“Survivor” Was Great, but Why Are We Doing a Podcast?

By:

The Dude on the Right.

Again I give myself dilemmas.  It’s bad enough I’m already getting sucked
into the fall television season, with my already being pretty much hooked on "The
Biggest Loser
" and "Survivor,"
but I know the new seasons of everything else I like are coming up quickly. 
Then I started questioning just why in the hell am I really starting a podcast. 
I mean, what’s really the point.  I have the website, I have this blog, and
now it seems I’m just being redundant with the podcast thing.  But I’ve got
something to say, and it’s a place to say it, so for now I’m going to just go
with the flow, and maybe figure a way all of the things can meld together in a
really coherent way.

The weather is finally a little better here in the Chicago area, although
it’s supposed to warm up again next week, but we’ll see how that goes. 
I’ve got movie dilemmas, choosing between "Lord
of War
" or "Just
Like Heaven,
" there’s the Bears game on Sunday afternoon eating into my
movie-watching time, I’m covering
My Chemical Romance
Sunday night, and I still haven’t seen the damn penguin movie although everyone
says it is incredible.  That, and I’m heading back to the old country,
alright, just Ohio, next weekend, so we’ll see how all of that plays into things
as the upcoming week comes along.

I did do another
podcast
so use the highlighted link to get there because I’m still trying to figure the
best way/placing of our podcast link on our pages.  Tomorrow, though, I’m
thinking all of these dilemmas will be history, because I’ll have $250 million
dollars to work with to solve them because I have the winning Mega Millions
ticket in my pocket!

That’s it for this one!  I’m The Dude on the Right!!  L8R!!!

Our Second Podcast

By:

The Dude on the Right

Okay, second podcast, this one is mostly ramblings about why are we really doing
a podcast, but also some comments on the new season of "Survivor" and "The
Biggest Loser."  So, here’s our second podcast, for

Friday, September 16th.
  Again,  because I’m still working on
designing this entire podcast thing, in any case, if you want to subscribe to
our podcast, use this
Feedburner
link.

That’s it for this one!  I’m The Dude on the Right!!  L8R!!!

Download and Listen Here Subscribe Here





Almost ready to start our podcast – Never the easy way.

By:

The Dude on the Right

Today has been a busy day where, at the end of the day, I’m not really sure how
much I really got done.  For some reason I figure we need to do a podcast. 
Hell, everyone else is doing one, why not us.  So I spent a lot of the last
few days trying to figure out the best way to get this up and running.  I
wanted to use my blogging software to set up the podcast area, so that was an
issue in itself, especially since I can’t seem to upgrade to the new version and
that still has me twisted because if there’s a newer version of software, I
think I should have it, even if it causes trouble.  Hell, I spent Saturday
trying to get my iPod software to work again (Apple introduced version 5, which
seems to have some bugs in it), but finally, after way too much time, my iPod is
working again, and as of this evening, I think I have the podcast templates
almost okay for the podcast area I’m planning on setting up.  The rest of
today was trying to find software that would allow me to record my podcast with
a real-time, going in my headphones audio, because I plan to incorporate
audio/music/other clips into the podcast as I record it, so it would be really
helpful if I could hear everything I am trying to record at the same time I am
talking.  Anyway, I think I might have found my initial software, made by a
company called Acoustica,
but they only give a seven day trial download, so I suppose I have to figure out
quickly if it will be my podcast software of choice for awhile, and such are my
issues, as well as already getting sucked into "The Biggest Loser" when it was
on TV yesterday.  And then
Survivor
starts tomorrow (thank God President Bush scheduled his speech for 8PM CDT,
because he would have lost another notch in my popularity poll had he
interrupted the Survivor premier.)  Anyway, my initial plan is sort of like
recording my own five to fifteen minute podcast on the internet, at least for
now, either just doing a review of a concert or movie I saw, or just some other
crap I can think to talk about.

Alright, this is dragging on to long.  Right now our podcast site is at

www.entertainmentavenue.com/podcast
, the first podcast is simply a test with
a review of the movie "Crash", but eventually there should be a link to be able
to subscribe to it, at least, hopefully in the next day or so, or at least by
the end of the weekend.  Those out there say podcasts are easy to
do/set-up, and maybe, sometimes they are, but I like to make things a little
more polished, or maybe a little more Polish (at least staying with my
nationality), and in any case, that makes it a little more difficult.

In any case, if the podcast thing isn’t working yet, I apologize.  Give
me a few days to get things clicking, and I thank you always for your support.

That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

Our First Podcast

By:

The Dude on the Right

There is nothing special with this post, it’s my first try at a Podcast, and for most intensive purposes, it’s a work in process. I’m going to have to work on some standard formatting for this, and hopefully the folks at Feedburner have the feed things working like they usually do so it can get included in the monster that is Apple, among others.. For now, this is the mp3 link for our review of
“Crash.” Because I’m still working on designing this entire podcast thing, in any case, if you want to subscribe to our podcast, use this Feedburner link.
That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

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Football is Back With Full Force.

By:

The Dude on the Right

I just couldn’t bring myself to actually go out and see a movie this weekend, I
mean my choices were and Exorcist-type movie which is actually more about the
priest, and "Mr. Man," which, well, just didn’t look that good. So this morning
after reading my newspaper I actually hunkered down with a DVD I picked up, the
movie "Crash," and
it was a great drama that really didn’t hold back showing a lot of people are
either blatantly racist or have it in them without realizing it. But that’s not
the important thing today, and I know, we are remembering 9/11 four years ago,
but fall is officially here as NFL Sunday kicked into high gear.

Right now my Bears
are struggling on offense, and I see my
Browns aren’t
fairing too well as of yet. Hopefully that will change by the end of the
afternoon, but as football season has officially begun, I also am filled with
impending dilemmas, namely the fall television season is ready to begin, which I
mentioned in my last Blog. And here’s where the problem lies. As I keep trying
to expand the web site, get back to concert reviewing and covering more things,
I also have this grand notion of starting a podcast, but where will my TV
viewing come in. Sure, the TIVO and VCR will be used diligently, but when will I
watch things. My original plan a few years ago was to record things during the
week and then watch everything over the weekend. That was fine for then, but if
I’m doing the podcast thing, especially on a mostly daily basis, it won’t do
much good to give you any kind of TV recap when it’s a week late. I guess I’ll
just have to figure things out, with I guess the first thing actually being
getting my podcast up and running.

Hope you had a good weekend and have a great week. See ya next time.

That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

Easy Upgrades Sometimes Aren’t.

By:

The Dude on the Right

I’ve got so many things I have wanted to write about.  There’s the entire
New Orleans’ thing, a rant about why Kentucky Fried Chicken sucks and it’s not
related to PETA, my picture with Johnny Cash, how proud I am of Columbus, IN.,
how I’m rooting for my Indians and torn about rooting for the White Sox, about
my Jimmy Buffett weekend (Stu might need some bigger coconuts), and just general
things.  I also intended to figure out how I could get a Podcast going for
the site.  Then I decided to try an upgrade to my blog software.

So, for the past three days, the stubborn streak in me has gotten the best of
me.  The upgrade was supposed to be easy, I even had a couple of helpful
sites to make things even easier and not mess everything up.  Then, of
course, I didn’t really listen to them, then I started searching the internet as
to why I was getting this "500" error, then I just started deleting things
willly-nilly, then things still didn’t work, then I did another internet search
for some Perl code that might actually help, then I just prayed that my
Frontpage backup had all of the files that I had since deleted and it would
upload them as instructed.  Finally, three days later, I’m back up and
running with the old version of my Blog software (thank you Frontpage), and
until I actually read somewhere, or at least one of the technical folks at my
hosting site or the blog software sight, give me some help into how to make the
upgrade work, I’m sticking with the older version that was working well enough
for me in the first place.

I kind of hate when I get in that stubborn mode, spending days on something
that really doesn’t have an answer at the moment, but alas, I do that every now
and then.  So here’s the quick update – I’m not going to really try
upgrading things until I get a firm answer so I can at least switch my focus
from computer programming to the important things, like Jimmy Buffett, NFL
football, movies, music, and what scares me even more, because it usually
becomes the "I never get anything done because of," Falll TV programming. 
Most of my favorite shows are returning, I’m sure there are some new one coming
for me to get sucked into as well, and I might have to buy a new TIVO to keep up
with it all.

That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

Hurricane Katrina – Worse Than You Think – Please Help

By:

The Dude on the Right

Fine, they are finally starting to realize the magnitude of the disaster that is
taking place thanks to hurricane Katrina, and it’s bad enough with the
devastation in places like
Biloxi
and Gulfport, Mississippi, but I can’t help but wonder, and be kind
of incensed, as to why did it take so long for the major networks to realize
what was happening in New Orleans, in our own country?  Isn’t there one
person there who could have said "Umm, guys, New Orleans is below sea level, the
levee’s are broken and the pumps are broken, that pretty much means New Orleans
is going to fill up with water, that pretty much means that water isn’t going to
go anywhere, anytime, quickly, and that water will be filled with polluted
chemicals, dead bodies, and creepy critters.  We’re looking at a
catastrophe of major, even biblical proportions, maybe we should get on this and
get the public aware of what is going on so maybe they can realize the extent of
the devastation other than the fact that their gas prices going up more than
fifty cents in a day."  But no, the major networks continue with mostly
their normal programming, and the only folks really covering this are the cable
news people.

NBC has announced a

fundraising concert/broadcast
, scheduled for Friday at 8PM EDT, at oooh, an
entire hour.  Alright, that’s kind of a jab, but at least they are doing
something, but my feelings are still this:  ISN’T ANYONE REALIZING THE
MAGNITUDE OF THIS DEVASTATION OTHER THAN THE PEOPLE WHOSE LIVES HAVE BEEN
DEVASTATED?  I hate to compare this to the World Trade Center attacks, they
are sort of different, yet a lot the same, and maybe even worse.  We don’t
know the extent of loss of life from Katrina, it might only be hundreds, yet it
might be in the thousands, but the difference is the number of people whose
lives have been uprooted, probably for months, maybe even years, and it is a far
magnitude greater than when we were attacked.  Yes, I know the attack on
the World Trade Center and Pentagon were horrific, and maybe it’s because they
were so visual, and maybe at least for those, we had someone to blame, but there
doesn’t seem to be the same American spirit associated with this event. 
You may say something like "Well, they should have gotten out of there, they
knew it was coming," and I say "There are hundreds of thousands who evacuated
and are now wondering when, if ever, they will see anything they owned ever
again, let alone figure out when, where, how, they will work and live again." 
You may say something like "They knew the risk of living where they lived," and
I say "It doesn’t matter where you live, you live within a catastrophic, natural
disaster.  I live in Illinois and we have a major earthquake fault, fine,
more Missouri, but still Illinois, called the
New Madrid Fault
that now that I know is here, maybe I’m not in such a safe place except for the
occasional blizzard or tornado.  You might have a volcano on your horizon,
you might also have an earthquake, you might have tsunami caused by some crap
breaking off a shelf over in Europe or Africa that will level you.  You
never know the risk.

Fine, I’m rambling some for this blog entry, I suppose because it bugs me
that New Orleans and other sites of the Katrina devastation aren’t getting the
attention they deserve.  I’ve got a fun weekend waiting for me, spending it
in downtown Chicago, hitting a lot of the places my friends and I usually hit,
and catching Jimmy Buffett for a couple of shows at Wrigley Field, but right
now, and it will probably hold at times during the weekend, I see a couple of
images in my head.  One is of a dead body, floating in their house or their
attic, peaceful now, but knowing their life came to a terrible end. 
Another is of the people stuck in hotel rooms, even the Superdome, where they
have no power, no plumbing, no water, shitting in a toilet that won’t flush, and wondering how I would hold up. 
The last is that I looked at the block I live on as I was coming home today,
picturing it in my mind if all of it was gone.  It’s not the same as what
they are going through because my home was still there, but hundreds of
thousands of people are, right now, wondering what they are going to do
tomorrow.   For most of the rest of us, we know.

Please donate
From my eyes, this devastation is many times worse than you think it is, at
least, unless, you’ve been watching the cable news channels.  Right now
they seem to understand.  I only hope the rest of us realize it.

This will probably be my last blog until sometime next week, mostly because
I’ll be away from any computer connections and drinking too much.  If you
are pregnant, have a good Labor Day (get it, Labor Day 🙂 ), if you are in the labor industry, have a
good Labor Day, but in any case, remember, think, or pray if it is your thing,
for all of the people impacted by Hurricane Katrina.  They deserve your
support as much as anyone you have donated you help before.

That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

$20 – $7 = $15?

By:

The Dude on the Right

Quick, what’s my change if I bought $7.00 worth of stuff and gave you $20.00?
Did you say $13.00? Congratulations! Did you say $15.00? I highly doubt it. But
that’s what Skippy at the movie theater was going to give me as change, even
though he thought it seemed wrong, but that’s what his register said I should
get so there he stood with fifteen dollars as change in his hand. I nicely told
him he owed me thirteen bucks, and his supervisor came by, and still, Skippy
seemed confused. The supervisor looked at his screen, told Skippy he punched in
that I gave him twenty-two bucks, and yet Skippy still seemed confused. It is at
times like this that I worry about our future when Skippy is our future. Yup, he
was too stuck with listening to a computer instead of using what should be the
better computer stuck in his skull. Look, I have to admit that sometimes I am a
little too reliant on a
calculator to figure something out that I used to be
able to do in my head, and I have to look up to confirm things like figuring out
the
area of a circle (happily I still remember that Pi is about 3.14159, and on
a geek note, how geeky are the folks at
Google that with their

latest stock offering
, they are offering 14,159,265 shares. Look familiar? I found the correlation
at
this
blog
, and I’m sorry, I digress), but really, 20-7=15?  Here’s hoping
Skippy wants to be in a band and not an engineer.

Anyway, I was at the theater to see
"The Brothers Grimm" and if you are a
Monty Python fan, you’ll probably enjoy it. 
If not, wait for a rental. I also
caught
"The 40 Year Old Virgin" earlier in the week and I have to say it was
very funny. There are some new movie previews posted, and I’m hoping to finish
up that back-log of preview postings in the next day or so and also catch
"The Aristocrats" since it’s now at a theater nearby rather than my having to take a
long drive into Chicago.

That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

No apologies, only excuses.

By:

The Dude on the Right

I
was going to write that I apologize for not updating my blog in about a week,
but you know what, I don’t apologize, I just have excuses. Excuse 1: In
preparation for my trip to the
old country
, alright, just
Ohio
, I spent way too many hours trying to get a wireless internet adapter
to work in my old laptop that would just keep crashing my laptop because my
laptop is too old and this adapter doesn’t work with lowly Windows ME. Sadly,
all of that time was wasted anyway because my brother still has his wireless hub
set at slow speed instead of fast speed anyway so my laptop card was fine
anyway. Excuse 2: In preparation for my trip to the old country, alright,
still just Ohio, I felt it necessary to upgrade
my virus software on my
laptop so when I check my e-mail I would be safe. Eventually I got it working,
but it’s really hard to do when you’re too stubborn to realize that the wireless
adapter in Excuse 1 was causing all of your problems and not the anti-virus
installation. Excuse 3:
The
Dude on the Left
and I went to see

George Thorogood and The Destroyers
on Wednesday night. The show was great,
but by the time I got back, all I wanted to do was quickly see if some of the
photos turned out and go to bed. Excuse 4: All packed up and ready to go,
I headed back to the old country, yes, still just Ohio, on Thursday, getting in
in time to go to bed. Excuse 5: After intending to start getting some
work done while at the old country, fine, Ohio, I was still struggling with my
laptop trying to connect to the home connection because I was too stubborn to
ditch my new wireless adapter in favor of my old adapter, and then finally, I
switched back to my old adapter when low-and-behold, all began working like it
should have in the first place. I’m such a dope.
Excuse
6:
I intended to write a blog while I was in Ohio, I mean, the old country,
when it occurred to me that I had left my
blogging software
passwords sitting on my desk in the
new country
, I mean
Illinois
, so the blogging update went out the window. And to top that off,
there, in my computer in the new country, was stored my movie preview template,
which I failed to upload, or is that download, I always get that backwards, but
in any case, I never transferred it over to my laptop so I would have 90% of my
movie preview work done, all I would need to do was finish the preview portion
and I would be able to post a ton of them upon my return. Excuse 7:
Traveling back to the new country from the old country, alright, from Ohio to
Illinios,

nearing the Ohio/Indiana border
, I thought about writing a blog when I got
home, but well, didn’t, as doing laundry and just getting situated back at home
got in the way. Excuse 8: The Dude on the Left had an extra ticket to the
Cubs/Braves game Monday night, a game which sucked because the
Cubs
lost because they suck, and hopefully we can finally stick a fork in the Cubs’
chances for the postseason because they are done. Getting back late, I really
needed some sleep because I had some consulting to do today.

But now, I’m back! Yay!!! Next time I travel I hope to remember at least my blog
password (that’s a drawback of letting your computer remember your passwords for
you I guess) to do some kind of update on the road, although, in all honesty,
the weekend Jimmy Buffett is playing at Wrigley Field over Labor Day, I have a
feeling I’ll have a lot more excuses why I didn’t get any updates during those
few days, and I also have to admit, liquor will probably be involved with at
least one, if not all of those excuses.

That’s it for this one!  I’m The
Dude on the Right!!  L8R!!!

I Anoint Myself King of the Nation of Easily Amused!

By:

The Dude on the Right

I was hoping to see the movie
"Four Brothers"
today, but I became very long-winded as I was finishing up my review of
Green Day
from last week.  The reason I wanted to see "Four Brothers" was because
most people said it was good, and if so, I needed to show that some of my movie
reviewing is still believable because most people will quickly discredit me as I
have given
"Deuce Bigalow:  European Gigolo"
3 1/2 stars.  I have done so by
deeming myself King of the nation of Easily Amused.  My justification for 3
1/2 stars – They didn’t make European Gigolo to be anything more than easy jokes
and some gross-out stuff, and for that they succeeded.  Sure, there are
movies better at it, but I laughed at times, and that was all I wanted out of my
movie-going experience on Saturday afternoon.

So, new review-wise, we’ve got
the "Deuce Bigalow" and "Green Day" reviews. 
The Dude on the Left and me are
supposed to be covering
George Thorogood
this week, so I’ve got that to look forward to, but I’ve also been working on a
bunch of movie previews with links and such to their sites, so those will start
getting posted today and tomorrow.  I’ve also got a backlog of some DVD’s
to revisit, and I forgot about my CD reviewing project, doing quick reviews of a
bunch of CD’s that I have.  I’ve got the quick reviews written, I just have
to get off my ass and get them posted, so those will probably filter in.

Hope
you all had a fun weekend.  Later this week I’m heading back home to the
old homestead to see the folks ahead of the
Labor Day
weekend travel nightmare, that and the fact that I’ll be hanging at

Wrigley Field
when
Jimmy Buffett
comes to town next month.  More on that later.

Anyway,
hope you all had a nice weekend.

That’s it for this one!  I’m The Dude on
the Right!!  L8R!!!