Election Night 2013 – Why this was not a great victory for Virginia Democrats *updated*

I should remind myself not to go number diving on election night, it's depressing even on the nights we win sometimes. Total voter turnout for Virginia's gubernatorial races: 2001: 46.38% 2005: 44.96% 2009: 40.37% 2013: ~39% or so it looks like IMO [from Virginia State Board of Elections] This is a very bad trend. Democrats … Continue reading Election Night 2013 – Why this was not a great victory for Virginia Democrats *updated*

OMG! What the hell have I been doing for the past six years?

50,000 tweets. That's the milestone I just reached. That's a helluva lot of abused hashtags, rants, and randomness. Also a lot of friends and even adopted family, fascinating discussions, and exploration into a world that continues to amaze me. I've written before about Twitter ('A Look Back @ Twitter', 'IRL is Real Stupid', and 'The … Continue reading OMG! What the hell have I been doing for the past six years?

Tucking this whole Jayne’s Hat business into its bunk…

I believe this will be the last I post on this -- I just want to make a few observations after my post from yesterday. Buzzfeed posted an article late last night about the whole thing, and even featured some of my tweets about it. And ThinkGeek posted a couple of responses to all this … Continue reading Tucking this whole Jayne’s Hat business into its bunk…

What ThinkGeek *Should* Have Done (And Still Can!)

*update at bottom of the page* So, just to start off, I like ThinkGeek -- I really do. I've been a customer since 2003 and have literally spent thousands of dollars on their site (helped that my company used to give out prizes and I made sure to buy them at ThinkGeek. Also helped by … Continue reading What ThinkGeek *Should* Have Done (And Still Can!)

The History of the World (of Social Media), Part 1 – The Myth of Social Media

Focus can be a dangerous thing. Have you ever played golf? I do on occasion. It's generally not pretty. Whenever I get a golf club in my hands, even if it's just at a driving range, I face a battle. The battle is between trying to be mindful of how to swing a thin stick … Continue reading The History of the World (of Social Media), Part 1 – The Myth of Social Media

10 Ways to Celebrate Kylee Lane’s Birthday

*Revised, extended, and made increasingly silly for 2012* As I did with birthday posts for Ruth / ChulhuChick and Jess / Toasterlicious,  I've done the same for my Made-Up Pseudo-Sibling (#MUPS) Kylee Lane. As today is her birthday, here are some ways to appropriately mark the occasion: 1.SOAP Well, you could order some soap, but … Continue reading 10 Ways to Celebrate Kylee Lane’s Birthday

Let’s not meet in the middle… Political deadlock and how money changes everything

Ahh, the heady warm-breeze of overheated election year politics. And amidst all the claims and counter-claims, many talking heads and regular citizens bemoan the lack of civility and the intransigent deadlock of the extremes of both parties working against each other. These protestations are almost always concluded with a sad shaking of the head and … Continue reading Let’s not meet in the middle… Political deadlock and how money changes everything

Teleprompters and DeadWoodPulp-prompters? There was one Republican who wouldn’t have cared.

I see Fox News is trumpeting that "Condoleeza Rice Did Speech Without Teleprompter" ...umm, so "JOBS!" then? They admit she did it from "notes" (aka the papers on the lectern in front of her...which is, you know, just a DeadWoodPulp-prompter) This is the level of political discourse and "journalism" that the fate of our country … Continue reading Teleprompters and DeadWoodPulp-prompters? There was one Republican who wouldn’t have cared.

10 Ways to Celebrate @Toasterlicious’ Birthday

And now to complete the trilogy (bet you didn't even know it was a trilogy, huh?!) - I bring you 10 ways to celebrate the birthday of my Made-Up Pseudo-Sibling (#MUPS) Jess (@toasterlicious). As I did with my other #MUPS Kylee Lane and the ever amazing Ruth/CthulhuChick, I've offered some ways to appropriately mark this … Continue reading 10 Ways to Celebrate @Toasterlicious’ Birthday