My Top 10 Favorite 24 (Jack Bauer) Fansites


So I don’t have any sort of order to my “Top 10”, but here are my 10 favorite 24 fansites, blogs & forums. I’d like to say that each one offers something different, but for the most part… they’re all the same.

My biggest question is this: How many more 24 hour days can Jack Bauer have? Have you seen the new previews for Day 6? He looks like hell!!! I don’t think he’s going to be able to hang on much longer. The show has had great writing thus far, I’m curious to see if the writers can keep up the good work through Day 6, and maybe beyond.

Can Blogging Generate an Income?


With the number of people who have blogs now, do any of them profit from their blogs? I know for a fact that most of the owners of large blogs make quite a nice profit from their site. That is the purpose of this site, I’m going to test out different advertising networks and different advertisement placements.

My short term goal(s)

  • Determine which ad network provides the best payout
  • Determine which ad network provides the best reporting
  • Find the optimal placement for ads on a website

My long term goal(s)

  • Generate enough monthly revenue to cover my car payment

So where do you start when you want to create a blog that can (and will) generate revenue from 3rd party advertisers? I’ve learned from experience that “Content is King”. The more articles you’re able to put on your site, the more visitors you’ll attract. I think that’s going to be my biggest hurdle… finding enough time to write enough noteworthy articles. My starting point was to setup my blog with Categories that interest me.

  • Entertainment
    • Television Shows – Heroes, 24 (there are plenty other shows that I like, but we’ll save that for another article 😉 )
  • Finance & Investment
  • Gaming (I’m a big fan of the Xbox 360)
  • Photography
  • Sports & Recreation
  • Tech & Web Stuff

Now that I’ve got my categories laid out, my first step will be to create content for each of them. Once I’ve got content in each category, I’ll be focusing on getting my site crawled and indexed by all large search engines. Once my site is indexed on a couple search engines, I’ll begin documenting the revenue that I generate from this site.

Until next time.

Xbox 360 – Gears of War – Best Game Ever


Best game ever? Not quite… I think the Halo dynasty still takes the cake for that award, however Gears of War does have the best graphics I’ve ever seen in a video game.

It’s got some nice gameplay features, but they’re hard to get used to. The duck and cover and the blind firing options are cool, but it really makes me miss the freedom that you’re given in Halo 2… and I’m assuming Halo 3. 😉

The one thing that was really disappointing was the length of the game. Don’t get me wrong, I like video games, but I’m not the kind of guy who is going to sit down and not drop the control until I finish the entire game. I like to take my time, play for an hour here and there. That’s what I did with this game, and after about a week of playing… I’m done. Do stellar graphics take away from the overall content? Maybe.

My Rating: 8
Gameplay: 9
Graphics: 9
Controls: 7

Rent or Buy?
This is definitely a game that you should keep on your shelf.

iTunes – Processing Album Artwork


Okay, so I had a bunch of fun on my home PC when I had to deal with iTunes and the brilliant feature “Determining Gapless Playback”. Today, I installed iTunes 7.0.2 on my office PC and I found a new one: “Processing Album Artwork” which seems to slow the computer down even more and take even longer than “Determining Gapless Playback”. I think iTunes is out to do one thing… crash my computer.

What the “Processing Album Artwork” feature does is looks on Apple’s servers for the album cover for each and every file that you have that doesn’t already have an embedded album cover. Obviously, this could take a very long time depending on the number of files you have. You have the option to perform this manually by right-clicking on any song and selecting “Get Album Artwork”. I prefer to use Tag & Rename – http://www.softpointer.com/

iTunes – Determining Gapless Playback Information


What exactly is Gapless Playback? Here’s what Apple has to say about it:

Gapless playback means that there is no pause in playback between the end of one audio file and the beginning of the next audio file. This allows for playback of content with no gaps the way it was meant to be heard. Some examples of gapless albums include:

  • “Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd
  • “Abbey Road” by The Beatles
  • Many live and classical albums

Gapless Playback in iTunes
Gapless playback is always on in iTunes 7 or later unless the Crossfade feature is turned on. If Crossfade is on, only audio files that have the “Part of a gapless album” option checked and are capable of being played gaplessly will play with no gaps.

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=304362

So apparently the new version of iTunes wants to behave more like a CD or a record… you know… how the songs just blend so beautifully together. For all of those albums that have songs that flow into one another with no real fade-in or fade-out iTunes has come up with their version of a “solution”. Good idea in theory? Maybe. But what about those of us who have hundreds or thousands of MP3’s? I for instance, have a computer that hosts all of my media files – music, pictures, videos, etc. so when iTunes decides that it wants to read through my entire music catalog it causes havoc on my computer and my local network.

Update

See this post: Disabling iTunes Determining Gapless Playback
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Erectile Dysfunction – Viagra, Cialis, Levitra – Treating ED

Erectile Dysfunction: Cialis, Viagra and Levitra to Treat ED

 

There are only three oral drugs approved by the FDA to treat erectile dysfunction: Cialis, Levitra, and Viagra. All work by increasing the flow of blood into the penis so that when a man is sexually stimulated, he can get an erection.

What Are the Differences Between Cialis, Levitra, and Viagra?

Cialis, Levitra, and Viagra work by a similar mechanism to cause erections. There are subtle differences in how long the drug works and how quickly it works. Levitra works a little longer than Viagra. They both take effect in about 30 minutes. With Levitra, the effects last for about 5 hours. With Viagra, the effects last approximately 4 hours.Google 300×250

Cialis works a bit faster (within about 15 minutes), and the effects last much longer — up to 36 hours in some cases.

If One of These Drugs Isn’t Effective for Erectile Dysfunction, Can I Try Another?

Because these drugs work the same way, it’s unlikely that you’ll have success with one if you’ve failed to achieve an adequate erection with another.

What Precautions Should I Take Before Taking One of These Drugs?

There are certain situations in which these drugs may not be safe to take. Before taking them, tell your doctor:

  • If you are allergic to Viagra or any other drugs.
  • About any prescription or nonprescription medications you are currently taking, including herbal and dietary supplements.
  • If you are scheduled for surgery, including dental surgery.
  • If you take nitroglycerin or a long-acting nitrate to treat chest pain. The combination of Cialis, Levitra or Viagra with these drugs can cause dangerously low blood pressure.
  • If you take alpha-blockers for blood pressure or prostate problems. The combination of Cialis or Levitra with these drugs can also cause dangerously low blood pressure.

In addition, always follow the directions on your prescription label carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part that you do not understand. Take these drugs exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor. Do not take these drugs more than once a day.

Who Should Not Take Cialis, Levitra or Viagra?

If you have suffered from a heart attack, stroke or life threatening arrhythmia (irregular heart rate) within the last 6 months you should discuss other options with your doctor. It is also advised to avoid these drugs if you have uncontrolled high or low blood pressure or if you experience chest pain with sex.

What Are the Side Effects of Cialis, Levitra and Viagra?

Side effects are not common but they can occur. Side effects can include:

  • Headache
  • Upset stomach
  • Flushing (feeling warm)
  • Nasal congestion
  • Changes in vision
  • Back pain (with Cialis)

Call your doctor if you experience severe forms of these symptoms or if they do not go away after 4-8 hours.

Warning

Call your doctor or seek emergency treatment immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Rash
  • Painful erection
  • Prolonged erection (longer than 4 hours)
  • Fainting
  • Chest pain
  • Itching or burning during urination

Stop taking these medications and call a doctor or health care provider right away if you experience sudden or decreased vision loss in one or both eyes. A rare vision problem called NAION has been reported by a few men using these drugs. NAION (nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy) causes a sudden loss of eyesight because blood flow is blocked to the optic nerve. People who have a higher chance for NAION include those who:

  • Are over 50 years old
  • Smoke
  • Have heart disease
  • Have diabetes
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have high cholesterol
  • Have certain eye problems

How Should These Drugs Be Stored?

These drugs should be kept in its original container and out of reach of children. Store them away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Discard any medication that has expired or is no longer needed.


The above article was published on WebMD.com
http://www.webmd.com/erectile-dysfunction/erectile-dysfunction-cialis-viagra-levitra-treat-ED

Heroes – Chapter 8 – “Seven Minutes to Midnight”


This episode starts out with Mohinder spreading his father’s ashes in the sea. Mohinder then finds himself in a tough position when an indian hottie asks him to join her at some fancy law firm, but the catch is that he must forego all of his fathers previous work and research.

Hiro and his buddy meet a waitress named Charlie (Jayma Mays) in Texas who has an impeccable memory… she remembers everything she reads. And yet another hero emerges… they’re popping up everywhere and becoming less and less special… I’m starting to think that I may be a hero.

Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg), the mind-reading cop finds out that he and radioactive man have the same markings on their bodies. Radioactive man apparently starts giving off radiation when he is agitated… don’t piss him off if you ever plan on having babies.

Mister Bennet (the cheerleaders father) confronts Isaac Mendez (Santiago Cabrera) and asks him for help realizing that Isaac has the ability to paint the future.
Mohinder recalls a conversation that he had with his father about his fathers ongoing research. It is Mohinder’s belief that indian doctors will become taxi cab drivers upon moving to the United States. Mohinder’s mother encourages his father to leave India to pursue his research.

Charlie the waitress mysteriously dies while in the stockroom opening a large can of tomatoes.

While in India, Mohinder’s mother reveals that Mohinder had an older sister named Shanti. From the moment she was born, their family were convinced that she was special. She died at the age of 5 when Mohinder was only 2.

The cheerleaders father is aware of the fact Sylar is killing Heroes. He tries to force Isaac to finish painting a picture involving the cheerleader so that they can save her.

Episode # 108
Original Air Date: 11/13/2006

Heroes – Chapter 7 – “Nothing to Hide”

This episode starts out with Peter the nurse reading the paper to Simone’s father, when he gets distracted and decides to leap out of the window. This is the first time we actually see him fly. Next thing you know, Peter is asleep in his apartment where he is awaken by Simone to the news that her father has just passed away.

Claire’s buddy returns the tape of her trying to cause bodily harm to herself after they thought that it had been lost. Being an irresponsible female, Claire leaves the tape where her little brother finds it. He in turn watches it and is amazed – Claire trys to play it off as “special effects”. Her little brother is not convinced so you staples her ass. He only got one staple off… had he been using a red swingline, he could have easily popped her with at least 4 or 5. Claire removes the staple and her blood miraculously jumps back into her skin. Pretty nifty.

 

Matt, the mind reading cop, sits down to have a conversation with his wife. He wants to tell her that he can read minds, but is distracted while listening to her thoughts. His skanky wife had been cheating on him. In his next scene, he and Aubrey the FBI agent are examining a charred body that is emitting large amounts of radiation. One too many visits to the tanning salon if you ask me. With the body, there is a single piece of evidence… the fingerprint of Theodore Sprague – seared to the bone. Matt and Aubrey next visit radioactive-man and his wife in the hospital where they learn that when radioactive-man’s temper flares, he starts to generate tons of heat and radiation. Matt is able to relay some of Ted’s comatose wifes thoughts to calm him down and get him to agree to join them at the police station. Back at the station, Matt tells his partner that he’s retaking the detective exam, his partner congratulates him while thinking the exact opposite, “F’ing loser… I’m boinking your wife!”. Since Matt is special, he is able to hear this and he in turn catches his partner with a devastating right haymaker. Watch out Iron Mike.

Hiro, Ando D.L. and Micah have a coincidental run in on a desolate road outside of Las Vegas where there has been a car crash and a woman is trapped in the car. D.L. goes to help the woman out, where he reaches through the window to unlock the door. By through, I mean through the closed glass. I could have used that power at the soda machine yesterday when I was 10 cents short. The car proceeds to explode and Hiro stops time and pulls both D.L. and the woman from the wreckage before they get incinerated. Toward the end of the episode, Micah tries to use an out of order payphone outside of their hotel… Micah makes it work by touching it. Can you hear me now? Finally a hero that can have a real world application – Verizon… call this kid up!!!
Nathan Petrelli and his family have breakfast with a reporter who is trying to get some dirt on the family. The reporter tries to get a rise out of Peters wheelchair wife by reminding her that Nathan was the driver in the accident where she lost the use of her legs. She already knew this. Peter shows up unexpectedly and Nathan asks him to leave, Peter thinks that breakfast looks to tasty and decides to stay. The reporter next questions Nathan about the hot blonde (Niki) that he was seen with in his recent trip to Vegas. Knowing damn well that he was slutting around, Nathan is stuck. Peter jumps in and saves the day by “admitting” that Nathan was in Las Vegas to interview a psychologist to help Peter cope with his recent suicide attempt. After breakfast, Nathan’s wife asks him if Peter was telling the truth about Vegas, and Nathan blatantly lies to her cause he knows damn well that he’s going to head back to Vegas to get another piece of that ass. Hells yeah.

Episode # 107
Original Air Date: 11/6/2006

Heroes – Chapter 4 – “Collision”


Matt Parkman returns to the waking world bound down and attached to medical machinery in a place that is not a hospital. Claire’s mysterious father stands over him with the cryptic words, “We had to drug you… I am not from any organization with initials.” Another enters the room; it’s the man from the bar who caused Matt to black out. Claire’s father tells this person to “go deep, and clean him out.”

At a Las Vegas casino, Hiro and Ando cross paths with Niki, Micah, and the officer who is bringing them to see Mr. Linderman. In a casino office, a woman tells Niki that Mr. Linderman will forgive her debt if she sleeps with a politician arriving from New York.

A doctor performs an autopsy on a “Jane Doe” who was fished from a river. But this Jane Doe is no plain Jane – it’s Claire Bennet. When the doctor leaves for a phone call, Claire heals her wounds and races back home. Later in the morning, Claire’s father gives her a dangerous look when he sees her feet encrusted with mud.

On the way to his car, a security detail advises Nathan to hold off on getting in bed with Linderman, but Nathan disagrees – Linderman may have owned his father, but he doesn’t own Nathan. As Nathan gets into his car, Mohinder Suresh races up to him with a dire warning: a man named Sylar might be trying to kill him. Before he is pushed away, Suresh asks Nathan if he’s experienced any unusual physical changes, like mind reading or tissue regeneration.

That morning, Peter and Simone awake in bed together. Though it looks like an ideal scene, Peter worries about Isaac’s presence in her life. Simone is trying to explain her relationship with the prophetic artist when Nathan arrives to tell Peter about his encounter with “Chandra Suresh.” Nathan hands Peter a stack of money to “disappear for a while,” but Peter won’t accept this callous gesture.

Eden brings Suresh a package that arrived while he was trying to warn Nathan. It’s his father’s ashes. The ashes churn an emotional stew inside the professor, but a knock at the door interrupts his soul-searching. It’s Peter Petrelli looking for Chandra, for Peter believes that he possesses abilities like those Chandra wrote about.

When Ando loses most of his money at the casino tables, Hiro stops time to win a huge bet on the roulette wheel. Ando wants Hiro to do it again. Hiro is resistant, but he decides to let the good times roll.

Peter tells Suresh that he only flew when he was around his brother, and that he drew the future when he was around Isaac. Peter theorizes that he can only do these things when he’s around other people with special abilities. To prove it, Peter and Suresh head to Isaac’s studio.

Isaac shows Simone a picture he drew seven weeks ago – a picture of her kissing Peter in the rain. When Isaac says he’s going to save everybody from blowing up, Simone turns around and leaves. With her gone, he shoots up and has a terrible vision of Claire being attacked on a flight of stairs. So lost is he in a drug-fueled reverie, he doesn’t hear Peter and Suresh knocking at his door.

At school, Zach can’t believe how lightly Claire is taking Brody’s attempted rape and her own murder. He insists that she tell someone what happened, but she refuses. When Brody happens by and sees Claire, he quickly excuses himself. Laurie has a word with Claire, insinuating that she knows what Brody did because he did it to her, among others.

At the casino, Niki finds Nathan – the man she’s supposed to sleep with. Something unexpected happens in his room; she actually falls for him. They kiss, but she pulls away, “I can’t… I want to… I do.” She leaves the room with her dignity intact, but one of Linderman’s men threatens to beat her to a pulp if she doesn’t go through with her promise. When he threatens Micah, Niki pummels him to the ground, and returns to Nathan’s room where she offers up her body as a hidden camera records it all.

A man at a poker table is not happy when his three aces mysteriously become lesser cards, making Ando and Hiro the winners of a large pot. With their winnings, the two guys from Tokyo outfit themselves in expensive suits, but their pleasure is short lived. Casino security soon throws them out into an alley where the man from the poker table is waiting to punch Hiro in the face.

Riding the subway back into town, Suresh muses that a week ago he was a respected professor in India and now he’s trying to contact a heroin addict who allegedly paints the future. In an instant, time freezes and everyone with it, yet Peter can still move freely about.

As in Isaac’s painting, Brody finds Claire alone on the school steps. She surprises him by asking for a ride home. She takes the wheel of his car and guns the engine. Going ever faster, she broaches the subject of what really happened. He turns mean and nasty. “There’s nothing you can do about it,” he says. “I can do this,” she replies, crashing the car headlong into a wall.

Claire’s father and the man who “cleaned” Matt stand before the sleeping Niki and Nathan. “Just take the one,” Claire’s father says.

A terrified Peter moves through the time-frozen train until a voice spins him around. Dressed all in back and with a weapon slung across his back like a samurai warrior, Hiro speaks to Peter in perfect English. “My name is Hiro Nakamura. I am from the future. I have a message for you.”

Episode # 104
Original Air Date: 10/16/2006

Heroes – Chapter 3 – “One Giant Leap”


Due to lack of time, this synopsis has been taken from nbc.com:

In the barren wasteland that is the Nevada desert, Claire digs up a skeleton wearing a bizarre ring. “DL, you son of a bitch,” she says under her breath, “You actually did it.” Then it’s all business as she attacks the true task at hand: burying the two dead bodies stuffed in the trunk of her car.Moral, mental, and social advancement for good deeds. That’s the philosophy Jackie lays out to Claire’s dad as the political platform she hopes to ride all the way to school president. Claire winces at her co-cheerleader’s lies about rescuing a man from fire and at the way she flirts with her father.

Two days have passed since Hiro was last seen in the offices of Yamagoto Industries of Tokyo, Japan. Back at work, he fails to convince co-worker Ando that he transported himself five weeks into the future were he saw a nuclear blast obliterate New York City. To prove this seemingly impossible feat, Hiro reveals the “9th Wonders” comic book, which even includes a panel depicting the conversation he’s having with Ando at this very moment.

At Nathan Petrelli’s campaign headquarters, Peter tries to speak with his brother about his inability to fly again, but Nathan wants him to keep this to himself as busy staffers bustle about shoveling paper and false sincerity. Nathan is even less interested in a book that Peter shows him, a book on human genetics by Dr. Chandra Suresh, which claims that an undiscovered human gene may contain the potential for human flight.

Eden finds Mohinder tense and sweaty and desperately in need of sleep. For days, he’s stayed awake trying to crack the strange code found on his father’s portable hard drive. In a fit of frustration, Mohinder throws the laptop to the ground. With a crunch, the laptop spits out a secret: hidden inside is a small book with a key and an address for a man named “Sylar.”

Simone wants to sell Isaac’s paintings so she can get him into rehab with the money, but he refuses on both counts. All Isaac knows is that he must stop New York from vaporizing in a nuclear holocaust, and if Simone doesn’t believe in him, she has to leave. She takes him at his word and storms from the apartment just as Isaac receives a call from a stranger in Japan.

Hiro finds a spot indicated in the comic book where a truck is about to smash into a young girl. Ando doesn’t believe it, but then a group of girls approach, including one with a red bow in her hair, just like in the comic. Ando races into the street to warn off the truck, but it’s Hiro who saves the day by stopping time and removing the girl out of harm’s way while the world stands still.

 

Niki stops at her mother-in-law Paulette’s house to confront her about calling social services to take Micah away. Niki defends herself by throwing DL in Paulette’s face, but Paulette insists that “DL is a good man.” Niki has evidence to the contrary. She shows Paulette the strange ring worn by a man that DL and his crew murdered. Paulette stands firm in her belief that DL was framed and is glad that he escaped from prison. Niki doesn’t care. She wants Paulette out of Micah’s life and threatens to tell the cops where the bodies are buried if she calls social services again.

Police officer Matt Parkman fails to convince Audrey that voices in his head revealed the name “Sylar.” To prove his claim, he reads the thoughts that are going through her mind. Now believing him, she invites him to work with the FBI to help track down this psychopath. Audrey briefs Matt on the mysterious Sylar as they go to interview the girl he found earlier.

Sylar isn’t home when Eden and Mohinder arrive, and Mohinder breaks in to have a look around. Eden notes that Sylar doesn’t have any photos, but he does have a lot of books on philosophy, including a copy of Chandra’s book. Mohinder stumbles into a secret room containing a map similar to Chandra’s but with even more locations marked. In yet another room, the walls are scrawled in psychotic writing with the words “forgive me” smeared in blood.

Audrey walks Matt toward a saferoom where the little girl is being cared for. As they near, gunshots scream out and a man – Sylar, perhaps – drags the girl from the room. Audrey and Matt find the guard brutally murdered, and Audrey runs off to chase the man. Matt stays behind to look after the girl, who wonders silently to herself how he “found her,” her voice reverberating in Matt’s head.

Audrey corners the man in a utility corridor, but he uses the power of his mind to force her to put her gun to her own head. Matt arrives before she is forced to kill herself, and he fires at the man, hitting his target. But it does no good. The man heals in seconds and then is gone, vanished into the unknown.

As Hiro and Ando wing their way to the United States, Matt argues with his wife, Janice, and storms from their house. Arriving in Los Angeles, Hiro and Ando rent a car and head for Las Vegas, which is indicated on the final page of the comic book as their next destination.

Peter tells Simone that he’s quitting his job as a nurse. Simone wants him to stay on to care for her father, but he feels that being a nurse is not what he is supposed to do, that he’s meant for something bigger. Simone gets misty eyed as he walks away, hoping they’ll meet again.

At a bonfire party after a victorious game, football quarterback Brody woos Claire to some out-of-the-way bleachers for a clandestine make-out session. When he goes too far she tries to stop him, but he won’t take “no” for an answer. He throws her off the bleachers and onto the ground where he muffles her screams as he tries to rape her. She breaks from his grasp, but there is one thing from which she cannot escape. Falling backwards, Claire stumbles and is impaled by a wooden post that plunges through her neck, killing her on the spot.

On the way home, Micah wishes that his mom would believe that his father is innocent. She thinks that he’ll be caught soon, but he disagrees. A siren interrupts their conversation. They’re pulled over by a police officer who says that “Mr. Linderman” wants to see her.

At a fundraising event for his brother, Peter runs into Simone and confesses that he’s been in love with her since the minute they met. She’s dumbstruck, but their moment is interrupted when Nathan starts his speech, shocking everyone when he reveals that Peter’s “accident” was really a suicide attempt in an attempt to spin this into political gold.

Thoughts from the bar patrons plague Matt’s mind as he tries to drown his own sorrows, but when he focuses on a man sitting alone, the voices instantly silence and Matt crumples over to the soiled barroom floor. Meanwhile, in New York City, Mohinder brings the police to Sylar’s apartment only to find it empty.

Outside the fundraiser, Peter takes a swing at his brother. Nathan explains that he had to take control of things before the press did, but Peter isn’t buying his brother’s machinations. Moments later, Simone finds Peter bleeding and stumbling away from the fight. She intuitively knows that he didn’t try to kill himself and they head off together, kissing in the rain.

In the cold, lonely dark of the morgue, Claire coughs back to life. Her eyes blink open, she sees where she is, the slab she’s resting upon, and looks down to find her chest ripped open, her ribcage exposed in a bloody gash.
Episode # 103
Original Air Date: 10/9/2006