Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Pardon the crude language

But this is too funny to pass up.

RAS Worship

Star By Star Review

Star By Star
(New Jedi Order #9)
by Troy Denning

Rating: 3 out of 5

Read my review HERE.

This person we call Erik de Bie

Wicked heavy stuff here. But well worth the read.

"And thus, in a vain attempt to expose myself (eek!), I'm going to divulge a few things about myself -- characteristics, and beliefs. I'm just going to be very, very honest. You can believe me as you choose."

This person we call Erik de Bie

I've got a bad feeling about this.....

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Real World: Ikea

6 Random Thoughts For Today

Hey. It’s early. I haven’t had enough caffeine to even have 10 thoughts yet, let alone random ones.

  1. I saw a dancing deer on the back of a truck yesterday during my commute to work. I wasn’t sure what to think.

  2. My wife, daughter, and father have all picked up the same cough/runny nose I have. I wish I could stay at home and take care of them since I’m feeling better.

  3. The coaches (aka supervisors) at work have all gone off-site (and out of state). Which leaves my co-worker and myself in charge of our team. And she leaves tomorrow to go off-site for the week. Muhahaha!!!

  4. I watched “Heroes” last night on NBC and was pleasantly surprised. While I was expecting something less than ordinary (the previews made it look as bad as “Jericho”), it wasn’t too bad. It’ll be on my “if I have time I’ll watch it” list.

  5. 7th Heaven” was okay last night. I’m still severely pissed off that “Everwood” was cancelled.

  6. NCIS,” “CSI,” and “CSI: Miami” have started out good (seems I’m on a TV kick here). “CSI” wins hands down as the best season premiere I’ve seen in ages while “NCIS” is starting to get a little funky with the cheese factor.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Legacy Review

(Legend of Drizzt #7)
by R. A. Salvatore

Rating: 2 out of 5

Read my review HERE.

Friday, September 22, 2006

10 Random Thoughts for Friday

1. Over the past 7 days, all but four of my videos on Google video have ben viewed.
2. Find all 50 "dark" movies in this picture:
3. While my Snakes on a Plane video has dropped in rank since the movie arrive, Seahawks Suck and Steelers Rule have jumped.
4. On the ride to work this morning, Dad and I were reminiscing about our former minister/priest/reverend. He had long hair and a beard and was very nice. Despite not attending church on a regular basis in probably 20+ years, I still remember him. I even remember going over to his house and watching the Wizard of Oz for the first time.
5. My 65 Google videos have had 2,251 page views this month (with 22,216 page views since April 15, 2005).
6. My 2 Revver videos have had 1 view since I loaded them last week.
7. The stupid Coke machine just gave me a Cherry Coke instead of a regular Coke (why can't the cans look different?).
8. My wife makes awesome oatmeal-raisin-butterscotch cookies.
9. Our latest interval update showed us running at a 100% service level.
10. Starting Monday, the Free-Lance Star will be delivered to my house everyday (instead of just weekends) for an extra 8 cents a month.

Bizzie Eats Fruit Snacks and Praying Mantis

We'll see how Revver does imbedding a video thumbnail:


And the full video player:

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Wanted: Arteest

I'm looking for a free/dirt cheap artist that can design a neat logo/web page theme for my site ( I have some ideas of what I'd like but have issues creating it myself (lack of artsy-fartsy training).

So, if you're willing to work for free (or for a mean panini), please let me know.

For Better or For Worse in 42 steps

Here's the process for making one of my favorite comics (in pretty good detail). is The Official Website of Lynn Johnston's comic strip For Better or For Worse.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Star Wars Holiday Special

Wierd Al shows us how we all got our copy of the Star Wars Holiday Special.

How To Talk Like A Pirate

Just in time for Talk Like A Pirate Day.

Thanks to LoadingReadyRun via Revver.

Rebirth Review

(Edge of Victory #2)
(New Jedi Order #8)
by Greg Keyes

Rating: 2 out of 5

Read the full review HERE.

Image cover from

Monday, September 18, 2006

Revver busts my chops

So I've been experimenting with a new site, Revver, to help market my videos. If my METRA video continues to get as much traffic as it does, I might be able to make some money. That’s the hope anyway.

So thanks to another fan of running a video camera while driving (nalts from I’ve given Revver a shot at making some money for me. Make those videos work for a change.

So far I’m a bit disappointed. Well, more than a bit to be honest. Here’s my list of complaints (in no particular order):

I’ve uploaded three videos (last week), but they have yet to be live. There are “live” people that review the videos, so some delay is expected.
After uploading my videos, I can’t view them or view their original title (the title of the file uploaded). See the next one for more.
The dashboard I get (which I like) didn’t show me the files. No big deal, it gives me a link to the videos that need attention. THAT page didn’t show me anything but a nice white background until today. Today I could finally see what I needed to add before the video going live. All easy stuff, until you try to identify the videos you’re uploading. Remember, you can’t watch them yet. And the original file name isn’t shown.
So now my three videos are up for review, all with titles, tags, and summaries of “test.”

While I know making money takes work and effort, this experience has been far from easy. Google Video (my preferred outlet for videos) only gives me issues when I’m trying to upload a large file (in which case I simply upload one at a time). While Google Video does not allow me to make money directly, I could post them to my blog, run AdSense/AdWords, and hope for the best.

But I haven’t given up on Revver just yet. Nalts has been a great source for feedback, information, and content.

And I have to at least try to make money on one of these videos.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Conquest Review

(Edge of Victory #1)
(New Jedi Order #7)
by Greg Keyes

Rating: 2 out of 5

Read the review HERE.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Top 5 Videos for August 2006

Top 5 Viewed Videos

Snakes On A Plane Wins! - 1079 views
METRA Train in Downers Grove, IL - preview - 326 views
Shooting at the range 3 - 188 views
Seahawks Suck! - 181 views
Dad drops a mag - 161 views

Top 5 Downloaded Videos

Dad drops a mag - 3 downloads
Shooting at the range 5 - 3 downloads
Seahawks Suck! - 3 downloads
Shooting at the range 2 - 2 downloads
Elizabeth's Haircut Part 2 - 2 downloads
METRA Train in Downers Grove, IL - preview - 2 downloads
Snakes On A Plane Wins! - 2 downloads

I'm still amazed that people are downloading these videos....

Blog and Website Stats for August 2006

Balance Point Review

Balance Point (New Jedi Order #6)
by Kathy Tyers

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Read my review HERE.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Outbound Flight Review

Outbound Flight
by Timothy Zahn

Rating: 3 out of 5

Read my review HERE.

Friday, September 01, 2006

A question for all

Do you get out of the shower wet?

I don’t.  I dry off in the shower.  All the way to my ankles.  My reasoning is two-fold.

  1. I keep the bathroom rug dry.  There’s just something about stepping on a wet rug I don’t like.

  2. It’s a habit I picked up in college.  I had this thing about not prancing around naked in a public shower, so I dried off behind the curtain and got the more important areas covered.

My wife does.  Lucky for her, I can live with a wet rug.  I don’t like it, but I can live with it.