Truthful Tuesday — Frank’s Back

Frank, aka PCGuy, is back from a brief hiatus and has published his latest Truthful Tuesday post. For his return to this prompt, Frank simply wants to know…

What was your favorite part of this holiday season?

I think I’m going to hold a record for the shortest posted response to a Truthful Tuesday prompt. My favorite part of the holiday season is that it’s over. Goodbye until November 2022.

Truthful Tuesday — Good News?

Frank, aka PCGuy, usually publishes his Truthful Tuesday posts, but he’s taking a short hiatus and Melanie from Sparks from a Combustible Mind is sitting in for Frank. This week, Melanie wants to know…

Is there any good news left?

There doesn’t seem to be much in the way of good news left these days, does there? That’s one of the reasons I started my Who Won the Week posts on Sundays. I wanted to highlight something I had seen, heard, or read about that was positive or good that occurred over the past week. And you know what? It’s been occasionally difficult lately to find anything worthy of being designated as having won the week.

So much so that I had been thinking about stopping my FWWTW posts. But I decided that even if I have to dig deep to try and find something good in the news to write about, if I do find something positive, uplifting, and good to focus on, it helps my own state of mind…and maybe it also helps a few of my readers to see that there can be at least a glimmer of light in an otherwise very dark world.

Truthful Tuesday — Substitute Teacher

Frank, aka PCGuy, usually publishes his Truthful Tuesday posts, but he’s taking a short hiatus and Melanie from Sparks from a Combustible Mind is sitting in for Frank. This week, Melanie wants to know…

Truthfully, how much faith do you have in the new versions of Covid that keep appearing?

I’m not sure I would use the word “faith” when talking about COVID variants continuing to appear. However, I am concerned that, as long as there are significant numbers of anti-vaxxers and anti-facemaskers around, new variations of COVID will keep appearing.

Do you think they’ll eventually become something we accept just like we do influenza?

I don’t know, but one can only hope that if we can’t find a cure, the virus can at least become manageable through annual vaccines. Of course, why would those idiots who refuse to get vaccinated for COVID now get vaccinated for COVID if it’s managed through a flu-like vaccine?

Or do you think there’s possible a real cure ‘out there’?

Unfortunately, just as there’s no “cure” for the flu, I don’t believe there will be a “cure” for COVID. I’d be happy with annual vaccines or boosters that reduce the likelihood of getting COVID and lessen the severity for those who do get infected.

Alternatively if you think Covid is a lot of tosh, feel free to share your opinion and reasons why.

I want to thank Donald Trump, who claimed that COVID was a Chinese hoax, and the Republicans who still claim that it’s a liberal plot. But with more than 800,000 COVID deaths in America alone and millions infected, I don’t know how anyone can honestly consider COVID to be “a lot of tosh.”

Truthful Tuesday — Do You Like Me?

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts. Frank is changing things up a bit on this Truthful Tuesday prompt. Instead of asking us specific questions, he is giving us a topic and asking us to discuss it. This week’s topic is the “Like” button. Frank wants to know…

How important are likes to you on your blog, and how do you determine if you are going to click like on other bloggers’ posts?

It’s nice to be liked, but the truth is that, when I look at my notifications on my iPhone, I don’t even bother with Likes. I just look at Comments.

From my perspective, between Likes, Comments, and Followers, Comments is the only true metric that matters. It is the best indicator of whether or not what I write resonates with those who read my posts.

Views just tell me that someone came across my post, either on the web or by seeing it on their WordPress reader. Likes tell me only that a viewer clicked on the Like button. I’d like to assume that anyone who tapped the Like button actually read my post and, indeed, liked it. But that might be naïve. As Frank points out, “there is no way to know for certain if those who clicked the Like button actually bothered to read the post, or were just acknowledging that they saw it.”

Followers is a useless number. According to WordPress I have more than 4900 followers. But I typically get fewer than 500 views a day, so why do people bother “following” my blog if they never read my posts?

Frank contends that blogging is not conversation. He says that it is communication. Technically I suppose he’s right. Blogging is a form of one-way communication from the blogger to his or her readers. But Frank admits that, “at least with comments, there is some indication that communication is happening.”

So to answer the first part of Frank’s question, I appreciate Likes, but they are not that important. On the second part of his question, I only Like a post that I have actually read and that I genuinely liked.

Fibbing Friday — SciFi

Frank (aka PCGuy) and Di (aka Pensitivity101) alternate as hosts for Fibbing Friday, a silly little exercise where we are to write a post with our answers to the ten questions below. But as the title suggests, truth is not an option. The idea is to fib a little, a lot, tell whoppers, be inventive, silly, or even outrageous, in our responses. Today is Frank’s turn to host and he wants to know…

1. What was “Fahrenheit 451” about?

Climate change.

2. In “1984,” who or what was “Big Brother”?

Eric Trump was born in 1984 and Don Jr. was — and still is — his big brother.

3. What do the Hunger Games supposedly commemorate?

These are celebratory games that people of many religions play at the end of their religious fasting rituals.

4. What exactly was the Andromeda Strain?

It was the name of the first COVID-19 variant.

5. What was “Logan’s Run” about?

It was a melodrama about a group of whitewater rafters who got stranded in a river in Georgia at a section of the river called “Logan’s Run.”

6. What is the difference between the red pill and the blue pill in “The Matrix”?

The red pill makes you larger, the blue pill makes you small, and the ones that mother gives you don’t do anything at all.

7. What is the significance of the different hats in “The Adjustment Bureau”?

The different hats were used to take measurement of one’s head to determine the best size and fit.

8. What happens to all the Martians at the end of “The War of the Worlds”?

When they first landed on Earth in 2017, they said “Take me to your leader” and were taken to see Donald Trump. After meeting with him, they left and flew back to Mars. The Martian general was pissed and said to his underlings, “I thought you said there was intelligent life on Earth.”

9. What vessel does Capt. Nemo pilot?

The Goodyear blimp.

10. What do Axel, Otto, and Hans find at the center of the earth?

A red rubber ball.