Feb 07

The Internet Trolls Are Out In Full Force Today

I woke up this morning mind set on making sure I put fingers to the keyboard and wrote a blog entry.  While checking through my Facebook feed, I saw the spark to the flame for what is a well deserved rant.

I will fully admit…I like to type with ellipses, which may not convey the best grammar style, but at least I do not visually offend the masses by typing out posts, which read like ghetto queen text messages meant for your boo thing to set up the hook up.  This morning, while scrolling through my Facebook feed, an individual’s post to the Meat Loaf Facebook Page screamed at me like a sad puppy due to the sheer amount of literary massacre appearing on my laptop!  Check out the screenshot of the post below, and feel free to read my rebuttal here.  I decided to post this on my site, as I know my comments would be removed from Facebook at some point.

I used to think that the art of typing was awesome until the word “you” became “u” and people found that to be acceptable. I used to think Australia was a nation of amazingly wonderful people (and still do); however, as a fan of the actor and recording artist Meat Loaf, have found some of the citizens of your fair country to be quite disrespectful and downright rude considering the comments surrounding his performance at the Australian Football League Grand Finale four years ago!  Some people are ruthless and just won’t let go.  Disney said it best…  “Let It Go!

Now…I am going to address the author of this less than intelligent Internet post directly for a bit – feel free to read along kids.  This is going to be good!

Let’s be real shall we, I am not stupid by any means. I know the honest score here. There are many Australians who believe that the Australian Football League should pay Australian performing acts to perform at the event (not entertainers from other countries), and I am going to mark you up in this category based on your comment “till u came to my country….”  By this statement alone, you have illustrated that you are a nationalist with an ax to grind against bringing in a foreign national to perform for the people of your country. 
You made the comment that Meat Loaf only sang half of it…what do you mean? Are you implying that Meat Loaf did not sing the entire performance? I am watching the performance in question while I type this. The first song is “Whatever Happened To Saturday Night (Hot Patootie)” from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This is a song from a movie/play and Meat Loaf has performed this song as part of the movie production and as part of the esteemed stage production of the show at The Roxy in Los Angeles. The song (if performed correctly) should be performed half singing and half shouting, as the character singing the song is literally trying to run away from another character in the show that is trying to kill him. Meat Loaf did perform this song correctly.
The second song in the set is the legendary song You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night) that was most likely added as it is an audience participation anthem. During the parts where it was appropriate, Meat Loaf was singing. However, Meat Loaf did yell at the audience to encourage them to participate along with the song. This has been part of the live performances of this song since the original Bat Out Of Hell album was released and Meat Loaf began singing this song live in front of audiences. 
Meat Loaf Australian Football League Grande Finale Promo Photo

Meat Loaf Australian Football League Grande Finale Promo Photo

The third song of the set was the record breaking, international smash hit and Grammy Award winning Jim Steinman composition I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That). The version of the song on the album clocks in at 12:01 on the album, 5:23 on the radio cut…but it could be said that the Australian Football League should have been more courteous to an esteemed legendary entertainer than to hire him to do a performance for their elite event, then expect him to cut down this behemoth of a song to a couple of minute snippet of a legendary pop music classic.

The finale of Mr. Loaf’s performance was the cult classic Wagnerian Rock Opera and birth tune of the big man, with the big voice, who has big hits called Marvin Lee AdayBat Out Of Hell. Again, no fault other than the careful editing of this song at the hands of the Australian Football League’s time constraints.
There is a rousing encore of the coda of All Revved Up With No Place To Go.
My last comment to you young lady is this…the only part of your post that really holds any validity is “super bowel” as you are clearly a trouble making woman with absolutely no clue as to what she is speaking about who is speaking out of her ass. The event you are referring to is the Super Bowl, which should be capitalized as it is a copy written term owned by the National Football League.
As for chewing gum – I challenge you to find a performance in any of the many archives of Meat Loaf’s performing career where he does not have gum in his mouth to help keep his mouth moist while he sings.

Finally, you owe all of us who read your post a huge apology ma’am. You come to Meat Loaf”s Facebook demanding a legendary artist of cult fame for respect by do not have the common courtesy to do a simple spell check and review of your abysmal slaughter of basic grammar skills. How dare you? You are the epitome of what is wrong with the Internet. I hope you are proud of yourself for illustrating to the 1.2+ million fans of this artist that you are careless and sloppy enough to troll on an event four years on and not even give the common courtesy to express your concerns and regrets over the performance by typing in proper sentence structure. Your illiteracy speaks volumes about you as a person.

Congratulations for your fuckery ma’am.  Well played making yourself out to be a complete moron in front of millions.  I hope you are proud of yourself and take your national pride to new levels. 

Feb 05

Still Riding The #TeamiPhone Train

My journey to the world of cell phone usage was not a smooth one.  I was in the individual who fought tooth and nail to not get a cell phone.  Believe it or not, there was a time in my life where I battled to remain “off the grid” at all cost.

Back of the iPhone 6 Gold

Back of the iPhone 6 Gold – The design of this phone is sleek, sexy, and sophisticated.

I started my mobile communication journey with a Motorola Egg, progressed through a few RIM Blackberry devices, and then finally landed on the iPhone bandwagon when the iPhone 4S was released.   If you know me, I use the hell out of any electronic devices that come my way.  It just happens that inevitably I use and abuse all technology I have access to.  It is in my nature.  I got my White iPhone 4S in August of 2011, and have owned the same device since that time!  For me to have an electronic device last that long is a miracle by every stretch of the imagination.

After years of use and abuse…the 4S finally gave up the ghost and it was time to upgrade.  I went to my local AT&T store, played around with literally every device they had hooked up, and nothing felt as professional and stable as the iPhone – both in form, function, and usability.  I moved around the screens of the multiple Droid and Windows Mobile devices they had on display, and as a power user of technology…everything that was not iOS did not stack up.  Years ago, a software designer and network administrator friend of mine mentioned they believed that Windows Vista felt “Mickey Mouse” and amateurish as far as the interface goes….that they wanted an operating system that felt substantive, robust, and professional.  I had flashbacks to this conversation when I explored the animated whizzbangs on the Droid devices and the tiles of hell on the Windows Mobile devices.

I am not apologetic in saying that I should be diagnosed with Communication Addition Disorder.  I love to reach out and communicate with others, and no easier and mobile way than through a mobile device.  It is cute that Android Devices are so game friendly, but I want a powerhouse operating system designed for my mobile device to be a technologically safe and secure way to stay in contact with both friends and strangers alike.

I won’t go into the technical aspects of the iPhone 6 because this is simply not that type of blog, but I will say it was the only device that when in my hand felt worthy of ownership when exploring all options out there.  I did go with the iPhone 6 verses the iPhone 6+ 126gb based solely on size of the unit.   As much of a size queen as I am, the iPhone 6+ would take far too much lube to insert into my daily life, and I am just not ready for that much prep work every day of my life.  I also went with the Gold iPhone 6 because…well…Gold is the new White in iPhone world and I will let you figure that one out on your own.

These are just a few reasons I chose to remain #TeamiPhone…what kind of phone do you have and why?  Leave me some comments below.  I am always curious as to why people go with the type of technology they choose.

Jan 04

Ohio Minimum Wage Increase – A Case Study In How Government Has Devalued The Workforce

I posted all of this over on Facebook the other day (link), but wanted to preserve this here as well…


Okay, I am going to be snarky as hell here for a minute…. The Minimum Wage just went up in the state of Ohio by $0.15 per hour….I am salary, but my salary is based on an average accumulate of an hourly wage. Therefore, by default…shouldn’t EVERYONE who is reliant upon an hourly wage be getting a raise today? If not, please explain how that is in any way shape or form acceptable?

By default, the State of Ohio has just devalued my worth within my corporate structure. I feel I should be permitted to put forth $0.15 less effort per hour forthwith.

I mean…I am really not “trying” to be an asshole about this…

I remember quite well trying to cope on 23-28 hours per week at minimum wage – I get the struggle. However, I also wrap my brain around the fact that minimum wage is a base level pay ra
te. I am intelligent enough to know if you raise the base and do not raise everything else….you have assisted the people at base level, but have also devalued everyone not at that base level pay rate.

I am not going to pretend to be intelligent enough to have the answer, but let’s just say the difference in compensation between the cashier at the gas station and the individual responsible for managing the store has been changed. We will eventually get to the point where taking on additional responsibility to warrant additional income is just not going to be worth the stress.

I know I do not have the answers to this one…the minimum wage is not working…but how do we fix it?  Have any ideas?  Feel free to leave your comments below.

Let’s open up the dialog here.

Dec 16

I Can’t Believe I Am Making Another Nash Grier Post

Nash Grier, homophic "Vine Star" kisses Canadian music artist, Shawn Menendes...pretty bold move for someone who throws around the word "FAG" so liberally.

Nash Grier, homophic “Vine Star” kisses Canadian music artist, Shawn Menendes…pretty bold move for someone who throws around the word “FAG” so liberally.

So, Nash Grier got called out for his homophobic Vine post several months back (see my post here).  Now, apparently, the kid has a movie deal on the table (read more here), but the studio is extremely concerned regarding his history of homophobic slurs; therefore, he is on a PR bender to help clear his name.  Nash Grier has just published a letter in the Huffington Post Gay Voices column (which you can read here) that is nearly one of the most insulting things I have ever read that tried to play itself off as serious.

The simple truth of the matter is that Nash Grier is an evil person. There is a difference between an apology and being truly repentant at heart. If you truly wish to repent for your sins, you don’t harp on your accomplishments and toss even a portion of the blame off on others.

In the article, Nash Grier fully admits the faults of his past have hurt his bottom line today…this is where his apology comes from, not from being truly sorry for what harm he has done.

When this young man comes forward with a truly repentant heart, then we can open up a dialogue

Repentance is admitting fault and moving forward, not making excuses and blaming others for stirring up old flames. Admit it and suffer the consequences of your actions if this is really something that bothers you so bad. Man up and accept your blame without tossing off the problem that someone else re-posted something old.

I posted these thoughts on the NOH8 Campain’s Facebook page (see the post and comments here), and received the following reply from a user:

Read it again. He apologised sincerely from himself as well as for the repost. He has accepted it. You should to and move the fuck on. (sic)

My response to that is that I have read it three times now. I am not stupid. I am capable of formulating an adult reaction based on his words. He took ample time to avert the blame to others for bringing up a video he removed. Again, the line between repentance and apology is thin and in Nash Grier’s case….he is attention seeking and pandering for acceptance from the GLBT audience rather than issuing words that are truly apologetic and remorseful.

BTW, I will “move the fuck on” when I no longer live in America and have Freedom of Expression under the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, which grants us the opportunity to say whatever we so chose, but does not defend us from the repercussions of our words. In Nash’s case, he has not done enough to even have gained an appreciation for his work.

Nash Grier is just a punk kid who is seeking to pander to a demographic and needs to grow up.  A real man repents a child apologies.

You, Nash Grier, are the only one to blame. Accept that, then come to the table and talk.

Dec 15

Santa Claus Conquers The Martians

Hello all you happy campers…it is a couple of weeks until Christmas so I wanted to start my Christmas gifts to you all early!  My first gift to you is the public domain movie, Santa Claus Conquers The Martians from YouTube:

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is a 1964 science fiction film that regularly appears on lists of the worst films ever made. The movie was directed by Nicholas Webster, and it stars John Call as Santa Claus. It also includes an 8-year-old Pia Zadora playing the role of one of the Martian children and also marks the first documented appearance of Mrs. Claus in a motion picture, played by Doris Rich.

You can read much more about this movie on WikiPedia and IMDB.  You can purchase this high quality film on Blu-Ray from Amazon.com here.

Sit back and enjoy one of my favorite Christmas movies of all time!!!

Nov 30

The Library Is Open On Sunday

The library is open and you are about to be read…  

Amazon Social ButtonThe excitement over Amazon deliveries happening on Sundays and Holidays by the same damned people bitching about retail workers having to work on Thanksgiving.  Get real people…you can’t get all excited because your mail order items are delivered a day earlier and complain that you have to work during our national gluttony fest.

The American society pushed for a quicker and more fast paced way of life…and having to work through holidays and weekends is one of the prices we will have to pay for this.  You can’t have it both ways people.

So, remember to be very thankful when you receive your Christmas presents just a little earlier this year and remember there are United States Postal Service workers who are being taken away from their families at inconvenient times to help make your life easier.

I will now hop off my cross because Jesus needs the wood.  Happy Lord’s day and love each other.

Jan 18

Real Life NAPSTER Project

Real Life NAPSTER Project

Real Life NAPSTER Project

I have often said that sometimes older technology is better technology, in terms that developers used to take the time to create products that are user friendly and did what the user wanted/needed them to do.  Nowadays, products are developed to help show us how to do our day-to-day tasks in a more efficient manner – completely disregarding the wants, needs, and desires of the end user for the most part.

I think we need to devolve back into thinking “real” and “authentic” in 2014.  I remember when cyberlife was more about sharing ideas and concepts and not broadcasting them.  Back when if you wanted to share ideas, you signed up for geocities and learned HTML code and built a website that was painfully disgusting to look at, but proclaimed to the world your ever loving appreciation for gun collecting, ascii art, or Shania Twain.  I remember back when we took time to share of ourselves and our thoughts and were not so concerned with condensing our passions into a 140 character Tweet.

I have a new idea to try out… In the vein of being “real” and “authentic” in 2014, let’s venture beyond our computer screens to social network shall we?

One of the greatest old school technologies that was grossly misunderstood was Napster.  Back in the day, when file exchanging was as simple as breathing the air around us, I had more music than you could shake a stick at…but…not all of it was because of the Peer To Peer trading protocol.  Back when it was simple to trade music files, I would listen to music and find what I liked and what I didn’t like.  This would spur me to actually purchase and support the artists I liked.  I was not there to freeload and mooch – quite honestly, most of the Napster community was not all about free music.  We knew that we must get out and financially support the artists we liked or they would not be able to make more new product for us to enjoy.

I propose we start getting more “real’ and “authentic” again and share our passions, but let’s do it in a way that gets us away from our computer monitors and smartphone screens and gets us out into the real world!  Thus…the REAL LIFE NAPSTER PROJECT has been launched.

Here’s the plan, I am creating fun custom music mixes and DYI artwork to do some literal file sharing!  Send me something fun, unique, or random like a handwritten letter, a mix CD, or an arts and crafts project to my PO Box and make sure to include your return address. I will send you something fun and quirky back.

PO BOX 362

I believe 2014 should be all about creating a real world Napster where we all share in real life ways.  Share with me your passions and favorite things, and I will do the same. This could be the start of something fun or a flop. I will send something out to everyone who sends me something.  Let’s build our network of sharing shall we?

Dec 22

All I Want For Christmas Is You

I saw this video posted on my timeline, and have to share with y’all. Smiles and laughs and good times… THAT is what this season is about! Spread your light and make someone smile? Why not? I mean…it certainly beats the alternative!

Thank you to Steve Kardynal for the amazing smiles!!!

Nov 12

Site Update

Okay kids, I have been told that the Facebook commenting was not working on the site.  I believe this situation has been resolved.  Please let me know if you are having any problems posting comments to the site.  Please feel free to post a test comment on this blog entry to see if the service is back up and running for you.