Spark Up!

Well, it’s money time, as it turns out! SocialSpark’s been launched for a little while now, and I’ve been an active member since just before it’s launch, and I’ve got to say, overall I really like it.

The ability to make extra cash I like, and I’m in love with the idea of sponsorships, though they way they go about it is likely to scare off visitors and null the advertiser’s attempts to get new customers. I also like the social aspect, it’s like MySpace only it doesn’t suck and it’s full of people you have at least *something* in common with, which really sets it apart from other social networking friend sites – plus, the great majority of the time your friends are actually there and easy to identify. That, and did I mention that you can make money?

In addition to this being a social network, you get a fairly in depth personal profile, like This One. I chose Nick’s profile because he’s one of my closest, and most insane friends.

Overall it’s really got potential, and I’m happy to be part of it, but some things about it drag the experience down a bit. The slow load time of the pages for one – what good is a pretty site if, by the time you load the page, the opp you want isn’t open anymore? And the wait list in queues is exceptionally long, plus half the time when a reserved opp becomes available it’s in the middle of the night so by the time I get to it, it’s already gone.

But making money on the site is easy once you get used to how things work, and everyone’s very friendly and easy to get along with. The rating systems rule, and the sparks ( non-paid opps that just give you something creative to write about ) are always a lot of fun and easy to write about, plus you occasionally come across ideas, issues and services you wouldn’t have known about before.

This post is sponsored by my old friend PayPerPost.

Coding, Pew!

I’m seriously starting to hate coding. I’m trying my best to force web standards down my throat, but I keep screwing it up insead of getting any better! I’ve bought two ebooks on the subject that I can’t afford, and I’ve been spending my time reading about it and trying to put it into practice yet failing miserably, and sometimes I just want to say, “screw it!” – but being stubborn, I know I won’t, lol. I’ll just keep hacking away until it kills me.

The Pop Star Challenge

Like most of you, I’d never heard of Alisa Apps until this week, but I just got a chance to take the Pop Star Challenge and compare Alisa to Rihanna. Okay, well, I just really don’t like Alisa – sorry! I like that the song has an 80s feel to it, and I think she’s got a nice voice, but she comes off in her video as a typical Ashlee Simpson-type, and I’m really not a big fan of the video or song in general.
I don’t get the appeal of this kind of artist, or the shallow, sex-over-substance music they produce.

I’ll give you that she’s very pretty and I have to admit she is talented, she’s got a decent voice and a lot of confidence in front of the camera, but I’m not sure if that’s such a good thing in this case because she spends half of the video pouting and almost seems like she’s using a pouty voice to sing with, too. It’s getting on my nerves, lol.

The song, overall, I don’t like but I think if they 80s it up a little bit it would actually be really good – it does sound like it came from the Brill building, though.

On the other hand, Rihanna’s video is a bit more polished and only half as annoying, though I’m not a big Rihanna fan myself and if I were to choose between the two as to who ‘wins’, I’d have to admit I couldn’t do it. I don’t mean this to sound harsh, but I’m very picky when it comes to music and I’m sure the challenger’s want the truth, after all. I think both girls are talented, but I’m annoyed that people now judge music on how good you look instead of what it really sounds like. Give me The Strokes any day!

If you’d like to take the challenge, Go For It, and please let me know who you vote for, I’d love to see what verdict you come to!

Sponsored by Alisa Apps

Rawr, Stomach!

Ugh, I’m under too much stress and my stomach is *killing* me. I’ve got about the worst ucler and reflux problem I’ve had in a long time, and I think it’s due to my constantly being queasy and tossing my cookies so much ( god that’s painful ). I wish I could see a doctor or something to find out what’s wrong with me, but what would I pay him, snarky jokes?

It annoys me because I’ve got friends who are such babies that they go to the ER for *everything*, but my leg could be falling off and I’d just have to accept it and move on, you know? I swear to Odin, some people are so spoiled it’s not even funny.

Scarefest!

Okay, I love horror films – to the point of obsession. I’m currently working part-time on a horror film review blog and I’m so in love with horror films that I actually have the Ringu Japanese TV series from 1999, as well as a huge collection of Asian horror films and I still can’t get enough! Well, even with all that, I’m not that big a fan of American horror films, they just don’t do it for me, especially remakes of Asian horror ( that drives me crazy! ) But I got to see the trailer for Frontier(s), and I have to admit it looks very cool.

Frontier(s)’ unrated version will be released into theaters, which is something most films never get a chance to do. It’s quie scary looking and very suspense-y ( I love suspense-y, it’s my favorite thing about a film ), but even with all that this really doesn’t look like my cup of tea. The reason is that it’s just way too gorey looking for me, and I’ve never been really into Hollywood’s new style of Horror called, “Torture Porn” ( blame Joss Whedon, don’t kill the messenger! ), that includes such films as Hostile, The Hills Have Eyes remake, and the popular SAW series – I’m more into subtle creeps, the weak becoming the powerful and the idea that rage and strong emotion can become a dangerous creature unto itself. It definately looks scary, though, I’ll give them that, and if I have the money and it makes it to my tiny little town then my butt will be in that theater, you can bank on that!

If you’re up for a chilling frightfest, check out select theater listings for more information on Frontier(s), and if you see it and you’d like to see your review get some net time, let me know about it! I’d love to feature your review on my site. :)

Sponsored by Frontier(s)

Movie Review: The Simpsons Movie

So, I finally got off my butt and saw the Simpsons Movie ( yes, I know I’m almost a year late! ), but I have to say that I had high expectations of the film and it more than surpassed them!

I’ve been a big fan of Groening’s work, especially The Simpsons and Futurama, and because I’ve been a die-hard Simpsons fan ever since the show premiered I thought I had a pretty good handle on what they were capable of. I assumed it would be one film-length episode of The Simpsons and, while it was basically the same, they pulled out all of the stops for this one!

The animation was fabulous, the detail is just gorgeous, and they used their budget to great effect. The story is actually very moving in addition to being hilarious, and they pay give us oldies something to cheer about with callbacks to some of the oldest and most beloved Simpsons gas, such as jumping The Springfield Gorge and “Release The Hounds”.

Overall, the film was far better than I expected, it was worth th eir time and effort and definately worth the price of the DVD which I will be ordering as soon as I get my bills paid assuming I’ve got leftover. Go rent it, damn it! Lol.

 

Online Car Rental?

Argh, I’m annoyed! I’m annoyed that there’s no Advantage car rental in town. I’ve got a *whole lot* of stupid rural countryside here, no sidewalks and either flooding, baking sun or freezing rain/snow at any given time to walk through. Yes, I end up having to walk everywhere, and it’s murder!

I so want to be able to rent a car from Advantage.com, I didn’t even know you could do that online! The site’s really nicely designed, takes a bit of time to load but it’s easy to navigate and find what you’re looking for. If I’ve read this right, they’ll even pick you up! If you get time, check out their search feature – we’re definately living in a brand new era if you can rent cars online!

June’s Around the Corner

Well, it’s almost Wimbledon time again now that June’s creeping up the trail and, to be one hundred and fifty percent honest I’m really only looking forward to the U.S. Open. I’ve tried watching the French Open and, let me tell you, I just can’t get into it – maybe it’s just that France depresses me ( it’s the postion of the sun and how it effects the color of natural light, I know it is ), and the games should be exciting but I end up just going, “Gah!” and changing the channel.

I’d love to get my hands on some Wimbledon tournament tickets, though even if I did I know I couldn’t go – I don’t even have transportation to the Walmart that’s twenty five miles away in the next town, so how am I going to get to San Diego, CA? But I’d love a chance to go, how often do you get to see someone like Justine Henin play at the top of her game? Never, that’s how often. It would be so cool to get to see her, or Serena who’s my absolute fave – I haven’t been keeping up with it this last two years, though.

So, basically, now I’ll just be bellyaching over it forever and ever. Granted, though, Tennis really isn’t my sport though I do enjoy it. I’m really a baseball fan at heart – buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack!

Freebie News: It Pays to Green

Well, more freebie news! Free iPhones are now available even free-er because anyone who signs up under you in May and greens will get you a cash out! Yes, you only need ONE referral for everything from Apple iPhones, LG Chocolates, paypal cash and laptops! Check it out!

As it turns out, you can actually find people who will PAY YOU TO GREEN ON FREEBIE SITES! I’ve just been paid $20 up front to green on a site, and as soon as I green I get another $20 – and it’s a gift card site so I can actually do this, make money then be halfway to getting even MORE money without spending a penny – how cool!