A Great Picture of my Grandparents

My grandmother passed away a few weeks ago, and since then, I have come across a great picture of her and my grandfather from their wedding day over 50 years ago.  She was such a beautiful woman!  After this, she would become the mother to 4, grandmother to 5, and great-grandmother to 2.  She was an AMAZING woman!  Hearing my grandpa tell stories of her has been great, as she had such an impact on all of us.

Love you and miss you, grandma 🙂

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Choose (and remember) Great Passwords

Here is a great article on how to choose more secure passwords for all of the websites you visit. If you are anything like me, you could probably use a boost in your security. Maybe I should stop using “1 2 3 4 5” as my password for everything.

Anyways, here is a clip from the article on choosing the “base” part of the password:

The first letter of a phrase or song refrain. For example, if you wanted to use the famous Jackson 5 song “I Want You Back”, your base password might be “IWUB.” Remembering the password is a matter of singing yourself the song.

So once you have that, you can customize it with other info.  For example, if you used “IWUB” as the base, you could take the 1st three letters of the name of the website you had a password on.  So for amazon.com, your password there could be IWUBAMA.  Get it?

That’s just one idea of many.  For the rest, go read the article.

Cannonball

I’m a big fan of music, and even more of a fan of picking apart lyrics and relating them to my own life. So, let’s look at one of my favorite songs ever…

Here is a video of me covering Damien Rice‘s song “Cannonball”. Also, here are the lyrics, followed by my thoughts on it:

there’s still a little bit of your taste in my mouth
there’s still a little bit of you laced with my doubt
it’s still a little hard to say what’s going on

there’s still a little bit of your ghost your weakness
there’s still a little bit of your face i haven’t kissed
you step a little closer each day
that I can´t say what´s going on

stones taught me to fly
love, it taught me to lie
life, it taught me to die
so it’s not hard to fall
when you float like a cannonball

there’s still a little bit of your song in my ear
there’s still a little bit of your words i long to hear
you step a little closer to me
so close that I can´t see what´s going on

stones taught me to fly
love taught me to lie
life taught me to die
so its not hard to fall
when you float like a cannon..

stones taught me to fly
love taught me to cry
so come on courage, teach me to be shy
‘cos its not hard to fall,

and I don’t want to scare her
its not hard to fall
and i don’t want to lose
its not hard to grow
when you know that you just don’t know

Have you ever acted a certain way for no other reason than the fact that it just seemed right to you? Specifically related to love and relationships, have you ever had feelings for someone or done something out of love (or what you thought was love) that just made no sense at all?

To me, that’s what this song says at parts. “Stones taught me to fly…”. Stones are heavy and don’t fly. It doesn’t make sense for something to teach you about flying that would not fly well at all. “Love taught me to lie” and “life taught me to die” are the same thing. It’s almost like one extreme taught him to do the other extreme.

So maybe in this song, he has done things in a relationship that maybe he shouldn’t have done. Things that seemed right at the time, but might not have made sense, and it has caused a rift in that relationship. And maybe by the end, he wants the courage that led him to do whatever, to make him shy. Only then will he not do it again.

I dunno, what do you think?

I need some input…

If you’ll notice, I have changed the name of this blog to “whatever, inc”.  The name was “adam.riggins”, which is my name, but I have been thinking of changing it.  So anyways, I made a new header, and I think it looks pretty good.

But what do YOU think?  Should I go back to just using my name?

Energy Drink Review: “Nos”

Thanks to Tinkerbell (yes, Tinkerbell.  Why are you looking at me like that?) for recommending this one.  “Nos” is a fruity-tasting energy drink that is packed full of kick.   It has a pineapple/passionfruit flavor, and tastes nothing like most energy drinks.  So far, this one is my favorite (as my picture conveys).

Thanks everyone for your recommendations!

Energy Drink Review: “Nos”

Thanks to Tinkerbell (yes, Tinkerbell.  Why are you looking at me like that?) for recommending this one.  “Nos” is a fruity-tasting energy drink that is packed full of kick.   It has a pineapple/passionfruit flavor, and tastes nothing like most energy drinks.  So far, this one is my favorite (as my picture conveys).

Thanks everyone for your recommendations!

50 Ways to Use Bacon!

You probably know bacon as the star of the BLT and the bacon cheeseburger. But there are so many other ways we can incorporate it into our diets and our lives! Here are a few of the 50 ways to use bacon. And if you don’t like bacon, well, I will pray for you.

  • Make a good old BLT sandwich, of course.
  • Bacon cheeseburgers will make anyone’s mouth water. Meat topped with more meat? Perfection!
  • Bacon-wrapped tater tots would go perfectly with that bacon cheeseburger!
  • Roast a bacon-wrapped turkey for Sunday dinner.
  • Make delicious bacon pastry slices.

read all 50 ways | digg story

Energy Drink Review: “Amp Energy Overdrive”

I have to give credit to Jason for this one. On yesterday’s post, he suggested MDX (Mountain Dew Extreme) as an energy drink to try. I went to the store this morning on my way in to work and looked for it, but the only Mountain Dew- branded energy drink I could find was called Amp Energy Overdrive.  It’s not what he suggested, but it led me to this one.

It is sort of like Code Red with a kick. It has a cherry flavor, and is actually pretty darn good. I know you have to have a little slack with most energy drinks, but this one has a great taste, and it certainly has helped wake me up.

I have one more to try this afternoon. We’ll see how that goes, but for now, I am happy with the Amp Energy.

Monster Energy Drink = Bile in a can

Ever had this drink?  I just purchased one from the cafe downstairs at my office to try and help wake up, and I have to say that this is hands down the most disgusting drink I have ever had.  I have had Red Bull, Rockstar, and a few others, all of which are not great by any means.  But good grief, this drink seriously tastes horrible.

What are some decent tasting energy drinks you have had?