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Friday, March 30, 2007

There's a New Web Directory In Town


Have you ever done a search on something only to come up with more search results from other search engines? That has got to be the most frustrating thing in the world. It happens on blogs, Technorati, Google--everywhere!

The Big Web Links Bid Directory is a search engine based on placement bids. In this engine, the highest payer wins. It doesn't go by who gets the most hits or who has the best keywords, this is based on money. The minimum amount for a new listing at this moment is $29.90. By enforcing this payment system I hope that people who feed search engines into search engines will be eliminated. The directory is human edited so maybe we can get some links of quality for once.

With this service, you really do get what you pay for.


Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Name That Blog

Stop by and play Name That Blog.

Where Do You Get Your Sales Leads?


I've been working on the Internet for many years now and I can tell you that finding leads without breaking SPAM laws and other restrictions can be very difficult. You want your name out there, but you don't want your domain name or IP number banned from the systems where your customers will hear about you. What do you do?

You find a good lead system.

If you're selling a product then you need some method of creating sales leads and a way to track these leads. AIMpromote gives you the perfect sales lead management program for your needs. As you can see in this chart, AIMpromote offers well over the minimum features that the competition leaves out and for a very low cost compared to the others.

AIMpromote offers a free, full-featured 14-day trial so you can test the system for your needs. This includes not only using the system, but getting support for your lead generation tools produced by AIMpromote. I think that alone is worth the time checking out the trial.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Remeber - Snark the News Has a Domain Now

Snark the News has it's own domain now. I have to keep this one active until it's approved in a few places. Make sure you get your news from www.snarkthenews.com. All the data is duplicated until this one is gone.

Thanks!

Casino Royale Review

Review for Casino Royale

I waited somewhat impatiently to watch Casino Royale. Seeing a new James Bond movie was the highlight of my day. It wasn't until I realized that the whole darn movie was a big lie.

The movie itself wasn't bad. The special affects were excellent and explosive. I loved it when the cars flew away in the wake of the airplane and I think I cried in pain when Bond rolled his beautiful car.

Daniel Craig playing as James Bond grew on you, and by the end of the movie he was downright gorgeous. It didn't help to see him butt naked and tied to a chair. That body is just to die for. Unfortunately, to me he just wasn't suave and sassy like Brosnan and Connery.

Eva Green as Vesper Lynd did have me fooled for I could never tell if she was serious or not. I'm sure I'll need to watch it again to pick up on the detail, but it annoys me that the reason for her betrayal wasn't even brought into the picture until later.

A good percentage of the movie was that God awful poker game and if the bad guy Le Ciffre played by Mads Mikkelsen didn't have that grotesque eye bleeding and oozing all over the place I might have just fast forwarded it to the next exciting scene. His eye was pretty gruesome and matched his wretched personality.

M played of course by Judi Dench, was typical and bitchy to be expected. Not to harp on the age of Judi Dench, but it just seems all backwards after watching Bond for years to see M older than before. Which brings me to my biggest gripe of all:

James Bond is a sixties cold war hero. He is not a Y2K terrorist spy. Had the movie continued into the future and made him into a terrorist spy of today then maybe the plot would have worked out. I'm sorry lovers of the MI5 of today, but James Bond is your original spy guy and just dropping him into 2006 just doesn't cut it.

The movie would have been better as a new spy for a new era.

My podcast for this review should be up soon.

Drug Rehab - This is No Snark


As I snark a lot on news of people who are addicted to drugs, it doesn't mean I don't love them any less. In fact, I think a place like 4rehabilitation.com drug rehab could help out quite a bit. Drugs are a big problem and my personal opinion is that if someone feels they don't have a drug problem yet drugs seem to be a big part of their life, then they really do.

I've had responses to some of the snarks from people who support the things some of the drug runners and takers do. These people will remain anonymous, and in fact, I've already tossed their information because I don't want it on my system and I don't want any legal problems.

I don't agree with what they've said and I think they help. Hopefully they're reading this.

There are so many things that people have to offer and unfortunately drugs cloud that personality in both the addict's mind and in the mind of people who do not know them. It only takes just an acknowledgment of the problem and then the right treatment to get you started so others can take you seriously.

I know, because I have had friends who have had their minds clouded by drug use. There was a woman here who died recently from a drug overdose. I didn't know her personally, but I do know her daughter. The poor little girl has lost her mother and there is nothing to bring her back. That is a terrible tragedy.

A drug problem ruins relationships. It destroys your finances. It is terrible for your children. It can kill you. It's time people who are addicted begin thinking of others for a change.

4rehabilitation.com will help find the right program for your needs. It's a referral service that can direct you to thousands of rehab programs.



Thursday, March 15, 2007

Snark the News is Updated

From men sticking to their roofs to unicorns crashing trucks into light posts, you can get the offbeat commentary here.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

We're Moving

All posts will be transferred to www.snarkthenews.com.

After I realized that having my site on blogger did nothing for my Alexa stats, and even worse bad reviews for other blogs were posted to my stats because they're all lumped under blogspot, I've decided to move the site to its own domain. It's best for everyone.

I will post updates here for the new blog until it's all rolled over.

Now I have to get back to this dead database I'm working on. Bye.

Thanks!
R

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

The Shopping Duck

Oooh what a treat! The owner of Work at Home Musings, another shopping/discount blog, has a new site called The Shopping Duck. I love shopping and discounts make the deal even sweeter! There are all kinds of coupons and deals on this site, enough to fill your house with goodies and food. Visit The Shopping Duck for freebies and great shopping discounts.

The design of the site is really nice. I just wish I had the time to do something as nice.

Great Freebies Site

Are you looking for something for nothing? Looking for something free? Freebies - Best Free Stuff on the Net has what you want.

This site has a plethora of free stuff links available for free--from games to family tree websites. In fact, because of this site I just found a great site for auctions. Some of the auction deals look a little too hard to believe because they seem extremely cheap, but a growing site is a growing site.

Stop by and see what free links you can pick up today.

Don't Get Caught With Your Fly Down in Wisconsin

This guy in Sheboygan, Wisconsin was caught with his fly open. No, he wasn't arrested for indecent exposure, but when the cops found him with his fly open they suspected drugs were hidden in his pants--and they were right!

Hey, is that a Cheech and Chong special, or are you just happy to see me?

Or wait...

Did he think he was sitting on the pot?

Ooh, come up with some good phrases for this guy.

Show Respect - No Urinating in the Cemetary!

A Gerry Edwards, a news reporter was caught urinating in a cemetery while covering the funeral of 23-year-old Sgt. James Musack.

Looks like Gerry Edwards should have been covering something else!

Show some respect, Mr. Edwards. This is a funeral for one of our soldiers.

There's a Werewolf in Wisconsin

I'm beginning to wonder about the people in the state of Wisconsin. In Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin this nice woman allowed this ex-convict to stay in her home because he was homeless. He then broke in to her home and grabbed her. What was his excuse? He told her he was a shapeshifting werewolf.

Oh my. Right on a full moon, too!

Bank Robbed By Torch

One would think we lived in the middle ages. An unidentified man robbed a bank with a torch and threatened to set people and the bank on fire. He got away with some cash and they found the torch outside the bank.

Crooks are getting real creative now. Next they'll tell you they're going to pound you with a mace. For those who are not geeks and do not read or play fantasy books and games, a mace is a spiked ball on a chain. I think I'd be more afraid of a swinging mace than fire without an accelerant.

Burglar Calls Police to Help Break In Church

I should just start a new category for stupid burglar tricks. This guy was busted trying to break into a catholic church. He called the police and told them he was supposed to be able to get in. He was trying to break down the door with a shovel.

He also willingly told them he was carrying drugs and about the stash at his home. He even invited them to go see it.

If we think of dope when we think of this guy, are we thinking drugs or stupidity?

Today's Report

Oh the strange news sounds good today. I can't wait to get started.

On the other note, I've been trying to sync my Palm Treo that I bought used with my iMac using Mark Space Missing Link. Grrr. It was working yet now it's timing out.

Why did I buy a Palm Treo? Because I need to read manuscript submissions, I need a cell phone, I need organization in my life, and I need an mp3 player. Supposedly the Treo can do all that. The 650 was the last one without the Windows operating system and we all know how I loathe Windows.

Bad Palm. Bad!

Will I get a new Apple iPhone? Are you kidding? I can't afford a new iPhone! Plus Cingular does not have service in my area. Maybe someday. I don't think they're even out yet.

Anyway, on to the news so I can get to work.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Do you VoIP?


Do you VoIP? I do. If you're not familiar with the term VoIP it means Voice Over Internet Protocol. No, it doesn't mean voice over Internet phone. It is a way to save major money on your long distance by using the Internet to call others.

Sign up for Vonage today! By signing up you can begin calling people at unbelievable rates. There's even a way to connect a handset to your computer so it looks and feels like a terrestrial land line. I personally use my chat headphones because they're already there, but do what is comfortable for you.

Since I work from where I am I can take my travel headset and my Apple iBook on the road to any wi-fi coffee shop and make calls to my clients and customers. How cool is that? I don't have to be tied down to a cable to do anything! My travel headset is Bluetooth so the deal is even sweeter. It costs less than calling from my cell during my peak hours!

If you're already a member of Vonage, I suggest using their forums. It's a community where you can chat with others who use the service and you can get answers to your questions.

Vonage VoIP Forum
Vonage VoIP Forum

Racism - It's a Bad Thing

My blogger friend brought up a great point in a blog which brought up some nags about what my children have learned from friends at school.

I grew up in Northern California where people of all races live. The specific area I grew up in was predominately white, but the surrounding areas were not so when you get into the higher grades you blend in with others. I don't remember anyone really being racist when I was in high school. I don't even remember it in elementary school. People were people. Maybe it's the way my mother taught me and I just didn't listen to others. I don't know.

So it was a horrid surprise one day when one of my children came home and said something about Jewish people. I was in total shock because I've always taught them to respect others. I had to sit him down and explain a few things again.

Then a few weeks later my younger one came home and said something about "darker" people. I had to sit him down and explain a few things, again.

These were racist comments they learned from people at school. I wish this area would grow up a little bit and realize that people are people no matter what color, religion, gender, etc. If most of the people here who claim to be Christian really acted like it then they wouldn't be saying the things they do.

It didn't help having terrorists doing the terrible things they do to citizens and when I hear my kids says things about people in other countries because of things they've heard in school I then have to explain that it is the individual person that causes the problem and when groups of these people get together all hell breaks loose. I have to explain that certain types of government that hinder their people's efforts are because of the governments and not the people and they shouldn't be angry at the people who are repressed by their so-called leaders.

People just don't realize how good they have it living here, yet they continue to beat down their fellow Americans and the people of nations who have little control over what their leaders do. I just want my kids to think differently than others.

Okay, I'm done rambling. :-)

My Recent eBay Purchase - fake Apple Airport

Yeah, I said I'd never use eBay again after they told me I owed them $3,000 and refused to remove the charges the correct way, oh, and after begging them for a few months to do so. Check the archives for that nightmare!

Now here is why I continue to dislike eBay. I bought a wireless card that claimed to be an original Apple Airport card. This card is needed for the original white iBook. When I received the card it didn't have the logo. Bad news. I emailed the guy and he claims that it is made by the same manufacturer, which is what the ad says. He claims that it says the card doesn't not have the Apple sticker on it. Um, I didn't see that and I read it a few times.

So, I'll try it and see what happens. The card wasn't that expensive, but I could have bought a used Apple logo one for just a little bit more.

Speaking of Apple

If you use the Mac, and even if you don't, be sure to head over to my Mac blog at moofmom.blogspot.com.

Yeah, it's a strange name, but if you really know your Mac trivia you'll know what moof means.

What was it like working for Apple? Well, let's just say it was more fun than living in a college dorm ;-) Seriously, the people were wonderful, the work was fun, the technology was incredible, and the campus was to die for.

Do I really have only Macs? Well, I did buy this one pc thing at a garage sale for $10.00 so I could do a testing job for a friend. The piece of junk kept losing it's wireless though so I had to put it away. It now sits in the corner of the room sulking and all alone. No one touches it. For the price, it was a very good machine considering what it was. Now it's lonely.

Poor PC. Awww, let's all feel sorry for it. I'm sure it looks up once in a great while and shakes it head and the much faster Intel iMac that shines in all its glory and getting all the attention.

Do yourself a favor and buy a Mac because once you have Mac you'll never go back. Oh, and please don't tell me you hate Macs because if that's the case you probably haven't used one in 20 years and you're comparing it to your new machine. Duh.

What to Name the iPhone - Cingular or att


Everyone knows I'm an Apple fanatic. Heck, I've even worked there. So when I found out that Apple was coming out with a cell phone I was very excited. My excited pretty much went to mulch when I found out that I have a two year contract with a competitor and they're going with Cingular. I originally didn't go with Cingular because there are no plans available in the sticks where I live. Now I'm just mad. :/

It seems that Apple has a dilemma though. Wirefly reports that Cingular is possibly changing its name back to at&t. At least the ads say "Cingular is now The new AT&T cell phone as shown in on the Cingular badge here. Will Apple need to change all of their information to support this change?

I don't think so. First, I don't believe at&t will change the name--at least I hope they don't. Cingular has a presence and a logo which makes it a really bad idea for anyone to change their name. People know the little X guy logo.

Second, will it affect Apple? No way. It doesn't matter where Apple brings its business. The company is popular enough and its logo is known enough for anyone to recognize it anywhere. It won't hurt the sales of the company. What it might hurt is if there are phones in production with the Cingular name printed on the phone and at&t demands the name be changed. Then Apple will need to rebrand the phones, which would cost them money.

Am I going to switch to Cingular when the iPhone comes out? No, because it's not in my area. I'm sure that most people can. If you're not sure if you are able to switch, try the zip code search at Wirefly and they'll let you know right away. Then send me a picture of your new iPhone and make me jealous.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Cheers!


Princess Lady Aeval
Originally uploaded by theladyboo.
Oops, I already had some of my new favorite wine. Sorry. Didn't wait for you.

What's that thing on my head? I have to put it on for my kids to listen to me. Riiiiight. It's delusions of what once was when I was younger? Nah. OK, OK, I just like to be pampered once in awhile. Is that a crime? :-)

Naked Workouts

What's worse than lying in the previous gym user's sweat when you work out? Why, lying in the previous naked gym member's sweat.

I can't even imagine what it is like to watch naked people work out and lift weights, but these photographers and journalists do. Fitworld, a gym in the Netherlands owned by Patrick de Man, allows members to work out in the nude. Last Sunday, however, the clients weren't so pleased to find their birthday suits the center of media attention.

Blech. No thank you. Besides, I'd hate to be a guy working out naked and suddenly a weight drops in front of me. Ooooh, owwww!

Be Free of Lemons with LemonFree.com





I wish my ex had viewed the Lemon Free Used Cars For Sale classified car site before he bought the car he gave me. The darn thing has major shock problems and rust issues. Of course we do live in Wisconsin so it's hard to find a good used car without the rust.

When I looked at this site I think I died and went to heaven. I'm a Camaro nut so when I looked at the Camaro ads I went nuts. Please don't think I would ever drive one of these beauties in this state. Nope. The darn place would destroy the car.

I'm wondering if I should list my other car because there are so many choices in the listing area. I could really describe the car without having to remember all the details because they're right there in front of me.

What I really want is a BMW 3 Series. Now that would be a really nice car to have. I can view the price ranges available in different areas and even check the VIN number with CarFAX. They make it nice and easy so you don't buy a lemon.

Visit the site to see all the different features. It's a great opportunity to search for the car you need.

Smooth, Tangy, and So Me

I'm drinking a pleasant glass of Barefoot Cellars Barefoot California Cabernet Sauvignon.

My doctor told me I should be drinking 1 glass of red wine per day so today I started with Barefoot. What caught my eye about this label? I loved the logo. Being a beach bum, I loved the idea.

I can't say I'm disappointed. It's not as strong as I'm used to, which is probably a good thing considering I'm just drinking it per doctor's orders. The color is deep red and beautiful. You can tell it's not old because of the coloring.

I'm not a professional wine taster, but I can tell you the bouquet is berry rich. It's not too over powering and it's quite smooth with a little pinch.

It was certainly tastey with my stew tonight! No, in a glass. OK, I did put some in while browning the meat, but I'm talking about the glass here. It was a little bitter, but not so bad that it made me purse my lips, as do some of the wines. I have no idea if that's good or bad.

Yes, I will buy it again.

Visit Barefoot Cellars here.

Can the Government Predict Your Intentions?

Not yet, but German scientists say they can. They've hooked up participants who are unknowingly helping them figure out how to predict their intentions. Scary stuff if you ask me.

I'm not into committing crimes or hurting people, and I'm sure there are many people who would be caught who should be through this method, but what about those who might intend to do something but decide against it because of moral reasons? Will they be busted even before the crime is committed? It reminds me of that Tom Cruise movie that came out a few years ago.

Who is to say that anything is accurate anyway?

I think the whole thing is downright scary.

Read about it here.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

It's the Time of Year to Buy Sandals


By looking at the freezing weather we're having here you'd have no idea that it's time to go out and buy your summer shoes. It's a good time to get started though. By the time you know it, all the great styles will be gone and you'll be left with the funky pink wedgie sandals.

Why not start shopping for reef sandals online? Being a natural California girl, I started looking at the selection and I already have mine picked out. My favorite pair are the Women's Rainbow Sandals - Hemp - Natural ones. They're classy and look like they'll go with just about anything.


I Had to Go Wii This Morning

My son decided he wanted a Wii of his own. For the past two weeks we've been trying to buy him one. Unfortunately, they're either all sold out by the time we call or the truck doesn't have a shipment. So today he woke me up at 5:45 AM so I could go sit in the sub zero temperatures with my youngest son and wait until Target hands out tickets to come back when the store opens to buy the Wii.

Ugh.

We get there at about 6:30 and sit in the parking lot with the heater on until 6:45 when people start lining up. We're padded in jackets and blankets (remember, this is Wiscosin in early March) and chatting with the friendly people waiting with us.

At 7:10 the store manager and an employee come out. They have 8 tickets and there are about twelve people waiting. We were number 5 so the wait was worth it. Off we go to McDonald's to buy a few steak and egg biscuits to celebrate. I wanted Starbucks!

We came back at 8:00 AM and bought a few games, the Wii, and a remote (controller) for me. Fortunately my son will pay me back next week for his games and the console because I just cannot afford it.

Was it worth the wait? YES! The Wii is a Nintendo fanatic's dream. It's also great exercise! Instead of sitting on your rear pressing buttons you get up and move with the wireless remote. You can actually play tennis with the computer and move around like you're playing. You play pool like you're playing. I believe there is even a fitness program that I will not try until my kids are back in school next week.

The best part is that I can play all the games I loved to play when I was a kid! Yes, that's right. If you owned an Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) or a Super Nintendo (SNES) in the 80s and 90s then you'll be happy to know that all your favorites are there. I think you can play Sega games as well.

Do I recommend a Wii? YES!

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Want Some Liver With a Side of Head?

This poor couple went to open a package and instead of finding some neat gadget, they found a human liver. The second package contained a human head. Sources say they noticed the ear and decided to contact someone, I supposed the police because the article doesn't say.

The package which came from China was supposed to be delivered to a lab.

Peeping Tom Landlord

Oh my, Patrick Kaiser, a landlord in New York, was busted for putting cameras inside the apartments of his tenants so he can spy on them doing things like having sex. Very scary. He was so desperate he even put one in an alarm clock!

Have you checked your vents lately? :-)

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Dogs Can Detect Mold For You


A few years ago we lived in the most sickening apartment. In the middle of winter the walls and window trim would mold over and the ceilings would leak. No amount of bleach could ever put an end to it. We complained about it to the old managers and the new ones, but unfortunately I bet they thought the problem was worse than they could afford because they refused to fix it!

Had we lived in New Jersey and they used the Pennsylvania Mold Inspector I bet it wouldn't have become too much of a problem for these apartment owners. They could have nipped it in the butt before the neighbor's child got sick (yes, she really did, it was very sad.) The scary part is, anyone can get sick from mold.

What's really neat is that the company uses dogs to find the mold inside the walls. I'm hoping the wall barrier protects the dogs from any mold spore disease.

It's Been a Long Couple of Days

I haven't posted a lot of chit chat lately and I've been kind of taking it easy. I found out that my grandmother passed away at the other day. She was 98. I don't like finding out about these things after-the-fact because it's just not fair to know. Given how my dad is very ill right now, I can understand why though.

I didn't know her very well. I visited her once when my mom, my sister, and I all hopped into the new Toyota Celica and drove to Kansas. I don't even remember how old I was. I think I might have been ten.

What angers me the most is that I never even really had the time to get to know her. I'm sure she had a lot of great stories to tell, but she lived so far away and one day just runs into the next when you have a business, kids, a job, etc. My kids have been so fortunate in knowing their grandmothers, at least my first two know my mom and my ex's mom. My youngest really only knows my mom. I hope that changes where he can get to know both.

So do what I didn't do and go get to know your grandparents and let your kids get to know their grandparents. Before you know it time will be lost.

Blog Widgets: Share Your Files with Box.Net


Now here is a really neat concept that will help people distribute their files all over the web. Box.net Widget is a box you can place one your blog so others can download anything. It gives you a real fancy look without having to enter your own code.

Here's a sample from their site:


Get your own Box.net widget and share anywhere!

I created one with my machine, but perhaps it is not compatible with FireFox and Mac OSX? It was easy to create the account and upload, but it kept timing out when trying to get the code. Then again, we have a major snow storm going on and anything can happen with a slow network.

It's a great concept and I think bloggers everywhere will enjoy box.net.





Too Desperate to Find Men Your Own Age?

Ick. Ick. Ick. 23-year old school teacher Allenna Williams Ward was busted for having sex with 14 and 15 year old old male students.

What in the world is wrong with these kind of people? That is just icky, gross, and sickening. I hope she goes to jail for a very long time.

Did You Get Your Check From God This Year?

Did you get your check from God this year? Kevin Russell did. In fact, he received several checks from God and tried to cash one for $50,000. Good thing the person at the bank was either very smart or an non-believer or Russell could have been fifty G's richer.

He even had one for $100,000.00. Read about it here. Come on, I've been good this year. Where's my check from God??

The Weather Here

Okay, so I'm down in the dumps. Dumps of snow that is! It's been snowing here like crazy for the past week. Isn't this supposed to be March? Where I'm from it's probably heating up to a good 65/70 this week and staying there until it hits 90 in May.

We went out and bought a Wii. Yes, we found one by chance. Then my son promised he'd pay me back on his next paycheck if I went back and bought one for his room. The poor kid. We drove all the away back to Target where they had the Wii and I had already put a large charge on my credit card so they were doing their protection thing and not letting me get anymore :-( He was so upset because now we can't find one anywhere.

I guess he'll just have to wait and play with the one we have until then. hee hee.