Social Darwinism? Bring it on VP Ryan!

If he means them and lives up to what he says, the words “We promise equal opportunity, not equal outcomes” should be crafted and put into song, to be sung from the White House. I don’t know a lot about Romney’s VP Candidate, Ryan yet, but I’m learning and what I see so far seems OK with me. He’s not the best, but he certainly makes me feel better about what we’re looking ahead to in this coming year or two. Obama cast him down; calling the Ryan approach “thinly veiled social Darwinism” which personally, I think we’re a little overdue for. We could use a little Darwinism in a lot of areas in our society. When did simply being born entitle anyone to be given things? When did “because I’m a human being” mean that someone had the right to take from others to give to you? Why? Because … Read the rest…

Fan Pages

Ok, so wow, I have fan pages on Facebook. Talk about things I never thought would happen in a million years and THAT is one of them. I’m writing this to explain my actions on Facebook recently where I asked a bunch of supporters to  help me take down some of these fan pages. Some people don’t understand why, and I’m sure the fans themselves probably don’t understand why, so I thought it needed clarification. Without making this a fifteen page blog post, here are the main reasons: 1) Not everyone out there is smart enough to know these aren’t really me. Yes, I’ve actually had people “friend” me there and then ask me in real-life why I never responded to them about something, only to find out it wasn’t me they were talking to anyway. 2) I don’t have time to constantly troll myself, jumping from page to page, … Read the rest…

Friday 10 PM – ABC’s 20/20. Don’t Miss It

It seems I’m destined to be in the news again, though this time hopefully the story will be more complete and less full of controversy and I’ll be in like-minded company… maybe. A few weeks ago a film crew and producers from ABC’s  20/20 came to visit; spending two and a half days to film some b-roll of my family, inundate us with interview questions, and see and what our normal lives are like, how we interact as a family, and what our views are on parenting, traumatic YouTube events aside. This Friday at 10 PM on ABC, the episode will air on television. I just got my glimpse of the footage myself, so like you, I’ll be watching with interest to see how it all turned out.   Previous ABC Coverage This won’t be our first coverage on ABC, but hopefully will be the one to finally move forward … Read the rest…

Go Chrome for Charity – Limited Edition CR-48 Available! (Rare)

You might or might not be familiar with what was probably the most succesful beta test in the history of hardware testing, but last year Google came out with a limited edition unbranded Netbook. No one knows exactly how many of them were made, but the numbers vary from 10,000-60,000. These were released to beta-testers as a way for Google to test their new Chrome OS netbook. Since they were beta-versions they were shipped with absolute no logos, no icons, no identifiable information whatsoever. I registered for the beta test one day and in two days Fed Ex appeared at my door with this cool little stealthy black-box netbook running Chrome OS. It’s COMPLETELY run within the cloud, the first true netbook ever, and was only released to a small testing community. Well, I’ve got one and I’m going to simply put it here for auction on 8minutes. From full power-off to … Read the rest…

Protect Your Kids. Save Money While Doing It!

Ok, almost a month of working just paid off! After my initial response to the question of “What is your best advice to parents of kids in social media?” I got a TON of email responses wondering what software I would recommend to parents. I initially held off telling people about it because, quite honestly it’s not the cheapest one out there but it IS HANDS DOWN the best one out there. (And I know, because first – it’s my job to know, and second – because I’ve used them all over the years myself with my own kids and employees.) Fast forward a month later and I’ve managed to get the company to do a temporary price drop, for my viewers only. Through March 31, 2012, I was able to get a them to agree to a 40% price cut across the board on ALL their software. This is … Read the rest…

OMJ Teams with MDA and 8Minutes

A while back I mentioned on Facebook that I’m part of an organization called OMJLIST. If you don’t know what it is, it’s a new company started up to provide people a way to utilize Social Selling. It’s like Craiglist on crack and cheaper than eBay, not to mention easier to use. (Can I say “crack” on a blog post without offending someone? Hope so.) The guys over at OMJ have also managed full Facebook integration as well as Twitter and Google+ integration, so you can share your ad with your friends on Facebook or other social sites with one click. For example, since I live in Stanly County, if I put Stanly County in my ad description then my ad will automatically get posted to the OMJ Twitter and OMJ Stanly County Facebook groups. THEY DO THE PROMOTING FOR YOU! It’s an awesome feature! All in all it’s a … Read the rest…

Can you send your kids to bed without dinner?

A gentleman by the name of Max wrote a blog post commenting on one of my own. (Thank you Max, by the way. It was a great article!) At the end of the article he mentioned something I’ve heard come up lately and people have asked my opinion on it. The issue is sending your children to bed without dinner. Author’s note: I find it, and I’m not sure why, less polite to use the word “kid” instead of “children” or “child.” However, since I seem to be writing about them a lot lately, I’m going to simply state that I’m using the word “kid” because I don’t feel like typing the extra five characters every time I mention it. Hope that’s ok…  I guess there is probably more than one approach to this question. Qualifying questions have to be asked, such as “What is the reason for sending your … Read the rest…

NBC Today Show – TV Schedule

Ok, I’ve got the info for those of you who are interested in watching the Today Show interview tomorrow. We’ve been bounced all over NYC today and had the opportunity to meet with the producers, etc. I don’t have a lot of time to blog right this moment, but I did want to take the time to share with you what’s going on so you could watch if you wanted to. TV Schedule: The schedule is shown at the actual time here in the US, regardless of the time zone. So if it’s 7:30 AM Eastern, then it will be on NBC west coast at 7:30 AM pacific too. Get it? No need to figure what time it airs in your area. Date: 3/7/2012 (almost 1 month to the day since it all happened) Channel: NBC/ NBC HD Online: NBC is taking questions online for viewers who want to ask … Read the rest…

Time for an Update

Wow… it’s been almost a month and the turn of events our lives have taken were never something we imagined possible only a few short weeks ago. If you’d have told any of us in my family that we’d be known world-wide for something, we would never have believed you. It’s just not something that happens to normal people. Looks like we were wrong about that, I guess. Right after all this happened to us, we were bombarded with media requests, talk show requests, and interview requests on every available medium imaginable. Almost overnight, my daughter and I were tweeted about, Facebooked about, blogged about, written about, and more. We, or more specifically, I, was loved, hated, admired, despised, raised onto a pedestal (way undeserving), and kicked while I was down. We’ve dealt with everything from malicious users posting our home address on the Internet to telephone stalkers, to North … Read the rest…

Response Video: Oli White – Viral Begets Viral

My family and I have seen some of the response videos made on YouTube over the last two weeks, and still have hundreds yet to see. Some we really support and others, well, not so much, but I wanted to take a few minutes to thank the guy who made this video. Just like I didn’t anticipate my video going viral, I don’t imagine Oli imagined his response video possibly being the catalyst for hundreds and hundreds of Chuck Norris jokes either.  I don’t know this guy, have never met him, and know nothing about him except what I’ve seen on his YouTube video, but I wanted to take a minute to thank him. Oliver, While I can’t tell from the video (shown below) if you were serious in your response or just made it as an off-the-cuff response to my own video, I can honestly say that nothing anyone … Read the rest…