Rambling

Feb. 21st, 2009 08:01 am
jmfargo: (pooch page)
I was thinking about it the other day, and I had to laugh. I currently run four blogs:

The Pooch Page
Insect POD
[livejournal.com profile] jfargo101
[livejournal.com profile] jfargo

The Pooch Page takes up most of my time, between advertising it, taking photos, editing photos, and actually writing the site. Adding new things like "cutest dog" takes even more time. (As I wrote this I realized that there was something I needed to do on the site, and spent 10 minutes fixing it.) Whether I spread it out over a week, or do it all in one day, The Pooch Page probably takes me 3-4 hours a week to continue doing. Not a lot of time, but for something that I'm only sort-of-kind-of getting paid to do ($.03 a day is not getting paid to do something), it can seem like quite a bit. And that doesn't include processing all the submissions I'm getting from people who want to show off their dogs to the world.

No matter how much time it takes though, it's also something I love doing, so that makes it much less of a chore and more fun. Lately I've been using my early-morning time to work on cropping/resizing pictures and writing posts for the site. Before I started getting up at 5 AM, I'd sometimes forget to update the site until the post was late, but as it stands now I'm a week ahead, with more pictures queued up to go. Today I'll be going to the SPCA to help with the dogs, and take pictures of them for the site. I don't count this towards the "time spent working on The Pooch Page" because I'd be working with the dogs anyway. And probably taking their picture. I just like dogs.

Insect POD is similar, something I started doing when [livejournal.com profile] chalain had too much stuff going on in his life to keep updating. There's no way I could make that a 7-day-a-week site; I just don't have anywhere near enough photos to go for more than a few weeks. So, I update three times a week, Monday, Wednesday, and (spider) Friday. It's fun, and while I miss reading [livejournal.com profile] chalain's updates (he was MUCH funnier than I am, and more informative), I'm glad that I can share cool insect pictures with the world. I'm particularly appreciative of the fact that all the readers are so appreciative of the site; it's a friendly and welcoming community.

This blog and [livejournal.com profile] jfargo101 are my "maintenance" blogs. What's going on in my life? What am I thinking about? You know, the day-to-day stuff, the big picture stuff, the little stuff, generally whatever I want it to be. They're the only two blogs I have that can't make money, and that's okay; nobody should have to pay to read about my life! Heh. I like writing about my life, having a journal to look back to and say "yes, I remember that," or "wait, I did what now?" The "to do" blog, the [livejournal.com profile] jfargo101, is just a good way to keep track of my accomplishments. See how high I aimed, and if I made it. If I did, I have to aim higher, because we only know our limits when we push ourselves past them, right?

I'm just rambling. I'm sorry if you're looking at this for a point. Thoughts are running through my head on an early Saturday morning and I wanted to let them flow. I haven't felt very interesting as of late, but I'm hoping to change that. I was thinking that this blog would be where I try to do some creative writing. Not fiction, mind you, but making my life more interesting, my writing better. Maybe starting tomorrow I will attempt to live by the "ham sandwich" rule, that at any time my readers could decide to go make themselves a ham sandwich and so I have to always strive to keep their mind on what they're reading, not the applewood-smoked ham piled high, covered with a slice of provolone cheese, a dab of mayonnaise, and a thinly-sliced tomato on two pieces of perfectly sandwich-sized Rye bread.

Mmmm. I'll...be right back.
jmfargo: (weirdos)
1) My wife is a web-marketing genius. I don't want to give away her marketing plan, but she figured out a great way to increase traffic to thepoochpage.com while getting me more cute dog photo submissions, and genuine interest. I went from maybe hitting 100 views a day, to 5 times that. That's still not much in the world of the web, but my readers are growing, and that makes me very happy.

2) I'm still looking for a lot of questions for my last post, and there are some good ones already that I'd like to answer. If we can get to 20, I'll supply the last 5 "25 things" about me.

3) Learning to play the recorder is coming along well. Yes, the recorder. I can now play a tune slightly more complicated than most 2nd graders can play. Thank you.
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1) If you would vote for me, I would appreciate it. However, I'm not too concerned either way, so if you've got other stuff to do, feel free to skip this. To see which entry you're voting on, come to my LJ and scroll down a little; I haven't been updating much lately due to other stuff.

2) Sick day today. Curling up on the couch with the dogs, and I don't plan on doing anything else, except maybe letting said dogs outside once in a while. I'll be fine, just have a headache and achy body. The two chronic pain things I've got going on are both acting up today. Wonderful.

3) Recently, my friend Brett asked what I'm going to do now that LARP USA is out of business. It's a good question, and I just don't know the answer. I'm trying to consolidate my 1,001 ideas into two or three goals, and finding it harder than I thought. I know I want to learn Arabic, master the language, and maybe be a translator, but that's a long-term thing instead of a crazy idea. I like crazy ideas, and need one to follow.

So, do you have a crazy idea you think I should follow? Become a rock star? A movie star? Maybe I should go back to being an art model, full time? Should I open a wacky-yet-needed web business like zombie survival kits? How about if I open a restaurant? I've seen people on Kitchen Nightmares; I don't know if I'd make it as a business, but I'd do better than them!

Hit me with your ideas. I need a muse!
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1.
At 9 EST, you'll be able to see a different, cooler shot of this amazing bug over at Insect POD. Just click on the picture to go there and see! I'll be doing a guest stint for the rest of the week!

2. I'm looking for submissions for The Pooch Page (LJ Feed Here), and if anybody wants their pup featured, they just have to email me a high-res photo with whatever info they may want to go with it! Just drop me a line!

3. I'm looking for a new job. Anybody out there want a work-from-home transcription specialist?

4. Arabic class is going well. Today's my first quiz, and I'm hoping to ace it. Guess we'll find out.
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First, there was this cute little guy who got an early spot here on The Pooch Page.

Then, I was given this big lovable dope, who somehow Houdini'd in the night.

The universe at large, not being able to continue going up in size of the stray dogs that wander to me, decided to go up in number.

Two stray dogs.

Next thing I know, I'll have two English Mastiffs making their way into my backyard, followed by a St. Bernard.

I love big, dopey dogs, so of course, I'll be keeping them.

These two in the picture had all their tags on them, which made it easy to call their owner, and get them picked up. Happy ending to the short story. :)

Spider!

Aug. 29th, 2008 08:45 am
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I missed my regular Thursday post over at Insect POD this week, so David let me post up a spider picture today!

It's creepy!

Sorry for all the links, but I'm honestly quite proud of my stint over at Insect POD, that David has let me take over one day a week with my pictures and stuff. I think it's really cool!
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Three quick updates, and then I'm off to do my morning Wiirkout.

1) This is why I need an artist for my web comic idea:

A bad drawing of a man in a hat, leaning against a white background.

This picture, drawn by me, showcases the fact that I have NO idea what to do. Okay, you might point out that I've got the generalities right, that he has arms and legs, and a head, but what about hands? Or a freakin' face? Those two things are impossible for me to make look decent when I draw them.

Plus, that little sketch took me about 20 minutes. That's just sad.

2) I'm currently working on upgrading my zombie defense blog into something more than what it is. I'm wondering if Word Press might better suit my needs. Does anybody have experience with the free version?

3) My three favorite fantasy authors are Robin Hobb, Raymond Feist, and Jim Butcher. Terry Pratchett would be in there, but he's my favorite comedic author, so I wanted to make room for someone else.

I just thought you'd like to know something about me that you might not already have known. That, and I didn't actually have three things to say when I started, so I had to come up with something.

Strange

Aug. 11th, 2008 10:59 am
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Since I've started working out again, I've noticed a marked improvement in my mood. I'm sure I'm going to talk about this in my fitness blog, and I did a quick Twitter update that sums it up pretty well, but I wanted to touch on it here.

This morning I woke up tired. Very little sleep last night without any real cause behind it, just not very comfortable I suppose. After having a little coffee, my stomach hurt. I'm not sick, but it definitely doesn't feel good. I got on the Wii Fit this morning, and for some reason I can't really figure out it seems like I've gained a little bit of weight since yesterday; my first gain since I started using it.

So why am I in such a jolly mood? Really! I'm uncomfortable, tired, and a bit concerned about the weight gain (though it was just a little, and I'm not really worried about a little flux), so why is everything telling me I feel good?

I worked out for a half hour this morning, as I've been doing for a week now. I showered. My skin feels fresh, I'm wide awake, and I'm feeling good despite all the things that would normally make me feel bad.

It's just weird, and I don't really understand it.
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Let's talk about current world events.

Olympics? Nah. Lots of people covering that, and its on the air 24 hours a day right now. You can get that anywhere. (Though there are some things going on there, in that article in particular, that could use talking about.)

John Edwards? I, frankly, don't care, and am disappointed that the Puritan upbringing of America is still holding so strong. Let them deal with it themselves.

Russia vs. Georgia? Now, there's a hot-button issue that I don't see anyone talking about. I'm not surprised, really, because it's a complex issue with little to no scandal factor, just those crazy Russians using their bombs a little too much, right?

Well, kind of.

I remember a video from the 80's in Russia. Some school had been taken over by terrorists, children being threatened, demands being made. I can't find it, because I don't know what to search for right now, but believe me, it exists. The task force involved in talking with the terrorists did something that shocked the world: They didn't talk. They went in, shot the terrorists, lost some civilian lives, and moved on. They dealt with it strongly, with little regard to lost lives. It was their way.

In the 90's, there was another terrorist strike somewhere in Moscow, I believe. A bus had been taken over, the inhabitants threatened with heavy machine guns. The gunners had taken shots at police as they lined the street. It was tense.

The way I remember it, and please recall that this was years ago so if I misremember, please tell me, is that the Russian police threw a grenade onto the bus. Maybe it was just a concussion grenade, no shrapnel to speak of, but it did a lot of damage, got the job done.

The US says that it's shocked by the over-the-top bombing done by Russia on Georgia in response to Georgians attacking Russian peace-keepers. I can't understand the shock, truly. What they did was respond in a very brutal and fast way, causing lots of damage, shocking and awing those they saw as their enemy.

Isn't that just the Russian way of saying "Back off, assholes?" Fast, brutal, and hopefully over with at that point?

Or am I missing something? I'm not happy it happened, obviously, but I'm not shocked, or surprised. Does that make me more able to see global patterns than those in charge? If so, isn't that scary?

Oh, Yeah!

Jul. 10th, 2008 09:53 am
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All this week I've got guest blogger [livejournal.com profile] akdidge writing up posts on how to survive the colds of Alaska if you're trying to escape zombies! I'm very grateful that he took out some time to write up a few potentially life-saving hints and tips for living up north, and love that he lets his sense of humor shine through in what could have otherwise been a relatively dry but informative piece. Check it out! (You have to scroll down for the first one, and the most recent is at the top, just like with Livejournal.)

Also, I did another guest stint at Insect POD, so if you want to find out why I'm never going swimming in a natural body of water again, go check that out too!

In other news, I have to get back to work now.

I don't have a cool link for that. Sorry.

Three Links

Jul. 1st, 2008 10:06 am
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1. [livejournal.com profile] popfiend is having a FRIENDING FRENZY! Stop by, say hi, tell him I sent you. Why should you do this? Simple: Popfiend is a great guy, uplifting and friendly. He makes it part of his mission to make people's lives a little better most days, and while he is human and has bad days just like the rest of us, that never stops him from being welcoming and a great guy. Plus, there's music. You just can't say no to music.

2. I put up an absolutely hideous ad over at My Name Is Might Have Been, because I saw how low the ad was going for and thought I may as well. I've actually had a few people click through to my site, which surprises me. I was just being kind of silly. (This ad will disappear as soon as someone bids more than I did, of course, so it may not be there when you check it out.) Outbid, but my plan of getting them more revenue through ads is working, even if it's not my hideous advertisement.

3. This is cool, even if it is fake. I mean, the animal itself really did exist at one time, and it looks awesome, but this particular photo is faked. That whole community is actually pretty cool. Cryptozoology is really neat!
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1) I don't know if you've heard of Infusions of Grandeur, but if you haven't, today they are beginning yet another fantastic-sounding yet potentially devastating infusion:

Bacon Vodka. Yes, you read that right. Bacon-infused vodka. I'm hopeful that it comes out well, because I'd probably make that at home.

2) If you haven't been reading My Name Is Might Have Been, you should check it out. It's a comic strip about a post-apocalyptic world based around the game Rock Band, done in such a way that you don't have to know about the game in order to enjoy the strip, but it does help. Even the makers of the game love the strip. Recently, the writing has really come into its own and I can't wait to see what else they throw at us. The most recent strip is killer.

See? I can link to things that have nothing to do with me! For a while I realized it seemed like every time I was linking something it was me saying "Hey, look at the cool picture I put up on Insect POD, or "Look at one of my other blogs for something really neat!"

It was bugging me, so I thought I'd send the good vibes elsewhere for once.
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1) Hey all! Over at my zombie blog I've got a poll that I'd love to see get some extra results. If you have a minute, would you run over there, check it out, and let me know your answer? I try to put up weekly polls, and get some great info from them, but this one hold a special place in my heart.

2) I've sort of been forgetting to mention that I've had a bunch of photos published over at Insect POD, so here's a list of the last 7:

Cricket
Black Aphids
Other Aphids on a pretty flower
Maria
Fly
Honey Bee
Jumping Spider with a cool story.

Some of those posts have two pictures in them, so make sure to scroll down! (Especially the Black Aphids. David did an awesome job on that with the story and pictures.)

3) I'm starting a new online project, and am looking for submissions. If you're interested in having your dog featured on a premium* website, please feel free to send your pictures to me!

*"Premium," in this particular case meaning "I think it's cool."
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Before I write a snapshot of my life today, I'd like to mention that [livejournal.com profile] ulitave has something to say, and I think it's worth a read. It has to do with vegetarians, and while I do still eat meat (I went back to meat now and then) I think it's a fantastic read. Go check it out!

...

I want to write about what's going on, but don't have a lot to say. I'm trying to push my boundaries, and make new ones for myself. Trying to change my life for the better, even though it's already great. If it's great now, will it be awesome when I get done with it? I hope so. I like awesome. I also like adventure, and interesting times.

So a question then, for entertainment.

If you could be on one television show, what show would it be? What role would you play in it?

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