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6/29/11 12:40 pm - speaking of shared pop cultuer TV... (The Voice finale)

Recap of the finale

I have been hit or miss for the Voice all summer, and I am not 100% sure I will watch it again next year, but I have to say, The Finale was amazing. Not all of the original songs where good, but overall the duet with the couches all rocked and I just had a good time watching.

Not that I think anyone reading my journal watches this show, but heh.. Just my feelings on a good show last night :p

6/28/11 05:05 pm - Shared culture and stories

Shared culture and stories

I was playing a computer game when E got home from the Buddha film fest going on in DC, and she went over how one of the monks was fascinated by how TV and Movies are our (meaning modern American) shared culture and bond that binds us together. He had a shared culture with his fellow monks from living in Tibet and surviving the culture cleansing of China on their way of life, but they had their own stories they passed down and their culture they passed down. We seemed to have a multi-media shared culture more than anything else.

I was only half paying attention at the time, but the more I talked with vvalkyri (and other TV free people), the more it occurred to me there was a lot more wisdom in this statement than I first thought. There is a large part of my life that she just does not really share because she is missing the shared stories. This is not to say she is wasting her time on other things that she finds more important, just that she is missing a lot of shared culture that crosses millions of people around the world. It also means she can not join in on show amazing conversations going on at some parties without a true understanding of the background information.

I spend a good amount of time cuddling on the couch with E watching TV, to have a shared experience with her. The more time we spend together with a shared history that closer we get. My best friend K, watches almost all of the same TV and movies I do, and so when we get together we talk and talk and talk about TV, what we thought, and how they rocked or sucked. I can get a little crazy talking about my favorite shows that where cancelled in their prime.

I feel very connected to both of them via shared experiences. Where this breaks down a little, is I am a little older than E, and her parents did not let her watch much TV or Movies, so she lost some of the pop culture history of my youth in addition to me being alive longer and remembering more of it (I guess that is one advantage of being old :p).

It is almost like the joke about why do men watch sports? So they have something to talk about with other men. I do not watch sports, but I do watch pop culture TV and movies, and it is a major topic of conversation (board games and computer games being two other topics I know well).

I am sure there are some very closed culture groups that use religion and a long history of “their people” for this same purpose. But I am an American Mutt and proud of it. I have German, English and Spanish Blood in me, and so trying to find “roots” in my culture past is just too much work and I find it is most fun and easy to be a pop-culture American :p.

Maybe Fandom is the new “sports team fan” analogy thanks to the internet where you can share you thoughts and meet hundreds of people that want to talk on your favorite shows/movies (or just rant heh).

I think it is human nature to want to fit in, and have a shared past and culture with people to “be part of something greater”. Since we no longer have a lot of the social outlets people of the past had, new (and sometimes better ways) where formed, via social networks and TV/movie fandom.

I can still sit down with old friends from EQ (Everquest, the original online crack long before there was a WOW), and talk about our experiences, and it takes away the years and puts you into a fun time. Sure we where all over the world on our computers for months at a time, but the raiding we did, and the shared moments are no less real.

Then again, what is “real”? I think that reality it always blurring a bit for all of us, and as technology advances, it will continue to blur and change the human experience.

What is the point of my post you might ask?

Well,
I like to put my thoughts to digital ink at times, as it helps me remember.
I also wish more of my friends watched the same TV as me :p

What do you find as the glue that holds your social/culture identity together?

9/22/09 03:11 pm - Guilty Pleasures....

My Guilty Pleasures:

First is a web site dedicated to SYTYCD: http://www.sytycdism.com/ .. They keep putting amazing dance clips up of a lot of my favorite dancers from other shows or shows that they are now doing.

Second is watching South of Nowhere. Really I do feel guilty watching it.. but I can keep doing it... Even worse than watching season 1 of Buffy the vampire slayer before it got popular :p.

That is one of the problems with being in the scene so long... My guilty stuff is all main stream LOL...

9/14/09 10:42 am - I did not go to this years dragoncon, but it looks like maxim did


http://www.maxim.com/girls/girls-of-maxim/84060/girls-dragon-con-part-1.html


Now the question to the viewer.... Is this type of publicity a good thing or a bad thing?

My gut, is that since it is a mens magazine, and only showing the women, it is bad publicity, but only a little.

Thoughts?

9/4/09 12:29 pm - The best of SYTYCD

They showed the best 3 performances from all 5 seasons of SYTYCS last Wed, one week before season 6 starts.

I wonder if that was a good or bad idea. Either it will get people excited for the new season, or it will show how weak season 6 might be after looking at all of the amazing things the last few seasons have come up with.

Time will tell...

So, was that a good idea or bad?

9/4/09 11:06 am - Photo I found on the internet... Steam Punk Success

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8/29/09 03:16 pm - more links given to me from my ever expanding quest to understand american health insurance debate

http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200909/health-care

This one actually goes into details on why more regulation will hurt the country more until all of the current regulation is removed.

Very educational, and has changed my mind that maybe more regulation without fixing the core issues is just going to cost even more to us via taxes and out of pocket costs.

8/28/09 04:08 pm - wow.. a political blast from the past...

Warning... slightly political and not really that interesting to anyone but me at the moment...

I am just putting it here, because my boss (or all people) asked me to look up the link and hear some interesting history from the past.

Ronald Reagan on Capitalism and Socialism

8/27/09 02:49 pm - what I miss from SYTYCD...



This is what I want to see more of!!!

8/24/09 04:23 pm - For my own records...

http://www.slideshare.net/danroam/healthcare-napkins-all

Just for my own records, as it was a comment from cchan8 to me on another thread.

8/19/09 02:08 pm - Counter Argument to TIME magazine: Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin.

The Great Exercise Debate, Where do you Stand

I am soooo glad someone put all of this info into one easy to read source. I knew the times article was wrong from the moment I saw the head lines. It is more or less bad facts and a person dislike for exercise put together for a story to sell articles, and does not tell the truth.

The Daily Spark did a good job of putting out the real info, and making it easier to understand (I did learn a few things, even I did not know, and I have been dealing with the health industry people for almost a decade).

The most useful part of the article for me?

The fact that exercise does not burn FAT, but it does increase your metabolism so that when you are at rest, you CAN burn MORE fat to replace the energy you used while Exercising.

This is why 30mins 3 to 5 times a week work better than 2 hours once a week.

I learned something actually useful to my every date life today....

8/5/09 01:59 pm - A random post in no particular order:

A random post in no particular order:

I had heard good things about the show Leverage, but missed the first season, so ordered the 1st DVD, and started to TiVo the 2nd season. Little did I know what I was opening myself up to. This show has become one of my guilty pleasures, as just a joy to watch. The part that shocked me, is platypus_fiesta has become almost totally addicted to them, and could not stop watching them almost back to back to back all the way thought all of the TiVo shows. It is like Visual/Story crack cocaine to her. She likes all the characters (parker being her favorite with her crazy smiles), and she loves the fact that is always has a happy ending at the end. So few shows we watch these days always end with a happy ending, and are also equally entertaining and fun to watch.

I get my Drama from other sources (BSG, House, Grays Anatomy, Terminator, Doll House, ext), and sometimes it is nice to just sit back at a show and just enjoy it. The fact that is has some of the cast from Coupling was just a bonus.

Tonight is part of the season finally of SYTYCD. I am looking forward to it, even if I feel this season has been a lot weaker that last season. Only 2 to 3 of the dangers every really connected with me, and that is just sad. I liked all of the top 10 from last season a lot more, and my two favorite dancers made it to number 1 last year. I am also soooo tired of the judges trying to put down some dancers to control the top 10, but I have enjoyed them failing to some extent. The question is how that will affect the final. I know the girl I want to win it all, is too low in the polls to have a chance. I have supported Evan all the way, even if I am not a fan of Broadway, because I like him has a dancer and as a person. He has never put down the other dancers, he seems to truly love to dance, and he is not a cookie cutter contemporary dancer. I think the judges failed badly putting no hip-hop dancers into the final 20, as the hip hop this year has sucked badly. I wanted Melissa to go home a few weeks ago, but that cancer dance saved her and Adi, even if the dance was just “ok”. I think any of the dancers would have been safe being in that dance.

In other news I am burned out on all of the games I currently have and I am not sure what to do. Thus I have been watching a lot more TV than normal, even to the point of watching BSG from the mini series toward to try to catch up to the current season. But since I am watching it with platypus_fiesta and she can only take so much drama at once before needing a mental break, it might be a long time getting though them all heh.

I am kind of bumped I have not been able to get the government jobs I have been trying for. OPM sucks on their review of resumes and making lists of qualified people. Never before have I had a government agency try to hire me so many times, and fail each time because OPM keeps screwing up. I guess I will keep being a contractor for my current company until they run out of money (in a year and a half), or the stars align and more jobs open up in the part of government I want to be in.

We are approaching the dead zone in TV (no not the TV show, but the time between the end of summer and the start of fall shows). This is always a bit of a strange time to watch TV. Then on the other hand I am a bit weirded out with season 6 of SYTYCD starting up in 5 to 6 weeks. .. too little time.

A few of you know I have been a hermit of late, and not getting out as much as I would like. It is a whole combo of many different issues, but it is still hitting me from time to time.

One of my friends (D) has been diagnosed with diabetes (it runs all though his family), and that has gotten me a bit worried, as it also runs though parts of mine. This has kicked me into trying to get a check up, to make sure my blood sugar is not doing to bad (or if it is, how I can fix before it hurts me). I know the prelude to diabetes is hypoglycemia which I think I might have in me, as my mother and a lot of her family all have it, before diabetes.

Amazing how fast middle age sneaks up on you, as these are all things I kept thinking “when I get older”.. well I guess I am constantly getting older :p.

Hmm… this has gotten long, and I am guessing only a few will even get to this point (IE the wall of text problem that anything longer than a paragraph gets ignored on the internet in blobs of casual friends).

I am still here :p

7/28/09 01:23 pm - If is pictures like these, that bring back memories of conventions past.

http://dailycostume.com/archive/attentiongranted/

Yea, I still go to this web site every few days, as it amuses me and sometimes brings a smile to me. It is also nice eye candy that is not blocked by works firewalls (yet :p).....

7/18/09 12:34 pm

This is a neat project, where he took video of a port and turned it into art, where everything looks like miniature models. I have seen this style of art in pictures (and always amazed me), this is the first time I stumbled on a video.

Bathtub V from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.



p.s. It looks cooler in HD version :p

7/18/09 12:29 pm - Cat Facts

Sometimes it amazes me how little cat owners know of their cats...

Is is a neat trivial site for some of the interesting facts, but it is only 1/10 of the knowledge every cat owner should have.

Then again, people have kids knowing nothing about them, why should their beloved pets be any different :p

http://mysmelly.com/content/cats/facts-about-cats.htm

7/17/09 12:23 pm - Google voice (and free text messaging)

Google voice on select phones

I like seeing cool and new ways to do things that stick it to the telco's trying to nick and dime everyone to death. The fact that is it a cool new server for free is just icing on the cake :)

7/16/09 07:09 pm - SYTYCD

http://www.sytycd.ca/ is a web site I just now found, and I am enjoying reading the recaps of last nights performance before they show who will be cut this week.

This show is what makes Wed and Thur highlights of the week. It also makes Tuesday my current dead day to survive.

1/30/09 12:16 pm - 5lb of pens for cheap

I just saw this on dealnews :
Five lbs of Pens (around 265) for around $15

I have no clue what people would use with that many pens, but it should last most people years of losing pens and having people take them by mistake. Plus all the miss prints of companies logo's might be amusing :p

1/5/09 05:28 pm

Hello :)

I guess this is my first official public post in 2009. This is also my first time using facebook, and testing out a few of the RSS feeds. I had to mark all of my old entries as friends only to keep the RSS feed from picking them up. Then again they where all over 2 years old and should be put back into the dust :p.

So.. what is up.. Status of the "me" at this moment.

Still living in College Park,MD
Girlfriend still living with him (and we have not only managed to not kill each other, but seem to be rather happy ;p)
Have one black cat that likes to play string and feather a lot, when not trying to put our legs to sleep by being a lap cat.
I am playing a few online games like nine online, World of Dungeon, as well as Atlantica Online.
I am slowly exiting out of playing Warhammer Online.
I work as a contractor to the government.
I try to organize a board game group once a month (time and people permitting) .
I play poker once in a blue moon with friends.

hmm... that is my point in life as bullet points (at least what I can put into a public post :p) .... Now I just need to find a photo I like and post it later to facebook heh.

4/4/07 06:35 pm - Jeanne's night of fun enforcing the bar rules.

Concept: 2 young girls get their just dues for having too good a time while under the legal drinking age at a busy bar.

*small note* I wrote this almost 2 years ago, but just never got around to posting it. Someone said I should post it, so I figured why not ;)

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5/5/05 04:33 pm - Story : The Stock

The Stock

Silent had plotted and planned for weeks for this day, and now that it was here, he had to use all of his control to play it cool. He had managed to install an old-fashioned wooden stock in the spare room of his house, and he could not wait to lure a few of his friends into trying it out. It had taken weeks to order all the right parts and build it, but he had a feeling it was going to be worth it. Right now his mind was set on Jill, as they had necked around and had sex once or twice, and as a plus she had expressed a lot of interest in certain kinky activities. Silent had even gotten Jill to describe some of her more interesting bondage fantasies when they were both a tad drunk one night. Now all he had to do was set the stage and see just how much like a cat Jill was--because curiosity always got the better of a cat.

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10/4/04 04:53 pm - Story: What color are my Eyes?

A story I wrote a while back. Final Draft as my friend edited it for me :)

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5/10/04 10:45 am - An Angel Falls to Earth

Here is a story that flowed out of my a few week ago. I enjoy writing it a lot, and hope you all enjoy :)

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Cross posted to : shadeofnight bdsm_fiction eroticfantasies male_dom submissiveblog

4/26/04 04:32 pm - Plotting and Planning bears fruit (day 3)

Here is Day 3 (IE weekend 3 of the 3 weeking story I wrote).

*wonders if he should post it on any of the story archives*

I hope you all enjoy :)

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4/23/04 02:36 pm - Promise Kept(day 2 of 3)

Here is the 2nd weekend of my story. It all builds up to the 3rd weekend that I will post next week. :)

I really enjoy writing stuff like this, but it is not easy, and it needs a spark to start :)

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4/22/04 02:23 pm - Teasing Promises Given (weekend 1 of 3)

I have not posted many of my stories (and none here), but I had a friend of mine help edit(I can not spell to save my life and a few gramor mistakes always sneak by) this story a while back and I think it is one of my better stories.

It is a 3 day story. This is only day one. I will get around to posting the rest sooner or later, unless people ask me to post sooner *nods*.

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