30 Day Song Challenge Begins July 1st


As you can tell by my lack of personal posts, life’s been rather uneventful as of late. And since my loyal readers are probably tired of me blathering about Virgin Mobile phones and surveys (even though I do get amazing traffic because of these posts), I’ve gone ahead and decided to try something a little different.

If you’re on Facebook, you’ve probably seen some of your friends posting what’s called The 30 Day Song Challenge, a little game in which they are provided with a list of topics and have to find a song to match. This is usually coupled with a YouTube video of said song.

But what I’ve found that Facebook doesn’t allow much space for background and whatnot and if you know me, I like to write about stuff.

That’s why I’m bringing The 30 Day Song Challenge here to a wider audience for even more comments and ridicule that I would have gotten from my small circle of Facebook friends and relatives. The list is as follows:

Day 01 – Your favorite song
Day 02 – Your least favorite song
Day 03 – A song that makes you happy
Day 04 – A song that makes you sad
Day 05 – A song that reminds you of someone
Day 06 – A song that reminds of you of somewhere
Day 07 – A song that reminds you of a certain event
Day 08 – A song that you know all the words to
Day 09 – A song that you can dance to
Day 10 – A song that makes you fall asleep
Day 11 – A song from your favorite band
Day 12 – A song from a band you hate
Day 13 – A song that is a guilty pleasure
Day 14 – A song that no one would expect you to love
Day 15 – A song that describes you
Day 16 – A song that you used to love but now hate
Day 17 – A song that you hear often on the radio
Day 18 – A song that you wish you heard on the radio
Day 19 – A song from your favorite album
Day 20 – A song that you listen to when you’re angry
Day 21 – A song that you listen to when you’re happy
Day 22 – A song that you listen to when you’re sad
Day 23 – A song that you want to play at your wedding
Day 24 – A song that you want to play at your funeral
Day 25 – A song that makes you laugh
Day 26 – A song that you can play on an instrument
Day 27 – A song that you wish you could play
Day 28 – A song that makes you feel guilty
Day 29 – A song from your childhood
Day 30 – Your favorite song at this time last year

Yeah, it’s a little too Hannah Montana/My Chemical Romance but as a music lover, I see it as a challenge I’ll gladly accept. In fact, I have already begun to research some of my music to see which topics I have a match for and will begin writing posts tonight but schedule them to go live on July 1, 2011.

Some of the songs won’t shock you if you know me; others may really throw you for a loop. Either way, I think it could be a lot of fun and I look forward to seeing some comments from everybody. And many if not all of the songs will include personal stories you’ve never heard me write about. Note, too, that some may include “Honorable Mention” songs that could also fit the topic but are too good to ignore.

At any rate, there you go. Hope you come back beginning on Friday to see what I’ve put together 🙂

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App Review: Bike Repair


518WzXhc1BLI know two things about my bike: it has wheels and I like to ride it. In fact, it’s become a weekend tradition of mine to saddle up and hit the local trails down to the beach or ride circuitously around the park just so I can log at least 20 miles.

No, it’s not exactly Tour de France but it’s something  look forward to doing since I no longer weigh 300 pounds, with the 20-mile mark being my weekly milestone as sort of an in-your-face to my former flabby self.

All of that said, and despite putting hundreds of miles on it, I don’t know jack about fixing my bike. Sure, I’ve replaced a tube now and then but the most difficult part of that is finding the right tube for your tire. The rest is pretty easy.

But as far as major repairs go I’m a novice and frankly, a bit worried about attempting to make any kind of repair – especially if it involves the brakes.

That’s why I decided to buy the Bike Repair app for my Android phone and while I haven’t made any repairs just yet, I’ve been nosing through the app and I can tell you that it was definitely money well spent.

Take a look at the main screen:

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You just scroll down and see which part of your bike you suspect there is a problem with and it will give you a list of options. So let’s say it’s your rear derailleur giving you heck. Press that and you get this screen:

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Hopefully, your problem is listed here and if it is, choose it and you get the problem’s explanation and solution. The app goes into great detail in plain, well-written English to explain what it takes to solve the issue. It also includes a list of tools and even step-by-step images for those of us who aren’t exactly comfortable with bike repairs.

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I don’t think it can get much easier than this. I will give it a through look-through this weekend since I do need to give my bike an inspection, which the app also covers in great detail. It even has pictures showing how to use a chain tool, something I didn’t even know existed until the app pointed it out to me.

Hey, I said I was a novice right? But as is obvious, this app has already given me some knowledge on how to keep my bike functioning in top condition and how to avoid potential future problems.

Price: The Bike Repair app averages $3 between the three major outlets (Amazon, Android Marketplace, iTunes) but I got it on sale for .99 cents at the Amazon Appstore for Android. Note that with so much offline detail, the app is a huge file at over 30MB so Android users had better make sure there is room on their card to hold it since, well, this will kill your internal memory. The download did stall a few times but closing and re-opening  the Amazon Appstore app did the trick and it went straight to my microSD card so no shuffling was required. Also, because of the file size, I’d recommend using wi-fi.

All in all, with its 42 guides and 58 problems explained, Bike Repair is a definite must-have for the novice and serious cyclist alike. Just make sure to remove any muck from your hands before scrolling through the app’s pages. Things could get ugly.

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Virgin Mobile’s Latest Android Phone: Motorola Triumph (Update: MSRP)


Just I had reported way back in February and as was obvious by the survey I had taken, Virgin Mobile definitely had a new smartphone in the works.

And as Engadget had reported on June 9, 2011, it will be the Motorola TRIUMPH, which was one of the names I had to choose from the list Virgin Mobile was considering:

Personally, I chose Theory because it sounded much cooler – at least I thought so.

Here’s the list of purported specs from the survey:

All of those specs match up to what is posted on the Motorola Theory’s…I mean, Motorola TRIUMPH’s Fact Sheet. And now comes word from my friend CHESSNOID – I get to call him by his real name since I’ve known him for years – that this new Android phone will be making its debut in less than a month on July 19, 2011.

This will be Virgin Mobile’s third entry into their line of Android phones which I can practically guarantee will make people wish they hadn’t signed a two-year contract with their current carrier for a phone that can do pretty much the same stuff this one can – at a fraction of the cost in terms of phone price and monthly service. In addition to all of that, the phone is a beauty:

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As for me, well, while the phone definitely a looker and something new to behold, I am still enjoying my LG Optimus V and have no regrets about buying it. I only wish it had more internal memory to do the things I’d like it to do.

The TRIUMPH will be a perfect phone for those wanting to jump ship from their current contracted carrier but honestly, it offers only a few more upgrades over the Optimus that I can’t justify spending the money on it no matter how pretty and shiny it may be. The most obvious upgrades – HDMI output, larger screen, faster processor (1GHz vs. 600 MHz), and the front-facing camera – might be enough of an incentive for some current Virgin Mobile customers to upgrade but not quite enough for me, at least not at this point. About the only thing I could use from that list is the faster processor; the rest are just nifty but not entirely useful to me (although a larger screen would be nice but not essential). The only way I’d consider it at this point is if Virgin Mobile went ahead with their Free Phones for Life or the Virgin Mobile Phone Fund programs, which I wrote about here.

Speaking of price, no word of the phone’s MSRP has been mentioned but I’d wager that this one could be somewhere in the high- to mid-$300 range. My guess would be $349 but don’t quote me on that.

UPDATE: My buddy CHESSNOID now reports that the phone will have an MSRP of $299.

But hey, all of this is just me talking. Have anything to say about it? Go ahead and say it below and as I had mentioned before, you can now sign in with your Twitter or Facebook accounts to comment.

By the way, if my stats are any indication, the interest in Virgin Mobile continues rise as my traffic has been more steady and heavier than usual with all of my Virgin Mobile posts being the most popular. Maybe people are now starting to realize what an incredible value this prepaid service really is, without the “shame” of admitting that they are on a prepaid plan.

After all, with phones like these, there’s not a lot to be ashamed of.

More Random Thoughts


The mind of a writer never rests and as Ben Hecht said, “Every writer is a frustrated actor who practices his lines in the hidden auditorium of his skull.”

Truer words were never spoken and here’s a perfect example of that.

Below is a list of random thoughts much like the ones I posted here a few years ago. I don’t do this too often because I’m sure that one of these thoughts, one day, will be the one-liner that everybody and their brother will be saying once my screenplay gets sold and made into major motion picture.

You know, my screenplay? The…one I…haven’t quite written yet?

Oh, fuck it. It’ll never happen. And if it does, here’s a taste of what it may include. It’s not quite as long as my last list but in all honesty, I just needed something to blog about.

Enjoy what it’s like to be my brain.

I have to get used to these manual-flush toilets. I miss doing the ol’ Shit-and-Runs at the other building.

Recycled toilet paper? Screw the environment! I want toilet paper I can gently wipe my ass with!

Sorry, I won’t be able to make it. I have some kind of -ectomy scheduled at the very same time as the department lunch. It’s pretty serious.

No, the real difference between you and me is that you THINK you’re funny and I KNOW I’m funny.

I didn’t lie to you. I gave you a false answer.

What the fuck? Is it made from Rearden Metal or what?

Peanut vendor: who wants a great big sack of salty nuts?
Blonde: why do guys always ask me that?

Okay, so…are you going to shut the fuck up now or what?

(Spoken monotone) LOL wut?

Her cubicle looks like a Princess Barbie playset and whenever I get papers back from her, they always have purple or pink glittery sprinkles and shit on them. And smell like artificial berries.

I’m a naturally hot person to begin with. I mean, just look at me and it’s obvious.

Woman: I thought you said you had a Porsche?
Man: Is this not a Porsche?
Woman: Yeah but I wasn’t expecting the one that Jake Ryan drove in Sixteen Candles.

Goddamnit, I’m a genius!

So yeah, that’s about it.

The Mobile Page


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See that new Mobile page tab at the top? I’ve added that as a kind of Welcome page for whomever happens to scan the QR code you see on this post.

What I did was make said QR code my profile picture on Facebook, Twitter, etc. so whenever I post a comment somewhere and someone clicks on my name and sees my (sometimes private) profile, they will see a larger version as my picture. And if they are curious and geeky enough, they will scan it with their smartphone (as you most likely will) and get a short bio and links to the Mobile pages on both of my blogs.

It’s kind of a way to track how much traffic I get from those who have seen it and gone through the trouble of clicking and entering the password which is included in the bio.

Curious? Give it a shot and leave a comment on the Mobile page. Note that, despite your trouble, there will be no prizes for posting your comment.

At least not yet…