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“my trojan horse virus recorded your solitary sex”

EMAIL CLAIMS I HAVE A TROJAN HORSE VIRUS! I re­ceived an email claiming to have breached the se­cu­rity of my com­puter and recorded me while, ahem, in­ter­acting with on­line porn. The sender at­tempted to ex­tort money from me: “I see what you’re doing. If you don’t pay, I’ll send this dirt to all your contacts!” [Read more] ““my trojan horse virus recorded your solitary sex””

just cat and dog cartoons on facebook

HOME VIDEOS OF CATS AND DOGS at play, at rest, eating, etc., re­main in­cred­ibly pop­ular on the in­ternet. Type “cat videos” into Google and you will get about 8,790,000,000 re­sults. Dog videos are even more pop­ular with about 11,040,000,000 re­sults! Cat and dog panel car­toons are not as promi­nent with about 57,000,000 and 50,000,000 re­sults, respectively. [Read more] “just cat and dog cartoons on facebook”

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when the food is gone, I’m eating you first

I AS­SUME THAT FACE­BOOK’S ED­I­TORS are, in fact, com­puter al­go­rithms. Or, per­haps, ap­pli­cants for the po­si­tion have to score some­where on the autism spec­trum to be hired. Hell, maybe they just ain’t got no sense of humor! These guesses are based on the few run-ins that I have had with them and their warning messages. [Read more] “when the food is gone, I’m eating you first”

giving the new blog post idea generator a look-see

WHAT TO WRITE ABOUT! This topic is often on the minds of all types of writers. It’s an es­pe­cially im­por­tant topic for writers who have to fill pages in a print or on­line pub­li­ca­tion where there is a dead­line and quan­tity is often more im­por­tant than quality. So why not a blog post idea generator? [Read more] “giving the new blog post idea generator a look-see”

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so this guy offers to buy this girl a drink

AN AR­TICLE ON YAHOO NEWS caught my at­ten­tion. “Guy of­fers a drink to girl at a bar, then re­fuses to pay for it” was pub­lished in 2020 and quickly racked up thou­sands of com­ments. Un­for­tu­nately, the ar­ticle is poorly written and in­com­plete but based on the title it was in­tended to stir up Yahoo readers. [Read more] “so this guy offers to buy this girl a drink”

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internetspeak 101: research vs. in-depth research

HAVE YOU READ AN AN­SWER ON QUORA or a com­ment on Face­book or a whole damn ar­ticle on some­one’s blog where they as­sure you that “I have done the re­search” but somehow manage to get all the per­ti­nent facts wrong? That is be­cause there are dif­ferent de­f­i­n­i­tions for terms on the in­ternet than every­where else. [Read more] “internetspeak 101: research vs. in-depth research”

important: do you receive email notifications from this blog?

IF YOU ARE A SUB­SCRIBER TO THIS BLOG (Neal Umphred Dot Com) and you do not re­ceive up­dates and other no­ti­fi­ca­tions via email from this blog, listen up! It ap­pears that I ini­tially mis­un­der­stood quite a few things in set­ting this blog up, in­cluding the sub­scrip­tion process and how emails are sent to subscribers. [Read more] “important: do you receive email notifications from this blog?”

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commenting on a comment on my other blog

MOST OF THE COM­MENTS that I re­ceive on my blogs are com­pli­ments of or ques­tions re­lated to the ar­ticle to which the com­ment was made. Yes, I get the oc­ca­sional less-than-positive bit of feed­back but they are rare, in­deed. Even rarer are ones com­menting on truly per­sonal and in­ti­mate topics. [Read more] “commenting on a comment on my other blog”

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the stupidest way to price a record album I ever saw!

WHAT IS THE STU­PIDEST WAY to put a price on a record album that I ever saw? It hap­pened forty years ago in a thrift shop in San Fran­cisco and I still shudder thinking about it. And it didn’t in­volve those impossible-to-remove-without-lighter-fluid stickers that record store owners who don’t trust their cus­tomers affix to the front covers of LPs!

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