On to the details. TopCashBack.com is a cash/rebate site. Currently they are looking to drive new sign ups with a deal in conjunction with Raise, where any purchase of a gift card gets you $15.00 cash back. TopCashBack has good reviews, though you will find a couple of reviews that say they are shady. I have limited experience, but I know I saw the same with e-bates and some people just don’t read things or follow the steps. Anyway, you can sign up for TopCashBack.
Once you have signed up, click on this link to go to the Raise gift card site. The deal is you have to make a purchase of a gift card from that site by midnight tonight – I assume that is Pacific time but not sure. And yeah, this deal came from the Cheapskate at CNET originally. My understanding you get the $15 deal on any purchase – so if you want, find a $1.00 gift card/certificate deal. As for me, I am saving money on a gift card that I will use anyway, so not a big deal to go ahead with a $20-25 dollar card.
My understanding is it takes about a week for the $15 to credit back to you account. I further understand you can get that as a direct deposit to your checking account, Pay-Pal account, or Amazon Gift card. I further understand it is a few weeks before you can request a payout, but not sure about the time on that, as I have seen a couple of different things from a week to 90 days? Maybe this is the shady aspect – regardless it is free money.
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Granted, I was not doing anything that was super complex or deep, and I was only making modifications to code that someone else had written. And I guess that is where some of what appealed to me on such a deep level came from. The guy that had written that the code in that theme was clean and rock solid – which in my experience is not usually the case with most theme writers.
Guess I should clarify for the lay reader, by code I mean of course computer program and by coding I mean the act of programming or creating/modify a computer program. And to take it a level high, that is the instruction set that tells a computer how (or subset of computer these days, such as a browser) how to behave or what to do.
I should get back to that a bit more often, if nothing else, even as a just my hobby of an evening late at night. Of course if I could pick up a few extra dollars with something that would be great too.
Last word is code is poetry, especially when done well.
I guess it really goes back to newspapers, journals, and magazines when you think about it, but we have been with that model there for a long time. At some point some folks saw that repeat business as the way to go and since it worked there, it has been pushed just about everywhere. From my post before, you know that I am not a big fan of subscribing to the cable companies, but these days if I want to watch sports, what am to do otherwise?
But that is not big gripe today. My big issue with the cloud and subscriptions that we have there. Most of the apps will let me have them for free, but if I really want to utilize them I need to pay someone for my extras and especially for storage in the cloud. And what happens when everything is in the cloud, the current modest prices will rise if they follow anything like the cable television market.
Everything wants me to pay a little bit to get my stuff in the cloud. Google, Amazon, Microsoft all have options for pictures, music, videos, etc. As do several hundred others to name but a few like Dropbox. And then there all the niche ones like that associated with Evernote and even my daily task list tool Todoist. If I did even half of them that I like and use I could easily be over a $100 monthly with nothing to show for it the day I stopped paying (caveat, most services do keep your stuff you had paid for previously in the cloud… but…) And I want even go into trying to purchase software outright as opposed to the subscription based models like Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suites are using now.
I would much rather have the control of my information that I am storing personally. And I know that a big part of the reason is to have the backups, but I take care of that personally. Another part of the reason is to have the data available on my other devices – but similarly, I can manage that myself – and without the cloud of the devices support such.
No, I much of the mind of the guy on the rant yesterday. I have already moved my pictures and music to local storage sometime back and it is in process, but soon a media server of some sort will be in place for movies and such to be stored locally and I will continue to purchase them out right when I find one worthy of owning. Now to figure out or find a local based Evernote function…
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Unfortunately I don’t quite recall the site I saw with this or a similar theme on it and I have cleared my cache, or I would give them a shout out. I will give one to Anders Noren, who has several professional themes and as far as I could tell from his site, they are all save one, free for downloaded. I will also add, that is coding is tight, correct, and probably some of the best I have seen from a theme developer – most are nowhere near as good nor easy to follow and almost all others break the rules as much as possible. Guess I should mention that I think the theme is called Baskerville – if I am recalling correctly.
That being said, I am very pleased with the theme out of the box. I did of course change a few custom options in the theme and I did have made a modification to make my adverts fit properly. Additionally, I did hack out the part where the feature image is displayed on the single post content page – as I have historically (going way back to 2007-2008) included images in most posts and this causes a double image if I set a feature image – which I want to do with this great looking magazine type layout.
And for the first time, this them has some custom post types that I am actually interested in using. I have more than a few galleries that I am wanting to put together – I will be looking forward to using that custom type. Several others that I am going to have to check out as well.
Another plus is that I have the theme pretty much looking the way I want it to look right off the bat – which usually it takes me some time to make such a conversion – over the course of several days, during which the site looks like crap.
Having said that though, there are a few things I am going to do yet. I am probably going to light things up with a green (probably a dark green) background, as well as my own header photo. That will probably be a similar scene, but probably in color – and I have to wait and find it first to take it – and we are still short a little bit on the leaves that I think I want.
That being said though, I got the widgets all set and along with the ads and such right off the bat. There is one thing I still want to really explore though. A give and take with Facebook would be really nice. It is something I have explored and even had going at some point in the past. But there are a lot of folks that comment over there and it would be nice to have those comments come back here as well. Not sure, may also explore (maybe in conjunction) the Disqus Comment system again as well.
About the only other thing that I am thinking of adding is some sort of related post tool to show such on a post and some sort of email list building tools (aside from just subscribing to the blog itself).
The one thing that I remember about being in the mountains on a good clear night, down the valley I lived in for some time, where the mountains blocked what little light bled came from the sporadic mostly small town around the area, the stars were just vast and the milky way looked like a milky way. And with that look the understanding of just why the astronomers of yesteryear gave it such a fitting name.
That in turn had me pondering deeply about just how much we have lost since our pre-historic relatives were looking upwards to the heavens and just what a view full of twinkling lights they would have had.
Alas, there are few places in central Kentucky that you can get such a view. Way to many bigger towns with light “pollution” combined with a gently rolling hills or flatness. Occasionally, when out fishing in a deep river bottom I will get a similar, but smaller similar sense, but the vastness is a big part of it.
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His rapid loss plan was mostly with salad green and having vinegar (there are a LOT of different flavors) for lunch and similar with any vegetables for dinner – both raw and cooked in a stew. What I did a few years back was the salad greens and vinegar for lunch and mostly just a portion control for dinner (of course that was also when I had a lot of beers with dinner on occasion and was still loosing weight).
My plan going forward for the next little bit is the salad greens for lunch and occasionally for dinner but also with some other things for dinner in controlled portions. And unlike Penn, I will keep with having my 1/4 cup of oatmeal for breakfast most of the time – the benefits of oatmeal and that starting off full is too important to miss.
Do I plan on a pound a day – no – but getting things starting the right direction with this. Loosing a couple of pounds a week would be grand.]]>
So all you have to do is sign up on Ebates to get the process rolling. I strongly recommend adding the Ebates cash back button to your preferred browser, as it will give you pop up to activate the program when you are on any website that they do cash back from – so far it shows up on almost all the big online shopping websites. The amounts back vary from site to site, some as much as 5% or more and some down to as little as a 2%, but every little bit, especially on a big purchase is that much more you save in the form for money back after the fact.
When the pop-up (I use that term, it is just a bar across the top of your browser screen) comes on, you have an option to activate the Ebate cash back program for that site. Basically, behind the scenes it is turning on a cookie so that Ebates will get their affiliate share or whatever it is they are getting – so that in turn they will cut your share out of it and send you a check.
You can sign up by clicking the link/picture below or above. Make sure you use correct information and a valid email so the registration will go through and you will actually get paid out once you make a qualifying purchase.
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The whole idea was to give some more time at the end of the day and save some on the expense of lighting that would be required at that time. Of course this flew in the face of farmers and such who had a cycle of getting up with our slightly before daylight and working until dusk anyway.
But the big question is just how much is saved in regards to lighting these days. And the bigger question is does it really do that much for us?
And I will give you this caveat, I really like the longer evenings when it gets to be spring for extra daylight while fishing, so lets just make the daylight savings setting the standard and be done with it. That gets us the best of it all, we saving whatever we will save and have longer daylight hours of the evening. And lets face it, there is no savings to be had during the winter whichever way you go, as it is dark before and after work regardless that time of year.