Thursday, December 22, 2011

Does Your Cube Need Some Pimpin'?

This post brought to you by Contest Factory. All opinions are 100% mine.

Do you work in a dingy uninteresting cubicle every day? Is it dark and messy with old furniture and outdated technology?  Do you dread going to work every day and facing it?  Do you think your cubicle is the most pathetic cubicle ever? Prove it!

Enter the Pimp My Cube Contest and you could win one of these three prize packages:

  • New high end computer system
  • New Desk, Chair and Decorations
  • New Entertainment Package with high end stereo, espresso machine etc.

All you have to do is register and upload a video, something like this one, explaining what's so horrible about your cubicle or office and why the Contest Factory people should come Pimp your Cube:

Be creative - the funnier the video or the better the story, the better your chances are to win.  You'll also want to get all your friends and family (and random strangers on the street) to vote for your video and get involved, because you get points for registering, voting, commenting and inviting others to register for the contest.  The grand prize winner will be selected by Contest Factory judges based on various criteria including number of votes received, best (worst?) video and most compelling story.

This contest runs through 1/31/12 at 12pm, so if your cube needs some pimpin' be sure to visit the Pimp My Cube site and enter this contest - and send all your friends to vote.  Good Luck!!

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Create Your Own Snowflakes

Need a Snow Day? 

This is so much fun!  Remember folding and cutting paper snowflakes when you were a kid?  Well, this is sort of like that - except you do it on your computer.  I found this site years ago and had lots of fun with it - and then forgot all about it until today when they were talking about it being the middle of December, and we don't have any snow.  Why the one thing led to the other, I don't know - but it did.

Anyway, if you'd like to create some of your own 'paper' snowflakes to share on the page and share with your friends, visit the Popular Front Snowday page

Don't blame me if you get addicted...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

30% Off Priceless Protection with Norton

This post brought to you by Norton Small Business by Symantec. All opinions are 100% mine.


One of the hazards of spending time online is malware (malicious software on your computer), or getting a virus on your computer.  Nothing makes your heart sink like suddenly having big problems with your computer, and there's nothing you can do to fix it - except wipe the hard drive and start all over.  I've had to do that a couple times, and I hated it.  I still haven't figured out why these people do it.  I mean, if they'd just spend a fraction of the energy and talent they have on something constructive instead of creating viruses and trouble, think what they could accomplish!

Regardless of what I think, internet viruses are going to continue to be a problem, and we are all going to have to protect ourselves.  One of my favorite anti-virus products is Norton.  I've tried other ones - because I got a good deal - but those other ones are the ones that let the stupid viruses through!  There are several different Norton products to choose from.  Two that just launched this September are the Norton 360 and the Norton Internet Security 2012.  You can check out the Norton website to find out which product will best suit your needs.  Products are available with licenses for 1 PC to 10 PCs.  We usually get the ones for 3 PCs, but we have enough computers in the house that I'm thinking we could use some of the Norton Small Business by Symantec products that cover at least 5 PCs.

Speaking of small business, while anti-virus Internet protection is important for individuals, think of how much more important it is for businesses.  Yes, I know our photos and other personal files are important to all of us, but for businesses it's all the little details that make the business run - personnel records, customer invoices, product orders, etc.  A malicious attack on a business's computers can really cost!  Better to be protected in the first place than have to scramble to fix the problems after the fact.

That protection doesn't have to cost a lot because you can get 30% off Norton Small Business Products now, making it the perfect time to get protected - before it's too late.  Be sure to check out the Norton website to see which product(s) would be most beneficial to you and your needs and let me know what you think.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011


We watched the CMT Artists of the Year show tonight, and this was my favorite part.  Joe Walsh and Brad Paisley - Life's Been Good to Me/Camouflage:

So good!  I'm loving that guitar playing!  It has me wondering - has there been or is there going to be a Brad Paisley/Joe Walsh Crossroads?  Time to search, I guess!

What is there about Brad Paisley?  Besides his obvious talent, of course!  He can do fun songs like this one.  He can do serious, meaningful songs, and he can play that guitar!

The other artists honored were Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Kenny Chesney, and Taylor Swift.  I'm really not impressed with Taylor, but I do like the other ones.  I just can't decide if I like Kenny or Brad best, but for tonight I'm going to have to go with Brad.

How about you?  Who do you like?

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Facebook Tags - Now More Fun

A friend of mine posted this on facebook today, so I just had to try it.  I love being able to tag my facebook friends in status updates and comments.  It's a great way to call their attention to something.  I also love that we no longer have to use their full names when we tag them - because that's just not natural sometimes - most of the time, actually.

And now, thanks to a bit of extra code, we can tag our friends using any words at all!  It won't be something you'll do every day, but once in a while, just for fun - why not?

Here are the basic steps:
  • Copy and past this code into your status update or comment - @@[0:[NUMBER-ID:0:TEXT]]
  • Find the Numerical ID for the person you want to tag.  For some friends it will be at the end of the url on their profile page -  Copy that number.
  • If your friend has a custom url, like me, with a username at the end instead of a number - - all you have to do is replace the 'www' with 'graph' - - When you load that page, the id number will be at the top.  Copy that number.
  • Paste the User ID into the code - replace the part that says 'NUMBER-ID' - @@[0:[100000496127817:0:TEXT]]
  • Decide how you want to tag your friend.  Replace the word 'TEXT' with the words you want to use.  For instance, this is for my husband - @@[0:[100000496127817:0:my favorite husband ever]]

  • Compose your message around the code - Sitting here watching TV with @@[0:[100000496127817:0:my favorite husband ever]]. Aren't we exciting?
  • Post your status update!

Have fun with it!

For better directions with pictures, check out this post.   It says it's a post for tagging photos, but they really mean status updates and comments.  I'm not sure if it's possible to do this with photos or not.  I know you can tag anyone/anything in photos using whatever words you want, but I don't know if it's possible to make them links.   Anybody know?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

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Free subscriptions are limited to the first 50,000 subscribers, and subscriptions are valid for three years.  So, if you like entertainment, be sure to sign up now before this offer is gone.