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Jan. 1st, 2011


My first YouTube submission

Had a pleasant time celebrating New Years Eve last night in Northampton, MA at their First Night Festival. We saw fireworks, had great food and saw LOTS of good music like Peter Blanchette (Classical archguitar), Mad Agnes (folk), Katherine First & Max Cohen (Celtic). Ended the night with a "ball drop" and canon fire at midnight followed by Herrell's Ice Cream, the best ice cream (bourbon chocolate walnut) in the US (he's the guy that invented "smoosh ins", blizzards, etc). This is my video of the fireworks from last night taken with my Kodak Zi8 @720p and edited in Cyberlink PowerDirector 9. The HD 720p version is viewable on the YouTube website, so click through to watch in HD and leave a comment or give a thumbs up if you liked it. Thanks!

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Dec. 27th, 2010


Just goofing off

OK, been having a nice relaxing holiday with my family. My hubby bought me a Kodak Zi8. It's basically Kodak's answer to the MinoFLIP HD's, but it has external flash card access and external jacks for a microphone. So far it seems to take nice video.

So, I did this meme that I swiped from my friend terran_lion and I was amused at the outcome. Guess I like gay bears and bagpipes. ;)

On the twelfth day of Christmas, Darkwolven sent to me...
Twelve electronics snuggling
Eleven movies cooking
Ten gaybears a-bagpiping
Nine bagpipes singing
Eight lions a-cuddling
Seven amerikilts a-nuzzling
Six animals a-hiking
Five go-o-o-ood eats
Four fighting games
Three gay bears
Two video games
...and a bleach in an erotic photography.
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Dec. 2nd, 2010


Smithsonian Under Fire For Gay Portraiture Exhibit

OK, I have to clarify here. The complaint from Republicans, and especially Catholics, is that the video exhibit that one artist made portraying the suffering of his partner who was dying of AIDS, depicts at one point a crucifix with Jesus covered with crawling ants. The issue they are claiming is that since the Smithsonian is a federally funded organization, "if it's wrong for the government to take the taxpayers' money to promote religion, why is it OK to take taxpayers' money to assault religion?" OK, I really don't think this is an assault on religion, but I can see why THEY would say so, so fair question. I have always taken the point in the past that "art is art for art's sake", meaning that just about anything is fair game, but being that they have pulled the "federal funding card" in their complaint, I have to admit that I kind of agree with them in order to protect separation of church and state, even though they themselves are CONSTANTLY attacking separation in an active way all the time. What are your thoughts on this?

source with audio: NPR

Dec. 1st, 2010


Comcast does it again.

Comcast is threatening to block Netflix streams to Comcast users. Comcast only relented after it was able to extort a fee from the company that supports Netflix's movie streaming service, Level 3. So if you use Comcast, not only are you paying them to use their service, but they are using YOU as a bargaining chip to charge competing streaming companies in to their customers! Time to tell Comcast to cut this shit out!

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Nov. 20th, 2010


Oh This...THIS looks like it is going to be ACES.

I LOVED Quantum Leap as a kid. This is the spiritual successor.
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Oct. 27th, 2010


Now this is a racing game!

They finally brought back the soul of the game. Need For Speed Hot Pursuit. No japanese car microtuning tokyo drift crap! And this trailer with Manson's Tainted Love? Awesome! It better be in the game soundtrack.

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Oct. 22nd, 2010


Another amazing Vimeo artist/video

Some of the stuff that goes on Vimeo is Amazing. This video is art in itself, but so is what it is a video of as well. More on this story: Anonymous Photographer Wins TED Prize

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Oct. 11th, 2010


Filming outer space, do it yourself style!

This is really cool. Father and son send a camera to outer space to film some high altitude footage in HD!

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Oct. 1st, 2010


Is the dream still alive?

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Emma Lazarus, 1883

What I find recently bothersome, and it's mostly because of the rough job market, is that people that I normally would consider rational and level headed are becoming frightened, upset or even a little bit bigoted, and frankly it bothers me. It bothers me a whole lot that when things get rough, some people get vicious or paranoid. We all know that immigration is broken, but immigration is hardly a large part of the job market issue right now. It's a bunch of other things piled up together. I really have a problem with people that have an anti-immigrant stance who are not affected by it directly. Maybe because my husband has BEEN an immigrant, albeit a legal one, for the last 8 years. The only difference is that he's German not Hispanic and he works in IT, not labor. It doesn't matter though. Despite my husbands long list of professional certifications in IT security, there are people who would want to do him harm because he's not American and working in an American market where he is in demand and excelling at it.

How have we forgotten that our great great grandfathers and great grandfathers came over here looking for the same promise which is given to those people looking to better their lives and the lives of their loves ones to be met with hatred and anger because of our flailing economy and job market. History repeats itself yet again. Can't we remember where we have come from? Why can't we just agree that immigration is broken and then DO something about it instead of just being angry at the symptom? I suppose people have a right to be afraid, but it's the anger and hate that lies behind much of it that scares me. People I have respected are changing fundamentally and causing me to reassess my opinions of them. Am I being too self righteous? Maybe. I don't know. All I know is what I believe and what I see is that things are slowly coming apart at the seams. This country is slowly coming apart at the seams. Is the dream dying? Is "change that we can believe in" just a message of hope? Or are things actually getting better and we just can't see it yet in relation to jobs? Are we becoming SO divided that we are falling apart from within? Are the Democrats and Republicans with their bickering between and even AMONGST themselves within party an outward sign of this? I don't know, but I have been wondering this every day for the past year or so.

Sep. 28th, 2010


This is cool

I have been using eBay forever, but I gave this a try because there was a game I wanted there cheap and the transaction was quick and safe. I got Assassin's Creed and Halo 2 for the Xbox 360 $5 each in excellent condition. Seems like they want to compete with eBay and so far I like what I see. I'm definitely going to keep using this. Oh, if you join by clicking the link below and use Glyde, I get $2 credit for each friend that uses it and $10 bonus if 5 do, so I get $20 if 5 of you join and give Glyde a try. If you use eBay, give this a shot.

Glyde: buy and sell DVDs, CDs, video games, and books
Glyde is the easiest and cheapest way to buy, sell, and organize DVD movies, music CDs, video games, and books.

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