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#BlackLivesMatter, #PoliceLivesMatter, Protests, and Computer Programming.

I rarely delve into the world of politics in my blog for a variety of reasons.  Since the advent of the Internet, the news (to me) has become a spectator sport.  No single source of information is 100% credible and the public is now left with culling any sort of...

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YouTube Cleanup: White Water Rafting in Colorado 2008

In 2008 I took a business trip to Colorado.  While there, I extended my stay and flew Shannon up to check out the local area.  We did the usual: Man v. Food locations, downtown attractions, etc.  One of the greatest things we did there?  White water rafting. (Here’s my original...

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YouTube Cleanup: #SouthPark’s Casa Bonita in Colorado 2008

In 2003 South Park aired an episode named “Casa Bonita” about a Colorado area restaurant of the same name.  The place was presented as a somewhat over the top Mexican themed Chuck E. Cheese sort of establishment featuring cliff divers and fire jugglers. In 2008, I took a business trip...

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YouTube Cleanup: Disney World Pool Hopping 2008

Back in the late 1990s, I was working at both Universal Studios Florida and the Walt Disney World resort down the road.  When you work neck deep in theme parks (and when funds are limited) you tend to spend a lot of your extra time exploring.  This is to help...

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YouTube Cleanup: Underwater Camera Test in 2008

This is a short video.  I had recently come into possession of a Olympus Stylus 850 SW waterproof digital camera.  It was 8 megapixels of rugged goodness that endured some pretty heavy abuse before it eventually died in Mexico.  (I’m pretty sure there’s a video coming from it’s death on a...

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YouTube Cleanup: The Daytona 500 in 2008

WARNING: Turn the volume down for these videos. The audio is horrible and the crowd and cars are loud. In 2008, my friend Ken worked for a company that was connected to NASCAR (indirectly) and one of the perks was getting tickets to the Daytona 500.  In previous years, he...

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YouTube Cleanup: That Time I Got Married in 2007

Over seven years ago, I found myself at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort next to my best friend telling her I’d spend the rest of my life with her.  Add one year for the engagement prior and knowing each other for seven years before that, and we’ve been hanging around together...

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We’re All In This Together! YouTube Cleanup: HSM at the MGM-Studios 2007

Yesterday I started a series of blog posts about old videos I have on my YouTube channel as an attempt to clean up the tagging, titles, and info on my uploads. Some of the forthcoming videos are interesting; some are AMAZING, and others are just obvious attempts at learning to...

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YouTube Cleanup: The Firefighter’s Fair in #VeroBeach 2007

In 2006, I joined YouTube in order to upload videos for Wasabi Anime – more precisely, the Wasabi Animusical (posted February 22, 2006.)  As handheld cameras and cell phones became more and more advanced, the motivation to post personal videos finally kicked in and, in 2007, I started my own YouTube channel...

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A Challenge for @TentacleChris!

Back in 2010, I helped a friend of mine get into blogging.  Like most of us who write our random thoughts on the Internet, Chris “Tentacle Chris” Duplis eventually found his stride regarding what content to produce.  His usual fare: haikus and reviews of western films and televisions shows. Not “west”...

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Dyslexic Fourteen (Happy Birthday to Me)

So yesterday was the anniversary of my birth and I TRIED to do nothing.  I’m just not very good at that: doing nothing.  Since I’m always doing SOMETHING, I thought, “Hey!  Plan to do NOTHING on your birthday.  It could be fun!” I was wrong.  It isn’t fun and (seemingly)...

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Free stuff on my birthday – where should I go?

Early next week I will be, yet again, celebrating the anniversary of my birth.  Starbucks decided to remind me yesterday with a reminder on my iPhone app: That’s right: FREE COFFEE, BITCHES!  This got me thinking – where else can I score free stuff by merely getting older? The other...

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Christmas and Birthday gifts in 2014

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth.  Anyone else remember that song?  No?  Really?  Damn – I a *am* old. Anyway, I got a couple of “what do you want for your birthday?” questions recently (with my celebration of old age coming on December 1st.)  The thing...