Evolving Digital Social media

So they sold Tumblr to Yahoo for 1.1 Billion Dollars. One has to wonder if Yahoo, CEO Marissa Mayer, knows what she is  doing. Tumblr brought in about $13 Million. last year, at that rate it will take about 77 years to pay for itself. Tumblr doesn’t have any advertisement revenue and its users like it that way. http://staff.tumblr.com/post/50902268806/news http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/yahoo-buys-tumblr-social-network-service-11-billion/story?id=19215310#.UZuzr6KG14k http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/20/technology/yahoo-to-buy-tumblr-for-1-1-billion.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Getting on a Drill Platform

West Freedom in Trinidad

View of the West Freedom From the Hilton.

My recent trip to Trinidad proved interesting, but getting on and off the platform might have been the most exciting part. This rig was parked out in the bay only about 3 or 4 miles out. Although I could actually see it from my room. It was a half hour drive to get from the hotel to the waterfront.  The roads are windy and traffic is horrendous.

Once we arrived and parked the car we had to wait for the pilot boat to arrive. The pier we were at is pretty typical of of most municipal waterfronts anywhere, with many commercial and sport fishing boats docked beam to beam. The pilot boat arrived and took us near where the service boat was hanging out near the platform

Backed into the rig.

Backed into the rig.

We boarded by  climbing up a rope ladder. This was a big boat maybe 200 feet long. They then backed this thing up into rig

The next part is the exiting part.   They lower this net cage device and put our bags and stuff inside the netting and on the floor.  We are then told to step on the outside and hang on tight.  The crane operators are experts and smoothly guide us up across and to a gentle landing. All I know is that I had a death grip on that thing for the whole ride. While I was very grateful when the whole thing was over It dawned on me that if I were to ever get off this platform I would have to do it again.

Those are my bags.

Those are my bags.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Duck Dynasty Travesty

Where do draw the line? We watch different entertainment media to see how different people live, see and view the world around them. Duck Dynasty provides us a peak into a world that many of us don’t  normally get to see up close and personal. An extended family of articulate Rednecks. I don’t know if the show is popular because folks find it outrageous or if it’s because they identify with a certain lifestyle. What we do know is that it is the most popular series ever on Cable TV.  We know that people watch the show because they are presented with an extended family that are God Fearing and live a Southern Country life that looks like fun.  The show is successful because the family is real, as well as their uncompromising faith.

Phil Robertson had a rant . “It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

He didn’t  advise that anyone should take action action against them just that he thought they were wrong. A&E fired him anyway.

My sweet daughter Lawanna I think said it well on her Facebook page..

I’d be the first to stand up for your right to love someone that is the same sex. Marry them I don’t care. However I don’t feel freedom of speech is a fair trade off. This man did not use a derogatory name or statement. He was stating his religious beliefs. Agree or disagree let him be. If he was spouting Muslim beliefs, he’d been applauded. He didn’t even say what he did on the show. America the land of the free as long as you are and believe what the politically correct bastards with sticks up their asses agree.

And Even Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal Had something to say about the treatment of Phil Robertson:

Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal criticized the suspension of Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson by network A&E.

“Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana. The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended,” said Jindal in a prepared statement.

None  of us know how this is going to end, but I am pretty sure that A&E isn’t going to end up looking good in this mess.They have captured a demographic in America and stand to lose it because of their mismanagement, because they don’t know how to handle it.

 

Thoughts on the NFL Ad Ban

The censorous  bastards of the  NFL are at it again. They found it to offensively violent for NFL football fans. After viewing the ad its hard to understand why this is banned and caveman crushing dinosaurs are permitted.

Maybe there is an explanation, as offered by The Gun Nut. David E. Petzal in his Field and Stream article.

After the rejection, Daniel Defense offered to replace the logo—a gun—with a slogan, but the NFL said sorry, no way, again.

It’s possible that this is nothing more than hypocrisy. But the real reason, I think, is that the NFL is trying to protect its investments. The oversized guy who crashes his $150,000 custom SUV into a house and breaks down the door with his fists to strangle the family inside may be someone’s number one draft pick, and all those millions his team spent on him would go right down the drain if some terrified homeowner shot him in self-defense.

And we can’t have that now, can we?  It’s…un-American.

Makes sense to me.

Who is Watching

Just because your paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you.  .The headlines have made us even more aware that the government is they are spying on us. And scholars such as law professor  Glenn Harlan Reynolds, the Instapundit warns us of the Ham

Locking it up and making things secure

Locking it up and making things secure

Sandwich Nation: Due Process where everything is a crime. We know they are watching yet we act as though we are helpless to do anything about it.  Talking to an accountant or discussing income that the government believes should be reported could cause us to to be looked at a little more closely.  Could a trail of emails with a TEA party group cause us to get audited. Its not only the Government  but our email providers might be looking in and selling or using this information to target us for spam or what ever.

We can lock down some of our activities. And one such tool is PGP and GPG.  and using such tools such as enigma can lock down emails by making sure that our received emails are sent by the person who claims they sent it.. PGP encryption and signing isn’t anything new.  I found some of my old public keys on old keyservers dating back to 1997 and was invented by Phil Zimmerman at around 1991.

Its not so simple to set up. a workable encryption system. I set up using GPA which is part of the free GPG4Win suite.  This is used to create the keys, publish them to key servers and  encrypt files  I have been using Thunderbird for ages, what is needed is the plugin for to tie it all together. Enigma is the plugin that ties it all together

Below is my public key, use it if you want to send me an encrypted message and/or signed message.   I’m curious to find out if .there is any  increased interest in security after the NSA and IRS scandals.  Me ??? I just want to be prepared just in case.

PublicKey

OK … Bye

Los Angeles Count passed a law requiring the Porn industry performers to wear condoms. The Industry is now threatening to leave Los Angeles.

After voters approved Measure B on election day — an ordinance that would require porn actors to wear condoms while making XXX films — producers are threatening to leave Los Angeles County.

The Valley without porn production?!

More than 55% of voters passed Measure B sending shock waves through the porn industry.

I suspect that the most of the residents in LA aren’t to upset about them leaving, then again this is LA.

 

More Bad News in Jersey.

People attempting to recover from Sandy are dealing with flood damaged homes, Gas shortages and no electricty are now forced to deal with a liquor shortage.

The superstorm that flooded towns across the Eastern Seaboard last week has apparently added insult to injury, decimating New Jersey’s top-shelf liquor supply.

According to Bloomberg News, the state’s exclusive distributor of Cristal champagne, Grey Goose vodka and Kamasutra (“the natural spirit of seduction”), was flooded by Sandy’s 10-foot storm surges, devestating the company’s Kearney, N.J., warehouse. Losses are expected to be in the tens of millions.

It’s a shame. Some Grey Goose might be nice while sitting in a damp dark home because there is no gas after a day of  hauling out all your destroyed belongings.

What Happened!!

We got our ass kicked. We are left scratching our heads and wondering, How could we lose? Obama has trashed the economy, discarded our international leadership, lead us into a $16 trillion debt. That is mostly owned to Communist Red China.  Why couldn’t we beat this president whom has screwed up everything he has touched?

The Republicans picked a guy whom might have been a good a president but was a lousy candidate. We picked him using a terrible process from a list of not so hot candidates. The series of Republican debates followed by the primaries assured that we picked the guy who was the least controversial  Unfortunately the least controversial is usually going to be the the least inspirational and dynamic.  The process served well in picking up the last two duds as candidates.

Romney was a terrible choice as a Republican candidate.

  • He co-authored signed and implemented the first all state run all inclusive health care program an the US. This was the pilot program for Obama care.  This program is very unpopular in America, Yet, Mitt did not, could not go on the offensive  on how terrible this program was, because he in fact helped invent it.
  • He was one of only a few governors who signed and took credit for signing a permanent assault weapons ban. Yet attempted to defend the second amendment. Most Americans understand that the second amendment is a statement of a fundamental right. Romney always sounded hypocritical in any attempt to discuss  gun rights.
  • He isn’t anyone’s favorite son.  He was never going to pull in any electoral votes from any of the states where he had any affiliation.  New Hampshire Massachusetts nor Michigan weren’t going to show him any love. Most in Massachusetts considers him an extremist and Obama the moderate and have no idea why this is so funny.
  • He takes an anti-abortion stance , an issue in which wins him no votes, alienates many, and of which he will has little effect on how he would govern as president.

OK, so we have a moderate trying to paint himself as a “severe conservative” and we are left wondering why this doesn’t work. I don’t mean to trash the guy I think he could have been a good president and no doubt better than what we elected, but he is a lousy candidate and did a terrible job  running for president.

After the first day never pushed the Benghazi scandal. He should have made an issue of the lying and contradictions from the White House and the State department. If he had pushed the issue just a bit, the MSM would have been forced to cover this embarrassing story.

He never explained and drove home to the electorate that 16 trillion dollars is $51,000 for every man woman and child and $141,000 in debt for every taxpayer. This is owed to the Red Chinese who are not our friends and are the the people who admit to having nuclear weapons aimed at our nation and its people.

He never explained that it is the very rich such as Spielberg  Warren Buffet, Bill Gates and Jack Welch that want to maintain the status quo. Most Republicans aren’t the rich, but folks who dream of being  rich someday. Regulations and steeper tax policies make starting a new business more difficult than it ever has been. Its the middle class that wants a fair shot that is losing its opportunities.

 

The Chic-Fil-A Eatin in.

I thought about going, to Chick-Fil-A for lunch today, As a protest against heavy handed censorious mayors Menino and Rahm. Some seem to using the event as a statement  against gay people and them getting married. While it’s not an issue I haven’t spent much thought or energy about, I don’t really care if gays get married.

What it really comes down to though is:

  • I don’t particularly like their sandwiches and I think they are over priced.
  • The Baytown store is over crowded and the store is poorly equiped to handle the normal lunchtime crowd. It will be a zoo today.
  • While I find government attempts at censorship detestable. I don’t really want to be associated with the anti-choice , or gay bashing people that this event seems to be focusing on.
  • The sandwiches are really off my my diet.

 

NBC and Twitter Conspire to Censorship.

Posting the email address Gary.zenkel@nbcuni.com cost Tweeter his account.

Guy Adams is pretty upset with NBCs Olympic coverage and the way it is handling the time shifted coverage, and hasn’t been shy about letting the world know.  He holds Gary Zenkel, the president of NBC Olympics, as the “moronic exec behind the time delay.” And he said Zenkel should be fired. When He posted Zenkel’s publicly known email address NBC complained to Twitter and Twitter cancelled his account.

Adams said in a column for The Independent that Twitter claimed he crossed the line by tweeting out Zenkel’s corporate email address and encouraging his followers to contact the executive directly.

The email address is easily identifiable, common with how thousands of NBC/Univision employees’ email addresses are determined.

Twitter soon suspended Adams’ account, he said. In a story he wrote in The Independent, Adams wrote that after filing an article critical of NBC’s coverage, he checked his Twitter account only to find it had been suspended. When he inquired why, he received the following response: “Your Twitter account has been suspended for posting an individual’s private information such as private email address.”

With that, the account was gone.

And a controversy was born.

Those who object to the heavy handed way that NBC handled this might wawwant to drop an email to. Gary.zenkel@nbcuni.com