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Her Realm, Personal website and blog of Cole
Jul 20

I Joined GISHWES

If you’re my Facebook friend, then you’ll have noticed I’ve been posting a lot about GISHWES. What is it, exactly? The Greast Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen, spearheaded by Misha Collins of Supernatural fame.

It’s been going a few years now, and I know of a few people who have done it. It’s a crazy hard scavenger hunt requiring you to make and do things and get photographic or video evidence. See below;

It’ll last the first week of August, and I hope it’ll get me some new friends and out into the world. Winners get to meet Misha at some remote location — Costa Rica this year.

However, that’s not what I am most looking forward to. I’ve joined with an old online buddy and her husband, in addition to another friend in Minnesota. The rest of our team will likely be filled in by random folks the world over, which could be pretty cool. I can still send invites if you want to join my team because they’ve extended registration for a day.

Or you can sign up here and join my team by entering my email (ladycrow@gmail) when prompted.

I’m pretty excited for doing something new and can’t wait to see what’s on the list.


Jul 10

I’ve Been Sucked Into Reddit

Perhaps somewhat ironically, I decided to give Reddit a go this last morning. It had been in the news recently because the powers that be fired a fan-favorite moderator for seemingly no reason at all. Some mods had let their subreddits go dark in response. A petition demanding that the CEO step down garnered thousands of signatures. Pretty serious stuff.

But it was enough to get me thinking about Reddit again. Sure, I’ve viewed a few threads and forums in the past. I think I have an account, but I’m not sure what it is or when I last logged in, let alone if I’ve ever posted. I’m not subscribed to any subreddits. I do know that there are many and some of them are pretty fuckin’ weird, even to a weirdo like me.

I wound up searching for some of the best subreddits, and I wasn’t disappointed. There’s an entire subreddit for grilled cheese sandwiches, you guy. And NoNoNoYES has some of the most almost-terrible-but-everything-turns-out-in-the-end GIFs that you could possibly imagine.

But my favorite subreddits must be Today I Learned, which is pretty self-explanatory, and Explain Like i’m Five, where you can ask just about any question and have it explained in simple terms. The former has all sorts of links to interesting articles, Wiki pages and studies. I’ve learned about people who are rocket scientists, weird laws, sperm counts, birth control, the origin of the PR department and so many more things. I browsed this subreddit for hours before I gave up.

I also found the social skills forum incredibly helpful — more so than I expected, in fact. I think I was surprised in general by how helpful people can be, even on the Internet. Perhaps it’s because it’s the Internet that this becomes possible. There’s a sort of honor among thieves mentality that binds people together.

Like I said, there are plenty of weird subreddits, and many that bordered on illegal if they weren’t absolutely sleazy. But within this giant beast are organs, perhaps vital, that keep it running. And within those organs, I found myself feeling connected, profound, assured, amused, inspired, hungry and welcome. Perhaps a beast as strange as this is a beast I must take the time to tame?

What about you? Do you reddit? What are your favorite subreddits?


May 26

My 5 Favorite Internet Animal Celebrities

They say the Internet is only good for a few things, and watching cat videos ranks highly among them. Now, I don’t spend all my time glued to YouTube to see what cats are doing next, but I have enjoyed my fair share of videos featuring beautiful felines — and canines! In fact, some have left an indelible mark on me, thanks to their boisterous personalities, gorgeous faces and amusing owners.

And I want to share my favorites with you, dear reader!

Lil Bub

I don’t know when I first discovered Lil Bub, but I am not putting things lightly when I say that my life has changed for the better since that point in time. Bub is an adorable girl who’s also disabled in her own ways, which lends to her unique look. However, she’s always chipped, loves traveling with her tattooed Dude and helps raise money for other animals. I’ve purchased a whole two apps in my life time, and one of them was Bub’s add-on for Weather Kitty. Review here.

Stop by Bub’s Facebook page to check out her photos, videos and cooperation with others!

David Bowie the Dog

DBtD is one of my newest finds. DB is a Shiba Inu who is adorable and loves bacon, but I think was really gets me is the cleverness of DB’s owners, who posted captions like the following:

The early light of morningOffers a wondrous possibilityA glorious bounty TodayWill there be bacon?

Posted by David Bowie the dog on Monday, May 25, 2015

Chago the Trampoline Dog

I don’t know how I missed this gorgeous boxer pup jumping on a trampoline — considering as he’s been posted for eight years! But I first saw him the other day, and now I am hooked. I gleefully gave a real-time description of this dog last night to one of my friends and couldn’t contain my excitement! I can’t embed the video, but you can join 3.2 million other viewers to see Chago in his video.

Colonel Meow

Col. Meow has since departed us for the big cat palace in the sky. May he RIP. His unforgettable face always seemed to be set in a stern visage, like in this photo. Ann Marie, his human, still updates his Facebook page with photos of her other lovelies, however.

Oscar

Oscar received leg/foot implants many years ago, before the practice became more common. The cute black kitty — who looks a bit like my Goliath —  became able to run and jump like a normal cat thanks to his implants, which were designed to allow him to move like a real cat. Check out his video below:

Who are your favorite Internet celeb animals? Maybe I’ll add them to my list!


Nov 13

Facebook App’s New Internal Browser Sucks!

Facebook's App Settings for external browser

Facebook’s App Settings for external browser

Over the past several days, I updated Facebook on my phone. One of the biggest changes — yet one that I heard little about beforehand — is that Facebook now opens links in the app rather than in your browser. I suspect the idea behind this is to protect users from malicious files and perhaps even scams. However, it also prevents us from using all the features we expect in a modern browser.

This includes private browsing mode and all the options available with a long-click, such as opening a link in a new tab. Although you can readily share any link back to a Facebook post or even a message, opening a link in the app “browser” doesn’t work with a smartphone’s native sharing menu, so sending via text, Bluetooth or email takes a few more clicks.

Plus, links to the Google Play store and YouTube ignore the default settings in my phone. Thanks, Facebook! You can “Save” things to Facebook, but it would be much nicer to access our favorites, especially if you sync browser data across multiple devices.

Perhaps what frustrates me the most is that you’re not able to browse history. I don’t even use favorites all that much because I use the browser on my phone — and tablet — for casual surfing. This morning, I clicked a link in Facebook, wanted to visit it later and promptly lost it because I didn’t “Save” it and there’s no history or any way to return to pages viewed in the internal browser. Arrgh!

Fortunately, you can disable this “feature,” and it’s not difficult. In your App Settings for Facebook, you’ll see an option to open links in an “External” browser. That is, Safari, Firefox, Chrome or whatever browser you prefer on your smartphone or tablet.

I’d love to remove this feature entirely. I’m sure it’s using up precious space on my phone, and it’s definitely causing lag!


Oct 05

In Which Cole Writes about Minimum Wage, Fast Food and Military Benefits

Every time I see this ridiculous meme floating around on Facebook in the response that we might possibly consider raising the minimum to $15 per hour for fast food workers or, you know, anyone who works hard, I just seethe. Here is it in all its glory:

Okay, rant – For those fast food employees striking for $15 an hour, let’s do some math. At $15 an hour Johnny Fry-Boy would make $31,200 annually. An E1 in the military makes $18,378. An E5 with 8 years of service only makes $35,067 annually. Hmmmmmm….. So you’re telling me, Sally McBurgerflipper, that you deserve as much as those kids getting shot at, deploying for months in hostile environments, and putting their collective asses on the line every day protecting your unskilled butt!

I spent a few years as a military wife, and while the base pay might not compare at first glance with the annual salary that, but there are a lot of perks that are awarded to service members and, by extension, their families. Here’s just a short list of perks I experienced as a military wife. Military.com has a whole list of benefits, too.

military benefits

This list doesn’t included bonuses for signing up, hazard pay during deployments and tons of other perks that I personally didn’t experience or am not familiar with.

What does this mean? That the $18,000 per year made by an E3 in any branch of the military is basically for non-essentials. There will never be a case in which a military member/family living on base will be without a home or utilities. Every public building on base has a phone for public use, which means you may not even need your own phone!

The salary will certainly go to some bills, including a vehicle, gas and insurance (which service members will likely get a discount on as a thanks for service). You’ll pay out of pocket for clothing and household items, which you can purchase on base without sales poker and blackjack online tax, but this comes nowhere near $18,000 per year. You could send your child to private school, waste hundreds on video games â?? Gamestop should consider building stores directly outside base gates! â?? or always purchase a brand-new vehicle.

Am I saying that military members shouldn’t make more than someone who works at McDonalds? Not really. The problem with the type of thinking that has motivated this post is the idea that fast food workers shouldn’t make $15 an hour because that’s the type of pay someone who works harder earns. The â??harderâ? job might be military or factory work or something such as being a doctor, which required years of expensive schooling. These things might all require more diligence or risk or education or experience. I’m not arguing that.

But if you’re only making $15 hourly at a risky or difficult job, you should also be paid more!

You are being fucked over just as much as the person flipping your burgers or delivering your pizzas. You are also suffering at the hands of a system that hasn’t ensured the minimum wage, and by extension, all other wages keep up with the cost of living. You’re just being fucked over a little less, which makes it manageable.

It might suddenly become more obvious if you’re making the same — or even less — as someone whom you deem has an easier job. But you should be fighting along with people who want to raise the minimum wage. It’s the right thing to do as a compassionate human being, and it will only help you in the long run, too.

There’s only one reason to oppose fair wages: because it hurts those who are wealthy and powerful. Those people are wealthy and powerful enough. Chances are, you’re not one of those people if you’re reading this. So stop acting like one of them. You have nothing in common. They will do nothing for you while continuing to take from you. You are better than that.


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