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03 January 2009 @ 01:12 pm
March 29, 1918 - January 1, 2009

I'm glad you're not in pain anymore. You'll be missed, you are loved.
 
 
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27 November 2008 @ 04:07 pm
This year I am thankful for...

God, Julie, Teddy (see video below), Lola (see video below), mom, dad, dar, friends and family, URrelay, Avengers comic books, hot chocolate, vanilla ice cream, old commercials that are better than regular shows of today, coffee, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, being barefoot, White Rain hairspray, museums, fans (even the annoying ones), hecklers ("fans don't boo nobodies" - Reggie Jackson), the end of the W. administration, Johnny Cash, zombies, suede, etc., etc., etc...

This is me with my dogs, yesterday:

 
 
Current Music: "Alice's Restaurant" - Arlo Guthrie
 
 
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Hi,

Internets is back up and running and the fun times are beginning.

And I'm learning a thing or two about copyright laws and how easy it is to upset people. The other day I tried posting a video on You Tube that used Tommy Roe's "Dizzy" in it. You Tube didn't allow it to be posted. And now I have a video that seems to have gotten the attention of the Village People (actually that of someone on You Tube claiming to represent them) over one little snippet of "YMCA". Oh no! I suppose they'll be sending the cop after me now. Maybe he'll bring the Indian chief and the biker with him.

I suppose I should take all this a little more seriously, but come on! It's the Village People! Maybe they're mad because the video is called "Crap from the 70s". *shrug*

As a writer I do understand the need for copyright laws and so on, but... BUT... I guess my views are a bit more liberal than others. If someone were to take one of my copyrighted stories and put their name on it and try to pass it off as theirs, that would irritate me. If they were only using a portion of the story and were giving me credit, I'm fine with that. It's not as if I'm trying to pass these songs off as my own. The video with Tommy Roe in it was called "Tommy Roe - Dizzy".

I think the reason I am so annoyed by the Tommy Roe thing is that I do believe he's one of those artists that has to make new recordings of his songs when someone wants to put them in a compilation because whoever actually owns the song won't release it. It's really sad when the actual artist has so little say about their own work.

I guess I've always believed that it should be okay to take a bit of music, a photo, whatever and if you rework it into something else, incorporate other things with it and change it, then it becomes a new work of art and it should be okay to be used. I will admit a bit of hypocracy here: it still burns me that Vanilla Ice used a bit of a Queen / David Bowie song without permission, but that's because a) he lied and pretended he didn't and b) Vanilla Ice is lame.

Oh, and one of my older videos contains a John Lee Hooker song. I was contacted over that and the publishing company that owns the song told me I could use the song if they could have all the money made off the video. I agreed to that, since I'm not making any money from the videos, anyway. But, yeah, I think that's pretty cool.

Well, anyway. Now I'm back but if I suddenly go away again for a long time you'll know that the Village People came along and beat me up for making fun of them. Stupid Village People.
 
 
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29 September 2008 @ 04:09 pm
I still haven't connected to the Internet at home. My latest paycheck was a bit lighter than usual (due to one day of unpaid vacation and one day of unpaid sick leave) so I am waiting until next pay day.

Meanwhile, I've started writing up some stuff for MAD. I'm not sure that I like it, but that's okay. I'm getting something down, at least.

Vacation was nice. I was a bit bored the first few days... home alone with nothing much to do. I actually started missing work. Then I went with Julie to Des Moines for a couple days. We saw her uncle and aunt, my grandma, parents, aunt and brother. We spent a little time at Living History Farms and some time at the zoo. It was a pretty good time.

And Marvin is back and as good as new. I sent off a letter to Computer Heaven, not out and out calling them scam artists or crooks, but telling them I have no faith in their capibilities. Er... I'm pretty sure I told you guys about my problems with them. If not, I'll be sure to do that soon.
 
 
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09 September 2008 @ 12:18 am
I'm off work a bit early and am waiting for my bus so I thought I'd do a quick entry here.

I have been looking into magazines that will publish works of fiction to see what I think would work for me. I found out something interesting. MAD magazine is 100% freelance written. I didnt' know that. I thought they had a staff of writers and artists and didn't take any freelance work. People, especially my friend Mom, have told me that my writing is similar to something in MAD magazine, especially those silly Survivor things I do.

I have ideas all the time that would work in MAD. I am going to contact them and see what their guidelines are. The book I found the information in basically said, "anything funny" and went on to say, "anything that makes us pee our pants laughing" or something like that.

I'm not sure if I can be that funny, but we'll see.

I'm sure I'll never be as funny as Don Martin. No one could be that funny.

But, get this. A lot of magazines pay around five to fifty dollars a story. MAD pays five hundred dollars A PAGE! That's, like, real money! It would definitely be worth a shot.

Okay. I'm going to be on vacation for a couple of weeks, but hopefully I'll have my computer back in a few days. When I get it back I'm going to call and hook up to Internet. NOT through Mediacom again. I'm sick of them.
 
 
 
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01 September 2008 @ 11:15 pm
A couple of big things I don't think I've mentioned in posts recently:

Marvin is with my brother now. In fact, he's fixed. I am hoping to get over that way very soon to pick him up. It was the hard drive, just like I told Computer Heaven.

During this long hiatus without a computer, I've been indulging my creative side by hand writing stories just for me. Basically I'm redoing the very original stories I wrote about my superheroes. It's been fun working with them again and I think the stories is much better this time around.

Hope everyone had a happy Labor Day!

I spent the day, what else, laboring. I cleaned the house and then came to work.

I have such a thrilling life.
 
 
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23 August 2008 @ 12:44 am
I'm off work early and NTS isn't here, yet, so here's a couple more fun stories from the bus.

The other day this chunky elderly fellow got on. He had his bus pass hanging from a cord thing around his neck. The pass is white with a green arrow on it. The arrow was pointing downward from his stomach. The pass has his name on it. His name is Seemen. I want to ask him if it's helping him to advertise.

There's a younger guy that rides the bus sometimes. He has been in prison and now he's a telemarketer. He looks exactly like Barack Obama. I don't know why, I just think it's kinda funny.
 
 
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22 August 2008 @ 04:08 pm
Some days I have to wonder... why did I get up today?

It's not that it's been a horrible day, but a day of lots of annoyances. Sometimes annoying days are worse than, oh, say days where you set your house on fire and break all your bones.

Today:

I locked the basement key in the basement. It's the only one we have. (Yes, bolt cutters and a new padlock will solve the problem, but still...)

NTS (nighttime bus thingy that takes me home) has my schedule all mixed up. Somehow they have it down that they're supposed to pick me up at home on Saturday night at 8:45 instead of at work at 9:15. I hope they get it straightened out. Cab rides from here are expensive. When I called Brenda back to complain about her changing the schedule like that she responded by saying (get this) "but I can't fix it. It's been printed!" I'm sorry, but I fail to see how having to reprint a document that she messed up is my problem.

Anyway.

I almost witnessed a fight on the bus between a drunk old black man and a young black woman. I don't know what was said, I just heard the drunk man shouting, "you fucking peckerhead!" over and over at her until the bus driver stopped the bus and asked if there was a problem.

"Naw, he's just an old foolish man."

"Old man! Why I'm seventy years old!" And the bickering started up again. I don't know why they didn't get thrown off.

Darwyn has me trying to track my computer, but there is no tracking number on the receipt. I'm not sure if this means it didn't show up at his place or if he's too lazy to go to the office and see. (I'm guessing the latter). I suppose this means I'll be making calls all weekend trying to figure out where it is, only so I can tell him, "it's at the office."

And I just heard there's a mouse in the building. Wait, I saw it last night and I'm not afraid of mice so that's not a bad thing. We have bats here, too.

Okay, then! Time to start working!
 
 
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18 August 2008 @ 08:44 pm
Marvin is gone to West Des Moines where my brother is going to do some work on him. I shipped him Fed Ex today. Hope he comes back soon and ready to work, finally!
 
 
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17 August 2008 @ 09:20 pm
Not much time to do this, but I thought I'd do a few mini reviews of some of the movies I've seen this summer...

THE INCREDIBLE HULK: William Hurt seemed out of place in an otherwise tight and interesting Hulk movie. Much better than the one from a few years ago. ****1/2

THE X-FILES "I WANT TO BELIEVE": Sorry, Craig, but I really liked it. Sleepy and a bit slow, but an interesting story. ***1/2

IRON MAN: Didn't think I would like it. Boy was I wrong. *****

THE DARK KNIGHT: Doesn't quite reach the hype. Nicholson is still the ultimate Joker, but Heath Ledger did a good job. Michael Caine is, however, the best Alfred of all time. ****

GET SMART: Almost as good as the show. Almost. ****

INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL: A little different from the others in the series, but worthy to be included (despite what a lot of people say). ****