Free Textgram Backgrounds for Android – Abstract Red

These backgrounds are for use with the Textgram app for Android. They are 612 pixels squared as they should be, and either dark or light enough support appropriately shaded text for high contrast and ease of reading.

The backgrounds were made from some free wallpapers I found in various places on the Internet. I picked them out as I thought were potentially usable, cropped them, adjusted tone intensity and resized them so they could be suitable for good Textgram backgrounds. Please come back here for more interesting backgrounds besides these abstract ones in various colours. They serve a purpose of not evoking certain sentiments when you don’t want to have to search to find the right theme for a quote, and also just lets one focus on the quote. But if you want things like birds, skies, oceans and stuff, they’ll be coming. It takes me more time to find suitable ones to convert for Textgram purposes. Most aren’t suitable to be putting text on in any easy to read and nice looking manner.

Please click here to see more Textgram backgrounds on this site. Thank you and enjoy!

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Disable Life Events on your Facebook Friends’ Settings to Remove Advertisement Likes in Your Newsfeed!

Facebook has employed a new and really annoying strategy to force its users to see more advertising. Pages that your Facebook friends LIKE, which have updates, are now showing up dead and center in your newsfeed when these pages have updates, and not just as an ad on the side of things! So stuff you don’t care about will be flooding your newsfeed via your friends even when your friends are not actually doing anything… and you’ll have to look through them to get past to the next stories! It is really annoying!!!

So how do you resolve this other than removing one story at a time in your newsfeed? What are the consequences of this? Why should you clean up your LIKE list? Read on to find out!

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Would You Shop at Lululemon Given These Despicable Corporate Practices? Poll.

Lululemon is a pretty popular shop these days, I don’t need to tell anybody that. Whether or not you like them, tons of people are shopping lots at Lululemon. Most of them are women, and many of them young, including their young staff. These people are supposed to be sympathetic, social conscious and Internet savvy. Yet, they shop there despite Lululemon having about as despicable a corporate history as any company out there, one that puts what Nike used to be on a level of heaven with saints. Are Lululemon’s shoppers as hypocritical as they are?

Lululemon shoppers are almost like a cult, much like Apple’s shoppers. Lululemon’s are built on yoga and all those ways of inner peace, beauty, wellness relaxation, appreciation and all.  Yet, their ways are anything but that. Worse, they know it and flaunt it like it doesn’t matter. So far, it seems not to have, but can this go on?

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Create Your Facebook Life Exhibit Video at Intel’s Museum of Me Site

Intel’s Museum of Me website making an art exhibition video from your Facebook profile information is one of the coolest things I’ve seen on the Internet in years! Mine is below to give you an idea of what I’m talking about. Instructions on how to get yours made follow.

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I’ve Boycotted Most Canadian TV Channels for Replacing Good American Ads

Here in Canada, for a lot of American sport events, the American commercials are replaced with terrible Canadian ones. This is true even on cable on the American channel itself, not just the simultaneous broadcast on the local network. In Nova Scotia, where I am located, the commercials are even sub Canadian standards. They’re so awful I will often skip watching a show or an event, or go out to a place where I can watch it without those commercials. Or I’ll get what I’m looking for from another source, like news from CBC NewsWorld or MSNBC instead of CNN that’s now proliferated with ghetto budget local business ads when I’m there to be thinking globally.

Do these Canadian ad buyers think they’re getting their money’s worth for those prime spots?

I know there are some rules about rights across the borders, and Canadian content rules and such, but that’s for the channels to worry about. The ad buyers don’t have to buy in to this, and without them, the channels don’t have commercials to run. The channels probably offer ad time with events like the Super Bowl as a bonus to a package rather than selling ad time during the event like it’s done in the US. Still, I would decline it if I were a Canadian ad buyer cause I don’t think people think of those spots fondly.

This comes to a point with the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl is as well known for its ads as the game itself. Just observe the chatter the day after the Super Bowl. To watch the Super Bowl with local commercials is like to watch the Super Bowl with one real team and one team of local substitute players. I resent having to watch the Super Bowl with crappy Canadian commercials so much I watch the event on broadcasts with American commercials now, I have blocked the Canadian channels overriding American signals. That means CTV for this Super Bowl, and Global and ASN from previous other offences.

Now, those channels don’t even have a chance that I might surf by and catch something I like when channel surfing. I get local news from the CBC solely now, and you know what? I’m doing just fine without those other channels. I’m not even losing Canadian content, cause it’s not like they show much Canadian content anyway. Why bother with Canadian commercials on prime events, or even just for the Super Bowl, if resentment like this, with some people turning it into action, is what you get?

For events less prime than the Super Bowl, where I might put up with Canadian ads on overridden American shows, I take note of some of the advertising companies and occasionally put them on my “no buy” list. It’s not that I end up watching the commercials to do this. Usually, they annoy me enough from what I’m doing to distract me, and then it’s an easy choice. Eastlink was the first on my list.

I wonder if some of these companies ever imagined their advertising strategies to lead to this?

Oh, and here’s a great example why I go the extra distance for the Super Bowl with the real ads. 🙂