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Flickr Goes Down! People Go Crazy!

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So this morning I was desperately wondering what was going on with my computer and why I couldn’t load or get on flickr. Then I realized after several attempts, checking my cache, and tweaking my mac…Flickr has to be down. My first instinct was to google it. So I got my little fingers to do the walking and the internet did the talking. I was reassured by online media (, that I was not going crazy. It’s funny how you have to second guess your system before you are able to synthesize that yep…it might just be them and not me!! whew! I was so not ready to go in to the apple store. After a few hours (all morning). Flickr seems to be up and buzzing.


Jon & Kate & Child Labor Laws – WTH?

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When we first met them we were in awe:  They were the brave couple who would dare to take on the task of sextuplets + the twins they already had…and survive.  Everyone who hear their story was in endeared by their heroic efforts (c’mon you watched their reality show!).  Americans and American companies were proud to lend and hand and align themselves with the couple and their 8 children.  The story was so compelling that TLC brought you their day-in-day-out story straight to your home…weekly even.  You got to spend some quality time with Jon & Kate and their 8 while sharing quality time with your own family.  You could share in their ups and downs and thank goodness that you weren’t in the same predicament.  Even more exciting was watching the 8 little munchkins grow and HOW Jon & Kate made it work.

Well…truth is…IT DIDN’T WORK. Jon and Kate fell into the same trap that 60% of all married couples fall into…”wow, didn’t think they really meant for better or worse” and “Oops…we had kids?” = DIVORCE.  Now that we see that our cherished valiant couple aren’t infallible after all…the voyeurs have had their fill of Jon & Kate– It’s time to cross them off the dessert menu!  With their failing failed marriage and tabloid rumors, everyone has gotten over the last euphoric first 5 years, quickly.  Even the government wants a piece of the once cute family — by investigating violation of Child Labor laws?   If this is true, you have to ask yourselves a few poignant questions…why now at this stage in the game? It’s been five years!! Have child labor laws changed drastically in the past 5 years? Where was the government 5 years ago?

Are Jon and Kate Gosselin Violating Child Labor Laws? | The Frisky

We have a habit of making celebrities.  There would be nothing wrong with that if we didn’t make them and then abandon them when they are not living up to our expectations. 

The Gosselins: We built them up, now it’s time to tear them down — like we always do.  Americans…so predictable when their bored.

Don’t get mad at me…I’m just tellin’ it like T-I-Tiiz!

I will NOT read your F!@##$ Script!

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Sometimes we ask things of other people without asking ourselves what our asking means. (a purposely confusing statement for the conundrum we often create)  Confused? While screenwriter Josh Olson wrote crudely on the subject,  it was exactly the right point of view to get point across to those of us who just don’t get it!

Should you really ask? What exactly ARE you asking?

I’ve often consented to doing “favors” for others “gratis”, both within and outside my realm of expertise.  However, me myself, I tend to have a lot of guilt about asking others for their input in my personal and business endeavors.  For whatever reason, when I am asked –I just can’t say “NO.”  There have been very few times when I say, “no” (usually due to previous obligations or my inability to oblige) but more times than I can count where I’ve said, “yes.”  (insert sigh here)

After I’ve agreed and committed myself to undertaking someone else’s task I have taken on a duty.   I place an extreme amount of time and thought into my efforts.  Yet, to no avail. It seems that no one really gets it (it really doesn’t matter who asked).

I will stress about the deadline (even a perceived deadline), have increasing anxiety about the time it was taking me, skipped a few meals in order to make up for that time, passed on another appointment, neglected some of my own work, obligations, duties, chores, or worse…family.  In the end, someone says, “thanks” or “that’s ok, I got soandso to do it” or “I’ll keep that in mind.”  All the hours of built up tension and hesitation at presenting a result less than par because a certain somebody entrusted you with something that may or may not impact their future, comes to an unclimactic poof.  Whatever. Right?  I could NOT agree with Josh Olson more.  I second his emotion and that of other fields that run into the same dilemma.

Excerpt from the Article by Josh olson:

“There’s a great story about Pablo Picasso. Some guy told Picasso he’d pay him to draw a picture on a napkin. Picasso whipped out a pen and banged out a sketch, handed it to the guy, and said, “One million dollars, please.”

“A million dollars?” the guy exclaimed. “That only took you thirty seconds!”

“Yes,” said Picasso. “But it took me fifty years to learn how to draw that in thirty seconds.’ “

I think Josh Olson’s tone in this article is perfectly suited for the encountering audience.  Good job Josh! Way to be a dick!

“So the next time you engage a so-called friend, or friend of a friend or otherwise forcefully demanding “gratis” = FREE services/ consultation from them (doesn’t matter for what) under the usual unoriginal guise of friendship-related contractual obligation–ask yourself what am I truly asking for? Would I do the same for them?  How should I respond after they’ve given this professional gift of their own free will? Finally ask yourself …Are you really that good of a friend?

I just have to say it…..” I will NOT read your F!@#$! Script! I will NOT write your F!@#$% recommendation, paper, letter, give my opinion, take your photo, photoshop your picture, come to your event, write about that event,  blog for you etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. ” Whew…

I’m just tellin’ it like it T-I-Tiiz!

Too many Social Networks???

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Which one and Why? Reddit, Digg, FBK, wordpress, Squidoo. Ning. How do you keep up and which are the best? Uuuugh! My head is spinning. Why??? Is this keeping people from being productive?

I started a Ning group for my photography, I have a ning group for my alumni friends, most of them hang out on Facebook, I’ve been doing delicious for about 2 years but figured there must be a better way, I know there are some programs that let you gather your social networks…which one? It’s all just too much!

There should be a limit to this social networking bizness.  People should maximize their efforts. Has anybody found a way?


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Dunk of the Decade?

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Finally someone showed and started making basketball exciting again!

Jilted Bride Gets 150K from Ex!

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This is what I call justice.

Too many people getting into marriages and commitments TO marry without any real thought.

It’s a good thing she didn’t marry this flake!

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Who Murdered Michael Jackson

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This question was asked on Facebook. WHO KILLED MICHAEL? I thought I’d bring it to the people.  So put your super sleuth cap on and let’s figure this out…Sherlock Holme’s style.

My Dearest Watson….”CAN we really blame the doctor?”


Who dun it?

Who dun it?

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Michaels Mockery

Michaels Mockery

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Never Land Auction

OR was it Michael himself?

larger than life Michael

larger than life Michael

Micheals evolution

Micheal's evolution

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW: Jackson’s Nurse: Coroner’s Office Told Me Michael Was “Drug Addict”

In the absence of Michael there’s all these warm fuzzies. I’m really not sure how genuine they are.  It takes losing someone to figure out HOW important they are/WERE to us?  That’s sad.  Where was this sentiment when Michael needed his doctor’s trust, family’s strength, and the support of his fans? Don’t get hysterical…just say what you feel. I’m just tellin’ it like it T-I-Tiiz!!

Let’s Discuss.