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“meme: a unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another.” You know, those quizzes, personality tests, etc. that are all over the Internet.

Call Me, the Memesical

From Sean of Just a Jeep Guy

CALL ME

1. Do you still have a land line?
Yes. Not that it gets used. The people who need to get in “real” contact with us have our cell numbers. So the ringer is shut off on the telephone attached to it. But one never knows when an emergency will require it. And it’s bundled with our Internet package, so there’s that too.

2. Which cell phone do you use and why?
I have an iPhone 4S currently. Mostly for the reasons I wrote about here four years ago when I got my iPhone 3GS. And those reasons still hold true. It just works, and it does what I need it to do. I just wish I had about 256GB of storage on it instead of the 16GB I have.

3. Which provider do you use? Is there really a difference?
Currently AT&T. I hear people moan and complain about them, but I’ve yet (*knock on wood*) to have an issue with them, either at home or when traveling. I had two other carriers before switching to AT&T: Alltel and Sprint. Neither provided a decent signal where we lived. Which really sucked. AT&T comes through loud and clear.

4. If you call someone and they don’t pick up, do you leave a message?
If I’m calling someone, there’s a reason.

5. When you have a missed call (with no message), do you call the person back?
No. If it wasn’t important enough for them to leave a message, it’s not important enough for me to call back. Oh, and if your number isn’t stored in my contacts, I pretty much don’t pick up.

6. Do you text willingly or reluctantly? How are your skills?
Willingly. In fact, I prefer texting to most forms of communication. I despise talking on the telephone. Loathe it! It’s… not efficient.

7. Has your cell replaced your camera?
Yes. In fact, I sold my DSLR several years ago. I still have a small 10MP pocket camera, but that stays at the tattoo studio for use in taking pictures of tattoos I have completed. With my next phone upgrade, I hope to get rid of it as well.

8. Selfies….
Is this a question?

9. How many apps do you have? Which is your favorite and why?
Apps installed currently: 105. I know I need to go through and prune a few that I haven’t used. And I don’t know that I have a “favorite” favorite. The apps I have all do things I need them to do. I’d say for entertainment purposes, Instagram is my favorite. Mostly because I seem to apparently follow a lot of rather hot men…

10. What would life be like with no cell/smart phone for one month?
I panic if I don’t have it with me when I walk out of the house. It’s a lot of everything for me: my communication center, my camera, my notepad, my music collection, and the list goes on… I’d have to replace those functions with other devices just to manage.

BONUS

How much has your cell phone become a part of your sex life? Sexting, hookup apps, selfies, video, GPS, more?
Pretty much not for me. If you’ve read me long enough, you know I’ve never been a “sex” guy. While I do have a couple of “those” apps installed, they rarely get launched. And when they do, it’s usually just to say howdy to a couple of friends I have out there that don’t have my phone number or email address.

Until next time...
Erik

Spo’s Bloger Meme

Spo, the dear, has created a meme of his own. Not to be confused with a league of his own. Which he may or may not have created. I haven’t seen the movie. Yet.

The questions are a compilation of things he has been asked over time.

What [do] you like most about being a blogger?
I didn’t start off being a blogger on purpose. My blogging started as an effort in maintaining an online diary. And I still see it like that. A sort of “history book” about me, by me, and for me. If anyone else happens to find me and enjoy the ride, I’m all for it. And that’s probably what I like most: meeting people that I would have never met in other circumstances.

How many bloggers have you met?
I probably have to qualify this as “bloggers whom I didn’t know until I started reading their blog then met them in person”, as there are several people who I’ve met that I encouraged to start blogging, or found out they were bloggers long after the fact of us meeting. *whew*

I’m going to have to say 19 according to my blogroll. Not all of them are blogging these days, but they still count. Right?

Do you ever go back and read your old entries?
Yes. It’s my diary… of sorts. Enough so that I wrote a plugin that would show me what I wrote on this same date in previous years (which is over in the sidebar there on my blog, or in the footer of my rss feed). I have a poor memory, so it helps me to look back and see where I was. Or how I was. Or what I was.

Do you share your job skills here?
On occasion. You can find those posts under the following tags: Dear Tattooist, Life as a Tattooist, Getting Tattooed, and Tattootilation.

I have thought about posting more of what I do here, but I really don’t have an interest in it. Mostly because there’s more to me than just that aspect of my life.

Have you changed your views about anything thanks to blogging?
Probably. But I’m really undecided about that. And those views that I’ve questioned are probably the same posts that are still drafts that I haven’t published.

Do your coworkers know about your blog?
Somewhat. I think. It’s been mentioned, and I know they see it up on the computer on occasion at the studio.

I know when I worked for the OGRE in the way back, it seemed everyone was aware of my blog. Even HR and Security. ;-)

What advice would you give for successful blogging?
As soon as I know what it means to be “successful blogging”, I’ll let you know. Most of the time I feel like I just post “rubbish”, as Spo would say. Not that Spo would say I post rubbish, but that’s what I feel about a lot of what I post. But it’s what runs through my mind.

What is your opinion of aardvarks?
I am unaware that I have one. Either an aardvark or an opinion of them.

Do you publish everything you write?
No. I currently have 34 posts in “draft” status, and 24 “private” posts that probably won’t be made public.

If you could make “three rules” for blogging, what would they be?
1) If a blogger is going to discontinue their blog, don’t delete it! Keep the blog up and archive it. I can’t tell you how many bloggers I know with well written and meaningful posts have deleted their blogs. There have been many I have linked to in the course of my blogging that are just gone now. :(

2) I don’t know if this would be a continuation of #1, but I think upon the death of a blogger, their blog should go to some sort of great archive where it can still be referenced and looked back upon by those who want to. Somewhat like a memorial of sorts. Can you imagine how different libraries would be if all the books created were destroyed once their author died? I see online blogs as a book in a similar sense. Sometimes you don’t find out about someone until they’ve died, but getting to read their posts lets you get to know them somewhat.

3) Be yourself.

Do people help you write your blog?
Not directly. But a lot of fodder is gleaned from watching others.

Who are your blogger super-heroes?
I envy bloggers who have a dedication to writing every single day, like Blobby of Blobby’s Blog, and Dave of Blogography.

I also envy writers who easily write what they are feeling, like Sean of Idle Eyes and a Dormy, and D@vid of Facing Traffic.

There are bloggers who I have a weird “separated at birth” connection with, like JP of Life Is Such A Sweet Insanity.

There are bloggers who maintain a diary like I do of just their everyday life through both words and photographs, like Homer of Homer’s World.

And then there are bloggers who I aspire to have as extensive a vocabulary and wordsmithery as, like Spo of Spo-Reflections, and Stevie of Nice to see StevieB.

Final question (if you dare!):
Have you slept with any of your fellow bloggers?

Well, we didn’t “sleep”… ;-)

Until next time...
Erik

Pic a Day in May: Day 30

Jim of Jim’s Stuff started the “Pic a Day in May” challenge last year. I did it last year, and felt like I’d do it again this year.

Day 30. Another long day of poking clients. But I managed to close the studio in time to get to the gym tonight. You know, that place I hate.

However, there is one thing I like to do. If I can have the area to myself…

Blueish

Blueish

Mine. All mine. Apparently going to the gym late at night has some advantages. Like no one using the pool.

I like to be in the water. I feel better when I’m in the water. At least water where I can see the bottom and know there’s no big sea creatures coming to get me.

I only swam for about 20 minutes, but that’s 20 minutes more than my body is used to.

And then I made it home just in time for the tornado sirens to go off as a nasty storm front rolled through. No tornado here. But a lot of lightning, thunder, and wind damage from what I can hear. I guess I’ll know in the morning when the sun comes up.

Until next time...
Erik

Pic a Day in May: Day 29

Jim of Jim’s Stuff started the “Pic a Day in May” challenge last year. I did it last year, and felt like I’d do it again this year.

Day 29. A long day! Got to the studio waaayyyyyy early this morning to finish drawing up the large tattoo for today. Which I did. Or started, rather. Nine hours of tattooing, and we’re probably a little over halfway completed. It’s a cover up. On my buddy Dwayne. And that was what I was going to post a photo of tonight.

But instead, when I got home I found this note taped to my monitor:

Note on my monitor...

Note on my monitor…

I know his grammar isn’t perfect, but after all these years I’ve just come to accept that. And I love him all the more for it.

Until next time...
Erik

Pic a Day in May: Day 28

Jim of Jim’s Stuff started the “Pic a Day in May” challenge last year. I did it last year, and felt like I’d do it again this year.

Day 28.

So… I missed a few days. Only because I was out camping in an area that zero cell service. I could have pre-planned pictures for those days, but that seemed like cheating to me since I didn’t take the pictures on that day. So instead you got nothing.

But I’m back! I need to write about the camping trip. /mental_note

And right back to the studio I go!

Dark palette...

Dark palette…

I have several large tattoos to do this week. The plan was to do some drawing on the camping trip, but that didn’t happen. Here’s hoping I get them drawn out in time.

Until next time...
Erik