What I'm Working On

I’ll be brief – my step-son’s father is coming in an hour or so to come and pick him up, so I need to head on home. Here’s what you can look forward to in the next few days here at Rizzn.com: Some re-vitalisation over at ModernOpinion.com – I’ve got a few things planned, and hopefully the beginning of some monetization over there. I can’t wait for that thing to start making some money so I can start promoting it! I thank my writers there for being so dedicated in this lean time of slow growth. An interview with Barry Cooper – a fellow has been making headlines lately. He’s an ex-Narc who’s instructing people with a penchant for pot how to not get busted. I sit down with him and talk about what he’s doing get the inside scoop and all that jazz. The next iteration of PoddedMeat – A lot of fans out there are wondering what’s going on with PoddedMeat. I gotta say, we have some exciting things in the works, and pending a few pitch meetings next Thursday, I can start talking about what we have in store. OblongBox – I’m going to do something about OblongBox. The momentum has sort of died around here, and I’ve got a few ideas to pick things back up. UT Tyler – I’m working on creating a news engine for the UT system’s websites. I’ll give the inside scoop on how I’m putting all that together. Optimus Rhyme – I’m finishing up my remix for the new Optimus Rhyme CD. It’s gonna be neat. Look for information on...

I 4M 571LL H4x0r 31337

Okay, so I’m having a weird life right now.  I’m all off my game, and, well, I don’t know how to explain it.  I think what it is right now is I’m editing this old book of mine that has a lot of emotional and mental ties to my past, and it’s putting me in a really funky headspace.  On top of that, the rest of my life is in a wacky state of flux, too, so I’m just off-kilter in general. None the less, I’m a trooper, and I’m still going to some blog posts for you peoples here. Spill the beans already!On the topic of the book, I recently found out (last night) that there is a new real-life chapter to the character’s lives the book is based on. I guess, I’ll go ahead and spill the beans on the book here, so I can try to figure out how I’m going to tackle this last chapter.  The book is based off the journal I kept during the nine month period of time where my engagement to my ex-fiance was dissolving.  It starts out all eloquent, heart-broken, and full of wistful love, and ends up as the writings of a mysogenistic, bent, and spurned author. I’m not sure how I’m eventually going to pitch it, but it’s definately an interesting read. Well, as to the extra chapter, I was just informed that my ex-fiance got married a couple weeks ago to a fellow who she and I used to hang out with.  This guy was good friends with the guy who broke up our marriage, both of whom...

Merchandise: A Lesson in Capitalism

Alright, I don’t do enough shameless promotion around here, and I’m far too lazy to type anything up of substance today, so I’m going to take the day to promote myself and all the crap I’ve been putting out lately. This is a cattle call for all of you to buy something from me. The idea is that if I can get sales to go up, I can drop prices. I’m ordering everything piecemeal right now, so prices are high. If I can get volume up, prices go down. It’s all about economics. Kate Moss did some coke, and the biggest surprise of all was that millions of people came to my website because of it. This shirt celebrates that. She pushed the rock, she’s a star, she’s a rock star. Do the math. This ain’t high-brow humor here or anything. The biggest reason to get these shirts is that they may not be around long — I keep getting TOS’ed everywhere I go to have them printed up. I’m not dedicated enough to the cost to buy a screen printing machine for my room, so when they’re gone, they’re gone.. $25 + 5 Adam Curry is a Jerk. That’s what the shirt says, and that’s what he is. Why do I say this? Why am I so mean? Frankly, it’s simply because Adam claims credit for everything ever done, he doesn’t return emails or phone calls, and he steals my ideas and tries to enter into competition with me every chance he can get. It’s annoying as hell, so I figured I’d put it on a shirt. I...

Where the longhorn cattle feed on the lowly gypsum weed. Back in the saddle again!

Hey guys.  A few things to talk about here.  I’m taking it easy this weekend, recovering from vacation.  Yes, I said recovering.  For reasons I’ll explain later, my face has been burnt to a crisp.  All in all, though, the vacation was a blast – I’ll get into that in a second.  The Band is Back TogetherAs a few of you have heard, we’re getting the band back together.  Yes, that’s right, it’s the return of the MADshow/Out In Right Field.  Everyone has been itching to do another podcast/radio show, including me, so Smokehouse, Darrell and I have been doing some planning sessions on what we want the new show to be.  The trick is going to create a format that’s going to work for all of us – it’ll be somewhat politics based, and I’m pressing everyone for a thirty minute daily format, with pre-recorded bits and rants mixed in.  That’s pretty much all I can say about it at the moment, although if you want to be in on the planning sessions, you should join the RIC mailing list here.  We’ll eventually move the discussion to it’s own list, but this is where it’ll all start. When They Roll Up the Streets in Toledo OhioI woke up this morning to the sounds of violence in Toledo, Ohio coming from my TV.  I tend to leave my TV on the cartoon channels on the weekend, but for some reason I fell asleep watching one of the news networks, and so I wound up being serenaded this morning by the police chiefs of Toledo instead of Scooby Doo re-runs....

So What is iRP about anyhow?

Hay Rizzinites! Been a solid minute since I posted on this site. Speaking of solid, veterans may recall me as The Shit back in the hey-day of Dj Colonoscopy and his sidekick, The Shit. Todays subject: Addiction… Addiction is a horrible beast that will one day rear it’s ugly in head in our direction. I used to play WoW (World of Warcraft) and Ever-crack and all that stuff. Indeed, my life was consumed. I always figured that if someone wanted to make a quick million they could open a computer free clinic that helped people reclaim there lives from there level 55 shaman lieutenant. I know many desperate wives that would gladly pay for there husbands treatment. Yom Kippur is the Jewish holy day of attonement where Jews everywhere come together to celebrate their overwhelming guilt. I plan on including a few prayers for forgiveness this year for all the time I wasted on my MMORPGs. It would go somthing like this: “Dear God of the Hebrews, please forgive me for killing so many other players and wasting all my time focused on doing so.” God’s response would go somthing like this: “Dearest guilt ridden Hebrew male, thank you for your consideration, however the only way I could consider exonerating you is if you mitigate your addiction somwhat by playing the only RPG that matters and forgetting all of the others. I, the Lord your God, of course now speak of Iroleplay.net. Now what the Lord my God doesn’t realize of course is that the site is run entirley by a nutso group of heathens, but don’t tell him...

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...

Hamachi and the Soundtrack To My Car

Alright, I’ve been hinting around about a new CD I’ve had done for a number of months now, but not really forced on anyone really but Darrell. Well, it’s everyone’s turn today, because I’m bored and I found a new utility to make it easy to publish. We’ll try this method out and if it works well, you can refer back to the Music page periodically whenever I upload some of my older CDs. First things first. Here’s the directions on how to download the stuff quick and dirty: 1) Go to www.hamachi.cc and download the latest version here.2) Next (once it’s completely installed and set up), click on the following URL: file:////5.4.205.233/djRizznSTTMC for the latest CD, or right-click and save the files from the detailed track listing below.1) Click on this link to download the album.2) Skip Step 23) Listen to the MP3s4) Comment and/or email me and tell me what you think. 1. My Fury: A remix I did for a contest that ended up coming out quite original. The vocals were uncredit public domain, all instrumentation is my own.2. Southeast: A mix I made back in 1999 or 2000, with some assistance from Peter Hitt and Louis Hebb. My first foray into acoustic djing.3. End Takes Care: Another song that was acoustically inspired by Southeast. I get accused of mocking a lot of 80’s music with this tune. Some assistance from Peter Hitt and Louis Hebb.4. Take You There: A mix I made to go with the lyrics written and sung by a girl named Meigh. She’s got a good voice and mysterious writing style. She...

Actually, pretty interesting…

I usually don’t post quizs and stuff, but this one was interesting enough for me to want to pass along:  http://www.crush007.com/love.cgi?id=1126539091hjz /rizzn On the Turntables Currently: DJ Rizzn – My...

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...

David May Beat Goliath, But Will He Make a Living? : ProBlogging and Independent Journalism

I was speaking with Brian yesterday afternoon, and he suggested what should have been obvious, that I open up to the public and talk about this with the blog-o-sphere. It all started a couple days ago when we at BlipMedia reeled in a new client interested in pursuing an aggressive marketing plan in launching his new website. Amongst the many resources we at Blip have to offer in the way of marketing new products and services, we have a quite a few very popular and influential podcasters and bloggers that are users at Blip. Suddenly, it occurred to us that there are people in our client base and beyond, who would like to pay our bloggers and podcasters for their positive opinion of their new or existing venture. This excited us at first. It presents a great opportunity for us to facilitate more interest (figuratively and literally) in independent journalism and it’s with those two words we stop short. We’re talking about independent journalism here. What does a journalist have but his credibility, anyways? If a journalist starts selling his opinion to the highest bidder, doesn’t that run counter to our stated mission? In case you missed it, we at Blip have a stated mission of fostering independent media, and turning on it’s ear the flawed business model that has sustained Mainstream Media since it’s inception. Very directly, the question becomes: “What are the ethics involved with independent journalism and profit models?” As with most good questions, the answers aren’t very cut and dried, and they become more complex the more you analyze them. It isn’t coincidence that this topic...

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...

FN Radio

I had a particularly productive night last.  I finished doing the initial setup for FNRadio/Skynet Radio, my company’s radio station.  Essentially, the desire for the station came from the need to share our tunes across the network.  It seems that I’ve become the offical company DJ, since in our close quarters at the old office everyone grew accustomed to listening to my tunes blaring from my computer, and now that everyone’s all spread out and such, it makes it difficult to hear anything except from one’s own machine.  The problem is if everyone plays different music, it sounds cacaughonous in the office. So essentially, I got everyone playing from the same song-sheet. As it turns out, I’ve done something good here with the station.  It’s been up for a day, and I’ve already over 47 listeners — wacky, eh?  AKA radio could never manage more than 14. If you want to listen/request music, go to http://aacs.kicks-ass.net/fnradio/playing.html – the site’s not exactly done, but it is functional. /rizzn Music on the Turntables Currently: leftfield – open up (FN Radio: Smooth Sounds of...

British Journalist Bigley Beheaded

I’m posting this video up today because it’s one of the topics on the MADshow today.  Forgive me for perhaps trivializing what may be another U.S. related death in Iraq, but this strikes me as yet another fake video.  Discuss here on the board and on the show tonight.  Watch the video here first, though. Music on the Turntables Currently: DJ Rizzn – My...

Conservative Values Won't Protect Your Genitals SweetHeart (p4): These values just might protect the genitals after all

Read Part Three Once again, we continue the discussion on Conservative Values, especially in relation to sexual education programs, and how everything anyone says that is conservative is at the very least misguided, or failing that intentionally evil. Let us clear the air a little bit and examine the source of the facts as I take up DJ Colonoscopy’s challenge to tear holes in these sources. The sources listed in his article were The United Kingdom’s Guardian, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), UNICEF, and the United Nation’s children’s fund as well as the Bush Bashing quote from the L.A. Weekly. I was unable to identify a quote or even a source article from the UK’s “the Guardian” or the Associated Press. I did happen to find a second article from a slightly less left leaning news source than the LA Weekly, ABCnews. The headline pretty much told me that the information that DJ Colonoscopy had given us was misleading: “Virginity Pledges Work.” Not satisfied with simply reading a secondary source, I searched for the primary, the original report from columbia University. I was unable to find online (for free) a copy of the report which was originally published in the “American Journal of Sociology” (Volume 106, Number 4 (January 2001), pp. 859-912), but I was able to find several direct quotes that correlated one another. “Since 1993, in response to a movement sponsored by the Southern Baptist Church, over 2.5 million adolescents have taken public virginity pledges, in which they promise to abstain from sex until marriage. This paper explores the effect of those pledges on the transition...

Conservative Values Won't Protect Your Genitals SweetHeart (p2)

Read Part One Conservative values are not fraud. Does anyone honestly believe that our parents and grandparents were trying to kill us all off by telling us to wait for marriage to have sex? Do you think it was the goal of the Bible most other religious texts to actually promote promiscuity by telling us it was wrong to commit adultery and respect our (now or future) significant others? Explosive as the aforementioned statement was, the most explosive statements in the narrative were the following: “When [G.W. Bush’s] cherished abstinence programs failed to reduce the rate of teenage births, he instructed the US Centers for Disease Control to stop gathering data. He also forced them to drop their project identifying the sex education programs that work, after they found that none of the successful ones were “abstinence only”.” There is no support for this claim, no documentation. I understand the outrage if this is in fact a true statement, and this type of behavior is certainly not out of character for the type of people Bush runs around with, but it is unsupported in the research I have done, and is the type of statement that if left unsupported can blow an entire article’s credibility. On the one hand, I am glad to see that DJ Colonoscopy is trying to use facts to support some his statements, however. Facts are important tools to better understanding the world around us, and help us to step outside of ourselves. On the other hand, memes are not useful always in ascertaining the truth. Every person involved in debate is generally guilty of...

Mark and Darrell Show & the MTV Music Video Awards

The Mark and Darrell Show this weekend will be live with remotes from the afterparties of the MTV Music Video Awards.  Over the next three days I will be attending the parties of P. Diddy, Paris Hilton, Jessica Simpson, and others, and I will be getting the good interviews … hopefully … if they let me in. Well, I’m invited, I’m just in a bit of disbelief at the moment … I do however intend to attend these places and discover if this is simply a cruel joke played on a simple internet radio dj like myself or if it in fact is a Real Thing.  We’ll See!  Stay tuned for details....

RIZZN.COM Version 7.4 is out

I hope you all enjoy the new layout.  I spent a couple evenings on this when I should have been catching up on work…. so if my life turns to shambles because I’m behind the eightball, I’m holding each and every one of you responsible.  Or something. At any rate, let me answer a few questions before they come up.  The picture on the front page is my hand showing off my new Microsoft Watch.  Or, if you prefer, you can think of it as a picture of my girlfriend.  Either way, that should elimated the jokes and the such about the pink website (an undoubtably give rise to a slew of new jokes). What’s on the horizon for rizzn.com?  Well, we’re shifting focus a little bit.  I’ve got about a half-a-dozen sub-sites, and I’m currently seeing who wants to join me on this, but what will end up happening is we’ll be rolling out in minor version numbers until we have a full flegded community out.  RickyWorld, DJ Colonoscopy and the Shit, Knight_tyme, Daizy, Whatever, and a few others, hopefully, will be joining forces and doing what they have been doing all along, basically being creative with the webspace they have… except they’ll all be branded with the same design, and hopefully draw some new readers to their site. That’s the hope anyways… watch for period revisions culminating into version 8.0 as we move toward this goal. BTW, I know it’s probably still fairly buggy … any bug reports (i.e. dead links, missing graphics) should be reported to guesswho@rizzn.com. Much appreciated. /rizzn Now playing: Pedro the Lion –...

A Chat log in which Dave pretends he's not secretly laughing about AKA's stream and site going down.

Rizzn: Hey dave… Something happenned that you and I can share a laugh about.DJ Ep1phany: why would i share a laugh with you?Rizzn: AKA Radio killed itself last night … just after they fired me.DJ Ep1phany: like i care?Rizzn: ehRizzn: i figured you’d get some vindication out it.DJ Ep1phany: i was never out for vindicationRizzn: achRizzn: nevermindRizzn: as you were.Session Close (DJ Ep1phany): Mon Aug 09 11:04:50 2004 Session Start (AIM – mrundo5:DJ Ep1phany): Mon Aug 09 11:04:51 2004DJ Ep1phany: i just dont like to associate myself with losers and infidelsRizzn: oh, now I remember why i don’t talk to you.Rizzn: a bit too dramatic for me.DJ Ep1phany: oh what? because you cant stand up to the fact that you have no balls and use people?DJ Ep1phany: you’re the dramatic oneRizzn: losers and infidels.DJ Ep1phany: you think you’re the don of internet dramaRizzn: do you even know what the word infidel means?DJ Ep1phany: riz, my education will get me a lot further in life than your loser ass*** DJ Ep1phany has signed off. Just watch … EP1 and AKA will become butt buddies after this.    I give it two weeks. Incidentally, a definition of infidel, in case Dave reads this:  infidel:  Noun 1. An unbeliever with respect to a particular religion, especially Christianity or Islam. 2. One who has no religious beliefs. 3. One who doubts or rejects a particular doctrine, system, or principle. (Isn’t Dave a non practising Jew? eh, whatever.) Now playing: Pete Namlook & Tetsu Inoue – Hands Of Light 5 (Drone Zone: Atmospheric ambient space music. Serve Best Chilled. Safe with most medications....

Terminally late.

The problem with someone like me who is terminally late is when I’m actually on time, and no one notices, no one believes me. Yesterday, Leo told me that 11:00 is too late to come in, be on time. I got caught behind the bridge today, so I was in at 10:14, according to the clock in my car.  Unfortunately no one saw me until 11:45… so I was late. I’m not sure how that’s possible, since it’s just now 11:47, but still. Perception is reality. Let’s backtrack a little bit.  It’s 11:48 as of this sentence.  My WinAmp says it’s been running for 78 minutes. That means I loaded the WinAmp stream at 10:30.  Before I came into my office, I fixed a problem on the printer, which took me around 10 minutes, which puts me at 10:20.  I checked my email and responded to IMs before I loaded WinAmp, that puts me in about 5 minutes earlier than what WinAmp says. That’s 10:15.  Pretty close to what I said.  However, that’s not what was observed by my partners, so it’s not what reality is.  Reality is I got chewed out like a minimum wage slave for being late. How you see things isn’t always correct.  Don’t always assume you are correct. /rizzn Now playing: DJ Tiesto – Live at Club Space 08-18-2002 (AKAradio.com: Dr SoNy AnD bLaCk IcE’s TaCo...

Ric Flair for President

[Rizzn’s Note: I was writing a letter to Joel explaining my choice for president this year, decided to look up some keywords from my letter, and I found an article written in November of 1999 saying what I’ve been saying much more elequently.] Ric Flair for PresidentDAVID DOUGLASS I don’t follow professional wrestling. But like so many other Americans, I get the distinct feeling that professional wrestling is somehow following me. With all the fanfare surrounding the election of former professional wrestler, Jessie “The Body” Ventura, as Governor of the state of Minnesota, I couldn’t help but wonder what the United States would be like if it were governed by well-tanned hulks in flamboyant ski masks and star-studded Evel Knievel capes. As a start, someone like wrestling icon Ric Flair should be elected President. Anyone who can withstand twenty-plus years of ultraviolet radiation and an ocean of peroxide could easily swim among the most vicious political sharks that Capital Hill can muster. It goes without saying that the State of the Union addresses would certainly be far more interesting. The nation would be riveted to its television screens as Flair teeters atop the executive podium, neck veins pulsating, threatening Congress with everything from flying knee drops to scorpion death locks. At the conclusion of his speech, he would repeatedly smash the teleprompter with a folding chair and then swiftly exit the Senate chamber under the escort of scantily clad, surgically enhanced “wrestler babes.” Now that’s government in action! I am of the opinion that wrestlers would handle the press far better than your average, run-of-the-mill politician. I mean, what do...