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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A venn diagram, a mustache and bieber get inserted into a post

Meh, okay so the title is bit of a joke, but oh well. Figured I needed to update my blog for the new year and what better way then making another list of favorited tweets that’ve been collected. Enjoy.!/owlcity/status/106765185691299840!/faustshausuk/status/128564933800636419

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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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Starting My Favorited Tweets Over Again

The other day I decided to clean out my favorite tweets on Twitter, I think there may be one I found from that day (sneak peek). It just got to be too much to try to organize and when I started favoriting tweets with the purpose of reading the article linked to at a later time (most of the time I never did) it got cluttered. So while I was going through cleaning them out I decided to snag the URL of some that I wanted to share before I started all over again. I hope you enjoy:

Fergie is the master of the Elaine dance

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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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Plugins Galore!

Okay I lied, it’s not plugins galore only five of them. But still, they’re pretty awesome. If there’s one thing that can help make using a WordPress blog easier, its plugins. I can say for certain all of the ones I’ve listed below have helped me in one way or another. Some of these plugins require more work than others, but it’s only to give you complete control over what you want them to do. More than enjoying the read, I hope you find them as useful as I have.

Widget Context

I found this plugin while searching for a solution to my company blog issue. We wanted to have categories and archives only show up on certain pages. So I asked for some help in the WordPress forums and it didn’t take long for someone to recommend this little gem. This give you complete control over your widgets and which pages you want them to show up on. If you have a lot of widgets you want to sort be warned, you have to set the page setting on each widget you have and add. So if you were thinking about using WordPress for a company website but didn’t want the widgets to show up, but wanted to use them in some areas, this plugins for you.

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BlueGlass SmueGlass Who Wants To Go?

BlueGlass, those words alone can confuse the mess out of people. But then again, there aren’t very many reasons you’d use those words together in a sentence unless you were talking about the Internet marketing company in FL or about who deserves that ticket to the upcoming BlueGlass TPA. If the later is the case you’d be wishing you had entered the contest in hopes to win a chance to hear some the best in Internet marketing spill their knowledge and hangout with them at the networking sessions and parties at the end of the day. It’s going to be an amazing event and you’d be crazy not to go. Sadly the tickets are sold out and the only way to go is to win, and unless you already entered the contest over at Authority Labs you’re probably out of luck.

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25 Favorited Tweets Part Três

Greetings readers! I know some of you may be a bit surprised to read a post not pertaining to 101 alternative uses for “random item”. Truth be told I really wanted to, but work just got busy and I really couldn’t get focused on writing a complete list. So instead of letting the blog go neglected for a week I’d do another “25 favorited tweets” post. I’ve done two in the past but haven’t really done any in a while. Some of them have been industry related (SEO & SMM) and some not. I’ve amassed over 200 or so favorite tweets and just picked 25 that haven’t been used. But enough rambling, here is my third set of 25 favorited tweets:

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101 Alternative Uses For Hula Hoops

This marks my fourth post in this “101 Alternative Uses” posts. I’ve gotten a lot of interesting traffic to my site in terms of keywords/phrases. Maybe one day I can do a “101 oddest referring keywords” that’ll be something to look forward to. But that might take a while. Really what I’m doing is filling in text so the first few things on this list. So what are you waiting for? Veer your sight down a few dozen or so pixels and get to reading:

  1. Cut several in half and construct the world’s biggest crazy straw
    *This will require someone with an incredible lung capacity
  2. Construct a huge pixie stick
  3. If your  football team has no tires to do drills in, use hula hoops
    *You gain man points the pinker and more sparkly the hula hoops are
  4. Use a flag pole and hula hoop to play horseshoe
    *It doesn’t matter if you cut the hula hoop or not just go nuts
  5. Loop earrings for a humpback whale
  6. Toss at people riding bicycles to ring it around their head
  7. Use an entire hula hoop (including the ball bearing inside it) as a twisty blow gun
  8. A giant frisbee golf disc
  9. Use to blow giant bubbles
  10. Roll like a bowling ball at empty water bottles to create hula hoop bowling
  11. A throw ring for a boat
    *You might want to attach several together
  12. Swinging rings
  13. Use to juggle
  14. A replica Flavor Flav necklace
  15. Frame for a giant round picture
  16. Make a huge pinwheel
  17. Use as a hoop for ping pong basketball with no paddles
  18. Build a hopscotch course
  19. Construct a scale model of The Leaning Tower Of Pisa
  20. Make a giant monocle
  21. Construct your very own cocoon
  22. Use to cut shapes for giant cookies
  23. Frame for a net to catch fish
  24. Make a giant twisting drum
  25. Use to tan animal hide
  26. Use a framework for a mascot outfit
  27. Use as a sumo ring for rabbits
  28. Rims for a monster truck
  29. Spindle for a giant weaving machine
  30. Run through a wood chipper and create confetti
  31. Take the ball bearings out of the hoops and break the pieces of the hoop into sticks to play pool with the ball bearings
  32. Clock face
  33. Use as the base of a satellite dish
  34. Make your own Wheel of Fortune wheel
  35. Steering wheel for a tractor
  36. Mount for a really big globe
  37. Make a gyro ride for spider monkeys
  38. Ferris wheel for mice
  39. Snow shoes
  40. Spell O O O O O O on your neighbor’s lawn
    *You can also spell G O O G L E if you break some into pieces. It’ll also be more effective if done on Halloween
  41. Stencil for spray painting
  42. Make a giant slinky
    *May only be as effective as the typical useless slinky
  43. Wheels for a stagecoach
  44. Make a replica of the Olympic logo
  45. Make a telescope
  46. Launch pad for model rockets
  47. Use with plastic wrap to cover a really big bowl of jello
  48. Cut into pieces to siphon liquid from one container to another
  49. Use to hold a wooden barrel together
  50. Wedding ring for Godzilla
  51. Use as the outline for a stain glass window
  52. Make a giant game of checkers
  53. A tunnel for ants
  54. A fraternity paddle to hit three pledges at once
    *I am in no way condoning the use hazing of pledges
  55. Use as a spinning dinner table top
  56. Mold for big ice wheels
  57. Snorkel
  58. Use to organize/hide cables
  59. Use to make a big round shade
  60. Use for a manhole cover
  61. Fix plastic wrap so it hangs in the middle a bit, fill with water and you’ve got a bird bath
  62. Use for road signs
  63. Use to fix broken wheelchairs that have lost their handles to move the chair
  64. A belt
  65. Snorkel for a vehicle
  66. Key ring
  67. Doorknocker
  68. Make a concave or convex mirror
    *Whichever you want, or both
  69. Make a sunroof for your car
  70. Halos for really big angels
  71. Splint for a snake
  72. Get a variety of colors X2 for a double rainbow
  73. A wreath
  74. Miniature spiral staircase
  75. Make an epic fly swatter
  76. Temporary ring of fire
  77. Water irrigation
  78. Pull-up bar
  79. Rim for a sombrero
  80. Speaker mount
  81. A stage for a flea circus
  82. Frame for a gatling gun
  83. Flashlight
  84. Periscope
    *You would also need really really tiny mirrors and GREAT vision
  85. Dog/Cat collar
  86. Freddy Krueger hand
  87. Make a skeleton
  88. Replacement for PVC
  89. Can be used as a replacement tail for cats
    *The new tail may have a permanent curve to it
  90. A wicker chair, but hula hoop parts instead of well wicker
  91. Picket fence
  92. Jail cell bars
  93. Bracelet for King Kong
  94. Golf tees
  95. Attachment for a vacuum to reach small places
  96. Use to make crop circle circles
  97. Towel rack
  98. Cut in half to make a boomerang that most likely won’t return to you
  99. Tent poles
  100. Replacement tusks for a wild boar
  101. Rings for Saturn
    *Doing this may require the entire world supply of rings nullifying the other items on this list

Well that does it for this week. You know what to do. Mock me, add something I didn’t, or try not to spam this post. For next week it’s between licorice and Conan O’Brien’s hair and I’m opening up the voting to whoever reads this. The voting will run until Wednesday July 13th. Thanks for reading 🙂

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101 Alternative Uses For Golf Balls

So this last week I asked some friends which they would prefer, hula hoops or golf balls. And while I really wanted to do hula hoops (because I had already thought of a bunch of uses) golf balls was the winner. I have to say this was very challenging and took a little longer than the previous lists did (also spent some of the time missing my wife and son who are visiting relatives). Regardless of that, I hope you enjoy the latest of 101 alternative uses…golf ball edition:

  1. Newton’s Cradle
  2. Saw in half to use as a light dimmer
  3. Use a replacement eyes for a mannequin
  4. Use as a paddle ball…ball
  5. Wheels for a toys vehicle
  6. Pencil topper
  7. Christmas ornaments
  8. Pearl necklace…except with golf balls
  9. Massage beads
  10. Belt buckle
  11. Shower curtain decoration
  12. Beaded curtain
  13. A baseball for nutria rats
  14. Big round buttons
  15. Door knob
  16. Pull string attachment
  17. Shell out and make a Russian nesting doll
  18. Tiara jewelry
  19. Lawn ornaments
  20. Use as the ball for an optical ball mouse
  21. Use to fill up a bean bag chair
  22. Pebbles for a fish tank
  23. Glue together in downsizing circular patterns to make a baby stacking rings
  24. Rearview mirror ornaments
  25. Make a scale model of the Death Star
  26. Use for molecular models
  27. An eye patch
  28. Use for an abacus
  29. Scale model of Frosty The Snowman
  30. Faux snowballs
    *Can also double as faux hail (if you do either I’m not responsible for the damages/injuries that will occur)
  31. Use for jacks
  32. Oriental stress balls
  33. Make a hammer
  34. String thousands together to make a replacement roller for a steam roller
    *Or a dozen or so to make a pin roller
  35. Weeble people
  36. Checkers with different brands of balls
    *Or Chinese checkers with even more brands of balls
  37. Decorative lug nut caps
  38. Nametag for pets
  39. Lawn gnome panorama of a snowball fight
  40. Ping pong ball
  41. Use as part of a horse bit
  42. Eiffel tower miniature
  43. A chandelier
  44. Soles for a pair of sandals
  45. Freeze and use as ice cubes
  46. Stopper for a bottle with no cap
  47. Balls for bingo
  48. Replica of the American flag
    *Or any other country flag you can think of
  49. Use as arrow heads meant to punch and not puncture
  50. Use for shoulder pads
  51. Accents for a bridal gown
  52. Make a big wrecking ball
  53. Take to a fashion show and bowl with the models on the runway
  54. Hood ornament
  55. Head band
  56. Stuff in shorts of a MMA fighter trying to be heavier to make weight
  57. Prize in a quarter toy machine
  58. Shred to tiny bits and use for shotgun blast
  59. Make a royal scepter
    *Or a club, basically a blunt object that could be used to rule those in the area or play whack a mole with your friends
  60. Cut in half to make miniature air hockey pucks
  61. Use to fish by bludgeoning the fish that swim close to the surface
  62. Paint and make a miniature globe
  63. Instead of apples, go bobbing for golf balls
  64. Scale model of the solar system
  65. Glue together in random fashion for a conversation starter on your desk
    *Or it could also be a paper weight
  66. Scatter by a window at night to be a burglar deterrent
    *May not be effective if the burglar is looking for golf balls
  67. Glue to golf tees and use as toppers for sand castles
  68. Earrings
  69. Stuffing for beanie babies
  70. Dice that seem like they’ll never stop rolling
  71. Use to cover your eyes when tanning
    *Caution, the golf balls may get hot and burn your eyes (okay they will get hot and burn your eyes)
  72. Use as packing peanuts
  73. Color alternating dimples to make a soccer ball for chipmunks
  74. Foosball replacement
  75. Make an adult ball play pin like the kids have at McDonalds
  76. Metal striker for a bell
    *The bell may sound like the metal striker has been replaced by a golf ball
  77. Sound proofing a ceiling
  78. Cork for a shuttlecock
  79. Roll across a round putty surface to make impressions for craters when making a replica of the moon
  80. Roller parts for a printer/copier/fax machine
    *During a paper jam these will pop out so you can throw them at the machine out of frustration
  81. Use to save your seat at the movie theater when you go for popcorn
  82. Use to decorate a mariachi hat
  83. Dip in neon paint and take to rave part to dance with
  84. Slice into pieces, discard the smaller ones and use as poker chips
    *Not redeemable at casinos
  85. Drop down gopher and mole holes in a mass number to confuse and make the rodents leave
  86. Cut in half, shell and attach an appropriate attachment to make a spoon/scoop
  87. Since they come in a dozen you can use an entire box as bobbers when setting up fishing lines
  88. Attach to the end of a drum stick either for better grip or for an alternative sound
  89. Dress up a cockroach in jungle survivor gear, paint a golf ball brown and roll at the cockroach for some India Jones action
    *Madagascar hissing cockroach may be too big
  90. Use as slingshot ammo to take out spider web
    *+5 if you hit the spider and web in one shot
  91. Use to tenderize meat before cooking by hanging the meat and either hit the golf balls at it or throw at it
    *Using a golf club to hit the golf ball doesn’t count as using the golf ball for it’s intended purpose because you’re using it to tenderize, not play golf
  92. Take on a hike to the top of a large cliff and see how big of a splash they make when you throw them from the top to a body of water below
    *If no body of water is available
  93. Glue to tees and place out at a driving range to fool golfers
    *Doesn’t necessarily have to be done on April Fools, since most golfers are terrible they all could use a good laugh
  94. Use to replace a similar sized pearl if a clam is sensitive to the weight distribution provided by the pearl
    *If the clam has to pearl use the golf ball to comfort the clam into thinking it has a pearl of it’s own
  95. Use to wrap unused rubber bands around
    *This eventually would turn into an awesome bouncy ball
  96. Play kickball
  97. Use as a wiffle ball
  98. Place in a bin of like-sized jaw breakers and see who bites into one first
    *If you do this you will be responsible for any dental damage that occurs
  99. Use as a tape dispenser spindle
  100. Smack a guy in the head with to keep him from creating another 101 alternative uses list
  101. Use as ammo for a high-speed rigged leaf blower when a zombie apocalypse is happening

That does it for this round; add any other ideas/comments/ridiculous remarks below and I’ll be back at it again next week.

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