Sunday, January 29, 2012

T-242 : Twitter Twouble

Here's a little tip for any of you that may have noticed your Twitter friends telling you about how much money they're recently been making based on a CNBC article.  In short, don't fall for it.  Read on if you want to know more, including how to help.

Twitter has recently been the vector for a flood of work-from-home scam spams, as followers of hacked accounts found dozens of copies of the “I snagged $217 in just a few hours online. learned how to do it from {link to scam}” type of spam coming at them via direct message. The link goes to a faked NBC article that touts “How did this stay at home mom make $13900+/Month.. We Investigate..” and that cleverly makes note of the geographic location (geolocation) of your IP address and customizes the article to make it seem as if the single mom is from your own town.

So what should you do if you start getting message like this?

Well, first and foremost, don’t fall for them.

Then, if you know the person through whose Twitter account they are being sent, let that person know (through a channel other than Twitter).

If you don’t know them well enough to otherwise contact them, go ahead and hit the “Report spam” link on their Twitter home page.

Review: King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian

King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian
King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian by Marguerite Henry

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed learning more about Morocco, England, horses, and mutes.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Review: The Twenty-One Balloons

The Twenty-One Balloons
The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thought it was going to be like "Around the World in 80 Days". While I haven't read that one for a while this seemed a much quicker read. It was pretty fanciful, claiming to state facts and half-truths mixed in a way that the reader has to guess which are true and which are...not quite.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

T-243 : Game Waiting

I have trouble waiting for my turn in board games. Does anyone share this issue with me? What are some of the ways you cope?

Review: Miss Hickory

Miss Hickory
Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

What an odd story about a twig lady who eventually ends up part of a tree again. If you read this explain to me the part about the Christmas Eve in the barn.

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Monday, January 2, 2012

T-244 : Sweat Equitous

Which does this describe for you, your body or your house?  For me I'm going to say my body.  I already have membership in the gym by virtue of being an employee at BYU-Idaho.  I usually partake of the benefit during my lunch break.  Lately I've been walking the treadmill on an incline of 15 degrees at about 3.5 miles per hour.  It might not seem much to you but it makes me sweat.  I figure if I can sweat for 30 minutes that's a pretty good barometer.  I think I'm going to try to drop that extra 15 pounds this year, too.  Pre-holidays I weighed in at 180.  I haven't weighed for a few days so I might be a bit above that.  I'm confident that I can  I can get there, though.  I challenge you.  What are you going to work on?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

T-245 : Clue Less

Reality Check
Sometimes I'm just as clueless as this guy.  It wasn't until just a couple of years ago that I learned that the word "misled" wasn't in fact pronounced ma-ee-zulled but instead mih-sled.  I'm pretty good at some other parts of life, though.

If you have moments that you interact with me and feel like one of these detectives - including if you've had these experiences with me in the past - please let me know.  

T-246 : Resolution Recommital

Loose PartsLast year I started off my T-365 Project; committing to make a blog posting to represent each day of the year, even if I got 2 one day and none the next.  In the end I only got to 247 (meaning I only made 118 posts).  This year I'm going to try again.  In fact I'm simply going to extend my deadline.  I'll finish this marathon, by darn!  What are some of your resolutions?  I plan to make a couple more, even though 1/1 is almost over.