Archives for October 2011

It’s not you, it’s Klout.

If you’re on Twitter with a fairly geeky network, you’ve probably heard people moaning about their Klout scores changing. Klout is a site that gauges your influence over various social networks, and today they unveiled a new algorithm. For people with high scores, it wasn’t uncommon for them to drop as many as 20 points. Why? Well, their algorithm is a secret, but from what they’ve hinted at- it was unfairly giving weight to elements it shouldn’t have. The only frustration I have is that when Klout discussed these changes, they’ve said they’re being more transparent, at the same time…

Why do I do this to myself?

My name is Whitney, and I’m a procrastinator. (Hi, Whitney) Time and time again, I start an ambitious project with a deadline and then keep convincing myself I still have time to finish it. This time, it’s two Halloween costumes that I have to have finished by Saturday afternoon. So far I’ve copied the pattern for the shirt (I spent $12 on that pattern, and it looks like one I’ll be able to use as they get older. So I’m not going to chop it up when they’re tiny). Tonight I’ll make the pattern for their vests and pants. (Want…

Liveblogging Kidlets & Pirates of the Caribbean

We’re watching Curse of the Black Pearl for the first time, so I figured I’d share whatever gems popped up. At the first shot of Jack Oldest Kidlet: His boat has water in it? Who is he? Me: Captain Jack Sparrow OK: Spardow? LK: (echoing) Spardow? As the dingy sinks at the dock Oldest Kidlet: He is a silly silly pirate captain Elizabeth falls off the fort Little Kidlet: Where’s the girl? Oldest Kidlet: Why is she in the water? Me: She fell from the fort. Oldest Kidlet: Why would she do that? Me: You don’t fall on purpose. Jack…

Starting fresh

While browsing through my G+ circles, I found a link to this page- the Inkygirl Wordcount Challenge. With NaNoWriMo on the horizon, she created a slightly different challenge to help motivate people to keep up with their writing. Instead of 50,000 words over the span of the month of November, she set up a challenge where you can pick a daily wordcount that you’ll accomplish six times a week. That way you can still have a rough day or a busy day during the week and it won’t tank your confidence. There were three flavors of the challenge. 250 words,…

Drizzle, fo rizzle.

Forgive me for the title, but it’s drizzly today. The marine layer is extra thick and low, and when I drove to the Little Kidlet’s school (which is up in the hills), it was very drizzly. LK was thrilled and danced in the parking lot, shouting “RAIN” to anyone who passed us. I’m sure they think we’re crazy. I know that I think they’re all sticks in the mud. On the way back to the car, I saw my favorite mom at the private school. I call her Lady Gaga Mom. While her hair isn’t blonde, she certainly tries to…

When kids shows just miss the mark.

I have no voice today. My fabulous mother-in-law took the Oldest Kidlet to his best friend’s birthday party, so I’m sitting here watching TV with the Little Kidlet. We’re watching one of his favorites, Dino Dan, which airs on Nick Jr. For those unfamiliar, Dino Dan is a Canadian show about a little boy named Dan. His father (never seen) is a paleontologist, his mother is a police officer, and he is the dinosaur boy. You know him. You might have been him- there’s always one in a class. The little boy that’s obsessed with dinosaurs and knows everything about…

I’ve been quiet, I know.

I haven’t had a lot to say, Internet. Actually, that isn’t true. In some cases, I’ve had so much to say that I’ve been trying to edit it back into coherence. In others, I’ve simply been enjoying quiet moments in my life. Well, as quiet as things can be with a 5 year old and a now 4 year old. That’s right. The Little Kidlet turned four this week. In his preschool class, they gave him a little crown that he’s been proudly wearing or carrying around the house this week. If I can’t get it away from him, I…

I’m Not In Love with the New Facebook

This post has been a long time coming. Okay, a couple of weeks. Not that long ago, Facebook unleashed a giant update to their site a couple days before announcing their new profile- the Timeline. With most large sites, when they’re about to roll out a big update, they let you know. Remember “New Twitter”? Twitter had a link at the top of the page asking if you wanted to try it. They also talked about the changes on their blog. Whenever Gmail rolls out new features, it’s the same deal- links at the top of the page and in…

Steve Jobs

One would think this was a post I might have written in advance. When Steve Jobs stepped down at Apple, to me it seemed like there was only one reason that he would- and that was that he was dying. But no. I’ve been pretty open about not understanding the hype behind Apple products. At the end of the day, they’re just computers and just phones. I myself have a MacBook, and it’s not a magic machine of productivity. I looked at iPhones when buying my own smartphone- and at this point, it isn’t ahead of the game. But the…

Power Outages and Mayorships

It’s raining here in SoCal- the first real rainstorm of fall/winter, and a welcome change from 80-90 degree heat. I drove the kids to school, through throngs of drivers who tried to go the speed limit or higher on slick roads with not so great visibility- and a bunch of drivers that insisted on driving without any lights on. I survived, obviously. Now, not that long ago I was ousted as the mayor of our local Fresh & Easy on Foursquare. Since I was hungry on the way home and didn’t feel like cooking, I stopped in to pick up…