Saturday, April 30, 2011

(H) Stands For Hobbitized.

So, my last few posts are kinda-sorta crappy lame. I get that. It's hard to produce quality posts regularly when you suffer from a motivational deficiency and in turn, have no real motivation to fix it. That being said, I am actually surprised that I have even began this post. How long does writers block last? How could I have prevented contracting it in the first place? Is it airborne? Is there some sort of vaccine or antivenin? A patch? A pill? A suppository?

Forget that last one. The (shear terror) of that mental picture is far beyond anything that you should ever have to experience. EVER. So, with no magic pill to cure my ills, I will have to do this the old fashioned way. I will have to think. (I just threw up in my mouth a little bit)

I have had a lot of time at work to do things like, not work, so I have been listening to music over the past few days, and since I am only on H, and everybody else is finished, I think I'll critique a few of my favorite albums. and since H is the eighth letter in the alphabet, the next eight posts will include a glimpse into my musical tastes, while staying with the A to Z theme. I will try to do share with you, my eight favorite albums. These eight albums have their own special place on my iTunes and as long as I have a back up MP3 disc, they will always have said special place.
1. No Code, Pearl Jam - No Code is by far and away, my favorite Pearl Jam album. I like them all (not including the live recordings) but this one is unique. I can remember P.J. fans raising hell when this album was released. It was nothing like Ten or Versus. Eddie had gone soft. Blah, blah, blah. Upon listening to this album for the first time, I thought that it sounded more "mature" than previous records. They seemed to have accessed a completely new creative avenue. They were all growed up. They no longer needed to play loud, all of the time, but they still could, if they wanted to. They prove this with the song "Lukin" but dial it back down immediately after with "Present Time". IMO, this well crafted album gets a bum wrap. Musically, it is less harsh on your ears than other efforts and that may be the reason why it was not received as well.

(The letter H and No Code have nothing in common. The H in this post is in the title. Cheap, you say? I say yes, yes it is.)

The new ad campaign for Apple/Mac

I know, that was harsh. Kind of like getting.............


 

Friday, April 29, 2011

(G) Stands For GOTCHA.

Okay, so I'm sorry that I got you all excited. It was wrong of me to lead you astray. I figured I would create a loophole for those of you who may be thinking of washing your hands of this mass-uh-cree but were not wanting to hurt my feelings by UN-following. It's all about yous, friends. It's all about yous.

As I have found out the hard way, UH-GIN, it is not smart to rush into ANY thing without thinking it through, and, staying true to form, I did it yet again. I started this A to Z challenge with aspirations of rattling out posts on a daily clip, with hopes of broadening the reach of my morbidity to the masses but as it turns out, it's not as easy as some of you make it look. I am boring. I have the sense of humor of a potato and I am a french fry short of a happy meal. Excitement, as defined by me, is going to my buddies house to game it up. I get excited thinking about sleep, if by chance, either the Bi or In Laws offer to watch Bear for a night. Throw in a steak dinner and I pee in my pants a little bit. It's sad. I think that I am going to "Party like it's 1999." I am going rogue. I am going random.

My next post will include a Wushi, some random babble and the next letter of the challenge.
It may take me a year, but it has begun and will be released A.S.A.P. I'm also working on a guest spot over at one of Bruce's alias accounts, The Guy Book. It is my take on child birth and all of the things that I experienced during that long 7.5 month stretch.

I'll be chatting atcha's soon. 


Thursday, April 28, 2011

Can You Say, Milestone??????

It is my distinct honor to announce to you all that I have hit (40) followers and to mark this special occasion, I am going to quit. I thank you all for your comments and hope that one day, our path's will meet again.

ib

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

(F) Stands For.....

Family

This past Easter weekend, I was able to spend a good amount of time with family. Saturday, the bi-laws invited us over for dinner and orchestrated an egg hunt for the little one. My sisters, nephews and B.I.L were unable to attend so Pop and Gee focused all of their attention on little Miss Thang. After Church on Sunday, we tooled west fifty miles and spent Easter Day with my wife's family. The clouds were ominous but the weather remained dry so we were able to enjoy the holiday outside.

Funny Pictures

I have been suffering from a severe case of writers block as of late so if you can't tell, I'm reaching for some inspiration. Here are a few pictures I found humorous while scouring the web for material.



A man's game.
 
Texas (no longer long)horns.


 
Pimp My Ride, Amish Edition


I hope I can get out of this funk soon.
Maybe a Fingering is in order.

Ciao 4 Niao

Monday, April 18, 2011

(E) Stands For Eurotuner.

Eurotuner


I am a big fan of European cars. There, I admit it. I own a VW. I have owned it for approximately seven years and still, to this day, enjoy driving it. I can describe it in one word.......

"Fahrvergnugen"

Now, this I won't rattle on about my taste in vehicular's, I'll get to the point. Eurotuner magazine has a contest every now and then called "Photochop Challenge", where they ask readers to alter the photo of a car that they choose, submit it to them by a deadline and check back in a few month's to see how you fared. Below, you will find my entry (first one, actually) and I wanted to ask you's if it looks cheesy or decent.

So, what do you think?
 
This is the original photo to be chopped.
This is my chop.
And yes, I am aware of the fact that the picture is of a Ford. It is said to have European styling and that is why it is the mag. I know, it makes little sense.

Friday, April 15, 2011

(D) Stands For Daywalker.

Day-walker


This is one of my own creations and it was inspired by the Blade Trilogy. In it's basic form, it is a picture of my mug that I edited with Photoshop. I admit that it is not the most settling picture to rest your eyes upon and what makes it even more whacked out is that it is a shot of my mug. I am pretty creepy. Not that it comes as a surprise to all of you.

Later

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Pimpin' Ain't Easy

Hello and welcome back. I apologize for the blog lag. I have been lazy busy and have not been able to post, (for like, Everrr). I am on day one of my work swing so hopefully, I can redeem myself and squirm earn my way back into your goodest of graces. I will also be catching up with all yawl's blogging so expect to hear/feel a tingle on your proverbial blogearlobes.

"First things first, where's your shi.........?"
Sorry, I had a Fat Bastard flashback.
Really, first things first. I have been humbled by my peers yet again.


It seems funny to me that I have somehow gained the small following that I have and I am truly thankful for you all. I have met some awesome people along the way. There is a new entry into my "blogs I follow" list. Her name, Deirdra Eden-Coppel. She is an accomplished author, publisher, artist and fellow blogger. Her blog, A Storybook World, is one that I have not had the chance to read much into as of yet, but I plan on becoming better acquainted with her and her writing. Deirdra has issued me her "Creative Blog Award", and for that, I am extremely grateful. Her blog is wonderfully done, as her own artwork is a portion of the goods that I have enjoyed thus far. So, go over and say hey. You will not regret doing so.


It seems that my man crush on Bruce and his trusty sidekick Tucker, who by the way, are the contributers that spearhead J.A.D.I.P. is finally starting to get noticed. He donkey punched my lovetuals when he forwarded me this.....

"Versatile Blogger" award. He also gave it to a the sultry little vixen, Absolutely Primed at Over Developed, Under Exposed, that turned right back around and gave it too me. Again.
So, thank you to them both for rubbing my "rhubarb".
And as with most awards, it was given to me with a few stipulations.
1. Link back to the person(s) that payed it forward, which I have done.
2. Admit to seven things that you all may not know about me. I've done this once before for a different award and per my attorney, it would be wise of me not to share any more of my past "doings", for fear that unwanted attention will further damage my case.................wait, that's not me. I was getting myself confused with "The Sheen-ster". My bad dawg.
3. Does it really matter what number three is? I am supposed to dish this bad boy out to fifteen blogger buddies that I fancy but I'm not that cool and I am suffering from an extreme lack of motivation, so, in an attempt not to enrage the award gods, I'll leave it open for anyone that wants it. Consider it my gift to you, the little people.


And with that, I am going to make some hot chocolate, cuddle up in my wife's Snuggy and watch as you all march down the path to my place, thrusting your torches and pitchforks high into the night sky, singing tunes about how you are going whack me, Beauty and The Beast style. If we meet again, it is my hope that you find it in your heart to forgive me for being lazy and uninspiring.


P.S. Drake, I do appreciate your honest commenting. It is not everyday that one can put his hand on another man's shoulder and tell him that he is, indeed, not liked. And to Hed, thanks for laughing at me WITH Doomsday Boy. You have both earned an award from me.


SKAAADOUCCCHHHE


Be well.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Sorry, Please Don't Hate Me.

If anyone is wondering, I am busy, busy, busy, busy. I will be catching back up with stuff (i.e. A to Z, Commenting, etc. etc.) It has been "whacked out" busy lately.

God Bless,
ib

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

(C) Stands For Claire

"From A to Z"

.....my little Cutie pie. The beautiful little ball of attitude that has forever changed my life. I'll steal a line from my blogging buddy Bruce that went something like this, "my daughter will become the last woman that will ever break my heart, and it's a good thing." TRUE DAT.
One day, I will walk her down the aisle, on what I expect to be the most bittersweet day of my life. Bitter because my little girl will be a woman, that will be moving on to the next stage of her life, leaving her proud papa to pout on a pew. The sweet part is all in the memories, and if I do things right while she's a youngin', she may not need me much but she will always know that I will be here, waiting, just in case. So, for those of you who read this, C stands for my lovely daughter Claire. Daddy loves you so.





Monday, April 04, 2011

(B) Stands For Baudelaire

B.....stands for blogging bliss. I never imagined that I would be blogging for quite this long and/or that anyone would be interested in what I have/had to say but, here we find ourselves almost an entire year into it and it the monster is still breathing fire.


 Baudelaire, Charles

"Beauty"

I am as lovely as a dream in stone;
My breast on which each finds his death in turn
Inspires the poet with a love as lone
As everlasting clay, and as taciturn.
Swan white of heart, as sphinx no mortal knows,
My throne is in the Heaven's azure deep;
I hate all movement that disturbs my pose;
I smile not ever, neither do I weep.

Before my monumental attitudes
Taken from the proudest plastic arts,
My poets pray in austere studious moods,

For I, to fold enchantment round their hearts,
Have pools of light where beauty flames and dies,
The placid mirrors of my luminous eyes.

Charles Baudelaire
Baudelaire is one of my favorite poets. His writing was pure. He was brutally honest.

Be well.


Sunday, April 03, 2011

(A) Stands For Advanced Personality Test.

While tooling around a day or two ago, I happened across a few blogs that I wanted make mention of. First up, Trixie Racer and her blog entitled Quizes - Window Into My Soul? Now, I will confess, personality quizzes and such are shiny objects to mine eyes. I see a post consisting of a test and I go in, guns-a-blazin'. I about peed my pants when I jumped onto her site. It is a "Quiz Utopia." It is a "Cornucopia of Quizzardry." It is a quizzingly bliss marvel of miraculous mayhem by the likes of which my world has never seen. Quizzes are everywhere. One may have even popped out of my tube steak maker. If you are into this sort of thing, I highly recommend that you fancy a look see by clicking the link above. She has some other blogs but I have not made the rounds as of yet.
I also stumbled upon Arlee Bird and her blog Tossing It Out. It just so happens that she started a blog challenge that lasts through the month of April entitled "From A to Z". I am a noob so here is a Cliff Notes version of the rules. Basically, you run down the alphabet, incorporating each letter into your desired form of post. It could be the first letter in the title of a poem or a lyric, or maybe a piece of art. It does not matter, just so long as you incorporate each letter of the alphabet into a post.
So, as one who likes this kind of thing, I signed up. And being that Trixie's quiz for that day started with an A, I decided Yea. I'll stay and play, maybe jump in some hay or eat a fillet. Doe-not tempt me, I just may (as the sound of my voice trails off, you can hear my muttering words and phrases that rhyme with A)

Advanced Personality Test Results

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90%
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Stability results were low which suggests I am:
worrying, insecure, emotional &anxious.
Orderliness results were low which suggests I am:

overly flexible, improvised & fun seeking, sometimes
at the expense of reliability, work ethic & long term
accomplishment.
Extroversion results were medium which suggests I am:

moderately talkative, outgoing, sociable & interacting.

Trait Snapshot:
Messy, Irritable, Depressed, Fragile, Worrying, Emotionally Sensitive, Does Not Like To Lead, Phobic (Only Snakes), Weird, Suspicious, Low Self Control, Paranoid, Second Guesses, Dependent, Unproductive, Introverted, Weak, Unassertive, Submissive, Familiar w/Dark Side Of Life, Feels Invisible, Rash, Vain, Anti-Authority, Heart Over Mind, Low Self Concept, Disorganized, Not Good At Saving Money, Strange, Avoidance, Daydreamer & Unadventurous.

So, in conclusion, I would agree with many of these results but not all. I crossed off the ones that I would argue against, if I happened to be an argue able person.