Archive for March, 2011

Still waiting, wasting time.

30 March 2011 Leave a comment

Still waiting for my first assessment to be graded so I can start on the next portion of my MT course… so I watched the complete series Eden of the East. If you liked The Bourne Identity, or at least the story of it, think of this as an animated take on it.

I’ve been watching on Netflix instant, but FUNimation also has full episodes up on youtube. The beginning of the series starts here: LINK

I don’t know why I’m watching so much anime lately. I used to hate it, with all of its (removed) and choppy animation, but now I just think it’s funny, beautiful, and a handful of other things. The humor is blunt, and a full spectrum of emotions are also exaggerated.

Assuming my graded “paper” wont be coming in today, yet again, so I’m starting on the Black Butler series. /sigh.

Edit: Ok, Black Butler is… just not for me. I need something a little less bleh. Next up: Mushi-Shi… we’ll see.

Categories: meh

Where’s my traffic jam?

30 March 2011 Leave a comment

It’s been 2 weeks since I started writing in these blogs, even less for those I’ve bought domains on, so I probably shouldn’t be annoyed with the fact that my sites rank so low on the search engines.

I’ve begun the monetization process on two sites, one of which I’m more serious about than the other — The MT Effort — with Google Adsense and a few affiliate sites (excluding Amazon because of their whole Colorado ban).

The second site I’ve been playing around with is a subdomain on a site I plan to make bigger some time. It’s basically just a site which I can’t quite categorize, as all it has is pictures of cute things… puppies, kittens, things like that. It’s silly, I know, but I have fun seeking out photos that I can use, either on stock photo sites or other blogs.

Why do I care about puppies and kitties? They make me feel good, and it’s better than going to look at real puppies, because then I just think that I want one, when the truth is that I really don’t; I have enough. So I figured, if I can get the word out for other people to come see my compilation of cuteness to bombard their faces, maybe others will get the same satisfaction out of it too. Cute shit brightens my day. Let me show you.

cute kitten in a basket.

See, see, see? How cute this is?

So yeah. I just can’t help it when it comes to cute kitties.

But still. Nobody has been visiting these things. Even after I go into my sisters social accounts and start linking the shit out of cute pictures. Course, SUPER CUTE! has only been up for a day, but still. Come on.

I’ve even gone as far as to find information on how to build traffic, search engine optimization, backlinking, google ranking, social networking, etc., etc., etc., via podcasts, blogs, ebooks, etc., etc., etc. to the point where I no longer care about the content, I only care about the traffic. It’s time to stop caring about money. Who care about money? Money is worthless.

(Yeah. Right.)

Easiest breakfast ever.

26 March 2011 Leave a comment

I woke up early this morning. A monument, for me. On top of that I made breakfast that wasn’t instant! Also monumental.

With the idiot dogs barking outside, trying to go back to sleep was an un-winnable battle. And I started really craving the breakfast I used to have when I worked at this Chinese restaurant a couple years ago. And quite honestly, who doesn’t get bored with oatmeal, bagels, or what I usually have, NOTHING? So yeah. Most simple thing in the world. Rice and eggs. And since I typically have left over rice on pretty much a daily basis, I figured I may as well. Note that the rice in my photo is noticeably darker, which is primarily because of the quinoa. I use quinoa in my dinner rice because of its rounded nutritional value and because my aunts had just so happened to send me some.

The recipes online can vary quite a bit. I plan on doing a little bit of experimentation at some point. Good for me, but anyway, all I used was:

1 egg
1 cup rice (mine had quinoa mixed in)
salt (to taste)
green onion (chop to preference)
soy sauce
* All by approximation, I wouldn’t put too much emphasis on measuring for something like this, it’s just not necessary. If you don’t know how much butter or salt to use, you need to do some experimenting anyway.

Mix eggs. This can be done in the pan or you can mix them before. I didn’t feel like having the extra dishes around so I mixed mine while cooking in the pan. Prep your pan with butter (or substitute with oil, non-stick, margarine, low-fat omega3 enhanced miracle compound, etc), put your egg(s) in (1 egg per 1 cup rice would be roughly a serving) while the eggs are still runny, mix together. Mix in salt and/or pepper, green onions. Add soy sauce now or in the bowl. Voila. 5 minutes. And afterwards, you can take an awful photo of it in bad lighting with your camera phone.

Not sure if you have to cite wiki or not, since it’s a collaborative effort and all, but here, learn about Quinoa:

Quinoa was of great nutritional importance in pre-Columbian Andean civilizations, secondary only to the potato, and was followed in importance by maize. In contemporary times, this crop has become highly appreciated for its nutritional value, as its protein content is very high (12%–18%). Unlike wheat or rice (which are low in lysine), and like oats, quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans, making it an unusually complete protein source among plant foods.[10] It is a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron. Quinoa is gluten-free and considered easy to digest. Because of all these characteristics, quinoa is being considered a possible crop in NASA’s Controlled Ecological Life Support System for long-duration manned spaceflights

Nutritional value

Quinoa, uncooked
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 1,539 kJ (368 kcal)
Carbohydrates 64 g
Starch 52 g
Dietary fibre 7 g
Fat 6 g
polyunsaturated 3.3 g
Protein 14 g
Water 13 g
Thiamine (Vit. B1) 0.36 mg (28%)
Riboflavin (Vit. B2) 0.32 mg (21%)
Vitamin B6 0.5 mg (38%)
Folate (Vit. B9) 184 μg (46%)
Vitamin E 2.4 mg (16%)
Iron 4.6 mg (37%)
Magnesium 197 mg (53%)
Phosphorus 457 mg (65%)
Zinc 3.1 mg (31%)
Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient database

And totally unrelated, but it could be your favorite female power-song for the morning… vocalist (sans the over production and auto-tuning), Jessie J.

Busy, busy, busy…

25 March 2011 Leave a comment

I swear I’ll finish up here, but my Margaret Cho stuff came in today… and it’s just that I just started watching this movie, Bam Bam and Celeste, and it’s fucking awesome. Anyone who thinks otherwise is an evil dictator who sucks ass. There is one catch, though, and that is that you must be able to identify with the characters and the settings in which they are placed. The movie isn’t meant for those with similarities to the antagonists within. And it just so happens that those types makeup for the majority of our country’s midwestern population.

“If you don’t look good, that’s not our problem.” – Salon Mirage
“You know, if I had wanted a funny line, I would’ve ripped one off your face.” – Jackie
“I haven’t had a date in like four years. I probably grew my virginity back.” – Celeste

And thanks to the WordPress app constantly falling apart, I lost this post and now my quotes are fucked. Yes, the movie was awesome and funny. Yes, this app is a piece of… you know. I’ll edit when the movie is over, but I’ve totally lost the motivation to go on about my busy-ness. In a nutshell… I’ve been doing some hardcore studying.

Anyway. I did come across two things on FB to lift my spirits. I think they were totally worth saving.

1. A bumper sticker “Don’t panic, I’m Hispanic.”
2. Suicidal green army man

Categories: movie!, posted from ipad

Is it tomorrow yet?

17 March 2011 3 comments

scholastic book ordersBack in elementary school we used to get these things from Scholastic Books in school every so often. Book orders. I would try and budget my orders as much as possible, so that my mom could review them, and after she’d sign I’d go ahead and add a few more books to the order. I’d turn them in the next day at school, then be in for a few weeks of waiting before the shipments arrived.

Somehow, the day before the books came, the teachers always knew exactly when the books would be there. I guess now I’d have to assume that they probably received them before hand and just had to sort out who had ordered what. Whatever the case was, I could never get to sleep on those nights. I’d try so hard, lay as still as possible, and could just never sleep while I was waiting for my literary gems, such as R.L. Stein’s Goosebumps and Wacky Mad Libs, to come in.

It turns out that I haven’t changed. Except now I get to track my shipment through the UPS website. Later today, at some unknown time, I’ll receive my materials to begin class. Raise your hand if you get excited to receive a dictionary in the mail!

Same as it ever was.

Actually, it’s not like I’ve been sleeping lately anyway. Not during normal hours, that is. It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve gone to bed before the sun rose. Yesterday I went to sleep at 3. In the afternoon. Eventually the pattern will correct itself, and then eventually it will go back to the same thing. It’s nothing new.

It’s become painfully obvious that I’ve been pretty much void of any work for the last couple of months, and I’ve finally become tired of waiting.

Within the last 5 days I’ve begun three blogs, bought three domain names, one hosting subscription, paid $1,500 down on a medical transcription course, cleaned the house, watched the first series of Mahoromatic, saved many lives in Trauma Center, held a personal Steve Martin fan-fest, been glued to NHK, and learned how to say “I WANT __!” in Japanese. What the hell.

Quite honestly, I don’t know if I’ve been making the right decisions. For two periods throughout the day, there are certain frames of time which I cannot think rationally, nor can I remember much of anything. Once in the morning, and then during the wee bit I stay up longer than I should. And although I have been staying busy, the days seem long. I haven’t reached the point of insanity tonight, yet. I’ll get there.

All in all, aside from the down payment to the school I’ll be attending, I think I’ve made pretty good use of my time. Although, I can’t seem to shake the feeling that it’s going to be hard to keep up with the blogging thing. It’s fun, to an extent, but I’m not doing it without money on my mind.

I’ve also been trying to keep up with what’s going on with Amazon Affiliates. I haven’t kept up with it for a year, and just found out that almost exactly one year ago Colorado has been given the ban-hammer on their affiliates program (ban-hammer is a term I learned from playing idiotic MMO games that I obviously have no resentment for). This is due to changes in tax laws, and so instead of Amazon complying with the laws, they decided to just disregard Colorado as a potential for affiliate candidates. Fucking bummer.

But news has it, at this time, California is thinking about passing similar laws. At this time, it sounds like California has about 10,000 associate affiliate members within their state. If they throw down the ban on California, I don’t expect many people to be happy with them. If they decide to screw over another 10 thousand peoples incomes, I’ll just write them an angry letter. Dear Amazon, I won’t buy the things I wasn’t going to buy from you in the first place. Ha!

Site launch – The MT Effort

16 March 2011 Leave a comment

Officially launched the first site: The MT Effort. We shall see how this goes…

Categories: blogs, the mt effort

I think I’ve got it.

15 March 2011 2 comments

I’ve found my special purpose! At least when it comes to the space I hope to take up in search engines. As far as this particular blog, though? This will remain random. A personal, unorganized organizer, a place to document that which would otherwise be forgotten, in addition to its accessible nature. As far as keeping it public? The possibility of feedback. And if I happen not to ever get any traffic, then I guess I won’t have to log in, will I?

Name this vegetable!

So, along with my other endeavors to attempt to sew the holes of my burned pockets, I’m also thinking about finding out if I have the perseverance it takes to bring in a little bit of extra money by blogging, as well as working on my grammar, punctuation, and editing skill. I’m probably a little too excited about the potential bonuses. Whatevs. Just stay quiet and be ready to get scammed!

To start off, I’ve got to catch up with technology. I’m way behind the times. I didn’t even have a flickr account until now. I set up an account and am hoping that it will allow for external linking so that I can maximize my use of bandwith usage based on wherever I end up hosting. So, that funky vegetable aligned with right justification? That’s a test. The link it goes to are flickr’s usage guidelines, which turned out to be pretty standard; nothing I can argue with for a free service. I do, however, wish that there was an easier way to find the direct image location instead of having to pull it out of the HTML code. My HTML days are way over.

The next, and certainly most important, thing that I’ve got to learn about is how to direct traffic. Everyone is searching for something, and key words shouldn’t be a problem, so I’m not entirely worried about content. It’s just that there isn’t much of a point in providing information, intended to share, when you don’t have any friends. FYI, I’m going to go ahead and use the word “traffic” interchangeably with the word “friends,” that way, when I say I have no friends, it will really mean I have no traffic.

I’ve begun a limited amount of research tonight, and the first set of questions I want to ask myself are about RSS syndication, autoblogging, or use of the content of others. If I decided to use such content, I’d get permission as well as cite my sources. I did pass the sixth grade, you know. My questions are not an issue of morality or plagiaristic tendencies, they’re more about where to find quality, aka RELIABLE, sources, the effect of duplicate content on search engines, the usage of my time versus the benefit of the outcome, etc. The more I think about it, though, the more I believe that the answers will vary.

It’s too bad that I have yet to start writing before I’m ready for bed, not that I’ve made more than two contributions… But yeah, seriously. I would love to start on the first seriously, serious blog right NOW, as I’ve already got some ideas for it, but I’m pretty sure I might fall over if I stay up any longer. Besides, I’ll probably stay up and edit the crap out of this, anyway. Adding commas where they don’t belong, moving others to incorrect places, and what have you.

On that note, before I forget, my super cute, light powered, head bobbing, frog-like Japanese toy (with friend) video must be watched. It’s exciting, but don’t take my word for it.

Categories: can't sleep, won't sleep