Flickr Photostream

I’ve been on Flickr for nearly 15 months now, and in that time I’ve posted over 780 photos. It’s pretty much the result of uploading two photos per day on most days ever since the very start. I figure that by constantly adding new material to my Flickr the more likely my family and friends will visit it on a more regular basis than otherwise. The strategy is working. Thank You for checking it out. Nowadays when my family and friends ask me “how was your vacation” I respond by inviting them to check out my Flickr in the weeks to come. The pictures will tell the story.

This photo-taking hobby of mine is very new to me. I never owned a camera until April 2010, and even then it was part of my Android smart phone. It took great photos for over two years, and I still use it today to take the occasional picture and TwitPic it. For my recent 45TH birthday my family got me a real camera – a Nikon Coolpix. I love it. It will go on a lot of future vacations with me. You can check out my vacation memories:


The 800TH Hit

‘Saturday Night Retro’ used to be a regular series on this blog. Now it’s the name of the blog. It was inspired by a popular series on my former hit music-based web site (‘MASSIVESMASH.COM’) known as ‘The Major’s MASSIVE Memories’.

Yesterday I added the 800TH hit to my iTunes collection. This past week I quietly celebrated my 5TH anniversary with iTunes. (The date actually came and went without me even realizing it until just now.) So that’s 800 hits in 5 years – or an average of 160 hits per year – less than one every two days. I’m very meticulous as to which hits get added to my iTunes collection. Each one is added for a reason. Mainly that reason is that it’s one of the greatest hits ever made according to me. My iTunes collection is essentially ‘The Music Of My Life’. It spans six decades from the 1960s to the 2010s. 617 of the 800 hits (over 77%) are from the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s. My admiration of classic hit music – particularly classic rock – from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s is fairly new, and it’s slowly building within my collection.

521 of the 800 hits were purchased directly from the iTunes Store at $0.99 or $1.29 a pop. The remainder were imported from my CDs of the 1990s and 2000s. If only there was a way to somehow import all of the great music that I still have on cassette singles of the 1980s !

Listening to all 800 hits one right after another would take approximately 3,200 minutes (based on an average length of four minutes per hit). That’s over 53 hours of non-stop hits with no repeats. Of course that’s impractical. I’ve actually got a special smart playlist known as my ‘HOT 275’. It’s the best of the best – the cream of the crop – the best 275 hits of them all – and it’s on one of my four iPod Shuffles – the one that goes to work with me. It’s my workplace jukebox. It’s my own personal hit music station that I control. Hit after hit. No radio station can match my ‘HOT 275’.


Chernobyl Diaries

I saw “Chernobyl Diaries” at the movie theatre this afternoon. Anyone who knows me knows that there are two types of movies that I love – hilarious gutbusting laugh-out-loud screwball comedies – and horrifying bonechilling suspenseful thrillers. Yesterday I saw the long-awaited sequel to the instant cult classic “Piranha 3D” – “Piranha 3DD”. That flick qualifies for both types of movies that I love. It was hilarious and horrifying. It’s also a box office disaster. It played in a mere 86 theatres over the weekend (compared with 3,000+ for the typical movie), and it made less than $0.2 million. In 2010 the original movie made nearly 60 times that amount in wide release.

But back to “Chernobyl Diaries”. This movie made me shake and shiver all over. It frightened me to bits. It’s perhaps the scariest movie I have ever seen in my entire life. (Then again I have medium-term memory loss.) I also get scared quite easily. Any movie that keeps my eyes popped and glued to the big screen is a great movie. This one did so with an extremely limited budget – barely $1.0 million. Apparently I’m not alone. The movie is a modest success. It’s made nearly $15 million so far. It’s my kind of movie !  [A+]

I’m on track to shatter my all-time personal record for seeing movies in a movie theatre in a single year. 2003 is the benchmark thus far having seen 30 movies that year – 14 of them by the first weekend of June. “Chernobyl Diaries” was my 15TH movie of this year, and “Piranha 3DD” doesn’t even count because I didn’t see it in a movie theatre. I saw it at home on AT&T U-Verse On Demand. Keep in touch with my blog. I’ll review future movies that I see.



Exactly 52 weeks after my last post on the first Saturday night of June of 2011 I’ve decided to resurrect this blog of mine. I created it back in October 2007, and I posted rather often over the next 3 years or so – in fact over 1,300 times – sometimes twice or more in a single day. I’m not sure if the time is right to go back to active blogging, but I’m willing to give it a chance again. Hopefully I won’t burn myself out with it, and hopefully this isn’t a one shot deal. I’m not going to force myself to blog, but rather blog when I feel the need to share something interesting that takes more than 140 characters to do so.

In between blog posts you can check me out on both Twitter and Flickr. Active feeds will run along the right-hand side of this page. I tweet and post new photos almost daily, so the feeds should look different on your occasional visits to this page.

Don’t look for me on Facebook. I’ve never created an account on there. It’s just not my thing. I’ve got an account on Google+, but I lost interest in that pretty much as fast as I gained interest in it initially. I’d rather go back to basics. I’d rather blog … and tweet.