Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Holiday Drinking

OK, so technically this is the day after Christmas so it isn't a holiday unless you're in Canada. If you're in Canada happy Boxing Day to you.

As for me today is the day after Christmas, also known as The Day My Dogs Continually Take A Dump On My Carpet Day.

OK, so as one of my Facebook friends keeps telling me, they aren't really "Doggy."  I can't argue too much with that.  Seriously, look at them:

Look at these steely-eyed man eaters. Grrrrr.
Yes, to paraphrase her, "They look like cats."  Well, these so-called cats have been taking dump after dump on my carpet this holiday season.  Seriously, they are just dogfood processing factories where their only product is poop... and production is in overtime.

I know a normal dog's digestive system involves "Eat" followed shortly thereafter by "Poop."  This is a dog thing.  Cats are apparently embarrassed by the need to go make dookie (suspiciously like your aunt Frannie... just saying) so they hide in a "Box" and then cover up the evidence.

These so called "Cat-Like Dogs" not only do not hide their poop, they display it with pride. Usually positioning it in the middle of the most trafficked area of my home.  Not only is this annoying, imagine the magic of Christmas being spoiled by the aroma of canine poo wafting through your home.

Yeah, takes away doesn't it.

Plus adding to the love of the cat/dog mixture or cross breed or whatever the crap they are (they are Japanese Chins, but go with me here, I'm on a tear here) they eat every three minutes (the cat side) and poop immediately afterwards (the dog side).  So over a sixty minute period they can process a metric crapton of poop.


Not actual poop, these are some cookies a friend who shall remain nameless made.  Ha ha... I'm laughing... really...
Anyway, so as I clean up poo at three minute intervals, please keep me in your prayers as I have decided the last Zima in the back of the fridge is calling me.  I don't have a drinking problem so don't worry about that.  Poop is my only problem, so just pray I do not bar-b-que the dogs.

Anyway, Merry Christmas to all my friends on the internet, or as law enforcement refers to you "My Stalkers," may you have a wonderful week and a wonderful New Year.  My lack of sanity should result in more blogging and tweeting.

Hopefully more drawing too.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Second Amendment Is A Right

Attorney General Holder says, “WE HAVE NO RIGHT TO POSSESS GUNS”

TAKES 10 SECONDS … DO IT AND PASS IT ON.

Guess they were not happy with the poll results the first time, so USA today is running another one…Vote now… Attorney General Eric Holder, has already said this is one of his major issues. He does not believe the 2nd Amendment gives individuals the right to bear arms. This takes literally 2 clicks to complete. Please vote on this gun issue question with USA Today. Then pass the link on to all the pro-gun folks you know. Hopefully the results will be published later this month.

Here’s what you need to do: First – vote.
Second – Send it to other folks,
then we will see if the results get published.

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/quickquestion/2007/november/popup5895.htm

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Things Go Wrong For Me


Things go wrong for me.  Things probably go wrong for you too.  Why is it bad things happen to us?  What makes us feel better about the terrible trials of life?

For me, it's having an opportunity to be a partner in someone else's pain.  Some folks would say that is why I chose a life in tech support, but that is not the case.  Getting to watch other people suffer while I drink beer on the sly is only a side benefit.

My impression of Rodney as a young man.
Without the hot chick of course.
Drinking beer and sharing another person's misery brings us to my friend (until the restraining order goes through) Rodney Lacroix.  Rod has a unique perspective on life.  When he was young he had boobs.  Not because he was female, he was a fat kid.  I can sympathize.  He was a smart-alec, been there myself.  He crapped his pants terribly at least once...

No, sorry Rod.  You're on your own there.

Why am I talking about how much Rodney's life sucks?  Because he wrote a book about it.  Seriously... Look!

I know... I'm kind of bummed because my inane ramblings have now been overshadowed by the genius of a guy sharing his failures (or are they triumphs?

Watch his book trailer below and let me know which you think they are...



 
I have a confession to make.  I bought his book.  I have read it.  I have enjoyed his cartoons of inappropriate situations involving everyday objects through his use of "Draw Something."  (Curse you Rod, I will never look at "Grandmothers" the same way again.)
 
I try to keep my blog PG-13, but Rod goes all in, you will find out things like great band names... many can't be played on the air... maybe they aren't that great then, but they made me laugh until THE WIFE finally knocked on the bathroom door and told me the kids were complaining... and to stop laughing too.
 
If you buy this book, the world will be a better place, all your dreams will come true... OK, maybe not, but you'll have an opportunity to not only find out where the dead hookers in Hershey, Pennsylvania get dropped off, but you will have a laugh, probably many laughs and with the world the way it is a laugh is well worth a couple of bucks.
 
You can find out more about Rodney using these links.  Enjoy yourself, and learn to laugh not only at yourself, but at Rodney too... mainly at Rodney...
 
 
The "Things Go Wrong for Me" Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/ThingsGoWrongForMe
 
And most importantly, Amazon where you can buy his book:

http://www.amazon.com/Things-Wrong-hands-lemons-vodka/dp/0982772025/ref=la_B00ANN9ZVE_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355939495&sr=1-1

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Fiscal Sanity?

I watched these videos Ann Barnhardt made.  She shared them on her blog at http://www.barnhardt.biz.  I know many people think Ann is crazy and she may be on many things.

On this I don't think she is.

I challenge you to watch these videos on why the economy will collapse.  Each one is about 20 minutes long and all together are around two and a half hours.  Please set aside the time when you can to watch them all, then research the data to verify it's accuracy. 

I am.  I'll report back on what I find.  You please do the same.















Sunday, November 25, 2012

What Will You Do?

Judges 6:13-14

“But Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our fathers told us about when they said ‘Did the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and put us into the hand of Midian.”

The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”

Things don’t work out the way we expect them to, but God is in control. Furthermore, he has placed us here to hold His word and His laws in place. If we fail, we have only ourselves to blame.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Little Torn

I posted the Willie Wonka "Have a Twinkie" picture on Facebook yesterday and I had a good giggle.  I figured it was worth a chuckle and some dark humor, so whatever.

The interesting thing was a friend of mine tore me a new one pointing out how the union was just trying to protect the workers from having their salaries cut and listed the huge bonuses the executives were still getting.

I felt kind of bad.  Mainly because the friend who posted that is unemployed because the company he worked for went out of business.  Pretty sure it was a union shop.

For the record, when I worked for NEC, at one point we had an across the board 5% pay cut (this after a few rounds of layoffs).  I was angry, but I still had my job.  We coped with things by using dark humor, usually talking about how we came to work every day to give our full 95% to the company.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

How To Be Legendary

I started following a podcast called "Better Off Undead" a while back. As most of my friends know I am a horror junkie and have been since I first discovered Stephen King by reading some of his old books that my mom had. I stumbled across these guys and their podcast is well produced, has interesting topics (even when they run off topic) and most of all it is entertaining.

I didn't realize at first, but I heard the guys mention their "Other" podcast called "The Self Publishing Podcast." Since I like horror, I liked these guys and I'm interested in writing so I decided to check it out.

It was also very good stuff. Basically three self-published authors explaining everything from the creative process, how they work, how they put everything together, the tools they use and how to self-publish.

Greatness. I have been in bliss ever since.

One of the guys in particular named Johnny B. Truant put out a book he GIVES AWAY on his site called "How to be Legendary." It's a book on how to achieve your dreams, do what you want to do, be happy with what you do and best of all, how to do it. I hate to steal his thunder by summing up his 73 page book in one phrase, but here it is:

Decide what you want to do then get up off your butt and do it.

Pretty simple huh? Too simple right?

Look, I know you're skeptical, but think about it. You only fail if you decide you have failed. If you're doing what you want to do and are doing it (or even working to do it) how can it be considered failure if you are satisfied?

I want to use myself as an example. I was born in a small town in Tennessee. I grew up in the small town, graduated high school and dropped out of college. I played in bands but none of them ever took off and I couldn't decide what I wanted to do with my life. At one point I had a job selling knives and teddy bear backpacks on the street.

In short, I was a total loser.

My dad called me and told me the company he worked for needed some temporary help and if I wanted a job to get my butt to Knoxville by 8AM Monday morning.

I got the job which was pulling and terminating phone cable. I put on phone jacks, set and labeled phones etc... I worked up from there to working moves, adds and changes and service calls.

At some point I decided I wanted to work on PBX systems. (Big phone systems to normal people. Like the ones used in hospitals, colleges and large businesses.) I started learning about them, working on them when I could and agreed to learn the stuff no one else wanted to so I could eventually get a shot. When I got my shot, I took it and I was then trained on the biggest system we sold and worked an on-site job with our biggest customer in the area.

When I became frustrated with that job I applied to the manufacturer of the particular phone system I worked on. The next thing I knew I was flown to Dallas, interviewed and offered a position with the company supporting the big phone systems.

I stayed with that company for twelve years working my way up from a hillbilly out of his element to someone who was a respected and had people coming to me for tough questions.

Eventually I became frustrated with the way things were going and being unable to get the company to see technology moving the way I saw it moving. I moved within the company to a position where I was working on a Windows Server based phone system. While working there I heard about Microsoft's Lync product. I talked to a few folks and did some research. I did enough web searches to figure out how to install the thing and get it to work.

I then was invited to an event at the local Microsoft campus where they were looking for prospects to hire. I tracked down the guy who was the manager over OCS/Lync support and pitched myself to him. he got one of the guys to sit down with me and run through some basic questions on telephony, IP, Server stuff etc... I submitted my resume and applied for a job.

The next several weeks were spent beating down Microsoft's door. I hounded the recruiter, got my follow up interviews and was hired.

Right now, I am working on a product I believe in for a company I think has vision and a plan. Most importantly I got here not because I am the smartest guy in the room, the most talented guy in the room, the guy with the most experience, I got the job because I went out and did it. I took the leap of faith when common sense would tell me I'm a college dropout from a hick town and that I didn't stand a chance.

Read Johnny's book. Believe in yourself and do it. If you don't someone else will and you won't.

That, my friends, is a fact.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

America's Choice

America has made it's choice. A man with no real history of doing anything was elected in 2008, failed, and was reelected.

Friday, September 28, 2012

MSNBC Busted Again

Yesterday I posted a video by Bradlee Dean exposing how CNN lied to us during the first Gulf War.  How he claimed to be in Saudi Arabia, when he was actually on a set acting.  Looking back at the clip it was actually a pretty poorly built set reminding me more of a Saturday Night Live skit than an actual real set.  Sadly I watched CNN obsessively during the war as right around prime time the bombings usually kicked up.
 
I was reading my morning blogroll and at I Own the World they linked to an article covered by The Blaze.  MSNBC is caught manipulating the sound at a Romney/Ryan rally to try to put Romney in a poor light.
 
Here is a link to the article, but I embedded the videos from the page below.
 
First up, the MSNBC clip from "Morning Joe".
 

Next up is a caller to the "Pat and Stu" show who claims to have been at the Rally.

 
Last but not least another camera angle and sound from CSPAN.

 
Folks, if you're reading this you better be educating yourself.  I'm not a huge Romney fan but I think he will do better than Obama.  When the Republican candidates were being vetted I knew Romney was the guy Obama wanted to go up against.  Didn't anyone else wonder why all these skeletons from every other candidate came up, but they couldn't find ANYTHING bad enough to make Romney fall out of the race?

Once again we are faced with picking the lesser of two evils and you have to ask yourself WHY are clips being manipulated?  This happened with Zimmerman's 911 call on NBC and again with Romney.  How many other times have we been lied to.

(BTW: before anyone throws out the "FauxNews" argument, I agree they cannot be trusted either.  We are responsible for our OWN EDUCATION!  With the internet and endless access to information we have no excuse.)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Writer's Block

Writing is so weird.

I hate sitting down and being "In the Zone (tm)" and having to do something I really try to avoid... You know... Like work or rescuing my children from harm or something like that.  It never fails that when I come back the masterpiece I have been looking at resembles a week old poo stain in the underwear of life.

I've got several different stories I have been fleshing out and mulling over the ideas, but I never seem to have the time to sit down and put the mess of scenes together.

Heck, I don't even have time to do IAMFAIL comics anymore.  This sucks.

Anyway, I have a short kid's story I wrote that I need to find the full copy of again.  Frustratingly I can only find the first half of it.  If it doesn't show up I guess it'll get a re-write, if I do find it then I think it's time for a few illustrations, a write up and I'll throw it up on "Cafepress."

Let me ask my tens of readers (I know your out there, I can hear you breathing) would you like an audio version of a couple of kid's stories for free?  I have one I think would work pretty well worked up like an old time radio broadcast or maybe one of them with the illustrations set up as a movie, where the kids could watch it like I'm reading them a story.

Without the creepy factor of me actually visiting your kids and reading to them while I'm wearing my PJ's.

Thoughts?

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

9-11 (The Sequel)

After what is going on in Egypt and Libya with the riots at our embassies and the murder of our citizens I wanted to hear a strong speech which united Americans and made us know everything would be all right.

I didn't expect much and I wasn't surprised by the limp-wristed response from POTUS.

I Own the World (peas be upon them) is participating in a campaign to add to President Obama's library.

I submitted my contribution.

This will look pretty good next to my birth certificate!


I suggest you all go and add yours. I'm tired of being crapped on by people around the world.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Adventures in Autism - 08/18/2012

Ben is addicted to Minecraft. Worse than that, he is addicted to Minecraft YouTube videos.

You see, I refuse to buy the full copy for Xbox. A major reason is exactly what the conversation between ben and his Grandfather pointed out.

Granddaddy: "So, what's the point of this Mindcraft game?"
Ben: "There is no point to it."

BINGO! Regardless, it's entertainment so normally I wouldn't mind a bit. My frustration comes from the obsession of watching hours upon hours of videos of people playing the game. Not even playing the game, just WATCHING people play the game.

I'm running Windows 8 and thank God it doesn't want to run properly. I would fight with it and get it to work except for the fact he keeps making me angry to the point I hate the game.

This evening he watched videos for three hours. THE WIFE had mercy on him and allowed him computer time even though he had no cleaned his room as he was told. At the end of three hours I told the kids it was time to start getting ready for bed and they needed to straighten up the living room. Ben took his nightly medicine and I told him to log off the computer and began to re-enforce the evening procedure. I was calm and matter-of-fact, but Ben became infuriated.

The transition to bedtime and looming school year seem to be taking their toll on him as this is a pretty volitile time anyway. Any parent of an Autistic kid will tell you transitioning is a very difficult process for the kids. The fact Ben has developed bad habits about staying up late and sleeping in only add to the problem.

When Ben became agitated I asked if we needed to go through who is the parent and who is not again. Ben made the statement he was going to go to the computer and watch a few more video. I explained he was not and him telling me he was going to made sure he absolutely would not.

It took one more, "Yes, I am." I then walked over to the computer and unplugged it to make sure it went down without the need to have a physical confrontation over the shutdown. He stormed off to his room and slammed the door.

We've tried to explain when we get yelled at and treated disrespectfully we aren't going to reward him with what he wants. He also fails to see anything other than total agreement with what he wants as unreasonable.

I guess I will have something to bring up at the next meeting with his psychologist. Being a NT sucks sometimes.

Friday, August 17, 2012

I Am So Old

How old am I?

Old enough that I have spent all week griping about having to do testing with a MAC.

Yes, you read that right. The little Apple machine grandmas and every yuppie or college student HAS to have because they are soooo easy has been a pain in my butt all week.

I know enough about Linux to know Apple has put a pretty little shell over the top of Linux and run it on their hardware. Obviously it works well, but for a PC only guy it drives me NUTS. I miss my right-click capability. WAH!

I guess things might have been different if I had been introduced to them when I was fighting with Windows 95 or 98 (maybe even XP) I would be a lot more receptive. I work with Windows 7, 8 and Server 2008 and beyond now. I deal with Exchange, Outlook, Active Directory, IIS etc... The MAC just seems like a clumsy fit when having to integrate in with these things.

Of course, to be fair, if I dealt with MACs more I might not be as harsh, but to plop down a wad of cash for something that doesn't work the way I want it to is not much incentive.

I shall remain, a PC (at least for now).

Sunday, August 05, 2012

American Exceptionalism

Cardigan over at I Own the World put up a post titled "When Being an American Meant Being an American".  They went into the WayBack machine referencing the 1980 Olympic hockey team and the "Miracle on Ice".  Specifically the line from the coach, "Beat those commie bastards."

The point of the post was, the line would never work now.  Political correctness has deemed that too offensive to say now, and even if it was said, many people wouldn't understand the phrase.

My kids and many people in America don't understand what life before 1989 was like.  They've never seen 'The Day After" and even if they did, they couldn't understand it.  They couldn't imagine what it was like knowing that there was a country halfway around the world which hated us just because of who we were.  Living each day wondering if it would be our last.  Wondering if the Russians would start a nuclear war with us.  They have no idea what the "Cold War" was.

Or maybe they would... in a way.  We have a faceless enemy now called terrorists.

The big difference is we now think we did something to deserve their hate.  That we robbed and pillaged people halfway around the world, taking what they had and then leaving them poor and penniless.  We believe this because misguided people who wallow in their guilt tell us this.

They tell us we really are the Great Satan.

They seem to forget how the Middle East became rich from the oil we (Great and Little Satans alike) helped them find, export and get rich from.  They blame us for the brutal thugs ruling over them.

It's true we've backed some rotten SOB's, but take a look at how wonderful the "Arab Spring".  The people of the uprising threw out one set of brutal thugs for another set of brutal thugs.  The difference is now countries like Egypt now have brutal thugs who may very well start up wars which the old brutal thugs probably wouldn't have.

I remember watching television and seeing the Berlin Wall being pulled down while people danced on top of it in celebration.

The day before they would have been shot dead for even getting near it.

I remember hearing/reading/watching stories about how people tried and died to escape communism.  I spent one afternoon with a dear friend who told me the story of how he and a friend of his escaped from communist Romania.  How his father was brought in afterward and interrogated and threatened because of him.

His father didn't fear, he was old and he knew his son had escaped to freedom.  He had nothing to lose.

When the wall fell, little did I know that losing the fear we held against Russia and communism would cause us to become the fat, lazy people we were always accused of being. (At least many of us that is.)

When there is no longer a common foe, then we begin bickering and infighting.  We have been set up perfectly by socialists and communists.  People have forgotten in less that 25 years the true horrors of communism and fascism.

I (and many other) sat by while Bush allowed us to be set up to lose our freedoms.  I was naive (for the record I think he was too).  America isn't perfect, no country is. No country ever has been and never will be. America will always be flawed, but we strive to be prefect. It isn't the acheivement of perfection that makes us great, but the fact we do strive for perfection.

Hating ourselves for mistakes of the past will not make us better people.  It took me a while after I became a Christian to understand that.  I hated myself for the mistakes I made and listened to the little voice in my head that told me I wan't good enough; that I was too bad to ever deserve love.

It wasn't true.  I understand that now, even though sometimes I falter in my journey.  My faith helps me to understand that we are only bad when we give up.  When we spend all of our time looking back at our mistakes rather than learning from them and making sure they never happened again.

America doesn't need fundamental trasformation; even now.  Even after four years of a bad president.  We need to learn from our mistakes and move on.  Rubbing salt in the wounds of our past will never change those things, they only prevent us from moving forward.  Rather than looking at where we are and where we are going, we are allowing ourselves to be fooled by people into continuing to do nothing.  We must stop apologizing for our mistakes and do what we can to make the world a better place.  We as individuals must do this, not the government.  Trillions of dollars are wasted each year by the government trying to do what we as citizens must do.

I overheard two gentlemen who were discussing Europe and Germany in particular.  They were discussing Germany taking loans from China.  I made a comment along the lines of I hated to see Germany make the same mistakes we were making.  He replied, "What else can you do?  If someone needs help, who will help them."

"We should," I said.

The individual is who needs to help people in need out.  Government is a poor substitute for human kindness.

Whatever happens in November will be God's plan.  I don't worry, but I'm not necessarily looking forward to it.

Friday, August 03, 2012

Why You No Haz Jobs?

I think I have sat on the remarks of Obama long enough, so I am going to throw my two cents worth or ridicule at him.

Let's have his quote "In context" as Bob Beckel loves to throw out and say it does refer to infrastructure.  This photo sums it up well:

Y U No Has Buziness?
I'll leave it at that.




Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Am I Alive?

In short, yes I am.

If that's all you're looking for you need not read anymore.  If you are interested in what's happening in La Casa De Tots, well then.

The last month has been a spiritual struggle.  THE WIFE and I have struggled to meet our commitments to God through obstacles the enemy put in our way.  It's amazing how people don't realize the little things that are thrown our way to sidetrack us from the important things in life.  Car breaking down, illness, fights with loved ones.  All little things that keep us from the important fight.

I think I am being directed to put together a book on spiritual warfare.  I've had an interest in it so I have read several books on it and listened to an excellent Podcast series from Mars Hill church, so I may give it a go.  Lulu.com can always hold the book for me if there isn't any interest.

Everyone is doing well otherwise.  Ben is set to go back to school after his medication nightmare this last year, so pray for us for that one.

Oh, and THE WIFE is teaching Lucie to play drums.  Life is good.

Rock on my Purple Princess!


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Friends All Over

Twitter is a funny thing.

I have a lot of people I consider my friends online.  I don't really know them, but I get a peek into their loves and personalities through our online interactions.  When I first started tweeting, THE WIFE warned me to be careful what I shared with people because she was concerned I could wind up giving away information to someone who would abuse it.

As time passed I trusted a circle of friends more deeply.  I heeded her advice and I was cautious who I let into the circle.  To this day my circle of "Friends" is pretty small, but I have what I feel is a sincere connection to them.

Last week I tweeted a request for prayers because my family was under spiritual attack.  We do our best to live the way we should, but the enemy loves to derail us from our goals and ruin the glory we mean for God.  I got some responses back and I sincerely appreciated the prayers.  We got through this round and will live to fight again.  I wanted to take a few moments to thank everyone who did, and does pray for us.

Some folks suffer from anxiety or other ailments that keep them from being around people all the time.  Maybe they're shut in, maybe they are lonely, maybe they work an oddball shift and need to "Talk" to someone for their sanity.  This is my chance to say, there are good people in the world (and online) and there is hope.

There is ALWAYS hope.

To all the people who are my friends, I just wanted to let you know how you have sincerely impacted (in the best way) the lives of a family you have never met.  Thank you.

The Silent City - Episode 2

OK, this still has my interest.


Monday, July 09, 2012

Why Does God Let Us Be Torn Down?

I listened to a speaker tonight who discussed his stuggle with addiction and he made an amazingly insightful statement.  OK, it was for me because I am often rather slow on the uptake and I normally attribute pain to just being a way to learn and prepare for the work we have to do for God.  He summed it up so much better by saying, (paraphrasing) God tore me down and then built me back up.  He knew he had to tear me down because he knew if I wasn't torn down, I would never change.

It really made me think.  How many times have we all been in a bind and said the Drunks Prayer, "God, if you just get me through this, just this one time, I swear I will never do this again."

Once we got out of the bind unscathed (mostly) we turned right around and did the same mistake later.  Being torn down, losing it all makes a much more memorable impact.  The words he spoke made it click for me.  I also connected with many of the same addictions and demons he fought with.  His life was very similar to mine, but for some reason God allowed me to recover myself (as much as I can be for now at least).  Maybe he knew I wasn't in as severe need.  I'm greatful either way.

The subject of why we are cruelest to the ones we love came up also.  The speaker said he didn't know why we were meanest to those who love us.  Unfortunately I knew the answer to that/  The ones we love the most will take what we throw at them, our darkest side and not fight back.  They stay by our side and love us regardless.

In short, because we are cowards.

There was one last quote that I want to share.  God will handle everything, but he expects us to be responsible.

Thank you to everyone who is and remains my friend.  Thank you for the prayers, the thoughts, the laughs, the tears.  God bless each and every one of you.

P.S.

This isn't a suicide note.  I hope to be around for a while longer. ;)

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Finished Commission

I just wrapped up a commission I awarded to promote my buddy's band a while back.  Unfortunately I let everything slide because I let work creep in and take over my life.

Anyway, here is the commission!



As a hint, I have more frames looking for homes.

What would you be willing to pay for a custom commission framed and mailed to you? Anyone?


Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day!  I hope everyone gets to celebrate and remember the sacrifices made so we can enjoy our freedom.

Unless you're Chris Rock:
@chrisrock: Happy white peoples independence day the slaves weren’t free but I’m sure they enjoyed fireworks
If you're a racist like him, screw off.  For those of us who are AMERICANS and realize we are blessed  by God I wish you a wonderful holiday.

Monday, July 02, 2012

The Silent City - Episode 1

I found this project online and I think it has potential.  Right now I am too broke to donate, but I can share it and at least hope it gets some cash from traffic.

Please watch and enjoy.  If you like it, support them.


Thursday, June 28, 2012

Scholastic Adventures Of Ben

We are considering putting Ben in a private school.  I know it sounds like I am bragging to make everyone think we are made of money.  In actuality I am running a money scheme through my head.

I'm thinking about Sally Struthers kind of thing, where you help contribute to his tuition.  In exchange you will get a picture of your Ben to hang on your refrigerator along with a dictated letter (or mp3 file of him talking) for you.

Periodically you can get updates from your Ben so you can keep track of how he is doing.  Report cards and photos. (If you miss a payment you may get a box with a code brown in it ;) ).

For less that the payment of a luxurious home, you can make a difference in an autistic kid's life.

(Or you could just send cases of beer and he can play X-Box all day while I drink!)

Brains I Hunger For

I swear this is not my leg... yet.
Yes. Yes that is a zombie Yoda.  Apparently "The Force" isn't as great as it's made out to be.

Shamelessly stolen from http://ugliesttattoos.failblog.org .

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Special Needs Ryan Gosling

I have failed to give Sunday Stilwell over at Adventures in Extreme Parenthood the blog love she deserves.  She is funny, has a couple of wonderful young boys who happen to be on the spectrum and she is the creator of Special Needs Ryan Gosling. 

In other words I should HATE HER! DESPISE HER! Burn with the seething jealousy and frustration at night that keeps me from sleeping and keeps my shrink in business.

BUT I CAN'T!

If you only follow one blog this month, follow hers.  She is funny and an inspiration and, she makes me laugh.


Monday, June 25, 2012

Yeah I'm Biased...

How bout that.
Yeah, I'm biased.  Regardless, I like the idea of the Surface Tablet.  The way I view it is Surface will bring new ideas to the tablet market and force Android and Apple to improve and grow.  In turn Microsoft will improve and grow.

This is how a free market economy works.

You bet your dog I'm going to get one as soon as I can.

H/T to I Waste So Much Time for the image.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

An Important Question

Strip Club Crab asks the important question!
(Inspired by John Belushi in the Blues Brother's restaurant scene.)

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Reaching Out For Resources

Hi Gang!

I need to throw this out there and see what resources I can get together.

As everyone knows, I am a tech support dweeb and have been for going on 14 years now. I feel it's time for a change and I need help.

First off, who has made the jump and who can tell me what it was like for them. I don't know that I would be good in sales specifically because I don't BS people. I tell them like it is and go from there.

Secondly, I see a REAL NEED for people to help train folks in dealing with their Autistic kids and schools. Specifically I would like to open a school for Autistic kids. While I know it would seem as if I have lost my mind because I am looking to bring in kids who no one else in the school system wants to deal with, these kids are getting lost in the shuffle. My son is being home schooled, but THE WIFE is overwhelmed with his meds, Dr Appointments etc... Not to mention the other three kids she is watching out for.

Mainly, who can tell me how to begin a charter school in Texas?

I know someone who peeks here now and then must know someone who knows someone. If so, please shoot them my way. houstonkeys(at)hotmail(dot)com.

Thanks and prayers are appreciated.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Self Esteem

“Self esteem comes through effort and accomplishment.”

When my kids’ headmaster spoke those words at tonight’s meeting I wanted to stand and applaud.  With hindsight, I should have. 

Today it seems we are trying to build our kids’ self esteem by making sure they never fail, but we miss the point that failure is a part of learning to succeed.  By sheltering our kids from failure we don’t allow them to learn to cope with adversity.  Instead we lower the bar and make sure “Everyone gets a trophy” and “Everyone’s a winner.”

I love my kids and it breaks my heart to not be able to give them everything they could ever want, but I know if I did they really wouldn’t appreciate it.  I can go into their room and step over toys scattered haphazardly around the room and inside I know I overdo it sometimes.  I can go through and find the toys I know they really enjoy and play with, but I know they have bunches that could disappear to where left socks go and they would never miss them.

Things that stand out from my memories are when the Pee Wee team Lucie cheered for lost.  Those young men were inconsolable.  They had played their hearts out, but they lost to a stronger overall team.  I was crushed and wanted to do nothing more than cheer those young men onto a championship, but for that year I couldn’t.  Later those boys showed up to cheer my daughter’s squad to a second place finish in their competition. (Second place, just like those boys.)  I can’t help but think that the grace and poise those guys showed when they fought so hard for something they couldn’t achieve will serve them well down the road.

I remember playing sports and winning as well as losing.  When I became an adult and moved from slinging groceries to a career, I took a lot of pride in my abilities.  Eventually I went to work for NEC (aka PHONECO).  I now work for Microsoft and while I am still proud of my abilities, the last year has humbled me.  I went from being a go to guy at NEC to a new fish at MS.  I’ve spent the last year trying to shift from my telephony with some server background, to a server with some telephony background. 

It’s been a challenge.

Lately I have finally begun to understand I have to swallow my pride and ask for help rather than flounder forever thinking , “I can fix this.  I’m the only one who can fix this.”  In short, I’ve been expending a lot of effort without much accomplishment.

THE WIFE and I talked about this last night and she reminded me that I need to put God first in my life again.  I admit, I have let Him fall by the wayside while I stroked my ego.  It took some failure and the smartest, most beautiful woman in the world to remind me.  Without the struggle and failure, I would continue to pursue the wrong things with the wrong motivation.

I guess I could have just written this post to say, “If I didn’t work for it I wouldn’t really appreciate it when I got it.”  Then I could be part of the 99%. Smile

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Backside Story

I thought the jacket was a mis-print, then I realized they knew who I was.
No wonder everyone stayed on The Jets' turf!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Feeling Stabby

Sadly I sometimes take the long, hard way to do things that really should be surprisingly easy.

I had a support call dealing with one of my products and the customer was dealing with issues with his domain which he had bought from GoDaddy.

I thought to myself, "Self", (because that's what I call myself since I have a good working relationship in my own head), "I have a domain through GoDaddy.  I should just try this out for him and see if I can duplicate his problem."

I need to get kicked in the head whenever I do that.

Regardless, I logged into my GoDaddy dashboard, followed our instructions and had to wait for the DNS to replicate throughout Teh Interwebz.  Sure enough, it worked perfectly as advertised.

So, I go to switch back and things don't want to work correctly.  I keep getting a 404 error and I'm pulling my hair out and I keep thinking "All I should need is a stupid CNAME reference to point to my Blogger URL and all should be happy."

Ah, sadly no.  I finally figured out (again, because it was a pain in the butt last time) that Blogger makes you put an entry into your control panel which makes it look like you are sending your blog off to your domain name that has nothing hosted.

I know I have been a phone man for 15 years or so an I've been doing crossover network stuff for 8 or so, but their wording SUCKS!

Oh well. The blog is back up and running.  Now if I could just get over my writer's block and draw some cartoons.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Do You Ever Feel Overwhelmed?

Wait, of course you do, why else would you be here.

First and foremost, sincerest apologies for not updating comics, blogs, facebook or anything for that matter.  Basically I am just wrapped up in work and I don't have time for anything.

The new job is good, but when you go from being top dog to knowing how little you know and how bad you really suck, well.  Life gets interesting.

Anyway, thank God my boss either thinks I suck so bad he ordered one of my buddies to help me, or my buddy took mercy on me, but he took 10 cases or so off me.  Life is ALMOST manageable again.  So maybe (just maybe) I can get some work off of the drawing board.

Now for the confession.  Most of my inspiration comes from THE WIFE, the kids, stupid comments on Twitter that make me laugh or funny things in life.  Honestly, life has not been fun.  Or funny.  I'm turning into House without the talent or cool beard stubble.  If my back flares up I am moderately gimpy though.

So, I need your help.  Cheer me up.

*Taps Foot*

Come on. OK... Well then I guess I have no choice but to search the interwebz.  I'll tell THE WIFE you said it was OK.

Thanks... Talk to you soon.  I promise.

P.S.

I totally forgot that my old buddy from Knoxville John Paul Keith is playing a gig in Ft Worth this Friday the 13th at The Grotto.  If you are a DFW person who digs can stand honky tonk country blues stuff, he's the guy for you.  Come to the show and I'll tell you the story about the first time a chick flashed her boobs at him while he was on stage. :)

Plus he smokes... a LOT.  So much he named a band after a brand of cigarettes.  If you guess the brand (or Google it and put it in the comments I will make a framed commission drawing for you!

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Bullies Are Dumb

I've written many times about my son Ben who is on the Autistic spectrum.  Ben is a very loving and kind young man who will grow up to be a wonderful productive adult.  Unfortunately he has to deal with being a kid first.

A little while back we got him a three wheel bicycle for him to ride.  He was learning to ride the bicycle and had a crash and since then has refused to try two wheelers anymore.  He love his bike and loves to ride it.  Unfortunately he has to deal with the neighborhood kids.

The kids are the normal, we see something not completely like what we see everyday and so we have to make fun of it.  Poor Ben came in crushed because every time he rides when kids are around they taunt and tease him.  Tonight they called him "Pip Squeak."

Ben's a big, burly 13 year old and I can vouch as a 270 pound adult who has had to wrestle him and hold him down, he is extremely strong.  These kids don't realize when we bring Ben in, or won't let him ride around them, we aren't protecting him from them, but rather them from him.

Of course, if he beat the ever-living snot out of a couple of them he could ride his bike in peace.

If only I was a little less of a good parent. *sigh*

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Necrophilia

Gonzo's search for his lost love Camilla comes to an end.  The BowChickaWowWow is about to begin!


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Food Coma

He's not dead, he just ate like he used to when he was VERY fat.
OK, sorry about all the delays with the postings.  I already have my idea for Thursday and plan on posting it so Thursday morning you can see it, rather than staying up until midnight for the joy.

Of course, if you are dedicated fans you will be anxiously awaiting it...

...all twelve of you...

Nevermind.  Thanks for coming by.  In real life I am torturing my children by loading Windows 8 on our machine and making them use it without any instruction.  So far they have been hitting the stuff no problems so it seems pretty intuitive to them.  We'll see what the market says.

See you Thursday.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Liberal Hunting

I have to apologize for not making the IAMFAIL post for last Thursday.  Too much work and family demands.  So to make up for it, I present a page from the master, Mr. Berkeley Breathed's Bloom County.

Bloom County was a wonderful mix of wit and social commentary that provided years of laughter and memories for my friends and me. This one made me laugh again with the current state of America.  Some of my buddies online dream of us going hunting like this.

Plus, for years I always had a stuffed Opus on my amp when my band took to the stage.  I still would, but my kids "Adopted" him when I grew older.

Have a great weekend, and I'll see you all next week.

Tots

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Slutgate: I Own The Word

I found this article while while parusing teh interwebz over at one of my favorite haunts, I Own the World.  Seeing as how Mr. Schultz called one of my favorite radio hosts Laurah Ingraham a slut on his show a while back, I agree turnabout is fair play.

*In full disclosure, it is my opinion that since Ed only has about 32 viewers of his TV show and 23 listeners on radio, it's not like he really had the impact Rush Limbaugh did.  Please don't tell Ed's mom though, she thinks he has a respectable job selling kidneys from Chinese dissendents who die in labor camps.*

Just don't drop "It" on me
BigFurHat - March 4, 2012 - 22:00 America/New_York

Atlas -
A 30-year-old poses as a 23-year-old, chooses a Catholic University to attend at $65,000 per year and can not afford ALL the birth control pills she needs… so she wants the US taxpayers to pay for her rampant sexual activity. By all accounts she is banging it five times a day. She sounds more like a prostitute to me. She must have an gyno bill to choke a horse (pun intended). Slut was a softball.

Obama calls her and tells Sandra Slut Fluke that her parents should be so proud of her.
He’s a pimp.
Did he call the sole survivor of the Fogel family massacre?
He is morally bankrupt.

As for Rush calling a spade a spade, or in this case, a slut a slut, advertiser Carbonite is playing selective outrage. Contact Carbonite here and demand that they drop their ads from Ed Schultz’s program.

Is This Why Carbonite Dumped Rush But Not Ed Schultz?

More Here

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Getting To Know The Universe

Bow chicka wow wow...
Explanation here.

I haven't completed the challenge of @MarshallSheldon yet. I will win the internet!!!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day 2012!

Creepy? Or sweet? You be the judge.

Hi everyone! Nope, once again I am not dead yet (despite the almond scented candles and the funny tasting coffee THE WIFE keeps getting me) and I have returned with an update to the IAMFAIL family.

Why so long between posts?  Excellent question...

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Awesome Dreams Of Stranger Things

So last night my Cymbalta induced dream was my home town of Lenoir City, Tennessee opened a college.  Nothing too weird except it was sponsored by Purina.

In my dream I remember THE WIFE complaining because the check had to be made out to "Dog Food College."

Yeah, well, at least the back pain is bearable again, so I can deal with weirdo dreams. LOL

Friday, January 13, 2012

The Author Of SOPA Violates His Own Law

HA! I have to give a hat tip to Laurence Simon who linked to this article by Jaime Lee Curtis Taete which explains that the author of the SOPA bill is violating his own law.

Turns out Congressman Lamar Smith is using copyrighted material on his website.  I wonder if this means the government can shut down the whole server hie website is hosted on?  Maybe shut down Congress itself?

We could only wish.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Coming Soon

Hi Folks.  As promised the chaos has begun and as you can see I began with a layout change.  Most prominent is the new space for the comic at the top with the temporary holding banner:
Classy right?
And right below that I will have the latest IAMFAIL comic, followed by regular blog posts.  I still host on blogspot (for some ungodly reason) and it's not the most webcomic friendly, but I'll see what I can do with it.

You guys will see more tweaks here and there and I'm sure I'll knock the whole thing offline, but regardless, things will go one.

Keep in mind I am looking for suggestions (and encouragement, Thanks Zack!) so let me know what you think.

Everyone take care and see you soon.

-Tots-

Saturday, January 07, 2012

On The Drawing Board For 2012


Hi Everyone!  2012 is starting off on a pretty good foot and I am cautiously optimistic.  As many of you know I changed jobs last year.  God has blessed me with health, happiness, my family, my friends and a good job that is fun and challenging. 

I am still in technical support but since I no longer work for PHONECO I am challenged a LOT more and that's why the posts have been few and far between.  I have always kept where I work quiet because what I say and do on the internet is not representative of any company I work for.  While that is not going to change, I have decided I am going to make sure I have some time for myself.

I don't know what my blog schedule is going to be like, but here is the deal.

Soon, you will start seeing some design changes.  First off, I have now bought the domain name http://www.tatertotsforthemasses.com.  What this means for you is you no longer have to type in the ridiculously long blogspot address.  Otherwise, no change; the old address and links will still work.  It's just now easier for everyone to share.

Next up, you will see me pimping my wares a bit more.  My new job is great, but I would love to be able to do cartoon design work as a living.  THE WIFE and the kids would then have to put up with me all the time.  (Poor them. HAHAHAHAHA.)

er... Ahem. Not to mention, I could then have some extra spending cash from time to time and that's always fun.

OK, so next up is I will be implementing a comic in the next few months.  I'm still kicking the full design around, but most likely it will be a reflection of my life.  I'll mostly change names to protect the guilty, but there is always danger if I know you in real life or on Teh Twitterz you may make an appearance (unless you don't want to).

During this whole process I will be taking suggestions on design ideas, story ideas, characters, etc...  So your feedback is appreciated.  I have opened an email specifically for the blog/comic which is tatertotsforthemasses (at) live (dot) com so email away.  Of course I will remain on Twitter with the address @Tats4Masses.  Follow me and when I update, you'll know.  If you enjoy the stuff tell your friends and give me a RT.

So far the comics plan is a multipanel (somewhat) story comic called "Tater Tots for the Masses."  I don't know how often I will be updating it, or when the official launch will be, but I'll keep you all up to date as I move forward.

I will be continuing the traditional single panel gag comic called IAMFAIL you already see from time to time.  Right now I figure it will be randomly updated, but who knows.

Of course the blog will remain with a few annoying twists I have rattling around in the back of my head.  Hopefully you all will enjoy them.  If you see something you like, let me know.  If you hate it let me know.  Otherwise I will be drawing for me and not knowing everyone hates my stuff.

Thanks to all my friends for the love, the friendship, the laughter, tears and frustration we have shared.  I hope this next part will be fun.

-Tots-