Sunday, October 30, 2005 

Straight Up Off The Hook...

Who says geek parties are all Klingons & star wars marathons? I don't remember a whole hell of a lot after about 2a.m. Fortunately, I documented the debauchery with our new digital camera. I love technology!

CLICK HERE or the photo above to see the pics!

Saturday, October 29, 2005 

Writing Contest Update & Special Guest, Angie!

Great response to the writing contest, and a few updates have been made.

The Contest

Over the next few weeks, I am going to post a number of articles about writing, along with a writing prompt. Anyone who follows along with the articles & prompts should have a finished story at the end.

Those that choose to follow along, and submit their regular 'assignment' (prompt), will be entered into a drawing to win FREE WEB HOSTING for a full year. This is not banner or ad supported hosting, either. It's a complete, full featured web hosting package, including 40Mb of space, 1Gig of transfer every month, unlimited email accounts, pre-packaged scripts (blogs, shopping carts, message boards, etc) and much more.

In addition, the winner will be featured here, and will receive their story in e-book form to do as they wish. The winner is encouraged and also receives resources & tools to help him or her promote their story online. Basically, the winner gets a great start to a successful writing career.

I am in the process of working with several connections to get the word out about this contest. If you would like to link to it, I would appreciate that very much. Drop me a note & let me know where you posted the link, and I'll provide a return link. If you need more info about the contest, email me at thegeek@thegeekunderground.com.

To enter the contest, email me at the addy above and let me know you'll be participating.

The Prompt

This is the first prompt in a series. Begin your journey by describing your main character. Tell me everything you know about him or her. What do they look like? What do they dress like? What are their physical, emotional & spiritual concerns? Just sit down and start writing. Don't worry about syntax, grammer or anything else - this isn't going to be seen by anyone but you and I.

After you finish, email your character description to me at thegeek@thegeekunderground.com.

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Special Guest, Angie!

As you may have noticed, I have a new resident in the rent my blog box over there on the right. This week, Angie of "Ficken Chingers" is featured. So here's what I want you to do: scroll over there and check her blog out. She's a rockin' chick with a rockin' blog. Don't believe me? That's OK, cuz I got to interview Angie via email earlier, and here it is, published for all of you:

How long have you been blogging?

I started blogging on October 30, 2004. That means my bloggy birthday (or is that blogiversary?) is coming up. Um, where's the party??

What is your favorite blogging tool or resource?

Wait...there are blogging tools and resources??

What makes a good blog?

A good blog, simply put, is one that entertains me. A blog that is entertaining can be funny, serious, snarky, whatever, but usually not political. ;)

If you had a chance to interview anyone as a 'Special Guest' on your blog, who would it be?

Wow, what a hard question! Anyone who reads my blog knows that I am such a "star gazer." Star as in celebrities. I'm going to be all shallow here and NOT pick someone from history. I'm not going to pick someone smart and intellectual who might tell me the meaning of life. I will have to say...Dave Matthews. It would be an interview where he was so in tune with me, he would answer the questions before I even asked. Then, he would insist on singing to me, where I would melt into a puddle on my chair. Do you think he would leave his wife for a fat, married, 80s freak from Indiana? Hang on..were you thinking an interview with another in blog land, because if so just totally turned that into a big weird thing. Nevermind. Next question?

You've been elected President of the Blogosphere - what do you do first?

That's Madame President to you. Oh, and could you bow upon my entering the room? A bowl of m&m's would be nice, too. Ok, a woman's work is never done. What would I do first? Make my blog the prettiest in the land...and the wittiest. :) Otherwise, I would have a NO WHINING policy! Opinions, yes. Whining, NO. You whine, you lose your blog. (unless, of course, you are MY bloggy friend whereas I would have many many exceptions to the rule. Hey, I'M in charge.)

What is your secret to blogging success?

My secret to blogging success. In a word? Nudity.

If you mean, how did I get regular readers, then it was downright whoring myself all over the blog world. I surfed blogs. I commented like crazy. I joined Blog Explosion. I played the meet and greet at micheleagnew.com. Now, I have a handful of people who actually come back to see what I write. Suckers!

Tell us something we don't know about you.

I secretly would love to be a writer...of erotica.

 

Your Assignment, Should You Choose To Accept It..(CONTEST!)

I know a lot of writers drop by my site. I got a taste of just how many when I posted "How to Overcome Writer's Block" over at The Geek Advisor today. I received a couple of comments & a handful more emails asking to expand on the concept. I thought I would do so here.

The premise of the article is simple: All writers, from time to time, suffer regular bouts of writer's block. The key to overcoming this is two-fold:

1. Realize & accept that most of what you write will be junk. There is no way possible to sit down and write the 'Great American Novel' in one shot. Instead, the writer should focus on getting their thoughts, opinions, ideas, beliefs and everything else out on paper. While doing so, remember that you have total control over what is actually seen & by whom. If you don't want anyone to see a particular piece, then it's your choice to keep it from the public.

2. Writer's block is nothing more than the editor inside you. The Internal Editor keeps you from actually putting words to paper, instead drawing your focus to correct wording, sentence structure, spelling, etc.

The Contest

If you are like many, you can feel the writer inside you bursting at the seems. You know you have to write, but everytime you sit down to do so, the blank page just stares at you. So, in an effort to help you kickstart your writing career, I am going to provide you with your first 'assignment':

Tell me about your main character. Don't worry about spelling, sentence structure or anything else - don't even worry about dialogue. Just tell me about your character. What are they like? What are their likes & dislikes. What do they look like? Describe him or her in detail. I want to know their backgrounds, their quirks and so on.

Over the next few weeks, I will post a series of articles on overcoming writer's block. Those that choose to send their assignments to The Geek Underground will be entered into a drawing to be held at the end of November. The winner will receive FREE web hosting for one full year from The Geek Underground. Our web host accounts include 40Mb of banner & popup-free space with a gig of transfer every month. It also includes unlimited email accounts, and support for many popular programming languages, including CGI, PHP, and Front Page extensions.

The winner will also be featured right here on this blog, where we will follow his or her progress with their story. Finally, a published ebook of the finished product will be provided if the winner so chooses. In plain words, the winner will be well on his or her way to being self-published, with a completely web-ready ebook to sell, and a website to sell it from.

To enter the contest, simply send us your name & email address to thegeek@thegeekunderground.com. Then, follow along with the upcoming articles and submit your assignments as requested.

That's all there is to it! What are you waiting for? Start writing today!

Thursday, October 27, 2005 

Best Condoms?

Ever wonder who makes the best condoms? Check out today's Geek Advisor - answers to the burning questions of life, from a geek's perspective.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005 

New Blogs

Just a quick note to let everyone know I have just created & then updated the following cool blogs:

The Geek Mafia
http://thegeekmafia.blogspot.com

The Geek Advisor
http://geekadvisor.blogspot.com

TheGeek

 

BoobieBlogaThon "Best Of..." Contest FAQ

So I've received quite a few emails aking more about the BoobieBlogaThon "Best Of..." contest. I'll try to answer these questions here:

1. What is the BoobieBlogaThon? Basically, it's my attempt at making my blog not suck. ;)

2. Why should I send a pic of my boobies to you? Because everyone who submits a pic will receive an entry into the 'Best of...' contest. The winner will receive a full year of FREE web hosting for whatever they want. This is not banner supported hosting. It is full featured, including unlimited email accounts, unlimited autoresponders, support for all kinds of programming languages, several different 'flavors' of blogs and a whole hell of a lot more. Basically, you can do whatever the hell you want with your web space, from hosting a personal site, a business site or your blog(s). I don't care what you do with it.

3. I'm a guy, can I send a pic of my boobies too? Sure! I'm an equal opportunity blogger :) Besides, there are plenty of bloggettes out there who wouldn't mind drooling over a guy's chest. And yes, guys will be entered into the contest as well.

4. What are you going to do with my boobie pic? All boobie pics will be placed on a separate page, where only those who frequent my blog enough will know where to find & vote on them. I won't be charging an access fee - it's all free. All I want is more traffic to my blog!

5. What kind of boobie pics are acceptable? ALL BOOBIE PICS submitted will be used. How you present them is entirely up to you. If you want to cover them, sobeit. If you only want to share a little cleavage, that's fine too. If you want the whole world to gaze upon your bare boobies, far be it from me to turn you down!

6. Where can I send my boobie pic? All pics should be sent via email to: thegeek@thegeekunderground.com. It will help the process if you put 'BoobieBlogaThon Pic' in the subject line.

Did I leave any questions out? If so, let me know.

TheGeek

 

The Geek Advisor & FREE web hosting!

The last few days have been hectic. Over the weekend, my wife had me working to prepare for our annual Halloween party, which meant cleaning out the garage and completing the remodel job we started in the den. She kept herself busy with the remodel, and I spent my time in the garage.

Nonetheless, my mind has been wandering with things to do with this blog. I'm glad the last couple of stories went over well, and am looking forward to publishing a few more like them. In the meantime, I have been beating my head against the wall trying to figure out how to keep my posts alive, fresh & interesting.

Yesterday afternoon, I was sitting on the toilet reading this month's issue of Playboy (my wife & I have become regular readers since our son's incident), and it hit me. Of particular interest was the 'Playboy Advisor', where people write in about everything & anything. I started thinking that would be a cool addition to this blog.

So, in honor of Playboy's Advisor, I am going to start answering your questions right here in a feature called, "The Geek Advisor". Ask me anything, and you can rest assured that I will cut through the bullshit & give you a straight up answer. If you have a burning question you want answered, whether it's about computers, the internet, cars, women, men, sex or anything else, please send it to me at thegeek@thegeekunderground.com. Not all questions will be answered, though I will do my best to do so.

You may also notice the "Geek Mafia" graphic over there on the right hand side. That's my webring, and I'm looking for a few good geeks to join 'the family'. I don't care what skill level you are. In fact, this is probably a place that many newbie & wannabe geeks will find useful. So, click the "Join" link and slap the graphic on your site. I welcome your input.

BoobieBlogaThon Update

I'm still working on the BoobieBlogaThon, and have received a bigger response than I expected. Sometime this wekkend, I'm going to put the photos I have received thus far on a separate page, so as not to offend any of my weaker minded readers. I am still accepting pics - tasteful, of course (though I won't be offended by a pair of bare boobies - I'm a guy, after all ; -). Your boobie pic will be put to great use - promoting my blog! If you want to know more about the BoobieBlogaThon, check this out: Boobies! BOOBIES!

To make things a little more interesting, I have decided to implement a voting system whereby visitors can vote for the best boobie pic. The winner will receive a full year of web hosting, ad free, through my servers. The hosting account can be used for whatever the winner wants, and comes with too many features to list all of here. A few of the nicer features include 40Mb of space, unlimited email (you@yourdomain.com) accounts, PHP, CGI, FrontPage support and a whole hell of a lot more. Each account also comes with free shopping carts, message forums and more. If you want a shot at winning FREE hosting for a year, send me a boobie pic at thegeek@thegeekunderground.com.

Alright, so that about does it for this post. I'm sorry it's not quite as interesting as the previous two, but have patience. There is definately more to come...

TheGeek

Friday, October 21, 2005 

Turn the Page...

My son is 12 years old. He is developing his own styles, opinions, views and just plain developing. I feel that I have been bestowed a great gift & honor in being able to watch him grow (both upward & outward), and only hope that I can guide him to become an honest & productive member of society. So far, so good.

My wife and I have worked hard to instill good decision-making skills in him and his sister, and it has paid off. I'm not saying we've done the perfect job, but I think we've done a hell of a lot better than some parents.

A good example is his taste in friends. I have only had a problem with one kid he used to hang out with, but that wasn't because he was a bad kid. He just whined way too much. He's an only child, and when he doesn't get his way, he throws a fit. That's fine in a 3 year old, but 12? Come on, now. In any event, we don't see the kid much anymore since we moved away from that neighborhood, so that's a bit of relief.

Then there's Frankie. We call Frankie our "third child". He's a good kid, and quite the antithesis of the whiner. In fact, at one point, Frankie and the whiner even clashed for whatever reason (the whiner didn't get his way, if I remember correctly). Fortunately, things turned out that he became favored with my son over the whiner. Eventually, you'd hardly find the two apart, walking the neighborhood like they owned it, and for all I know, they did.

We came to be very familiar with Frankie, over casual discussion during many meals he shared with us. We came to know his manners (impeccable, I might add), his tastes and habits, which included carrying around a little black case.

On many occasions, I would find Frankie and my son engaged in a ruthless battles between G.I. Joe and Cobra for supremacy over the tree saplings in our front yard. The result was always the same - G.I. Joe eventually won. Unfortunately, that didn't translate to preferential treatment. In the end, all of them were put to rest for the next battle in that little black clase. During the summer months, the case became home to an assortment of water guns, water grenades, etc.

A couple of months ago, my wife and I returned home to find the case laying under the kitchen table. This was odd, as Frankie always had the case with him. My wife picked it up, noticing that it seemed a little light. Generally, it was jam packed with toys, which would have made it a little heavier. Out of sheer morbid curiosity, and half wondering if the case had outlived its purpose, she opened it. The fact that there was something in there didn't surpise her half as much as the actual contents did.

It was the June, 2004 issue of Playboy.

We just kind of stared at each other for a moment. We had known this day would come, but were nonetheless caught completely off guard.

I decided not to say anything to my son, at least for the moment. I needed time to collect my thoughts, and decide how I would handle this. I wasn't mad - just totally unprepared. I waited until the next day, when my son returned home from school.

He followed his usual pattern: walk in the door, get food, watch t.v. When he settled in to an episode of C.S.I., I came down the stairs with the magazine. He didn't immediately realize what I was doing until I had tossed the Playboy onto the coffee table. He knew the gig was up, and his entire demeanor suddenly reflected the abject horror and defeat.

I proceeded to deliver the spiel I had practiced several times the night before (and in the shower that morning, and in my head during the meeting at work...). I didn't go off the deep end. I figured it would be pointless, and would only push him into hiding shit from me. So I calmly explained to him that I didn't think he should be looking at this kind of stuff at his age.

"When you're older, I'll buy you a subscription." I offered. "But right now, you need to think about being a kid, and doing kid stuff. Save this shit for later." As a matter of fact, I had already decided to stash the magazine. I planned on presenting it to him on his 18th birthday.

My spiel probably lasted less than ten minutes. To me, it felt longer. I was worried about rambling, but wanted to be sure that my point got across. Through the entire thing, he sat quiet. His eyes rarely left the floor. When they did, it was to give me a quick glance. His shoulders remained slumped the entire time. Normally, he sits & walks with his shoulders high, almost with an air of arrogance.

He didn't say much during the ordeal, only speaking to answer my questions.

"Where did you get this?" Apparently, someone down the road had moved, leaving it behind in the trash. I could tell he was being honest about everything, and tried to show him that I respected him for that.

When it was over with, I breathed a huge sigh of relief. I was thankful it was over with. This was probably the second hardest thing I've ever faced as a father, the first place position being occupied by "Having THE TALK" with my son. I had already conquered that one almost a year before.

Realizing that I had a ton of shit to get done, I decided to end the conversation on a positive note, and make one more attempt at showing him that I respected his thoughts. I asked him if he had anything else he needed or wanted to say, and emphasized that I was working hard at being there for him when he needed me. As parents, my wife and I try to allow our kids to talk to us about anything and everything, with openness & honesty.

He paused for a moment, and then raised his eyes to me. I still can't figure out if his reply was a statement or a question:

"I guess you want the rest of them".

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 

Poof! There goes my dignity.


I use Old Spice High Endurance bar soap. I like it. It works. It's cheap, it smells good, and it goes with the Old Spice deodorant, Old Spice shaving cream, Old Spice razor, Old Spice...well, you get the picture. So earlier this week, my wife and I made our regular trek to the local Wal Mart, with the intention of buying a few groceries and of course, restocking my Old Spice shit.

When we got there, I noticed almost immediately that my soap was not in its usual place. I spent about ten minutes walking up & down the soap aisle, thinking maybe I had just overlooked it. Finally, I found an employee stocking items in the next aisle, and asked where I could find the Old Spice High Endurance bar soap.

"We don't carry that anymore!" She said it with a smile.

I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I had been using this soap for quite a few years now, and Wal Mart no longer carried it? Sure, I could use one of those girly soaps - the ones that, no matter how much you rinse, leave you feeling like you have a layer of slick soapscum all over. No thanks. I could switch to Irish Spring, but I'm Scottish, so I don't know how that would work out. I don't feeling like singing in the shower or any shit like that, so that leaves out the Zest. No, I wanted my Old Spice High Endurance bar soap.

"Do you have any Old Spice alternatives?" I asked, considering a switch to a different flavor of Old Spice.

"Yes! It's right here." She stood on her tiptoes while reaching for a bottle - yes, I said bottle - of Old Spice High Endurance (prepare yourself) body wash. Now, you have to understand a few things about me: I'm a guy. I drink beer, shoot guns and drive an SUV. I don't watch Oprah, I don't need (or want) an extreme makeover and I sure as hell don't use 'body wash'. As I pondered my options, my wife suggested that I should at least try it, seeing as how it WAS Old Spice, after all.

With a furrow in my brow, I reluctantly agreed.

The next morning, I woke up and jumped in the shower. After I lathered my hair up with shampoo (Pert Plus, if you really wanted to know), I reached for the bottle of 'body wash'. I examined the bright red container, trying to prepare myself for what was to come. Realizing that if I didn't just hurry up and get it over with that I would end up walking around smelling funny all day, I grabbed a rag, squirted the blue gel on it and got to scrubbing.

It didn't take long before I realized that all that was happening was the gel was spreading thinly over my skin. There were no manly hoards of bubbles, marching down my arms, showing me that SOMETHING was happening - my skin was getting clean and didn't just 'smell good'.

So, I did what any man in my situation would do. I squirted more on the rag, and attempted to work up a lather. This time, the evil blue gel just smeared over the rag.

"Babe?" I needed the advice of my wife. I figured that she would be able to tell me what the hell I was doing wrong.

"You're doing it wrong." She said it in her helpful voice, but the smile that spanned her face said she was thinking something other than being helpful. "You have to use a poof!"

Ah shit.

"What the hell is a poof?" I asked. She reached into the shower, and produced a small, lace-ball hanging by a string from the shower head. Until that point, I thought it was some kind of shower decoration.

"It will help exfoliate your skin," she advised as she placed the devil-lace-ball into my hand.

Folx, when future civilizations come across the remains of our society, they will eventually come to the conclusion that the destruction of America - the one we know and love today - began with 'the poof'. 'The poof' embodies all that is wrong with society when it comes to de-emasculating our men. My Gramps never would have even thought of the possibility of using 'the poof' (or body wash, for that matter).

To the men of America, I realize that some of you enjoy "exfoliating". What you do in the privacy of your own home is completely up to you. I don't really give a rat's red ass. But PLEASE, don't force your fucked up preferences on me. It really isn't cool - not even a little.

To the more manlier of our species, I call upon you to rise up and save your country. This is an issue that directly affects your ability to see the world logically. It leads to harder vices, such as facials and manicures and other estrogen-building activities.

Do it for your children, and for your children's children. Do it for your country. Show your patriotic side and exercise your right to free speech by picketing your local Wal Mart. Force them to cave under the pressure of the ideals that made this Country the Great Nation it once was. Besides, it gives you a great excuse for getting together with other like-minded, manly men and having a tailgate party.

We can win this one, if we just hang in there and FIGHT!

TheGeek

 

TheGeekUnderground.com Annual Boobie BlogaThon Launch

So here they are, folx. I promised I would kick this thing off, and I was even successful in enlisting my wife's help. If you're wondering what the hell I'm doing with pics of me and my wife's boobies on here, read the "Boobies...BOOBIES" post a couple down.

I'm planning on updating sites tomorrow, so I'll have current stats available. Otherwise, it's past my bed time, and I gotta work in the morning.

TheGeek

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 

Lamestream Media Screws it up again...


How far are they willing to go to create news? Today, on "Today", reporter Michelle Kosinski staged - yes, staged - video of how dire the situation was in New Jersey. To prove the dire straits, she had her cameraman film her as she paddeled a canoe down a 'flooded' street. As the cameraman panned out, two people walked between Kosinski & her cameraman, revealing that the water was actually only a few inches deep. The water doesn't even reach the top of the unknown individuals' shoes! Ratbastards anyhow.

Here's a link to the video in Windows Media Format: Caught Red Handed!

BTW, keep the boobie pics coming...this is going to be interesting.

 

Show me your Boobies!


Hehehe...

 

Boobies...BOOBIES!

Got your attention? Good.

Now, here's the deal: My blog must suck. Don't get me wrong, I love my blog. I enjoy making posts to it, even if it's just a bunch of nonsense. My wife even gets a kick out of watching me get all worked up over anything blog. She still loves me, however, and supports my work. After all, she understands that I am a GEEK.

Perhaps the best thing about my blog is that it gets me writing and keeps me writing. The more writing I do, the better I get. The better I get, the more people want to read. Now, I don't really care too much about receiving praise for my writing, but I at least like to know that people are out there, and reading. Therein lies the problem.

I have received a few comments to my blog posts. But wouldn't you know it, it's always SPAM, and I hate SPAM unless it's the kind between two slices of bread (with cheese...I like cheese). So, I dutifully delete the offending comment, and go on about my life.

Recently, I joined a great site for bloggers, called "BlogExplosion.com" (no, I don't get anything when you click the link). They offer a credit system for searching other blogs, which you can then use to promote your own blog. They also have a cool feature called Battle of the Blogs, where bloggers from all over wager their credits against other bloggers. The blogger with the best blog wins 75% of the credits wagered by both sides (the other 25% gets split among 15 BlogExplosion members who vote on the best blog).

I have waged three 'battles' thus far, and lost all of them. This is why I say that my blog must suck. I have even hunted for the more boring of the other blogs out there, and still can't win. I know for a fact that I am not the most interesting person out there, but am I really that boring? People I know say I'm interesting - perhaps it's just a problem translating that over the 'Net.

Here's where you can help. I'm not much for ribbon campaigns. With the amount of ribbon campaigns out there, it's hard to keep all of my colors straight. But the other nite, I surfed across one of the greatest websites I have ever seen. It was for a ribbon campaign, but one that I think a lot of us can get behind. It's called a Boobie-Thon, and the benefactor is breast cancer research.

I love the site because it is an all around a killer site - the marketing concepts, the good cause and of course, the bodacious content (I may be a GEEK, but I'm a guy first). The campaign is over now, but the site is always available. The idea is to have people (men & women) send in pics of their boobies, which are then placed on the Boobie-Thon website. The more explicit, completely bare boobie pics are placed on a 'pay per boobie' page, which can be accessed only after the visitor makes a donation of $50 or more to breast cancer research. AWESOME! Where do I sign up? The covered (even if it's just a sheer sheet) boobies are made available as samplers to anyone who visits the site.

Then I got to thinking. I decided at that point that I would run my own "Boobie Blogathon", in the hopes that it would make my blog not suck. I figure that, if I can offer pics of my reader's boobies to other readers, perhaps I could actually win a "Battle of the Blogs" battle. Perhaps the promise of free boobie pics would motivate visitors to come back more often, link to me a little more and actually vote FOR my blog.

So I started planning. Of course, my first question was, "Who in the hell would send me pic of their boobies"? Well, I'm hoping you will, but you have to hear me out first. I am not interested in porn. If you want to send me a pic of your bare boobies, far be it from me to turn it down. However, I am more interested in artistic boobies - covered with a bra, a sheet, a hand, a couple of hands, chocolate...you get the picture. I am interested in woman boobies as well as man boobies (there are a lot of female blog readers out there). Have you had surgery on your boobies? Show me. Breast enlargement gone bad? I want to see. Breast enlargement gone good? Got a case of the itty-bitty titties? So be it. The fact is, the human body is a beautiful thing, and I pride myself on being non-judgemental when it comes to shape, size, scars, etc.

Most of all, I want your TASTEFULL boobie pics. If you would like to send a message to someone, write it on your boobies and send me the pic. Want to advertise your own blog or website? Do it with boobies. Hell, show me your cat's boobies, for all I care.

All submitted pics must be original, they must be you, and you MUST be 18 years or older (and I don't care how much older, either, as long as you are at least 18 years old).

As the pics come in, I am going to put them up on a separate page. I'm not a charity, so I'm not going to charge for access to the page. Instead, I am going to make the page available only to those that frequent my blog enough to know where the secret link will be. Completely bare boobies will be placed on another page, made available only to those that make at least 10 NON-SPAM posts to my blog, and who become 'regulars' around here.

So, are you ready to send me your boobie pic? Great! You can forward your boobie pic to me at thegeek@thegeekunderground.com. How you present your boobies is completely up to you. If you want to cover them, do it creatively. If you want to bare them, just do it. If a little cleavage is all you want to share, that's cool too.

Just to kick things off, I am going to post pics of my wife's and my boobies tonite. I know she'll be up to it - she loves & supports me and my wild 'Net adventures. Besides, I may not be a 'good' cause, but I have been accused of being a 'lost' cause - at least it's a cause. I'll have the pics posted by tonite, when I update this blog once again.

Oh, and be sure to stick around to see what happens with this "BoobieBlogaThon".

TheGeek

 

Just the Essentials...

My gorgeous wife took this 'snippet'. She says it embodies everything that is me - Jagermeister, Camel Turkish Royals, Pepsi and my computer (monitor). Hence the title, Jut the Essentials...

Monday is over. I felt great today, despite the fact that it was Monday. I was even feeling good enough to get in a stab at those godammed cry me a friekin' river liberals by writing my "Reasons to Vote NO on Referenda C & D over at WesternSlopeOnline.com.

Colorado has got some of the damned boldest politicians I've ever seen. How can they seriously ask the hard working people of Colorado to give up their tax returns for the next five years (possibly longer) to fix problems created by ignorant, tax & spend, fiscally irresponsible politicians.

I understand Colorado is facing some dire economic woes, but they won't be fixed by writing a blank check to a state government run by liberal Democrat extremists. My biggest issue with these referenda is that they totally defy any economic sense whatsoever. Here's the deal: When my family is facing budget problems, the last thing we do is increase spending, and forget giving ourselves a 6% raise every year. Instead, we have to take a good, hard look at our finances, and start CUTTING SPENDING. Hell, I wish I could run my family budget like the whacked out politicians here in Colorado do.

Meanwhile, they totally neglect or reject (particularly here on the Western Slope) any kind of improvement that would alter the lifestyle in the area in any manner. This State sucks when it comes to employment. Sure, our unemployment rates have been low lately, but what kind of jobs are there? In this area, you would be lucky to find anything over $10/hour. But there are PLENTY of jobs available in the restaurant & retail industries - if you don't mind $6.50 - $8.00 an hour.

Interestingly enough, this area's population is expected to double in a fairly short amount of time (something like 20 years). The people are on their way. But the area does not have the strong job market that is going to be required to sustain the growth. I'm predicting this area will eventually end up one huge slum.

Holy cow! I didn't see that rant coming. Anyhow, I have got to hit the sack.

TheGeek

Sunday, October 16, 2005 


I love Sunday, especially during football season. Though today I choose to sit here on the computer. Not a whole hell of a lot to say today - trying to recover from a Jagermeister binge that started at about 11:00pm last nite and didn't end until about 5:00am this morning.

We still haven't made it out to WAL MART yet, but we have to do so before today is over. It really sucks when all you do is go and go during the week, only to have to go places on the weekend. Every chance I get to sit at home and relax, I'm taking it.

While browsing a few blogs this morning, I found a few cool things. First of all is BlogMad - a cool new way of getting people to check out your blog, etc. Check it out by CLICKING HERE.

Another cool site is BlogExplosion, where there are all sorts of neat things for blogs. If you have a blog, you definately want to CHECK THEM OUT. They offer a service where you browse other blogs, earn credits, and then promote your own blog with the credits you earn. So far it has been pretty good to me. They also have a neat feature called "Battle of the Blogs", where two blogs compete for wagered credits. The winner is determined by votes submitted by other BlogExplosion members.

My son and I listed a few items on eBay last nite and this morning. The items listed include:

Huge Lot of Spider-Man Comics
Huge Lot of Deathlands books by James Axler
Lot of Playstation 2 Games (Punisher, Ratchet & Clank)
Lot of 28 Outlanders books by James Axler

It's kinda cool to see my son getting into the eBay thing. I told him, however, that anything he wants to buy must be financed by putting things up for sale :) The idea to sell the items we have listed was his, and he worked hard at getting them all together, getting them ready, etc.

The Continuing Saga of my Site Stats

Here are the latest site stats. I've added some additional stats, just because. I'm contemplating getting into keyword tweaking, etc. so if that interests you, stick around. Specifically, I'm going to start the process of tweaking SEO features to see if that does anything for me. If you have ever done this type of thing, I would love to hear from you (unless, of course, you are trying to sell me SEO services).

SkipTracePortal.com:

Link Popularity - 21
Unique Visitors (Oct. 1 - Oct. 16) - 190
Page Views - 1004
Googlebot's Last Visit - Oct. 16, 02:44
Search Terms Used to Find Site - missing, persons, websites, skiptracer, lost, investigative
4.7% of visitors added the site to their favorites/bookmarks

NOTE: This site is still for sale. I am continuing to take offers until the end of this month. If I don't sell by then, I've got a few plans.

GoogleKnowsAll.com:

Link Popularity - 842
Unique Visitors (Oct. 1 - Oct. 16) - 89
Page Views - 1171
Googlebot's Last Visit - Oct. 16, 09:36
Search Terms Used to Find Site - googcom, what, google, knows, about, you, all
2.2% of visitors added the site to their favorites/bookmarks

WesternSlopeOnline.com:

Link Popularity - 66
Unique Visitors (Oct. 1 - Oct. 16) - 99
Page Views - 808
Googlebot's Last Visit - Oct. 16, 03:02
Search Terms Used to Find Site - western slope jobs, referenda c, western slope
7% of visitors added the site to their favorites/bookmarks

FlipThisWebsite.com:

Link Popularity - 7
Unique Visitors (Oct. 1 - Oct. 16) - 164
Page Views - 919
Googlebot's Last Visit - Oct. 16, 02:43
Search Terms Used to Find Site - virtual real estate
3.6% of visitors added the site to their favorites/bookmarks

Hope you enjoy today's 'snippet' (above). They say sex sells - we'll see how this post goes...

TheGeek
thegeek@thegeekonline.com

Saturday, October 15, 2005 

Actually able to relax...


I'm home today. It's really, really nice. I'm able to sit here in front of my PC, rocking out to LAD Theory, drinking my Pepsi and smoking a cigarette. In honor of this momentus occassion, I thought I would start something new. I am going to call the new section, "Snippets of my life". Seriously, anyone who knows me knows my life is an open book, so I figured why should my blog life be any different?

"Snippets" will include random pictures of random things in my life - a doorknob, a stick shift, a dirty sock and other items that happen to be a part of my life at that particular moment. The pic on the right is the first.

As far as my sites go, I haven't done anything special with any of them lately, although I have some things planned for TheGeekUnderground.com. I want to turn it a little more towards the geek underground side of life, and throw in a PC parts store while I'm at it.

RECENT STATS:

Here are today's link popularity stats for my sites:

http://www.skiptraceportal.com - 21
http://www.googleknowsall.com - 825
http://www.westernslopeonline.com - 55
http://www.flipthiswebsite.com - 7

A lot of the reason that Googleknowsall.com is dropping slightly is because I haven't been updating it on a regular basis lately. With everything going on, I have slacked a little bit there.

OK, I'm sure I'll end up getting on here a little later and posting something else, but for now the kids are screaming about getting out of the house. Of all place that they could want to go? Where else - WAL MART!!!

Thursday, October 13, 2005 

More stats

To show you an example of how quickly the stats can fluctuate, I just ran another report, and here are the results:

http://www.skiptraceportal.com - 20
http://www.googleknowsall.com - 824
http://www.westernslopeonline.com - 50
http://www.flipthiswebsite.com - 6

If you are wondering where I'm getting these figures, there is a kick-butt "Link Popularity Checker" located at http://www.marketleap.com

Tooth Update:

GREAT NEWS! As of two months from now, I will have new teeth across the top front of my mouth, which means I will be able to do something I haven't done since I was a kid - SMILE! Merry Christmas to me...Merry Christmas to me...

And on top of it all, the nice dentist dude gave me some painkillers which have now become my best friend ;-)

 

Some Quick Site Stats

Here are some quick site stats for link popularity (measure of how many links each search engine records to your site) for my sites:

http://www.skiptraceportal.com - 18
http://www.westernslopeonline.com - 54
http://www.googleknowsall.com - 853
http://www.flipthiswebsite.com - 7

Of course, these fluctuate from day to day, so I will keep posting updates here. This is actually probably more for my information than yours, but oh well...

Tuesday, October 11, 2005 

Toothache Hell

I missed out on a morning of work, thanks to one hellacious toothache. I have an appointment tomorrow afternoon to get the darned thing yanked. God I can't wait.

I did, however, have the chance to work over http://www.skiptraceportal.com some more today, and it's starting to look like a whole new site. I added the rudimentary directory structure to it yesterday, but made it look nice last night by dropping the links into a table. At this rate and if I'm not careful, it's gonna end up looking like Yahoo!.

In any event, I also added a P.I. equipment store to the front page, and reinstated the skiptracing services stuff. This time, however, instead of putting the focus on serving P.I.'s only, I also decided to focus on getting individuals involved.

http://www.googleknowsall.com is coming along quite nicely, though I haven't made a whole lot of changes to it lately. Nonetheless, the last check revealed well over 800 links to the site, and traffic increasing steadily.

OK, so that's that. I gotta git, and go get some work done before the nite's over. Wish me luck at the dentist office in the morning...

TheGeek
thegeek@thegeekonline.com

Monday, October 10, 2005 

More Optimization

Well, I have spent most of the day working on http://www.skiptraceportal.com in an effort to make it a little more valuable to potential buyers. As I mentioned yesterday, I did away with the skiptracing services offered from the site, and today I added a rudimentary directory structure to the home page (I will be redoing the structure within a table soon), and added keywords, description tag & robots tag. Imagine that! It made a Google PR1 without any of the above.

Boring nite in class - I had one student, and he only stuck around for about an hour. Now, I've gotta sit here until 11pm so I can lock up after class. Our normal nite admin is out with pneumonia, so here's to hoping he's feeling better soon.

OK, that's it for now. Just wanted to put some words to this thing before i forgot. I might drop a few lines later, before I hit the sack.

TheGeek

Sunday, October 09, 2005 

Dammit, Tomorrow is Monday


This weekend hasn't been long enough. The days fly by when I'm actually enjoying myself, then the weekend shows up. At least I got to get some stuff done this weekend.

I got to update http://www.skiptraceportal.com today, doing away with the skiptracing services (I've decided to keep the site going as a search engine only), and added a few links to some good books on Amazon. I also tidied it up a bit, and adjusted the Google AdSense ads. We'll see how that works out. If I can't keep up with it, I guess I'll end up selling it cheap, as I haven't received many more inquiries lately.

I also noticed some traffic increases to http://www.gjrealestate.net, which is good news. I'm hoping that it will get some exposure through http://www.westernslopeonline.com, and start taking off. I'm laying out a broader plan for marketing which I'll put into place soon.

Speaking of http://www.westernslopeonline.com, Saturday evening I had the opportunity to attend a book signing by Neal Boortz, who is a fantastic syndicated talk show host. He was in town signing copies of his book, "The FairTax Book", and I was able to get in with the press under Western Slope Online. See the pic above.

That was cool. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens with the FairTax.

Anyhow, I'm out for now. Happy Monday morning to y'all.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005 

Web Marketing Goodness

I love starting up a new site and seeing it grow. As I mentioned yesterday, http://www.flipthiswebsite.com is already growing. We haven't been indexed by Google just yet, but that's OK. It takes time.

Nonetheless, I spent this afternoon doing some marketing tasks for FlipThisWebsite.com and for http://www.googleknowsall.com. All around fun stuff, if a little tedious. That's OK too - in time it will pay off. Specifically, I submitted FlipThisWebsite.com and the FlipThisWebsite.com blog (http://www.flipthiswebsite.com/blog/) to several more search engines. I also submitted to 6 or 7 blog directories.

My last act of web marketing today was to fire up Google AdWords for the site. Sure, it costs a little (currently about .05 cents/click), but again, I think this has some potential and will end up going crazy. Again, I'll keep you posted.

I guess that's it for now.

Until next time...

TheGeek
thegeek@thegeekonline.com

Tuesday, October 04, 2005 

Got a wild hair today...

...and bought another domain. This one is http://www.flipthiswebsite.com. FlipThisWebsite.com is a site for those interested in buying, selling or trading their complete websites and domains. I also have some other plans for it, which include some pretty cool things. I can't say any more than that at this point, but I will keep you updated here.

So here I am, another night down the tubes. Class was a bit long, but it was good. I am teaching a Visual Basic programming class this term, and it's kind of neat to watch these guys go from knowing nothing to building small apps and then getting more complex. It's almost like you can see their brain growing. While I love my job, and being in the classroom is a feeling like no other, I need to get my rear in gear and get something else going pretty quick. These late nites and early mornings are kicking my ass.

I guess I could be in bed right now, but the warm glow of this late 90s' model monitor screen is just too inviting. No flatscreen, you ask? Nah - I have my beefed up machine, and that's all I need. Who cares what the monitor looks like, as long as you can see the stuff on the screen. Not that there is anything wrong with flatscreen monitors - I think they are beautiful and all that I've seen work beyond great. I would just rather put my cash into the box at this point, and worry about the other stuff later.

Speaking of later, I need to make like a baby and head out.

Until next time...

TheGeek

Monday, October 03, 2005 

Why didn't I think of that?

You know, I love to read & hear stories about new & innovative ways of making money, but sometimes I have to stop & think, "Why didn't I think of that?"

Such was the case this morning when one of my computer students told me about this site: http://www.savetoby.com - sheer marketing genius! OK, so it's a little on the twisted side, but it's working, and that is all that matters in business.

We officially started homeschooling our kids today through the Virtual Academy here in Colorado. It looks to be fun & promising, though it will require quite a bit of work on our parts. I think it's worth it, however. The curriculum is far advanced of that they were doing in the public schools, and a little more challenging - the kids are enjoying it so far. Then again, it is the first day. If you want more info on the charter "virtual" school my kids are working through, check out http://www.covcs.org

Speaking of school, I started a new term today. I love the beginning of the new term, because my students ROCK! I enjoy getting to meet the new students and working with them until they walk the line and receive their degree. Then I have to try and look cool while not trying to bawl like a baby.

I have received a few more offers for http://www.skiptraceportal.com, but nothing great. I have turned my efforts to seeing what the domain might be worth at this point. I don't want to end up looking stupid by asking too much, but at the same time, I don't want to get ripped off, either. A lot of love went into that site, man!

http://www.googleknowsall.com is doing good. Just two weeks after registering the domain, and the site was listed in Google (working on the Page Rank now!), and now has thousands of links pointing to it. The readership is beginning to grow as well. I'll keep you updated.

Well, that wraps it up for me at this point. I gotta go look over my daughter's work, and work on a computer.

Until next time...

The Geek
thegeek@thegeekonline.com

Sunday, October 02, 2005 

Been writing most of the day...

Just about too pooped to pop, and I still have to drag myself to Wal Mart for a few supplies. So much for the weekend! At least I got a little more rest this weekend than usual.

As for what I have been writing, skip over to http://www.westernslopeonline.com to read the article about Referenda C & D. The basic premise? That businesses are required to work within a budgetary framework which depends on their successes & failures, why aren't state or the federal government required to do so?

I received a few hits on the sale of my Private Investigator's search engine (http://www.skiptraceportal.com), and ended up turning down an offer of $200, which I felt was a little insulting. Then again, I don't know what a site like that would be worth on the market - I'm kinda new to the virtual real estate thing.

On a lighter note, I admire this guy's ingenuity in marketing his web business: http://www.bumvertising.com/

Until next time...

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