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The Pixie Point System

Posted 2010.11.09 8.14 in Cats, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Pixie seems to be a little confused on how the points-system works. I’m hoping she will read this, and maybe print out a copy to keep handy so she can reference it later.

  • 5 Points – Catching a mouse.
  • 10 Points – Killing a mouse.
  • -5 Points – Letting a mouse go.
  • -10 Points – Letting a mouse go in my bedroom.
  • -15 Points – Letting a mouse go in my bedroom at 3:00am.
  • 0 Points – Catching & killing a mouse, but keeping it a secret.
  • -25 Points – Hiding the mousey remains so I won’t find it for a full month.

The real problem here is that it only takes one or two mistakes to wipe out the points she earns from a couple good jobs. This is only compounded by the fact that she doesn’t quite grasp the intricacies of the system, so she may think she’s done an awesome job in her own mind, while I meanwhile am spending the past month wondering what the heck is that smell in the livingroom and where the heck is it coming from.

Broken Nano

Posted 2010.09.13 22.33 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

My iPod Nano broke…

I’m not exactly sure, but I suspect the damage happened when I was prying it open with a metal screwdriver.

I only wanted to see what was inside. I was curious and bored. I blame Apple – they make these things so darn difficult to open. I mean honestly – they are designed to be disposable, and that isn’t cool. If the battery goes soft, you are expected to throw it out. If the headphone jack gets loose, you’re expected to throw it out.

I’m not just ticked about being expected to toss out a $175-ish product, but the wastefullness is pretty eco-harsh. Not that I’m helping, by killing it with curiosity. But come on, is it that horrendous to throw a couple screws on the back, instead of sealing it up with self-destructing metal click tabs.

How to Kill your Community

Posted 2009.08.07 12.06 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

Here’s a link-worthy article on how to go about killing your blog community and gutting your site, by trading short-term traffic / clicks gain, for long-term hollow death.

6 Steps to Kill Your Community by Matt Mullenweg