I can understand spam comments that are links to stupid sites, gambling, porn, whatever. What I don’t get are comments that don’t even have links, or link to something completely benign like google.com. What’s the inside scoop, blogmaster Dave?
I’ve gotten plenty of emails and seen display ads that promise easy money through answering online surveys and I admit, I’ve been tempted. I mean, while you’e watching a TV show or stuck on a conference call, why not allocate 10% of your attention to an online survey and earn a few bucks for your time and effort?
I received an email from some company promoting a publicly traded stock that’s valued at $0.17/share. How can stocks be that low and is there any chance it’s a legit offer? Or is this stuff all a big hustle?
It’s Halloween, All Hallow’s Eve, and in the United States, at least, that means it’s time for a strange custom that children throughout the country look forward to with great delight: Trick or Treat. For no obvious good reason, kids dress up in costumes either whimsical or scary — depending on their age — and canvass the neighborhood, knocking on doors and seeking the best and tastiest candy, sweets and treats. Actually, the origin of trick or treating is quite fascinating and probably comes from English celebrations of Guy Fawkes Day in the 1900s and earlier. By the 1920s, pranks and mischief became the more common outcome of Halloween, and the Great Depression made it worse: people couldn’t afford to give candy to children so the trouble just increased. It wasn’t until after WWII (and the end of sugar rationing) that the modern form of trick or treat candy quests began. Nowadays, it’s big business, with over $6 billion expected to be spent on candy, costumes and decorations this year.
This is a guest post by professional photographer Paul M. Bowers…
I was born and raised in the briar patch of commercial photography- view cameras and large-format transparency film. Cameras without electronics- not even a meter- and big accordion bellows.
I should have purchased stock in the Polaroid Corporation before I began.
Over the next 30 years, I watched camera technology change- internal metering systems, autoexposure, autofocus, super-fast and super sharp lenses, amazing shutter speeds. Film died and digital post-production became a standard.
Despite this provenance, I’ve always been enamored with the simplicity of small cameras. Point-and-shoot, “Press Here Dummy”, snapshot cameras, compact- whatever you’d like to call them. My favorite was the little Olympus XA. Once digital, I started with the Coolpix 950 and on to the Canon G series, which I’ve been shooting ever since. I still shoot commercially and use the Canon EOS system, but when I’m not getting paid, I still prefer the small form factor cameras.
Hello Mr. Taylor. The other kids in my class say that every country celebrates Independence Day on July 4th and that it’s a global holiday, but I don’t think that’s right. Does every country really celebrate July 4th or are they just wrong?
Dave, a friend of mine listened politely to my explanation of how a multi-tiered marketing system I’ve signed up for works, then told me rather bluntly that it was a ponzi scheme and that I was being ripped off. I didn’t really understand, though it was clearly some sort of scam or another. What is a ponzi scheme?