Last night I discovered Epic Rap Battles of History.  How I never saw these videos before is something I’ll wonder until the end of my days.  They’re rap battles between two sometimes similar people or polar opposites (usually): Darth Vader vs. Adolph Hitler, Dr. Seuss vs. William Shakespeare, Justin Bieber vs. Beethoven, Christopher Columbus vs. Captain Kirk, Abraham Lincoln vs. Chuck Norris (they both have beards?), Gandalf vs. Dumbledore, Napoleon vs. Napoleon (Dynamite and Bonaparte), Mr. T vs. Mister Rogers, Einstein vs. Hawking, Billy Mays vs. Ben Franklin, Genghis Khan vs. the Easter Bunny, Hulk Hogan and the Macho Man Randy Savage vs. Kim Jon Il (huh?), Sarah Palin vs. Lady Gaga.  Most of them are pretty funny.  The bit I can’t get out of my head is when Chuck Norris bursts forth from a mound of pennies (that Lincoln dumped on him) and announces: “I am Chuck F***ing Norris / I’ve spread more blood and gore than forty score of your puny Civil Wars, bitch / I split the Union with a roundhouse kick….”  Good stuff.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading up on, or refreshing and updating myself on, web marketing strategies.  I’ve been playing around with a couple of programs to see if I can get familiar with them and maybe make some extra money.  I’ve got a site I started using back in May or so to test things like this out.  I slapped some ads on it and for a while it was making about 80 cents a day without me doing anything.  Something broke with it and I had to start back over and it’s recently gotten back to about 20 cents per day, which was originally a pretty big benchmark for me.

Today I’m looking at 36 cents right now and the unique hits on the site have gone up to over 1000 a day.  That all comes from just a little application of some slightly more advanced internet marketing techniques that I’m learning.  The Twitter hits that I’m tracking went from 2 clicks the first day to five clicks the next day to 125 today.  Heck of a jump, huh?  In this case it’s about getting the information to the right people to retweet it.  If someone a lot of people trust tweets something useful to his audience, you can expect a big boost, and that’s what happened there.

Milly was still snotty and coughing today, but it still doesn’t seem to be bothering her.  We had another poop, this time on the toilet.  Sort of.  I had just put a cloth diaper on her and she started crying and saying “Changea biper” which meant she was pooping.  It was mostly out by the time I sat her on the toilet (as opposed to the potty, though I don’t know if I use the distinction enough for her to pick up on it).  We were happy about it regardless.

That was later in the afternoon, when Amanda was making some sausage dip for small group, which we had in Holly Ridge at the Stufflebeams’.  The Johnsons and Andrewses were both out for the night and it’s hard for us to have a good discussion with Milly around, so we took the study elsewhere.  Ashley’s brother, who lives with them and is a Duke fan, joined us for the night.

Anyway, I was just going to say that at one point this morning I had some Old 97’s playing and started dancing for Milly, then she joined in and danced with me.  That was pretty fun.  Before that I showed her how to do a pushup and asked if she could do one, but instead she climbed on my back so I did a few (a very few, mind you) with her on my back.

Zach Dotsey