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Keep on keepin' on

Things have been pretty placid lately. Not much has happened to rock the boat generally. I was worried the pain situation was sliding back toward disaster but it seems to have halted its downward plunge and stabilized again. For the time being anyway. Frankly, the way things have been, anytime things don't get worse it's a win. I'm willing to take the status quo just for the tentative promise of stability.

In other mildly uninteresting news, I bought myself a new digital camera. I've been thinking about snagging one for a while now ever since Shelley co-opted my last camera. Since it's not like I go anywhere very often, any camera I own gets only minimal use. That being the case, Shelley has borrowed it quite a few times in her trips abroad. It often takes months for her to get around to returning it which has caused minor inconveniences over time. I asked her if she wanted me to scout her out a good deal on a camera of her own but she was wishy-washy about the whole idea. I figured the easiest solution was just to buy a new camera and let her have the old one.

The new camera is a Canon SD1300 IS which I picked up from Office Depot for $109. Ever since buying my first digital camera for my grandfather's funeral around a decade ago (a Canon G3 btw), I've always stuck with Canon's. From what I've seen they make superior devices and I've never had one crap out on me. If anything, the cameras are really too good for me with all the multiple shooting modes and other options. In general, I just set the camera to Auto and let the little mechanical gremlins inside take care of the rest. About the only thing I have done was flip through the inch thick owner's manual to find the black and white mode, and that was only for a lark.

Lets see....I've also signed up with Swagbucks around a week ago to great success. Swagbucks is one of those websites online which gives you a chance to earn gift certificates and whatnot by participating in various web-based activities. Basically, it's a sort of profit-sharing through advertising. They make money selling ads and services to sponsors and will kick back a small portion of it to the people who view those ads or complete whatever tasks the sponsors paid for. So far, all I've really done is started using their search engine instead of google and in less than a week's time, it's net me enough points for a $5 amazon gift cert. That's a score in my book. Their search engine isn't nearly as good as google, but I'm usually only searching for basic things anyway like company websites or wikipedia pages. It makes no real functional difference to me and they're willing to pay me money to switch. That's about as close to a win-win situation as these sort of relationships get.

And that's pretty much it. I don't think anything else of even minor interest has happened lately. I've been spending most of my spare time rewatching all the episodes of Top Chef from the beginning and downloading various other reality shows for my collection now that the Raid server is back online. It's sort of interesting to rewatch these shows already knowing who's going to win and the various conflicts to come. You get an entirely different perception of many of the characters and how the scenes are laid out. I figure people would have even less interest in reading reality show reviews than they already lackluster anime reviews, so I will spare you any more in depth reporting on my forays into reality show hell.


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Apr. 22nd, 2011 01:41 pm (UTC)
I noticed you added me on the site....Thank you.

I was a member about a year ago but cannot remember what user name/email address I signed up with after my previous laptop died.
I remember that somewhere I read you get a lot of spam messages to your email address so I signed up with a newly made email just for that.

The points system seems to be a bit different now....I think the added an extra 0 to everything.

You must spend a lot of time searching to get all those points....I think I am actually really bad at using the site.
Apr. 23rd, 2011 02:01 am (UTC)
I've gotten 0 emails from them other than the one for signing up and one for verifying my gift cert.

As for searching...it's easy. Usually your first or second search using their search engine will give you points, especially if you haven't searched or won points in a while. Are you sure you're not doing something wrong? They have little toolbars or addons so you can access their search bar more easily on various browsers. The firefox one is nice and unobtrusive.
Apr. 23rd, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
I have never won/be given any points for searching.

I have the tool bar for firefox.

Some of the things on the website I cannot do due to not being in America....I'm starting to think this may be why I never get anything for searching.
Apr. 25th, 2011 12:58 am (UTC)
You might not be doing it wrong....if I recall, swagbucks is only available in certain countries of which I know the UK is one. It might be that it's recognizing your IP address and seeing it as being in france so it's not giving you search points. You should still be able to trade in other points you earn for a amazon.UK gift cert though as long as you enter a UK address. I'm pretty sure the certs are all electronic so it would end up going through email anyway. they'll probably just check the mailing address anyway to make sure you're technically in the right place.
Apr. 25th, 2011 10:38 am (UTC)
I think that you are probably right and it is recognizing my ip. I guess I will try using it when I am in England and see if I win.

I can still get points by doing other things...I just do not get anything for watching videos or searching. I'm planning to get a paypal gift because there is not anything I really want to buy on amazon (I know amazon has almost everything but I just cannot think of anything I want at all). I will get the points needed for 1 gift in a week or so.....slower than other people but $5 for very little sounds good to me.
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