serendipitous reflections

Thursday, May 31, 2012

My daily online routine

I have a few website that I go to each day at work. Firefox has an add-on called Morning Coffee that I highly recommend. It keeps up with the sites you visit on particular days and each day you load your morning coffee and it opens all your tabs for you.

Groupon and Living Social are daily tabs that I check because you never know when you might stumble across a great deal. I also check Indexed every weekday.

xkcd updates on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

On Monday, I also read The Chapel Chronicles, a webcomic written and drawn by a teenage girl. It has such wit and humor. Her talent is remarkable. Also on Monday, I go to the Richland County Freegal website for my three free songs each week. The library is contracted with Sony and you can download three songs a week with your library card. That turns out to be 15 free cds worth of music a year.

Tuesday is an odd day. Some of the sites that update weekly are loaded on Tuesday because it is a slower day at work. That is when I check on Axe Cop, The Guild, The Conjurers, and The Zombie Years.

Friday is Bearmageddon day, a webcomic done by the artist who draws Axe Cop. Nothing like ending the week with mutant bears rebelling against mankind.

My breakfast reading includes the following comics: Overboard, Non Sequitur, Dog Eat Doug, Lio, Mutts, and Simon's Cat, (and Foxtrot on Sundays).

It's all about starting your day off right. I used to have a bookmark folder with each site in it that I would load each day, but the Morning Coffee add-on does make it much easier. Now if I only drank coffee...

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Friday, May 18, 2012

To watch later

This is Neil Gaiman delivering a commencement speech that I want to go back and watch when I have 20 uninterrupted minutes. There's something about his style of speech, and his ability to deliver a message, that resonates with me.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Further proof that we should avoid high fructose corn syrup

Jeni and I have, for the most part, given up soft drinks. Now don't get me wrong, we love Coke. Some people come home from a challenging day at work and need their beer or martini. No, I crave a nice fizzy glass of Coke. But we've parted ways, and all for the better. A while back, I began to notice a feeling of tightness in my chest when I would drink a lot of Coke. And when I fall off the wagon and get back on the Coke I gain five pounds pretty quickly.  And now there's this study by UCLA that further highlights the negative affects of high fructose corn syrup. Yes, HFCS is in things other than Coke, but your soft drink is such a fast and efficient mode of delivery that I use it as my example. I praise places like Earthfare that will not carry anything that contains HFCS. It's a challenge, like avoiding aspertame, because HFCS is so prevalent, but the benefits make it worth it.

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