Archive for November 2010

Haiku Wednesday

November 10, 2010

In honor of some things I’ve been obsessed with/pondering recently, I decided to express my feelings for them in Haiku form.

House, M.D.

A brilliant doctor
He makes fun of everyone
Cuddy is a fox

Fantastic Contraption 2

For those who don’t know
It’s an engineering game
Check out the free trial

(http://www.sparkworkz.com/fc2/) … Seriously, it’s insanely fun and addictive.)

Green Tea

Hot and delicious
I take mine with two Splenda
Drink it everyday

Weather

Yesterday’s weather
Was the last nice day of fall
Now here comes the cold

Cam Newton

Big-mouthed quarterback
Won’t play ball without a bribe
Now in hot water

Minnesota Vikings

Still not very good
I bet they go eight and eight
Favre is a disease

The NFL’s New Contact Rules

Let them play the game
Way too many penalties
It’s like two-hand-touch

Blogging

Does this entry count
As my blog post for the week?
Judge rules: yes it does

One love,

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Facebook: A Site Full Of TMI

November 2, 2010

Wow, has it been three weeks since I last posted?  That escalated quickly.  I mean, that really got out of hand fast.  It jumped up a notch.  I wish I had some fun and exciting reason for you as to why I’ve been overwhelmingly absent from basically the entire internet lately, but I don’t.

For those who didn’t catch it, my last entry was simply a picture of a bun in an oven.  As I expected, all of the comments I received were those of a congratulatory nature. Wifey and I are very excited.  I mean, it’s not often that two people can realize their dream of opening a bakery.

Okay, of course I’m kidding.  We are indeed on our way to becoming parents.  I wasn’t kidding, however, when I said that Wifey and I are very excited.  Baby is due in April, so we’ve got quite a bit of time left to go, but already it’s changed our lives in such wonderful ways.  But before I get too far into baby talk, I want to lay some ground rules.

I do solemnly swear to abide by the following rules regarding the blog and the baby:

I: I will not over-share about any baby-related information.
–That crap makes me gag.  Attention all expecting mothers: I don’t want to know that you don’t fit into your bra anymore, nor do I care that you have bad gas.  Keep it to yourself.

II. I will only share pertinent information regarding my Wife and our pregnancy.
–Basically, this means that I probably won’t mention much since the people who actually care are family, and I am mostly in the habit of talking to them in person about this kind of stuff.

III. I will not overwhelm my entries with baby-related talk.
–This kind of goes hand in hand with the second rule, but again, I know you don’t want to read about it, and therefore, you will be spared.  Sure, I’m super ecstatic about becoming a Dad this spring, but there are things you share, and there are things you keep within your circle of family and close friends.

IV.  Facebook will not serve as my medium to tell everyone I know about everything that is going on.
–Matter of fact, Wifey and I are choosing not to put the news on the ‘Book.  (At least for now, that is subject to change).  There are just way too many people on Facebook, and unlike here, I/we are identifiable.  Here, I am just another web address with words on a screen.  There are no pictures, no phone numbers, no email addresses, etc.  It’s just how we feel.

V. I would be more than happy to answer most baby-related questions if I am prompted to do so.
–Just remember that we are, for the most part, a fairly private couple.  However, if anyone were to request an update on how things are going, or anything like that, feel free to ask.

So, to preemptively answer a few of the more frequently asked questions … No, we don’t know the sex of the baby yet.  Yes, we do plan on finding out.  Yes, we will share that information when it becomes available.  No, we don’t care what sex the baby is.  Yes, we have names in mind for either sex.  No, we will not be sharing those names (until baby is born of course).  Yes, we have seen the baby on a monitor during a couple of  routine check-ups.  Yes, I got tears in my eyes when I saw him/her.

That should cover most of the basics.

Onto other things.  Of the aforementioned rules, number four strikes close to mine and Wifey’s hearts.  Facebook has gotten way out of control over the past couple of years in the sense that so many people are knowingly sacrificing their own privacy, just to tell everyone what they are thinking 24 hours a day.

To me, it’s annoying.  The way I see it, when it comes to Facebook, 95% of peoples’ status updates fall into one of four categories:

1) No one cares.
2) Too much information (TMI).
3) Annoying cut-and-paste chain statuses.
4) Desperate cries for attention.

The remaining 5% can actually be considered useful, harmless, and/or funny.  For the most part, though, it’s a giant crap fest.  For example, log into Facebook on any Friday.  I’ll bet you $100 that if you scroll through the recent updates, you will see at least five people exclaiming their love for Friday and/or the weekend. Look people, we get it.  Fridays are nice, and weekends are fun.  We don’t need to be reminded of it every seven days.

Same goes for Mondays.  I bet you could count a dozen updates from people complaining about how much they dislike Mondays.  Again, this is not news to anyone, and you have not discovered a new phenomenon.  We get it, you don’t like going back to work.

Due to the nature of Facebook’s status updates, most people are losing (or have lost) their ability to filter.  People are forgetting that there are some things that just don’t need to be said, and some things that other people don’t give a crap about.  I’ll give you an example.  This is an actual status from someone on my friend list.  I covered up the picture and the name to be polite to the actual person who wrote it.  Also, I’m sorry for the blurriness.  The bigger I made it, the harder it was to work with.  (That’s what she said).


For those unable to read it, it says: sigh… life changing decisions are tough… do i make enough money that i can pay off all my debt in a year or two have no life and be in a place that i hate… or do i go home move in with my best friend make good but not great money take my time paying off debt and having tons of friend time meeting new people and possibly finding someone that i can love again…

No.  One.  Cares. 

Seriously people.  Think before you post.  That post isn’t even the tip of the iceberg.  If we’re speaking metaphorically, that post is a single-celled organism contained in a fleck of dust, resting gently atop the tip of the iceberg.  And the iceberg is big enough to take down the Titanic without flinching.

One love,

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