Category Archives: Humor
Morgan Freeman (voice over by rapper Missy Elliott) and Peter Dinkage (rappin Busta Rhymes) took the first half ad lead and were upset by the loss of Alexa’s voice. Google had the best ad featuring billionaire Jeff Bozos with absurdly funny Alexa comments.
Super Bowl ads, there were 65 of them selling for over $5B each.
Check out: http://admeter.usatoday.com/commercials/alexa-loses-her-voice/
The Alexa voice over by Anthony Hopkins was really creepy.
What Tide did deserves honorable mention.
Maybe my writing sucks. Maybe it’s that simple. Maybe my writing is trite and boring. I must pose this question if I’m to be rigorously honest: Am I that bad? My books, are they not worth reading? They don’t sell. Not even a little. They just don’t sell. I did some marketing. I won an award and a beautiful review from Writer’s Digest. I was reviewed numerous times, and reader response glowed with love. It didn’t help.
Has this huge effort been my escapist fantasy?
I don’t accept that idea. But I wouldn’t, would I? Otherwise how did I put in the decades of practice, the repetition, the rejection? A compelling artist needs to work at the craft passionately and beyond reason. A hundred drafts of one page? I’ve done that as a matter of routine. I’ve re-written each of my books five times, ten? I’ve lost count.
This epic failure is a case of falling through the cracks. I may be the Van Gogh of modern writers. If you thirst for vivid emotion and wild color, it’s there in my stories. The catalog of books on Amazon is bloated by a million titles. Why should anyone pay three bucks to download a bit of my life’s work? How do I get the attention of readers, of my natural audience?
My books are wonderful books. If you value originality, skill, vision and perception, you should read what I’ve written. Read “Confessions Of An Honest Man”. It’s my autobiographical novel. When my book placed in their competition, the editor from Writer’s Digest wrote “I don’t usually read this kind of book but I feel better for having read it. I will carry this novel with me for a long time.”
Read any of my books. If you get bored, you’re not my audience. I write for artists, therapists and their clients, boomers who used acid, the curious, the addicted, the recovering, the failed, the intelligent and the sensitive ones…and I don’t suck. In my modest human way, I’m glorious.
“Confessions Of An Honest Man:” the link. Confessions Of An Honest Man
Ability refers to a person’s capacity for doing what they say they are going to do. To what degree does a person only promise what they are actually capable of doing? Does that person actually follow through on promises or do they say all the right things in the moment only to fail to show up later?
The answer to questions like these demonstrates how much a person has the ability to be trusted. By contrast, untrustworthy people can be charming and well-meaning, but they are unreliable in that they overpromise or lack follow-though.
Integrity means that a person has a sufficiently well-developed value system that they tend not to give offense in the first place, tend to self-correct when they do offend others, or are at least willing to generously hear and respond proactively when they are told they have been offensive.
A person with impaired integrity doesn’t tend to care that he has given offense and becomes automatically defensive if told he has been hurtful in some way. Such a person gives apologies grudgingly and rarely displays the humility necessary to learn from missteps. People who behave this way can’t be trusted because they don’t have a well-developed moral sense. They tend to do what they think they can get away with or manage to explain away and only repent under pressure — and then, only half-heartedly.
People with integrity, on the other hand, see the offenses they commit against others as a mark against their own character, and because they are committed to living out a particular set of values, they work hard to remain faithful to those principles no matter what.
Benevolence refers to the degree to which the person you want to trust has shown you that he or she is willing to work for your good, especially when it has required some sacrifice or inconvenience on his or her part.
A person who is willing to put themselves out for your sake is more worthy of your trust than someone who isn’t. People who lack benevolence could be friendly and charming on the outside, but when you need something, their selfish tendencies come out along with their catalog of excuses.
Even the most irresponsible person manages to follow through occasionally. Even the abusive person manages to say “sorry” or do something nice once in a while. It is our ability to count on a person to demonstrate ability, integrity and benevolence consistently that makes them truly trustworthy. Inconsistently demonstrating the qualities of a trustworthy person is the same as not demonstrating them at all.
Evaluating a person’s ability, integrity, benevolence and consistency versus their unreliability, defensiveness, selfishness and inconsistency enables you to have a clearer sense of how much you can trust someone, in what contexts and to what degree. It can also give you a guide for dealing with those you have a hard time trusting by helping you highlight why and what might be done to resolve those obstacles to trust.
What might be two more traits of people that we can trust?
Do you enjoy sitting between a pregnant woman and a sumo wrestler on your cross-country flight? No problem, right…
You would think that the airplanes would have a public address system without static by now…
Much has been reported recently about violence and overbooked flights. What have the airlines done? Technology has focused on self-centered economic efficiency and not the customers’ comfort and convenience.
Did you check out the “duty-free” in-flight store? Stewardesses modeling apparel, jewelry, pearls, watches, medallions, shoes, religious relics, parachutes, food-to-go, wine and booze, baked goods, luggage, turbans, scarfs, hats, native Indian garments, Mormon garments, pet supplies, toys, pacifiers, plugs, and binkies? Good ideas yet to be implemented. Magazines? Books? Air Phones? Neck and shoulder messages? More good revenue-generating schemes not yet implemented.
You really like a healthy, clean, HEPA-quality breathing air supply? Don’t fly zone then.
Did you think the pilot and purser’s voices sounded like cartoon characters? It may be a recording of Toy Story 4…
Need first aid supplies? Go fish…
Looking for more leg room? Lose weight!
Do you like to lean backwards in your seat? Watch your back!
No longer is cash “legal tender” aboard an aircraft. Thou must pay for everything by credit or debit card…
Good luck on your next flight ;<(
Besides the upcoming movie trailers, the automobile industry came up with most of the best. Honda’s CRV’s talking yearbook and 84 Lumber’s immigration story were the most inspirational.
Kia’s ad with Melissa McCarthy scored big in USA Today’s annual meter. http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ad-meter/super-bowl/2017/02/06/melissa-mccarthy-kia-ad-captures-2017-ad-meter-title/97540302/
“If that car is a Buick, my kid is Cam Newton,” remarks a parent as his child morphs into last year’s Super Bowl quarterback.
Avacados fr0m Mexico featured a member of a Secret Society streaming their activities during a meeting on his cell phone.
Busch beer placed a man disturbing nature while opening up his hissing beer can.
It’s a 10 Hair Care had over a dozen attention-getting styles flashing during their 30 second spot.
The Fabreze commercial reminded viewers to get the air freshioners set up for the rush-to-the-bathroom halftime break.
Skittles showed a young Romeo tossing candies through a second floor window not only to his love but members of her entire family.
This year, for once in the 51 year history of the Super Bowl, the game itself was the highlight of the day! Whether you like the Patriots or not, you have to admit that their comeback was the greatest comeback of all times.
St. Dan Louis’ Web-Blog from Estella Vista, West Texas (written by St. Danny in 2009) fyi: DLD passed away on 11-22-2016
My older brother had a thing about numerology, anniversaries (Kennedy assassination conspiracy theories, etc.), justice particularly for minors with a real rough childhood, and establishing a safe haven for those that could benefit from “getting away from it (rat races) all” where the southwest Texas desert air and mountains offer a respite that will last an improved lifetime.
If you have never red any of his writings, now is the time to also pray that Dan L. has no more time to spend in purgatory, which he believed was only a Catholic myth. Enjoy his style and messages often hidden within the paragraphs and diagrams:
HC-65, Box 243 A
Alpine, TX 79830
Veterans’ Day Annual Celebratory Event in Northern California – – Remembering Buck’s Favorite Patriots Who He Has Known
There will be a huge 11-11-16 parade this morning in downtown San Jose, California!!!
Not appearing (in any particular order):
- 1st Lieutenant A. W. “Bud” Dailey — US Army 1944-45 in Japan post-war occupation after ROTC training at DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana
- Captain Donald W. Baker – – US Navy pilot; 1942-45 in the Pacific Theater[Bud and Don are the grandfathers of San Francisco native and Interior Designer Anessa Virginia Dailey; only child of the author*]
- Colonel Lee Roberts – – USAF pilot of U-2 and other intelligencia – – One of many great patriots working at Lockheed Missiles & Space Company and Lockheed Engineering & Sciences Company 1985-92
- What is Nancy doing here?!?
- Lt. Colonel Lloyd “Doc” Holliday – – USAF and modern day manager of Occupational Safety Engineering
- Captain Dick Biggs – – US Navy pilot and modern day Systems Safety Engineer
- Lt. Colonel Homer Brem – – US Army fly boy and modern day Systems Safety Engineer
- Captain [Doctor] Baltis Getzendanner – – Maryland Militia from Frederick County, MD 1775-83
~ written by * D.A.F.N. “Buck” Dailey – – served during the end of the Cold War 1985-92 at Lockheed and a Past President (2000 – 2001) of the Silicon Valley/Palo Alto Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution . . .
College Football Parlay Choices
From Max’s Scout Services & Communications of the Americas
2995 Woodside Highway State Road 84, Suite 400
Woodside, California 94062-2448
(650) 701-5482; (808) 800-7017; cell phones out-of-order this weekend
Deadline: September 23, 2016; 6:00 p.m. PDT
NCAA Football Games Scheduled for Saturday, September 23rd (week #4)
-5.5 (43) Michigan State Spartans (3-0) hosting the On Wisconsin Badgers
-20.5 (60) God and Notre Dame (1-2-0) Stadium versus the visiting Duke Blue Demons
Unranked and Undefeated -8 (47.5) Indiana University (2-0) hosting the Wake Forest Deacons
+6.5 (60) University of South Florida Bulls hosting the Florida State Seminoles in Tampa
-44.5 (50.5) #1 Alabama (13-0, just kidding) hosting Kent State University Golden Flashes
-3.5 (46.5) #6 Stanford Cardinal (3-0) at UCLA Bruins
-13.5 (50.5) Army Black Knights at the University of Buffalo Bulls
-18.5 (59) University of Michigan Wolverines (3-0) hosting the Penn State Nittany Lions
+7.5 (51) BYU Cougars home underdog hosting the West Virginia Mountaineers
-7.5 (51) Rice Owls hosting North Texas University
-6 (58.5) Purdue Boilermakers hosting the Nevada Wolfpack
-7 (60) Ole Miss Rebels (2-1) hosting the Georgia Bulldogs
+6.5 (43.5) Florida Gators at Tennessee Volunteers
-16 (68.5) Memphis Tigers hosting Bowling Green University Falcons
+14.5 (66) Home Underdog Fresno State Bulldogs versus the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes
#11 Texas Longhorns (2-1) in Dallas (next week) versus the Oklahoma Sooners (2-1)
$ 50.00 wagers, only
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Factors of Senior Health . . .
Item #A – “Seniors”, for lack of a better term, have some commonalities:
- Set in own ways
- Know what they like.
- Some level of frustration with their loss of skills and physiological facilities:
Physical, psychological, cognitive thinking, and others
Item # B – Issues: What is real?
Is it time to embrace change?
Item # C – Solutions may be a combination of these eight dimensions of wellness ^ ^ ^ (courtesy of the I.U. School of Public Health).
“What is the greatest of these,” Jesus Christ might ask?
Item # D – Whatssup?
- Senior ingenuity,
- Veteran skills,
Item # E – Senior Ergonomics
Use of tools, techniques, resources, and cognition to make living tasks easier.
- Loss of hand strength >>> easy open bottles, cans, medicines
- Loss of teeth>>>> select recipes that can be easily chewed and digested; cut foods into smaller bites;
- Loss of mobility >>>> walkers, canes
- Loss of cognitive skills >>>> use of wisdom, experience, senior ingenuity
- Loss of taste>>> spices
- Loss of dexterity >>>> tools, methods
- Loss of sight >>> glasses, virtual reality goggles,
- Loss of hearing >>>> aids, signage, vibrations
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by: Charlie Musgrave
Hillary Clinton simply won the game (sadly) of trickery, collusion and fraudulence that modern politics in this country has devolved into.
Yes, as we are all too aware, Hillary Clinton was officially anointed this week as the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee for the upcoming election. She was chosen by the party to be its nominee long before the race ever began, and it used every means at its disposal, both in plain sight and behind closed doors, to ensure that nothing – least of all the will of the people – would prevent that from happening.
Yet even though she may have won the title, she lost any moral legitimacy to the position that the title represents.
It is a shameful, hollow victory; one that has stained the democratic process in its callous and brazen willingness to subvert that very process by whatever means necessary in order to triumph.
Her campaign’s collusion with the DNC (not to mention her corporate media allies, lobbyists and tech industry cohorts) to undermine Senator Sanders’ bid for the nomination – to any rational, thinking person who’d paid even the slightest bit of attention to the unfolding race – was as obvious as it was incensing. The party’s hierarchy, working with their establishment counterparts at state and local levels, did everything they could to sabotage and stifle the Vermont Senator’s burgeoning campaign.
This subterfuge became glaringly apparent through a whole host of underhanded practices. From planning debate schedules to ensure the lowest possible viewing audience; widespread voter suppression through registrations being dropped, party registration being changed, or receiving incorrect ballots; manipulating voter registration rules; forged signatures on voter registration sheets; scandalously high discrepancies in many states between exit poll results and actual voting tallies (disparities that were not evident in either the Republican primary or the 2008 Democratic primary); officials conspiring to paint Sanders as an atheist, as revealed in the recent WikiLeaks email dump; and the list goes on…
Perhaps the saddest aspect of all of this is that so many of those previously disenfranchised, disaffected and otherwise alienated or jaded by the political process saw in Senator Sanders’ campaign a light in the political darkness. They saw a man of principle, someone who had spent a lifetime remaining true to his beliefs and his word, and someone who wanted to rid the system of its corporate, insider cronyism and make the country and more fair and just one. And now those same people who fought alongside Sanders are confronted with the cruel reality that those corporate, insider cronies came out on top…once again.
However, as dispiriting as that reality may be, it could have been worse. Had the Democratic primary been fought fairly, on a level playing field, with no establishment deck-stacking involved and Clinton had still clawed her way to the nomination, there would be very little solace to be had in the notion that voters simply liked her and her politics better. As bitter a pill to swallow as the actual outcome is, at least one can take some comfort in the knowledge that she didn’t win on merit, she won through fraud and deceit.
If, as many like to say, politics is a sport, then Hillary Clinton is the political equivalent of a state-sponsored, doped-up Russian athlete.
Hillary Clinton didn’t win the Democratic Party nomination – she simply won the game of trickery, collusion and fraudulence that modern politics in this country has devolved into. And while Sanders’ bid to clean house ultimately failed, it opened the eyes of many millions of voters to show just how corrupted that system has become.
Right now many of those voters are crestfallen and many more are just plain angry. But there are many fights that lay ahead, and when they come, those same voters will be going into battle with their eyes wide open.