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I was just emailed this photo… found it funny. Would love to see my neighbors do this. The guy down the street from me has 180 channels for Christmas lights on his home. He sets the lights by channels to music with a computer program that uses an equalizer, fade-in, fade-out, note recognition, instrument recognition… He has another program that helps him designate zones on the home so that he can construct his light show by zones. He tells me that Channel 4 news is going to be down to video tape his home this Friday night. I decided to help out and lend him a couple of power cords. Apparently the power cords are a bit of an expense. So if you see a home in Queen Creek AZ on the news… you know the pest control guy helped.

On a side note, this will be the first time ever that my home has Christmas lights up the day after Thanksgiving.

Hope the Turkey was good to you this year.

And yes… there are others blogging about Christmas lights as well.

Just a couple of fun highlights from my trip to Raleigh, NC for the internet summit.

The 100 Mile Race

Flying out of Phoenix Sky Harbor, I spoke with a man that told me he had just run 100 miles. I thought he was being sarcastic. Nope. He was in a 100 mile race. He says that they call them UltraMarathons. He told me that he fly in just for the race and was leaving. He’s not a professional, and says that there are very few professionals in Ultramarathons. His run was 6 loops. You drop a bag with food and minimum supplies about the half way point. And he finished his 100 mile run in just over 26 hours. The winner finished in about 17.5 hours.

Never Been on the Internet

From Baltimore to Raleigh I sat next to a couple that were retired and living in Florida. They were upwards of 70 years old and had been retired for less than a year. I asked if they stayed in touch with their family in New York via Facebook. Nope. They have NEVER been on the internet. NEVER. They have never owned a home computer. What about text messaging? Nope. She told me that she just got,… “what is it called, you know a phone that you take out of your home.” … I took a guess, “A cell phone?”. She had her first cell phone in her hand about 5 months ago. Still no text messaging, but they got one just for safety reasons.

North Carolina BBQ

North Carolina has it’s own unique BBQ. They claim it to the “REAL BBQ”. Interestingly they even have two different types, an East and West NC BBQ. It’s vinegar based. The West BBQ adds a little molasses to the vinegar. Definitely different, and I kinda liked how the vinegar brought out the flavor of the meat a little more. Not bad at all. Sadly I couldn’t think of a single cuisine unique to Arizona, cactus fries maybe???

Need Raleigh Pest Control? Try Bulwark Exterminating.

Bulwark Exterminating
19 W. Hargett
Suite 700
Raleigh, NC 27601
USA
919-481-0007
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Likable = Linkable

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Image by Hug It Forward via Flickr

Twitter is a great tool for engagement. Yes you should use twitter to build links. You find like minded individuals. You share content with them. You tweet out their good content. You make comments on their blogs. You get invited to guest post. You build relationships, you build links. The best links come from humans, not bots, not tools, HUMANS.

In the same stroke. A relationship is about give and take. Again, yes, you should use twitter to build links. But tweeting out self promoting links every 5 minutes, or 10, or even hourly just to build links will sabotage your relationships. ( see rule #3 Thou Shalt Not Blatantly Self-Promote ) So I try to avoid too much self promotion on my own twitter stream. I don’t use my twitter stream to build links for me. I don’t want to loose influence with peers by flooding my twitter stream with ME, ME, ME. I know, as a pest control guy I probably don’t carry too much influence… Even more the reason to guard what little I may have.

No relationships = No Links

FYI- The best links I get and give from twitter usually come from behind the DM curtain. 

( find me on twitter @Thos003 )

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This is a nifty new addition to your link option in wordpress.

“or Link to Existing Content

Now when building a link you get the option to simply link back to one of your articles on wordpress. Good move wordpress. This pest control guy gives this 2 thumbs up! We like simple and we like links!

Do you want twitter followers? Well this a little on why I follow or unfollow people on twitter. Not claiming any secrets on how to gain followers. But perhaps a little honesty from a pest control guy could help one figure out this twitter thing.

 

Follow:

I follow people that are willing to converse with me. If you follow me and have a conversation with me on twitter then I’ll usually follow you. If you follow me and respond to a DM of mine, then I’ll follow you. I have a lot of conversations in private. There is a lot that is said behind closed doors. I find those conversations very valuable. There are a lot of people that I check in on, but don’t follow. I use lists.

Unfollow:

I unfollow people that self promote too much. I unfollow people that publish just links. Sorry, but if you if I do follow you and you unfollow me, then I take that as a sign that you don’t want to openly converse anymore and I’ll unfollow you. And yes, I trim down my list on occasion, so if you’re not following me, or not conversing with me then you’re probably not making the cut. Sorry Bob.

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Facebook:

Facebook has been a bit more private use for me so I only allow people I’ve meet in real life into my facebook circle. But don’t worry, you’re not missing much if you aren’t there. I don’t facebook much.

I’d also like to thank Kenneth Gonzalez for his engaging conversation that help spur some of this post. Find his blog at,  http://blog.engagedconsulting.com/ … Now back to that problem of me following 666 people. Sorry but need to change that. If you still say, “I don’t get twitter.” then you should read some of the following articles. Or just start posting comments and questions below. …Its called engagement.

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Showing up for his first ever Google plus hangout…

Yes, Jon Henshaw brought a phone for his mic, and ear. Actually not a bad idea if you want to hang out at work and look like your are still busy.

“So if I don’t have a webcam, you pretty much can’t hangout in Google+”

Google+ hangout is probably the biggest advantage Google has over the competitors right now.

FYI- Turn off your email alerts or your Gmail will look like this:

So will Google+ survive?

The problem is that grandma from facebook may visit Google+ for a family video chat, but grandma doesn’t want to start over with a new platform. Facebook has the party, as much as they may be hated for user privacy. Yes, Facebook even made the top 19 most hated companies list by Rueters. So no one wants to pick up and leave. Any online community manager will tell you that “USERS HATE CHANGE.” Google+ is novel right now but will it fade?

If you want more on user feedback for Google Plus:

Final words from the pest control guy

What Google has failed to do is establish a core group of users. Pick a niche, develop a community, and build from there.


Why did LinkedIN’s IPO price double yesterday? Was it because of LinkedIN’s awesome business prowess and potential earnings? It seemed from the few people I spoke to that were remotely interested in purchasing their stock that the simple reason was “It’s LinkedIN.”

What earning potential does the social media site of the business world have?
Pro Memberships and Ads. But isn’t the advertising/income potential a problem for other social media giants, say… Facebook? Granted the audience on LinkedIN is much more professional than Facebook.  Of course being a professional social media networking site doesn’t guarantee you have business savvy, like “What Price should the IPO open at?” which according to the LA Times cost them $130 million. Ooops. But don’t worry LA Times also quotes the high price at $122.70. Yet they posted a Bloomberg report with a high of $110.01. And Google reports the opening day high for LinkedIn’s IPO at $115.09.  So what are few number discrepancies…?

Back to the point at hand.

PEOPLE BOUGHT LINKEDIN PRIMARILY BECAUSE OF A NAME.

Many people bought knowing the name would push it, just so they could sell it after the initial jump.  Branding. Gotta love it.

Any other Questions?

What is LinkedIn’s Stock symbol? LNKD.

Next question. …..Just add it below.

Don’t mind me, just a pest control guy.

Okay… I like Spiderman and all, but did it really out rank Ironman? I mean, I even have a biased to the spider since I am a pest control guy and all, but Iron Man nailed it! … But putting them in a real order wouldn’t leave much to debate here. And at least now I have a couple of rentals to consider since I haven’t seen several of your top 25. Cowabunga!

http://blog.moviefone.com/2011/05/10/best-comic-book-movies/

Here is their list:

25. ‘Shogun Assassin’ (1980)
24. ‘A History of Violence’ (2005)
23. ‘300’ (2007)
22. ‘Road to Perdition’ (2002)
21. ‘Hellboy’ (2004)
20. ‘X-Men’ (2000)
19. ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ (2010)
18. ‘Persepolis’ (2007)
17. ‘Sin City’ (2005)
16. ‘X2′ (2003)
15. ‘Ghost in the Shell’ (1995)
14. ‘Iron Man’ (2008)
13. ‘Lupin the 3rd: Castle of Cagliostro’ (1979)
12. ‘Spider-Man’ (2002)
11. ‘The Rocketeer’ (1991)
10. ‘Superman’ (1978)
9. ‘American Splendor’ (2003)
8. ‘Men in Black’ (1997)
7. ‘Batman’ (1989)
6. ‘Spider-Man II’ (2004)
5. ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ (1990)
4. ‘Ghost World’ (2001)
3. ‘Akira’ (1988)
2. ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008)
1. ‘Blade’ (1998)

Well, where to begin with this list. Let’s just start with #1… SERIOUSLY? Sure the logic is sound, but I doubt that the general public would even place Blade in their top 10 list let alone #1. And I am surprised that 2 sequels beat out the originals (Spiderman II, and Dark Knight). In fact, Batman Begins didn’t even make their top 25. It only made mention to why Blade was number one. Which may not be all that honorable of a mention considering that they mentioned Daredevil in sync, which also didn’t make the list. If they were dipping into the top 25 as legendary status they also missed Tales from the Crypt, an EC comic book. And then you have to think about Dick Tracy being skipped over for a couple of less known animations films. Which is especially insulting when they didn’t add in any of Marvel’s full length Comic Book Animations. “Batman: Under the Red Hood” was an amazing movie. But I can see why you wouldn’t want to add another Batman to the list.

I must think that there is some criteria that is not being explained in the author’s selection. Some unwritten rule about it having to be a Comic Book prior to being a movie, which is understandable. I mean the Stars Wars and Indiana Jones movies made the comic books. But this doesn’t explain why Transformers was left off the list. Granted it was a Toy prior to it’s TV and Comic Book debut. But none the less, Transformers was a comic book at the same time it was a TV series, so without proper exclusion from the list for being a toy first, Transformers should have made the top 25. The author also included “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” which was graphic NOVEL, not a comic book.

Disclaimer: I am not a certified comic book specialist. So don’t mind me, just a Phoenix pest control guy doing my pest controlling.

Just a few photos from my day as a Volunteer Photographer for Wordcamp Phoenix.

Started the morning out with some organic bananas provided by Organic Themes.

This is the best smile I could pull of at 6:30 AM.

Yep… One cup per participant for the entire day.

Pat Tillman Foundation

Yes. I know that there is lens flare in this photo…

Don’t think that just because I am a pest control guy that I can’t purposefully add lens flare.

 

Pat Tillman Foundation

See that? Now tell me that I can’t add lens flare.

But even more impressive is how the Phoenix Word Camp man of the hour, Chuck Reynolds,

supported the Pat Tillman Foundation. May the memory of that hero live on.

@mrsconrey

Speaking of hero’s… This blogger is a Domestic Engineer. She’s a heroine in my book.

And this was the only WordCamp thus far to accomplish a “Zero Waste Event.” Go Phoenix!

But conserving energy doesn’t mean that you should leave home with your battery half charged.

Brilliant… LIVE ANGRY BIRDS. Theme song and all. Seriously… How can you compete with such a stellar line up?

Lucky winner of an Angry Bird.

Shout out to Corey Miller and the iThemes crew. Great speaker. And nice Custom WordPress Builder.

And the guy from Microsoft apologizing about IE8… Funny.

And this is the super ninja’s kicking off the Red Carpet after party… Plzzzz.

If you like that move…

well you probably don’t, so never mind.

Summary: Wordcamp Phoenix started pretty early for some of us… 5:30am if you had to drive from the outskirts of Phoenix AZ down to Chandler. Here is a brief photo recamp using photos provided by Thos003, me, your local pest control guy. From live Angry Birds to Microsoft apologizing about Internet Explorer 8… it was a fun filled day… And a fantastic night.

All in a Wordcamp days worth of work form you Phoenix pest control guy.

 

So inquiring minds need to know…

If your Bug Guy were a Super Hero who would it be?

Thos003 results:
Thos003 is Spider-Man

Spider-Man
80%
Supergirl
80%
Wonder Woman
80%
The Flash
70%
Green Lantern
70%
Iron Man
70%
Superman
65%
Catwoman
55%
Batman
50%
Robin
50%
Hulk
50%
You are intelligent, witty,
a bit geeky and have great
power and responsibility.Spider Pest Control Guy


Click here to take the Superhero Personality Test

Kinda ironic that your neighborhood pest control guy would be moonlighting as Spider-Man. But then again spiders are a natural insect controller.

But if I were an Evil Villain, being that pest control guys are licensed to kill (Hence the 003, per James Bond fans),

So if your pest control guy were an evil villain…

Thos003 results:
Thos003 is The Joker

The Joker
77%
Mr. Freeze
67%
Green Goblin
61%
Dr. Doom
58%
Apocalypse
57%
Mystique
57%
Poison Ivy
54%
Riddler
54%
Lex Luthor
53%
Dark Phoenix
47%
Venom
46%
Juggernaut
45%
Catwoman
42%
Kingpin
39%
Magneto
37%
Two-Face
25%
The Clown Prince of Crime. You are a brilliant mastermind but are criminally insane. You love to joke around while accomplishing the task at hand.

Pest Control Jokes and Jokester


Click here to take the Supervillain Personality Quiz

…I can live with being a Jokester.

Unfortunately I don’t believe our name sakes made it to the list…

Bulwark Pest Control Comic with ant eating tongue

ant eating tongue, yes, but not very friendly looking.

And this guy was an escapee from a prison camp…

Bulwark Commic

…Thanks but we will leave the chubby pest control guy image to the Porkin Man.

We didn't start the fire...

Bulwark villain character with Hulk like attributes.

Not quite what we were looking for… I guess Spider-Man was the best pick.

Next we will be introducing the Zombie Pest Control Team!…

Give me about 20 years to retire from Bulwark Exterminating and than I’ll work on that project.

and if you want a true to life Pest Control Hero call Bulwark.