The finished product
Two days and 140 dollars later and you get this:
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
They should get to about 4 ft X 4 ft, so I hope it fills in nicely.
That's when I half woke up, rolled over, and went back to sleep.
Usually that's it for the dream, but I guess I REALLY wanted that dinner, so my brain decides to let me continue the dream.
Now Ann is being all slutty and forward, which I like to pretend is how she is in real life. I guess that didn't need to be said...my subconscious made her that way.
ANYwhozle. She's being all slutty and forward and suggesting we go elsewhere, and I'm all "I'm sorry, I have a girlfriend. I won't do this."
That's pretty much the end of the parts that make sense. I think next I took a rocket ship to candy land and fought the wicked witch of the west with giant Q-tips.
At first I was kinda pissed that I didn't get to "see" the good stuff, but then I realized the big lesson:
Friday Kendle took me out to dinner, and we went to Putt Putt. It's not called that anymore, but they have not changed the course layout one bit, so I choose to still call it Putt Putt. I won by 3 strokes. Then it was off to the Trial Gardens. Kendle was happy:
Monday, June 29, 2009
We saw cool topiary, like this giraffe:
Then we went to the Blues and BBQ fest. Which is hilarious, because Kendle gets sick at the mention of grilled food, let alone the smell. But they had beer, and we were full from dinner, so it was all good.
The next day, I worked with Jesse at SC:
That night Kendle had a promo, which meant I played video games...for 5 hours straight. It.Was.AWESOME.
Sunday, Kendle and I did this to my front yard:
1/2 way through my awesome roommate Nate came out and with out being asked picked up a shovel and helped finish it off. At this point we were all very tired. That's when the new next door neighbor came by to introduce himself. Turns out he's a pretty cool cat, so all four of us went out for dinner at Papa Del's.
After eating WAY too much pizza, I passed out in bed watching Daisy of Love (She let Chi Chi go cause he was getting creepy.)
All the photos above and MORE can be found on my Picasa
I don't just want a Camaro...
I want a Transformer. It's going to be very hard to get the Chevy dealer to sell me that, but HOLY SHIT was that movie good.
Friday, June 26, 2009
I know, I know. It's getting terrible reviews. I think I even saw a "Top Ten" list of the ten most scathing reviews for Revenge of the Fallen.
But go read them carefully. They all say the same thing. "There is no plot, just a lot of action" or "It's just like the first one, only longer" or "It's really loud."
For some reason, every reviewer thought this was going to somehow be the Goodwill Hunting of action movies. It's not. It's a Michal Bay film. You didn't go for the dialog, you went for the action.
You know who I blame? The Dark Knight. Not every sequel is going to be on par with that. It's all about expectations. If you love action, or you love the transformers, then you will love Revenge of the Fallen.
All the things that made the first one great are there. Big robot fights, and a little backstory into the world of the Transformers. In fact...it's arguable that this movie has MORE plot and MORE backstory than the first one.
I really only have one complaint. Megan Fox....more of this:
and less of this:
And I know what you are all thinking...oh Ben likes it when she shows more skin. No...no no no no...no. It's the boots. Ewwww. What was her stylist thinking. She's already short, and the tall boots just make her legs look shorter, making HER look shorter.
Yeesh...why don't they call me for these things?
But not the real kind. The fake "viral video" internet stars. That's what I'm talking about, but I guess this could also apply to real stars.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
But here's my beef. You create an awesome video, or maybe you have a weekly show. You get a billion people subscribed to you. People tune in every week to see you, and you keep creating great content. People love you for it, and in return, you love them for it.
Until it get's a little to personal.
And that's my problem. You "life stream" and share every little detail about your life, and then turn around and complain when your privacy is invaded. Does that seem like a silly statement? Like, is putting it in those words just make it absolutely crystal clear that what you do is a non-private thing, and asking for privacy after you opened that door is not possible?
And I'm not even talking about people coming to your apartment, or taking your picture on the street like the REAL stars have to deal with....I'm talking about getting an email.
Yeah...an email is what set this girl off.
THOSE ARE YOUR FANS! These are the same people who made you popular, and make what you do worthwhile. I'm not saying you have to respond to those emails, but to publicly re-post what they sent you privately and make fun of them is just a terrible breech of trust.
If your popularity is becoming too much for you to handle...quit making videos and content. Stop driving people to your website. Drop out of the spotlight. Don't make fun of the people who got you where you are.
You were nobody before, and you can be nobody again.
No, I did not send an email to some internet "star." I just follow a few and I saw this happen today.
From the iPhone!
Typing is a little slow from my phone, but I'll never have an "i'm on vacation and can't blog" excuse anymore.
Monday, June 22, 2009
So yes Judd, the power may be fickle at Stanage, but when we get a personal fireworks show in our back yard, I expect to be out of power for a bit.
Thankfully, nothing in the house was knocked out. I either have some sort of whole house surge protector (not very likely) or when transformer one got knocked out, creating a light show that lit up the back yard like it was noon on the sun, it must have stopped power from going any further.
So the power company comes over lunch, and they are replacing these huge barrel things that hang up on the poles. Awesome...we have power again. But the tractor they brought in tore the fuck out of my grass. Now I'm a happy camper because I can play my PS3 again, but I"m still kinda miffed that they fucked up my yard.
People advise me that "that's just part of the deal" and "when that happened to me they told me to pave the area, in case they had to come back"
Seriously? Any utility company can just show up and damage your property? That hardly seems right. So I decide that even though I've been told it's not worth my time, I call them anyways and talk to someone.
Ameren was more than happy to send someone out to look at the damage and fix it. I must say, I'm super impressed with them. Course, they haven't FIXED it yet, so we will see how that goes, but I'm kinda concerned for the guy who told me they don't fix it! Did he pave his back yard at Ameren's request? Backbone people! Backbone!
I guess I should have expected this. Even our tiny little town has some nuts in it. There was a LINE at the AT&T store this morning. One long enough that I was not willing to wait in it. Seriously? a)It's not that big of an upgrade, b) our town is tiny c) we have TWO AT&T stores AND a Best Buy c)I was in SAVOY...no one goes to savoy!
Friday, June 19, 2009
So my little countdown to the right had to be pushed back to noon today, when I will try again.
d) It's not that big of an upgrade, so it shouldn't have been that busy
Sometimes I fuck up
I should be more careful about what I write on here :) Last night at trivia some VERY awesome guests showed up with cupcakes for me 'cause it was "my birthday." I was so confused. Why would they think that?
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
"Well you wrote it on your blog. Happy birthday to you...iPhone?"
For the record my Birthday is January 30th, and you guys are officially off the hook for getting me a present then :) But the story behind the story is this:
I NEVER get myself anything. Ok, so one time I got a PlayStation 3 for me but that was a used one for cheap. Typically luxury items like $100+ dollar jeans or the latest and greatest gadget are put on hold. I usually buy used, or go with jeans that are regular priced. It's kinda unheard of for me to splurge on myself like that, so it was special. I went with birthday, but perhaps I should have said "It's like Christmas in June!" or something equally clever.
That, combined with the fact that I ran over at trivia AGAIN kept me up most of last night. I think I've adopted a "worry gene" from somewhere. I guess it's back to zombie dreams or dreams about being lost till next week, when I fully plan on running the best show these people have yet to see. :)
So Nate asks "Do you want to do lunch today?"
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Turns out I CAN'T today. Why? It seems that between TNT, prepping for showing the house twice this week, the two "Rush" projects at work, and prepping a proposal for a new website I could potentially be making, yeah...I'm a little busy. Am I happy about it? You bet. All that crap I just listed equals more money. I have yet to see Biggie's point of "More money, more problems."
I mean perhaps he's talking about a lot more money than I am. I tend to dream small. I don't have rapper dreams about fast cars, hot women, and they always have Crystal too. Nope, give me a Camero (ok...so I do dream of fast cars, but I'll take a used one. I'm not picky.), a few gadgets, and a nice place to live with an internet connection, and I'm a happy camper.
Did 808 and Heartbreak sell well?
I can see why I didn't hear much about this album. I guess maybe his mom dying made him a little melancholy, but damn, this album is NOT marketable. There is not one outstanding song on the album, but if you listen to all of them together, it's GOOD.
Monday, June 15, 2009
'Cept "RoboCop" which I like, but I can't get over how he is rapping about RoboCop and then you can hear mechanical servos whirring in the background. It breaks it for me, but everything but the chorus is awesome. It's actually one of the few UPBEAT songs on the album.
Anyways, however unmarketable it is, it's a complete departure from his old stuff, which is refreshing and fun to listen to. Gone are the bragging lyrics, and catchy beats. It's a much more somber album, heavy on the drums. There's even a track that uses those guys who sit on the streets in Chicago and beat on the plastic buckets. Obviously Kanye is from "The CityTM."
So between "The Black Album" and "808 and Heartbreak" we went with adding rap to the iPod, not Britney Spears.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
I bought myself a little present today. Finally got that iPhone. 2 years of waiting because I renewed my contract right as the first one came out. Boy am I glad I waited. With the built in video camera...will we see more youtube posts? Only if its a quality camera. Hopefully it will allow me to do awesome things like blog on the go, or snap pictures of awesome things. Like this little gem:
I had to snap it at the store, then come home and transfer it over. Just think how much fun it would have been to blog FROM Target?
Only time will tell.
The Black Alubm
I think I rediscover this album every summer. It's got to be one of my all time favorites. Last time it was burned onto a black CD-R by a friend, this time I "went to best buy" and "purchased" a copy.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Let me tell you there is just nothing wrong with that album. Every song is good, even the Interludes are entertaining. I hate skit tracks. They are usually just a gimmick that was cute maybe the first time it ever happened, but I doubt it. I am listening to your CD because I wanted to hear you sing, not hear you crack wise about some "ho" or pretend to have your manager call you and tell you to stop being so outrageous. We get it...you are funny.
From "Change Cloths" to "99 Problems" to "Lucifer" everything feels fresh and entertaining. Plus you can't over look Kanye West producing two of the tracks. Kanye was good back then.
I can't really speak to him now, I haven't listened to his new album. I think I'll go "buy" that as soon as I get off work.
I did NOT get boo'd
Trivia went fine. I should have known it would. I was all freaked out since like 10:00 yesterday, but I put so much planning into it that it all just went smoothly.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I think everyone had a blast with the "Create your own Flag" round. People got to represent their teams with a logo or flag they created. The plan is to use these flags in later rounds, to build team spirit. The true or false round was surprisingly low in the score department. But EVERYONE was low, so I feel like the questions were fair.
Kendle helped ALOT. She was the score keeper, and crayon passer-outer, and pencil collector among many other things. She basically kept the show going so I could focus more on the questions and prizes.
We got some new people in there, and they said they loved it so much they are coming back! So I'm not driving business away...I'm just generating more at this point. So maybe Robb won't fire me 3 weeks into this.
Regular hunka.net readers will notice the new trivia section at the top. It's more a way to get in touch with the regulars. I plan to start hinting at what the categories will be so people can study over twitter and Facebook. Hey when there's a big cash prize on the line, you got to be PREPARED!
Oh and as a follow up to the last post:
When I got home from trivia, I logged into the Facebook event page. Everyone had been invited...you know...AFTER the event was over. Thank you Facebook.
My gripe with Facebook
So I did that thing that I hate, when you have an event, and you put it on Facebook. But like, it's not a party at your house, it's more like a for profit event somewhere.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
But decided to try it anyway and drum up some business for the trivia show. Everything was going swimmingly. I got a picture uploaded (after two tries) I set the event message, location, and time. Then it came to the guests. I decided to invite everyone in CU I knew.
Now I'm a smart person when it comes to computers and even web applications, but this makes NO sense. I invite 72 people. It pops up a screen that lists all their names and says "These people have been invited." Grand. I'm golden. So I check back a few hours later...there's only one response...in fact...there's only ONE invite? So I try again. This time I invite 96 people, doubling up on the first group and expanding.
Again the screen says "These people have been invited." But I read a little closer and sure enough it says "oh, but they wont show up as invited until they receive their invitation" Ok, so these people haven't logged in yet? I guess I'll write to the event's wall apologizing about my apparent ineptness with Facebook.
So I give it over night, and check it again. STILL only one invite has gone out. WTF, this is not my fault Facebook, I've done everything you asked and I feel like you have let me down. Plus now Laura Herrel thinks I'm a super creeper and ONLY invited her to this event.
Anywho, Facebook snafu be damned, tonight is my first night hosting for the summer. Here's your invite :) 7:00 at Boltini, and Robb has been kind enough to offer up a $50 dollar cash prize. So it's for real folks. You may actually come home WITH money rather than having spent it.
And another one bites the dust
Duh duh duh ba dum bump bum ba dump, and another one bites the dust.
Thursday, June 04, 2009
I already 1/2 mentioned it earlier, but Judd's moving out of "Never Never Land" where you never have to grow up, or as it's commonly known, Stanage.
Unfortunately, I ran out of people. I have someone who wants to move in a YEAR from now, but that doesn't do me much good NOW, so it's off to the internet to make new friends.
Craig's list is funny. You list a house and 70% of the responses are just people looking for my email address. Today's email was the best, it came from a french student (which "explained her broken English" in the email).
I'm ANNIE BECKY,a 28 years old Hummanitarian nurse and also a
pharmacist, but I keep my other job as part time/or let me say one of
I don't know, maybe this will just be me being a male pig, but that sounds like she's a stripper!
Who would want that in their house? Plus earlier in the email "she" said she saw my ad on CRAIGSLIST.ORG. Form letter anyone? Yeah, they wrote it once, and left out the website and the name of the person, so they can auto fill it in, but seriously, why all caps? it was a dead giveaway.
I do already have two real people interested in the palace. Real in the sense that they were actually willing to say "let me see a lease" and "when can I come see the place"
That's another thing scammers, don't say "I'm very serious and am willing to sign a lease right now." NO ONE says that who is very serious. They would want to see those other things first.
So in the past I have been notoriously un-choosey about roommates. Pooka shells Nate was proof positive of that. This time around I need for more than your checks to cash every month. Wait, his didn't even do that, that was a terrible reference.
Well anyways, if no ones cool, I may not even rent the place out. Turn it into a tv room, or a work out place. Have you seen how much used gym equipment you can get used? It crazy. I think if I had 25 dollars and a pickup truck, I could get a whole home gym.
I got boo'd
It was not my first official night as trivia host, but I did run one round just to get some constructive criticism. I learned 2 things.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
a) Greg needs his mic's at volume 5, and I need them at 8.
b) trick questions, even if you give a hint, are NOT popular.
The question was "Milk is the #1 ingredient in ice cream, what is #2?"
Now I was supposed to stop there, but I felt it was a little vague and slightly tricky, so I added "and it's not sugar"
Well no one got it right. 0 people. So when I read the answer, the crowd erupted into a thunderous BOOOOO!
Now they wern't REALLY mad, and I think everyone had a good time but it was not a good way to start things off. Hopefully when I do a whole show it will go a little smoother. It's hard to jump in and out of "on stage" mode. Plus I was a little tipsy at that point, so I was not on my game. From here on out...no more drinking at Bolts.
You guys are terrible! :)
Here I spend hours writing a little applet that lets you all vote anonymously about the fate of bengorski.com, keeps track of the responses, and then puts them into a bar chart for easy viewing, and NO one took the poll!
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
You guys are terrible :)
Ok, so I didn't do all that, but I did find a service that let me do all that. It's over there on the right if you are so inclined to participate in the second one.
It doesn't matter. I bought the domain anyways. For now it just forwards here, but I HAD plans to make a new website. It was going to be awesome. There was gonna be a guy with a hunka.net shirt on getting stabbed by a guy with a bengorski.com shirt on. The BG.com guy was gonna have a word bubble over his head saying "I finally got him!" and then there would be a link to the new site.
But now I have to keep this one...at least a little while longer.
I had the best day that I can remember in a long time. Started off with a little pool action. I even went down the water slide, which turned out to be way more fun than I remembered. After an hour on the lazy river, and a few runs down the inner tube water slide...I was BURNT.
Monday, June 01, 2009
But that was not the end of the great day, oh no. We are only at like...2:00 at this point. So Kendle and I went to find food. I had forgotten to eat and was starving. Silver mine subs to the rescue! With the students gone, we could park on campus and walk around no problem. We tried to go to the Apple store, but it was Sunday, and closed. So we went to Urban Outfitters instead. She shopped, I found a couch and took a nap. Then it was off to downtown Champaign...to go to the COMIC BOOK store!
Seriously, that girl must love me, cause NO one, not even my guy friends will go to the comic book store with me. Then we got to go look at used video games. Holy shit...how could this day get any better?
So we go home, and watched Underworld. I was tired at that point, and hungry, so it was off to the kitchen. I didn't find food, but I did still have Bloody Mary stuff leftover, so I just had one of those. Then Kendle looks at me and is all "So what happens to the 1/2 werewolf 1/2 vampire guy?"
Underworld 2 is what happened next. So we watched that too.
At this point I was in some serious pain from the sun burn (I don't care WHAT you say, SPF 4 is JUST not enough to be out all day in), but I was so tired I went up to bed and fell right asleep, dreaming of vampires, comic books, and water slides.
Oh, and in other news, Judd is moving out. So now I have to get the painting stuff BACK out and do his room. Yeesh, I thought doing three rooms in a row was going to be the end of it.