December 31, 2011
December 30, 2011
If we close our eyes, we'll maybe realize
There's more to life than what we have known
And I can't believe, I've spent so long
Living lies, I knew were wrong inside
I've just begun to see the light
Long ago there was a dream, had to make a choice or two
Leaving all I loved behind, for what nobody knew
Stepped out on the stage, alive under lights and judging eyes
Now the applause has died and I can dream again
Is there anybody listening?
Is there anyone that sees what's going on?
Read between the lines, criticize the words they're selling
Think for yourself and feel the walls become sand beneath your feet
Feel the breeze, time's so near, you can almost taste the freedom
There's a warm wind from the south, hoist the sail and we'll be gone
By morning, this will all seem like a dream
And if I don't return to sing the song, maybe just as well
I've seen the news and there's not much I can do alone
Is there anybody listening?
Is there anyone who smiles without a mask?
What's behind the words? Images, they know will please us
I'll take what's real, bring up the lights
Is there anybody listening?
Is there anyone that sees what's going on?
Read between the lines, criticize the words they're selling
Think for yourself and feel the walls become sand beneath your feet
Close your eyes
December 27, 2011
December 26, 2011
Those of you who watched the news over the last 2 years, know about a mother in FL named Casey Anthony. Bitch got off from killing her kid. Anyway, her mother is the one who appeared in my nightmare.
So here it is in a break down;
Throughout the entire dream I'm being chased by a black car with chrome tinted windows. Parts of it, I was running, being chased while in my car and while riding my bike. The entire trip, I was being chased around all the area's I know in central FL.
The dream ended up in a 7-11 down by where my mechanic is. As I entered the store there was a lady bent over the counter causing a big commotion. There were a handful of Hispanic and black guys in the store as well. Suddenly the lady turned around to yell at the one black guy next to me, and it was Cindy Anthony. HOW THE FUCK, did she get into my nightmare. With her, it was officially a nightmare. Anyway, what ever she said to the guy, I can't remember. But He laid her out flat. When his fist made contact with her head, her face looked like Rocky's when the Russian hit him.
At this point, as soon as she hit the floor, the black car come busting through the doors, sending glass and products everywhere. And it's at this point my alarm went off. Never did see who was driving. No plates on the car, no identifying marks. Couldn't even tell the make or model of the car and i'm pretty good at that.
When i did get up today, my calves, thighs and hamstrings hurt like hell. Like I just finished a 20 mile run with full military rucksack. They still hurt like hell.
So i'm not sure what caused this to come to light. But damn it was weird. And why her? I don't think about her. Haven't heard anything about her in months. Or her daughter for that matter.
I used to like having nightmares over dreams. Because I could always remember a lot of details with nightmares. But also, I would wake up with my heart racing, knowing full well, I was alive! Call me weird, but that's the way it is.
But this one?... WTH?
All day it's "I can't connect my Nook. I can't connect my Kindle." Did you read the instructions? Did you change your password to the wireless?
Nine times out of ten, every other wireless device in the house is working fine, and yet it's still my fault their fucking toy won't connect. Well guess what, go buy some new batteries and KY and shove it. I'm over it.
Apparently, it never occurred to anyone that these devices might not be working right for any other reason, then their internet is broke.
Hell, a guy went as far to threaten to cancel services because of this. And yet he had 2 laptops and a smart phone all on his wireless working fine. So when he threatened to cancel, I asked him point blank, "If you owned a Ferrari and it broke down, would you take it to a KIA dealer and tell them to fix it or you would cancel your insurance and sell the car?" The asshole hung up on on me. Oh well, guess the KIA dealer just got a new Ferrari.
Smarten up people, this shit isn't rocket science you know.
December 24, 2011
As an artist, I can see what I want. I can envision the final outcome. And as I start working, I will spend hours on end a lot of times working on the project. Only to have nothing close to what i wanted in the end. Same thing goes for my writing. I have bits and pieces here and there floating around in space. Yet, I can never manage to gets those thoughts to flow together on page. Or in this case, keyboard.
The ability to just think it and have it become reality would be of great use to me. And i'm sure a lot of others could use a little help like this as well.
So for all of you high IQ, MIT people, let's get to knocking it out would ya!!!
There are times I feel like the Grinch at the beginning of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. "And they'll play noisy games like zoozit and kazay, a rollerskate type of lacrosse and croquet!" That about sums it up in this house. And it's not normally the kids either.
I guess years of family fighting on the holidays as gotten me to the point that I just don't like to put up with it anymore. I don't mind a few people. But when there are 20+, it's like chalk on a board for me. But like every year, I put up with it and move on.
However this year is a little more sad. As my grandmother passed away the week of my birthday last month. And this will be the first year my father will have Christmas without either of his parents. As my grandfather passed a few years ago of brain cancer. I can't be in NY with him so I can only call him.
I think the biggest thing that gets to me around this time of year is the materialism. Everyone has to have the best of this and the best of that. I doubt anyone can go a Christmas with out getting a gift other then a Christmas card and maybe some candy. People run around the stores, spending money they don't have. Bitching because they are broke after the first of the year. People buying gadgets they have no clue how to use and expect other to tech them with attitudes of whinny ass 2 year olds.
One year, before I pass from this world. I am hoping for a quiet Christmas with the ones I love direct to me. No gifts other then cards, food and maybe some classic Christmas TV. But it's a dream that Santa hasn't brought. Doubt he ever will.
December 20, 2011
Just yesterday, I had a guy argue with me about what a phone cord was. And why did he need it to get his DSL. Now i've been told countless times by customers that i have a knack for explaining things to them in terms they understand and thank me for it. But there's always one person in a few that I think forgot the brain handouts for the day.
Another one that has me laughing and pissed because the customers have to argue, is that Company A is blocking emails from Company B.So they have Company B as their provider. Both companies have been working to fix the issue. However, these customers are really that stupid or just ignorant to the fact that it's not Company B's fault and that it was stated by Company A that it's their servers and scripts causing the issue.
But these customers keep threatening to cancel services with Company B because of Company A's mistakes. Really? So i did what I should have not done yesterday. I challenged the customer. I asked him if he drove a Porsche and it broke would he take it to a Kia dealer and tell them to fix it? And if they refuse would you sell the Porsche and cancel your insurance? He hung up on me.
I'm just trying to figure out where common sense went to these days.
December 19, 2011
Now the later i can see. It's Dell after all. O.o But it get's better. good thing these calls are recorded for security reasons. I need this one on tape for myself. As she swore up and down, that Dell has been coming into her PC since she got it. So I ask, what were they doing in her PC? Well, according to her, they gave themselves admin rights. Yeah I can see that. Next, they renamed her PC wot Work Station. Eh, not likely but possible. Now I've talked to weird people before.
But as her story goes on, I've grabbed my drink and finish off a slice of pizza i had for lunch. She proceeds to tell me that they have also been logging in and using her PC for work presentations, downloading movies and music and sending corporate emails. I think she's been watching to much 24 and feels she's included in some corporate espionage.
I couldn't help but sit here and agree and nod and laugh my ass off. It's the best call I've had in a long time. I just kept seeing blue lights going off. Kmart anyone?
Now im tired. And im only half way through the day.
So i took lunch early to get something to eat. Wondering if it will help. I am tired. So I guess I will have to take it minute by minute to stay awake.
October 24, 2011
October 17, 2011
It seems that for the most part, society has taken a few steps backwards. At least in the listening and common sense arena. The majority of people i speak with on a daily basis,just don't seem to comprehend the subject of listening. The most simplest of questions escape these people. Yet they can carry on what seems to be detailed conversations of the most useless information.
The majority of people i speak with, you can ask them what color vehicle they drive and they cannot answer it.And the answer every time is"I don't understand what you're asking." The age/generation gap is from early teens to maybe 60-75 years of age. All walks of life. There is no singling out anyone. Basically a catch all pool of genes.
People complain everyday about how our businesses rape us, our govt screws us. These same people, or i should say, a good majority of these people don't understand it. And at the same time, a good majority of these people expect everything for nothing.
I'll admit, I don't understand everything. Sometimes I don't want to understand it. But if i do and don't know anything or enough, I take it upon myself to try and educate myself.
So, on my wish list for the remainder of the year, is that 1 in 5 people learn to listen, THINK and comprehend. Don't buy a Ferrari and take it to a Ford dealer expecting them to fix the knock in the motor and bitch at them because they won't touch your car, (yes i seen it last week). Don't call your phone company to pay your Dr bill and bitch because they wont accept your payment, (happened to me on Friday). And don't get pissed at your internet company because you threw your laptop because the screen died and complain your internet doesn't work & want credit on your account, (has happened to me twice).
My new campaign motto is thus:
STOP- Listen- THINK- Comprehend
~A better way of understanding those around you
August 28, 2011
So as i decide to waste the rest of my lunch period driving to Auto Zone, the car died. Guess what, i'm buying a $93 dollar battery.
As I buy it, I ask the guy, how long until he can go out and put it in? He said they don't do that. It has to be done in their shop. Say huh? So, not only did I pay for the battery which was well over priced, but I also had to pay them to put it in for me. They wouldn't even loan me the two tools I needed to do it myself. Their competitors do it for free, but they don't?
So, $127 later, the car was running fine. What get's me even further was the fact that the manager, who by the way, was back near me at the battery section, tried to sell me their $89 dollar code scan service, instead of stating they could do a cold scan on the car to see why the engine light was still on.
I reminded him, as only I can, that i worked in the automotive world for a long while and was ASE certified. So he "Needs to not open his mouth with out thinking." I don't think he liked my choice of words.
Pep Boys slogan is "Everything for Less." Now, I'm not sure what their everything is, but it sure and hell isn't for less. This was the first time and will be the last time I go to Pep Boys. It's been at least 15 years since I've stepped foot in a NAPA because of similar things.
August 25, 2011
Anyway, after about $400 to fix it, the battery seems to be having issues or there is an electrical issue. I just can't get a damn break. I've put up some items on Evil Bay to try an compensate what I've cleaned out of the bank account for repairs. There's no overtime at work, so i can't earn any extra. Not like that would work anyway. But that's been talked about before.
I hate cars. My ass needs to get into shape so i can start riding my bike everywhere.
July 31, 2011
This proverbial shit list is all exclusive. You never come off it. Only 2 others are on it and one of those is an ex. So not only is he going to start forking over monthly payments to me, not the wife, for fixing this. But he has 2 1/2 weeks to fork over the insurance money for the truck, gets the papers signed so it goes in his name so I can be done with it and to sign off on his old car. Which we took away from him because he stopped making payments on it.
He doesn't want to stay on my bad side. I can and will make his life a living hell. You don't respect me, I do not respect you. Period.
I layed down on the couch in the PC room and fell asleep. Slept for a few hours until mother nature called. At that point, about 8pm, I got up and went to the bathroom and promptly passed out in bed. I could feel the pressure moving from side to side, like an air bubble moving around in there somewhere. I finally fell back asleep. I woke up about midnight when the wife came in. Got up, but i felt no better. Stayed up to about 2:30 then went back to bed. Finally got up about 9 this morning. The headache is still there but not nearly as bad as it was.
Problem is, this is all too re-occurring for me. Sinus headaches anyway. Hot showers, steams baths, Vick's, nothing seems to work to relive the pressure. I just have to let it do that on it's own. Drinking hot liquid sometimes helps loosing it up so i can blow my nose with some kind of end result. But a lot of times it makes it worse as the pressure just moves around.
I've been to the dr's many times for this. There are a lot of things in my daily life that contribute to this. But no one has ever found a cure. I don't think they ever will.
I started to feel a little better, but just went out to the garage to help get the lawnmower started again. Though it's only 86 outside, with the heat index and humidity, it feels like it's almost 110. At least by the weather report. And inside the garage, it's like Death Valley. Now I feel like im drunk, because the pressure is moving around so much, it's throwing my equilibrium off.
Hopefully i can get rid of this today before the start of work tomorrow.
July 28, 2011
Mechanic stated no real damage to the transmission. But the bushings are shot. He said about $300 to fix it. Plus the son in law, over filled the oil, after he called me and asked where he put it in at!!!!!
He can't count his eggs that he didn't get my foot up his ass.
July 24, 2011
I know it wont work, but it may enough for him to get it home. But told him to go get 2 quarts of fluid and put in it. Run it for a few minutes, back it up and forward to get it into the tranny. Then check the fluid to make sure its reading on the stick.
Then he calls me from Wally World because he can't find the fluid. I tell him what to get, and i bet he puts it in the wrong spot on the truck.
Not buying a new tranny and not doing a pick a part job either. Guess i will sell it for scraps. Wife is none to pleased. Better yet she's livid. She don't want nothing to do with him now. Don't blame her really.
Granted it's a 94, with medium amount of miles. But damn. At least i took care of it.
He called when he got back to the truck. Asked me if the motor had to be on when he put the fluid in. I said no. Then I Said to make sure you put it where the tranny fluid goes and not the oil. He said, that I know. It would be devastating if he did. You think not checking your fluids for almost a year wont be??
He got it home. Said it felt like it was shifting. But once it got to 30, it was making hellacious sounds again. So, either the 2nd gear band is broken or the flywheel is coming apart. My bet will be on the gear bands.
July 23, 2011
Trip to Sprint store to get case and screen protectors. WTF, you sell the phones and carry accessories but don't carry anything but generic shit for the new phones. Yet i can go on line and order form over seas? The case i got was not what i wanted, but i needed something. the screen protectors, which the clerk said yes they will work are an inch to short to cover my phone.
Yet they had a lot of crack berry shit and specific items for other phones. I have still yet to find a micro sub cable for charging under 6' in length. Really people?
I hope Apple burns to the ground. I wont miss them. Then maybe these stores will start stocking other items for other phones.
July 22, 2011
July 12, 2011
I hate young people with xbox and playstations who dont fucking listen when you try to help them. I think all kids under the age of 18 should be banned from owning a game systems or playing them and go outside and play with fire or something.
July 7, 2011
So I've been playing with it. It's laid out in a real easy way to use. Simple and yet Web 2.0 elegant. But what I've noticed, and brought to my attention by a co-worker who is also using it, that it looks like the Ubuntu theme for Linux. Kind of like the new "Preview" theme for Gmail.
Overall, I've been playing in + for a few hours. I've sent out invites, though most people won't be able to join right away, have my circles set up, my sparks set. It's looking good. The layout has some similarities to Facebook. But how many ways can you make a layout that's so busy and yet easy to navigate and read?
One thing, and i'm sure it will change as this moves forward, is no more "I need boards for my chicken coup" spamming my streams.
One of the biggest advantages, and maybe even a slight disadvantage of using Google+, is the ability to get updates, add people to my circles from the new + bar when logged into your Google account. So while I'm working on a document, checking my email or messing around in my calendar, I can read updates and add followers to circles, all without having to open Google+ itself. This makes keeping up on the streams easier, and I don't always have to keep the page open. Just logged into my Google account. Unlike Facebook, where you need to keep it open all the time or rely on a mobile app. But Google+ has a mobile app too, so it makes access to it just as easy.
If Google sticks with this and pushes and promotes it with the better then Facebook privacy settings, I have a feeling, this may catch on. Now it won't explode over night and be a 7 million user website like that. But if they keep with it, it looks to be a great contender to the king of social media.
But one question still remains, when, where and how will the Google ad's come into play in the layout?
July 6, 2011
Anyway, she kicked the niece out Sunday night. Told her to leave or when she did come back, all her stuff would be outside.
I wouldn't' have been as pleasant. But that's me. My time is coming. They say hell knows no fury like a woman scorned. They've never seen me blow up.
So now I get home last night and the wife tells me, the niece took a leave of absence from work. Because she can find a regular babysitter. Now the wife can watch the kids a day or two. But it is hell on her. Especially the 2 year old. And she has what I would call a worthless father.
So, the clock is ticking. I can hear it. Ain't no mouse waiting for the chimes either. When the sand runs out, so does the charity and good will.
June 23, 2011
June 13, 2011
Our freedoms, as there is not only one freedom, has never come at a cheap price. But as time has gone on, not only us as a whole, but as individuals as well, have taken a lot of these freedoms for granted. Sometimes to a point, that we no longer question authority or our leaders.
With this whole War on Terror, it kinda reminds me of being a kid and always reading about the War on Drugs. A war in which there was no one enemy, like in a typical conflict. But a group of individuals that made up a faction. It was a war in which we spent billions of dollars and yet really didn't get no where. To this day, there are still millions and millions of dollars worth of drugs, making their way into our country every day. Not a very successful war if you ask me.
So, I have to ask the same question. Is this whole War on Terror successful? Yes, we have been able to pull out some of the most dangerous criminals and terrorists. And like the War on Drugs, there was someone to take their place. History has shown, that there will always be some lunatic out there, wanting to cause harm on others for nothing more then his own beliefs.
Being a former member of the military, part of the famed 101st Airborne, I know what it's like in the military. Though I was lucky and unlucky at the same time, I never saw the light of combat. But when a fellow soldier falls, it eats away at the heart.
Such as the recent loss of a fellow soldier, Devin Snyder, who at 20 years of age, was killed in Afghanistan on June 3rd. 20 years of age! Why? Her and three others were hit by an IED, all 3 perished. All three, who like a lot before them were trying to protect our freedoms.
I respect Devin and the others. I respect any member of the military. But I have to question the authority. Call it my nature. Was there a reason she, as well as all of the others have had to perish? Was there another way around all of this? How many more will perish before we can safely say, No More?
I have lost a lot of friends and family members over the years. However, loosing a fellow soldier always seems to hit just a bit closer to home.
I mean, 11 years after the fact, we are still arguing over money and there is still no memorial for those lost in 9/11. We are supposed to be a country based on freedom of religion, freedom of expression and freedom of persecution. Yet everyday, we are put into and put ourselves into a position to fight against these very things. We have taken cue's from our leadership and have learn to live by that without question.
So in ten more years, will we still be fighting the same war? If so, I have this bad feeling it won't be on some foreign soil. But if history has anything to prove, it will be in our own back yard.
June 4, 2011
I've finally gotten on a new work schedule after about 8-9 months of 5pm to 2am. During that time, I was well versed in insomnia. Many night's, I didn't get to bed much before 8am. Now, the new shift is from noon to 9pm. Really good for me. With the exception of training myself to get to bed early. As in the other night. Bed by 1am, up at 2:30am back to sleep around 7:30am. Up at 10, work by noon. Yeah that didn't work out well.
So i'm working a few hours I took off yesterday, today. Kind of reminds me of an old Huey Lewis & the News song, I want a New Drug. The loss of my Insanity makes me want something to keep it intact!
One of the basic security aspects of any site is just that security. With Sony's multiple hacks, and it being revealed they are storing passwords in plain text, it goes to show you how much security is highly taken with a lot of companies.
Though firesheep has been out for awhile, Faceniff is a new app for the Adroid phones. It currently works on just about all versions of wireless encryption. It doesn't however work phone to phone. only phone to pc. As the phones actually encrypt the data as it leaves. however the guy that made this app, states he may include ssl stripping. personally, i don't want to see that. but it's not mine.
i was able to use this app as a test with a friend at work, with his permission. took over his account and posted as him on his FB. he laughed, then said, don't do it again!! lol
i can see a lot of useful things for this. But we all know where this type of app ends up and who uses it.
one way around this, until sites like face book and twitter start encrypting session cookies is to use auto ssl to connect. since this app cannot yet connect or read the ssl sessions, that will keep you safe.
April 22, 2011
April 18, 2011
- Satellite 15... The Final Frontier
- El Dorado
- 2 Minutes to Midnight
- The Talisman
- Coming Home
- Dance of Death
- The Trooper
- The Wicker Man
- Blood Brothers
- When the Wild Wind Blows
- The Evil That Men Do
- Fear of the Dark
- Iron Maiden
- The Number of the Beast
- Hallowed Be Thy Name
- Running Free
March 25, 2011
Just read an article where Starz is now jumping the bandwagon and delaying movies and shows to Netflix as of the April 1st launch of Camelot. Guess people love failing and dying business models.
What I don't think these pay for channels take into account is, that most people don't want to or don't like to pay $14-$20 a month, just to watch one original series. I mean, for the last 3 decades or more, Starz, Showtime, HBO, Skinimax and all the others show the same movies each night of the week all month long. I mean, how many times can you watch Tin Cup or Apollo 13 or Bad Boys? There's over a million movies out there. If they would change the lineup every week from the 8pm to midnight slots, maybe more people would agree to buy these channels.
There's better ways for me to spend that money to get my entertainment. I just wish the money suckers would realize were in the 21st century. And what worked 100 years ago, doesn't work now.
March 24, 2011
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