Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Last Day to Clear Your Google Search History

I love history.

As a kid, in school, I loved reading about it, hearing stories, old photographs and visiting museums. Everyone and everything has a story, and I am interested in how they came about. Instead of my parents reading me a bedtime story, I used to ask my mom to tell me stories from when she was my age. I could sit with my grandma and listen for hours upon hours about how she met my grandfather, her life as a teenager, the Great Depression, and any other story she wanted to tell me.

I think stemming from my love of history, of stories, I have always kept journals. Seeing my history, and my timeline specifically, gives me a sense of calmness. I can look back, reflect on the changes, see patterns, remember funny moments that have slipped my mind and also use it as a reminder not to make the same mistake twice.

Keeping a journal in 2012 is much easier than it was when I received my first journal, my diary. While my diary was filled with secrets, hopes and dreams, my adult journals are more for record keeping. And unlike my diary, my record keeping is not limited to one book of lined paper.

There are many tools that I use these days, that all help tell a story of me. I subscribe to TimeHop (a daily email telling you did one year ago), OhLife (just answer the daily email, and voila, instant private blog). I Tweet, Facebook (sorry, it's pretty private), Check In, Eat, Network, +1, Pin, Snip, blog, shoot stills, and shoot not so stills - that's just the short list.

I think it's been established that I love history (and sharing, obviously), especially when it's personalized. Having said that, I just cleared my Google Search History. If you do not know why I did this, go a quick Google Search, or read this article.

But, before I cleared my search history from ALL of my Google Accounts, I'd thought I'd share some gems from searches made during my freelance writing days (and some random from a year ago), that I probably would not want associated with my name but I'm not embarrassed to admitting to searching (ironic I'm posting it here, huh).

"Christians using comis sans vs. other religions"

"man lost pants at bath house + seattle"

"Keyshia cole mom"

"Teen witch makeout scene"

"married men cheating skype"

"Miley Cyrus Party in the USA lyrics"

"canadian border drug laws"

"serial killers pee pants until older"

"Boob job maintenance redone"

"Growing medical marijuana risks, california, michigan"

"Women + arrested + exposing + tampons"

"Baby Boomer Potheads"

Of course, I have many other searches that I do not want to share with you (bodily fluids, how to's, etc.) but you get the idea.

I am going to miss my search history, I really am. But, it might just be time to let go.

For information on how to clear your search history (do this tonight) here's a very easy how to guide.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Pioneer Square/Sodo Shaking

If you have been following me on Twitter this past month, you probably already know that I am freaking out by the fact that my office (specifically my desk) is shaking all the time. My desk is located at the center of a mezzanine, and while we have support beams, my location is not positioned near either one.

Not only is the shaking highly annoying (imagine a little brother just poking you over and over again until you punch him) but the repetitive loud noise will make your ears ring.

What is causing the shaking (and noise)? A new mixed use building.

From the PI:
"Construction is set to start next week on the North Lot project, which includes 400,000 square feet of offices, 35,000 square feet of retail space and 800 family-oriented homes, including 100 units affordable to people earning up to 70 percent of median income. It would be the largest transit-oriented development on the West Coast, putting homes near King Street train station and several major bus lines, along with urban amenities in Pioneer Square and the International District."
Here is a video I took while walking to work a few weeks ago:

And here is a video I took today, of what happens at my desk when the Pile Driver is driving pile:

Do you work in Pioneer Square/Sodo and are experiencing something like this, too? I'd love to hear your comments.

And, for those that think I am overly exaggerating, I cordially invite you to sit at my desk for 30 minutes and try not to go freaking insane. 

Update: There is an end in sight

And here is the ad video for the new construction.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

B of A Class Action Lawsuit

Last night, I received an awesome surprise! A check from a class action lawsuit against Bank of America.

I actually wrote about this class action lawsuit in January of 2009. It's been three years, so I had pretty much forgotten about this lawsuit. Yay for bonus money!