Archive for September, 2008

Life Is Busy

Posted in Life with tags , on September 23, 2008 by raingeg

My life is crazy right now, I am moving into another house. Regular work is crazy and all the side work is pretty insane as well. Oh by the way, if you get a chance visit http://joelgainesshow.com and check out the show I am producing.

I have some things coming up it just takes a while when your life is insane.

Tech Update 1

Posted in Technology with tags , , , , , , , on September 12, 2008 by raingeg

So lately I have been using some new things that have come along technology wise. A lot of it is on this blog and some of it just makes life a little more interesting for me.

TVersity

The first thing I’d like to show you is an awesome free program called TVersity. TVersity is a program that allows you to watch, listen, or view any media on your television, palm, PSP, or cell phone. Any video, any music and any pictures that you have on your PC can be sent over the internet to the device of your choice. In order to use this program you of course need to have something to use it with. If you are a Wii, Xbox360, or Playstation3 owner you can definitely use this piece of software. Even if you don’t have one of those game consoles it works with a plethora of other devices.

One of the most amazing things that TVersity has to offer is conversion on the fly. My PS3 doesn’t have the ability to play some video formats, not to worry, if you have TVersity you can play those videos that normally wouldn’t play, really without doing anything, just by downloading the software. The other awesome part about this program is the RSS feeds and live streaming video and audio. If you have a favorite vlog, pod cast or video pod cast all you need to input the RSS info into TVersity and you are set to go. Also if there is any streaming video or audio channels that you want to watch or listen to just add that address to your TVersity and you are good to go. This is a must have.

TVersity Homepage
The TVersity blog

Twitter

Earlier last week I went to the Twitter website to check it out and decide if it was anything I was interested in starting. I actually passed it up the first time I looked at the site, ironically I passed up TVersity the first time I heard about it as well. Over the weekend I was talking to a guy at work (he has a blog http://tucsonsammy.com) and he asked me if I twittered. We had both heard a lot about it on the Hugh Hewitt show because Hugh and a lot of his buddies on his show are Twittering as well. So I decided to give it another shot. The thing that sold me on Twitter is the ability to update if via your cell phone just by sending a regular old text message. I think had I known about that earlier I would have joined. So anyway, I hooked up my Twitter RSS feed to my blog and now anyone that visits my blog can see what I am doing or thinking about.

Twitter Homepage
My Twitter Profile

Delicious

Del.ici.ous bookmarking website is pretty interesting. I first got interested in Delicious because of the Delicious widget that WordPress has. So I figured I would try if out. I really wanted to use it as a way to send exactly what I was reading to my blog, so readers could see some of the news stories I read throughout the day. That worked, so now I am going to delve into the Delicious bookmark website a little more, because along with an online bookmark system you can tag your bookmarks and talk about them with other people on the Delicious website. Seems pretty interesting to me.

The Delicious homepage

McCain’s Sacrifice and Obama’s Mistake

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , on September 9, 2008 by raingeg

In an earlier post I said that McCain was hurt during the primary season by further right individuals, because he was not one of them. On the other hand Obama was loved by nearly every far left man, woman and child out there. There wasn’t a college campus at last semesters end that wasn’t bubbling over with excitement because Obama was the likely nominee.

I think the primary should’ve been about sacrifice for Obama, something that his campaign didn’t do when he was running against Hillary. They both ran on far left progressive ideas. Obama and Clinton had to fight to the death, and in the end, whoever won that fight would have to trek back up a large mountain to the political-center.

McCain made the right move, he scarified his base in the primary election. Obama was not presenting himself as a centrist, he was pandering to the far left anti-bush crowd, they made a lot of noise, but that’s not America. McCain on the other hand, didn’t really have to pander to the center-right crowd because he is center-right. He won the nomination on the authentic premise that he has the ability to work with everybody in congress and I think that he can do that.

The second right move that McCain made was picking a good running mate. He had to pick someone that would energize the conservative base, because he had to neglect that further right base in order to win the nomination. And because of this so-called “deep bench” on the republican side, with people like Romney and especially Bobby Jindal, he could pick a person that would stir up the pot. Enter Sarah Palin.

For weeks before Obama picked his running mate Republicans were on edge, because an Obama-Clinton ticket would’ve been a bad thing for the Republicans. I remember I was in a restaurant when it was broadcast, at about 10 p.m. my time (another bad mistake on Obama‘s part), that Biden was Obama’s running mate and I shrugged my shoulders and harbored no fear. Republicans were actually happy that Obama had picked Biden and I don’t blame them. I said earlier that I didn’t know that much about him, but I found out after about 15 minutes on Youtube that he was no threat at all.

The third good move that McCain made, that Obama messed up on, was picking a running mate without a critical history of the parties nominee. In other words, I think Romney was probably always off the table solely because he ran against McCain in the primary. There would’ve been to much material that the Obama campaign could use against a McCain-Romney ticket because of all the bickering that took place between Romney and McCain. Obama picked Biden who ran against him in the primary and Biden used a lot of the same lines that the Republicans are using today with regard to Obama’s readiness to be the President.

And now we have do deal with the Democrats new line, that Palin is only “a heartbeat away” from being President, as if McCain is going to drop over dead or he only has a few more of those heart beats left. This is still a play on McCain’s age and I doubt it will work. The Obama campaign is attacking Palin far more than the McCain campaign is attacking Biden and this can only mean one thing, she is a threat.

Obama made a mistake by following the far left cries for change and not seeing that there is a sleeping giant in the middle of this country. Its called America and it clings to religion, because when push comes to shove, they look to God for support, not the United States Government.

TV Better Shape Up or Ship Out

Posted in Technology with tags , on September 8, 2008 by raingeg

I love technology, but I also like a good sitcom and a good laugh. It seems that sometimes technology makes life a little less humorous. The other night I was watching Mad About You, a sitcom from the 90’s about a married couple living in New York City. The episode revolved around Paul and Jamie getting separated on two different subway’s. The first thing I thought was, why not just use your cell phone? Then I realized that unlike now, about 15 years ago, cell phones weren’t as prevalent. You couldn’t just send your friend a text message or call them up. I often ask myself how people did it back in the day, how did they end up going anywhere or meeting up with anybody? I guess people just made plans and stuck to them, because of this, we probably had a less flakey citizenry. But if you think about it, its ironic how that plot line couldn’t very easily be used in today’s society. That doesn’t mean things aren’t funny these day’s, it just means that the world we live in is different. We are going to have to be extra creative, as we try to find way’s around how implausible a life without everyone being connected has become.

Technology as a whole has flipped the television world on its head, needless to say technology is winning the fight. With sites like Youtube there is very little the business end of television can do. I actually don’t think very high priced 10 and 5 second ads for video entertainment are very far off. They will probably sell them for what 60 and 30 second ads are selling for now. Life is speeding up, and people want their media when and where they want it on their own terms, not on a networks terms. That is why the term “On Demand” has become so popular. The cable companies sure are getting it, but the networks are only slightly catching on.

Most of the big television networks are offering their show’s for free online, but that isn’t good enough. People don’t only want to be able to watch their favorite show’s online anytime, they want to watch it on their living room TV, without having to download a different player every time. And if the television networks were smart they would make their media as accessible as possible. If the desired media is easy to access that will then make the advertisers message easy to access. There’s an easy way to do it too! RSS video feeds, that way people can use software like TVersity (stay tuned I have a post about it coming up) and they can receive their updates where and whenever they want them.

Its a different world now, the people have really given the companies a run for their money. They want fast, easy, and free media at the touch of a button and its as simple as that. And if they can’t get it from the networks and companies they will get it some other way.

Who Is Really In Charge

Posted in Politics with tags , , , on September 3, 2008 by raingeg

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you are in charge of your government. Now there is a lot of truth in that statement, but only to a degree. You have control over who you vote for and you have God given rights to be an individual. You have the right to think and do for yourself, and that is how it should be.

In this country we vote for the people (politicians) that we agree with the most, even though it feels that at times we are choosing between the lesser of two evils. I think that it is important for the American people to know that they are in charge of their government in that respect. By no means do we have the ability to have a government that keeps us happy all of the time, if they did political blogging as we know it would be nonexistent because it would serve no purpose.

There are some things that you should remember if you are an American citizen, and you should keep this mindset as you think about politics. Your rights are not given to you by the American government, they are God given rights. You will not always be happy with a politician that gets into office, and you are not entitled to be happy with every politician. And you are free to live an abundant life, if you choose not to, that is your choice, the government should not have to bail you out after you chose the wrong path.

So, you are in charge of your government. America is a country “for the people, by the people.” The politicians in Washington are put into power by the people and hopefully they act with the interests of the people that gave them that opportunity in mind.

Which Candidate Will “Hook” The People

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , on September 1, 2008 by raingeg

This country is divided, its no secret, as of now the Gallup numbers keep shifting and the electoral college numbers are fairly tight. This election will be chosen by that 10% that is undecided.

Your choice, is a fairly left-wing progressive Democrat Senator in Barack Obama and a more right of center Republican in John McCain. Both of the positions that these men hold, have, or currently are, hurting them in some way. For John McCain, his more centrist positions hurt him a lot in the primary season, mostly with further right conservatives. Proof is Rush (one of the most listened to talk radio hosts) and his push for people to vote for Hillary in the primary. Another example, Ann Coulter and her statement that she will not vote for McCain if he is the candidate. But Republicans proved that they wanted someone closer to the center this time around. McCain’s new hope is that by adding a socially conservative woman on to the ticket he can garner some of that further right vote. Sen. Obama on the other hand, ran as a further left progressive candidate against Hillary Clinton and is now having to move himself towards the center to garner the majority of that undecided 10%. It will be interesting to see what the more centrist and slightly more conservative Clinton supporters do in light of McCain’s new running mate. These are voters that were already on edge about Obama and I think they will definitely have to think about their vote before election day.

The 10% reminds me of the scene in the Steven Spielberg’s 1991 movie “Hook” with Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman. To set the scene, Peter  “Pan” Banning (Robin Williams) has just arrived in Neverland and the lost boys are trying to see if he is the real Peter Pan, because by now he’s 30 years older than the last time he was in Neverland. Anyway, a large group of lost boys run back and forth as the other lost boys vie for either Peter or the new leader Rufio (Dante Basco). They run back and forth many times until they settle on the idea that Peter really is “The Pan”.

The undecided 10% is going to do the same thing that the lost boys did in Hook. They will run back and forth between the two candidates and try to decide who the real president is. It should be noted that the circumstance is a little different in real life, because as we know neither Obama or McCain have ever been president, where as in the movie Pan was coming back to reclaim the right to his sword, these men are just trying to win.

But nonetheless, there are some uncanny similarities between the two candidates and the characters in the movie. Take Peter Banning for example, he was a lawyer like Sen. Obama. Mr. Banning and McCain have the age issue in common. Like McCain, Rufio comes off as the more pro-active one when it comes to fighting Ctn. Hook (which could represent terrorism) and Rufio is also a tad shorter than his opponent. And Obama, like Rufio, would probably get more style points, at least before pan gets his green tights back. And yes, I do know that I am treating a Steven Spielberg movie like it is Shakespeare, but after all what would new media be like “without Captain Hook?”