Playing in the World Game: 2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 190,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 8 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thanks to everyone who came by for a visit! May your 2014 be full of everything you deserve and desire.

The Old Wolf has spoken.

Block that App

The Goodwoman of the House just posted this on her Facebook page:


If only it were just Candy Crush Saga. I think the mad rush for these online stupidities started around the time that Farmville became popular. Every time someone posted “A poor little lamb just wandered onto your farm,” I’d reply with something about dragging out the mint sauce. Old_Wolf_EvilGrin

I immediately block any request for an app or game so that I never see them again; just hover your mouse over a request in your notifications, and you’ll see a “turn off” option:




Facebook gives you the option to see which apps you’ve blocked, and this made me curious. You can see your own as well. Below, my blacklist, sorted alphabetically:

★ Your Daily Photo
❤ SpeedDate App
21 questions
Angry Birds
Answers™ About Me
Are you my best friend ???
Atlantis Fantasy
Backgammon Live
Backyard Monsters
Battle Pirates
Best Friends Forever
Bingo Bash
Birthday Calendar by Davia
Bubble Island
Bumper Sticker (New)
Caesars Casino
Café World
Calendarul Meu
Candy Crush Saga
Castle Age
City of Wonder
Crossword Buddies
Date New People
Empires & Allies
Family Farm
Family Tree
FBCredits Giveaway
Food Fling!
Free Gifts
Friend Hug
Friends Albums
Friends Forever – You and Me
Fun Cards – New Year & More!
Gardens of Time
Get Revealed
Halloween Treats Old
Hidden Chronicles
Hidden Haunts
Hollywood Spins
Holy Town
Hotel City
Il Mio Calendario
Indiana Jones Adventure World
Invite Your Friends Button
Jackpot Bingo
Legends: Rise of a Hero
Lost Bubble
LoVe to YoU ❤~
Lucky Slots
Mafia Wars
Mahjong Trails
Maine Stuff!!
Marvel: Avengers Alliance
Mastering the Joy of Chocolate
Middle Kingdom
Movie Blitz
My Calendar
My Calendar
My Friend Secrets
My Holiday Cards ★
My Tetris Friends
Ninja Saga
Organizing for Action
Photo Contest
Pink Ribbon
Pioneer Trail
Pool Master 2
PurePlay Casino
Question Party
Quien visita tu perfil?
Ravenskye City
Rich Schefren Endorses FBWebinars
SimCity Social
Smarter Than A 5th Grader?
Sorority Life
Stik for Small Business
Suggest This
SuperPoke! Pets
The Guardian
The Only Government Approved Money System
The Sims Social
Threads of Mystery
To my Online Friend
Treasure Isle
Truth Game
Truths About You
TSO Atlantic City Flyaway!
Would you rather
Zoo World

Every single one of these apps wants permission to access all my information, my friends list, my wall, and often requests permission to post on my behalf, including spamming itself to all my friends. To Pluto with that.

The Old Wolf approves the above sentiment.

20 Things the Rich Do.

A recent blog entry by Dave Ramsey quotes Tom Corley, on his website, outlining a few of the differences between the habits of the rich and the poor. I have summarized these differences in the table below, which makes the comparison a bit more readable.

Percent of Wealthy Activity Percent of Poor
70 Eat less than 300 junk food calories per day 97
23 Gamble 52
80 Focus on accomplishing some single goal 12
76 Exercise aerobically four days a week 23
63 Listen to audio books during commute to work 5
81 81% of wealthy maintain a to-do list 19
63 Parents make their children read two or more non-fiction books a month 3
70 Parents make their children volunteer 10 hours or more a month 3
80 Make Happy Birthday calls 11
67 Write down their goals 17
88 Read 30 minutes or more each day for education or career reasons 2
6 Say what’s on their mind 69
79 Network five hours or more each month 16
67 Watch one hour or less of TV every day 23
6 Watch reality TV 78
44 Wake up three hours before work starts 3
74 Teach good daily success habits to their children 1
84 Believe good habits create opportunity and luck 4
76 Believe bad habits create detrimental luck 9
19 Believe in lifelong educational self-improvement 5
86 Love to read 26

There’s no question that these are habits which will improve one’s mind and create an environment where the chances for wealth-building are increased. There’s no guarantee that you’ll get rich if you do every one of these things (or don’t, as the case may be), but your odds of strengthening your position in life are radically increased.

I will be looking at this list closely as I determine what worked during this past year, what didn’t work, and what’s next.

Apparently Dave’s blog post attracted a storm of ignorant and negative comments, so he added some commentary which is worth the read.

The Old Wolf has spoken.

A curious and wistful tale.


“For sixty years, the young lady who had been hit by a train near a boarding house in Willoughby was simply known as “The Girl in Blue.” No one knew who she was, where she was going or who to contact about her death on Christmas Eve 1933. She carried no identification, only 90 cents and a ticket to Corry, Pennsylvania. She wore a blue dress and blue shoes.

McMahon Funeral Home adopted this young lady’s funeral arrangements. Local donations paid for a headstone and flowers. More than 3,000 local residents went to McMahon Funeral Home to bid farewell to a girl they never knew.

Her identity remained a mystery of national interest until a local newspaper story commemorating the sixtieth anniversary of her death sparked a reader to contact a title agency that researched records from the sale of properties in Warren County, Pennsylvania. State authorities determined that Josephine Klimczak was The Girl in Blue. Lake County records, however, have not changed the death certificate; she is still listed as The Girl in Blue”

Everyone deserves to be remembered. The poem by Linda Ellis, “The Dash,” points out that even if a tombstone records only 1914-1933, the most important part of the inscription is the hyphen between those two dates: “What matters is how we live and love, and how we spend our dash.”

My mother had a baby sister who passed away after a brief sojourn on the earth. For 91 years she lay unmarked and unremembered, a cruel oversight for my baby aunt that I was able to rectify in 2009.

Frances Mary Draper Headstone


This is one reason cemeteries for me are a place of peace and contemplation rather than sorrow – every one who lies therein had value, was loved, and was valued by others, at least at some point in their lives. Many accomplished significant things, others accomplished lives of quiet dignity; even those who may have been considered monsters by some were not always so.

“Unknown but not forgotten” is the kindest memorial to a lost girl, Josephine Klimczak; may she rest in peace.

The Old Wolf has spoken.


A thought for the season.

I have many, many friends around the world. Some are people of faith, others are people of reason. All have something of value to contribute to the conversation. With no intention to take from anyone’s tradition, I share this sentiment today from our family to the world.

Innsbruck - Goldenes Dachl at Christmas

Wishing you the greatest of peace and joy during this sacred Christmas Season.
Whatever your walk in life, may this time bring you greater strength and insight for the coming year.

The Old Wolf has spoken.