Top 10 Posts for the Year

Since 2008 is about to go bye-bye, I thought I’d entertain you with a list of the year’s Top 10 Posts here on Holographic Meatloaf according to my host, WordPress. They tally that sort of stuff.
The total number of hits follows the post, and please note that these numbers were as of the time of this post. Additional comments follow each post.
  1. Harmonix Announces Rock Band Add-Ons (905): My April Fool’s Day article on forthcoming accessories for Harmonix’s popular game. I thought it was a flop at first but as the year went on I realized it was just the opposite!
  2. Paging Steve Perry… (348): The first of three Steve Perry-related results. Just a simple write-up about a stop sign I saw.
  3. iPod Upgrade? (341): While this post’s title may imply that I know something about any potential iPod upgrades, it was actually describing my possible purchase of an iPod Touch. I eventually bought the 8GB model but still use my old 30GB model more to this day!
  4. Bust A Nut (319): Reminiscing about a strange commercial that was out in the 90s. Apparently, I’m not the only one who remembers it.
  5. I’ll Stick to Sharpies (279): I describe by complete and utter disappointment in the incompatability of LightScribe and LabelFlash discs (and the extreme scarcity of the latter), and why I chose to abandon both in favor of a permanent marker.
  6. ZOMG!!! STEVE PERRY!!!11!1 (246): A spoof on where Steve Perry lives. Read this post and you’ll be just as convinced as I am that the dude has a gaggle of stalkers following him whenever he dares venture away from his home on the moon.
  7. “In Memory Of” Stickers (210): Ah, a classic. I go off about those damned “In Memory Of..” stickers that I despise so much. Check the comments section for a remark by someone who obviously has one on their car.
  8. Media (199): Not quite sure why this one is so popular. It’s just a page with links to my photos and videos. Do you people like me that much?
  9. SIRIUS + XM = WTF? (188): My take on the handling of the SIRIUS/XM merger. Most. Comments. Evar!
  10. The Steve Perry Post (181): The third Steve Perry-related post that’s gotten lots of hits in which I explain why a certain post was deleted. While it’s nothing compared to the post I originally speak of (which got well over 1,000 hits the day it went live), this proves my theory that Steve Perry fans are about as rabid and maniacal as monkeys in a banana factory. In short, freakin’ weirdos. Well, except for those few cool ones who shamelessly admitted to searching for stuff on Perry and left comments in the ZOMG!!! STEVE PERRY!!!11!1 post.

Well, that’s it for 2008. We’ll see how 2009 fares with what I’ve got to say then. Have a happy and safe 2009, people!

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You Better Get Busy

UPDATE: Time Warner and Viacom reached an agreement shortly before the deadline. Crisis averted; comments have been turned off as they are now irrelevant.

Man, if you have Time Warner Cable or Bright House Network and like your SpongeBob or MTV, you’d better get busy!

I turned on the TV today for The Kid and Nickelodeon is running a banner ad at the bottom of the screen. Turns out that both Time Warner and Bright House are in jeopardy of losing their deal with media giant Viacom, also known as owners of just about half of the cable channels you know and love: MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, and Comedy Central just to name a few.

If reports are to be believed (and I could be reading it all wrong), keeping these channels afloat would cost an incredible 23 cents per day, which would of course be added to subscribers’ monthly bills. So if you’re a subscriber to either of these and are pissed off about a) finding out about this less than a day before it happens or b) about the move in general, you’d better get onna phones and call them NOW: Time Warner customers can call 800-762-3786 and Bright House Networks customers can call 866-309-3279. The move is scheduled to occur at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow morning. Um, Happy New Year?

I know bill increases suck but if you really like to watch those channels, I think you’d be willing to pay for them, no? By the way, I’m a happy Verizon FiOS subscriber–phone, Internet and TV all in one bill. It rocks.

Ah, today is New Year’s Eve. Tonight a few friends are coming over for our own little Chinese buffet. It’ll be fun and a way to send out 2008 with one final tasty and fattening meal. I’m doing fine with my weight but hey, holidays take a toll on everybody. Live a little!

Have a safe and happy 2009 and try to stay off the roads tonight. Nutjobs-a-plenty.

See you next year!

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@ Wrightwood!

@ Wrightwood!, originally uploaded by aeromat.

Hello snow!

That’s Ann and The Kid on the right side of the photo. We all nailed each other with snowballs!

You can see the pics along with a few video clips by clicking here. Most are (unsurprisingly) of The Kid but there are plenty others to see.


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Meme for Today

I stolded this from blogger extraordinaire LadyGypsy since, well, I’m pretty much dry on content and I return to work on January 5. Between spending some quality time with the family and running to the hospital to visit Mom (who will be released tomorrow–yay!), I’ve also been pretty busy.

Da rulez for this are as follows:

Things you’ve already done: bold
Things you want to do: italicize
Things you haven’t done and don’t want to: leave in plain font

See my comments, if any, after each answer.

1. started your own blog (Duh!)
2. slept under the stars
3. played in a band
4. visited hawaii
5. watched a meteor shower
6. given more than you can afford to charity
7. been to disneyland/world (Disneyland is a weekly occurrence around here; Disney World would be awesome!)
8. climbed a mountain
9. held a praying mantis
10. sang a solo (On Rock Band, yes)
11. bungee jumped (Hell…no!)
12. visited paris
13. watched a lightning storm at sea
14. taught yourself an art from scratch (Always pretty handy with art)
15. adopted a child
16. had food poisoning (Horrible)
17. walked to the top of the statue of liberty
18. grown your own vegetables (Lots of work but very enriching)

19. seen the mona lisa in france
20. slept on an overnight train
21. had a pillow fight (With The Kid)
22. hitch hiked
23. taken a sick day when you’re not ill (Who hasn’t?)
24. built a snow fort
25. held a lamb
26. gone skinny dipping
27. run a marathon (But I’d like to do a triathlon sometime)
28. ridden a gondola in venice
29. seen a total eclipse
30. watched a sunrise or sunset
31. hit a home run
32. been on a cruise
33. seen niagara falls in person
34. visited the birthplace of your ancestors (Mexico)
35. seen an amish community (Wife’s family from Amish Country in PA)
36. taught yourself a new language
37. had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. seen the leaning tower of pisa in person
39. gone rock climbing
40. seen michelangelo’s david in person
41. sung karaoke
42. seen old faithful geyser erupt
43. bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant
44. visited africa
45. walked on a beach by moonlight (Should I cue up Acker Bilk’s “Stranger on the Shore” or Burt Kaempfert’s “Wonderland by Night“? )
46. been transported in an ambulance
47. had your portrait painted
48. gone deep sea fishing
49. seen the sistene chapel in person (Sorry, I’m an art nut)
50. been to the top of the eiffel tower in paris
51. gone scuba diving or snorkelling
52. kissed in the rain
53. played in the mud (Have a son–not hard to do)
54. gone to a drive-in theatre (And boy, do I miss them!)
55. been in a movie
56. visited the great wall of china
57. started a business
58. taken a martial arts class
59. visited russia
60. served at a soup kitchen
61. sold girl scout cookies (Something would be terribly wrong if I said Yes)
62. gone whale watching (And saw nothing–BO-RING!)
63. gotten flowers for no reason
64. donated blood

65. gone sky diving (Hell…no!)
66. visited a nazi concentration camp (But have seen pictures taken by wife’s grandfather–just awful)
67. bounced a cheque
68. flown in a helicopter
69. saved a favorite childhood toy (A few my Dad gave me)
70. visited the lincoln memorial
71. eaten caviar
(See #65)
72. pieced a quilt
73. stood in times square
74. toured the everglades
75. been fired from a job
76. seen the changing of the guard in london
77. broken a bone
78. been on a speeding motorcycle
79. seen the grand canyon in person
80. published a book
81. visited the vatican
82. bought a brand new car (A few times)
83. walked in jerusalem
84. had your picture in the newspaper (When I was a kid visiting Santa. Will post if I can find)
85. read the entire bible (Nah)
86. visited the white house
87. killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. had chickenpox
89. saved someone’s life (If taking the car keys away from a drunk counts, then yes I have)
90. sat on a jury (Interesting once you are chosen; boring until then)
91. met someone famous
92. joined a book club
93. lost a loved one (Many times over)
94. had a baby (Wife did–does that count?)
95. seen the alamo in person
96. swum in the great salt lake
97. been involved in a law suit (And won!)
98. owned a cell phone
99. been stung by a bee

We went to the aquarium today; heading to the mountains of Wrightwood tomorrow. Look for us if you dare!

See ya later 🙂

Ship and Sub

Ship and Sub, originally uploaded by aeromat.

Out and about in Long Beach!