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I think I’m becoming the woman I use to hate.

In Addiction, apps, Internet addiction, Motorola Droid, smartphones, Social media, Social media addiction on May 28, 2010 at 10:06 am

You’ve seen her…head down, cell phone in hand, fingers frantically typing, confused look, usually stopped dead in the middle of sidewalk.

But today that was me. I was at the gym attempting to use a fitness app on my Motorola Droid. From the time I exited the women’s locker room to the moment my ass hit the mat for some stretching, I stared down at the phone, transfixed. Occasionally I would look up to steer myself in the right direction. Most people coming towards me looked annoyed, others curious. When I finally got the app working, I put the phone down and it felt like…tah-dah! Welcome back to the reality! My God, I thought. That level of distraction was frightening. 

It’s a defining moment…when suddenly you becomes “them.” Have you been there? Do you know what I’m speaking of? I wonder if this was just a temporary dalliance in such annoying behavior or….scary to think… am I now becoming one of those addicted to their phones?

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Zero friends? Try Chat Roulette.

In Chat roulette, Facebook, Friends, Social media on May 26, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Rather than getting friends via Facebook…

Tonight I was watching South Park’s “You have 0 friends” episode. The clip below is when their discussing Chat Roulette. I needed a good laugh, and did so OUT LOUD. Hope you do, too. Oh, and viewer discretion is advised.

And you thought facebook was an invasion of privacy…

In Facebook, Privacy issues, Privacy policy, Social aggregator, Social media, Spokeo on May 18, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Want to freak out? Pay a visit to spokeo.com and type in your name. You’ll likely find yourself listed, and when you do, realize you’ve just met your internet stalker. Spokeo is just one of many social network aggregators, and the level of info it has on a person is frightening. For starters, it gives your age, marital status, zodiac sign, if you have children, and the type of neighborhood you live in (middle, affluent, wealthy). Then it goes on to list your likes and dislikes (enjoys shopping, reads magazines, cares about health, watches news), and the names of others that live with you. If you’re really curious, you can pay for a membership which I believe gives you whole other layer of intimate detail.

I learned about this site from a guy I was dating who said he plugged in my name. It sorta skeeved me out and should have been a red flag. (We’re not together anymore… yeah, trust issues obviously).

Regardless, just one more example of privacy flying out the window.

Blog comment spam test…

In Beginning blogging, Blog Comment spam, Blog comments, Blogging, Spam on May 17, 2010 at 9:30 pm

If you get a comment on your blog and you wonder if its spam or not, do this simple test. Google the comment. Someone posted the following to my blog…

It is extremely interesting for me to read that article. Thanx for it. I like such themes and everything connected to this matter. I would like to read a bit more on this blog soon.

Avril Swenson

And this is what I got from google. Alrighty then….

Need help tracking your menstrual cycle? Try this app…

In Android 2.0, Android Marketplace, apps, menstrual cycle, Motorola Droid, period, PMS on May 11, 2010 at 6:05 pm

I was hesitant to download it, but the My Days app on the Android  market is pretty cool. It tracks the following; when your period starts, when it ends, when your next one is due, when you have sex, when your most fertile, when you’re ovulating, and when you take the pill. Wow.

My biggest issue with this app is that some stranger, somewhere, now knows when I’m PMSing. God forbid I open the app and see an ad for tampons in the future, as that would  mean some brand manager for Kotex knows my cycle too. But I digress…

The app is very straight forward. I entered the first and last day that Aunt Flow visited. To throw a wrench into things, I reported I had sex 5x as much as I really do just to see what would happen. After entering this info, it seemed like the app did nothing. But then I flipped to the next month and aha…there it was….the day I would likely ovulate and those when I was “highly fertile.” Wild.

I then went back and erased most of the days I “reportedly” had sex and nothing changed. I guess this feature is for my info, or I have yet to figure it out.

Overall it felt very different to have such info in the palm of my hand. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to my gyno and gone blank when my doctor asks “So when was your last period?”

Problem solved.

Never shot a gun? Try this unique Android app…

In Android 2.0, Android Marketplace, apps, best android app, Google, Reviews, Schottgun app, Verizon Motorola Droid on May 3, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Enter the SchottGunn app from the Android marketplace.

I actually have this app grouped with my stress-relief apps. Essentially the app simulates shooting with a shot-gun. It shows a picture of a rifle on the screen with a bullet underneath it. When you shake your phone back and forth once, your phone makes the sound of gun being cocked. Then, when you hold your arm out straight and point the gun at something, a gunshot goes off. HILARIOUS.

I feel a little wacky liking this app but then I think about all the violent video games. It really does wonders for my stress since I literally laugh out loud when I use it.

It’s funny, I’ve seen people do a trick with their dog where , when they point their finger at them and make the sound of a gunshot, then the dog lies down and plays dead. Talk about bringing it up a notch…..