20
Jul
2010

I remember back in late June of 2007 I got an idea to look into professional blogging.  I missed my writing days for magazines back in the mid-1990s.  By July 3rd I had my first job, but it was a horrible experience, and it only lasted a couple weeks as the bosses there were just horrible.  I continued hunting and landed a job with some tech blog named Mashable, and my first article went up there on July 19,2007.

That job lasted until April 1, 2009, and in the meantime I had gone exclusive with them, leaving behind the fine folks at BLORGE.com.  When I left Mashable, I went back to BLORGE, and also joined up with SitePoint.com.  I was with SitePoint for a few months, but it wasn’t a perfect fit because I didn’t have quite enough of a technical background to keep up with them.  I spent more time teaching myself about the subjects than actually doing work.  I made a very amicable departure from their site, but was again looking for some more work to fill out my schedule.

It was then I came across a fairly new site called TechnoBuffalo.com that had spun out of its owner’s incredibly successful YouTube channel.  I started there in Dec. 2009, and immediately loved it because they had me doing actual writing as opposed to doing the mind-numbing lists I had been doing at Mashable and SitePoint.

Than May of this year came along and I was promoted to Managing Editor at BLORGE, and I thought, “Hey, I’m finally getting somewhere with this whole blogging thing!”  Work was continuing at TechnoBuffalo, and it seemed I was settling into a groove.

Well, the groove has gotten … groovier?  Three years and one day since I got serious about professional blogging, I have stepped into the role of Editor-in-Chief of TechnoBuffalo.  I will also be continuing my Managing Editor duties at BLORGE, so, basically I am trying to be in charge of all tech blogging in the world …

For those of you unfamiliar with these terms, there is a distinct difference.  A Managing Editor is someone like the vice principal of a school.  He makes sure everyone is where they are supposed to be, no one is slacking and so on so that the principal (Editor-in-Chief) can concentrate on the bigger picture.  So, it’s sort of like I’m the vice principal of one school, and the principal of another.

TechnoBuffalo is still less than a year old, but growing rapidly, and I am thrilled to be given this challenge.  I have a ton of ideas for the site, and I will be actively involved in several upcoming projects the owner, Jon Rettinger, has in mind.  A lot of it deals with the business side of the site, and would bore you horribly, but I’m excited, thrilled and honored to be a part of it.

I hope all of you will stop by the site today as well over the next few months to see what we’re doing and up to.  It’s a great site already, and I only hope to make it even better.

And, hey, what better way to celebrate my turning 39-years-old today than by taking on more work?

19
Jul
2010

Apparently the goal of this episode was for me to kill myself before we called it a night …

We still discussed some moronic stories.

(Links by Steven for some of the stories we discuss in this episode)

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19
Jul
2010

The Thor movie currently being wrapped up for release next summer from Marvel Entertainment is going to be one weird movie.

While a few pictures have come out here or there, the one below of the holy city of Asgard where the Norse gods live is really showing how odd this movie will look.  (click image for a larger view)

The picture does answer one important question … down in the left corner … It’s Loki, and he DOES have the horned helmet.  Don’t know what I’m talking about?  Check it out.

Yes, I had to blow up the film version, but you get the point.  I really wasn’t sure if we would see it as it looks insanely silly on the printed page or in the film, but there it is.

Of all the movies Marvel has worked on, Thor is going to be the oddest hands down.  It’s not that it’s a bad story, it’s just … weird.  It is all about Norse mythology and the drama of all those inter-related god relationships.

But, hey, if the movie gets you down, now you can just star at Loki’s horns.

18
Jul
2010

I see tons of publicity photos for movies, most of them are very ho-hum, and others get you talking like the one for Green Lantern the other day.  One thing publicity photos shouldn’t ever do is make you break out laughing at the horribleness of it … and one I saw today made me do just that.

Jason Momoa, formerly of Stargate Atlantis, is starring in a new film adaptation of Conan the Barbarian.  Not a big deal, it isn’t exactly heavy lifting when it comes to acting … grunt, look menacing, swing a sword, etc.  I enjoyed the 1982 version with Arnold Schwarzenegger, but it sure wasn’t high art. The new film looks like a sword & sorcery film, and we’ll see how it plays with today’s audiences, but there has already been one fatal mistake made.

Okay, image number one, not bad, not much going on, but he looks menacing, so, good call.

Picture number two … the sword looks a little cheap, but you try riding a horse with a 20 lbs sword being carried in your outstretched arm.  It might get cleaned up in post production anyway, so not a deal breaker.

Picture number three … I … wait, what?

This made me instantly think of all those 1980′s heavy metal album covers like those from the band Manowar.

Or perhaps it should be painted on the side of a 1970′s van.

The lesson here folks, if your publicity photo looks anything like the last two examples I gave … don’t release it.

18
Jul
2010

writingBack to the 50′s this week with 51 posts.

FunJug.com

Mobile.BLORGE.com

Photo.BLORGE.com

RememberingChristmas.com

SeanPAune.com

SpookieBits.com

Tech.BLORGE.com

TechnoBuffalo.com

17
Jul
2010

I guess there is something to be said for acknowledging just how bad your movies are, but when you actually aim for schlock, are you even trying any more?

Syfy has the tagline “Imagine Greater”, and if the channel even did so, I might go into shock.  Instead it churns out one horrible film after another.  Apparently the company is ok with this, and has now chosen to embrace it by teaming up with the king of bad movies, Roger Corman, to produce a film called … Sharktopus! Yep … half octopus/half shark.

I’m tempted to say Syfy has “jumped the shark” with this one, but … yeah, it just doesn’t work here.  Watch the trailer and be prepared to cringe repeatedly at just how bad this looks.

When you attempt to do a bad movie, it always comes out just being sad.  The “best” bad movies start out with some heart, but this one … egads, my eyes bled.

16
Jul
2010

Stupid Apple … you almost ruined Techmeme Friday!

(Links by Steven for some of the stories we discuss in this episode)

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16
Jul
2010

It’s episode #104 of Scattercast and ready for protests!

A bit of movie news, some ranting about the Westboro Baptist Church … just kind of a random episode, but a bit of fun.

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15
Jul
2010

Since no one seems capable of talking about anything other than the iPhone 4 right now, Steven and I are forced to discuss things totally unrelated to it …

(Links by Steven for some of the stories we discuss in this episode)

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15
Jul
2010

The first image of Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern has been released and … where do I start with the wrongness?

Okay, I can forgive the organic/alien look.  I’m not in love with it, but, it makes some sense.  The problems come in his hair and the “domino” mask.  That isn’t Hal Jordan, but one of the other human Green Lanterns, Kyle Rayner. Here is the image from Entertainment Weekly, you can click it for a larger view.

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15
Jul
2010
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Tomorrow Apple is holding a press conference to discuss the iPhone 4.  Everyone is assuming it will be about the antenna issue, and Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins has an idea what the solution may be …

14
Jul
2010

The iPhone 4 is dominating the news, but Steven and I still have dug up a bunch of different little stories for you … and yet again we address the Old Spice ad campaign because it is simply astounding.

… monocle smile!

(Links by Steven for some of the stories we discuss in this episode)

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