Archive for December, 2012

With This Ring

December 21, 2012

If you’re reading this, then I guess the world hasn’t ended as has been predicted, ad nauseum. Phew! I understand there’s something really cool for me under the tree this year and I want it before I go.

Look at me, three days in a row. That’s a new record of late. And speaking of record (and this is a lousy segue), you might recall I reported that I found that Klaus (not Karl) Schulze music from way back when. Well, I downloaded a few albums because that’s the only way I could get them and I’m still listening through them to find the right one. So far, I haven’t found “the” one and I may have to resort to another round of downloading. So be it.

I’ve been meaning to catch you up on our latest, hmm, folly doesn’t exactly fit…more like project. We decided to try our hand at making chainmail. At first, it seemed like an impossible task, assembling it. Oh, the winding the wire and cutting the rings was a snap but linking them beyond the basic four on one was getting the best of me/us. But one night it just clicked and I was off and running. Ariel, still hasn’t quite mastered it, so we split up the duties; he makes the four in ones and I link them together.

Then a friend of ours directed us to a better metal to work with, especially if anything we make will be worn and since we decided to heed his advice, we also thought maybe we ought to find a better way to make a cleaner cut without burrs so the rings would close tighter and have a cleaner look.

We’re in the process of perfecting that step and hopefully this coming weekend we’ll get it going good. In the meantime, this sheet is what we made from that other metal we were first using. Some of you might have seen it already on Facebook. And so that it doesn’t go to waste, I think I’ll turn it into a little bag perhaps. It will just need a handle. I fixed the thumbnail feature..Wordpress has deemed it necessary to move things, functions,  all around–all in the name of progress and alleged ease of use. And don’t even get me started on iTunes. The latest version is completely for the birds. Note to iTunes… I still hate you.  Anyway, you can now click on the picture below to see it in greater detail.

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Here’s another Christmas favorite. Click on Santa and when the page opens, just type a command and see what Santa does. Just for kicks, I had him moon me once and once, because I asked, he kicked Rudolph’s ass. Have fun!

And in case I don’t get back before next Tuesday, have a very merry Christmas!

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First A Word From Our Sponsor

December 20, 2012

News from the rumor mill is that the production company, Prospect Park, the very one that had planned on leasing the beloved soap operas, One Life to Live and All My Children and airing them online–news that broke last summer, a few months after ABC-TV announced they were canceling them–is renewing their plan on bringing those sudsers back to life. The headline of just three days ago read:

BREAKING NEWS: Prospect Park Officially Renews Plans to Revive All My Children and One Life to Live!

and allegedly PP has inked deals with SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actor’s Guild & American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, is looking for writers and hopes to begin production in the first quarter of 2013. Oh, to see Victoria Lord Reilly Burke Reilly Buchanan Buchanan Carpenter Davidson Banks Buchanan again. Maybe 13 will be lucky, after all.

Hopefully entertainment execs are getting the idea that soap audiences still want their soaps, to be entertained during the day, to have an escape, to solve someone else’s problems for a little while. Dear Brian Frons, wherever you might be, looks like are just not trainable. I understand the new shows the replaced AMC and OLTL are still wavering while General Hospital, ABC’s only remaining soap opera is climbing in the ratings. I wonder why that is? Hmm.

While we’re on the topic of soap operas, my new favorite, Bajo las riendas del amor, is ending tomorrow. You know how thosebajo Spanish telenovelas are, they run for a finite time. I was bored one morning while I was working (sorry, boss!) and I was flipping through the channels and thought, well, why not? Of course it got better when I turned on the closed captioning because I know enough Spanish and can even conjugate a few verbs, or at least recognize the ones that are.

Then, I got the idea to record it so at night the two of us could watch it, where I could pay closer attention and review what I thought had happened that day and Ariel could fill in the rough spots. Well, that’s all well and good, but sometimes the closed captioning is so screwed up; they actually seem to be typing “live” and it’s all misspelled and back spacing and half of the dialogue is omitted and sometimes there’d be none at all. Ay yi yi. The only drawback is they were showing two episodes back to back and that means a two hour time slot, which equates to 4 hours a day–2 in the morning and then watching it again at night.

But everything is coming to a fine dramatic conclusion and I’m really kind of sad to see it go. So long, Juan Jose & Montserrat (Juanjo & Monse). But, I’ve got another show lined up that starts in January.

So, for now, here’s a little something for you, a regift, as it were. Go ahead, play! It’s Christmas.

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No Words

December 19, 2012

I haven’t been here in a while but I had something to share and then there’s something I want to express my opinion about.

It’s been a week today that I’ve submitted my manuscript to another prospective agent. I could have a wait as long as three months to hear anything back and if it takes longer than six, then I have the go-ahead to contact them. Until then, I just have to wait and let them do their thing with my submission. So, maybe the new year will kick off with some good news.

Some other good news is, that it’s snowing on my blog. See that? I’m glad I’m able to get at least on blog in here so we can watch it snow. So cute.

I really don’t want to dwell on this, but it seems to be taking up all the air time on the news and so I figured I can weigh in once…and be done with it. Of course you know I’m talking about the school shooting in Connecticut last Friday.

I don’t profess to know anything about that family other than what I’ve been hearing on the news but one thing that sticks in my mind is that the shooter was mentally disturbed. Not even gonna make a crack.

Some people say there’s a link between his affinity to a certain extremely violent video game and there is another school of thought that says there is no connection. Everyone seems to be guessing what drove this kid to do this revolting thing so I’m putting in my two cents.

As an armchair psychoanalyst, my guess is, given the fact, as they’ve stated over and over, that he cloistered himself in his room for hours on end with this video game, is just another example of the society we live in. Forget the violent aspect for the moment, let’s consider the reclusive life some people lead, tethered to a false existence in cyberspace, whether it be on the computer, or the smartphone or with games, anything that keeps one withdrawn from actual societal interaction, learning how to face reality, how to handle certain stressful situations, actually speaking words to someone. Then factor in the aspect of the level of violence in these games, it becomes a question of nature vs. nurture, you react to your environment.  Unconsciously, this secluded lifestyle becomes a ramped up case of cabin fever until one has the need to strike out.  

The world is not an easy place to navigate; heck I’m 52 years old and I’m not quite sure I completely understand how the world is supposed to work, but I think I have a better handle on it now than when I was a kid. I hope so, anyway. Things always try to get the better of you, but with experience, you learn what’s important and what you automatically know isn’t worth sweating over.

I think it’s really time for parents to start taking an active role in the raising of their children, or least showing an interest, forcing themselves on the kids. Don’t worry that he or she “hates” you at the moment you tell him to put the cell phone down at dinner, or to go outside and make a real snowman, in the snow, in the cold…with boots on or plant a real garden and watch things grow. It’s very satisfying.

And for crying out loud, dear media, let the families and the community grieve in peace! The entire country is in mourning, we don’t need to see everyone’s tear stained faces. We get it!

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14