change

Change

It’s been a hell of a year and a bit for me with life throwing more than one curve ball at me, but hopefully that old adage about things coming in 3′s won’t prove to be right because, honestly, I’m not sure that I could take another kick in the <you know where>.

That aside I have been doing a lot of thinking lately about where I am and really, where I want to go following the upheaval I have gone through and I have come to some hard decisions and some soft ones. These aren’t really decisions about my personal life because, well, that’s personal.

On the work and project front however things are going to be changing with some drastic, and some not so drastic but more of a re-aligning of things that are important to me.

First on the list is my site Winextra, which has been one of my longest running sites; with just over 10 years of constant activity. Winextra started back before things like Facebook, Twitter, social media, and the ridiculous tech punditry that has become the standard way of writing about tech these days.

There are a lot of memories tied up with Winextra, mostly great, but given the current landscape of the whole tech industry; and my total lack of interest in it, the time has come I believe to say good-bye to that past and but Winextra to bed.

My reasons for this are actually really simple. I really don’t give a shit about the tech industry any more, or at least the tech news business that we have to suffer through these days. I’m tired of just about everything tech news related because it has become the same old boring shit and stupid opinions day after day. The fact is I’m just tired of tech .. I’ve been doing “Tech” for almost 20 years – it’s time for a change.

In saying good-bye to Winextra I also have to take a serious look at Geek Dimensions and what I want out of what that site was created for; not to mention my available time, both time wise and emotionally, and like Winextra some changes are going to be made. Now Geek Dimensions won’t be going away but rather a re-alignment and consolidation around one thing.

Geek Dimensions was created to celebrate the life of geeks, all kinds of geeks, but over the past while the only thing that I have enjoyed doing under the sites banner has been the Geek Dimensions On Air podcast that I do every week with my good friends Paul O’Flaherty and David Gall. Rather than write about it in a solitary fashion I get together with the two of them and have a blast talking about the things that geeks like.

So going forward Geek Dimensions will be revamped as a landing page for the On Air podcast with the current content being archived.

So where do I go from here you might be wondering, well it’s quite simple. I have found two things (well actually two things based around one things) that has sparked my creative juices and make me very happy to be involved with. The one thing, that has launched two sites, is gaming and the community around both an individual game and the streaming community found on Twitch.tv

If you are interested you can check out Twitch Universe (the more general online gaming world and the Twitch community) and Mithril Palace (a resource and news site for SOE’s Landmark online video game) but both these projects have given me back some joy and a desire to make them the best I can. They are a part of the change.

Personally I won’t say much other than the pas year has been a really rough one but I believe I am starting to come back and with the changes posted here, and the personal ones, I am actually looking forward to the future. Don’t get me wrong I know there will still be hard parts, both work and personal, but at least now and moving forward I can do it knowing I have made some right choices for myself.

Change is good.

This Folks Is How You Do Social Media

I almost missed the whole Nabisco Honey Maid “This is Wholesome” brouhaha this past couple of days but thanks to a Geekosystem’s post about it I get the gist of what was happening.

It started with an excellently done ad for their Honey Maid and Teddy Graham crackers that showed families of all diversities: same-sex , biracial, and military. However before I continue take a moment and watch the original ad – it’s only 32 seconds long.

Well, who knew that such a great and touching ad would bring out the bigoted f**kwad contingent in the way it did; but it did and prime of those mindless bigoted groups is the 1 Million Moms. Now I don’t want to give this group of inane idiots any link juice, no matter how little, so here is what they posted:

Nabisco should be ashamed of themselves for their latest Honey Maid and Teddy Graham cracker commercial where they attempt to normalize sin. Right away it shows two men with a baby, followed by other families, and ends with different families pictured including the one with two dads. This commercial not only promotes homosexuality, but then calls the scene in the advertisement wholesome. The ad states, “Everyday wholesome snacks for every wholesome family. This is wholesome.”

One Million Moms stands up for Biblical truth which is very clear in Romans 1:26-27 about this particular type of sexual perversion.

Honey Maid is also using the hashtag #thisiswholesome. There is concern about the way this ad is pushing the LGBT agenda, but an even greater concern is the way that they are changing the meaning of the word “wholesome.”

This is truly sad. If this is what Honey Maid thinks is wholesome, then my family will no longer purchase Honey Maid or Nabisco products.

TAKE ACTION                                                                                                                                                            Please send U.S. key executives for Honey Maid and Nabisco (owned by Mondelez International) an email urging them to pull this liberal commercial immediately and remain neutral in the culture war.

What follows next should be taken as the right way to handle any kind of social media backlash when it comes to dealing with brainless twits like 1 Million Moms – and yes Mozilla I’m looking at you.

In response to this very social attack on their ad Nabisco could have gone the safe route and pulled the ad immediately and posted some namby-pamby apology about how wrong they were to have posted the ad and that those responsible are on their way to the unemployment line.

Except they didn’t. For once a company believed enough in their public stance, and policies, and fought back against the people attacking them with an even better response ad which is right here:

Kudos to Nabisco for stand-up to these social bullies and their moronic agendas that are even more disgusting than any so-called LGBT agenda that their warped minds dream up on a daily basis.

I think I might just have to go and by myself a box of Honey Maid Graham crackers.

Good-Bye Sweet Ruby

Good-Bye Sweet Ruby

Ruby came into our lives on December 16 2005 and it was never the same. It was two weeks almost before she came out of her ‘shell’ as Kim and I use to call it but once she did, well the house and us were her’s.

When my wife passed away last May my little Ruby, our little girl, became even more of my rock, a reason to sometimes get up in the morning because she made sure that I got my ass out of bed so she could do her business.

Today I held her and said good bye as she went to sleep for the last time. I told her I loved her and that to say hi to momma when she saw her.

I will miss you Ruby girl, and now the house is truly empty.

Be at peace my baby girl and know I loved you so much.

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