Thursday, September 29, 2011

Grooveshark Plus Ended

Expired!


It did. My free month of Grooveshark Plus ended too soon. So, what did I do with it. Well, I linked my last.fm account so that I could Scrobble. Something you can't do with a web based free account. I have no idea why people Scrobble, but I did it for kicks. Basically, I racked up 1,184 plays (average of 27 tracks per day). Scrobbling, though, gives you graphs about what you listen to.

My Top Tracks were:

1. La La Land - Green Velvet
2. I'm Not Gay - Revolting Cocks
3. Golden Years - David Bowie
4. Space Bound - Eminem
5. Going Through Changes - Eminem
6. It's the Same Old Song - KC & the Sunshine Band
7. 24H Candy Machine - Lodger
8. HoookerBot3000 - Revolting Cocks
9. Cinderella Man - Eminem
10. Binary Nation - Chemlab

My Top Artists were:

1. KC & the Sunshine Band
2. Eminem
3. Lodger
4. Chemlab
5. David Bowie
6. Revolting Cocks
7. Taco
8. Green Velvet
9. The Strokes
10. Coldplay

Over all my top lists make sense. However, now that my free month is up, I'll probably go back to Spotify. Oh yeah, I can still Scrobble with Grooveshark. Which is kinda really cool and I hope they don't disconnect my last.fm account. I'm guessing only I can unlink them.

Cloud Triple Six

Dusting off cloud triple six
Bringing in pictures of Dicks
Susannes, Dianas, and Bobs

A little bit of shock treatment
A little bit of flash fiction
A little bit of vodka and gin
And I’ll be wheeling in the grins

Cycling off the paved road
Holding on to a few more
Glitches in the system

Just some bodies don’t have luxuries
Just some bodies don’t make it
Just some bodies dissolve into ashes
Just some bodies dusted off

Dinner with Me


I never cook. OK maybe I make eggs and bacon for breakfast twice a month. Wait, I’m an expert at oatmeal and mac & cheese. Classy, I know.

Anyway, today I made dinner. Last time I cooked dinner was in June. I didn’t write the recipe for it, but have a picture.

I can barely remember...
5 cheese pasta, mushrooms, chicken, walnuts, & green beans.


Today’s dinner consisted of easy items you maybe be able to find in your kitchen right now! Items such as rice, butter, garlic powder, tomato soup, sour cream, salt, lemon juice, chili powder, vegetables, and chicken. Plus, water. Most people have water…

To feed four you need the following amounts:

6 chicken strips or 3 chicken breast pieces (thawed or frozen)
2 cups of water
1 can of condensed tomato soup (305g) or half a can of tomato soup
1 tbs of butter
1 tbs of sour cream
1 tsp of lemon
2 tsp garlic powder (or salt if you like salt in your food)
1/8 tsp of chili powder
2-3 cups of vegetables (frozen works best for me; take your pick)

1 ½ cup of rice
1 tsp of salt
3 cups of water

Let’s Start Cooking

I’m going to break this down as much as I can. I’ll start with the rice because it’s easier to cook. If you have any questions go to http://google.com and search-it-up.

Rice Directions

1. Find a medium-sized pot and matching lid!
2. Add rice. Add salt. Add water.
3. Place pot on stove and turn up the heat to medium.
4. Ignore rice and let boil until there’s no water in there.

TIP Don’t let the water overflow from the pot. Makes a terrifying noise!

Chicken Directions

I freaking hate cooking chicken. Cooking chicken is a necessary evil. If you cook it too long it tastes awful, if you cook it a peculiar way it tastes gross. I never remember to defrost the chicken so I usually throw it on the stove frozen. Probably affects taste, but I can’t taste that difference. For those of you who aren’t taste savvy, the only difference between thawed and frozen chicken in this recipe will be the TIME IT TAKES TO COOK. Thawed will cook faster. Anyway, this part is a pain in the ass. Here goes!

1. Find a cool looking frying pan and matching lid! Preferably a deeper pan.
2. Add 2 cups of water over medium heat.
3. Throw in that chicken and cover that pan. Wait around for the chicken to cook. Check Google Plus, open the can of soup, and find measuring cups.
4. Chicken cooks and you win! Take out the chicken, place it on cutting board, and forget about it. You kind of want to cut the chicken into cubes, but you don’t want to touch it while it’s hot.
5. Add tomato soup, butter, sour cream, lemon, garlic powder, and chili powder into the pan and cover it. Let it cook at medium heat for a good 15 to 20 minutes.
6. Cut your chicken into small penny-sized cubes.

Those look like penny-sized chicken pieces to me.


7. Wait around and cook the tomato soup mixture until it looks thicker than it was when you started. Throw in the chicken and vegetables. Let it simmer until the vegetables are ready to eat.

Then, you enjoy your dinner. Well, I added some peanuts and walnuts to add a twist. Get some plates, serve some food, and eat.

Tastes better than my imagination moment.


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Lie to Me


When I can't see you
I don't want to see your
hazelnut eyes deceiving
me, judging everyone
through the glare
of the afternoon haze
paralyzing the thoughts
in your head

Monday, September 19, 2011

Bad Move Netflix

So. I'm looking through my email, sorting everything into the billion folders that I have, and I find an email from some Reed person. Obviously, I don't stay on top of the names of the CEOs to all my favorite companies, so I almost deleted the email. Then I opened it.

Apparently, Netflix is breaking down their DVD section to "Qwikster." In the email explanation, there isn't a mention of a separate company, I'm assuming they tried to keep it stupid-friendly. Find the whole "explanation" here.

This sounds like an incredibly dumb move. As a business move, I think they're doing the opposite of what most corporations do. You don't really see Google saying stuff like, "well Google Documents, yeah Google Documents should be it's own company. Let's call it EasyDocs." No, they work an infrastructure that optimizes both Google Documents and the million other products and services out there. Because, that's how it's done. You don't break apart your business, you grow your business. You expand.

Qwikster? That's going backward. CEOs of Netflix and Qwikster are advertising that this service will be the same as the ol' Netflix. However, we the faithful subscribers who stuck through the price raises will be the judges.

I'm totally going to finish watching all 11 seasons of Law and Order SVU before I consider unsubscribing from Netflix/Qwikster. And that Qwikster logo is UGLY

***Edit. Thanks reddit for helping me find this

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Kites


Recently, I watched the movie Kites. I think it’s a wonderful movie, well written, well casted, and everything in the film was extremely timed well. OK, the only thing wrong with the film is the use of Spanish. Some of the translations weren’t properly edited by a Mexican. See, Kites is a Bollywood movie featuring Hrithik Roshan and Barbara Mori as well as some other people who are just there. Mori plays a Mexican, sounds like a Mexican, and some of her lines aren’t really Mexican enough.

Yeah, but that’s just in comparison the Spanish that I speak. I speak a weird blend of Mexican and South Texas Spanish. Which is extremely different than like San Antonio Spanish, or say California Spanish. Large world. Apparently, many people didn’t enjoy the movie because of the heavy use of English and Spanish. That’s why the make subtitles.

This is must see for us Hispanic and English/Spanish speakers. Not only is there an awesome Latina in the mix, but there are a lot of exploding vehicles! Exploding vehicles, gun fights, and money! Perfect combination! Oh, there's some lovely dovey romance stuff too.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Writer's Annoyances 2

(pt 2)


Usually, the block isn’t so tough and I can write a whole paragraph. Paragraphs! Oh, do I miss those days. Nowadays I get stuck writing 5 word sentences and or phrases. Maybe, these 5 word sentences are supposed to connect into a poem or short paragraph, but my luck isn’t so good.

Take exhibit A)



That was supposed to be a poem about September 11, 2001 (I think).

Exhibit B)



That was supposed to be a poem about an old love who still love you, but you’re not sure of how to love him back.

Exhibit C)



No idea.

Exhibit D)



Back to an old love; let’s put that guy back into a thought drawer.

These four phrases just didn’t want to become something more. They’re mean like that. Now, I’m not afraid of writing a phrase or many a day. Like my continuing words of un-wisdom.

Example SV-XO 1:27

Let us always meet each other with a smile, for smiles pave the road to love.

Example SV-XO 1:26

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. Meet the devil down in Georgia he'll buy 2-for-1.)

Example SV-XO 1:17

Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody. A larger burden than hunger, greatest poverty to humans. Show love and hug your friends.

Example SV 1:1

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock on the door before you enter the bathroom.

Short phrases can be fun. But writing poems is my kind of fun. Boo not being able to write poems.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Writer's Annoyances

(pt 1)


I’m getting really annoyed with my supposed writer’s block. I can’t really complain because I really enjoy my time off of writing. I get to design, watch movies, and read! However, 90% of my work involves writing of one form or another.

Like emails. I have to write a ton of emails! But, with writer’s block my emails look something like this:

Design attached.

Boring, I know. My more clever emails say something like:

Full page of [client name PDF] attached. Let me know if you have any suggestions. –Thanks

Less boring, I know. Writing emails is a necessary evil.

MM 12 Sep 2011



 Everybody loves techno

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wise words of a future teacher

"Sometimes I wonder if the education field is ever going to get better. Then, I realize that I'm becoming a teacher for the kids, not for the pay or vacation time. Definitely not in it for the wonderful brilliant coworkers and principals. Dang it America!!! The needs of the students must ALWAYS come first!!!!!!!"
I've always believed that education makes the difference. After evaluating my past collegiate career choices and my future (very distant future) post graduate ideas... I can honestly say the world is nicer when you know how to analyze it. I'm not saying that an uneducated person can't live a nice existence. However, after observing the majority of my family I can honestly say that had they stayed in school or attended college they might be different people now.

Stay in school!

Friday, September 2, 2011

I tried

I tried going back to sleep after sleeping probably 5 hours. There were a lot of stairs, butterflies, tables, chairs, and everything else possible for a wedding. (Friend's getting married this Saturday! Pics to come later!)

So I tried, especially since there isn't much to do around right now. Wait, I could watch television... but that's boring. Last time I came over to help with wedding stuff they left me alone in the beautiful living room with a enormous flat screen TV and Law & Order Criminal Intent.

But, TV is boring. Do you like TV? I can live without it.

On less whiny news... I'm using the new Blogger interface that reflects the design changes being implemented to match Google Plus. It's no secret, I love Google. But, I didn't think I would love the new Blogger design. Everything is designed so that it operates flawlessly. Click HTML, edit HTML. Click Compose, write without using HTML. Click Publish, Save, Preview Close.... Advanced Settings (Post Settings)... these are all my favorite Blogger tools in one convenient interface.

However, there's one thing missing. Amazon Associates! Where'd that go? Not like I use mine a lot (ok maybe never at this point). But! I'm sure there are other power-bloggers out there who just can't fathom having to go to Amazon, copying the URL for Associates, and then creating a hyperlink on their blog post.

Also, the convenient row of links with Settings, Permissions, and other lovely blogger's favorites are all compacted into a drop down menu. Sheesh Google, I only like to click two places to get to what I want.  I mean, I'm so not totally busy editing, designing, writing, and what not. Plus, I love clean user unfriendly design.

Moving on. I don't know how I cleaned my on-switch but now I'm wide awake. Gone are the days when I sleep past 11...