Be Back Soon- What I’m Doing Right Now

Among other projects I’ve been designing on Zazzle. Remember all those past New Year’s Resolutions I posted on this blog? Well, I’m finally getting to the “making art” part. I even have made a studio for creating some hardcopy original art. Tat will make it to the net in the new year 2013.

Here’s my ever-improving work at Zazzle:


make custom gifts at Zazzle

I also had to deal with a particularly bad hacking job on my sites which are hosted by Netfirms. I am very put out with that host, as this has happened in milder ways often this year. But this last time I had to completely reinstall software and recover and rewrite all the articles.

I’m going to deal with this in such a way that I won’t have to stop my writing to recover from such things… in the coming year. I am determined to keep my blogs alive.

When Business Gets Hold of Social Media

I moaned some number of years back (1999) about the degrading effect that would result from the web turning from an information highway to a marketing one. Now, it is fait accompli, with so many content-empty or sparse websites and blogs filling up the internet.

Blogs saw an early symptom in the flood of spamming in the comments and the spammy scrapers (those sites that use rss content to publish others content on their sites). I’ve actually seen “sites” that were nothing but google ads under category titles. In this vein, an article is exposing the dark side of SEO… and not even just “black hat” SEO.

Search-engine subterfuge hits Google traffic has this (among other things) to say:

“SEO would become an industry.

How can you tell it works? When you do a search and are led to pages and pages of odd sites with lots of advertising or things to sell, that’s when you know. Many companies are so good at it, they specialize in loading up the net with sites designed to rise to the top, using every trick in the book. “

“This is killing the search experience for many people. A half billion have left the grid and retreated into the cloistered world of Facebook. Both Facebook and Twitter have looked at the SEO attacks on Google and both think they might be able to do search better using social networking tools. “

Now you and I both know that there is a mad clamor to try to monetize Facebook and Twitter in ways that can make them pay off like these SEO and marketing of website tactics. I am not at all against business or business use of the internet, it is the demise of the web as an information and educational medium that bothers me.

I have found myself using Facebook more and more as a blog of the “tumblr” type, although it isn’t the way I choose to interact publicly. Twitter has been more conducive to an accessible way of publicly sharing thoughts and preference, as well as recommendations, but like blogging proper, of old ( how ironic that sounds! blogs of yore), it is still exploring many sorts of expressions. Some very businesslike, some very diary-like.

When Bad News Is Good News

All those economic numbers get confusing. Some insight on why the stock market is going up when everyone knows the economy is still in the pits.

Digest for October 2nd

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now posted: Yom Kippur Reminder http://bit.ly/3DgokJ [truegrit]
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now posted: Links for 2009-09-24 [del.icio.us] http://bit.ly/3VGvgJ [truegrit]
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now posted: Digest for September 25th http://bit.ly/SH4c0 [truegrit]
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sitting in panera for the free wifi-starbucks had none ;( I need my own computer.quite hot + humid in the South.duh [truegrit]

Digest for September 25th

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Shared ClipArt ETC.
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cute little hummingbird visited the porch flowers…stocking up for long flight south? [truegrit]
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cute little hummingbird visited the porch flowers…stocking up for long flight south? [truegrit]
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now posted: Links for 2009-09-19 [del.icio.us] http://bit.ly/2s1RQq [truegrit]
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now posted: Links for 2009-09-19 [del.icio.us] http://bit.ly/2s1RQq [truegrit]
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been the laziest gardener in the world. missed all the good weather garden opportunities 🙁 [truegrit]
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been the laziest gardener in the world. missed all the good weather garden opportunities 🙁 [truegrit]
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RT @KathySierra: The best/most sustainable "reader growth" measure is how individual readers have "grown", not how # of readers has grown. [truegrit]
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RT @KathySierra: The best/most sustainable "reader growth" measure is how individual readers have "grown", not how # of readers has grown. [truegrit]
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RT @reddirtramblin: More rain? What is this? Seattle? too funny…unless you live there [truegrit]
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RT @reddirtramblin: More rain? What is this? Seattle? too funny…unless you live there [truegrit]
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hear the bluejays again- rare seasonal thing in these rural parts [truegrit]
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hear the bluejays again- rare seasonal thing in these rural parts [truegrit]
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Not going to drop off the internet map, but going to be on a bit of a sabbatical.Easing in…then will resume nxt month.don’t drop me:) [truegrit]
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Not going to drop off the internet map, but going to be on a bit of a sabbatical.Easing in…then will resume nxt month.don’t drop me:) [truegrit]
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installing updates- I hate them. dread of haywire factor [truegrit]
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installing updates- I hate them. dread of haywire factor [truegrit]
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now posted: Links for 2009-09-22 [del.icio.us] http://bit.ly/2JBRyI [truegrit]
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RT @Michelle_at_FG: Oh, oh wait! Found my favorite plant on the way out! http://twitpic.com/iyeaf [truegrit]
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RT @Patterico Do L.A. Times editors read their own paper??? http://bit.ly/1WLR5T [truegrit]
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RT @terryteachout "When I read the phrase "I love me some…" I reach for my linguistic Luger. "
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RT @matthewktabor "nothing takes the edge off an 83degree 65% humidity day like a frosty reception" <that is so quotable [truegrit]
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Gothic Meets Goth?

Picture this: the classical romantic novel Pride and Prejudice crossed with B movie Zombie culture. This is “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and it is selling like hotcakes… or cold beer on a summer afternoon. There is a commentary on our present state of mind somewhere within this plethora of horror movie morphing to gothic romance morphing to The Nightmare Before Christmas
. A cartoon, really, with that nihilistic message that while the story delivers a happy ending, life will not, and somehow it doesn’t matter.

But what happens when you wake up from that fun little nightmare?

Economic Woes and Bailout Bonuses

Greg @ Mere Healing gives some quick and dirty history on how we got into the present mess and some perspectives on how the proffered solutions boil down to government control.

The more I have read, listened, and thought about the financial crisis we find ourselves in the more it boils down to our promotion of and dependence on credit. That is why it is going to take courage and sacrificial fortitude on the part of everyday Americans to turn around our nation and try to rescue our potential for prosperity. Stop relying on big Government payouts, which while coming from our own pockets, additionally comes with a price tag that is much too costly for us all in the long run.

This attitude of shouldering personal responsibility, with responsible action in our private lives and calling for REAL accountability from our institutions adds up to what I call the moral basis for our situation. Our culture is convinced that this world owes us something as individuals.
What happened to the ethic that Kennedy was able to call upon in 1961?

Go, New Hampshire!!!

New Hampshire and a few other states are resolving to draw a line for states rights. Telling the Federal government:

“It states that New Hampshire people “have the sole and exclusive right of governing themselves as a free, sovereign, and independent State; and do, and forever hereafter shall, exercise and enjoy every power, jurisdiction, and right, pertaining thereto, which is not, or may not hereafter be, by them expressly delegated to the United States of America…”

That means, the resolution states, any “Act by the Congress of the United States, Executive Order of the President of the United States of American or Judicial Order by the Judicatories of the United States of America which assumes a power not delegated to the government … and which serves to diminish the liberty of the any of the several States or their citizens shall constitute a nullification of the Constitution for the United States of America by the government of the United States of America.”

It lists as actions that the federal government would be prohibited from doing:

* Establishing martial law or a state of emergency within one of the States comprising the United States of America without the consent of the legislature of that State.

* Requiring involuntary servitude, or governmental service other than a draft during a declared war, or pursuant to, or as an alternative to, incarceration after due process of law.

* Requiring involuntary servitude or governmental service of persons under the age of 18 other than pursuant to, or as an alternative to, incarceration after due process of law.

* Surrendering any power delegated or not delegated to any corporation
or foreign government.

* Any act regarding religion; further limitations on freedom of political speech; or further limitations on freedom of the press.

* Further infringements on the right to keep and bear arms including prohibitions of type or quantity of arms or ammunition.

New Hampshire Rep. Dan Itse, a sponsor of the resolution, said he wants New Hampshire to be among the states “standing up to the federal government, enforcing the Constitution.” – as explained in the article by Bob Unruh

“Missouri, Washington and Arizona also have moved in the direction of reasserting states’ rights. ”

Unfortunately for Ohio, our state is known for its lackluster support of freedom. We still don’t have any legislation limiting the inroads made by Kelo. [The Wolves, The Kelo Decision, One More]. Don’t look for it to get better without a concerted effort. WAKE UP PEOPLE!

I keep thinking

I keep thinking that I’ve posted things already, and then it isn’t here. I must be posting in my mind lately. Actually that is how I write many posts: think about them and and construct what I’m going to say, then write everything down quickly (with way too many typos and messed up punctuation). I should return to crafting articles in the way I used to: old fashioned writing and drafting.

Well, there is quite a bit to talk about in today’s ethics. Too much, actually. I came across quite a bit of theology that is … I don’t know what to term it, “gay-based?” It takes lots of time to talk properly about that since the field is mined and you have to carefully define and explain everything to step around all that. If you want real communication, that is. Another day.

Then there was the discussion with my husband. We have been talking about economics and the foreseeable horizon in our economic future in the nation. He is very Libertarian at the moment. we were talking about the bailouts, so when he said, “….like the war on drugs, accomplishing nothing” . I said whoa. As in “Whoa, Nelly!” Who says the war on drugs didn’t accomplish anything? The discussion led to me being able to articulate what I long held is a problem in discussions about the outcome of prohibition or arguments for legalizing drugs or prostitution, etc. All those are debates that Libertarians tend to engage in. The trouble with economic based philosophies is that they extrapolate the thinking into ethical issues. Economic and ethical goals are very different, and success measures are completely different in the two. So you have to make a distinction between them and not allow false analogies to creep in and become accepted through mere reiteration.
Continue reading I keep thinking

Ohio Department of Agriculture…gone amok

More on armed raid of food co-op in Ohio