Dumbfoundedone will be off for a few days so that he and his wife can move to a BIGGER place. Wish him luck as he attempts to reconnect all those wires again.
When is this considered a good idea?
For more information (no idea why you would) please go here.
This is your brain…
It’s late, I’ve had some drinks and this is funnier than shit!
For some reason, I couldn’t help but think of my sister Sherrie when I saw this.
Web 2.0 definition from Wikipedia.
“Web 2.0 refers to a perceived second generation of web-based communities and hosting services— such as social-networking and folksonomies — which aim to facilitate creativity, collaboration and sharing between users.”
If you’re reading this, you are Web 2.0. You’re reading a blog of someone that some of you may, or may not know. According to my blog stats, most of you don’t know me. If you’re on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube OR listen to podcasts, you’re Web 2.0. In my opinion, and mine alone, if you Google someone’s name, you’re Web 2.0. Wait… most people actually Google their own name atleast once a year, just to see what’s out there on themselves. Once again… Web 2.0.
Do you know the names Amber MacArthur? Leo Laporte? Jimmy Wales? Mark Zuckerberg? Tom Anderson? Tay Zonday? Most of you won’t recognize these names, but they are either proponents of Web 2.0, actual creators of Web 2.0 content or stars of (viral) Web 2.0 content.
Most people (and when I say most, that is my opinion) hear of sites like FB and MS from friends that are already on such sites. “I’ll wall you later” has replaced “see you later” in most social circles. This is a reference to writing a public “note” for everyone to see on, yet again, said pages.
Late last year, 2006, I discovered MySpace through my then 15 year old niece. I was curious as to what the site was all about and decided to give it a go. For once, I used my real name and stats and was honest about everything that was asked about me to fill my profile. Early this year, I discovered Facebook through the same niece that took me to MySpace. I liked FB better due to the fact that only people on Facebook could search for me, unlike MySpace which anyone using a search engine could find me. I thought I was in social heaven and started using it every day to communicate with people. It eventually replaced e-mailing and was my sole means of communication. Why not? I was able to search for people that I had lost contact with long ago, and was curious as to what they’ve been doing since then. Hell, I even started a group on Facebook that currently has 171 people. It was easy to get that many people. All I had to do was make a group aimed at those that graduated from my high school between the years 1988-1991. Word of mouth (or in this case, invitations) got the ball rolling. Everyone was happy and were able to find people that they hadn’t seen or talked to in years. Until….
I found out very quickly that some people still hold grudges from years and years ago. I have no problem admitting that I am 37 years old and left my HS in 1989. It has been more than 18 years since we were all together. A lot of the conversations I had with my “reconnected friends” revolved around topics and situations that occurred nearly two decades ago. In short, none of us really knew what to say. I had almost 200 “friends” that I hadn’t seen, talked to or even thought about in years. I felt that I had to rush home to see what was going on with people that I really didn’t even care about in the first place. Add in my drinking and I was never away from my computer for more than 20 minutes while my wife sat alone wondering if she was going to get any of my attention at all.
This brings me to my question. Is Web 2.0 OK for anyone? Is everyone (or should I say “anyone”) ready for Web 2.0? Do you want everyone to know your shit? Would you like your “friends” knowing your every move?
Don’t get me wrong. I took the whole Facebook thing WAY too far. I used it more than the average person and can not get back that time that in my opinion, was wasted. Just in case you didn’t notice, I now have a blog to report on every day or so. A friend of mine asked “What the hell is the difference? You’re still putting up your personal shit for everyone to see”. Good point. In my opinion though, if you’re reading this right now, it’s your choice to do so. You may or may not choose to comment (although I really wish you would). It’s here, and it will remain here for you to read at your leisure. I won’t be checking to see who has visited and getting pissed at the fact that certain people haven’t read it in a while. I won’t be getting into conversations like “Hey, remember that time in Mr.Spring’s class when I puked?”. This is something that I am more than happy with. It let’s me express my opinions to ANYONE THAT WANTS TO HEAR THEM. In a way, it’s therapeutic for me to be able to relay info that I may find interesting. It also gives me a chance to post some neat things from around the ‘net. Once again, your prerogative as to view or not to view.
Some very useful and somewhat addicting Web 2.0 sites that include YouTube and CollegeHumor.com. These are sites that people can put videos or pictures up for all to see. Man, there is some crazy shit out there. Just search for “Chocolate Rain” or “Chad Vader” on YouTube. I find these sites to be harmless for the most part. Although I have heard stories of people having videos posted of them against their wishes and has caused harm to them. My opinion? Don’t be in a position to have these situations filmed in the first place!
This is MY story. Everyone else has a different one when it comes to uses of Web 2.0 and the effects it’s had on them. I won’t even get into pre-teens, teens and young adults and their uses of social networking sites. I’ve heard horror stories of kids traveling around the world to meet others they have met online. Here’s a story that Dr.Phil had recently. You can see the roundup here.
Web 2.0 USE AT YOUR OWN RISK
Dudes and dudesses….
I’m in the midst of a slip. Funny thing is, I’m watching Intervention.
It’s inevitable. At some point in your life, you’re told you look like someone famous.
Do I look like anyone famous?
For me, it’s been a potpourri (or, for my Southern friends, a “pot purry”) of association. Here, in no particular order are those that your one and only Dumbfounded one has been compared to.
JASON LEE – Earl himself. I actually get this a lot (see previous post). From Brodie Bruce in Mallrats to Banky Edwards in Chasing Amy to the one and only Earl Hickie in My Name Is Earl… This one, I agree with.
MIKE FARRELL – Captain B.J. Hunnicut from M*A*S*H. Once was known as B.J. Hunni, travelling the U.S. performing at burlesque shows. Ok, that one, I made up.
JOHNNY KNOXVILLE – Ultimate Jackass. I don’t think so, but my wife says he reminds her of me and she thinks he’s sexy. I’m leaving well enough alone.
BOY GEORGE – Karma Chameleon extraordinaire. One night in Nashville Tn., I had some sort of 80’s type hat on and a drunk guy said “you look like Boy George. I should kick your ass!”. He then fell backwards in his chair and layed there for 3 minutes.
RANDY TRAVIS – Country Singer. I like this guy. I like him as a person, as a singer and as an actor. Looks wise? Ok, I’ll give them this one. I even do a MEAN rendition of “Forever And Ever Amen” in Karaoke.
HERMEY – Rudolph’s wannabe Dentist Elf Friend. Hey man, how could I complain? He yanked that bad tooth out of that son of a bitch Abominable Snowman’s mouth and turned him good! He saved Christmas! And yes… I really HAVE been compared to him.
This is way too funny to not see.
So, what do ya’ think?
Just curious. What do you think this would be worth? To be honest, I haven’t seen all original 5 members autographs on the same item, from searching on the ‘net. Not to mention it’s on a “Harvest” copy of Rio.
I am IN NO WAY trying to sell this and will not entertain ANY offers. Well, unless it’s over $100,000.
I posted this to YouTube to allow all those that missed it to see it. Yes it was 4 months ago, but people are still asking me to send the file and this is just easier.
I had a digital copy of the “new” Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows book three days before it was released and I was interviewed because of it. If it makes you feel any better, Amber MacArthur asked me what point of the book I was at, and I wouldn’t tell her. Well, that would have given away some stuff……
Here’s a video of the game I went to at St.Michaels arena yesterday. Toronto Buzzers vs. Markham Waxers. I filmed this, so I apologize for the shaky video and crappy sound. It is from a digital camera.
People were getting on their cellphones and telling people they thought the cops were going to be called.
This happened AFTER the game ended. Honestly, referees need courses.
I’m in the middle of writing a blog that may actually take days to write. I feel like I’m in High School and have a deadline to make.
Tomorrow, I am heading to a hockey game at St.Mikes. Said posting may not be up by tomorrow, but rest assured, something funny or creative will take it’s place.
Ok… Let’s do it now.
Here is a picture of my eye with a guitar pick in it.
I spent too much time sending an e-mail to a local Toronto celebrity tonight that hindered my ability to write a blog.
Hey Man! We’re moving and I need to start packing. Patti is on my ass and I need to start wrapping up my original Star Wars figures from the 70’s and 80’s.
Anyone want to buy some baseball cards?
Everyone that knows me, knows that I have no problem downloading songs from the Internet. Today is no different from any other day. My 4.2Gb download (via bittorrent) of the John Peel “Festive 50” Years 1976 through 1991 is now complete. Holy crap! It’s my formative years all over again. Some highlights are as follow…
Smash It Up – The Damned
Teenage Kicks – The Undertones
Where’s Captain Kirk – Spizz Energi
EMI – The Sex Pistols
Twenty Four Hours – Joy Division
The Hanging Garden – The Cure
Poppa’s Got A Brand New Pig Bag – Pig Bag
Man, there is some good shit! This has me asking. In my lifetime, I have seen the 8-track, the vinyl album, the cassette and the CD. If I have bought a retail copy of an album in one format or another, am I entitled to download a copy of said album in digital format using a shareware program for free? I can honestly say that I have ATLEAST 1/2 of the music from today’s downloaded collection on vinyl or cassette. Keep in mind that I collect vinyl and that hearing some of these songs will get me hitting the vinyl shops around Toronto to locate them. This is where it gets confusing. I shop at USED record shops. Which is worse? Grabbing an album from the Internet for free, or buying a used copy of it from a 2nd hand shop? Why are the RIAA and CRIA not going after used record shops, and yet keep trying their hardest to invoke DRM (Digital Rights Media) into anything they can get their hands on? Did you know that some (OK, one) companies actually have a program on their audio CDs that install into your computer when the CD is played on your computer? Look into it.
I can just picture it now. “The RIAA and CRIA go after Goodwill and The Salvation Army for selling 2nd hand albums”.
Ok, I’m not in the mood to write anything perplexing right now, so I will go with this…
DUMBFOUNDEDONE’S TOP 10 ALBUMS OF ALL TIME
1. Tears For Fears – The Hurting
2. Catherine Wheel – Adam And Eve
3. ABC – Lexicon Of Love
4. James – Laid
5. Tears For Fears – Everybody Loves A Happy Ending
6. The Beatles – Revolver
7. Pink Floyd – Meddle
8. Sloan – Twice Removed
9. The Beatles – The Beatles (White Album)
10. R.E.M. – Eponymous
I just got some very disturbing news about a friend of mine. It has me thinking.
Take every moment on this earth and make it your own.
Life is a variable.
Patti and I just spent $492 at Ikea today. New shelving unit, duvet, duvet cover, end table, chair and computer chair. If I had seen the story below before I had gone shopping, I would have had a blast with the salespeople. I definitely would have asked for the dog penis area.
CanWest News Service
Published: Monday, August 28, 2006
A concerned Canadian IKEA customer phoned the popular retail chain last week to inform it that a dog shown in its latest catalogue appears to have a large circumcised penis.
“It does bear a resemblance to something else, but it is the dog’s leg,” said Madeline Frick, public relations manager for IKEA Canada.
The photograph is on the inside cover of a catalogue mailed to millions of homes this summer. Shadows on the dog’s leg make it look like a part of the male anatomy.
Ms. Frick said IKEA executives in Sweden were aware of the issue, but she did not know if the store had received any additional complaints.
“We hope people will focus on the good home furnishing offer that we’re giving,” she said. “And not this image.”
© National Post 2006
Click on image for bigger picture, you sicko!
I wish I had one now.
I’m slipping as we speak.
I’m watching my Sister’s 50th Birthday on DVD and if it weren’t for my past discrepancies, I would have to say that I’m having a blast right now.
This brings me to a question. I am an alcoholic. I’m having a blast at what I’m doing right now, no harm no foul. Is this a bad thing or not?
BTW, The picture is of Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas.
Everyone knows that I am a fan of the “death metal” outfit Cannibal Corpse. With album titles like “Gore Obsessed”, “Tomb Of The Mutilated” and “Hammer Smashed Face”, how could I not? (don’t laugh… I’m serious, I do like them)
One thing that I also like is “Lounge Music”. Richard Cheese, Jaymz Bee and Stan Getz are some of my favorites (once again, I AM SERIOUS).
The video here is an amalgam of both. Unfortunately I don’t know who the dude is that sings this.
This is from an Australian TV show. For those in the know, Australia tried to get CC banned in last year and prevent them from touring. Does this mean that the lyrics are ok if you get an overly happy lounge singer to sing them? Is it the head banging at neck break speed? What is it Australia? I want to know!
Enjoy the video.
Ok, I’m no PotHead, but I know quite a few. I’ve even tried those brownies that are mentioned here. The guy in this video has to be a first time user. I just picture that scene from “Reefer Madness” when the dude gets that woman to play the piano. “Faster! FASTER!”.
Isn’t it illegal in the States to use marijuana? Is it bothering anyone else that this guy wasn’t arrested, along with his wife? I guess the cops get special treatment.
The News people’s reactions are priceless.