Bing: No One Uses Us, So We’ll Pay You To Use It!

I’m fairly sure this probably should be a Twitter update instead of a weblog post, but I’m going to go for it anyway. I’m also not much of a tech writer, so please forgive me for coming across as a bit idiotic. In my daily life, I use multiple operating systems on multiple computers. I use Windows 10 mostly, followed by Mac OS, then Ubuntu. I use Windows 10 a majority of my work because it’s most dependable for me. My MacBook Pro and I are enemies. I hate that thing. It’s been excruciatingly slow since day one. What takes me 5 minutes to do on a Windows computer takes me about 30 minutes on that Mac. I just hate it and use it as a last resort. If I need to do something quick that doesn’t involve Adobe Creative Cloud apps, I use Ubuntu. A bit of a KDE flavor, I guess you could say. I can still get work done on it.

Now that I’ve given you that little bit of useless information, I will confess something. I’m writing this using on the Microsoft Edge browser. To me, it’s not so bad, but I’m one of those people who really likes the Google integration of Chrome since my small business uses G Suite.

There’s a reason I am using Edge though and it’s quite a hilarious reason. No one really wants to use Edge or Microsoft’s search engine, Bing, so they have to give incentives for people to use it. That comes in the form of earning points for doing web searches and using the browser. I think if it wasn’t for that, I honestly wouldn’t bother. I actually DO like Bing’s image search though, so it’s not so bad.

A little thing about those points that you earn from Microsoft is that I stockpiled over $60 in Skype credits the last time I was in Texas for three months. Back then, it was a USA thing, so I had fun using it and adding to my Skype balance. I came to Australia and well, they detected that I was in Australia and the point earning stopped. Recently, they brought the Microsoft Rewards system to Australia so I’m back to earning points. I thought that it’s a good time to give Edge a go and really, it’s not that bad. It feels a bit slower than the Webkit-based browsers, but it still gets the job done.

It makes me think what it would be like if Google incentivized their browser and searches. They don’t need to though because most people already use it but wouldn’t it be great to earn towards something like a Chromecast (which I already have so…)?

I just find it interesting is that the rewards system is pretty much the only reason why I use Edge and Bing. It’s just kind of weird that I’d do something like that but it’s a bit of a nerdy rush to see my points increase like they do. I’ll probably just keep adding to my Skype balance though I hardly ever use it. I’ve been thinking of just getting a Skype number and then I remember that no one ever calls me anymore so maybe I can just keep saving for something else. I don’t know.

Anyway, that’s it from me. It’s just something that was floating around in my head. 🙂 By the way, no one coerced me to write this thing. Seriously.

Weeks of Solitude

I’m a little sad right now because I’m spending the last few days with my partner before he heads off. I keep asking myself how I am going to handle him being gone for close to 2 months but we’ve been apart longer than that and we both survived that. I think he’s afraid that I’m going to starve to death or something like that.

My partner thinks he’s going to come back and see the kitchen like this, I’m sure. (No hoarding tendencies here.)

He’s also afraid that I’m not going to clean while he’s gone and will leave mountains of clothes everywhere. I think he thinks that he’s going to come back to something that looks like what you see in the picture.

He has nothing to worry about. I do admit that I have a bad habit of putting my clothes in a pile in the floor when I’m done with them. I’ve always done that, but they’ve always been a small pile, not something that reaches the ceiling. Thankfully, my mother made me into this person who can’t stand living in mountains of garbage around me. When I was a bit more depressed, I did let things get a little bad, but nothing like what he’s expecting.

I am thinking there’s a pattern though where my partners worry that I’m going to paint the walls a terrible color, forget to turn off the stove or heater for days, or let Pico (my bird) fly around to poop on everything. I do okay by myself. I probably don’t eat as well as I should, but I plan on getting back to the gym while he’s gone. I’m getting a little chubby in the gut so I need to fix it soon before it gets too big and I grow man titties. I don’t like man titties. I don’t need man titties.

I am still just checking on the possibilities of going to India, but I’m torn in between going only to spend a few days there, or just using the time to better myself.

Out Goes My Vacation

There are days that I struggle to get up in the mornings. That’s usually because I don’t get enough sleep the night before. I am a terribly light sleeper so the smallest noise wakes me up. A couple of mornings per week, I have to wake up at around 4 am and that’s usually when the temptation to stay at home strikes me.

Well, I’ve done that too much and was told today that some of the days that I was going to take off have been taken away. If I miss these days, then I’m going to be in big trouble.

So…

Yeah, disappointing. I have been doing a lot better getting myself up, but the travel to work and class is killing me.

So… When’s the Big Day?

Let’s all say hello to May! It’s been an interesting year so far, hasn’t it? From having one of the crappiest weeks so far (I’m sure worse can happen) to announcing my impending marriage next year, it certainly has been interesting.

I’ve written a few posts about my upcoming marriage BUT there are a few little misunderstandings that have to be cleared first before I publish them. I don’t want to post something that sounds like a ton of bitching and complaining, or that I am attacking my partner for not being agreeable with me. The conflict is mostly about the when. We can’t really move forward until we get this sorted, so why share all my thoughts now if I don’t know when? Right? Right.

Originally, I didn’t want to do something big, and I still don’t, really. I do want to do something special and I want to do it at my favorite time of year. Unfortunately, that favorite time of the year isn’t his favorite time of year. I would be quite disappointed if it didn’t happen then. I had to take a break from planning it to accept that I might not get my way.

Time will tell though. I don’t really want to be angry and I don’t want him to be angry, so there is some communication that needs to happen. Maybe I’ll fix those posts up once I figure out some little details. This is what happens when you are dealing with two stubborn people.

The Shittiest Week of the Year So Far

I am guessing that this week is going to be the week from Hell. I have a few more days left of it, and I am hoping it won’t get much worse. Besides getting an injection that my body totally hated, I’ve run out of contact lenses so I’m stuck wearing glasses that I’ve had for more than 10 years. Those glasses have been sat on dozens of times so that the frames are totally bent out of shape. It’s just unpleasant.

I’ve been a bit reclusive lately because there are only a few more weeks until my partner goes back to India for a few months. I’m still not ready to go and it seems like that’s what on everybody’s mind is if I’m even going. Even I don’t know yet because my vaccinations and health problems are causing me to take a lot of unpaid sick leave. I might, but not sure yet. The deadline is approaching but the good news is that I can apply for my Indian visa about a week before I leave and be okay.

That’s all for now. I’m still in pain in several areas of my body and it’s making me incredibly bitchy. I only managed to get about 2.5-3 hours of sleep last night too. It’s not a good day to be me. I also have to travel 120 km tomorrow so I can be somewhere for 1 hour. Yeah. Not fun.

Pain

I had planned to write a long post today but my body decided it would react badly to a vaccination. My back, neck, and shoulders are really sore. My joints are all hurting too. I have a headache and can barely move around. It hasn’t been fun and have been spending my off days feeling awful.

My body has never liked this particular vaccine. I seem to get every single side effect from it. It gave me problems when I was kid, and the last time that I had it. And assuming I’m going to India, I’m going to have to get even more. I feel like a pin cushion lately.

So… this is a short one. I am typing through the pain and probably shouldn’t be so I’ll go now.

Why So Angry?

Lately, I’ve been watching videos of people being angry in public. Yeah, I know, exciting stuff, right?

What I don’t understand is why people get so upset over certain things. I think that being anger is too energy-intensive and a lot of the time, it’s not worth it. But then again, I am really big into conflict avoidance. It’s one of those things about me that can be good or bad, depending how you look at it.

For example, I am one of those people who will go to a restaurant and order something and if it’s not what I ordered, I’d probably eat it anyway (unless it’s seafood). I know sometimes people here don’t “get” my accent sometimes. I really need to work on my Aussie accent or lose a little more of my Texan accent.

I’m also one of those people who won’t say anything if I go to a store and buy something, then discover that I didn’t get the sale price and not say anything about it if it’s only a few dollars.

I’m one of those people who will put up with annoying public behavior from other people (unless someone is being a dick, racist, or something similar). I just like to remove myself from the annoying behavior if I can.

Watching some of these videos, I can’t see why people get so angry over the smallest things. Why would someone waste their time being loud, noisy, and irritating over the fact that an iced coffee costs $1 more than a hot coffee? Why would someone be so pissed off with their day that they feel like they have to be mean to everybody else? (Okay, I’m guilty of this one sometimes. It’s usually because I didn’t sleep well.) Why are some people so miserable that they have to complain about the most insignificant things?

I can see how speaking up sometimes is a good thing and I probably should do it more often, but I don’t see a point if it’s going to cause a lot of arguments. Right?

It’s so funny because I start writing these things and midway through them, I start understanding things from both sides, you know, speaking up and being quiet. I just don’t think that anger is the best way to handle things most of the time.

And those videos? They’re everywhere. Just Google “angry crazy people”.  Or here, watch these:

Impending Absence

Over the weekend, I was told the time frame that my partner is going to be gone. He still has a few more weeks left in Australia though, so I am going to try to make the best of it. I know it’s temporary and there is a chance that I’ll be able to spend some time with him in his home country.

I’ve been spending time looking for places nearby my partner’s hometown and have to admit, the more I have a look around, the more I want to go and the more excited I am to go. It always ends with me looking at South Indian food. I am really looking forward to the food. I’m working on getting my visa to go to India.

Absence of my partner has always made the bond between us a bit more. I don’t know why. That’s why I think separation is sometimes a good thing. It gives me time to think and appreciate the other person. With my longest-lasting relationship, we were separated a lot and it only made me miss him more. Of course, we didn’t really do that good when we were in the same room! LOL 

I am already missing him though he is still here and I will probably see how much he does for me when he’s gone. After this trip, we get to start planning for our trip to the USA.

(Hopefully this made sense because I’m watching videos and typing at the same time!)

 

India in June?

I’ve already made the obligatory Easter post, but I guess I’ll just say “Happy Easter” again. So, Happy Easter… again.

 

Before I accidentally ruined the database for my weblog, I had talked a little bit about going to India sometime this year and didn’t think I would be able to go. I’m going to do my very best to go in a few months for about a week and a half. I wanted to go and stay for a bit longer than that, but I can see that it’s really important for my partner if I go, plus he’s having some surgery done while he’s there and I don’t want him to be “alone” for it.

I thought that it’s only fair since I am dragging him to Texas next year, but this is the big trip. I’m not moving back to the USA then, but it’s when I am planning our marriage (assuming that it’s still legal, because you know the people who make the laws are scared of change and I’m ruining so many marriages between two opposite sex people).

I keep thinking about how I want it to go. I know that we’re both simple we don’t want something too extravagant when it comes to the ceremony. We talked about having a big party afterwards. I kind of want to incorporate some of his culture into it since we’ll be in Texas and I’ll be exposing him to a nauseatingly amount of my culture to him while we’re there. I see pictures of the big weddings between two men (and one is Indian) and I kind of want that, but then again, I’m not much on being the centre of attention for anything (unless I’m drunk and I’m not going to be drunk for my wedding).

Before I know it, it’ll be here but I thought maybe I should go to India before I head home and do this big thing. I still have to meet his dad who I’m not really sure is too excited that his son is marrying me. I haven’t really had much interaction with him, it’s mostly been his mother who is a really, really sweet woman and who has shown me incredible amounts of kindness and love since I’ve been with my partner.

It’s important that I go there, if I can. There are a few things I need to do before I book the tickets. I have always wanted to go to India. I have to keep telling people that this isn’t a forced trip. I want to go and I am excited (and a little nervous/anxious) to go for the first time. I really want to go, but it’s a big question of if I can go since I have had to take a lot of sick days over the past few months. I’ll do my best because I think this is really a way for me to gain some kind of appreciation towards my partner’s culture. Plus, I want to eat a lot of food. 🙂

Kathakali performer, Thekkady, Kerala, India.

That’s what’s on my mind now. I’m wanting to go to India in June and want to start planning for a nice wedding reception. We’ll see. 🙂

Happy Easter

I’m not sure whether I am going to have a chance to post for a few days, so I wanted to say Happy Easter to you. I’m not really big on major holidays I used to do with my family in the USA.

Easter in Australia is a huge thing and we get a full 4 days for Easter. Unfortunately, that means a lot of places are closed for the whole 4 days. Grocery stores are closed today (Good Friday) and everything goes at a snail’s pace.

What’s funny is that my immediate family never did the whole hiding egg thing for my sister and me. We’d usually do that over my grandmother’s house. Easter morning was like Santa Clause Lite. That’s when I’d usually get Nintendo games and a TON of chocolate (something I can’t do anymore).

We’d hunt either plastic hollow eggs or boiled eggs. I don’t really remember anything being in the hollow eggs (mostly because I didn’t really care) but as I got older, I started stuffing them full of candy, cat food, and other gross stuff.

Here in Australia, the kids hunt chocolate eggs (like what’s in the picture). I never really saw that as a good thing. I’m not entirely sure why. I think mostly I’d be a little grossed out with all the bugs crawling all over them. Go figure…

Anyway, may your zombie Jesus day be fun and exciting! I need to get dressed and head to the city soon. Have a great weekend.