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So I’ve completed my migration of my old LiveJournal and MovableType blogs into my current WordPress blog, comments included.  Now I can start putting the legacy blogs in read-only mode!

Second step: Actually start blogging again :P

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Cuz my old one is from 2005! =P  Gawd, I was hotter back then! lol

And with that, my last LJ post for a several months!  I do still read up on here from time to time, but all my antics are now chronicled on Facebook, if you haven't noticed already.  http://facebook.com/RAPP81
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Over the course of this decade, bloggers evolved from their emo, woah is me rhetoric during the dot-com days to the current tweeing or posting on Facebook information as soon as it happens, right from your mobile device in this social media world. Although most of us on here are now in the frenzy that is the latter, we should all take a step back and make sure we don’t get too much information overload and misinterpret the basic notion of these basic principles:

What’s fact
What’s fiction
What’s just opinion

The past couple of days, I’ve seen posts shared from bloggers that from a quick glance, looks like a full, journalistic article, however upon a slightly closer look, it is what it really is… a blog post. A good blogger would support things like quotes and statements with their actual sources, just like we all had to provide a bibliography for ever paper we wrote while in school. There are some bloggers out that that just spout out their own personal agenda, with the hopes of their fellow trolls and unsuspecting commenters would flood the post with a huge thread.

During my last semester as an undergrad, I took a media GE course which the professor went into a discussion about the blogging sensation. Back in 2005, blogging was making the turn from the personal, yet public diary type idiom to what most of us consider blogging is today… writing about current events and putting a personal spin on it. The biggest concern my professor had then was that bloggers would end up being the primary source of news acquisition for people. I shared this concern with him then and I do so more today.

The major difference between a journalist and a blogger is that the latter usually doesn’t have the skill to convey information that is unbiased and merely factual to their audience. What I’m seeing today is that people are essentially believing everything they’re coming across on the internet and stating it as fact.

The past few days, I have pointed out a couple of blogs that seemed pretty bogus, as I could not find any supporting articles that made those posts accurate. And to those I pointed such things out to, I really don’t mean to sound like an ass about it… it’s just I’m trying to avoid the continuation of the mis-information that can virally spread on the Internet.

If you’ve managed to make it this far in reading, the final thing I ‘d like to convey is that we should all ensure that what we read on the Internet is actual fact before sharing it with each other. A simple Google search can do absolute wonders and you will be doing this social media world a good justice by doing so.

And to end this, a post about blogging I did back in 2005: http://rapp81.livejournal.com/172645.html

Unfortuantely, the CCTimes link is dead from the retro-post.

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First off, for those who keep posting comments on my MySpace page… I finally clicked on the cancellation button – my existence on that POS site will disappear in 24-48 hours.

It would be an understatement to say that the past 24 hours have been heart wrenching. As I started the night off with two PC monitors of information and a TV tuned in to election coverage, the abundance of what was in the wires, on TV, and reactions on my Facebook Live Feed was overwhelming. I took a break from the intensity to let loose for a bit in the Castro, with the block party and bumping into various friends out and about.

When I got back home, I went back to my desk with my three displays only to feel like a truck had hit me. Then I switched back to the Life Feed on Facebook — the amount of status updates and postings from my various friends was absolutely incredible.

I decided to sleep it off as I figured if I stayed up all night I would just go crazy. When I woke up this morning, I just felt like utter crap. I didn’t think I could make it into work feeling the way I did, so I opted to work from home today. Throughout the day, when all the reports were steering towards officially saying that Yes on 8 was going to be a reality, I again turned to Facebook.

What I saw on my Live Feed throughout the day brought me to tears. It wasn’t what people were saying, but the actual people who were voicing out. Never did I imagine as I was growing up through high school and college that I would have a huge network of straight allies, who understand what’s at stake for not just me, not just for gays and lesbians, but for society as a whole.

For those who don’t know my childhood background, I attended Catholic schools from 1st through 12th grade. That being said, I was “indoctrined” with Catholic values, especially during elementrary school and junior high. When high school came along (1995-1999 if you want a timeframe), I wasn’t indoctrined as much. However, I was going through a period of intense homophobia and denial. I already knew I was gay by then, but I tried to deny it and tried to disassociate myself with anyone my peers deemed as gay.

College was essentially the start of my self-acceptance and coming out. It took me two years from the start of college to actually start coming out. Granted, one main reason for me coming out was the ever evident speculation of my friends that kept growing and growing – and in a sense, I had no choice but to come clean, but the way it happened — I don’t regret it in any way.

Going back to why certain people brought me to tears today… Most of these allies had the same upbringing as me (Catholic/Private school). So in sense, they theoretically were brought up with the same indoctrine as me. But here were are, all together in 2008. And to see that they are fighting along with me in the same capacity and disappointed in the same way with today’s outcome – the feelings I have are absolutely indescribable.

All I can say is that I am truly blessed to have such friends in my life. I couldn’t be any luckier to have a network of such awesome people. Although I don’t get to see a lot of you guys in person that often, there is still a reason I keep you as a friend on Facebook  Each one of you individually has made a mark within my life. Whether that mark be tiny or huge, I do treasure all of you equally.

Thank you to all for helping society, gay and lesbians, and myself. More thanks to those who’ve contacted me the past couple of days about this fight. Let’s continue fighting and make more impact! We’ve gotten this far in eight years… we can do it!

Btw, DLS/CHS c/o ’99 folk… I better see ALL of you at our 10 year reunion next year! And yes, Emily Clark, I will put those moves on the dance floor! You can definitely count on it! =)

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I'd do it now, but I'm giving notice for those I can only contact on that POS site...

Reason is explained in my cancellation letter to Tom...

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Tom,

I'm disappointed in you.

Allowing such a bigoted and hateful group to advertise on your home screen... I'm talking about the Yes on 8 ads.

This is why you are losing to Facebook. It's because of crap like this!

You set your site's ads to tailor towards what one's sexual preferences are. And here you go allowing such a despicable ad to appear. At least money hasn't gone to Mark Zuckerberg. He didn't let money go to his head and turn his product to crap!

Pathetic. Absolutely pathetic, Tom!

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I rarely go on that site anyway. I was teetering on the thought of canceling, but this was the absolute final straw!

So Facebook is where I'll be solely from now on.
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Floor 3, Row 40.

Selling them face value $90/ea.  Can negotiate.  Let me knowW

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Dianne,

Just seeing if you can see this.

From,
Dale
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Bay Area Feelin' Hot, Hot, Hot - Videos - KNTV
Source: video.nbc11.com
KNTV - Video - A red flag warning is back in effect in the Bay Area as the summer rapidly comes to a close.

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Look at where Cheryl Hurd does her live shot... First Republic Bank, Walnut Creek - Civic! (formerly known as Bank of Walnut Creek Corporate)

I sometimes miss working at our office in The WC... especially now since our new IS office at FRB WC-Broadway has a window that faces Civic Center Park :P

Mmmm... The WC hotties! LOL
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So two weekends ago, I Rick Rolled Hula's in Honolulu (which I still have to upload from my Treo)

My friend Joel sent me the following video...




Now, somebody has way too much time on their hands, but OMFG is this awesome!
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I’m not sure everyone who’s outside of FB or work knew about this, but I had my newly purchased iPhone 3G stolen when I was in New Orleans a couple of weeks back.  Luckily, I had my work line on my account still eligible for an equipment upgrade, but I still had to shell out another $300 for another iPhone.

I haven’t had a chance to scour my membership details since I’ve been swapmped with work, but does anyone know if Visa Signature offers some sort of protection in these sorts of situations?  I did use my United Mileage Plus Visa Signature card when I made my initial purchase — so possibly I may be able to recoup something.

Meanwhile, ever since I’ve been back at work in the SF office, I’ve been slammed up against the wall, and not in the hot, sexy way :(  But at least the OT I’ve been pulling in these couple of weeks will essentially pay off my iPhone replacement!  lol

EDIT:  Fuck… “A police report (made within 48 hours of the occurrence in the case of theft), fire,
insurance claim, or loss report, or other report sufficient to determine eligibility for benefits.”

Oh well.  I’ll just treat the $300 as money I probably would have lost if I decided to gamble at Harrah’s in New Orleans :P

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So I’m gonna be lazy and just post my status updates from Facebook to sum up my business trip to Honolulu this past week :P

Times are posted in PDT (-3 for HST)

August 9

Rex is all packed and ready to go on his business trip. It’s gonna be a tough one… Honolulu and all :P. 12:08am

Rex is at SFO where he can’t wait to get out of the mist and fog and head into sun and tan white boys :P. 8:15am

Rex on board UA73, SFO-HNL, where the only hot guy in his cabin is in 6J while he’s in 3A. Plus there are two kids with their DILF in front of him :P. 8:47am

Rex has landed at HNL after sipping on two mai tais. 2:12pm

Rex thought he was going to drive away with a red Mustang convertible, only to find out that the remote control opened the trunk of the 80s-esque Lincoln next to it. 3:39pm

Rex is laying back at Diamond Head Beach. 6:20pm

August 10

Rex is eating a huge lobster pot pie… damn he’s gonna be a winner at Hula’s tonight — being all bloated! 12:26am

Rex is still stuck on PDT. He is going to be lame and plan out his actual work day tomorrow before heading off to bed. 12:59am

Rex needs to refrain from yelling “you’re fucking hot bro” out the window as he cruises the streets of Honolulu in his Mercury Lincoln rental. 12:21pm

Rex is at the FRIM Honolulu office… fun times! 1:13pm

Rex is kicking it pool before attending a luau. 4:56pm

Rex is oberving an entire AA crew load up in a shuttle. Go figure the Asian FA is the one with the most bags to bring back home with her. 6:48pm

Rex is about to head off to a luau… mostly paid for by work from his daily dinner allowance :P. 7:21pm

Rex wants to sucker punch the jersey trash middle aged guy in front of him for the canoe ride because he wont stop complaining like a total douchebag! 9:06pm

Rex is having a blast at the luau. 10:59pm

August 11

Rex is taking the bus back to Waikiki from the luau. Lets see if he can manage to hit Hula’s when he gets back. 12:13am

Rex is having a quick breakfast and is surrounded by some fine army men :P. 11:18am

Rex is waiting for the valet to bring his car. Meanwhile… mmmm…. military boys. 11:29am

Rex is working it at FRIM Honolulu. 2:32pm

Rex feels like he’s on I-880 as he drives from Downtown Honolulu to Waikiki. 7:38pm

Rex just can’t help but stare at the cute French boy here with his fam in the Exec Lounge. The boy is wearing tight jeans w/his fly down :P. 8:41pm

August 12

Rex managed to make it to Hula’s before the brief monsoon hit. 2:04am

Rex just got Rick Rolled at Hula’s. 2:37am

Rex is loving Hawaii. He thinks FRB should really expand there so he can permanently work there :P. 2:13pm

Rex says FMB to the Dilf wearing a San Jose Fire cap. 3:56pm

Rex just ran over a bird in Waikiki. 5:04pm

Rex really does feel bad for the bird :(. 9:38pm

August 13

Rex is back at the office — the First Republic Investment Management Honolulu office :P. 11:48am

Rex is enjoying his last few hours in Honolulu at the beach. 5:54pm

Rex is driving to HNL. :(. 10:42pm

Rex is on board UA76. Again, the hottest guy in his cabin is seated behind him :(. 11:38pm

August 14

Rex has landed at SFO. 4:44am

Rex thought he lost his house keys but found them burried deep in his FRB bag. He’s on a cab en route to HOME :) 5:37am

Rex is a zombie at work this morning. 8:28am

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Hmm… Portland was AWESOME!

Cari and I hit some of the gay spots, but it was like spending a night at 1220.  Although some of the boys were indeed checking me out — which is something I don’t experience in SF :P

The weekend was also the weekend of Portland’s Beer Festival.  We went both days, with Kimberly, my bank’s consultant who I was working with, joining us the second day.  A couple of random guys from Dallas came up to us and asked if we knew any hot spots in Portland to hit on a Sunday night but we didn’t know.  They just ended up hanging with us for the rest of the night — major fun!

Then Monday came and I worked in our Portland office.  I shuffled around the office like crazy the entire day and managed to catch the earlier flight back to SFO — which was a good thing, since my original flight was delayed three hours :P

I was only in the office for two days, then I was off to my next destination: New Orleans :)   It was fun for the most part.  You can see a chronicle of events on my Facebook newsfeed :)   But for those who don’t have FB… um, I had a tweaker steal my iPhone.  Yeah, that was the highlight of my trip there.  Luckily I can get another one for the same upgrade price, but to shell out another $300 — not a huge dent, but a significant dent in my wallet.  The other significant event was my flight to and from New Orleans.  My flight to MSY from DEN was a disaster.  Sat on the runway for an hour, then back at the gate for another hour, then off the plane for another hour only to switch planes.  The plane’s navigation system failed.  The return flight, wow, again me being on standby for the earlier DEN-SFO flight saved me!  I took the last standby seat on the 767 (42E).  My original flight ended up being cancelled (which I found out after I landed back at SFO)

As for this upcoming weekend… Honolulu.  This trip’s for work.  Yeah, I know tough break!  I fly out on Saturday morning and will be returning Thursday Morning on the redeye.  At least it’s better than the 26 hours I was out there the last time!

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7/22 - 7/29: PDX for work - Portland office Anti-Money Laundering seminar

7/ 31 - 8/4: MSY for Chris’s bachelor party.  I’ll try to take him and the gang to the Corner Pocket :P

8/9 - 8/13: HNL for work - Hawaii office semi-annual visit

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Friday Night:
Went bar hopping in the Castro. Actually saw Scott (formally known as aairnaairn) for the first time since I’ve been living in the city! Go figure the first time would be during pride!

Saturday Night:
Tried Pink Saturday… stomached it for like an hour then left to a house Aaron and Sid were house sitting at in Noe Valley.

Sunday Night:
Sanctuary! Bumped into Proby at check coat and danced the early morning away till dawn :P

Monday:
Got into work at noon just in time for my staff meeting, with sunglasses on and energy drink on hand. Most of the day was fine, until I replied to all on Mariah’s emai which went to the ENTIRE IS Department in SF. Since we’re on Exchange, I recalled it as soon as I realized what I did! So embarrassing! I ended up being one of “those”!

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Well sorta…

I’ve installed WordPress on my website, rapp81.com with the LJ crosspost plugin.  I could be a geek and illustrate via Visio how my content will be transmitted through the various sites I’m keeping up with, but for now:

LiveJournal via LJXP plugin

RAPP81.COM /

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Facebook via RSS feed

Meanwhile, a short brief for those of you NOT on Facebook…

Orlando’s One Might Weekend two weekends ago was OMFG fun!  The weekend was intense and I had a lot of fun — too much I think!  I met up with some old friends and met some new ones.  I could go into details as to what exactly happened that weekend, but I’d come up with 20 pages :P

Ok, I’m going to get ready to hit Baker Beach… it’s too freaking warm in SF right now! :)

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I have come to a decision to cease posting on LJ.  For the past few weeks, I've been pondering this idea, but pretty much solidified my decision today.

From my solo blog from Blogger which then migrated to Movable Type during the early part of the decade, to LJ during the middle part of the decade, my thoughts and words have progressed and matured during the years.

Along with that, my life path has steered over towards a newer chapter in my life -- mainly my career and the people who have become (or in some cases remained a continuing) part of my life in the present.

It's only nature that time does a lot of things, one of which is drifting away.  Not to say that I'm severing ties completely, it's just that my life is completely different from what it was a couple of years ago and it's time for me to move on.

It's nothing personal with any of you on here.  I will still check in a few times a week to see how everyone's doing.  I just can't continue living in the past and LJ has essentially become what is my past.

If you still want to keep following me along in my life journey, Facebook will be my primary online presence.  Even my MySpace and my activity on it will become very limited.  So if you're already on Facebook and not yet friends with me, then feel free to add me. =)

I wish all of you well.
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I'm sure you're all aware of yesterday's events in CA and San Francisco... now watch my and Andrew's (777echelon) live walk-through cameo during the coverage of said events in last night's newscast :P

http://cbs5.com/video/?id=34251@kpix.dayport.com

Jump to 6:48 =)

Happy Friday, everyone!
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So I'm working from home this morning... I need to do this more often :P

VPN and an IP phone, that's all I really need! I actually get A LOT more stuff done and have so today. So much that I've overestimated the amount of time I needed to do my tasks this morning... heh
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For those of you who aren't on Facebook, my current status message:

Rex just came back from hearing his lab tests... He's glad he didn't catch anything from sketchy guys :P.
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