Saturday, July 25, 2009

Review Compensations

A question was asked via Fleegle's Blog regarding the ethical dilemma of being compensated for writing reviews for a yarn shop.

Let me first say that I agree that there should be a disclaimer that states compensation took place for a review. But let me also say that if one thinks that a "famous blogger" is doing reviews out of the goodness of their heart, then they must be foolish, because no one does anything for free anymore.

Let me explain. I, being a not-very-well-known blogger, do reviews and am able to share my real opinions because I am not on anyone else's payroll. However, I have no compunction about accepting a yarn for free as a payment for reviewing it. This does not of course mean that my review would be all flowers and sunshine. But once one is on a payroll, the words in the review must be carefully chosen.

For example: Knitter's Review is sent dozens if not hundreds of submissions for review every month. Big name yarn companies along with smaller time ones all vie for the chance to be reviewed by Clara Parkes. Keep in mind, that Clara Parkes does explain that this occurs. And if you read her reviews carefully, you can find whether or not she liked a yarn. She has a disclaimer that explains that any yarn submitted for review will be reviewed honestly. Big Name Blogger, but still honest reviews, despite COMPENSATION.

Back to Fleegle's Post, there is absolutely no reason that she should not be able to have a disclaimer stating that there was compensation for the review. My feeling is that the shop owner did not do any proper research before making a statement like that.

What do you think?


Okay, for the past few days, the program on my G1 has said that Monday is supposed to be 96 degress. (OMFG HOT DEATH DOOM)

Go to now and it says 88. Go to google weather, and it says that it'll be 88 on Monday.

My phone still says 96 degrees.

So I wonder how warm it's really gonna be?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Token Response

Earlier (10 am-ish)

Basketball Player from Conference: Did that hurt? (motioning to my labret piercing)
ME: Nope. Piercings are fun
BPC: Got your nipples pierced?
ME: (a little annoyed) Nope. Having one of those ripped out SUCKS!
BPC: What else do you have pierced? (insert icky gross eyebrow raise)
ME: Use your imagination. I'm not saying anything

LATER (MUCH later)

BPC: Do you go to school here?
ME: Nope. I graduated
BPC: Oh, I was gonna ask you for your number
ME: How OLD are you?
BPC: uh.....19
me:I'm twice your age
BPC: OMG, I..uh...(runa)

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Yes, I Know, I Know....

It has been a long-as* time since I wrote anything. And I am sorry. Really. It's just that, I have a full time job, (which is, granted, cut to 35 hours per week over the summer), I did just start doing classes again (to work towards the Business MBA program...just prereqs right now, mind you...), and am also test knitting a pattern. I am so busy, my poor little head is spinning.

In the midst of all the studying, knitting, and working, there is also that fun word: HOUSE HUNTING. More correctly, we were looking at townhouses for rent. We had decided that we definitely needed another room. (*cough cough* CRAFT ROOM) and also wanted a little more space for our ever-increasing amounts of stuff (mainly books..and mainly mine, thankyouverymuch).

We did find a place. And it is wonderful. And, no, it is not a townhouse. Apparently we are really good tenants (no duh) and our apartment manager pulled all sorts of strings to get us a 2 br/2 bath, up one floor and down the hall, for the about the same price we are paying now. The square footage is roughly 100 sq ft larger than our current place, and OMG you'll have to see the living room! It's HUGE! It's got room for a dining table! So we are scooting around trying to get all of the deposits taken care of. I am collecting boxes from work so that I can start packing the non-essentials, since we need to be out of the current place by the 31st.

Oh, and I have a midterm on Monday for my Microeconomics class. And the test pattern needs to be complete a little before the end of the month. I am crazy busy.

Rest assured, I love you guys and will try to get some pictures up here just as soon as we move!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th

I am making chili. And surfing the internets.... Found something cool because I can't get enough knitting, there are audiobooks from the Mason Dixon ladies!!!! mwahahaha.

Haven't decided if I am going to do the Tour de Fleece, which is supposed to mean spinning up yarn, and then making something out of it in a certain time span. I think my time span is a little less than a month, but I could be wrong, since I have no idea when the Tour de France ends...*hangs head in shame*. I dunno. I have enough stash to start spinning. hehe. But if we move, I don't want to take apart the wheel and bobbins and then cart a half spun fleece to another location.

And no, we don't have any plans for the 4th of July. Just sitting down and vegging out

edit: I just looked it up, and Tour de Fleece is July 4th-July 26th. Hmm...what can I spin up in that time? *looks at stash*