Adam Ruins Everything – Why You Should Tell Coworkers Your Salary

Adam Ruins Everything – Why You Should Tell Coworkers Your Salary


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Today’s PSA: Changing passwords.

We all make lazy decisions. I am no exception to that rule. Because of my lazy choices, I now have to change a ton of logins.

This entry is a bit long-winded, so here’s the quick summary:

Your password should be at least 8 letters and numbers. It needs to be complicated to guess, but easy to remember.

Example: You can remember your graduation, right?

Sentence: “I graduated in 1996 from Germantown High”
Password becomes: “GTownHigh1996” or to make it stronger: “@GTownHigh1996@”

Both are rated 100% by the Password Strength Meter @  It has capital letters, special chars, letters and numbers.

To keep all the passwords unique, append the SAME password with the sitename.


  • GTownHigh1996FBook
  • GTownHigh1996Myspace
  • GTownHigh1996GMail
  • GTownHigh1996Yahoo!

Use a formula like this to create your passwords. You can remember the format, the main content, however if someone ‘hacks’ your Facebook password, they don’t immediately have your Myspace, Gmail, or Yahoo! password.

Of Course, if you don’t want to remember your passwords, but still have them secure, why not give LastPass a try? I have had it for 5+ years, and it’s been a life saver. It has an iPhone and Android app, it’s super encrypted, and can remember all the passwords you forget.

Last Pass


Store Passwords in a Secure Vault
All of your passwords and notes are stored safely in a vault. Easy-to-use, searchable, and organized the way you like.
Autofill Every Password
Save passwords as you browse, and LastPass will autofill the login for you next time you sign into that account.
One Account or Many
Have multiple Gmail accounts? 12 WordPress logins? Save unlimited logins for websites, and easily switch between them.
Convenient Access
Get started on any device, free. Your LastPass vault is backed up and synced automatically where you need it.




Ok, so here’s the deal. Most sites now a days make you provide log in information. They usually ask for your email and a password.

If you use the same email on all of them (which you should as a normal user), you often will just provide the same password, just to get an account. Well, what happens when that website is hacked, and now someone has your default email and password? A shit storm, is what. Since you have used that user/password combo on who knows how many sites, you are now vulnerable to all of those sites!

“But Billie, it’s too hard to remember different usernames and passwords for EVERYTHING!”

I totally agree, and that’s why I have five options for you; they all have their merits and downfalls.

1. Use a desktop password manager application:

+ It’s always on your computer
+ It will usually integrate with your browser.
– It is only on that computer
– It may cost $$
– Remote access to it requires pre-planning.

2. Online Password vaults:

+ Most generate random passwords for you
+ Available anywhere you have an internet connection
– If that site is hacked, you could lose the info
– If you lose the master password, you have trouble

3. Mobile Application:

+ Always with you
+ Easy to access
– No copy and paste to the computer
– If the phone is stolen, your passwords are too.

4. Google Docs Spreadsheet:

+ Accessable from any browser
+ HTTPs secured
– It’s online, so the hack risk is still there
– It’s a spreadsheet

5. Print out

+ Lockable
+ Portable
– not editable- steal-able

To give you an idea of my OLD setup: I had 4 main passwords, and then a couple disposable ones for websites that required a one time registration.

This worked well, for a while, but I realized quickly that if ONE site got hacked, then they all could. To prevent cross-site contamination of accounts, I have come up with a simple solution that will let you use any of the systems above, but also give you quick memory to the bulk of your passwords.

For the examples below, We will make the following assumptions:

– – Sites either use a username, account number, or email.

– – Sites have rules about passwords. They need to be more than 6 digits. They need numbers. Some need special characters.

Default Email used:

Default Username: billietest

Default Username2: billie2010 (in case my first choice is taken)

Now, I had to think of a way I could remember a large number of account passwords without them all being the same. Then it occured to me.

[important]Default Passwords should be something you can easily remember, but something that isn’t dictionary or personal.[/important]




For this example, I will choose a password of  ” TheUnC0la1050″. As you can see, it has capital letters, a ZERO instead of O, and a 4 digit number that is significant to me. It is also 13 chars in length, which makes it hard to guess, or hack.

Now that I have my default usernames and passwords ready, I wanted to make sure that my password was never the same on more than one site. This is where the memory comes in. I know I will remember the usernames, emails, and my common password, so now I can add to it, with a pattern!


As you can see from the above examples, my pattern was to split the domain up by syllables. I took the first part of youtube ‘you’ and then my password, and then the last part ‘tube’ to make a fully unique password that won’t be used on any other site, but that I can remember!

[important]Now, once i have that format, I can put them in my password safe choice, or just keep the pattern somewhere, knowing that I will always have the access I need.[/important]


You can check your choice at

It Gets Better: Billie Hawkins – Denver, Colorado





It Gets Better: Billie Hawkins – Denver, Colorado

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10-20-2010 – SpiritDay. Billie Log entry.

The idea behind Spirit Day, first created by teenager Brittany McMillan earlier this month, is a simple one, not dissimilar to the idea of “Spirit Week” held in many high schools, and can be summed up in three words: Everyone Rally Together.

Spirit Day honors the teenagers who had taken their own lives in recent weeks. But just as importantly, it’s also a way to show the hundreds of thousands of LGBT youth who face the same pressures and bullying, that there is a vast community of people who support them.

Purple symbolizes ‘spirit’ on the rainbow flag, a symbol for LGBT Pride that was created by Gilbert Baker in 1978.

How can you show your support for the teens who took their lives because of anti-LGBT bullying?

1. Wear purple TODAY, October 20!

2. Twitter pic: Click here to turn your Twitter profile pic purple

3. Twitter status: click here to post this tweet: I’m wearing purple to end anti-LGBT bullying – make your profile pic purple today #SpiritDay

4. Facebook pic: Click here to create a purple version of your Facebook profile pic – Then look for the purple photo in a new photo album called “Twibbons,” click on the purple photo, and click “Make Profile Picture.” Works best on square profile pictures.

5. Facebook status: I’m wearing purple today to support LGBT youth – make your profile pic purple today for Spirit Day at

6. Tweet your Spirit Day pics to @glaad! And if you’re on Flickr, add your pics to this

7. Help promote by downloading this graphic for your blog or website

On Twitter? Use the hashtag #SpiritDay in your tweets – let’s make #SpiritDay a trending topic!

Update: See the stars who are going purple today in GLAAD’s new blog post

As one of the event’s Facebook pages says: “This event is not a seminar nor is it a rally. There is NO meeting place. All you have to do is wear purple.”

Wearing purple on October 20 is a simple way to show the world that you stand by these courageous young people and a simple way to stand UP to the bullies. Remember those lives we’ve tragically lost, and show your solidarity with those who are still fighting. ‘Go Purple’ today!

Gay Cop, Gay Marine – IT GETS BETTER!

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Queer As Folk Trevor PSA

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Things like gay culture, gay politics, driving up the cost of real estate in affordable areas.

Will and Grace –

MRS FRIEDMAN: … I can’t believe you’re supporting that man.

GRACE: Ted Bowers happens to be an excellent candidate.

MRS FRIEDMAN: [SPITTING] Ptewey! Your candidate sucks my rain boots.

GRACE: Hey, I like Ted Bowers, and he’s gay, and I think it’s high time we had gay representation on the city council, especially in a society that still undervalues the rights of gay people.

MRS FRIEDMAN: Fine. Do what you want. Me, I’m voting for the Jewish woman.

GRACE: There’s a Jewish woman running?

Ok, So a friend of mine sent me an email today – I won’t go into specifics, but it was based on my ‘places’ check-in on Facebook. Basically, I was asked why I would shop at Target, and if I do, why I would broadcast it online. They then went on to explain the situation with Target and why the gays should boycott it.

As noted at “Many people across the country have come out publicly to criticize Target Corp. for donating $150,000 to help Tom Emmer, a Minnesota GOP gubernatorial candidate who opposes gay marriage. Target’s money went to MN Forward, a group that is running TV ads supporting Emmer.”

I don’t usually get political in my blogs, but I think I want people to know my feelings on this.

My response was, hopefully, concise and spoke to my beliefs:

Yes, I am well aware of the political stance that looms over the Target banner. I will not hold an entire company responsible for a poor choice of political backing made by a few individuals (Board of Directors?). They have made numerous statements to this topic; I happen to know several people who rely on the support from Target (from employment to local charities). There is an outcry for them to apologize for what they did; as a company, I think they have re-examined the issues and concerns of their clientele, and to that point have acted professionally. Target’s political donations were intended to support business objectives such as job creation and economic growth. Their defense included explaining that the company doesn’t have a social agenda or necessarily agree with all the positions of candidates it supports. And, with that in mind, Target has never held up a banner or expressed the support for any of the ‘anti-gay’ issues.

To that point, how many times in life have we supported a candidate who, after expressing support, found out they didn’t fit 100% of our opinions and goals? A candidate cannot be expected to appease 100% of every issue that everyone feels is right. That applies to every aspect in life.

Regarding the band: They are expressing their believes based on a their “Christian” faith and the interpretation they perceive from that. Again, I will not deny them the right to speak their opinion and believe what they want, because I don’t want to live in a country where anyone’s beliefs are stifled; even if I feel they are irrational.

Do I agree with Tom Emmers’ agenda or his “buddies in the band”? No.

Do I believe in the fundamental rights in this country to have freedom of opinion, religion, and speech, without the fear of tyranny, yes. So, because of that, I can’t try to silence his opinions, any more than i can allow him to silence ours.

Just my two cents.

More on this:

Friendships and the Hawkins clan… (no Will and Grace quote this time.)

Today’s Blog is about Friendships, and how they change. Also, Facebook has allowed me to make a startling discovery…
I observed the following:

Blog 06-08-10 – Friendships

Watch this video on YouTube.
– Friendships always evolve, no surprise there.
– Friends that have been there in the past may not be there in the future.
– Friends that you may have took as casual cohorts become the ones you talk to the most.
– Some friends start out as transient. They are there for a while, then you don’t hear from them for weeks/months; You build that expectation. Others turn into that, and it creates mixed signals.
– Friends who you thought would always be there, seem to write you off after a life change.
– Friendship communication is a two way street.
Some advice:
– Never expect the other person to call. They may be waiting for your call.
– If you ever utter the phrase, ‘why am i always the one who…<insert action here>’, the issue is that you have set a precedent. Change it.
– No matter what people say, they *always* appreciate a ‘happy birthday’ message, card or text.
– Anytime you think that you haven’t talked to someone in while, then it’s been way too long.
Part 2. An interesting fact I have discovered on via Facebook:
About 8 months ago, I went on a quest to see how many other “Hawkins'” there were in the US. Obviously a more common name than I thought, because Facebook alone reports over 500 results.
One website on the internet reports:
The HAWKINS surname per the 1990 census comprised .059 per cent of the total population, ranking 159th of more than 87,000 names.
Well, then I decided I would do some stats of my own. The following comes only from Facebook, and only from those who had friended me – but it was still shocking.
I decided to find how many fit into this mold:
Age 25-35
Sex: Male
Race: White/Caucasian
Location: USA
Sexuality: Gay
Facebook was a great forum for this search, because the built in ‘sensors’ when you search for people already help you out. FOr example, the search will automatically prioritize the demographics that fit closest to your own. Since I fit in all of the categories listed, it was really just a matter of seeing who would be my ‘friend’ online. I sent out the following message to every potential ‘Hawkins candidate’:
“Hi, I am sure we don’t know each other directly, but I found it incredible that there are other Hawkins’ out there and I was wondering if you would add me as a friend. My father died recently, and I was never able to get a full family history. I grew up in the Milwaukee area, with a short time spent in Seattle; just recently moved to Denver. My profile is pretty open, so feel free to check it out.  I thought that connecting here on FaceBook would be a great start  – plus it’s kinda cool to know another Hawkins in the world. Would you consider adding me? Thanks, Billie.”
I ended up sending this to about 84 people. Of those 84, I got 22 responses. Of those 22 responses, 15 are gay. 15! 68% is a high average, wouldn’t you say?

Other Facts:

Hawkins is a television series which aired for one season on CBS between 1973 and 1974. The mystery, created by Robert Hamner and David Karp, starred James Stewart as rural-bred lawyer Billy Jim Hawkins, who investigated the cases he was involved in. Despite being critically well received and winning a Golden Globe Award(Best Actor in Television Drama Series, Stewart), the series was cancelled after one season.

Seen as part of The New CBS Tuesday Night Movies, it alternated with the TV movie adaptations of Shaft.

Places in the United States

Fictional characters

The English language surname Hawkins originated in the 11th century in KentEngland. Its meaning comes from the word “hawking“, meaning “falconry”. Hawkins may have evolved to the variant “Haughan” or “O’haughan” due to migration of peoples to Ireland during the Civil War in the 16th century. It is rare as a given name.

  • Kyle Hawkins (born 1970), American lacrosse coach, gay rights activist

Oh, I love the vacuum game. (But do they make attachments for girls? )


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BillieLog 3-25-10

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1. Farmville – I quit, but I have some tips here for you

2. Mom’s surgery went well, planning on a visit.

3. Coming to Wisconsin to visit, not sure when, but will post on facebook.

4. The house is going well, pics up at

5. Work with EyeQ is hectic.

6. Ugh, Saving money is hard.

7. Spacebook – is my new social networking experiment.

Some things I learned from Farmville that may help the average user:

1. Lock your little guy in a circle of haybales, then you can plant and harvest faster. Because he can’t move out of that ‘jail’, he can’t follow your mouse, and the system runs faster.


2. Peas are the best for the farm. Peas Cost: 190 Sell: 381 (191 profit) Harvest Time: 23 hours (1 day) and you get 3 points of experience.

3. If you want to level up, the best are Strawberries, Raspberries, and Aloe Vera- but you need to check the farm every four hours, because that’s how long they take.

4. The easiest collectable set in Farmville to complete is bugs, then gardening tools, then Feathers, and finally Country Kitsch.

Collectables: Gloves, Needlepoint, Dragonfly, Green Plume

Hint: Requires a little help from your friends.

These items can only be gifted from your friends, or collected from the live friend feed on facebook.

Collectables: Trowel, Spigot, Pocketwatch, Salt Shaker, Thimble, Centipede

Hint: You need to get a little dirty.

These items can be found when plowing, planting, or harvesting on your own farm, or collected from the live friend feed on facebook.

Collectables: Cultivator, Shears, Beetle, Lady Bug, Red Feather

Hint: Your friends won’t notice when you find this in their crops.

These items can be found when fertilizing your neighbors farm, or collected from the live friend feed on facebook.

Collectables: Pruning Saw, Caterpillar, Stick Bug, Blue Feather

Hint: Look Up!

These items can be found when harvesting trees on your farm, or collected from the live friend feed on facebook.

Collectables: Cowbell

Hint: Do cows need more cowbell?

This item can be found when harvesting cows on your farm, or collected from the live friend feed on facebook.

Collectables: Twine

Hint: This twine is spun right from the source.

This item can be found when harvesting sheep on your farm, or collected from the live friend feed on facebook.

Collectables: Banded Quill

Hint: A big bird on a little farm.

This item can be found when harvesting Turkeys and Geese on your farm, or collected from the live friend feed on facebook.

Collectables: Dapple Plume

Hint: Sometimes you get a bit more than just down feathers.

This item can be found when harvesting ducks on your farm, or collected from the live friend feed on facebook.

Collectables: Hen Feather

Hint: Cluck!

This item can be found when harvesting chickens on your farm, or collected from the live friend feed on facebook.

5. Some common questions about collectables in FarmVille.

Cowbells come from both harvesting inside and outside of the dairy farms. Any color cows (not calves).

You can get a hen feather from any color chicken, and the chickens can be both inside and outside of the coop.