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I'm Back!
Took that short little excursion to the dark side, it didn't work for me. So I dressed up some pages and tweaked the news blurbs. The old blurb design wouldn't work with what I'm using now. But I'm sure you're tired of hearing about that. It's back to business - here's the blurbs.

November 28, 2006 - 4:17 p.m.
Take it to the Sketchboard
I came to the realization that I won't be able to do a complete redesign without taking more time off. It involves more than a template. But I got it to the point where I can work and write at the same time. Things missing, things to be added, I'm over here now

November 22, 2006 - 12:02 p.m.
Happy Turkey Day Before the Day
Didn't realize how much work it was moving things to a new system, switching the design up, and the infuriating quirks of IE's handling of CSS. Saw no reason to use Firefox until I started playing around with it. IE 7, 8, 9, or 10.. it really don't matter. The browser is terrible. Anyway.. I'll be up and running on Monday. Have a good one.

November 17, 2006 - 12:41 p.m.
Mr. Mr. Magic. Magic. Super Super.. Blast Blast
Still tapping away. Wanted to leave you with something.. the other day I was searching for a soul record online, a Tyrone Davis song. Anyway I came across a Mr. Magic and Marley Marl radio segment taped back in 1987. Some guy posted it among a bunch of Talking Heads and random rock records.
If you know who Mr. Magic is you'll appreciate the flashback. Youngstas.. really can't fathom this, but there was a time when radio stations didn't play hip-hop 24 hours a day. The HOT97's and Power 105's of the world only played hip-hop back to back on Fridays and Saturdays. Then it was on to.. uh, I don't know, that's when I turned the radio off.

So this being Friday, it's only right to take a blast from the past.. don't sleep, there is a live Bizmarkie and TJ Swan clip in the mix.

If you listen close you'll hear TJ Swan ask '50' if he has flowers for the ladies. Now there was only one 50 back in those days.. I'm thinking the original 50, Martin Kelvin. He did run with Eric B and Rakim.. and by extension probably knew the Juice crew. Just a sidenote, because when I hear all that Brooklyn chatter (and bad singing) I can see the swarms of stick up kids, boosters and bamboo earring chicks in the crowd.. yup, those were the days.
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November 15, 2006 - 5:42 p.m.
No update, slow to update, so on and on. You see it, I feel it. I'm working on a redesign that reflects what the site would look like had I started it today. Think blogzine. That's the word that comes to mind.

November 13, 2006 - 4:46 p.m.
It's No Secret: Five Things I Learned About Carmen Bryan
"Nope. It's sold out," the bookstore clerk said looking at the computer terminal. He gives me a smirk like, 'you're reading that crap?' Hey, I can't believe it myself. The chance to grab it 1/2 price had a lot to do with it, but now I want to read it so I'm resigned to having to pay full price for it at B&N. On the way out Jon Leguizamo's "Pimps, Hos, Playa Hatas, and All the Rest of my Hollywood Friends" caught my eye. Shrugged and took it as a consolation prize, guess I'll read this crap. more..

November 8, 2006 - 5:20 p.m.
Britney Spears Splits: Now How About That Wallet
It's just great that Britney Spears has divorced her pool boy. She's obviously better off without him, certainly not smarter. She's still dumb as donuts. Re-watch her bizarre reality show 'Chaotic", that's all natural, no script or preservatives, 100% Splitty Spears. Haha. Really, what nickname is the media going to tag on her now? Without a doubt it's gonna be all love for the blonde ambition. The NY Post, the bastion of gossip, unnamed sources, and slick quotes, got into some juicy narrative when talking about Britney and a 'handsome friend' taking a trip to the GAP.. "There the star bought three lacy thong panties - virginal white, sexy pink and seductive cranberry - for $8 apiece."

I'm not familiar with the cute names GAP puts on the female under garments, but whether for sure or just dumb luck, the virginal, sexy and seductive.. is just the beginning of the rebuild Britney's career campaign. more..

November 3, 2006 - 4:13 p.m.
Kanye West Enlightens MTV Europe: If I Spent A Million It Must Be Good
TV producers can't seem to get it in their heads, if your gonna invite Kanye West to a LIVE event, you better keep him away from a working microphone. If there's one laying to the right and he dashes over to plug it in, get the 6 9', 360 pounders to snatch him up by the pastel collar, little feet kicking and swinging.. mouth still moving.. "I'm the greatest thing since Biggie. The flyest since Morris Day. My productions are so slick you need rubber soled shoes to mess wit em." If that doesn't work he'll just scream.. "Dammit! I spent a million damn dollars!!!! Bah haahaahh. Unrecouped. I'm fucking unrecouped. Can a brotha at least get a gold star?" more..

November 1, 2006 - 4:01 p.m.
Miami Heat Get Their Rings.. Shaq's Take on Wade's GQ Cover
The NBA season kicked off last night, which three years ago would mean practically nothing to me. Back then I'd watch the occasional Knick game, go to Madison Square garden when I got free tickets, and check back in around playoff time. Since discovering fantasy basketball though the NBA season has become the best time of the year. more..

October 27, 2006 - 12:32 p.m.
21st Century Hustle: Aaron McGruder's Pursuit of the Riches
It's been a long time since I've surfed the newsstand and a magazine jumped off the rack, screaming, this is that future new shit. I'm thinking Vibe's test issue, XXL's Raekwon cover. This magazine 21st Century HUSTLE was among a hundred or so on the wall. Riley looking for that 7-11 was eye-catching enough, but then there was that HUSTLE that made me thumb through it.

Thinking it was just another 'from the streets' magazine, expectations were there'd be a part-time stripper booty shot coming around page 13. Didn't bet on it, so I still have dem ends. The entire magazine is devoted to the Art of Getting Money. Think of it as a hip-hop version of Entrepreneur magazine. more..
  1. Borat $67,840,000.00 2
  2. Santa Clause 3 $41,052,000.00 2
  3. Flushed Away $39,931,000.00 2
  4. Stranger Than Fiction $14,100,000.00 1
  5. Saw III $69,879,000.00 6
  6. Babel $7,488,000.00 3
  7. The Departed $109,778,000.00 6
  8. The Return $4,776,000.00 1
  9. The Prestige $46,037,000.00 4
  10. A Good Year $3,775,000.00 1
  1. Hannah Montana -sndtrk- 473,680.00 2
  2. Barry Manilow "Greatest.." 200,913.00 1
  3. Birdman & Lil Wayne "Like.." 183,441.00 1
  4. John Legend "Once Again" 344,408.00 2
  5. Justin Timberlake "Future.." 1,567,213.00 8
  6. My Chemical Romance ".. " 319,616.00 2
  7. The Who "Endless Wire" 88,326.00 1
  8. Meatloaf "Bat Out Of Hell 3" 77,523.00 1
  9. Kellie Pickler "Small Town.." 80,940.00 1
  10. Deftones "Saturday Night.." 78,372.00 1

A note on these sales numbers: they are based on Soundscan numbers.

Soundscan numbers are based on actual albums sold (or at least *cough* passed underneath a price scanner at the register.)

Billboard and various other charts base their numbers on RIAA certifications, which are based on units shipped to the stores, however Soundscan is what the music executives really care about. If a record fails to sell, music stores send the albums back to the distributors, who, in turn, send them back to the label which kinda negates the RIAA number.

A RIAA platinum or gold certification is a simple way to inflate the numbers to "wow" the public, it's a prestige thing. Like saying that you make $50,000.00 a year without adjusting for taxes and social security deductions.

For that reason, Soundscan is more accurate.

The numbers up above are not actual Soundscan numbers, it costs a grip to gain access to that information - monthly fees and all that kinda thing, however I have access to estimated numbers which are accurate within a couple thousand.

If you see the letter R next to a sales number, it means that I couldn't get an estimated joint and based it on RIAA instead.

Good enough? Okay. Bye, bye

  1. Birdman & Lil Wayne "Like.." 183,441.00 1
  2. John Legend "Once Again" 344,408.00 2
  3. Beyonce "B'Day" 1,074,410.00 10
  4. Justin Timberlake "Future.." 1,567,213.00 8
  5. Pitbull "El Mariel" 48,859.00 1
  6. Ludacris "Release Therapy" 635,335.00 6
  7. Diddy "Press Play" 275,418.00 3
  8. Lil Boosie "Bad Azz" 51,295.00 2
  9. Janet Jackson "20 Y.O." 482,023.00 6
  10. Shareefa "Point of No Return" 51,659.00 2
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I Have No Home Training

Warning: This is a long entry, and the photos are in link form to avoid weigning down the page. It's worth the read, because it's funny.

Last Saturday, a very good friend of mine had a birthday party at some guy's mansion in TheMiddleofNowhere, MD. It was only about 25 minutes or so from where I live, but 25 minutes of dark, winding roads, tall trees and confusing circles. We'll get back to the tall trees and confusing circles theme later in the story.

I assembled a team of four soldiers for the adventure: Yours truly, My cousin T, Gerald the Waterboy, and "Anonymous", my friend whose comments here always end in the words "Play lotto!" Since he actually has something to lose from being associated with my me and my foolishness, I will keep his name and image off of here for the time being. go there..