Here is a very helpful link for those that use iTunes and are fans of multi-tasking. I’ve used iTunes for years and never knew about this option at all. Being that I used the Firefox browser, I was a big fan of FoxyTunes. It was an extension that inserted basic iTunes controls right into the browser. That way you didn’t have to leave the browser to do things like skipping a song, altering the volume, or rating a song.
Now that I use Google Chrome, I was looking for a similar extension, when I came across this site. If you are multi-tasker and use iTunes, definitely check this site out.
Todd Rogers did something, I’m sure, all of us gamers have done. He said to himself that he was going to beat a top score in a video game. The video game company said that it was nigh impossible to achieve. Unlike most of us though, Todd did beat the score and set him off on a wonderful journey.
If there is one thing that I’ve really enjoyed since I was a wee little kid was magic tricks. Specifically, card tricks. They involve relative simple techniques, but always seem to astound people. Here is one that I came across on YouTube that I thought was just brilliant.
I must say that when I first saw it, I was amazed. I thought the trick was interesting enough with the swapping of the “This” and “That” cards. Also, what tiny mistakes the performer made was easily covered up by the flawless delivery of the patter. However, I was completely blown away when the last card was finally revealed. It was a simple trick with three cards and had a huge payoff. I simply must had to find out how it was done. Luckily, being on YouTube, there was no shortage of how-to videos. Here is one of them. Please learn this trick and impress your friends. Keep magic alive.
There’s two things in the world I love more than most anything else: Video Games and not moving. Here is a great link to a news article that incorporates both of them. It’s an eye-tracking rig in which just by moving your eyes around you can control Mario. The future is bright and it’s in video games, hehe.
I consider this regularly updated post to be me giving back to the community. Here I’ll post links or videos that I find to be a real nice How-To guide. My first post will be dedicated to my iPod. I’ve been really anal with my iPod/iTunes over the years. I thought I had a good handle on playlists until I became a forum member at iLounge. I came across a poster named Codemonkey who developed a staggeringly complex smart playlist setup. In a 40+ page PDF, he outlined several methods and also his reasons for using iTunes and playlists. I was in awe. I tried the system for myself and I absolutely love it. I used his setup for the framework of my iPod and haven’t looked back. I’ve had this setup for a few years now and I cannot see myself using any other type of MP3 player or stray away from iTunes. Thank you Codemonkey for showing me the light regarding smart playlists. Here is the most updated version of the PDF. Enjoy!
I was watching videos of all of the bands I’m going to see this coming Saturday. I must say I’m pretty pleased. Looks like a sold lineup. That is, until I got to the last band: Swashbuckle. Two words: Pirate Metal. I can’t wait to see them live. It’s gonna be nutty.
I wish I would have known about this sooner. Slayer was on Jimmy Fallon’s late night show and they played one of my favorite songs. Slayer doesn’t really put on much of a show visual-wise. However, they are one of the most technically perfect bands I’ve ever heard. Their song, “Hate Worldwide”, sums up my feelings on atheism rather succinctly. Kerry King’s solo is just insane as well. Here it is:
This is a pretty nifty website. It keeps track of all of the music you listen to and puts it in a sort of database. Since August 2009, it’s tracked 9480+ songs. I know I’ve listened to more than that since it’s not always 100% accurate with iPod listens. Regardless, it’s a great website for finding more music that’s similar to your tastes.
I’m now adding a small widget in the “About the Author” section. It’ll update with what is the 10 most recent songs I’ve listened to.
In the next installment of my attempt at a daily “automatic” blog post comes Cinematic Tuesday. I am a movie buff. However, since I’m rather young, I’ve only been exposed to so many movies. Cinematic Tuesday will highlight what I find to be my either my favorite movie moments or perhaps a new trailer for a movie that I might be particularly interested in.
Most of the movies in my all-time top five favorites don’t have many “hot” scenes. Well, what I consider anyways. Incidentally, my top 4 (in no particular order) are:
Halloween (This one is my all-time favorite movie BTW)
V for Vendetta
Now, Fight Club might have some great shots of Brad Pitt that I can see be considered hot, but (while I do admire his body), it just doesn’t do it for me.
However, the fifth, of my top five, does have a lot of hot in it, especially for me. I saw this movie as a kid and I really believe it is where my love-affair with redheads began. Granted…the character in question isn’t a natural redhead. She was just drawn that way.
I swear to god (not that I believe in that sort of thing) if I ever found a woman who would do some convincing Jessica Rabbit cosplay, I’d hold on tight and never let go. Until that time, I’ll have to “settle” (I use that term very loosely with this: Gingerlicious.com. I admit, I’m falling in love with this website more and more each day. Also, kinda cool to see this tweet from the guy that runs that website
I just got an email saying that I won two free tickets to a concert! I kinda forgot that I even signed up for it. I saw a blogpost through one of my metal RSS feeds that the band Death Angel was giving out two free tickets to each leg of their concert. I signed up knowing I never win those things anyways. Well as luck would have it, I won! I don’t know much about any of the bands playing. Only in passing did I hear about the headliner Soilwork. Regardless, I’m excited for a night of live metal. Nothing better than free tickets as well! Things just might be turning around for me.
Thanks again to Death Angel for the free tickets and (I just checked) Decibel and the Deciblog for the information!
It was the fall of 2002. I was fresh into college and ready to find out who I was as a person. It just so happened that at the same time, I got my first tattoo. I was instantly hooked. Right after I got my first one, I had planned two more I wanted. I would have had my body covered if it wasn’t for the cost.
For my next tattoo, I got it done while on a somewhat spiritual trip to Las Vegas. It was another time of finding myself. I had just gone through some pretty traumatic stuff that, I thought, had changed me deeply. Turns out, I had been lying to myself and while in Vegas, enjoying some $1 beer, I got my second tattoo. I would have gotten a much bigger piece, but then again, cost was a prohibition.
I’m at another stage in my life. Completely lost and not really sure of who I am, I felt it was time for another tattoo. It seems to give me some sort of power over myself. I can do to my body whatever I wish. Now, I just needed to decide on a place and, of course, save up the money. Now, I’m a fan of metal music, that much is obvious. I’m also,admittedly, a rather big geek. That’s why my one idea was to get the “\m/” emoticon tattooed on me somewhere.
Also, I had the idea to get the logo of my favorite band, Behemoth, tattooed somewhere. Theirs is a rather interesting logo, a sort of two headed bird and such. Here it is in the background. I know rather gauche to get a band or name or something like that tattooed. Be that as it may, I still like the design even outside of the band.
They also use another symbol in their on-stage personas. The Unicursal Hexagram. I thought this one looked rather interesting as well. Rather simplistic, but nonetheless, interesting. It wasn’t until I read what it symbolized that I knew I needed it put somewhere on me. Quoted from the linked wikipedia entry, it “is used to express a high level of self-confidence and belief that one can achieve the highest of goals.”
Money being a factor and also the idea that I have the power to change my person, I looked into DIY tattooing. I think tattooing myself also fits into the idea of the symbol I chose. I found this link and decided to go for it. What the hell, right?
Therefore, tonight, my friend and I went on a journey that took us to Michaels craft store, where I bought the needed supplies. I got back to his place, had a beer or two, and began work. Here’s some pictures of the process.
Here is the first draw up. I found a really interesting design of the Unicursive Hexagram. I printed it out, sharpied it up, then tried a transfer onto my skin.
Here’s my makeshift needle made to the specifications in the blog I found.
Needed supplies. Ink and alcohol.
What my tattoo originally planned to be.
As with most things in life, mistakes happen. If you can see in, from this angle, the top left part had started and didn’t go as planned. I decided on a more simplified version. I think it also fits into the scheme because I hand-drew this. It is more my own design now. It’s not perfect, in the least, but dammit, I did it. I have control over my actions.
The first three lines done. While it did hurt, it was rather fun to do. I wish I was a better artist because I could really get into this.
Four lines done. This is much less messy than getting them professionally done. But with how long this took, I can see the benefits.
In the home stretch now. 5 lines done. I was surprised by the lack of blood, too. Not a drop, while my professional tattoos did. It was interesting.
All done. It took less than 2 hours to do. I should have timed it, but it definately took less than to watch the movie Frost/Nixon. Great movie, by the way. Now for the all important reveal…
It’s not the prettiest of things. It’s not even perfectly symmetrical. But I love it. I might have to go over it again to make it more solid. I’m not terribly sure of that yet. I might have to anyways because of fading. Maybe just a touch up here or there. All in all, I’m deeply satisfied.
The only problem is, now that I know it’s successful and I have so much ink left over, my only thought is, I have so much empty skin as well. I’ll keep you posted if I do another.
Over the past couple years, I’ve become addicted to RSS feeds. I love the convenience of having so many websites deliver their content all to one centralized place. Now there are some websites that don’t deliver their content via RSS the way I like it, but that’s OK. I enjoy the feeds that deliver all of the content in one post. I’d prefer not clicking out of my RSS reader, which happens to be Google Reader. I subscribe to many feeds and average a couple hundred posts a day. At one point, I was behind and had to go through over five thousands new posts! I just figure I’d share my five favorite RSS feeds:
1) XKCDXKCD is one of the most popular webcomics on the Internet. Being a geek myself, I can relate most times. I really enjoy the fact that the feed (RSS) contains the exact same image on the website. That way, I don’t have to go to their website, which cannot be said for many webcomics I enjoy.
2) Rotten TomatoesRotten Tomatoes is one of the most popular movie rating websites out there. They have many RSS feeds but the one I subscribe to is for the In Theatres (RSS) feed. Here, they post their Rotten Tomatoes score for all of the new movies coming out. As a film buff, I really enjoy this, but the one feature I like the best, is that they use one post for each movie. That way, if there is a really good movie coming out, I can share it with my followers for them to see. It’s also a nice way to show off a particularly bad score as well. We all enjoy a bit of schadenfreude, right?
3) The DeciblogDecibel Magazine is one of my favorite reads for what’s happening in the world of metal music. Their feed (RSS) is always informative and has a humor element that I really enjoy. Not much more to say about it, but if you like metal music, check this site out.
3) Fashionably GeekFashionably Geek is a website that caters to “clothing and accessories for the well-dressed geek”. Their feed (RSS) seems to always contain something I’m interested in. The one I enjoy the best is their seemingly endless supply of funny/geeky t-shirts. They don’t sell them, but they always include a link to where you can buy them. They also typically have a large image in the feed of the shirt, too. I can attest to buying at least a couple based on their recommendation alone.
5) GingerliciousWe all have our particular attractions and I must say that Gingerlicious caters to a rather specific one that I happen to share. It appears that this website is rather new, possibly showing up in the last month alone. Admittedly, I’m not quite sure how I came across it. But if you share a love of redheads, this is the feed (RSS) for you.
I love the movie “(500) Days of Summer”. It inspired me at a moment when I was really down. The following dialogue is taken from the movie:
McKenzie: Hey, maybe you should write a book. Tom: What? McKenzie: Well, you know, Henry Miller said the best way to get over a woman is to turn her into literature.
I was taken aback by that, because, interestingly enough, one of the main items on my “bucket list” is to write a novel. Invigorated by this revelation, I actually did start putting pen to paper and have begun fashioning something resembling a story. It was surprising to me how well I began, but have since hit a tinge of a roadblock. I have three chapters done in the rough draft segment. So far, to me, it’s a pretty funny, male-oriented romantic comedy. I don’t think it’s all that bad with only a few weeks of work on it. Luckily, I have all the time in the world and a rather powerful impetus to write. I leave you with the opening quote of “(500) Days of Summer”. It is easily the best opening hook I’ve ever seen in film. One I can certainly relate to.
The following is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental. Especially you Jenny Beckman. Bitch.
I’m with you, Mr. Stewart. I’m not the most political person and rarely do I like to discuss it. However, you hit the nail on the head with this one. This video comes from Comedy Central from the August 4th edition of The Daily Show. Try to enjoy.
I’m a member of the free dating website OK Cupid. The one feature I find absolutely fascinating is the “Improve Matches” section. Here, you A) Answer a posed question B) Answer the question how you’d prefer your perfect match to answer it C) Answer how important their answer is to your ideal. Here’s an example from a question I answered:
Do you believe in God [ ] Yes [X] No
Your ideal partner would answer: [ ] Yes [X] No
Their answer is [ ] Irrelevant [ ] A Little Important [ ] Somewhat Important [ ] Very Important [X] Mandatory
Now, I find this to be a worthwhile system in finding people who have similar interests. However, it is a standardized system, regardless of the question, which leads to rather interesting possibilities. What made me think of this most recently was the question, “Would you sleep with a serial killer?” I would love, LOVE to meet the person that would not sleep with a serial killer but finds it mandatory that their partner would.
So about a week ago I had a very odd run-in at a local Wendy’s. I ordered my food and sat down with my friend. The place was rather busy so there weren’t that many open tables. I had just begun eating and discussing some random stuff, when this much older fellow siting next to me got my attention. He then asked me if I’d watch his food as he had to go up to get some napkins or ketchup or something. I said sure, not thinking much of it. He retrieved his items and sat back down. It was a complete non-issue. Of course, until I did think about it.
Let’s get this right out of the way first. I admit that I have an odd working brain. I over-analyze a lot. Most times to the point of completely dissecting the most mundane of minutiae. So, I hope someone out there can help me out with this. Please, tell me the logic in asking a complete stranger to watch your food when you get up to get something. I assumed that he asked me to watch it so that no one would do anything to his food. I was completely up to the task but…I’m a stranger…and he doesn’t want a stranger messing with his food. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?