For me, posting on YouTube is sort of like blogging. It’s more of a creative outlet than anything. I like to play the guitar, and I like weird guitars (Exhibit A & Exhibit B), so why not show off my weird guitars?
Drew a maze in color with some Sharpies. Don’t normally do that. Enjoy if you’re so inclined. Print & solve or solve on your screen with an art or notes app. Share a solution here in the comments or on social media, & tag me: @AiXeLsyD13 (on Twitter & Instagram)
I shared a photo on Instagram & Twitter earlier, this scan is only slightly better.
I won’t get preachy here other than to say stay informed, follow the best practices, and wash your damn hands. I have posted plenty of that on Facebook.
Print, solve, & re-post!
Print it & complete with a pen, pencil, crayon, marker, or whatever. Then take a photo & post it on your favorite social media site, and tag me; @AiXeLsyD13(Twitter & Instagram)
You can even download it & use a note app or one like PicsArt on your phone to complete the maze, then share it too. Share it on Pinterest. Lots of people are looking for stuff to do right now. I’d love to see how far this (or any of my mazes) can go.
Here’s some stuff I posted on Instagram but not really here;
“The” – So, what do you do about the word “the”? Say a band like the Misfits… Do you tag them Misfits, or The Misfits? The Ramones?The The? Name the file without the “the”, keep the “the” inside the ID3 tag? In the stuff I have currently, it’s mix & match.
Alternate Spellings? – The first band that comes to mind is $parechange? a.k.a. Sparechange00. You may have never heard of them. (Am I a hipster for that remark?) I have them on a few compilations and I have 2 of their albums. Different spelling. Same name. Same Band. Do I tag them all the way it appears on the album, then move them all to the same artist folder? I’m not sure if this will pop up with other bands, but it might!
Volume – How do you regulate volume? I have used MP3 Gain with varying results. They recommend a volume that’s lower than most commercially produced mp3’s. I’d like all the stuff to be somewhat level.
Hidden Tracks – Do you split/name them as separate files if they share one track? I plan to. No doubt. I just dunno if I want to number then the next number like 13 if it’s the 13th song… or 12-1 & 12-2. Decisions, decisions.
Tags? – Not ID3 tags, but is there any player out there with a way to tag a song with attributes… Say I have live songs, bootlegs, and acoustic or unplugged as tags. Say I want to hear live stuff, but not bootleg quality live stuff, or unplugged live stuff… or only bootleg stuff, including live & studio stuff. I’d like to be able to play via tags… because (to me anyway) one song could fall into multiple genres.
Strays – Dump ’em all in one folder? Bother tagging them correctly?
Various Artists – I have a ton of compilation albums (especially punk comps) & a good amount of soundtracks. Do you let your burning ripping program make folders for each artist with the album in it, or do you put all the tracks into one folder with the artist in the file name somewhere? I generally like to keep them all together, but I can see the benefits of breaking out per artist.
Any more tips/tricks advice on organizing, ripping, tagging, & playing your digital music. I have mp3 folders now that are somewhat organized… but I have a vast quantity of stray chaos that I need to get in order when I put everything all in the same place.
FAAN | The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Management Act – Finally, the FAAMA bill has passed, and is expected to be signed into law. This will hopefully prevent events like the ones surrounding Katelyn’s death from happening in the future by making sure schools are more educated on the subject, and more equipped to deal with similar situations. Sadly, it’s a voluntary policy and not a mandatory one.
So food allergy news seems to be all over the place the last few weeks. There are good things happening, and there are bad things happening. I’ll hit you with the bad news first, then we can move on to the good news with a perspective on why it’s good news & why it’s important. (Looks like I’m so long-winded, that will need to be its own blog post.)
Sadly, Katelyn Carlson, a 13 year old girl passed away earlier this month due to an anaphylactic reaction to peanut oil or a peanut cross-contaminant in some Chinese food that was served at a school function. Apparently parents and teachers “checked multiple times” with the restaurant to make sure there were no peanuts in the food, or peanut oil… I’m guessing there were cross-contaminants somewhere along the line. My thoughts on the subject are summed up perfectly in a Nut-Free Mom blog post on the subject. While I don’t want to appear as pointing the finger at anyone… this tragedy could have certainly been avoided if the parents, teachers, administrators, and/or restaurant employees were all better educated about food allergies and cross-contamination. Unfortunately, all involved will certainly be more cautious about such issues in the future.
Being allergic to shellfish, Asian food is at the top of my “No!/Keep Away!/Do Not Touch!” list. (Okay, maybe 2nd to Red Lobster, Joe’s Crab Shack, & Long John Silver’s.) Not only is shellfish a visible ingredient in Asian cuisine… crab can be in “vegetarian” egg rolls as something is lost in translation, and oysters and brine shrimp are commonly used to make a plethora of sauces. Similarly, peanuts and peanut oil are an essential ingredient to a bunch of Chinese food. Why would one even attempt to assume it was safe? Obviously, it’s just not a good idea. I have ended up becoming pretty good at making a few Chinese dishes at home that I know are safe where I can read all of the bottles. It may not be as good as the place run by actual Chinese people a few blocks over, but it’s also not going to potentially kill me.
Obviously, this points to a need for better food allergy education across the board…
For Restaurants: The chefs, the owners, the waiters and waitresses, the host or hostesses… anyone who can be asked in any situation where there’s food involved needs to be educated about potential food allergy dangers ans especially about cross-contamination. Also, they should be required to have an epi pen or two in their first aid kit, without question.
For manufacturers/processing plants: I call “shenanigans” on the whole labeling process that puts the CYA warnings like “This (whatever) processed in a facility that also processes peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, wheat, and belly button lint.” The other day I saw packaged cheese that had the shellfish warning on it. Where, why, and how would cheese ever need to or potentially come into contact with shellfish while it’s being made or processed? Does Admiral Ackbar run your processing plant? Is there lobster flavored cheese every few runs? I would push for stricter rules for these companies where such allergens do not come into contact with other foods… it requires separation and sterilization. Also… why not a “Mr. Yuk” type system with images or icons? Everything else has been dumbed-down to icons over the years. Why not make it easy with a rating-system for “contains”, “possibly contains”, and “processed in the same facility” with little pictographs of the scary deadly allergens? Let’s differentiate between “allergy” and “intolerance” while we’re at it.
For schools: Food allergies are obviously a real issue. Obviously there’s a comprehension problem when it comes to safety. School nurse’s stations and cafeterias also ought to be required to be equipped with an epi pen. This is one area where federal laws ought to trump state laws (as much as my inner political self is against this) and require them across the board, everywhere. Teachers and administrators ought to be required to take food allergy classes or even tests just like first aid certification… or in with first aid certification.
For parents: Obviously, it’s a fine line between being over-protective and ridiculously worrisome and educating your child on food allergy and cross contamination issues. They are serious and potentially life threatening. Medical tags/bracelets and a personal epi pen are probably a good idea. Your child needs to be equipped with the knowledge of potential allergy triggers, aware of what can happen, and the confidence to say “no, I’m not eating that” to other kids or ignorant adults. In with being aware of what may happen… staying calm is necessary when an allergic reaction happens. Knowledge of what happens, how, and how to stop it and get help can greatly increase the chances of remaining calm.
For people with food allergies: Obviously you’re (hopefully) on guard all the time. Stay that way. Read up on the subject, be informed, teach others.
So, there’s my humble and seemingly grumpy opinion. My heart goes out to the family, friends, & classmates of Katelyn, I can’t imagine the greif that they’re going through. I hope they can take some comfort in the fact that many others can use this tragedy to become more aware of and educate others on food allergies, cross-contamination, and perhaps even funding for research for a cure.
I’m posting to everything via email thanks to Posterous… just checking it out to see what it’s all about. Apparently, you can throw anything at it via email attachments, and it deals with it on its own… and I’ve set it up to post to Twitter, tumblr, Facebook, WordPress, YouTube, and Flickr on its own.It’s really easy. all I’m looking for is some consolidation. I’d ask for MySpace support if anyone used that any more… but Photobucket support would be cool… as well as importing UrbanSpoon reviews – although, that may be there and I just haven’t found it yet.