This post is dedicated to the 44 of you out there who, for some reason, still hold hope that I will be updating my blog. More likely, it is for the 44 of you who forgot you were even still subscribed.
As the year ends, you may have noticed that I have let the blog go silent since September. What you may not have noticed is how active my Twitter feed has been since. As seems the path of many other bloggers, it is time to fully move on and lay my blog to rest, giving it the respect it deserves, while giving the full attention to the infamous 140-character updater that is lately all I have time for.
With two kids, a loving wife, a full-time job and a freelance side business, the portability and lightning-fast-ability of Twitter is perfect for those precious moments of down time, while still remaining a useful way to provide good links and the personal commentary and perspective that you 44 appear to appreciate. From a purely numbers standpoint, it seems silly to write to 44 people in blog format when 186 people want to have it in Tweets.
I’m working on a redesign of my home page right now, and it will incorporate this blog only as a sidenote to let people know what I am up to professionally, and while I will keep the old content archived for the search bots, it will not be linked from anywhere important. This should keep the people happy who, to this day, are desperately searching for images of Joey Gladstone and screencaps from old episodes of The Apprentice.
So it is with 51% reverence and 49% embarrassment that I now send this out, marking my last official post of this old blog format. It’s been very fun, and thanks for taking part in whatever way and for however long, but with all due respect, it’s 2010 and it’s time to let go.
After one week of Blogger FTP issues, one week of putting on the 2009 GDMA Degree Show at work, and another week of directing my church’s family camp, I’m back to blogging. At the same time, however, I am living in constant fear of having my favourite blabbermouth, the Internet, spoil the season finales to my favourite shows.
Being so busy, the TiVo has been piling up with good television that I haven’t seen. The main show I am concerned about is Lost, which has been so amazingly awesome this season I expect no less than earth-shattering revelations from the final episode. To a lesser extent, the results of Survivor, the always fun wrap-ups from 30 Rock and The Office, and the last show ever of the Prison Break series, are also something I’m looking forward to.
Thus, I have made the difficult decision to avoid all social media, including Facebook, Twitter and blogging, until my expectations have been met, my story arcs have been resolved, and my TiVo hard drive has been wiped clean.
So chatter away, Internet, but I’ll be virtually plugging my ears and typing “la la la la la la” on an imaginary keyboard until then.
I readily admit that while these exciting events have been happening, I have been completely tardy with fresh content, but you’ll be happy to know thst I have been actively updating my new links blog, Nick’s Quick Picks, for the whole year. It’s basically a place for me to post links to other people’s stuff that I find funny, interesting or otherwise noteworthy. This way, I don’t have to constantly ask my friends if they have seen the latest internet sensation, I can just ask if they have seen the blog. If you already read the same things I do, it might not all be new for you, but if you’re somehow starving for the latest poop from Nick, it’s still a good read.
So thanks for sticking with me while I concentrate on more important things this year, such as my wife and son. While I do have some new things on the back-burner waiting to be published, I can’t really promise things are going to become more regular: I am happy to announce that we have another one on the way and he is due in March.
Just in time for me to write my bi-annual blog post…
This year for Halloween, five of us at work dressed up as clones of our boss. Partly because we know him so well, and partly because he’s so predictable, we were able to almost completely match his outfit without him even knowing what we were planning.
This is his reaction upon seeing us for the first time.
It’s hard to explain my fascination with these albums, but every time a new Kidz Bop Kids CD comes out I am right on iTunes and listening in both horror and fascination. You see, someone in the record industry thinks that kids only like to listen to other kids singing songs, or perhaps that parents don’t like their kids listening to real music unless it is purified by the voices of under-10-year olds. Either way, they get innocent children to cover today’s biggest hits without any concern for appropriateness and with a seemingly blatant disregard for irony. At the very best it’s hilarious and at the very worst it’s still hilarious.
For a limited time, you can listen to the full length Kidz Bop 12 over at AOL’s Free CD Listening Party, or you can cringe along with the previews at the iTunes Music Store in both Canada and the USA.
On this particular album, keep an ear out for the kidz hey-heying over the questionable lyrics of Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend”, imagine a kidz-only music video for Justin Timberlake’s “What Goes Around…Comes Around”, hope that the kidz are literally singing about an “Umbrella” by Rihanna, and marvel at the kidz’s grizzled, world-weary performance of Chris Daughtry’s “It’s Not Over”.
While you’re there, make sure to check out their extensive back catalogue of one-hit-wonders, awkward hip-hop, squeeky-clean indie rock, songs by bands and artists you once respected, and innumerable lyrics that no child should be forced to sing, or, for that matter, listen to.
Now, with the design possibilities being pushed to their limits, and the increasing pressure of the media, it seems their only recourse was to banish the once proud name of their founder, Ebenezer Butterick, to a place in the subheading and settle on the new, obvious, and much less comical, Sewing Today.
Here’s a little something for our American friends. It’s been a couple of years since we made it, but thanks to people searching for “Thanksgiving” and “Turkey” and the word “Gobble”, it’s now blowing up on YouTube.
UPDATE: To cash in on the phenomenon, Graham has posted his sequel to the video here. Keep an eye out for the “L.A.” KFC, where they appear to feature the very Canadian “Toonie Tuesdays”.
One of the best things about being a Dad is getting to legitimately continue Trick-Or-Treating, especially with such an agreeable and excited sidekick. However, after all the admirers and cameras we experienced today, it became readily apparent that Curious George is the star and the man with the yellow hat is merely the accessory. Not that I have any hard feelings about being his prop, because in the end, I get to eat all his candy. Happy Halloween!