Archive for May, 2007

When The World Was Round – Ian Hunter

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

Flip This Crook

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

Ever watch A&E’s reality real estate show “Flip This House”?

Under the guise of being both educational and entertaining, they inspire the viewer to begin asking “Gee, that looks easy. What if we quit our jobs and get into this house flipping business big time. Imagine all the money we could make!”

Well, this afternoon, I came across a story about Sam Leccima, the “star” from a series of FTH episodes that reveals a different side of the story. Here’s the teaser from MyFox Atlanta:

What if you found out an American Idol contestant was lip-synching? What if the Bachelor was really married? How real is reality TV? The FOX 5 I-Team answers that question with one of America’s favorite reality shows: Flip This House. Senior I-Team reporter Dale Russell found one Atlanta developer on the show, Sam Leccima, wasn’t telling the truth about his renovations.

MyFox Atlanta Expose

After watching, if you think Sam is the victim, feel free to visit his website and throw away your money.

Because God Touched Me There

Monday, May 14th, 2007

Gary Spivey

I had never heard of this guy until I stumbled across his name while searching the web. If you have never heard of Gary Spivey, you might enjoy learning more about this guy. Here’s a brief bio from his website:

Gary Spivey is world-renowned for his psychic talent, uncanny ability to predict future catastrophic events (its no wonder that people all over the world gave him the nickname ‘The Modern Day Nostradamus’), his gift to communicate with those who have crossed over to the other side and for his amazing healing energy. Gary is well known for his genuine down home style and jovial personality. He lectures, teaches and councils people worldwide.

Yikes. Yikes. Yikes.

Encyclopedia of Life

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

From the website…

“Comprehensive, collaborative, ever-growing, and personalized, the Encyclopedia of Life is an ecosystem of websites that makes all key information about life on Earth accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world. Our goal is to create a constantly evolving encyclopedia that lives on the Internet, with contributions from scientists and amateurs alike. To transform the science of biology, and inspire a new generation of scientists, by aggregating all known data about every living species. And ultimately, to increase our collective understanding of life on Earth, and safeguard the richest possible spectrum of biodiversity.”

My gut tells me this is gonna be really big.

Will Someone Pick Up The Phone?

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

ABC – Pennington’s proven himself to be a pro at public apologies. He’s already churned out the obligatory “I’m sorry” to, well, basically everyone. He admitted he made a mistake, called it a wake-up call and expressed his thankfulness that no one was hurt. He went on, I also want to apologize to my fans, ABC Television and my design team for my lapse in judgment and the embarrassment I have caused.”

HBO – In a message sent by email to all HBO employees at about 3:45 p.m., Mr. Albrecht said he was “deeply sorry for what occurred in Las Vegas this weekend” and that it represented “a wake-up call to me of a weakness I thought I had overcome long ago.”

COMEDY – Mel Gibson ‘s DUI arrest was a “big wake-up call” for Robin Williams , the funnyman tells Access Hollywood in an interview scheduled to air Monday. “If you’re violating your standards faster than you can lower them, time to go away,” he said. Williams, 55, announced that he was seeking treatment for alcoholism less than two weeks after Gibson’s high-profile arrest in late July. “Well, if (rehab) was good enough for him, I’ll go,” Williams said. “I just think it was kind of like, well, he’s in, let’s go now.” Williams said he had been sober for 20 years when he started drinking again.

Bottom line: If you ask me, and no one has, there is a huge difference between receiving a “wake up call”, and dragging your sorry ass out of bed, into the shower and changing your habits for good. I suggest we all stop using this trite phrase and keep it real… How about something a bit more sincere, like “I fucked up and got caught and have to pay the price for my actions.”

That would work for me.

Justice Served

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

Another non-news event, by someone whose name does not need to be mentioned here.

1958 Rock and Roll Show

Friday, May 4th, 2007

Some of the earliest footage I’ve seen of Mr. Ian Hunter. Hey, Mr. Bass man!

Bigger. Harder. Deadly.

Friday, May 4th, 2007

New Century to lay off 2,000 workers as unit goes unsold

Associated Press
Article Launched: 05/03/2007 11:54:49 AM PDT

LOS ANGELES – Financially strapped subprime mortgage lender New Century Financial Corp., failed to receive any bids for its mortgage loan origination business, forcing it to shut down the unit and lay off around 2,000 employees, the company told employees Thursday.

The Irvine-based company, which has been preparing to sell off its assets under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection since last month, notified employees during a conference call that they would be laid off effective Friday.

Speaking on the call, New Century President and Chief Executive Brad A. Morrice said despite a number of potential buyers for its wholesale and consumer-direct operations, “none of those potential deals have come to pass.”

The deadline for bids for the business unit was Wednesday. New Century’s request to extend the deadline was not supported by its creditors committee, Morrice said, adding that efforts to sell the unit had stopped.

New Century will retain only service personnel and about 250 members of its corporate team as the company continues efforts to liquidation, Morrice said.

“I realize that today’s announcement was not the news that any of us hoped to hear,” Morrice said, his voice quivering at times. “I would be remiss if I did not say how sorry I am for any grief or hardship that any of you may experience as a result of this situation.”

New Century had been the second-largest provider of home loans to high-risk borrowers, but it collapsed after a spike in mortgage defaults led its lenders to pull funding and demand that it buy back bad loans.

Yep. They bigger they thought they were, the harder they fell. Stay tuned for even more aftershocks.

Focus on Balance

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

When you think everything is balanced, some unexpected event comes along and tips the scale; and suddenly you realize you are completely powerless in controlling balance in your life.

Life/Work balance can never be taken for granted. It may be a goal or objective that guides your life, but you never actually will arrive at that destination.

Never.

Nothing is permanent.