May 2007

I guess I’m nerdy….and I guess I’m proud!

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I am nerdier than 58% of all people. Are you a nerd? Click here to find out!

What you see here is my official nerd score. As it turns out, I’m nerdier than my friend, Rand over at 14th Colony. In point of fact, according to this latest meme that’s going around the blogosphere, I rate like this:
40% scored higher (more nerdy),
2% scored the same, and
58% scored lower (less nerdy).

Was it the fact that I own a laptop, a laser printer and a telescope? Did the maker of this test somehow obtain the information that my Atari 2600 is still in great working order (knock on wood paneling) after more than 20 years of use? I don’t know, but I guess I’m pretty nerdy…and also…rather original if only 2 percent of the other nerds out there share my exact score. I should find this other 2 percent and invite them over to play Adventure and Space Invaders with me…only, being such a nerd, I’m too shy to be good at making friends.

This is a silly meme. I can’t think of anything edifying to add to this, and I hope that Christina and Lori will forgive me for tagging them. Now is the time for you ladies to find out just how nerdy you are.

As a closing note, I’d like to add here that nerds really know where it’s at. My so-called nerd-factor has led to the fact that I’m making a living sitting in my comfy chair, eating toast, drinking tea and running a tiny portion of the world via my computer. I’ve achieved this much by virtue of my nerdiness. But the really, truly great nerds made all their money a decade or two ago and are now finally free to spend all of their time creating new mazes for their Dungeons & Dragons friends.

Spellcheck – Friend or Foe?

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When you spend as much time writing as I do, you are bound to make your mistakes here and there, but I’m a real stickler for correct orthography. Spelling errors make any document look unpolished and unprofessional, and beyond this, Google has patent applications filed that seem to indicate that spelling can influence how a document ranks.

When I was little girl, I was chosen to represent my elementary school in a city-wide spelling bee after winning the school’s in-house bee. I didn’t out-spell the whole city, but I do believe I made it into the top five. I don’t remember the word I missed, but I’m betting it was one of the nemesis words I’ve carried with me into adulthood. Continue Reading »

Making small business lemonade out of Internet lemons.

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Matt McGee has just put up a truly thought-provoking post at Small Business SEM entitled When the web is a small business enemy. I recommend reading this, and I’d like to do some out-loud thinking about this subject here.

The basic point of Matt’s post is that there are certain small businesses that have been driven into the ground by Internet powerhouse sites. Books is an obvious industry that has suffered from the likes of, and in an article Matt links to, a bookseller who’d been in business in Chicago for a decade relates how he realized his goose was cooked when he saw deliveries from being sent to the people who lived upstairs from his shop. The people hadn’t even bothered to come down the steps to see if he stocked the titles they wanted to buy. How lazy can you get? Continue Reading »

Honesty is the best policy in small business

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I’ve had on the brain for the past month or so, as my husband and I are considering a move. My dream living arrangement is a tiny house with a big yard. It has to be in the country, it has to have a bathtub, it has to be DSL or Cable-accessible, and it has to be in a sunny spot so I can grow veggies. I’d prefer it to be in a warm valley, but I’d consider living on a hill if the land was right. So, you see, I’m a user who has very specific requirements and knows what I want in this situation.

I’ve been visiting the rental housing section of craigslist for my region daily, and am repeatedly encountering a lack of honesty in the listings that is off-putting for a user like me who wants the true facts so that I can make a decision. In real estate, as in all fields, all sellers of goods and services do right to make the most of what they are offering. I understand that. If you’re trying to sell an old, dented Dodge, it’s okay to say that it gets decent mileage, has a clean interior, and would be fine for running errands in town. It’s not okay to say that it’s a mint condition BMW. Continue Reading »

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The potters have just gotten into blogging themselves and have come to appreciate the hard work and love that goes into handcrafting quality blog posts. If you’ve got a nice blog, check this offer out. The potters will stop by your blog, take a look at it, and if they like it, they’ll send you out one of their gorgeous dragonfly mugs – handpainted and handcrafted in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

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