October 20, 2011

What's in your 'Bookmarks'?

You know, the stuff you think will be so necessary you hit 'bookmark this page', and then after weeks or months or years, you realize that the list is so long anything beyond the first 20 items is unfindable. What's in yours?

I have what you think I'd have: Weather, Overheard in the Newsroom (so, so funny), Twitter, Facebook (though why I don't know, I hate FB), Craigslist (I get bored; don't judge), Tiny URL (because sometimes bigger isn't better), the New Yorker, a universal conversion site (because I constantly have to change from miles to kilometres and things like that; my brain is quite imperial, my editors are not), my bank, Mapquest (though my sister calls it Meanderquest, and rightly so), Urban Dictionary (when I want to know what something rude or disgusting means and don't want to ask my kids), whatever I'm currently working on, which can mean a list of articles on leasing, minivans, winter tires, driver's ed, asbestos, finding a therapist (not for me; I get asked a lot - go figure), Porsche Panamera (don't be jealous), Audi R8 ( don't be more jealous), brake pads (put away your jealous pretty quick, didn't ya?), Aldo (what? You think boots just happen?) and the usual scroll of about 20 newspapers. That pic up top, however is a loose end. I just laugh and laugh when I read it, so I keep it in my bookmarks even when I purge every other extraneous thing.

I read all these things about 'extreme' sports. Like Extreme Fighting. The only thing I practice is Extreme Habit. I come downstairs every morning, grab the paper, feed the cats, change their water, put on the kettle, and grab the paper in the exact same order, every day. It is so predictable that if I forget to get the paper, Maggie stands by the door and points. I trundle through my links in the exact same order, every day. No, if I do that differently, Maggie doesn't point. She's just a cat, people.

Most of the horror stories you hear from people are about their browser histories. I have one friend who has begged her friends to race to her house if she dies to clear her history before her parents get there. But browser histories are just recent things. I often go chasing off on a tangent like a squirrel chasing a nut with some topic or other. That would only reveal how I was thinking that second. It's my bookmarks that reveal the real me. And I've just discovered how boring I am.

Et tu?


Anonymous buzzwhack said...

My bookmarks are work related, nothing excitinhg. carsinbarns, secondchancegarage.com where I have many articles on buyers guides,Old Autos, bringatrailer.com for those unbeatable deals on cars, trucks, rolling sheds, etc. Martin Buckley.com, Great Britains's finest car journalist bar none, including the Top Gear meathead. canadianclassiccar.com.

October 20, 2011 2:38 PM  
Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...


October 20, 2011 3:43 PM  
Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...


I hate when I mess up like that.

October 20, 2011 3:45 PM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

Mine is scary big. Most of it work related. But to make it even worse, work-wise, when in research mode I create folders and dump related URLs into them. Consequently, within these folders there lurks duplicates of various sites - no question about this at all. Every once in a while I consider deleting, but one at a time, and being asked if I'm sure?

Personal stuff? Online banking. Angioplasty. Hip replacement. TIAs. Cats. Maine Coon cats. Bernese Mountain dogs. Personal blogs. Oh yes, Lorraine - you like to shorten things, try fart.com

Dare you to sen an email to Mark with a fart URL...

Insert sound of gauntlet being thrown down here.

October 20, 2011 4:03 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

First,'meathead'??? Bah.

Second, nice mug shot, CB.

Omie: If you saw the nasty stuff that gets passed around with my ::cough:: esteemed colleagues you'd barf. They play 'gross each other out' until someone throws up. It's usually me.

October 20, 2011 4:06 PM  
Anonymous Zena said...

I've actually just started bookmarking sites (other than the vital ones, like the bank and weather). For years I tended to just rely on my browser history to get me through, or the bookmarks on other people's websites and blogs (why knock yourself out when you can get someone else to do the work for you...).

Which pretty much reveals what a pathetic life I lead if I can't even manage to overload my browser history...

My word is "undustry." What the little (twisted) person living inside the word verification routine engages in...

October 20, 2011 6:51 PM  
Anonymous buzzwhack said...

I've noticed a chilling coincidence to WGJ's disappearance online with the rise of chilling sarcastic, artificial intelligence oriented passwords on Lorraine's blog. Hmmmm, did Lorraine cram Web God Jeff inside a server? I guess he eats bits and bytes now? Seriously, it could very well be the password generator is using a form of AI to create amusing passwords based on text input.Not new technology, very old actually and was used in the 1970s for cipher busting.

October 20, 2011 7:21 PM  
Anonymous Zena said...

Hmm...could, be, buzz...

But in my case, it would have to be be using anti-AI. I'm really a closet luddite (well, I was, until I typed that sentence - now I'm an out-in-the-open one...).

My current word is "mismsm," which, if we accept your premise, indicates that either a) the verification wizard is attempting to cover its tracks; or b) pretty much everything I've said in this post is nonsense.

It's b), you say? Yeh, I can live with that...

October 20, 2011 9:29 PM  
Anonymous Pat Lake said...

My home computer bookmarks are: 3 newspapers, about 20 motorcycle parts and accessories sites (the only thing left to chrome on my Harley is the tires), your blog, a blog by a former adult movie star who has become a decent writer (becomingjennie.wordpress.com), facebook and craiglist too (bought my car, truck and kitchen table there), banking and other necessary crap, and verydemotivational.com ... I LOVE demotivational posters, they are SO much more creative than the "Soaring with Eagles" shite. My favorite one is a droplet of water falling into an already full container, and the words "Responsibility: No single raindrop feels responsible for the flood". Words to live by.

October 20, 2011 9:43 PM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

We (Sheryl and me) have our own version of rock, paper, scissors - and no, it's not like the Big Bang Theory Spock version.

There is one more item that is introduced; an extended middle finger.


That is all. Literally.

October 21, 2011 2:23 PM  
Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

That game has never made sense to me. Now I know why. Thank you all for clearing it up for me and putting several smiles on my face. You all know how to lighten up my life.

"Calition" is what the hick back benchers of the Conservatives and NDP are thinking they need to form to topple the Provincial Liberals.

October 21, 2011 5:17 PM  
Anonymous Padraig said...

Mine are all serious stuff, except this one which I like:


May I be the first to wish you all...

My word is "cromp". It's the sort of leg cramp you get after athletic sex

October 22, 2011 5:43 PM  
Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

You mean there's "non athletic" sex? No one ever told me.


October 22, 2011 8:18 PM  
Anonymous Padraig said...

When you get to my age, Chris, a warm and sincere handshake is a turn-on.reduing

October 23, 2011 12:35 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Dynamite to end an argument.

Demotivational posters.

TMI on too many sex lives.

People who think I've killed WebGod Jeff and crammed him into my computer.

I hope we're never all in a room together.

October 23, 2011 12:45 PM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

Now that would be interesting...

October 23, 2011 12:48 PM  
Blogger DJW said...


"I often go chasing off on a tangent like a squirrel chasing a nut ...."

As far as I know, nuts are generally stationary.

I have to clean out my bookmarks too. I have some to car repair sites from 2 or 3 cars ago.

One of my favorites that I can share is Scope Systems Any Day in History. http://www.scopesys.com/anyday/

I know, I'm booooooring.


my word is emine....all the cyber stuff is e-mine.

October 24, 2011 11:31 AM  
Anonymous B1 said...

Love the "Overheard in the Newsroom" site. Gonna bookmark it (snork).

Personal fave:

Night news editor: Put in the story that she was 36.

Assistant NNE (me): She was 26 when she died.

NNE: Yeah, but that was 10 years ago, so now she's 36, right?

Me: Arrrrrrrgh.

October 24, 2011 5:28 PM  

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