Let’s See: Fanslave

Hey folks:

Don’t worry, I’ve started to do research on rental assistance resources for my readers, because that seems to be a hot search topic right now. So you’ll have either a post or a separate page (prolly both) very soon.

In the meantime, something odd caught my eye. A couple of weeks ago, I paid $5 to get 1,000 facebook fans for my nonprofit’s page. And I’m not ashamed of it either. 🙂 But that got me thinking: If folks are selling facebook likes, then there should be a way to get PAID for liking pages. And lo, there is.

Fanslave: http://www.fanslave.net/ref.php?ref=268115

Fanslave lets you sign up and get paid (usually about 3 cents a shot) to click like on Facebook fan pages. I figure it’s worth a tryout, even though it’s not much money per click. I’m on FB a lot anyway, may as well do something with it.

You can click on that link and check it out for yourselves, and I’ll keep you updated here as well.

Have You Been PWNED?

What does the word PWNED mean? There are a lot of definitions, but the easiest one comes from the site internetslang.com

PWNED is “Owned, dominated” or “Perfectly Owned”. A lot of theories about the origin of it abound, and I won’t get into that here. The biggest reason I’ve heard for it catching on so well is that it sounds like the definition of it. Hard, fast, and tough.

So, why am I talking about this at all? Because I came upon another website, of course. A way to check yourself and your email security.

PWNED LIST lets you enter your email address or user name into their search engine and see if it has been compromised at all. So far they have found over four million people with compromised addresses. Thankfully mine is not one of them. 🙂

Of course one of the first things I wondered was if  this is a front for someone who wants to collect email addresses for their own use. For those of us worried about the security of our user information, they offer the option of generating a SHA Hash to mask it. I did it, and it still gave me the same result.

The PWNED people say they are a group of security researchers who are doing this in their spare time. They have a contact page where they accept any type of message, including anonymous ones.

Go ahead and check it out for yourself!



Free Book Download: Ready Player One

I’m always on the lookout for a new book to read. This one seems really interesting. Boing Boing was the site that put me on to it. It’s a science fiction book called Ready Player One. In this article http://bit.ly/pUsbgs  a member of their team gives the book a great review. Here’s a quick description of the book:

“Cline’s first novel starts out in the year 2044. The Great Recession (the same one we are in right now) is in its third decade. Unemployment is higher than ever (there’s a two-year wait for a job at fast food chain restaurants), liquid fuel is extremely scarce, the climate is in awful shape, and famine, disease, and poverty are rampant across the planet.

The story is told by Wade Watts, an 18-year-old orphan who lives with 16 other people in trailer near the top of a tall stack of trailers in a crowded, crime-ridden trailer park on the outskirts of Oklahoma City (the suburbs are deserted, because hardly anyone can afford to buy fuel to travel by car). He doesn’t remember his father, who was shot by cops who caught him looting a grocery store for food after a power outage. And his mother overdosed on adulterated drugs when he was a kid. Wade now lives with his hateful young aunt and her creepy, fresh-out-of-prison boyfriend. They allow Wade to live in the trailer only because he’s worth a weekly ration of food vouchers.”

So I followed the link at the end of the article to download the preview of the first three chapters. It’s pretty awesome! Just thought I’d pass it along.

Here’s the download link:



The Source: An Amazing Scholarly Work

I used to be a seminary student. I wanted to be an ordained minister, so I spent a year and a half studying at a local school here in Seattle. Over the years, I’ve collected a lot of Bibles. This is a new one I’ve picked up online. The Source New Testament was released online without the study notes, as a teaser to get people to buy the real live book version. (Available here on Amazon: http://amzn.to/n5pwQe  )

The author, Dr. Ann Nylund, is not a theologian or an ordained minister. She is a Greek scholar who took a look at the Bible from a linguistic POV. Which I think is kind of cool, since that should mean she’s not beholden to any particular denomination or political outlook to sell her work.

I found the download at only one place online, so I wanted to embed it here on my blog. I’m hoping some other people will pick it up and do the same so that it will be more widely available. Dr. Nylund suffered some backlash after she wrote and released a study bible for the LGBT community. Stores refused to stock it, and conservative groups pulled all of her work from their website. See  http://bit.l/p8ZmA7


The LGBT study bible is also available on Amazon.com, as is most of Dr. Nylund’s work. http://amzn.to/obtDRR


Since her career took such a hit after publishing the LGBT Study Bible, and I find The Source to be such a helpful, well, reSource, I want to make sure as many people as possible have access to it. It’s kind of my way of saying thank you. So, without anymore yakking on my part, here it is, the Source New Testament PDF version without the study notes:


h/t to Hollywood Jesus for keeping the link alive!