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Chrome Themes: The Jeremy Fisher Collection

Making Chrome themes is addictive, especially when it makes someone I know happy, and who doesn't love free Chrome Themes?

My friend Jess had  recently switched to the Iron Browser and I asked if she'd seen any of the many available themes online. She confessed she hadn't had the spare time to browse themes but seemed unenthusiastic about it.

I asked, "If you could dress your new browser in anything, what would you choose?"

She responded immediately and with great zeal, "Chubby, happy frogs!" She continued, "Have you heard of Jeremy Fisher?" At first I was confused, but then she explained,  "You know, the Beatrix Potter frogs."

Beatrix Potter?  Of course, I thought to myself.

"English country gentlemen; the kind in waistcoats," she continued.  "Especially fishing." She was obviously quite the fan and, listening to the joy in her voice, I knew I had to do something about it.

And why not? I had a little spare time.

I couldn't resist the lure of the public domain and the thought of making her something she really wanted became a mini-mission.

Using Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher, I made some "chubby, happy frogs in waistcoats" themes and, if you like them, you have Jess to thank.

The Jeremy Fisher Collection

Smarter: Swap your search engine.

I want to show you something.


No, don't brush this off like most of you usually do; you can't afford not to pay attention anymore.


I'm going to show you why you don't want to use most search engines and then I'm going to give you better options.

Ready? Start reading.





Heartbleed: What it is and how to be safer.





If you have any questions, GXM can be reached quickly by using the contact form at the bottom of our blog. It is okay to reblog this post.


Please stay safer and be good to yourselves and each other.


Gen Xavier, 


Just My Two Cents by Obsidian Blue

I don't know how many people are familiar with author Anne Rice's petition that will require Amazon to have reviewers use their real names, see http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/mar/04/anne-rice-protests-bullying-amazon-petition.


Ms. Rice claims that bully reviewers are forcing authors off of the forum, harassing them with comments, and also leaving one star reviews as a way to get back at authors.


Does this sound familiar to anyone?

The only reason why I am even commenting on this is because this article references a thread where Ms. Rice initially showed up and was "bullied" and told she should go to Amazon's Meet our Authors (MOA) forum since authors were not allowed to post on the forums, on page three Ms. Rice shows up here http://www.amazon.com/forum/top%20reviewers/ref=cm_cd_pg_next?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx2Z5LRXMSUDQH2&cdPage=3&cdSort=oldest&cdThread=Tx2EHT6DB4PFZKP


For those who looked at this they can see that I was the original poster (OP) who started the thread and I was actually interested in ideas about some of the commenting going on with reviews on Amazon. The majority of posters did not want the ability to comment on reviews to be disabled or done away with by Amazon. Several people even said that people need to be tough if they post reviews since some people are just not going to like what you post. Either they won't like it because you post a review for an author that they love/hate or they decided to just be a troll that day and follow people around and try to antagonize them. We all thought that Amazon needed to beef up their response times since it takes several days before we start to see any type of response by Amazon.


Ms. Rice popped up with her claim that many reviewers were careerist reviewers and were out to get some authors by using their ability to post reviews to attack authors. Many top reviewers disagreed with her definition of reviewers since we review on Amazon as a hobby and because we like it. We don't get paid to do so and we have no urge to be held up by some professional standards that she thinks that all reviewers should adhere to and we were definitely not getting any sort of power from posting reviews.


Ms. Rice was also quite emphatic that authors should be allowed to comment on reviews. We all flat out told her that authors could comment on reviews, anyone could and Amazon does not have a terms of service (TOS) stating that authors could not comment on reviews. We emphasized that while authors could comment on reviews that probably should not comment on reviews since it will always cause a blow-back that would harm the author's reputation and not the reviewers. Even if the reviewer was in the wrong it will always be the author people will look at sideways wondering why they are getting hung up on a review on Amazon.


Ms. Rice also told me in a comment back to what I replied to earlier that I was a reviewer that authors had fear of she hoped that authors would eventually stand up to me since I dared to say that I was fine if an author commented on my reviews but I would turn right around and never buy a book from them again. According to Ms. Rice that attitude made me a bully.


Yes, me saying well I just won't buy a book by an author again in the future equaled you are a bully.


Ms. Rice was told about the Meet our Authors (MOA) forum because we all said that she may find some authors who agreed with her attitude who could come up with a solution to what she called the careerist reviewers. We didn't think she had the right audience for her ideas by commenting in the Top Reviewers forum. It's pretty much like going up to a cow and asking it how would it like to be eaten later.


I of course after the run-in with Ms. Rice got curious about her and realized that she has had run-ins on the Amazon forum before and also has posted links to reviews where a reviewer has one starred her books (but hey that is not bullying behavior at all).


If you ask most reviewers on Amazon they will tell you that yes Amazon needs to do something about reviews that do not review the book. Amazon has a report abuse button but it appears that it takes about 10 clicks of that before someone from Customer Service responds to the report abuse button. I have seen books that talk about how long it took to get to their home, the cost of the item, and the author. In all of those instances yes I do think that Amazon should take those reviews down. I do not agree with the idea that reviewers should be forced to use their real names.

Some people buy books, products, etc. that they have no problems reviewing as long as they are not attaching their real name to it. I am friendly with several people who work in Human Resources who have told me that the first thing they do when they get a candidate is google the person's name. They check out their Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter accounts. Heck they check out what friends' that post on your pages too.


The biggest reason besides not wanting a real name associated with books or products you don't want your family knowing you own is that some people out there are crazy. They are unhinged and see no problem with tracking you down and physically attacking you..over a book review.


With the rise (and then fall) of the Stop the Goodreads Bullies (STGRB) website many reviewers changed their names and ensured that they did not daisy chain their accounts together. Reviewers real name, addresses, what their hobbies were, etc. were being posted online. Seriously people, these were over book reviews. I know of several Amazon reviewers who were harassed through email, phone calls, one person had her job contacted. This was all in the name of outing bully reviewers/trolls. We also have a self published author who decided the best way to combat reviewers was to hire hackers to gain their personal information (even STGRB backed away from him after that act).


I will say that there are badly behaving authors and badly behaving reviewers out there. Fortunately they are a small minority. They tend to get press because these are also the same people that have no problems with airing their business on the internet and think all publicity is good publicity.


I think most authors and reviewers out there respect each other and respect boundaries. I would never go and post on Stephen King's personal blog or homepage that I didn't like his latest book. I would post along with thousands of others on Amazon what I thought of his latest book though. To me one is you just being a jerk and the other is you using a service to let other customers know if a book or product is going to be worth your time.


Hopefully this petition by Ms. Rice dies out and Amazon does not start requiring those that post their to use their real names. Frankly if Ms. Rice and others wanted to see change on Amazon they would urge Amazon to hire more Customer Service representatives to respond to report abuses, to take away the ability to downvote those who comment in the forums, to hire moderators for threads or at least require each thread that is started to be checked by Amazon employees to ensure that it does not violate TOS before allowing it to be created.


Just my two cents.



Before you sign into Goodreads with your Amazon account...

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STGRB: Closed for business? (Updated)

Now these are what I call updates. 

Edit: Now there are two article updates with screen shots and major movement in the comments section. Wow. Never thought I'd feel so bad for Rick but I do. 

STGRB: Closed for business?

Why yes I am laughing. 

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk

I knew the plot twist from the get-go because my sister had to read this book for college and she was talking about her essay analysis in the car. Of course, then she was like, "Oh, you haven't read Fight Club? Here you go!" And my friends were like, "SHE TOLD YOU THE TWIST?! YOUR SISTER MUST DIE." I was like, "Someone has been reading too much Palahniuk... Chill, bro. Chill."

Because Palahniuk, in case you haven't figured it out yet, is kind of an asshole. I mean, he must be, because his characters all have the same voice and I'm starting to think that that voice must be Palahniuk. Just as Meg Cabot's books are always about some plucky down-to-earth heroine with a gift for the gab, who sounds suspiciously like Meg Cabot, his books are always about some garden-variety sociopath, who likes hurting people and setting things on fire, and basically delivering one big giant middle finger to the population at large because fuck da police.


After reading Fight Club, I guess I can say that FC is one of the better books in the batch. There are some interesting literary devices and messages in here, even if I don't agree with them at all. In some ways, knowing the spoilers was interesting because it allowed me to read the book with a new lens, looking for clues like a book-obsessed Sherlock Holmes.

Still considering? Picture a dinner party between Ayn Rand, Holden Caufield, and Hannibal Lecter, and all of them are hopped up on some kind of stimulant.

3 out of 5 stars.

Whatever works.

I'm a busy person. 


I have the equivalent of two full time jobs and I don't have a lot of spare time. I chair several teams, head a non-profit group, and work both in IT and with a team of legal eagles. Making time for family, friends and interests can be challenging; multitasking is a way of life for me or I would never get anything done. Too bad I'm not very good at writing as blogging seems to suit my schedule but finding time to read is a trick. If I don't make time it would never happen. Would you believe me if I told you I read between meetings and listen to audio books in the bath?


Laugh if you like, it works. 


Stacia Kane “NO reader has ANY obligation to an author, whether it be to leave a review or to write a "constructive" one. I put out a product. You are consumers of that product. Since when does that mean you have to kiss my ass? Hey, I like Pop-Tarts and eat them a few times a year; since when does that mean I'm obligated to support Kellogg's in any way except legally purchasing the Pop-Tarts before I eat them? I wasn't aware that purchasing and consuming a product meant I was under some sort of fucking thrall in which I'm only allowed to either praise the Pop-Tart (which to be honest isn't hard, especially the S'mores flavor) or, if I am going to criticize a flavor, offer a specific and detailed analysis as to why, phrased in as inoffensive and gentle a manner as possible so as not to upset the gentle people at Kellogg's.” Stacia Kane

A Modern-Day Art of War for Critical Thinkers

Logically Fallacious: The Ultimate Collection of Over 300 Logical Fallacies (Academic Edition) - Bo Bennett

This isn't a reference book, this is heavy artillery. 


If you want to clean up your faulty thinking, this is the book for you. You'll catch yourself in everyday fallacies, annoyingly enough, but you'll have clear examples of why the thinking doesn't work and how to correct it.


Set up like a dictionary with an easy to use table of contents, each entry is clearly marked, exampled and explained. There are also cross-referenced items for the more detail-oriented. 


Sound dry? Don't be so hasty: what you put into your brain comes out of your mouth.


Thought, word, deed - our thoughts shape our lives. They influence our conversations, communications, decisions and actions. I can't think of anything more important than that, can you? Used creatively, this book can literally teach you how to (re)think and maybe it's time to invest in something that works if you're sincerely looking to improve the quality of your life.  


Logically Fallacious does the trick. cross my little debate-lovin' heart. 

The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life

The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life - Francine Jay If you read this book, and I do mean really read this book, you won;t have clutter problems of any kind, ever again.
How to Build a Fire: And Other Handy Things Your Grandfather Knew - Erin Bried I had such an amazing time reading this book - it was like growing up at our house all over again. People just don't teach these skills and wisdoms anymore, and it's a shame. Do yourself a favour and grab this book and take its priceless lessons to heart.
The Age of Wire and String - Ben Marcus Fun, brainy book - I had a blast with this one.
You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself - David McRaney I loved this book and recommend this as a must-read for any reader, regardless of the kind of book you usually prefer. You see, it's relevant. In fact, it's horribly relevant. Internet, the land of the ego, where everyone likes to be right (or as right as possible, twenty four seven) could use this kind of ego-bubble popping. We're not so smart and this is why but reading it might make you a little wiser.
Affliction - Laurell K. Hamilton This is possibly the worst review I've ever posted, so I'll keep it short.

Another typical Hamilton mess, this plotless, pointless book (weighted with prolific attempts at padding and poor examples of penetration and procedural) could barely keep my attention; however, I had several friends who volunteered to read passages in accents and funny voices to get me through it. Special points to my neighbor who did the "choking scene" after sipping the helium from a few store-bought balloons.

If you attempt this one, have a box of wine handy. You'll need it.