Friday, June 26, 2009

Music Videos sighted on MTV

Alright so by now, I'm sure that you have heard about the death of Michael Jackson. The news, of course, has stopped all other news reports so that we can remember the man that grew up in the eyes of America. I personally only saw the last few years of his career and then his decent into personal eccentricities such as alleged child molestation. All of this being said, I would like to discuss the title of this post.

It's true...Sure, it's a grim reason to start playing music videos, but MTV, "Music Television " and I use the term "Music" lightly since they don't actually have much to do with music anymore, was actually playing music videos of the late singer. Is it just me or is it incredibly sad that it took the death of a music icon for MTV to play actual music videos, rather than such gems as "16 and pregnant", "Parental Control", or "Is She Really Dating Him?"? It's true that I do not understand the younger generation, but they too listen to music with their emo-poppy goodness, hip-hopera and so on. Do they prefer to see how people their own age choose to have children? Is it so they can emulate them? Or do they, like myself, enjoy laughing at the idiocy of these people that think that having a kid at 16 is something mommy and daddy will take care of?

So enjoy the music videos while they last. Sure they will only be the music videos of Michael Jackson, but at least they are music videos and not hot young women dating idiot young men, or young women getting pregnant, or parents trying to get their children to not make a mistake by dating a loser. MTV will never get back to playing music videos on a regular basis, but at least we can watch the youth of America continue to make stupid choices on television.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

How do you write 'em?

So, I don't blog often, but when I do I have been thoroughly frustrated by the crappy little text area that is used to create my master pieces. I have since been on a mission to find something that will make the experience of crafting a blog entry slightly less painful. At work I blog in order to share ideas, tips, and tricks amongst the developers. At work I use Live Writer, which I will get into in a subsequent blog. At home I have both a PC and a Mac, but most of the blog writing is done on the PowerBook G4, so I need a Live Writer for Mac type of application.

And low and behold, I found Ecto. I have used it all of once prior to this blog post, but it seems okay so far. I'm sure it has a ton of features that I could use, but I am not a huge video or even photo guy. It is nice that from the same application I could if I wanted to post this to all the blogs that are mine. The downside is that this is only a trial version, and it cost $17.95 after the trial, which sucks because the Microsoft offering is completely and totally free. The price is not high, but given my limited blogging, am I really going to pay so that I could blog? I don't think so. Everything I do in the blog world is free, and I would like it to stay that way, otherwise I would never ever blog.



Monday, January 12, 2009

Call me, Dr. Huxtable

For the NFL season, a number of my friends including Ryan , Jonathon , Adam , and others, all agreed to participate in fantasy football, and the consequence for finishing last was that we would all go out to a sports bar and the loser was to dress like a cowboy for the night. I got lucky and was able to avoid the cowboy outfit....

But, we participated in a College Bowl Pick 'em. The consequence of losing was to wear a Cosby / Christmas sweater out to a sports bar one night. The winner would get his drinks paid for the whole night.

Well... I lost this last one, and it looks like I will be all decked out for the holidays, or maybe I will be eating JELL-O pudding. I believe that Adam ended up winning so congratulations to him.

The next one will probably be March Madness brackets, and I propose that the loser either wear jean shorts (with or without "I love Tim Tebow" shirt), or wear the Canadian tuxedo. The winner of course will probably get the same prize as the College Bowl Pick 'em... I really hope I don't lose the next one.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Senatorial Run-off

Georgia gets to decide if the worst rated Congress in history becomes worse, by giving the illiterate DSCC a 60-40 advantage in the US Senate.  Go vote Dec. 2nd.  I think you know who I am voting for.  Whoever you vote for please understand their positions prior to voting.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I want to pump (clap) you UP!

So, I had been tired of my workout routine for a while.  I think the mere fact that I could call it a routine suggests that it was boring and well awful in so many ways.  I like to be in shape, so that when I play soccer, I am not winded after about two sprints.  So I decided to search for something new and with the suggestion of my brother, this is what I found.

CrossFit is not easy, and maybe a little more in a workout program than most people want or need.  I found a nearby affiliate CrossFitRx, located at Wall Crawlers Climbing Gym.  Now before I gush about the program, I must first disclose that having access to the affiliate and there equipment as well as the coaching of the two coaches, Laura and Damon, does cost money, 150 dollars per month to be precise.  Now you could do CrossFit for free as long as you have access to the equipment and know how to do the movements.  I personally like not having to deal with that.  Also, I believe that if the destruction of my health, i.e. drinking is about 100 dollars a month, then the 150 dollar a month investment in improving my health is well worth it.

Now to gush.  I love the idea that I do not ever, I mean ever, think about what work out I am going to do on a given day.  I just do the workout from the site, and I'm done.  For the past two months, I have been sore in almost every area of my body, and believe the CrossFit motto should be, "Keeping you sore, daily".  I do not hope to suggest that everyone has the will to do this program, but if you find an affiliate you like, then this program will make you feel pretty damn good.  

Now the bad news, despite my participation in CrossFit, I have gained about 10 pounds in about two months.  I attribute this to not eating well, but when have I ever done that consistently.  I might have the will to workout, but lack the will to resist that large Papa John's pizza with extra sauce.

I'm going to change the eating habits a little and see how long that lasts, but I think I am going to stick with CrossFit for as long as I can afford it.  I really like it and prefer it to some stagnate gym with meatheads and girls trying to impress meatheads.