Archive for the ‘blogosphere’ Category


Saturday, September 9th, 2006

I should also have mentioned that I am an occasional blogger over at The Domain of Slack and am a founding member of their podcast, the SlackCast. We are ona brief summer hiatus lately. We should be starting back up Real Soon Now ™.


Thursday, September 7th, 2006

Welcome to the Bears SuperFan Blog readers!

This is a dead blog (mostly), but the archives are there for your enjoyment. I recommend the Friday Funnies category. The geeking out category isn’t bad either and there is plenty of politics if you are so inclined.

However, I may not be blogging here, but I am having a great time over at Tube of the Day. I take‘s Word of The Day and enter it into You Tube and see what I get. It’s not always safe for work so click play at your own risk!

If you like the writing you see here and want me to write more at Catastrophic Success, leave comments and I will return to non-Bears, non-Video blogging. I think the fiction writing experiment failed… Sigh.

Salvi – redux

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

Kathy Salvi has a blog now. She is using Blogger (with coincidentally, the exact same template I used on my old blog) rather than hosting a WordPress or other CMS on her site. I wanted to leave her a comment welcoming her to the blogosphere and offering a small piece of advice, as well as cover my hind-end about my last Friday Funnies Post which ripped on one of the mailers an organization affiliated with her campaign (or her campaign itself?) sent out. I know I wrote in my last post as if she personally put it together, but I don’t know if it was a 527 organization or anything that may have sent it out and been legally obligated not to consult and conspire with her official campaign.

Anyway, I saw “0 comments” at the bottom of her first Welcome post and wanted to leave her a note. Then I saw that commenting was restricted to Team Members Only – meaning that it is a team blog and may or may not really provide any real commentary from her. Also, they are hostile to constituents talking to the candidate. That’s a BAD idea. One of the cornerstones of the blogosphere is the two-way communication allowed by reader’s comments and blogger’s responses. It grinds my nerves when politicians try to steal some of the cachet of “being a blogger” and ignore the spirit. “Hey, read my blog, written by my staffers to not alienate anyone at all, and ignore the fact that you can not respond to anything or begin any conversation.” Bloggers are not fooled, and we are not amused. So, in the spirit of fairness, I will publish my comment here and email it to her as well. They are most likely new to blogging and may not be aware of the cultural mores.

“Welcome to the blogosphere Ms. Salvi. I am a registered voter in your district and received a flier from an organization calling itslef “Friends of Kathy Salvi” and I thought I’d try to learn more about you. I look forward to further posts by you on this blog (or on your own site using a separate blogging software like WordPress, which is free).

Should you follow my link back to my blog and see the post regarding your flier, please take the advice in the spirit it was given and know that the offer is a valid one.

I hope that you would open commenting to anonymous and non-blogger users to generate some real conversation in our political process. I have a blogger account, but I do all my blogging today at Catastrophic Success –”

I hope she gets it and embraces her new role as the blogging Congresswoman.

Drastically Undervalued!

Sunday, October 23rd, 2005

My blog is worth $7,903.56.
How much is your blog worth?

Investors wanted

Blogroll Update

Saturday, October 8th, 2005

I followed some referral links to Samantha Burns and noticed that she had me featured in her random blogroll (which loads different links on every pageview). I noticed she had a slightly outdated link, so I emailed her with the updated address and she not only fixed it, she upgraded me to permanent blogroll status!!!! I have been reading her blog since I found it and was contemplating adding her to my blogroll. Any permanent link to me earns a speedy addition to my blogroll and a post about it.

Many thanks to Samantha, who after only a few months blogging easily has easily surpassed my piddly traffic. I hope I can get her another reader or two. She is irreverantly funny, much like Moxie in her humor. She covers politics, pop culture and the impending Canadian Invasion of the US. Go read her stuff. Read it now. Laugh. I command it.

Sad … Part II

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

It appears Aaron may be hanging up his keyboard too. Aaron has been offline for some time for some personal family business. He is extremely witty, and brilliant. I hope his family issues resolve themselves pleasantly and he can continue blogging. He was also a founding member of the Huffington Toast, the parody piece for Ariana Huffington’s exercise in ego-inflation. He’ll be missed too.


Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

Two sad events tonight.

1. Bill Dennis has (hopefully temporarily) shut down Peoria Pundit blog until such time as he can afford an internet connection. I’m bummed about this because Bill was the first real blogger to pay any attention to Catastrophic Success and link to it. I wish I could be as prolific and in-depth as he is. I felt that he had really tapped a vein in Peoria and made me wish I had a Bill Dennis in my own city. I doubt my ability to be that blogger. If there are any newsies out there looking for an experienced reporter, check out his resume and give him a call. If any of my potential Peoria readers see this (and you know who you are Ryan), please consider hitting his tip jar and saving a valuable local resource.

2. The other sad thing, which pales in comparison, is that the Taters were served their first loss tonight by the Kenosha Raptors, 127-89. Not the biggest margin of defeat in the league and not the lowest points either. The other consolation is that the IrishMob, which was also 3-0 heading into this week also lost and is still behind me by 11 points. I did lose my point lead in the league also, sadly, and am now 24 points out of first place. I’m hoping I can keep racking up wins so the points won’t matter. I take on the IrishMob next week, so our tied records shall differentiate finally then. I just hope they differentiate in my favor

CHALLEEEEENGE!!! (Pronounced Chall-ONJ)

Sunday, August 28th, 2005

Via Mean Mr. Mustard from several other people including Andrea Harris who got it from Dan and Angi, who apparently have something to say:

“The assignment. Give us ten of your quirky, opinionated, perhaps socially-unacceptable or politically incorrect opinions. They can be esoteric, generic, unpopular, or obvious. Just write down ten of them.”

  1. I actually support gay marriage in principle, but I completely understand the trepidation of heterosexuals who are hesitant to extend the most vital social more and status to a group of people who take pride in trouncing, circumventing and flauting every other social more they can. I believe anyone who has attended the Chicago Pride Parade would see my point.
  2. Despite all their losses and their inability to keep a quarterback, I’m still … sigh … a Chicago Bears Fan.
  3. Marvel Sucks. DC Rules.
  4. Marital Fidelity is highly underrated.
  5. Chicago is the best city in the world. Period. I know the ChicagoBoyz will back me up on this.
  6. Excerpted from a conversation between Mrs. Bixby (Not Her Real Name) and myself: “There are not enough blowjobs in this world. And every one of us guys is jealous to find out another guy got one.”* To that regard, it’s worse than I thought.
  7. Roseanne was actually one of the most real shows depicting a lower middle class family I have ever seen. I miss the show. I always saw a lot of my father in Dan Conner and a lot of my favorite aunt in Roseanne Conner. I could stand to see more television fare like it. Funny from reality, not from contrivance.
  8. I think a blog should have some kind of identifying theme, idea or tone. Despite this, mine hasn’t any of that.
  9. I read and collect comic books. I read sci-fi literature and watch sci-fi movies. I know what I’m doing when I open a computer case. I play Dungeons&Dragons. I have played other role-playing games too. I own Magic: The Gathering cards. I tell you this to establish my geek cred. I know of what I speak. So trust me when I say: LARPers** are weird, weird folks. Period.
  10. Liberals have more fun. It’s a lot easier to feel your way through life than think it.

I think some of these weren’t exactly in the spirit of the challenge, but damn it, I did it! Ten is hard!

  • *I know this is only an unpopular opinion to roughly half of the population, but I think it qualifies.
  • **LARP means Live Action RolePlay. You dress up as your character and make gameplay and battle decisions using rock/paper/scissors to determine the outcome.


Friday, August 26th, 2005

Please do yourself a favor and go to Michael Yon: Online Magazine. This man is an independent observer of the fighting in Iraq, assign to a unit referred to as the “Deuce Four.”

A friend sent me the link to yesterday’s dispatch. I am a lesser man for allowing other men to so honorably serve on my behalf. I should instead be serving them. They are better still for knowing this, and not acknowledging it.

Mr. Yon speaks extensively in this dispatch about the Deuce Four’s CO, LTC Kurilla. Men like Lt. Colonel Erik Kurilla are the exemplar of the American Fighting Soldier. Would that there were more men like him in this world, and this war. It’s obvious that his men love him. It’s obvious that he deserves it.

There is indeed good news coming out of Iraq, but there is also a great deal to be concerned about. In this context, one of the most disturbing things to hear about is the revolving door of the Army Detention Facility that spew known terrorists back out into the wild to shoot at our men. Shameful.

Check it out. But get some pretzels and popcorn, the dispatches are looooooong.

Trick Question

Saturday, June 18th, 2005

So, the other day, Joan posts a test question she gives every man she gets seriously involved with. Joan, sadly, has a past history of rape and sexual assault, so the importance of this question to her should not be underestimated:

“Suppose I was kidnapped. The kidnappers call you and tell you that what they do with me is up to you. You MUST make a choice. They say to you, ‘You have two options. We can put a bullet through her head right now and tell you where to collect her remains. Or, we can all take turns raping her for 48 hours, dump her off somewhere, and you can pick her up alive.’ There is no way of finding me and no hope of saving me from the kidnappers. You have to choose one or the other. So what would you tell them to do with me? Why?”

Of course, I don’t know Joan and I don’t have the context of that personal knowledge to answer it correctly for her. Though, I did answer the question from the perspective of Mrs. Bixby (Not Her Real Name) and me.

“You are brutal! I can’t believe this choice. I really don’t know how to answer it. If I tell them to kill her, I am a murderer, but if I selfishly keep her alive, I have condemned her to a life of fear, shame and she would never forgive me. Could I live knowing that the cost of letting her live meant destroying who she is? Could I continue to live never knowing what may have occurred if she had lived?

In her position, I would rather be dead than used and thrown away. However, that’s a choice I make. I am the only one who can willingly give up my life. It is not right for me to make that choice for her.

In the end though, I would have to be satisfied with knowing that the love of my life was dead, by my intent, if not by my action, because I could never live with that hate she would have for me by choosing my need for her to be alive over protecting her soul. I would tell them to shoot her.

And then I would hunt every last one of them down, beat them to within an inch of their lives, stuff their balls down their throat and put a bullet squarely in their cerebral cortex.”

There is a pretty decent conversation in the comments section about it as people chipped in. Some seemed to feel that I didn’t care enough for Mrs. Bixby (Not Her Real Name) to let her live. I again responded:

“There have been some very good responses here. When I first read this, as I was typing my response, I called over Mrs. Bixby (Not Her Real Name), who has never read your blog, and had her read what I wrote. I hadn’t finished but I was to the point of ‘In the end though, I would have to be satisfied with knowing that the love of my life was dead, by my intent, if not by my action, because I could never live with that hate she would have for me by choosing my need for her to be alive over protecting her soul. I would tell them to shoot her.

I wrote my response from the personal perspective of me and my wife. She nodded at the response I gave, then watched as I typed, ‘and then I would hunt every last one of them down, beat them to within an inch of their lives, stuff their balls down their throat and put a bullet squarely in their cerebral cortex.‘ It was at that point that she patted me on the head, smiled and said, ‘Good boy.’ “

I thought it was quite the thought provoker and Joan updated the post with her dear love Jimmy’s response (obviously a favorable one) along with an explanation of what she is looking for in an answer.

This, of course, begs the question. What would you do?