhale.
  7. Now repeat step 6 on the passenger side rear window. After doing one side, you’d think it would get easier. It doesn’t. Hang in there.
  8. Clip the soft-top’s side tabs which are above the door. Getting these tabs to snap in is also a bitch. A medium bitch compared to zipper hell. Just take your time and try not to bust a finger or knuckle.
  9. Ta da! You’re done. Finally, drive down to the nearest pub and have yourself an ice cold beer. You deserve it.

Sunday morn walk across the Golden Gate Bridge

November 16, 2008



November 14, 2008

Bittersweet election for CA

November 10, 2008

prop8This is how California voted


Many voted Yes on H8, some rejoiced.
Bob Knoke, of Mission Viejo, Amanda Stanfield, of Monrovia,
Jim Domen, of Yorba Linda, and J.D. Gaddis, of Yorba Linda,
celebrate returns for Proposition 8 at an Irvine hotel.
(Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times) November 4, 2008

Keith Olbermann’s perspective

Drew Barrymore shows support at a LA rally

The kids on Haloween

November 1, 2008

kids_haloweenKyle 7, Marc 12, Brit 11, Jake 1.75

witchypooWitchy-poo was featuring a little too hard.