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I mentioned a week or two ago that some changes were in order here at The Brannan Blog. You may think it was just me tinkering with the visual theme of the blog, as I’ve done a couple times in recent weeks. Not so fast, my friends. There is more. Much more. Read on for the details.

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It’s been a few months since I finally became an active member of Facebook. Based on my discussions with a few of you, my odd reaction to the experience is not one unique to me. It’s just a strange thing.

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There’s a great show on Current TV called infoMania. It’s their weekly review program; their version of E!’s The Soup or VH1’s Best Week Ever. This week was the obligatory Valentine’s themed-show, featuring some funny segments about online dating. They threw in a reference to a site for people who are looking to have affairs. The site’s tagline is “When Divorce Isn’t An Option.”

Ummm, ok.

I’m no prude and believe people can do what they want so long as they’re willing to accept the consequences, but isn’t this stuff supposed to be hidden? Like blind ads in the weekly alternative papers, or in the backs of porn mags? Not some fancy website with well-produced commercials?

* Watch the clip for the name of the site. It comes about 8:00 into the show. I really don’t want to link to it myself.

Being a curious lad, I did have to check out the site. You don’t get much without registering, and I didn’t think my wife would understand me registering for such a site in the name of “research for the blog.” But I can report that they offer an Affair Guarantee. That’s reassuring.

Suddenly if feels like New York, 1977 in here.

And with that, Happy Valentine’s Day, everybody!

There are some changes in store for the blog in the coming weeks and months. I’ll get into more detail as I work things out, but I’ll offer up a hint that I’m teaching myself how to code HTML, XHTML, and CSS. For the majority of you who are scratching your heads about what the hell those things mean, they are the languages that websites are written in. So, sometime in the future, I’ll be able to code how the blog looks all by myself. I think that’s terribly cool. I hope you’ll indulge me and agree.

In the meantime, I’ll be playing around with the templates available to me now. Thus, the look and feel of the site may change quite a bit as I experiment to help formulate my plan for how I want my design to look when I’m ready to start coding.

Also, I’ve decided to scrap the Weekly Links feature. I’m just going to post links as I find them. That way I don’t miss anything, I can comment a little more on some of them, and I offer up more content each week. Everybody wins!

This link, though, doesn’t require much explanation from me.

This is why you’re fat.

One last link, courtesy of Wyn. Ever dream of making your own football stadium out of snacks? Here’s one way to do it.

Earlier than normal, since a couple relate to a certain game that will be played on Sunday.
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Some things to waste your time on the Internets.

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A long-winded attempt to steer you towards a cool television channel and speculate on whether weird hobbies could derail a budding relationship.

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Way behind, and added a ton more today, so carve out some time before you attempt to tackle these.

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I’m giving the Facebook another shot. If you’re on the Facebook, you may have noticed I started updating my status, I think for the first time ever, over the past few days. I’ve received a slew of friend invites in recent weeks, thus I’ve been going in and approving/ignoring them a lot. And, while doing so, I’ve noticed a lot of friends are updating their status, posting news, and uploading pics on a regular basis. Apparently it’s not just for the kids anymore, which probably means something better/cooler is going to come along soon and replace it.

But, in the meantime, I’m going to give it a shot again. I’ve got the Facebook app on my iPhone. I’ve added Facebook as one of the bookmarks in my Safari bookmark bar, so it’s always right there staring at me. This new strategy seems to have paid off already. I’ve heard from a couple friends I haven’t talked to or e-mailed in ages. It may be the perfect tool for us parents who are always chasing kids around, especially for those who have a hard time keeping up with e-mail.

Oh, and I had about 800 invites for various games, challenges, etc. I just wiped them all out and started over, so if you had invited me to play some game, extend a wave, etc., nothing personal. That’s just me cleaning up months of disuse.