Posts by Steven Hodson

Everyone deserves a little happiness

Kim & I - a happy moment

Kim & I - a happy moment

In a lot of ways I am a pretty lucky guy. I get to write every day about the things that intrigue me, fascinate me and make me think; and I also get paid which is a great bonus. Even more important though is that I am lucky enough to have a woman in my life who has supported me as we have traveled the road that led to this point and it hasn’t always been an easy road.

I was reminded of this when I read a post today by Penelope Trunk as she shared some rare pictures of her recent wedding to the farmer. I left off reading the post feeling incredibly happy for Penelope, which if you have followed her blog for any length of time you will agree, her happiness is well deserved.

But then I started thinking about my own life as it is right now and wondering what simple things would add anymore happiness to it. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t have any ambitions to be rich. I am more than happy with being able to make sure we have a roof over our heads even if it is only apartment. Not having to worry if the end of the month will come before the end of the money is a great stress relief which given my need to wear a nitro patch is probably a good thing.

Happiness is a funny beast. We are often led to believe that we need to constantly raise our expectations regarding what we want out of life. Yet some of the happiest people I have known have lead what a lot of people would consider simple lives.

In a world where we look to that next new car, a bigger house, the newest gadgets and the next great moment of our lives I sometimes wonder if we have forgotten that happiness more often comes from the little things in our lives. So I decided to take a minute or two and given my current place in life to see if there was any little happiness that could make my life better.

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You just gotta love AdSense targeted advertising

I just got an email from a reader because he thought I would really appreciate the humor of this.

Earlier today I wrote a post titled Don’t hate the regurgitation which had an image in the last section of a dog cleaning up his own mess.

When Todd read the post in Google Reader (I am assuming here) there was an ad at the end of the post t hat when taken in conjunction of the image is enough to make you laugh.

Thanks Todd for the best laugh I’ve had today. Gawd you gotta love targeted advertising.

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Braindead TechCast EP46: Moronic Monday & Apple flavored kool-aid is dulling people’s brains

There are days where I really think that the tech blogosphere has lost its collective mind and today is one of those days. Just in case you’ve been stuck under a rock Apple apparently trusted a 2 year engineer at the company with a next generation iPhone prototype who then promptly left it behind at a bar. Where upon it was picked up by some unknown person and sold to Gizmodo who has been making hay with it since.

This of course is the same company that wouldn’t let the iPad outside of a dark room and chained to a desk not to mention and NDA that would see the person breaking it sent to burn in hell. This is the company that will do everything it can to shutdown sites that piss it off and usually succeed.

And they just let a 2nd year engineering employee wander around with a prototype. Something really smells about this and yet the tech blogosphere as usual when it comes to Apple obsesses over whether it has a front facing camera and whether Gizmodo was being ethical by buying the ‘found’ next generation iPhone. Give it a rest – name a single blogger who wouldn’t have done exactly the same thing if they had a chance to have a prototype Apple product drop in their lap – regardless of the price they had to pay.

Posts referenced in the show

The Apple 4G iPhone Prototype is Probably a Head Fake – Steve Rubel
This Is Apple’s Next iPhone – Gizmodo
CrystalRoc decks out an Xbox 360 with Swarovski Crystals – SlipperyBrick
Ping clothing lets Facebook stalkers follow your every move – DVICE

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Don’t hate the regurgitation

One of the constant complaints you will hear about blogging, especially within the tech world, is that we are constantly repeating .. and repeating .. and repeating .. the same old stories that first get published by the top tier blogs. To be clear this doesn’t include things like splogs and scrapers since those can’t be classified as blogs of any value the charge to a very large degree is justified.

It’s also a charge that the mainstream media likes to lord over us lowly bloggers. Ya, like we don’t know that they all use Associated Press or Reuters sanitized articles to fill out the blank spaces thereby justifying their advertising rates. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

As irritating as this constant regurgitation of the same news is, there is really no escaping it. After all, consider the incredible amount of information a typical blogger takes in during the course of a day (and it only increases the further up the food chain they go). Myself, I currently have close to 300 RSS feeds I monitor in a day of which I would estimate that some 70% of those feeds update multiple times a day.

This might seem like a lot, but I know of bloggers who would consider that just scratching the surface of what they read. Now toss in Twitter streams, Google Reader Shared Items, Facebook pages and God knows how many other incidental sources of information. All this has to be processed at some level and decisions made about what to write something on plus the fact that we have to make sure that it is current and interesting.

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