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Friday Bottom 3: Annoying Advertisement

Don’t you hate intrusive sales pitches and advertisements? 30 or more years ago, I am sure the #1 on this list would have been door-to-door, but those days appear to be done. I know these methods work because they are so widely used, even by the church. 🙂

#3. Spam – Endless useless emails flood everyone’s inbox on a daily, scratch that, hourly basis these days. Most of the time they are selling a financial scheme or some sexual aid/medical product.

#2. Junk Mail – I have noticed a serious reduction in credit card offers and pre-approved home loan offers over the last 6 months, but a massive increase in loan modification and real estate attorney letters. All that junk gets confusing, especially when they try to make it look like an official letter from my mortgage bank.

#1. The Telemarketer – I put my name on the no call list, but somehow I still get unsolicited business calls and faxes. The faxes are most annoying because they are wasting my ink and I can’t block them. Unknown Callers do not get answered at my house.

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Friday Bottom 3: Cable News Personalities

This bottom 3 list is not based on ratings, but simply on personal preference.  Since my preference is nearly impeccable, you can take my word as gold!

#3. Bill O’Reilly – This guy has a couple of decent things to say occasionally.  Unfortunately, he presents very few facts when he goes off on his rants against oil companies.  I watched one evening as he had Neil Cavuto as a special guest.  O’Reilly began talking about how he was “looking out for the folks” and slamming oil companies for gas prices that didn’t drop proportionally to the price of the falling barrel of oil.  Cavuto literally destroyed that argument talking about how oil at $20/barrell had gas prices at $1.50/gallon, but oil at $120/barrel had gas prices at about $3-4/gallon.  That means if you argue falling oil prices from $120/barrel were not moving fast enough, the price of the gallon of gas should have been between $9 to $12 at its peak.  He tried with no success to get the point through that there is much more cost that goes into a gallon of gas than a barrell of oil, but O’Reilly was too obtuse, stupid or maybe just too prideful to admit he was wrong, so he just continued yelling at the brilliant Cavuto.

#2. Chris Matthews – This guy has been masquerading as a legitimate news personality for way too long.  The combination of totally biased commentary with one of the most annoying and pushy personalities makes this guy nearly unbearable.  It’s no wonder that his ratings are totally in the tank on MSNBC.  I have another pet peeve about Matthews.  I can’t stand how he gets that dumb mouth mayo/spittle in the corners of his mouth while he is yelling and interupting everybody.  Besides, this knucklehead admitted on national TV that he gets a “tingle” up his leg when Obama speaks.  Give me a break.

#1. Keith Olbermann – This guy should have stuck to ESPN.  His biased opinions are not bad enough.  Like O’Reilly, this guy tries to pass his opinion off as fact, only he is so far slanted to the left he needs a kickstand.  Olbermann is what the Soviet Communists of decades past would have described as a useful idiot.  His smug arrogance combined with irrational anger makes him unwatchable for anyone desiring honest political coverage.  From my perspective, the purpose of his show is to make any God-fearing freedom-loving American look bad.

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Fair Thoughts

  • As of last Friday, it is Christmas season.  I always consider the Christmas season starting as soon as Thanksgiving day is over.
  • Marcela has already packaged and wrapped presents and put up a couple Christmas trees.  Max even had a Santa hat on last night.  He didn’t like it very much.
  • I finished the last of the leftover Thanksgiving turkey today.  I made turkey salad and in the words of cousin Eddy, “it was gooo-ooood.”
  • We watched Rudolph the Red-Nosed Raindeer clay-mation show two nights ago.  We plan on watching Santa Claus is Coming to Town this weekend.  Those are two of my favorite Christmas specials.
  • My all time favorite Christmas movies are:
  1. It’s a Wonderful Life
  2. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  3. A Christmas Story (what kid wouldn’t want a Red Rider BB Gun?)
  4. Home Alone
  • Sean Avery of the NHL’s Dallas Stars was suspended indefinitely for calling his ex-girlfriend Elisha Cuthbert of 24 his “sloppy seconds” because she is now dating another NHL player.  Many people are crying “FREE SPEECH VIOLATION!”  For those who are constitutionally challenged, this is no 1st Amendment violation.
  • While I do not agree with a harsh suspension due to the lack of even-handedness across the NHL to players who have said much worse, it is the discretion of the NHL to determine what language reflects poorly on them concerning his player conduct clause in his $15.5 million 4-year contract.  The Standard Player Contract he signed specifically states that his conduct reflects on the NHL on and off the rink and “must be held to the highest standard of honesty, morality, fair play, and sportsmanship, and to refrain from conduct detrimental to the best interest of the Club, the League or professional hockey.”
  • My disagreement is not that the NHL does not have the right to do such, but that they are coming down hard on this idiot for insulting his Ex while they have done little more than a slap on the wrist for some players who have made racist comments, physically attacked players on the ice unprovoked, and have committed felonies off the rink.  The NHL got this one wrong, but so did Avery.  Maybe he will learn to keep his mouth shut.
  • I got my Curve in the mail yesterday.  It is set up and running smoothly.  My old BlackBerry has been spotty, signal was degrading, camera stopped working, and battery was fading.  I had about 5 days left on my Warranty when I called to see about a new phone.  That saved me hundreds of dollars.
  • Originally, I had the charcoal colored Curve, and they sent me the red Curve in the mail.  I like the red one better!
  • Our fantasy football league is winding down with one more regular season game followed by the two game playoffs.  Right now, Mark Similey and I are the only two who have wrapped up our playoff spot.  Ritz, after starting 6-1 has lost 4 of his last 5 and really needs to win his last game to make the playoffs.  Jesse who also started 6-1 has lost 4 of his last 5 and needs to win this week to ensure that he makes the playoffs.
  • This has been a super competitive league.  3 teams are stilly vying for 2 playoff spots in the final week.  No teams had clinched until the second to last week of the season.  I have never seen a league with so much parity.  I have also only been in a league one other time with Trav when he did not make the playoffs.  That was the year that the commish cheated and we both set the earth on fire before being kicked out of the league.
  • Marcela and I purchased bicycles on Black Friday.  I got a cool little mountain bike for all the mountains here in FL, and Marcela got a multi-speed hybrid.
  • I have to go, Max just did something bad!

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Sunday Life Pointe Talk Soup 2.0

  • Arriving at the theater (Church) this morning, I found Jesse, David C., and my mom (Anne J) already kicking things off. David was working hard putting out the signs and flags. Props to the set up guys for their dedication.
  • I had to fix my own coffee and bagel today, since my wife who volunteer in the coffee department is out of town. She will be in Idaho and Wyoming for a while visiting with her parents.
  • I had to do a little searching for power and direct box since I was on the keyboard this morning. I also brought the miniKorg in order to midi some retro sounds. That set me back about 20 or more minutes just to find the pieces.
  • Jesse took a Sunday to step back, observe, and push others into leadership. Alex, Reina, Julie, and yours truly led songs this morning.
  • Alex was on acoustic guitar, Bill was kickin it on the bass, I played the keyboard, Mike was rockin the drums.
  • The 9:00 attendance was strong, but the music seemed to miss the flow at times.
  • The 10:30 service was packed. The vibe was intense, and the music was on target.
  • We started out with Reina singing Trading My Sorrows, then Alex led a new song “Devotion” that was just very heartfelt and dynamic, the Julie led “You Are My King (Amazing Love)” for communion, and I led “Life Song” to end. After we were finished, we sang a little piece from Coldplay’s Viva la Vida while people shook hands. I loved the music this morning.
  • The videos were outstanding!
  1. First video was of last week’s baptism. The comments from those attending and being baptized were beautiful. As people were brought up from the water, the screen went from black and white to color.
  2. Second video was a pitch from the youth (they actually created the video) to help raise funds for Youth Camp. It was in the form of a news show.
  3. Third video was the intro video for “Got Funk: The Funk of Humility”. Chris Day starred as a not so humble guy on his first date with Venus. WOW he was totally arrogant, but it was funny. Venus couldn’t get a word in edgewise. There were also some characters from previous videos like Alex’s mustache man (wah wah wah), Gio on the phone, and Nathan reading about super sized kids. At the end, it seemed obvious that there would be no second date. The blooper/outtakes were pretty funny too.
  • At 2pm we met in the church office for the Web 2.0 seminar. We discussed the potential of social networking to bring people together and introduce them to LPC.
  • We discussed Twitter, Blogging, Facebook, Flckr, MySpace, and other social networking tools.
  • There was a brief tutorial on setting up a blog, “link-love”, web searches, categories, and what things you would want to avoid putting on the internet.

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State of the Blog Address

Mr. Webmaster, Pastor Trav, “The Major“, blog readers, wordpress staff, internet surfers, Life Pointe Attenders and Members, distinguished blogroll members, subscribers and guests, tonight the state of the blog is exceptionally strong!

Over the past several months since this blogs inception, the traffic steadily grew from just a handful of views a day, to record traffic in the last week of April through the early portion of May.  Traffic was primarily based on hits from Pastor Trav’s site due to the baptism controversy, a post about the NBA playoffs that got the attention of a sports page, a top 5 list that made the menus page in Miami, a top 5 post that generated repeat views and comments about overused phrases, and due to a top 5 entry that got some fans of Melanie Sofka a little upset.  As those hot topics died down, my traffic dropped off considerably.  There have been criticism that posts about sports or amusement parks are not what people want to read, but this blogger will not compromise his core values!  We will press on in the face of lighter than average traffic to bring you information that you need!  I am here for you!
As the NBA playoffs reached the finals, traffic returned.  There were numerous hits returned from search engines from people looking for statistics on teams coming from 3-1 deficits, and the history of the NBA finals.  There were also numerous hits on a thread “The Irony of Green and Red” which pointed out that Phil Jackson made it to the finals for the first time with a team that he has developed while the Celtics won the championship with a team of stars developed everywhere but Boston.

The most traffic from internet search engines have come from these terms in this order: #1 Citizen Cane/Kane; #2 Beetlejuice Shrunken Head and all variations of that search (from Marcela’s LPC Talk Soup Post on 3/30/08 referencing Jesse’s intro video), #3 Polaner Allfruit; #4 the NBA (and variations); and #5 Deep Thoughts/Jack Handey.

The last two weeks, the search engines are driving the traffic on this page.  I expect traffic to spike over the weekend as people all over the nation are interested in the results of the baptism at Biscayne.  The NBA traffic should die down, and there may be another lull.  But as this blog continues to bring quality information to the masses, it is the expectation of this writer that the traffic will reach the level of consistency and record numbers that it was experiencing in April and May.

We will continue to bring the Top 5 on Saturdays, the Talk Soup (with occasional guest writers) on Sundays, all kinds of thoughts on Thursday, and choice sarcastic humor on Wednesday.  There may be a discontinuation of the Jack Handey Deep Thoughts to be replaced by my choice of quotes (may or may not be original).  Stay tuned!

Thank you for reading and contributing to The Citizen Cane.  Until the next entry, good night and God bless!

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Communication

A couple hundred years, news was spread via town crier and print, then some decades later the telegraph allowed codes to be sent across a pretty good distance. Then with the invention of the magnetic/electric telephone and it’s advent around the turn of the 20th century, we could share information across the country without someone to translate Morse Code. We could actually hear the voice of someone speaking in a different location. Then we had the radio and TV which could relay information quickly into our homes on a wide scale, but there was still a delay in the relay of big events across the globe. As technology grew and so did population, the world got smaller with sattelite communications. We could find out instantly what happened on the other side of the world, as long as the people on the other side of the world would tell us. The internet happened and everything changed. We could share via email or instant messages our information directly from one person to another with no middle man, nobody controlling the flow of info.

As I sit here on the edge of Biscayne Bay and the FL Everglades typing some random thoughts about communications on my Blackberry with no cables, no phone lines, no wireless router, no typewriter or telephone, I am overwhelmed with my thoughts. I can’t even put into words how amazing the era in which we live is to me. I am a nobody in the grand scheme, yet I have the ability to share with the whole world what I am thinking at any given time and nobody is trying to stop me! Isn’t that crazy? I wonder what somebody like Martin Luther or Ben Franklin would have been able to do with this technology.

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More Twitterage

What can Twitter do that sms text, blogging, myspace, instant messaging, or emails cannot?

  1. sms texts require a cell phone and text plan ($$) and are sent to one person at a time. Twitter can go with you anywhere you can get an internet connection (which is virtually everywhere now, and will be literally everywhere tomorrow) and is free
  2. blogging requires someone to log onto your blog or their reader service. Twitter can be set to notify you that someone has updated via sms text or instant message. Also twitter is 140 characters or less. Brief/concise messages whenever needed.
  3. myspace is like an all-in-one service. Again someone has to log onto my page specifically to see what is new. Anyone that follows me on Twitter would see my update immediately when I send it and can respon for everyone to see or respond directly to me.
  4. instant messaging is one-on-one only and requires someone to be logged on to their messaging client to receive and send. With Twitter, I tell what I am doing right now, or get my update on the information I want out to my readers and followers via sms text on cell phone, web page, or twitter client, and depending on the followers’ settings they will get the update when they open the website, their twitter client, or their cell phone will receive a text message.
  5. emails go to the users I select. I may forget to add an email address if I am sending an update to a newsgroup. A tweet goes to everyone who is following me.

Twitter is most like an open newsgroup/bulletin board/alert service. You could call it micro-blogging. Companies, people, promoters, organizations can send out an update to thousands of clients/people/followers/friends to keep them in the know about whatever they want to get out. It isn’t going away anytime soon. I could see twitter being utilized in politics, too. By the way, I have not even learned much about twitter. There is actually third party twitter software that allow you to do more than the twitter site alone allows you to do. I haven’t got into all that yet.

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