Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving is coming!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I have not given any thought to this blog post. Today was a mad house at our local grocery store and like the procrastinator that I am  I decided to pick up a few last minute items for our Thanksgiving dinner. Big mistake. There were so many people!

In December I am going to try to add another blog post on Thursdays in addition to the Tuesdays post. Let see how well this goes.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Bob Is Taking Over!

The latest protest about website change is now coming from YouTube users. YouTube is now requiring that if you want to comment or use YouTube then you have to sign up for Google Plus. Many people like myself have already converted over to the new form to continue using the free service on YouTube.  However not everyone is happy about the new change.
You may have seen some of  the above posting in the comment section on YouTube.

According to a petition at Change.org  YouTube users are claiming that now they can not comment anonymously and because of this they will not be able to give their true feelings about a video.  One such user is Aaron Vollhoffer of TRENTON, CANADA and he says on the Google Change Petition that Google Plus and YouTube are now
"Stripping us of our anonymous profiles, forcing  outside media and advertizements down our throats, censoring our comments and selectively giving commenters the ability to disable replies and ratings on their comments, among a host of unwarranted changes to the original, much more efficient and streamlined Youtube layout as a whole are just some of the many negative changes that are being made to Youtube. It's ethically wrong to force these changes unto an unwilling userbase as it alienates them while devaluing the quality of the site and tarnishing your credibility. This callous behavior needs to stop." 
Really? Callous behavior? Not so sure about that. Instead of creating a petition about the change and still using the service it would be better to stop using the service all together.
Google Plus and YouTube only have as much information as you give them. As you notice I'm known as "Country Bumpkin Reporter" on this site but if you search into my profile you will find my real name. This is the information that I wanted Google Plus and YouTube to have.

I do realized that some people are not like me and do not want internet attention and that they would like to keep the comment form the same way. Yet, here is the truth of it. Nobody is forcing you to use the site. It is free. If you don't like it use another website that you feel more comfortable with. To send a true message to YouTube that you do not like Google Plus you must stop using the service.

What do you think? Am I right? Wrong? Or am I just being a push over by still using the service? Let me know in the comment section below.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

What is Movember?

Ladies, have you been wondering why some men are deciding not to shave this month?
In the month of November a charity site called the Movember Foundation created the "No shave Movember" to help raise funds for men's health issues such as prostate cancer, depression and yearly medical exams.
According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Movember the word Movember is a combination of the word moustache and November.

Men are encourage to register at http://us.movember.com then grow a mustache for 30-days in the month of November. Men start clean shaven and grow their "Mo", slang for  moustache, and then ask friends and family to donate to their efforts. With their new  moustache it is easy to start a conversation about their new look and let people know why they are growing it.

The money that is raised for the Movember Foundation is donated to the Livestrong Foundation and to the Prostate Cancer Research which is part of the Movember Foundation.

When searching for the information about the Livestrong Foundation and the Movember Foundation I could not find the answers to what does each of the foundations do with the money that they are given for the "No Shave November."  The only answer that I could find when searching the Movember.com website was a very generic statement such as promoting cancer research and providing awareness.
Yes, but how is this done?

As part of my association with the American Cancer Society-Relay for Life organization I know that a portion of the money that we raise goes to a research center at MD Anderson  in Houston, Texas and to our local American Cancer Society chapter in Corpus Christi, Texas. MD Anderson and our local chapter of the American Cancer Society uses the money for cancer research, a local housing unit called the "Hope Lodge" where patients and families can stay when they have to be away from home for cancer treatment and a host of other cancer related patient services.

Maybe my research needs to be a little better when it comes to the Movember Foundation. Can anyone answer the questions that were stated? Maybe you or someone that you know is involved in the Foundation. What is the experience like and how is the money being used through the Foundation?

Please let me know in the comment form below.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Just thinking out loud

On the previous blog post the topic of my childhood was mentioned. Coming from a multiple childhood divorce culture I wanted to write about something that might be able to help other adults that went through the same thing I did in their childhood. Alas, there are some things that are too painful for me to share. One day I will write about the effects of multiple divorces in childhood and how it can affect a person into their adulthood. Today however, this topic will not be written.