Friday, November 29, 2013

Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?

I know its a tough world out there in Hollywood - but where the heck are my cowboys? I need to see some criminals get put away, some logic and gut feelings put into play and I need it now!




Nothing to see here, I'm just waiting for the boys to come back to TV is all.



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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Change You Can Believe In

Obamacare, Peace with Iran, Thanks Giving, Hanukah and oh, so much more, but here is what fell between the cracks, as they always have done:

Curious about the 100,000 Homes Campaign? Participating communities have already housed over 73,000 people across teh USA, including 21,000 veterans.

Learn about the movement that is fundamentally altering America's response to homelessness through the firsthand experiences of some of its most successful participants at

kthanxbai! Jumblerant
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Monday, November 25, 2013

Ward Miles - His 1st Year

I'm just getting over a nasty virus that had me out flat on my back for 3 days, so luckily I can now fit into my skinny jeans (as if!) and am catching up on my emails.

Amongst the detritus in my inbox I found this amazing video that admittedly, had me teared up, and I think you'll feel the same way it too:



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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Noah - An Amazing New Film

An amazing film is being released soon. I say amazing in the pure definition of the word, not the overused, trite usage that teens today say every time something shiny comes along.

  1. 1.
    causing great surprise or wonder; astonishing.
    "an amazing number of people registered"
    synonyms:astonishing, astounding, surprising, stunning,
    staggering, shocking,startling, stupefying, breathtaking; 

So what causes me to be astounded and surprised? Mainly the fact that someone has the foresight and cojones to actually make an epic film about Noah. 

So who is in it?

Anthony Hopkins, Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Ray Winstone, and some other people, but those are the 4 that I'll be going to the cinema to see.

And here's why:

Admittedly it is mainly fiction, apparently, when Christian screenwriter Brian Godawa acquired a copy of the script in October 2012, he posted an evaluation on his website with the title "Darren Aronofsky's Noah: Environmentalist Wacko".

Comparing it to what is said in the Bible, he said "If you were expecting a Biblically faithful retelling of the story of the greatest mariner in history and a tale of redemption and obedience to God you’ll be sorely disappointed." He predicted that the film "will be rejected by millions of devoted Bible readers worldwide because once again it subverts their own sacred narrative with a political agenda of pagan earth religion that is offensive to their Faith."

Personally, I think it looks like a very interesting movie and might be a good way to get people to read the book that the story is based on... 


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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Password Puzzle

mail, local banking, original bank account, work computer, work email, Google Analytics, AdWords, Webmaster tools, LinkedIn general, LinkedIn Ads, Facebook. CMS as work.

Gmail. iTunes. Office WiFi. Car.

Password (game show)
Password (game show) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just a few of the passwords / pass codes that I need to remember in my every day life.

Between you and me (please don't tell the world) the majority of access passwords are written down on scraps of paper and then pinned to my wall, that way, if someone wants to break into my Google Ads account then not only do they need to have an insane desire to do so, but they need to be in my office too!

Generic passwords are not my thing. Using 'Password' as a password seems a bit silly to me. Phone numbers mixed with dates or names are probably the best way to go. Or zip codes.

So here is a nearly plausible scenario about a standard recovery password.



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Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Dumbest Thing You Could Say

Seriously, there are some idiots out there, in my home country we call them 'muppets'. Over at Upworthy they have highlighted one particular fool who decided to go head to head with a Congresswoman about disability, and specifically, military disability.

Duckworth narrates the Salute to Fallen Asian ...
Duckworth narrates the Salute to Fallen Asian Pacific Islander Heroes in Arlington, Virginia, June 2, 2005. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An IRS contractor named Braulio Castillo hurt his foot playing football in military prep school. He never served in the actual military. Then one day, decades later, he used it to get preferred treatment in government contracts. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), who lost both her legs and still could lose her arm from combat injuries, felt that this might just be a touch inappropriate. It gets amazing around 4:30.

Watch and learn.

Kudos and respect to the Congresswoman too.

kthanxbai! Jumblerant
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Friday, November 15, 2013

Cody Lovaas - A Rising Star

A great new musician has hit the scene and this video really shows off his talents. I'll let the music excite you first, and then you can read his story!

Not the next Justin Bieber - he just doesn't have that sound. 

Born in Dallas, but currently living in San Diego, he is all of 15, so unable to even drive a car!

After playing a handful of shows last summer he was invited to record an album for action-sports company Hurley, which let him use their i-house recording studios. The resulting album, Dropping In, was produced by Grammy-winner Alan Sanderson (Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Switchfoot). Lovaas wrote all nine songs.

Then in February, the high school freshman played before another San Diego pop star, Jason Mraz, at an open mic in a coffee house in Oceanside.

“We talked about surfing,” says Lovaas, about meeting Mraz. “He gave me some advice. He said when a song comes to you, always write it down or you’ll lose it.”

Then, two weeks later, Lovaas’s father got a surprise call from Bill Silva, the longtime San Diego promoter who is now based in L.A., where he oversees his concert-promotion firm and a management company that handles Mraz as a client.

“We went up to his office in West Hollywood,” says Lovaas. “We met his entire management staff.” Bill Silva Management has a staff of 12. Lovaas brought his guitar and played for Silva’s people. It went well. Silva agreed to manage him.

To many people. Lovaas’s songwriting style is reminiscent of Jack Johnson. His emotion-dripped vocals bring comparisons to Adele and his youth and fresh-faced appeal evoke comparisons to Justin Bieber, and both Silva and his new artist don’t want that.

“We’re not looking to make him the next Justin Bieber,” says Civia Caroline, director of marketing for Bill Silva Management. “We are aware that he’s 14. We don’t want to create something that he’s not.”

 Good luck Cody!

kthanxbai! Jumblerant
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

'Hit and Run' or 'Run and Hit'?

Over at MArooned, Jay G. shares with us a great video about a hit and run. Its an interesting one for me as the events as they happened illicit different ideas from me whenever I put them into different scenarios.

Here is the video, and don't forget to read the questions underneath after you've seen the whole thing (its fun to see the last 10 seconds - trust me!).

1. If you were the driver of the black SUV - just how scared would you be?
1a. If this wasn't Chicago but let's say, Jerusalem, or Damascus, just how scared would you be?

2. If you were the driver of the cab, why didn't you just take the licence plate number and call the police?

3. Could all of this have been avoided if the cab driver hadn't armed himself with with something?

4. Can the cab driver be charged with assault / attempted damage to property and even causation of the situation?

Obviously none of us know enough about the situation to answer these questions properly, and the violence about getting the correct insurance information really is a 1st world problem. However, it does bring to mind an excellent advert that we used to be shown in the UK in the 80's:

What are your thoughts?


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Monday, November 11, 2013

Losing Weight The Easy Way

As anyone who knows me will tell you when describing your humble Jumblerant blogger, 'he ain't no skinny'.

Recently I have gotten into a good workout routine, gym 3-5 days a week, and not just for the free hot showers!Weights and jogging are my thing, more weights, than jogging as I have never really been a runner. I have good friends who do triathlons and even Iron Man events.

Triathlon races vary in distance. According to the International Triathlon Union, and USA Triathlon, the main international race distances are:
  1. Sprint Distance; 750 meter (.465 mi) swim, 20 kilometer (12.5 mi) bike, 5 kilometer (3.1 mi) run
  2. Intermediate (or Standard) distance; commonly referred to as the "Olympic distance": 1.5 kilometer (.93 mi) swim, 40 kilometer (25 mi) bike, 10 kilometer (6.2 mi) run
  3. Long Course; commonly referred to as 70.3 or the 'half-Ironman'; 1.9 kilometer (1.2 mi) swim, 90 kilometer (56 mi) bike, and a 21.1 kilometer (13.1 mi) run
  4. Ultra Distance; commonly referred to as 140.6 or the 'Ironman'; 3.8 kilometer (2.4 mi) swim, 180.2 kilometer (112 mi) bike, and a full marathon: 42.2 kilometer (26.2 mi) run.

As a result of all of my friends getting healthy / working out their mid life crises, I was very happy to see that one of my favourite authors and bloggers - Bayou Renaissance Man - had a new fitness video up on his site.



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Friday, November 8, 2013

More Pomplamoose Musical Magic

The chaps over at Pomplamoose have made some great music videos in the past, and yet again they have bested themselves. Their latest offering isn't an action grabbing extravaganza like OkGo's ghillie suit clad trombonists, and yet it is memorable in it's own way.
pomplamoose (Photo credit: reidspice)

What impresses me most is not actually the music, which in itself is great, but it is the talent, artistry and forward thinking that goes into the video.


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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

I Do Not Have Clinophobia

Yes, it is true, I do not have Clinophobia, the fear of going to bed. In fact I very much have the opposite, a strong desire to go to bed. Often.

I also do not have:

Didaskaleinophobia- Fear of going to school

Enosiophobia or Enissophobia- Fear of having committed an unpardonable sin or of criticism
Francophobia- Fear of France or French culture
Geumophobia- Fear of taste
Homichlophobia- Fear of fog
Iophobia- Fear of poison
Judeophobia- Fear of Jews
Kymophobia- Fear of waves
Lockiophobia- Fear of childbirth
Microphobia- Fear of small things

But there doesn't seem to be a cute little word for my greatest fear, but now there is a video:

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy
And pictures: Yes, my fear is of having an airplane crash whilst parachuting. What's your greatest fear? Answers in the comments please kthanxbai! Jumblerant
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