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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Free Stuff!

I'm sure I'm not the only one who does this and I'd also bet that many other people have come across the same conclusion. I was browsing around Craigslist to see what was out there, and I happened upon the Free page for Phoenix. In the last 3 days, I've come across:

  • Broken Refridgerator
  • Fill Dirt
  • A Box of Misc Shoes
  • A broken 1960's Jukebox
  • Glass Top Dining Table, End Table, and Coffee Table (Without Legs)
  • Child's Sandbox, complete with sand.
  • A bunch of 5 gallon buckets
  • More Fill Dirt
  • Used moving boxes
  • Sets of Lost Keys, found at the Salt River, as well as about 20+ hubcaps
  • 10 Gallons of Used Motor Oil
  • Old Magazines
  • 2100 sq ft of sod
  • Top Soil and Fill Dirt
  • 2 White Toilet Seats
  • 13 tons of sand
So yeah, we're a strange bunch here in Phoenix, for those of you that haven't done it, I highly suggest you take a look at what your city is giving away on craigslist. Here in Phoenix, it seems we really like our fill dirt.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

And The Winner for Best Corporate Spelling?

TARGET! Check out the sweet Todddler underwear!

I couldn't help but bust out my phone and take a shot, I hope you all enjoy.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Google's Really Outdone Themselves Now.

So I've done posts about crazy Google Adsense ads before, but here's an interesting one. After reading the post about Driving in Phoenix, did someone you know suddenly get arrested and needs a bail bond?

Low Cost Bail Bonds, right here baby!

Why does Google do this to me? I mean I put adsense here for targeted ads, so I can make some change blogging, and what do they do? Accuse my readers of being criminals in need of bail bonds, what exactly are jailed inmates doing browsing the web anyway? Obviously they arent in Phoenix in one of Sheriff Joe's jails.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

If You Can't Drive It, Don't Buy It!

I will never understand this logic, I go to the car dealer to buy a new car, as I'm browsing the lot, I see this bad ass 2008 pickup. I tell the salesman that he needs to get me into that car, I've got good credit, lets get me on the road with this beast asap. As soon as I leave the lot I find out the car's too much to handle, so I'm stopping late, over/under accelerating, etc.

Unfortunately, I drove it off the lot, like a moron, so it's mine. No problem you're likely thinking, it just takes some time to get used to it, I'll be okay.

I have seen countless morons on the road who cant turn, cant stop, cant accelerate correctly, it's amazing. Does no one bother to take a test drive anymore? I'll be the first to admit my Yaris handled differently when I drove off the lot when I test drove it, but that's because it had the dealer's kill-switch installed, so when I drove it home it drove a lot smoother, but the handling was about the same.

I bring this up because I noticed some idiot driving around in his brand new Chevy Avalanche, assuming you can actually call it driving, basically swerving and not handling his vehicle very well, at all.

My first assumption in a situation like that is that the driver is likely drunk, but it was a monday afternoon and there were actually 3 people in the car, male driver, female passenger, and what seemed like a baby seat in the back, so this guy was likely driving his family somewhere for dinner or similar to that. Mind you, I don't live overly close to the city, we're a few miles north on the interstate, but it's fairly busy. They had recently added an on-ramp for one of the streets and its not very smoothe because of the construction and they have 2 way traffic in an area that will one day become a 1 way. Lets see the graph, shall we? (YAY MSPAINT!)

Bonehead and I are entering the freeway from point A with ultimate destination being point D (what you cannot see, is that point D forks, it will go straight and run along side the interstate, or become an on ramp, the B lane is designed for interstate traffic, whereas C is designed for people who want to drive alongside.) Now, as he drives around the turn to enter lane B, he gets into the lane about 3 hours too late, up until this point he was in lane C, when he notices that it's not going where he wants to go, gets into the correct lane and when reaching the turn, takes the turn so damn wide, almost ends up in the dirt somewhere below the text of this post.

I swear this guy had an Arizona lic plate, that wasn't FLT so no rental, so he should be used to this kind of insane traffic structure (see: How to Drive in Phoenix, if any confusion).

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Misson Accomplished

So the other day, I posted a situation that has happened to me with most of my posts in regards to Reddit and how I seem to generate traffic, but never get any votes. I knew this would ruffle some feather, but I had no idea on how crazy it would get.

Based on strictly traffic levels, I would call that page a success, after all, everyone loves controversy. If you'll take a look on the right side of the page, as of 8/3, the page FYI: Reddit Hates Me, is now my 5th most popular page, based on traffic, and I've posted almost 50 posts in the last few months. I would like to thank reddit user AvantTarde for his scathing review, I can only assume people looked at his comment and thought, "Wow, what is so horrible on the other end of that link? I must read it" and the hits just kept coming for a good 24 hour period.

Also, I would like to thank fellow Phoenix blogger monkeychapps, In my post about how I manage to be the one blogger who never has one of those bazillion unique days from Stumbleupon, he suggested that I need to post something that is controversial, I think his exact words were hating french midgets or something of the like, but I took it to heart, and I tried to figure what I could write about and how I could link my blog into it.

This, ladies and gentlemen is why I love stumbleupon users. A page is never a bad train wreck on stumbleupon, if you vote it down, it is likely to mean something. When you're stumbling, the chance of getting complete garbage is relatively slim. Also, I'm willing to bet that most of the people who commented on the reddit page never actually viewed the page, so my traffic could have been a whole lot higher. In order for someone to say something about your page on stumbleupon, they need to be there. I don't need 500 thumbs up and 30,000 uniques to enjoy what I do.

So to you reddit users:

I'm not going to "fuck off and die", I will continue to post on this "shitty blog" whether you like it or not.

To everyone else, enjoy, be merry, and lets have some fun.

Friday, August 1, 2008

FYI: Reddit Hates Me

So I started experimenting with Reddit for my browsing and traffic generating needs. Love it for the browsing, unfortunately, the readers aren't too fond of my work.

Over 50% of the traffic to the Photo Dump page since it was posted until today has come from Reddit, yet on Reddit, the page itself had a score of 0. A freaking zero.

Don't worry Reddit, I still love you and will continue to browse you pages for all my web-browsing needs, but you bastards better vote this page up just to prove a point.