Waxing Philosophical about Browsings, Work, and Love

PoddedMeat StuffThe first and second weeks ratings are in for PoddedMeat. If it were two years ago, and it were the Mark and Darrell Show, I’d be absolutely elated – our numbers exceeded any ratings I’ve ever recieved on RantRadio, AKA, and the podcast feed combined. On the other hand, I was expecting a bit higher debut than where we started. The upside is that we increased our ratings for the second week by roughly 170%. Again, a bit disappointing for me – even though we’re talking four-digit numbers here, I’m expecting these numbers to eventually rival Laporte’s and Rose’s numbers. Granted, I don’t have a juggernaut like Digg fueling my subscriber numbers, but in time I’m sure I will. I had some really positive conversations with companies that I’m sure you all have heard of yesterday. I can’t say who they are because we’re just in the preliminary talks, but I can say this: watch closely during the commercial breaks in the coming weeks. The promos for second season should start running soon, and will provide clues for the types of entertainment programs we have planned. Running a set of talking head programs is a bit more difficult than I envisioned, and it’s taking a few more episodes to bang out what our style is than I expected – on the other hand, I think the shows are coming along quite nicely. I think that NewsCube this week finally found it’s rhythm, and RunTime isn’t very far behind them. RunTime has a lot more variable elements to it, so it’s going to take a couple more episodes before...

Major Personal/Professional Issues

Well, I’ll just come out and say it. I fired Darrell today. It’s been a mighty stressful week, things were tightly scheduled, and if all the cogs weren’t in exactly the right place, the whole structure (much like a jenga puzzle) would come tumbling down. And once again, Darrell failed to follow through on something. Those that have been following the exploits of Darrell and I over the years will not be very surprised by this. He was the reason the Mark and Darrell show got canned on RantRadio back in the day. He’s probably by far the least prolific blogger on the network, despite the fact he’s had two domain names and three blog designs created for him. He’s also the sole reason we haven’t produced one single episode of LateCast for the PoddedMeat Network yet. Nevermind the fact that we are two weeks behind schedule on shooting the show – that doesn’t seem to matter to him. Nevermind that I impressed upon him the absolute gravity of the situation if he didn’t perform. Nevermind the fact that he saw how absolutely upset and angry I was the one time Hannah and Sam were no-shows to a rehersal. He still found a way to blame the whole situation on me, as he did with the MADshow debacle, and as he has done with the blogging situation. I had reached my fill of this behavior, and when he hung up on me after giving me lip and attitude, I fired him. Darrell is no longer associated with any of my projects from this point out....

Mark Lives

I just got a call from Mark. Apparently, south Florida is indeed a wasteland, as he was calling me from the only working pay phone he could find. He does have a little money and food for a couple days, but donations are still appreciated. Right now, he needs to find a working gas station in the Pompano Beach area, so if anybody can help out with that, please drop me a line at smokehouse@rantradio.com...

I'm outta here folks

Well, guys, this is my last post until I get back from the Bahamas.  Next week is guest week… we’re going to have a host of great bloggers to come in and fill your week with Rizzny goodness.  All Blip tech support requests will be redirected to storage and handled upon my return. Guest BloggersMonday – Jon Thomas Wilson aka thelinesbegintoblurTuesday – Matthew Finkelstein aka matthewtheunhumbledWednesday – Art Lindsey III aka smokehouseThursday – Darrell Thomas aka ndmoviesFriday – RICR Make your guest bloggers feel welcome.  Tip your waitstaff, they work hard for you, etc, etc. Sprint Nextel sues providers in patent spat Sprint Nextel is suing VoIP providers Vonage Holdings and Voiceglo Holdings, accusing the firms of infringing on seven VoIP technology-related patents. The suit, filed in federal court in Kansas by a Sprint Nextel subsidiary, seeks an injunction that would bar the defendants from using the communication company’s patented technologies. The suit also seeks unspecified monetary damages. Sprint Nextel claims its patents protect a series of innovations that allow the processing and delivery of voice and data communications via packets over the Internet. The company says that these methods also encompass VoIP. The suit, however, doesn’t explain how the companies are violating the patents. Michael Rupert RuminationsI think I’ve figured out my problem with Michael Rupert.  I’ve really been trying to like the guy, find some common ground with him, see if there’s slivers of anything I can grab onto in his writings.  The more and more I read, the less and less I feel that dream will ever become a reality.  The guy has a whole worldview that’s...

A little bit of everything before I get back to work

If you emailed me between about 4:00 PM and 5:30 PM yesterday, I need you to email me again, as I had a minor workstation crash that I spent the better part of the evening recovering from. In other news, I’m getting pretty excited about my upcoming adventure a few weeks from now in iRP, where my little kobold is going to lead a band of adventurers to the northern Temple of Bianesse.  So far, the party looks like it’s going to contain the following assorted characters: a junkie Kei’Dyn (a catlike race – this one’s poison is catnip), a one-armed ameteur dwarven mage, a cross dressing Urdon, and possibly a female halfling troubadour, all led by my character, a 3’9” ninja kobold.  I’m not sure if this is going to be a comedy or a tragedy, but it will definately be one or the other.  I’ll check with the GM and see if there’s any interested in just observing if I can give out the server info here on the blog.  If you’re interested in participating though, just head on over to the site. The fabled Blip migration should be done by the end of the day.  We’re going to flip the DNS switch tonight, assuming all goes well.  Some podcasts may not be available for a short period of time, and we may have some weird outages for as many as three days, but it’s the weekend, and it’s typically a slightly lower traffic time for the site.  By Monday we’ll definately have all this straightened out (famous last words, yes, I know).  All this means is that...

Migratory patterns of soccerballs and spaceships.

Wow, I’m dragging butt today – so so so friggin’ tired.  I did indeed make it to the Serenity pre-screening two nights ago. I’ll post a bit of a review below.  I also figured out why my traffic has been kicking so much butt lately – I’ve been linked three times in the last couple weeks by the National Ledger, here, here, and here.  Also, I did indeed level up again with my kobold character on IRP, for those of you who are keeping track. Finally, the Blip migration is going swimmingly as I’ve freed up nine gigabytes of storage on the old server, so that podcasts, radio shows, and database synchronisations should be running with a greater degree of reliability now.  I’m still going to say that I’m going to hold off on the email tech support responses for another day because there will be problems in this migration, I just haven’t hit them yet.  When I do, you’ll know, because I’ll be bellyaching loudly to all within earshot. Naked Podcaster: Soccergirl comes to RantI usually don’t write about podcasters who aren’t on Blip, because I tend to believe in promoting from within, but hey man, it’s Soccergirl.  At any rate, Smokehouse, proving once again he’s the most powerful man in internet radio, got Soccergirl to come be a radio show host over there at RantRadio.  The next move is to bring her over to Blip.  One step at a time, I suppose. I must confess, I don’t really listen to her show, so I’m not sure how entertaining it is, although I do know it’s really popular.  It may have...

I'm doing my part: katrinalostandfound.org

Given that I’m pulling my hair out on this damn blip migration, I’m taking a break for a couple days to work on what’s turning out to be a community project called katrinalostandfound.org – it’s a public database of people displaced by Hurricane Katrina in NOLA. If you’re a developer and you want to get in on this, volunteer your efforts over here on this message board. It’s going to be a standard ASP/Access/Perl imalgamation, or at least that’s what it’s shaping up to be right now, although I can run PHP and .net on this server, too.  If you know any of these languages, this is a good alternative to donating money that you might not have – donate your talent. Right now we’re concentrating on creating an aggregator tool so that we can consolidate CNN’s and the NOLA local media databases into a central place. /rizzn PS: Forgot the link: http://katrinalostandfound.org On the Turntables Currently: newsreal –...

MTV Video Music Awards and AngryShirts

I’m off to South Beach now.  Apparently the parties are back on again, and we’re going to go cover them for Blip. Expect interviews, pictures, and video of the following people:Carmen Electra, Kanye West, Paris Hilton, Hillary Duff, Haylie Duff, Orlando Jones, Nick Cannon, Jill Marie Jones, Brooke Valentine, Jeremy Piven, Tori Kittles, Joel Madden (from Good Charlotte), Jaime Pressly, Jamie Foxx, Baby Face, DJ AM, Missy Elliot, Jermaine Dupri, Dave Meyers, Janet Jackson, JayZ, Destiny’s Child, Ciara, Alicia Keys, Fat Joe, Blacked Eyed Peas, and (I quote) Many Many More. Usually about 5% of the list shows up to these things, so we’ll see.  Some of these names I have no idea who they are, so I’m going to work on puttin a dossier together for my PDA.  If you have tips for me while I’m out, leave a voice mail @ 800.900.2552 x 302, and I’ll pick it up periodically over the next couple days. I’m also featured on the front page of Angryshirts right now. See?  I am a celebrity!  I’m helping them sell more shirts just by being me! We have updated stock on the RantRadio t-shirt. It has been sold out of it for some time and I got tired of all the RR people sending death threats so I printed more. Buy them before they are sold out again! In the photo to your left you will see Mark from BlipMedia a loyal RantRadio fan and a Angryshirts customer. You might have heard Mark on the “Mark and Darrell Show” on RantRadio. He has also been on the Rant airwaves with Smokey on the show “Off in...

Blip Kernel Update Notice

BlipMedia Profile Updates, and HTTP Uploads are temporarily suspended while we perform some necessary shifts in the way we update profiles.  The downtime is expected to last no longer than a few hours.  All files uploaded and changes made will be saved, but will not be visible to surfers for a few hours. /rizzn On the Turntables Currently: newsreal –...

Am I Famous?

I don’t normally break character like this (by breaking character, I mean putting aside my school-bus sized ego), but I’ve got to ask this question of the masses who are now reading my blog and subscribing to my discussion group (and the few people who subscribe to my RSS feed). A couple weird things have been happened to me lately.  I went to the Marlins/Dodgers game last Friday, and as usual, my streak of going to see professional sports and the team I was there for not losing continued – the Marlins completely whupped up on the Dodgers.  Going into the stadium, however, these four really hot chicks tapped me on my shoulder and asked if they could have a photograph with me.  Of course, I obliged, but it was a bit of an akward silience afterwards, and so I re-joined my group and sort of filed the experience away. Then this weekend, I was walking down the beach, as I usually do, towards Lighthouse Point from Pompano, and I was photographed again. Again, by hot chicks, and again, no explanation – they simply ran off after they snapped my photo, paparazzi style. Just a few minutes ago, I was standing outside the office smoking a cigarette, and there was a lull in the traffic on Atlantic, and this girl in a late 90’s SUV slows down, looks at me and honks the horn, waves, and drives off.  I waved back with what I’m sure was a bizarre look of confusion on my face. My question to the public is, do I closely resemble some longhaired celebrity now? Am...

USA Statistics * Facts to Ponder

Hat tip to the Libertarian Party of Broward group list: Facts to Ponder:(A) The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000.(B) Accidental deaths caused by Physicians per year are 120,000.(C) Accidental deaths per physician is 0.171.* Statistics courtesy of U.S. Dept of Health Human Services. Now think about this:(A) The number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000. (Yes, that’s 80 million)(B) The number of accidental gun deaths per year, all age groups, is 1,500.(C) The number of accidental deaths per gun owner is  0.000188.* Statistics courtesy of FBI So, statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners. Remember, “Guns don’t kill people, doctors do.” FACT: NOT EVERYONE HAS A GUN, BUT ALMOST EVERYONE HAS AT LEAST ONE DOCTOR. Please alert your friends to this alarming threat. We must ban doctors before this gets completely out of hand! Out of concern for the public at large, I have withheld the statistics on lawyers for fear the shock would cause people to panic and seek medical attention. On the Turntables Currently: newsreal –...

BlipUpdate: Directory Service Now Available!

I’m going to send out an email to all the users once it’s fully functional, but I’ve got to turn in tonight – I’ve been doing what I’ve been doing too long to think right anymore. The upshot is this, though: everyone’s downloads are going to increase substantially now (if they’ve categorized their blogs properly with the directory settings) as there is now a searchable and browseable directory.  I spoke a couple days ago of this being the first step towards bringing unbiasing advertisment. Unfortunately, it looks like my weekend is going to be completely taken up with dealing with the innundation of new users.  Unfortunately, my programming didn’t take into account supporting more than 1000 users.  I’m working on a queuing system so that profiles will take less than 90 minutes to generate.  As we get more and more users, it takes longer and longer to regenerate the profiles.  This is unacceptable (not to mention putting incredible strain on this machine’s puny Celeron processor). So it may take a couple weeks before I get done with the stats engine while I deal with the queuing server, but once that’s done, we’re back on the right track. /rizzn On the Turntables Currently: RantRadio – RantSpeak Episode 013 – Originally Aired May 23, 2004 (-=RantRadio Talk=- Speak Your...

Snap Back to Reality

Alright… sorry about the long absence from the blog, guys.  I’ve had my head in code for about the last two weeks.  In defense of my lateness this week, I calculated that I’ve logged over 100 hours in the last five days getting the last bits of BlipMedia put together.  As a result, by end of business tomorrow (today, I suppose.  If I really wanted to end the ambiguity, I’d say Friday, May 20th). Better late than never, I always say. First of all, I want to apologise to all of my friends, family, users, podcast and radioshow listeners, as well as acquaintences that I’ve blown off this month.  I’ve blown off a lot of you for this project, but this is one of my big things, and if you know me at all, you know when I really believe in something, I put everything I have into it until I’m done. As a result, we at BlipMedia have something we’re proud to launch with (I think :-). If you click on the Blip link over there on the side and check it out, I’d be mighty grateful. So I’m writing this article to say that my official hiding from the public will be over by Friday next week. I’ve still a few bugs to work out of the system so we can put online a few extra features I was looking to include in the initial launch, but will soon follow. Why BlipMedia, though? Well, this company is launched with two real goals in mind.  One of these goals has my idealism about New Media smeared all over it,...

Day Two of Out in Right Field

Thankfully, I mean, it was a close call, but thankfully I recovered the file after my computer crashed in the middle of recording this evening. You can download a copy of episode 2 of the new “Out in Right Field” here from the riz podcast stream. Due to popular demand, I’m going to finish compiling a Best of CD of the Mark and Darrell Show. Additionally, I’ve almost gotten an OK from our favorite program director to get them into random rotation.  Send an email to smokehouse asking for the BoMaD to be added into random rotation on Rant Radio. That is all....

Pundits are Idiots

When will the pundits of the left and the right stop calling Karl Rove things like “Bush’s Puppet-master” and start using proper names like, I don’t know, Deputy Chief of Staff? It’s annoying when I clearly know more about politics than the talking heads on the television. Late breaking update: The Mark and Darrell show is cancelled by management. This is not a bit. Our two and a half year run is finally over, as at this point we likely won’t be seeking alternative syndication. Voice your concerns, comments, and questions in the comment area or in a private email here, here, or here....

So so sick

Horribly sick today.  Feels like Viral Pharyngitis, meaning I can’t do nothing about it except drink OJ and sleep it off. Suckage.  I’ve been sleeping for over 24 hours.  I think I’ll make a steaming pile of East Meets West.  (it’s a mighty tasty meal that serves four that you can make for less than $2.50). I’m going to do that now, go back to sleep, and hopefully be able to go to work tomorrow. /rizzn Music on the Turntables Currently: newsreal – mon (-=RantRadio Talk=- Speak Your...

Lack of updates: a comprehensive apology, and funny MADshow stuff

Rizzn is back, but not rested, itwould seem. There has been a distinct lack of updates around here at rizzn.com, and there’s good reasons for it.  Just so you aren’t left completely in the dark, I’ll take some time out to share with you, my loyal 10 or so readers. First and formost, business at AACS/CyberDyne has been picking up quite well after the hurricanes.  It has actually gotten to the point where I can focus on minor infrastructure systems at the company, like the company radio station or improving fax automation and database synchronisation (instead of a hand done procedure, the affiliate database synchronises four times a day automatically with the content manager).  Disputing and Data Entry Laura from Disputing The foyer and the COO’s office Secondly, the Aveary project is starting to take off.  The articles of incorporation are ready to go to press, the site is almost completed, and next Monday, we hope to do our first demo in front of a billionaire (obviously looking for investment capital). This is a big step, and due to the sensitive nature of the product, I really can’t go into the specifics of what we’re doing, but I can say that this will change the way the world works, once we go to market. Thirdly, I’ve been getting involved with podcasting, in conjunction with my radio shows. Along that vein of thought, we had on the Mark and Darrell show one of the rising stars in the Podcasting world, Sondra Lowell, otherwise known as the deliverer of the tapdancing podcaster news (yeah!).  Here is the 30-minute interview between Darrell, Doug, myself, and...

Modern Political Liberalism – the new bigotry

[Rizzn’s Note: It’s getting bad in here.  By in here, I am referring to our country of America.  By getting bad, I refer to what I have taken to calling liberal bigotry. I’m not going to go into a great definition of liberal bigotry.  Instead I’m going to tell you a story that sparked me on this journey, and then I’m going to simply post some quotes up here from common liberal newspapers and sources, as well as some random blogs. A few weeks ago, I watched the VEEP debates.  I commented on them, and my comments were favorable to Dick Cheney.  I posted these comments up on the RantRadio forum.  Then along came an idiot named gManiaxe.  He decided he was going to goad me into an argument/flame-war by calling my ideas and judgement laughable (“it is hilarious that you think that …”). I really thought about how indicative this is of the liberal bigotry going on in America today — a whole presidential campaign was just waged on that idea. I’m not going to wax philisophical about it just this minute; instead i’ll let these other, more accomplished writers, do my talking for me.] U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown verbally attacked a top Bush administration official during a briefing on the Haiti crisis Wednesday, calling the President’s policy on the beleaguered nation “racist” and his representatives “a bunch of white men.” Brown sat directly across the table from Noriega and yelled into a microphone. Her comments sent a hush over the hourlong meeting, which was attended by about 30 people, including several members of Congress and Bush administration...

Mark and Darrell Show for this week

We’ve got a great MAD show planned this week.  It is estimated that we should at least very slightly exceed our usual garunteed 18% of MADshow goodness. Subjects for the show this week: What do you think of the big 10 rulez?Supreme Court is hearing a couple cases on the 10 commandments.  We’ll talk about that. SuperstitionAre you superstitious?  Why? NewsNews and (possibly) Sports (sports?  yeah, we’re going to give that a try). Dungeouns and Dragons Turns 30!We’ve got something special lined up for D&D’s 30th birthday. New Media vs. Old MediaYes, we’re still beating this old horse into the ground.  We’ve got more to say on New Media vs. Old Media, and you’re going to hear about it whether you like it or not. Plus much much more.  And stuff. Tune in, 8-midnight tonight on http://rantradio.com, the Talk Station....

NewMedia News Discussion

By tomorrow, this article will be detailing the plans for the NewMedia News broadcast.  For now, go here and discuss our talking points from the show. Links from the MADshow from 10-10-2004. Breaking News: ABC in for a scandal of RatherGate proportions? See the scanned memo (PDF) I think this is possibly another gimme to New Media … an impetus for us to step up to the plate and replace these old media types in a meaningful way. We need to create our own newswire of reliable, respectable, ametuer journalists. We can’t let them co-opt our subculture. Music on the Turntables Currently: 3 – MAD ending theme (-=RantRadio Talk=- Speak Your...