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Lonely Go Karts Wallpaper

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Every now and then, I get lucky with a photograph that can pass as an acceptable desktop wallpaper (at least, by my criteria). This is one of them. I was struck by how abandoned the place looked even though the complex was really anything but.

Preview:
Lonely Go Karts Preview

Download:
http://wallbase.cc/wallpaper/1126204

Distracted with pets

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My mom’s pets, a set on Flickr.

In an attempt to distract myself and get some use out of my new camera, I decided to take a few pictures of some of the pets my mom has around the house. These were all taken under artificial lighting at dusk.

As I start to take more pictures, I’m learning that I really enjoy shooting animals. It takes more patience, but it seems to be the one type of shot I have some grasp of framing and capturing well. There’s just something elegant about the details of a good looking animal that so many other subjects, I attempt to shoot, lack.

Getting out on my last day in Merch

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May 27th, 2011, a set on Flickr.

These are just a few of the pictures I took on my final day working in Merch. I just wanted to get out, with Melanie, and enjoy the beautiful weather. I also wanted to be able to use my new Sony NEX-5 compact system camera.

I took about 40 pictures, in total, but these are the only ones I felt looked decent enough to post.

Boredom brings a wallpaper

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I’ve been a bit bored lately. Between being snowed in yesterday and being home this morning, I’ve had a lot of time on my hands. During this time, I decide to take a few pictures of the snow storm from my front stoop. One of these shots looked pretty promising and I decided to make it into a wallpaper. Now, remember, this picture was taken with an aging Canon SD1000 point and shoot, so the quality isn’t that of an SLR. I hope someone enjoys it, nonetheless.

I’ve also included both widescreen aspect ratios. The wallpaper was originally created in a 16:10 ratio for my personal uses, but I worked on a decent enough 16:9 version for people with modern monitors or laptops.

16:10 aspect ratio:

16:9 aspect ratio:

Just discovered a new band: Rise Against

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Leave it to me to turn on Fuse at the moment they’re showing an hour of rock music videos and stumble upon a band I have overlooked way too many times in my life. For the past week, I’ve been obsessing over Rise Against and their latest album, “Appeal to Reason”. I’ve given all of their older stuff a listen, too, but it just doesn’t have that extra something the new material has. There’s rebellion against society and government, reflection on failed relationships, and acceptance of one’s place in this world. It’s a great album that really has me hooked.

Below is the single, from the album, that initially caught my attention. This is, obviously, the rebellion I had mentioned previously.

The problem with this church

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This isn’t meant to chastise a religion and criticize beliefs of a group of people, including the group I belong to. So, let’s not get defensive.

Today, my mom had asked me and my two sister’s to go to church as a family for Christmas. We kids haven’t gone to church in a while, so we thought it would be nice to give something to my mom that means so much to her. We went and, so quickly, I realized why this particular parish and so many others are failing. The ceremony was very solemn, which is needed to a certain degree, but also so depressing. The music didn’t have any kind of joyous tone to it and the sermon was ridiculously awful. The sermon mentioned the words “pain” and “wounds” and “depression” more than the 14th suicide note from a hyper emotional teen. To add to that, the deacon jumped from point to point like one of today’s many ADHD ridden children. It was painful (ha) to listen to.

A leader needs to be motivational and inspirational. People need care about the words they say and not count the minutes until it’s all over. Priests need to be that. Deacons need to be that. Most of them aren’t and that’s the problem with this church.

Conan O’Brien works at Best Buy

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As an employee of the big blue box, it’s kind of cool to watch this. Conan decided to work at a Best Buy in California, for a day, and hilarity ensues.

Why isn’t Hollywood Undead more popular?

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You know me and my music by now. It’s no secret that I love music, especially rock, and love sharing that passion with others. Let me introduce you to a band you may not know, yet.

Hollywood Undead is a band that mixes rap and rock (more rap than rock, though) in a mix of increasingly passionate and completely shallow songs. It’s actually an adventure listening to their album, Swan Songs, because you never quite know what to expect. There’s energy and irreverence and passion all mixed in to one album that just captivates the same feelings that early Eminem and Limp Bizkit works did. It’s nice to get a little taste of that old rebellion and crudeness that made some of that music so fun to listen to. If you like older Linkin Park, you may like Undead, too. Their serious tracks can, very often, sound like an LP track from a few years ago.

Give these guys and listen and let me know what you think. Everyone, at work, who has heard me playing their music has been very impressed with them. It makes me wonder why they aren’t more popular.

Click the link below to see a few of their videos.

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New site design is live

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I took the lazy route this time around. I made absolutely no code changes to the theme you see before you. I don’t have to, though. This is an extremely powerful WordPress theme that will allow me to make a TON of changes, over time, without ever having to touch any actual code. It’s extremely helpful to me as my interest in web design and coding dwindles from what it once was.

Let me know what you guys and gals think and what you miss or want to see. I really plan on breathing a ton of life back into this site and I thought a redesign would be a perfect way to show that dedication. Thanks god that WordPress and digitalnature made it so easy.

For those of you who may miss the column with a categorical break down of recent posts, I must warn you now that it’s not coming back. It’s getting more and more difficult to classify my posts with one word. Tags, which you have seen on the site for a while now, are much more flexible and indicative of the overall gist of each and every post. Give it some time before hating it.

I’m on TV

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So, during my Black Friday lunch break, a local news station, News12, was in the area doing various stories about holiday shopping. By chance, they happened to be interviewing a woman in the pizzeria that me and and a co-worker walked in to to get our food. Here’s my 5 seconds of fame:

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