September 10, 2012

Heh
— Ace

What is it, Day 6? It's like smoking; the first 48 hours are the toughest. (And also the just-one-slip-piest.)

My war on time-sucks is not going well. While I've stopped one time-suck, I've simply increased my other time-sucking activities. These involve, as usual, a lot of YouTube and Wikipedia "research" into things I barely, but do slightly, give a crap about.

So I was surprised to see this article.

Internet addiction can be especially harmful for those who make a living through intense focus—such as novelists. A number of esteemed writers including Nick Hornby, Dave Eggers and Zadie Smith have come forward to admit they are powerless over the endless distractions of the Internet, and to name a new solution: two software programs called Freedom and Self Control. These are computer applications that can be downloaded and configured to increase productivity by completely blocking Internet access at specific times.

This is how Self Control is described:

Is email a distraction? SelfControl is an OS X application which blocks access to incoming and/or outgoing mail servers and websites for a predetermined period of time.

For example, you could block access to your email, facebook, and twitter for 90 minutes, but still have access to the rest of the web. Once started, it can not be undone by the application, by deleting the application, or by restarting the computer – you must wait for the timer to run out.

That's some Doomsday Device ish right there.

Oh: To make clear, I'm not advertising or recommending either of those programs. I don't plan on using either.

I'm just taking some small comfort in the idea that It's Not Just Me.

Coinage: AlexTheChick has a different word for "multi-tasking" -- "multi-shirking." Which is more accurate.

Posted by: Ace at 08:42 AM | Comments (115)
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1 Foist?

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at September 10, 2012 08:43 AM (d0Tfm)

2 Heh, they'll never find us here.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at September 10, 2012 08:43 AM (d0Tfm)

3 I'm trying to think of some "but what if there's an earthquake and I need to check up on my mom! By e-mail..." but I can't. Anything super serious can be done on the phone. I guess if you have a deadline and you need to e-mail something to your boss or to a client and you accidentally set the timer for too long, you could be a trouble.

Posted by: DarrenODaly at September 10, 2012 08:44 AM (wDAwT)

4 BTW, I'm not  gonna put any  type of software on my machine  that I  can't control.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at September 10, 2012 08:44 AM (d0Tfm)

5 Don't tell Pixie.

Posted by: Soona at September 10, 2012 08:46 AM (tchi9)

6 >>>TW, I'm not gonna put any type of software on my machine that I can't control. Me neither! I'm not recommending this stuff, just noting it. Because there is some consolation in knowing It's Not Just Me.

Posted by: ace at September 10, 2012 08:47 AM (fxHyG)

7

 

Cyber Crack.....it's a tough addiction to kick, Ace.

 

Especially since there is so much fun stuff out there to look at, on the internet.

Posted by: wheatie at September 10, 2012 08:47 AM (6OdwW)

8

If you track productivity gains from the mid 90's through today, you'll find that they mirror the quality/quantity of internet porn.

Porn is a valuable timesaver.

Posted by: jwest at September 10, 2012 08:47 AM (ZDsRL)

9 Code zero zero zero. Destruct. Zero.

Posted by: PR at September 10, 2012 08:47 AM (KHo8t)

10

It's as though I heard  the voices of millions of computer hamsters cry out, then...silence.

 

I fear something terrible has happened.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at September 10, 2012 08:47 AM (d0Tfm)

11 So it's a real program, not advice to exercise self-control?

Posted by: fluffy at September 10, 2012 08:48 AM (z9HTb)

12 I would get it for ASHQ, but then what the hell would I do at work?

Posted by: Cricket at September 10, 2012 08:48 AM (DrC22)

13 Ace, I think you'll have an especially hard time with it since it's kinda what you do for a living. (The computer stuff, not the masturbation.)

Posted by: Alice H at September 10, 2012 08:49 AM (jRtPb)

14 i fap to polls on a regular basis

Posted by: toldyaso at September 10, 2012 08:49 AM (60GaT)

15

Hmmmm.... so Ace is generating time sink hits for his website... by talking about time sink internet?

 

May not be the best busniness plan... LOL

Posted by: Romeo13 at September 10, 2012 08:49 AM (lZBBB)

16

For example, you could block access to your email, facebook, and twitter for 90 minutes, but still have access to the rest of the web. Once started, it can not be undone by the application, by deleting the application, or by restarting the computer – you must wait for the timer to run out.

 

 

So it's basically    a computer version of the Big Button in the Underground Bunker in Lost?      Are there polar bears?

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO Supporter [/i][/u][/b] at September 10, 2012 08:49 AM (4df7R)

17

That sounds like an amazing piece of software.

 

If only someone could develop  some software that would allow you italicize, bold or underline some text with a button click, or post a link to an internet address, or...  I don't know - ENTER A FUCKING PARAGRAPH BREAK.

 

I know, I know.  It sounds like science fiction.  But today's science fiction is tomorrow's  reality.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at September 10, 2012 08:50 AM (HipuG)

18 Seriously, instead of buying programs called 'Freedom' and 'Self Control', how about, y'know, exercising some of the real versions? What a sadly apt metaphor.

Posted by: Brother Cavil presents at September 10, 2012 08:50 AM (GBXon)

19

Me neither! I'm not recommending this stuff, just noting it. Because there is some consolation in knowing It's Not Just Me.

 

I know what you  mean. This place consumes a lot of my time, but that's OK, because since I've been funemployed for four years, this sorta  takes the place  of a work meatspace.  I love the verbal parry and thrust.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at September 10, 2012 08:50 AM (d0Tfm)

20 What about setting the computer's clock ahead by the necessary amount of time.

I bet that'd work.

Posted by: GMan at September 10, 2012 08:50 AM (sxq57)

21 (The computer stuff, not the masturbation.)

Posted by: Alice H at September 10, 2012 01:49 PM (jRtPb)

 

That's what SHE said.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO Supporter [/i][/u][/b] at September 10, 2012 08:50 AM (4df7R)

22 Hmmmm.... so Ace is generating time sink hits for his website... by talking about time sink internet? May not be the best busniness plan... LOL We're here. It's working brilliantly.

Posted by: Brother Cavil presents at September 10, 2012 08:51 AM (GBXon)

23 What is needed is a way to  small-screen pr0n  up in a corner while you're work stays in front of you.  That way a person could do both.

Posted by: Soona at September 10, 2012 08:51 AM (tchi9)

24 I love the verbal parry and thrust.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at September 10, 2012 01:50 PM (d0Tfm)

 

That's just filthy.   We're trying to help ace get PAST his porn habit.

 

  I keed!

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO Supporter [/i][/u][/b] at September 10, 2012 08:52 AM (4df7R)

25 Chicken?   Hey, I like chicken

Posted by: Joe Biden, lover of biker chicks at September 10, 2012 08:52 AM (Dll6b)

26 It's not just you, Ace.

Every 15 minutes or so I find myself back at ace.me.nu when I should be working.. *sigh*

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at September 10, 2012 08:53 AM (f9c2L)

27 OT

Preezy Choom can't dial a call using an iPhone.


iPhones.  How do they fuckin' work?!?!

Posted by: EC at September 10, 2012 08:53 AM (GQ8sn)

28 Barack Obama is a stuttering clusterf*ck of a miserable tyrant.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at September 10, 2012 08:53 AM (8y9MW)

29 (The computer stuff, not the masturbation.)

Posted by: Alice H at September 10, 2012 01:49 PM (jRtPb)

 

--------------------

 

But, what if we use one ......for the other? 

Posted by: Not an Artist at September 10, 2012 08:53 AM (uRumV)

30 At least you have a choice when it comes to fapping Ace.

Posted by: Average Joe Sucks Cock Because He Cut Off His Own at September 10, 2012 08:53 AM (/YJYi)

31 Whether you have suffered the loss of a relationship, or giving up an addiction, it is just. Amateur of establishing a new routine. The hole that the other activity or person left in your life needs filling. Don't assume that looking up random things on the Internet is necessarily a huge time suck. You are also learning new information. In a much different way than say, watching tv. And you will be surprised when you find that information wads to information that leads to something that connects and makes even more clear something you already know.

Posted by: Auntie Doodles at September 10, 2012 08:54 AM (hySfV)

32 Can we get a computer program for filter out all political polls?

Posted by: Roy at September 10, 2012 08:54 AM (VndSC)

33

Ooops MWR,  that did sound rather suggestive, didn't it?

 

Wait!  Where'd  Ace go?

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at September 10, 2012 08:54 AM (d0Tfm)

34

My wife got me this alarm clock once that had motorized wheels.   When it would go off, it would roll off the  nightstand and you would have to chase it down to  shut  it off, forcing  you to get out of bed.

 

Eventually, she got tired of having to run after the alarm  clock and then still wake me up.

 

So, can technology modify  human behavior? Absolutely.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at September 10, 2012 08:54 AM (HipuG)

35 I flatly refused to use any type of instant messaging program at my last job because I knew with metaphysical certainty that I would create a work only id and then, in a week or so, give it to the BFF for "emergencies". Then I would give it to a couple of other people for just that one thing. The next thing you know, I'm talking to everyone on the planet about everything but work. So I just didn't even start. One of the only problems with cutting off email access is that people freak. the. fuck. out. if you don't get back to their emails immediately. I've had clients call up all ticked off because I didn't get back to them within 10 minutes about that email they sent about a non-urgent matter. It's completely ridiculous.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD you know you want me at September 10, 2012 08:54 AM (VtjlW)

36 We need to find him a woman.  Any volunteers?

Posted by: AndrewsDad at September 10, 2012 08:55 AM (C2//T)

37 13 Ace, I think you'll have an especially hard time with it since it's kinda what you do for a living. (The computer stuff, not the masturbation.) Posted by: Alice H at September 10, 2012 01:49 PM (jRtPb) ___________________ LOL!

Posted by: tasker at September 10, 2012 08:55 AM (r2PLg)

38 My wife got me this alarm clock once that had motorized wheels. When it would go off, it would roll off the nightstand and you would have to chase it down to shut it off, forcing you to get out of bed.

I'd re-gift that to someone I didn't like.

Posted by: EC at September 10, 2012 08:56 AM (GQ8sn)

39

>>>I've had clients call up all ticked off because I didn't get back to them within 10 minutes about that email they sent about a non-urgent matter.

 

So you can say "Now that I have you on the phone, what the f*ck did you want?"

Posted by: Roy at September 10, 2012 08:57 AM (VndSC)

40 Good grief, dang auto correct. It is a matter of...

Posted by: Auntie Doodles at September 10, 2012 08:57 AM (hySfV)

41 The day the music died:

Romney discloses he wants to "replace" Obamacare during Sunday interview.

He wants to keep the provision of getting insurance with previous conditions and for children to be covered longer by their parents policy. The previous conditions part is the reason for the mandate.

I'm not going to say "I told you so".

I'm going to YELL "I TOLD YOU SO".

Obamacare is not getting repealed.

I'm proposing that many other claimed changes and differences between Romney and Obama are also not going to be different after the election.

Yes, yes. We'll get some business going and some jobs but we won't be revisiting any periods when we had more freedom and liberty with Romney vs Obama.

In fact for some people it will be worse as they will begin to enact "austerity" cuts and tax increases in the name of balancing the budget.

Funny thing is, the budget won't get balanced and the cuts will be used to fund other programs.

The only things that will change under Romney will be the rapidity of the slide and who gets to grab the govt money until it dries up.

I'm not even sure anymore that the 2nd amendment will be safe under Romney.

Greet the new boss, same as the old boss.

Posted by: Screams of Troll and Obamabot in 4 . 3 . 2 . at September 10, 2012 08:57 AM (Vh0f5)

42 I'm dreading Ace's "I just spanked it" post.  Doing this exercise publicly means that sort of thing is inevitable.  Perhaps we will get a link to the bio of the responsible pr0n star.

Posted by: wooga at September 10, 2012 08:57 AM (vjyZP)

43 I've had clients call up all ticked off because I didn't get back to them within 10 minutes about that email they sent about a non-urgent matter. It's completely ridiculous.

I own a retail online business and I get this all the time. Customer emails; then calls 2 minutes later, "Did you get the email I just sent? Here is what I emailed about..." Gotta do the same job twice, way too often.

Posted by: lorien1973 at September 10, 2012 08:57 AM (0tkqC)

44 sveaking of internet addiction... where's sven?

Posted by: soothsayer at September 10, 2012 08:57 AM (OgiBc)

45 Ace Couple I know married for 25 years--divorced for excessive you know what so.... I think you should keep at not at it, so to speak.

Posted by: tasker at September 10, 2012 08:57 AM (r2PLg)

46

...Don't assume that looking up random things on the Internet is necessarily a huge time suck. You are also learning new information. In a much different way than say, watching tv. And you will be surprised when you find that information wads to information that leads to something that connects and makes even more clear something you already know.

 

At least you have more control of what you watch on  teh  Intarwebz  vs. TV.

 

And the learning part is  fun too.  And blowing off a little steam on one's own blog is another advantage,  isn't it, AllenG?

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at September 10, 2012 08:58 AM (d0Tfm)

47

My wife got me this alarm clock once that had motorized wheels. When it
would go off, it would roll off the nightstand and you would have to
chase it down to shut it off, forcing you to get out of bed.

 

I've toyed with getting myself one of those alarm clocks with the helicopter propeller that takes off and flies around the room when the alarm goes off.   You have to get the propeller and shove it back onto the clock to get the alarm to shut off.     I decided not to do it for two reasons.

 

1) I can and have slept through absolutely anything, including    a   hotel fire alarm in the middle of the night; and

2) I like my lamps.  I don't want to break them.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO Supporter [/i][/u][/b] at September 10, 2012 08:58 AM (4df7R)

48 And the learning part is fun too. And blowing off a little steam on one's own blog is another advantage, isn't it, AllenG?

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at September 10, 2012 01:58 PM (d0Tfm)

 

OMG OMG OMG AllenG has a blog!??!?!?!!    NO WAY!!!

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO Supporter [/i][/u][/b] at September 10, 2012 08:59 AM (4df7R)

49 Personally, I try to reduce the amount of time spent on time-wasting activities like mowing the lawn and cleaning the bathroom so I'll have more time to spend on the important things in life- like pr0n and video games.

Posted by: Hollowpoint at September 10, 2012 08:59 AM (SY2Kh)

50 My money is that this "master of domain" streak will end with Jasmine Byrne doing something incomprehensibly filthy on film.

Can we start a betting pool?

Posted by: wooga at September 10, 2012 08:59 AM (vjyZP)

51 I think we need computers installed in our heads.  It would save a lot of time typing.  The porn would be magical.

Posted by: Soona at September 10, 2012 08:59 AM (tchi9)

52

Oddly, I've never had a problem with stopping smoking.  That's probably because I give up cigars every winter and don't start again until the summer, so my brain knows the tobacco will be coming back.

 

Porn, on the other hand (so to speak) - well, Ace, let's just say I know what you mean, brother.  I just haven't had the strength to go cold turkey yet.

 

It's diet and exercise that kill me.  I start, then look in the mirror, say "what's the use?" and grab a bottle of Val-U-Rite and a Costco-sized box of Ring Dings.  Pretty damn pathetic, if you ask me.

 

Anyway, not to go all Dan Rather on you, Ace, but - "courage."

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at September 10, 2012 08:59 AM (zF6Iw)

53
We need to find him a woman. Any volunteers?

Posted by: AndrewsDad at September 10, 2012 01:55 PM (C2//T)







Errr, inter-galactic, inter-species sex is kind of freaky, even for the HQ.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at September 10, 2012 08:59 AM (TIIx5)

54 Ace, buy a house with a real yard.  Spend at least an hour a day in it - no phone, no I-anything.

Posted by: Vashta Nerada at September 10, 2012 08:59 AM (BiMP/)

55

If Ace would just start interviewing aspiring amateur actresses on webcam for the new (non-existent) venue of "Political Porn", all this nonsense of wasting time would be forgotten.

We would all be paying $19.95 per month to discuss politics in that forum.

Posted by: jwest at September 10, 2012 08:59 AM (ZDsRL)

56

If you can still manage to tear yourself away from the internet to read, I'd recommend, "The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains," by Nicholas Carr.

 

It's a great book. 

Posted by: La Mauvaise New Yorkaise at September 10, 2012 09:00 AM (F9Afp)

57

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at September 10, 2012 01:58 PM (d0Tfm)

 

So, is the new game to see if we can mention AllenG's blog at least once a thread?

Posted by: Polliwogette, teahada hobbbit who wants some R & R at September 10, 2012 09:00 AM (chdbY)

58 Greet the new boss, same as the old boss.

Posted by: Screams of Troll and Obamabot in 4 . 3 . 2 . at September 10, 2012 01:57 PM (Vh0f5)



I'm not screaming, but you're an idiot.

Posted by: Jonesey in Jonestown at September 10, 2012 09:00 AM (Dll6b)

59 Maybe we should moron on-line support group to beat internet addiction?

Posted by: Long Island at September 10, 2012 09:00 AM (kzp9t)

60 And blowing off a little steam on one's own blog is another advantage, isn't it, AllenG?

Yep.  Until EoJ steals your password.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at September 10, 2012 09:01 AM (8y9MW)

61 OT - holy shitballs is this guy on twitter a fucking idiot.

Posted by: grognard at September 10, 2012 09:01 AM (NS2Mo)

62 While I've stopped one time-suck, I've simply increased my other time-sucking activities.

Yeah, that sounds familiar.

I have a FireFox addon called "LeechBlock" that doesn't work because I can disable it too easy.  The only way I can win is by not turning the computer on, which doesn't work at work, or if I want to listen to streaming audio (or pay some bills, or look up what time the festival starts, or anything besides take a nap, really).

Posted by: HeatherRadish, Team MATH at September 10, 2012 09:01 AM (/kI1Q)

63 Yeah Romney is going to go after gun control if he's elected.  With a republican house and at worst a split senate.

Posted by: Adam at September 10, 2012 09:02 AM (/YJYi)

64 So, is the new game to see if we can mention AllenG's blog at least once a thread? Posted by: Polliwogette, teahada hobbbit who wants some R & R at September 10, 2012 02:00 PM (chdbY) AllenG has a blog?

Posted by: Golan Globus at September 10, 2012 09:02 AM (7vSU0)

65

Posted by: Screams of Troll and Obamabot in 4 . 3 . 2 . at September 10, 2012 01:57 PM (Vh0f5)

 

 

-----------------------------------------------

 

 

Nah.  No screaming.  Just fuck off.

Posted by: Soona at September 10, 2012 09:03 AM (tchi9)

66 holy shitballs is this guy on twitter a fucking idiot.


No, I'm not on Twitter.

Posted by: fluffy at September 10, 2012 09:04 AM (z9HTb)

67 18 If time is an illusion, time-suck sucks imagination?

Posted by: Betina von Arnim at September 10, 2012 09:04 AM (BAnPT)

68

So, is the new game to see if we can mention AllenG's blog at least once a thread?

 

It looks that way, but I didn't start it. He'd probably  be   happier with the hits, as would I, but it's harmless fun.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at September 10, 2012 09:04 AM (d0Tfm)

69 So, is the new game to see if we can mention AllenG's blog at least once a thread?

Posted by: Polliwogette, teahada hobbbit who wants some R & R at September 10, 2012 02:00 PM (chdbY)


I checked it out, but was turned off by all the geriatric gay zebra porn.

Posted by: Hollowpoint at September 10, 2012 09:05 AM (SY2Kh)

70 >>>My wife got me this alarm clock once that had motorized wheels. When it would go off, it would roll off the nightstand and you would have to chase it down to shut it off, forcing you to get out of bed. I had to get up very early for a flight (like 3:45 am) and I knew I'd never get up by the alarm so I downloaded a special can't-turn-it-off alarm program. The alarm would not turn off until you had solved a series of tedious -- not super-hard, but you had to be awake -- math problems, and I think another sort of logic-type problem, like "figure out the pattern." There were 15 of these problems or so. And the noise the phone made was the most atrocious, grating alarm I've ever heard. It was hellish, doing these dumb problems while still half asleep, this horrific alarm blaring. However, it did work. After forcing me to stay awake for about two minutes to do MATH, I was awake.

Posted by: ace at September 10, 2012 09:05 AM (fxHyG)

71 Yep. Until EoJ steals your password.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at September 10, 2012 02:01 PM (8y9MW)

 

If    he      steals your password, you still his domain.     

 

It's a game of one upsmanship     that will culminate    in a fight with broadswords atop a rocky Scottish crag    as blue-white lighting slices through the heavens    and torrential rain pours down in blinding sheets.   THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO Supporter [/i][/u][/b] at September 10, 2012 09:05 AM (4df7R)

72

Yep. Until EoJ steals your password.

 

"1234" isn't the most secure password, dude.  I'm just sayin'.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at September 10, 2012 09:05 AM (HipuG)

73

Posted by: HeatherRadish™, Team MATH at September 10, 2012 02:01 PM (/kI1Q)

 

Heh, I'm *supposed* to be on  the computer  entering my receipts into Quicken. Somehow, I seem to  always end  up here instead.  

Posted by: Polliwogette, teahada hobbbit who wants some R & R at September 10, 2012 09:05 AM (chdbY)

74 STEAL his domain.   Dammit.    Typying, HOW DOES IT FUCKING WORK?

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO Supporter [/i][/u][/b] at September 10, 2012 09:06 AM (4df7R)

75 Yup, my only foolproof of way of avoiding web immersion is being outdoors. Of course half the time that I'm doing something interesting I'm also thinking "should I post a pic of this?".

Posted by: Lincolntf at September 10, 2012 09:06 AM (HethX)

76 OT - holy shitballs is this guy on twitter a fucking idiot.

Posted by: grognard at September 10, 2012 02:01 PM (NS2Mo)

 

Which one? There's too many possibilities.

Posted by: Polliwogette, teahada hobbbit who wants some R & R at September 10, 2012 09:06 AM (chdbY)

77 Ace, I think you'll have an especially hard time with it since it's kinda what you do for a living. Yup. The internet makes my job tremendously simpler. For example, I needed to confirm a portion of chain of title 20+ pieces of property this morning. Instead of three hours or more at the courthouse looking it up, bam, 20-30 minutes sitting at my desk drinking tea and doing some other stuff as well. I can't just turn off ye olde internets in order to work since I need ye olde internets to do it faster. That being said, I am trying to exercise self-control and not visit you windowlickers when I have to work at work. It is sadly harder than it should be to do that. I didn't come up with multi-shirking (dammit) but that is the thing that the internet allows best. See! I'm working! This tab has the work stuff in it! Those other 267 tabs are not relevant to this discussion.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD you know you want me at September 10, 2012 09:06 AM (VtjlW)

78 "I checked it out, but was turned off by all the geriatric gay zebra porn." Yeah, but it has ampersands, italics and hyperlinks. Pretty fancy stuff if you ask me.

Posted by: Wyatt's Torch at September 10, 2012 09:06 AM (IS2o0)

79 OMG!  *headdesks self*

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO Supporter [/i][/u][/b] at September 10, 2012 09:06 AM (4df7R)

80

13 Ace, I think you'll have an especially hard time with it since it's kinda what you do for a living. (The computer stuff, not the masturbation.)
Posted by: Alice H at September 10, 2012 01:49 PM (jRtPb)

___________________

Too bad you can’t do that for a living. You’d be very successful at it. You could sell out Madison Square Garden. Thousands of people could watch you! You could be a big star!

Posted by: Mrs. Costanza at September 10, 2012 09:07 AM (DFXmi)

81

"1234" isn't the most secure password, dude. I'm just sayin'.

 

Neither is a password like "password."

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at September 10, 2012 09:07 AM (d0Tfm)

82

I didn't come up with multi-shirking (dammit) but that is the thing that the internet allows best. See! I'm working! This tab has the work stuff in it! Those other 267 tabs are not relevant to this discussion.

 

Put that on a t-shirt and you've got the story of my life.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO Supporter [/i][/u][/b] at September 10, 2012 09:08 AM (4df7R)

83 I can stop whenever I want.  I just don't want.

Posted by: A Monkey, Typing Shakespeare in a Room with 999 Other Monkeys at September 10, 2012 09:08 AM (QKKT0)

84

@70,

 

I might end up bringing the shattered pieces of my phone in a  Ziploc to the Verizon store and handing it to the CSR for a replacement.

 

***shrug***

 

"Gorilla."

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at September 10, 2012 09:09 AM (HipuG)

85 O/T but Instapundit linked this article, and his takeaway - in fact the takeaway of the article - was entirely different. But I red this bit and said this is the problem: “You can always tell by the way they move, that sense of purpose,” said Jeff Smith, a former Missouri state senator who ran afoul of campaign finance laws and wound up in jail for a year. Mr. Smith never got to Washington, in other words, and now he’s teaching public policy at the New School in New York. As Instapundit says, the country is in the very best of hands. Or in Moronspeak: Top. Men.

Posted by: Golan Globus at September 10, 2012 09:09 AM (7vSU0)

86

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD you know you want me at September 10, 2012 02:06 PM (VtjlW)

 

"Multi-shirking!" I feel so much better now that there's a name for what I do.

Posted by: Polliwogette, teahada hobbbit who wants some R & R at September 10, 2012 09:09 AM (chdbY)

87 Is the computer the work of the debil?   Is the end drawing nigh?

Posted by: Soona at September 10, 2012 09:10 AM (tchi9)

88 Oh, hey. Did anybody ever find a link to that Twitter-thingy about  the  troll job  on   SCOAMF-for-America? 

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at September 10, 2012 09:10 AM (d0Tfm)

89 @haitreason.  AllenG, LilMissRightie, EoJ, and I are making him look really stupid. The problem is, he doesn't have much of an audience, so the novelty is wearing off.

Posted by: grognard at September 10, 2012 09:10 AM (NS2Mo)

90

"wound up in jail for a year. Mr. Smith never got to Washington, in other words, and now he’s teaching public policy at the New School in New York."

 

OMG, GG I guess that explains a lot. 

Posted by: Polliwogette, teahada hobbbit who wants some R & R at September 10, 2012 09:11 AM (chdbY)

91 "Multi-shirking!" I feel so much better now that there's a name for what I do. It sounds all official, doesn't it? What are you doing? Multi-shirking, must get back to it, very important.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD you know you want me at September 10, 2012 09:12 AM (VtjlW)

92

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at September 10, 2012 02:10 PM (d0Tfm)

 

It was MuseIsLuse's son, but I wouldn't know how to link it even if I could find the tweet again.  You could look under @museisluse I guess.

Posted by: Polliwogette, teahada hobbbit who wants some R & R at September 10, 2012 09:13 AM (chdbY)

93

Posted by: grognard at September 10, 2012 02:10 PM (NS2Mo)

 

Ah, saw that. He and the guy who thinks he "proved" that gun control lowers crime are both completely insane.  You have to love how the union is conflating teacher salaries with school funding though. I'm embarrassed to admit that this is the first time I've realized they were doing that.

Posted by: Polliwogette, teahada hobbbit who wants some R & R at September 10, 2012 09:15 AM (chdbY)

94 Here's another internet problem I have: Tab-Hoarding. I have sometimes like 70 tabs open of stuff I *plan* to get to. But I don't, because, look, 70 tabs? Sometimes I force myself to do an Extreme Hoarders house-cleaning and either *link the f'n' thing* or close it.

Posted by: ace at September 10, 2012 09:15 AM (fxHyG)

95 So I don't know if anyone has seen this or not but I got a kick out of it.  This chick wants to live in Sandra Fluke's America.


http://tinyurl.com/8w5alev

Posted by: Adam at September 10, 2012 09:15 AM (/YJYi)

96 I Bought a smallish freezer from Sam's just to save money on meat from my cajun butcher shop, $200 and some change, just passing it along to y'all. Good investment.

Posted by: 'Nam Grunt at September 10, 2012 09:16 AM (8Hnjw)

97

Aha! I found it, or should I say Eureka! Or Viola!

 

Wish there was a bit more detail, as I'm not sure I could post about something  that sounds  kinda tentative.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at September 10, 2012 09:19 AM (d0Tfm)

98

I was able to kick the 'someone is wrong on the internet' habit which is a specific disease of internet addiction.  It also helped in the real world.  Now I just dismiss people with a contemptuous wave of the hand.

Posted by: polynikes at September 10, 2012 09:20 AM (m2CN7)

99 They should make one of those for the fridge.

Posted by: rdbrewer at September 10, 2012 09:22 AM (Iyg03)

100 If you really want to experience Cosmic Off-Blowing of things, you simply must get elected POTUS.

Posted by: #OccupyResoluteDesk at September 10, 2012 09:22 AM (BP3TZ)

101 A number of esteemed writers including Nick Hornby, Dave Eggers and Zadie Smith have come forward to admit they are powerless over the endless distractions of the Internet, and to name a new solution: two software programs called Freedom and Self Control. These are computer applications that can be downloaded and configured to increase productivity by completely blocking Internet access at specific times. Wow. Talk about pathetic. These programs should just lock people in closets. And anyone with any money, at all, will just gt around all this by buying a cheap computer of tablet. In that way, these idiot programs might even spur computer sales as fools buy them, get pissed, and then rush out to buy new computers (since I assume these folks don't know how to use a simple rescue disk and wipe the programs) so that they can satisfy their true desires. People who buy these programs are the types who want a government to tell them everything and dictate their actions - to save them from themselves. Great.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at September 10, 2012 09:22 AM (X3lox)

102 Coinage: AlexTheChick has a different word for "multi-tasking" -- "multi-shirking." Which is more accurate. Sadly, I did not come up with it but I think it is one of the most perfectly cromulent terms ever. I'm not so bad a tab hoarder but I kicked that in part by determining that whenever I had a browser crash and it said restore session, I'd say nope new session. If it was that important, I can go history spelunking and find it.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD you know you want me at September 10, 2012 09:23 AM (VtjlW)

103 If an earthquake/tsunami/terrorist attack hits the internet will be overloaded or down. I remember on 9/11 how the internet, cell phone towers, and landlines were overloaded and inaccessible. Brought my hand-crank radio into work (in N. VA) the next day,

Posted by: Lizzy at September 10, 2012 09:26 AM (8Hmmt)

104 and not visit you windowlickers when I have to work at work.
Is that an autocorrect of "widow lickers", AtC?

Posted by: andycanuck at September 10, 2012 09:27 AM (vDl/w)

105

My money is that this "master of domain" streak will end with Jasmine Byrne doing something incomprehensibly filthy on film.


Can we start a betting pool?

You know, I'd probably be yelling "BUNK!" right now if I had any idea who Jasmine Byrne is. . .

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at September 10, 2012 09:30 AM (zF6Iw)

106 Here's another internet problem I have: Tab-Hoarding.
Posted by: ace


Some bloggers have a 'post' notepad that they drag the tab over to and then shut the tab. Firefox has some add-ons that allow you to add notes to a webpage as well.

Posted by: weft cut-loop [/i] [/b] at September 10, 2012 09:34 AM (xrX4n)

107

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at September 10, 2012 02:19 PM (d0Tfm)

 

You could ask her if she's willing to go into more detail. I believe she's a commenter here as well.

Posted by: Polliwogette, teahada hobbbit who wants some R & R at September 10, 2012 09:37 AM (chdbY)

108

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD you know you want me at September 10, 2012 02:23 PM (VtjlW)

 

Usually the only two tabs I have up are two different posts here at the HQ. I can always open another with my e-mail messenger if I really need to.  I do Usually have at least three windows though,  four if I have Twitter running.  That's only because Netflix streaming hangs up a lot more frequntly if it doesn't have its own window, and of course WoW can only be played in *its* own window.

Posted by: Polliwogette, teahada hobbbit who wants some R & R at September 10, 2012 09:43 AM (chdbY)

109 I love how the application called "Self Control" is basically the exact opposite.

Posted by: Jason at September 10, 2012 09:50 AM (YT5Q5)

110

Multi-tasking = Multi-failing

People do that to me on the phone, they call me and then ask me to hold while they buy a coffee, gas, whatever. I just tell them to call me later and hang up.

Posted by: XD45c at September 10, 2012 09:59 AM (I+4FK)

111 . 17 That sounds like an amazing piece of software. If only someone could develop some software that would allow you italicize, bold or underline some text with a button click, or post a link to an internet address, or... I don't know - ENTER A FUCKING PARAGRAPH BREAK. I know, I know. It sounds like science fiction. But today's science fiction is tomorrow's reality. Posted by: Empire of Jeff at September 10, 2012 01:50 PM (HipuG) ************************ Now, that's some funny shit right there. Y'all really think they could do that???

Posted by: Boomer Redneque at September 10, 2012 09:59 AM (gKK7k)

112 Once started, it can not be undone by the application, by deleting the application, or by restarting the computer – you must wait for the timer to run out. What if you change the PC clock?

Posted by: toby928 at September 10, 2012 10:40 AM (evdj2)

113 94 Here's another internet problem I have: Tab-Hoarding. -ace

I like to use Pocket: http://getpocket.com/

I put all of my barely-give-a-crap and this-is-amusing-but-I-don't-have-time-right-now links in there and then read them later on my phone when I'm in line for something or other or trying to sleep but can't. Great tool.

Posted by: Book at September 10, 2012 10:45 AM (oxqtW)

114 Share the tab-hoarding problem. And occasionally my machine will crash and I'll lose all those tabs and ... I don't miss it at all and my life no worse for not having gotten to all that cool stuff. In fact, my life is marginally improved by no longer having all those things to get to.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at September 10, 2012 11:25 AM (ZPrif)

115 Obama is a stuttering clusterf*ck of a miserable failure.

Posted by: steevy at September 10, 2012 12:53 PM (6o4Fb)

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