Staying In Touch: A Few Red Faces

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 17, 2014 in Internet |

What’s in a name? When it comes to the Internet, everyone and their dog wants to have a domain name which matches either themselves, or what they do. Competition for the best names is high, if not bitterly fought, and there are plenty of court cases, court judgements, which show just how bitter a fight it can be, especially when it comes to brand names.

Outside the business world, in the real one where we live, there is also a form of bitter struggle going on: one where we all try to keep up with the latest technology in order not to be seen as so last year by our friends and work colleagues. Laptops, Tablets, Smart Phones, Software, you name it, we need to have the newest, the fastest, the most up to date imaginable, and that before everyone else.

Now let us combine the two and find us a company with an excellent name for their services, possibly thought up by a marketing company, which brings the appeal of modernity, advancement, speed and connectivity instantly to mind. For those who wish to be right up there and constantly available to everyone whenever they are needed, even in the bathroom:

Constant Contact: Fail!

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Or not. Sometimes a name can be a good indication of a service. Sometimes, as in this case, it can bite you in the butt.

Love & Kisses, Viki.

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Selfies: To Spite The Cold Weather

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 16, 2014 in Absolute Hot! |

Having hinted at the idea that hiding a natural part of a woman’s body seems to me to be a little strange – in my post from yesterday – I thought I might go one step further today and, perhaps, justify it. Perhaps not justify in that I propound a general freeing of all barriers, of all modesty, but more an idea of what reality is and why we shouldn’t be so cut up about what other people wear, what they show and how they act as a person. There are, naturally many aspects of a person’s character which we do not have to appreciate or accept – I could list homophobia, racism and many more here, but I’m sure you, as an intelligent reader, know exactly what I am referring to – but also many which are banished from normality by society and by a prim and proper attitude, in public, which do not match our true feelings or desires.

Warm Clothing Needed

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The first thing is, of course, why should a woman be embarrassed, or made to feel embarrassed, by her body? Why should she be subjected to jeers, to catcalls and all the rest – we all know about the videos showing sexual harassment on the streets, and not just of women but also of those with a disability – when all that she has, her body in this case, although there is a good deal more, is natural and normal? Why is she forced to hide herself away from view but, at the same time, can see all the celebrities with their fashionable see-through clothing being lauded along the red carpet of fame?

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Selfies: Hide Those Assets!

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 15, 2014 in Absolute Hot! |

And we’re back with another riveting post about the art of Selfies, those wonderful self-portraits which do not seem to know any fashion limits, and which are so sought after by the masses, by hackers and those with far too much time on their hands!

Selfie: Hidden Assets!

Photo Source: unknown, via Tumblr

Today I thought I would concentrate on those selfies which are not quite so revealing as many might hope, but which certainly excite the imagination. For me, a sexy selfie is one where the viewer cannot see absolutely everything, right down to the last pimple, but has something left to the imagination. I find them considerably more interesting, more erotic than a full frontal, nude, bare-it-all image. With my first image we see how some brave women manage to hide their bits and pieces, but still capture an interesting photograph, although there are other means to maintain modesty.

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Twitter: Cheating The Figures With Followers

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 14, 2014 in Internet |

I’ve recently noticed what is for me a new trend on Twitter: people or companies who follow at random and expect a follow back, then, when they get it, promptly unfollow. The people tend to be those who offer certain services, such as a mass of new followers on Twitter, Facebook and so on, for a small fee. When I say small, I mean of course a fee which is far more than anyone needs to pay since followers should, in my opinion, be earned and not bought.

Twitter Profile

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Watching my own numbers, I have seen quite a few instances of this, I get a follower whose interests have absolutely no connection to mine. My follower tally goes up a notch. A few days later, whether I have followed that person or not, my follower tally goes down a notch again, the person has disappeared. Their own follower rate, however, remains high.

Now, this shown profile could possibly be such an example. Why should he want to follow me out of all the thousands of followers that he already has? We have no connection whatsoever, no similar interests, no friendship, no prior communication. It smacks to me, although I could be wrong, of bolstering through following and then unfollowing, something which, according to the rules on Twitter, shouldn’t be happening.

I haven’t followed – because there are no mutual interests – and I can almost guarantee, when I look back in a few days time, he won’t be following me either. Not because I haven’t followed back, but because that is the way he works. And what, I ask, is the point? Clearly he is selling his company, his services, but through a means which, for me, are unorthodox if not downright despicable.

Love & Kisses, Viki.

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I Just Couldn’t Put It Down!

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 13, 2014 in Publishing |

A great deal of hard work goes into producing a book, more than some people imagine, and just as much goes into marketing it in the hope of selling every single copy printed. One of the major ways in which books are publicized today is through the Internet, and that goes especially for independent and self-published books. Details of the book, a good presence on various Internet platforms and, probably most important for some, reviews. Not just any reviews, but critical, honest and prominent reviews in the press and on web blogs. For the Internet marketer, blogs are of major importance.

But what happens when the review is published and both author and publisher are happy with it? It can’t just sit there, on the blog, hoping for a few views, the review needs to be marketed too. And this is where I start having a few problems, not over the fact that the book has been reviewed, but over what happens next.


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If the review appears on Amazon or Goodreads – and maybe many other platforms – there is a rating system. The reviewer can give a work one to five stars alongside their written appraisal. Here, in my opinion, the system fails writers. There are simply too many people who rate a book with five stars, the highest award, as if this one work has changed their lives. Does the reviewer seek prominence themselves? Are the following a trend, or are they simply not being honest?

Every time I see a five-star review I sigh and move on. There cannot be that many outstanding, life-changing books out there. What really gets me, though, is those reviews which claim that the reader couldn’t put the book down until they’d finished, or that they read it right the way through in just two hours. For the first, I pity the author. They have written something where someone cannot leave and come back to the words. They don’t stop to think about what they have read, but just plow on through to the end.

For the second claim, I feel almost as if this is an insult. The author has spent months working on their piece, and someone claims to have read all the way through like a whirlwind across Kansas. Did they get anything from the book? Did the words speak to them in any way?

I’d rather, for my short works, know that someone has enjoyed what I’ve written at length. That they have taken their time over what I have presented them. I don’t need a five-star review – fine, I do have them too, but still… – what I need is to know that the reader has enjoyed, reveled in my work, and not simply devoured it like a chicken leg covered in herbs and spices which will go cold if you don’t throw it in your face as quickly as possible.

Love & Kisses, Viki.

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Correcting My Language

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 12, 2014 in Immoral Conversations |

I think it must be because I do not look like an American that some people believe they can correct my use of my own Mother Tongue, especially when they have spent so much time learning the language in school. Today I was peacefully making a few notes ready for a future piece of writing, when I felt the hot breath of someone across my shoulder, something which I do not like at all. Someone was reading as I wrote, and that within what I would normally regard as my private sphere.

Worse still, he decided to correct my use of the English language with the words:

You have got that there wrong.

Yes, of course I make mistakes, we all do. And I have no objection to someone correcting me, when it is the right time for corrections. I was. however, just making a few private notes, jotting down ideas and complete sentences for use later.

I can understand what he meant, this young man whose first language is not English; there are some words you simply cannot use when writing in German which work in English perfectly. Take, for example, the word Mist. This is, in fact, the word I had written, and I used it in the sense of someone traveling through a misty landscape. In  German, however, it has a completely different meaning, which is one of the reasons why you will never find a Rolls Royce Silver Mist on sale here. Mist is the German word for dung and, no matter what the weather may be like, I do not wish to have one of my characters driving through dung.

I guess, just because of my looks, the distinct Asian slant of my features, that many people cannot believe English is my first language, that I have been learning and writing it almost since birth. Let them believe what they will, but please, no more breathing over my shoulder when I am doing something private!

Love & Kisses, Viki.

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Spock: Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 11, 2014 in Internet |

Censorship is a strange thing, especially when it is political censorship. Take, as an example, the decision by the Chinese censor to remove all references to Vladimir Putin placing a warming blanket around the shoulders of Peng Liyuan, wife of the Chinese Premier Xi Jinping, to protect her from the rain. Clearly, for the Chinese, this is just as bad as someone touching the Queen is for the English, it simply does not happen. And, since it simply does not happen, it is removed and simply did not happen. Well, sort of, as far as the Chinese are concerned, officially, it simply didn’t happen, but too many of them already know that it simply did happen, and that’s an end to it.

Where's Spock?

Screenshot Source: Twitter

What was, for me, far more amusing was the group photograph of major world leaders taken during this meeting of the minds.

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Twitter: How Many Friends Make Life Interesting?

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 10, 2014 in Internet |

Have you ever tried to hold a decent conversation with more than twenty people at one time? I can imagine that any such attempt is doomed to failure: everyone wants to have their say, to get their words in wherever they can, to be a part of the whole and, thus, the conversation becomes more of a fight for supremacy, the loudest wins, and any threads which may initially be followed tend to disappear in manifold directions.

At the same time, how many friends do you need to have a conversation? If you have plenty of time on your hands and can follow several different themes at the same time, would it be possible to hold a series of conversations with twenty people, separate one from the other, at the same time? This is probably more likely, more achievable, than holding one conversation with a large group and no set means of ensuring that each has a chance to talk, to express their own opinion as they would wish.

Twitter Friends

Screenshot Source: Twitter

And if you can hold individual conversations with twenty people at the same time, assuming speed of thought and the ability to change from one subject to another without stumbling, would you gain anything from it?

Now imagine that you have twenty different people and you hold conversations with them but all at different times. Such, I suspect is far more usual, something that we all do over the course of a day and, believe it or not, what comes out of each of these individual conversations can be interesting, if not fascinating, perhaps even enlightening. It’s all a case, I think, of having the right friends. Twenty different people with their own ideas on life, the universe and everything, what could possibly go wrong?

Or, of course, you can have eighty-five thousand ‘friends’ – and here we’re going over to the Twitter term of followers – and contact with hardly any of them.

We judge people on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere, by the numbers on their profile rather than by the people themselves. This person must be interesting because they follow so many thousands of people, we seem to be saying. But are they really? Do they have anything from the vast numbers? Rather twenty people I can talk to, than a horde I can neither hear nor find time for.

Love & Kisses, Viki.

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Response To The Death Of An American Soldier

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 9, 2014 in News & Opinion |

Ever really wondered how the death of an American soldier is received by Americans? Ever taken a look at how people react when a soldier is killed on American soil? Believe me, I don’t think that you want to; it is akin to the more rabid gun owners of the fair land, who discount the murders to thousands of children and students at schools around the country as having nothing to do with gun ownership.

Francisco Garcia, an Afghanistan veteran, was killed outside his own home, during his own homecoming party, over the weekend. These are some of the responses to his death.

another soldier got stopped from becoming a cop i love reading good positive uplifting news like that. guess i also love making real unpopular comments. it’s true though. good news who knew a murderer can do good deeds like that.

My son’s peenus tastes funny……I think he might have a boyfriend

Seems like his homeys were a little upset. They don’t seem to like Cali’s gun laws either.

The TAXPAYERS have to pay MORE money to AMERICANS on WELFARE than those BEGGARS could have earned at the JOBS the ILLEGALS STOLE from them by undercutting the WAGES they could have earned.

California was once a near paradise. That was only 50 years ago. What began with Lyndon Johnson, Ted Kennedy, gradually accelerated with Clinton and Bush, then to become a tsunami under Obama, is the spiral of America into a third-world country. The third-world is poor and dysfunctional for a very simple reason, its people lack intelligence and morality. And they are here now on every street corner.

HEY SEE BS JEWS…..did the suspect look like one of Obama’s sons, or one of his illegal alien nephews?

This is the reality of American society – not all, but many vocal parts of it – today. And those who are not vocal: for or against? Of course, it is their Right under the First Amendment to voice such opinions, to make such statements, this is an integral part of the United States of America, this freedom. However….

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Selfies: Even The Youngest Child

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 8, 2014 in Internet |

How many of your friends and relations post photographs of their children on the Internet? I’m fairly sure most would say all of them do: there is something cute about a child and, of course, our child is far cuter than all the others. As proof, here’s the latest photograph of a child doing something cute. Of course everyone can do it, since they don’t need permission from the child, who is too young to decide anyway, and there’s nothing better than sharing, since we are all adults and are allowed to have a Facebook profile.

How about, though, if children of all ages could do it for themselves? How about if your child had access to your Facebook or Twitter profile and could post its own selfies at will? Would that still be fine by you, especially when the child doesn’t understand the Internet, is far too young to even know what the Internet is, or you don’t have control over what gets uploaded? Believe it or not, there is an app for that too, in a manner of speaking.

Baby Photo

Photo Credit: Sergiu BacioiuCreative Commons

The problems abound, and not just in the legal sphere. A small child, still in its crib, can be photographed and the image automatically uploaded to Facebook and Twitter without anything more than the baby moving towards this device. There is no posing, there is no check to make sure the photograph is clean and decent. There doesn’t even need to be a check to make sure that the child being photographed is in its own home. No adult intervention whatsoever. Set it up, and leave it to run.

The Internet has no limits, we are told: anything is possible. Whatever you’re looking for, you can find it on the Internet if you look hard enough or in the right places. That goes for decent issues and images just as much as child pornography. It’s all there, if you know where. Do we need such a device? Do we really need to have an automatic camera with upload capabilities for Facebook and Twitter which takes snapshots of a child when it is alone, at all times of the day and night?

The Internet may know no limits, but society and parents should.

Love & Kisses, Viki.

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