Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Shave and a Haircut

Mood: tired
Listening to: fan in the window, washer and dryer in the kitchen
Reading: The Magic of Thinking Big
Eating: Hmmm... an evening snack perhaps?
Watching: something on TV

Jennie, Keisha, and I went to get our hair done this evening. I'd shaved earlier in the day, so this picture really makes me look a lot younger:

Shave and a Haircut

The smile sure helps, too.

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Ways to Consume Content

Four years ago when I started blogging, I had no clue about RSS feeds and syndication. I'd just go through my blogroll and manually check to see if someone posted something new.

Now there are so many ways to aggregate the "stuff" you want to consume on the internet, saving time from having to visit each website to see if new content is available. I used Amphetadesk for awhile, and I've been using Bloglines for the longest time. Over the past 16 months, I've used Juice as my primary podcast receiver.

While going through the visitor logs for Get That Job!, I saw a referral from FeedRaider, so I decided to check out that service. I like you can show items from several feeds on one page and set up multiple pages as a way to categorize your content.

To that end, let me tell you about two feeds I've set up for Get That Job!:

The second item, via Feed2Podcast, uses text-to-speech to create an mp3 of the posts you read here. So, whether you want to read or listen to the content, it's up to you. And, of course, you can always go to the website directly to see all the Get That Job! goodness.

Speaking of the goodness, I'm always looking for job-searching success stories to share over there, so if you have something you'd like to share, please contact me at danimal0416+gtj [at] gmail [dot] com

Update: I just realized that some of you might be interested in what I'm consuming, so here's the link to my FeedRaider web presence.

As you were.

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Monday, November 27, 2006

HSP 002 - Homeschooling Now In Progress

The next episode of the Homeschooler Podcast is ready: HSP 002 - Homeschooling Now in Progress

Don't want to listen on your computer or download the file? No problem, just call +1 (650) 523-6856 on any phone, and you'll be able to listen to the most recent episode.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Journey Inside My Mind on any telephone!

My Dad often says, "Isn't science wonderful?" after we've talked about something neat. Well, science and technology is indeed wonderful because, thanks to the folks at Podlinez, you can now listen to the latest episode of the Journey Inside My Mind podcast on any telephone. Try it out: +1 (650) 523-6856

A new episode of the Journey Inside My Mind podcast will coming to you in a few days.

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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Hilarious Video - Frank Caliendo as John Madden

This video is hilarious! Frank Caliendo as John Madden on Letterman:

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JIMM 70 - Music, Pet Peeves, and Thanks

In the latest Journey Inside My Mind podcast, I kick off the holiday season with some fun music, and Jennie shares some of her pet peeves. Go there... NOW.

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Friday, November 24, 2006

Laura Clapp on the Podsafe Music Network

While browsing music for the podcast, I saw this nice little feature. Check out Laura Clapp, from Nashville, Tennesse, via the Podsafe Music Network:

Thanksgiving 2006, with more RPG!

Mood: chilled
Listening to: Chillcast Cocktail Party Mix
Reading: The Magic of Thinking Big
Eating: ham, eggs, and biscuits, with low acid orange juice and black Folger's coffee
Watching: (last night) Ugly Betty and Grey's Anatomy

(It's interesting to note, as I was filling out the status info above, the potential for links and affiliate links. I should definitely look into that stuff.)

Jennie had to work Wednesday night and last night, so yesterday Keisha and I went to a Thanksgiving dinner at church. We brought some honey bbq wings and some hot chicken tenders. After eating a few of us guys went upstairs to the auditorium and played Halo 2 using an Xbox 360 hooked up to the projector screen. I can understand why role-playing games (RPG) are so popular now. I was the newbie of the group, but I still had fun learning my way around the game.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Keisha Emailed Santa Claus

I just sent Santa Claus an email on behalf of my daughter Keisha. She'd typed this up a few days ago, and I sent it as is:



1.TeenTrends(same one from last year)
2.All Bratz on ice=bratz on ice cabin with everything
3.dresses all colors around the world with socks matching colors shoes
10.A RED LAP TOP-bratz disneywriteing
By the way, Keisha has told us she's not going to ask for anything next year, and she doesn't expect to get everything on this list. I'd love to know what you all think.

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Saturday, November 18, 2006

PayPal Enabled

I was contacted earlier this month by someone who'd read Get That Job!. She asked if I had a PayPal account because her company was interested in what appears to be a sponsorship of that blog to some extent. She asked if I had a PayPal account.

I signed up for one, and I noticed that they have a way for people to add a donation button to their website, so I added one to this site, on the sidebar to the right. It's exactly like this one, which, by the way, is fully functional as well:

JIMM 69 - Meetings, Hypnotism, and Confessions

I mentioned yesterday afternoon that the next episode was nearly ready. Now it is. With hypnotism, confessions, and music!

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Friday, November 17, 2006

Next JIMM episode almost ready

Mood: Okay
Listening to: Accident Hash 193

I recorded a Journey Inside My Mind Podcast episode today in under an hour. Sure I spent a little bit of time getting stuff together, but it took a lot less time to record with Castblaster than with Audacity. I still use Audacity to mix everything together and for editing the smaller tracks, but I could seriously get used to Castblaster. We'll see.

Right now I'm waiting for the link to be made ready at the hosting server.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

JIMM 68 - Dr Feelgood or How We Learned to Love Our Double-Life

Yep, I finally put out another episode of the Journey Inside My Mind podcast. I share about what we were doing those 10 days around Halloween, and who is that singing the first song? Check it out!

Fixing Small Thinking

As I have been taking steps to fix my small thinking, lately, I've been drawn back to a certain passage from the Bible:

Mark 11:22-24 (New International Version)

New International Version (NIV)

Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society

"Have[a] faith in God," Jesus answered. "I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.


  1. Mark 11:22 Some early manuscripts If you have

I find myself struggling with this passage. When I was younger I would read this passage and take it to heart. Now I find myself saying, "Can I really move mountains?" As I meditate on this passage, I find myself also thinking about this one:

1 John 5:14-15 (New International Version)

New International Version (NIV)

Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

I can ask God to move mountains in my life, and, according to his will, he will do it. This brings me to this other passage:

Romans 12:1-2 (New International Version)

New International Version (NIV)

Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual[a] act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.


  1. Romans 12:1 Or reasonable
Offering myself to God, not conforming to the pattern of the world, and keeping my mind renewed are keys to knowing his will for my life. Then, as I ask God to move the mountains according to his will and believe and not doubt, he will do it.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Becoming More Jazzmania

I been doing more stuff online as Jazzmania Productions, which you can read about it at the website.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

I love you Mama

I love you Mama
Originally uploaded by danimal0416.
Jake professes his love for his Mama, Jennie. Especially after she brushed him.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Something New Is Coming...

A collaborative effort from Jennie and me. Head over to the Homeschooler Podcast page. The first episode has been recorded, and I'm working on getting it uploaded to the server and posted.

After the jump, a brief video update:

Look at Me

Seriously. I got a webcam hooked up to the internet. You can see updated images of me, as I have the webcam on and tweaked. Right now it's not being updated as I'm going to be taking pictures throughout the night of our dining room table to see whether the cat jumps on it or not.

More to come later...

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The Need to Unplug, Man

"Hey, it just sounds like you need to unplug, man." - Choi, to Neo, in The Matrix

I feel as though I've spent so much of my life lately in front of this computer. With blogging, podcasting, listening to podcasts, checking e-mail, working, and job searching - and socializing, I'm starting to feel a bit burned out by it all.

Today I went to Half Price Books and bought a hardcover blank journal. I can't remember the last time I'd had one, but it's been close to a decade, I think.

I've decided that I'm going to spend a bit more time journaling in there and maybe not so much over here. I know that's going to be hard to do, but I'll appreciate the freedom to share thoughts that way instead of online.


Originally uploaded by danimal0416.
The Official Mom says I look about 5-years younger without the beard. But I think my eyes show my age.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

I Moblog

I just got set up to post from my phone. I don't know why; I can't take pics with it. (Sent from phone.)


Mobile Email from a Cingular Wireless Customer

Focus on Ohio - Again

It's a crucial midterm election, and the focus seems to shifting to Ohio - again:

I heard on the radio (yes I still listen to it on occasion) that lawyers are arriving at the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport because of the election. Some apparently believe that Ohio voters may be disenfranchised. I don't like that. I know there are many who blame Ohio for the last presidential election, and it comes across as though these people think we're stupid.

Nevertheless, it's a big ballot this year, with lots of offices up for grabs on the local, state, and federal level in both the legislative and judicial branches. Ohio also chooses a new governor today. In addition, there are several state and local issues that we'll be deciding.

Our precinct is really close to our home; in fact, it's our apartment complex's rental office. I plan on bringing my iRiver with me to get a few sound bites. We'll see how that goes.

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Monday, November 06, 2006

Wrote a song about it

A preview of something I'm working on for the Journey Inside My Mind podcast, a true story:

Rainy Day Blues - written by Dan Johnson, Jr.

Well I woke up this morning, and the sky was looking gray (repeat)
Cuz the clouds they done opened, and it was a rainy day

Got the rainy day blues going on inside my head (repeat)
When you've got the rainy day blues, sometimes you wish that you were dead

Tried to take the dog, but it wanted to stay in bed (repeat)
Tried to give her a treat, but she up and bit me instead

Repeat Chorus

I put on the dog on the leash to take her out so that I could pray (repeat)
She wriggled out of her collar, up and ran away

Repeat Chorus
It actually happened last Wednesday, and I wrote the song on two paper napkins in 15 minutes before I got up in front of a restaurant to sing it with the Burnin' Dr. Feelgood and the Feelgood Posse.

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Vote Anyway

Jim Borgman, Pulitzer-prize winning editorial cartoonist for the Cincinnati Enquirer, has drawn a set of cartoons to inspire us to get out and vote anyway tomorrow, especially if no clear candidate or issue sparks our attention. Go check out what he has to say.

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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Blog Carnival - Networking After Sudden Job Loss

Jason of the JibberJobber Blog, the current "host" of a blog carnival, asks:

Yikes! You just lost your job! You’ve been so busy at *work* that you don’t feel your network is as strong as you would like it to be! What are you going to do with (and to) your network in the next 6 weeks as you begin an aggresive job search campaign? And, outside of your network, what job search tactics will you employ? Or your best networking tips related to job searches.
I was placed in this situation at the end of August this year. I immediately went to my LinkedIn profile, updated it, and started sending emails to my contacts. Unfortunately, I have not been proactive in being my own career manager, and I haven't kept in touch that well with the contacts in my network. So I mostly sent out "touching base" types of emails, mentioning the recent change in my circumstances where I could, and depending on the relationship with the contact.

I've began looking for other people to add to my network, based on the new relationships I'd formed since I'd last updated my network. I think I'm having to continue to explore different ways to find jobs. I hate having to post a resume blindly online and apply for specific job postings blindly. I much rather enjoy the interactivity from social networking. At the same time, I'm finding that I shouldn't limit myself by not going about the traditional methods of networking.

The other thing I've found from recently finding myself back in the job market is that my skills are not as current as I'd like them to be. So I'm looking at ways to hone them.

I guess that's all I have to say right now.

crossposted to Get That Job!

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My Comment on the Latest Grey's Anatomy Episode

some people like to feel important. for me, now is one of those moments. sort of

Friday, November 03, 2006

A Message in the Mail from the Ohio Republican Party

Among the mail yesterday was this message, paid for by the Ohio Republican Party:

(On front of card, a picture of Osama)
He thinks one more attack might break our will.

He thinks we aren't tough enough to stick it out..

(On inside top of card, a picture of the Iwo Jima soldiers raising the flag)

(On inside bottom of card)
Liberal Democrats want to cut and run...
to withdraw from the battlefield in the war on terror.

Liberals want to retreat... to cave in... to walk away...
And they are willing to lose if the fight is just too tough.

Many left-wing Democrats blame America.
And they try to limit our ability to track terrorists and stop their attacks.

It is time to stand up for America and protect our country from radical Islam and the fanatic terrorists that seek to kill Americans.

This election will determine our future... and we can't walk away from a fight that will change the world as we know it.

If you don't vote, liberal Democrats will take control of Congress and end programs that stop terrorists.

The time is now. Complete the Mission.

Vote November 7th - Vote Republican

(on the back of the card, along with the mail info)
Paid for By
Ohio Republican Party
211 South Fifth Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Not Authorized by any candidate or candidate committee.

Vote to support our troops -
Vote Republican

Election Day is November 7th.
Exercise your right and cast your vote in support of
Republican efforts to win the war on terror.
If you don't vote Republican, the terrorists win, apparently.

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Poll: Ohioans confused on ballot issues, races

The Cincinnati Business Courier reports on results from a recent poll about the elections in Ohio:

A recent poll of Ohio voters shows that while Ohioans are concerned with the state's overall economic condition, they don't have much confidence in their options in the race for governor and senator.
Count me in that category. Each vote that an elected official makes becomes part of his or her record. He or she might decide to vote one way or another because he or she agrees or disagrees with a particular part of the bill. That vote becomes an indication of his or her character. So much misdirection.

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Blatant Media Bias

CNN shares an Associated Press story Ann Coulter that blatantly shows bias. Read on, after the jump:

The article mentions that Coulter is being investigated for possibly voting in the wrong precinct during a February 7 Palm Beach town council election. Knowingly voting in the wrong precinct is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

But that's not why I'm bringing this up. I've chosen over the past few years to not be involved in any political discussions, having become disillusioned by the whole mess.

I do, however, object to the last statement in the article, which seems to serve no other purpose than to further attack Coulter's character:

The right-wing commentator also authored a book that said some September 11 widows were "enjoying their husbands' deaths."
That statement has nothing to do with the rest of the report, and I feel that enough background was already given about Ann Coulter. Completely unnecessary and shows blatant bias.

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