Electric Fence Syndrome…

As you may have guessed by the name, it’s shocking how many people exhibit signs of this dangerous yet disturbingly amusing illness.

Electric Fence Syndrome is a mental deficiency (I personally think it’s genetic, but this unproven by scientific standards) in which a person will deliberately expose themselves to dangerous or horribly undesirable effects for no other reason than to verify what their own senses, family members, and friends have likely already explained and warned them of.

I first encountered this disease when I was about 7 years old. I was with a couple of my cousins in a horse pasture. One of my cousins bet the other that he could climb and ride the stud without a saddle with no problem whatsoever. Before he left to try, I pointed out that we knew already that that particular horse hated people riding him bareback and would usually throw you upon trying to sit without a saddle. In addition, the other cousin that was in on the bet also told the victim that he’d tried three times already and couldn’t pull it off. Need less to say, it was an enormous amount of fun seeing sensible family members (that totally knew better) climb an irritated horse solely to prove they would be tossed promptly.

Another encounter…well…legitimized this illness when I watched a man holding a rifle wrong (the scope was too close to his eye), and after being warned about the potential ramifications, ignore said warning and promptly cut his eye ridge and nose when firing the rifle.

Further bolstered by not one, but FOUR instances of warning people about various fences possessing a significant electric current, with little success of deterrence, I found an apt name for this horrible affliction that lays waste to those with even the most reputable common sense.

You can often see signs that the illness will manifest itself when hearing phrases such as the following:

“You shouldn’t be dating each other.”
“Heh, watch THIS!”
“We’re getting married!”
“He bites.”
“Do not feed the animals.”

It’s been noted that I missed a very important phrase to be wary of by my friend Lodi:

“Hold my beer.”

And another awesome one has been submitted by Kirsten (of Results Not Typical Girl):

“Will you marry me?”

…the list of scenarios goes on and on. I have found one very clear method of avoiding this disease. It seems that it is distracting and entertaining enough to yield non-dangerous results merely by warning people of potential dangers and harmful situations. I highly suggest this as a deterrent.

In the meantime, I would very much like to hear of your own experiences with this affliction. Or even if you know more phrases to be watchful for.
Please feel free to send these experiences to electricfence@tonytown.com.



For everyone that doesn’t vote.

THIS IS A PICTURE OF PEOPLE THAT DONT VOTE.

This is how the rest of us see you.



Just remembering…

I saw little blurb that’s been tweeted and reposted all over the place….Facebook…Email…etc.

Lindsay Lohan, 24, is all over the news because she’s a celebrity drug addict. While Justin Allen 23, Brett Linley 29, Matthew Weikert 29, Justus Bartett 27, Dave Santos 21, Chase Stanley 21, Jesse Reed 26, Matthew Johnson 21, Zachary Fisher 24, Brandon King 23, Christopher Goeke 23, …and Sheldon Tate 27 are all Marines that gave their lives this week with NO MEDIA MENTION. Honor THEM by reposting!

It reminded me of something…a couple years ago, I had this amazing discussion with a surprisingly insightful woman. The discussion wasn’t all that long…but it was…well heartfelt.

I was coming over to one of my favorite spots at a local park, and there was someone else already kicking back on my favorite bench – luckily there was lots of room on the bench. I asked if it was okay if I snag the other spot on the bench completely oblivious of who it was, but hell I was there to relax at the park. However, after like five minutes I realized who she was and had to say hello. Don’t get me wrong…I introduced myself mainly because this kind of opportunity doesn’t happen often. I immediately apologized for interrupting her but I was totally curious about her. Surprisingly again, she was talkative and amicable.

…so we knocked out the weather and our days experiences in under two minutes’ discussion. At that point however, I couldn’t help myself.

“Dude, I have to ask. If it were me, I’d probably have kicked the media’s ass or something. How do you handle the media?”

“You learn to ignore them, hardly the smartest thing the do if you’re trying to keep some sort of image, and then you stop caring too. But I still get furious when they start digging into family.”

I asked what it was like having zero privacy and the word “Hell” was all the explanation I needed. I asked how often she lost her cool with the media.

“Way too much. But live and learn.”

I even asked how she was coping with how they sensationalized every wrong step she ever took.

“…They don’t care. It’s like they are only looking for those tastiest morsels that will distract them from the real problems in the world.”

…before I got to my next question…

“You know it really sucks. The entertainment industry is like a coping mechanism for people that can’t come to grips with what the world is really like. The media is geared to draw you. They aren’t concerned for what is right…only for what will get them a broader audience. Whatever they can get away with without breaking the law..they’re all over it. Accuracy doesn’t matter, only the draw.

People, great people, awesome people…are dying to save each other every day…I bet they give me more coverage at a court date than they do for all the guys dying in Iraq. It’s not that the media does this habitually, I hate it more when it’s me they’re dumping all the attention on. It’s like come on people, you must have better things to do.”

At this point I totally apologized, as I was obviously interrupting what was rare peace for her. But then I opened my trap and said it.

“Ya know, I have to admit I was a slave to the media impression before today. I feel like an ass now. You’re ten times more interesting to talk to about the media than it is to listen to the media about you.”

*yes, I was grinning*

She smirked and said, “It’s the one thing the media doesn’t care about, but thanks.”

Things stayed quiet after that. The day was just too beautiful to sully with any more dialogue. For another 10 minutes we just sat on the bench enjoying the peace, half-grins on both our faces.

By the way. Now that you’re through reading this.
Who she was doesn’t matter.

Here’s the latest list of from iCasualities.com
..and here’s a list of who gave their lives in the last week in Afghanistan.
Matthew Thomas, Donald Scott Morrison, Mark A. Simpson, Clinton E. Springer II, William Brandon Dawson, Jaysine P. S. Petree, Anthony J. Rosa, Michael J. Buras, Jonah D. McClellan, Robert F. Baldwin, Marvin R. Calhoun Jr., Joshua D. Powell, Matthew G. Wagstaff, Denis C. Miranda, Adam O. Smith, David B. McLendon, Brendan J. Looney.



Denny Crane.

Denny Crane is waving pistol.

Your argument is invalid.



Fun stuff setting up a puter…

Last year…when I upgraded to Windows7…before the PC Crash of 2010, this was in my journal and it needed to be posted…
>>>>>>
So the computer I blog from and surf from and do most of my geeking and gaming on….it’s fast approaching a deadline for a new OS.

Actually. My release candidate is expiring today. In non-geek terminology, my pc will become such a pain in the ass to use that I am forced to either reinstall Vista, or reinstall a licensed version of Windows 7.

This kind of sucks. My PC is so frickin enabled that power users would need like 2 years of classes to put this kind of thing together.

The hub of all this installed ability revolves around a capable OS.

Which again. Is not expiring.

So far here’s how it’s been going:

(Old encryption program doesnt like W7, switched to bitlocker last summer, just to test it out.)

Get nastygram telling me my version of W7 is about to go belly up.
Audit everything installed on this PC.
216 applications that would have to be reinstalled.
Looked for alternatives.
Alternatives would involve incompatibility for roughly half my apps, and half my games would no longer work.
Not an option. More research.
Audit necessary free memory to upgrade to W7. 2TB.
Because you cant just install over a release candidate, you have to wipe it out and install clean. This requires the data on the boot drive to be migrated.
Because I am NOT paying a gazillion extra bucks to continue using Bitlocker, I have to decrypt externals before migrating data off the boot drive.
Decrypting drive 1, cleaning up apps installed.
App cleanup forces reboot before I can stop decryption. very. bad.
drive recovery successful, 8 hours.
Continue, decrypting drive 1, cleaning up apps installed. 6 hours.
Decrypting drive 2 will take …heh…48 hours. Tony not happy. migrating data off drive faster than decryption.
Migrating data off drive, 6 hours.
Decrypting of drive 2 now only 8 hours, acceptable. Not a happy Tony, but the alternative wasnt an option.
Drive 2 decrypted, migrating data back onto it. 4 hours.
Initial setup for primary drive W7 install, 2 hours. Only because I have to decide what apps to keep etc. make a list. etc.
W7 setup.

All in all. W7 has been good to me, but simply isn’t as “secure” as I’d prefer. Not everyone knows this but any kid with a little USB drive and a few brain cells can waltz into almost any Windows driven machine and crack open the password locked
>>>>>

I have LONG since moved to bigger and better setups. But this needed to go in the journal.



5 Damn good reasons you should follow @WhoIsTheBaldGuy

It’s almost natural for most Twits. If you’re on Twitter, follow @whoisthebaldguy. I mean, it’s almost as necessary as @shitmydadsays or @tremendousnews or @Alyssa_Milano (and @tony_hunt if you’re really bored).

#1 He can help you quit smoking.
This took creativity, a decent sense of humor, and some serious “Smoking Skills.” I am actually surprised Truth.com didn’t want in on this. It’s that good. Check it out!




#2 Dude, watch out when he snaps those fingers!
Who do you know that can stop time to propose?
He can help all you loser boyfriends own up and Put A Ring On It.
I already told him I am totally calling him before I pop the question. ;)




#3 Just when you thought an iPhone couldn’t do more.
Michael Krivicka (that’s @WhoIsTheBaldGuy if you’re not really paying attention yet) makes his mark on the iPhone. He’s directly responsible for the absolute best iPhone app EVER … Nude-it!
…and here’s another Reaction Video ;)




#4 He helps the homeless by giving them a job.
Want tons of easy and cheap marketing, while at the same time helping out all the holeless? Try out Michael’s idea for putting people to good use…




Now…after all those videos, you’re *probably* thinking…

Holy-shit-on-a-pogo-stick-apes-flipping-the-bird-aren’t-this cool.
(Yes, click this and you will see an ape flipping you off.)

It’s true. He might be the most interesting man in the world (or some sort of twitter-happy runner-up).
But what you really have to ask yourself…(after watching this video)


And finally…#5
…how do you think you’re going to sound in his next remix?

…Follow him. Fly like the wind people! Follow him!



Missed it?!

OI!

Oh…now I am kicking myself.

I had no idea OpenCamp was also hosting Wordcamp. I’ve been really busting my own chops to make sure I made it to these…and I find out it was at a meet I totally could have gone to but didnt because it wasn’t “WordPressy” enough.

Grr!

Sad Tony is Sad.



Ending a week of stupidity…

Closing up the weekend…no idea why I am blogging this…but what the hell…

The week, in short was a lot of headache.

Don’t ever think that a cigarette will make it all better. It most certainly will not.

Don’t ever marry a psychopath.

Don’t ever let your motorcycle sit for three weeks without a trickle charger. Argh.

Don’t ever forget, because the internet sure as hell doesn’t.

Don’t ever let your job rule you. Rule your job.

Somehow I managed to watch some noteworthy movies though.


Movies:

Salt was pretty decent. Watch it. I like the whole “new spy” open-ended thing going on there. It didn’t have the class synonymous with Bond…but it wasn’t short on action.
Centurion was pretty cool. Not worth the DVD though, if it’s still On Demand for you…do it.
The Expendables was a blast to watch, mainly because of all the cameo’s. All the best action hero’s were there and in top form. Definitely a guy film, the plot was cool, but seeing all those different A-List action people in there was just fun. The only guy missing was John Travolta…they should’ve made him a bad guy.

The summer finale of Burn Notice happened. I still haven’t made time to watch it (probably tonight)
Now I have to wait like a week or two for the other cable shows to kick back in…Sons of Anarchy baby!

Hope everyone had a great week. Loads of No More Stupid is coming! ;)

-Tony



How to be a Douchebag.

Normally, I reserve names such as these when referring to…

…people who beat children and/or spouses.
…people that think civil, or even human rights are “quaint”
…people that go out of their way to shit on others without reasonable justification.

But tonight, it becomes more than a moral obligation to point this waste of internet space out…

…it becomes an absolute pleasure.

Now you have to know a little tech first. You see, I’ve been administering over 10 domains (not including subs) for a long long time. When I first started blogging and transcribing my journals into my blog, I also set up an aggregation site on a sub-domain of TonyTown so that I could read all my news without going to anyone else, or having to surf like mad to so many sites. In doing this, I didn’t realize the RSS feeds were being indexed by the big search engines, which is in fact a pretty huge screw-up on my part. But I screwed up more. This same sub-domain/site is also where I tested out plugins for WordPress. One of these was the first original TonyTown twitter account, which I have also not used or looked at in ages, but was taking it’s queue from posts on the news feed.

Bottom line…All my RSS feeds for The Onion, BitRebels, CNN, Natalie Tran, Ars Technica, Gizmodo and Scientific American they were being posted as linked articles on the aggregation site on my sub-domain. This reeks of techno-babble, but the bottom line is that the articles were getting regurgitated through my sub-domain. This is very bad etiquette on the net. Well, let me rephrase, it is very bad etiquette to re-post content without some level of permission from the publisher.

This was totally me. I never realized the site was searchable, and didn’t know the stupid twitter feed was attached to it.

The part that makes me want to write about this though, is how I was approached about it. This insane low-life self-anointed waste of internet space starts spamming the absolute hell out of my personal twitter account (non-direct, for all the public to see) with completely unnecessary hashes (tags like #douchebag etc) and foul language. There are children who watch that feed. Not to mention a few news sites, WORK, etc…and this guy didn’t even bother emailing me.

I have to point out something here…this guy, out of the 13000 links aggregated, owned…wait for it… 7 articles. They weren’t even really articles. After reading them, I found them to be more or less absolutely useless amounts of regurgitated music babble about who’s hot and who’s not. Even funnier…he hadn’t posted to BitRebels in months, which was the actual publisher of the content.

You see the pleasure of not being in this for the money is this is 100% opinion. This winner could have easily just messaged me but started off the conversation by calling me a Twat…and THEN telling me to remove his content from my site.

Foul-mouthed Tweet #1 “Hey you TWAT! Remove immediately MY POSTS from your so called blog #XXXXingDouchebag”

Thoughts/Reaction #1 – “Wow, this guy is nuts…I don’t rip others content.”

Foul Mouthed Tweet #2 “@XXXXXXXXXXX Just look at the whole thing, [he] is stealing content from @gizmodo, @theonion, @bitrebels and Scientific American.”

Thoughts/Reaction #2 – “Wow, this nut is angry about something. Wait…those are on my aggregator”
At this time…I am trying to figure out how this guy even knows that feed is there. Remember, I haven’t even looked at it in ages, I didn’t even have the password for it.

Foul-mouthed Tweet #3 Sent to his buddy: “People like this [ME] that steals content from others really piss me off. Sorry for the language…”

Thoughts/Reaction #3 – “Why is he spamming Twitter instead of emailing me? Oh…this guy apologizes to his friend for saying PISSES…but wont bother to contact me properly.”
–Friend in California texts me to let me know the activity is on the radar *AWESOME* (not)–

Foul-mouthed Tweet #4 “That is MY CONTENT you XXXHOLE!”

Thoughts/Reaction #4 – By this time I’d found the problem (i.e. me being a dumbass) and apologized to him for the problem.

Foul-mouthed Tweet #4,5,6,7 – “I don’t say they are mine, they are mine you XXXXing douchebag! Just search for [Insert Foulmouthed Asshat's Name Here] on your site and DELETE IT!”

–Two more people letting me know there is some guy flaming the hells out of me on twitter–
By this time…honestly…nothing I tried to say I was doing was getting through. I had already moved the aggregation access to another undocumented and unsearchable domain AND fixed the twittering silliness, but this guy was now spamming others and continuing on his little rant.
By then a tiny little minuscule spec of the Twitter community…that is ONE of his followers/friends RETELLS his complaint long after I’d already rectified the situation.

I’ve been using that feed for years without a PEEP from the other sites. Yes, the activity it was performing by allowing itself to be searchable was very bad net-etiquette. Yes, my completely forgetting there was a Twitter feed attached to it…yep, all me – my fault.

But you sir. You’re a Twitter Guru right? So in your vast repertoire of blog-knowledge did it occur to you that I might have just screwed up? Because if I were leeching content deliberately…do you honestly think I would pull content from…BitRebels?! Seriously?! I read your articles, (they’re shit) and it makes me glad I didn’t bother trying to get on with BitRebels when they started…because if you’re half the egotistical asshat in person that you come off as on Twitter, I’d probably create a website dedicated to your vastly unreasonable and offensive attitude with people on the net….which by the way…isn’t copyrighted.

The real funny, is after he’s apparently satisfied his insanely valueless content is no longer available via my news portal…he goes on to start another fight with another guy on Twitter about…of all things…how lame his blog posts and intellect is. The guy…none other than Robert Scoble of http://scobleizer.com. This is about the equivalent of Joe the Plumber telling Steve Jobs how to market the iPhone. Yeah. Winner. You. Are. Not.

Finally going to get some rest on this though. Hope everyone had a great night.

-Tony



Sometimes…

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Elyse Porterfield Rocks! Tony Rulz!

Elyse Porterfield Rocks! Tony Rulz!

…a little Humorous Self Gratification never hurts ;)

Today’s been uneventful, the discovery of this pretty entertaining Elyse Porterfield site was among the highlights.

You too can rulz @ dryerasegirl.com.

But entertaining website aside, the plans are made, the progress is progress, albeit not as fast as I’d like. I am doing multiple things at once in hopes of really living life on my terms. Today was just a few steps in a very long journey I hope to share here.

I think I may have picked up a new idea for a recipe completely on accident by visiting another blogger’s site (Fugitivus – Runaway Slave) for a good read and finding her thoughts on a salmon dish. Hers sounds awesome already and I cant wait to try it out and maybe Tonify it a little.

The cool part…anything I end up putting together on my menu…is also going to get published here under the tag “Tony’s Kitchen”.

Aside from my sudden proclitivites in sharing my newfound optomism, nothing else is going on here in TonyTown.

Have a great night guys.

-Tony

PS- Left correction…see below…

Andria Rulz More!

Andria Rulz More!