Ashley, the Stalker

October 23, 2009 at 5:29 pm (Fun(ny), Life, Rants) (, , )

Ok so as my first post stated, I have made a definite effort this summer to not suck so much at using computers, and I’d say I’ve definitely made some improvements.  I know how to do a lot more cool things than I could before, and I know what a lot of terms mean that I did not previously know.  That, however, is not what this post is about.  This is about yet another reason it sucks to know nothing about computers and the humiliating misunderstandings that can result from it…

I’m obviously new to this whole “blogging thing,” and really wasn’t sure I wanted to do it until my friend, Jackie, convinced me.  Plus, she had a fun blog that I liked reading every now and then, as well as a few other friends of mine.  I figured there was no reason not to.  I didn’t really have much going on this summer besides baby sitting/nannying, anyway, so I knew I’d have plenty of time to figure things out.

So, yes, I’ve spent a lot of time on the computer this summer.  Most of my computer time was spent on search engines, Facebook, Twitter, my dashboard, Youtube, weather.com (my personal favorite), the Furman site, and Pandora.  So my computer (which already drives me crazy) automatically put those sites on my “top sites” screen, meaning basically that a miniature of every one of those pages showed up every single time I got online.  Well, obviously I did not just list twelve site, yet my computer’s top site page has space for twelve.  It therefore automatically fills in the extra space with other sites I “use frequently,” even if that only means once a week or every other week.  I’m obviously not very “computer cultured” so the extra space got filled in with some of my friends’ blogs and my church’s blog.  It wasn’t a big deal to me or anything how my computer chose to fill in the extra space.  I really didn’t care because [I thought] it really didn’t affect me.  I was wrong…

So the day before I had to leave to come back to school, while talking to my friend, he decided he really needed to tell me something.  He first explained that he didn’t necessarily have the same opinion as everyone else (though I had no clue what opinion this was) and that he was going to do his best to explain this particular situation to me “as cautiously as possible.”  I was kind of freaking out at that point, because I had a long list of ideas running through my head of what could possibly be wrong.

He surprised me, however, by going on to ask how often I look at one of our friend’s blog.  I was so caught off guard that I really didn’t even have a clue what to say.  I had no idea how often I looked at different people’s blogs (I really don’t even have that many friends with blogs), and I couldn’t even really remember the last time I had looked at this particular blog.  He went on to explain that there is apparently some way of tracking the IP (internet protocol — yes, I had to look that abbreviation up) addresses of people that look at your blog, and they were just curious as to why I looked at this one so much.

I was obviously humiliated at first, thinking that my friends must really think I have no life and that all I do is read blogs.  I didn’t quite understand why it was so weird to look at the blog once every week or so, but I didn’t want to ask questions, either.  I figured it must have been some computer social rule of which I had just been completely unaware.

Fast forward five more minutes of talking to the point where I find that they apparently think I am reading the same blog multiple times every hour, maybe even somewhere around 100 times in a day.  I don’t really know.

What I soon realized is that because it showed up on my “top sites” screen, which is my homepage, it was showing up that I looked at my friend’s blog EVERY SINGLE TIME I GOT ONLINE ON MY COMPUTER.  Yep, every time.  Every time I looked anything up online.  Every time I checked the weather.  Every time I checked Facebook.  Every time I listened to Pandora.  Every time I logged onto Twitter.  Even every time I got on to update or change something on my blog.  Every time.  Oh, or even if I clicked on one website but then clicked my home page button again so I could choose another.  Yep, it showed up that I was looking at the blog.

So here’s the deal…I was at first completely humiliated by this.  I was so embarrassed that people actually thought I was so obsessed that I was checking the same blogs (most of which don’t get updated more than once a week or so) that many times a day.  I just kept thinking what a sketchy person everybody thought I was.

My next thought, however, was more along the lines of “What the hell was everyone thinking to actually legitimately believe that I looked at someone’s blog at 8:37, 8:43, 8:56, 9:14, and so one throughout just about every day, but still not say anything to me?”  I mean, really?!  My friends legitimately believed that I was stalking one of them…like creepy stalking…for months…and no one told me.  One description given to me was, “Ok, so you know how when you check your email, it will say like ‘1-50’ and then have an arrow to click to the next page of emails?  Well, it would be like 6 pages of you checking his blog before it’d even show a different person.”

Yep, my friends pretty much thought I needed professional help, and yet no one told me.  Plus, they still hung out with me all summer, thinking I was a sketcher!  I just couldn’t believe that

  1. They actually knew me really well (these were some of my closest friends) and yet, knowing my personality, actually had it in them to think “Yeah, if any of our friends was going to stalk somebody, we could see it being Ashley.”
  2. They were stilling willing to hang out with me.  I would be WAY to sketched out to hang out with someone as creepy as they thought I was.
  3. They didn’t mention it to me or anyone else.  I’m just saying, if I ever were that messed up, I would prefer that my friends mention it to someone so I could get help or something.

But yeah…funny…weird…awkward…that’s basically how my life works.

And P.S. I have never stalked anyone in my entire life.

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I Really Could Care Less

August 18, 2009 at 8:36 pm (Fun(ny), Rants) (, , )

Ok I realize I’m a nerd, but grammar pet peeve #2: “I could care less.”

An example: Lets pretend that I just found out that someone hacked the Furman Green Guide website and it has been completely destroyed.  My “save the world” friends would probably be very upset, and I would try very hard to sympathize with them (though I’m not sure that would work out too well).  If, however, I were to be completely honest about the situation, I would say, “I couldn’t care less,” meaning I really don’t care.  I would not say, “I could care less,” which actually means that out of all the “caring-ness levels” out there, there are definitely some levels way below my current level.  Basically, it means that I do care.

So next time you don’t care about a particular event, but you do care about sounding more intelligent, simply add an “n’t” at the end of “could.”  It’s really not that hard.

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Where Should the Preposition Be at?

August 7, 2009 at 10:38 am (Fun(ny), Rants) (, )

Ok I realize that this post will forever validate my nerdiness, but whatever.  The truth is I don’t mind I like I love grammar.  I enjoy reading about different grammar rules and discussing proper grammar with people.  No, I don’t correct people out loud when they are talking, nor do I always correct them in my head.  I don’t always use proper grammar, either, mainly because people give me weird looks when I say “With whom did you go to the movie?” instead of “Who did you go to the movie with?”  I also say “like” way too much.

Still, I love grammar.

Therefore, I decided to offer up some insight on a common mistake people make when talking…also one of the most annoying mistakes, in my opinion:

Ending a sentence in a preposition

  • No, I don’t always expect people to end sentences without prepositions.  As I stated previously, it sounds weird to say “With whom did you go to the movie?” instead of “Who did you go to the movie with?” (That being said, the prior of the two is technically correct.)
  • My general rule is this: If you have to rearrange all your words in order to avoid ending in a preposition, don’t worry about it.  If, however, you could end a sentence correctly by simply removing the preposition (basically just shutting up sooner), it is a must.
  • Think about it.  “Where are you?” or “Where are you at?”  “What time are we meeting?” or “What time are we meeting at?” Plus, this takes no extra effort.  All you have to do is close your mouth sooner…just stop talking…and you can sound more intelligent.

Ok and fun fact: The word “preposition” was coined because prepositions typically precede the position of their objects in a prepositional phrase.  Isn’t that so cool?!

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PDA –> Other Meanings

August 3, 2009 at 5:54 pm (Fun(ny), Rants) (, )

PDA: Public Display of Affection

  • Puppy love Delivered for an Audience
  • Passion Demonstration Amplified
  • Paraded Desire Aboveboard
  • Prating Devotion Annoyingly

Just a thought that a friend pointed out to me: When a single person meets someone who is dating, the single person thinks nothing of it except, “Oh, he/she is dating.  That’s cool.”  The dating person, however, tends to feel as if it is his or her responsibility to tell the single person there is still hope for him or her and to not give up.  If you are the person who is dating someone, I suggest you resist the urge to offer hope to the single person.  You’re really just going to annoy every single person with whom you come in contact.

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    Drunk Off of No Sleep

    August 2, 2009 at 12:28 am (Facebook, Fun(ny), Furman, HES) (, , )

    Last year, as a Freshmen Advisor at Furman, I sent out an interesting fact and three day weather forecast to the freshmen girls on my hall and boys on our brother hall (somewhere around 60 or 70 people total) every day.  It started out being every few days, but my commitment to the Interesting Fact of the Day increased with the positive reaction from my girls and boys.  Eventually, I may have become a little too dedicated to my interesting facts.

    This is Interesting Fact #19.  I had pulled an all-nighter to study for a Motor Skills and Development test and then went to a sorority function with my roommate.  I was exhausted and not thinking very clearly at the point of writing this fact.  Needless to say it didn’t turn out very well.

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    For the record, no, I had not consumed any alcohol, but here’s an interesting fact:  Studies show that a lack of sleep has a lot of the same effects on people as alcohol.  Being awake for between 17 and 19 hours is about the same as a BAC of .05.  I was awake for 43 hours.  It was quite embarrassing.

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    My City Obsession

    July 30, 2009 at 1:18 pm (Fun(ny), Life) (, , , , , )

    About six months ago, I had never driven into Atlanta.  In fact, I really hadn’t spent any real amount of time in a big city.  I grew up inside the “Alpharetta bubble,” and then I went to college inside the “Furman bubble.”  Not that I don’t love Alpharetta and Greenville, because I truly do.  It’s just that I spent 20 years imagining every big city to be just like Gothem City from Batman.  I was wrong.  Atlanta (and big cities in general) has definitely earned a special place in my suburban heart.  Now, I can’t even imagine my life without Atlanta.  The friends I’ve made there and experiences I’ve had there are completely irreplaceable and unforgettable.  Thank you to everyone that’s been a part of that.

    Downtown Atlanta

    Downtown Atlanta

    (Picture taken July 29, 2009)

    Plus, I don’t think anyone can deny how incredibly beautiful Atlanta looks at night.  I love it.

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    I Want More Flags than Six

    July 24, 2009 at 10:56 pm (Fun(ny), Rants) (, , , , , , , )

    “More flags.  More fun.”  Well, if that’s the case, then I would say that Cedar Point Amusement Park, located in Sandusky, Ohio, has about a million more flags than Six Flags.  Maybe Six Flags should change it’s slogan…?

    I’m not saying that Six Flags isn’t fun.  I love knowing every summer that I will make at least one trip there with my friends.  I love roller coasters and water rides, so definitely no complaints with getting to do all that stuff.  I just wish sometimes that I didn’t always feel like I was the only one in my group of friends that has had my eyes opened to how great an amusement park really could be.  I mean, who wouldn’t choose an amusement park with more roller coasters, other thrill rides, chill rides, kid attractions, other attractions, restaurants, water rides, and just about everything else?  And it’s so clean, you can go on the water rides (yes, even the ones in the actual amusement park instead of the water park section) without your shoes!  If only everyone knew that such a wonderful place existed…

    • Every time I go to Six Flags Over Georgia with my friends, everyone talks non-stop about the Goliath.  “It’s so tall!”  “This ride is the craziest!”  “It’s so scary but so fun!”  At 200 ft and 70 mph, this 2006 attraction is definitely exciting.  Still, I have to say “Been there, done that.”  I get really sick of hearing how great Goliath is, when I know that Cedar Point opened the 205 foot, 72 mph Magnum XL all the way back in 1989.  Think about how long ago that was…That’s the same year the original Game Boy was released.  Yes, Cedar Point was 17 years ahead of Six Flags Over Georgia on that one.
    • Plus, the Goliath is the biggest roller coaster at Six Flags!  Cedar Point has long since built taller and faster roller coasters than the Magnum.  In 2000, the Milleneum Force, a 310 ft and 92 mph roller coaster, opened.  Angle of decent: 80 degrees.  There is no possible way to argue the the Goliath is better than this.  Trust me, I’ve done both.
    • Of course every Travel Channel “thrill ride countdown” includes one of my new all-time favorites: Top Thrill Dragster.  I was able to experience this for the first time yesterday, and it basically rocked my world.  Debuting in 2003, the Dragster was the world’s first “Strata Coaster.”  420 feet in the air, 400 of them making up the 90 degree drop straight down.  0 to 120 mph in about 3.8 seconds.  Holy crap.

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    ^ Yep, that’s the Dragster. ^

    And for basically every other roller coaster Six Flags has, there is a better one to match it at Cedar Point.

    • Scorcher…try the Mantis
    • Batman…try the Raptor
    • Mind Bender…try the Maverick

    The list of Cedar Point coaster goes on way beyond the list of Six Flags coasters!

    • The Blue Streak
    • Cedar Creek Mine Ride
    • Corkscrew
    • Disaster Transport
    • Gemini
    • Iron Dragon
    • Mean Streak
    • Blue Streak
    • Wild Cat
    • Wicked Twister

    There is seriously a coaster for everyone, whether you like thrill and excitement or prefer more of a chill type ride.  They even have the Jr. Gemini and Woodstock Express coasters for the eager kids who still aren’t quite tall enough for the other rides.

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    Of course roller coasters aren’t the only fun thing at Cedar Point!  There are so many other rides that are just as fun and exciting as a roller coaster!  Chaos, maXair, Skyhawk, and Witches’ Wheel to name a few.  You think Acrophobia is fun?  Try the Power Tower.

    And the take-it-easy rides, like the Cedar Downs Racing Derby, the Sky Ride, the Turnpike Cars, and many more.

    And the water rides…and the water park…and the beach (Cedar Point is on the coast of Lake Erie).  It’s seriously amazing!

    It truly is endless fun at Cedar Point, and there are so many rides and options, you rarely have to wait long at all.  It’s wonderful.

    Now I am in no way discouraging people from going to Six Flags.  I’m simply trying to encourage people to explore the world of real amusement parks.  If more flags really means more fun, and the Six Flags fun factor really is six flags, than there’s no telling how many flags Cedar Point has earned.

    Basically, I’m just saying it’s about time my friends load up the car so we can take a road trip.

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    Technologically Impaired

    July 17, 2009 at 2:01 pm (Facebook, Fun(ny)) (, , )

    I have never been caught up in any sort of illusion that I’m excellent at with working with computers, cameras, or anything technology related. It has come to my attention, however, that saying I’m “not great with technology” is quite an understatement. Ok, I can take that. I go to a liberal arts college for a reason.

    Nonetheless, I recently (within the past few months) decided to intensify my efforts in becoming less “technologically impaired.”

    Not that I plan to be any sort of computer expert. That will never happen for me. I’m just choosing to no longer be the person who doesn’t know that OS stands for operating system, because I feel like that term is pretty close to common knowledge for most people.

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    Lesson 1: Apparently there is a setting on cameras, called extended exposure, where the camera basically takes a ton of pictures really fast over a period of time (8 seconds, I believe, in the picture above). I wrote my name in the air with a flashlight, and the camera caught it. It was really cool.

    Lesson 2: Learning how to download and install stuff on my computer. Ridiculous, I know, but I have to start somewhere!

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