Friday, January 7, 2011

Guess What I Found? My Blog!!!

Yep, that's me. I could say I forgot about this place. But I didn't. I got bored.

But I'm on a search. The search is for a job. So instead of searching for a job, I'm gonna Blog (hahaha). Naw, I'll just use this thing as it's meant to be get the stress out of my life.

So come along, and follow me into the madness that about 1million other people are doing...looking for the ever elusive job.

More later....Booboo!

And now: animal pics

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Tis The Day Of Cats...Happy Caturday!!

This last batch was from last weekend.

I'll be off to Fark later on today to see what other goodies the guys and gals have come up with.

Happy Caturday!
More later....Booboo!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Happy Caturday Everybody!

Boy, I hope this doesn't happen to me in the morning.

Happy Caturday.

More later...Booboo

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Happy September, get back to school.
More later, Booboo

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

That Makes As Much Sense As A Tutu Wearing Rat Interpreting The Bible

Yeah, that lines not going to cause any trouble. But I don't care. It describes what I'm feeling after reading some of the "history" on certain characters in the latest Marvel comics universe handbook. (Same could probably be said about DC Comics, but they don't come out with handbooks as often. Probably because they know how bad a compilation of one character will read after said character has been written and re-written over and over again by multiple writers--that is if they got another writer to go through said characters history and compiled something without said writer going bonkers).

I'd say that Marvel comes out with these books sporadically, but who am I kidding. At least once a month (more likely more than once a month) Marvel sends out "handbooks" for certain characters, groups, events, or whatever to supposedly keep the fans updated on what is happening with said character, group, event or whatever.

These books are not cheap. They usually costs around $4.99. Nope, not cheap--but it is a lot cheaper than buying the 'updated' encyclopedia of the Marvel (or D.C.) Universe (which has been updated at the least twice in the last ten years with a cost of around $35-$50 (depending on when and where you buy it)).

Recently Marvel has had a number of events concerning the character of "Phoenix" and they came out with the "The X-Men: Phoenix Force Handbook". Don't buy it. That is unless: (a) you are a true fan of this character (and, by the way, this handbook will not help you understand anything about these characters); or (b) you enjoy having your brain screwed around with. It just proves how bad some writers really are.

My main complaint with comic books (for the past 10 years, at least) is that they are never consistent thereby ruining my favorite characters. Aquaman comes to mind. He's a guy who lives underwater and he can control fish. Peter David got a hold of him and made his story a lot like the King Arthur legend (Peter David is a favorite writer of mine). They got rid of Peter David and brought someone else in who took him in another direction wherein they made San Diego, California a town underwater and Aquaman became that city's protector. Then I think Mark Wade got a hold of him and took him back towards the King Arthur direction. Then Wade left and they brought someone else in who made him a squid faced loner who was helping his clone unite all of the underwater cities. Then Aquaman was killed (as the squid faced loner). Then he was a zombie. Now he's back from the dead, looking like he did pre-Peter David and he controls dead sea creatures. Tada!

The comic book companies always have too many different writers come in and say "have I got a great idea for this character!". And then they let them run with it. Then the characters get so discombobulated that it's not worth it to keep up with them, thereby the comic company looses money. It's their own fault.

Getting back to the Phoenix Handbook fiasco. I'm a little more than halfway through this particular handbook and my head is aching. It seems that the writers of most of the characters really don't give a crap about the character themselves. The writers don't bother to go back and throughly read-up on the characters history to catch-up on what that character did or didn't do. So when you read the entry for the character it makes no sense. (I had to go back and read an entry for a character three times because they mentioned that the character's husband was killed, but they didn't mention anything earlier in the entry about her being married.)

Oh, and if the character is a 'time travelling' character you can completely forget about consistency at all.

But, I'm putting up with it--for now. I am not at a point where I'm ready to give up on comics…yet. Soon…but not yet.

And getting back to the rat: I do believe the rat's interpretation dance would be a lot more entertaining.

Oh well. More later….Booboo

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Reality, What A Concept!

That line is from a Robin Williams stand-up show that was done in 1979 (aptly named "Reality…What A Concept"). This was at the time when he was on "Mork & Mindy", right when he was becoming a huge stand-up comic. I remember getting and listening to this concert on 8-track tape.

"What's 8-track tape" you say? It was one of the few types we could use back then for listening to music/recordings: first was record albums and 45 singles; then 8-track tapes and tape cassette tapes; then CD's came along and promptly blew everything away (but now we also have records again, because people like to hear the 'pops' and 'scratches'). 8-tracks were housed in these large, bulky cassette boxes and you could listen to them in an endless loop (unlike you could with a cassette or record)--but you could never fast forward or rewind them (like you could cassette tapes, or records (if you sat by the turntable and kept moving the arm back to the track, causing the 'pops' and 'scratches').

A quick "google" search shows that 8-tracks were initially made by the Lear company (for their Lear jets) but they wound up being put into cars; and they were also put into portable players (which we had one--a white one). They were also put into home stereo systems. We had one such system that had a "jukebox" like look to it (but it was not a juke box -- the front of it had some lights on it that would blink to the music). I still have it (it's in my basement); but I don't think it works (I don't have an 8-track tape to try it out on).

Surprisingly, 8-tracks had been around from the early 1960's and they stayed into the beginning of the 1980's. I say surprisingly because I only remember seeing them in the late 1970's early 1980's. But when Compact Dissc's were introduced, 8-tracks quickly dropped out of existence (soon to be followed by cassette tapes).

Now, the reason why I've brought up this ancient form of recording is because I have recently been listening to Meatloaf's "Bat Out Of Hell" album (which I now own on CD, but we used to own it on 8-track tape). The 8-track, like I said, would play the whole album in a loop, but it was never continuous. 8-track tapes had 4 levels (which is why they were able to put the whole album on it--and that it could constantly be played over-and-over again until (a) you got sick of it; or (b) you warped the tape). The problem was, there was only so much time that was available on each of the 4 levels. 8-track's had the unfortunate ability of cutting off a song in the middle (sometimes right in the beginning) of a song, switch to the next level and then finish the song.

So now whenever I listen to Meatloaf's "Bat Out Of Hell" on CD (which is truly a continuous format), I hear the breaks in the songs (because I had constantly listened to that 8-track tape). The same goes for anything I listened to on 8-track: The Eagles "Hotel California"; Styx "Cornerstone" and "Caught In The Act"; and Robin Williams' "Reality…What A Concept"--(which is a very funny album).

Well, this is not where I thought I'd be going with this entry. I thought I was going to write about how I have not gotten caught up in all of the reality shows offered (this Summer). I completely tuned-out "So You Think You Can Dance" (mainly because they changed the format). The only show I've been watching this summer is "Growing Up Twisted" (about the family of lead singer from Twisted Sister -- Dee Snyder). I can't say that the whole family is completely whacked, because Dee and his oldest son have their wits about them--but the rest of the family (wife, daughter and two other sons), they seem to be taking too much advantage of being under the microscope.

Now the Pocket Ferengei, he's a reality show nut. He will say he's not, but he is. Not only does he watch all of the car reality shows (Pink's All Out and Overhauling (is that even on anymore?), and anything else that has cars involved (am I reaching with NASCAR? I don't think so)); but he's been getting into the shows like River Monster, American Pickers, Pawn Stars, pretty much (almost) anything that shows up on Discovery. So, I guess, by association I watch them also (but I'm only in the room when they are on--I don't pay attention to them).

Well, that's all for me. Now that I've mentioned Robin Williams I think he's going to be my next top 10 list.

More later…Booboo

Monday, August 23, 2010

Monday Morning News (Or--They Are Trying To Do What Now?)

I usually don't write about things happening in the news. Other bloggers out on the ether net will gladly do it (and will usally beat the things to death). Well that changed. This morning I heard two news items that I thought were rather outrageous. They were both about "the City that is the capital of Pennsylvania" (why am I calling it that (or "the City Of Brotherly Love")--read more about that in the second item below).

First--the City has cash income problems (hey, every town in every State across America is having this problem; but since I live in the suburb of this City [even though I live in New Jersey, we are still called a suburb of this City] my Fox news channel covers this City).

The news channel has a reporter who is a 'man in the street' type of reporter--(meaning they usually have him reporting live and out somewhere in this City during his broadcast). In this morning's report he said he found out that certain officials get free parking (and he did name some names [and I applaud him for having the balls to say them live]). These people either get a placard to hold a choice parking space on the street outside City Hall, or are reimbursed by the City for parking in the garages in and around the area. He also reported that it's not just officials who are getting away with this. People who have a relative, friend, etc. working in the City (be it City Hall or the police or fire station or wherever) get their parking tickets 'taken care of'' so they don't have to pay it. (The parking in this City is horrible (like almost all major city's in the US); and people usually pay around $300.00 a month for parking (I made that number up, because I forgot what number he reported)).

Now this City is crying because they don't have any money. And here is a perfect way for them to make some: Start Charging These People. I know I'm being fanciful in my thinking, but it's way past time for the perks to keep going.

Now the second item that this reporter talked about was Blogging. This City is going to attempt to start charging $300.00 to people who Blog in the City. Now, I don't know when this is going to start happening (or who they are going to charge); but I do believe not only will they be attempting to charge people who live in the City and Blog about the City; but that they probably will be going after people who live in this City and Blog about anything.

So with that thinking happening, the next people to be charged this fee are people who live outside of this City (and the State of PA) and write a Blog about the time they spent in this City (be it on vacation or on a business trip). I'm talking about some companies travel Blog (which probably will get charged), or 'Joe Schmoe' who came to this City and just happened to mention this City by name in their Blog.

Do they think they will actually be able to somehow charge all these people? I don't know how, but they will probably find a way to do it…and then the lawsuits will begin.

It will be interesting to see how these two issues pan out.

So that's my two cents on these subjects. Just be wary of Blogging about the City of Brotherly Love…they'll try and hit you up for some money.

More later…Booboo