Friday, August 24, 2007


Well, I'm off to BYU. The posts will be limited to links-a-lot due to New Student Orientation. i get to lead little freshmen around campus. Hoorah.

Wish me luck.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

my beard: a chronicle

my beard

only a little while longer till it's gone.

BYU here I come.

Thursday, August 16, 2007


So, as you may know, my hair has been growing unabated for these last few months. So has my beard. But, as it is almost time for college again (I fly back the 25th, woo woo!), it is also time for the hurrcut.

So, I will be posting pictures of the results. I think that I will have my hair be shorter than my beard, so that my beard looks even longer and more awesome than it does now, if that is, indeed, possible.

I'm really excited for college. I'll be sure to blog there, as I have here in Texas.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Classic Rock Finance

My Finance blog is starting a new series: Classic Rock Finance

What's the first song to be featured? Freebird, of course.

It's awesome.

In other news: I put in my two weeks today.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Smorty, the Paid-to-Blog Service

Advertise on Blogs

I recently decided to put this blog to good use, and after a long and arduous search of the internet, I finally ran across Smorty, a service that's reasonable, easy to use, and safe way to get paid to blog.

Smorty works like most pay-to-post sites: you see offers from companies who want you to review them, and you give your opinions on them, linking back to their site. It advertises itself as, "a bridge between bloggers and advertisers. Advertisers start campaigns with us and we deliver them to the right bloggers for publishing an opinion on their Blogs." I dare say my blog is a wealth of knowledge, and that my opinion is highly regarded among many people.

There are r
equirements for Smorty, some of which my finance blog not meet. I'm not surprised since it hasn't been around for long. The criteria they provide for what blogs must meet include (but is not limited to):

  • Blog must be indexed by Google and Yahoo
  • Blog must be older than 3 months (I think this is why my other blog was rejected, also the page ranks)
  • Blog must not contain any violent, hate related or adult content
  • Blog must be active and have a history of minimum average 2 new posts per week
  • Blog must not have duplicate posts or excessive duplicate content

This idea of "blog advertising" appeals to me. My blogs were reviewed and their status was made known to me within 24 hours, though they say it can take up to 72. The minimum that they pay you is 6$/post, but, they claim that higher google ratings and "Smorty Scores" (mine is 550) can earn you even more (100$/post??!!!??). I'm excited about this advertising opportunity. I also like it because it seems as if it polices the blogs very effectively, and it has a nice, sensible policy.

All I know is I'll have lots more to write about. Don't worry, my blog will still contain all of my heart and soul, its witticisms and eccentricities, colloquialisms and so forth. But now I have posts that will be earning me some money, and as you know, I work hard for the money.

Monday, August 06, 2007

why on earth

Why is it that my cellphone's predictive text always, and I mean always suggests G'd for 413 instead of I'd? I really don't understand. It doesn't make sense, I always correct it to I'd. It learns on other words when I switch them- case in point, i just texted someone and used "meal" twice, and the first time it came out as "neck." I fixed it, and the second time it came out as meal.

But it's never switched to I'd from g'd. I've never even used d'd. I can't even think of a case where I'd want to use g'd.

Why? I love my phone, I love texting, but this one little things frustrates me so much.

Thursday, August 02, 2007


I've read a lot of books this summer

  • Dante's Divine Comedy (about the 7th time through it all)
  • The Master and Margarita
  • A Man For All Seasons
  • Survivor
  • A Fighter's Heart
  • The Dip
  • The 4 Hour Work Week
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • The Sound and the Fury
  • Catullus (a book of Greek Poetry)

I really do like reading. Knowledge is power, knowing is half the battle.