Ho Ho Ho

Saturday, 18 Conclusion 2014

It’s that time of year again – DJ Riko has released his annual Merry Mixmas set for 2014. As always there is lots of christmas music that I can pretty much guarantee you probably haven’t been hearing on the all-christmas, all-the-time radio stations that you are already sick of.

On a related note, there are the beginnings of the 2014 MegaMixx formulating in my brainpan . I think that sometime in next year’s MegaMixx I will finally be using more than one song from any given artist*. Also too alternate versions of the same song might be getting into the mix at some point in the future. Because at this point I am almost feeling straight-jacketed by the self-imposed rules I started this project out with in 2010 about using only one version of any given holiday song and using only one song from any given artist.

I also have remastered, remixed, and redone all of my previous mixes using vastly improved source material, quality-wise. I consider it to be roughly analogous to using recordings from AM radio and recording them on cassette and then re-recording things using Music recorded from FM radio and recording them with a PC. I will be posting links to them soon…

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some funky christmas music to finish listening to. I have already been inspired by this years’ mix to find a half dozen new (to me) christmas albums – and I still have at least fifteen minutes to go…

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* – and, of course, stretching this rule to include unique artist configurations and unique versions of a song** as their own entity instead of crossing off lots of good musicians all at once…

** – as an example, I have already done a couple of interpretations of a couple of christmas songs that I consider to be unique enough to be different songs.

Election Results

Friday, (Not) Betteroff 2014

The United States Of America is seriously frelled for the next two years. Not even sure what the over / under should be for the impeachment hearings but I’m thinking about 200 days or so seems to be unreasonably within the Republicants’ scorched earth zone. Time will tell. Until then it is so (not) comforting to know that the odds be fifty-fifty that I’m dealing with a Republicant every time I go anywhere to do anything.

You don’t have to be crazy to deal with the knowledge that america has gone full goose bozo… but it helps!

Proving The Hypothesis

Saturday, 29 Falltring 2014

One of the true icons of the gamer world, Felicia Day, recently wrote about how her usual feelings of unexpected solidarity when seeing fellow gamers on the street have changed since Gamer Gate has taken place. And expressed some concerns for her personal safety, and her concern that even mentioning those concerns would lead to some unwanted attention towards her.

Having just watched an amazingly geeky video by her about Virgin Galactic, and remembering some of her previous work, I have an intense desire to have this individual continue to produce infotainally enlightening material according to the manner in which she can support herself comfortably. It is disappointing to me to see that things seem to be going exactly as she feared. In particular, the vitriol from the gamers commenting on these posts is incredible – almost a caricature of the gamer persona that is the problem in the first place.

It is my sincere wish that the gamer community would take a chill pill and stop threatening to assassinate people because they think that some video games might be just a tad misogynistic and they dare to speak such thoughts aloud.

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I’ve Started A New Hastag In The Twitterverse

Saturday, 15 Wintring 2014

In honor of the awesome new ad from Republicants featuring stock photos of non-Republicants to show that they are people too, I have started a hashtag (#Republicants) on the twitter. I am somewhat surprised that this hashtag hasn’t already been out there – but it should have come up when I tried to put it in, correct?

Anyways,… there are lots and lots of things to point out that Republicants can’t seem to be able to do. More and more every day, as a matter of fact. I’m thinking that the #Republicants tag might be around for a while…

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It Was Twelve Years Ago Today…

Tuesday, 10 Wintring 2014

…that I started blogging over at blogspot. It’s been a long weird wonderful ride, and, yes, kids – the secret is still to keep banging those rocks together.

In the meantime, in twelve years’ time:

Republicants are still blithering idiots who lie about everything.

I bought a house for my Sig-O and I to enjoy in our dotage, and then watched things fall apart*. The same house has recently gone through considerable trauma after experiencing other** issues over the last couple of years.

I was happily and gainfully employed in my chosen profession at the start of this adventure, and have also watched almost any hope of rejoining the workforce fade away – even though I have many major corporations on my resume, extensive experience at every level of an IT department, and a proven record of positive results for the companies I have been working for. I am also going to be fifty-four in November, recently went through a quadruple coronary bypass, have significant health issues, and now have enhanced the difficulty I have had dealing with the long term mental health issues I have been living with since childhood, due to the long term underemployment situation I have been dealing with for the past six years (with a brief eighteen month foray into the working world that both caused and resolved the heart problems that led to the bypass). So I am thinking that gainful employment is not something I should be considering as a viable life path for the rest of my life.

I was also happily and finally in love with the person I thought I would happily be spending the rest of my life with. And then I got to watch that fall apart. Without even having much of any sort of an idea why I have been thrown on the trash heap in the first place.

Plus also too I have recently been having other issues of a personal nature that I am not even prepared to discuss other than to say that I have been been having other issues of a personal nature. So it goes…

Anyways,… so it’s been twelve years. Maybe I’ve gotten as many visits (total) as most of the blogs in the links zone get for an individual post. There have been quite a few other attempts to get some bloggy goodness out there that have fallen by the wayside. And there are a couple more that I would like to not fail and possibly even thrive in the days to come. Only time will tell…

* – link goes to the Wayback Machine’s entry for our blog in October 2004, about six months after I moved to our previous ISP host and off of blogspot. Scroll down to the entry for October 7…

** – link goes to the Wayback Machine’s entry for our blog in July 2012. Scroll down to the post, Disaster Averted

I Am Now Part Of The Twitterverse

Friday, 6 Wintring 2014

I finally had to break the silence and start utilizing one of the cooler toys on the internets. What finally got me motivated enough to do this?

@midnight, that’s what. They have a nightly competition called HashtagWars where they give you a topic and ask you for your responses.

You can check out the things that I say in the twitterverse here. And eventually I will be addressing the controversy that has been brewing on @midnight for a while now – the unfair besmirching of the good (cough) name of Johnny Lemonhead by comparing him to Brent Morin. I personally can’t see the resemblance:

The REAL Johnny Lemonhead

Not Johnny Lemonhead

But I don’t know why Chris Hardwick hasn’t mentioned my good friend Max Cannon or his site, Red Meat. A quick trip there would resolve this conundrum for once and all…

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There Goes That Frelling Irony Alert Siren Again

Fryday, 30 Falltring 2014

A Note To Republicants With Their Knickers In a Twist Over the Tempest In A Teacup*

Here’s a quick trip down memory lane in pictures for those traitorous unpatriotic Republicants whinging about the current president of the united states of america being insufficiently respectful while engaging in a tradition that goes all the way back to the nineteen eighties** when pResident Alzheimer’s Ray-Gun*** couldn’t remember what he was supposed to do when reviewing the troops:

look at the respect in Bush's eyes as he salutes the troops

Bush salutes the troops while trying to focus on walking and carrying a small dog at the same time

Bush salutes the troops with a dog in his hands

Bush salutes the troops with a dog in his hands

Bush salutes a reporter who dared to ask him about his corrupt criminal past

Bush salutes the nation with a smarmy look on his face

Bush salutes the nation with a smarmy look on his face again

Ray Gun salutes with the wrong hand

Isn’t it incredible that there is an amazing amount of disrespectful commentary about the slightest misstep of the scary non-white socialist commie pinko fag junkie currently resident in the white house, and twenty plus years about the liberal dope smoking hippie who got a blowjob from someone who was not his wife, but no mention of the illegally installed drunken cokeheaded deserter (during wartime), his corrupt father who illegally kept his ass out of prison while running the CIA, or the pill popping wannabe soldier who didn’t even know he was being re-electorated because the Alzheimer’s was kicking in? Almost like there’s a double standard, and Republicant high crimes, felonies, and misdemeanors go unnoticed – while any Democratic politician who is less than perfect in the performance of their electorated duties deserves to be run out of town on a rail. Funny how that works…

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* – all praise and lots of thanks for yet another fantastic piece of bloggy goodness from Roy Edroso over at alicublog

** – before you were born. Remember, kids?

***Funny Farm Fast Fact: Your Humble Narrator actually met Saint Ronnie in the cadaver flesh as he was heading up to his orifices in the Nakatomi Fox Plaza one day in mid early fall in 1997.