Under the weather

I am back from holiday in Canada. Christmas was great, Boxing Day was everything I expected, travel went smoothly, blah, blah, blah. It now appears I may be coming down with something. Ugh.


Why do people even bother working today?! But what really irritates me are those people, who for no reason other than being totally self-centered, get upset when everyone isn't in the office waiting to serve them.


Male fish bear eggs in Potomac

Male fish bear eggs in Potomac

Just another reason not to live in West Viriginia and quite possibly a reason for the Dems in Washington not having any balls to stand up to the war criminals Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld. HAHA!

Business blogs, blogging, RSS, and email consultancy: Radiant Marketing Group

Radiant Marketing Group

I've added this link to my Blogroll, not because its the usual blog that I read everyday at home for fun, but because I read it just about everyday at work for great information. The site has a number of links, resources, and is a staunch advocate of blogging in business, especially small businesses. And since I work for a small company, I'm employee number 3, such a site is really valuable to me. Check it out if you're interested, share your ideas.


Its been a long weekend

Uffda! We're finally moved out of the apartment and into the house - it was hands down the longest move I've ever been involved in. But I'll be back at work tomorrow, can't wait, and getting ready for Christmas. The tree is going up tonight!


My new neighborhood...well, close enough. I'll be just a few blocks away from this pretty sight. Posted by Hello


Data mapping (geographically)

I am looking for some software at work that will take my database of clients and show me their densities on a map of the state or country. It looks like MapPoint from Microsoft will do that, but I try my best to avoid them whenever possible. I've also seen that Arcview or some such thing also does this but it sounds like a bigger program than I really need. Let me know if you know!

Wal-Mart Sued Over Evanescence Lyrics

Wal-Mart Sued Over Evanescence Lyrics:

$74,500 for each child who hears the word "fuck" in a song. This has got to be one of the more ridiculous lawsuits in recent memory. Fuck!

Blockbuster dropping late fees as of Jan. 1

Blockbuster dropping late fees as of Jan. 1

Finally I won't have to keep changing stores just to avoid late fees. I swear they just hand them out like candy - I've paid late fees more times than I've been late.

What a bridge!

This beautiful bridge was recently inaugurated in France and wow, what a bridge it is! CNN has a nice collection of pictures to flip through. Looks like something to check out the next time one is in France. Posted by Hello

Source: Huge Ford SUV set for extinction

Source: Huge Ford SUV set for extinction

Its about time this hunk of junk was stopped. Its too friggin' big and wasteful, just wasteful.


Today just sucks!

I can't put my foot on the problem, but I'm just in a bitchy-ass mood and nothing seems to help. I had a great weekend, I got some great gifts from my parenst, and I make the big move on Friday. But its not just me, everyone in the office is ready to go postal for one reason or another. If you know whats good for you, just don't call us. (and thankfully no one really is this afternoon).

Could be because I can't wear half of my pants comfortably anymore - thats right, my ass is even bigger now. I'm heading back to the gym after the new year when I can start and maintain a workout schedule. And since I didn't gain everything back, I'm hoping to make some nice improvements again this year. My downfall? Junk food in the house, like all the time. I don't blame anyone, but myself - I slipped under my own admission and because I lost self-control. Its that simple, as I feel it is for anyone.

Today is one of those days I want to be back on Lexapro. I kept on it for about 5 months, then when I found my insurance wasn't going to cover it becuase the doctor wasn't on network I was suddenly stuck with a much larger bill. And guess who sent me to the doctor in the first place, thats right, my insurance company. But apparently I called inbetween when changes were made and I was screwed. And since I like to ignore problems hoping they'll just go away I lost the opportunity to fight it and now I'm just paying it off. Then I lost my insurance with that shitty job (stagecoach riding off into the pretty sunset my ass.) I have insurance now, but its just short-term at the moment which doesn't cover mental conditions and I don't have the nerve to ask my boss for a change up. It is just short-term, so my benefits will be better in a few months. Half of the time I don't think I need to get back on and the other half I do. If I were single right now it'd probably be more of a problem than what is being manifested right now. So I'll just wait I guess, I'm not as bad as I had been. Ofcourse, I should probably spend more time getting myself in to see an optometrist - I can't see shit anymore.


The Karshner Tripplets!!

Thanks to towleroad for pointing this one out, as always. That Cingular commercial certainly got me interested, I'm with them now aren't I! So maybe a wall calendar is also in my future. Hint, hint!

Lowe's Coon Rapids store set to open

Lowe's Coon Rapids store set to open: "Lowe's appeals to female shoppers with its clean, brightly lit stores and broad product selection. The North Carolina-based retailer, for example, is known for its wide assortment of appliances and outdoor grills, Cox said."

Ah, just what I've been waiting for. Though Menards is usually nice a clean as well, but now we got choices!

Disgruntled soldiers put Rumsfeld on the spot

Disgruntled soldiers put Rumsfeld on the spot: ""Why do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass to uparmor our vehicles?'' Wilson asked. A big cheer arose from the approximately 2,300 soldiers in the cavernous hangar who assembled to see and hear the secretary of defense."


Go Target!

I'm glad Target kicked those discriminating beggers off their front door! They get what they deserve for shunning God's children.

Let them know what you think by giving them some fake money.

And if anyone has some sort of protest, whatnot, response to these people who keep arguing that creation is the only thing to beleive and that evolution is false - let me know! I'm sick and tired of this argument going back and forth.

I love my job

After losing my previous job in June from an employer I was more than glad to be leaving, I accidently found my way into a marketing position for a little insurance brokerage. I wasn't all that excited to be working in insurance, but it hasn't been all that bad and I get free health insurance - so bonus!

At my previous post, I was master of slack. I often came into work late, sometimes as much as 90 minutes late and no one seemed the wiser. I worked as little as possible, and for the most part did a great job somehow. But like most people I worked with, I didn't care one flippin' bit about the job or the company - free checking or not.

Finally the day came, a meeting had been set just before the end of my day and it could mean only one thing. They knew it and now I did too since they emailed me the meeting invite right away in the morning. It as perfect, gave me all day to clear out my personal belongings, (and a few company ones too) and most importantly I had all day to post for jobs. In fact, I scheduled a first interview for the next afternoon.

The meeting came and went, they offered a box but I had that all taken care of already. I was free. I was elated, finally gone from that place I had come to hate so much. Why hadn't I left sooner, I don't know. Fear or something, or maybe I was just too lazy. Regardless the time had come and I was on my way home. To make a long story short, I quickly followed the next day's interview with a second and just six days later I had a job. It couldn't have turned out better for me, hell I didn't even get to file unemployment.

And now today, I can't stop thinking about work. Its usually the first thing on my mind when I wake and sometimes the last before bed. I check my work email, and I'm often taking notes. After Thanksgiving weekend when people were oh so uneager to get back to the 'grind' I was chipper as hell waiting for Sunday to end so I could rush off to work.

Sometimes when I'm there it gets boring, or things just aren't going my way but all in all I love it. I went to school for marketing, and though I wondered if I was educated well at all, I've used much of what I've learned on a daily basis. Then again, I've discovered a few shortcomings in my education and might have to get those squared away sometime soon.


Blog Business Summit

Blog Business Summit

Blogging looks like its getting more and more mainstream as businesses are now planning to attend a conference on the practice. I've also read some school is offering a class on blogging as it relates to marketing. I'd be tempted to take such a class as I have been researching a blog for work to help extend our efforts further on the Internet. Does anyone have experience setting up a blog at work? Have any thoughts or suggestions?

I've discovered the following blog focusing exclusively on small businesses - its loaded with all sorts of resources and links of value.

'Daily Show' book named Book of Year


This book is certainly on my Christmas wish list, though I haven't told anyone until now so it'll be an after-Christmas gift to
myself. I've checked out the justices - funny shit!

"Mother of the Matrix" Victorious

"Mother of the Matrix" Victorious

It seems there was a good reason for the Matrix sequels sucking so bad - it was all faked since the real author never wrote them. I have attached the story below incase it disappears and since it requires registration. Would be interesting to see the 30 minutes that the studio deleted from the movie to try avoiding this lawsuit.

I look forward to seeing more of her works, just this time fully realized and genuine.

"Mother of the Matrix" Victorious
By Martha Carter

Monday, October 4th 2004 ended a six-year dispute involving Sophia Stewart, the Wachowski Brothers, Joel Silver and Warner Brothers. Stewart's allegations, involving copyright infringement and racketeering, were received and acknowledged by the Central District of California, Judge Margaret Morrow residing.

Stewart, a New Yorker who has resided in Salt Lake City for the past five years, will recover damages from the films, The Matrix I, II and III, as well as The Terminator and its sequels. She will soon receive one of the biggest payoffs in the history of Hollywood, as the gross receipts of both films and their sequels total over 2.5 billion dollars.

Stewart filed her case in 1999, after viewing the Matrix, which she felt had been based on her manuscript, "The Third Eye," copyrighted in 1981. In the mid-eighties Stewart had submitted her manuscript to an ad placed by the Wachowski Brothers, requesting new sci-fi works.

According to court documentation, an FBI investigation discovered that more than thirty minutes had been edited from the original film, in attempt to avoid penalties for copyright infringement. The investigation also stated that "credible witnesses employed at Warner Brothers came forward, claiming that the executives and lawyers had full knowledge that the work in question did not belong to the Wachowski Brothers." These witnesses claimed to have seen Stewart's original work and that it had been "often used during preparation of the motion pictures."
The defendants tried, on several occasions, to have Stewart's case dismissed, without success.

Stewart has confronted skepticism on all sides, much of which comes from Matrix fans, who are strangely loyal to the Wachowski Brothers. One on-line forum, entitled Matrix Explained has an entire section devoted to Stewart. Some who have researched her history and writings are open to her story. Others are suspicious and mocking. "It doesn't bother me," said Stewart in a phone interview last week, "I always knew what was true."

Some fans, are unaware of the case or they question its legitimacy, due to the fact that it has received little to no media coverage. Though the case was not made public until October of 2003, Stewart has her own explanation, as quoted at daghettotymz.com:

"The reason you have not seen any of this in the media is because Warner Brothers parent company is AOL-Time Warner... this GIANT owns 95 percent of the media... let me give you a clue as to what they own in the media business... New York Times papers/magazines, LA Times papers/magazines, People Magazine, CNN news, Extra, Celebrity Justice, Entertainment Tonight, HBO, New Line Cinema, Dreamworks, Newsweek, Village Roadshow... many, many more!... They are not going to report on themselves. They have been surpressing my case for years..."

Fans who have taken Stewart's allegations seriously, have found eerie mythological parallels, which seem significant in a case that revolves around the highly metaphorical and symbolic Matrix series. Sophia, the greek goddess of wisdom has been referenced many times in speculation about Stewart. In one book about the Goddess Sophia, it reads, "The black goddess is the mistress of web creation spun in her divine matrix."

Although there have been outside implications as to racial injustice (Stewart is African American), she does not feel that this is the case. "This is all about the Benjamins," said Stewart. "It's not about money with me. It's about justice."

Stewart's future plans involve a record label, entitled Popsilk Records, and a motion picture production company, All Eyez On Me, in reference to God. "I wrote The Third Eye to wake people up, to remind them why God put them here. There's more to life than money," said Stewart. "My whole message to the world is about God and good and about choice, about spirituality prevailing over 'technocracy'."

If Stewart represents spirituality, then she truly has prevailed over the "technocracy" represented in both the Terminator and the Matrix, and now, ironically, by their supposed creators.

Stewart is currently having discussions with CBS about a possible exclusive story and has several media engagements in the near future to nationally publicize her victory.


Old blog entries

Does anyone ever read their old entries? I've been importing entries from my old iBlog (cut & paste one at a time) which has afforded me the chance to read some of the things I've said over the last two years. Sometimes I can't beleive what I was thinking or writing about, the naivity of the moment, the emotions of rage and elation. And like most people, I would imagine, this time also gives a chance to re-write history a little bit - mostly just the most embarassing moments are being left behind.


Stargate SG-1: The Alliance

Stargate SG-1: The Alliance

A game, its going to be game! OMG I can't wait and it better damn well be available on the Mac; the developer's site says all major platforms. This is stunning, certainly a reason to get a new iMac when this game comes out. (mine is just a couple years old)


Male Same-Sex Experimentation

Straight, With an Asterick

Never happened for me, damn't. Thats all I'm saying.

Thunderbird 1.0 Release Candidate 1 Is Now Available!

Thunderbird 1.0 Release Candidate 1 Is Now Available!

From the people who brought us FireFox comes Thunderbird 1.0 Release Candidate. I've been using it at work, and damn is it better than Outlook. MacCentral says the final version is being released Dec. 7th, but any update is usually welcomed news.

Some of my PC friends have been using it as well, and both say its just plain better than Outlook. Try it out!


U.S. to Boost Troop Presence in Iraq to 150,000

Yahoo! News

Who didn't see this one coming?! So I wonder if our troops will ever come home in anything other than stretchers and bodybags - seriously. Not that security in Iraq isn't important now, but we still shouldn't be there under the reasoning we were told about.