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Amber in Twilight

by on Jul.18, 2010, under My Blog


Amber making her first dramatic appearance
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Micheal Grimm – America’s Got Talent

by on Jun.02, 2010, under Bands, Music, My Blog

I saw Micheal Grimm on America’s Got Talent last night and think he is definitely a contender for winning this year. Take a listen for your self

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Stolen G1 Phone Replacement

by on Jan.25, 2010, under android, My Blog

Just over 30 days after I got my G1 it was stolen at work and I was going through G1 Android withdrawal. I found out I didnt have insurance on the phone and was going to have to pay full price to get another. I decided to go into my local T-Mobile store that I had started service with and talked to one of the reps and she verified there was no insurance on the phone. She called out the manager (Van) and he took a look at my account and was able to find a way to get me another G1 at NO COST to me.

If your in North San Diego and need a phone or help with your T-Mobile account I would suggest stopping into SD Wireless and speaking to Van, or give them a call at:

SD Wireless
11980 Carmel Mountain Rd #224
858-673-3393

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Beach and sunset photos

by on Jan.16, 2010, under My Blog, photos

I have been out taking some pictures of the beach and sunsets the last couple of weeks and added some of my favorites to Zedge or with your mobile phone using the Zedge app.

Here are a couple of my favorites from the last couple times out.

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Google Android phone

by on Dec.16, 2009, under android, My Blog

I just picked up my Android phone and love it so far. I had the choice between the My TOUCH and the g1 with T-Mobile and even though the My Touch has more ram I did not want to be stuck with only the virtual keyboard, so I got the G1 with its slider keyboard.

I am typing this on my G1’s keyboard and don’t think I would be able to on a virtual keyboard with my big fingers,

First thing I noticed is when you first setup your G phone is it asks you to log into your google account or create one, Then it pulls down all your contact info into the phones contact list. It also sets up your gmail account on your home page, But your not stuck with just your gmail account, there is also a mail app that works with your yahoo, hotmail/live, imap/pop3 accounts. Allowing you to assign 5 email accounts.

There seems to be an app for just about anything you want to do. I will get into the apps in more detail later but right now my favorite apps are
DxTop a home page replacement
Nav Launcher launches google maps in navigator mode.
WPToGo A WP blog app
Shazam Song tagging. Identify the song that is playing and buy it from Amazon if you would like

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Bell’s Palsy and Me

by on Sep.24, 2009, under bells palsy

Anyone heard of Bell’s Palsy before? I had once since a co-worker had gotten it several years ago. But most of who I have talked to have not heard of it. Well now I have an opportunity to inform more about it.

Seven days ago I was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy. A supposed temporary illness or nerve disorder of the face that is supposed to lessen over time. I created a separate blog to address it and track my progression. The blog url is Alan’s Bell Palsy. Drop in and check on my..
Talk to you later.

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Platinum RockStars

by on Jul.18, 2009, under Bands, My Blog, Rock And Roll

Last night we went to Canes Bar and Grill in Pacific Beach to see Platinum RockStars a rock tribute band that performs tributes to Journey, Boston, Foreigner, Def Leppard, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi.

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It was a great night with some great music. The night started out with a little Boston, Foreigner and after a quick costume change Journey. When David Victor came back on stage with the red jacket, I swear it sounded like he was channeling Steve Perry. A great set of some great music that took me back to my younger years.

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After a short break Van Halen was on stage performing some of their hits. I kept thinking the only thing that was missing was the fifth of Jack Daniels that Van Halen always seemed to be drinking in the 80’s. The lead guitarist Al Estrada (Founder of Van Halen Tribute Band Eruption) was not present last night but was replaced by Mike McManus of Queens Nation who did did a fantastic job.

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Another costume change and Mike McManus steps on stage as Richie Sambora followed by David Victor as Jon Bon Jovi for some truly great Bon Jovi tunes. We were all living on a prayer.

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The night finished up with some great Def Leppard tunes, sadly to say I had to leave before I could hear the whole Def Leppard set due to having to be up early for work the next morning.

I just saw Platinum RockStars will be playing Pala Casino Halloween night. I will need to call and make reservations this week. If you missed them at Canes dont miss them at Pala Casino.

Check their website Platinum RockStars for more show info

Platinum RockStars

David Victor – Lead Vocals and Guitar

Glen Jost – Drums

Mike McManus of Queens Nation – Lead Guitar and vocals

Victor Bendor – Keyboard and Guitar

Peter Violos – Bass

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20 Years With The Simpsons

by on Jun.06, 2009, under Comics, simpsons, TV

An interesting article if your a fan of the Simpsons, and who isnt.

By: Benicio Brown – Reposted with permission of author

Matt Groening, created the animated television show, “The Simpsons” for Fox Broadcasting Company. The idea came from the lobby of James L. Brooks’s office and that’s how this popular adaptation of a dysfunctional family came about. Even the characters were named after his own family members, with the exception of lead character Bart.

On April 19, 1987, “The Simpsons” made their first appearance as shorts in The Tracey Ullman Show. When the initial submission was made, only basic sketches were handed in expecting they would be refined in production stages but they were left as is and that’s the reason why despite modification over the years the Simpsons still have a very rudimentary façade. On December 17, 1989, “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” was the half-hour premiere show.

The Simpsons has been debated since the start with lead character Bart often going scot-free despite wrong doings and this portrayed him as a poor role model for youngsters. It’s portrayal of the middle class American lifestyle symbolized by family members Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie Simpson. The backdrop of the show is the fictional town of Springfield, which is filled with characters, and events that are an animated and inspired from American society. Homer Simpson the father is employed as a safety inspector at Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. Often his job is at risk as a result of his casual and comic nature. His wife, Marge is a conventional American housewife and mother. Their 3 children are Bart, a ten-year-old menace, Lisa, an aware 8 year old activist and the baby Maggie, who hardly speaks but does communicate by sucking on a pacifier. They have a dog called Santa’s Little Helper, and a cat, called Snowball II. Over the years, the show has celebrated events but the characters have not aged since the start of the show.

The Simpsons have influenced mainstream society in more ways than one. Language and terms used in this animated sitcom has made its transition into popular everyday vernacular. To the extent that Homer Simpsons popular use of the expression ‘D’oh!’ is listed in the Oxford English Dictionary without its apostrophe. Even the use of the term ‘excellent’ pronounced as ‘eexcelllent’ in the show is used by people around us. The term ‘cheese-eating surrender monkeys”’ referring to the French has been used by popularly by conservative National Review columnist Jonah Goldberg in 2003, when the French opposed the invasion of Iraq proposal. And soon it was popular lingo amongst journalists.

The Simpsons is a legendary show in respect to prime time television programs. This is because initially animated shows were thought to be for kids and airing a complete animated program on prime time for universal viewing was a bold step. Though thought to be an expensive idea, The Simpsons were aired successfully because they cut down on expenses by using Korean animation studios for in-betweening, coloring, and filming. The success of The Simpsons show prompted many others to start animated shows of this nature and for prime time viewing. In its time it has certainly been a pioneering show if its type and still stands tall. In fact the Simpsons are so respected that when South Park achieved success on television they aired an episode “Simpsons Already Did It” as homage to its predecessor.

The Simpsons have been awarded at many occasions. Their booty consists of 23 Emmy Awards, 24 Annie Awards and a Peabody Award. The TIME magazines 1998 publication commemorating the 20th Century’s greatest achievements in arts and entertainment, named The Simpsons as the last century’s best television series, along with naming Bart Simpson in the list of the century’s 100 most influential people. Incidentally Bart was the only imaginary character on the list. At the turn of this century the Simpsons won a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They have also been acclaimed as the greatest television show of the 1990s, 2001’s 100 Greatest Kids’ TV shows, and 2005’s 100 Greatest Cartoons. Homer Simpson has been recognized as the forerunner in 2001’s 100 Greatest TV Characters. Other awards include the TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time, and a mention in the TIME’s list of 100 Best TV Shows of All Time.

In 2004, they became the longest-running American animated sitcom in the United States. Regardless of criticism over the years, The Simpsons maintains a huge viewer base. The shows first season enjoyed an average of 13.4 million viewers, and the 17th season had an average of 9.2 million viewers per episode, respectively. The Simpsons Movie made $74 million in its opening weekend in the US.

In the end of the last century a number of US public schools banned ‘The Simpsons’ merchandise and t-shirts. In spite of the ban, their merchandise still continued to be popular and generated US$2 billion in revenue in its first 14 months of sales. Their popularity paved the way for them in turning into a billion-dollar merchandizing industry.

Merchandise includes everything you can imagine, from t-shirts to posters. The iconic characters have inspired unique editions of board games, including Clue, Scrabble, Monopoly, Operation, and The Game of Life. Trivia and card games have also been introduced. There are Simpsons comic books and related publications, including 9 comic book series from Bongo Comics publication. The comics have also been made available in book form and there’s episode guides too. There’s numerous soundtrack and other musical releases including music that’s’ not been aired on the show. You can purchase The Simpsons Movie DVDs and DVD boxsets. You can buy video of episodes that have been aired. Seasons one to ten have been released on DVD in many continents. You can even buy The Simpsons video games. This includes The Simpsons, The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants, The Simpsons Road Rage, The Simpsons Hit & Run and The Simpsons Game (2007).

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Smile Its Contagious

by on Jun.06, 2009, under smiles

Do you want to put a smile on someone’s face today? Maybe make their day a little better. It won’t cost you a single penny or much time to do just that. And because smiling is contagious, it probably won’t just be one person you make smile today.

Here are 20 ways to turn that frown upside down.
1. Smile yourself, its contagious
2. Send some flowers to your partner at work.
3. Compliment a friend or work colleague on their appearance.
4. Donate something to charity.
5. Take a friend out to lunch.
6. Let someone know you miss them.
7. Make a surprise telephone call to your partner at work, just to say hi.
8. Hold a door open for someone walking behind you.
9. Hug your partner for no reason.
10. Leave a joke on a friends answer machine.
11. Send a card to a friend letting them know what a good friend they are.
12. Give up your seat on the train to someone when there aren’t any left.
13. Share your umbrella on a rainy day.
14. Ask a friend if they need anything while you’re out shopping.
15. When it’s raining, plan an indoor picnic with your children.
16. Leave a love letter somewhere where your partner will find it.
17. Send someone an unusual and unexpected gift like chocolate, flowers or even a gag gift.
18. Tell your child you’re proud of them.
19. Tell someone you thought about them the other day.
20. Cook a surprise meal for your partner one night, especially if they normally do the cooking.
21. Tell your partner you love them.

Did you know it takes only 17 muscles to smile, but 43 to frown. Why waste all that energy frowning when you could just smile.

Here are 5 more facts about smiling.

1. Women smile more than men.
2. Smiling releases endorphins that make us feel better.
3. We are all born with the ability to smile, it’s not something we learn from others.
4. A smile is a universal expression of happiness.
5. A smiling person is thought to be a more pleasant, attractive, sociable, sincere and competent than a non-smiling person.

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Welcome To Alan Ogden’s Blog

by on Jun.06, 2009, under My Blog

Here I hope to share what catches my eye on the net and in life in general. Items from my family, friends and work. I hope you will join me on this journey and lets see where it takes us.

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