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2016 Political Photoshop Pranks…by me

by on Nov.09, 2016, under General

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So, this year I have been busy as usual having fun with PhotoShop. One of my favorite topics of the year seems to be the Presidential debate. Who would have thought that, right? Most of these images were posted to places like Facebook, and you wouldn’t believe the responses some of them would get. Some of them, people actually thought they were real (ie, “I thought North Korea endorsed Trump….”). More proof that people will believe almost anything they read online (victims of my forever on-going study of the human psyche).

Anyway, I wanted to share a small collection of these images right (continue reading…)

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Comic-Con is so much better with the Comic-Con app

by on Jul.20, 2016, under General

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Assuming you can even get into Comic-Con via their crazy lottery system, there is no better way to attend than using the official Comic-Con app, which can be downloaded from the Apple of Android app stores. The app easily cruises all of the programming, guests and so much more where you can check times, show/convention floor location with an interactive map and so much more. You can also favorite any of these so you can (continue reading…)

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Production giant MGM laying off its production crew and outsourcing

by on Feb.06, 2016, under General

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Ok, we may not be talking about the Hollywood side of things, but something that rests within the umbrella of their brand. The MGM Grand (Hotel and Casino) in Las Vegas, in an effort to “save a small bit of cash”, has made the decision to lay off their entire production crew (and then some) and outsource them to a third party “labor company”. This decision affects hundreds of positions, ranging from stagehands, technicians, engineers and more (even the ushers that help find you seats). MGM has been recognized in the past for having one of the “number one in-house production teams in the nation” (specifically mentioned: MGM Grand Garden Arena), mentioned everyone from trade magazines to words pouring from the mouths of their clients themselves.

The new change will be official as of February 12th, 2016 and all employees have been offered the chance to apply for the third party labor company, which sadly is well known for paying around 1/3rd less than what most of them have been used to earning for many, many years. There is nothing like making magic and coming a long ways, just to a take a giant step backwards in the end. My condolences go out to all of the employees of MGM Grand that are affected by all of this. This truly is another dark time for the crushing of educated/successful jobs by large corporations. One more step towards the destruction of the middle class.

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Star Wars kitchen appliances that all geeks should have

by on Nov.03, 2015, under General

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Now here is something that Star Wars geeks of all levels can enjoy as they make their daily breakfast or snack.

61529cwZBfL._SL1001_A waffle maker that shapes your waffles into the Death Star so that you can destroy it by sinking your teeth into it every time (find it here). Stainless steel with a non-stick plate inside, it stands up to any other single waffle maker you find in the store, so why not make your waffle maker do a little extra by shaping it into something fun?

713hPnOAfqL._SL1500_Second, a toaster that toasts the Star Wars logo onto everything you slide into it. Toaster, muffins, frozen waffles and more; just slide them in and brand them every time. It comes with features like defrost and quick stop and once again—why not? The backside features the slider bar and temperature/setting controls. You can find it here. .

Both of these could easily find their way into the home of any geek, nerd, dork or whatever else you brand yourself with. Now you can brand your toast and waffles just the same. Now if only they would make a chocolate chip cookie maker that shapes them into chocolate chip Death Star cookie balls of some sort. I’d be floored and having to whip out the cash without thinking twice.

One thing I have bought into was the Star Wars silicone ice trays that allow you to shape your ice into Storm Troopers, R2D2s, X-Wing fighters, frozen Han, the Falcon and more. The best thing is that you can use them for chocolate and other things as well which makes it all more the fun. Usually you find these custom trays for like $8-12 a piece (depending on where you buy them), with the largest price around $13-15 at theme parks. I found 6 trays for less than $15 on Amazon so that was a bonus! (find those here)

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Life just hit the reset switch

by on Sep.30, 2015, under General

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Looks like life just hit the reset switch. What I consider to be my “main” job, announced last week that we are all going to be laid off in December. A great Christmas present to everyone to celebrate the new year with. They decided it would be best for us (aka cheaper for them) to outsource to a 3rd party company for labor. Of course we all have the option of joining the new company at 1/3 or (continue reading…)

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Simple Syndication version 1.2.6 and phpBB 3.1.x support (download)

by on Aug.09, 2015, under General

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To start off, the link is available below–I took over this project from wouterv simply to upgrade it to work with phpBB 3.1.x since it had lost functionality due to troubles such as deprecated php. I insisted on getting it to work and there was no reason it couldn’t be shared with the rest of the world as it is such a useful mod for phpBB. Although I’ll keep an eye on the Discussion/Support screen when possible, I don’t plan on maintaining it past that unless it loses functionality again. It already has all of the features you would expect to find in it (outside of getting crazy with things).

If you would like to take the project over, message me on phpBB’s forums and we can discuss it. I am sure people would like (continue reading…)

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Somebody buy me this TV! (please)

by on Jul.18, 2015, under General

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There I go again, not posting something for….forever. I seem to have lost my muse a little for this site. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not going anywhere. It’s just, at the moment, I don’t plan on saying much until…I get the muse back….or bug….or urge….or grammatical twitch…..etc.

In the meantime, somebody buy me this TV! It looks amazing. It’s huge, it sounds like it has quite the image and would fit so very….very well, on my bathroom wall, right above toilet. Or maybe the master bedroom……..or the great room, whatever….:P

Very “grammatical”…right? All these periods I always speak with. As well as (continue reading…)

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Newsgroup/Usenet company with the highest retention and lowest price

by on Apr.28, 2015, under General

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There are many companies out there for your anime usenet downloading needs (or…whatever else it is that you like to download). I have used many over the years, both here in the US and areas around Europe. Of all of them, the one I like most (and always brag about) is Newshosting. There are many things you have to look for like retention (the amount of days their servers can go back to find a post/file), the speeds they support and how much do you have to pay?

Newshosting no only has one of the fastest backbones (meaning your only speed limitation is your own connection), but they currently have a retention of over (continue reading…)

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Pebble CEO choses NOT to team with Microsoft due to personal bias

by on Feb.26, 2015, under General

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So Pebble reaches out to Microsoft with a partnership in mind, to favor Windows devices with their smart watches. They challenged Microsoft to develop a prototype app that proves the phone could support the watch. If so, they may be interested in partnering with them–including the option of highlighting the watches at Microsoft stores and offering them as part of bundles with Windows Phone devices.

Originally, the relationship between such devices and Windows devices was limited due to the fact that Microsoft hasn’t allowed access to certain APIs/features within the OS. This limited access prevents a company like Pebble from fully developing an app. However, if Microsoft helps, then all of those problems are history.

Microsoft not only agreed to play ball, but they (continue reading…)

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Facts About Humans That Are True for 2015

by on Jan.19, 2015, under General

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  • 9 out of 10 people can’t drive.
  • 9 out of 10 people don’t use their blinkers (*9 out of 10 of those people are from California).
  • 9 out of 10 people think two cars can occupy the same physical space at the same time, despite what Physics has taught us many times over the years.
  • 9 out of 10 people pretend they didn’t notice and act as though they weren’t going to attempt to occupy such physical space once they noticed their error.
  • 9 out of 10 people insist that the world will end unless their car is in front of yours (even if there isn’t a car behind you for miles, leaving more than enough space).
  • 9 out of 10 people don’t know how to (continue reading…)
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