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Friday, May 04, 2007
Costumes and bloodwork
Working from home again today. Oh, what a feeling!
Bobbo and Meany spoof it up on Spider-Man 3 in today's Space Monkeys! comic.
Got some bloodwork back from the doctor. My cholesterol is 212, which is slightly above normal. My solution: going on an all-hummus diet. That has to work, right?
I sent Batch #3 of Terribly Happy CDs yesterday, including one to jolly old Scotland. I've just about hit the end of the Paypal list, but if you haven't ordered one yet, hurry up and do it soon so I can send it out with these last few mailings.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
New Smallville recap is up on Television Without Pity:
Neither A Burrower Nor A Luthor Be -- Lex gets trapped underground when a mysterious experiment doesn't go as planned, and who gets to rescue him but his least-favorite farmboy, Clark Kent? The two make a big show of hating each other, but really it's one big arm-in-arm lovefest down there. Underground. Where nobody can see. Yep, deep, dark, dank tunnels. We dare not speak their names.
My short piece about Nav Sooch for the Fortunate 500 package we do every year has been posted. Not sure why the awesome photos we took of him didn't run with it, but those should be in print when the whole thing runs in XL on May 10.
Time rolls along
Just sent out batch #2 of the Terribly Happy Best of '06 CD. I've sent out about 22 CDs and will send out the third batch by Thursday. Paypal peeps are getting them first, then I'll deal with SASE/e-mail requests, friend freebies and those who requested '04 and '05 CDs. All told, I hope to be done with the bulk of it by early next week. All three years I've done this, it usually ends up at about 60 CDs. I may need to buy a few more plastic cases from Fry's.
I found burning CDs while I edit the last draft of a recap is an efficient way to do things as long as I slow down the burner speed so it doesn't create disc errors from other computer activity. Then I can cut labels, glue-stick them and add addresses to envelopes while I'm watching 24 or something else that doesn't require my whole brain's attention.
I'm so glad I upgraded my computer last year. It's nice not to have things chugging slowly along or breaking down when I'm busiest.
Even though no one on Earth is reading the damn thing, I've been updating the Digital Savant blog almost every day, sometimes on weekends. Recent topics include Richard Garriott in space, Webcam-based broadcasting sites, new social networking places and various tech news.
We had a meeting at work yesterday with someone from the Boston Globe's Web site and the way we promote our blogs came up. His conclusion is that because newsppaer sites are so packed with information, especially on the front page of a news site, it's hard for blogs to break through the clutter. I'm not sure if we're just struggling with promoting our blogs within the site or if what I'm writing is just of no interest. I know that when there's a hot topic (Nintendo Miis, iPhone) and they promote my blog on the top of the main page, I get a lot of hits. But for day to day entries, even when my big head is posted on the main page of austin360, the hits dwindle down to nothing.
The Boston Globe guy suggested bloggers might need to take it on themselves to find other ways to promote their stuff -- exchanging links with other blogs, sending pings to Technorati, etc. Frankly, I'm stumped. And a little disappointed because as much as we don't like to admit it, the daily list of Web hits we get in our inbox does start to feel like a popularity contest and when you're consistently not even in the top 100 of what people read, you start to feel like you're not doing your job. Or that you're doing it, but nobody cares.
Just renewed the "actiongravy.com" domain for another two years. Try again then, domain poachers.
Today's my wedding anniversary. Rebecca's got a sinus infection and it's a weekday, so it's not like we had any extravagant ballroom dancing planned. And we're not big on exchanging gifts (we'd rather buy something together for the house or what-have-you). But it does remind me how lucky am I am that I found someone so cool. I always say she puts up with me, which is true, but it's only been in the last few years that I've discovered the depth of devotion there and what a great person she is. She definitely got the short end of the marriage stick and I love her for never complaining about that.
Monday, April 30, 2007
Monkeys in the jungle
A new Space Monkeys! comic is up this morning.
Bad storms are rolling through town again. This has been the wettest April I can remember, which is fantastic for the yard, but pretty crappy for general malaise issues and staying dry.
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