Scallywag

The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.

~ Fyodor Dostoevsky ~

Archive for July, 2012

Yes, you are welcome to post anonymously using a nickname or firstname with no password.
Have you ever felt you wanted to post a comment but it was just too hard?

You Are Welcome To Post Anonymously By Entering A Nickname With No Password

July 21st, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 5 secs

Yes, you are welcome to post anonymously using a nickname or firstname with no password. Just say it graciously and know this isn’t the place for selling.

Please feel free. You are welcome to post anonymously by entering a nickname with no password. Though I recently added an extra layer of security to combat spam, I believe posting comments should be as easy as possible. Read the rest of this entry »

Ever feel like your money is going for nothing?
Are sneaky fees burning your budget?

Starbucks Hidden Fee and Other Sneaky Business

July 20th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 50 secs

If you feel like you’re spending money for nothing, you might be right.

Ah yes, the Starbucks hidden fee trick. Back in 2011, US based Starbucks charged a hidden additional $1.50 fee on half pound/250gm bags of coffee. Sneaky. The US Division of Standards certainly wasn’t impressed and charged the company $1575, for deceptive practice. Hardly a savage fine. If anything, more like a slap across the wrist with a wet tram ticket. But I expect Starbucks got its comeuppance through the bad press it generated. Read the rest of this entry »

Yes, women really do have added skills.
When it comes to getting things done, ask a woman for her take on the situation.

Better Ask a Woman For Help

July 19th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 18 secs

Yes, women really do have added skills.

Women have the edge. Men are achievers, no question. But I have to say that, generally, if you want to get something done, you’re best to ask a woman for support (Or, as one young boy at school sagely advised me, “My Mother says ‘ask a women for something if you want to get it done.’”). Read the rest of this entry »

Is Haggle.com a scam or a legitimate business?
Is Haggle.com a scam scheme or a fully legitimate business?

Is Haggle.com a Scam?

July 18th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 48 secs

Is Haggle.com a scam or a legitimate business?

Is Haggle.com a scam? From what I can tell, the penny bid business, Haggle.com, which caused such controversy, has disappeared from the face of the Internet. A listing on the unfortunately named search tool “Dogpile” reveals nothing is happening. So was Haggle.com a scam operation? Or was Haggle.com a legitimate business? Read the rest of this entry »

Is it Happy Smekday or Schmekday? Either way, it will be coming to a cinema near you.
What does "Happy Smekday" mean to you?

Happy Smekday

July 17th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 0 secs

Is it Happy Smekday or Schmekday? Either way, it will be coming to a cinema near you.

Well it’s coming! Dreamworks Animation is working on their new animated movie, Happy Smekday.  Having bought the film rights in 2008 from Adam Rex, who wrote the children’s book, The True Meaning of Smekday, back in 2007, the people of Dreamworks are crossing their fingers they’ve got a new blockbuster. Read the rest of this entry »

Mel & Bill Gates new toilet could be a life saver.
Could Mel and Bill Gates new toilet provide relief?

Bill Gates New Toilet To Go

July 16th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 48 secs

Mel & Bill Gates new toilet could be a life saver.

No, Bill and Mel haven’t had an expensive bathroom redo. Bill Gates new toilet plan is much grander than that. It’s an ambitious move to do what nobody has ever done before: make toilets that smell better, don’t rely on running water, provide a clean drinking supply, and maybe – just maybe – provide useful fuel. If that’s not enough, they want these toilets to be easy to install and cost no more than five cents per use. Read the rest of this entry »

ads cool women in role
How often are cool women in ads actually empowered?

Wanted: Ads’ Cool Women In More Realistic Roles

July 15th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 49 secs

Isn’t it time ad’s ‘cool women’ earned more diversity in their roles? 

That’s the trouble with commercials. You rarely see ads’ cool women in credible roles. Instead, you’re more likely to see women in ads as slightly clueless or helpless, desperate to be rescued by a nifty new product or else some six-packed male hero. Read the rest of this entry »

What is behind Charlie Brown's happiness?
Could Charlie Brown have happiness, despite his failures?

What Is Charlie Brown Happiness Based On?

July 15th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 46 secs

What is behind Charlie Brown’s happiness?

It’s sad that the innocence of Charlie Brown happiness based on  harmless fun is missing in so much of kid’s media today. That virtually bald-headed boy with the expressionless face in the Peanuts comic strip, along with his quirky kid friends, certainly captured something quintessential. Those little line drawings spoke about childhood, the pleasures of friendship, and the simple delight of ordinary life. Read the rest of this entry »

Happily, hand feeding newborn kittens isn't too hard.
What is it about hand feeding newborn kittens?

Hand Feeding Newborn Kittens

July 13th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 49 secs

Happily, hand feeding newborn kittens isn’t too hard.

I like animals, but I never thought I’d have any experience in hand feeding newborn kittens. Not that I’m any expert. Kitten wise, we’ve had a number. But, newborn kittens? On that front, my experience comes down to one. Read the rest of this entry »

Girls that are up with Girl Up.
I believe the Girl Up approach deserves worldwide attention.

Girls That Are Up!

July 12th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 44 secs

Girls that are up for a challenge can tap into Girl Up.

Here’s to girls that are up to the challenge of making their life count! I came across a website today called Girl Up and was thoroughly impressed by the spirit of their endeavor. Read the rest of this entry »