So today really sucked. I sat most of the day in a drop dead boring Army class. The subject is cool, but the teacher as the personality of a boiled ham. It is almost like she went to instructor school and is determined to do everything they tell you not to do.
In addition, my commute to where the classes are taking place sucks. The drive there isn’t too bad, but the drive home blows. Holy fucking shit, it takes 90 minutes to go 30 miles.
Anyway, the spouse made me pizza when I got home, because she is very nice and kind. I am a lucky guy.
To decompress I reported 108 bogus accounts. New total for 2014 is 3733 bogus accounts reported. 23 hours ago
Over the last three days I reported 105 bogus accounts. Again, most were posting under the “blog” or “daily entries” goal.
I also watched a lot of Deep Space Nine on YouTube. Today, I am going to some Army training.
My new number for 2014 is 3625 reported SPAM accounts. 2 days ago
How I did it: I was originally hired under emergency credentials in 2002. Between 2002 and 2006, with some time off for a deployment to Afghanistan, I completed all my class work, and got my preliminary teaching credential.
I thought I had more to do after my preliminary, but I didn't. Anyway, I pushed off filing the paperwork until the very end. That end came in 2011, and I got it done. Read how I did it… 4 days ago
Was here on and off all day, and did a SPAM report binge. The short of it is I reported 300 bogus accounts. Again, most were posting under the “blog” or “daily entries” goal.
It was a nice day. I gave a lot of cheers away, and watched a lot of Star Trek on YouTube. I fucking love Star Trek.
My new number for 2014 is 3520 reported SPAM accounts. 4 days ago
Yesterday I had the same group of students collect trash before we started class. There were five boys in the group, and they suggested it. For whatever reason, they like cleaning up around the building. I think the “bonus behavior points” I give them has something to do with it. ;)
However, one of my kids (Daniel) stood back when we were done and admired the work. He looked over at me and said “It sure looks a lot better. We should start over by the fence next time, because the wind is blowing all sorts of trash there”.
I picked up a hundred bits of paper and broken junk. 5 days ago
My students and I picked up trash around the school yesterday, because there was a nasty windstorm. I accounted for around 200 pieces. I didn’t keep track of the student total, but it was a lot. 6 days ago
As it stands today, I have given 17,133 cheers out through 43 Things. I am very close to my 18,000 cheer giving goal.
The Neighborhood Watch program here on 43 Things has really increased the number of cheers I have to give.
Anyway, I love giving cheers. You would be surprised about all the cool ideas I get (and do) because of your goals. 6 days ago
Spent the night reporting 100 bogus accounts, again mostly in the “blog” section. It looks like a couple of hundred bogus accounts are set up daily.
With the way things are set up, it really doesn’t take much for the system to be overrun with all the SPAM.
Anyway, the new total is 3220 bogus/spam accounts reported for 2014. 6 days ago
How I did it: I just ate watermelon on July 4th at my grandparent's house in Utah. We spit the seeds in the grass, and nobody cared.
We also played with sparklers because of the holiday, squishing the spent sparkler stick in our empty watermelon rinds.
It is one of my earliest 4th of July memories, and my earliest watermelon memory. Read how I did it… 1 week ago
Spent the evening relaxing, and managed to report another 160 for 3120 spam reports for 2014.
As usual, most are under the “blog” goal, but there are several under the “daily entries” goal. If you are hunting SPAM, that is a target rich environment. 1 week ago
Knocked out another 125 bogus accounts, bringing the 2014 total to 2735. Most are still under the “blog” goal.
UPDATE 7 April: Looked at the “blog goal” this morning, and 12593 people had it marked as a goal. It is easily the most popular goal, and is at least 90% SPAM.
Also did another five reports, for a new total of 2740 SPAM accounts reported.
UPDATE #2 7 April: Just did another 170 reports. Again, most were under the “blog” goal.
The new total of 2910 SPAM reports. Crazy how much SPAM there is.
UPDATE #3 8 April: Reported another 50 for 2960. 1 week ago
Did a quick 50 reports, bringing the new total to 2610 reports for 2014. Really want to report a lot of SPAM this month. 2 weeks ago
Just watched the Season 4 Finale, and it was amazing. I really enjoyed all of it. The group is pretty much reunited, but stuck in a boxcar surrounded by cannibals.
We are still left hanging with Beth, Carol, and Tyrece, but they are the random factors for next season. Rick is pretty bad ass. I really like the direction his character is taking.
Can’t wait for Season Five this Fall. Terminus will burn.
This has been a pretty hot and cold goal. While I haven’t completed a lot of my own fiction work, I have written a lot of stuff teaching stuff. I would like to work more on my own stuff, but will have to wait until summer.
Still, I am working on stuff. 2 weeks ago
Since I joined 43things, have given 16,285 cheers. I would like to give 18,000 cheers by the end of May (or sooner). I really like giving out cheers, and seeing what everyone else is up too.
This is a really positive site, and I just want to keep it going. 2 weeks ago
How I did it: After I got back from Iraq, the wife and I went to Europe and traveled around via a Eurorail Pass.
We spent a day walking around Berlin. We visited the Pergamon Museum, which still had battle damage from World War II.
We also visited a couple of coffee shops, and just kind of looked at stuff.
Very cool. Read how I did it… 2 weeks ago
Reported 118 bogus goal setting accounts today. New total for 2014 is 2550. It was easy today, because I am watching The Walking Dead
Season 4 Marathon.
The first 24 reports I did today were labeled under the “blog” goal. I reported the others through community watch.
I also defended one user that was labeled SPAM by the robocop, but is an actual site.
3-31-14: Last day of the month, and I did another 10 reports. New total is 2560. 2 weeks ago
Played X Wing, a table top miniature game featuring spaceships from the Star Wars universe. It was pretty cool. The starter set allows you to be either an X wing pilot or run two Imperial Tie Fighters.
Each ship design has different stats, and there are also pilot cards that allow you to do different maneuvers. The starter set also comes with movement counters and dice.
Anyway, I really liked the game and will definitely play more. 2 weeks ago
Sitting around and hit knocked out out another 40 SPAM reports. The new total is 2432 reported dodgy accounts.
Again, a lot of these bogus sites are labeled under the “blog” goal. If you want to nail an easy SPAM, just type in “blog” and start hitting the “report user” option. 2 weeks ago
Selling stuff. Please take a second and report. 3 weeks ago
Just did 100 for a new total of 2350 reported SPAM sites for this year.
Again, most of the SPAM comes from the “Blog” goal found in the Zeitgeist option.
It was pretty easy to knock out 100 accounts today, because I was watching H&G and the SyFy Channel. Gotta love Anaconda III.
3-26-14: Just did another 43 reports, for a new total of 2392 3 weeks ago
Just did 100 for a new total of 2250 reported SPAM sites for this year.
I have noticed that the “Blog” goal found in the Zeitgeist option is full of commercial SPAM. It is pretty easy to knock out 10 accounts with every check in. 4 weeks ago
Found 2 pennies since my last entry, giving me 10 dollars and ten cents for the total. Again, things are very slow on the spare change front.
I remember before this goal made the list, it seemed like I couldn’t walk outside without finding change. Now that I am looking, there is nothing. 1 month ago
UPDATE 3-11-14: 50 more reports for a new 2014 total of 2126 reported spam accounts. Should try and do 50 reports a night while watching the news.
UPDATE 3-13-14: Did 24 reports today, for a total of 2150 for 2014. I haven’t had a lot of time to report spam, but will do some marathon reporting this weekend. 1 month ago
UPDATE 3-7-14: 50 more reports for 2051 for 2014
UPDATE 3-10-14: 25 more reports for a new 2014 total of 2076.
Taking the next 1000 cheers a bit slower, and not listing it as a proper goal. I figure I can write/keep track here. 1 month ago
I am looking at 5 sweet acres of desert right now, which fits my no upside value. There is a ruined cabin, which adds to the cool factor without increasing value.
Anyway, this is total Luke Skywalker terrain. I am already making plans on where the life-sized wrecked X-wing fighter will go. Also, to certify my sci-fi nerd credentials, I could always build a mock up old school Battlestar Galactica viper.
Will decide on this in May. 1 month ago