Monday, November 17, 2008

Good Morning, Everybody

Wow. I'm actually somewhat awake at a decent hour. This is fairly amazing!

So, how's everybody doing today? Good weekend?

I'm doing pretty well myself. Sleepy, but excited to have an entire day to finally start getting some stuff done. Can't believe I'm already down to my last full week before flying back to Florida for Thanksgiving. It should be a good trip, though. I'm looking forward to seeing everybody as well as having a nice break from shivering.

Anyway, while it may seem that I haven't done much with the blog lately, I did get a few behind-the-scenes things done on Thursday and Friday. You may have noticed that, under my blog description off to the right, I've added an RSS feed (through Feedburner) and a "bookmarking & sharing" drop-down menu (through Add This). These should help make it easier for people to keep checking in with the ol' BC&GT as well as be able to easily share it with others, in turn, spreading this blog like a virus through the inter-tubes and bringing me one step closer to world domination.


(A lot of guys ignore the laugh, and that's about standards. I mean, if you're going to get into the Evil League of Evil, you have to have a memorable laugh.)

Eventually, I'm hoping to add email delivery of my posts as a service to you as well as to the handful of relatives of mine who never seem to check my blog anymore. (Mom and dad, I'm looking at you.)

Oh, I also finally got around to creating a Gravatar, or "Globally Recognized Avatar". So now, when I comment on other peoples' sites (instead of working on my book), it will automatically include that god-awful picture of me as Doc Brown (which you should also currently see up in the upper right hand corner of this blog. One of these days, I'm gonna have to tell you the story behind that picture. By the way, what do you think of the fish I added? Funny or just too creepy? Yeah, too creepy. I kept wanting to scratch my nose.)

I tested my Gravatar recently with my entry in the Twitter Clever Haiku Contest over at Copyblogger. My entry (#304 on the site or you can see the original Twitter here) is as follows:

So much work to do. / Need to stay focused or I... / Oooh! Twitter contest!

You'll find that this entry is both clever and a haiku. (And, sadly, autobiographical.) Of course, I have an unfair advantage because, having lived in Japan for so long, my thoughts already conform to the 5/7/5 syllable structure.

Crimson leaves tumble. / Tree silhouettes like ink strokes. / Be sure to buy milk.

The contest closed last night at midnight and they'll be announcing the winners on Friday, November 21st. Fingers crossed!

Anyway, I'd better get to work. Today, I'm going to start dumping a bunch of posts I started but never got around to hitting the "Publish" button on. Alas, if you've following this via a reader, my posts will be out of order, yet highly entertaining nonetheless.

Hopefully, I'll also finally start getting a few of my Japan trip posts online. We'll see.

Don't pressure me.

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