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Yes, Indeed… I am Back on Facebook…

Published September 30, 2010 - 8 Comments

It wasn’t intentional.  Someone sent me a link that took me to Facebook, and I had to authenticate my account.  I didn’t realize that it would turn everything back on.  I just figured that it would let me look at whatever it was that was sent to me, and that would be it.  (Sadly, I don’t even remember what it was now… I think I might have even backed out as soon as I logged in and saw that my account was re-activated… but it was too late at that point.)

Seems that some people noticed immediately that my account was re-activated.  I don’t know why that is.  Maybe I commented on something.  Maybe Facebook announced to the whole world that I was back.  Not sure.  I planned to shut it down again when I had a few moments to look up how to do that… but then I went apple picking, and took some pictures that I wanted to post there.  Soooooooooooo…. looks like I’m going to start using it a little bit.  I don’t really see myself posting updates there.  That’s why I have Twitter.  But I’ll stop in and check from time to time.

Yeah… look at me…  so hip…

Marianas Trench – Good To You

Published September 30, 2010 - 0 Comments

Wow… Life is full of disappointments lately, isn’t it?  Yesterday it was Rachel’s hair in Glee… today it’s the video for the new Marianas Trench song, Good to You.

I fell in love with the song Good to You last year.  It’s a great song, and featured vocals from Kate Voegele, an artist in the USA whom I was unfamiliar with until that song was released.  Afterward I went and downloaded some of her previous stuff, and it’s quite good.  I’ve mentioned before that I hoped they would release the song… and it seems they have… only one problem…

Kate’s not on it!

I noticed that the song was re-worked, and instead of Kate, Jessica Lee now sings the female vocals.  It’s decent enough… but it’s not the same.  I can’t imagine what the reason behind the decision was, but I hope that it was a good one.  And really… do we need the break in the middle of the video?  Isn’t that getting a tad tiresome?

I dunno… I still think Marianas Trench is a great band, and I hope that they start to gain some success in the States… but I prefer the song as it was originally presented.

Curious if anyone else thinks the same thing, or am I just out to lunch on this one…

Rachel Changed her Hair?!?

Published September 29, 2010 - 3 Comments

*sigh*

OK… let’s just get this out of the way right up front… I am a creature of habit.  I don’t always do well with “Change For Change’s Sake”… ESPECIALLY when it comes to the following topic… women’s hair.

Last night I sat down to watch two episodes of Glee… Season 2 episodes 1 and 2… It didn’t take me long to notice something horrible… Rachel had dramatically changed her look!

This is what she used to look like…

How do they refer to her on the show?  That her style is something like a cross between a toddler and a grand mother?  Not very flattering, but that’s ok…

Imagine my horror as I got comfortable on the couch and discovered that this is what she had done over the summer break!

She grew bangs!  Don’t get me wrong… I have nothing against bangs.  But it just looks so different from her previous look… It doesn’t even look like the same girl to me!  I had been joking prior to the Britney episode that I was afraid that one of the actresses might shave her head… when I saw the “new” Rachel, I was almost hoping that it was going to be her!  (The Britney episode was awesome, btw.. and no one shaved their head)

I’m not really happy about this change…  It was very distracting and took away from everything else that was happening in the story line.

Not happy…

*sigh*

To Glee, or not To Glee

Published September 28, 2010 - 4 Comments

I’ll admit… there were a few times during certain later episodes that I began to question my commitment to the show.  Was the novelty factor wearing thin?  Had Rachel Berry’s annoying personality traits finally trumped those little skirts?  Had the incessant show tunes pushed me over the edge of insanity?  These are all valid questions, but in the end, the answer was “no”.  I stuck with it, and watched through until the final episode of season 1.

That’s not to say that there weren’t times that I didn’t get up to get something to drink, and just let it play… I’ve never been a show tunes kinda guy.  Every episode has at least one song that I’d rather not listen to, but that’s fine… it’s a Glee club.  I get it.  It makes sense that they would do music like that.  Thankfully, they also add songs that I’m more familiar with… Journey, Madonna, Beyonce, Lady Gaga… and tonight… Britney Spears!  How can you wrong with Britney?  You can’t!  Yeah, she’s a train wreck half the time, but you still can’t take your eyes off of her!  And lately, I think that her image has rebounded a little… despite that poor bodyguard’s claim that he was emotionally scarred for life by being subjected to seeing her in the nude.  Yeah… somebody please inflict that level of pain and suffering on me.

So tonight I will kick my feet up on the coffee table, lean back, and enjoy what has quickly become one of my favourite shows on TV.  For someone who once dismissed it without having even watched a single episode… this is quite a feat.

Sorry, fellow Gleeks… I was a little late to the party, but I’m here now!

Goodbye Shawn… You Had Your Chance… You Blew It…

Published September 28, 2010 - 2 Comments

Is anyone really surprised?  I’m not!  Well Shawn Graham… you had your chance, and you blew it.  42 Conservative seats to 13 Liberal ones?  I’m not surprised about that.  I AM a little surprised that the popular vote was as close as it was…   49% for the Conservatives compared to to 34% for the Liberals.  (I’m rounding here).  I find it hard to imagine that a third of New Brunswickers voted Liberal, but hey… it’s quite possible that there are still some good Liberal MLAs out there who deserve another chance.  Just not the leadership!  I was quite happy to see that Dr Jim Parrott trounced Jack Keir in my riding.  Quite satisfying, actually.

That’s all I really want to say about that.  I don’t expect much from the next 4 years… I’m just hoping that the Conservatives don’t screw it up too badly, and the Liberals use the time to get their act together, find a real leader, and come back strong in 2014.

On a final note… I was very pleasantly surprised to learn today that my ranting about the importance of the political process stirred at least one person to vote for the first time.  Regardless of your personal political persuasion, I fully believe that the process is too important to ignore.  As I saw tweeted this morning, too many places in the world do not afford their citizens the right to vote… we take that for granted, and it saddens me when friends of mine don’t even bother to exercise their electoral rights.  It’s not hard, people.  Yes, the system is not perfect.  But it’s what we have, and it’s worth remembering how blessed we are to live in a country that values democracy… even with all it’s imperfections.

Congratulations, Mr Alward. The People have spoken.

[I am going to miss the little bump in traffic that the election has brought to the blog.  I’ve noticed people following the link in #NBvotes, as well as google searches for “NB Election blogs”.  Maybe some of that will translate into regular readers… we’ll see!]
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NB Election Tomorrow

Published September 26, 2010 - 0 Comments

So…  we prepare to head into tomorrow’s election…  I’m crossing my fingers that the public has as much disdain for Shawn Graham’s Liberals as I do, but I’m not so sure.  The polls have been surprisingly close, in my opinion.  I didn’t really think that many people would have forgotten about all the lies that we’ve been fed for the last 4 years, but I guess sometimes memories are short.  Don’t get me wrong… I’m not expecting miracles from David Alward, either.  But for me, it’s the lesser of two evils.  Shawn Graham had his chance.  He blew it.  I can not reward him with my vote. 

My prefered outcome tomorrow is to see a Conservative government take power… for the Liberals to get their act together over the next 4 years… have a leadership convention… put someone in there who can actually lead… and come out swinging in 2014.  And in that time, I’m hoping that Alward doesn’t screw things up too badly. 

It can not possibly be any worse than the last 4 years have been.

UNBSJ, NB Power, French immersion, rural ferry service…    It’s time for a change.

Finally Fixed My iPhone

Published September 24, 2010 - 1 Comment

I’ve had the replacement screen kit for a couple of weeks.  I’ve had the time.  What I’ve lacked was the desire to take apart my iPhone for fear of not being able to get everything back together again!  I mean, technically, it still worked.  It wasn’t pretty, but it worked.  What I didn’t want to happen was to get it all apart, get frustrated, and say the hell with it… That would mean going to the nearest retailer to get a replacement… several hundred dollars later, I would be the proud new owner of the new iPhone 4.

But first.. I had to give it a shot…

I watched a couple of YouTube videos on how to replace the screen before I even started.  Unfortunately the one that I liked the most was how to replace the LCD, not the glass screen… something I did not realize until they went in a direction that I wasn’t expecting.  Once I realized my mistake and found the proper video, I discovered that I required a hair dryer or heat gun to soften the glue that held the broken glass to the mounting.  Umm…  not the easiest thing to find at 3am at work.

I’ll tell ya one thing… although these videos show only one person doing all the work, a second pair of hands is almost a necessity, especially when trying to use the hair dryer and separate the glass.  They make it look so easy… they lie.

I eventually got it all put back together with minimal permanent damage.  There’s a tiny little white dot that I missed on the inside of the glass.  No one else would probably notice it, but it’ll drive me nuts.  And the top and bottom are just a tiny fraction misaligned… you can see one corner that doesn’t quite fit together perfectly, and you can notice the extra ridge when you push the home button.  It’s slight… but it’s there.  And guess what?  I don’t care!  It works!  And I don’t plan on making a career out of repairing these things!  It was a royal pain in the ass, and I hope that next time I hold onto the damn thing better.  Any bets on how long before my iPhone goes skipping along the pavement again?

When that happens… it’s time for a new one…

Katy Perry Too Sexy For Sesame Street…

Published September 23, 2010 - 2 Comments

I love Katy.  I thought that it was great when I heard that she’s the voice of Smurfette in the new Smurfs movie.  Then when I heard yesterday that she was singing with Elmo… well… tickle me pink!  Imagine my surprise this afternoon when I woke up and saw a CNN.com article titled Katy Perry too Sexy for Sesame Street? and found out that they pulled poor Katy from the show because of her cleavage!  What is this world coming to?

Can’t wait to see The Daily Show tonight.  They’ve had an Elmo puppet there before, and I will be very disappointed if they don’t pick up on this.

OneRepublic – Secrets

Published September 23, 2010 - 4 Comments

This is the new one by OneRepublic.  I went on a bit of a spending spree again with my iTunes account, after finally adding some birthday funds to it.  I’m not sure that I like this song as much as some of their previous stuff, but it’s still not a bad tune.  Because if it was… I wouldn’t write about it, would I?  Ha!

Cooking For Orcs! Unofficial Tauren World of Warcraft Cookbook? Zug Zug!

Published September 22, 2010 - 0 Comments

It’s amazing what you can find online sometimes. I was bored and looking through affiliate programs, and came across the Tauren Chef Cookbook. I don’t play World of Warcraft, but I’m familiar with the genre.  I’ve played plenty of Dungeons and Dragons in my day… many of the Warcraft games… and even worked for Verant Interactive for a little bit on EverQuest.  Oh… and I can cook!  So something like this easily caught my eye and made me laugh.

How could you possibly not enjoy the likes of Delicious Cave Mold Cookies?  Or Goblin Deviled Clams? Actually some of the stuff looks pretty neat!  It’s all real food… it’s all been prepared in a kitchen, and isn’t merely fantasy recipes.  Oh, and it’s not just for people who play WoW, either.  If you’re looking for something a little different, then chances are, this e-book has it.

Cave Mold Cookies

I don’t usually dabble too much in affiliate programs, but I think that I’m going to take a closer look at my Commission Junction and ClickBank accounts.  I’m also waiting to hear back from a top pickling and canning company on my application to list them on my Lady Ashburnham Pickles site!  🙂

And yes… I fully intend to buy this e-book, so watch out the next time you come to visit.  You just might be served Buzzard Bites, or Roast Raptor!

If anyone else dares to buy this e-book, please let me know how you make out with any of the recipes!  Maybe we can exchange stories!

Order your copy of the Unofficial Tauren Chef Cookbook here.

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