Media and Society: Blog Post 2: Week 4: Flaming

Another problem with the Online Disinhibition Effect is that people oftentimes feel invisible to whom or whatever they are typing to or at. This is one of the primary reasons that flaming is more common in online settings. When people have stored aggression or anger and they see something that they can take that anger out on in an online setting, they sometimes will. This can be due to the fact that the other party cannot see them and in some cases, the flamer will remain either anonymous or will hide behind a pseudonym or screen name, thus furthering the distance between his or her offline self and the online flaming part his or herself. Add to this the invisibility factor and suddenly there is a formula that the flamer sees as a perfect situation to release aggression in a way that he or she would never consider in an offline situation. (If you have pent up aggression, please seek counseling.)

I do think that the Online Disinhibition Effect is something that web users, as well as those in the creative industry, actually, any industry, should at least be aware of, so that when he or she is tempted to post something “out of character” it would be reconsidered as it can have an impact of people’s opinions of one’s offline character. People have posted things online about bosses or customers and lost jobs because of the things posted. Be aware of what and why you are saying something before you post. Whether or not you distinguish your online self as being different than your offline self, it’s good to pause, take a moment and realize that whatever you post online is still being posted by you, regardless of your screen name, pseudonym, or invisibility to the other party. You are you, regardless of if you are online or offline. If you’re ever tempted to start flaming, remember, pause, take a minute, and think; if you wouldn’t say it in real life or to that person’s face, or if you don’t want your clients to see what you were about to say, don’t say it in an online setting.


Media and Society: Blog Post 1: Week 4: TMI

The Online Disinhibition Effect is when someone does or says things online that they wouldn’t do or say in real life. Examples of this can range from people ranting about their bosses, to when people do extraordinarily nice things for someone else that they wouldn’t normally do, to flaming on message boards and blog sites, etc. One of the reasons that the Online Disinhibition Effect can be a problem is that people often share way too much information online, leading to some serious “TMI” moments, which, other than making the viewing party feel extremely awkward at the time, can result in serious embarrassment for the sharer at a later date.  Do you want your clients knowing about that moment?  Consider that before posting.

I think that one of the reasons that online scammers have any “success” is due in part to the Online Disinhibition Effect. They weave a story of how the email recipient can supposedly help some people group somewhere and all of a sudden the scammer ends up with access to the credit card of the unknowing victim (Don’t do this. Generally speaking, if it’s in your spam folder, there’s probably a reason.), because the victim felt overly compelled to help, or do something that they thought was nice.  This is obviously a problem, which I believe is lessened at least in part by the savvy, as well as by Spam or Junk Mail filters in email accounts.

How do we guard against the “TMI” effect caused by Online Disinhibition? Basically what it boils down to is this: If you wouldn’t do or say it in real life, don’t do or say it online. So if you wouldn’t open up about that kidney stone your uncle’s nephew’s brother’s son-in-law’s aunt’s fish had last month while vacationing near the border of Tanzania, please don’t share it online. The “TMI” effect thanks you in advance.

*TMI = Too Much Information

Gluten-free Golden Star Chicken Fried Rice

Golden Star Jasmine White Rice is absolutely amazing!  They sent me some to try and it definitely makes this rice dish taste restaurant quality.  Yeah, it’s that awesome! Plus, Golden Star Jasmine White Rice does NOT have any preservatives in it and it also tastes great by itself.

I was amazed, 2 cups uncooked Golden Star Jasmine White Rice makes about 6 cups when cooked.  This recipe makes a LOT of fried rice,  we had it for dinner and we still have enough to eat for lunch tomorrow.  I would say that this recipe would easily feed a large family.

You could use other kinds of meat depending on your preference, or leave the meat out to use it as a side.  You can adjust the Tamari sauce according to your taste; I like to add it little by little so I don’t get it too salty.  The result is delicious!

Recipe time!:

2 cups carrots, sliced or chopped

1 cup frozen peas

1 can bamboo chutes

1 can water chestnuts

2 Chicken Breast

Tamari Sauce (Wheat-free soy sauce)

Grape seed, olive, or sesame oil

2 cups uncooked (makes about 6 cups) Golden Star Jasmine White Rice <- IMPORTANT!! The rice really does make the recipe!

Steps 1 and 2 can be done beforehand to save time, though it didn’t take too long doing all of the steps together. 🙂

  1. Prepare 2 cups Golden Star Jasmine White Rice according to directions on package. Makes about 6 cups.
  2. While the rice is cooking, cook 2 chicken breast in 2 tbsp. oil, sprinkle with 1 tbsp. Tamari sauce each.  Flip as needed, cook thoroughly, then remove from heat.
  3. Place 2 cups chopped or sliced carrots in 2 tbsp. oil in a wok or large pan over medium heat, stir.
  4. Add 1 Tbsp. Tamari sauce to the carrots, cook until tender (about 5-8 minutes).
  5. Add 1 cup frozen peas and ½ tbsp Tamari sauce.  Stir, cook until peas are defrosted.
  6. Add 1 can bamboo chutes, 1 can of water chetsnuts, and 1 tbsp Tamari sauce.  Stir.
  7. Chop or shred chicken breast, then add chicken to the vegetable mixture.  Stir together.
  8. Add in 6 cups cooked Golden Star Jasmine White Rice, stir and add in 6 tbsp. Tamari sauce.  Cook for 2-5 minutes, stirring, to let the flavors meld together.
  9. Remove from heat and enjoy your meal.

Thanks Golden Star!!

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Fun Festive Nails!

So this week I decided that I wanted a different take on festive nails.  I love a good red nail polish, but this week I wanted something different.  I read about some lavender nail polish on a website this week and decided to give it my own flair.  Here’s what I came up with: OPI’s Planks a Lot (a creamy lavender) from the Pirate’s of the Caribbean collection (released earlier this year) with Wet n Wild’s Party of Five Glitters as a top coat.

I LOVE the finished look! This is a fun take on party nails. It makes me think of what Lime Crime would look like if they had a nail polish. I used 2 coats of Planks a Lot and 2 coats of the glitter.  The next day I put a topcoat over it (Zoya) to extend the wear-time.

What are some of your favorite nail polish colors and ideas?

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Happy December 1! Some songs to celebrate with!

Happy December!!!

Mom and Tooti surprised me by picking up the new CD from Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. who is definitely one of my favorite artists of all time. So, I decided to put together some of my favorite songs of the moment in celebration of December 1. Maybe his new CD would make a great gift for that special someone, you, your dog, your cat, your grandmother, your grandfather, your crazy aunt, uncle, or your distant family member’s new born baby that you’ve been meaning to get a present for.

First up, it’s none other than Landau himself:

Fly Me to the Moon (with a bit of his story):

And since it’s coming up on the holidays, Baby, it’s Cold Outside:

Now some Dean Martin singing about my favorite fluffy confection… Marshmallow World:

Some more from Landau… Ain’t That a Kick in the Head:

And I’ll leave you with some Christmas Cheers… Presenting the Dave Barnes Christmas Extravagan-za!

Happy December 1!

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Makeup Tutorial: Physician’s Formula Contest Entry!

Update: The contest is now closed. While I didn’t win the grand prize, I had a great time entering the contest. Thank you all for your votes!

Here’s the video tutorial:


Hey y’all!  This post is a little different than the previous ones, and includes a makeup tutorial!

I was contacted by Physician’s Formula to enter this year’s contest, after coming in the top 10 last year. I need to make it into the top 10 this year for a shot at the grand prize!

I want to win, vote for me!

How to vote:

1. Go to
2. Register (takes 2 mins and you can opt out of emails!) or sign in
3. Click this link to go to my video:
4. Click the “Vote for Me” button underneath the video.

The contest runs through November 15, so there’s only a few days left, vote once a day!

Thanks mucho!!!!

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Cinnamon Tea!

(Paleo – Day: 32)

Yesterday, thanks to the barista’s suggestion at the Barnes and Noble coffee bar, Mom introduced us to an absolutely AMAZING tea… Hot Cinnamon Spice by Harney and Sons.  It is fantastic!  It was so great that Tooti and I each had to get a cup of it after Mom let us sample hers… and then we had to buy a box of this tea today.  Somehow it’s amazingly sweet without adding any type of sweetener, the cinnamon flavor is really strong, but not overpowering.  It’s kind of like if you took the perfect cinnamon roll and made it into a cup of tea.  Yeah, it’s that awesome.

Speaking of Cinnamon Rolls… Cinnamon Roll Day is October 4! Yay! I really want to try a recipe I found for Paleo Cinnamon “Roll” Muffins… they look delicious.

If you need some ideas on tea for two and tunes for tea… check out Tea and Sympathy’s Post… They used a song I suggested! Yay! 🙂

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Things I learned in 30 days… or Paleo: Day 31

  1. I learned that anyone really CAN cook.  Ratatouille says it best: 
  2. I learned that I really DO feel better on Paleo… and this song definitely represents how I was feeling “OK” but not great.   It’s a good reminder to keep going forward, or as Lewis Carroll wrote, “I can’t go back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”
  3. I learned what beets look like.
  4. I now know what a jicama tastes like.
  5. Miracles happen: I like mushrooms now. I also love cooking now.
  6. Planning ahead is your friend.
  7. Planning ahead makes my life easier.
  8. I don’t miss dairy.
  9. I like coconut milk
  10. Never discount something just because you think the combination of foods is weird.  I actually didn’t cook anything that I didn’t end up liking.
  11. You can make time to eat right.
  12. Eating well is a commitment.
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Paleo: Day 30!

Today I made Western Omelets with Sweet Potato Hash for breakfast… we all agreed that this is one of our favorite breakfast meals. 🙂

For lunch, I cooked Quick Paleo Pancakes with lamb patties and eggs… we were in kind of a breakfasty mode today… they were soooo good!!! (I added some cocoa powder to them for good measure…)

For dinner, I cooked some Grilled Chicken with Nutty Cabbage… it was delicious, fast, and easy.

I can’t believe that today is Day 30 of the Paleo 30 Day Challenge!  We made it!!!  We’re all feeling so much better that we definitely want to stick with it.

I love Paleo and Paleo loves me!!!! 😀

Stay tuned for an exciting post coming tomorrow about some of the things I learned in 30 days! 😀  Here’s a hint… “Anyone can cook.” (If you can name the movie that is from it makes you even cooler… if it’s even possible to be cooler than you are now. I mean really, you’re pretty rad.)

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Paleo: Day 29

I cooked the Peach Pecan Scramble for breakfast today! Yummy! It’s definitely one of my absolute favorites… totally tastes like bread pudding. 😀

For lunch today, we had leftover chicken (not so soft, so I finished off the peach pecan scramble) and guacamole, I paired mine with leftover butternut squash… the teeth were sore… but it was tasty! 😀

For dinner tonight, I decided to get fancy and cook Hasselbeck Sweet Potatoes (I used this recipe but subbed sweet potatoes for the other potatoes and used olive oil instead of butter) with Salmon and Peas with Carrots… those sweet potatoes are ridiculously good. Mmmmmm!!!! Totally worth the extra time.

Got to have some fun sister time with Tooti today… which of course involved a trip to the tea store… yay!!

Tomorrow is day 30!!!! Yeah!!!! 😀