I don't know if I have conjunctivitis again or not...but my eye itches and is somewhat irritated. I went in last week before the holidays and got the Rx drops, but haven't used them yet as the doc said not to use them unless my eyelashes start sticking together or there's a discharge from the eyeball. Fairly easy things to look out for, I'd say. In any event, I have the drops.
My wife gave me the dopest Christmas present EVER and I'm going to post the 2 pix here for my 4 friends who read my blog (who are not on Facebook where the instant gratification of Blogger is quadrillified).
That's right. Your eyes are not deceiving you. It IS in fact the Marc Ecko StarWars Stormtrooper hoodie with the hood that zips all the way up and makes the mask.
I've said it before, but let me reiterate...I have the best wife ever!!!
And I really should be working at the moment, so I'll post more later.
I don't have an iPod anymore so part of me is like 'dude....why use iTunes?'
But...dude. Apple did it right. I've gone through several other players and for organizing...it's still my fave.
VLCPlayer is really good for one-offs and quick launching.
Winamp just annoyed me.
I keep coming back to iTunes. There would be no question of using it or not if it supported other Devices (for example, my SansaView). I guess I'll just sell the Sansa and get a little Nano or something (since I've been listening to MP3's at work on the Netbook and haven't touched the View in like 2 weeks or so)....Then iTunes would be perfect again.
Not really much of a post, I know. But I've been on vacation. I'm rusty.
In February, they are launching a new program. ICC came to International Media Group for us to build a campaign around the tagline they wanted to use 'Experience the WOW'
This is the first in a series of 8 commercials where the concept is that each person in the commercial is 'packing something in the box' to send to the next generation. They are going to encompass different generations, cultures, genders...in a way a mini-testimonial, but something that influenced their lives that they are passing on to the next generation (that's why it's getting boxed up and shipped to Purposeburg).
The first one is from the viewpoint of a doctor. Upcoming commercials will have a teacher, lawyer artist, musician, athlete, filmmaker, stay-at-home mom. Each one will air weekly with a specially packaged DVD at the end of the series.
I'm really excited about the series and really happy with how this one turned out.
And I'm still digging it. The size, the specs, everything I want a laptop for it does...and more. And Nancy has a better laptop to do her stuff on. So, I think it's win-win. And that's my story, and I'm sticking to it.
In other news, we're heading out to Maryland next week to see Nancy's dad and his wife and spend Christmas out there with them (And her sister's coming out, too). It's gonna be the first Christmas I haven't had at home for....my life, I guess. And it's the first Christmas Nancy's had with her dad in a long long time. It should be a good time. I'm actually looking forward to it.
And, my family is having Christmas Eve on Monday (we fly out to Maryland Tuesday), so we still get to spend time with them, which will be nice.
Work is fine. Survived the first round of...um...making changes in response to the economy (?)...we're told that the current crew is the one that's going to take us through 2009. It's tough, more work, blah, blah..but it's not as much work as starting over somewhere else.
Things at ICC (International Christian Center) are HOPPING. The Video/Multimedia Ministry is gaining momentum and 2009 is going to be a VERY busy year. As the head of the ministry, I had to submit a budget this year. That was a weird (and very grown-up) thing for me. We also had our first of the quarterly 'large-group training' sessions to get people up to speed on the goals and visions of the church, our ministry and our team. It went REALLY well. Turnout was lower than we'd hoped for, but I think the people that came really got a lot out of it-which was a blessing in itself.
Did I mention the netbook has a built-in webcam? Yeah. I know. Scares me too.
Alright. I'm gonna work on some other writing before crapping out for the night.
Talk to you peeps later.
Saturday the snow came. And no, it wasn't a blizzard (but you wouldn't have known by the way people were driving around on the freeway).
Nancy was under the weather, so our plans for holiday shopping while the kids were with their other parents got tabled. We did need groceries, though. So Nancy made the list, I grabbed the list, my keys, and the last shred of my will to live and ventured out in to the idiocy that is ohio traffic during a snowfall.
It was my plan to head over to MicroCenter first (for the goodies) and then to Aldi (for the groceries).
Which leads me to the first of the big steaming piles. I went to MicroCenter to use the 'holiday check' that CrapitalOne had sent me (basically a way to spend a chunk of 'credit' at a greatly reduced rate). I had planned on getting a netbook (basically I had wanted to reduce the footprint of the notebook I've been carrying around to all these meetings I'm finding myself in these days (both at work and at church)-then Nancy would get my current notebook (since she's been doing more work from home with the Sharepoint stuff)). It was a great plan. I had everything in the cart and after some minor piles of steaming poo at the checkout, the big one dropped. The check clearinghouse that MicroCenter uses decided that the CrapitalOne check was 'not part of their normal check profile' so they declined it. So I left everything on the counter and walked out of the store. That, coupled with the CAHRAP customer service I'd gotten during the trip have pretty much ensured that I'll be doing my microCenter shopping online.
The second pile of poo was the traffic. Look. I know it's slippery (sort of), but it's NOT a blizzard. These are snow FLURRIES. People were causing more danger to themselves and others by being overly cautious. But, whatever.
Saturday night was uneventful. I had a MONSTER bologna sandwich so that was good.
This morning was interesting at church. It was interesting because I was thrown in to running sound for the second service until the backup sound person showed up (which had some inherent challenges). And then because we were short of camera people, I wound up running a camera (it's VERY hard to have a director/producer/edtior behind a camera taking direction from another director :-)
The best part was the message was about Jesus washing the disciples' feet and explaining that the way to greatness was to serve. It was like I was getting my own tailor made, real-life example of the message coming to life.
I love it when the Lord decides to hit me right between the eyes with the message :-)
So, I can't really call that a steaming pile of poo (I'm pretty sure that's not biblically sound).
But then I read Darrin's BRILLIANT POST about Axl's release of Crapnese Democrapcy. Go read it now. The album is a big steaming pile of poo (Darrin's post, however, is not).
And that's about all I got. I don't really know where to go with this post now, I'm a little flushed.
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This has to be a joke, right? It's like the interweb version of getting 'punk'd'...right? Because anyone who knows me knows that I am CLEARLY not a conservative. And by no stretch would my blog be considered part of the 'consertative blogosphere.'
It's probably the same person that put my name on the GOP's mailing list (dude...that isht was not cool...especially during the month of October).
Alright. That's all I got. I just had to share...because that made me laugh....outloud...now I gotta go clean up the powdered donuts that I spit out from laughing.
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.
A tad boring perhaps, but it serves its purpose.
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.
I found a site that has all of the original broadcastings of the Japanese versions without dubs or subs. So I was pretty stoked.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The plan Friday was supposed to be to head over to Duane and Maria's for their Halloween get together and then head over to Jeni Levi's place in Powell for the Class of 90 18yr. Reunion (don't ask...it has something to do with Facebook, though).
So, sounds solid. Except for one thing. I had an IMG (International Media Group, a company that I'm part of with 4 other people that does media production of all kinds) meeting on Saturday and I needed to get a test burn DVD done for the media so we could decide if we were going to take on a particular DVD project or not. Basically I wound up working on that until about 11 or so on Friday night (thereby missing both parties).
And it was OK. By the time Friday evening rolled around, I really wasn't up for partying anyway, so I was glad I had something to work on. And from the looks of things, fun was had by those that did attend the parties, so that was cool.
Saturday wasn't really that exciting. Nothing really going on except for the IMG meeting. I hit that about 2 PM. It was only supposed to go until 6 (because, afterall we had to rush home to watch the Buckeyes blow it). But a few of us wound up staying until about 7:30 working on a couple of ideas for projects that we're going to be working.
Basically this is going to be a long-term deal. This might eventually become my full time job (and I say might in the event that anyone from my current place of employment reads this. It's cool. It's at least a couple years away from being a full time gig). It just means that I'm gonna have to bust hump for a while (45 hours at my current job....easily 20-30 hours a week working on IMG projects). It's gonna wind up being worth it (someone please remind me of that when I'm forgetting that 6 months from now).
Today was church and then home to catch some NFL. Jen came home from her mom's and we went over to Lenscrafter to pickup my clip-on sunglasses ($65 for special order clip-ons was better than $225 for Rx sunglasses). We also hit Hot Topic so Jen could check out the clearance rack.
I saw (but didn't purchase) this. And I had to laugh. Because I know 4 drummers. Only one of whom I've known to get (nearly) naked behind the kit. So, Kristen, you can pick this up at Hot Topic.
I also got (and am currently rocking) this:No. Your eyes do not deceive you. That IS a turntable. And it IS spinning (although you can't really tell that from the pic, can you?).
So, that's about where we are this weekend.
How's things with you?
- The Concert
- The Bands
You wake in your bed and you believe whatever you want to believe.
You take the red pill and you stay in Wonderland,
Remember send it back to the person who sent it to you
1. Do you like blue cheese?
Not even on someone else's plate.
2. Have you ever smoked heroin?
No, but I inhaled burning tires once and lost 4 hours.
3. Do you own a gun?
Not since I've had kids.
4. What flavor do you add to your drink at Sonic?
I've never been to Sonic. Thanks for rubbing it in!
5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments?
Not since I embraced my girth.
6. What do you think of hot dogs?
They're so damn awesome, someone should write a song about them...or at least their delivery method.
7. Favorite Christmas movie?
13. What is one trait you hate about yourself?
That I obsess over little shit...well, ok...any shit.But mostly...where the hell did questions 8-12 go? Is it really a meme if you cut out the questions you dont like? WTF?
14. Middle name?
Todd. Just leave it at that.
15. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment.
- Everything I thought as a kid was wrong
- I like candy corn
16. Name 3 things you bought yesterday.
Sorghum. Apple Butter (both homemade). Sugar Stick Candy.
18. Current worry...
19. Current hate right now?
Traffic. The thing, not the band.
20. Favorite place to be?
Performing. Which is odd, considering my history with that.
21. Where would you like to go?
22. Name three people who will complete this?
The person I ganked it from, the person he ganked it from...and Darrin.
23. Name three people you would like to complete this?
24. Shirt you are wearing?
Sinnister Motorsports tee
25. What year would you go back in time to?
1975. I got some shit to take care of back there.
26. Can you whistle?
Sure. Can you fart the alphabet?
27. Favorite color?
28. Would you be a pirate?
of the 7-seas (of rhye)? no. of software and other commodities that should be free to the masses anyway? yeah.
29. Favorite girl's name?
Jenyfer and Nancy are pretty much at the top of my list.
30. Favorite boy's name?
It sure as shit isn't Andy or Drew.
31. Last thing you dreamed about?
32. What's in your pocket right now?
lint. And that white lining thing that you can pull out and make rabbit ears out of.
33. Last person that made you laugh?
34. Best Halloween costume?
35. Worst injury you've ever had?
I'd say a life-threatening hole in my heart valve is at the top of the list.
36. Do you like where you live?
yeah. good noodles.
37. How many TVs do you have in your house?
38. Who is your loudest friend?
39. How many dogs do you have?
40. Does someone have a crush on you?
Is it a crush if they're married to you?
41. What is your favorite book?
42. What is your favorite candy?
43. Favorite Sports Team ?
whatever soccer team Tommy's playing on.
44. Favorite Sport?
To play? Indoor soccer. To watch? Football.
45. What were you doing 12 AM last night?
Drinking beer with my aunt, her roommate, my cousin, and my dad and wishing I had some biscuits for the sorghum and apple butter we bought.
46. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up?
Hmmm. I guess he went out shopping with those giftcards and dough he got for his B-Day. Oh well, maybe he'll walk me tomorrow.
I haven't seen a smile like that from her in a long time. It was definitely enough to let me know things were gonna be OK.
I think I'm wired that way. Object Oriented. Only the objects I'm oreinted toward are gadgets. Things that I think I need, but that don't really need (only I don't figure that part out until later, even though Nancy has it figured out from the start).
Take the Nokia N800 and the Bluetooth keyboard I got to go with it (you can google it, it's very cool). And I convinced myself that I needed it because it was portable and I could take it on trips and not have to take my laptop.
What a crock.
I've had it for 2 months. All I use it for now is playing Mahjong on the crapper. Crude, I know, but sometimes the truth stinks. And the truth of this is...I took this thing on a trip with me to Rock Camp...and the whole time, I wish I'd had my laptop with me.
I may go on to get one of those mini laptops...but most likely what I'll do is get a new battery and new hard drive for the laptop I have. It'll wind up being cheaper than one of those mini laptops (although those are VERY cool) and WAY cheaper than the Macbook that I want. So when I sell of this N800, that's prolly what I'll wind up getting.
As for using this thing to blog wherever I go? This is the first post I've made with this thing. And I'm sitting at my kitchen table.
Darn useful indeed.
That's right. She's a freshman this year and decided she wanted to go to homecoming. And, this is really the first "dress dress" we've gotten in a long time. So we were both a little rusty.
Now, Homecoming is this Saturday (Thursday, Friday, Saturday-yep. That's the one).
So, we decided to go with a basic black dress that we'll get more than one night's use out of. And by 'we' I mean Jen, and the two sales girls in the Penny's dress department that helped immensely (one a senior in high school, the other a junior in college-they swarmed in to help, just like that scene in the Ms. Congeniality...you know the one, where the other contestants swoop in to make Sandra Bullock all hot. It was kind of like that. Only there were 2 of them, and this is my daughter, so get your minds right, you pervs). I'd thank them personally but I don't know their names. But they were a big help.
S0, after the dress it was off to Hot Topic for 'leggings' (which I correctly assumed to be hose without feet). We also got a pair of cute (dude-there's that word again) heels with a little chain for a strap. I pushed for the hose ('tights') with the feet in them because it would have just looked amiss otherwise. And then after topping it off with a trip to Claire's for a necklace/earring set, it was time to come home.
This dress shopping gig wears me out. It's that mix of pride and 'oh sh-t, my baby girl's growing up.'
Well, tonight, we have met the enemy...and they are us.
As if the pictures weren't humiliating enough. Video proof of Sammy's owners' silliness.
Yeah. It's OK. I'm not sure I understand what just happened either.
The Slashy is by my desk (with the Line6 and the amp) but the rest of the musical gear is across the room in the corner. Lately Jen's been working on aping the keyboard stylings of her favorite Gothoween group, Nox Arcana, so I set the Roland back up for her to play on . Of course after hearing her first piece "Satanic Puppets," I had to insist on the use of the headphones. (That was not her title, but it's what the wife and me call it when we hear it). So that areay looks a little like this.
Some of the books on the top shelf there will probably give way to make room for the four-track. I'm gonna teach Jen to use it so she can start keeping an audio sketchbook (in addition to the hundreds of sketches she already does). And the game plan is to get her a loft and a dresser for her room to help her maximize that space (and I know I'm gonna have to set the computer backup for her with her Wacom tablet...can't suppress that art gene in her...couldn't if I wanted to-and I don't want to).
That's all I got for now. I was just taking a break while some captured files from the conference copied over from one drive to the other. Later.
Dear Mr. S--
Thank you for expressing your concerns with the problems in the financial sector and how we address them.
A lot of Ohioans, including me, are angry at the thought of bailing out people who made a lot of money making bad business decisions that created problems in neighborhoods across Ohio. I agree that we need to avoid rewarding excessive risk taking. These institutions made unwise decisions, and taxpayers should not be expected to simply cover their losses.
On September 20th, Treasury Secretary Paulson sent a proposal to Congress that would have given him almost unfettered authority to spend $700 billion purchasing troubled assets from financial institutions. A few days later, my colleagues on the Banking Committee and I held a hearing at which Secretary Paulson, Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke, and others testified.
They made a strong case for the need to act quickly to prevent further damage to our economy. The turmoil in the credit markets has the potential to do great damage to a lot of innocent bystanders. I am afraid that if we do not act, the economic instability could affect thousands of American jobs and the savings of countless middle class families.
But Secretary Paulson’s proposal was not the right answer. No Secretary should be given a $700 billion blank check. Taxpayers must be given an opportunity to recover their money, and assurances their tax dollars will not fund lavish pay and golden parachutes. We need strong rules to guard against abuse and we need to ensure that Ohio is helped and not just Wall Street. The legislation adopted by the Senate, with my support, makes each of these changes.
This was a difficult vote. But Ohio has already lost 200,000 manufacturing jobs over the past seven years as our unemployment rate has spiked. Retirement and college savings accounts have shriveled. Credit is becoming more expensive for small businesses. We cannot gamble on even greater economic dislocation.
This week’s vote was not the end of our work on this issue. In the months ahead we need to enact tough rules to govern our financial markets to ensure we never find ourselves in this situation again.
And so there you have it. If you can tell which way he was leaning after reading that, then I'll mail you a cookie. Because, I have to be honest, I couldn't. It wasn't until I found out that he voted FOR the bill that I realized what he was saying was "Yes it sucks, but I don't see any other way out of it right now, so I voted for it." To me, if he had just sent me back that one sentence, I would have been a much happier registered voter.
I picked up "Do I Come Here Often" at Half Price Books Records and Magazines (or HPB for short) for $2.
Clearly I would have gleaned more enjoyment from the 2 Wendy's Doublestacks I could have spent that money on because by page 30, I was done.
This is what people with money did in 1996 before blogs. They journaled. Then they published their journals in the form of an easy to digest and read on the train and look interesting and semi-hip whilst doing it book.
And I'm reading this thing. This book that was written in 1996 when he was in his 30's and he's whining about shit like he's some 19yr old trust fund baby who wonders why the world isn't the way he thinks it should be.
And I just had to give it a big old "WTF, Mate?" I'm missing something. I think what I'm missing is timeliness. If I had started reading/listening/giving two rips about Rollins back when he was in his prime (like back in high school when Ian was reading/listening/giving two rips about him), he might have had some impact on my life or at least my outlook.
Perhaps I put too much hope and expectation in a 2 dollar tome. I was expecting some words of wisdom from the dude who did vocal duties for part of the life of Black Flag (thanks to Kara P for me even knowing who the violent femmes, dead kennedys, black flag even were let alone having ever heard them). But still...damn. I was looking for some kind of nugget.
Clearly I didn't find it. By page 30 I had given up. Repetitive journal entries about "different-town-same-routine-killed-last-night-tired-today-want-to-be-back-touring-with-the-band" just got old. And I had very nearly lost the script (but hadn't completely abandoned hope by this point)...and that's when he really lost me.
A chapter on how great David Lee Roth is. That pretty much did me in. I'm not going to lie. I've been known to play me a little Van Halen. And in the context of Van Halen, Roth is the consumate showman...but fugg, dude, he was NOT a musical genius (in my humble opinion). He just had charisma out the ass (insert your own sodomy joke here). So, if I was about off the Rollins train by then, that chapter was the bullet on the tracks that send the train careening to sudden "CHiPS"-car-rolling-downhill-and-exploding-for-no-reason (other than to give me another excuse to misuse the mighty hyphen).
So. I'm mostly done reading Rollins now. I'm guessing he probably has a blog or some shite like that out there, so I might give that a gander. But in the Venn Diagram that is my life and Rollins', I don't see too many things intersecting. This is probably a good thing.
And now, the chicken fettucini is done so I must go (note to self, don't listen to a Paul Oakenfold set whilst waiting for the timer to go off...the beeping of the timer blends in surprisingly well).
So, I just hit Delete on the TZP Projects Blog. There's a lot that's going on in my life creatively right now (video stuff outside of the church, video stuff inside the church, music...groovy stuff), but to have a completely separate blog now seems weird.
This blog is still the one I turn to most (and the one most of you read...and by you, I mean the 4 people I know for sure actually read this site)-so it only makes sense to post the current happenings in my life (both personal, employee-ical, projectical, etc) here in one place.
I'm gonna kill the other blogs, too. This is gonna be your one-stop shop for all things Todd, TwistedZen, Side One Track One, all that jazz.
Just thought I should warn you.
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