11.30.2008

December Events at ICC

I don't know why I rack my brain trying to be 'clever' with these things. Sometimes simple and understated is the way to go.

Here's the video announcement for events@ International Christian Center (ICC).
It can be played between services, it can be played with or without sound.

Simple.

A tad boring perhaps, but it serves its purpose.


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11.29.2008

Stuff and all that

It'd be silly to say that there's not a lot going on. There is. I just don't find myself posting on ye olde blogge much these days. I blame Facebook for that to some extent. There's a slew of old friends (but not all of them , ahem ahem) on there and it's just easy to put a status on there and have a 'conversation' of sorts on there. So, that's one reason why I don't blog as much anymore.

That and I've been really frickin' busy. The video work that I'm doing with ICC/IMG is taking a lot of 'spare' time. To the tune of 10-20hours/week. And that's cool. I have to look at it as essentially a startup company where we have to bust our butts to get things rolling.

Work (my job that actually pays the bills) has been crazy, too. Things got a little difficult there. So we're all strapping ourselves in and getting ready to ride this wild economy out through 2009.

Things at home are good. Jen's still doing really well in HS. And Tommy's doing well in middle school. We're in-between sports (which is good for now) so that means more xbox playing (and less time to myself around the house...which is neither good nor bad, it just is).

I think a third reason that I don't post as much is because I don't really feel like anyone gives a rip if I put a new exhaust fan in the downstairs bathroom (well, I know my family is happy about THAT) or if I hung one of those automatic air freshener things. I don't have anything profound to say on these pages and I feel like if you're going to take the time to read them, I ought to at least make it somewhat interesting.

But, yeah. That's all I got for now.
Seriously, go sign up on Facebook. I'm all kinds of funny over there.

later. Back to the editing.

11.22.2008

Iron Chef @ ICC

I just finished the commercial for ICC's International Chef Event. It was fun, and it cracked me up. Hope it does the same for the people who see it tomorrow.

I found a site that has all of the original broadcastings of the Japanese versions without dubs or subs. So I was pretty stoked.

Enjoy.


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11.18.2008

First Snow '08

Well, there wasn't a TON of snow or anything. But the dusting we got on Monday (which started Sunday night) did wind up sticking through the night. So I officially counted it as our first snowfall (we had flurries a few weeks ago, but they didn't stay on the ground). Here's a few pix.


The supposed end of Grilling Season (you know, it's sad, but I didn't grill ONE single time this summer. WTF is wrong with me???) I'm gonna have to grill on my birthday, I think. Yeah. Birthday steaks on the grill. Sounds like a plan.
Snow falling through the trees. I love shots like this. I'm sure I'll get more of them as the winter goes on. Snow is much easier to photograph at night, too (in case you've ever wondered).



Snow on my deck. I hate snow on my deck.



More snow. If it doesn't melt today I'm gonna have to brush or shovel the snow off my deck.



A shot out my front door. I love our little pine tree. When we first moved in, it was all lookin' like the Charlie Brown Pine Tree. Now it looks like a proper little tree.




And that's it for the first snowfall. I would take pictures of a snowman, but at 12:30 AM when I took these, I really wasn't up for building one. Maybe next time. :-)


11.15.2008

Today Was a Good Day

In the immortal words of Ice Cube (whom I used to think was Ice Q for some reason), "today was a good day."

I stayed up until well past midnight last night. The five hours previous were taken up by an IMG meeting. Which was cool. But I was tired after that (and pretty much after the previous week, period). So instead of typing out and sending the meeting minutes as soon as I got home, I crashed.

Got up at 8 to let J- in (she'd slept over at a friends). She promptly went to bed. I went back to bed for about an hour. Then got up to get ready to start the Awesome Day!

Got ready, threw some juice in the ride (I got front an' back and side to side) and headed over to the Haimeral (sic) Center for the RECORD SHOW!!!  

Now, it's been a good....oh....4 years since I've been to a record show I'd guess. Last time it was at Vets Memorial (and it pretty much blew). So I was jazzed to meet up with Ian and Darrin at the record show. Darrin had the mission of not spending anything. I wasn't sure what Ian's mission was, but I went armed with $50 and a dream. A dream of "Wish You Were Here" on blue vinyl (which I would not have been able to purchase for $50 if the DID have it, but that's harshing the dream, now, isn't it?)

I have to say, it looked and smelled pretty much like I remembered it. I circled the center a few times and was thinking that I wasn't going home with anything but a test pressing of Mother Love Bone's "Shangri-La." I made one more pass. 

By the time I left I was $33 lighter ($4 for the get-in-fee, $29 on rekkids).  And this is the booty of the day:


I got this for no other reason than it will make good sample fodder (since I'm slowing working my way back into Acid Jams).

Dude. He just looks like a bad-ass.

This is gonna sound like bullsh*t, but I got this because it has the saddest song of all time on it. Red Sovine's "Teddy Bear." If that doesn't make you weepy, you have no heart.  Oh, and the cover on this one ain't bad, either.

Around the world...in stereo? I have NO idea what this is going to be like, but based on the title, I'd say it's gonna be...in stereo.

Oyo Como Va...Churrizos...Oyo Como Va...Salaad.  Santana rocks. Period.

This one is still sealed!!! I don't know if I want to be the one to break the seals. Didn't something bad happen to Demi Moore when the last seal was broken?

Ahhh. Gotta love the Catholics. They even throw some guilt on their rekkids!

I have to say that I've liked English Beat ever since 10 years after I first saw Ferris Bueller's Day Off and figured out that they were the ones that did "Mirror in the Bathroom" (the song that plays when he's racing Jeanie home). Same thing goes for Yello.

Evis Costello. Last Year's Model. Enough said.

The only other Ministry I had was "Jesus Built My Hot Rod" and I dug that. So, I figured this one had a shot. And pensive chicks sell records.

"That's the original 1988 pressing of Blue Monday!"-Shaun

It's no "Dream Police," but then again...what is?

Ian commented that he's surprised I didn't already have this. And he may be right. I do have something like this, but it's a different publiser. And this one has a book! Books r gude.
I said I got this for Nancy, but after finding out that she only likes about half of the songs on it, I'll own up and say I got it for me. I loves me some live "Thunder Road" and "The River."
And that's about all I got from the Record Show. 

From there we hit "Gyro Express" which I'm pretty sure is a front for something far more nefarious than titzeekie sauce (I had to go phoenetic sice I didn't feel like googling it) and pitas. We killed (no joke) probably about 90 minutes there. Catching up. Making fun of metal demigods from the 80's. And I even won the 'LA Metal Scene Pop Quiz' with my answer of "Hollywood Roses." Circle takes a square, thankyouverymuch.  The things you learn from books.

And from there I headed home. As did Darrin. I don't know if Ian heeded the siren song of Guitar Center or went back to play the last Ride album and the french chick CD for K.

I got about 20 minutes of chill-time. Then Donovan came over in need of some track mixing and editing for the performance he was giving in 3 hours. So after some slicing and dicing, I sent him on his way. I hit the throne and then hit the road for the Expo. 

The Gospel Expo was not what I expected at all. There were parts that were cool, and there were definitely some WTF moments. But the spoken word stuff that Donovan threw down was do-o-o-hope! I video'd with 2 cameras, so hopefully I'll do it justice with the vids.

And with that, I'm throwing the load from the washer in to th dryer and hitting the sack.

Peace out y'all.

11.10.2008

Social Networks??

It's no secret that I'm into blogging. Or online journaling (whatever you want to call it these days). At one point in time I had about 7 separate and distinct blogs for various things. Some I posted to daily, some monthly, some yearly (SideOne, TrackOne, anyone?).
 
I think what I liked about blogging (and still somewhat dig) is the interaction. It was cool to post some piece of a thought or shite that was happening in my life and get feedback, comments, etc. from people across town and across the country. It was a way to feel connected. And it was a way to be lazy. If you wanted to find out what was going on in my life, all you had to do was check my LiveJournal page, or check my blog. It saved time from actually having to make an active effort to keep in touch with someone. If you didnt' read the blog, I could assume you didn't want to keep in touch, so screw ya. Now, admittedly, that's a skewed viewpoint as there were people that I might want to keep in touch with that wouldn't read the blog (or even know about it, or care). So, yeah. It was part laziness, part obssession with electronic validation and part geekery (and all parts were NOT equal, still aren't).
 
And then came Facebook. And shit....it's fun! It's a way to keep in touch with people...send updates, see at a glance what's going on in peoples lives (that they can tell you in 255 characters or less), upload photos and load all of these little annoying apps designed to suck time in ways heretofore unknown to modern man.
 
I figure that there are different levels. It's like if online services were drugs, Facebook would be the crack or crystal meth of the social networking.
Blogging is like Caffeinne. Addicting, but mostly harmless. Fun for all ages.
LinkedIn and Plaxo is the Wine. Mostly for adults and business men.
MySpace is the cigarette of the online world. Supposed to be for 18 & up....all the cool kids are doing it and the ones that aren't just really don't get why the ones that are actually do. And it's the gateway. All of the behaviors of the big boy social networks can be learned from MySpace.
and then you jump to Facebook. And it's crack. Pure and simple. You COULD try it once or twice and never go back, but chances are, by that third time-you're hooked. And suddenly updating your status takes precedent. Checking on others becomes important. Trying to get others the share in your addiction jumps up on the list of things that occupy your day.
 
And now Social Networking hits its ultimate irony...a tool meant to make socializing and keeping in touch easier actually serves to keep you in front of your computer. You're 'socializing' in the loosest sense. You're checking the Facebook status of someone that lives down the street instead of actually popping over for a cold one on a Saturday afternoon.
 
And I'm in no way condemning you. I'm in the same boat. I check it because it's fun.
 
And of course, because it's mostly harmless.
 
Mostly.

11.08.2008

Damn

I normally never watch the news. And this is one example of why.

I saw a live report that the String Shoppe was closing its doors after 40 years.
I really can't imagine going down to campus and not seeing the String Shoppe.

It's just kind of shitty.

That's all I got.

11.05.2008

WOOOOOO!

Congrats to Darrin and Maryann on your new little bundle of joy!!!!!
(I'm not going to write anything else in this post because it's just for them!)

This is why I voted for Obama

I found this waiting in my inbox this morning. Now I know that it's probably auto-generated and a form letter, but you know what? I was getting emails like this from him, from Biden, from Michelle Obama throughout the whole campaign, moreso these last few weeks.

And it made me feel like I was a part of the movement, like I made a difference.

And I think that was the difference this time. Each and every person that voted for Barack felt like their vote made a difference. I went to bed last night EXCITED to wake up this morning. I actually feel hopeful that politics as we know it is going to change.

Change. Hope.
Making a difference.

We are indeed entering an historic era.




From: Barack Obama
Date: Nov 5, 2008 12:11am

Subject: How this happened

To: Todd S

Todd
I'm about to head to Grant Park to talk to everyone gathered there, but I wanted to write to you first. We just made history. And I don't want you to forget how we did it. You made history every single day during this campaign -- every day you knocked on doors, made a donation, or talked to your family, friends, and neighbors about why you believe it's time for change. I want to thank all of you who gave your time, talent, and passion to this campaign. We have a lot of work to do to get our country back on track, and I'll be in touch soon about what comes next But I want to be very clear about one thing... All of this happened because of you.

Thank you,
Barack

11.04.2008

Civic Duties



I voted today (and so should you).

It's been a while since I've posted (but I've been updating my status on Facebook like a crack addict jonesing for the next fix).

I wanted to post this, though, because I thought it was kind of cool.


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And from the State Resolutions:

The Transportation Cabinet is directed to honor and salute the military history of Skaggs brothers Carl, Escom, Hurl, Hunter, and Wilbur by naming Kentucky Route 172 in Morgan County, from the town of Crockett to the Johnson County line, the "Skaggs Brothers Highway." The Transportation Cabinet shall, within 30 days of the effective date of this Resolution, erect signs at the locations specified in this section that read "Skaggs Brothers Highway."

And then this one:

The Transportation Cabinet is directed to honor and salute the military history of Skaggs brothers Carl, Escom, Hurl, Hunter, and Wilbur by naming Kentucky Route 32 in Lawrence County the "Skaggs Brothers Highway." The Transportation Cabinet shall, within 30 days of the effective date of this Resolution, erect signs at the locations specified in this section that read "Skaggs Brothers Highway." This designation shall supercede any previous designations for the individuals listed in this section.


It's kind of weird to me to think of a highway honoring my papaw. But it's very cool to me, too. I mean, what he (and his brothers) did was a big deal. So, it's cool. I'm pretty proud of my papaw.

I'm excited to see the signs next time we drive down there.

That's all I got for now. Go on about your business. Peace.

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