Saturday, May 17, 2008

Earthquake Disaster Movies

There was yet another couple minor earthquakes here in Northwest Reno last night that made today being filled with yawns. If they made a natural disaster movie of my experience it would just be called Sleepless in Reno and would not be terribly exciting. Last week it seemed to me that the earthquake swarm was slowing down, but then yesterday that were several shakers strong enough to wake me up. I've been dealing with so many earthquakes the last two and a half months that I've started categorizing them into my own rumblers, shakers, rollers, then glass breakers. I've also got locations down. Being in the midst of the faults I can tell which fault took the hit. What I mean is one of the epicenters was about 150 yards from my house. I could tell which direction the energy came from that popped me up off the couch.

Even though deep inside I absolutely do not believe that Reno will ever in a million years be dealing with 10.5: Apocalypse (television movie starring actors Kim Delaney, Dean Cain, David Cubitt, Frank Langella, and Beau Bridges that follows up mini-series 10.5), I am still sick and tired of lack of sleep. Enough already!

By the way, 10.5 is even cheaper today and does come first. It starts Beau Bridges and Kim Delaney as well. This movie is described as: "Disaster Strikes the United States when an earthquake of epic proportions hits the Pacific Northwest causing the West Coast to separate form the rest of the continent and there is only one man who can save it and 50 Million people for annihilation."

Back to the unfilmed Sleepless in Reno...

I slept so hard when I got home from work today that I missed the Preakness ... which is as it should be as there hasn't been any reform in horse-racing in the last week and I'm still upset another horse died. I saw some horse racing people interviewed on television in a round table discussion with Bob Costas and came to the conclusion that if there is going to be reform it will have to be imposed on those people and not left up to them.

1964 Good Friday Earthquake - Southcentral Alaska

Last week I uploaded a handful of images to my flickr account my step grandfather took around downtown Anchorage in April 1964 after the massive earthquake that struck southcentral Alaska when my mother and father were young. Lucky for that earthquake that I am alive as my mother's workplace was destroyed and her company temporarily relocated to the same building my father worked at and if not for that they would not have dated.

1964 Penny's Building

Blog Carnival that Looks Like Fun

I love that picture above advertising a blog carnival.

I'm not sure what I'm doing this summer yet, but it might be something fun with kids. My nephews are going to show up early June. The youngest will stay most of the summer. We'll have to do something exciting. I need to start walking around the block to get in shape for travel with kids. I drove down to Vegas earlier this month and walking around in the heat is tough work! I need a fitness plan to get ready and since June is just around the bend ... I better get started!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Cool Stuff on Squidoo

Below is a list of several special projects on Squidoo that aren't always easy to find when you want them.

BzzAgent Headquarters
Described: "BzzAgent is a network of volunteer brand evangelists who participate in Word-of-Mouth (WOM) campaigns. It is a community of communicators." My first try is a little lens about a wonderful new hand lotion I've discovered.

CafePress Headquarters
CafePress shop keepers can build lens focusing on their wares, and also shopping in general.

The Ever Project
Described as: "Build an important page — highlight the best, the worst, the zaniest, the smartest, whatever. We'll give you a great domain to go with it. And a new way to stand out online. For free."

Hey MonkeyBrain!
Run a debate lens on important topics such as Peeps or Cadbury Creme Eggs? or Paint Shop Pro vs. Photoshop.

A place for eBay sellers to share their wares.

SquidBoo! Headquarters
For scary or halloween related lens.

Movie review lens.

For lens dedicated to the most talked about books such as How Come That Idiot's Rich and I'm Not?

A focus on videos surrounding variuos topics. You can find lens dedicated to topics like the Spanish Versions of Disney songs on YouTube.

Other co-branding opportunities on this lens...

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Blossoming Passion Flowers

To writers and readers of romance....

First I read the "wild" excerpt and giggled.

Then, when I considered they probably sell more of those personalized romance novels than ever sold of my books, I cried like a baby.

Okay, so I'm exaggerating.

I didn't cry.

I haven't been writing for the better part of a year. After I got busy with life, I haven't gotten back into that groove.

Something always coming up. Right now living in the earthquake zone keeps me sleepless in Reno and being sleepless saps my creative abilities.

And a little day job stuff...

I've been sounding tonge-tied at work on the phones at my debt collection job lately. Not getting good sleep for months is really messing up my mental powers.

I did have one smart comeback for a moron last week. He had LOTSA debt he's left unpaid on a car loan to BIGBANK.

Moron: I voluntarily turned the car in to BIGBANK, I don't owe them anything.

Me: You didn't borrow a car ... you borrowed money.

He pretty much hung up.

Some people think debt collectors are the devil's spawn. Reminding people they owe money and need to pay it back is, after all, evil.

If that guy had walked into BIGBANK and handed a note to the teller that asked for a fraction of his LOTSA debt, he'd be prisoner number #12345 in Yuma. So, why is that his walking into BIGBANK and signing their paperwork to borrow thousands, then not paying it back, makes him less of a criminal?

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

National Treasure Photo Contest

Ah, should be getting off-line right about now...

But I found this travel photography contest on (cool site to host images for your blog for free). If they're listing all the images, so far there aren't that many submitted.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Voting 4 Doodle 4 Google

Time to vote for Doodle 4 Google...

I enjoyed checking out all the finalists for each school age category. The winner gets their doodle exhibited on Google all day, as well as prizes for their school.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Poison Levels in Perfume

And now for some ammunition in my no perfume campaign. Reminder to those of you in the world that are lucky enough to not by afflicted by reactive airway disease or ashtma ... perfume is toxic for you too! (Well, those with toxic chemicals anyway.)

Description on YouTube: "Eco-Chick educates us on the poison level in perfume, Urban Edibles helps you find a free meal, Paris Hilton buys a hybrid, and we look at what's going on in green art."

The video has a mistake / typo with regards to the cosmetics database. I tried to open any of the pages and they weren't working so I'll leave that to you to Google.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Get a Free Online Store at

I was wandering around Squidoo last night and discovered one of the more active Squid Angel/Giants Jaguar Julie Designs at The service has a large online marketplace, and offers free eCommerce Websites for individuals that would like to open an online store. When items are posted for sale at eCrater, they automatically get posted on Froogle. Currently the cost per transaction is 20 cents, though that charge is dropped for individuals that are using Google AdWords to advertise their store. The service is a partner with Google Marketplace.

The range if items for sale isn't as diverse or numerous as eBay at this point, but the store format is easy to navigate. Each store can have sections/categories. Sample categories in the marketplace are: antiques, art, automotive, baby, beauty & fragrances, books & magazines, business & industrial, cameras & photo, clothing & shoes, collectibles, computers, consumer, electronics, crafts, entertainment, memorabilia, flowers & gifts, glass & pottery, health & personal dare, home & garden, jewelry & watches, movies & DVDs, music, office supplies, real estate, services, sex stuff (and they do have a safe surf option to keep honest children out), sports & outdoors, sports memorabilia, tools & hardware, toys, games & hobbies, and wholesale.

The range of items is more diverse than, though not as numerous.