Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

As this year 2009 draws to a close I meet the new year with mixed emotions.

This has been a ‘down’ year for me financially. A lot of not so good stuff has happened which I won’t detail here.

On the up side, I have met you – my online family. Some of you have become very close friends even though we not have actually met IRL.  Having met you means more to me than you realize. Socially, I am somewhat of a recluse. I have only one real-life friend in this town even though I have been back in Michigan about 14 years now. I stay up here in my room and go to work. That’s about it. Twitter, facebook, and Dementia Radio have become my lifeline/pass-time/and sanity saver.

If I’m feeling blue, I can always count on you to pep me up with your words of encouragement, the funny funny music you make/share, and by letting me be the sick twisted pervert I pretend to be to get/share a laugh.

So for 2010, I hope and pray that my friends stick with me, and that things go well with all your lives. May your hopes and dreams approach reality. May all your goals be met. Stay healthy.

If you go out to party tonight, have a good time, but if you drink, please don’t drive. Call a cab, call a friend, or any of the number of other options made available to you tonight.  No matter how much that cab ride costs, it is much cheaper than a DUI or a funeral. I want to see every one of you in the coming year!

May your chosen deity, or lack thereof bless you greatly!


Friday, December 4, 2009

It's A Great Day...

Ok, I ran across this this morning thanks to a facebook/twitter friend. (Thanks @santasdevil) I just had to share it. That is all...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Present Face 2009

I just had to share this. A new video/song by one of my favorite groups, Garfunkel and Oates. Actually it's not new, but they have redone it for this year.

I know we all have gone through this - and will go through it over and over again.

Enjoy - I did!

Monday, November 30, 2009

First Merry Christmas Post

Ok, this is my first Merry Christmas post.  A friend on twitter posted this and I just had to share it with you. (Thanks @wiretapper).  This is one awesome Christmas light display set to music. You must watch.


Amazing Grace Techno - Computer Controlled Christmas Lights from Richard Holdman on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends.  On this day we celebrate friends, family, and all that we have been given in this life. Whether you have a little or a lot, be thankful for what you have. You are still breathing, hopefully, you have a roof over your head and food to eat, and you have people who love you.

If you can, remember those who don't have these things. Donate or help out at a homeless shelter. Remember our soldiers overseas who cannot be home with loved ones because they are allowing us to have this day.  Be nice to those who don't get today off and have to work to serve you, believe me it is not THEIR choice.

So enjoy yourselves, eat a lot (you can diet later) and enjoy your loved ones while they are with you.

Finally please DON'T do this to your animals!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Testing 1, 2, 3...

As some of you may have noticed, I have been testing new ways of doing things the past couple days.  The list includes: Firefox and Google Chrome browsers, and the new Seesmic Desktop for Windows.  This is a more in-depth review than I can post on twitter or facebook.

Seesmic for Windows:  Nice interface, and MUCH better memory usage than old desktop client or TweetDeck.  However, it is lacking several features that TweetDeck has and I actually use quite often.
Here are some of the pros and cons:
• no automatic URL shortening (supposedly coming soon)
• no ability to translate foreign language tweets
• no inline picture previews - goes straight to browser
• I have noticed some "missing tweets" when compared to twitter web interface, but some that did not come through in tweetdeck, DO come through in Seesmic - Kind of a crap-shoot.
• There is nice support for twitter lists - drag n drop to add to list, but lists do not seem to update properly or at all. Even hitting refresh does not bring in all tweets.
• No big deal, but no timestamps on posts, like twitter web just "about 10 minutes ago", etc.
• At this point, no ability to control api usage, refresh rate, or sounds
• No ability to follow/unfollow from application (that I have seen)
• It does seem to support special characters such the "heart" <3 and music notes.
• And finally no support for facebook or myspace yet.

Now, all of the things listed are of course subject to change as this is just a preview version of the program.  I'm sure some of the options will be added and/or changed as they go towards final build.  If any of the developers are reading this post, please take the above listed as suggestions of what to try to work in.

Final verdict: for now at least, I will be sticking with Tweetdeck, but watching for updates and improvements in Seesmic Windows as it DOES have LOTS of potential!  As noted earlier, I especially like the minimal memory/cpu usage.  If you would like to try it out yourself go to and sign up to try it out.

Moving on....

I have tried a couple new browser as alternatives to Internet Explorer 8. Although I do like IE8, I've noticed a few problems with it relating to flash, and some javascript. This may be due to the fact that I am running a 64 bit version of Windows 7 and everything is not yet totally compatible.

Google Chrome:  This is a pretty slick interface, very clean. First thing I noticed is that the Google Toolbar does not work with it. WTF? This is a Google product, and it's own toolbar is not compatible???  It does have tabbed browsing and is very fast to load pages. Overall, I could use it, but I don't prefer it.  Will play with it a little more off and on. Still learning how to get around and what does what...

Mozilla Firefox: Very nice, slick interface. Support for plug-ins and add-ons.  Very fast to load pages. The scripting errors I recieved in IE do not happen in this browser.  Missing is the ability to adjust and re-arrange toolbars to my liking.  Still learning how to get around, and what does what, and how to customize.  I have temporarily at least set it to be my default browser.  Final verdict on browsers is pending.

I hope I didn't bore you all to death with this.  I wanted to post my experiences so that you can decide for yourself if you care to try any of this software out.  If you have anything to add or to comment on, please leave a comment below.

Thank you for your time today!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

It's called "Christmas"

I'm sick of hearing "Happy Holidays" because it might "offend" someone. It's Christmas dammit, always has been, always will be!  If it offends you, Fuck Off! Get your own damn holiday. Oh yeah, you do - Ramadan, Kwanza, Hannuka (SP?), etc. But we have to call THEM by their names.  Get it? Christmas!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

New video from Nuclear Bubble Wrap...

Draining the Lizard on a Dead Gay Wizard by Nuclear Bubble Wrap..  Pretty funny, enjoy!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Do They Know It's Christmas?

Ok, I know it's only mid November. And I know I'm one of the biggest complainers about Christmas sales, decorations and music that there is. But, this is a great video done by a great group of comedians and I just had to share it with you.  See how many of them you can identify.

Also, I know this blog is all videos at this point. Enjoy it - I'll come up with more as time goes on....

Do They Know It's Christmas? from Scott Aukerman on Vimeo.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Please take me back....

This video means a lot to me.  I WAS addicted to crack once. It was the worst year of my life, and cost me a lot more than money!!  Now, between facebook, and twitter, I think I have a new addiction!  This video tells it like it is, and it's funny. :-)

I don't know why...

I have no idea why I'm doing this. I already have a LiveJournal page and hardly ever post there either.  But all my friends are doing it, so I will too (peer pressure anyone?)...

For now, enjoy this video by a "friend" of mine.  His newest creation.  Enjoy the laughs.