Archive | Technology RSS feed for this section

PeaceTones

14 May

PeaceTones is now entered in a contest.  Please vote.  Thanks.

https://www.vnistories.com/Page/ViewIdea?ideaid=213

 

Return of Random Facebook posts Early 2013 Edition

26 Apr
American comedian and television show host Ste...

American comedian and television show host Stephen Colbert. Photographed June 3, 2006 at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Dean Martin Christmas Album

Dean Martin Christmas Album (Photo credit: BGSU University Libraries)

 

steve martin

steve martin (Photo credit: whittlz)

 

Timberlake performing at St. Paul, Minnesota, ...

Timberlake performing at St. Paul, Minnesota, one of the venues of his first worldwide tour, FutureSex/LoveShow (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Beverly Hills, 90210 logo

Beverly Hills, 90210 logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I’m so fat, I can only buy belts my size if I special order them online.

 

Damn insomnia hits when I have to get up in the morning.

 

So I’m at the register purchasing paper plates, and the cashier asks if I’m doing so to avoid washing dishes. Exactly, my friend. Exactly.

 

“The Boston nightmare is over. Good news! The Yankees can go back to hating the Red Sox again!”–Stephen Colbert

 

I can’t believe I’m caught up on dishes and laundry.

 

Rather than our usual talks of Lego, super-heroes, and Doctor Who, tonight Connor and I discussed terrorists, North Korea, and oddly, the South Korean musician PSY.

 

I guess my posts about shows and films I like and dislike was to point out how much I hate being stereotyped. I’m a nerd, sure, but we aren’t all into the same things. I actually dislike Babylon 5. Never cared for Iron Man or Thor comics. I love camping and suck at computer programming (so I really hate being asked to fix people’s computers. I will only destroy your computer if I try.) I listen to Eminem, the Beatles, and Weird Al. I’ve seen every episode of Beverly Hills 90210 but I’m not into anime. I know almost everything about Superman, have a lot of knowledge about the paranormal, but I’m also passionate about equality and social justice. I was an American solider, an Infantryman. I’m a father. I don’t eat my vegetables, and I love the beach. I’m just me.

 

So I just realized how awkward living next door to my ex will be. Even though she chose to end our engagement, and she didn’t want to commit to strengthening our relationship, but instead wanted to step back to a point as if we had never started dating, and I’ve suffered with pain and heartache, she now completely ignores me when we pass on the street and I say hello. I mean, completely ignores in the childish “Let’s pretend there’s nobody there” kind of way. This is why I will never, ever enter into another relationship ever again. I’m too old and tired for the stupid relationship games, the fights, the heartache. Better to just accept solitude for the rest of my years.

 

Can I be considered a celebrity if I’m walking down the street and someone stops me to settle a batman argument because I’m “the expert”?

 

I know this will come off as a strange comparison, but I think Justin Timberlake is today’s Dean Martin. He’s a great musical performer (even if I’m not necessarily a fan of his genre of music), a great dramatic actor, a great comedic actor, and an overall great entertainer. I could see him hosting his own variety show like in the golden age of television, that combines comedy and music. He’s practically a cast member of SNL already, having appeared about half as many times as Steve Martin, which is impressive considering Timberlake has only been showing up on the show since 2000, as opposed to Martin whose been doing it since 1976.

 

I’m loving the new Griswold commercials mocking the multiple Rusty’s and Audrey’s. Going to be hard to place them in my Television Crossover Universe timeline, but I’ll find a way.

 

 

More Random Rantings from November

1 Dec
English: Publicity photo of Larry Hagman and B...

English: Publicity photo of Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden from I Dream of Jeannie. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Publicity photo of Larry Hagman and B...

English: Publicity photo of Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden from I Dream of Jeannie. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Milla Jovovich at Comic Con 2007 promoting Res...

Milla Jovanovich at Comic Con 2007 promoting Resident Evil: Extinction. Cropped. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Larry Hagman attending the "Nigh...

English: Larry Hagman attending the “Night of 100 Stars” for the 82nd Academy Awards viewing party at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA on March 7, 2010 – Photo by Glenn Francis of http://www.PacificProDigital.com (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Screenshot from the movie "Santa Claus Co...

Screenshot from the movie “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” which has been released as Public Domain: http://www.archive.org/details.php?identifier=santa_claus_conquers_the_martians. Featured are the Martian children characters Bomar (Chris Month, left) and Girmar (Pia Zadora). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Image representing Facebook as depicted in Cru...

Image via CrunchBase

Been a long, tiring week. After busing it to West Springfield for the job interview, and walking to the VA for appointments, I’m worn out. Everything worked out though, so it was worth it. Tonight I’m just going to chill out, watch TV, lurk on Facebook, and probably crash early.

I have been rehired to work at H & R Block again this season. I was really happy to know they made the decision to ask me back even though they are still only 1/3 of the way through interviews.

No wonder Batman retires when he hits 40 (according to most future DC stories.) Having walked 10 miles yesterday to my appointments really kicked my ass. It hurts today just to stand up.

I have too much stuff. Especially for the size of the place I live in.

Five years ago, I broke the light bulb in the hall closet and chose not to replace it, but today maintenance replaced it at the request of the guys putting in new insulation. Very weird to see light coming from there.

Who remembers that Milla Jovanovich was in the pilot episode of Parker Lewis Can’t Lose?

There are a few pages that I had previously liked that I’ve since clicked unlike, yet, they continued to show up in my ticker and news feed. So I clicked on “Hide from news feed” but they still show up. I tried reporting them. Still there. I went to help and there was no answer. I’m really sick of seeing these few sites seem every few seconds with a new post with no way for me to get rid of them. I wonder if they are paying Facebook to stay in someone’s feed even after being unlike and such.

There are so many Christmas specials and movies from my childhood that are no longer on the air, even though they were very good, but ABC Family shows mostly movies not related to Christmas for their 25 Days marathon.

I just saw a church for sale. Kind of wish I could buy it.

It’s nice when the transfer buses are there when you get there.

Whenever I go to a job interview I feel like Andy Davis. Perhaps I need a new suit.

Nice timing. Bus showed up at the stop same time I did.

Finished the interview. Pretty sure I’ll be working full-time at block this season.

Despite using a lint brush, I still seem to have brought a bit of fudge with me to the interview this morning. I neglected to consider the inside of my coat.

One a d a half hours early for my interview. Guess I’ll sit here at Burger King and slowly drink this coffee.

Hate taking new bus routes. I get so paranoid about missing my stop or transfer.

Despite the snow, interview is still on.

Tomorrow taking a 2 hour bus trip to a job interview to interview for a job I held just 7 months ago which is only right down the street from my apartment.

Watching the 1974 film Mixed Company. So bizarre seeing Tom Bosley (best known as Mr. C on Happy Days) as the racist opposed to a black child living on his street.

In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, comics, paintings, professional photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berne Convention).
For commercial use of the above, my written consent is needed !

(Anyone reading this can copy this text and paste it on their Facebook Wall. This will place them under protection of copyright laws.) By the present communiqué, I tell Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to show, copy, distribute, give, or take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and/or its contents. The aforementioned prohibited actions also apply to employees, students, agents and/or any staff under Facebook’s direction or control. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of my privacy is punished by law (UCC 1 1-308-308 1-103 and the Rome Statute).

I actually like Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, but one thing that bugs me is that Santa refuses to recognize that the bad guy is actually a bad guy. What happened to being able to tell who is naughty or nice?

“Christmas is not just a day. It’s a frame of mind.”–Kris Kringle

Tonight’s insomnia brought to me by those three cups of coffee I really shouldn’t have drunk between 7 – 10 PM.

Larry Hagman died yesterday, but I’m just learning of this now. Sort of fittingly, he died in Dallas. Though most know Hagman best for Dallas, I remember him best as Major Nelson/Master on I Dream of Jeannie, but his best role in my biased opinion is as the general who insists on giving Miss Teschmacher mouth to mouth in the 1978 film Superman.

I want a smart TV!!! Yeah, first I have to make sure I can eat, and get my car on the road, ect. But I still want it!!!

The only drawback to not eating Thanksgiving dinner at home is that at 10PM there aren’t any leftovers to pick at. 😦

I have no water. Not sure why. Guess I must investigate. Add that to my list of things to resolve today.

A crazy thing about working for H & R Block is that every year you have to re-apply, re-interview, and re-train for the same place.

“The first rule of being a ninja is Do No Harm…unless you’re intention is to cause harm, in which case you should do lots and lots of harm.” — Master Splinter, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Thanks for all the birthday wishes. Facebook only let me view 10 of the 61 I received. Not sure why.

Either my neighbor’s vehicle’s car alarm is set on a timer, or there is a person whose schedule includes tapping the car daily at midnight.

I love Shark Tank. It’s so exciting, and it reminds me why I could never run my business.

Was so tired, I decided to go to bed early, despite my not really wanting to go to be so early. I guess I should be fortunate for my downstairs neighbor, who never learned about indoor voice vs. outdoor voice in kindergarten for making sure I couldn’t get to sleep. Never shuts up before 1am, and apparently never stops to breath. She’s like a screeching siren for 16 hours a day.

A lot of pages that I’ve “unlike” still show up in my news feed and ticker. I’m wondering if Facebook gets paid by them to bypass the “unlike” and keep sending me ads.

Just saw a grey Ultima proclaimed to be the new general lee.

I know I’ve been out of the loop, but I did I not know there was a new Wonder Woman series introduced on the CW last year?

Having lived in the south, and having lived in Korea, I have to say that both are just as culturally different from the Northern U.S., and so if the south really wants to be a separate nation, I say they already are. Let’s let them just make it official.

For those who want to leave America because you’re upset about the election, I say leave. If you hate democracy that much, you really shouldn’t be an American.

The last three companions went on to become a call girl, an assistant district attorney, and an office manager. What will become of Amy Pond?

How many people will go see Lincoln and be disappointed at the lack of vampires?

Fudge is very happy with me now. Finally can afford some wet food for him.

I’m finally getting a home phone number, but don’t try to call because it’ll never be plugged in. It’s just cheaper to get the bundle than to just have cable and Internet separately.

I cannot express how happy I am to be getting my home Internet and cable back tomorrow.

UMass is once again hosting a mock trial tournament on the weekend of Nov. 16 – 18 and they need people to volunteer as judges. If interested, or if you know someone else who may be interested, please let me know and I will put you in contact with the event coordinators. (Judges should be judges, attorneys, paralegals, law professors, law students, ect.)

Is there something important going on tomorrow?

Signs I’m getting old

4 Sep

 

Dunas Park 2

Dunas Park 2 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I play my TV loud.  (Course, my neighbor’s voice is still louder.)

 

My dark hair seems to be replaced by white hair more and more every day.

 

 

It takes me two hours to drink a cup of coffee.

 

I don’t recognize any of the songs nor know who performs them when listening to top 40 stations.  (Which is why I listen to classic rock.)

 

I don’t own an iPod, and I very much prefer the radio.

 

I don’t play video games.  I find them a waste of time.

 

My body hurts pretty much constantly.  Sometimes standing up is a chore.

 

I’d rather stay home and watch TV than go to a party.

 

I’m the guy everyone passes on the highway.

 

I think kids today are very disrespectful in general.  (Not my boy, though.)

 

I think there’s too much sex and violence on TV these days.

 

Everything was cooler when I was a kid.

 

I miss Drive-Ins.

 

I tell a lot of stories about when I was young (especially to my son.)

 

My son teaches me how to use my phone.

 

I find amusement parks to be boring and a waste of money.

 

I’ve stopped wearing shorts.

 

 

 

 

 

Social Media Marketing

28 Nov

In the digital age, small businesses and non-profits need to review the way they market their events, their products, and their services.

The internet and particularly social media has opened a new way to market, where it’s about attraction and not promotion.  You don’t have to tell everyone you’re the coolest person in the room.  You just have to be the coolest person and let them come to you.

Of course, every organization has to market a little differently to hit its target audience, but overall the methods, the dos and don’ts, are the same.

One thing is to prove that you are an expert in your area.  That means finding the online discussion forums related to your market audience.  Now it’s important to remember that to confirm you are a trusted person, you should discuss.  That means engaging in conversation, not just going in, posting an ad, and leaving.

It’s definitely important to have a Facebook page and a business Twitter, and linking them so you only have to post once and have both places display your message.  It’s very much worth paying for some advertising on Facebook.  It’s very inexpensive and your page gets marketed directly to pages of specific people who are your target audience.

Your business should also have a website, even if you just use a free blog site.  I’d recommend using Google to advertise (very much the same way as Facebook ads).  It’s also very cheap and sends a lot of traffic your way.

Of course, there is so much more involved, and this is just a starter.  But as you go, most of this marketing you can either figure out on your own, or hire someone to handle your social media marketing for you.

Webinars, Podcasts, and Video Chats

11 Nov

They rock.  And they suck.

The ability to offer a format where one can visually present to thousands is amazing, and that technology is here.  It’s just not perfect.

Now don’t get me wrong.  I don’t expect perfection.  Every new technology has some bad versions, then less bad versions, before it reaches its good version, at which point it is then replaced by something better and becomes obsolete.

But my annoyance is that certain presentations I’ve attended have had such problems as not allowing me in, or booting me out, or not having audio or video, ect.  And I’m always told it’s my fault.

Even though I do everything they tell me.  I download new software to support their presentation.  I close everything down.  The only thing I can’t do is not use wireless.  But really, shouldn’t all programs be accessable on a wireless computer?

So I’m taking a stand now.  I should be able to use your program on my laptop.  Why do I have to get ethernet?  It shouldn’t matter if I have a Mac or PC.  It shouldn’t matter what web browser I use.  It shouldn’t matter how many people are attending the webinar.  (If you can’t handle 8000 people, then don’t invite 8000 people.)

If you want to produce a product for people to use, then make it so people can use it without having to jump through hoops.  Or else people will find something easier to use.

And if you put on a presentation, and people can’t watch it or hear it, they will leave.  Don’t get mad at them for not having jumped through hoops to hear you.  They are the customer.  You’re the one who should be making it easy for them.

’nuff said.