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Saturday 6

Saturday Six: A New Life for an Old Name

I bet you didn’t think you’d see that title again on a blog post here. And if you felt that way, I honestly can’t say I blame you.

After all, the Saturday Six was “retired” as a weekly feature back in November after 555 editions. That old version featured six random questions and was designed to give bloggers some fodder for their own blogs as well as allowing other bloggers who visited this one to find (through comments with responses to the questions) to potentially find new blogs to read and enjoy.

There was just one problem: 555 editions of the feature meant I had asked 3,330 questions, and I am certain — without taking the time to look — that I repeated some questions. It wasn’t done intentionally, but when you ask that many questions over 10 years, sooner or later, you are simply going to repeat yourself, just as bloggers with a long-running blog occasionally retell past stories when making new points.

It happens.

This time around, the Saturday Six won’t be six random questions. Instead, it’ll be six random links that I’ve found interesting enough to mention but not necessarily worthy of independent blog posts on their own. This is called curating content and it’s something most bloggers do whether they realize it or not, unless they only write original things that never refer to other people’s content.

So let’s begin with six posts I ran across recently that I thought you might enjoy reading:

1. Twitter removing character limit for direct messages.

twitterYes, the 140-character limit that Twitter users must live by when they tweet will no longer apply for direct messages. At some point this month, Twitter engineers will flip the switch to allow longer messages according to a post to engineers and programmers whose products might be affected by this change. It’s not clear how long the new limit will be, but it’s at least possible multiple DMs may soon be a thing of the past. Are you on Twitter? Is this a change you’d look forward to?

2. Bubble Wrap with no pop? What’s the point?

Apparently Bubble Wrap is becoming a victim of the economy. A new version of the classic packaging material is being introduced that will upset a lot of people because it’ll no longer offer the stress-relieving (if annoying-to-your-neighbors) chance to pop the individual bubbles. The reason for the revision comes down to money: the newer, less fun version will allow less of it to be used in shopping, thereby cutting costs. Can you resist popping bubbles when you see a piece of Bubble Wrap?

3. 10 tips and tricks Netflix users should know

No matter what we buy, we want to get the most out of it. With that in mind, Yahoo offers 10 tricks and tips that Netflix customers should be taking advantage of. How many of them did you already know?

4. Cosby’s star to stay put in ‘Walk of Fame’

Despite calls for Bill Cosby’s star to be ripped out of Hollywood’s famous “Walk of Fame,” organizers say it’s staying put. Chamber of Commerce President Leron Gubler said Thursday that each of the honorary stars is considered “a part of the historic fabric” of the walk. Do you think it should stay or go?

5. Ranking Christian Bumper Stickers

First, a disclaimer: I am a Christian who has no bumper stickers, Christian or secular, on my vehicle. As a general rule, I don’t think bumper stickers do anything to make a vehicle more attractive, nor do I feel it’s necessarily wise to encourage other drivers to follow too closely so they can get a better chance of reading a message that had no business being there to begin with. But maybe that’s just me. If you’re into bumper stickers with a religious message, enjoy these selections. What’s the funniest bumper sticker you’ve ever seen on a car?

6. Cable company owes woman $229K for calling wrong number

yelling-at-cell-phoneI love this story. A judge awarded $229,500 to a woman who kept getting automated phone calls from a cable company on her cell phone long after she reported to them that they had a wrong number. The judge says Time Warner owes $1,500 per call because “’a responsible business’ would have tried harder to find Perez and address the problem.” I wonder if the same logic would apply to misaddressed mail after I’ve notified a company they have the wrong address. Have you ever had a company call you repeatedly after you told them they had the wrong number? How did you stop it?

I hope you enjoy this new version of the Saturday Six and that you’ll check in each week to see more interesting tidbits and post your reaction in a comment below!

4 Comments

  1. As much as I liked the old Saturday Six, I approve of this version! Thanks for the interesting stories, Patrick! I love that last one!

  2. I wish I had heard about this before. I had Chase bank robocalling me on my cell phone that I pay by the minute all the time for some type of loan a woman was behind in payments. The calls were coming once a day and when I call the number that they gave, the first thing they asked was for the account number which of course I don’t have. I would explain my problem and all the operators were very sympathetic but they couldn’t do anything without an account number. I talked to their supervisors, I threaten to complain to the banking commissioner, nothing work to stop the calls. Finally this one woman said, “I’m not suppose to give out this number, but…” I called the number and they were able to find the account by searching for my phone number.
    I couple of years latter I got a wrong number phone call from Chase, but this time in the robocall and at the end of the message they said “If you are receiving this call by mistake please call this number…”

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 28 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.