Sometimes Facebook Redeems Itself…

Well not really, but I likely wouldn’t have seen this otherwise, so thanks where thanks is due I guess.

Watch this.   I mean it.


Its things like this that allow me to maintain a positive outlook with the world (in case you were wondering).

(note, this is at least a couple of years old.   I believe it occurred in Santiago, Chile.)


As one commenter astutely put it:

Funny how animals that cant talk and cant do as much as us help each other out when they see a friend in need, and we stupid ass human beings see somebody in need and we just walk on by like we saw nothing..

If a dog can ‘do what is right,’ than so can you.   Live Jedi.

You following me?

Yeah you…   my faithful reader.   🙂

You can find me on twitter.   My twitter stream features random musings, the occasional original thought, and retweets of things that amused me, enlightened me, or just made me wonder.  

Also, I’m now on Google + which means I can get back to social networking outside of Twitter.   (I’d be on my MySpace more but no one is there these days… maybe when sexy is brought back.)

They haven’t gotten around to friendly URLs yet, but you can find my Google + profile here:     (Soon, you can just type in and it will take you to the same place….probably do that with Twitter and MySpace and such as well.)    You Facebookers with gmail should join us.

And of course… Xbox Live.   My gamertag is Stryse.

Unfaithful readers are welcome to follow me as well.   🙂

How do I explain this to You?

Its the notion that something like same-sex marriage is going to somehow derail a kid’s childhood…as though they actually spend a great deal of time wrestling with such things in their mind.    Sentiments of ‘How will I explain this to my children?” as though they won’t be able to continue being kids.

Maybe its not your kids that need such help.    Indeed, maybe they can help explain it to you.   Maybe you’re making a mountain out of a mole-hill.

Kids encounter new-to-them situations all the time.   Its called growing up.    It actually happens in adulthood too, yet it seems that children are far better able to roll with this sort of thing than many of their parents.    Or at least that’s a picture being painted.

I’ve witnessed it myself.   Kids are curious, and when they’ve worked it out, they move on… to ping pong or what-have-you.     Unless of course we, as adults, plant bad seeds of thought in their heads.    They tend to just accept, however, without any anxiety.   Like this boy, who reasons it out for himself, based on what he’s been told up to that point about married people.   They love each other.  Boys are husbands.  Girls are wives.     So yeah, two married boys are husband and husband and they love each other.   Makes sense to me.   Makes sense to him.     Not really sure why its such a mystery for other people.

Unfortunately I think this video speaks volumes upon volumes and that much of that will be lost upon the adult-world.

More blasts from the past


What I find in my inbox these days is fun.    Having recently retaken control of  (not to mention bringing back to life)… I’ve taken the opportunity to setup some catch-all email addresses for these domains.

Curious what was trying to reach me.    I know I have some site registrations under my old email.

Fortunately I’m not over-run with spam like I thought I might be.    The dragonscapes addresses were corrupted when well-meaning individuals were taking part in the old-school tradition of mass-email-forwarding.     Those days have been replaced by liking stuff on Facebook instead.

Only things I seem to be getting are things I subscribed to a long long time ago, and completely forgot about.

Guess not everyone reviews their bouncing email addresses, and clean up their mailing lists accordingly.



Today is an interesting day in the land of the interweb.    For two long dormant and forgotten domains have had new life breathed unto them.

DragonScapes has a pulse.

What’s particularly fortuitous is that the .net copy of the domain has been out of my ownership for several years now… due to a lapse in registration that had it snagged up at auction (or something).  

In anycase, I accidentally noted its availability today and was able to purchase it.   The .com one… which I’m pretty sure began as mine even longer ago… remains out of my reach.  It’s classified as a ‘premium’ domain with an asking price in excess of two-thousand.  

Seems I have a hot name.  But the .com still doesn’t have a site associated to it.   Up for sales that says.   Can’t say its all that premium when its two most popular counterparts are not only owned, but active.

Since holding out seems to be working…  

Life in the Cloud


With virtually unlimited space and bandwidth…  and the ability to lock down portions of that space, I’m finally able to move to a cloud-based world for file-storage.    Which in my case means just synchronizing files between my computer and said cloud.  

I accomplish this primarily via FTP.   Now a generic FTP program isn’t going to do me much good, because it just uploads and downloads, but doesn’t really compare files.   If I were ever in a situation where I had some files newer in one place and other files newer in the other place… well I’d be forced to manually synch each and every file to ensure the most recent copy got to both.

Except that there is a nifty utility called SyncBack that actually works with FTP locations.   So it scans my machine, scans my cloud, and determines what has actually changed, putting the most recent copy where its missing.     Aside from just looking at whether or not the file in question exists in both places, there are two basic methodologies that a sync program uses to determine what’s changed.  File size and last-modified date.    The latter can be tricky to work with via FTP.    Web servers aren’t always sharing the same time zone as you are.  If its ahead of you, and you don’t time your syncing right, you could end up with an older copy showing a later date than the newer copy and your sync replacing the new copy with the old one.    SyncBack gets around this by first detecting whether or not the FTP server you’re uploading too supports forcing a specific date (the date the file was last modified according to your computer… which in the first sync is always in the past).    If it can support it, it’ll set the date on the FTP side and you’re set.    If it can’t, it’ll set the date on your local copy to match what’s on the FTP side… again you’re set.

SyncBack isn’t just for synching either.  It also supports backups, which just looks at what’s changed since the last back up allowing you to do more incremental things as opposed to a full and complete backup every single time. 

Unfortunately I have a massive amount of data to push out to the cloud.   I’ve had it running over a week and its only to the E’s in my music library.    I’m wondering how many years of non-stop uploading it will take to sync the video library to the cloud…

Joke of the Day – The Gas Men

Do you remember yesteryear when your inbox was overflowing with the Joke of the Day.  All 10,000 of them?

As much as I am thankful that folks don’t forward a bunch of crap around anymore… I do still kind of miss getting the jokes that were actually amusing.

One of my colleagues sends us a daily smile, since our jobs have been running a bit stressful of late.

Here is today’s:

The Gas Men

Two gas company servicemen, a senior training supervisor and a young trainee, were out checking meters in a suburban neighborhood. They parked their truck at the end of the alley and worked their way to the other end. At the last house a woman looking out her kitchen window watched the two men as they checked her gas meter.

Finishing the meter check, the senior supervisor challenged his younger co-worker to a foot race down the alley back to the truck to prove that an older guy could outrun a younger one.

As they came running up to the truck, they realized the lady from that last house was huffing and puffing right behind them. They stopped and asked her what was wrong.

Gasping for breath, she replied, “When I see two gas men running as hard as you two were, I figured I’d better run too!” goes live!

Truth be told, its launch-components and framework have been up and running for a few weeks now. I’ve been tweaking some things, configuring layouts, and trying to put some actual content up in there before going to public with it.

Today is the day I call that done. Understand that is, and likely forever will be, a work-in-progress. is replacing my super-profile as an independant website all about me.

I’m setting it up into ‘channels’ or ‘content-areas’ that I have aliased as subdomains (so savvy web-surfers can get to the content of interest more quickly). I’ve also added a little menu to the blog here to help you get around. You see, I consider this blog very much part of the site. It was the first thing to have a subdomain ( gets you here just as surely as does.) However, its not actually hosted with the rest of the site, since it resides on’s servers. I don’t have any immediate plans to alter that. (Primarily because is the only means I have of automatically syndicating this blog into the social web… those twitter, myspace, yahoo, and facebook status updates don’t write themselves… oh wait! They do!) Since I know too many of you wouldn’t be able to follow me without status updates in social networking sites I don’t much visit these days… I think its going to stay put.

What other features do I have?

Profile ( – This will ultimately expand to provide what one would expect to find in a profile for someone. It will be modeled off things like social networking sites as to the type of information it provides, but being under my control will be expanded upon in ways things like Facebook just won’t allow. At the moment though, all you get are some fun factoids about me. They’re newly updated answers to the various questions that anchored my old super-profile.

Blog ( – You are here. Self explanatory.

Photos ( – This is something I’m hoping to get my friends and family involved in. Its a photo gallery featuring yours truly. However there are broad swaths of my life for which I lack any photographic evidence that I indeed lived it. It would be great to get friends and family members setup with accounts so they can start uploading some of that stuff directly to my gallery. Fewer excuses for not doing it that way. 🙂 Who knows, maybe mine will not be the only face to grace its pages.

Xbox ( – This chronicles my Avatar’s adventures on Xbox Live. It consists of my Xbox’s blog. Yes, my Xbox writes its very own blog… filled with all sorts of trash talk about me. Kinda neat that. Sadly the service provider that served up the widget displaying my gamercard shut down yesterday. Quite unexpected. I have yet to find a working replacement for it, but am on the hunt. Maybe I’ll just dive into the xbox development community stuff (it powers these widgets) and do something more custom. Right now this is being treated as a top-level-content-channel, but I forsee it getting demoted as a child-channel for a new gaming one. Xbox is my console of choice, but is not my only outlet for video gaming.

Music ( – No idea what this will ultimatley grow into. For the time being, though, you can check out my card from the Zune Social. Its flash-based and keeps itself up-to-date with whatever it is I’m listening too on my Zune (though that does require my Zune to talk to my computer once in awhile, so the computer can pass that on to the Zune servers… and I don’t generally connect it except when I need to sync new content to it.)

Projects ( – This area is for providing you links to the things I find myself involved with.

Future things…

Who knows. I’m strongly considering a pets channel to profile my critters. I love them like children, and since procreation is unlikely, I might as well go all out in my pretense.

What would you like to see?

If you’ve read this far… thanks for staying with me. 🙂 I really do appreciate it. I’d also very much appreciate your taking the time to register at I’m still unlocking MojoPortal’s true potential, but I do want to make things somewhat socially interactive. I know I have comments enabled here and there, so you could use that.

Message me here if you have any problems (via the comments). If you have pictures of me and are interested in getting access to the photo gallery, message me as well.