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570th Friday Blog Roundup

Enough time has passed that the vast majority of people who watch Doctor Who have gotten to the last two episodes of Doctor Who — “The Zygon Inversion.”  But if you haven’t, skip this section.  You know, spoilers!

On the bulletin board in the office of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, the same image appeared many times, altered slightly on each piece of paper.  It was the man from Ever Dream This Man.

The hoax was debunked years ago, but I still love to freak myself out reading the site.

Especially fitting since it’s Friday the 13th.

Isn’t it odd that Doctor Who would use that image in the background of the episode?  Characters kept standing or sitting in front of the bulletin board, so it kept appearing in the scene.  Almost like they wanted the image to seep into the back of our brains.  Why is no one discussing this online?  Am I really the only person whose eye went directly to that image?


Stop procrastinating.  Go make your backups.  Don’t have regrets.

Seriously.  Stop what you’re doing for a moment.  It will take you fifteen minutes, tops.  But you will have peace of mind for days and days.  It’s the gift to yourself that keeps on giving.

As always, add any new thoughts to the Friday Backup post and peruse new comments in order to find out about methods, plug-ins, and devices that help you quickly back up your data and accounts.


And now the blogs…

But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week.  In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:

  • None… sniff.

Okay, now my choices this week.

The Road Less Travelled has a post encapsulating everything that is wrong with marketing via social media.  Firms and sites can collect thousands of points of data about a person, but a computer will still spit out “grandma bracelet” on the wall of a mother whose child died.  Huge fail, Facebook.

A Half Baked Life has a sobering post about a student who feels he shouldn’t visit the 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero, even though he really wants to go there and honour the dead.  She writes, “It made me think about other incarnations of guilt-by-association, and wonder how we can even begin to heal if we can’t even return to the site of our pain, to pay our respects to the dead.”  It’s a really powerful piece.

Trisomy 18 Loss – Music and Musing has a post about what we deserve.  It is a funny word: especially when we apply it to life.   She writes, “It isn’t that simple when deserving is attached to something that can’t be earned by meeting a certain criteria. Who deserves a happy marriage? Who deserves a steady, high-paying job they love? Who deserves a child?  More to the point, who doesn’t?”  It’s a complicated topic but a really good discussion.  The post will stay with you a long time.

Lastly, Solo Mama Life has a post about knowing how to parent.  It’s so simple yet so perfect.  I think I had what I needed so I tend to repeat what I experienced.  But the opposite is true, too: that you can build your parenting beliefs on what you didn’t experience.  Really, go over and read the post.

The roundup to the Roundup: Why is This Man in the background of Doctor Who?  Your weekly backup nudge.  And lots of great posts to read.  So what did you find this week?  Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between November 6th and 13th) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week?  Read the original open thread post here.


1 Infertile Girl { 11.13.15 at 9:59 am }

Loved your post yesterday! https://www.stirrup-queens.com/2015/11/circle-game/
I so agree with the active and passive parts of infertility and you were spot on about infertility blotting out the future. I’ve always been one to have a plan or goal on the horizon, but IF just made everything hazy, besides the shining star of bringing home our child.

2 Sharon { 11.13.15 at 12:33 pm }

Ah, Facebook. For all its algorithms, it can’t figure out what year I graduated from high school (even though that information is included on my profile page) or that I am the mother of my children not the grandmother. Guess that’s what happens when you become a first-time mother at 40, LOL. It also seems to think I need to lose weight (true), need a marriage counselor (not true) and may want to join some polyamory groups (definitely not true).

Makes me wonder how it gets these ideas. . . .

3 Kasey { 11.17.15 at 5:17 pm }

I noticed the image but didn’t know what it was. That is interesting.

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