More on DeathNote

UnknownOkay, I found out something today about the DeathNote movie that I didn’t realize before. It looks like it may be the Japanese version! Although, I don’t recognize the actors ( and a lot of Japanese-style films come out of Korea these days ), I’m fairly sure it’s Japanese and when it comes out in select theaters ( May 20 and 21st ) it’ll have English dubbing, which honestly I’m not a fan of. I’d rather read subtitles and hear the original language ( I’m a big fan of Asian and African languages, it comes with being slightly obsessive, lol. ).

As I’ve previously stated in my gushing over Deathnote, it’s about a teenager who finds a notebook that has the power to kill anyone – as long as you’ve written their name in the book and, of course, being a fallable human being, Light takes on the role of God and begins judgement and punishment as he sees fit. If you haven’t seen the insanely popular anime series or read the amazing manga, you’re missing out, and I strongly suggest making DeathNote the movie your introduction into this genre. Check out for ticket information!

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Unlocked GSM Phone Heaven

Holy macaroni! I’ve been given a chance to review a site that has Unlocked Cell Phones for actually decent prices for sale! I’m not one to review lightly, and granted even with the great prices I’m poor enough to where I’m just never going to be able to afford one of these, but right now I’m in desperate need of twounlocked motorola cell phones – one for me and one for Laota – because ours are unuseable.

By unuseable I mean that my mother took Laota’s and mine’s been broken for months, so long that I’m thinking about getting a crappy $10 tracfone for emergencies but it’s really not an ideal replacement, and if I do end up just buying a new phone I’m definately thinking of going through VibeCellular, I don’t think I’ve ever seen such low prices for new phones without a contract tossed in to trip you up and make you pay out the nose.

Plus, we already have a family contract, and if you need a replacement phone and you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg then you’re going to hate your service provider because that’s exactly what they want you to do, this I know from personal experience.

Of course, you know me and pink, lol. I’m in love with this The Moto Razr V3. I really need a fairy godmother!

Spectacular Vision for Less

I’ve ranted and raved in blog posts many a time about how hard it is living in a situation that puts me at near poverty levels even with the crazy hours I work. I work online mostly and every penny I make is used up before all of my basics are out of the way, so the fact that I’ve had to make due without glasses ever since I grew out of my 6th grade pair shouldn’t come as a shock.

But with or without the means, at some point I’m going to have to suck it up and do without something else in order to buy the glasses I need, because currently I’m getting chronic vision induced migraines all the time, and I can’t seem to shake them which really affects my work and my sleep habits. I can’t keep going on like this without the ability to fix it or the pain will drive me insane.

I’ve been seriously thinking of getting some eyeglasses at ZenniOptical. They’ve got new frames in, very nice stuff with great shape to them, especially these totally radical (yes, I am bringing that phrase back after successfully reviving ‘dude’ in the late 90s, lol) frames below which are my current favorites! Isn’t that gorgeous 80s Grape Ape color absolutely divine?

They not only have a huge selection, but they’ve got frames sarting as low as $8 per pair, which sounds as good as the word ‘free’ to me because the price is so low it may as well be, and if they’re as good as they look I’ll be recommending them to everyone including my sister who’s in desperate need of vision correction.

Simple DIY flood cleanup you can try for yourself

flooded room

Your home must be promptly taken care of after you have suffered a flood. Why should you do this? The flood water can damage your valuables, like rug, furniture, bedding and lots more. Aside this, it can negatively impact the home and compromise its structural integrity. Aside the above, the flood can bring in all sorts of diseases into the home and expose everyone that lives in it to infection. If you cannot manage the flood by yourself, you can always call on professionals to help out. The truth remains however, that cleaning up your home after a flood is not rocket science and anyone can get it done, especially if the flood is not the huge type. So, how can you carry out this DIY flood cleanup?  Some simple things you can do will be looked into below.

Disinfection is very important

Needless to say, the flood water must be bailed out of the home and the mud that accompanies the water must not be left lying around. Your valuables must be salvaged and spread under the sun to dry. The heating system in the home can help quicken the rate at which these things dry up. Aside the above, it is very important to disinfect the home. You equally should not limit the disinfection to the interiors of the home alone; you must equally disinfect the entire premises.  What is the way you can do this properly? Prepare some warm water and add into it some chlorinated bleach; 2 tablespoon of bleach per gallon of water will just be perfect.  Mix the solution properly and you have on your hand the perfect solution for disinfection to aid in your DIY flood cleanup effort, making paid flood cleanup services unnecessary.

Everything must be scrubbed using the solution prepared above; the shelves, the floors, the walls and every other thing imaginable must never be left untouched. Aside this, make sure you also spray the lawn using this solution. With any luck, the rain will not fall too soon to wash the solution off before it could get the hatchet job done on the possible infectious agents. Your wall boards as well as panels may need to be torn off to ensure they do not harbor these infectious agents in the event these panels have come in contact with flood water.

Lower the moisture level

The fan as well as the air conditioning system in the home must be turned on to help reduce the amount of moisture in the home. Infectious agents fester more in moist environments. The windows too must be thrown open as well as the doors; they let in more breezes into the home to further reduce the moisture level.    Moisture can promote the growth of mildew and mold. Get rid of these to make the home safer for all.  Vacuum cleaner will help get rid of the molds faster. Get a replacement for your insulation in the event it had had been damaged by the flood. The subflooring must be properly dried before you ever lay the linoleum covering or the rug on it again.

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Reach For The Stars

Ack, I used to do this forever ago! Of course I didn’t do it this way – agent, cattle calls, etc. etc. – but if you’re in the market to make some good money, then you definately want to try your hand at extra work. You’re looking at at least $100 per day, upwards of $300 if you go with Talent6.

I’ve been out of the business so long, let me tell you. The last film I extra’d for was The Sandlot in 1992, which was a piece of crap with no budget that was filmed mostly in Utah (thank the Gods for that, because I happened to live in Utah at the time and it bought me my back to school clothes!). What I wouldn’t give to get into extra work again. Generally, you’re just filling a scene with realistic background movement – people walking, having conversations, jogging, you name it. Not a bad way to make $250 a day, huh?

If you’re up for it, call Talent6 (800-493-9047) and see how far you can go. You n ever know, this toll free call to a portfolio manager might be the start of a brand new career? Won’t know until you call, and since background work is 100% on the up and up you don’t have to worry about having to pay anything up front – I know it sounds too good to be true, but take it from someone who’s been there, it’s true. And a lot of times, though they have long hours, you can have some real fun doing it!

A Unique Holiday Gift

It’s almost holiday time again, which means I have to start thinking of presents for my fun, silly, work oriented gear-head friends and I think I already have the perfect present for Nan. She’s just getting into PayPerPost and other sponsored coasting but I want to give her something that will make it easier for her to type even with her arthrisis. I think I’m going to choose Dragon. It’s very cool, basically it’s a tool to help you blog super quickly because you can effectively type at 150 WPM for $99!

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Standard

Drew of the BenSpark has put together a great little video demonstrating Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Drew has been blogging for quite some time and he might just be one of the best mobile bloggers that I know. He is probably more famous for his picture a day work as he is an excellent photographer. But I can’t help be amazed at how much content he creates and the high level of quality in that content.

He’s definitely a blogger that employs best practices when he finds them. And based on this video, it looks like he might see some potential in Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Now I am not trying to put an endorsement in Drew’s mouth. Time will tell, but I do think he is off to an excellent start.

You’ll notice in his video, that the sound quality of his video is excellent. That’s actually an important aspect for Dragon NaturallySpeaking. I don’t mean that you need good video quality or sound quality in a video to make Dragon NaturallySpeaking work. However you do need a good microphone, and it should be a noise canceling microphone at that. The better the sound quality, and the better able your microphone is to remove other background noises, the better your system will be able to recognize the words that you say as fast as you say them and transcribe them accurately.

Now Dragon NaturallySpeaking comes with a noise cancellation microphone that works very well when you buy it out of the box. Drew is working with a download version that does not come with a microphone, and so he had to supply his own.

As I write this article, I am using a wireless headset microphone from Logitech. I’ve been using Dragon NaturallySpeaking for almost two years now, but I’ve just recently untethered myself from Dragon NaturallySpeaking and started using a wireless headset microphone with noise cancellation capabilities. Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 does have the capability of working with Bluetooth wireless microphones, but my particular microphone runs on 2.4 GHz wireless technology. Now if you live in a household or work in an office environment where there are a number of systems or phones or microwaves, you may experience some interference with this particular headset. In that case, you will probably be better served with either a Bluetooth headset or a headset that is capable of being plugged directly into your computer through the microphone plug or through USB. I don’t have that issue, and so I do get excellent quality with little to no interference at all.

So if you take an interest in Dragon NaturallySpeaking and want to try it for yourself, I highly recommend that you get a boxed version of the software which you can order from Nuance online. You can even get a good deal on a Bluetooth wireless headset and a bundled option from Nuance. If you’re looking for entry level pricing, you can start using the software and get a headset microphone for as little as $99.

To put that in context, I’ve taken three typing classes over the years to boost my typing speed and spent essentially three semesters practicing at typing. It wasn’t the only thing that I studied, but I spent a lot of time building up my typing skill. With Dragon NaturallySpeaking, you can invest $99, invest an hour installing the software (I’m being very conservative with that time estimate) and as little as 10 minutes training the software to recognize your voice before you can be off and running typing at 150 words per minute!

That is pretty amazing, and well worth the value of $99. Not to mention if you spend a little extra and get a wireless headset microphone, you can pace around your room or your office, you can exercise, or do a number of different things other than sit at a computer desk staring at your computer all day long. :-) $99 basically gives you your freedom.

Best regards,
Brett Bumeter

My name is Brett Bumeter, and I wrote the article above and 4 1/2 minutes. The article is about 659 words long, and that translates into 144 words per minute. Add in two minutes for editing, and that’s still 100 words per minute!

Disney Whine

Every time I watch Who Framed Roger Rabbit I remember why I hate Disney so much. Don’t get me wrong WFRR is a great film even if it deviates from the book to a lousy extreme, but it was maybe the crowning achievement of the now defunct Touchstone in my opinion. Superbly drawn, beautiful animated, nostalgia abounds in that film and Industrial Light and Magic’s touch up of the animation gave it amazing realism and softness – they couldn’t do it that well today. Why? Because my beloved Disney sucks balls now.

I should kick Eisner in his fat, bureaucrat ass for this. He’s made Disney the Direct-To-Video-Sequel king and practically torn down Disneyland, Walt’s baby. With all the money they spent on California Adventure, don’t you think they could have repaired some of the rides and attractions in Disneyland or used that money to, you know, not have to jack up the price of a hamburger to eight hundred and fifty dollars, nine hundred if you want a napkin?

The quality is gone, their bread and butter is rehashing their classics into bullshit like Cinderella II and expecting us to shell out for half-assed CGI productions that they could have, should have, done with hand-drawn animation and now studios like Dreamworks and Sony are beating their asses with gorgeous hand-drawn work and some of the best CGI film you’ll ever want to see ( Surf’s Up, anyone? ). All the while Disney is trying, scrambling even, desperately to win back their audience with the long awaited Frog Princess – the first hand drawn Disney film since the low-budget, high gross labor of love and media darling Lilo and Stitch – this from the company that DISMANTLED their hand drawn animation department and started doing their animation outsourced to Asia and I think Australia. Now they have to eat a dick, because I’m pretty sure Frog Princess is being hand drawn right here in the U.S. by a Disney animation department. I hope they kicked Iger and his gargoyles out of the 7 Dwarves building. Why, again, do they need that extra office space?


Car For Me?

Ahh, car! Want! Me, please? Apparently Samantha’s car in the Sex and the City movie is the brand new, impressive and trendy The new Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, the 5-passenger SUV that’s compact and just absolutely gorgeous! Mercedes-Benz has a sneak peak going on for these $43,000 cars that won’t be available until January 2009, which is kind of mean considering now I’ve got to wait – I hate that, lol.