I’m Catholic. With the big C as in “love the Pope,” but really with a small C as in “my parents made me do it.” I start with this to say that I’ve never been much of a church person. But, I go on and off. Over the summer, that was more on than off, because I was staying with relatives and doing my darndest to prove that yes, I am one of those bright and shiny young people who looks forward to church every Sunday morning. I don’t think I was fooling anyone. Continue reading
Or: The Blog Is Back
In the last few months, this blog has taken a bit of a hiatus. True, it’s because I’ve been lazy, but it’s also because I’ve been busy. I got a new job and move to Chicago! (Yeah, I know, way to bury the lead…)
So, what’s the new job? It’s digital marketing for Baxter Credit Union. So, basically, now I get paid to do what I love – and what this blog is about. And it’s fantastic. I’m part of a great team of people who are smart and funny and passionate about what they do. I couldn’t ask for better co-workers. But, man were they intimidating the first week. (“I’m so excited, I’m so excited, I’m so scared.”) Continue reading
I get a lot of spam – on this blog, on my work blog, and my corporate website. It feels like the snow that’s still coming down even though it’s March. (When will it stop?!) Most of it is rubbish, utter nonsense that I delete out of hand, easily recognizing it for the gratuitous references to Viagra, work from home jobs, or off-shore e-mail providers.
But, sometimes there’s something about it that makes me stop and pay attention. The way that, even though it’s cold and you wish it would hurry up and get to spring already, perfect snow can still make you think of Santa and Christmas magic. There’s something about them and the way they’re written than makes me think that they can’t all be from a computer program in China. And maybe there really is a long lost Nigerian prince who needs my help. Continue reading
I love autocomplete and the insight it gives you into the zeitgeist of the internet. I purposely take my time when entering search terms so that Google will throw inadvertently amusing (and sometimes racist) suggestions at me.
Recently @mattshirley41 decided to explore what his fellow netizens think about the United States and mapped the results. The United States Is… maps autocomplete suggestions for the 50 states. Continue reading