Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Chocolate Fudge Cake



So, I found this recipe online a while back, and I'll be honest. I flat out don't remember where it came from. Instead of using my printer to print it out, I hand wrote it. If anyone knows the source, please leave it in the comments.

This cake is easy-peasy to make, and tastes great! Now, I did do something different from the recipe. The recipe calls for melting the icing to make a glaze. The first time I made this cake, I did that. Sadly, I didn't care for the results. This time, I just frosted the cake. Yummy!

So, here goes...

1 Box Chocolate Cake Mix
1 Box Fudge Brownie Mix
4 Eggs
1-1/4 Cups Water
1 Cup Oil
1 Can Chocolate Fudge Icing

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
*Mix the first five ingredients together. 
*Pour into a bundt pan.
*Bake for 50-55 minutes

*Once cake is cool, melt 1/2 the icing  in a small bowl (microwave for 30-45 seconds)
*Drizzle over cake

As you can see, I just frosted the cake. It turned out great! While I often bake from scratch, sometimes it's nice to use a box mix... especially if doctoring it up some.

Have fun with this, and let me know if you alter the recipe any... I'd like to try variations!





Sunday, May 29, 2016

MegaCon 2016

Yesterday (Saturday the 28th), my nephew and I drove down to Orlando for MegaCon 2016! This year it was bigger and "better". I put the quotes there because, to be honest, I feel it's getting too big. We had a great time, but it was sooooo crowded! That said, this year it was 4 days of comic, cosplay, anime, etc... 



So, we get herded in to get our tickets. Above is a pic of the ticket line... the one for prepaid tickets. It took half an hour in the line, but in all fairness, the line kept moving. I've been in worse lines in previous years.
 
So, we get in, and start heading towards our first stop: Artist Alley! First up, we see my friend Cory Laub, and stop to visit with him. After that, we skip over one aisle and see Rich Bernatovech and Jamie Fay. As always, it was a pleasure to see them. From there, we made our way through the aisles, checking out the art, until we found Fernando Ruiz and Dan Parent! I've known both of them online for years and years, and of course from their work for Archie Comics. I met Dan a few years ago up in Montreal, and then at previous MegaCons. This was Fernando's first MegaCon, and I'm glad I finally got to meet him in person. Fernando was one of the very first artist I got commissioned art from years, and years ago. The first piece he did for me was a Reggie piece, and this year I had prepaid a Reggie piece from him and got to pick it up at the show! Amazing work! By the way, check out their awesome new comic Die Kitty Die! We also ran into Terry Huddleston and visited with him briefly. I know a lot of these gentlemen from online, and Rich and I go back to our (pre-internet) days in the TNT Apa (amateur press association). This makes Artist Alley into the social hour for me, which my nephew is very patient with! 

This year, Artist Alley had at least twice the amount of artists. I picked up some indie comics there, and met a few new artists. 



We had a photo op with Carlos Valdes, who plays Cisco on Flash. We made it there ahead of time, and while I thought they were disorganized on getting the line together for the event, they made up for it by Getting It Done! Once the time started for the photos, we were 8 minutes from being in line to picking up our photos. Of course, it's a quick get in, take the photo, get out. We did not get our photos signed later on. We had seen the crowds and lines in the celebrity section, and when we were done with the sales floor, we were done!

The sales floor: Oy vey! Crowded! It was difficult to look at things because we'd head for something, and someone would cut us off. Some deals had made little caves out of their booths, and that makes it difficult for more than one person to look at a time. We still managed to pick up some comics and graphic novels, but not many. To be honest, I saw very few comic dealers. I mostly saw merchandise of some sort of another. I did pick up the series Con Man on dvd! Hilarious!

I took a few photos of cosplayers. Not as many as I'd like because I don't like to block the flow of traffic on the sales floor. And then, when we're done... we were tired and mainly wanted to head for the car. There were a lot of great costumes this year! 

In all, we had a great time at MegaCon! We always do! And we enjoyed the Koy Wan Chinese Buffet in the Altamonte Springs area afterwards! Yummy! I do miss the days when it was a big convention, but not this big. Still, I think it's great that we have such a large con in Florida! We only drive down for a day, and the sales floor is our objective. One of these days I need to stay overnight to hit some of the other events. There is a lot to do and see at MegaCon!

Now, it's time to read some of those comics I got...







Monday, May 23, 2016

Retroesque Mix 5-2016 volumes 4-6




* Lifelines (Palace Of Pleasure Remix) - a-ha
* Pump Up The Jam (Hithouse Remix) - Technotronic
* Shattered Dreams (Kid 79 Remix) - Sergey Lazarev
* Deeper Shade Of Blue (SleazeSisters Anthem Mix) - Steps
* Children (Radio Edit) - Robert Miles
* Let’s Get Loud (Pablo Flores Remix) - Jennifer Lopez
* Bad To Be Good (Dice 12" Version) - Ernest Kohl
* Of Human Bondage (2004 Performance Mix) - DJ Kor
* Conquering America (Johan S Extended Remix) - BWO
* You Won’t Forget About Me (Bellatrix Club Mix) - Dannii Minogue vs Flower Power
* High & Mighty (Tom Novy Mix) - Cyndi Lauper
* Don’t You Forget About Me (Almighty Mix) - Belle Lawrence
* Don’t Go (Select Mix Remix) - Awesome 3
* Kiss (Vocal & Collision Cut) - Age Of Chance
* Heroes (DMC DJ Ivan Santana Remix) - Mans Zemerlow
* Fascinated (Rise Up Extended Mix) - Madison Park
* Being Alive (The Jimmy Michael’s Club Mix) - Ernest Kohl
* Girl Next Door (D-Bop Saturday Night Mix) - Lucy Street
* Cruel Summer (Ivan Frost Remix) - Ace Of Base
* Uptown - Hustler’s Convention
* Strangelove (Axis Smiling Heart Mix) - Depeche Mode
* Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) (X-Mix) - Backstreet Boys
* Double 99 vs Soda Club (DMC Mash-Up)
* High Energy (Acid House Radio Mix) - Evelyn Thomas
* Full Circle (DMC DJ Mix-Up) - Duran Duran
 
 

* Gold (DMC Remix) - Spandau Ballet
* The Power Of Love (DMC Mix) - Huey Lewis & The News
* The 1987 Flashback Medley (Ultimix)
* Hot Mix Radio Megamix - B-52's
* Tainted Love (DMC Remix) - Soft Cell
* Same Old Brand New You (Almighty Transensual Mix) - A1
* The Shade Of It All - DJ ShyBoy vs RuPaul’s Drag Race
* Liberty (Hot Tracks Mix) - Kon Kan
* Pop (Pablo La Rosa’s Funktified Mix) - N*Sync
* Last Days Of Disco (Still Going Dub) - Robbie Williams
* Use It Up & Wear It Out ‘91 (Hot Tracks Mix) - Pat & Mick
* A Different Kind Of Love Song (Craig J Classic Love Mix) - Cher
* Shake Your Love (Ultimix) - Debbie Gibson
* Piece Of Me (Ultimix Kwik Mix) - Britney Spears
* I Wanna Go (X-Mix) - Britney Spears
* Cool For The Summer (Select Mix Quick Trax) - Demi Lavato
* I Was On Pills! (Felix Meow’s Prescribed Mix) - DJ Kor
* Diamonds (Ultimix) - Herb Alpert w/ Janet Jackson
* Jenny From The Block (Ultimix Kwik Mix) - Jennifer Lopez
* Rock Your Body (Ultimix Kwik Mix) - Justin Timberlake
* Fire In The Rain - Mans Zemerlow
* Gangnam Style (Ultimix Kwik Mix) - Psy
* Love Is A Battlefield (Wayne G & Andy Alders Afterhours Mix) - Rochelle
* You Are The Only One - Sergey Lazarev
* Trancified 80's Pop Megamix (X-Mix)
* I Feel Love (DJ Plastico XL Remix) - Vicky Vain
* Uptown Girl (Extended Version) - Westlife
 
 
 

* Memory Of The Future (Stuart Price Extended Mix) - Pet Shop Boys
* Need You Tonight (Ulti-Remix) - INXS
* Pump Up The Volume (X-Mix Short Cutz) - M/A/R/R/S
* I Want A New Drug (Select Mix) - Huey Lewis & The News
* My Arms Keep Missing You (The No L Mix) - Rick Astley
* Never Let You Go (Mixx-It) - Sweet Sensation
* Hollaback Girl (X-Mix Short Cutz) - Gwen Stefani
* Get Down On It (Oliver Momm Mix) - Kool & The Gang
* Lost In Emotion (Mixx-It) - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
* Brand New Lover (Culture Shock Mix) - Dead Or Alive
* Inside Outside (Mixx-It) - Cover Girls
* Just Want You To Know (Jason Nevins Extended Mix) - Backstreet Boys
* Boogie Oogie Oogie (Hot Classics Mix) - A Taste Of Honey
* The Reflex (Culture Shock Mix) - Duran Duran
* Bizarre Love Triangle (Ultimix Back Spins) - New Order
* Touch Me (All Night Long) (Matt Pop Club Mix) - Sinitta
* Do What You Like (12" Club Mix) - Take That
* Just Dance / Somebody’s Watching Me (X-Mix Short Cutz) - Lady Gaga
* Shep Pettibone Producer Mix (DMC)
* Love Revolution (Ruff Loaderz Radio) - Will Young
* People Are People (Guiseppe D’s Rutroactive MixShow) - RuPaul
* Ray Of Light (Dubtronic Avenue Club Mix) - Madonna
* Suspicious Minds (Almighty Boys Vegas Radio Edit) - Obsession
* Kites (SoundFactory Mixshow) - Gravitonas
* What Is Love 2k9 (Bodybangers Remix Edit) - Klaas Meets Haddaway
* We Stand Together - Nick John
* I Finally Found Someone (Club Mix) - Paul Parker and Angie Gold
* Let The Sunshine In (Long Club Mix) - Army Of Lovers
* I’m A Believer - F 50's
* Total Eclipse Of The Heart (Mobius Loop Mix) - Nikki French
* Slave To The Music 2010 (Beatbreakers Remix) - Twenty 4 Seven
 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

How To Earn Extra Coin Each Month, Blah, Blah, Blah!

Okay, so that post title may seem a bit negative, but I have to say that I'm a little burned out on the "How to earn..." articles. Don't get me wrong; there are some good ones out there. A lot of them have good ideas. They also have some not-so-good ideas. Many times the good/bad depends on the person.

I will address the reward type sites. I've written about this before, and you can see that here. There are a lot of great sites that you can use on the PC, and my article covers them. What I don't cover are the apps that you can use on your smart phone or tablet. The reason? I don't have a smart phone (yet). Why not? Well, I work online and I'm at the computer for most of the day. I see where having one would be good, I just haven't gotten motivated enough to get one. My tablet is pretty basic, so I don't get many apps that are compatible with it.
 
Now, because I'm in a low sales cycle, I've been reading a lot of posts about earning extra cash online. I feel like I need to make a change, and, as RuPaul might say, "Step my pussy up!" It doesn't hurt to change things up, and add new things to my work routine. 
 
So, it can be frustrating to read a blog... and all the recommended sites are for the smart phone. Grrrr! Or all the jobs aren't compatible with being an introvert. Well, that's the way it goes.
 
I have seen articles about just the online sites. They promise you can make "X" amount of dollars per month. I don't see how. Taking a survey is time consuming. Getting paid 50-cents for 15-30 minutes of your time? Meh. Sure, I do surveys. But, I don't do them all day long. Also, a lot of surveys crap out after a few questions. You get the "you don't qualify" page. What's frustrating is to spend 5 or 10 minutes, get told you don't qualify, and get no reward. That said, some sites do give a minimal reward (maybe 1 point, or 10-cents towards your account). 
 
A lot of the sites have offers they will reward you for.  Well, if you aren't interested in, don't need, or can't afford the offers, what good are they? Don't fret. Even with minimal participation, you will get pay-outs. I'd say that I spend about 5-15 minutes a day participating in searches, button clicking, email clicks, and surveys with the odd video watching and get rewards every 6-12 months on each service I belong to, depending on their payouts. Are these worth doing? Sure, but look at them as fun. A lot of these articles seem to suggest that you can earn, say $100 per month in gift cards. Well, sure... but how much time and money are you spending in order to do so?

I encourage you to read these articles, and apply what you find there to your online work routine. Some things will be helpful and other things won't be. It's all personal too. What works for me, might not work as good for you. Don't be discouraged.
 
Also, be careful. Some of the "Earn Extra Cash Online" articles are sales pitches for that writer's e-book or course. The ones I've seen aren't cheap. I move on from those. I don't see the need to pay someone to tell me what everyone else is already telling me. There is no sure-fire get-rich-quick scheme for online work. And earning money online IS work. 

I will make a recommendation in this article... a lot of the receipt payout apps are programs I can't participate in because of my lack of a smart phone. I just have a regular cell phone. Anyway, Checkout51 operates online! A nice little site. Try it out, even if you're already using another payout app. I also belong to Kellogg's Family Rewards, which can be done on a pc.

I've mostly talked about the extra cash programs, like MyPoints (for example). You can also sell your skills on various sites, including Fiverr. The idea of Fiverr is that you get five bucks to do a small service for someone. I've used it to get eyes on this blog, which I did get more views but no new subscribers. I work as an artist and photographer, so I often sell on sites like eBay and Etsy. I sometimes get sales or commissions via deviantArt. I'm currently working at expanding my network a bit. If you want to follow me on Twitter, my handle is @korokstudios 

I guess what I keep blabbing on about is, don't be afraid to explore and try new methods of earning online. If you blog, or like to leave comments, share your experiences. Know of a good article? Post the link in the comments.

Take Care, Everyone!