The time has finally arrived.  I’ve made my New Year’s resolutions, made some hot chocolate, and am comfortable in knowing that 2011 is going to be so much better than 2010.  Why?  Let’s take a trip in the Way Back Machine and revisit the events of this past year, both good and bad…

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2011: The Year in Preview

I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions.  If you ask anyone what their resolutions for the year would be, they would probably repeat many of the same things that they had said the previous year.  But I understand the need to set goals and the feeling of marking off an item on a list after having accomplished something.  And that’s not such a bad thing.

So, for the first time in my life, I’ve decided to make a list of things that I’d like to accomplish before this year is over.  And here it is….

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Violently Sensitive

So California’s 5-year ban on violent video games has finally reached the Supreme Court, where I presume that they’ll decide if it’s constitutional for parents to actually be responsible for their offspring.  It’s about time a bunch of people out-of-touch-with-the-commoners finally decided what to do about something that most people could care less about.

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A Pop Fairy Tale

Once upon a time, in the land of Radio, there lived a hydra.  However, this hydra was different from the one Hercules once faced, for it was a tremendous beast with 5 heads of different sizes.  And each head would sing forth a note of music as if it were a siren, luring unsuspecting victims into giving them money and adoration.  As time wore on, the smallest of the 5 heads continued to grow and it learned new notes.  Eventually, this head started to act independently of the others and cut itself off from the rest of the hydra, effectively killing the other heads.  This head decided to take the name Michael and wanted to become the king of Radio.

But there were others with the same dream.

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Ghost Punter

I love watching the SyFy channel (still can’t used to that name).  I’ve always loved fantasy, horror, and sci-fi stories, so that channel became one of my favorites the moment I discovered it.

And then, they began running a series called Ghost Hunters.  I’m not one to enjoy watching reality tv shows, but this one had me hooked.

Which all led to a thought I had today – since ghosts seem to appear to the living in the same garments that they wore when they were alive, what would I wear?  And it occurred to me.  I want to pass away while dressed as a jedi.

Imagine appearing at the end of some kid’s bed, telling him that he needs jedi training and that he should seek out Yoda immediately.  And I’m sure whispering “use the force” into someone’s ear at just the right moment has got to have entertaining results sooner or later.  Especially if I move objects around for them when they try.

So what outfit would you want to wear as a ghost?  Let me know by leaving a comment.  Until then, may the farce be with you!

Brian Irving

Let me just say that I make a decent living.  I do what I want and I pay my bills.  Life is good.

So when I received a call today from a collection agency, I began to panic a bit.  Did I forget to pay a bill?  Will there be charges tacked onto what is owed and how much will that be?  How bad will this affect my credit score?  Etc, etc, etc…

The voice on the other end of the call wasn’t even a person – it was a message stating that they were a collection agency and for me to call them back.  So I did.

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The New Matrix

2009 was the year of 3D.  There’s no doubt about that.  According to The 3D Movies Database, there were 17 movies in 2009 that were in 3D, compared to 11 in 2008 and only 8 in 2007.  That’s quite a trend.  So it comes as no surprise that the one of the biggest stories coming out of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was all of the 3D televisions that were being displayed.  Here we go again!

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