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Falling Off The Grid

Posted in Blog Stuff, Late Night Posts, Music on December 13, 2008 by Jamie

1 month. 30 days. 720 hours. 43,200 minutes. 2,592,000 seconds. I’ve been gone from this blog for MORE than that. That’s a third of a trimester. If I gave you one penny on the day of my last post, two pennies the next day, and so on, you’d have over $10 million now. Now that’s seriously messed up.

In a month, the average man can burn 27,000 calories in a month by simply walking three hours a day. The Beatles wrote/recorded most of the songs from their first album, Please Please Me, in about a month. So surely during a month long absence I must’ve been up to something groundbreaking? Absolutely not. For the past month, I’ve been lazier than a $@&^ing high turtle. That simile did not even make sense. See what an absence from the internet does to you?

Actually that’s a lie. I have not been absent from the internet at all, just this blog, and my other attempts at blogs. (Sorry Yining.) I tried starting a politics blog with my asian friend, and that failed miserably. You’d think that a blog written by two young people, with similar views on the same topic, who are both interested in writing, would take off now? Well you thought wrong. I gave up on it almost right off the bat, and for that I apologize.

I find it kind of funny that my last post was talking about how my writing was going in a different direction, how things would change. How my procrastination days were over, and how the blog was going to be better than before. Funny how I never seem to fllow through on promises like that eh? Anyways, that’s why I’m intentionally not making any promises in this post.

When I have something on my mind, and I want to write about it I will. When I see something interesting on the internet, I’ll post it. When something big happens in the REAL WORLD (the place beyond your computer screen,) I will try to get my thoughts down on paper.

But hey, I can’t make any promises.

Over 300 words already, that’s quite an accomplishment for me. (Barely more than ten words a day if I had spent mt month of absence writing this.) Ok now my sentences are starting to not make sense, so I’ll leave you with a video I found on the web:

It’s a video montage featuring snippets of the original songs that Kanye West has sampled. If you’re a Kanye Fan, then this is pretty cool. If not well, this sucks I guess. Anyways it plays a video of the original song, and then shows how the Kanye sampled it for his specific songs. The more sentences I write, the less sense I make. Shit. It’s like my brain has run out of fuel, actually a common occurence around 2 AM. But here it is:

So that’s it for now, check back often because I MIGHT be writing more. (Notice how I didn’t make any promises?)

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Stepping It Up A Notch

Posted in Blog Stuff on November 11, 2008 by Jamie

I’ve always liked that saying, even though I have no idea what it literally means. Oh well.

Here I am, writing yet ANOTHER post about how I’ll be improving my blogging from now on. Believe it or not, I actually have a pretty busy life. Between work and school, I don’t have much free time to do anything at all. But a blog post really doesn’t take that much time at all. A few minutes and I should be able to whip up a little post, and the very least a paragraph or two.

So that is where I am now. Eexperimenting with Twitter and Digg (google them), trying to feel for myself what it’s like to be a real blogger. And by “real blogger” I mean someone that actually updates semi-regularly. And not just stupid updates about what I’m doing right now, for that I use Twitter. From now on I’ll be trying to actually do the one post per day minumum I’ve promised.

This blog will have more posts, more variety, reviews on movies and music (old and new), commntary on sports and politics, and even comments about the mundane life of a 19-year-old student. Hopefully I’ll actually begin to use this blog not as an escape into the virtual world, but as sort of an addition to my life, something that only makes it better.

Like an extra arm, but less gross.

The Awesomeness Of Motivational Posters

Posted in Blog Stuff with tags on November 5, 2008 by Jamie

An election recap will be available sometime today, but for now I’ve been wasting my time with something else; motivational posters.

motivtionalposters

Originally, motivational posters were used for their actual purposes: motivation. There would be a picture of a hiker, for example, followed by a subtitle like “perseverance” or something like that. Recently, the creation of motivational posters has been turned into a fad. Find a funny picture, enter it into a generator, and text, and you’re done.

So that’s what I did for the last few minutes. Click here for a full collection, and check back later tonight for the election recap.

Keeping Up With The Joneses

Posted in Blog Stuff on October 30, 2008 by Jamie

… And the Moyses, Isenbergs, Whites, Sus, Gonshors. All friends of mine who, after me, have created blogs of their own. When I hosted my blog over at Blogspot, the posts were less frequent and the content less serious. Not like I’m saying my blog is serious or anything, but it’s taken on a different tone, in addition to more posts being posted more often.

So what motivated me to make the switch, not to WordPress, but to a real blogger instead of an occasional one? My friends (everytime I say that I feel like John McCain.) Every time they posted more often than me I began to feel inadeaute. With them writing more, I felt I should to, in an effort to “compete” with them. So with that I’ve begun searching for new gimmicks, updated the overall look of the blog, and then the huge switch over to WordPress.

Once I figured out how to make the permanent switch (meaning, importing all my old Blogspot posts so readers would not have to click there to read them,) I knew I was on my way to becoming a better blogger. With the “search” feature, readers can now search for any topic that interests them (Obama, NFL, etc,) and find out if I’ve ever written a post about their desired topic.

Also, I’m beginning to take advantage of WordPress’ “pages” feature. With this new layout, the “pages” I write will be at the top of the screen, just above the banner, which I will customize shortly. This will enable me to write new, daily (or semi-daily,) updates. Some “pages” I’ll have, if you don’t see them already, are; links of the day, photo of the day, video of the day, and more. I just haven’t thought of everything yet.

So if you like what you’ve been reading, keep checking abck as I update it with more than jsut posts, and explore so you can take full advantage (also check the “What’s New” page often, because that’s where I’ll post my updates.

Stay tuned.

Welcome Facebookians

Posted in Blog Stuff with tags on October 21, 2008 by Jamie

Did I just make a word up? Who knows. Anyways, in an effort to branch out, I’ve made a facebook group for my blog. Which you can find here.

If you’ve just come here from that group, it means you have a slightly vested interest in my writing. I encourage you to subscribe, comment, and make any suggestions that can help me improve my blog.

Even though my two main interests are probably sports and politics, this blog will cover anything, especially if I have an interest in that particular something. Even if I don’t I’ll sometimes still write about.

If you’ve come here accidentally, I apologize for misleading you. I still think you should check out the whole blog, (comment etc,) but you’re entitled to your opinion. I actually invited everyone on my Facebook friends list to the group, so hopefully a significant portion of them will come by and see what I’ve got.

This isn’t much of a real post, more of a welcome to the people who got here from Facebook and don’t know what it is. So look around, take advantage of the search feature on the bottom right of the page, or look near the top at my “recent posts.”

I only recently started this blog, I used to run it at a different site. Because of that, there are not too many new posts, but there will be, so check it out.

Allow Me To Re-Introduce Myself

Posted in Blog Stuff, Late Night Posts on October 20, 2008 by Jamie

Hey. Hi? Hi… Yeh, so this is my blog. It’s 3:40 in the morning so I’m having a bit of trouble coming up with useful ideas, so most of this blog may not even make sense. Like that sentence I just made.

Anyways after a couple of years on Blogspot, I’ve decided to switch to WordPress. It seems to be a lot better, and once I get a few more posts in, and fully explore it, I’ll be able to take full advantage.

I was thinking about taking the time to copy paste all my old posts here, but that would take way too long, even if I tried it for a little bit. Maybe I will eventually, but for now, The Blender is starting anew.

The Original Blender can be found here.

I encourage you to check it out. Maybe one day all the old posts will be here, but for now you’re gonna have to click one more thing to get all the way back there. Sorry.

Anyways the new version of The Blender is going to be much better than before, even if I’ve said that too many times before. The layout will be awesome, the writing better and more conssitent, thereby making the blog itself awesome.

You should also expect a lot more cool features, as soon as I figure out WordPress. Anyways, that’s it for now. I should probably get to sleep now.

On A More Serious Note…

Posted in Blog Stuff on October 11, 2008 by Jamie

My past two posts have been me expressing my immaturity by posting two news headlines that could be interpreted as “dirty.” What happened to all the serious posts? Election talk, commentary on sports, and even random ranting?

Maybe blogs aren’t all serious, or some even serious at all, but there needs to be more than just “haha, look what I found!” posts, and that’s where The Blender 2.0 comes in.

The layout will stay the same, but the blog will be updated with more consistency. I’m striving for at least one daily post, ranting about whatever is on my mind for that day. Other posts, such as “Video of the Day,” and “Links I Occasionally Visit Sometimes,” will be posted as often as I can, and even newer features will come to this blog. Once I think of them.

So that’s it for now, keep coming back to check up on The Blender, comment, subscribe, and tell your friends.