Showing posts from November, 2006

Bestest Blog of the Day: 11/30/2006

Alchemy Anyone?
...a review by Serena from "Life Is Falling to Pieces: An Illustrated Journal" (Editor's note: I was so happy when Serena sent me this review, I have wanted this blog to win for a long time, but I couldn't find the time to give it a detailed review like it deserves. I think Serena has done Mr. Slaghammer justice and I think you'll agree...Enjoy!)

In his profile, Slaghammer claims to be a carbon-based life form. I might almost believe him if it weren’t for my strong suspicions that he might composed of something else. You wanna know what else is something else? His blog!

Alchemy Anyone? is a highly entertaining blog that is seriously worth your time. His posts vary from comical photocommentary to elaborate stories from his youth. Check out his reflections on religion,the purity of women, and food. A particularly funny (and informative) one is his take on the dreaded prostate exam! Not to be missed. (Insert evil laughter.)

Slaghammer is also a talente…

Online Coupons [PPP]

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I mentioned the other day about Black Friday and Cyber Money having come and gone already. It's going quick this year isn't it? This means that you should officially be thinking about what to buy your loved ones (and not so loved ones for Christmas). Me, I like to do a lot of my shopping online, so, I am always looking for online coupons to save me a little bit of money on things that I might be buying regardless. I'll probably buy a lot of stuff from Best Buy with my McDonald's Monopoly Best Buy Bucks, so I'll certainly check out some Best Buy online coupons!

Last chance!

Only about 2 hours left on my eBay Auction for "Bestest Blog of the Month." That sets it to end at about 9PM EST. Get it now or wait until 2007 for the next go around!

Money Saving [PPP]

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Saving money is such a very, very hard thing to do? Why is that you ask? It's so very, very much fun to spend it! Well, I would like to think that, especially for my age, that I am a pretty good money saver already. I have my goal in mind (a nice house in the not so distant future), and that keeps me going. So, when I checked out this site called the Thrifty Scot, I was pleased to see that I already do some of the tips they offer. And, they do offer a lot of tips... on categories like credit cards, loans, remortgages, bank accounts, and home insurance. So, check them out if you want some help turning what you already have into more. Do more with the money you have!

Bestest Blog of the Day: 11/29/2006

From the Bottom Up
Well, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone, so the Christmas season is finally here. It appears that the biggest must-haves this year will be the new gaming consoles the Nintendo Wii and the Playstation 3. With this in mind, I thought it would be apropos to feature a blog that is all about video games.

Lord Mephistar and Lord Brillulus run this blog together. They must be doing a pretty good job, because one of their recent reviews for the "Mortal Kombat Armageddon" was published on a very popular gaming site. Kudos you guys!

Meph and Brill were lucky enough to get their hands on a Nintendo Wii. Of course, they had a lot to say about it...mostly positive and I would have to agree! My brother-in-law actually got it already as well and I had the chance to play it over Thanksgiving. It's pretty kickass!

Besides the interesting and informative gaming reviews, they also have a bunch of posts that are related to gaming, but not necessarily r…

Lifeknot [PPP]

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Lifeknot has these cool gadgets that you can add to your personalized google search pages. If you have a google/gmail account, they can try and make your search results even better by gathering data about you. It seems like a cool way to Meet new friends. You search by interest, like mountain climbing or skiing or beekeeping...or you can just click "shuffle" and find random activities. Maybe find your next new favorite hobby. Seems like a great idea...I love new cool internet gadgets...I can't get enough of them!

Bestest Blog of the Day: 11/28/2006

My Marrakesh
...a review by Mimi Lenox from Mimi Writes

Where can one find belly dancers, exotic cuisine and Rapunzel-like towers all in one blog? Welcome to Maryam's place. At the beginning of a strange and magical odyssey she writes......"Once upon a a kingdom far, far away (not kidding about the kingdom part) an American couple with two children decided to eschew any plans that they might have had for house with a white picket fence (do people still have those?) and move to a city that was not their own. This blog is their tale to make that city their home, to make it their Marrakesh."
And so they did.

You can find the heartwarming saga in beautiful detail on Maryam's enchanting blog called "My Marrakesh." Why Morocco?
Maryam, the writer, explains by quoting Winston Churchill, learns how to deal with House Insomnia and persuades her architect husband to take up residence in the middle of an olive grove.
Intrigued? I was.

Although Maryam's site st…

Gift of the Month [PPP]

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I think gift of the month clubs are such a good idea. Around Christmas, there is such a gift overload that you don't appreciate as much what you get. Where as if you get a gift come July or August still, it makes it that much better. Last year, I got my wife a candle of the month club, and each month they had a different smell. Flowers in the spring, pumpkin in October, you know the deal. So, check out this site that has such things to offer as a Beer of the Month Club...sounds good!

eBay Auction

My eBay Auction for "Bestest Blog of the Month" is still only at $10.50...less than 20% of what the winning bid from last month was! Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, I had to list the auction for only 5 days, instead of 7. So, act fast, before it's too late!

Wallhogs [PPP]

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So you've taken a picture with your digital camera. It's a nice one too, not just a junky one that will sit on your hard drive. So, what should you do with it? Print it out as a 4x6 on your photo printer?'s nicer than that. Goto Walmart or CVS and have them print it as an 8x10?'s nicer than that even! Well, how about going to and having it be 7 feet tall by 4 feet wide. Yes, that's right...FEET, not inches. All, this for less than $100, not a bad deal. I know what all my family is getting for Christmas...giant 7 feet by 4 feet pictures of me! And I'm gonna guilt trip them into hanging it in in a prominent place. Yeah...that'll show 'em!


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Professional Bull Riding [PPP]

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ESPN 2 is quickly becoming known as the channel for the alternative sports...the secondary sports if you will. For example, my favorite sports to watch on ESPN 2 is bowling. Though it may seem boring to most, I enjoy watching it. In college, however, my roommate's favorite alternative sport was bull riding. He was from the south and was very much into rodeos and the traditional southern sports like that. One thing he would never miss was the Professional Bull Riders World Finals (PBR Finals) in Las Vegas, NV. To him, this was like the superbowl of sports events (Luckily, PBR Finals tickets are slightly easier to come by). I watched it along with him and must admit it was pretty amusing. Though, I could definitely see the greater appeal to ACTUALLY being there. That must be awesome! Just the energy of the crowd and the ferociousness of the beast...that stuff doesn't translate as well over the TV. …

Bestest Blog of the Day: 11/27/2006

Mescaline Visions 4.0 (Beta)
...a review by Lizza from I Am Woman, See Me Blog!

Some philosophers are not only funny, they're cool too. If you don't believe me, go read the Nubian Nerd's blog, where he proclaims that "professional philosophers fight global warming just by being cool!" He lives, works, and studies in Scotland, where he's also a celebrity of sorts.

So what kinds of thoughts whirl about in this philosopher's mind? Irreverent thoughts, that's what. For instance: his reasons for joining the ranks of the immoral minority and the profile he created for the most famous carpenter in history. But the Nubian Nerd has a sweet side to him, too: he's blogged about the what and who of love and some aspects of his relationship with the lovely Diane. Is this the reason that she loves him so? (And not just because he's extremely intelligent, hilariously funny, and unfairly blessed with some big stuff? Or so he says.)

I could go on and on,…

HP Digital Camera

So, this is probably the coolest PayPerPost opportunity ever. $15 plus the chance to win a new digital camera and photo printer. The directions say, and I quote, "the crazier the better!"

Judging by the context of the word crazy, I am assuming Ted (the PPP God for those not in the know) would mean either the 3rd or 6th definition (definition provided by, that being "intensely enthusiastic; passionately excited" or "unusual; bizarre; singular."

Since there are sure to be lots of these zany, kooky, silly (synonyms courtesy of my brain...I bet you thought I was going to say type of submissions, I thought I'd be creative and go for the first definition of crazy: "mentally deranged; demented; insane."

Demented is the exact word I would use to describe the (wo)man who ruined my vacation. Imagine this...a man and his wife plan a trip to Europe. Though not technically their honeymoon, they could not afford a real …

Rerun Sunday: 11/26/2006

I Am Woman, See Me Blog
This personal blog comes to us from Lizza who hails from the Philippines.

Many (but not all) of her posts shed light on life in the Philippines. She mixes these excellent posts with the perfect blend of posts on other topics. Her posts are always short and to the point, yet still very informative.

One things I really find great about her site was a feature she does entitled "Blogworld Saturday." Here she takes a sampling of the blogs she links to and reads regularly and writes up a sentence or two about what kinds of things they wrote about that week. Many of her regular readers were very thankful for the awesome blogs Lizza has exposed them to. You could all learn a thing or two from this idea (and hopefully a few of you adopt it and give Lizza credit)...IF YOU FIND A BLOG YOU LIKE, LINK TO IT AND TELL OTHER PEOPLE ABOUT IT! After all, that's what I do here and that's what Lizza is doing on her blog, in her own unique format.

Finally, I j…

Health Supplements [PPP]

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I'm not the best chef. In fact I don't think the word chef would be a valid word to describe me. So, it goes without saying that I don't get all the nutrients that I should. Currently I am taking a vitamin recommended to me by a friend. But, for those of you without a nutriotist friend N101 Nutrition is a great place to research and purchase things to keep your body working well! Do you know how much potassium you should have every day? Do you know how much potassium you DO have every day? Do you even know which foods are the best sources of potassium? Who cares! Eat what you want and get your nutrients from an alternate source... don't ya want to be more like me? Hehe, I know you do!

The end of the month can only mean one thing...

Time to open up the bidding for your rights to be named "Bestest Blog of the Month" for December 2006. The eBay auction starts at only a penny with no reserve! You get a nice big link at the top of my PR5 blog with a short description to with it. PLUS, for each dollar in your winning bid, I'll apply that towards your showing up in the Random Blog button...and at the end of the month, I'll take 10% of your winning bid and apply it towards becoming a Premium Blog. October's winner was so happy with the results, that he won again in November! However, peaking in at his blog, he's been busy with a new job, so it's doubtful that he'll be going for the win again in it's your chance to steal it away. Again, click here to check out the auction.

Dealking [PPP]

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There are a ton (literally) of coupon and special offer sites out there. But how many can you say you've come across that offer you cash back on special deals?!? Well, is one of those now you can say you've seen at least one. Probably their best offer is the mobile phone deal, but hey, I'm a sucker for mobile check it out for yourself and see if there isn't a deal that better suits you.

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Internet Marking EBook [PPP]

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This is cool, a PayPerPost opportunity about something I am very interested in and have specifically heard of. One of my friends has read this EBook about how to make money online with affiliate ads and he said it was very informative. Affiliates aren't really my cup of tea here at my site, but he has really made them work for his (especially He said that there are a lot of "get rich quick" books out there, but that this one is a bit more realistic...outlining a series of practical steps to get a successful site up and running. Don't expect to make $10,000 your first month, but don't outrule it after a year either. Practicality is the name of the game when you are looking for a plan to make money on the internet, that's for sure.

Javascript Book

I just ordered a javascript book on Amazon. Being that I already know regular java, learning javascript should be a snap. Then, watch out for new features!!

Custom Photos

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Christmas Time is just around the corner, so I thought I'd inform you guys about this Custom Photo Gifts website. This is a great way for you to personalize a gift for a loved one (much better than the generic gifts that we usually receive ad nauseum every year). My wife especially loves gifts like these, so I may have to check it out myself...enjoy!

Close call

I almost blogged about what my wife and I bought my mom for Christmas. Then I remembered that my mom told me that she is a regular reader of my blog here. Crisis avoided...hi mom!

Managing Money [PPP]

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With a full time job now, I need to learn how to manage my money a little better. My wife and I put some money into a CD, but I'm quickly learning that isn't enough. It's never too early to start a retirement fund. As recommends, Contribute Early to Your IRA. Well, that may be next summer's goal (along with revamping my site here) learn a little more about the in's and out's of that kind of thing. Hopefully this website will be of some assistance.


Back in good old New Jersey. I had a very nice time visiting back home in Scranton, but am always happy to come back to our place. Stay tuned for this weekend's updates, as well as next month's auction (coming very shortly!). Hope everyone had a terrific holiday!

Shocking Book [PPP]

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The holidays are a good time for relaxing, and to me that often means reading a good book. I especially like books that are exciting...that leave me needing to turn each and every page to find out what next. This book (short description below) sounds exactly like one of those books...check out the description or the Book Website to learn more about it.

"A trail-blazing self-made tycoon in post-Soviet Russia, Alex Konanykhin was worth $300 million by age 25, having created and controlled the largest bank in Russia. The rise of Boris Yeltsin to the presidency of Russia was financed by Konanykhin. Yeltsin rewarded Konanykhin by giving him the state residence built for the Soviet president and a large detail of Presidential Guards. But when the KGB kidnapped Konanykhin and stole his fortune, Alex and his beautiful wife, Elena, made a harrowing escape to America in September 1992.

Then a new nightmare started, as …

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers! I will be going back home to Scranton, PA for the holidays until Friday no new posts until then. (Normally I'd have my laptop...but you know the rest of that story.) I just wanted to share with you guys a wonderful email that reminded me what Thanksgiving was all about:
"As I sit here writing this my blog has received 9,317 hits in just under 3 months. I know that most have come from being listed where I am at your blog.

So.. At a time when are listing what we are thankful for, I want you to know that your blog is on my list!"
~Barb from Skittles' Place

Well thank you Barb (and everyone else) for your support of my site, your many kind comments, and your generous donations! Enjoy your Turkey Day!

Forums [PPP]

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One great resource for PayPerPost is their forum. PayPerPost is still a fledgling company, so it is very helpful to have a place where new users can help each other learn the ropes. You see a lot of "why was my post rejected," "what is page rank," and the ever popular "how long does it take for my blog to be approved?" Everyone there is very friendly and there is quite a postie community blossoming up. There is even talk in the forum of organizing a convention for everyone to meet. Not that I personally would go, but I still think it's pretty cool that it is even going to occur. Remember, if you still haven't signed up (and why not, I ask?), remember to use my email,, as your referrer when you do sign'll make me $5!

Bestest Blog of the Day: 11/22/2006

Funny Pictures
...a review by Jessie from Who Are We

Sometimes we all need a little chuckle... Sometimes we all need a big laugh... But we need Funny Pictures all the time! New Funny Pictures are posted almost daily to keep you laughing or just give you that push you need to make it through the day.

Not only is this blog funny but it's also helpful! You can find the best job ever. And if you happen to not know what your flag means you can get help with that too.

So if you are in need of a laugh be sure to stop by Funny Pictures! Make sure you leave a comment and let them know that Jessie from Who Are We via The Bestest Blog of All Time sent you.

Calling Cards [PPP]

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Want 4 hours of prepaid calling card service? All you have to do is sign up with Pingo. Calling cards are very useful. When we were on vacation in Europe...this was our only way to reach the United States...BECAUSE OUR CELL PHONE DIDN'T HAVE GLOBAL SERVICE! We assumed it would (not sure why), but we are so glad we had a calling card with us as well. Especially since we were aboard the targeted planes to be bombed from the UK. It was great to be able to call our family from London and reassure them that the security was very tight and everything would be alright. If you ever find yourself in a similar London-based situation, you can check out Pingo's United Kingdom calling card rates. In the age of cell phones, it might seem that calling cards are as important...and while I'll concede to them not being as widely used, they are still VERY important in certain situations and Pingo seems like a gr…

Bestest Blog of the Day: 11/21/2006

New Mom on the Blog
...a review by Mimi Lenox of Mimi Writes

I know what you're thinking. Not another boring blog full of scrapbook pictures of babies and cutesy stories. Right? I'll admit, there are a lot of family photos and everyday occurrences in New Mom's blog but honestly folks, who could resist a mom who writes this?

"I was up at 6am this morning and managed to bake a fresh batch of chocolate chip muffins for the kids before they left for school."
Move over June Cleaver? Not exactly.

Let's hit the highlights, shall we? And if I'm lucky, maybe she'll send me some chocolate chip muffins.Residing in South Africa with her hubby and two boys, she works a full-time stressful job, kicks serious karate with her son (10/9 post) and describes a traumatic family event that has caused her to count her blessings over and over. Read about it in her 10/3 /06 article. Between nanny disasters and spur-of-the-moment family outings, this family of four (and a dog n…

Hot Tamale [PPP]

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Check out another funny confessional over at the payperpost blog. This time Tamale is in a bit of a better mood than last time. But she's still funny even when she's not bitching about this, that, and the other thing. And yes Tamale, a new HP digital camera would make me very happy as well. My wife has a camera, but I feel like I have to ask her permission to use it because once I almost dropped it and I don't think she trusts me with it anymore. By the way, as far as blogs are concerned, the PPP blog is pretty interesting if you are part of their program. They post a lot of good info and a lot of funny/interesting non-topical stuff as well. It may not be the bestest like me, but it's betterer than most.

Bestest Blog of the Day: 11/20/2006

Theory of Thought Lizza from I Am Woman, See Me Blog!

The Thinker (also known as Julia to family and friends), is the author of Theory of Thought. According to her, she simply writes about what's going on through her mind: her theories, ideas, insecurities, and perspectives. Many of us do the same thing, but few articulate their thoughts as well as she does--and she's only 16 years old!

She writes about issues that many teenagers experience, but in a very insightful and thoughtful way. (Hey, she doesn't call herself The Thinker for nothing!) You won't find the usual girly-girly things at Theory of Thought. Instead, expect to read posts about things like what would be apt to make The Thinker stab an English teacher with her pen; about faking health in order to actually avoid missing going to school; about what she thinks of Apple's iPod Nano collection; and so much more.

To say that The Thinker loves to blog is true, but it's so much more than just that. For h…

MyEclipse [PPP]

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I thought I'd blog a little more about Eclipse Plugins. This is a post especially pertintent for web developers. This plugin can definitely save you time and money...increase efficiency...all at the price of only $30/year...a fraction of what some other places will charge you (I'm talking three to ten thousand). If you are a web developer...can you help me with my site? Hehe, I'm just an amateur.