I’m not a fan of online advertising, or at the very least corporate advertising. Not only is it a bad way to make money, accepting advertising indiscriminately will limit your free speech. I could lard this site up with all sorts of pop-ups and related crap, but I won’t because I don’t want to constrain myself in order to please some cowardly suit.
Eons ago, when I first started this blog, I had a mailing list. I quietly got rid of it months later because I didn’t see any use for it.
Boy, that was a big mistake.
When I was a senior in high school, my religion teacher had us watch the movie The Five People You Meet in Heaven, based off of a book by Mitch Albom, whom you might remember for his tear-jerker porn classic Tuesdays with Morrie. The plot revolved around Eddie (Jon Voight), a lonely, misanthropic old amusement park mechanic who is killed when he tries to save a little girl from being crushed to death by a malfunctioning ride. The movie’s focus is the titular five people he meets when he goes to heaven, but the scene I remember most was Eddie’s funeral. Because he had no family or friends, only his co-workers attend the funeral, and because they didn’t know him well at all, the most they can say about him was “Eddie was a smart guy, and a hard worker, and, ummm…”
What are people going to say at your funeral?
A couple years back, when Deus Ex: Human Revolution was released, I pulled out my copies of the first two games in the series to get myself back up to speed on the plot. Deus Ex installed and played just fine, but when I went to boot up Invisible War, the game refused to start, even though it had installed just fine. A bit of Google research and I found the problem; the copy protection on the disc had a tendency to degrade when the disc got older. I fixed the problem by downloading a no-CD patch so I could play the game without the disc.
That’s right: I had to break the law in order to play a game I legally bought… all because of a piece of software that was designed to keep me from breaking the law.
Yep, I’ve dived on the grenade. Succumbed to the hype. Joined the herd. A few months ago, I started juicing and I haven’t looked back.
The fruits and vegetables kind of juicing, that is.
Like game and the paleo diet, juicing is one of those left field approaches to everyday problems that only makes sense once you’ve tried it. While it’s not the solution to all your health problems, juicing on a regular basis can improve your skin, brain function and provide a whole host of other benefits. Here’s some of the reasons why you should start juicing.
As I’ve written in my book Confessions of an Online Hustler, the best way to protect yourself from hackers, stalkers and other freaks online is to not be an idiot. Don’t provoke people needlessly, don’t be excessively belligerent, and don’t do anything to them that you wouldn’t want done to you. Not being a dumbass will save you in 95 percent of cases.
This is for the remaining five percent.
I said that Three Years of Hate wasn’t coming back. I took it off sale six months ago with the intent of burying it for good. Frankly, I’d have been happier had I never published it at all.
I wasn’t anticipating that people would not only like it, but pay grossly inflated prices for it.
By the time you finish reading this post, you’ll be able to ruin your enemies’ lives, end their careers and leave them utterly destitute. And all you need is a computer and a blog.
I’m talking about manipulating Google to push negative articles about them to the first page.
This is an excerpt from my book Writing for Peanuts, which is now available in paperback. Click here to learn more.
Most Americans–natch, most people–have no idea how economics works. I blame schools for spending more time showing little Johnny and Janey how to roll condoms onto bananas with their mouths than actually teaching kids useful skills and information. Politicians promising to hand out more taxpayer- funded gimmedats in exchange for votes aren’t helping the situation either.