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A squatter on my porch

In Kentucky, Lexington, my life, photography on July 28, 2011 at 9:37 pm

It’s not everyday that watering my plants almost gives me a heart attack.

But discovering a squatter on my porch will do that.

Well, actually, it was a bird who has made a nest in one of my hanging plants, but still, having a bird fly into your face gives one quite a shock.

Upon further searching, I found the cause for the alarm. She has eggs. I’ll have to water with care from now on.

And then I found a lonely surprise in my other plant.  Read the rest of this entry »

Not gaga for Google+

In apps, blogs, branding, commentary, Facebook, Foursquare, Google+, iPhone, journalism, Skype, social media, technology, Twitter on July 28, 2011 at 9:00 am

OK. I’ll bite. The siren song of a new social media fad beckons, and I can’t avoid its call.

So … I now have a Google+ account.

I signed up last week and have tried to use it more over the last couple of days.

And I respect what Google is going for. It’s like Twitter, Facebook, Skype, Foursquare and probably some other applications I haven’t yet realized all wrapped up into one.

And from a marketing and development standpoint, this seems like a solid idea: Why would anyone use five different sites when they could use just one?

Still, I have my doubts that it will reach the popularity of any of these individual sites, but I’ll save my this-upstart-will-never-make-it-in-the-wide-world-of-social-media rant for the end of this post. Read the rest of this entry »

Strange sign boasts unimportance

In history, Kentucky, Lexington, my life, photography on July 26, 2011 at 6:23 pm

On my way to Common Grounds Coffee House in Lexington, I passed this sign, which is on the house across the street from the coffee shop.

My first thought was, “Good to know?”

But after some cursory Googling, I learned this plaque’s boasted nonuniqueness isn’t really anything special.

The novelty plaque is sold and can be found across the country and even beyond. Here are pics of some in New Orleans, the Philippines and Oberlin, Ohio.

According to Frosty on Yahoo! Answers, the plaque dates back to the ye olde time of 1980.

Oh well. It was neat enough to catch my eye. Read the rest of this entry »

Take part in study on Facebook and mourning

In blogs, Facebook, research, social media, technology on July 26, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Stacie Jankowski, a very close friend of mine, is recruiting Facebook users to participate in a 10-minute survey about Facebook use after a friend or loved one has died.

Her blog, Buried the Lead, has some information about the survey. You can also directly get to the survey by clicking here.

The survey is part of a doctoral research project, and she especially needs men to take part, she said. Right now, the ladies far outnumber male participants.

Please take part and help out a journalist-turned-researcher!

A day at the races

In apps, iPhone, Kentucky, Louisville, my life, photography, technology on July 26, 2011 at 8:31 am

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about Churchill Downs. Maybe it’s because of my upcoming move back to Louisville, the Derby hats I have displayed on my bedroom wall that I look at when I wake up in the morning — I don’t know.

But I recently came across these photos that I took with the Hipstamatic app on my iPhone a year or so ago. I was experimenting with the app more than anything, but some of them turned out well. Read the rest of this entry »

(Insert witty title about me here)

In blogs, branding, commentary, journalism, my life, sarcasm, social media on July 26, 2011 at 3:48 am

I’ll freely admit that blogs are self-promoting. And, I suppose, this one won’t be any different.

But despite the blatant promotion of me, I hope that my blog will be witty, entertaining, informational, (insert funny, flattering adjective here).

I want to write about journalism, things I come across around town, randomness and maybe a few home improvement projects stuck in between — things that all interest me.

Me, me, me, me, me.

(Insert winky face to show sarcasm here.)

But while I’m on the self-promotion crazy train, I’m going to take this a step further with a little Q&A with myself about my blog.

Bask in the multiple-personality awesomeness.

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