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I knew that one day I would eventually get around to creating a podcast. It’s the first step toward getting my TV show out of the notebook and into something real. But that’ll be done another day. Right now, podcast.  Why now? I had a close encounter with a seemingly closed mind on twitter.  Someone I had thought was level headed, fair, balanced and all that.

Someone whom I now see as perhaps overly sensitive, quick to judge and possibly paranoid.

I wonder ((?)) what would she think of Alyssa Milano’s “Evolution” video posted on my tumblr at

iAuthor Tom Hobbs ‏@Kindlemojo has written an e-book he often promotes with the tweet “The Novel that proves: You can’t cure stupid!”

Perhaps that’s applicable here.

It all started with a pop music video.

Below you’ll find the link to my podcast which details the events and my stance.

UPDATE January 6, 2016 ::: Just got this email —> “Since you are on the FREE Buzzsprout plan, episodes older than 90 days will be deleted. The following episodes are scheduled for deletion before the end of your current cycle on February 5th.” So if it is past that date and you are reading this, you’re out of luck. If I re-post the podcast elsewhere, I’ll link to it here.



Competition, at the end of the day, doesn’t matter… But, at the end of the day, it is a competitive space.” ~ The Kang Sisters

Have you heard of / Are you using tools such as StoryMap or cell phone apps like Storehouse? Are you tending to your personal brand? A recent episode of South Park showed children and adults gathered together in a room where the jumbo tv screen was blank. No one was talking to anyone else. Everyone’s nose was buried in his or her smartphone. The cartoon series reflects what’s going on in the analog world: the mobile device has become the connecting point for millions of people all over the world. It is the center of all attention and affection: a communicator, an oracle, a library, a walkman, a television, and sometimes a telephone!

Wearables, hearables, nearables and payables will be some of the buzzwords of 2015 as the mobile revolution takes the next great leap. Mobile and social trends will continue to drive technical, product and content innovation with subscription and rental models increasingly driving digital revenues.” ~ Nic Newman

Mr. Newman has outlined in his Media, Journalism and Technology Predictions for 2015 report you can read or download here. [PDF]

Now, after you’ve read the report, how much of it do you believe currently applies to or is likely to impact you, in the 12 months coming. What are YOUR thoughts? Is Newman on-target?

There’s panic across America. Demons sprouting up here, there and everywhere. Among them are recurring attention-stealers like #Kardashian butt, #Ferguson, #CosbyMeme, Buffalo’s Snowmageddon, Hillary Clinton and of course, Middle East conflicts.

Closer to the mortal plane and to the minds of those who once were young: the ongoing skit pitting Led Zeppelin against Spirit. Battle lines were drawn in May 2014. The final outcome will be verrrry interesting, I see it dynamically impacting future copyright claims.

To keep the ship right, one must look back to the mid-1960s, a time when it was common for bands to “borrow and re-work,” essentially re-imagine and re-design older tunes – especially blues numbers, something the pre-Zep Yardbirds and the very early Rolling Stones specialized in. Even the Beatles dabbled in old songs, like “My Bonnie”…

In the interest of stirring up some trouble of my own, I turn your attention toward our beloved ancient rock icons The Rolling Stones. Let’s admit we creative types all beg, borrow and steal, albeit much of the time unintentionally and unconsciously.

Keith Richards says he envisioned “Satisfaction” as a country song before he chanced upon the Fuzzbox. With such a distinctive opening, there was nothing like it back in ’65.

Richards himself THOUGHT he got the idea Martha & the Vandellas’ “Dancing in the Street.” At times, the Stones fretted over music that others might interpret as “borrowed” – k d Lang received a writing credit for “Anybody Seen My Baby?”, whose chorus sounds strikingly similar to “Constant Craving”. The story goes Mick Jagger discovered his daughter listening to a recording of “Constant Craving” on her stereo and realized he had heard the song before many times but only subliminally.

I’ve always suspected he got the spark for the classic opening riff of “Satisfaction” from hearing the guitar lick within “Since You Broke My Heart.” What do YOU think?

Starting out in life and building a career is easier for some of us, but not so much for others. Years ago my best friend’s brother had his heart set on becoming a trucker – driving those ‘big rigs’ cross-country. He went to a special school to learn how to drive the behemoths. But he couldn’t get work. I asked him why and he said “because every place I apply, they want someone with a minimum one year experience.” That was the last time I saw him, he even had a belt on that had a little tractor-trailer buckle on it. I don’t know if his dream ever came true or not. One of my favorite twitterers, Roslynn Cobarrubias, has a great presentation relating to starting out. Although her piece is directed toward the music industry, the parallel lines run deep and you can apply the thoughtstream here to any career choice. The most important thing: never give up, and don’t listen when people tell you you CAN’T do something. You can do it! Thanks Ros, for this article. I hope it helps others who are coming up!


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Had a blast returning to Cal State Fullerton to join fellow Walnut High School alum (Class of 2012) Christianne Holly Santiago on her Wednesday morning radio show called, “Your Morning Poison.” Walking thru campus down under the library where Titan Internet Radio still operates several years later with old rugs STILL on the wall gave me a sense of familiarity and comfortability before the interview. It was a humbling experience to return back to the place where working in the music industry was a developing dream after years as a working professional and now business owner. Holly and I discussed topics that came directly from CSUF students about the value of internships, how to network properly and developing your personal brand. I hope that anyone listens to it HERE or reads the interview below is inspired in whatever field they are in to continue to stay focused on…

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I promised I would blog about what’s on my coffee table. With my beloved remote as centerpiece, have a look at treasures found at garage sales.

There’s a 25 cent VHS movie “Guantanemera” which is in Spanish with English subtitles. I watched it last night after my workout. Let’s say it was interesting. About romance, old age, life choices and undertakers, set in Cuba.

“The Brain Power Cookbook” comes with a recommender from Dr. Phil and I like it because it tells me all of favorite foods like chocolate are good for me. It set me back 10 cents.

Those cables are s-video with gold plated connectors, very expensive when new. I paid 25 cents apiece.

The little serving tray from the early 1960s was a dollar, and the Patrick Guerin DVD was taken from a box labeled “Free. Help yourself.”


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