Sunday, August 30, 2009

@JayThePal's Jay TheVlog for August 29, 2009: building a huge poster, health care fun and MORE!!

Hey man! It's time for another Jay TheVlog!! YEAH!! This episode is made up of all my 12s from the last couple weeks. I haven't been doing too many clips on 12seconds.tv thanks to other stuff ThePete and I have been up to, like Who is JayThePal, episode 2 of Jay TheCallinShow and adding some new stuff to my Zazzle store.

OK, so here's what ThePete wrote for YouTube about the latest Jay TheVlog:

The last two weeks of Jay ThePal's clips on 12seconds.tv!! YEAH! Featuring all of his regular segments, What I Wanna Know, Pals of ThePal, and more--but special to this episode is Jay building his own giant poster! COOL! WATCH IT, MAN!!


Wanna take it with you? Download a 78MB mp4 of Jay TheVlog for August 29, 2009 and take it with you! Show your pals!!

OR just watch the YouTube player below, man, YEAH!! (Or do both!!)



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Thursday, August 27, 2009

YES. RT @songrytr: RT @wendell...

YES. RT @songrytr: RT @wendelldotme: The way the Right Wing Wackos keep upping the ante means one thing: THEY KNOW THEY'RE LOSING.

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Is Sony's New E-Reader Ushering in a World with No Copyright?

Sony recently announced their Kindle-Killer, the Sony Reader Daily
Edition. Why do I think this is the beginning of the end for
copyright in the world? Well, honestly, I don't, but effectively,
that's what the new RDE will do--whether industry will accept it or
not is not up to me.


See, while Sony's new e-reader allows you to do everything the Kindle
can do, book-wise anyway (there's no browser), it also allows you to
take out library books. That's right. Library books--you "take them
out" by downloading them wirelessly to your RDE. They expire after a
given time, fulfilling the "returning your library book" part of the
traditional equation without you having to do a thing--but right there
is the part where copyright breaks down.


Unlike a real book, this is an an e-book--a digital copy of a
book--there's no need for you to return it so someone else can check
it out. This means that you can just take it out again and again.
Effectively, you own the e-book without actually paying for it.


Sure, the library could apply rules that would determine how many
times in a row you could check a book out, but since it's digital this
is literally a creation of artificial scarcity. Sony's technology has
jumped the capitalist shark and can provide unlimited copies of any
book in any library that's part of it's network. So, why ever buy
books again?


Now, I'm not really saying this is the end of copyright, but I am
saying it might as well be. Once libraries start making their
multimedia collections available for digital download (which they'll
do eventually), that'll pretty much be it.


For me, this is just a replay of every argument against technology
since the Church went after Galileo. Eventually science won out
because it could prove that the Earth was not the center of the
universe. The same loss hit the MPAA when VHS proved to be a
technology Hollywood could actually work with.


Now it's just up to the Entertainment Industry to work out a new
business model that will allow them to peacefully co-exist with this
technology before they are out-evolved by it.


Adapt or die, folks...


Read more about Sony Reader
Daily Edition
on Mashable.com or in an article at CRN.com.



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#nycmusic day plug 01: @Sierra...

#nycmusic day plug 01: @SierraRein has an amazing voice & an amazing range--have a listen: http://sierrarein.com/sierra/audio.html

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Jay ThePal hosts Jay TheCallinShow Ep 2 featuring @MariAdkins, @thesolster, Bet, @Siskita, @KayThePal & a hater, too!

Jay ThePal here! ThePete and I finally got around to finishing up episode 2 of "Jay TheCallinShow," YEAH!! Here's what ThePete wrote for the YouTube blurb, man:

Jay ThePal listens to calls and replies to folks who want to Ask Jay ThePal questions!! In Episode 2, Sol from 12seconds.tv calls in and talks possible endorsement deals. Mari Adkins calls in to share some of the more unusual corners of the Bible with him! Bet wants to know just what Jay remembers from when he was born. Siskita calls and asks Jay ThePal for advice on how to pass the time at a boring dayjob. Kay lets Jay know that she's got a Google Voice number, too! Finally, some hater with too much time on his hands admits his disproval of Jay's sense of humor. Watch and see how Jay responds!! YEAH!! OH yeah and make sure to call (347) 994-YEAH and leave a message for Jay ThePal so YOU TOO can be on Jay TheCallinShow!!


OK, so here is a 47MB mp4 of Jay TheCallinShow Episode 2 for you! Or you can like check out the YouTube player below, man. Yeah.



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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Disturbing Truth: Our Government is Protecting Us from Nothing

Dig that crazy redaction! It's like the FOIA request from the ACLU
that got this doc released got us a whole lot of nothing--of course,
despite appearances, it gave us enough rope to hang the Bushies
with... if only the Obamites will bother...


After reading today's column from Andrew Sullivan at TheAtlantic.com,
I have had my fears reinforced and have come to feel that the United
States Government has been and continues to be a sociopathic entity.
Sullivan's column is called "The American Way Of Torture" and includes
select quotes from the Office of the Inspector
General's report on how the CIA systemically tortured terror suspects
during the Bush years
. There are some disturbing truths that
Sullivan's piece forces us to consider:


1) this new OIG report pretty much damns the Bush Administration by
proving they not only endorsed torture, but did so in
writing
.


2) this was definitely torture--what else do you call it when
detainees are left in their own excrement?


3) Sullivan makes the point best:

In the past, the US was known for being a country
whose soldiers would never mistreat prisoners; now, the US wants the
world to know that US custody is something to be
dreaded.


This is the same technique used by Grand Moff Tarkin in the original
Star Wars movie--his exact line was "Fear will keep the
systems in line..."


So yes, all those Daily Show jokes about Cheney were accurate: the
United States was run by an evil, cartoonish bad guy.


Now this next part popped into my head thanks to Democracy Now,
quoting one leader who spoke
about Afghanistan
:

The insurgency in Afghanistan didn't just happen
overnight, and we won't defeat it overnight. This will not be quick
nor easy. But we must never forget, this is not a war of choice. This
is a war of necessity. Those who attacked America on 9/11 are plotting
to do so again. If left unchecked, the Taliban insurgency will mean an
even larger safe haven, from which al-Qaeda would plot to kill more
Americans. So this is not only a war worth fighting; this is
fundamental to the defense of our people.


That's not an old quote from Bush--that's Obama speaking at the
Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention in Phoenix, Arizona, last
week.


So, here comes Obama, explaining that we have no choice but to be
in Afghanistan
, mimicking the same rhetoric that came from the
Bush 43 Admin for so many years. We did it because the Taliban were
harboring Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. My question is, how big a
threat is Al Qaeda to America? OK, fine, Obama, they're plotting
against us--but how many of us can they really kill?


In 2008 34,017
Americans were killed in car accidents according to the DOT.


In 2005 (the most recent year numbers are available) 159,217 Americans died of
lung cancer alone according to the CDC.


In 2007 around 2
million
people worldwide were killed by AIDS according to
Avert.org.


In 2007 terrorism caused 22,685
deaths worldwide according to the US National Counter Terrorism Center.
The number of American civilian deaths by terrorism is almost
non-existent since Americans have to leave the country to be
killed by a terrorist.


What this all means is that terrorism is a tiny, tiny, tiny threat to
the American way of life. Yet, the Bush administration and now the
Obama administration thinks it's worth ignoring our morals and our
principles to stop the killing of less than 23,000 Earthlings while
seven times that number die of lung cancer in
America, alone. 53,005 died of
colorectal cancer, 27,259 American
women died of gynecological cancers, 41,116 American women
died of breast cancer--and I could go on.


So, in the end, our government is "protecting" us from nothing. We're
spending over a trillion dollars in Iraq and Afghanistan to stop this
threat which does not even really exist. My only conclusion is that
our government actually enjoys being horrible to people--it's
literally sociopathic. Either that, or our government is too addicted
to fear, or rock-stupid, to check and compare the statistics, which
took me about 30 minutes to do.


With all these people dying of Cancer in the US right now, wouldn't it
be nice to have a War on Cancer, instead of a War on Terror?



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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I tried out that Personas thing @ThePete just posted about.

I guess I'm big in the movies?? Man, I dunno about this thing!!

Try it and see what you come up with, man!

http://personas.media.mit.edu/personasWeb.html



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http://is.gd/2ywMg Interesting online art--not sure what it means, but fun! Thx @cherishhellfire!

http://is.gd/2ywMg Interesting online art--not sure what it means, but
fun! Thx @cherishhellfire!



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Who is Jay ThePal? FIND OUT, MAN!! YEAH!!

Hey, @thepete and I just finished editing this over the weekend, man! It's all about me and who I am? Don't know who I am? Watch this!! YEAH!!

We uploaded it last night to YouTube so here's the description @thepete wrote for it:

"Who is Jay ThePal?" is a ten minute documentary using 12-second clips and video from longer-form web content that answers the age-old question: "Who is Jay ThePal?"

The answer? You must watch the documentary for that!!


Don't like watching with the YouTube player, man? Or maybe you just wanna take me with you? No worries, man! Here's totally like a 54MB mp4 version of "Who is Jay ThePal?" hosted by @lisarein of OnLisaReinsRadar.com!! THANKS, LISA!!! YEAH!!



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Monday, August 24, 2009

Why iMovie sucks pt 1: it handles video & other media differently.

I opened iMovie up to tweak a few things on a new Jay ThePal video
I've been cutting over the weekend only to discover it's lost the
audio tracks I've added to the title cards. This is because, while
iMovie copies video files into a kind of project directory, it doesn't
do anything with pictures or audio files. As a result, if you move
the original audio file (as I did) it'll be missing the next time you
open your project in iMovie (see attached screencap). Ironically, I
had moved the two audio files into the project directory myself.
Whoops. Nice one, iMovie!

Why does iMovie work this way? Beats me. It's just one of the many
annoying things you get to deal with when using software designed by
people who only think they are smarter than you. (This was one thing
Windows software programmers never seemed to do, believe it or not.)

Incidentally, I use iMovie (for now) because it consumes less
resources than Final Cut and has very handy preset titles. However,
thanks to the amount of time I've wasted dealing with iMovie's little
idiosyncrasies I'm contemplating going back to FCP or perhaps just
cutting everything on my netbook's copy of Windows Movie Maker since
(surprisingly enough) it seems to have much fewer quirks to deal with.
The only drawback is that it's Windows and seems to export only WMV.
Blech.



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Weee--swapped out my old Power...

Weee--swapped out my old PowerBook G4's 80GB HD with a 5.5GB so I can take the 80GBs w/me. Meanwhile, I'm installing OSX on the 5.5er.

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

TechCrunch reports on Flickr f...

TechCrunch reports on Flickr flaking on free speech. Fabulous. COUGHipernity.comCOUGH (http://ping.fm/UmpHZ)

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Huge Bombing in Baghdad "Raises Questions" about USGIs Leaving Iraq



Capped this article just now on my iPhone (source: www.miamiherald.com/news/world/story/1193998.html

) and it makes me wonder if more violence will be used as an all too

convenient excuse to "find" ourselves "forced" to leave troops in Iraq.



Forget that Iraq will have to take over their own country eventually,

there are those who will use this bombing and any further violence as

an excuse to keep our men and women over there.



In fact, new violence in Iraq is such a convenient excuse that it

makes me wonder just who was behind the bombing and whose side they

are on.



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700,000km Wad of Trash Floating in the Pacific Ocean



This shouldn't be too surprising, but the lack of surprise doesn't

make up for the lameness of its existence. Yep, it's a giant floating

wad of refuse the various Pacific ocean currents have picked up and

gathered toward the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The Wikipedia entry

for the "Great

Pacific Garbage Patch
" explains that "The patch is characterized

by exceptionally high concentrations of suspended plastic and other

debris that have been trapped by the currents of the North Pacific

Gyre."



It goes on: "It has been estimated that 80% of the garbage comes from

land-based sources, and 20% from ships at sea. Pollutants range in

size from abandoned fishing nets to micro-pellets used in abrasive

cleaners. Currents carry debris from the west coast of North America

to the gyre in about five years, and debris from the east coast of

Asia in a year or less. An international project led by Dr. Hideshige

Takada of Tokyo University studying plastic pellets, or nurdles, from

beaches around the world may provide further clues about the origins

of pelagic plastic, including that of the Pacific garbage patch."



OH and here's what Wikipedia says the wad does to wildlife: "Many of

these long-lasting plastics end up in the stomachs of marine birds and

animals, including sea turtles, and the Black-footed Albatross.

Besides the particles' danger to wildlife, the floating debris can

absorb organic pollutants from seawater, including PCBs, DDT, and

PAHs. Aside from toxic effects, when ingested, some of these are

mistaken by the endocrine system as estradiol, causing hormone

disruption in the affected animal. Marine plastics also facilitate the

spread of invasive species that attach to floating plastic in one

region and drift long distances to colonize other ecosystems."



The Wikipedia article also mentions that the debris field is:

"estimated to be twice the size of Texas."



Isn't that great? It's a giant floating garbage pile bigger than the

biggest state in the union (assuming two-Texases > Alaska). I'm

pretty sure there isn't a person alive who wouldn't find this fact

pretty disappointing. Luckily, there are a

few people looking into whether or not it can be cleaned up
, but

the fact that this has happened at all is pretty sad.



Thanks be to @Blogdrop who posted about the Great

Pacific Garbage Patch
" on his Posterous blog,

blogdrop.posterous.com. You should go subscribe to it--it's

got a lot of great stuff--art, politics, current events, environmental

stuff, too.



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Mac just cut out on me due to ...

Mac just cut out on me due to the heat again. Damn...

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I've fantasized about living o...

I've fantasized about living on a boat, too. :) RT @thegoodhuman: Wondering how cool it would be to live in a houseboat full time. Hmm..

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Cool! RT @EarthVitalSigns: US ...

Cool! RT @EarthVitalSigns: US navy making jet fuel from seawater. CO2 dissolved in water+hydrogen=hydrocarbon fuel [..] http://bit.ly/2uttXu

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OK, time for the head-type obj...

OK, time for the head-type object to meet the bed-type object... watch @JayThePal in the morning for a fun little announcement!

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Looking for an alternative to ...

Looking for an alternative to Cafepress.com that doesn't charge $7 to ship a single sticker. Idakoos.com is ridiculously confusing.

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bleh... why does it always fee...

bleh... why does it always feel about ten degrees hotter than Yahoo says it is?

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Methane in the air or the wate...

Methane in the air or the water is bad news :/ RT @BreakingNewz: Methane seeps from Arctic sea bed http://is.gd/2mN95

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It's an honest question... RT ...

It's an honest question... RT @jaythepal: 12seconds - Potential Pal of ThePal: @Millennium_ Marketing... http://tiny12.tv/DXGHK

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Perfect!! RT @soldoutactivist:...

Perfect!! RT @soldoutactivist: @thepete Cola d'Cocoa

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RT @swadeshine: RT @AsteroidWa...

RT @swadeshine: RT @AsteroidWatch: From NASA: 1st-ever discovery of an amino acid (a building block of life) in a comet. http://bit.ly/vqjtx

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Just realized I've accidentall...

Just realized I've accidentally created a new posterous.com blog by sending from the wrong email. Can't work out how to merge the posts now.

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Oh the Hypocritical Lies: Death Panels have been around for years...



UNBELIEVABLE.



This is what I'm calling the voices against health care reform.



These people are either the biggest idiots or the biggest liars (with

Sarah Palin, it's very hard to tell).



So, Palin and others are "scared" there will be these government death

panels deciding who lives and who dies based on how sick you are.

What a crock. Companies have had this power for years now. Salon.com

recently did a piece called "The

'death panels' are already here
." The Salon piece mentions the

case of Nataline Sarkisyan, who died in 2007 after insurance company

Cigna dragged their feet because they decided a liver transplant

wouldn't save her life (she later died without the transplant).



Sounds pretty death-panelrific to me, but I remembered a case from

further back--after about 30 seconds of Googling I found an excerpt on

Michael Moore's YouTube page from his old series The Awful

Truth
where he explored the case of Christopher Donahue,

a man who's insurance company, Humana, was refusing to pay for the

pancreas transplant
he needed to survive. Michael Moore held a

funeral for Donahue outside of Humana's headquarters, which Donahue,

himself, attended. Before long, Humana caved and paid for the

transplant, but as we saw years later with Nataline Sarkisyan, not all

companies are as "generous" as Humana.



So, the next time you hear someone praise the free market for all

things, think about this kind of situation.



If we truly believe all humans have the right to life, liberty and the

pursuit of happiness, doesn't the "right to life" mean we have to make

sure everyone can get health care? And if companies are going to put

their "right" to make as much money above our right to life, doesn't

that mean that these corporations are anti-American and, really,

anti-human? Pretty bizarre that they're in the "business" of

providing health care insurance when they look to ways to avoid

doing just that.



So, UNBELIEVABLE, once again, that these idiots or assholes honestly

think the government would institute death panels when they've existed

for over a decade. That's right--the Michael Moore show, The

Awful Truth
episode I described above was aired in 1999.



We've had death panels since last century--thanks, Sarah Palin (and

others), for finally getting around to noticing just now.



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Correction: Wunderground.com s...

Correction: Wunderground.com says it's 84 out. Gonna be a long hot one. Maybe I should find a library :)

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

3 cheers for iPhoto's new face...

3 cheers for iPhoto's new face finding feature which thinks I want my computer to recognize loved ones. No thanks, #bigbrother I'm good!

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

New @JayThePal Rasterbation progress video #10! ALL DONE!


Well, almost. Just gotta use a Sharpie to fill in those edges and
where the printer screwed up. Yeah.

--
YEAH!



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New @JayThePal Rasterbation progress video #8! All done taping! (Almost!)

Almost done, man! YEAH!!

--
YEAH!



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New @JayThePal Rasterbation progress video #8!


Why waste tape? Use small pieces and you'll have tape left over for
the next raster you do! YEAH!

--
YEAH!



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New @JayThePal Rasterbation progress video #7! Turned it over for reinforcing, man!


Turning it over once the strips were taped wasn't easy, I'll tell ya
that much, man!

--
YEAH!



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New @JayThePal Rasterbation progress video #6! Now attaching each strip!


Now I'm attaching each strip to the one above it.

--
YEAH!



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New @JayThePal Rasterbation progress video #5! Why the small tape?


Use the small pieces of tape so you can make adjustments easily, man--yeah!

--
YEAH!



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New @JayThePal Rasterbation progress video #4!


Keep watchin! Plenty more clips comin!

--
YEAH!



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New @JayThePal Rasterbation progress video #3!


Tape together 1 strip at a time using little pieces of tape!!

--
YEAH!



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New @JayThePal Rasterbation progress video #2!


Make your own rasterbations here, man: http://homokaasu.org/rasterbator/

--
YEAH!



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Building another @JayThePal rasterbation, man! YEAH!


Keep watching for progress clips!




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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Looking out my window, wonderi...

Looking out my window, wondering why the hell it hasn't rained yet. The forecasters LIE! http://dailybooth.com/u/gkup

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Thx! RT @KLBarber [...] overal...

Thx! RT @KLBarber [...] overall the NHS has been & is brilliant, a bit like life, up & down but you don't throw the baby out w/the bathwater

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RT @Tim3P0: skipping lunch for...

RT @Tim3P0: skipping lunch for a walk insead, because I'ma loner Dottie....a rebel.

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RT @jaythepal: 12seconds - Pal...

RT @jaythepal: 12seconds - Pal of ThePal for August 11, 2009: @paharwell ! http://tiny12.tv/7PZG6

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Don't mess with @ThePete and @KayThePal!

This is a screencap from outakes shot today on @JayThePal's 12stream. Check out the vids here: http://thepal.us/a/JayThe12s/



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http://twitpic.com/dkr7d - Don...

http://twitpic.com/dkr7d - Don't mess with @ThePete and @KayThePal!

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RT @kevinpsb: @jaythepal The f...

RT @kevinpsb: @jaythepal The front page of 12seconds.tv you appear on always seems to start slow, but the list of smaller videos play better

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INDEED! RT @Stwo: Facebook is ...

INDEED! RT @Stwo: Facebook is getting on my nerves.Stop suggesting I become a fan of Air, and Water, and anything for that matter.

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Har-har! RT @Puppatoons: *clap...

Har-har! RT @Puppatoons: *claps* RT KremePuffihttp://twitpic.com/di1yy - For my putteteer friends :D

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It can! Paint it white!! RT @s...

It can! Paint it white!! RT @starfocus: RT @GreenLivingIdea Can the Color of your Roof Impact Climate Change? http://ow.ly/15Kusa

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It can! Paint it white!! RT @s...

It can! Paint it white!! RT @starfocus: RT @GreenLivingIdea Can the Color of your Roof Impact Climate Change? http://ow.ly/15Kusa

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DONE RT @kgaffney: follow @bui...

DONE RT @kgaffney: follow @buildonnyc - great non-profit building up in NYC. combined after-school programs w/bldg schools in dev. countries

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Monday, August 10, 2009

For anyone following along, UP...

For anyone following along, UPS tried to deliver my repaired HD cam Fri night at 8:35pm. Surprise, I wasn't around to get it.

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@kellychristophr haha, PERFECT...

@kellychristophr haha, PERFECT!! I could make a mustache-ride joke here, but I will not.

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@MariAdkins hell no--I just up...

@MariAdkins hell no--I just upgraded a handful of plugins and now half of them don't work. This is what I'm talking about. No time for this.

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Jay TheVlog for August 8, 2009! What I Wanna Know, Bloopers, John Malkovich Love and more!

Thanks to like technical difficulties, this week was light, man, so I threw in some promos and some bloopers along with all my 12s from 12seconds.tv last week! Yeah! So have a watch and call (347) 994-YEAH to let me know what you think, man!! -Jay ThePal

Here's a nice 69MB mp4 of "Jay TheVlog for August 8, 2009" that you can download if you like totally hate YouTube, man!! It's hosted by Lisa from OnLisaReinsRadar.com!! YEAH!

But here's the YouTube player, too:



YEAH!!

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How the hell do I block WordPr...

How the hell do I block WordPress from telling me that I need to upgrade it? I'm so sick of upgrading--it works fine as it is, thanks!

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@caliblondie you're still in b...

@caliblondie you're still in bed but you've already cleaned the kitchen & had coffee? I think your smartphone is better than mine! ;)

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@caliblondie you're still in b...

@caliblondie you're still in bed but you've already cleaned the kitchen & had coffee? I think your smartphone is better than mine! ;)

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Haha, cool. Thanks! If bad thi...

Haha, cool. Thanks! If bad things happen, it's cool, tho RT @robinreekers: @thepete hmm, i'll try to mention things that are rt this week :)

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@MariAdkins 35k?? Kick ass, Ma...

@MariAdkins 35k?? Kick ass, Mari! That's awesome! I am so jealous!

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Sunday, August 09, 2009

@MariAdkins Harlan County? Isn...

@MariAdkins Harlan County? Isn't there a book about the horrors in that place? ;)

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damn you, Wikipedia! I could r...

damn you, Wikipedia! I could read you all day and never be bored!!

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@Epigrammist but immorality is...

@Epigrammist but immorality is different from amorality. Immorality is subjective. Amorality is without morals.

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Really great wisdom from @bobb...

Really great wisdom from @bobbyllew at the 4:46 mark in a Wet Liberal Weekly video. (http://ping.fm/8MMuC)

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@JonStrickland haha, nice! I w...

@JonStrickland haha, nice! I won't be able to miss the Necronomicon as a topic!! :) Thanks again! I've added SYSK to my PodNova account.

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Saturday, August 08, 2009

Friday, August 07, 2009

RT @jaythepal: 12seconds - Wha...

RT @jaythepal: 12seconds - What I Wanna Know: What's with Republican Quitters, Man? http://tiny12.tv/CIVQR

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RT @swadeshine: [...] Nokia-Si...

RT @swadeshine: [...] Nokia-Siemens, who "helped" Iran block & manipulate web traffic, also created Russia's 3G network. Food for thought.

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@zaneology That was great--you...

@zaneology That was great--you don't seem dopey at all! You seem perfectly together for someone just out of surgery :) http://twitv ...

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Looks tasty 2me RT @mileskahn:...

Looks tasty 2me RT @mileskahn: Because I once ordered Dominos at a moment of weakness I now hold sadness in my hand http://twitpic.com/d16kq

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Aren't humans animals, though?...

Aren't humans animals, though? ;P RT @PowerofNo: There are no human behaviors that animals didn't do first.

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@AnnCurry that's what I read, ...

@AnnCurry that's what I read, anyway--in NYT, I think. So it's not about KO & BO's rt to snipe but the ability of parent corps to stop them.

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@satoko you haven't heard my s...

@satoko you haven't heard my speaking! ^_^ But you're right--speaking it is much easier than writing and reading it.

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Coming back from having a blast at Big Night Out


It was a blast I so needed, too. http://bnonyc.com




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Thursday, August 06, 2009

@BritRobinsn no. I'm not "inte...

@BritRobinsn no. I'm not "interested by TV". @spam! Now I block you!

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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

I don't like to tell people ho...

I don't like to tell people how to be, but Fiji Freemasons? It's time to update your website! http://www.freemasonry.org.fj

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#12cast for the iPhone 3GS get...

#12cast for the iPhone 3GS gets video on Twitter in seconds & could win u a yr of your data plan. http://bit.ly/12cast PLS RT

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Aside from Google Friend Conne...

Aside from Google Friend Connect allowing site visitors to leave a sort of calling card to let folks know they've visited, what does it do?

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@kevinpsb sure, but this gig i...

@kevinpsb sure, but this gig isn't quite the kind I'd have relocated for. I'd relocate for a series TV writing gig without too much thought

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@kevinpsb haha, thanks, man! T...

@kevinpsb haha, thanks, man! Though this gig is in NYC so I'm not sure you'd want to relocate ;)

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@quantumparticle I think that'...

@quantumparticle I think that's good timing on their end but it requires I actually be awake at 9am ;P I was anxious so it went last night.

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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

@sierrarein beautiful and she ...

@sierrarein beautiful and she can sing. Damn. I'm lucky. (http://ping.fm/In4Bq)

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Awww, :) RT @MariAdkins: @thep...

Awww, :) RT @MariAdkins: @thepete atm sign at mall downtown reflects into escalator wall to say mta. it makes my husband smile.

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@philiphodgen haha! I don't kn...

@philiphodgen haha! I don't know where @NationalDebt gets it's daily numbers, but if you're going to work it out, why not go all the way?

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@MarshallT just google "banana...

@MarshallT just google "banana-eating jungle monkey." I don't want to misquote anyone since I don't have time to research every Tweet :)

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@tmofee I heard he said that m...

@tmofee I heard he said that movie was the best action movie he'd ever seen, animated or otherwise.

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@tomzer1 ah cool--will try to ...

@tomzer1 ah cool--will try to check it out. I listen to too many podcasts as it is, sadly :(

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Things are even worse than the Wallstreet Journal Says...

Now, I'm just an artist-type guy who loves scifi, tech, history and blogging, and I'm not a fan of doing the "Told You So" dance, but man, if I haven't been calling this shit for years. Our economy has been slowly sinking until the last year or so when it dropped off a cliff.

Some folks are saying there are signs that things are beginning to look up.

That's just what folks want us to think so we won't panic. Think of it like a man with terminal cancer being told that he's got 6 months to live instead of the 3 weeks he really has, just because the doctor doesn't want to freak him out.

So are things getting better? Make no mistake, they are not.

I'm not even looking that closely to what is actually going on and I'm seeing signs of further drops in our economy. In fact, mere days after writing my post about California functioning as a canary in the world's economic mine shaft I came across an editorial at WSJ.com entitled "The Economy Is Even Worse Than You Think by Mort Zuckerman that says, in part, the following:
The recent unemployment numbers have undermined confidence that we might be nearing the bottom of the recession. What we can see on the surface is disconcerting enough, but the inside numbers are just as bad.


That's the funny thing about unemployment numbers. They only reflect claims on unemployment benefits. Pretending these numbers actually represent the accurate number of unemployed suggests that our system is perfect at employing almost all of us.

Well, it's not.

A good number of people who get on benefits run out of them before they find jobs and many folks who lose their jobs aren't eligible for unemployment in the first place. What does this mean? Just Google for "tent cities" and see what you find.

Just last week, there was a police crackdown on a tent city in Harlem just minutes from where I am typing this.

Just this past Saturday, NYC hiked up it's sales tax from 8.5% to 8.875%. You can imagine how that will help all those homeless people that were kicked out of their tent city the other day. Of course, it could be worse--they could be homeless in Los Angeles, my former home-city, where sales tax is now 9.75%. In fact, most of California's sales tax either matches or beats NYC's. Remember how I called California the canary in the economic mine shaft?

Yeah.

You may be starting to understand why I've been doing so much work with my puppet friend, Jay ThePal, lately.

The reality of the American economy is not a pleasant thing to face.

Since absolutely no one is talking about any drastic solutions to help the poor (which, let's face it, is most of the US) I think it's all too safe to assume this descent will continue, dragging what is left of the middle class with it.

I understand that higher taxes are needed to help pay for programs and new jobs and so on, but without any new value-creation, here in the US, we're just hamsters on a wheel. Thanks to endless inflation, outsourcing and corporate profit-taking, the US is probably at it's most valueless.

I won't even bring up how our money is losing value by the second and how the Earth is running out of cheap oil almost as quickly...


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@anca_foster the safest way to...

@anca_foster the safest way to protect what you do in iMovie is to close it down every so often. It's stupid, I know, but tell that to Apple

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@anca_foster the safest way to...

@anca_foster the safest way to protect what you do in iMovie is to close it down every so often. It's stupid, I know, but tell that to Apple

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@anca_foster believe me, with ...

@anca_foster believe me, with all the ways tech fails, that 1 mistake is nothing. http://twitpic.com/c9vpj <--that was last Friday >_<

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Monday, August 03, 2009

New picture of the dude who go...

New picture of the dude who got the spike shot through his head found... (http://ping.fm/4gM75)

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@yaelbt ah, OK--sometimes humo...

@yaelbt ah, OK--sometimes humor gets vague when it's text-only and on Twitter. :)

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@MichaelBarley give them time....

@MichaelBarley give them time. Hollywood would rather remake everything (even bad stuff) before they take a chance on something truly new.

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@MichaelBarley I'm sure they'l...

@MichaelBarley I'm sure they'll do something that just to make sure they miss the flippin' point of that movie.

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Sweet! I actually succeeded in...

Sweet! I actually succeeded in my goal for Sunday! I set up a URL shortening script for thepal.us! Look: http://thepal.us/a/jtv20090801

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Sunday, August 02, 2009

@tomzer1 haha, thx, man! I don...

@tomzer1 haha, thx, man! I don't think including "Manhattan" will help sales :) but it was what I heard outside my window and it relaxed me.

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Thanks for the RT, Mari! RT @M...

Thanks for the RT, Mari! RT @MariAdkins: RT @thepete: AudioBoo: The sounds of a thunderstorm in Northern Manhattan. http://boo.fm/b51084

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My Experience with Blippr.com: BLEH

OK, my buddy @Krownz recommended this site Blippr.com after I Tweeted to @Netflix about wishing I could easily Tweet a link to a movie I saw through Netflix. In theory, Blippr.com is a site that allows you to share your opinions on various types of media easily. Well, "easy" is subjective, apparently. Either that, or "easy" is defined by the folks behind Blippr.com as "without any control by you."

But rather than get too detailed, I'll just paste the text I entered into the "other comments" field on Blippr.com's "delete your account" page. Check it out:

I'm VERY upset that by connecting this account to my Netflix account, your site assumes I want to import everything on my queue, both present and past, and (I assume) share it with everyone. NOT COOL. All I wanted was a service that would allow me to share my feelings on certain media with friends on Twitter. I don't need to alert the world that I'm watching porn or pilates or anything else UNLESS I WANT TO.

What's extra nice is that even after I disconnect Netflix from my Blippr account, the content that was imported DOESN'T GO AWAY, which means, I must delete my Blippr.com profile. Good one, guys!

Plus your interface is confusing--I couldn't work out where the hell my "blips" are listed and don't know how I came to see "blips" from some dude called "JC" who apparently really liked "Funny People" which happens to be a film I NEVER WANT TO SEE EVER.

My experience on Blippr has been overwhelmingly negative and I will be honest if anyone ever asks me about your site.

Also: When I "blip" something, I think of Blip.FM. You guys should really come up with another made-up verb to describe the act of posting something on this site.

All right... I'm done.


Gah. I don't blame @krownz for this, since he's perfectly happy with the site. I'm a Twitter addict, though. I like simple, basic, easy, low-maintenance. Ideally, I'd love to see Netflix add a simple "Tweet this" link or a "share this" button that allows users to post a link to a DVD on Netflix in their Twitterstream, or Facebook profile or where ever else. I don't need a whole third-party site for managing my media recommendations since I really don't recommend stuff that much and when I do, I post on my old fashioned blog.

Ah well.

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Jay TheVlog for August 1, 2009 Hucklebug Aftermath! Mountain Dew Tasting Video Prepping & More!

Dooood! This week has been AWESOME! Thursday we shot our Mountain Dew tasting video but in order to do that we had to introduce some of the other tasters! In this video you get to meet 'em! Plus Pals of ThePal who fight cancer and write rap music! (not all the same people, tho.) Plus, singing and dancing and way more! OH plus the first video we shot on the Mountain Dew-branded Flip Mino that Mountain Dew sent me as part of the Dew Labs Kit, which I, and 49 other people, won in the Mountain Dew Dew Labs Challenge!! TOTALLY COOL, MAN! YEAAAAHHH!!!

So, here's a 58MBish MP4 of Jay TheVlog for August 1, 2009, man! Hosted, as usually, by Lisa from OnLisaReinsRadar.com!! YEAH. Don't wanna download? Then watch the YouTube player below.

OH YEAH and check out our Mountain Dew tasting video here, man: http://sn.im/dewlabstasting

So, there ya go. Thanks for watchin, man! -JayThePal



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@caliblondie aw, I'm sorry. Su...

@caliblondie aw, I'm sorry. Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest... sometimes you have to slap reality around a little until you can rest.

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Saturday, August 01, 2009

@JayThePal s Jay TheTasteTester with Mountain Dew's #DewLabs Kit! Guest Starring @KayThePal and MORE!

WE DID IT! We shot our Mountain Dew taste-testing video and here it is, man!! YEAH! We got a bunch of puppet friends to try all seven flavors in the #DewLabs Kit a try and then tell us which one they liked best. Watch the video to find out which one we chose!! YEAH! Plus watch how we prepared and got into the mood, man!

All right, special thanks to Mountain Dew for giving us the opportunity to help choose the next Dew!! YEAH!! (and thanks for sending the way cool DewLabs Kit, too--it's awesome. We're totally going to use the DewCam a LOT and those cute little plastic cups? They're perfect for doing shots of Mountain Dew and that record? Not sure what we're going to do with that. But anyway, THANKS!!

Special thanks also to http://12seconds.tv!! YEAH! They rock! Go check 'em out if you haven't already, man.

So, here is a nice 91MB mp4 of "Jay TheTasteTester" that is hosted by the lovely Lisa from OnLisaReinsRadar.com--YEAH. So you can download it and watch it like where ever you want, man!! Or just check out the YouTube player below, too.

OHYEAHMAN, thanks for watching!! -Jay ThePal





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Sheesh--there's no rest when y...

Sheesh--there's no rest when you're on Team ThePal. Finished the DewLabs video last night and now it's time to work on Jay TheVlog. :)

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