Just How Disgusting Could It Be?

I am breaking my tradition of only posting one article on the weekends……. but this one is too disgusting to pass up….

As usual the weekend brings my granddaughter to the house where we talk, discuss and play games…..she is a sharp 12 year old….she is working on a game and is always surfing the ‘net looking for ideas…..

I have a reader of IST that truly hates anything internet……I can understand some of the disgust…like the cinnamon challenge from a year ago….it is where you try to eat a tablespoon of cinnamon and film the results….or there are some places where you can watch others play video games…..but she found on that even I went….WTF?

Warning: This story is not for the squeamish. We mean it. New York Magazine has a fascinating—if occasionally far too descriptive—profile on Dr. Sandra Lee, better known among so-called “popaholics” on the Internet as Dr. Pimple Popper. Lee, an otherwise typical Southern California dermatologist, accidentally stumbled upon a culture of people who enjoy watching pimples, blackheads, and other fluid-filled things pop when she started an Instagram account two years ago. Now, thanks to her dedicated popaholics, she’s topping 900,000 followers on Instagram and 850,000 subscribers on YouTube. Lee says her viewers get satisfaction out of the unpredictable payoff of a good pop. “It’s like gambling,” she says. “You never know when you’re going to hit a big one.”

So what compels nearly 7 million people to watch Lee remove a whole mess of blackheads from an 80-year-old man’s nose? “Some fans reported that their mouths inexplicably watered when they saw a particularly juicy pop; others claimed that they found the videos so soothing that they used them as a sleep aid,” New York Magazine explains. Whatever the reasons, it’s become a lucrative side gig for Lee. She’s selling Dr. Pimple Popper merchandise and could potentially make hundreds of thousands off her YouTube page this year. Lee is even starting to cater to the “hardcore” popaholics, moving beyond pimples to “cysts, abscesses, and fatty tumors.” Though there is one part of the extraction experience she’ll never be able to replicate for them: the “pungent cheese” smell. Read the full story here, if your stomach can handle it.

Okay I see where my reader gets his disdain…..and just how damn pathetic is it that it is something people want to view…..

Even my 12 year old granddaughter thinks is beyond the pale……

Art Of Blogging: Trolls

I begin my relaxing weekend with a few more words of wisdom about blogging…..in this installment it is TROLLS!

Trolls….those individuals that cruise the blogosphere looking for certain words that they can use to attack and rant their misguiding delusions….if you write a blog then you have experienced one or maybe more……they hit an d run……..

Personally, I think they just like being irritating more than informative…..I seem to get more of them when I post on a couple of subjects…..Muslims and guns….then they come out of the woodwork….like termites on a mating cycle…..

Is there any explanation to why these people lurk?

Well, yes there is and I am glad you asked……

We already know Internet trolls are jerks. Now, thanks to a video on YouTube channel AsapScience, we know a little bit more about why, CNET reports. In short, Internet trolls exhibit “dark traits,” such as Machiavellianism, narcissism, and, “very high levels of sadism,” which means they “have fun distressing others by being argumentative and disruptive.” The video is based on a research paper from 2014 that found 5.6% of 1,215 survey respondents self-identified as Internet trolls, or at least fessed up to enjoying trolling activities. CNET notes that it’s safe to assume that some trolls would not self-identify, so the true percentage is likely higher.

Dark traits notwithstanding, AsapScience reassures us that trolls “aren’t necessarily serial killers or bad people.” However, “they get an emotional reward when causing or observing the suffering of others.” According to the research paper, the troll persona reflects both a person’s actual personality and their ideal self, concluding that, “for those with sadistic personalities, that ideal self may be a villain of chaos and mayhem—the online trickster we fear, envy, and love to hate: the cyber-troll.” So how do you vanquish a troll? “Ignore them,” AsapScience says, “and you’re likely to diminish their effort.”

I wish I could ignore them….but if they are pushing lies and misinformation then I must respond….I know….I know…..but it is a sickness with me….LOL


The Art Of Blogging: Cooperation

Sorry but keeping with my tradition I will offer one post over the weekend per day….I actually have a life away from the keyboard….go figure!

That time again when I give my impressions on blogging.  I wish I could say that I was an expert but that would be very disingenuous of me…….but in my time blogging I have learned a thing or two….at least they mean something to me.

We all want to be popular on-line but that is an ego thing…..if we give the reader something to look forward to then popularity will find you.  Also some bloggers only give props to those sites and people that they agree with the line they are selling…..it is sort of natural to seek out like minded people…..but I find that all opinions should hold equal importance….that is as long as they are respectful……some of my post have been insulting to certain public figures…..but any comments either pro or con hold equal importance to me…

Too many people hit the “Like” button without reading the post…..this is a way that readers try to help their followed bloggers…….that is a shame for most of the people I follow actually have something to say…..I seldom agree with them 100%…..but they do have something to say and I am respectfully enough to read what they have taken the time to write.

Re-blogging…..I do not re-blog very much….it is not that I do not like their stuff enough to re-blog but rather what they have written is usually widely reported and I do not feel that my attempt would just get in the way of their message.  With that said re-blogging is a fine way to help others out that may not be getting to a wide array of readers.

Next is linking to others sites…….I think it is a grand idea if you like or agree with what the other has said….but I see where a blogger gets an idea from someone else but usually will not credit the other blogger….that is unless they agree with the other then they say flowery things about this other site…..that is just wrong.

If someone gives me an idea I try to credit that person as best I can…..

Then there is the blogroll……it is there so others can see some of the sites you visit and perhaps quote……I had an experience with this Right Wing blog….I will not mention it and I will explain why……it seems that we were debating a subject and I wrote something that made him pouty and he ask me to remove the link to his blog….I agree but asked what it was that offended him….I never got an answer so I make up my own…..it was a Right wing one thought rag that In Sane Thought is better off without their visits…..I know a bit of an ego trip there….but since he was cowardly and not do as I requested….I will say whatever I like.

Have you ever encountered such a problem….this person knew that I am extremely progressive and knew how I thought about a wide array of issues and yet he could not handle the answer I gave….whatever that answer was…..

Sorry my friends…..I digress a bit…..but I do that a lot…..

Back to the main jest of this post…….Cooperation…….I think that if you add someone to your reader then you should do the right thing and read their posts….I know many of us have lives away from the keyboard….but it is the respectful thing to do……

Cooperation is how we all get to be more successful with our blogs and our thoughts….

I do not understand those people that mark their blogs “private”….I mean if you are that paranoid why write a blog….or if you only want people that will do nothing more than agree with everything you….why blog?  join a chat room…a private one…..

Then there are the people that comment on blogs…..do not get me wrong I love it that so many people feel comfortable to comment on IST….but in the past I have noticed that some look for keys and then write a comment that has nothing to do with the meat of the post…..the title is all they see…..personally, I enjoy comments and the exchanges they bring forth….that is what I feel my blog is all about….an exchange of ideas….not just my ideas…..

These are just my thoughts on the different aspects of blogging…….I am by NO means an expert…if I were then I would be in the top 10 blogs of all times…..but unfortunately I am not…..but that matters not since I love what I am doing on my blog…..

What’s In A Name?

Thanksgiving is done and now we wait for the next “big” meal….Christmas….since I refuse to be part of the blind consumerism that is the “holiday shopping” days….I will instead offer up a little humor…..

Doews anyone remember the movie “16 Candles”?  If so then you will recall a very memorable character in the movie, Long Duc Dong.  If so then I can do you one better….

Wondering why “Phuc Dat Bich” was trending on Twitter? No, it’s not some crazy new spelling of a foul-mouthed slam, it’s … a guy’s name. And it’s making headlines because the 23-year-old is quite unhappy that Facebook keeps shutting down his account over suspicions it’s a fake name, Australia’s News Network reports. “I’ve been accused of using a false and misleading name of which I find very offensive,” the Vietnamese-Australian wrote, alongside of a picture of his passport that he posted to the social media site. “I find it highly irritating the fact that nobody seems to believe me when I say that my full legal name is how you see it.”

His name is actually pronounced Phoop Dook Bic, per ANN, which notes that “Phuc Dat” is a common Vietnamese name. “He’s able to get through international airports so it is legitimate,” one of the man’s friends—refuting suggestions that the passport had been doctored—tells the Herald Sun. As the Huffington Post points out, the photo was originally posted in January, but for some reason surged in popularity this week, and currently has about 140,000 “likes” and has been shared more than 75,000 times.

If it were me….I would change it to John Smith.

I knew it was too good to be true……

As the Sydney Morning Herald puts it, Phuc Dat Bich “faked dat” name. The 23-year-old Australian who convinced the world that his awkward-sounding name had resulted in Facebook shutting down his account now says the whole thing was a hoax. He apparently spilled the beans after SBS News contacted him with doubts about his story, noting that a passport photo he provided was Photoshopped and the name “Bich” isn’t a common Vietnamese surname. “What started as a joke between friends became a prank that made a fool out of the media,” he wrote on Facebook Wednesday, identifying himself as Joe Carr—or possibly “joker,” per the BBC. He tells the Herald his name is actually Tin Le, while Mashable identifies him by way of a supposed former classmate as Thien Nguyen.

The Herald notes he asked to be called “Mr. T” for fear that he would lose his job. He says the ruse began “with me fooling Facebook, it then somehow shared across the pages.” The “ordeal” taught him “not to trust the credibility of the media,” the prankster adds. “It goes to show that an average joe like myself can con the biggest news sources with ease.” He also thanks the people who stood by him, even though it was all for naught. “To those who do have culturally specific and spectacular names, ignore the ignorance in those who may try to put you down,” he says. “Continue being the best person you can be and make your mark on the world in whatever way you can—even if it is a simple prank.”

Oh well….it was fun while it lasted……got his 15 minutes of fame…..

Art Of Blogging–Style

Just another in the continuing series that I write to pass on to my readers what little I have learned while writing a blog.  Please do not misunderstand….I am by no means an expert….if I were I would be getting more attention and popularity…….but I have learned a bit in 9 years of blogging.

After many years of rigorous study and application I found my calling…..analysis.  It was a shame that I refused to work for think tanks for they are nothing more than extensions of of one industry or another……

I have always been a writer…..that causes a few problems with a blog nowadays…..people want instant gratification with videos, steaming this or that, etc…..but I am an old fart and I like words so I will continue to write.  My grandfather gave me some advice in my younger days…..he said..”Why write a novel when a paragraph will do?”

I have found he was right….most people lose interest after about 500 words…so my style is to try and keep my post between 350-500 words….I am not always successful and gone over my prescribed limit.

If I would buckle down and learn to do more with vids and such I could probably get more people especially younger people to come and stick with my blog…..but I cannot let a vid do my work for me….I will post links for people to check out what I am writing about but I refuse to let that be the total extent to my posts.

I use to flit around writing about everything and anything that struck my fancy……but I found that if I stick with one field of interest there is a better chance of readers coming and deciding to stay…..it is not written in stone….just something that I have found with my blog.

I feel like my regular visitors like my style that is why they continue to come and most important comment….it also helps if you can have a field of “expertise”, if lack of a better word, that way readers know pretty much what will be written on any given day.

Blogging for me is an amazingly rewarding endeavor…..and I thank all my readers and regulars for their good taste in choosing my blog….(sorry had to throw a little ego in there)…..

Onward and upward…..always vocal.

In Saner Thought on Flipboard

Sunday and I will remain calm and relax and enjoy a day without the distractions of monitoring the news…..AH…….coffee!

I would like to introduce my regulars to Flipboard……it is a sorta magazine on the internet…….my friends at Ace News Room set it up for me and I think it is a good base for my writings….well anyone’s writings that is…..

Please check it out and see if you like it…..I really want my readers thoughts….also if you get a chance visit Ace News Room….they are working really hard to be the “go to” source for news and stuff…..give them a visit….you will not be disappointed……

Source: In Saner Thought on Flipboard

I am always looking for ways to get more exposure for my writings…..this is just another format…..

I like the idea and the lay-out….I think some of my readers will also like it…..

Please let me know your thoughts on Flipboard and anything else you like…..

I Am Listening!

Art Of Blogging: EGO!

This will be my 6th post on blogging……damn!  I did not know I was so opinionated on this subject.  But I am truthful in my ‘about’ section……I said from the start that I was an opinionated SOB…..and I prove it daily, huh?

Originally I started a blog as a way to store info…..at the time I did not have a printer and wanted to save stuff that I read that I could use at a later time….there was no intention of this to become a daily all consuming passion…..but as they say …..sh*t happens.

My tagline is not just a tagline….it is my code…..”It is the duty of every man, as far as his ability extends, to expose delusion and error”  I try to do this daily for there is so much misinformation out there and I feel someone has to challenge the bullsh*t.

I have always enjoyed research….looking for clarification of things I was not sure of…..I have been writing for many years mostly to help people understand the complexities of this world…..nothing is as clear as we want to believe.

To be truthful all of us bloggers are a bit egotistical……most of us like to see our name up there in lights.

The problem is that some of us bloggers are always searching for the magic bullet that will make their blogs will be the most popular thing since sliced bread or in today’s world, Kale.  We switch platforms time and time again…….we searching themes and fonts and yada yada…….we just know that we could find that perfect look and feel for a blog and we will be bombarded by so many new visits that we will have to make it a 24 hour job…….and then when little positive happens disappointment sets in……some of us decide that if we cannot be popular then we must just stop and re-think what we are doing.

All in all it is ego……not the compulsion to give readers truth and balanced writings……we want to strut around showing off our accomplishments.  And we seldom speak of any failures…..and believe me there are more failures than victories.

We need to put ego aside for awhile……we want those people to visit then we must go out and work for those visits…..there is no magic magnet that will ‘force’ people to visit your blog…..pick a few blogs that peak your interests and visit often….even a comment or two and like their stuff…….most will do the same as a favor for your loyalty.

You could pay some service that will promise you thousands of new visitors everyday….but at what price and will they continue to visit?  Or you could buckle down and help a fellow blogger who in turn will do the same and in the mean time you will gain a new friend that will help promote your blog.

None of this is rocket science……it has worked for me….and no I am not the most popular blog out there….but I do have good people that are loyal and repeat ‘customers’ for my writings and thoughts……..

Yes……blogging can be an ego boost……but I feel that it should not be a driving force…..helping people understand complex situation and the spreading of truth should be the main concern……any one can spout hate and misinformation……I try to do better.

I am not the most popular blog but I do love what I do and I enjoy the people that visit my site daily….that is what it is all about….at least for me.