Friday, October 31, 2008

Bouquet of clumsy words, a simple melody, This world's an ugly place, but your so beautiful to me.

So, I got tagged. Thanks Loverbunny!

I'm supposed to tell you 6 quirks I have...hmmmm.....
  • I'm obsessed with the words llama and flarp at the moment. I use them in everday converstaions whether they are appropriate or not.

  • I enjoy naming things...animal, vegetable, mineral...or inanimate object. It's fun, and helps to provide a strong sense of ownership!

  • I get REALLY angry at supid drivers. Sometimes it's a problem. They just need to quit being stupid and we won't have a problem. Yes - It's just that easy.

  • I'm apparently freakishly stubborn and competitive at times. This was not something I realized about myself, but luckily I have wonderful people in my life who remind me of that.

  • I have a great appreciateion for freshly shaved legs. It's a wonderful thing.

  • I love shoes. A lot. Not nice fancy/designer shoes (I'm sure I would if I could afford it...or if I could walk in them) But I love comfy cute sneakers/tennis shoes. Oh, and also flip flops. I wear them year round.

I don't really know who to if you read this, consider yourself tagged!

Oh, and Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Facebook Tips

If you're like me, you have several hundred friends on Facebook. Although you may technically know everyone you're friends with, a good portion of those "friends" may be people you have near-zero interest in. Or, said more politely, a small group of those friends you have a very high interest in. And yet the Facebook news feed indiscriminately delivers updates on all of them. It doesn't have to be this way! Using friend lists you can filter the news feed content to show stories from only those friends you are truly interested in.

To start, go to your friends page. In the left column you have the option to create a new friend list. Go ahead and create one and add some of your close friends to the list. Once your done, go back to the main "Home" page. In the tabs above the news feed you have an arrow on the far right. If you click it, you'll see that you can filter your stories by your friend lists. Select a friend list and the news feed refreshes to only show stories by or about them. You can actually edit your friend list right on the news feed page by clicking "Edit" in the dropdown menu you get when you click the arrow.

You can do some nice organizing with friend lists. I have two systems, one is to create various "Tiers" of friends. Tier 1 friends I talk with on a regular basis. Tier 2 friends I do not talk to regularly, but could call at anytime without feeling uncomfortable, and so on. In addition to the "Tier" system I have friends lists based on time periods of my life (college, mission, etc.).

I also further refine the news feed by clicking the "Options for News Feed" link at the very bottom of the feed. This allows you to change what type of stories show up, as opposed to our earlier efforts to control whose stories show up. You can actually request more stories for some people and less for others here, but I find the filtering by friend lists technique to be more flexible.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

From the Lead Contributor

Although you see my name in the URL for this blog, I don't really consider myself on equal footing with Ashley in regards to it. She has chosen everything about it, and so I see my role as more of a contributor. But, I do plan on occasionally writing something.

This will be my fifth attempt at a blog. In case you're curious, I also have (last updated 1/7/08), (last updated 9/15/06), my 1up blog (only two posts, one of which is titled "First Post"), and (set up specifically for my E3 visit this year, but on the second day I realized that there wasn't really a point. Also, I succumbed to the "First Post" temptation again).

So I have some failures in this space. However, I do not consider my blog dead - I've got about 10 posts in draft form saved on my computer. I'm just really bad about finishing them, because I like to have high quality writing with some research behind it. And I'm lazy.

I don't expect these personality characteristics to change, and therefore anticipate infrequent posts to this blog. When I do post, however, I'm likely to touch on one of the following subjects: video games, grammar (for example, should video game be one word or two?), movie reviews, philosophy, logic, Apple, cell phones, and technology in general. I may, during a weak moment, talk about my ever-deepening love for Ashley Williams. Luckily for you I don't have too many weak moments.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

No please don't complicate, our time is short and this is our fate - I'm yours...

Yay for fall fun! Last weekend we went to the Georga National Fair with our favorite Smiths. It was a bit hot that day, but overall it was lots of fun. They had all kinds of contest winners and contestants on display, including science fair projects. The quilts were my favorite part. It made me want to really start learning how to quilt. I guess I should start with learning to sew...

They also had all kinds of animal shows, including rabbits (and a lot of them were freaking huge), horses and cows...

He loves his mama!!

Fun times!

The little trooper - he was pooped!!

I wonder why Benihana is concentrating so hard....

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Looking upwards I strain my eyes & try to tell the difference between shooting stars and satellites...

So, even though Jacob and I aren't getting married until January, I wanted to play around with Blogger so I went ahead and created a blog for us. I have had 5 great years with LiveJournal, and I am not giving it up, but I am ready to move on to new and different blogging adventures. So far, I am loving this! I hope it lasts :)

I'm so excited for Fall!! We have so many fun fall things to do this year, I can't wait! Hopefully I will start to use my camera more so I can document these things...I'm so terrible about that...We shall see how I do!

Also, I love music. So in keeping with the tradition of my other blog, I will continue to use song lyrics for my titles. Let me know if you figure out any of the songs!