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My Referral Codes

My Referral Codes

If you’re interested in the same services that I use, either I or both of us should receive a kick-back. Transportation Lyft. Hey it’s less terrible than Uber. Beauty Industry UrbanWaxx Shopping Chinook Book: local coupons for sustainable businesses Looptworks: Upcycled bags and accessories Bouqs: Ethically-sourced flowers Amazon Prime

Why You Should Consider Facebook Advertising on BlogPaws

Why You Should Consider Facebook Advertising on BlogPaws

I wrote about the advantages of Facebook advertising for BlogPaws. Facebook can target ads to people with bachelor’s degrees who are veterinary technicians who own homes, are interested in soccer, and are parents with children in elementary school. That’s how narrow Facebook advertising can get.

How I’m Surviving the Fires: A Product Guide

How I’m Surviving the Fires: A Product Guide

I have asthma, so the smoke billowing from the nearby Eagle Creek Fire (and others!) is very serious for me. I’m not leaving the house unless I really need to. Except that time yesterday when a neighbor said they had 6 pounds of free plums and I was on them like a colony of sugar ants. For the past few days it has been raining ash upon my my home. Today, it looks just as smoky but at least our…

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A Little Hint for Biking to Estacada

A Little Hint for Biking to Estacada

My partner and I have discovered a way to shave off a small section of 224 to bike on quiet streets and multi-use paths. Off 224, take SE River Mill Road west towards the river/River Mill Reservoir. (If you take River Mill Road east, you get to Eagle Creek Road, another way to bypass parts of 224 on the way to Estacada.) Go south on SE Kilowatt Lane. To get onto Kilowatt Lane, take a left at a sign that says…

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Ed Is Dead

Ed Is Dead

My internet friend Ed Shimmy died yesterday. Back in March, a friend shared a comic by Ed Shimmy about having pancreatic cancer. I had a 75% chance of having thyroid cancer and was waiting to hear results from the biopsy. Having what was likely stage 1 thyroid cancer was absolutely nothing like having late stage pancreatic cancer. If Ed could be brave, so could I. I was one of the lucky 25%. I did not have cancer. In gratitude, I…

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Why Trolling is Bad for Twitter’s Bottom Line

Why Trolling is Bad for Twitter’s Bottom Line

I was quoted by Kerry Flynn in Mashable  on how trolling is bad for Twitter advertising. When you look at the numbers coming in from your ads, you can’t be sure if the interactions with your ad are from interested individuals—who could turn into customers—or from trolls who drive up the numbers through spite. That degree of uncertainty makes buying Twitter ads unattractive. “Trolling can make results very difficult to sort through,” said Lauren Hudgins, a digital strategist. “You don’t…

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Bicycle License in Memphis, TN

Bicycle License in Memphis, TN

Once upon a time, Memphis, Tennessee, required bicycle licenses. This was my aunt’s, issued in 1949, when she was ten years old. She rode a J. C. Higgins. The license cost 50 cents. They used the wrong name. My aunt’s name was Claire, not Claira. For the record, I am very against requiring any sort of licenses or fees for cycling. Cycling is a public good because it relieves congestion and damage to the roads. There shouldn’t be any barriers…

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DIY Home Guide

DIY Home Guide

I have a couple of friends who are new homeowners, moving in to fixer uppers. I’ve been recommending the Reader’s Digest Complete Do-It-Yourself guide for repairs to them. I might as well recommend it officially here. My mother bought this guide for my partner for the Christmas after I bought my house. We were politely appreciative. We didn’t know why we needed this book. We have YouTube to provide us with all the video tutorials we need. But the Complete…

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Prez Sleazy and His Taxes

Prez Sleazy and His Taxes

We’re asking lots of questions. You’re telling lots of lies! The boys are in the backroom taking Russian bribes— are in the tower that looks over Central Park. You must release your tax returns. Don’t leave us in the dark!