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New Cubicle Art

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

I just made a new image to hang in my cubeGet your answers here!

RIP MJ

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Not a whole lot to say directly about Michael Jackson. The news is all over the ‘net, and the jokes are already starting. On one hand it’s a little sad, but it’s also indicative of how our culture has changed, even in just a few years. Stars are starting to have less and less appeal to the common person simply for being famous.

I think that this is a side effect of our connected society, because of the Internet. Michael Jackson has been a recluse and a joke for the last 15 or so years and as such doesn’t have many strong fans. That, coupled with the child abuse allegations leave many people not terribly sorry about his passing, and making jokes about melting him down because he’s mostly plastic to give kids a chance to play with him, instead of the other way around.

He was a great artist who had a profound effect on pop culture that will last for a long time to come. It’s sad to see him treated this way, but it’s also a lesson to other people in the public eye… you have to be accessible to your audience and engage them. People no longer will love you simply because you’re famous, you have to give them a good reason to be a fan. Unless of course you want people to make jokes about you days after your death.

[blank]-American

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, mostly because the little one is keeping us pretty busy. We’re tired, but happy 🙂

Anywho, I’ve just been hearing a lot about our first “African-American” President in the news, and had to say something about it. He’s NOT an African-American. He’s an American, and if you really want to bring his skin tone into it, a black American. He was born in Hawaii, which last time I heard was a state in 1961. Barack Obama’s father is the only person I would say can claim the “African-American” designation rightly. He migrated over from Kenya, and as such, was African before he was American, and can claim both.

If you don’t agree with this, I would have to demand that you show me the same respect as you do our new President, and only refer to me as an “English-American” or “Russian-American”. Or are you a racist?

New toys

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Just picked up a pretty slick Canon HF100 on a Black Friday deal (yeah, so “just” is a bit of an understatement). Now I just need a proper SDHC reader and I can see if I can get the AVCHD file format working under Linux.

Gotta figure that out before Charlie gets here 🙂

WWFSMD

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

I think I want to get a new license plate with WWFSMD on it. Because everybody needs to think about what the Flying Spaghetti Monster would do. Ramen.

Writing a story around a punny word…

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Deeper into the bowels of the mad scientist’s lair they crept, various eerie glows emanating from otherwise darkened rooms, small shadows of rats in various stages of mutation skittered about in the halls and forgotten corners.
“Be quiet!” hissed Darren
“I’m trying!  I can’t see anything is this gloom!” whispered back Fenton.
Darren issued an exasperated sigh… Fenton was one of those science geeks who was really helpful to have around when trying to figure out how to turn off one of the mad doctor’s creations, but he couldn’t take two steps without tripping over himself.
“Awww crap” said Fenton
“I told you to be quiet!”
“Now isn’t the time… those bloblike shadows on the wall ahead? They’re phlegm bots” replied Fenton.
“Fembots? Sounds like my kinda party”
“No you idiot… PHLEGM bots. You know, like mucous? The stuff in your nose, and apparently your head as well?”
The shadows loomed larger on the wall, and Fenton tugged on Darren’s jacket to get him moving back the way they came.
“Who the hell makes a phlegm bot? That’s seriously messed up.” asked Darren, as they were jogging back to the exit
“Is it the “Mad” in “Mad Scientist” that’s confusing you, Darren?  It doesn’t mean just angry…” huffed Fenton, trying to keep up.

First Post!

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Had to do it.