Kat’s Rules – Everything around me

So you’re all my people, and I care about you in some form or fashion, but some of you have been saying that you don’t know me at all. I guess there’s some truth to this, but everything I put on this blog is pretty much me. This is not a personal blog per se, but it does deal with me personal likes & dislikes. On the off chance that this is not enough, I offer up these rules of dealing with me. Chances are, I will meet you in person one day. ๐Ÿ™‚

1) If you ever want to get on my bad side, treat me like I’m stupid. Please! This, folks, is up there with trying to end my life or hurting someone I care about. There are a couple of other things, but you get the idea. Example: You supposedly quit smoking. I ask you when the last time you did. You tell me you hadn’t puffed in a year, yet you smell like a chimney and I see smoke coming out of your mouth, you lying. That is an automatic 2 on a 3 count.

2) I might not be the easiest person to get to know, but I might be worth it. ๐Ÿ™‚

3) I’m very hard on myself, deal with it.

4) If I say I’m going to do something, I have every honest intention of doing so. Please don’t hold it against me. If I keep doing it, talk to me, because,

5) I’m not that fragile that I will break if you tell me how you feel. However…

6) I will feel like breaking something if ALL you do is complain. And it’s a safe enough bet that I won’t be listening to you half the time.

7) Never get high off your own supply. I dislike people who are full of themselves. Call me crazy. By the way,

8) I am not full of myself. If you have ever believed that, you don’t know me at all (see #’s 2 & 3).

9) Did I mention that I don’t like being played for stupid? Ok. Just making sure.

10) I have a degree from Paranoi U. It stays on the shelf until needed. It is NOT always out or being used. If I am paranoid, there’s usually a damn good reason whether you want to admit to it or not.(see #1)

11) If I have my back turned to you while you are talking and I don’t acknowledge you, change the conversation. I don’t care. This is especially true if #6 in effect. If on the phone, you take your chances. ๐Ÿ™‚

12) Talk to me, Dammit! I can’t read your mind, but I do know what you’re thinking. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (see #5)

13) I should NOT be expected to pull things from you that you and I both know are there or has happened. Just get it out and let’s get it over with. (see #’s 1, 5, 9, & 12)

14) #’s 12 & 13 does not go both ways. Deal with it! ๐Ÿ™‚

15) On that, if you are already feeling some kinda way, how I feel is not important. I don’t care what you say.

16) Should have been number one to me: Don’t ask a question you really don’t want the answer to! I will answer. You may not like it. You’ll be pissed & so will I. You have been warned. There are stipulations if #15 is in effect.

17) I should not be expected to do anything I really don’t want to do. There could be some resentment. And should I ask the same, don’t get mad.

18) I know my faults. I know when I do wrong. I do NOT need them constantly pointed out.

19) If you think I’m talking about you could be right, but you’re probably wrong. I will make sure that you know when I am.* ๐Ÿ™‚

Following these rules won’t get you mad bread to break up, but we on the hand will be cool as a cucumber. And isn’t that more important? ๐Ÿ™‚

* – This goes for anything said in this post. It’s not directed towards anyone….Unless you think so. That, I can’t help.

(EDIT)
Not a Philosopher, but I think very deeply

You fools, you’ll kill us ALL!

Why am I saying this? Well because of this.

You see in, oh about a little less than an hour from this post scientists, in their never ending quests to kill us all, will rev up a machine that will… You know what? You read up on it.

Large Hadron Collider Homepage

CERN

Google News

I like how there is an article for best & worst case scenarios yet scientists basically say that there is no cause for alarm. Now I’m all for scientific explorations, but I’ve seen enough movies to know that it never turns out to benefit mankind. More like destroys it. Somebody needs to sendร‚ย  these jokers some movies. Better yet, let them colonize the moon or Mars. Let them play their reindeer games there. If it works out, send it home. If not, we don’t have to worry about it…hopefully.

Anyway, should you see this in the afternoon and laugh at my lunacy, Cool, I’ll except that. But if you don’t see this, then I was right and you can all suck it.

And I love you all! Really!

(EDIT) It’s 3:50am. The Collider has been initiated. So far, still here.

Here is a tour of the joint doing the commotion:

CERN Tour: Video that makes you smarter – Scobleizer.com

(EDIT 2)
It’s 5:45am and we’re still here! Whoo HoOO! The starting up was successful. Except I hear there may have been a “small problem” during the initial startup. AND I’m hearing that they will be firing up the damn thing a few more times in the coming weeks. The want to build up to crashing two particles Crash Test Dummy style into each other. Clearly they, don’t know the words “Quit while you’re ahead”.

I would like to thank twitter for keeping me on pins & needles abreast of the goings on over in Geneva Switzerland(where this is taking place). We are not out of the woods yet, folks. Never fear, though, the website Mashable tells us “How to know when the Large Hadron Collider spells your doom“(Including a strip from a web comic I love, XKCD).

(Screams of) Passion

This post is probably not what you think it is about. Might have been a slight misdirection on my part, but you love me. This is not about sexual passion, you can go elsewhere for that. No, this is about the passion of doing something you love. This is how I came to think about this.

Recently, I was talking to a new friend of mine, Adrienne, whom I pretty much met through Patrice, asked me one simple question: “What is your passion?” So I proceeded to answer here with stuff that I love like Tech/gadgets, music, photography. You know, the stuff I usually talk about here (minus photography). She said, ‘No, those are things you love. What are you PASSIONATE about?” I thought about it. Thought about everything I had just ran down and then some. I couldn’t think of one thing that I felt passionate about and that’s what I told her. As soon as the words came out of my mouth, I kinda felt I kinda felt a little depressed. Didn’t tell her that,but it might have caught in my voice. She then went on to tell me the stuff that she was passionate about (of which I pretty much knew about at this point) She also told me, “The next time I ask you that question, you have answer for me.” I laughed and said, “Yes, Ma’am!” Well, thankfully she has asked me yet because it’s been about 2 or 3 days since that conversation and I STILL don’t have an answer. It bothers me too. Out of everything I love (and could be doing with my time off), I still can’t think of one thing that I am passionate about. Fam, I’m not going to lie, that sucks and i’ll say it again, it’s depressing.

So what am going to do about it? Probably spend the next few days, weeks, months figuring out the answer (and hope that should she see this she don’t trip). I love conversations like this and have been having a few lately with folks, but it doesn’t make the outcome of them any better or worse for me. Slightly mopey about it, but I’m strong, so I’ll be alright. Don’t you worry. But until such a time as I come up with an answer I want to pose the same question to you all out there.

What is your passion? What are you passionate about? Not what you love, either. PASSION(ATE).

Talk to me! Oh, and Adrienne, Thanks for that spark. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I needed it.

Quiet Passion

Dun Dun DUUNNN!

Faster than a rolling ‘O’!
Stronger than silent ‘E’!
Able to capital ‘T’ in a single bound!
it’s a word, it’s a plan…it’s LETTERMAN! (Dun Dun DUUUNNNN)*

If those words mean nothing to you, you have no childhood (or were born in the ’80’s. Same thing.). ๐Ÿ™‚

This was the intro to one of my favorite segments of the 70’s TV show The Electric Company(one of my favorite shows), The Adventures of Letterman. No, it has nothing to do with the late night talk show host. It was the Electric Company equivalent of Superman (but way cooler). There were about 60 done during the course of EC’s run. I loved it. In it, the evil Spellbinder (voiced by Zero Mostel) ruins someone’s day by gets his kicks by changing the word associated with whatever the event of the time would be with his magic wand. Our hero, Letterman (voiced by Gene Wilder), would run in, (most times) pull the letter(s) off of his Varsity Sweater, change the messed up word, and save the day. All while being narrated by Joan Rivers.

Why do I bring this up? The nostalgia bug bit me, of course. So I present to you a couple of clips of this wonderful piece of history courtesy of Youtube. By the way, you know this was done in the seventies when you listen to the opening music. Pure funk, baby. Can you dig it?

In the Beginning (the origin story, if you will)

The Roar of Rage

A Rolling Bun Gathers No Seeds

If you want to see more of this (of course you do), head on over to the usual spot. They need to put them all on DVD. I’d buy it. And yes, I know there is area couple of Best of Electric Company sets out, it’s not all of the shows.

Tribal Showdown

This post got re-sparked by Fave of the Friday Favecast and EJ Flavors of Ejflavors.com (Old School Wednesdays, y’all) on Twitter. I say re-sparked because I’ve had this self same conversation with people for years. Hell, I have a co-worker with whom I STILL go through it with every now and then. If you are a Hip Hop lover, it has to have come up at least once. What it basically boiled down to was one question: “What was your favorite A Tribe Called Quest album”? Everyone has their favorites. Most, like me are split between two. Not sure if anyone but me disregards the last couple of albums, but hey. Anyway, That is where this post comes in. If you are a Tribe fan from way back, I want to know what your favorite album is. If you don’t know who this is, consider this a ATCQ primer. So, I would like to know the answer to this pressing question. If you aren’t so versed in the Tribe or need a refresher, then here is where you will get it.

It breaks down like this:

5 albums. 3 videos (or links) a piece*. The videos that are embedded are either the a single or the ones I like. ๐Ÿ™‚

People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (1990)

I Left My Wallet in El Segundo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpPkGZ6zhzA

Bonita Applebaum
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46c8AqzjLCg

Can I Kick It

Low End Theory (1991)

Check the Rhime
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRrM6tfOHds

Jazz (we got) / Buggin’ Out
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_-4GFV7uTE

Scenario

Midnight Marauders (1993)

Award Tour

Electric Relaxation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERQzl4xDpXk

Oh My God
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35oNDO7VrJI

I guess if you must count these, then go ahead. ๐Ÿ™‚

Beats, Rhymes, and Life (1996)

1nce again

Jam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U8fQ7mrVIQ

Stressed Out
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6CfC3Iax-Q

The Love Movement (1998) **

Start It Up
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrkBM1p2n3Y

Find A Way

Hot Sex on a Platter
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aw-tANVjUF8

Alright, folks, have at it. I should point out that this post is why I LOVE Twitter. Conversations break out at a moment’s notice (Plus, getting a blog post out of the deal is cool, too). ๐Ÿ˜‰

And whatever happened to Jarobi the rhythm Provider?
Maybe some light is shed here:

A Tribe Called Quest interview (1998) Pt. 1
A Tribe Called Quest interview (1998) Pt. 2
A Tribe Called Quest interview (1998) Pt. 3
A Tribe Called Quest interview (1998) Pt. 4

* – Links put instead of the videos because this gets to be unruly. There are a lot video to go through.

** – Kinda hard to find videos for an album that was phoned in & packed with b-sides & whatnot. Not trying to say anything

Are you prepared for the Zombie/Robot uprising?

Ok, so hopefully they won’t come at the same time but if they did, I recommend finding a safe place to hide until they winner is decided. Chances are though, it won’t be you in the end… unless you get right and get prepared. And the way I figure it, getting ready for the zombie apocalypse or a robot uprising probably take the same amount of prep. So, this is where the web comes in handy.

1) Reading Is Fundamental – Not just an Elementary School slogan, but a truth within a truth. You need in depth info on how to prepare for the inevitable invasion. I’ve got two books that can help.

1) The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead

2) How To Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion

These will serve as your field guides in case you decided not to properly train for the war. Then again, it would probably be too late when the shit comes down.

2) Audio addendum – Yes folks, there is an audio addition to the proceedings. CNET’s The Real Deal podcast (normally a tech show) goes through the history of zombies and gives tips on how to stay alive in the impending war. You would do well to listen. Download the podcast here:

Real Deal 91 – Zombies

3) Internet resources – Know your allies in the fight. Get the need-to-know info on your enemies.

All things zombies – The name should be self explanatory. Your one stop shop for all things zombie
related.

Humans United Against Robots – They’re cute, they do things that humans won’t, they’re quickly
becoming man’s other best friend. They also learn. Fast. And thanks
to use stupid humans, they are stronger, faster, and smarter than
us. I’m thinking the folks at Google are robots. Trust me on this.
Anyway, these brave men and women are using the machine to fight
the machines. Our very our Radio Free Robots, I guess. Check out
their Wikipedia page, also.

Look, I like robots as much as the next geek, and I’m sure that these engineers are governing their creations and building Kill switches into them. I’m okay with that…Ok damn that! You’ve seen the Matrix. You’ve seen the Terminator movies. You’ve seen the Night of the Living Dead, Evil Dead, and/or Resident Evil movies(well, maybe not the Evil Dead stuff). The minute we turn our back and get complacent, BOOM, we’re either somebody’s lunch or battery. We can’t let that happen people! I don’t know about you, but I’m trying to be here. Just remember, when it all goes down don’t let me see you with a bite mark or a Pacemaker. It’s on!

Tinysong is a big hit with me

So I sometimes do these posts where I give up the song that’s rattling in my brain at the moment. You may have heard of these songs of the moment, maybe not. In either case, I’ve been wanting to put a little something extra on these posts s an added takeaway. I though, HEY!, I’ll put up the song. What a novel idea! Nobody’s thought of that! Sarcasticism (yea?, what of it?) aside, I ended up finding ways to do that alright for the blog, but not for those oh so precious Twitter moments that I seem to be having more of (than actual blog posts).

And as if on cue, it came to me like a sign from the Web 2.0 Deities (or like a song I wrote. You don’t know). Tinysong.com is the site. Let’s say you’re looking for “Sex God” by the Brand New Heavies…Ok, not your cup of tea. How about “Erotic City” by Prince….(*SIGH*) Fine, “3 is the magic number” from Schoolhouse Rock…Prude! Anyway, you have your song, you go to the site, Tinysong.com and put it in the box, and hit the little search icon next to it. If the song is there, it will list it underneath the box or give you what it thinks you meant. You can then click on the song and it will give you a web address AND will copy it to the clipboard for you. Handy, huh? You could also click on the name of the track under that and it will take you to Groovshark.com where it will start streaming. It goes there because that is where it’s searching from. Hence the “Powered by Grooveshark” link near the bottom of the page. Grooveshark is another site for music discovery, streaming, and playlist making. I’ve had a 90% success rate given the search terms i’ve used, so far, so they seem to have a good range of music that I can tell. But hey, give it a try for yourself.

I’ve been going silly with Tinysong links on Twitter because I like it so much. Sometimes, they don’t have the song I’m looking for and that sucks, but it’s not that often. You’ll be seeing more of this from me for a while. Until then, go try it.

07 gems: Muxtape

So after much hemming and hawing, I’ve decided to kick around Muxtape. You see, i’ve come across some old tapes and playlists that i’ve done in times past (I guess you can call them mixtapes, but there was no real mixing involved). I wanted to find a place or two where I could put them up and link them to the blog for any number of reasons. Not saying that there might be any additional segments to the site, but you never know what may come. Anyway, I’ve found other such websites, but they either need the song to be already on the net or you need to have your music on a site or space you’re in control of. Well, I can’t always find songs on the net using sites like Seeqpod, Skreemr, Mixwit, or Grooveshark lite (though Grooveshark has been having a better average so far), and I don’t have a spot of that I can just store stuff in the cloud…yet. I’m looking into something, but that’s for later. Right about now….

Muxtape is a website wherein one can put up a quick, and I use the word quick loosely (you’ll see), playlist for the world to share in…Well at least your friends or whoever you send the link to or sees it. There are other site that probably do this better and will let you embed something on your own site, but this is a quick dirty job, with a fairly clean interface.

After you sign up, (its free), you can start uploading MP3 tracks or do what little customizing of your page that you are given. This means you can title, caption or change the password and color of the page. Simple. But let’s get to the meat of it. Muxtape is cool for it’s simplicity, but some annoyances at the same time. You’ve got a 12 song limit and you can only load MP3s for now. No problem there, but you can only upload them one at a time. This is not such a bad thing if it wasn’t for the fact that some times you get an error in the midst of uploading a song and have to start again. There is a 24MB limit per track but I don’t know too many MP3s that will exceed this. Once you get your songs in there, you can rearrange them, rename the track, or delete the track if you don’t think it fits, which you probably would have done before uploading songs. And once you delete a track, it’s gone unless you upload it again. By the way, the speed of the upload depends on the speed of your internet connection. Don’t think you’ll be trying this on Dial up. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Rearranging songs is easy, just drag and drop the track where you want it. Doesn’t really get easier. Once done, sit back and enjoy the mix (or mux). Once you get to your playlist page, you can click on a track and listen away. You get the names of the track which, I believe, comes off of the ID3 tags of the MP3 unless you change the name after uploading. This reminds me of a pet peeve with MP3 tagging, but that’s for another post. Anyway, let’s get to controls. You can click a track start/stop a track and/or click on in another track. That’s about it. No rewind, no fast forward. No wire hangers. If you start a track and let it play on through, it’ll go to the next one automatically. You can see how much time the song is under the name and a counter to the right of the song. Also, if you were listening to someone elses Mux and like the song that’s playing, you can buy it by clicking the ‘buy this MP3’ link under the title.

If you know of someone else with a muxtape, you can favorite there mux at the top right. They can do likewise and you can see the ones you’ve favorited when you log in. One thing I’ve noticed is that in the terms of service, they say that once you you upload a track, they can use it. I have little problem with this, but I’ve not seen what they do with the track and/or whether it stays with them should you delete the track.

And speaking of deleting, This brings up the thing that peeves me out about the site. Suppose you are tired of the mux that you’ve made and want to another one. No problem, just delete it and start fresh with a new one….oookay, and what does one do if one wants to recall an old mux. Guess what, you’re SOL unless you delete and reload it! You can’t have more than one muxtape ever (Unless you have multiple logins). That’s bunk! I would really like to see the ability to keep at least 5 muxes around, but maybe the internet music license strikes again. Who knows.

Now you may be asking yourself, I wonder how can I find a particular artist or song in someone’s muxtape. Well, look no further than Muxtape Stumbler. I don’t think it has anything to do with the folks at muxtape, but it doesn’t matter. Muxtape Stumbler, as you would expect, is a music search engine using muxtape as the playground. this way, you can find songs and there by finding new muxtapes to discover, as opposed to the ones you see on the front page of the site. Now if there was an alternate way to get the mp3’s this would be a dangerous combination. it’s just as well there isn’t. you should really support the artists and but the songs anyway. What would also be cool is if they had support for Last.FM, which I hear is coming.(EDIT: as of the day after I originally posted this (probably the day of) Muxtape now has Last.FM integration. You first have to logon and link it to your Last.FM account. Then while you’re logged in to Muxtape, you can scrobble any songs you listen to.

(EDIT)
Came across an app that let’s you have Muxtape up without going to the site in a browser. It’s called Muxtape on AIR. It’s made with Adobe’s AIR platform, so if you don’t already have it, you will have to download it and install it before installing MoA. This is cool if you don’t feel like having a browser open or don’t want to have Muxtape in a browser while surfing. haven’t checked this out yet, but I will.

Well, that’s about it except for one thing from the ‘You should have saw this coming’ file: If you care to check out MY muxtape, you can go here. What’s there now may not be new to a couple of you, but if it is, enjoy it. It was something I put together a few months ago, just for giggles. Plus, if you should happen to see this post sometime from now and the content has changed, hopefully, it’ll still be good. And while this defeats the purpose of sending you there, you can download the mix (if you liked it) from here:

Now before you ask me why I’m using Pando, 1) is because I like it, and 2)Mediafire wasn’t playing right and zshare…I just didn’t try. There you go.

Happy 4th of July

Not much to it, here, but I figure since most of you, like me, will be feeding your faces with fire kissed food, I mention some nourishment for your eardrums.

First off, get yourself over to EJ Flavors for a Funky Forth playlist worthy of a backyard BBQ (complete with the band themselves). Guaranteed to have you breaking out the Dominos.

And of course, what’s a 4th and a BBQ without a nice big plate of RIBS. That’s right, the man, TGrundy is over there serving up Summertime at the Grill hot and fresh with a nice little collabo / competition at his Rhythms In Black Satin site. You gotta check it up.

(EDIT)
Two more great mixes have been noted by Tgrundy in the comments. Definitely check out the Mixtress herself, DJ Diva’s Larry Levan Tribute and Soulrific’s Episode 14 on Infinite Ink. These are two sites you should be checking out anyway.

And actually, I’m going to throw in one more that’s pretty hot also. Go west and check out The Big La, Todd Kelley, over at Flowink.com for a head nodding Hip Hop mix called the Background Flow #7 that was done this week. Definitely another great site to check out.

There might be a couple of other sites i’m missing and I’ll add them here if I see them, but all this goodness shouldn’t be passed up. Should I even say that it’s enough to give you the Itis? ๐Ÿ™‚

What are you waiting for? Get to going!

Have a happy 4th, just don’t forget what it’s really all about.

Summer Meme: Sing Along / Seven Songs

Now this is a meme I can get behind! If you plan to tag me,, make it a music based one. I’m sure to get on it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tagged by: EJ Flavors

รขโ‚ฌล“List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre,
whether they have words, or even if theyรขโ‚ฌโ„ขre not any good, but they must
be songs youรขโ‚ฌโ„ขre really enjoying now, shaping your spring summer. Post
these instructions in your blog along with your seven songs. Then tag
seven other people to see what theyรขโ‚ฌโ„ขre listening to.รขโ‚ฌย

So in no terribly particular order….

  1. Love thirst- Jean Grae
  2. Now and Then – Lalah Hathaway
  3. Journey In Satchinanda – Alice Coltrane
  4. Should I – Grenique
  5. Somersault (Dangermouse remix) – Zero 7 w / MF Doom
  6. She always in my hair – Prince (edited because I keep confusing it with Outkast’s song)
  7. Flashing Lights – Colin Munroe

List points out a couple of glaring facts. I need to dig into some more music(and I will), and I keep a lot of music in my head. ๐Ÿ™‚

So now comes the tagging:

Dejanae
Funkdigital
Funkybrownchick
Gee Gee
Kayos
Ms. Sula
Pajnstl

There is also a super secret 8th tag, but obviously it’s a secret!

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