jcollie719: (Jerzei head)
I got a haircut on Tuesday.

My yearly eye exam happened yesterday. The doctor said my vision is a little better than last year. After the exam, I went to dinner in Castle Rock with one of my Meetup groups. The Vista Vino restaurant had its Happy Hour during the time we were there. I got a bowl of white bean chorizo soup and sausage crostini, a couple glasses of Riesling, and caramel mascarpone cheesecake for dessert. I drove a bit further north after dinner and used my portable TV to watch some of the diginets available in Denver.

I don't have a Toastmasters meeting this week since next Monday is Memorial Day. Tonight is the monthly "Drinking Liberally" meeting in Old Colorado City.

jcollie719: (Collie Wink)
KRCC hosted a party for its staff and members yesterday at Jack Quinn's Pub. About 30-40 people showed up. Finding a parking space downtown is almost always difficult. Luckily, a car was backing out of a space right in front of the pub just as I arrived. I had a couple of the pub's creme brulee martinis and the shepherd's pie in a bread bowl.

One of the TV channels I like is no longer available. Laff was previously carried on my cable system via Blue Highways TV. I read the company that owned BHTV went bankrupt. I've contacted the local TV stations in the past about carrying channels like Laff and Antenna TV, but I haven't gotten any response from them. The "diginets" I can receive over the air are Grit, MeTV (shared with MyNetworkTV,) Ion and Cozi TV. I have regularly dreamed about owning a radio or TV station. I think it would actually be cheaper just to buy a house/townhome in the Denver area.

UPDATE: Channel 13 recently added the Heroes & Icons (H&I) channel to a subchannel.
jcollie719: (Collie Wink)
I picked up a couple of pizzas for the Toastmasters group potluck and got to the library around 11:40. At around 11:55, I suddenly remembered the group now meets at 1 PM instead of noon. As I started to walk out of the library, I found another group member waiting who didn't know about the later start. (She had been unable to attend the last few meetings.) Since I had about 50 minutes to kill, I went to Safeway and bought a few things the potluck usually needs but doesn't have like cups and plates. One member usually brings chicken wings for an appetizer, so I bought a package of moist hand wipes as well.

Free Speech TV called me a half-hour ago about scheduling a tour of their studios in Denver. I was supposed to be part of a meet-and-greet a couple of years ago when I made a pledge to the station. I'll be taking the studio tour next month.
jcollie719: (Ryan Stiles Finger)
Now I (sort of) have one of the TV "diginets" I've wanted to receive. Yesterday, I upgraded my cable service to the next tier. I mainly did this to receive some of the news networks like BBC World News, and also the additional entertainment channels. One of the channels, Blue Highways TV, carries the diginet Laff's programming during a large part of its schedule. This channel carries mostly 1980s-2000s sitcoms like Ellen, Night Court, Grace Under Fire and The Drew Carey Show.

I answered phones at KRCC from 6-9 AM and 3-4:30 PM. The phones were really busy most of the morning since there were a couple of "matching funds" challenges.

I'll be going to a furry bowling meet in Denver Saturday night, and another one in Colorado Springs near the end of the month.
jcollie719: (tiger jump)
I missed a meetup tonight with a local Happy Hour group. My cell phone was turned off and recharging in my bedroom, so the alarm to remind me never went off.

I hate the fact that I can't afford to start a radio or TV station, either here or in Denver. There is a low-power TV station for sale in Denver, along with an FM station east of the city and other stations throughout Colorado. I'd need anywhere from $100,000 to $2,000,000 just to buy one station.
jcollie719: (Toonces)
I finally got a haircut last Thursday night. This week, I need to:
* Get my car's oil changed and possibly repair the huge scratch/dent on the car's passenger's side
* Contact the credit union about being unable to use my business debit card
* Contact Free Speech TV in Denver to schedule the meet-and-greet I purchased
* Look for a new psychologist

For at least the next few weeks, I need to plan my Sunday afternoon/Monday morning sleep schedule better. The community maintenance crew has been firing up the lawnmowers and leaf blowers on Mondays around 7:45 AM. Also, the Funday Pawpet Show and most of the related shows on Sunday were moved up by an hour this week.
jcollie719: (weird al yankovic shocked)
My new modem and Prism TV service were installed Wednesday. It's nice to watch/listen to Web shows on my laptop again instead of a smaller smartphone screen. Having a super-fast connection makes for a more pleasant experience with little to no buffering.
jcollie719: (weird al yankovic shocked)

I bought a new microwave oven today. Since I have some plate covers, this oven should remain cleaner for a longer time.

My modem stopped working properly yesterday. I can still play some streams through iTunes, but all of my other online stuff will be done via cell phone. A new modem will arrive next week. I also opted to switch from DirecTV to PrismTV.

jcollie719: (Jackass Fish Slap)
I've been fasting since late last night for a blood test.  I'll head to the hospital in about an hour.

I took a "media mug shot" picture.  The coffee mugs are from KRCC-FM (where I work weekends,) local NBC affiliate KOAA-TV, and two online political shows I enjoy: Turn Up the Night with Kenny Pick, and the Bob and Chez Show.
jcollie719: (On Air light)
Weekly calorie average: 1,887.9
Days above 2,000 calories: 1 (2,015)

One of the local TV stations sent a reporter to KRCC today to do an interview about a new show the station is producing. Unfortunately, none of the people actually involved with the program are in on the weekends. The reporter just took some video of me operating the control board along with shots of the production studio. I gave her the names of the show producer and station manager to contact on Monday.
jcollie719: (Toonces)
PAY for Sunday, October 27: 4 hours (5-9 AM)
Monday, October 28: 3 hours (6-9 AM)
Tuesday, October 29: 3 hours (6-9 AM)
Wednesday, October 30: 6 hours (6-9 AM and 3-6 PM)
Thursday, October 31: 3 hours (6-9 AM)
Friday, November 1: 3 hours (6-9 AM)

I don't know if the membership drive will last until Friday, but I signed up for shifts just in case. My afternoon shift today will only be from 3-6 PM instead of 3-7 because the C.S. Tweetup is on the same night.

I keep getting ads in the mail for Century Link's "Prism TV" service. A couple of friends who have the service say they like it better than DirecTV (which I use.) Unfortunately, Prism TV's Web site says it's not available where I live. Looking at the pricing list, some of the channels I like to watch are in the more-expensive tiers anyway. EDIT: The Web site shows most of the channels are actually on a lower tier, but the advertisement listed them on the upper ones. Nat Geo Wild is the only channel I like that's not on a lower tier.
jcollie719: (Birthday Cake)
Happy Birthday, Mom!

My sleep schedule is still a little wacky, but it's getting closer to normal. I slept for about 5 hours Wednesday morning, then took a 2.5-hour nap in the early evening.

Either my TV or the TV remote is acting up. I thought the remote just needed new batteries, but it still didn't work after replacing them. Pressing the power/volume buttons on the TV itself didn't work, either. My TV is a cheap brand that's been discontinued, and the remote programming codes for the brand don't work with my DirecTV remote. I hope I don't have to replace the TV anytime soon. It's still in good shape despite the remote issue.

EDIT: The remote will work if I hold it around a foot away from the TV. Of course, that kind of defeats the purpose of having a remote.
jcollie719: (Craig Ferguson Ooooo)
Weekly calorie average: 1,856.3
Days above 2,000 calories: 1 (2,060)

I got a halfway decent amount of sleep for a Saturday night/Sunday morning (about 5 hours.) I'm feeling much more relaxed this morning compared to how enraged I was last night.

"Secretariat? *ding dong* Who's that at the door?!"

I heard this morning that the creator of the "Dalek" from Doctor Who passed away. For some reason, this scene from The Young Ones popped into my head. The Dalek impression happens at 1:52:
jcollie719: (Headbanger Weird Al)
I subscribed to DirecTV in 2008, about a month after moving into my condo. I compared the prices of the phone/Internet/cable bundles offered by Comcast and what was then Qwest (now CenturyLink.) The Qwest/DirecTV bundle gave me more of the channels I wanted to have (Comcast's basic cable didn't carry certain networks) and clearer picture quality, with the bundle costing about $40 a month less than Comcast.

This past week, DirecTV announced that Viacom ordered the company to stop carrying its channels due to negotiations over how much Viacom wanted DirecTV and its subscribers to pay to receive them. The channels include MTV, MTV2, VH1, VH1 Classic, BET, Centric, CMT, Logo, Spike and Comedy Central. Out of those, I watch Comedy Central the most and occasionally watch shows on Logo and Centric. Most of the "music" channels hardly show music anymore, focusing mainly on reality shows and movies. If Viacom wants me to pay more, they need to make their channels at least good enough to justify the cost increase.
jcollie719: (Default)
A political discussion at work brought up memories of an old comedy song. Some co-workers were talking about political candidates Doug Lamborn and Robert Blaha. The news director said shortening the latter's name to Bob Blaha reminded her of the song "Rappin' Duke" by Shawn Brown. She said she imagined Blaha's name being sung in place of the "daa-haa daa-haa" chorus



A few others and I thought of "Bob Loblaw," Scott Baio's attorney character from Arrested Development:



After a while, I remembered I had heard "Rappin' Duke" on the 1980s TV lip-sync competition show Puttin' On The Hits.

I won't answer phones at KRCC on Friday since I have a Toastmasters meeting then. I wanted to sign up for shifts next Tuesday, but they were all filled.
jcollie719: (Toonces)
My therapist appointments have been on a Monday for at least the past few months. The therapy and my OA meetings make me feel extra confident on Mondays, but that feeling gradually goes away during the week. After the next time, I may try to move the therapy to Thursdays to space out the good feelings. Once I find a new job, I hope I'll still have enough free time to go to at least one fur meet every week. Right now, I can only make one every one or two months.

It seems like some of the employment agents I've seen have even fewer ideas about finding jobs than I do. Most of their suggestions involve things I've been trying for years, mainly looking for jobs online. I've applied for two jobs so far, and I'll apply for a few more later tonight.

Okay, that looked creepy. I caught the tail end of a PSA called "CBS Cares Colonoscopy Sweepstakes" featuring a still shot of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne.
jcollie719: (Conan Whatchoo)
I just viewed former MSNBC Live host Cenk Uygur's video from The Young Turks explaining why he left MSNBC and the events which led up to it. Uygur cited ratings which showed MSNBC Live beat the Fox News show which aired against it. Uygur said network officials told him people in Washington, DC "didn't like his tone" when he criticized politicians.

NBC in general has a long track record of hiring people for being different, then ordering them to stop being different (Howard Stern, the casts of Saturday Night Live, Conan O'Brien and Keith Olbermann.) This trend increased when General Electric bought RCA (NBC's former parent company,) and again when Comcast bought 51% of NBC/Universal. The excuse usually given is "People outside of California and New York won't get it," as if they picture the other 48 states as one giant corn field.

With the U.S. economy in the condition it's in, and with politicians trying to hold services and funding hostage to secure a budget deal, it's the job of news commentators to speak out against anything that negatively affects their viewers, whether the management/advertisers/politicians like it or not. This is why I'm glad the Internet offers alternative viewpoints from all sides. Some of them don't have the viewer numbers of the big networks, but they also don't have a group of suits telling them what to say and think.

EDIT: About that last sentence: Whenever someone hates a show (particularly a political news/talk show,) the weakest excuse anyone can give is "They only have, like, 3 viewers"or "Their ratings are sinking." Quantity and quality are not always mutual. TV shows like Arrested Development got poor ratings, but most of the people who did watch it over its three-season run (including myself) enjoyed it. Internet streams, public access cable TV shows and community radio stations are doing what larger media companies hardly ever do anymore: giving a voice to people whose views are either not heard or are drowned out by the opposition. If I like a show or agree with a certain viewpoint, why should it matter how many or how few people share that view? I'd love to start my own stream, but I know I wouldn't have enough fresh material to fill even a half-hour per day.
jcollie719: (Collie Puppet)
I'm up late again. This time, it's due to late caffeine consumption rather than stress.

I e-mailed Rocky Mountain Fur Con's registration to let them know I'd be signing up for the Patron level instead of the Super Patron level I originally indicated. I thought I'd have enough to afford it, but the check and credit card payments a few weeks ago drained my account temporarily. I had been nervous about whether I could afford the entire con (including the hotel stay.) Luckily, KRCC's next membership drive will happen in either June or July, giving me enough extra hours and time to pad my account and credit card before then.

I called DirecTV to remove a premium channel service from my subscription. I had signed up for it during a special offer, but I've been paying full price for it the past few months and the channels don't currently have any movies I'm interested in. That will shave $10-12 off my monthly bill.
jcollie719: (Default)
I watched the Larry King Live interview on CNN tonight with the Imam who wants to build an interfaith community center two blocks from Ground Zero, along with reactions from others on Anderson Cooper 360. Somehow, I think I got a different feed of the interview than some of the folks who commented on it. I read several comments on the CNN site saying "he should make it an interfaith center instead of a mosque," even though the Imam had already stated that's what the building would be.

To be honest, the panelists calling the plan insensitive came off as very insensitive themselves. One of them (a woman whose husband was a firefighter killed on 9/11) kept cutting off the others who tried to give an opposing view and even suggested the Imam "build it in the Middle East."

The jaw-dropping moment of the night, however, came from a man who objected to being called a bigot. He then suggested the interfaith center should have a Christian church on the top floor ("because Christians built this great nation,") a Jewish synagogue below that and the Muslims on a lower floor. I thought for a moment I had switched over to "TV Land" and was watching Archie Bunker. Of course, this person whined that he was being "attacked" when another panelist questioned this so-called logic.

Bill Hicks was right. Some people need to "squeegee their third eye" and not blindly form an opinion without hearing both sides. Perhaps more people need to study this chart which explains things rationally:


I finished writing my Toastmasters speech after watch these programs. I'll go over it tomorrow morning and make an outline on note cards.
jcollie719: (Kukido)


For those who don't watch GSN (the Game Show Network) or visit GSN.com, the network has a promotion called Oodles. Web site users earn Oodles by playing games and answering trivia questions online. Winners can redeem their Oodles for various prizes, ranging from gift cards and games, to cameras and even a TV (when those items are in stock, which is rare.)

I had been about halfway to saving up for an HD webcam, but I discovered my Sony HD Handycam which I haven't used in a while has USB streaming capability. Instead, I redeemed about half of my Oodles for various sweepstakes and a box of one dozen Mrs. Fields "Nibblers" cookies (which I'm holding in the picture.) I treated myself to two cookies after dinner since I really behaved on my diet that day. They only have 53-60 calories each since they're about the size of a half-dollar coin.

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