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Personal Stuff!

To tide you over until episode #319!

If you follow my twitter, you might have seen me mention that I recorded a podcast with my friend Emmitt for the Emmitt and Rick show earlier this week – well, that show is up now, and it’s perfect for you to listen to until the next episode of Zaldor’s World comes out! (which coincidentally enough, has Emmitt as a co-host!)

Here’s the post on the show

and here’s a download of the mp3!

Merry Holidays to All!

;) Merry Christmas to you and yours – I know I don’t post many non-podcast things here anymore, but I should.

I had some time while I was setting up Trent’s new GP2xWiz handheld, so I thought I’d post something for you –

I hope that you’re having a great holiday time, and that you ring in 2010 on a happy note. Here’s to the holiday, and here’s to a great 2010 and new decade!

-=Les=-

Seven things you may not know about me!

I woke up this morning, New Years Day, and noticed that I was tagged by my childhood friend, Terry Bean, for a MEME!

So I thought I’d take this time to tell you Seven Things About Me that you may not know. But first, the rules:

Here are the rules for my fellow bloggers:

  • Link your original tagger(s), and list these rules on your blog.
  • Share seven facts about yourself in the post – some random, some weird.
  • Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
  • Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs and/or Twitter.

Now on the the seven things:

1) I really am not a big sports fan. Yes, I follow the Detroit Red Wings, and do enjoy going to a game occasionally – but it’s not something I feel I must do every possible moment.

2) I’ve been a computer nerd/geek since my very first video game system, Atari 2600, back in 1977. My first computer was a Vic-20, then Commodore 64, and I fought hard never to buy a IBM PC, but finally broke down and bought a 286 around 1991. Then I wondered what took me so long!

3) Although my surroundings don’t show it, I really do like to be clean and organized. Something i’m working on doing better in 2009.

4) I have very little knowledge of my family tree on my father’s side. After he passed away, I had little to no contact with anyone that is related to that side of my family. Someday I would like to find out if there are any living relatives on that side of my family.

5) I really don’t ask for help until the last possible minute. I really would rather do things on my own and i’m pretty stubborn about it.

6) The person I am today is vastly different than the person I was 10 or more years ago. I used to be very shy up until I was about 30 years old, and I made many changes since my 30th birthday to help reduce that. However, I still fall back into my shyness on occasion.

7) I usually don’t participate in these sort of MEMEs, but Terry is a childhood friend that I am glad i’m still in touch with. Back in my Blog hey-day in the early 2000′s I used to participate much more, maybe i’ll start it again though in 2009, who knows!!

Seven people I tag for this MEME: Aaron Bates (The Big Show), Matt (Redboy podcast), Mike (Most People Are DJs), Jim (Hello From Michigan), Derek Coward (Deliberate Noise), Jack (WanderRadio), Matt (Digital Detroit Radio)

#213 – A Personal show – and my thanks!

This is a unique show – I just wanted to do a podcast tonight, so I sat down and pulled one song then started the show. I developed this show completely on the fly as I was doing it – and I had a lot to talk about. Reminiscing on the past, discussing the future, talking about my birthday, all my friends that i’ve met from this podcast – and more! No voice mails, but a lot of little IDs from a bunch of people and bands!

Let me know what ya think of this episode ! Email me at zaldor AT gmail DOT com, voicemail 206-666-4644, twitter, facebook, myspace, and a bunch more places!

Some of the Sites/people/Bands mentioned: Les Jenkins/SEB, Trent (my son!), Trent Reznor, Mike Yusi (UC Radio), Aaron (Big Show), Moe Berg (The Pursuit of Happiness), Rise Against, BounceRadio.net (Live show on Mon & Tue nights!), Blogcritics.org, Detroit Podcasters Network, Chris (Collected Comics Library), MikeL OD (Most People Are DJs), Matt (Digital Detroit Radio), Terry Bean, Critical Bill, Cheri Arnett, Blind With Rain, Lizette&!!

Music played:

XRAYOK
8mm
Anemo
Greg Camp
Shram Band
Lennon

Friday: another year older-but bringing it in with a bang! (and you’re invited)

Wow – Hard to believe that Friday will be my 39th birthday… I’m old.

I’m going to live it up though – and if you’re in the Metro Detroit area, you’re welcome to join me!!

See, I host karaoke at a small bar in Wyandotte, Mi – and I normally do it on Thursday and Friday every week – Well this week is special, we’re doing it Wednesday and Friday due to the Thanksgiving holiday!

The best part? Friday is my birthday!! That’s right, i’m hosting Karaoke on my birthday!! It’s going to be a blast, because it’s not only my birthday – but also the birthday of 2 of my great friends (who are also regulars at the bar): Erik and Air Guitar Dave!

So this is my invitation to all of you to join me on this huge celebration at Oakie Doaks Pub in Wyandotte, MI! 116 Oak Street! Map here!

Hope to see you all there!

I’m nominated for a Podcast Peer award!

Yes, that’s right – i’m nominated in the Fall 2008 podcast peer awards! I’m in the ‘Best Music Podcast’ and i’m also running against other great music podcasts (some of which are my fellow members in AMP!) – so it’s going to be close!

I’ve never been nominated before – so i’m excited!

If you’re a podcaster, and listen to my show – please register on the site and vote!

NOTE: Voting Ends August 16th!!

Returned from camping!

Camping was a blast – you can see pictures here at my flickr page, Trent did a great job with his first time on the river alone in a kayak!

We did have a little rain on Saturday, but all in all it was a great time. Lots of fun, lots of friends, and lots of memories.

You’re welcome to check out the live page, there are some recordings there that I did while at the camp site – I even did a mini-co-host with Joe from The Next Big Thing on Bounce Radio for a little bit. It was pretty cool to be doing a live stream on Bounce from camp! Other streaming highlights were with Nick of Hoo Hoo Nick where he was singing and playing his guitar – as well as cooking some eggs while I was sitting at the picnic table! Very cool having the technology at the campground to do all that! Of course, lets not forget the skype call I did with my friend James from Minutes After Midnight – he was in Mongolia, and I was in Michigan! He was checking out the river, while I saw outside his hotel window at the capital of Mongolia! Wow.

But, it’s time to return to reality now. Work calls, the BounceRadio shows call, karaoke hosting calls, and of course both podcasts call. It’s all worth it.

I’ve got a lot of stuff ahead of me, quite a few interviews are still in need of editing – and a few are on the horizon. This is what i love to do – and I have no intention of stopping!!

Stay posted everyone, the future is before us – and it’s going to be great!

Zaldor Unleashed debuts tonight 6pm-8pm ET!

If you haven’t heard, i’m starting a new show TONIGHT (May 13th) on Bounce Radio! 6pm-8pm ET tonight will be the debut of Zaldor UNLEASHED! What will be different from Zaldor’s World? Well, Zaldor Unleashed will focus on indie music, but will also feature interviews that haven’t been heard on Zaldor’s World – For example, tonight features a unheard interview with Thriving Ivory!!

So if you want to hear my live and unleashed, be sure to go to BOUNCE RADIO DOT NET tonight between 6pm ET and 8pm!! Click here and you’ll go right to the chat to listen!

Also, if you’re listening to the show, feel free to call in! The number to call is: 313-429-0801 ! Call any time – but unlike the 200th episode, I won’t stop a song to get you on the air – I’ll be screening the call on another computer and put you on between songs!

Hope to hear from you or see you in the chat – it’ll be a lot of fun!

Streaming Live Karaoke TONIGHT!

Yes, you may know that I host Karaoke in Wyandotte, Michigan at Somewhere Bar And No Grill - Well, the bar will be changing ownership soon, so we’re giving Somewhere Bar a great send off the next two weekends! I’ve been streaming the Karaoke live on the nights when I host – well tonight, I’ll be hanging out on a night I don’t host – and streaming it all live from my laptop! My good friend Jim will be hosting and we’ll be probably tag-team hosting it all night.

Since I’ll have a seperate laptop for the stream, I’ll be able to provide commentary while it’s happening – and add even more to the fun!

Be sure to tune in TONIGHT (Saturday 5/11) for the fun at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/zaldors-world-podcast

Be sure to sign up for an account on Ustream – you can chat with your own handle so we know who you are!!

Getting the creativity juices flowing again…

Creativity

Thanks to Ed Roberts for sharing this great post from CC Chapman (of Accident Hash) via Google Reader!  This really hit things on the head for me, as lately i’ve been struggling with creativity.  I need to find a way to spark the creativity more often and bring it back to the forefront.

A few things that I find that do spark the creativity for me:

  • - Spending time with my son, Trent, doing fun things
    • (video games, for example)
  • - Listening to music
  • - Playing video games alone or online (which reminds me, I now have a computer that will let me play Neverwinter Nights 2!)
  • - Writing blog posts
  • - Photography (something i’d like to do even more of)
  • - Podcasting
  • - Walking/working out while listening to mp3 player cranked up as loud as possible
  • - Web page programming, computer building, learning linux

These are just a few of things that pop in my head and I hope to do more of in the future, especially now that the weather is finally warming up! The problem is, I haven’t done much of the above lately – and I can tell the difference!

Many people tend to the importance of exercising your muscles, but not many talk about exercising your creativity… This is something that should be just as important as regular exercise, as without creativity, your mind tends to become mush… at least that’s what happens to me.

Also, while I was looking for an image for this post, I stumbled upon this great LifeHack post about rejuvenating your creativity!

So I’m taking this inspiration from CC‘s post as my “kick in the ass” and going to work on starting up exercising my creativity!!

Thanks again to Ed and CC!

Back from Baltimore!

Yes, i’m back – that’s right i’m back from Baltimore!

Had a great time in the evenings hanging out with Cheri and Aaron in the Fells Point part of Baltimore! I have a few stories to tell, as well as a great interview that I did with Aaron!

Stay tuned, I’ll have a show out soon!

Heading out- Live show from remote location soon!

baltimore_graphicThat’s right, i’m heading outta town this weekend – going to Baltimore for my day job, should have time on Monday night to do a live show from the hotel – or maybe a live show Sunday night when i’ll be having dinner with Aaron from Blind with Rain and Cheri Arnett!  Should be a good time, looking forward to meeting them.

Keep posted to this web site, I’ll put out information if I’m doing a live show here and also on my Twitter feed!

Happy Birthday To Me…

2095, 2095, 2095, 2095
I love you, sincerely
Yours truly, yours truly…

I sent a message to another time
But as the days unwind, this I just can’t believe
I sent a note across another plane
Maybe it’s all a game, but this I just can’t conceive.

Can you hear me?

I drive the very latest hovercar
I don’t know where you are
But I miss you so much till then
I met someone who looks a lot like you
She does the things you do
But she is an IBM.

2095, 2095, 2095, 2095
I love you, sincerely
Yours truly, yours truly…

She’s only programmed to be very nice
But she’s as cold as ice
Whenever I get too near
She tells me that she likes me very much
But when I try to touch
She makes it all too clear.

She is the latest in technology
Almost mythology
But she has a heart stone
She has an I.Q. of 1001
She has a jumpsuit on
And she’s also a telephone.

2095, 2095, 2095, 2095
I love you, sincerely
Yours truly, yours truly…

CHORUS:
Is that what you want? (Is it what you want?)
Is it what you really want? (Is it what you really want?)
Is that what you want? (Is it what you want?)
Is it what you really want?

I realize that it must seem so strange
That time has rearranged
But time has the final word
She knows I think of you, she reads my mind
She tries to be unkind
She knows nothing of our world

Although her memory banks overflow
No one would ever know
For all she says: “Is that what you want?”
Maybe one day I’ll feel her cold embrace
And kiss her interface
‘Til then, I’ll leave her alone.

I love you, sincerely
Yours truly, yours truly…

REPEAT CHORUS:

“Is that what you want?”

…. ‘Yours Truly, 2095′ – E.L.O.

(Hear the song at the end of Hoo Hoo Nick’s Podcast from 11/27/2006!)