The worst pain I’ve ever experienced

If the words “testicles”, “shaved” and “balls” offends you or make you cringe, stop reading now. Seriously. There’s nothing graphic, but if you’d rather not read it feel free to bounce.

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Pacey had turned three and Tara and I were talking about if we wanted another kid or not. After all we both have two younger siblings and were used to a five person family. After a few discussions at night we decided that yeah, we were done (it was also advised after Pacey that Tara shouldn’t try to have another kid). The fact we got Buster around this time in no way impacted our decisions (it totally impacted our decision).

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12 Things I did on 12/12/12 I’ll never do again

12 Things I did on 12/12/12 I’ll never do again:

1. Decided to write a list of things to do on 12/12/12 and then do them so I’m not made out to be a liar

2. I bought a 44 oz Rooster Booster energy drink from QT and chugged it in my office (I may do this one again)

3. I used Internet Explorer

4. I used Bing as my default search engine for a whole hour

5. I posted an update to Google+

6. I ate my lunch with a fork…I had soup

7. I put my headphones on the opposite ears to see if there was a difference (there was)

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Travel Tips for the Inexperienced Traveler – How to Cut Hours Off Your Flight

Anyway, Josh asked me to write a new post that wasn’t related to the industry in any way, shape or form whatsoever. Hope this one is of good enough quality Josh. 😉 On to the travel tips…

Arrival at a Tropical DestinationWe’ve all been there. Traveling to a far off state or country, on the day of departure we figure out that we’ve forgotten some essential like our cell phone charger, or we didn’t check in to our flight until we arrived at the airport. Well, thankfully there are ways to mitigate such situations and turn your trip from one of near disaster to a smooth as silk experience. This article does not go into how to save money on your flight, however. Life hacker’s The Ultimate Travel Hacking Guide may be for you if that’s what you’re looking for. This article does discuss ways that you can cut out unnecessary travel steps that add frustration and hours to your travel time.

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What I Learned From Udacity

Udacity

Several months ago Mike King (aka ipullrank) tweeted about a course that would teach people how to build a search engine. Being the curious type I am, I clicked the link to check it out. Upon first glance it just seemed like another online course, but this one wasn’t just online. It was taught by some pretty smart instructors from Stanford and Google fellows. It was called Udacity.

The first video was an explanation that the purpose of the course was to teach an introduction to computer programming, “I’ve been hoodwinked!” I thought. But in reality this was just what I needed to get me interested in computer programming. This kind of scared me a bit. I’m not a programming geek like a lot of friends are. But Udacity started off at a very very basic level. There were a
few people in the forums asking when the course would get more advanced and start talking about the components of a search engine. The instructors emphasized again the overall goal of the course was to learn more about computer programming, building a search engine was merely a way to practice what we were being taught.

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Kiddo number two…up to date

I really need to get better at updating this when things happen. But honestly I thought I was gonna be writing for a dad-to-be publication and it kind of forced me to write stuff down. I’m normally not big on sharing personal stuff. I mean yeah, the “Personal” category has 56 posts under it but if you actually read them they aren’t very “personal”. Who knows, maybe it’s changing. Anyways, on to why you’re really here.

I was rushing out the door late for work when Tara (my wife) stopped me with a pregnancy test stick in hand, “It’s positive, we’re pregnant!” This was great news, she hadn’t had a period in two months so we were at the point of going to a doctor and asking what was up? So to finally have a test confirm what we were thinking was great, but all I could say was, “Are you serious?” as I grabbed at the test to decipher the lines for myself. I handed it back to her, kissed her, and ran to my car. Granted, this was a little better than the first time I found out I was going to be a dad, but that’s for another time. However, the same rush of emotions hit me, WOOHOO!!!/stress/joy/stress/excitement/stress/elation/stress/WOOHOO!!!/…stress.

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No Notice

Baby coaster

**Edit: This is an old story. I’ve never posted about how we found out about our first born, Preston. However, it was sparked by my wife being pregnant with our second :-)**

A lot of preparation goes in place, or it did for us, when telling family members that you’re expecting for the first time. We gave my parents an “early Christmas present” which was baby booties. We told my wife’s family at her sister’s birthday party (we had her permission to do so). But for guys, there isn’t a lot of “prep time” to find out. You’re wife/girlfriend doesn’t exactly go out of her way to make the moment special, and why would she? No matter if it’s expected or not, her life is changing as well as yours. She wants you to know ASAP, and you should want to know ASAP. And my case was no exception; here’s what happened.

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Stop SOPA For Future Generations

Stop SOPASOPA looms. Soon congress is going to vote whether or not the government will be able to control the Internet. I really tried to write up some post on my stance on SOPA, why it’s bad, why it shouldn’t be passed. But all I could think of is if it did pass, the Internet wouldn’t be the same for my kids as it was for me. I mean when I grew up (wow, never thought I’d use that) all I knew was Lycos, Dogpile and a few free online arcade sites. For those older than me, yeah yeah I know you had less and other sites to reference, chill I got respect for you :-).

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How To Make Homemade Bacon Donuts And Bacon Donut Holes

I should start this off with admitting, I haven’t done any of these…yet. But I fully intend to. I’ve written out the recipes as I think they should be done, but I’m no culinary genius or even an amateur for that matter. Just a guy who is posting his thoughts on some probable bacony goodness in hopes others might try it out as well.

Before I dive too much into the actual recipes let’s begin with what you’ll need:

  • A roll of biscuit dough
  • Cooked bacon chopped/ground up

    Purpose of the biscuit dough

    Growing up my dad would make me and my brothers homemade donuts, and let me tell you they were AWESOME! He’d take a can of biscuit dough, separate the slices then take the cap of a salt/pepper shaker cut the holes out of the middle then deep fry the biscuits to make donuts. Next, he’d take some powdered sugar and sift it over the golden brown goodness that lay before us. But the best part? He’d take the holes of the donuts and cook those in the same manner. It was great.

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Watching movies with your kids…it’s a vicious cycle

Nothing is more satisfying to me, as a dad, than coming home after work and my son running up to greet me. It’s one of the things I look forward to every day. But when it comes to getting ready for bed time, I start to dread it. And I don’t mean the “settling him down part”. That’s easy. It’s the “watching a movie” part” I hate. Why, you ask? Well, it’s because it’s a vicious cycle that there is no end to. Don’t believe me? See the following sequence:

  1. You get excited over a new movie
  2. You begin quoting the movie
  3. You begin quoting the movie with the kids
  4. You use the movie as an analogy in real life situations…with other adults
  5. You begin humming the theme song
  6. You get a nervous twitch when the movie title is brought up
  7. You begin hiding the movie to “trick” the kid to watch something else…but he finds it anyway.
  8. You begin haggling with him to do any else but watch the movie again…so you buy a new movie.
  9. See number 1…



So parents I ask you. What would you do to break the cycle? Is there an end to it outside of the kids growing up? I’ll admit this post is just sarcasm, but it has some truth to it. When your kid starts watching the same movie over and over again and you buy another movie and begin again…how do you end it/cope with it? Inquiring minds want to know!

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Revamp In Progress

Well I figured I’d better write a post since my last post was in February. I’m really considering scrapping Internet marketing as the main content of this site. I mean I do most of that on other sites as it is not to mention my employer, Click2Rank, has me filling our site with my ramblings on SEO/SMM. So what’s left at the end of the week? I have no idea; I think I’m getting burned out with industry talk and the pressure to keep my blog up to date with relevant material. It’s time for a change here, I just don’t know what it is yet.

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