Unstrung Magazine Summer Issue

Hi there!

Quick post today.  The Summer 2014 issue of Unstrung Magazine, published by the Arizona Consortium for the Arts, was published this weekend. I have a couple of poems in this issue. Below is the link if you care to check it out.

http://www.theblueguitarmagazine.org/resources/UNSTRUNG+summer+2014.pdf

Happy reading!

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Spam Comment of the Week: July 16 2014

Although I’ve been away from the blog for a few months, the spam comments have not subsided. Below are recent spam comments sitting in my pending queue for approval.

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Let me take a moment to discuss each comment.

1. Good post. I’m facing some of these issues as well…

The spam comment above was in response to my blog post How the CDC Can Help You Survive Your Zombie Wedding. I’m intrigued that someone may have faced some of the issues outlined in that particular blog post.

2. certainly like your web site however you have to take a look at the spelling on several of your posts. Many of them are rife with spelling problems and I to find it very bothersome to inform the truth nevertheless I’ll definitely come back again.

I find it bothersome to follow sentences without capitalization and lack of proper punctuation. Zing! Take that Mr. car quote insurances.

3. I’m not typing out the whole quote on this one. I just wanted to point out one piece of the comment.

You managed to hit the nail upon the top…

Love it. This had to be a translation because most of us know this phrase as “hit the nail on the head.”

That’s all for this week. Tune in next time for Fun with Spammers!

July Update

Hello! I know I’ve been away for awhile. What can I say, the first half of the year just seems so hectic that blogging takes a step to the side. I recently logged into WP and saw that my blog still shows signs of life, so I thought I should take a few minutes to post something and get up to date with my fellow bloggers. Continue reading

Last Minute Thoughts Before the New Year

Before I close the door on 2013, I wanted to leave a few thoughts about the past year on WP.

Personally, 2013 was a whole year of reflection and transition for me.  Blogging wasn’t at the top of my priority list, but I still felt the need to keep the blog afloat. Hopefully my regular posts for the past month have partially made up for the irregular posting schedule. Continue reading

Spotlight Awards 2013: Reader’s Picks

Hello everyone!  I still cannot believe that 2013 is almost over.  I couldn’t let 2013 slip away without awarding a round of Spotlight Awards.  Because I’ve been a fair-weather blogger this year, I haven’t spent much time on WordPress. When I did hop on, I mostly visited blog I already followed. Therefore, I turned over the nomination process to my audience.

I want to thank all of you who took time to send me a cool blog to check out. The blogs featured in this round of Spotlight Awards have very unique themes. I’m not sure if I would have come across these blogs on my own.

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And the Word of the Year Is…

While the minds at Oxford and Merriam Webster have already chosen selfie and science respectively as the 2013 words of the year, the word that stuck in my head this year was graupel. Just when I thought my local news stations were done replacing the simplistic descriptions of weather phenomena with more worldly terms, they pulled out this gem in February 2013. Continue reading

Spotlight Nominations

Due to my neglect of this blog in 2013, it has been a long, long time since I’ve done a Spotlight post.  If you are new to the blog, I used to have a monthly post where I’d hand out Spotlight Awards to blogs I thought were cool and might be of interest to others.

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Two Cents Tuesday: Writing

For today’s blog post, I’ve picked up my inspiration from the Two Cents Tuesday challenge posted on Across the Bored. It is more than likely a new challenge will be posted today, but I subscribe to the “better late than never” philosophy and feel compelled to participate in the challenged that is now expiring.

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A December to Remember 2013

This time last year, I was feeling a bit burned out from maintaining this blog.  I do enjoy maintaining a presence on WordPress, but more and more I have found it difficult to blog regularly.  Last December, I vowed to make December the most awesome month of blogging on NMNPHX for my readers. You know, give my audience a December to Remember. Continue reading

My Two Cents on Toys

Just when I was ready to throw in the towel and leave this blog untouched for the rest of the week, Across the Bored posted a challenge I could easily fulfill.  This week’s topic selected for Two Cents Tuesday is Toys. Even though daylight stretches on a bit longer these days, I seem to have less time for certain endeavors (such as writing and blogging) as I’ve rediscovered a favorite toy of mine from my high school years.

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I received this back in 1997.  My grandfather bought it for $30 from a buddy of his that used to play it in a mariachi band. Even though the rosette around the sound hole was already chipping away and the case had seen better days, I was so ecstatic to own a guitar. I signed up for 2 semesters of guitar class my senior year of high school and happily strummed along as my guitar instructor taught us chords for tunes from the 50’s and 60’s, from groups such as the Beatles, Doors, Beach Boys and Kingston Trio to name a few.

My grandfather lived long enough to see me learn these songs.  To celebrate our year of learning guitar, my guitar instructor held a guitar concert on Cinco de Mayo.  The entire guitar class stood on stage and played many of the songs we’d perfected in class for all our friends and family in attendance. I’ll never forget how my grandfather stood proudly as we took our bow and clapped as loud as he could.

After high school, life happened.  Faced with adulthood and the reality of juggling work and school, many hobbies I enjoyed as a teen took a backseat.  About two months ago, I looked over at this guitar sitting in the back of my closet and wondered why in the world I am just letting this thing collect dust.

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I dug out my old guitar instruction books and have been sitting down each evening working through lessons as well as practicing some of the songs I already knew from high school. I never felt disciplined enough to really sit and work through all the lessons in the books when I was younger.

Revisiting this years later, I find that I’m comprehending the information much easier these days.  I also feel my coordination and dexterity has improved compared to my teenage years. 

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I know this because suddenly I’ve become picky about, well, picks. I’ve moved beyond mere chords to single note playing, riffs and 12 bar blues progressions.  Picks can’t magically make one’s playing sound better, but the right pick can make the musical journey that much more enjoyable for the player.

The clear pick sitting in the pick holder is satisfactory, but I definitely prefer the stiffness of the Dunlop Tortex picks (the green picks pictured lower right). However, I just discovered  the rough grip of the Dunlop Max Grip Jazz III Carbon Fiber picks (pictured below left).  Though smaller, the grip is steady and I’ve yet to accidentally drop it in the guitar. This pick could very well rival the Dunlop Tortex as my favorite pick.

Well, what else can I say?  These are the toys I rush home to play with these days.

Spam Comment of the Week: June 10

Apparently my blog inspires people to goof off at work.

Greetings from Ohio

Greetings from Ohio!  I’m bored to death at work so I decided to browse your website on my iphone during lunch break.  I really like the info you provide here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home.  I’m amazed at how fast your blog loaded on my cell phone…I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G…Anyways, superb blog!

Well hey there whoever you are!  Thanks for checking out the blog on your iPhone. I get bored at work sometimes as well, but instead of browsing the web on a mobile device I just take a walk.   Do continue to increase page views on my blog when you get home.

Ciao,

Nicole

NMNPHX – Solving the problems of spammers since 2012. 

You Can’t Watch These Shows…Yet

I came across this item today while perusing the news.  The PBS affiliate WNET came up with a rather clever campaign to drum up support for their station by developing posters for fake reality shows…and then making fun of these shows.

In all, 5 posters were developed featuring non-existent reality shows.  Avert your eyes to the right, and you are greeted with the tagline “The fact that you thought this was a real show says a lot about the state of TV”.

After taking a look at all 5 posters, my favorite of the bunch was Knitting Wars, with the tagline “It’s Sew On”.  I know WNET developed these as a dig at some of the less than stellar shows on TV, but I could see some of these fake shows as upcoming movie plots as well. I am willing to be some movie exec has a script sitting in a pile on their desk with similar concepts.

Take a quick break and give yourself a laugh by checking out all 5 posters:

http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/ads-pbs-station-invent-ludicrous-fake-reality-shows-youd-still-probably-watch-149888