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In Which I Argue Why I Need an iMac

Hi Kids,

I’m alive.

Barely.

I started working on Monday and to say the least, it’s kicking my ass… or it’s kicked my ass.

I’m not nearly as miserable or exhausted today as I was on Monday or Tuesday.

Either my body’s adjusting (doubt it) or it’s anticipating the weekend where I can sleep in and feign death (hello, WoW reference) so it’s tricking me into believing that I’m not too old to work full-time and go to school full-time.

I guess we’ll find out when next Monday rolls around.

Speaking of, I want an iMac.

Okay, that had nothing to do with the earlier statement BUT still.

Do you think I could potentially convince R that it’s for the sake of productivity?

I mean, I can’t game on it (unless I dual boot—which is not going to happen, I’m lazy, remember?)… so the argument is valid, right?

RIGHT!

Shut up, logical side of my brain that keeps telling me I’m being ridiculous and I don’t need an iMac.

Except I do.

No, really!

I DO!

Okay, maybe I don’t actually need it…

Who the hell am I kidding?

It’s shiny, pretty, and it does things…

ALL THE THINGS!

Conclusion: I need an iMac.

Apple iMac

Image courtesy of Audio Fanzine

It’s okay, you can admit it…

You NEED one too, don’t you?!

Message Boards: Are They Dead?

I’ve frequented message boards since my early teens. In some ways it allowed me to escape my reality while also connecting with those trying to escape their own. It allowed me to form friendships, something I struggled with in real life, and it gave me the ability to express myself.

Now with the evolution of social media and websites like Facebook where you have the ability to create and maintain groups, message boards are no longer as prevalent. And even if you so happen to find a message board, you’ll notice very little activity as more and more people migrate their lives and posts to the Facebook medium.

Now, Facebook will never truly replace message boards because while it affords the ability to join groups based on a certain interests, unlike a message board where you can easily to go ONE location that covers numerous interests/topics, you’re forced instead to have to join multiple groups, making it harder to keep up with or invest in. Not only that but in my experience, with larger FB groups, it’s easy to get lost in the crowd, though that’s not to say the same isn’t true on message boards. message boards

I suppose the biggest difference between Facebook and a message board is customization and post styles. A message board affords the owners the ability to create themes specific to their members interest, whereas Facebook has a consistent look throughout. Members don’t have the ability to create signatures and the topics they discuss are limited to replies by the friends they have that have similar interests. Generally, this is true of message boards as well, but I’ve found that those who posts on message boards tend to have the same interests, broad or specific, allowing members to more easily connect. In addition, a simple image on Facebook suffices for a post and can generate tons of replies, where as on a message board, an image may not clearly deliver the message intended by the topic creator, more so there’s little value in posting just an image because its likely to generate little or no response.

So does this mean message boards no longer serve a purpose? To an extent, yes. It’s harder to generate interests when their are some many other avenues that people can go to to connect with others, BUT message boards still serve a purpose. If you’re looking for a single site where you can discuss multiple topics or hell, discuss topics that are a subset to an interest, then message boards are the way to go. If you value customization, organization, and the ability to make yourself stand out with signatures and snazzy avatars, then it’s likely you’ll enjoy message boards. Keep in mind, however, that while message boards can ensure diversity, it does come with a simple caveat that many tend to forget, a community is only as good as the members that are active. Unlike, Facebook where the need for activity is not truly necessary, message boards do require a certain commitment by its members.

So are message boards dead?

Overall, I wouldn’t say message boards are dead, I’d just say those who own them or are interested in being a part of them are failing to recognize that interaction is a necessary component. Unlike Facebook, where its members can post statuses that garner no replies, this is not true of a board. Without replies, members lose interest, and the board dies.

So the next time you think of joining a message board, remind yourself that your activity plays a crucial role in its success, because without it, the board is as good as dead.

Wait, wasn’t this.. and Infertility Sucks

Yes, yes it was. But in truth, the misspelling was driving me crazy and I had a free domain to use that I won during Namecheap’s Christmas trivia. I also feel like this name suits me better.

This was the first time I utilized 301 Redirects and it wasn’t as hard as I anticipated. Reading the tutorials really does make it seem more complicated than it actually is. I’m just glad I didn’t manage to botch anything during the process.

In addition to the new domain, I am also with a new host, which to be honest has been a little bumpy. Part of that however is because when you work in technical support, you tend to assume the person you’re dealing with is an idiot. Generally, that works, but when you’re working with someone who does have a technical background, all it serves to do it piss them off, which is exactly what happened.

I’m willing to give the company the benefit of the doubt and stick with them, especially given that moving hosts can be a stressful process and I’m just hoping that they’re able to resolve this one issue for me and then it will be smooth sailing from here. Fingers crossed.

b1f4faa65a51258da15a16b238b3f2cb This last Tuesday, I went in for my sonohysterogram1 Somehow the receptionist that scheduled my procedure, put me at the Phoenix office and then told me I’d be going to the Mesa office. As a result I had a different RE performing the procedure which was a bit awkward but I managed to make it through. The results came back as normal and there were no abnormal growths or indents found on my uterine lining, which is great news but still a little discouraging because they still can’t rule out that I’m the issue. In any event, we’re taking a pause for now because I’m in the middle of job hunt, which means my insurance may change, plus I’m a little annoyed with R right now and we’re presently walking on eggshells. I generally am not one to stay mad for very long, but I’m just frustrated with the entire situation and I’m not quite ready to let it go. We’ll see how I feel tomorrow.

This entire infertility journey is a big stress on our marriage. If you add in work and school and the countless procedures we’ve encountered AND have yet to encounter, well you can imagine how much of an emotional journey this is. I try my best to be understanding and logical, but I know that I won’t make it through this infertility journey alone. We have to work together and right now it feels like we’re both working separately, so until that’s resolved and we can come together as partners, I just think it’s best to put a halt on anything infertility related to avoid any further damage to our relationship.

Other than that, nothing else has been new. My class is drawing to a close2 and my sleep schedule is all sorts of screwed up. Despite my attempts to try and fix it, my body continues to hate me and refuses to make it easy.

Tomorrow, I go in for my 3rd and final root canal3 which I’m not really looking forward to, but as with all things we tend to hate, necessary evil, I just wish it didn’t evolve my teeth.

  1. Sonohysterography is a technique in which fluid is injected through the cervix into the uterus, and ultrasound is used to make images of the uterine cavity.
  2. I really need to study.
  3. Thank G-d

Reinstating the Links Manager Without Using a Plugin

I don’t know about anyone else but I was pretty annoyed when WordPress decided to remove the Links Manager from WordPress installations 3.5 and above. True, they offer a plugin you can install to bring it back but plugins slow down your website. In most cases I try to avoid them as much as possible.

php_code I started looking for solutions to bring the Links Manager back without utilizing the recommended plugin and luckily I was able to stumble upon a solution.

Now if you’re familiar with WordPress this process should be relatively easy for you, however if you’re not used to editing the templates in WordPress, make sure you follow the directions precisely to avoid any mishaps with your theme.

There are several ways to do this. If you’re familiar with text editors proceed with the following:

The first thing you want to do is find your functions.php file. Once you’ve located the file, open it up in a text editor like Notepad ++ or Dreamweaver.

If you’d rather not use a text editor, go to your WordPress Administrator Dashboard. Once there look for Appearance on the left hand side. Mouse-over Appearance until a sub-menu pops up, click on Editor.

Locate the functions.php file on the right hand side and click on to load the file in the text box in the center of the screen.

Once you’ve opened or loaded the functions.php file, go to the very bottom of the document and paste the following code into the file:

add_filter( 'pre_option_link_manager_enabled', '__return_true' );

Next if you’re using a text editor, you can save the file and upload it to your server, make sure you select “Yes” if you’re asked to overwrite the existing file.

If you’re editing the file in WordPress click on Update File.

Refresh your WordPress dashboard and you should see the Links menu on the left hand side.

Viola!

The Birth of a Community

One of the reasons I fell in love with blogging when I was younger, was because of the community. I was able to meet other individuals who had similar interests or backgrounds and form a connection. You knew that when someone commented on a post it was because they genuinely cared about you and what you had to say.

Now though, things are a bit different. Yes, there is still a subset of bloggers that comment and connect with one another because they are truly interested in the individual behind the blog but it’s few and far between. Most days, the focus is on what you can do to increase your page rank or your Alexa rating because it’s the only way to get companies to give out “free” shit or pay you to write about them.

That’s all fine and dandy, and more power to people who want to capitalize on that industry but that is just NOT me. Yes, occasionally, I’ll take a paid opportunity or do a review when offered but I’m not focused on my PR rank, Alexa rating, SEO, etc. I could honestly not careless about those factors and it’s hard to find a community that feels the same.

Enter Byte Sized… well, really, enter Small is Powerful.

Small is Powerful is a movement that was started by the Magpie Girl and I have to say, I loved the premise so much that I decided to start a FB group, but failed considerably in maintaining it. Still months later, I returned determined to keep up the connection and with a goal in mind to offer support, resources, and comment love to those of us who wanted to connect on a personal level, and while I adored the name Small is Powerful, it didn’t quite fully embody the basis of our community.

Enter Byte Sized, a community that values what a blogger can contribute creatively, inspirationally, and philosophically. We offer support, resources, and some of us still capitalize on the ability to monetize our blogs BUT that’s not our specific focus, though admittedly, I will start looking into specific opportunities for the members who are interested in this avenue. We welcome all ages and all genders; we do not discriminate, we embrace.

We’re your connection to authors and readers interested in getting to know the person or people behind a blog. Bloggers who are focused on forming legit connections with like-minded bloggers and maybe even lifelong friendships. If this sounds like something you’ve been looking for, why not join us?

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