I get a lot of people who ask me, “What should I buy to light myself, when I’m on a Zoom call?” Good question. Lighting is most of the battle, when it comes to looking good online. (Cleaning up the area behind you and dressing appropriately – from the waist up, at least – being the other critical factors.) There are a LOT of solutions you can find online, none of which appealed to me, because of the cost. So I set out to create my own, out of things I could find for cheap on Amazon. Here’s what I created.[Read more…] about How to light for online video (on the cheap)
Heard the one about the open-minded Leftist? Yeah…neither did I. In the week following the January 6th rally in DC, intended to show those inside the Beltway that 75,000,000 Americans are none too happy with politicians, don’t trust the government, and believe the election was stolen, the good news is “They got the message.” The bad news? Leftists have decided to throw their weight around, attempting to silence a sitting President (Twitter, Facebook, et al), punish companies that dare share Conservative viewpoints (Parler, Gab, et al) and kill the livelihoods of thousands who worked for companies sympathetic to Conservative views.[Read more…] about Leftists Corner the Market on Hypocrisy.
20 questions, that is, for those on the Left…regarding President Trump:[Read more…] about Let’s Play 20 Questions!
I’m a ‘tech’ guy. I got hooked on PCs back in college, and shortly thereafter shelled out $4k for one of the first IBM PCs. I built websites back when “Notepad” was the only thing you could use to build ’em. And if you really wanna go hardcore, I still remember how to use EDLIN. As such, I’m not a nerd-come-lately to the Wonderful World of Technology. I’m also a small business owner (who depends on technology for my livelihood), a Capitalist/Entrepreneur, and a Conservative (with Libertarian leanings, or what at one time was considered a “Classical Liberal”). I’m in the “less government is better/lower taxes/reduce debt/the fewer rules and laws the better” bunch. Which is why the recent trend towards censorship and bans scares the ever-lovin’ crap out of me.[Read more…] about The People’s Republik of Technostan.
I love animation. It’s part of my day job, and I don’t get to do enough of it. But I love watching animation from others, too. Have since I was a little kid. Saturday morning cartoons? I lived for that. Today, the best of the best in 3D animation is, indisputably, the work of Pixar. There, the story is the thing. From Toy Story to The Incredibles, Cars to Coco, they all have two things in common – great animation and story über alles. The Great Pandemic of 2020 screwed up almost everything, but movies were hit particularly hard. Who wants to go to a movie theatre and sit for two hours breathing other people’s germs, right? Even if you are (like me) someone who believes we all need to get on with our lives where we can, and go on living, a movie theatre seems like a big risk. So it’s particularly sad that Pixar’s latest will likely never get the attention it so richly deserves, because Soul is an absolute gem.[Read more…] about Got Soul?
Apple (app Store), Google (Play Store) and GoDaddy (servers) are all in the process of banning apps that do not censor content from their platforms. Wimkin, Parler, MeWe – all are feeling the heat. ALL of these platforms ban content that promotes violence, illegal acts, and pornography. So what’s the problem? They do NOT ban Conservative ideological content. Apparently, expressing your opinion is ONLY okay when you conform to the ideology favored by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google and Apple.[Read more…] about Putch Here.
I’ve written a lot about politics. I also have quite a few friends on the Left. I’ve been told, they read what I write, because I tend to debate and not demagogue, discuss and not disparage. Yesterday, I reposted a meme that lumped the Democrats all in a group that would be fighting against Americans in the coming battle for our country.
They were not amused.[Read more…] about Sadly, It’s time to choose a side.
And so, here we are.
A month plus after the election, and the country is divided. From where I sit, we all seem to be in one of three groups:
- Those that believe the election was stolen, and Trump really won.
- Those that believe that Biden won.
- Those that don’t know what to believe.
We can further subdivide these groups into distinct subgroups or sects:[Read more…] about Where do we go from here?
It’s hard to capture lightning in a bottle, two times in a row. When Warner Bros. announced the sequel to Wonder Woman, I was interested to see if Patty Jenkins and Gal Godoy could pull it off – come up with a second film that would meet or exceed how great the first one was. There were high expectations for this one – the first WW movie was also the first in the DC character universe since the Christian Bale Batman trilogy to seem like anything but a dreary sodden mess. Then, the coronavirus happened, and suddenly, going to the movies was not something most people would be able to do. When Warners announced they would release WW84 on HBO, December 25th, they admitted that the movie would lose money without a theatrical release. In fact, they agreed to compensate Jenkins, Gadot, and the others with a piece of the profits, in order to take it to streaming right away.[Read more…] about I Wonder, Woman?
I’m a live and let live kind of guy, but we’re living in a world where that attitude is perceived as an invitation to be attacked, maligned, or messed with. In the real (physical) world, I’ve gotten my Level 4 Private Security/Bodyguard license from Texas DPS, which makes me an honest-to-goodness first responder and both licensed and trained to carry a firearm (pretty much everywhere), OC spray (pepper spray to you noobs), a baton, a Taser (the real kind, with the wires), and handcuffs. The group I’m with emphasizes training – we trained on driving vehicles in a protective detail this weekend. Fascinating stuff. But in the online world, things aren’t as simple. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube – they are all run by people on the Left that think that censorship is just A-OK for opinions that differ from their own. Not cool. Not cool at all. And then there’s the monetization thing. They all make money, real money, when someone reads something I wrote. I get…nothing for it. And if/when they don’t like what I write, they can simply “shadow-ban” me by effectively hiding it from the rest of the world. In a word, this SUCKS. So I’m doing what I can to fight this.[Read more…] about …and then THIS happened.