It’s just another lazy Sunday, so it’s time for me to see what StumbleUpon has to offer, any interesting stories that showed up in the blogosphere, and maybe a quick hitter that I didn’t feel warranted a full post.
Let’s start with the image above. I found that here and I can totally relate, given that with my freelance writing career, there really is no definite line between what is work and what is play. When I read about the latest video game or the hottest new cell phone, that is of personal interest to me, but it’s also material that I write about for various websites. And yes, even the fourth square applies to me.
Jon Lee put up a post highlighting the five most useful Firefox shortcuts. I already knew about using CTRL+T to open up a new tab, but the close tab and undo close tab keyboard shortcuts are totally new news to me. Getting instant access to the address and search bars is pretty darn useful too. That’s got to shave off precious seconds over the span of my work day (no sarcasm intended).
I watched Ocean’s 13 last week, continuing the summer of thirds that I have been experiencing thus far. I was mildly disappointed with both Shrek the Third, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, so let’s just say that I didn’t go into Ocean’s Thirteen with the highest of expectations. I enjoyed watching Al Pacino (woohaa!) and each of the actors did a perfectly decent job with what they were presented, but ultimately, there was something lacking. The “scheme” wasn’t as intricate, wasn’t as complicated, and was a little too straight-forward for my tastes. I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy myself, but I can’t say that I was amazed either. 3.5 stars out of five
Gary Jones of BlueFur posed the question of whether post frequency translates to more traffic and sales, and he found the answer by displaying a picture of me from my UBC Arts Co-op days. His answer is a fairly resounding yes, given that traffic to his Bluefur hosting blog has doubled since I started guest blogging for him. He’s also seen a small, but steady increase in sales.
Sara Christensen of PureBlogging.com discusses the myths surrounding the lack of female bloggers. It’s clearly true that there are far more male bloggers out there — John Chow, Darren Rowse, etc. — than there are female bloggers. At the same time, I’m a big fan of Kumiko Suzuki, Jane May, and Danielle (among others), so it’s not like there aren’t any female bloggers… they’re just a rarer species.