Monday, January 31, 2005
Locked and Loaded
Bob Dylan's Bringing It All Back Home looks like the first album I'll get with my winning caps.
My First Non-Self-Published Original Work Sees the Light of Day
When I worked at NurseWeek Magazine I occasionally wrote filler items for them.
When I worked for Crow's I wrote a couple Forest Industry Journal stories for them and re-wrote press releases for a section of the Weekly Market Report newsletter.
Finally someone has taken something that I wrote and used it on their own because they actually liked it and not because they were paying me for it anyway (not that any money will be exchanging hands in this case).
Background: Since last October or so, I've been checking out a website called Church Marketing Sucks; their title basically explains their coverage as well as their off-center sense of humor. Back in early November there was an entry about a t-shirt with the message "A Church Invitation: We Suck..." and then went on to ennumerate their sucky ways. Some of the readers liked the idea, others were opposed. I was opposed (for reasons given in the comments section for the entry; I'm Rhinoguy by the way). Instead, I suggested "Now 17% Less Judgmental" as a church t-shirt slogan that would get attention and generate conversation.
According to Robin Bailey, pastor of The Annex in Cochrane, Alberta (near Calgary), it has. In addition to the slogan appearing on their home page, Pastor Robin has written an article about their post-slogan experience.
He's promised me a t-shirt if he ever prints one up (he really should have them output in bulk), or whatever other swag gets produced.
I got the shirt in May (thanks Robin). Here's an excerpt from my blog post:
Last Thursday I got the following e-mail from Robin Bailey, pastor of The Annex:
Hey Chris! Your shirt is on its way, you should get it in the next couple of weeks! Let me know what you think. Also our website is www.the-annex.ca and if you run into anyone that wants a shirt they come with white or school bus orange print both on green for $20 US including shipping.I got the shirt in the mail yesterday, and made Phil model it this afternoon.
- Front view
Sometimes Phil wishes I would put the camera away. He needs to work on his judgmentalism -- a 17% reduction is not enough in his case.
- Back view
TO ORDER A SHIRT: e-mail Robin.
Another Day, Another Bump
Yay! (and I need to get a life)
Saturday, January 29, 2005
...to a Deluxe Apartment in the Sky
Friday, January 28, 2005
Anyhoo, it's a Russian bike and he got one of the models with sidecar. Today he took it over to the parking lot of a neighborhood park and gave us rides.
Here're the pix:
- Phil & Grandma
(Phil is apparently a champion pirate)
Thursday, January 27, 2005
Back to Reality
Last night SYSCO put on a banquet with the best of their food service products and vendors supplying the meal. Mmmmm ... good eats. Too bad we've had bad experience with SYSCO in our area.
The biggest shock, though, will be going back to dial-up after four days of high-speed wireless internet access.
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Every day in Yosemite is a good day, even if it's overcast and occasionally rainy.
Here are some pix:
- Valley View - Morning
- Valley View - Afternoon
- Dead Tree & Yosemite Falls
- Another Yosemite Falls View
- Lamp Outside the Ahwahnee Hotel
- Lunch at the Ahwahnee
- Three Views of Half Dome: 1 2 3
- Tombstone of Galen Clark
(Clark was the first Guardian of Yosemite Park;
his grave is surrounded by five of the few Sequoia trees on the Valley floor)
- Kid's Check-In
(we won't be staying there because of their poor apostrophizing skills)
- Bear Chairs in Kids' Lobby
Monday, January 24, 2005
Movin' On Up
So I'm back online.
Antisocial, but online.
Saturday, January 22, 2005
It's because my life is so boring there's nothing to write about AND there's no internet access.
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
75th Book Review
Why you should read my review of The Know-It-All: It's not the best review ever, I admit - it kind of rambles at the end. On the other hand, while I was rambling I threw in an old stand-up comedy bit from my youth (Carlin? Cosby? Winters?), which I've always found amusing.
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
Coupon expires 1/23.
*If your next-door neighbor is named Brentano (Dave Brentano, Fifi Brentano, you get the idea), they might not honor the coupon. Maybe they will, who knows. Give it a shot, but don't get upset and dump your yard clippings on their lawn if they don't.
Monday, January 17, 2005
Back to the Beginning ... Again
I'll probably go through it a couple times, making notes, figuring out names for the people and places I named "whatever" in the first draft, drawing a map, etc. If I come up with something halfway insightful, I'll post it over on my NaNo blog.
The iTunes count is 8, in case you were wondering.
Friday, January 14, 2005
Phil and His Split Personalities
Thursday, January 13, 2005
Another Fact, Jack
Last night I tried tipping some bottles and found that it's still easy to identify winners.
Songs won last year: 35
Songs won this year: 4
Days until the contest actually begins: 18
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Desperately Seeking Lawsuit
Here's something that's not a rumor. It's a fact.
Not only will Apple be partnering with Pepsi to give away free iTunes in the month and a half after the Superbowl, Apple will also be giving away 1 iPod Mini every hour during the giveaway. Not 1 iPod Mini a day, 1 iPod Mini an hour. For their part Pepsi will be giving away free Pepsis in a buy one/get one offer found under some caps. Odds for winning a song are 1 in 3; odds for getting a b1/g1 offer are 1 in 6. Each "free song" code gets you an entry into the iPod Mini drawing; you're limited to 10 entries per day, 200 for the run of the contest. My reading of the fine print indicates that each day's entries remain in the pool of potential winners (the drawings aren't limited to those who've entered a code "that hour" or "that day").
The 20 oz. bottle I bought at [a local retailer] had a yellow cap and a spiral pattern of indentations at the top (presumably to thwart "tippers" from checking the bottle to see if it's a winner before purchasing it). The cap I got was a "free song" winner, with a 10-character code like last year's campaign.
The Apple website has no info on the promotional
I googled for "iTunes Pepsi 2005" and couldn't find any info on the new contest (one site indicated there would be a partnership, but had no details), so as far as I'm concerned I call "first post."
If Apple has a problem with this post, I'm sure their lawyers will be in touch. If they want to know the name of the store where I purchased the early-release bottle, a framed subpeona and a new high-end iPod Shuffle will do the trick.
Tuesday, January 11, 2005
First Book Review of the Year
Why you should read my review of Shoofly Pie: I'm especially proud of the title of the review. I was surprised that no one beat me to it, but there you go. I also comment on the difference between typical secular and "Christian" books and how this one isn't business-as-usual for either category.
Thursday, January 06, 2005
I've spent the past week and a half trying to come up with a poem and kept stalling out because my idea of a good rhyme can be seen in the title of this blog entry. So I went online last night and googled "rhyming dictionary" and spent a couple hours off and on visiting rhymezone.com. Now I have some high-quality poetry like this stanza about the disappearance of avian statuary:
Three weeks later a sparrow went,
Another month, two starlings.
And I wondered what malcontent
Was stealing God’s precious darlings.
The poem isn't great, but I'm only shooting for 15-year-old-girl-with-head-trauma quality. Hopefully I'm in the ballpark (the poem is being workshopped now, when it's ready I'll share more).
I write poetry like a teen-aged girl. My parents must be so proud.
Monday, January 03, 2005
Books of the Year
That's two more books (804 pages) than I read in 2003.
Take a look.
Saturday, January 01, 2005
Happy New Year, Indeed
- My Amazon Rank bumped up to 2,442. Palindromic and as low as it's ever been. This time last year it was 15,673, so I'm not doing too shabbily.
- I'm famous! Well, not exactly - but ABC News did name bloggers "People of the Year".
- Snow! For the second year in a row, we got snow on New Year's Day. Here are some pix of the boy out in it: 1 2 3
I'm a Non-Winner
At least I have two short stories under my belt - in addition to the novel rough draft - and I met one of my many life goals.
The final two months of 2004 were surprisingly productive.
2005 should be six times as good.
*See 12/27 - 12/31 entries here and "Happy Holidays" through "Missing Christmas" here.