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Monthly Archives: November 2012

ESCHER GIRLS: SPANDEX WINDS

 

Source: Escher Girls

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Videos That Make You Smile: Cheating in Middle School

So, I have grown to love Swoozie and his channel. He has the best rants accompanied by the cutiest little people. Awesome! (So see my former posts featuring his work, follow these links: Post 1, Post 2). Now watch him talk about cheating in high school:

This time the source is me. Enjoy!

Videos That Make You Smile: Little Samson (NES) – The Gaming Historian

It’s time for a little history. It’s time to learn about a little known game called “Little Samson.”

This time the source is me. Enjoy!

Newark mayor will live on food stamps for a week

So, there is this campaign that challenges people to “walk in someone else’s shoes,” (for more information on that – click here) to which Newark Mayor Cory Booker responded. The challenge dares people to live on food stamps for a whole week. It’s point is to show how little people get on food stamps.

And believe me they do get little. Since I have been on food stamps, my allowance has been cut by $25 dollars and at the same time the cost of food has gone up. I run out of money long before the month ends and I haven’t bought that much! And I am only a single person, it is hard to imagine trying to feed an entire family with the meager offerings they provide.

So, I applaud Mario Batali, Major Cory Brooker, and all those who participate in this challenge. May it change something for the better.

Newark mayor will live on food stamps for a week
Twitter follower will join challenge

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
By Katie Zezima, Associated Press
From: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/nov/21/newark-mayor-will-live-on-food-stamps-for-a-week/

NEWARK, N.J. — Newark Mayor Cory Booker said he and a Twitter follower will try living on food stamps for at least a week.

The idea stemmed from a back-and-forth conversation between Mr. Booker and a woman who goes by the name TwitWit and uses the handle (at)MWadeNC. They began talking about the idea Sunday night while discussing the role the government should play in funding school breakfast and lunch programs.

Mr. Booker said Tuesday he intends to follow through with the plan. TwitWit said it is a “great idea” but wants more information on how it will be carried out.

During their Twitter exchange, TwitWit wrote, “nutrition is not the responsibility of the government.”

The conversation soon changed to food stamps.

“Why is there a family today that is ‘too poor to afford breakfast’? are they not already receiving food stamps?” TwitWit wrote.

“Lets you and I try to live on food stamps in New Jersey (high cost of living) and feed a family for a week or month. U game?” Mr. Booker responded.

Sure, Mayor, I’m game,” TwitWit wrote back.

“Great. Lets do this. I hope you live in New Jersey. Lets film it and see how we do,” Mr. Booker responded. He later wrote, “We will have to get a referee — DM me your number so we can see if we can work out details.”

Mr. Booker, a prolific Twitter user who has 1.2 million followers, said Tuesday evening he is committed to living on the equivalent of food stamps, but could not say how he will approximate the benefits, execute the idea or how long it will last.

The average monthly food stamp benefit was $133.26 per person in New Jersey in fiscal year 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“We’re going to set up the rules,” Mr. Booker told reporters. “And that’s what we’re researching right now. This will not be a gimmick or a stunt.”

Mr. Booker said he wants the challenge to be a chance “for us to grow in compassion and understanding” and dispel stereotypes.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday night TwitWit said she is a 39-year-old married mother of two from North Carolina. She spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because she said she has received threats since her Twitter discussion about food stamps.

She said she is willing to participate in the challenge but wants to know the ground rules before committing. She has not heard from Mr. Booker’s office and is upset she has not been included in the research process.

“To hear he’s planning and setting things up, it makes me feel like I’m a little bit of a prop in the game,” she said.

She thinks she and Mr. Booker should approximate living on food stamps for a month.

TwitWit said she does not oppose food stamps. But if more taxpayer money is allocated for food stamps, she believes, more people will require them.

“There is going to be a lot more of us needing those food stamps if it doesn’t stop,” she said.

She thinks many people are mischaracterizing her conversation with Mr. Booker, which initially centered on funding school meals.

“I don’t have a vendetta,” she said, and urged people to work together. “I’m looking at things from a different angle.”

Videos That Make You Smile: How Lord of The Rings Should Have Ended

Wow, that was easy . . .

This time the source is me. Enjoy!

Walmart workers demand better wages

So, I am about to leave to go work at Walmart today. Actually by the time you read this, I will have been long there. However, there is something that I think needs to be discussed. Whether or not to unionized! It’s a hot topic right now and it’s a valid one. Walmart employees make very little and their benefits suck (In fact it just got worse). So, I understand why the people in this video are striking. What I want to know is how a union would help fix that. Unions aren’t avenging angels either, they are in it for the money. Money from you and me. (For more information on unions in general, please follow this link to wikipedia).

So, I ask the unions to let me know more about them before I bother supporting them. After all, striking is a huge risk! It better be for the right reasons and for the right people. Otherwise, go to hell!

Channel the Alley’s Quiet Anniversary

So, the other day (the 21 of November) I was on my blog and I realized that it was the anniversary of Channel the Alley! There was no fan fare, no videos, no exciting stuff. Just an anniversary that quietly went by.

Still, I wonder: was it truly the anniversary of “Channel the Alley?” I thought I started it during the summer. So, I decided to dig a bit further and discover the truth. I went into my control panel and looked through my posts. Quickly, I found the oldest post I ever posted:

Sure, this post isn’t good. It isn’t pretty, but it is the first. And it’s the official date for “Channel the Alley’s” Anniversary. Still, you ask, how could WordPress get it so wrong? Well, it’s because it is the anniversary of sorts. It’s when I originally registered with WordPress. Now, I can’t remember the reasons why I registered with WordPress, but I do know that I like the service. And I plan to continue posting to “Channel the Alley” so long as you will have me.

Your friend,
Alley

PS: If you want to see that post for yourself, click here.

Videos That Make You Smile: White People Can’t Rap (Smosh Game Bang)

Okay, so that’s not the title they used but it’s true!

So, I was wandering around Smosh when I discovered this gem. If you go there you can find more like this one. Bitches!

Goodbye Mr. Food

Growing up I remember watching the Mr. Food segments on the news.It wasn’t until later that I realized that his segments were syndicated and that he wasn’t part of the Channel 7 team – that he was in Florida the entire time. But that’s part of what made his segments so great, they were sort, simple, personalized segments that made you feel like he was a part of your home and your life regardless if you were living in Buffalo or Salt Lake City.

Still, it wasn’t until today that I realized just what goes into the show and how awesome it truly is. For it is a lot more complex than it looks! But that’s part of the brilliance that was Mr. Food. Everything looked so easy, so down to home. How could you know that it wasn’t? I think he goes down with my favorite Food Network Stars, Guy Fieri of Diners, Drive-ins, & Dives and Alton Brown of Good Eats. Both focus on simple, down-to-earth food which is exactly like what Mr. Food prepared. Only difference was his segments were a lot shorter and regionalized.

Don’t believe me? Then watch this show about how his shows are put together:

Mr. Food, I will miss you. But I am glad you had a good run.

Links to articles about his death:

News 4’s Article
Channel 7’s Article
The Wall Street Journal’s Article

 

Happy Turkey day!

I hope you all have a great day. 🙂

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