Category Archives: Techie

When you must…

…shop at Ikea (I prefer antiques and vintage, but sometimes a necessity is a necessity), I highly recommend downloading the SmartList IKEA app. I was able to window-shop online, then plug the product numbers onto the app, which located the aisle and bin number based on my closest store.

smartList app

Once we got to the store, we skipped the displays, going straight to the warehouse and were in & out within half an hour. So nice!


Feeling the Pinterest love again

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In a slight state of panic, I deleted my Pinterest account several weeks ago after reading this post about its Terms of Service.

After a few weeks of deprivation, however, I missed it so much that I created a new account. This second time, I am MUCH more careful before I repin anything to make certain that the original pinner has followed copyright.

This past week, I was thrilled to receive an email from Pinterest stating that they are updating their Terms of Service. I still think there is room for growth (as do they), but it’s a nice start. I have pasted the contents of the email below. (Note to self…lookup copyright restrictions on reposting emails.)

Updated Terms of Service

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been working on an update to our Terms. When we first launched Pinterest, we used a standard set of Terms. We think that the updated Terms of ServiceAcceptable Use Policy, and Privacy Policy are easier to understand and better reflect the direction our company is headed in the future. We’d encourage you to read these changes in their entirety, but we thought there were a few changes worth noting.

  • Our original Terms stated that by posting content to Pinterest you grant Pinterest the right for to sell your content. Selling content was never our intention and we removed this from our updated Terms.
  • We updated our Acceptable Use Policy and we will not allow pins that explicitly encourage self-harm or self-abuse.
  • We released simpler tools for anyone to report alleged copyright or trademark infringements.
  • Finally, we added language that will pave the way for new features such as a Pinterest API and Private Pinboards.

We think these changes are important and we encourage you to review the new documents here. These terms will go into effect for all users on April 6, 2012.

Like everything at Pinterest, these updates are a work in progress that we will continue to improve upon. We’re working hard to make Pinterest the best place for you to find inspiration from people who share your interest. We’ve gotten a lot of help from our community as we’ve crafted these Terms.


Ben & the Pinterest Team

Never again any Rocky Mountain Oysters

screenshotI am saying “good-bye” to a blog this evening. I started “No Rocky Mountain Oysters, Please” in 2008 with the intention of focusing on my own cooking adventures as well as great restaurants that I encountered in Denver and on my travels.

However, it has gotten to where I would much prefer to write on this blog about “lifestyle” topics (including food) while saving Future Schooling for education-related topics, thereby eliminating the need for a third blog. Prior to 2011, I never imagined myself wanting to write about decor, silver, table settings, etc. – hence my limited “foodie” blog. Now, my interests have widened, but NRMO has maintained its limited focus.

So – thank you, NRMO – for giving me my first training wheels in blogging about something that interests me outside of my chosen profession. I learned so much about writing in general that I plan to apply to Mountains & Magnolias.


Great resources…

I came across Silver Magpie’s blog not too long ago and now enthusiastically participate in the monogram challenge when I can. What I love most about her blog is her free ebook, Every Day Best, that encourages you to use those nice silver pieces that we so often tend to tuck away for “special” occasions. I decided early on that my silver would be our “regular” flatware. It makes every meal, even good ol’ Mac & Cheese, seem like a treat.

I also happened to paste the URL of this blog into Wordle to see what words I use (or over-use). I don’t mind that “silver,” “summer,” or “time” are oft-repeated, but I vow to find more interesting adjectives to use than “pretty.” (Though I do love that word…)

If you happen to read this post and run your blog URL through Wordle, I’d love to hear which are your most commonly used words.

Wordle cloud