The Niche Itch

Hey guys, long time no blog. It’s TheAndySan, the one and only, hurr again…with pants!

Okay first up, I’ve been stupid-busy as of late so if my blogs were a bit inconsistent both topically and chronologically, I apologize. This is the jist of my days lately: Wake up, eat something, call or get called by Eriopolis or Ben, hang out with them and then work or visa versa, come home at a ridiculously late hour, and sleep/pass out on the couch.

Despite all of this going on, I have managed to make some rather big changes to this blog. You might have noticed that I removed the group of share buttons in favor of the Share This! expanding button. This also made the Technorati button in the sidebar obsolete, so I scrapped that as well. Since my AdSense has been super-nuked, I’ve put up Chikita ads in the meantime until I get my Yahoo Publisher Network account approved. More to come on that so stay tuned!

So, why is this post called The Niche Itch? Because it’s a bitchin’ rhyme? Well, yes and no. I’ve been doing a lot of reading from the bloggers that pull in a shit-ton of money. We’re talking hundreds of dollars daily, if not thousands. They all pretty much say the same thing: “Find a niche and don’t jump off-topic too often.” In other words, “Be specific! B-E specific!” There is a large amount of evidence to prove that if you settle on a main topic and talk about nothing but it, then you’re gonna get tons of viewers followed by tons of money. Who am I to buck the trend? I am officially announcing the main topic of this blog: my life. With my life as my main topic, I am now free to talk about whatever I want since EVERYTHING has some sort of relation to my life. Whether it’s an interesting article that I read in the newspaper or what I did with my friends the other day, everything has some sort of relation to my life. The only things I can’t talk about in this blog are things that I am not aware of. As I become more aware of things, I can incorporate more topics as well as shuffle out the topics that I’m bored with. This is how I can talk about Magic: The Gathering, playing guitar, working at Wal-Mart, and my life goals ALL IN THE SAME POST! All of these topics relate to my life because they play a part in my life, however big or small in importance.

In other news, my lesson with Rich today was really awesome! I learned that I only really need to learn any scale in one key since they can all be transposed by however many half-steps the initial key is to the new key. For example, if I wanted to change from G to A, I would move wherever I am up two frets since A is only a whole-step up from G. I never realized that until today. In essence, I have learned to play lead in any key possible. I also learned that the minor pentatonic and the major pentatonic are very closely related. For example, the 1st position minor pattern is exactly the same as the 5th position major pattern, just starting somewhere different. It was such a revelation for me!

Also in other news, I’ve added new st00f to the Eights and Aces MySpace page. It’s not a lot, but it’s something. You can take a gander at www.myspace.com/eightsandaces. I jammed with Ben today and he said that I’ve improved so much as a player. I taught him how to play Still Got The Blues by Gary Moore last night and he played it for me, but it was a bit off. Not by much, but he’s got the first part pretty down so it’s all good.

Fairly recently, Cody, my friend and the bassist for Eights and Aces, moved out of his parents’ house and into an apartment with his girlfriend Danielle. It’s a pretty sw33t pad, especially for his first apartment. We played a lot of Magic: The Gathering there. It’s also a million times cooler, in relation to temperature, than Eriopolis’ room since Cody’s apartment has excellent circulation and Eriopolis’ room has ziltch.

Well, I’m gonna go to bed so I’ll see you guys on the flip-side! Laterz!!

TheAndySan

P.S: It’s been 28 days since www.theandysan.com has been up. As I’ve said before, I took away the social bookmarking site buttons and replaced them with Share This! because it’s easier and much moAr aesthetically pleasing. If any of you guys use Digg, StumbleUpon, Reddit, etc., you can submit my stuff to them that way.

This Does Not Look Good…

Hey guys, it’s TheAndySan hurr with some more bad news.

My AdSense account was closed today due to excessive clicks. I guess the same dude that uber-clicked my Kontera ads to death did the same for AdSense. Dammit! I lost over $140!! *sigh*

Don’t worry though, all is not lost. I’ve recently signed up with Yahoo’s Publisher Network to replace AdSense. It’ll be up in a couple of days. I really hope that nothing bad happens to my YPN or my Chikita account (editor’s note: I replaced Kontera with Chikita. It’s basically the same thing, but with a different company.). I feel like this site has been 2 steps forward and 3 steps back ever since my Kontera account got closed down. At least now I know what to do if I get a stupid amount of clicks again: email the companies and tell ’em what’s up. Also, my site’s been up for awhile so I have traffic now; not a lot of traffic, but some.

Anyway, I’ve been watching this new anime called Wagaya no Oinari-sama. It’s an awesome anime about a kitsune who gets unsealed in order to protect these 2 brothers and their dad. It’s really good and I recommend you guys watch it!

Well, I’d better head to bed. I’ve got a Wal-Mart Double-Feature tomorrow with a meeting at 8 in the morn’ and coming back in to work at 2:30 until 11. Fortunatly, I have Tuesday off. Yay. So, I’ll see you guys later. Bye!

TheAndySan

P.S: It’s been 26 days since www.theandysan.com has been up. I’ve added some social bookmarking site buttons so if any of you guys use Digg, StumbleUpon, Reddit, etc., you can submit my stuff to them. Please submit my stuff. I need moAr viewers!!1

I Think I Have A Case Of The Lolicons… Or Not…

Do not fear, I don’t think it’s terminal. Sup guys, it’s TheAndySan hurr with some disturbing news.

I was at Wal-Mart earlier today during my long bike ride. After I had bought a new phone card, I was approached by a young girl, roughly 10-12 years old, and asked if I would donate money for batons and baton cases. She had the whole cute little sister thing going on: pigtails, high-pitched voice, you get the deal. In an attempt to avoid donating money since I’m on a fairly tight budget, I asked her questions about what I’m possibly donating to, how much each thing is, etcetera, in hopes that she would find another potential donator and I would ninja myself outta there.

Then, another girl came up. She was older, probably high school age, and stacked. Oh yeah. But she was telling me something about the uniforms costing $100 to repair if any of the girls damaged them because they were made of super-thick cloth. She offered for me to feel how thick and I didn’t go for it. I didn’t go for it. My first instinct would be to go for it, but then logic kicked in and said, “HEY! That girl is underage. Best not to do anything weird or you’ll get hauled off in the loli-car (police car).” Fortunately, someone walked by and I GTFO’d outta there, ninja-style!

In other news, I went to the local music store to have my usual look-around. I found an interesting mini-guitar. Now, I’ve never played a mini-guitar before so I was a bit skeptical. It was a lot of fun to play!! I could do all kinds of crazy-wide stretches with pretty much no effort! The big drawback was that it was kinda hard to do power-chords. Other than that, with a good setup, it’s a pretty decent little guitar.

Well, I’m gonna go get some gas for the lawnmower. See-ya!

TheAndySan

P.S: It’s been 24 days since www.theandysan.com has been up. I’ve added some social bookmarking site buttons so if any of you guys use Digg, StumbleUpon, Reddit, etc., you can submit my stuff to them. Please submit my stuff. I need moAr viewers!!1

Super Hat Womanz

Hey fellas, it’s TheAndySan here with a new post.

I saw in my stats that someone found my site by searching “super hat womanz”. Because this is one of the funniest things I’ve yet to see, I’ve decided to make this post about, you guessed it, hot women wearing hats. Enjoy, fellas!







And ladies, don’t think I forgot about you:

Well, that’s it for me. Take ‘er easy.

TheAndySan

P.S: It’s been 23 days since www.theandysan.com has been up. Yesterday, I added some social bookmarking site buttons so if any of you guys use Digg, Reddit, etc., you can submit my stuff to them. Please submit my stuff. I need moAr viewers!!1

Top Ten Things You Can't Do With Your Dead Dad On Father's Day.

Hey guys, it’s TheAndySan hurr with another quickie post.

If you couldn’t tell by the redunk-yo-mamma-liss title, this post is about the Top Ten Things You Can’t Do With Your Dead Dad On Father’s Day (copy-pasted for teh win). Before we begin, for some of my new viewers, this is obviously not meant to be taken seriously. Coming from someone who lost their father, I know it can be a rough experience. That aside, here we go:

10 – Walks on the beach.

Sun + salt water + seagulls = x eternally haunted children, where x = the number of children your dad had. Gotta love math humor!

9 – Picnics on a grassy knoll.

Okay, so maybe you can pull this one off if Pops was buried in a hill. Just don’t pass him the Worcestershire sauce!

8 – Shopping.

Whether it’s trying on a fancy new set of threads or picking out the right steak to throw on the grill, your Dearly Departed Daddy’s gonna attract a lot of unwanted attention. Best to do the shopping beforehand.

7 – Backyard BBQs.

Speaking of throwing meat on the grill, Perished Papa’s not gonna have much of an appetite this Father’s Day. Unless you’re grilling brains.

6 – Car rides around scenic places.

With gas prices rising stupidly high, it’s best to keep your deceased dad local. Even though he could use some fresh air.

5 – Camping.

Bears. ‘Nuff said.

4 – Go to the local bar.

Getting your dead dad a nice, cold brewski after he’s bitten the big one sounds like a good idea, right? Well, his rotten liver disagrees.

3 – Watch a movie at the theater.

Watching Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull seems like quality father-child bonding time. However, your festering father is more worried about his sinking-in skull.

2 – Surprise Mom with a present.

It’s a twist that’ll make even M. Night Shyamalan proud. It’s Father’s Day and Mom’s getting something?! Wow-wii!!!1 Honestly, I think she’ll be more surprised that your Decaying Dad’s around than any set of diamond earrings you’ll ever get her.

And the Number-One Thing You Can’t Do With Your Dead Dad On Father’s Day is…

1 – Say you’re sorry for all the crap you’ve given to him during his lifetime. What a twist!! Yeah, Putrid Pops won’t have much of an ear for those kinds of things so don’t even bother. As a matter of fact, he won’t have much of an ear at all.

Well, there you have it. The Top Ten Things You Can’t Do With Your Dead Dad On Father’s Day. This is TheAndySan signing off. Stay classy, always

TheAndySan

P.S: It’s been 22 days since www.theandysan.com has been up. I’ve also added some social bookmarking site buttons so if any of you guys use Digg, Reddit, etc., you can submit my stuff to them.

I've Just Been Violated…

…or at least my Kontera TOS has been. Sup, it’s TheAndySan hurr with some most unsettling news.

When I was checkin’ out the ol’ Gmail, I got an email from Kontera about a possible TOS breach involving fraudulent clicks. This came as an unwelcome surprise since I just started using Kontera a week ago and so far have earned around $14 with it. I emailed the guy back, saying that I didn’t have a clue as to what was going on. I admitted that I’m still a n00b when it comes to using an ad-generating service like Kontera. I mean, I did what I was suppose to do. I put the code in my website, it made hyperlinks out of certain words, people click on those words, and I get money. Simple, right? Well, people have been clicking and I’ve been getting money so who am I to question that? It’s doing what it’s suppose to do.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to discourage or encourage clicking on any of my ads. That would be a definite breach in all of the programs’ TOS (TOS means Terms Of Service by the way) and I would get nothing. I’d lose. Good day, sir! Sorry, I had to pull out a Willy Wonka quote because it’s not everyday that I can.

Anyway, getting back to the point, I have no idea what’s going on. All I know is that people are clicking on my ads, both Kontera and AdSense, and I’m making money from that. That’s it, plain and simple.

Meh, I’m tired. I think I’ll pack it in for the night. G’ night!

TheAndySan

P.S: It’s been 22 days since www.theandysan.com has been up.

So Menards Is Open Now…

…and it’s f’n huge!!! Hey guys, it’s TheAndySan here with another quick update.

I’ve added a little bit to The History of TheAndySan so be sure to check it out.

As the title says, I visited the new Menards that opened up in my area and it’s wayyyyy bigger than Wal-Mart. It’s like comparing the old Wal-Mart to the Super Wal-Mart. Unfortunatly, Billy, my former manager at Toxic Hell, works there…Awkward Turtle…

Kinda in other news, I bought the new issue of Rolling Stone and it has the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs Of All Time in it. No, Stairway To Heaven isn’t number 1. Neither is anything by Hendrix. *l33t soiler* It’s Chuck Berry’s Johnny B. Goode *end of l33t soiler*

I’m really f’n poor right now. All I have is $10 in my wallet. I seriously can’t wait to get paid on Thursday!!

Well, I’m gonna go now so I’ll see you guys around. I’ll end this with a video almost completely devoid of guitar. It’s Miami Sound Machine’s Dr. Beat! Enjoy!!:

TheAndySan

A Question For My Hero, Heavy Metal-San

What’s the haps, it’s TheAndySan hurr with a quick post.

I just posted a question for my numba-juan guitar idol, Marty Friedman aka Heavy Metal-san. Here is what I posted on his site’s Contact Form:

Subject: It’s About Anime.

Hey Marty! I’ve been playing guitar for about 3 years now and you’ve always been a consistant source of inspiration for me as a musician and as a guitar player. Everyone else can have their Jimmys and their Jimis, but if I were stuck on a Desert Island (Cacophony reference), all I need is your work on Rock Fujiyama, your solo albums, the Cacophony albums, and of course the Megadeth albums (Rust In Peace and Countdown To Extinction especially) and I’d die a happy man.

My question to you is this: have you ever performed or are considering performing an anime opening or ending theme? One of the first artists that got me into Japanese music was The Pillows and they pretty much did the entire soundtrack for FLCL!

Everyone except for my dorkiest of friends thinks I’m crazy for liking this kind of music, but I insist on listening to it because of the uncanny amount of beautiful melodies in the songs. You were the one who showed me that you could like even the hokiest music in the world and turn it into something really rockin’! I sincerely thank you for this!! It has opened me up as a musician, a player, and as a listener of music! Thank-you so much for what you have done!!

Andy

www.theandysan.com

Well, I’m gonna eat ‘cuz I’m hungry. I’m ending this post with a vid from Mr. Heavy Metal himself doing Last September from his album True Obsessions. Later daze!

TheAndySan

TheAndySan's Day Off!!!1

Whuzzz goin’ on, nuggaz?!! It’s TheAndySan in da house!!!

I just got back from my “meeting” at Wal-Mart. I was horribly late and was ready to apologize when I walked in the door. I clocked in and went into the break room where the meeting was suppose to be held. There was only a couple people in there and I asked a manager, who was there, what happened to the meeting. She said that the meeting was cancelled due to loss of power prior to my arrival. So I was kinda bummed since I drove all the way out there to be on the clock for only 3 minutes. I went to clock out, but the time-clock said that I had to be on the clock for at least 30 minutes before I could clock out. Reading these words, I felt like I was essentially handed the keys to the kingdom. I could do whatever I felt like for at least a half-hour. I waltzed around Wal-Mart, read a book, listened to music, played Guitar Hero and sucked big time (but that’s irrelevant since I got paid for sucking, lol), and enjoyed getting paid screwing around Wal-Mart for an hour and 10 or so minutes. I might get in trouble for doing that, but hey, I was scheduled to be there for an hour, they cancelled the meeting without notifying me, and I couldn’t clock out for at least a half-hour even if I wanted to. At least this way, they paid for the gas I used to get there. I could have totally milked it and stayed there for hours, but I was scheduled for an hour so I figure staying for an hour was fair enough. Was my actions justified or should I have gotten a manager to clock me out? Leave me a comment and tell me what you think!

In other news, I attended the first practice session of the summer of Eights and Aces. They were pretty rusty, but I have definitely noticed some improvements. Ben is much more confident in his lead playing as far as he’s not as locked in his scale boxes as much as he was before. Goofy has improved the most. He’s loads moAr confident when he sings, is tons moAr energetic, and adds moAr of his own little mannerisms into the songs. As for the other guys, they were pretty good too. Tylor’s not as crappy as he was before lol, Cody’s insanely short learning curve is still alive and well, and Dan’s still a good drummer. Dan’s drumming doesn’t blow my mind, but he can at least hold a steady beat so it’s all good. I recorded a couple of their songs, which contributed to my tardiness at Wal-Mart, and although they need to work off some very large chunks of rust, like I said, I think they’ll be all right.

I think I already told you guys that my Adsense account has exceeded $100, right? I did? Okay then. Oh yeah, and the other ad service I use, Kontera, has given me $12 on the nose. *honk-honk* Hollaaaaa!!!1 I think I’m gonna use my first checks from Adsense and Kontera to by me a bass and bass amp. Ideally, if I get enough, I’m gonna buy that sw33t Yamaha bass with the Kahler bass tremolo up at the music store in Lima and one of my dad’s Fender Silverface Bassmans. The kind that he has run for around $800 for both the head and cabinet. Since the speakers are shot, I’m gonna offer my aunt $600 for it since it’ll cost a little over $100 for each speaker. It’s a 2×15 cabinet and a 50-watt head by the way.

Well, I’m gonna see if the fellas wanna do something so I’m outta this bizsnatch! Buh-bye! I’m ending this post with a clip of my all-time favorite solo. Here’s Robbie McIntosh fucking yo’ mamma’s couch with an outro solo to Things We Said Today circa 1990. It starts at 3:33 and ends at 5:08:

TheAndySan

P.S: It’s been 1,517 days since I had a web site. Yeah, you’re probably tired of me saying that so I’ll probably stop soon.

We Want MoAr Moore!!!1

Hey guys, it’s theAndySan hurr after a longish day of work that went by in the blink of an eye.

I just checked my AdSense account and I couldn’t believe my eyes. Since I started this site on May 21st of 2008, I’ve earned a little over $100. That’s amazing!!!1 This also means that I can receive a payment from Google for putting up their ads on my site. Pretty friggin’ sweet if I do say so myself!! And the really awesome thing is that the month’s essentially just beginning!! It’s only up from here, guys!! I’m not gonna quit my job at Wal-Mart just yet, but if this keeps up, I think I might.

In other news, our band finally has a name: Rust. I really wanted it to be EchoRust, but I couldn’t find any bands just called Rust on MySpace so Rust we are!! I’ve also put up our MySpace page as well. Once we get our shit together, I’ll post videos and songs. Check it out at www.myspace.com/rustisaband!!! Also be sure to check out Eights and Aces’ MySpace page at www.myspace.com/eightsandaces. Speaking of Eights and Aces, tomorrow I’m gonna be at their first band practice since last year. I can’t wait!!

Well, I’m gonna watch some Kanokon. I leave you with perhaps the best Gary Moore solo I’ve ever heard. It’s also up there with one of my favorite solos of all time, and that’s saying something! Here it is, the ending solo to Empty Rooms:

TheAndySan

P.S: It’s been 1,517 days since I had a web site.