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Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
3:02 pm
Royal City Riot at the Black Oak
Talking to a bunch of music industry majors from Oneonta, NY about how to promote websites and concerts. They're promoting the group 

Sunday, March 27th, 2011
5:37 pm
New Logo for website
Getting back into Bryce 3D animation, if only to make my new logo for Upstate Business Websites. It's a fun program.
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
10:51 pm
Harry Houdini
If I ever had a childhood hero, it was Harry Houdini. Like so many magicians my age and older, he was really the icon of icons. In life, he was so much bigger than life. He probably inspired more young men to get into magic than anyone in history.
When I ask young magicians how they got into magic today, so many of them mention some of the trendy posers of the recent magic scene. I feel sorry for them, but then again, I know if they stick with the craft they will come to appreciate the true pioneers. The story of how Erich Weisz became the Great Houdini is one of the great American epics.
Today, March 24, 2011, would have been Houdini's 137th birthday.
So, happy birthday, Harry!
From your ever-devoted fan,
~ Brian
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011
4:25 am
This was a fun video to make for a client. Thank you, iMovie!

Check out the video of “Rudder” who had bilateral, simultaneous (both knees at the same time) tibial tuberosity advancement surgery by Dr. Leahy.
Rudder was walking fine in two days!

Monday, March 21st, 2011
1:39 am
Just published my 25th Lens. Liking Squidoo more and more. This one is about Web Design in small towns, specifically Oneonta, NY.
There are special challenges when you live in a small town and are limited to your choices in web designers, and information about search engine optimization and internet marketing in general.
Thursday, March 17th, 2011
6:56 pm
Just put up photos of some of the awards Mama Nina's Oneonta Pizza has won over the last few years. Since 2005 they have won the Best Pizza award from Hartwick College every year. It makes a nice display. Check it out at the bottom of the page. The page still needs some text. I did an interview with the own last week and we'll put it up on the home page soon.
Saturday, March 12th, 2011
5:50 pm
Just finished putting up a site for a new client at http://jungletreats.com. The product is Kale Krisps. They are a super-healthy, 100% organic, raw, dehydrated Kale chip. Sounds gross, right? They are really delicious. I ate a bag of them on the way home from the meeting with her, and they were more satisfying than any chip I'd ever eaten. Really.
3:08 am
While listening to "Believe Me" by the Royal Teens for the godzillionth time, I was musing on one of my favorite music genres - Doo Wop. Not just any doo-wop, either, but Italian-American Doo-Wop (which sounds like a slur, but is really some of the best music you ever heard).
Awhile ago I was listening to someone talk about the musical "Jersey Boys" (About the Four Seasons) and I said, "Yeah, I love Italian-American Doo-Wop." They looked at me like I was crazy. They said they never heard of that. I guess they missed half the point of the show they just came from.
A short list of great Italian-American Doo-Wop groups include The Royal Teens (with Bob Gaudio, who later wrote for the Four Seasons), The Crests with Johnny Maestro, Dion and the Belmonts (my faves), The Duprees, The Regents, The Elegants (with my favorite "Little Star" - what a voice!) Danny and the Juniors, The Mystics... look 'em up. You've heard lots of songs by all of them. Each one has at least one evergreen.
Hell, all Doo-wop is great. Rock 'n' Roll will never die!
Thursday, March 10th, 2011
1:40 pm
Two dogs in a busy restaurant. If you haven't seen it - check it out.
Nice waste of time, but worth it.
9:08 am
Just put up a new squidoo lens for my client at http://caninekneesurgery.com. It's about dog knee injuries and a new and very effective surgery that pretty much cures ligament ruptures in dogs knees without being as invasive as previous surgeries.
Friday, March 4th, 2011
9:00 am
This is a very good thing for anyone who is interested in the internet, marketing and/or being human to watch. I don't subscribe to his thesis of this being the "humanization" of the internet (if it is, then his concept of humanity is set at a very low bar, indeed) but it is certainly less of a "dehumanization" of the internet, and it is not a bad trend. 
And, he is a great speaker. 
Tuesday, March 1st, 2011
11:37 am
Just posted this article about a paper that shows the the boomtown myth of natural gas to be just that, a myth. The benefits to towns is temporary at best, and even that temporary short-term benefit is outweighed by other devastating effects. A very few will prosper at the expense of everyone else. Sometimes to the tragic expense of people who the industry seems to consider "expendable."

Check it out at the OtegoNY blog: http://otegony.com/natural-gas-boomtown-news

Sunday, February 27th, 2011
12:17 pm
Little Bastards...
I'm sitting in the Capresso Cafe, one on my favorites, and the little kiddies have swarmed in and are loud and amazingly stupid. It's weird, people think that "kids today" are disrespectful. I don't think so. Disrespect implies ill will. I don't think they are intentionally disrespectful, but I think they are dumber than I pile of monkey-shit. I think some parents need a good caning. 

I'm still in Pandora Radio, blasting HENDRIX into the earbuds, but the little boogers are still coming through, obnoxiously loud. I've asked them once if they could keep it down a bit, and they looked at me like I was from Mars, which I might be, but nevertheless...

I know that the manager would like to say something, but she's sort of in a pickle. It shouldn't have to be her, or my, job to discipline spoiled bumpkin kids. 

Why am I the only adult who's said anything to these snot-faced rats? You can see it in everyone else's faces that they are annoyed, but they are scared of freakin'' twelve-year olds. 

Most people complain about the government, their bosses, whatever, but they won't take a simple step and help a kid not be an asshole in public. 

There is no hope, is there? 
5:36 am
Don't go givin' me a headache...
I'm at the local truckstop, working on stuff for clients. Been here since 4 am. Couldn't sleep. I wish we could get DSL at home, but there is no service up our road, so when I have to do a lot of work on the web, I have to come down here. Our satellite connection is faster than dial-up, but it's still frustratingly slow when you have a lot of work to do. 

Can't get Skype calls on satellite, because of the up and downlink speeds. So it was nice to get a call from a friend in Barcelona this morning on Skype. 

The big downside of being here (besides the fact that it's not home) is the unbelievable crap music they play at the truckstop. Ah for the days when truckstop music was Lefty Frizzell, Jimmy Rogers, Hank WIlliams and Marty Robbins (and of course, Dave Duddely and Truck Stop). But now its trendy bullshit and some pitiful "oldies". Normally I love oldies, if they are a) good and b) oldies (anything before Buddy Holly died). 

The audio-trash that's on now is "Don't Go Breakin' My Heart" by Elton John and Kiki Dee. It must be among the top ten worst in "rock" history. Kiki Dee - her act is the only one I ever got a ticket to with the expressed purpose of going to boo her. It was some time in my college days in the 70s. Probably '74 when she played at the college in Oneonta. 

What a shame! That stage hosted the likes of Dave Bromberg, The Dixie Dregs, Harry Chapin and other great acts. Kiki Dee?!

Thank Zeus for Pandora Radio and my earphones. I got Lefty Frizzell radio on now. 

Happy listening. 
Sunday, February 20th, 2011
7:08 pm
Just worked on an account for a company that makes some pretty cool furniture. They specialize in custom concrete design. Hard to believe, but they do real artwork with cement. They make concrete countertops, vanities, fireplace surrounds and mantels, tables, etc. The stuff looks like marble, granite, you name it. They also do concrete floors that look like beautiful stone. Check out the pictures on their site.
It was really easy going working with this client. It's nice to be appreciated.
Friday, February 18th, 2011
5:05 am
How to get an affordable website that ranks high in the search engines
Just wrote about how to get an affordable website that ranks high in the search engines on my blog at http://tinyurl.com/highrankingwebsite
Monday, February 7th, 2011
12:05 pm
Beatlemania remembered
While trying to take a break from depressing news, I came across this piece of Rock 'n' Roll history that should bring back memories: 

1964 : Thanks to media coverage and a publicity campaign by Capitol Records, thousands of screaming fans greet The Beatles when their plane lands in New York at 1:20 pm. The scenes become iconic images of Beatlemania.
Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
6:11 pm
Egypt squaring the circle?
My buddy, David Steinberg, recently sent me this observation:

"What conclusion should we draw from the fact that Cairo's Tahir Square, which every news outlet reports is the main protest site, is, in fact, a circle?"

Thursday, January 20th, 2011
3:03 pm
Just finished this website for Dr. Leahy. It's about a state-of-the-art surgery for dog's knees. It was actually fascinating to make this site because I got to learn a lot about the anatomy of dogs' knees, and anatomy in general.The surgery is to relieve pain and give back full motion to dogs who are suffering from cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) ruptures. That is like the typical football injury for human knees (ACL) where the athletes "blows out his knee."The new technique is not practiced by a lot of veterinary surgeons yet, so we're lucky to have Dr. Leahy in our area. Besides that, he has been the trusted vet for Mimi's and my dogs for ten years, and Mimi's previous dogs fifteen years before that, so we can recommend him highly.Check out http://www.caninekneesurgery.com/ for more info if you suspect that your dog may have problems with his or her hind knee(s).
Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
10:38 am
Lost Dog - Antonio
Please help find this lost dog in the Otego area. Details at http://otegony.com/lost-dog-antonio
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