Have a Motty Christmas!

December 25th, 2008


Have a Motty Christmas!, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Evolution

December 10th, 2008

I happened across this recent comment posted on a Fox news forum asking if the readers felt they deserved a bailout from the government based on their financial situation. What struck me is that I know the guy that posted this, and knowing that he was heavily involved in the mortgage business at its peak, he appears to be recovering from his fall. I honestly wish he and his family all the best.

November 24th, 2008 at 12:17 pm

Look, all of the decisions that I have made throughout my life have ultimately led me to this point. I don’t blame you or the government. I don’t need welfare, food-stamps or the peoples money. Presently, my wife and four kids live with my in-laws (1 month now). We like many have lost everything. Business, homes, jobs, financial life savings. All…..because of our decisions. Not yours! We are back in school finishing our degrees. Only 2 of the kids can go to school now, which by any standards is sub-par at best (thanks to our public school systems). The twins cannot go to the pre-K program because of our move. We lost the cars and now have something functional for our situation. There were no big birthday parties and there will be no real gifts for Christmas. There is no Starbucks coffee or trip for our anniversary. There are no real luxuries. I pick up trash in the neighborhood because I can’t stand seeing it. Presently, my wife and I are leaning on each other….we are leaning on our parents until we land on our feet again. It really stinks but I believe in myself and my family….This will not last forever.. But Hey..Who really is to blame? I can only blame myself. Bad decisions in life, coupled with my lack of foresight created our new reality. The church has helped us, our friends and family…not the government. We don’t believe in becoming STATISTICS!

ooooo

December 8th, 2008


ooooo, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Browsing the Barnes and Noble last week, I came across a must-have resource for my bookshelves. Titled 1000 Pin-Up Girls, and published by Taschen, it is a wonderful collection of magazine covers, pictorials and advertisements from magazines such as Beauty Parade, Eyeful, Titter, Wink, Whisper and Flirt. (Maybe its me, but the last five magazine titles sound like Web 2.0 applications).

Every once and a while, I will be scanning and posting some of the images to my epiclectic Flickr account. In particular, you’ll find the hot girls with expressions such as this in the Ooooo Face group.

Epiclecticized Martika

December 6th, 2008


Epiclecticized Martika, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

My attempt to give a warmer feeling to this beautiful girl’s album cover. Tried a few things with filters and masks and liked how it came out. Think I might start creating treatments of other album covers.

If you don’t remember Martika, you might remember the kid on the TV show Kids Incorporated that ran in the early 80’s. Found this on Youtube and it brings back a grin.

I also discovered that Stacy Ferguson also appeared on a few episodes of Kids Incorporated. She’s the little blonde on the right in this version of “Cool Places”. Stacy is now more commonly known as Fergie, for you older farts out there that might not have known.

De.OJ.a Vu with a Happy Ending

December 5th, 2008

Finally.

Say “hasta luigi” to OJ for a few years with his 15 year sentencing for armed robbery and attempted kidnapping in his “I want my stuff back” escapade. I loved the judge’s comments that she couldn’t understand if OJ’s original attitude when first indicted was arrogance or stupidity – and hence determined it was both.

Forget retribution for what went on in the past. Now, he’s off the streets and preparing to begin dropping his soap in the shower.

Moby Grape Live

December 1st, 2008


Never had a chance to see them play live, but I guess this video of them playing the Mike Douglas show is as close as I’ll ever get. One of my favorite bands from the late 60’s, and I still listen to them on vinyl.

Music for Nervous People

November 30th, 2008


Music for Nervous People, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Chrysalis 2

November 28th, 2008

Making an attempt to further simplify and purge clutter from my mind. 

weidemannia.com is undergoing a weight reduction program.  Over the coming weeks, you will find that things look a bit different.  All of my various blogs are merged into a single diatribe – working title: weidemannia one. Most of the early experimental pages will be removed from the web, leaving their cached remains behind for the persistent search engines to continually exhume from their final resting places.

Less is more. I’m ready to start the new year with a new look.

Frank Zappa – Bobby Brown

November 8th, 2008

Sleeping with the Enemy

November 8th, 2008

The Catholic Girls

November 3rd, 2008

Dick and Dee Dee Where Did All The Good Times Go?

October 25th, 2008

Altered Images – Happy Birthday (1981)

October 19th, 2008

For LD

I Think I Can I Think I Can

September 28th, 2008


I Think I Can I Think I Can, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Lose My Voice

August 16th, 2008

Carmen and Camille are a couple of Vancouver-cuties. Very catchy riff… can’t get enough of this one.

Plaid Nauseum

June 23rd, 2008


Plaid Nauseum, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

When hair, fashion and image packaged music to the masses. May they rest in peace.

Knocking Opportunities

June 23rd, 2008


Knocking Opportunities, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Living On A Prayer

June 20th, 2008

Custom Paper Toys

June 9th, 2008

“WELCOME TO CUSTOM PAPER TOYS!

Hi friends, welcome to Custom Paper Toys! This is home for all the little paper creatures I make. There is a list over to the right of all my free paper toys you can download and have for your very own. I’ll post a new free Paper Toy of the Month every month. I’ll also be posting a stray paper toy here and there as well as my paper toy commissions and collaborations.

PAPER TO THE PEOPLE!”

I found this site as a link from Flickr and really liked the idea that you don’t need batteries, GPS or liquid crystals to entertain yourself . Wishing Matt much success.

Vinyl Babe

April 24th, 2008


Vinyl Babe, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Marguerite Benton poses in her hotel with her big collection of opera records and her chaperon Mister Corkey on her lap. Marguerite dreams someday of singing at the Metropolitan Opera. The small white-seal records are home recordings of her own pretty voice

Women’s Home Companion 1939

The Seeds – Pushin’ Too Hard

April 13th, 2008

Gassy!

Rolling in Dough

April 4th, 2008


ka CHING
Originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Recieved my first paycheck from Google from AdSense revenue. Took almost 4 years to make $102.00 – with absolutely NO effort on my part.

Feeling generous? Simply visit Epiclectic’s Vintage Vinyl and click on one or two of the ads you see at the bottom of the album cover pages. Thanks for your kind thoughts.

All Good Things Must Come to an End

March 22nd, 2008

Well, it was just a matter of time before the dreamsquashers arrived. I received this sad piece of information today – GOOD FRIDAY. I apologize for all the smiles and happiness I will no longer be able to deliver to viewers of the long-lost video clip of Milton.

YouTube Broadcast Yourself™

Dear Member:

This is to notify you that we have removed or disabled access to the following material as a result of a third-party notification by Viacom International Inc. claiming that this material is infringing:

Milton: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZon9qf2NKA

Please Note: Repeat incidents of copyright infringement will result in the deletion of your account and all videos uploaded to that account. In order to prevent this from happening, please delete any videos to which you do not own the rights, and refrain from uploading additional videos that infringe on the copyrights of others. For more information about YouTube’s copyright policy, please read the Copyright Tips guide.

If you elect to send us a counter notice, please go to our Help Center to access the instructions.

Be aware that there may be adverse legal consequences in your country if you make a false or bad faith allegation of copyright infringement by using this process.

Sincerely,

YouTube, Inc.

Integrity

January 2nd, 2008

You Keep Me Hanging On

December 22nd, 2007

Target Audience?

December 7th, 2007

I wonder if anyone else noticed that the annoying dancing girl on those ubiquitous LowerMyBills ads has been going through some changes. It appears they are now targeting amputee homeowners in Alabama.

Too weird for me.

Applause

November 28th, 2007

What a way to end a year; and begin another.

Evidence of Life

November 3rd, 2007

Although not official, it appears that there has been physical evidence of changes taking place that could make a dramatic impact on life, as we know it. A few more days, but I expect to see this “proof” with my own eyes and ears – and confirm the rumor.

The door has been unlatched, and is beginning to swing slowly into the room…

There’s Something Happening Here

November 1st, 2007

Suddenly, when least expected, there is some commotion just outside the long-closed and latched door. The knob begins to slowly turn…

Unintentional Voyeur

October 28th, 2007

The thing I love about the Internet is those unplanned, non-sequiter journeys that take you places you never knew existed, and weren’t expecting.

For example, today while happily working in Dreamweaver, I decided to respond to the beg screen, and downloaded a trial version of Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 Developer Toolbox. Part of the sign-up included subscribing to the Adobe Edge newsletter. After receiving my “welcome email” from them, I clicked the link to check it out.

Well, to make a long story short, I came across to a link to the HBO Voyeur – lets say “experience”. You might want to add this to your list of “interesting sites”.

I won’t tell.

"It’s All Inventory"

October 17th, 2007

It’s funny how some times simple words or phrases can take on a new meaning when your perspective changes?

Over the last 10 years, whenever I may have rolled my eyes, or questioned the purchase of some strange trinket or thrift store find by my “roommate”, I was told that “Hey, it’s all inventory” – which was to dismiss any justification for buying the item. Made complete sense at the time since she is in the collectible business, and what may cost her a few dollars could in fact return 10 or 100 times more when sold online or in her antique store. She has a good idea for spotting the hidden treasures. And so the ever-growing “inventory” became a part of our home’s decor, and stuffing for our ever-decreasingly useful garage. All in the name of business.

Now that its coming time to put real market value to all of our belongings, it will be interesting to see the perceived value of this “inventory”. Because most of it was acquired after we became a legal entity, half of the “inventory” is suddenly mine. Not that I want any of it, but its worth needs to be considered as community property.

When I look back at EVERYTHING that I acquired in my life, I never once purchased it thinking of what it could be sold for later when it ended its usefulness. For example, I collect vinyl records, but have never sold a single one. Even though a few may have some unbelievable street worth, I have no intention of letting them go. Records, to me, are not inventory, but things with memories, meaning, value and permanence. Unsurprisingly, I entered into marriage with the same attitude.

Others, it is now apparent, considered a spouse just another piece of inventory.

What am I bid?

It’s Raining.

September 22nd, 2007

After what seems like a bajillion days of dryness, today the skies have decided to shed some tears on the Southland. Welcome to fall, 2007.

No doubt the local TV news will crank out their “Stormwatch 2007 Doppler HD Turbo” graphics and over=report on something that nature has been doing on a regular basis since it all began.

A good day to stay indoors, and document all the accumlated assets we’ve acquired over the last 15 years so that we can split it up equitably, and I can move on to the next season of my life.

I guess the rain-slicked roads will be a continuous reminder to me that you never get advance notice when you are about to be blindsided.

Drive safely.

When The World Was Round

September 19th, 2007

Wonderful video for Ian Hunter’s latest single from his Shrunken Heads album. It’s about time the world recognized Ian’s talent big time. Share this with your friends.

Scrambling Cockroaches

September 10th, 2007

Is it just me, or is the juxtaposition of the random sponsor add on this newstory about Country wide cutting staff a serious comment about the state of the entire mortgage and housing industry.


You KNOW the displaced, unscrupulous mortgage loan ‘officers’ and brokers that had been selling over-extended homeowners new loans they really couldn’t afford, are going to be jumping this new bandwagon. This way, they get rewarded for creating a situation they were rewarded to in the first place. Like being a bounty hunter, and knowing exactly where the prey is hiding.

I hate the mortgage business – and that’s why I no longer call it my profession.

With apologies to my previous clients.

D Day

September 5th, 2007

Spirit – 1984

August 22nd, 2007

Not Ian Hunter, But…

August 6th, 2007

Barstow 2008

August 6th, 2007

Workplace Conflict

July 19th, 2007

Integrity

June 28th, 2007


There comes a point when you have to stay true to yourself, in spite of what you are being told or paid to do. While Mika’s noble effort to purge the news of another irrelevant story may get her ass fired, I applaud her position.

Thanks, Mika.

Here Come The Drums, Here Come The Drums

June 27th, 2007

Extremely infectious little ditty from the Rogue Traders. Bite your lower lip, shake your head up and down and bounce that heel.

Critical System Failure

June 25th, 2007

Well, today, the critical key components of the machine finally fried, and I don’t know if the motherboard will be able to recover. Its been in heavy use for a long time, but during the past few years, daily operations have become more and more sluggish – especially in the last six months. Can’t ignore them any longer.

I’ll make some calls on Monday and try to contact some experts to help me put some patches in place. However, I have my doubts if they will actually work in keeping the machine in operation. Frankly, I’m seriously wondering if it just isn’t time to change platforms altogether.

How did Foghat so eloquently capture this scenario?

The first time, I was a fool –
Never knew that love could be so cruel.
It happened to me again.
Third time, lucky.

NPR: Ian Hunter in Concert

June 23rd, 2007

NPR.org, June 22, 2007 · At 68, Ian Hunter continues to create hard-driving, memorable music, but he remains most famous for his guitar heroics and vocals in the ’70s glam favorite Mott the Hoople. Hear Hunter, who was instrumental in laying the foundation for punk and metal, perform a concert from WXPN and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

Inspirations

June 20th, 2007

As I was reading the lastest issue of Forbes, I came across a few quotes that seemed particularly relevant.

Ian Live in San Juan Capo!

June 17th, 2007

The Inevitable

June 15th, 2007

I’m not proud of the fact that I haven’t been to the doctor in over 15 years. But seeing that I have passed the legal speed limit (55), and inspite of the fact that I have no pain, no sickness, no problems, and do not take any medications or vitamins, I went ahead and scheduled a “meet-and-greet” with a doctor at the local Kaiser Permanente. My check-up was on June 7.

I guess the big fear with guys my age is finding out you have issues with your prostate. Well, according to the doctor, there was no physically-identifable swelling or enlargement of this elusive gland. But I feel he and I have a much closer relationship at this point. I also am concerned with my PSA numbers, but am waiting to hear back on the analysis from the lab.

I was surprised that my blood pressure was on the high-side, but is not considered “high” blood pressure. I recall it was officially higher a few years ago when I was a proud member of the corporate workforce. Maybe 3 years of self-employment tends to relieve one’s stress. (Right. You ever tried to get a refinance completed working with third-party escrow, title, appraisers and lenders?)

I had 5 vials of blood taken, and they sent it off to the lab for a complete series of tests. Over the last few days, I’ve been getting nifty little emails from Kaiser letting me log in at the website, view the results and read more about any of the tests or results. Very informative.

Anywho, according to the results I’ve received so far, nearly all of my readings were smack-dab in the middle of the normal ranges. All organs appear functional and are doing what they are supposed to. So on the surface, my years of “hamburger, fries and a coke” and lack of exercise had no adverse imact on my health. See, everyone. I told you!

Well, I said “nearly”, didn’t I.

I have a follow up with the doctor next Friday to address my HIGH CHOLESTEROL. (Now, what have all the commercials and magazine articles and news stories told me I need to do to lower my cholesterol?) I feel like such an idiot, but I’ve decided that if anything is going to change, it has to come from within me.

Taking charge of the situation, I have begun a daily exercise ritual – to get in the habit of moving my sorry ass around more, and getting back into shape. Each morning I walk briskly for 45 minutes, and then come home and swim laps in the pool. (Finally, after 15 years of owning a swimming pool, I use it for something other than floating on a raft soaking up rays.) I also have started keeping a log of time walked, laps swum and bare-naked weight. I’ve recorded some yoga programs for the wife, and think I may also block out an hour each day to begin yoga-ing (is that a word?) At this rate, I’m going to have to get up at 5am to get all this stuff out of the way by 7am… which means going to bed at a “decent” hour. The hardest part of all this new lifestyle may be trying to go to sleep at 10pm.

Well, I’m sure the doctor will have some other ideas of what I need to be doing to control my numbers, but am sure that what I am doing will put me in the right direction. I’m not overly concerned, and am confident that I can put the numbers back in the normal range.

Will try to update the blog every so often to record progress.

When The World Was Round – Ian Hunter

May 17th, 2007

Flip This Crook

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

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

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?

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

May 5th, 2007

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

1958 Rock and Roll Show

May 4th, 2007

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

Bigger. Harder. Deadly.

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

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.

"Please Accept My Apology"

April 27th, 2007

That’s all I have to say about that.

In case you were wondering, I haven’t said or done anything requiring an apology, but its obvious to me, that the easiest way to get a lot of attention in the media is to come out publicly and apologize for your behavior.

So I did.

I am available for interviews. Please contact my publicist.

Forgetting His Roots?

April 24th, 2007

One of the most influential people in hip-hop industry, Russell Simmons, urged recording and broadcast industries to forbid the use of racist words such as “b**ch,” “ho” and “n***er” in all of the future recordings.In a statement released on Monday, Russell Simmons and Dr. Benjamin Chavis argue that words such as “ho”,”n***er” and “b***h” are derogatory and disrespect people’s suffering over the past few centuries.

“We recommend that the recording and broadcast industries voluntarily remove/bleep/delete the misogynistic words ‘bitch’ and ‘ho’ and the racially offensive word ‘n***er.’,” Simmons and Chavis said in a joint statement.

Hey, isn’t this the same guy that made his claim-to-fame with that series of insanely offensive Def Comedy Jam specials on HBO? I’m pretty open-minded, and can take almost anything that you can throw down the pipe, but the language on those shows and the sterotypical delivery of the performers on the show put this on my “must avoid” list of programs.

Hmmm, seems like he has no problem with such acceptablly standard expletives such as f**k, s**t, and c**t. I guess when you are an important media mogul, you gotta draw the line somewhere.

Yo… an idiot.

Stay Hungry

April 11th, 2007

Stay Hungry

“Grab life by the bone and chew away!”

Sending an Important Message

April 9th, 2007

Its a month later than intended.

Tomorrow I will be asking my supplier to cut me off. I am not going to ask for any more potential clients, and will be concentrating on working the clients I already have in my portfolio; as well as handling any responses to our direct marketing campaign.

The industry has changed dramatically over the last month or so, and while business has picked up, I’m not very optimistic on the way things are going. If I don’t shut off the flow of new leads, my rut continues to become more worn, and another week passes, and nothing effects the change I need.

This will cause other problems, but sometimes you have to make difficult decisions, go through pain and unexpected reactions, in order to come out on top.

Finnish Progressive Rock

March 29th, 2007

My Finnish friend, Kimmo, posted this link in the Record Collectors Guild forum. For those of you who are into progressive rock, here is an opportunity to discover some bands from the early-mid ’70’s that you may never have heard. There is something mystical about listening to music in a language you don’t understand.

I encourage you to explore the site. Even though you may not understand what you are reading, I’m sure you will grasp the concept of clicking on a video to get it to play.

Elävä arkisto (The Living Archive)

Check out groups such as Wigwam, Tabula Rasa, Tasavallan Presidentti, and Haikara. If you like what you hear, post a comment and let me know.

About the site: The archives of YLE, the Finnish Broadcasting Company, have been opened to the public. Elävä arkisto (The Living Archive) is a free internet service through which you can listen to voices from the past and watch the progress of history on the small screen. The website presents the visitor with a library containing hundreds of television programmes and thousands of radio programmes in both Finnish and Swedish.

Shrunken Heads in San Juan Capistrano

March 24th, 2007

Lightning strikes twice in Southern California!

Here we are, not even a week after Ian Hunter played The Grove of Anaheim, and I find out he has penciled in yet ANOTHER visit to Southern California on June 16 to promote the release of his new CD “Shrunken Heads”. Even more bitchen, he will be playing The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano – 10 minutes down the freeway.

Check out the first single to be released, “Words (Big Mouth)” by clicking the picture. Then, go buy the album!

Too freakin’ cool!

Shrunken Heads in San Juan Capistrano

March 24th, 2007

Lightning strikes twice in Southern California!

Here we are, not even a week after Ian Hunter played The Grove of Anaheim, and I find out he has penciled in yet ANOTHER visit to Southern California on June 16 to promote the release of his new CD “Shrunken Heads”. Even more bitchen, he will be playing The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano – 10 minutes down the freeway.

Check out the first single to be released, “Words (Big Mouth)” by clicking the picture. Then, go buy the album!

Too freakin’ cool!

My Cup Runneth Over

March 19th, 2007

My Cup Runneth Over
Originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Cool is forever!

Ian Hunter Rocks Anaheim

March 19th, 2007

This is NOT a shot of his performance at The Grove of Anaheim on Saturday, March 17, but it demostrates the energy the man brings to his craft. ROCK ON!

The Wildhearts – Promo

March 15th, 2007

If you never heard of the Wildhearts, I suggest you check out the collection of videos posted on youtube. I love their harmonies and sound; a throwback to some of my favorite rock bands from the 70’s.

SilverGinger 5 – Sonic Shake

March 15th, 2007

jerkshit

March 14th, 2007

n. an individual unable to display any meaningful thought-processes or intentional control of demonstrated actions resulting in the creation of turmoil and havoc in the lives of others.

HOLD ON – ITS ARMAGEDDON!

March 14th, 2007

Asia dives on US subprime woe
Losses on Wall Street sets sell dominos falling in Japan and other Far East markets.
March 13 2007: 10:20 PM EDT

SINGAPORE (Reuters) — Asian share markets on Wednesday tracked heavy losses on Wall Street on fears about an intensifying crisis in U.S. mortgage lending, spooking investors nursing losses from a sharp sell-off two weeks ago.

Japanese stocks fell more than 2 percent, mirroring falls on Wall Street that were triggered by growing losses at subprime lending firms — those operating at the riskier end of the mortgage market — and weak U.S. retail sales.

Get ready to head to the bomb shelters, ’cause its the END OF THE WORLD!

New Carnage for New Century

March 13th, 2007

“As of March 9, 2007, all of the Company’s lenders under its short-term repurchase agreements and aggregation credit facilities had discontinued their financing with the Company or had notified the Company of their intent to do so.”

Just desserts.

Knock. Knock.

March 9th, 2007

Knocking on previously-closed doors appears to have resulted in someone approaching and turning the handle. Now, waiting to see what’s inside and what opportunities might be offered.

Mortgage Lender Implode-O-Meter

March 6th, 2007

“Tracking the housing finance breakdown: a saga of corruption, stupidity, and government complicity.”

Oh what a tangled web we weave, when we practice to deceive.

Just because you’ve heard of the big names in the mortgage business, doesn’t necessarily imply integrity and ethics. Here’s one guy that is helping put together a list of “who’s who in the zoo”.

Funny or Not Funny?

March 4th, 2007

This morning, I came across this youtube video of a crank-calling comedian named Tom Mabe, who is jerking the chain of some satellite dish salesman on the phone. Based on the comments posted, apparently everyone finds this hilarious and sides with Tom as he rants while the poor guy on the phone is trying to make sense out of it…

As you may know, I’m working with a mortgage brokerage, and we purchase our leads from what are purported to be reputable lead companies, with the names and phone numbers of people who have requested refinancing information. And depending on the lead source, we might pay $20-$40 for that name and phone number. So, when we call someone, it is in response to their serious request. We are not telemarketers and these are not cold calls.

Anyway, as I began listening to the recording, it sounded strangely familiar. 4 or 5 months ago, I had received a lead for a “Tom Mabe”, and was told I had called the scene of a homicide investigation. The dialog went pretty much as you hear on the recording. However, if you pay attention, 99 percent of the dialog is all coming from Tom’s babbling. A prank-call comedy bit with an unsuspecting audience member. Funny? I don’t think so; but I don’t see the humor in Crank Yankers either. I recall thinking it was probably the weirdest conversation I had, however.

Anyway, give it a listen…

So, it is my suspicion that Tom is not pranking telemarketers. He is filling in forms on the internet ASKING for people to call him. We get screwed out of $30 bucks so this guy can perform his little comedy act? I wouldn’t pay that to see ANY comedian at a comedy club. What gives him the right?

My opinion: “Tom Mabe is a Dick”.

By the way, I still have his phone number so if you are interested in calling his home phone in the middle of the night to see how he is doing, drop me a line. :)

The Tielman Brothers – 1960

March 1st, 2007

Them Dutch boys can kick some rock’n’roll butt.

TalkShoe

February 20th, 2007

Just discovered this site, and it seems like it could be one of the emerging versions of the new consumer-programmed interactive TV replacement for traditional network programming. Plan to join and explore it a bit. Posted here to assist my feeble brain.

ZZYZX

February 8th, 2007

So, you think you are clever because you took a picture of the ZZYZX Rd sign on your way to or from Vegas? Think again.

Droste Self Portrait

February 2nd, 2007

Droste Self Portrait
Originally uploaded by AB-.

Came across this really cool photo in Flickr.

If this doesn’t bend your brain, then nothing will. And to think that M.C. Escher created this kind of effect without the use of computers or software algorithms. What a mind.

This stuff is fascinating

I’m Amazing Myself

January 27th, 2007

With absolutely NO previous experience at doing this, in slightly less than 2 days, I have successfully installed and configured a PostNuke 0.7.6 CMS system on my 1&1 Linux server, installed, integrated and configured a PNphpBB2 v1.2i bulletin board system, registered a new domain name, and have begun loading content for an anticipated site launch on Monday evening.

When it is ready to go live there will be a link on my homepage, but its a members only site so if you are lucky, I might release a few screen shots once its up and running.

God, this is fun! Really.

paraphasia

January 27th, 2007

a pathological condition in which the person affected uses words other than those intended – see “George W. Bush”

and now for Something Completely Different

January 23rd, 2007
You say you’re tired of the inane stories of blonde, Hollywood bimbos? Then check out this interesting little diversion if you are looking for some meat with your potatoes.

Heads Found In Farmer’s Freezer

POLICE searching the home of a Canadian pig farmer found the severed heads, hands and feet of two women hidden in a freezer, a court was told today at the start of one of the world’s most grisly murder trials.

“In each case the head had been cut in two vertically,” prosecutor Derrill Prevett told the court at the start of the trial of Robert William Pickton, who has been accused of the murders of 26 women in Canada’s worst serial killings. With the skulls were the left and right hands and the front part of the left and right feet, Mr Prevett said. The body parts were found inside two buckets in two freezers in the workshop of Pickton’s farm in Port Coquitlam, 50km outside western Vancouver.

Methinks Robert may be watching a bit too much cable programming, and believes Showtime’s Dexter to be a new reality show… Yikes.

Joost™

January 18th, 2007

Joost. Sounds like “juiced”. The revolution has arrived.

Joost™ is a new way to watch TV, free of the schedules and restrictions that come with traditional television. Combining the best of TV with the best of the internet, Joost™ gives you more control and freedom than ever before – control over what you watch, and freedom to watch it whenever you like. We’re providing a platform for the best television content on the planet – a platform that will bring you the biggest and best shows from the TV studios, as well as the specialist programs created by professionals and enthusiasts. It’s all overlaid with a raft of nifty features that help you find the shows you love, watch and chat with friends, and even create your own TV channels.

Lets See Where This Goes

January 11th, 2007

I received a call from a sales rep for MortgageLenders.cc a few minutes ago. A year ago, we had an “unpleasant” experience with the company, so I decided to do a quick Google search to see what new dirt I might discover. Interestingly enough, I came across this recently posted video on YouTube.

What goes around may come around…

Paris Joins My IDGAS List

January 10th, 2007

Paris Hilton blames burger hunt for DUI arrest, pleads not guilty

Pleading innocent to two misdemeanor counts of drunken driving in her September 6 arrest in Los Angeles, the 25-year-old Simple Life star’s defense counsel Shawn Chapman Holley told the Los Angeles Superior Court that Hilton was looking to pick up a burger from an In-N-Out restaurant when she was apprehended by the police.

Please make the insanity stop. The audacity to think people like Paris and “her people” feel they can get away with this crap appalls me.

Anyway, shouldn’t she have been looking for a Carl’s Jr.? (Hey, Karcher Enterprises… sue the bitch for breach of contract.)

Heaven Help Us

January 10th, 2007

Oh my God – LOOK OUT!
It’s THE DECIDER!

Stay tuned for the next exciting episode of “Iraq My Brain”.

Happy Holidays

December 24th, 2006

Happy Holidays, originally uploaded by epiclectic.

May you surround yourself with those you love this Christmas season, and may 2007 exceed your expectations!

Best wishes from all of us to all of you.

Time For Vinyl

December 19th, 2006

Get some extra money from grandma this Christmas? Don’t feel like buying something responsible with your pocket change? Do you wonder when is the right time to go shopping for vintage vinyl records at garage sales or thrift stores?

Add this conversation starter “Hi-Fi Kid” clock, from Epiclectic’s Vintage Vinyl to your wall to remind you of the important things in your life.

How to Create Professional HDR Images

December 15th, 2006

Love Them 80’s Videos

December 12th, 2006

Jefferson Arrested in Alleged Drunk Driving Incident

December 11th, 2006

Susie Jefferson was today arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, authorities said.

California Highway Patrol officers took the 25-year-old daughter of mortgage broker Jack Jefferson into custody without incident after she failed an on-the-spot test in Burbank.

The girl’s black GMC Jimmy was stopped in the car pool lane of State Highway 134 when officers arrived.

Authorities said they did get emergency calls about a car going the wrong way on the freeway and the car matched the description of Jefferson’s.

Jefferson was booked in Glendale, tested for drugs and later released, a police spokesman said.

The results of the drug test have not been determined.

A message left with Jefferson’s mother was not immediately returned.

Burbank is 10 miles north-east of Los Angeles.

Note: THIS IS NOT NEWS. At least it is not news when it happens to everyday common folk. So what makes changing the names turn it into an international news story? Add Nicole Richie to my IDGAS folder.

System Lockup

December 10th, 2006

Appears that I may end up losing a lot of work and have to reboot again… Will wait a bit longer to see if things free up. However, I doubt if things will be ever running as planned.

Drew Curtis’ FARK.com

December 6th, 2006

Drew Curtis’ FARK.com

I Want My Reactable

December 4th, 2006

The reactable, is a multi-user electronic music instrument with a tabletop tangible user interface. Several simultaneous performers share complete control over the instrument by moving physical objects on a luminous table surface. By moving and relating these objects, representing components of a classic modular synthesizer, users can create complex and dynamic sonic topologies, with generators, filters and modulators, in a kind of tangible modular synthesizer or graspable flow-controlled programming language.

This instrument is being developed by a team of digital luthiers (Sergi Jordà, Martin Kaltenbrunner, Günter Geiger and Marcos Alonso), at the Music Technology Group within the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain.

Less is Less

November 29th, 2006

If you want to win at life, as in poker, “you have to know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em.” Too many distractions can erode one’s mental effectiveness.

Use your Delete key TODAY!

Read the Manual

November 27th, 2006

When both the yellow (charge plus) and the green (fully charged) button are lit on my Ryobi cordless drill’s battery pack recharger for more than 15 minutes, the oh-so-informative sticker on the charger instructs me to “see manual”. Too lazy to remember where I stored the manual, I turned to my faithful companion, Google, and let it do my legwork. Well, I found the information I was searching for and learned that it is either in “charge plus mode” (which is never explained in the manual) or the battery is faulty. So, do I know more now? No.

Anyway, during my read through the manual, I came across this entertaining diagram of an incorrectly inserted drill bit and decided to post it here for the up-and-coming youngsters who are choosing a career in construction, or for anyone who has been selected to provide the safety topic at the beginning of your next meeting. YOU know who you are.

Just sharing some knowledge. You’re welcome.

Chrysalis

November 17th, 2006


Having relocated the office Labor Day weekend, and spending a month in getting things settled and back to normal, we have successfully launched our brand new, redesigned website. The new look is clean and fresh, and a much needed improvement from the previous mundane mortgage website template that had never been updated in 2 years and was, frankly, an embarrasment.

As we head into 2007, our goal is to prove to the world that we ARE different than the rest of the brokers out there. So, rather than buy a template from the bajillion website stores out there, we decided to go back to basics and buit a site from scratch that is aligned with our philosphy.

Keep it simple and personal.

Another very, very intersting thing is that without any conscious effort to promote our website with the search engines, we now are finding the Mortgage and Lending website on page 1 of Google’s search results – and sitting at the number 3 spot when you search simply on mortgage and lending.

Wow!

In the real estate business, they say location is everything. So, now that we have the location, our next effort will be to begin driving people to the website. Webtrends is active and we will be watching the reports.

If you are reading this, let me ask you to check out the site and let me know what you think. Have we differentiated ourselves? Do you want to pick up the phone and give us a call? When you do, make sure to mention “weidemannia sent you”.

I Have THE JR-OJ Solution

November 16th, 2006

“Insanity? It’s a tightrope I walk every day.”
Judith Regan in Psychology Today, May/June 2005

Well, guess who’s publishing OJ’s book?

Aren’t there any desert islands left where we can ship all of these loony bozos, and let them live in their mutual-admiration society – where they can’t hurt anyone? The ONLY caveat is that it must be very clear that absolutely NO form of communication is allowed to or from the island.

“Out of mind should be out of sight.”
Steve Weidemann in [ intentionally blank ]

So, Why Bother?

November 15th, 2006

Read a story in the latest issue of Time magazine that stated there are “100,000 new blogs created every day“. Makes you wou wonder just how much global communication takes place when it is just a bunch of opinionated people typing on their web-based typewriter, and tossing virtual musings into the internet trash can. Are you there, and do you care? Nope.

Patience Exhausted

November 10th, 2006

Today is November 9, 2006, and I am weary.

I believe that each one of us, forced to live in a technology-based and information-overloaded society, has a supreme entity-given right to have full access to the sophisticated software applications that allow us to activate a permanent BLOCK on anything that we choose to no longer have thrust upon us as we go about living our mundane little lives.

You know what I mean.

In the past, I had my IDGAS list. (For those acronymically-impaired readers, it means “I Don’t Give A Shit”.)

Well, today, my brain finally exploded, and I no longer care to have ANY exposure to information or mention of the following meaningless topics of discussion:

[ENABLE BLOCK ON]

  • Britney Spears, Kevin Federline, their divorce, their stupid nicknames, their brainless interviews, their tears, their pain, etc.
  • Madonna and her poor little publicity-kid.
  • Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt – although I don’t mind if they are acting in a movie – just lose that humanitarian “cause” crap.
  • Reese Witherspoon and Ryan P’s divorce. Claim to fame Legally Blonde? Geeze.
  • Kirsty Alley‘s ability to drive up Oprah’s ratings (like she needs that) because she put on a lot of weight, starred in a show about her fatness, became spokeswoman for company that made her lose weight, and then made a big deal made about her “coming out” bikini exposure on Oprah to show off her oversized, nylon-wrapped thighs. Enough already.
  • Reality television. After the first season of Survivor, what kind of idiots still watch that stuff???
  • … and the bajillion other topics that add no value to my life.

[ENABLE BLOCK OFF]

Thanks for respecting my wishes and not bringing up any of these subjects in my presence. I will try to do the same.

It Thinks Its a Bird

November 8th, 2006

I, too, experienced the thrill of flight when lifting my 850 Coupe up on two wheels while pulling in at the Tastee Freeze. Dave… I saw this and thought of you. You should have been inside the car with me if you really wanted your life to flash before you.

850 Fiat Love Stories

November 2nd, 2006

Note to self: Create blog that collects memories from my 1970-1973 “coming of age” period, by highlighting events that center around this classic piece of Italian scrap iron – my very first car, a 1967 Fiat 850 Coupe. Isn’t it Sweet?

Steve's totally bitchen' 1967 Fiat 850 CoupeThe blog will, no doubt, evolve into my personal version of George Lucas’ memory dump, “American Graffiti“. Initial thoughts that come to mind include: cruising Whittier Blvd, Tastee Freez, two-wheel parking, fog lights at La Habra drive-in, 4-track tape deck, reverb and railroad tracks on Beach Blvd, mildew-encrusted yellow shag carpet, Craig speakers, 3-day engine rebuild with STP and sliced-off fingertips, Foster Road industrial park, The Bull Pen with Red, Horseface and Pugsley, Phil’s muffler, Myron’s velvet-covered volkswagen, Clay Smith 3/4 grind cam, Hurst shift handle, “Brown Sugar”, American Records, Der Weinerschnitzel, Tijuana Smalls, the Whittier Quad, Bali High and Friendly Hills, red angora and black terrycloth, fiberglass buckets and foam rubber, Huntington Beach (city or state?), push starts, road racing in La Habra heights, Dorthea Road, chrome megaphone exhaust tip, car fire at 50 mph, Westley’s Car Polish (with dimethylpolysiloxane), heating the springs, and oh so much more…

Not Sherry

October 29th, 2006

I recently came across a great picture of the hot rocker, Pat Benatar, that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt, that she and Sherry must be related. Posted here to let the world know – and since Sherry has not signed a model release and won’t let me post her picture on this page, you’ll just have to take my word for it.

[No. I don’t know Pat and did not get her permission to post the photo. But I hope she doesn’t mind.]