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Coming in 2014…

Hey, longtime, huh?

Just to let you know that in 2014, this whole site will be transformed into a huge resume/insight into the goings on in SoCal or wherever life takes me.

But, with an election coming in 2014, you can rest assured that it’ll have a lot to do with politics and my past time, Cocktails and Movies, as well as searching for more work and whatever else occurs to me.

It will be rated R (I figure why tone it down, it’s MY blog), so if you’re delicate sensibilities are going to be offended, the time to opt out is before Jan 1st.

Until then, have a great rest of the holidays.

Tim

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Social Media Emotion: Do You Need It To Post?

To post on Facebook and Twitter, do you need “social media emotion?”

marketing during tragedy social media emotion

You, too, can market yourself during a tragedy.

95% of the time that I check my Facebook and/or Twitter posts, there’s not much I care to comment on or even care about. Do I really need to see (or reply to) a post about “I really shouldn’t have eaten that second doughnut,” or “I really hope that Desiree finds the right guy on ‘The Bachelorette.'”? No, and most times I don’t give it a second thought. However, there is a time when all the drivel that people have posted comes back to me and that’s when social media emotion rears its ugly head and people post something that isn’t drivel and they lay down some personal “outrage” about something in the news. And I can no longer take these people seriously. Continue reading

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Just Vent Already!!!

offtopictimSo, yeah. It’s a pain in the ass when everything and everyone seems to be piling on you. Whether it’s a possible job position that unprofessionally doesn’t reply back to you, or the person who parked behind your garage for an entire day or even the city tow service who failed to come out and tow the damn car away, you need to vent.

Now, venting is best done in a sound proof room. But, if you can’t find a quiet place, find the complete opposite. Find a public place and just let go, with a megaphone if you can. Who knows? Maybe someone will join you and you’ll start a movement! Maybe you’ll get noticed and become a star. Or maybe you’ll get arrested for disturbing the peace. But, I guarantee you’ll feel a lot better and maybe make a friend!

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I’m So (____) About (____) on Social Media!

Whew! Time to take a break and let loose a little bit!

Yes, it’s me! Don’t be shocked. I’m going to try and work on my rants and raves a little more frequently. So, I’m taking a break from Cocktails and Movies and job hunting today to talk about why there are so many feelings on social media out there…

If there’s one thing I’ve learned lately it’s that I’m super-cynical and my ability to care is counterweighted by a high degree of apathy about what is happening in the world. Or maybe it’s just the fact that I understand that the world is both a beautiful, caring and wonderful place; and at times it can be hard, callous, destructive and possibly a little bit evil. When “disaster” strikes, people are lightning fast to share how they feel about what’s happening. Nowhere do I see this more than on social sites such as Facebook, and possibly Twitter a little bit. (But you can only “feel” something in 140 characters on Twitter, which makes it the perfect place to hang out when every gets emotional over shit.)

Shootings, Bombings & Tornadoes – Oh My God!

In the day after the Boston Bombing EVERYONE was horrified and disgusted that any human being could be capable of making a homemade bomb and detonating it in a public place, killing innocent people. Within hours, many were vocalizing their feelings on Facebook with platitudes of condolences and outrage at everyone from the President of the United States, to Czechoslovakia (incorrectly, I might add) to immigrants and the FBI about who was responsible and how sad the whole thing was. Within hours of that, those same people were sharing pictures of a cat getting angry at a dog or some other shit. Outrage having passed, these people now went on to better things like discussing who the better coach is “The Voice.” A few hours of lamenting on social media and everyone seemed to feel better about themselves for having made their feelings known.

Some say, "Oh My God!" I say "Oh My God, Cool"

Some say, “Oh My God!” I say “Oh My God, Cool”

In May, major tornadoes swept through the Oklahoma City area and destroyed many homes, businesses and took a lot of lives. As the events were happening and more and more storms took aim on homes and areas that had been devastated in the past, EVERYONE felt the need to ask for prayers for those who were being affected.

Why? Did they know someone there? Was that their property that was being swept away? AND, did posting pictures of the happy hour cocktails they were having a few hours later diminish the pleas for those prayers? As for me, I was drawn in by the deadly beauty of one of Mother Nature’s most destructive forces on Earth. (I also get just as “excited” by hurricanes and will have The Weather Channel on 24/7 during hurricane season).

Shit happens

Here’s the thing people: life sucks. Yes, it can be a beautiful and wondrous thing and someday I really hope to see that side of the coin. I see a world in which crap happens every day. Bombings happen in Syria and around the world. Yet, I don’t see the various platitudes for the people suffering there. Why? The events happening a world away are just as removed as those of the Great Plains or the East Coast.

And while all this shit happens around the world, we have become less social with each other and relying on technology to share our feelings. As a society, we have retreated to our computers and entertainment centers and have less interaction with others of our species. It’s far easier to see a story on our “newsfeed” on Facebook, summon up the appropriate feeling and then repost with that feeling without actually having to be face to face with someone. I can’t remember the last time that I had an in person conversation about anything newsworthy that didn’t include allusions to “The Voice,” or other reality show. (You can see why someone like me can turn cynical…)

I am a man who will very rarely express my feelings towards anything; something I am sure that affects a lot of my life including relationships with the opposite sex. In the larger picture it makes no difference whether I am seen as expressing my feelings about what is happening in the world. To me, it’s a waste of energy and it’s just not something I do. There isn’t a lot to be gained for my opening up to lamentation. Or outrage. Or sadness. Or happiness. Maintaining an even keel has kept me sane and a full head of hair.

So, with that I’m so blank about blank. (and no, the irony of me expressing my feelings on a blog is not lost on me).

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The Sun Is An A**hole

The Sun can just suck it.

Damn you, Sun. You sexy siren bitch!

Damn you, Sun. You sexy siren bitch!

Don’t get me wrong, without the sun I wouldn’t be here, at my desk, wracking my brain for ideas and typing away. My parents wouldn’t go to Florida for two months every year to get away from the Michigan Winter. Without the sun, we’d all be wearing Ugg boots (and Ugg hats, Ugg coats, Ugg underwear) and big mittens. Horses would never have evolved and we’d be riding Tauntauns (and you thought they smelled bad on the outside). And the bikini (you know the one with the mini triangle top bra and way-too-high-cut bottoms that no women whose daddy loved them would wear) would never have ever been invented. Face it, without the sun, the Earth would have been consigned as a mining planet for hardcore alien criminals from the planet Reticulon IV… Continue reading

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