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Self-Pimp

I realize that I've posted on more than one occasion that I'm still reading my friend's list and though you might not believe it, the fact remains true. A couple of times a week, I log into LJ and read through until I had read before. Occasionally, I comment. Often, I snicker and on more than one occasion, I "borrow" some of your links.

What I've done with those links is that I'm trying to forge a new online identity through an actual, full-fledged blog. Unfortunately right now, "fledged" seems like the right word because if it weren't for people googling themselves or a particular subject, my traffic would be a lot less.

Like a lot of fledglings, this new blog is still trying to find its wings and though it may be a little heavy on political and media links, with some pop culture, oddities and just a twist of opinion, if you're at all interested in these things and/or if you can be patient while I start to mix-in other subjects: I'd appreciate you stopping by, along with any comments, retweets, reposts or diggs that you'd like to administer.

In the meantime, I'm still trying to figure-out a use for this space. I've actually contemplated using it for the reasons it was originally intended, which means there will be a lot more friends-only posts in the future and because I'm still reading, I appreciate anyone and everyone keeping me onboard.

BTW) If any future friends would like to add me, it's been a while since I've gone through my profile, but because I'm still reading and I like the camaraderie of this space, not to mention the privacy features... I may be relatively quiet, but I'm still game.
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Morning Snicker

For one reason or another, I was reading the Craigslist TOS and clicked-over to their "Best Of" feature.

Some are simple, a few outrageous and there are those like the following, which I can understand.

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My deceased aunt gave my two kids a Cocker Spaniel a few months back. The dog has been a terror and become overwhelming for me. I am a single father raising two young children. I cannot face telling the kids that the dog must go. I have found a good home for the dog, and just need someone to transport the dog, and play the villain.

Premise: You will be the dog walker hired by daddy (me) to walk Skittles. I will introduce you to the kids, and you will tell them you are going to help Skittles get her exercise when Daddy is too busy to walk her. At that point you will walk Skittles to your car and take her to her new family 20 minutes from my place. Then return holding just a leash. The story will be that Skittles broke free of the leash and took off. At this point prepare for crying, things being thrown at you, and possibly cursing. My kids are young and dramatic, they're girls.

Pay will be $500. The job will take roughly 2 hours at best.

This job is ideal for an actor looking to diversify their role base, or someone who genuinely likes to make children cry. Acting experience is a plus, but not necessary. Please inform me of any prior experience in this kind of situation.

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Randomness: Getting Used to the Place

In New Mexico, it rarely rained and because Socorro is protected by a mountain range on the west with a high plateau behind it, the little bit of moisture making it into the area could easily be too high to reach the ground in town, or the storms would often crash into the mountain and either veer or split.

In Southern Illinois, it'd be much easier to count the days it hasn't rained and just off the top of my head, I'd say there's been fewer than ten completely dry days over the past four months. Also, back in Socorro, thunder cracked, while here thunder rumbles and if you're upstairs, it really sounds like something is rolling across the roof.

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Today marks the first day that my son might actually play outside by himself.

We've been in this house for twenty-two days and he won't knowingly be on a floor by himself. I've tried to wander off, while he's busy in the playroom, but as soon as he hears me on the stairs, he's right there, behind me.

I'm getting no ghost vibe and he's never said anything specific. He'll simply say "I can't" or "I'm scared" and I've been chalking it up to insecurity from the move, along with the fact that while we were living in hotels, he was never alone.

I have to say that I'm kind of proud that he's voluntarily trying to play outside. Though since I've started typing this post, he's come back to my office three times, but after he says whatever he wanted to express, he's goes back outside.

Maybe if I spent a little time in the kitchen, so he can see me, he'll finally be able to finish the road he's trying to Tonka-up in the drive.
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Where've I've Been or What Happened to Me

I'd have to check my timeline, but it seems like I launched a couple of non-automated aggregators which took-up a lot of my time. Pretty much, if I were awake, I was updating and working toward perfecting a bot that might automate their production.

Then, before I could get the things fully automated, I had to go out of town for a few weeks and the hotel where I was staying had a crappy wireless system and before I knew it, I felt that my aggregation sites had lost all credibility.

This led me into a funk and because I had been away from LJ for so long, I ended-up taking an extended break. Then, slowly and occasionally, I'd drop in on my friendslist and just read or I'd read a couple of FOAF lists without making comments.

After this had gone on for a while, my wife and I decided that it was time for us to make a move and this meant that I had to devote all of my time to finishing my fixer-upper, so that it'd be ready for sale and then after my wife had accepted her new position, I fell into a general contractor mode and tried to keep assorted crews working for more than a couple of months to finish the house.

Now, I've moved and after spending about three months in various hotel rooms, I'm in my new house located in southern Illinois and because we've bought a much larger home on a much larger lot, I'm falling back into the internet game because it'd be nice, if I could generate some additional monthly income.

Of course this is also something of a fixer-upper, but right now, my primary focus is getting back into the internet biz (while still being a stay-at-home Dad) and that means I'm back in front of the computer for hours upon hours out of every day. This also means that I'm back to making LJ, a multiple-times-a-day part of my life and if my friendslist don't mind, I'd like to go back to burdening them with my occasional rants, links and cockamamie observations about the things that I see.

So, how's everyone doing?
Hopefully, if you don't throw too many stones or stage a mass exodus, I'll stick around for a while.
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Random Rant: Why Can't Apple Learn from AOL?

I just witnessed a striking commercial on Hulu for a program that apparently airs on BBC-America. At first, I didn't have a clue to what they were selling, but after doing a quick search, I found that "Torchwood" will be starting its third season in a few days and I found my way back to the BBC-America site, where I saw that the new episodes will be available via iTunes.

I don't have an iPod and I'm one of the vast majority of people, who don't really listen to a lot of music and who've never purchased one of Apple's ridiculously small, proprietary devices.

In the past, whenever I've seen something that has interested me and learned that it's only available on iTunes, I've occasionally flipped over to their site to see if they've shut-down their sales-limiting walled garden. And, like every other time that I've done this with only a few early exceptions, I simply left after seeing that they still demand you to download some kind of spyware to shop in their store.

I don't want something that's going to search my hard-drive for non-existent music, I'd just like to see how much an episode of some particular program will cost and I'd like to know for certain that it'll play on a computer and not just some new-fangled pocket watch.

Is that really too much to ask?
Why can't I shop in their store?

Sure, Apple appears to be doing pretty well, but I'm not the only person who doesn't have iTunes on my computer and I'm among the majority. Therefore, I'm equally sure that if they'd set-up something like Amazon's "Video on Demand" store, they'd do a lot better because I for one would probably give them some money from time to time.
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The Global Pool of Money

I realize that haven't posted for more than a year and maybe this will signal an end to my silence, plus maybe prompt me to post some kind of explanation, but I thought the following links were too good not to share.

As you've probably noticed, the whole world is in a state of turmoil because to quote John McCain, "the economy is about to crater".

I've seen a few folks on my friendlist wonder about this and/or offer their opinions over the past couple of weeks, so when I learned about an easy-to-understand explanation of the problem which was put together for NPR's "This American Life", back in May, I thought it was too important not to pass along.

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ETA: The audio version is 59 minutes and the transcript is 20 pages, so if you're one of those on-the-go kind of folks, there's also a paid download available on the program's archive. (#355, May '08)
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Self-Pimp

Charlie Rose is playing the other room and it's his repeat of Friday's tribute to New York Socialite Brooke Astor, who died last week. As I'm listening, I was initially reminded of my post from last January about her family and thus far, I haven't heard much of anything about the controversy which was such a large part of her final years and my blog entry, so I thought I'd offer a link.

PS) If anyone decides to visit Mr. Rose's site and if they're feeling particularly geeky or fearful, his recent hour about preparing for and protecting ourselves against a global pandemic is pretty dry, yet incredibly interesting.