The popularity of “Weird News” online has exponentially increased as social media become more ubiquitous in our society. As people spend more time in socializing online, they are sharing more and more content and it’s human nature to share what someone considers to be funny and unusual. Because “Weird News” has so many inherent viral characteristics that contribute value to website optimization and monetisation, a whole cottage industry has developed around seeking out, recasting, or even fabricating the most bizarre stories imaginable. I’ve always had a naughty sense of humor and never could I’ve imagined that I’m able to read several high quality “Weird News” items each day without spending any effort seeking them out.
All digital marketing professionals, myself included, travel with a full backpack of gear that includes laptop, tablet, smartphone, travel mouse (touchpads suck) and a whole bunch of different extension cords and power adapters.
However, there is one piece of gear that I’ve yet to see anyone sport other than myself…a portable Wifi Extender.
Roughly 50% of the time when I fire up my laptop, I get less than 5 bars of signal. I already know that I’m going to get far less of a pipe when I’m not in my home office and that my laptop is going to have far less pickup than my supercharged desktop. However, less than 5 bars make work other than basic web use to be almost intolerable.
I remember reading a book on Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) a few years ago and like most books that I read that are supposed to “improve myself”, I pretty much forgot everything that I read (which is generally why I avoid reading such books). However, I do have one take away from the book…which is that how a person uses language unconsciously projects the learning style.
If they say “I hear you”, they’re an auditory learner.
If they say “I see you”, they’re a visual learner.
If they say “I feel you”, they’re a kinesthetic learner.
I think it’s possible my Google Plus review could be filtered so I’m reposting it here:
Had the Groupon for an upgraded suite at the Beachfront Manor. Brought the family for what I hoped to be a wonderful long weekend in Lincoln City.
What a piece of sh** place.
Let me be very specific about my criticism…especially since this is supposed to be a premium lodging place:
IT’S 2014 PEOPLE…NOT HAVING WIFI IN YOUR HOTEL IS LIKE NOT HAVING A TOILET IN YOUR BATHROOM. THOU SHALT HAVE WIFI IN YOUR HOTEL ROOMS. MOTEL FRICKIN 6 HAS WIFI IN ALL THEIR ROOMS AND IF THAT LOW-END CHAIN CAN DO THAT, SO CAN YOU.
For those who don’t know, “Structured Settlements” was / is a “Top 10″ Google AdSense keyword for a couple reasons:
1) Successful businesses in this vertical can make a ton of cash.
2) Most people who choose a structured settlement post judgment are desparate, stupid, or both.
One of my wife’s relatives who lived at our house for a short period of time made the very immature choice to take a structured settlement and because she resided at our address, our address got added to the various structured settlement mailing lists, meaning that I’ve been seeing their direct mail pieces for a while. However, my interest was piqued when we received a letter that was addressed in what appeared to be 10 year old kids handwriting yet also contained the standard bulk mail stamp. Opening up the letter, I saw the following:
Everyone has a series of embarrassing incidents that they prefer to keep hidden from public view. I’m no exception. However, here’s one story I’m not shy to share…
We used to have a maid service at our house once a week. They cleaned the house each while I worked and, depending on the day, there would be either one or two women cleaning house.
On one particular day, the maids were doing their work at the same time I was getting over some sort of “stomach bug”. One of the main characteristics of “intestinal issues” is that the “byproduct” smells particularly raunchy and at those times, one is thankful for excellent ventilating fans in each bathroom :.)
I believe. Everyone who believes has a story about how they knew they believed. About a half dozen years ago, I wrote about mine for my personal website. I fully admit with no shame or embarrassment that Marvin Gaye is more responsible for my belief in God than anyone else (with apologies to my wife and Billy Graham who finish second and third).
But I digress…I’ve experienced two other “Hand of God Stories” since Marvin’s anthem:
Did you ever have the dream where you look down at yourself asleep?
When I came back home from the gym yesterday, my wife immediately pulled me into our living room area where she showed me the following:
There was a small hole in our ceiling and yellow jacksts were making their way through the hole and into our house. She had been dousing them with bug spray but that hadn’t done anything to fix the problem and they were still coming inside. My immediate thought was that we got a wasp nest in our crawl space (we’ve had them outside before). However, we quickly had to do something about the hole…and the first thought that came to mind was:
“…I know every crack in these dirty sidewalks of Broadway…” Glen Campbell
I spent the summers of 1986, 1987 & 1988 in New York City being an intern for the now defunct Bear Stearns. I left NYC for the last time in 1988 meaning that it’s been almost 25 years since I’ve been there (and truth be told, I don’t feel the slightest desire or interest in returning).
I will never “choose” to get on an airplane.
I have to fly for work and I accept that. I have to fly to see family and I accept that. I don’t have to fly for any other reason and I choose not to. Vacations for me generally involve a car trip (and perhaps a Groupon…there are so many good deals to choose from). I don’t have a passport and I suspect I never will.