Trivia, Pop the Question, Cool Work

June has turned out to be a disappointment to beachgoers thus far. The cool, cloudy days seem more appropriate for indoor activities, and among them, surfing or playing video games. Most of what I discovered this week is nonessential, so bookmark what you want and leave the rest behind.

I guess if you are at a loss at conversation, memorizing pages full of Unnecessary Knowledge at www.ukno.com will give you an arsenal of silly things to talk about. For example, you can tell friends that John Lennon’s first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles. It took me two clicks of my mouse to decide to run off in a different direction on the Internet.

All of you who lurk at this column but still refuse to touch a computer must at least have a little bit of curiosity about what’s happening online, right? Will You Marry Me is a spot that shows ordinary people and techies actually, truly, honestly proposing marriage. And why not use the technology to surprise your sweetheart? Will You Marry Me (http://willyoumarrymekc.com) is the project of one young man who is serious about wanting to marry K.C. And the real K.C., whoever she is, has not, after almost 300 days of this online project, responded. The webmaster, whose name I could not find, wants everyone who has found his website to spread the word about his proposal, so that K.C will discover this website. Meanwhile, the site has posted others’ out-of-the-ordinary online proposals. The creative souls wanting to impress their sweethearts have embedded the Big Question in webcams, video games, twitter, and lolcat, among others. As the webmaster/proposer puts it, his site is like a “message in a bottle tossed into the Internet ocean.” Now that is an excellent metaphor.

It’s not too late to find a summer job, according to the folks at Coolworks. This is a site I found at least six years ago, and I’m delighted to see that they are still up and running. However, it appears that there are fewer jobs posted on the site now. Coolworks (www.coolworks.com) focuses mostly on seasonal jobs in state and national parks, outdoor campgrounds, and the like. It’s a place for adventurers and those who don’t want to stay in one place all their lives. And while the summer positions in lodges and resorts may be all filled by the time you read this, there will be listings for fall and winter jobs. Plus, you can bookmark this site and keep checking back for the newest updates.

From Coolworks, I learned about the Backpack Gear Test (www.backpackgeartest.org) where you can become a tester and use the product for six months. And yes, there are other outdoor adventure type products ready for testing. If you are planning a wilderness hike or something similar, and if you are cash-strapped, you can have your cake and eat it, too. Become a tester and write reviews. Charlie and Natalie, are you listening?

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~ by IndianaDunesPoet on June 17, 2009.

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