So last Friday Forbes put this on their YouTube channel:
Among other things, Burnie explains why they agreed to be acquired by Full Screen. It's about 5 minutes, and I think it's a good watch.
DiMono It's Back Baby!
4 days agoDiMono It's Back Baby!
Last night I remembered a song that I knew was on my old desktop computer, and I wanted to listen to it. I remembered some of the lyrics, so I googled them, and found nothing. Today I turned that old beast back on for the first time in two years, and I went looking for it. It turns out it's called Negative Adult, and under the artist it just says "Bootleg." So I searched for Negative Adult, and still came up with nothing.
There's another song on that old monster that I have saved as Monday, also from artist "Bootleg." I searched for some of that song's lyrics, and came up with nothing again. This leaves me legitimately wondering whether my computer is the only place those two songs exist.
Well, I'd rather be able to give credit than claim ownership of someone else's music, so I uploaded both songs to my SoundCloud account (did you know I have a SoundCloud account?) in the hope that someone else who's heard them might stumble across them and be able to identify them. They are both from before 1999, and they are both here:
So, if anyone out there has ever heard either of these songs before, and if you might know who did them or what they're actually called (because the titles may not be correct), I would love to hear from you so I can finally get this itch scratched.
1 week agoDiMono It's Back Baby!
Every once in a while, I find myself opening up Rooster Tooths. Holy crap it has not aged well. The layout you see over there was incredibly modern when it was launched - in 2010. Then I found work in the web industry, and my mental efforts went to other things. Then I fell behind on the transcripts, and that fucking episode with the two Lopezes talking for three minutes has caused everyone who's attempted to tackle bringing it up to date to tap out. And I figured if the content isn't up to date anyway, wouldn't spending time on the site be a waste?
However, time changes things. At this point, Rooster Tooths is my largest owned website, but I can't show it off to potential clients because it's so out of date and clunky-looking. Seriously, compare it to any website under my Successes menu and it's easily the worst looking one. I'm leaning towards updating it, not only to make it look better, but to remove things that are unnecessary and out of date, and basically make it a better website.
I already know there's demand for this. As I write this, there are seven people looking at the site, and I'm only one of them. My question is this: if I were to stream the process on Twitch, say on Sunday afternoons for instance, would anyone care to watch? You'd be able to see what goes into a site like it, how design standards have changed over time, and through chat be able to directly influence the direction of the website. It is, after all, a community-directed website; it only seems fitting that bringing it up to date would be a community exercise.
So, what do you folks think? Is this something you'd be interested in?
2 weeks agoDiMono It's Back Baby!
I returned to the gym today, for the first time in almost a year and a half. I've been working out at home since late last year, doing light calisthenics and light dumbbell work, and over the last few months I've gotten progressively stronger and my lower back has gotten more and more healthy. Tonight I went to the gym for leg day, because monday is leg day and you don't skip leg day. I was able to push 250lbs with my quads, 190 with my hamstrings, and 150 with my calves (might have been capable of more, but not going to push too hard on my first day after a year and a half). All in all, it was a success.
Now to shower and eat a tremendous amount of food in order to fuel growth.
2 weeks agoDiMono It's Back Baby!
Can anyone link me to an instance where a Democrat lawmaker has said they want to take away people's guns, or a piece of Democrat-written legislation that allows for confiscating guns without due process?
I'm not trying to prove a point here, I genuinely want to know if it's out there. Trump said he wants to do it last month, but has a Democrat ever said it in recent memory? For the sake of argument, let's say "since Columbine," since that's when it's said to have started.
3 weeks agoDiMono It's Back Baby!
Today was Good Friday. It's a holiday where you don't have to work. I had some work I wanted to get done today anyway, but I figured that was okay because it was only going to take until 1 or 2, and then the rest of the day would be mine.
And I was wrong. I set myself to work at about 9:30, and I didn't finish working until almost 7pm. Then I had my workout to do, a shower and dinner to take care of, and by the time my time was my own it was 11 hours later.
And that is how you statutory holiday.
4 weeks agoDiMono It's Back Baby!
Back when Donald Trump became President of the United States, I put up a journal about how every time anyone gets elected, a portion of the population thinks it's the end of the world, and they threaten to move out of the country (but almost never do). In that journal from almost a year and a half ago I said that at the end of the day, things aren't going to change in any relevant way, and the country will be no worse off than it was at the start of the term.
The one thing Donald Trump had going for him that made a Trump presidency bearable was his complete incompetence. He's such a buffoon that the odds of him actually getting anything done are incredibly small, which means his ability to do any damage is mitigated by his own political ineptitude. For that reason, a Trump presidency would be better than a Pence presidency, because Mike Pence has some similar - some worse - ideas, AND he has the political savvy to actually make them happen.
Well, things change. Trump recently enacted a tariff on steel, intentionally starting a trade war, just because he could. More specifically, he'd been taking a beating that week and wanted a win, and decided that putting a tariff on steel was something he could just get done quickly. So now other countries are threatening extensive tariffs on American goods as well, and the economy is tanking.
Two weeks ago he was caught on tape boasting about how he made up facts while meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. How is any world leader supposed to believe that America is meeting them in good faith, now that the nation's leader has bragged about being dishonest when meeting with world leaders?
Now he's appointed John Bolton to be his new Security Advisor. John Bolton is one of the few people who agree with Trump that attacking North Korea preemptively would be a good idea. That means Trump is very likely to do it, because he's impulsive and doesn't understand anything that isn't on a reality show. Attacking North Korea after agreeing to meet with Kim Jong-un would be the end of America's position on the world stage. It would completely undermine America's trustworthiness, and because Kim Jong-un is an unstable megalomaniacal dictator, with missiles capable of reaching the American mainland, it could lead to nuclear war, and less likely but still possible, World War 3.
And so, as an intelligent individual, my opinion must change based on the facts at hand. Donald Trump is genuinely dangerous as President of the United States, and must be removed from the office as quickly as possible. Given the current state of things, I believe that a Mike Pence presidency is now favourable to a continued Donald Trump presidency, because while Pence would definitely set America back with his legislative ideas, at least he's not going to drag the entire world down with him.
At least, that's what I think. How about you?
1 month agoDiMono It's Back Baby!
Edit: Rooster Tooths just got an update! Not a content update - that's hilarious. It mostly got a behind-the-scenes update to make sure functions being removed from the language wouldn't break the damn thing. And special characters like ¿ and Ç will display properly now. See? I haven't totally abandoned it...
Rooster Tooth's going to be all kinds of jacked up for the next couple hours as I do a whole bunch of code replacement. The end result will look and function almost exactly like it does now, but it will be future-proofed against some php functions that are going to be removed from the next version of the language.
So basically, to anyone who's going to tell me that the site's messed up today: I know.
1 month agoDiMono It's Back Baby!
About two months ago, I started up a new daily schedule to make sure I could get things done. The idea was that I'd write in the morning, then have lunch, then put in my work after lunch. In theory, it was a good schedule. However, it didn't work so well in practice.
I've been tracking my daily schedule in a spreadsheet, which I shared back here. The idea was to make sure the leftmost and rightmost columns were fully green, and that the three columns in between were a dense patchwork, indicating I'd been staying productive. And if you look at the spreadsheet since then (writing this on Feb 28), it certainly appears that I've been successful.
However, it's not that simple. I've been writing every day and working most days, but the quality and amount of work I've been getting done has been inconsistent. Some of those green boxes for working came after only an hour of actual work done, because other things got in the way. I have done work on every day I've said I've done work, but it has usually not been more than a couple hours.
This is a problem. As important to me as writing every day is, the way my day is currently set up has been depriving me of the ability to put in a full day working. And since working is what allows me to pay the bills and eventually move out of this building into a nicer one, it is not the thing I want to be skimping on.
That means an adjustment is required. First of all, since work is more important than writing, I need to put work first. Writing must now come later in the day, and it doesn't need to take up the ~2 hours a day that it has been - an hour a day is fine. Further, I need to restrict myself such that I only get to write on a weekday after I've worked at least 4 hours that day. Which is not to say that I'll only be working 4 hours - I can always work, then write, then work again - but I need to get at least 4 hours of work in before doing the thing that's technically a hobby.
Secondly, I need to streamline my daily habits. I just dropped about 15 YouTube channels from my watchlist, some of which I was watching daily. The fact I was watching them daily was a problem - I was spending my time on YouTube instead of on something productive, because we all know how deep that rabbit hole goes. If I wasn't directly benefiting from watching them (which includes hysterical laughing), then it doesn't matter how much I enjoyed them, they had to go.
Not only have I dropped a lot of channels, but I'm also going to change my viewing habits so that anything that isn't time-sensitive (news, punditry) will be watched on the weekend. Exceptions to that will be made for watching videos while I eat, since I'm not technically being productive during that time anyway, but what I watch at that time will generally be 10 minutes or less - just enough time to get the food down.
When I'm not working or writing, my breaks will consist of reading news and opinions, to keep myself informed on what's going on around me. I've been doing this for weeks already, however I've been prioritizing it over work because it's easier. That is the wrong way to set a schedule. The hard things must be done first, because putting them off only extends the amount of time they're going to be an issue. As I posted to my Twitter page the other day, if you have shit that needs doing, go do it.
What this all ultimately comes down to is that what I've been doing hasn't been working for me, so I need to do something else. However, this is not a failure. Finding a routine that works for you doesn't always happen on the first try: there's often a measure of trial and error involved. Failure would be giving up. What this is for me is a learning experience. You should always be learning, and you should always be growing, and you should always try new things.
As for me, this journal is my writing for the day, and now I have a lot of work to get to. If you'll excuse me...
2 months agoDiMono It's Back Baby!
There have been four mass shootings since Parkland. The latest as I write this was on February 18th outside a restaurant in San Antonio, where a six year old boy and his family were targeted by a shooter. On the 17th, there were two mass shootings: one in Kansas City and one in Memphis. On the 16th there was one in Oklahoma City. Between those four incidents, twenty people were injured and two were killed.
There have been 34 mass shooting so far this year. In 2017 there were 346 mass shootings. In 2016 there were 383 mass shootings - that's more than one a day. In 2015 there were 333 mass shootings. In 2014 there were 271 mass shootings. Mass shootings are so common in the United States that they don't even make the news any more, because they're so commonplace that they're not worth covering. When's the last time you heard about a mass shooting with fewer than 12 victims?
Since the year 2000 there have been 207 school shootings in the United States. The rest of the world: 31. America's education system officially leads the world in student deaths per capita. At least it's first in something, I suppose.
Guns kill more people in the United States than war, AIDS, drugs, and terrorism combined. You'll never guess which one of those the government thinks is most important to keep around.
But don't worry - there isn't a gun problem in the United States. It doesn't matter that the US leads all nations in gun ownership by almost double, and first-world nations by almost a factor of 3. It doesn't matter that no other developed nation even comes close to having as many mass shootings as the US has. Don't worry, there's absolutely no trend to notice here.
One thing that absolutely doesn't make it impossible for someone to shoot people is keeping a gun out of their hands. In fact, the solution to gun violence is to arm more people! The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, remember? The solution to reducing gun violence is to wage an arms race against yourself!
So just sit tight, everyone. Your President, who has proven he's dedicated to keeping guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them, is on the job. God bless your right to own as many instruments designed specifically for killing living things as possible.
Texas Longhorn Fans
the who's been luke mckayed group
Late Nite JengaJam
Toronto Area RvB-ers
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Gems and Minerals and Fossils, Oh My!
Pictures of some of the specimens I've purchased, mostly at gem shows.
Memorial Day Weekend, 2012
Hah hah, I work out!
Things I Made Myself
I'm so bad at this
I own a lot of books. These are pictures of some of them. Or of books I bought for other people. You know, whatever.
RT Website Screenshots
Sometimes I upload screenshots of this website. These are those pictures.
RT Philly 2009
The inaugural RT Philly
RT Philly 2010
RT Philly 2011
RT Philly 2012
Picture of Me (non-workout)
Mostly for pics from the first few years
Britte and Ryan (brittewater and abandoned) Wedding Pictures
Met on the site, got married, invited the site.
The inaugural event. About 530 people, but still rather intimate somehow.
Pictures from Webcomics
Religion is Funny
Screenshots (or parts of them) from various random websites
Politics is "funny"
Funnies from the Internet
Things I Did With Nat
Two Halloweens, a 5 year anniversary dinner, and some random miscellany
Miscellaneous RT-related Pictures
For things that are RT-related, but that don't quite merit their own gallery
Things People Made For Me
Sometimes, users make pictures for me. These are those pictures.
Pictures from my scuba diving trip to Belize in December, 2014
For you, only my best smile
A pimple inside my nose got infected and swelled up. My upper lip is basically immobile. This is legitimately my best smile right now. Enjoy your nightmares tonight.
Sometimes I wield a Banhammer
Drawn by Luke McKay, commissioned by ...Radius55 I think? Someone like that. He might be a figment of my imagination.
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Day 5. Was saving it for binge watching, so now that it's done, my time is nigh!
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Don't know. I'm a volunteer, not an employee. Ask @Adam
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It is now...
It's actually to do with something else - #paginated-results being in the url is coincidental