… and I am Somebody male. in my thirties. recovering alcoholic. live in minneapolis. work in progress. gay. serenity please.

Advertising 2.0

03.14.2006 · Posted in Work

Our world is filled with ads. They’re everywhere you are. It’s nearly impossible to browse the ‘net these days without seeing advertisements littering your favorite sites. Magazines are published solely for the purpose of selling ad space (one must wonder about the merit of the editorial content). But with the advent of technologies like TiVo, where one can skip the commercials, and pop-up blockers so you don’t even have to view the ads; not to mention government regulations like CAN-SPAM and do-not-call lists, advertisers increasingly have to find new and innovative ways to reach their audience.

Like competition or evolution theory, these forces drive the product to new heights. And I don’t mind it one bit.

Download the viral video of the cleaning hunk in windows media or quicktime formats.

Don’t forget to visit the site, too – at least do them the favor of counting you as an impression.

The girl who cheered too much

03.08.2006 · Posted in Absurdity

After The Today Show aired a clip of this girl, Jim told me about it.

How amazing, and strange, that she would continue to cheer after she had fractured her spine, sufferred a concusion and bruised her lung! She was back on the show this morning and Katie asked her what she was thinking. She replied with, “When I heard that fight song, I knew that I had to get the crowd riled up, and I didn’t want to cause a distraction to the other cheerleaders or the game.”

Honey, you were on a stretcher in the middle of the court, with 20 paramedics surrounding you. I don’t think you could avoid causing a distraction at that point.

The video can be found on MSN, and photos are below.

But on a more serious note, how genuine do you think the average cheerleader is? They smile all the time, but they’re taught to. Does the action of smiling produce genuine feelings of happiness? Or do they begin happy, and convey that with their smile?

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Amazon recommends …

02.26.2006 · Posted in Absurdity

I’ve always been a big fan of amazon.com. Yes, they’re bad for the locally-owned bookstore, and that’s unfortunate. It’s always great to see when the little guy goes online to sell their wares via Amazon’s partner programs. However, Amazon has done a lot to pioneer some of the best e-commerce targetting strategies out there. As you browse the site, they recommend other items you may be interested in, or related to the item you’re viewing, and even better yet – related to items you’ve purchased in the past. It’s all very interesting.

But, as well all know, sometimes technology doesn’t always work (in more ways than one); witness my latest email from them:

Amazon recommends

Up and running

02.26.2006 · Posted in Recovery

Double mirrorsThe house is finally up and running. There are three residents at the moment, with hopefully more coming soon. A few furniture items still needed, but for the most part, things are becoming quite homey. We had our first emergency at the house this morning – the plumbing backed up with both toilets filled to the rim with, well, you get the idea. Thank gawd for Roto Rooter.

Hopefully life will be returning to normal from here on out.

Check out additional photos in the gallery.

The past few weeks

02.04.2006 · Posted in Autobiographical

ParkAvenueHouse… have been spent working on the new house. I closed this past Monday and have been spending evenings and weekends purchasing furniture, arranging for utilities, meeting with an accountant, etc. It’s all happening so fast. I am truly grateful for this opportunity. My family had suggested that I make a list of things I needed to purchase, so I did, and the list has almost all been donated by extended family. It’s been wonderful. I plan on getting back to blogging on a more regular basis just as soon as the house gets settled. I am aiming to open up by Feb 12. Many thanks to everyone who’s helped out.

Lake country

01.24.2006 · Posted in Absurdity

I found myself mapping a remote address in northern Minnesota today and came across two interesting lakes in the middle of nowhere.

Somebody was having some fun back in the day.

Barry Manilow is my Hero

01.17.2006 · Posted in Entertainment


Did anyone else catch Barry Manilow on Leno last night? He sang Unchained Melody from his new album, The Greatest Songs of the 50s. He was spectacular. He’s got a new gig at the Hilton in Vegas. Next time I’m there, I’m going to be front row.

You may think I’m kidding, but I actually do like him! Seriously! Especially the dramatic hand pullbacks he does when hitting the climax.

Perhaps the best part of the show was when he walked off the stage over to be seated next to Jay. The evening’s prior guests were the American Idol judges, so Barry asked them appropriately, “Did I win? Did I win?”

Public Service Announcement

01.13.2006 · Posted in Work

I’d like to think that I have a right to be a little shocked at my experience in the men’s room at work yesterday. As I was standing at the urinal, minding my own Christian business, I heard a strange sound coming from an occupied stall.

No, it’s not what you’re thinking. There were no strange vibrations, flatulence, or moans emanating. Instead, it was a strange tapping.

Continuing to mind my own Christian business I strained to catch a little more of the sound, trying to figure out what on earth it could be.

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Awakening from hibernation

01.11.2006 · Posted in Autobiographical

So I’ve been a little busy lately ….

The sober home manager deal I mentioned during December didn’t work out. Well, I guess it wasn’t meant to because I just bought a place of my own! Met with my new accountant today, and I’ll be open for biz sometime during February.

You can’t help but notice the church next door as you approach the house. All God’s Children is one of the only “gay churches” in the community and I’m right next door.

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Global Warming

01.05.2006 · Posted in In the news

Is global warming a farse, or is it based in truth? Who do you believe? The scientific community, or George W. Bush?

It is going to hit the mid 30s today in Minneapolis. And it’s January, historically the coldest month of the year for us. Normally you can expect zero degrees, and if you’re lucky, there will be no windchill effect which can lower the temperature another 30 or 40 degrees.

Generally stepping outside in January without a jacket on produces frostbite on exposed skin within 60 seconds. For those of you who may not know what frostbite is, imagine having all of the humidity sucked out of your skin and then putting it into the freezer. What’s left is not pretty. Lubriderm does quite well here in the north.

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