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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Midnight on the nose, #NYE in #CentralPark #NYC with #fireworks #throughglass #glassnewyearseve #newyearsthroughglass #2014


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ThePeteMiniTV: Fireworks for #NYE over #CentralPark #NYC. #HappyNewYear from New York City!

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Enjoying a #NYE beer at the same place we were at two years ago. :)


I'm at Coliseum Bar & Restaurant! http://4sq.com/7FrmbW

ThePeteMiniTV: A year ago at this time, I believe this building had a crane hanging from it. #nyc #sandy

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ThePeteMiniTV: NO KNAPSACKS. #NYC #NYE #throughglass #glassnewyearseve #newyearsthroughglass (shot earlier today around 55th St.)

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This pic was shot about 10 blocks north of Times Square two hours ago & you can already see insane numbers of people down there.


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The #ESB earlier today. Gorgeous #weather for #NYE in #NYC if you don't mind the #cold and the #wind.


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Late this morning in my neighborhood. It's 31F now. #NYE #NYC


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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Latest from @JayThePal: SEASONS GREETINGS from Jay ThePal and Kay ThePal!

My good buddy, Jay ThePal, just posted this on his YouTube!

SEASONS GREETINGS from Jay ThePal and Kay ThePal! Get your seasonings on, man! Hear Kay read her NYC Christmas poem! You will believe puppets can make popcorn! YEAH!!
Watch it on YouTube, man!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Tonight's entertainment: this plus "Grave of the Fireflies." Crazy rare #anime #doublefeature! #ifccenter


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At a "My Neighbor Totoro"/"Grave of the Fireflies" screening. First big screen #anime I've seen in #nyc that wasn't at the @JapanSociety.


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The Latest from @JayThePal: WISDOM OF THE WEEK: OWN IT! #puppets have #wisdom #YEAH!

My good buddy, Jay ThePal, just posted this on his YouTube!

WISDOM OF THE WEEK: OWN IT! #puppets have #wisdom #YEAH! Don't believe me? Watch the video, man!! YEAH!!
Watch it on YouTube, man!

The "ripping the last of my physical CDs" project continues! Next: Ghost in the Shell SAC OST 3. #yokokanno rules!!


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Next up, in my "ripping the last of my physical CDs" project: Ghost in the Shell SAC OST. #YokoKanno


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Thursday, December 19, 2013

The next CD to upload to Google Music for listening to #throughglass. Anyone remember #EBN? They would be so busy these days.


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Sale on #Criterion films in the iTunes store going on right now. I hope Santa has some iTunes gift cards for me.


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The Latest from @JayThePal: ObamObservations: Republicans are Kinda Racist Maybe?

My good buddy, Jay ThePal, just posted this on his YouTube!

ObamObservations: Republicans are Kinda Racist Maybe? I mean, just the ones in Washington and not even that bad, but definitely racistish, man. Yeah.
Watch it on YouTube, man!

Hey neat! Someone just bought another "Ironic" t-shirt. Get one for the hipster in your life: thepete.us/ironic


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Next CD to upload to Google Music: #8TrackThrowback by @MarqueeFive! (my wife's group!) itunes: thepete.us/8track


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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Latest from @JayThePal: Go on a Trip to Jayture with me, @JayThePal!

My good buddy, Jay ThePal, just posted this on his YouTube!

Go on a Trip to Jayture with me, @JayThePal! What better time of year to visit someplace green than right now, man? YEAH,
Watch it on YouTube, man!

Monday, December 16, 2013

This is the first #CD I ever bought. What's #thefirstCDyoueverbought?


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AP reports: NSA phone record collection ruled unconstitutional. I love how we need a judge to tell us this.


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Yeah, this is just sad. You know who is supposed to enforce the law first? Nooo, not the police--the individual. You and me and our leaders, we all have to enforce the law. The law isn't there for people to ignore it until they get caught--it's there as the last level of protection against the criminal act being committed. In our every day lives, we (hopefully) ask ourselves if what we are doing is wrong in anyway. Our leaders, when deciding to collect our phone call info in bulk, CLEARLY did not ask this question of themselves.

And if they did, you seriously have to wonder how they could have answered "Yes, I believe that collecting the phone records of MILLIONS OF AMERICANS is perfectly moral and legal."

Now, more than ever, it's painfully obvious how corrupt our leaders are. I mean, if we live in a free country, that means that we can generally do what we want and that our government CANNOT.

Anyway, check out the original AP article for the details.

Amazingly, Congress held a hearing back on 12/4/13 on alien life. Yep, they actually spoke with scientists and everything. via io9


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the original post on io9

Honestly, the fact that this happened at all should have been headline news on every news website in the world. In our "Christian" nation, it's a shock when any of our leaders actually give a scientist the time of day, let alone ask them questions. Of course, if you read the original io9 post, you can tell that the politicians really don't have any reasonable knowledge of what the search for alien looks like outside of a science fiction film. But hey, I give them points for trying. Let's hope this wasn't just a flash in the pan and that they ask about aliens again some time.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

ThePeteMiniTV: My pal @JayThePal just posted this on his instagram: #PuppetNewsBrief! #GlobalWarming Update! #GoFollowHim!

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From last night's snow storm: someone brought an umbrella but there wasn't any rain (yet).


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Same as my last shot but zoomed in on the couple clearing snow from their car. They look a little cross, don't they?


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My neighborhood, late this morning, long after the last snow fell.


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Verdict: #Smaug is a MUCH more satisfying film than the 1st one. Don't miss this!!


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This afternoon's entertainment. We're gettin some #Smaug up in this theater.


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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

When an #Apple #OSX installer tells you how long it will take don't believe it. #10minutesmyass


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The Latest from @JayThePal: WISDOM OF THE WEEK: #RememberMandela!!

My good buddy, Jay ThePal, just posted this on his YouTube!

WISDOM OF THE WEEK: #RememberMandela!! This is the truth! But watch the video to find out the deets, man! YEAH!
Watch it on YouTube, man!

Well, this is turning into a crappy Friday. In other news, my ISP sucks. And so does #Apple for not having OS DVDs anymore.


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io9 blogs on Evan Booth, who devised weapons built from items found inside an airport, after you go through security.


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From the original post on io9:
Shotguns are not allowed through airport security. But what does that matter if you can build one from items purchased in an airport gift shop? The break-action shotgun pictured above was made from Red Bull cans, a hair dryer, batteries and a can of Axe body spray – and it can blast a handful of pocket change through a sheet of drywall.


My dad always says that if someone wants to hurt you bad enough, they'll find a way to do it. However, it looks like they don't even have to try that hard. All they have to do is get a little clever. To me, knowing that this is possible is NOT scary. This has been possible for years and will go one being possible. Why am I not afraid? Simple: the overwhelming majority of people on Earth are not killers, terrorists or psychopaths. The overwhelming majority of people in airports are just trying to travel, just like you. And if you happen to have the bad luck of ending up on a plane or in a terminal at the same time as a killer, terrorist or a psychopath, take stock in knowing that it was just random bad luck.

Or, if you swung by Evan Booth's website, you may have already learned how to arm yourself against the insanely unlikely event of being on a plane or in a terminal at the same time as a mean person. That's ultimately my point. All these security measures at airports (taking off our shoes, x-raying our bags/coats/laptops etc, backscatter x-raying our bodies and sometimes getting felt up by a TSA agent) are not going to stop someone who really wants to hurt people.

The likelihood of getting hit by a car, even killed by one, is infinitely higher than of getting killed, or even harmed, in an air-travel-related act of violence. But do we ban cars, stop ourselves from crossing the street, or avoid leaving our homes? Of course not. Yet we act like we can stop someone if they really want to be horrible at the airport.

But the odds are in our favor. So, why bother living in fear? Why bother making air travel such a huge pain in the ass? Sure, keep x-raying bags and making me empty my pockets, but can I please keep my shoes on and my water bottle filled?

Read the original post on io9: http://goo.gl/4CHNg0

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Latest from @JayThePal: Watchu Watchin'? I'm watchin' #AlmostHuman!

My good buddy, Jay ThePal, just posted this on his YouTube!

Watchu Watchin'? I'm watchin' #AlmostHuman! Watch the video to see what I think of it. (Sadly, it's not "almost good.")
Watch it on YouTube, man!

From last month: Engadget reports on USG/UKG tapping Google and Yahoo & spying on a ton of users. Serious #BigBrother stuff.


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From the Engadget post:
It's a top secret plan with a fittingly supervillain-esque codename: MUSCULAR. That tool, part of a partnership between the NSA and the UK's GCHQ, has been used to infiltrate Google and Yahoo data centers across the world, according to documents revealed by Edward Snowden and confirmed by sources at The Washington Post. It's a breach of privacy that could affect hundreds of millions of users, one that neither company was apparently privy to, in spite of the NSA's history of court-ordered data access with both.


The original post: http://goo.gl/oQmfLX

So, while our planet is being stripped of its resources, our government is stripping us of much of our privacy and, as a result, our freedom of speech. I feel like they know something we don't. Like maybe the world is only going to get worse and they need to clamp down on us to keep us in line, so they can stay in power. When governments feel threatened, this is what they do.

Keep it classy, #POTUS! (Note the "question" in the lower right corner of this #screenshot.)


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From October: Newstatesman.com posts about a geophysicist who sees capitalism destabilizing the Earth's human-support systems.


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From the article:
But the bottom line was clear enough: global capitalism has made the depletion of resources so rapid, convenient and barrier-free that “earth-human systems” are becoming dangerously unstable in response. When pressed by a journalist for a clear answer on the “are we f**ked” question, Werner set the jargon aside and replied, “More or less.”

"There was one dynamic in the model, however, that offered some hope. Werner termed it “resistance” – movements of “people or groups of people” who “adopt a certain set of dynamics that does not fit within the capitalist culture”. According to the abstract for his presentation, this includes “environmental direct action, resistance taken from outside the dominant culture, as in protests, blockades and sabotage by indigenous peoples, workers, anarchists and other activist groups”.
Original article: http://goo.gl/yADZPJ

This is some scary stuff and it's essentially my worst nightmare. Back int he early 1990s there was a comic book the predicted the worst possible endgame for capitalism. The comic was called "The Legionaires" and while it was a superhero comic, it took place in the distant future after the Earth had been strip-mined literally beyond the capacity of the Earth's ability to support it. The planet literally collapses and breaks up. Luckily Earth's biggest cities had developed domed cities as defenses against nuclear war and alien invasions, so the comic didn't end in one issue. The point is, it doesn't take a geophysicist to recognize what happens when you let capitalism run amok. The whole idea of "free market capitalism," in the end, denies the laws of physics and, as a result, is ultimately unsustainable.

It's a really shame our corporate and governmental leaders don't read comic books.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Latest from @JayThePal: What I Wanna Know: Why are There SO Many Joke News Websites, Man??

My good buddy, Jay ThePal, just posted this on his YouTube!

What I Wanna Know: Why are There SO Many Joke News Websites, Man?? I mean, seriously--is it just cuz it's so easy to pick on how messed up the world is? Or...?
Watch it on YouTube, man!

The Latest from @JayThePal: Jay ThePal Show for 12/7/13!! Post Turkey/Pregancy fun and JTP CLASSIC! (EDITED)

My good buddy, Jay ThePal, just posted this on his YouTube!

Jay ThePal Show for 12/7/13!! Post Turkey/Pregancy fun and JTP CLASSIC! Including the first ever documentary on Jay ThePal and his cousin, Kay! Actually, man, we had to cut the documentary. Sadly, this isn't the episode we wanted to upload, man. It's been edited down because YouTube doesn't understand fair use and stuff. I know copyright law and getting sued is a pain, but if you're at an event and someone's shooting a documentary about you at it? And there's music in the background or whatever? That's like fair use, man. We're not using the song to sell anything and no one is watching the video because of the song. But whatever, man. I got more video to show you next week. Enjoy this one, man! And tell your friends about this video if you like it!! YEAH!!
Watch it on YouTube, man!

Ah, yeah, #TheBrotherhoodOfShaving, because women don't EVER shave.


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ThePeteMiniTV: Outside my window now. #WinterTime in #NYC! (It's kinda my favorite--always preferred the cold to the heat!)

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@NYTimes reports on how USG and UKG spies infiltrated #WorldOfWarcraft and #SecondLife. #ThisIsGettingRidiculous


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From the original article:



Fearing that terrorist or criminal networks could use the games to communicate secretly, move money or plot attacks, the documents show, intelligence operatives have entered terrain populated by digital avatars that include elves, gnomes and supermodels.


This is the most ridiculous rationalization for spying ever. What about Xbox and Playstation's networked games? What about the ALL the various chat/instant messaging networks out there, like Line, Kik and Snapchat? What about all the social networks that could be used by bad people? There are damn near infinite ways to communicate in the world today. Does the USG want to tap them all?

Our tax dollars at work.

And don't forget--the vaaaast majority of WoW players and Second Life users are NOT terrorists (not to mention those of us who have had our online and phone data swept up, as well). However, now, we are all now potential suspects.