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Big Loader Construction Set - my favorite toy!

I loved this toy. Man, did I love this toy. My nephew has a newer version of it, and it's almost as cool... but there's something spooky/endearing about seeing the exact toy from my childhood appear in an online museum, entitled (somewhat uncreatively) as Electronic Toy, 1975-1979

If the starting bid on a 10-day auction weren't over $50 right now, I'd consider getting one... but Ruth wouldn't appreciate my bringing more junk into the house!

Ginger Alexander from Flip This House speaks out!

Okay, I don't remember if I linked to this article already or not... but there it is: an interview with Ginger Alexander (among others).

Now, reader, I have one question: What's the draw to Ginger Alexander? Seriously, I'm curious! You're here because either 1) you're a friend/relative of mind who's fascinated by my daily musings, or 2) a search for "Ginger Alexander" brought you here.

So, what makes Ginger interesting to you?

Go ahead and comment -- Blogger makes it easy.

My Ginger-related hits are starting to outnumber my Kari Byron hits, and I'm just wondering why.


Where'd all the rebate hunters go?

Sadly, when I changed hosting and moved my sites so they appear under their own domains (like www.lexmarked.com), it broke most of the existing search-engine links.

Despite helpful error pages and the like, my visits have dropped off to practically nothing.

I wonder how long it'll take before that coveted "Google juice" returns? And, in the meantime, how will people track down my rebate-related advice?


Why I hate Politics

Eeek. What more can I say? Check out the latest blog posting from G e n e r a t i o n W h y ?



Legal or illegal: How do you tell?

From the Star Tribune story Legal or illegal: How do you tell?:
"When Roxanna Barr applied for a meat-processing job at Swift & Co. in Worthington, Minn., last month, she walked into the interview room with a Social Security card and a green card that authorized her to work.

"Sitting at a table opposite the Swift interviewer, Barr was asked first was asked whether she was 18 years old and then, 'Are you legally authorized to work in the United States?'

"Barr said yes and showed the required two documents to prove it. And that's all Swift, or any employer, can ask for.

"To ask for more identification, say a driver's license, is grounds for charges of discrimination.

"'I don't think your average person understands what employers can and cannot ask,' said James Hamilton, Swift's human resource director in Worthington, 'or that large penalties and fines are administered if you ask for more.'"
The advantage I have in having obtained an HRD degree (which, fun or not, has an HRM component) is that I know that's true!

But the bind that employers are in is usually lost in the debate, isn't it?


Caution - Work In Progress!

Just a quick head's up that I'm changing over my template to match my actual site (www.emlarson.com), so this will be a bit messy for a day or two.

(I've been working in a test template, which is fine, but at some point you need to bite the bullet and apply it to some actual content, you know?)

UPDATE: Ruth mentioned that I made the huge mistake of using the b-word (the one that starts with "b" and ends with the three-letter description of a felled tree), which is a horrible thing to do when it comes to AdSense. So, I fixed that right-quick! Yikes!

Apple Good, Apple Bad

Just came across the article from Wired News: Jobs vs. Gates: Who's the Star?.

The author's answer?

On the evidence, [Jobs is] nothing more than a greedy capitalist who's amassed an obscene fortune. It's shameful. In almost every way, Gates is much more deserving of Jobs' rock star exaltation.

Sounds harsh... but some of us are old enough to remember the days, a couple decades ago, when Apple ran the show in the school system and served as the proverbial 800-pound gorilla in the room. Apple IIs on every desk (at a time with Commodore 64s would have served better for pennies on the dollar), right?


Picking a new beard

Thanks to my coworker Paul's blog, I'm now trying to choose a new beard from the plethora of options atGallery of Contestants and Champions.

Got a favorite that I should try out?


Remember the rolling ball clock?

Can I just say, once again, that I love the Internet!!!. I had this thought, "Gee, I wonder if they still sell those clocks that ran with little ball bearings to count up the hours and minutes?"

They do. The Internet answers all!

Read the Review: Time Machine rolling ball clock

You can find them at various places for $50 -- more than I want to spend. But fun to know they're still out there.

I remember them being for sale in the window of some store in the Rosedale Mall. And it's funny that the reviewer mentions that they've been on sale "since at least the late 1970s". Yup, that's exactly when Dad and I would go to Rosedale and I'd stare at this thing in the window.

I think the same store had the tilting wave machine with the clear and blue fluids sloshing back and forth.

Whatever the store was, it wasn't Spencer's Gifts, which is the place I always wanted to go into, and which Dad hated. But it had really cool lighting displays in back... including those fiber-optic lamps that look like fireworks burts. And these were the cool ones -- the really big ones, unlike the wimpy little knock-offs of today.

Maybe I should go hunt for one on eBay...


Inside the AdSense brain

Ever wonder what a computer might be "thinking"? So do I! You might have seen my post educating eric: What's up with Yahoo Publisher Content Guidelines?

Know what ads got stuck at the bottom of that one when I just popped it up?

"NaturalGreens Pharmaceutical grade supplements for detoxification and liver health."

Hmmm. That's a bad sign. What else?

"Are You Clean Inside? Death begins in the colon. Why is detoxification so crucial?"

And my personal favorite...

"the Colon Cleansing Kit(tm). Cleanse intestinal buildup. Photos document results of cleanse."


Minneapolis Public Library: Weatherball Photos and Lore

I still miss the Weatherball... but now there's a site with a half-dozen photos of it! Check out Minneapolis Public Library: Weatherball Photos and Lore


What's up with Yahoo Publisher Content Guidelines?

If you check out the page creatively titled General Lead Capture, you'll see the "terms of service" for Yahoo! Publisher advertising -- the competitor to Google AdSense.

Seems normal enough... it starts out with things like:

Yahoo! Publisher Network does not wish to be associated with certain types of content, behavior and/or products, and will not accept sites that contain this type of content. This includes, but is not limited to:
Adult-oriented content
Violence, excessive use of vulgar or obscene language
Excessive, duplicate or competing advertisements

Okay, I can live with that. But the next one threw me:

Content related to human suffering or death

Regular readers will know that I write about abortion here every so often, and write from a pro-life perspective, so I think that topic is very much about "human suffering" and "death". Does that count?

Further down the list, past "Gambling" and "Illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia", you get:

Propaganda, potentially offensive or controversial content

What blog isn't "potentially offensive or controversial"?

But the final blow is just past the mid-point of the list:

Political, religious or charitable organizations, issues or causes

What more can I say?

Why on earth would Yahoo "not wish to be associated with... charitable organizations, issues or causes"?!? Religion and politics, sure, go ahead and run away from those... but Yahoo! is telling me that they want nothing to do with a "puppies are cute; support your local humane society" site!

Does this make any sense?


Checking out old predictions

As you know, I enjoy listening to Art Bell and Coast to Coast AM... whenever I can stay up late enough to hear it. Anyway, they've reviewed last year's predictions, and the didn't do too well... but if you go back to the year before, you find New Year Predictions for 2004 - Part 2: "53. A huge hurricane will destroy New Orleans."

Wrong in 2004... but not-so-wrong for 2005! Wow!

Granted, predicting that New Orleans was going to flood is kinda a no-brainer... but, still!


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