Saturday, June 30, 2007
On the very same day The Translator tagged me, I was also nominated by both Gerri, over at Absolutely True, AND Adria, over at the In Cinq Project, for the Rockin' Girl Bloggers award. Both of them are themselves Rockin' Girl Bloggers, and I appreciate them tossing this title my way. I'm now supposed to nominate others, who will nominate others, who will nominate others... but I'm going to flake out on this as well (see tagging phobia comment above). I've also taken the liberty of taking the 'girl' out of my nomination, since I haven't felt like a 'girl' for around 30 years! Check out my blog roll, though, of sites I've enjoyed, as there are numerous Rockin' Bloggers of all ages and sexes on there, both human and feline!
Now, let's get on with the 7 Random Things About Me:
- Second, when I was 3, and fell into the Bosporus and almost drowned.
At Sixteen (tough grrrl)
- And fourth, about 6 years ago, when my appendix went kaplooie, and I had to have an emergency appendectomy.
#7 - I wrote these 7 Random Things down while driving my car to Santa Fe, finishing just as I drove past the Ohkay Casino, north of Española. I do NOT advise any of you to copy this behavior. Not only did it hinder my focus on my driving, but it was also a bit difficult to read what I'd written when I got home again.
Friday, June 29, 2007
When I came home yesterday from a drive, Henry was waiting for me. He was making some peculiar faces, which I immediately photographed and now have posted below. I'm still not sure what he was trying to express...
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Discord among the cats: Rexie & Gamma attacked Henry, and LaLa is hiding under a table, growling. I think they're upset by Boarding Cat. I reasure them that Boarding Cat will only be here for 9 days.
Boarding Cat just bit my arm. She's upset by smells of my cats. Ouch. I bleed. I put hydrogen peroxide and teatree oil on the wound.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Back in 1980 and 1981, I used to keep little scrapbooks with drawings and collages in them. Now that I have a scanner, I thought I'd revisit those and preserve a few of the images that I liked best. And of course I want to share them with you here on the blog. Some have been a little digitally enhanced for better effect. Click on any of the images to view them in larger size.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Istanbul, Turkey, is a place where I almost died. Just as I turned 3 years old, my family moved from the US to Isanbul. We had a house that was right on the Bosporus, a body of water that connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara. One day I tumbled into the Bosporus, and would have drowned if not for my older sister, Paige, who was around 14 at the time. She heard the yells of our servant, who could not swim, and rushed out to dive in and save me. (Thanks, Paige!) The image above is the Bosporus, as seen from Satellite, and below is one of me at three, on the very edge of the Bosporus, tempting fate.
Last night I found a family Christmas card handwritten by my mother while we were living in Turkey. Mom has been dead for 40 years now, so it is rare for me to come across her handwriting. Her note is below. I have no idea who Aunt Jane was, but I was the baby she refers to. (My younger sister Temple was born just over a year later, after we returned to the US.)
Here is a photo of me with both my parents while we were living abroad, taken in 1958 or '59. It looks as if whatever I was saying to them was amusing. I'm guessing now that I was having a vision of the future, and telling them all about the internet, and how someday I would put photos of them on my blog.
UPDATE: Aha! The mysterious Aunt Jane my mother was writing that Christmas note to has now been identified, thanks to my helpful brother Richard. She was Jane Erin Emmet de Glehn (1873-1961). She was the youngest sister of my great grandfather, Robert Temple Emmet. She was married to the artist Wilfred Gabriel de Glehn (1870-1951) and was also an artist herself, one of several women artists in the Emmet family, including Jane's sister Lydia Field Emmet. Below is a painting by John Singer Sargent, from 1907, showing Jane painting, with her husband nearby:
Friday, June 22, 2007
My friend MaLu lost her best pal a couple of days ago. He was her cat, Cooper, a handsome and steadfast warrior kitty who was 18 years old. Now he is waiting for her at the base of the stairs to the Rainbow Bridge, as seen below.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Have you heard of Bloggerwave yet? I've just joined, and this is my first post for them. If BloggerWave likes this post (and what's not to like?), they will pay $10 into my PayPal account. Easy money! Maybe you'd like to check out Bloggerwave for yourself? They are looking for more bloggers NOW. Here's a partial screen shot of what I was seeing when I accepted this assignment:
This seems like a simple way for even beginning bloggers (like me) to earn some money. I'll give an update to let you know if they find this post an acceptable submission. Meanwhile, the cats are calculating just how many cans of catfood I can buy with the $10 payment. I wonder how much I could get if I go to the shelter and adopt another kitty and name it 'BW' for BloggerWave, and then feature it here on the blog? Hmmmm... stay tuned!
Saturday, June 16, 2007
I added cream to my evening cup of tea, pouring out a little taste of it for Rexie, who, as usual, had jumped up for his treat when he heard me stirring my tea. Then, without paying much attention, I returned the cream to the refrigerator, and shut the door. Or rather TRIED to shut the door. There was a problem with that, as you can see for yourself:
A few weeks ago an area in between my shoulder blades started hurting. It's never gone away, but it was more of a dull ache than a screaming pain, so I wasn't much concerned about it... But then, a few days ago, my neck got strange. I was just lying in bed, after having woken up, and all of a sudden I felt a weird sensation in my neck and then it became painful. When I moved it, I could feel a clicking, as if some of my neck parts were knocking up against each other. And now, for the past day and a half or so I've had an obnoxious headache. I'm NOT a happy camper.
Should I go see a chiropractor,
and get it put right again?
Or should try waiting it out,
and see if it resolves on its own?
Thursday, June 14, 2007
I think these sand art creations are both fun and fascinating to watch, and there are some amazing videos of them out there. But when I came across THIS one, which was paired with one of my favorite songs, I knew I had to add it to my blog. Enjoy the show!
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Well, I've gotten my new computer, and it's great. But for some reason I'm having frequent problems viewing what's on my monitor... It's almost as if something were blocking my view. But what could it be? I've taken a few photos, so you can see what I'm talking about:
Zebbie says: "Monitor? What monitor?"
Zebbie helps me search for my monitor...
"Nope, it's not down there, either."
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Apologies to non-blogging readers who are not interested in this stuff. We bloggers sometimes obsess about our rankings and ratings. But, for me, the MOST important thing is YOU, my readers! The more the better. If you are a blogger, I hope you'll join in on this experiment, by following the instructions below. If this stuff has no interest for you, just ignore it, because I'll be posting another new post later today that should interest you more!
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Important Update - Please read here!
1.) Copy and paste the matrix of “ViralTags” below courtesy of Founders Cafe .
2.) Substitute the Host Tag and one of the “Viral Tags” in the matrix with your anchor text of choice with your blog’s URL. Please keep anchor text to a max of 3 words (or 4 short words) to keep the matrix size manageable.
3.) When you get a ping back from someone that has your link in one of their “Viral Tags”, practice good karma by copying his/her Host Tag’s anchor text (automatically the associated link will also be copied) and paste it over one of your “Viral Tags” below.
4.) Encourage and invite your readers to do the same and soon this can grow virally.Cat On My Head / esofthub's web finds / Political Social Media / Blog Plus Ultra / Miraz turorials.com / Investing Women Online / Diwatangbyaning / Father of One / Mariuca's Perfume Gallery / Running Fitness Marathons / Islam4me / Web Design California / laketrees / Derrich.com / Sexy Celebrity / revellian / 2 Write Hands / Justice Investments / Make Money Online / Business Chats / International City Travel / Asian Celebrity News / One Million Shirts / Tech at Hand / Rich Minx / Internet Marketing Austria / Ageless Beauty / Web 2.0 Tutorials / Technology Music Life / infokarir jobs / Manila Mom / Link Love / Blogging Money Secret / Internet Startup Blog / Web Design Blog / Daily Life Technology / Make Money Blogging / Steve’s Tech Blog / Agloco Internet Marketing / Daily Bulls Investing / Tech Gadgets Stocks / Affiliate Program / Computer Seventy-Five / Learn about e-Learning / Tech Hack Ramblings / Jack Book / Screen Writer Guy / Overseas Filipino Worker / Filipino Programmer / Startup Entrepreneur Money / 7Confessions / Meandering / Earn Money Online / Really Smart Guy / Earn Income Online / Day Mind Xpression / Entrepreneurship Internet Web / Make Money Blogging / Create a Blog / Pie Hole / start a blog / Make Money Blogging / Marketing Made Simple / Tech Startups Web2.0 / Diary of Bad Girls / Build Rankings Fast / Mrs Sparrow / Hot Buzz / Weight Loss / Really Funny Jokes / Best of Blogs / The Junkie’s Wife / Internet Marketing German / German - USA / Domain Development Blogs / Sundhed og Helbred / Giving Link Love / Business Blog Web / Photoshop Tutorials / Anitokid Chronikos / Klapkids Chronikos / esofthub’s web finds / Everything iPod / Jason’s Random Thoughts / Fun Web Development / Monetize Your Blog / Yung Silent Whisper / Greg Stratz My Journey / Music Videos / Social Media / Colors of the Internet / Wealth Blog Ibujempol BundaWAH / Gadgets & Technology / Make Money Home / MAXFORAS / The Broken Bow / Paid to Blog / Fanatic Space / Cheezmizan with Chuva / Adsense / my silent cuffs / ViralTags / Ngadutrafik 2007 / ViralTags / ViralTags / Russian Jokes & Humor / Make Money Blog / ViralTags / ViralTags / Malaysian Stocks INC / My Traders Journal / ViralTags / ViralTags / ViralTags / Huma B~ Post / ViralTags / ViralTags / ViralTags / Anything n Everything / Humor Pictures / ViralTags / ViralTags / ViralTags / ViralTags / ViralTags / ViralTags / ViralTags / ViralTags / ViralTags / ViralTags /
Once I get a ping back from you (I promise to do the best I can), I will add your anchor text and the associated link you designate as “Host Tag” here, replacing one of the “ViralTags” from the matrix above. As more and more bloggers copy and paste this matrix, the more backlinks you will have with your anchor text. If everybody who copies & pastes from your blog does the same, this will spread and soon go viral. So, the sooner you participate, the more links with anchor text you will receive.
The main idea of this tagging program is to allow others that got pinged by you to easily go to your site, and copy your updated “Host Tag” anchor text and URL and paste them into their ViralTags matrix. Not everyone will bother to try to let you know to change your Host Tag like I do. I’ve spent some time to notify those that didn’t update, but it can be a hassle. If you follow the instructions listed below exactly, it’ll make everything easier and clearer for everyone. Thanks for your participation! *********
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So that's it. Let's hope this improves ranks for all who use it- blessings be upon us from the Cyber Gods! Please leave comments here if you have copied from this matrix so that I can add you just in case your ping back didn’t reach me.
Just so we can see how well this experiment works for ME, here are my rather sad rankings as of right now, and I'll update them later to show if the hoped for improvements occur. As I'm posting this, on June 10th, my Google ranking is a whopping 0, and my Technorati ranking is 592,405 with an authority of 9. (For those not familiar with Technorati, you want a lower rank number, and a higher authority. I was at a rank of almost one million and an authority of 6 when I first started paying attention to it a little over a week ago.)
Hmmmm... a half hour later, my Technorati authority has gone up another point, to 13, but my rank (arggghhh!) has gone in the WRONG direction, worse than when I began this, up to 593,039. Does Technorati disapprove of my using ViralTags to improve rank? Am I being too neurotic about all these numbers?? (That's a hypothetical question, folks, no need for you to answer it!)
And here is how the numbers continued to change over time (remember
you want to see your 'authority' go UP, and your 'rank' go DOWN:
1 day after posting: Technorati authority 31, and Technorati rank 170,318.
2 days after posting: Technorati authority 52, and Technorati rank 137,795.
3 days after posting: Technorati authority 69, and Technorati rank 74,069.
4 days after posting: Technorati authority 82, and Technorati rank 60,055.
6 days after posting: Technorati authority 131, and Technorati rank 42,195.
9 days after posting: Technorati authority 175 , and Technorati rank 26,735.
2 weeks after posting: Technorati authority 206 , and Technorati rank 21,182.
On July 13, 2007: Technorati authority 302 , and Technorati rank 13,633.