Saturday, April 30, 2011

Over 10,000 Views!

The first video of mine on YouTube to hit over 10,000 views. Pretty neat, huh?

And I didn't do it by creating a fad video capitalizing on some hot topic of the day, or giving it a sensational and outrageous title, but on the same note, it's not that phenomenal either. Just a simple mash-up of old '50s sci-fi films and US Army footage of atom bomb tests, mixed with narrative text directing the intent as an homage to Issac Asimov's "Foundation" series and set to dramatic music in the form of Gustav Holst's "The Planets".

Well, the title does imply it's a trailer for the incredibly slow-to-release new movie about the aforementioned story. But the description defines it as simply a tribute piece.

So congratulations to me, for posting a pretty cool little short flick on YouTube.

Click on it embedded below and enjoy!

Your welcome.

Friday, April 29, 2011

LIVE BLOG: The Royal Wedding

4:14  Still trying to find a good website broadcasting live coverage. Spent only a few minutes on ABC's site before the squawking between Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer gave me a headache, so I'm scoping out another site...

4:20 Watching it on E! Online. All British sounding announcers...David and Victoria Beckham are shown walking into Westminster Cathedral. Wow he looks hot! And Victoria is stunning. Workin' the weird little hat, she is. Lovely.

4:24 Marching band approaching Buckingham Palace. Cool.

4:30 Ugh! They're doing this panel of talking heads and all they can bicker about is fashion. They're going on and on about Kate's dress. Wondering who she'll be wearing. (Um, won't we all know in a few minutes?) The background music is nausiating too. A silly musak/pop mix of Ode to Joy. I think I have to look around for another stream site...

4:46  Elton John and his hubby David arriving now. They look fabulous and are sitting right up front.

4:50 I just tricked June. I pulled up a T-Mobile commercial on YouTube that is a parody of the wedding. I played it full screen and told her to watch the kookiness going down. She watched as what looked like the Royal Family started dancing down the aisle. She thought it was real and was shocked. Then she said "Why do I think this is something like Saturday Night Live?" I admitted to what it was and she laughed. She's back on her computer now, playing that damned Settlers game she always plays. I don't think she's that horribly interested in the wedding.

4:56 I just spent 3 minutes trying to get my 2 browsers to tile up with a quick click and drag like I saw on a Windows 7 commercial. I've done it before but I can't remember how I did it. Anyway, I switched back to ABC Online. I tried finding other sites streaming it but can't find any. Well at least there's no irritating background music on this one.

4:59 OMG how funny some of these hats the women are wearing!

5:04 The Prime Minister's wife in a kinda short-ish blue-green dress with short sleeves and wearing no hat! How unconventional.

5:13 William and his bro Harry are being driven to the church now. Hmmm, in a Bentley. I thought they were going to use horse-drawn carriages. Maybe for the couple once they're married.

5:17 They just went through a red light. Oh well, no other traffic on the road of course. Plus, they're Princes dammit.

5:34 Oh thankfully they either stopped ringing those bells or the broadcasters realized it was irritating and muted them. Whew!

5:37 I lost my feed. It cut out when I tried to upload a picure for the header to this post. Mildred musn't like to do both simultaneously.

5:39 There. Uploaded my pic. Ain't it cute?

5:40 It's back now. So's the bells...ugh!

5:42 The Queen. Passing by Barbara Walters' desk setup. I wonder if she's impressed. (Plug in either woman to stand for"she" in that sentence.)

5:44 Charles and Camilla. Charles has just a tad more medals than his sons.

5:49 Here arrives the Queen and the trumpets blare. Prince Philip has yet even more medals.

5:55 Kate going down the road now.

6:03 How pretty...

And now it's time to pass out Synthroids and wrap up the shift so we end our Live Blog here. I'm sure I'll have no lack of video to watch later today featuring the ceremony itself. Consider this the Red Carpet Show;)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Because I Can

Because I'm naturally up at the LIVE (London) time, and because I'll have my laptop accessing all manner of Internet broadcasts, I will be LIVE BLOGGING tomorrow morning, starting around 3 or 4 AM and reporting my comments on the the Royal Wedding.

I remember, many, many years ago, getting up in the wee hours of the morning to watch the ceremony which united Prince Charles of England and Diana as husband and wife. The grandeur was magnificent and in part I blame the spectacle on influencing the change in the then Nastralian political landscape from republic to monarchy.

So check it out, if you like, tomorrow morning. I'll be watching...

Will you?

Saturday, April 23, 2011

To The Shores Of Tripoli

From the Halls of Montezuma,
To the shores of Tripoli;

We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land, and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean:
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marine.

-United States Marine Hymn, circa sometime in the 19th Century

Ever wonder what the Tripoli reference in these lyrics mean?

This (thanks to Wikipedia):

In the early part of the 19th century, the regency at Tripoli, owing to its piratical practices, was twice involved in war with the United States. In May 1801, the pasha demanded an increase in the tribute ($83,000) which the US government had been paying since 1796 for the protection of their commerce from piracy under the 1796 Treaty with Tripoli. The demand was refused, and a naval force was sent from the United States to blockade Tripoli.

The First Barbary War dragged on for four years. In 1803, Tripolitan fighters captured the US frigate Philadelphia and took its commander, Captain William Bainbridge, and the entire crew as prisoners. This was after the Philadelphia was run aground when the captain tried to navigate too close to the port of Tripoli. After several hours aground and Tripolitan gun boats firing upon the Philadelphia, though none ever struck the Philadelphia, Captain Bainbridge made the decision to surrender. The Philadelphia was later turned against the Americans and anchored in Tripoli Harbor as a gun battery while her officers and crew were held prisoners in Tripoli. The following year, US Navy Lieutenant Stephen Decatur led a successful nighttime raid to retake and burn the ship. Decatur's men set fire to the Philadelphia and escaped.

The most colorful incident in the war was the expedition undertaken by William Eaton with the object of replacing the pasha with an elder brother living in exile, who had promised to accede to all the wishes of the United States. Eaton, at the head of a crew of 500 US Marines, Greek, Arab and Turkish Mercenaries, marched across the desert from Alexandria, Egypt and with the aid of American ships, succeeded in capturing Derna. Soon afterward, on June 3, 1805, peace was concluded. The pasha ended his demands and received $60,000 as ransom for the Philadelphia prisoners under the 1805 Treaty with Tripoli.

In 1815, in consequence of further outrages and due to the humiliation of the earlier defeat, Captains Bainbridge and Stephen Decatur, at the head of an American squadron, again visited Tripoli and forced the pasha to comply with the demands of the United States.

Tripoli, in case you didn't know, is the capital city of Libya.

History has a way of repeating itself.

Here we go again.

Bring It On

Alright, remember my experience a few years back with an apartment complex called Cypress Springs? I wrote about it (and other sadness during that time) so eloquently here in the Koyaanisqatsi Chronicles. The big issue I had with that place was the out-of-control roach problem.

I'm starting to wonder if I am in a similar situation in my new home.

I have to admit, first of all, that I very rarely self-censor my posts here. For better or worse, if I hit "Publish Post" it generally stays, barring minor adjustments and typo corrections once I've read it through, of course.

Well, in February when I posted about moving into this new place, I had a short paragraph that spoke about my fear that roaches may be a problem since I did my initial cleaning and inspection shortly after move-in and I discovered several dead adults and nymphs in the nooks and crannies of the kitchen cabinets and near some living room baseboards. No where else. But it was enough to warrant concern. After that statement was included in the original post I thought about it a day or two later and I felt it was necessary to delete it...I didn't want to jinx my luck by calling out the thing I feared most.

I thought all was well over the past two months since I hadn't seen any new indications of unwanted visitors, but just this past week, they started popping up.

One last Sunday, then another on Tuesday, another single sighting on Thursday and last night the fourth. That one got away from me...I killed the rest. Today, I find who I think was him along with at least two other friends. Killed only one of them.

Oh no. This will be stopped right now.

I resprayed in the area of the sightings...all were in the same proximity, the kitchen cabinets near the sink, dishwasher and microwave. I'll give it a day, but if I see more, then the office will be called. My fear is though, when I did this at Cypress Springs, pest control stuck some nasty-looking paste on top of my ceiling panel and I watched in horror (albeit drunken so my adrenaline was somewhat stifled) as teams of them swarmed across my apartment from every orifice possible in order to get at the goo. It was disgusting. Yes it knocked them down, but I think it ushered in the next wave of pest infestation, and they weren't so tiny and certainly not so fraidy-cat.

I can't go through that again!

But if they try it, I'll be ready this time. Back then, in the midst of my Koyaanisqatsi financial woes, I had few resources to combat them. Now I can afford to bring them the Shock and Awe they deserve.

Let the chemical warfare begin!

(Que the usual Wagner piece...you know "Ride of the Valkaries" or whatever...the attack music in "Apocalypse Now". Oh now you know, right?)

Ta da da Daa Daaa, Ta da da Daa Daaa, Ta da da DAAH-DAAHH, Ta da Daa Dahhhh!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

My City Is Growing


An arts district is taking shape on the east side of downtown, a new country palace has been completed on an island north of the city, accessed by a long thin causeway and I've started work on the Grand Canal. The dock area is a bit more developed with an ancient and mysterious looking Harbormasters Tower which just happens to be right next to the Spawn Site.

Here's an isometric view of the city and environs.



Here also is a map of my world. I still have lots and lots to build and explore indeed.


Monday, April 18, 2011

More Fun Than Playing It

Over the past few days, I've been absolutely consumed with what I call Yogscast Fever. Let me explain.

I was cruising the internet the other day (and by day, of course, I mean your night) and stumbled across the YouTube videos of these two guys from the UK.

They seem to have been doing video game reviews and playthroughs for a while now, and from what I see, mostly the High Geekdom games, at that (you know: WoW, Diablo 2, Rift et al).

Well they started doing multiplayer walkthrough videos with apparently "live", as they play, narration in their distinctively jaunty accents and natural buddy comic-duo humorous banter, complete with over-the-top hilarious voices for "NPC" characters in what seems to be an absolutely fucking epic custom server game of Minecraft. (What? RPG style gaming in Minecraft, replete with quests, changing mapscape and interactive NPCs? Really? Well, the jury's out on that...I'll explain further in a bit.)

(BTW way, don't mind the blaring lack of concern for any convention of grammar, non-existent restraint against writing run-on sentences and lack of cohesiveness, not to mention the irritating overuse of quotes and parenthesis...it's "the middle of the freakin' night" for me! I can't sleep! Arrrgh!)

I've watched these guys from what seems like the first time they'd ever played Minecraft together, unsure about even the most fundamental aspects of the game, crying out like little girls when confronted with even wimpy mob threats like skeletons and zombies to the seasoned adventurers they are now, digging up treasure, completing quest challenges and hunting down an ever-elusive and mysterious evil enemy named Israphael. They still squeal like little girls though.

I literally have more fun watching them play Minecraft than playing it myself!

After watching dozens of their videos, it does appear that at least some of what we see is either heavily-edited to give it a seamless look and feel or it's mostly just "made up" to look as if they are stumbling blindly through a very long and massively-detailed customized game. They're too spot-on with their voices, the NPCs seem to be able to respond to even vague questions accurately and even react to what the guys have said only verbally...huh? How's that possible?

So not all is what it seems, they at least have some other humans on their server "playing along". But even so, they make a great show of it.

Their banter is absolutely priceless and obviously addictively funny. They're bound to be picked up by some talent scout and become the next big sensation to spring out of YouTube. At least for the geeky gaming set. Which, it seems, is quite a lot of people...their videos, less than 20 minutes each, on average, get hundreds of thousands of views!

Check 'em out for a chuckle or two. But be warned, you'll soon be tuning in every day anxiously awaiting their next hapless yet lovable adventure!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Hey There! Hope You Like My Cooch!

OMG, ya gotta love the folks at the Onion.

In case you don't know, their comedic thing is to make parody videos simulating TV news. They're always so well-crafted, tons of people comment on them wondering if they're real or fake.

Once you listen to this one for a minute or two, only a moron would be stupid enough to think it's real, but the actors play it marvelously! Never for a second do they let up on their faux serious treatment of this common enough, yet quite unspoken issue.

Hil-fuckin'-larious!

Click here to view it.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

I Tried To Hold It Off

But it crept up on me again this year...whoopie.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

FLASHBACK (kinda): September 2007

I know, I know...it's been such a long time since I've done a FLASHBACK post. I miss them too. I keep thinking about doing one every now and then but it seems when I think of some memory from my past, I find I've already posted about it. I catalogue the FLASHBACK posts and, believe it or not, I've posted 84 of them over the years since I started this blog. That's a lot of memories.

So here's kinda the 85th. I say "kinda" 'cause it breaks with some established conventions. First, it's not really a new entry, it's just a link to a post I did a few years ago. Second, it references a memory of an event that took place during the time this blog was active AND one that's already been reported here shortly after it took place. Lastly, it incorporates a picture. Pictures are usually reserved for SCRAPBOOK posts. I've never included a picture in a FLASHBACK post.

But I guess I'm a bit lonely and I miss my bud Ric. The Ric I used to know, that is, like the one from this trip. So as I was browsing his Facebook page tonight, I spotted this familiar photo which existed as his profile pic for quite a long time up until the past few months or so. I snapped it using his cell phone while we were enjoying our delicious lunch at a Bourbon St. eatery in New Orleans during a brief little weekend vacation we took together.



Here's my post about it.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Pure Hip Hop Imagination

I've always been one to marvel and gape at the new and different. My newest fixation: Battle Rap and home-brewed hip hop jams.

Yes, I know. Very different.

The new kid at work turned me on to this. He's a 20-something nigga. (I can say that now since I'm "cool" and "down with the homies", right? What? No, I can't say that? Really? Oh well let me stop before you "fuck me up".)

He let me listen to a few of his rhymes. Hmm. Very "8 Mile-ish", but also, very creative.

Yes it seems all Battle Rappers are quite homophobic using "faggot" and "homo" and all manner of gay acts to humiliate their opponent. (Well, not the "acts" themselves, just the vervbal "slander" of alledging that their opponent likes them...a lot...and in intricate detail....hmmm.) But I think it's a generational thing. I think a lot of the 20-something set use homosexuality as an easy whipping boy. Especially ex-military, like him. Odd thing is, many of them are bi or out right gay themselves. Eh. Go figure.

Here's one of my favorites of Mike's, my co-worker. Obviously amateurishly remixed but you can sense that if he had the right equipment, the sampling would flawlessly meld with the lyrics. That's him rapping. Sounds good and his lyrics are tight, if I say so myself.