How many times a day do you check your phone, whether it be for messages, emails, Twitter, Facebook status updates, Instagram, or actually making a phone call to someone? We’re not even talking exclusively smartphone users, who have those things glued to their hands at all times. We’re including all mobile phone users here.
Heck, you may even be reading this Web Watch post on your phone right now.
If not – then rest assured that they still have the old-fashioned carnival barker there, offering to guess anything from your weight, to your zodiac sign, to your age — all for just a few dollars. Don’t worry – if they get it wrong, they hand you a stuffed animal worth $0.25 to them. It’s sheer profit, even if they lose every single transaction that they attempt.
Back in the day (and it’s always “back in the day” with these types of stories, isn’t it?), Web Watch would be known to partake in a drinking game or two amongst friends.
Why? Mainly because the games themselves were kinda fun. A bit stupid, perhaps, but always a fun challenge. Drinking was merely secondary to the activity, as one never needs a “game” of any sort to take a drink whenever one would like.
The key, of course, is to know when to say when and back out of the activity. Drinking too much because of some stupid game rule is never a good idea for anyone.
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While most any story about pee can be amusing, there are times when pee is not a laughing matter.
There are any number of reasons why adult men would suffer from occasional incontinence, or just can’t stop the post-pee drip from appearing on the outside of their khaki pants — and that usually happens immediately before an important business meeting where you have to stand in front of the company board and make a formal presentation.
And all you can think about is “are they looking at my pee stain”?
It stands for EVERYDAY CARRY, and represents those few things that you always carry on your, no matter what.
For some people, it’s the standard — watch, wallet (with specific credit cards, shopping cards, insurance cards, family photos), cell phone, car key, house key. A pocket full of change. Maybe some lip balm.
Women have it a bit easier, as various purse sizes allow for a wide expanse of Everyday Carry items to be toted around like (literally) there’s no tomorrow. Heck, one day we even watched a woman pull out a 1lb bag of coffee beans from her purse that she just happened to be carrying around with her for no observable reason that evening. (Ask us for the full story, next time you see us out and about. It’s a hoot.)
Some of Web Watch’s friends insist on carrying switchblade knives of various deadly lengths. Others prefer the more subtle Swiss Army Knife.
The Internet is free, right? You have to pay to be online, but once you’re there – the millions of pages of information out there should be yours for the viewing, without being blocked by persistently annoying advertising invading your viewspace.
Web Watch is in a quandray over this – we’re supported by advertising on the site, so why would we want to share with you one simple, easy way to completely block all ads from ever appearing on your computer or WiFi-enabled devices ever again? If this idea takes off, we’ll have to switch to a subscription-based model – but we’d rather not go that route if we can help it.
Our father was a bit of a tinkerer. A gadget-guy. (Still is, actually.)
He loves to put things through their paces, then take them apart to see how they worked or if they could be improved upon.
For a while, when we were young, he was infatuated with battery-operated devices – like toys. So he’d go out and buy the latest, greatest battery-operated toy (even better if it was a rechargeable battery). And Web Watch would get to play with the toy for as long as we wanted to.
Go ahead. Have fun with that.
Until Dad decided that it was time for him to take the toy apart and see what made it last as long as it did on that single battery charge.
Web Watch went through a lot of battery-operated toys during that time. Sure, we got to play with all of them, but only for like a day.
If Web Watch were to mention the name Randy Pausch to you, chances are you wouldn’t know who we were talking about off the top of your head.
But if we were to mention that Randy was the Carnegie-Mellon professor who wrote the book The Last Lecture, then maybe that would help ring a bell for you. If you haven’t taken the time to read the book or watch the phenomenal documentary on The Last Lecture, then Web Watch strongly encourages you to stop whatever you’re doing right now and do so.
Just let us know when you’ve gotten back and we’ll continue…