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Date: 2014-04-09 14:10:03 GMT

Comment left by: Ginger Haycox on The real value of streaming music

I found this really interesting for a number of reasons but primarily your remark about people tending to stick to what they know rather than venturing into that scary world of unknown music. My husband is the former, I am the latter. And I’m very happy that I am because by finding new music for him to listen to I can draw him out of his rut many times too. There is a book about just this topic…how we tend to stay with what we fell in love with instead of testing new things. It’s called This Is Your Brain on Music written by Daniel Levitin. It can get a little wordy but if you haven’t read it yet you might enjoy it.

Date: 2014-04-07 14:29:41 GMT

Comment left by: Ginger Haycox on Review: Noah

Bless you my son… =}
>>if you like mindless entertainment with lots of gaping plot holes…<<

Isn't that what the bible is tho'? If this movie had been made *not* based of the 'holy book', the critics would rip it apart for being implausible, unbelievable & just silly…right? But because it's “the bibles story” no one will risk that lightning bolt from heaven. I commend you on both your intellect & your bravery.

Date: 2014-03-01 03:03:06 GMT

Comment left by: Leandro on If Aubrey fought Hornblower, who would win?

Jack in a real human being. Hornblower is just a robot playing a part. Everything Jack does in his job seams so natural, he has all the unwritten navy rules in his nature. He doesnt even do the maths, but reaches accurate goals by instict. He loves his job, his men, his ships. He enjoys life and makes us enjoy with him as readers.
I never seen that in Horatio.

Date: 2014-02-26 16:51:39 GMT

Comment left by: Ginger on Going to the dogs

Okay, ya lost me on the ‘cat’s are Republicans’ line. I have six cats & they are most definitely ‘Independents’ who work hard for the common good. Two of my six deeply sense when something’s wrong in the house or with an individual in the house & will lick faces & cry around your feet until things are better. If I’m sick, my orange Tabby Darius will station himself near or on my chest & won’t leave even to eat.
Dogs are loyal. Dogs are eager to please…they may even be Republicans, willing to ‘fake it’ to please the base. ;}
All this is in fun of course. We both know dogs & cats are both too smart to link themselves to any political party.

Date: 2014-01-20 16:50:20 GMT

Comment left by: Ginger Haycox on Cruising for a difference

Oh I am definitely going to be following this one! My husband keeps ‘suggesting’ we go on a cruise & for a number of reasons I have no interest. I don’t drink…other than socially at weddings etc.
I eat to live, not live to eat & was told cruises are all about gorging, & I’m not really a beach person, so why would I find myself on a big boat sailing to them, unless it was something different? He has suggested the Disney lines which friends who’ve been say are really wonderful but I’m still hesitant because it might entail spending hours with excited/tired children.

Date: 2013-12-20 13:58:00 GMT

Comment left by: Ginger on All the lonely offices

Well, that was…sad! And while I don’t work for anyone else in an office at home, I think I can still understand exactly what it is you’re saying. Even from a patron/consumer/customer standpoint, it is distressing to walk into any office these days & see just one or two people there instead of the 4-5 there were years ago.

It’s social media too. It’s completely done away with the Town Square…the chess games in the park, the chats at a breakfast diner. People just login at Facebook & talk there. Sort of. I hate that! I mean I’m there, but I hate it. You can hear about someones travails & zip off a fast (((hugs)))… And this replaces a warm, caring embrace? Or a congratulatory shoulder pat when someone has aced a project?
We’re losing a lot! I shouldn’t get started, but recently when my mother passed I inherited some of her personal things. Like envelopes all tied in bundles…love letters, Valentine & birthday cards, not just my Mom’s but those she’d inherited from my Nana… letters from my Grandfather while he was fighting in 2 wars…as well as my mothers courtship letters from my father.
How do we replace any of those with emails & ecards? Do people actually care? I mean anyone besides me? Gawd I hope so!

Thanks for all your wonderful thought provoking articles all year Mark…
p.s. I have six whiny cats…count your blessings! ;}

Date: 2013-12-16 14:03:08 GMT

Comment left by: Ginger on Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

I have not seen this movie yet, but I will! I am addicted I suppose…a whore for Peter Jackson’s versions of Tolkiens works. We own all of them & watch them more times than I want to admit to.

I grew up on these stories. They were my favorites & I dog eared these books with re-reading them eight & ten times I admit, they still are among my most favorite books.

The thing that mystifies me about these books is their classification as ‘children’s books’. If they refer to an 18-20 year old as a child, then yes, I suppose they were. But imo, I think these books fell to the era. Anything that was of a fantasy genre automatically fell to the assumption that they had to be children’s stories. Yet I believe that like Lewis Carroll, Tolkien was definitely written & directed at an adult audience. The book The Hobbit deals with the effects of greed & the temptations to abuse power. It undertakes a very nuanced psychological study of Bilbo’s character, which is very complex & develops in some quite unexpected directions. It even considers some very difficult philosophical ideas, such as the relationship between fate & free will, hard enough for some adults to grapple with, never mind children. Plus, unlike Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with some superficial delights for children, Tolkien doesn’t really ‘talk down’ in any way to make the story an easy read for youngsters. Unless of course they were way smarter than I was an an 8 yr old.

Back to the movies…they take way too much license, I grant you that & there’s way more gore than I can handle at times. But to see the book(s) on the big screen for me is just wonderful, even tho’ there are flaws. It could be worse. Do you remember Ralph Bakshi’s endeavor? ‘Nuff said!

Date: 2013-11-19 18:20:27 GMT

Comment left by: Ginger on Gun control is inevitable

Excellent piece…again! Addressing your last two lines, much as I’d like to see this happen I’m about 99% sure it never will. But what I would like to see happen in that case is it being defined. Let’s face it, regardless of what the gun lobbyists, the NRA & the gun lovers say, the meaning of this amendment, in particular the portion (not) defining the intent of the well regulated & trained militia. How this can be interpreted by any sane mind to mean the man (or woman) on the street is really pushing the boundaries but this is how it’s perceived by those wanting people to have guns.
If you’ve studied this amendment along with the others as I have many times, what American needs is not a repeal of the second amendment but a lesson in history & what the amendment truly means.

Date: 2013-11-14 22:30:55 GMT

Comment left by: AJ on It’s official: SiteMeter no longer gives a damn

My stats have been off for months! I have sent them no less than ten support requests, and they have ignored EVERY SINGLE ONE! My “details” show the last visitor on August 18, but TODAY’S “summary” says I have had…well just look:

Total 1,747
Average Per Day 3
Average Visit Length 0:00
Last Hour 67
Today 95
This Week 24

95 visitors today?!? Impossible! My site rarely gets more than 1 or 2 a day, if ANY. And how could I have had 95 hits today, but only 24 for the entire week?? The basic math is just fugged up. Still, they ignore my requests. I am really looking for a different monitoring service so I can stop paying these clowns for a shitty service that doesn’t work!

Date: 2013-11-07 15:58:46 GMT

Comment left by: Mark on A short walk on Fairfax County’s Cross-County Trail

Thanks for the complements, Ginger. I am glad someone reads my blog regularly, particularly when it actually gets read instead of scanned.

Date: 2013-11-07 14:13:24 GMT

Comment left by: Ginger on A short walk on Fairfax County’s Cross-County Trail

Aaaah, this was wonderful! To be able to vicariously wander the trail with you was exactly what I needed on this dismal, rainy & windy day. Stepping out to feed birds plastered my clothing to my body & to the delight of my cats I came back indoors with sodden leaves stuck all over me from our woods. I do need to find a trail such as yours. Our little one here provided by our community is nothing more than a dirt path across fields leading to a retention pond. If you’re lucky you might catch a deer or fox having a drink of water, but why would I do that? I have dozens in my backyard.
I’m rambling…thank you once again for a well written & pleasant tale… it made my heart happy! ♪

Date: 2013-10-24 03:19:55 GMT

Comment left by: Ginger on How failed: the programmatic aspects

Oh Mark! Thank you for this! It is so nice to get an explanation from someone who knows what they’re talking about! I can’t even imagine what kind of undertaking something like that site would be, but I’m savvy enough to understand it would be like trying to swim thru’ concrete! Thanks again for stepping us thru’ it!

Date: 2013-10-21 04:05:52 GMT

Comment left by: Rita on and the problems with interactive federal websites

Good, article. I agree, there should be government people doing these things rather than contracting out. Also, call me naive, but the powers that be might have considered contacting creators of Facebook or Twitter or their like to get some good, user friendly ideas as opposed the clumsy website that was developed. If people can bank with apps, why not an app for as well. The program definitely needs young people to buy into the system in order to success. Young people use apps all the time. Anyway, thanks for listening.

Date: 2013-09-26 04:00:43 GMT

Comment left by: Ginger on Republican anarchists try to shut down the government

Oh my Mark! You’re beginning to sound an awful lot like me & I’m not sure that’s a good thing. Don’t get me wrong. Truth is a very good thing & you have told it. It’s just that so many people don’t like to hear it. Look at any Right winger…any Fox listener…like Jack said…’you can’t handle the truth!’
You omitted one other thing they are too. Something that is highly illegal, yet they get away with it. They are extortionists. They are threatening the president with defunding to their own ends…& willing to harm a great amount of the country with clear consciences.
The way I see it, is they don’t hate America! They don’t even think about America. At least not beyond the political, personal & financial gain it affords them.

And then there’s McCarthy…oops sorry Cruz!!!

Date: 2013-09-23 19:30:49 GMT

Comment left by: Simon on Craigslist Casual Encounters: now officially a complete waste of time

I did manage to hook up with someone via CE about five and a half years ago but aside from that, I’ve received a few tentative nibbles but that’s been it.

But I also agree that CE is largely a waste of time, especially if you’re a straight male.

It’s been so badly infested with spammers, escorts since the demise of Erotic Services, wannabe sugar daddies and sugar babies, self-deluded idiots who are willing to pay for sex but won’t go see an escort, pic collectors, trolls and predatory gays that it’s pointless to post an ad.

Date: 2013-09-17 11:31:51 GMT

Comment left by: Craigslist Account on Craigslist Casual Encounters: now officially a complete waste of time

After all I got this interesting article, this is my hobby to surf on internet for various subjects. I notice this, only professional bloggers maintain quality of content. I am redirected here from delete craigslist account web page.

Date: 2013-09-15 13:59:58 GMT

Comment left by: Jeff on Craigslist casual encounters weirdness: September 2013 Edition

Why do you put so much emphasis on what Google Analytics tells you? I use a add on that blocks tracking for various reasons and it works quite well, but that’s not my point.
The point is why not rely more on reader feedback to determine interest in your posts rather than on some lame software analysis that really only tells you that people looked at your page, but you don’t know if they actually were there for more than a second, so you really don’t know if your post was actually read. Just curious.

Date: 2013-08-30 21:40:36 GMT

Comment left by: Vicky Sanders on Planning for the best time in life

When I moved to NYC I didn’t know anyone and had no family here… it sucked. My coworker showed me and I’m a big fan of that over the others in terms of actually meeting people vs. just entertainment. It has a different approach that feels less sketchy cause you and your friends essentially act as “wingmen”. I like that it helps you find things to do too. Skout’s okay too, but still has it’s fair share of creepers

Date: 2013-08-11 05:48:41 GMT

Comment left by: Ugh… Facebook on Facebook’s appallingly bad user interface

Just found this 2 year old article because after managing to not use FaceBook ever before, I’ve recently been forced to mange a FB page for my employer. Fortunately the majority of my posts will be automated by a blog, but just getting everything setup has been a struggle.

From the very beginning FB has a make a page link on it’s signup page, but after filling everything out and hitting submit I was returned with an error telling me I had to login (to personal acct) first.

After that, I can never seem to find the correct settings, or worse, I somehow get switched back to my personal acct when changing my page.

I don’t know how they’ve been so successful, but after all these years I though these issues would be fixed.

Oh BTW, is it me or do some errors seem to use horrible grammar?

Thanks for confirming I’m not the only one baffled by FB!

Date: 2013-08-01 12:01:09 GMT

Comment left by: Mark on Keeping off the weight

Ginger, I appreciate your perspective. Statistically though weight loss and exercise don’t go well together and exercise can be a factor in undermining weight loss.

As part of weight management, exercise has lots of benefits which I outlined. If nothing else you will appreciate a healthy body in old age, when you are less likely to fall and more able to move without walkers and canes than others in your age group.

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