Dead Guy On The Blog

That’s right folks, we’re starting fresh for the dead guys here. No old dead guys, just new ones starting now. I’ve updated THE RULES and have also added a prize, but you can’t win if you don’t play! I will keep the current Dead Guy Game sticky so you won’t have to hunt to ask your questions. Please remember to read THE RULES and then let’s get this party started!

This Dead Guy IS a guy. Good luck!
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Brits Aren't So Stuffy After All

Brits aren’t so stuffy after all.  They can’t be! A poll has estimated that about £350 million in damage per year is made by energetic British sex.

6 feet The damage comes in the form of material breakage as well as bodily harm. Some items being broken include lamps, vases, beds, and pulled down curtains. Not to mention, bodily mishaps such as carpet burns, pulled backs, twisted wrists, twisted ankles, bruised buttocks, etc.

trashed hotel room Just all around breaks and pains. I guess you could have figured something like that. I mean, many Brits come across as so demure and aloof, so you know something kinky’s going on behind the scenes.
Get your KINK on!
kinky squares All I know is that I’m living in the wrong country.

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Hypnotic Animated Gif by Mat Lucas

This hypnotic animated gif by Mat Lucas is casually titled “gif-8”.  I finally DID find the Animation Shop that was bundled with the old Jasc Paint Shop Pro but I haven’t had any time to play.  There is a tutorial I want to make that will show you how to turn text into a flashing neon sign and when I made my first one it was with that program. The basic steps and principles will remain the same no matter what graphics or animation program you choose if you decide to try it when I finally get the chance to create something.  It will never be as detailed as this beautiful threaded orb but it’s cool nonetheless.

Beautiful rainbow colored animated rotating orb.

OOOOH AHHHH

Mat Lucas works by day as a graphic designer and by night runs a Tumblr of experimental art called 89—A. He is based in the UK and rumor has it that many of his GIFs begin as a problem he’s facing while learning various graphics and video applications.  Those include  Cinema4D, After Effects, and Photoshop. The byproduct of his experimentation are often ethereal geometric forms that pulsate, rotate and contract in various hypnotic patterns. However they start out, they end up being pretty cool.  Enjoy!

No One KNEW

RETRO- This is from my old blog that I had during 2005-2007  Funny but sad because it was SO true.

I don’t know why I watch the damn news, all it ever does is anger me. I had been watching Brian Williams on NBC and some of the first words out of his mouth about Katrina was no one knew what was coming except for a huge storm, or something of that ilk. I’m paraphrasing of course. Well- Let me post here what I posted last year after Katrina when everyone was saying NO ONE KNEW!
Check out this video and see how prophetic Mr. Bill was. Seems HE knew the levees were trouble…and seeing as how the film was put out by “America’s Wetland” I’m pretty sure SOMEONE in Louisiana knew too. National Geographic had an inkling also.
Give me a BREAK!

 

Color Test

If my suspicions are correct, and I’m sure they are, it may be that Facebook compresses images during upload.  I imagine even they need to save server space wherever possible.  Sure as rain.  This image looks fine on my site, but on Facebook it’s all blurred.  Grrrrrr Grumble Gripe

 

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Flirting With Fred

That’s what my husband likes to call this picture. Fred and I in AlaskaI mean, here we are interrupting this man’s busy work day, I can at least be friendly. LMAO  The Discovery Channel was even there filming that day and we also saw Fred’s son, but he was high up in a loader or some other large piece of heavy equipment hard at work.

Dakota Fred from the Gold Rush series sometimes has a lot of time to spend with visitors who happen to luck into finding this tour online, and sometimes he doesn’t, and sometimes you may not meet him at all is what we were told when we were driving up to Porcupine Creek John, Fred and Ifrom Haines, and which is also posted on the tour site.  John and I were the only two people on this tour so I guess it’s not too heavily advertised or well-known, but that made it great for us, as our tour guide Holly is this really personable woman with a lot of knowledge about the area, and we had her and Fred all to ourselves.  He taught me how to pan gold, and he also told me I was not to blow his cover and let people know what a really nice guy he actually is. Of course he’s a Texan too, so  he may have just liked hearing our accents.  Whatever the case it was a really fun day and getting to spend so much time with Fred and Holly just made it better.

Did we get gold? You know it.  I didn’t get mine weighed up, but we also went panning in Fairbanks a few days later, and I got quite a bit less there and it weighed up to $18.00.  I mixed it with the Porcupine Creek gold and have it in a small glass bottle.

If you happen to be lucky enough to be taking a cruise to Alaska, this is one tour I’d seek out.  It isn’t one that the cruise lines will sell you and I’m not certain how long they will continue to offer it but you can always check out ShoreTrips to see. I DO know it’s not offered in the winter months. 😉

Stick Em Up Facebook Fan Page Owners

I am so confused, but that’s really nothing new.  However,  Facebook sure seems to be robbing Peter to pay Peter.  Shareholders and salaried employees are the only winners in this latest change to how things are being done that will directly affect people who have fan pages and in turn trickle down to fans. Facebook management cares about nothing more than lining their own pockets  and keeping shareholders happy and  that’s the clear path the site has been on since going public back in May of 2012. The way they’re going about it though, is repugnant to me.

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This is how I see it and how I think anyone that doesn’t see it the same way should start looking at it.  LOL  It’s crystal clear even though they try to wrap their intentions in technical mumbo jumbo hoping that people who aren’t too Internet savvy won’t realize how they’re being manipulated until after the fact.  Fan page owners and prospective advertising clients should really make the effort to see past “official” promises and double worded explanations and instructions.  Maybe I can clear up  some of the haze surrounding some opinions while I attempt to explain the way I see things in an attempt to have others who just jump on a bandwagon step back and calculate just what “type” of bandwagon they’re jumping on. Don’t be a lemming.

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Facebook already has staff assembled,  and software waiting in the wings,  (if not already executed ) that will have a lot of people assisting in what virtually boils down to crimes against themselves.  Poor Peter is simply the key player in a a well planned stick-up.

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As everyone knows that hasn’t been under a rock,  since the timeline was put into motion and the company went public, there have been fewer and fewer people who are satisfied with seeing what they’re  seeing in their news feeds. Each month it’s gotten worse and there’s always some half-ass excuse floating around the rumor mills for why there’s such a lack of relevant  content in the news feed.  What happened to your updates from the fan pages you’ve liked?  You don’t see hardly any of those anymore.

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Yes, I understand that Facebook is a free service and if I don’t like it I can get the hell off, but I’m not calling them to task for offering free services that anyone would be a fool not to partake of, but for their underhanded and sneaky ways of going about what should be the plainly spelled out and above board business of generating income. I would much rather have someone take from me outright than to have them pretend to be my friend when the whole time they had their sticky fingers in my pocket, or were  planning a devious way to put them there. An actual request would be the most favorable option.

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What am I talking about?  It’s really quite simple. You used to see what you wanted in your news feed because the site wasn’t run at that time by a bunch of money grubbing accountants like it is now.  Fan Page owners didn’t have to post every half an hour or so just to keep trying to get people interested because they made good content, their fans saw it and liked it and shared it and Facebook worked like it was set up to.  Then the business men entered and now everything is coded to within a fine frog’s hair so that the news feed does what Facebook wants it to so they can generate income from advertisers and the fan page owners that are willing to pay the bastards to promote what used to come naturally.  You know-  what they’re calling organic reach.  Organic reach my ass. Word of mouth more or less but it was put in motion by a click of a share button or a like button. Now it’s put into motion by the click of one of these buttons on this picture and titled “promoted”.

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On the administration panel of pages you create on FB whether they be fan pages, a business page or a page for a non-profit organization there’s a blurb about assisting you in your quest for page likes and the way you do that is to promote your post, page or website. You know, the thing real people used to do for no reason other than they liked something and pages and products failed or succeeded on their merit alone.  Look at the prices they have for an estimated amount of likes.  This is the price PER DAY.  And it’s not even guaranteed you’ll get the larger number of likes in the spectrum.  Multiply the number of people on Facebook that are lemming enough to pay even just 5 bucks a day to promote something and add that up.  It’s not like they weren’t making enough money from advertisements as it was.  They had to jack with the very heart of Facebook and what built it and squeeze that tit too.  GREED.  One of the seven deadlies, don’t you know?

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Now let me ask something. Where are the likes you’re paying for coming from?  Does Facebook put a sign up on monitors everywhere or what?  Of course they don’t.  They unfucking block your news feed and start letting some of the content you busted your ass making leak through the pressure gates to the people that when they see it will do just what they’ve always done.  Come and click like on your page and then probably share a few things.  This time though you’re having to pay for what used to come naturally and that’s coercion.   It’s controlled, it’s well planned and what the worse part is, while you’re paying them to attract these unspecified amount of likes, they’re removing the likes you have already accumulated under the guise of cleaning up inactive profiles.  LMAO  So here you are paying them for likes they’re removing and the more desperate you become to try to get some type of recognition and fan base going, you don’t even realize you’re being screwed.  So you don’t have an established site and you don’t have any likes to lose? Doesn’t matter. You’re going to damn well pay for the ones you do get and then those are future fodder for inactive accounts.  I wouldn’t give the bastards a single nickle for a damn thing after the way they’ve treated the very life’s blood of the site. Why do they do it this way instead of being up front like I pointed out would have been the proper thing to do?  Because they know it’s bullshit. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.  It never was broken and would have went on working just the way it always had except that someone’s bottom line wasn’t green enough.  The only thing that’s broke on Facebook is going to be any page owner willing to pay to promote their post or page.  Promoting your website is another matter.  That would be worth a few bucks, but not to me, not now, as I said, not a single nickel after this.

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If they had posted an update to policy and been specific stating that the cost of overhead had risen beyond their capacity to “keep inactive” profiles on their database and quoted me a price that would allow me to keep the likes I already had from those accounts I’d have probably figured out if it was worth it to me or not and ponied up the money.  How are you to really know though if all the accounts they say they’re removing for inactivity are actually inactive or even real.  What’s to stop them from just shooting a dart and deciding this page gets to lose some today because the variations and fluctuations of likes and post reach on different pages is like day and night and it’s not simply because one page sucks and the other doesn’t. It’s because your hands are not on the wheel, Facebook’s are and until you say Fuck You I’m not paying for you to experiment with people’s lives just so you can meet your quarterly dividend they’re just going to raise the price higher and the estimates lower.

Now look at this memo that was sent the first of February to all page owners.

facebook message to administrators of pages

Doesn’t that stand to figure likes should improve as well if paying to promote a post will garner more likes?  One message is telling you how they’re improving presence and the other tells you how they’re taking your likes away.  I understand if accounts really are inactive that those likes from those accounts won’t benefit you but what if the accounts are only inactive because the people behind them are inactive because they never see the things they want to in their news feeds?  L M A O.

Whatever way you look at it, whether I’m full of it with all my suppositions or not, there is one theme that runs true-  GIVE US YOUR MONEY. You surely can-  I’m not.

 

Oink Oink

I haven’t been paying attention to the news much lately and as you know I’ve been out of town for a few days, and today we went to Moody Gardens so I haven’t had time to post about any of that, but- someone, can’t remember who,  told me something about Piglet and Winnie the Pooh being named dastardly characters and being banned in Iran or Iraq or somewhere. WELL-

One of my favorite authors is Larry McMurtry, particularly his novel, Lonesome Dove, and in that novel, one of the main characters, Gus, has a couple of pigs that are his pets. Also in one of his novels, The Evening Star, which is a sequel to Terms of Endearment, that main character, Aurora, has a grandson in prison in Huntsville, and every time she goes to see him she gets really upset and nothing can make her feel better until she stops at The Pig Stand down on Washington St. in Houston and eats a couple of Pig Sandwiches. I have always wanted to go to The Pig Stand just because of that part of the book, but I’ve never gotten around to it, and I’m not even sure if The Pig Stand in Houston is still in operation, though it’s still listed on the front of the menus.

On our way to San Antonio though, we stopped to eat outside of Seguin and to my surprise we found a Pig Stand. I didn’t eat a Pig Sandwich though, I ate a breakfast taco with sausage, cheese, and eggs, so it still had pig in it… While we were there I took a couple of pictures- This one is self-explanatory-

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That We Do

This one is my daughter Stephanie and the dastardly animal.

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Steph and the Pig

And this is a very scaled-down picture of their menu that I scanned.

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YUMMY

Pig Stand menu
We like pigs in Texas thanks.

The Goal Of Facebook News Feed- What A Crock

This from an August post in facebook for business. Note: All text in blockquotes is taken from a post by Lars Backstrom in facebook for business News. (Lack of capitalization and some punctuation I believe is from an earlier, gentler time when the game plan was to appear cool and hep and friendly. Please don’t Grammar Nazi me.)

The goal of News Feed is to deliver the right content to the right people at the right time so they don’t miss the stories that are important to them.

Who exactly are the right people? I must not have made the cut because I haven’t seen hardly any content I’ve wanted to see at any time since this whole debacle began.

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We’re Still The Same

As this was posted in facebook for business I’m assuming they mean “clients” or prospective “clients” because they certainly aren’t referring to their old dance partners who are  feeling  ignored and neglected these days. You’re supposed to dance with the one that brought you, but those people, you and me, have been dropped like we have some type of social disease, rather than having once been a vital part of any social media group.

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It Hurts

Remember us? The ones who made facebook what it is today by giving both our loyalty and our time, and in many cases our creativity and knowledge and a certain expertise; the ones that helped attract the membership numbers it counts today.  We have been ignored and passed over in pursuit of the bottom line.

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Am I Mistaken?

Let’s take a look at how they say the news feed is supposed to work.

The News Feed algorithm responds to signals from you, including, for example: How often you interact with the friend, Page, or public figure (like an actor or journalist) who posted The number of likes, shares and comments a post receives from the world at large and from your friends in particular How much you have interacted with this type of post in the past Whether or not you and other people across Facebook are hiding or reporting a given post

 

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Two Stepping All Over Us

All I know is that USED to be how it worked perhaps, but it sure as hell isn’t the way it’s working now, because I see people’s posts I only friended in a weak moment when requested and I never speak to, and only one or two of those, absolutely nothing from my family except on a very rare occasion, and ABSOLUTELY ZILCH FROM THE FAN PAGES I’ve come to love, and expect at least some humor or information from over the course of the day. Likes and shares are practically non-existent and comments are only made, it seems, by the few trolls who remember there are fan pages.

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Hmmm Something Idiotic, What What ?

It’s difficult I’d think,  to tell how someone interacts with a post when they have to know it exists first before doing so. I’m not even going to comment on hiding or reporting posts because how would we know if it was actually a post we wanted to hide or report and not facebook manipulating us for their own secretive and highly suspect reasons. (Reporters are losers, btw.)

And what the new and improved algorithm was supposed to do-

Now organic stories that people did not scroll down far enough to see can reappear near the top of News Feed if the stories are still getting lots of likes and comments.

 

Early data shows this improves the experience of News Feed: In a recent test with a small number of users, this change resulted in a 5% increase in the number of likes, comments and shares on the organic stories people saw from friends and an

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For Shame

8% increase in likes, comments and shares on the organic stories they saw from Pages

 

Previously, people read 57% of the stories in their News Feeds, on average. They did not scroll far enough to see the other 43%. When the unread stories were resurfaced, the fraction of stories read increased to 70%.

 

The data suggests that this update does a better job of showing people the stories they want to see, even if they missed them the first time. For Page owners, this means their most popular organic Page posts have a higher chance of being shown to more people, even if they’re more than a few hours old. Advertisers should note, however, that this change does not impact how paid content appears in News Feeds.

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The Almighty One

That people didn’t scroll down far enough to see? Do they not have any idea how their own platform works? Do they not understand that a lot of people spend their nearly every waking moment on their computer on that site and do nothing but scroll down ALL THE WAY and OFTEN?

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What’s This For?

I do know that their test with a “small number of users” was skewed from the onset because you can be certain they chose the type of people to include that would more or less give them the results they were looking for, it’s not like they don’t have access to personal data, and I would also say that, if truth be told, the number was probably very small indeed.

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I Wouldn’t Doubt It

Evidently they were saving the large group for their clandestine scientific behavioural study.

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The NERVE

I don’t know where they’ve gotten their percentages from but if they would speak to the actual people who make this site what it is, they’d find out their model was disastrously wrong because there isn’t a single person I happen to be fortunate enough to run into now, (and then only because I have them on my chat or messenger), that is happy with the way the news feed, the likes, the shares, the comments, the interaction is going compared to the way it was before they began “improving” things.

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Oops! Too Late

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That is of course unless like I said, they don’t care to dance with us anymore. I know I’m looking for a new place to strut my stuff, and I bet I find it just a URL away.

 

Http://Thatdingostolemy6pack.com  Http://Lets-Have-A-Beer.com  Http://Dianesstuff.us