2015 In Review
Posted on December 26th, 2015 @ 10:00 am

1. What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?
I went to Oregon with my sister.

2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Why bother? 😆

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Not anyone close, but I know my cousin Mari-Lynn had a baby and a friend of mine, Ashley, had a baby, too.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, thank God.

5. What countries did you visit?
Stayed in the US again this year.

6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?
A second car! Boy have my priorities changed on this question. 😆

7. What dates from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
So many things have happened. I feel at times this year was a blur. If you need a specific date, May 1, 2015. I saw the 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals defeat the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium in KCMO. I got a pair of Zubaz pants on that day.  I won’t wear those pants in public, but they are some great lounge pants!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Wish I could say getting my Master’s Degree, but not that. Probably my biggest achievement is driving in the Kansas City metro area alone. My friend, Liz, lent me her car. I did some solo driving. Thankfully, I didn’t get lost because I had her Garmin in the car. However, I felt like this was a big step for me.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not getting back to working on my Master’s Degree. I just can’t afford it at the moment.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I was diagnosed with a chronic condition. I am not happy about it, but I’m doing what I can to control it.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Probably a new computer.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Didn’t really have an celebrations.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Most likely mind because I let me mind wander.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Trying to get my family out of debt. I got a few student loans paid off this year and hope to pay off my car loan with my income tax refund.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
My trip to Kansas City. Seems so silly, but I got to spend time with family and a dear friend.

16. What song will always remind you of 2015?
“Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars. It played EVERYWHERE in 2015 and I don’t think I have a bad memory associated with it.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
happier or sadder? At bit happier.
older and wiser? Yes
thinner or fatter? Thinner.
richer or poorer? Richer in some ways, poorer in others.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Travel 😎

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Work. 🙄

20. How did you spend Christmas? I spent my morning working with the Mysterious Santa Program with my friend, Leslie. I’ve done a few other times before in 2002, 2014, and 2012. Afterwards, I spent the day at home enjoying time away from work.

21. Question #21 is in a black hole.

22. Did you fall in love in 2015?
No. I would love to have, but it didn’t happen.

23. How many one-night stands?
0. I’m not that type of person.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
The Amazing Race, Survivor, Dancing with the Stars. Jane the Virgin.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No.

26. What was the best book you read?
Exploding the Phone: The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws who Hacked Ma Bell by Phil Lapsley.  I know I’m a weird girl.  Reading about the history about how the phone and computing intertwine and how the old systems work intrigue me.  Back in my college days, some of my classes were all about mainframes and phone systems.  I’m talking 2005 and 2006.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Wasn’t really into the latest music this year. Nor really finding new music. If you have to say something that’s hot for 2015, probably Charlie Puth:

Charlie Puth

And yes, I took that photo myself.

28. What did you want and get? Sounds odd, but that trip to Portland. I have been wanting to go a while. I didn’t get to do everything I wanted to do while there, but at least I got to go. It has been on my list for travel this year, but I figured I couldn’t afford it.  It was a pipe dream.

29. What did you want and not get? Another cruise. A boyfriend. 😆 No, really, I wanted another cruise.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
I loved Ant Man. I also enjoyed Magic Mike XXL and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Not telling my age 😛 I had lunch with a friend, renewed my car tag, took the day off, went for a country drive.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Having a shoulder to cry on and comfort me.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?
It’s never going to change.

34. What kept you sane?
Photography, music and travel.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I have out grown this. However, I had a few friend jealous of the Charlie Puth encounter. I’ll admit, he’s a cutie.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The knee-jerk reaction to banning the Confederate Battle Flag. I’m so sick of people wanting to ban and remove things because they are offensive. Life itself is offensive. The only safe space in life a person can have does not exist. There are no such things.

My father asked me what a safe space was. I had him watch the South Park episode “Safe Space.” After he watched it, he realized he will never have a safe space to be himself because he’s a blunt person.  That’s what’s wrong with our world today.  My father should have every right to be himself just as everyone else.

We’re not going to agree on everything. People have all different facets to their personalities.  It is wrong to deny one person of who they are.

As for the flag mess, history is ugly.  If we clean our history of our bad side, we’ve lost perspective into why we are no longer that way to begin with.

Still, I contend my right to be able to have a desktop flag in a historical sense is not going to kill anyone.

37. Who did you miss?
My mother, as always.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
I wouldn’t say new, but I FINALLY got the meet my friend Chewie, as she’s known in these parts called my blog. We started following each other around 2002-2003. Yeah, we’re old school like that. I met her while I was in Virginia earlier this year.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015:
Only I can make myself happy. And cake. Don’t forget cake.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
“This is a new beginning / I’m back in the land of the living” – “Twist of Fate” by Olivia Newton-John. It’s how I’m feeling at the moment.


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Merry Christmas!
Posted on December 24th, 2015 @ 6:00 pm

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Merry Christmas!

Wishing everyone a blessed one.


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“If you asked me to / I’d let you in my life forever*”
Posted on December 9th, 2015 @ 10:51 pm

*Restrictions apply.

Some days, I cry again being single, but here’s one of those reason I appreciate being single. I got a message overnight on one of those dating websites:

hello beautiful i would like to get to know you and build an special bond with you i would love to have a lady friend to share my inner thoughts with i desire nothing of moneytree value just your friendship so if you are willing to get to know an incarcerated man feel free to leave your number,email,and address and we can go from their.

Why is an incarcerated man messaging me this? And now, while I cry about being single, I am not going to be one of those women that suffer from hybristophilia. I think I will stay single.

Also, the mention of money? To me, if the first thing you bring up is money, you’re going after it.

Maybe I am still single because I haven’t found a person worthy of my love.  All this time I’ve been thinking I wasn’t worthy of someone else’s love.

I am worthy of love, and by God, it better be a decent love.


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Flickr Coders Anger Me
Posted on December 6th, 2015 @ 7:07 pm

Warning, angry post ahead.

Yesterday, I was going to look at my Flickr archives to look at some photos for a certain day. Flickr at least hadn’t fucked that up yet.

Well guess what, the coders did!

They decided to FORCE everyone to use the Camera Roll for looking at their archives. Personally, I think this is a dumb as fuck move.

First off, the Camera Roll is in Beta. It still has bugs. That’s cool. It’s in Beta. I didn’t have to use Camera Roll unless I want to. KEY WORDS THERE PEOPLE! IF I WANTED TO. If I didn’t want to use it, but use another interface instead, I could do it.

This is what the Camera Roll looks like:

My new archives
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This is the interface I wanted to use:
Other People's Archives
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Now don’t get me wrong, Camera Roll has is good points. I like I can take a batch of photos and see if they all have the tag I want them to have, and if not, add the tag.

However, I don’t want to use it to see my archives. I want it to look like the calendar above.

Seems I wasn’t the only one that wanted this look. There is a thread about it: Clicking Archives Takes Me To My Camera Roll.

However, one of their “genius” developers (or customer service reps) said of the old code that some of the users asked about:

Ahh, the Archive pages! A brilliant piece of code from the early dawn of civilization. First Prometheus gave fire to man and then shortly thereafter, he gave us the Archive pages. That being said, we are going to be deprecating them in favor of the Camera Roll for date-based photo navigation.

Lest we forget the Camera Roll is STILL IN BETA!

I get paid to customize and quality test software as a living. However, using beta software in my personal life should be a choice, not something forced onto me.  My using the Camera Roll to edit photos and look at archives should be my choice.  However, if I want to use the calendar, until that Camera Roll is out of beta, then let me use the calendar.

Also, most website applications are made of AJAX-like code and can be processed on-the-fly.   Why can’t Flickr do the same for the calendar? I rather use old code that functions as it should than new code that doesn’t work.

Oh year, and the Camera Roll didn’t work for me last night.  I went to open a photo using the icon for photo opening.  For EVERY photos posted that specific day, the opening the photo in a new page did not work.  Now, again, I can accept that in beta code.  However, all I wanted was an alternative view where I could open that photo properly.

I think that got me the most angry about this is how Flicrk staff responds to all the concerns and questions when people ask about their new and improved! code that doesn’t work. Instead of listening to feedback, finding out what works and what doesn’t, and try to find a compromise to improve the functionality of Flickr, without alienating users, these developers do  something else.  They blame the users for not being receptive to the changes.  It’s like we’re dumb for not having the ability to to envision that the crap they provide us is wonderful.  A shiny turd is still a turd. I feel they harbor contempt for the end user.

Oh, and just because I CAN and WILL revisit this entry: Remember this quote of a #FlickrFail

They were saying we didn’t need Flickr Pro anymore 2 years ago? Well, guess what’s back: FLICKR PRO! They raised the prices for new users, but it’s funny how the CEO of Yahoo! said they didn’t need it.  For being such a smart and savvy businesswoman, clearly Marissa Meyer didn’t understand what made Flickr Flickr.

I laughed my head off when they brought Pro back.  Clearly someone somewhere realized they needed to bring it back and the service they provided when they terminated Pro wasn’t getting people to bite.

Also, in looking back at that post and the screenshots I provided, I am laughing at the fact that they had to go back and redo the design.  That crap they offered in 2013 is not what it offered now.  Again, they had to go back and clean it up.  Back in 2013 they removed the maps.  In 2015, the maps are back.  Personally, I think the 2015 design is better.  Maybe someone back there does have a clue, after all.

I can only hope that the people that realized some features should have never been removed and brought them back in a cleaner, just as intuitive version, will read the complaints and bring back the calendar.  No need to reinvent the wheels here, Flickr. When you’ve tweaked the wheel enough that it’s become a square block, then you’ve gone wrong somewhere.


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