Happy 16th Birthday To My Cat Spooke (3/24/2018)

Hello my friends, I am blogging today in celebration as its the Sweet Sixteenth birthday of my beloved black cat Spooke who was born in my previous apartment on this very day. Since this blog is about my own personal world in addition to my many media adventures I like to showcase her on the site at moments such as this. It’s been awesome to have her for so long and to know her actual birthday and while I’d say she was going to be spoiled today, she pretty much runs the apartment anyway so there isn’t much more that I can do. Maybe I will give her an extra treat or three after her supper.

For the annual photo I had to be a little clever as I didn’t manage to get the number candles that make this easier. Instead I “hid” half of my 2016 glasses that I used back then for a New Years Day photo 🙂 Spooke is still rather spry for her age and based on how cat years go she is “81”. She is still a very talkative cat and I am pretty sure that she has listened to more diverse Heavy Metal than many of my friends based on my other website pursuits. We only did this one photo today and now she is off to her favorite perch in the apartment near the window and radiator. I’ve stocked up on a bunch of the foods she likes the most and especially the ones with lots of gravy since she has been a gravy girl since her infancy. As far as new toys go, she doesn’t go crazy for them lately and only opts for knocking some of the balls around or carrying the catnip mouse. She probably does this when I am not here since the stuff is never in the same place as when I left. Okay, thanks for listening, I hope all of you readers with furry babies are spoiling yours as well since they are so important to our world. Spooke means the world to me and I love her very much.

“Rocktopia” Begins @ The Broadway Theatre

A couple of months ago, I had the privilege to attend the Press Preview for an upcoming Broadway Rock Meets Classical performance called “ROCKTOPIA”. The experience was documented on my PiercingMetal.com website in an article that you can read by clicking on THIS LINK. I’m here now to announce to you all that the show is opening up in the next couple of days at The Broadway Theatre and you are not going to want to miss this one.

At the time of this writing I am NOT yet going to any of the performances myself but I am definitely interested in catching it at least once. I’d be curious to see how Pat Monahan of Train does with this presentation. Truth be told I’ve never really followed that particular band but I do love his voice overall so think the audience might be in for something wonderful. Considering its only a six week run, I will be listing a number of the performances on our Events Calendar so just click that text to launch it and peruse the show or shows that you want to attend. It’s a lot of entries to do but if I can list a whole gamut of “Springsteen On Broadway” dates, I can do no less for the folks in “Rocktopia”.

Update 3/22/2018: Hey it’s me and I am back with a little more news about “Rocktopia”. So I have two bits of information for you to digest and I will start with the most important one which is the news that legendary Cheap Trick vocalist Robin Zander will be performing with the company during its FINAL week at the end of April. I’ve loved Cheap Trick for as long as I can remember and can only imagine what kind of energy he will bring to this bombastic performance. The second news is that I am now heading to the show for the Friday evening performance. I am SO STOKED FOR THAT. I will very likely do a review for the PiercingMetal.com website and link back to it right here on “The Chronicles”. I’m probably going to want to go again and see Robin Zander since he is a personal favorite. Thanks for reading our update.

Piercing Ken Thoughts: I don’t have much to add about this one so I will just close it out. If you attend “Rocktopia” be sure to let us know how it is down in the comments section below. We’ll see you soon and I am adding this part onto my original closing as now I will be in attendance. Since this is a Broadway show, I will not be doing any sort of photography with the professional gear and only have my mobile phone and point and shoot Samsung on my person for the candid moments if I have any. The scenery around me sort of thing which makes a blog more personable. Be sure to snag a ticket for this experience while its here. Being a part of this amazing metropolis means supporting its vibrant entertainment scene. Sure it costs money to do so, but what doesn’t 🙂

Official Website: http://www.rocktopia.com

Piercing Ken & Social Networking: Vero – True Social

It’s been a pretty long while since I’ve had the chance to discuss a brand-new Social Network and how I might employ it here with you readers but for the last couple of days I’ve been seeing my friends share the details about their now being on a community called “VERO”. My curiosity made me look into it and I’ve culled its overall premise below the logo for those who are on the same page as I am.

“Smarter social – Vero is a social network for anyone who loves anything enough to share it – and wants control over who they share it with. Just like we do in real life.”

As you can see, I even created a profile and am not sure how I will be using it. My main goal was just to lock out my own ID on the thing and with a few friends doing it like I have already mentioned, I figured why not play along. I think the plan will be to allow followers to see what I feel like sharing and only accepting those in my real life world as connections. For the last few months that has been how my personal profile on Facebook has rolled as if I don’t know you at all I am not adding you into my mix. New readers to The Chronicles might not know about this but way back when, I did a series of posts about this kind of stuff on my PiercingMetal website. I did this since so many of these networks were needed to maintain a brand presence and if you are curious about that little bit of social networking history you can click on THIS LINK.

The creation of my Vero account was free but I’ve read that this is only for the first 1,000,000 accounts. It will then move to a paid model and one has to wonder if anyone will jump on board with the need to pay to use it. I remember using NING when it was free and once it became a pay to use item it was vamoose for a lot of us. I’m not sure what will come of this new social network and if it will be a success at all. So far I’ve found it to be a very slow performing app and I don’t like that I only can use it on the mobile devices. Also, I don’t see any means of moderating my account on the PC via the web which I personally find very annoying since I am constantly on the system doing development. If it fails, they have all of our emails and mobile device numbers which will likely be sold off and that sucks because I already get too much junk and cold calls. At the point of this writing I can say that so many social networks have gone by the wayside. Stuff like MySpace though still online, no one uses anymore and others like Orkut, Friendster (the original) and so many more are just gone. I’ve deleted my accounts on MySpace and some others as they didn’t bring PiercingMetal or The Chronicles any traffic. Going forward the social networking summaries will be here on The Chronicles but I think I’ve mentioned that a couple of times already. In the off chance that something is 100% focused on PiercingMetal.com then I might talk about it over there. Only time will tell. Have you tried this app yet? What do you think? Let me know down in the comments section below.

Official Website: https://www.vero.co/

Happy Valentine’s Day 2018 To Our Readership

Yes my friends we’ve rolled around to that Hallmark Holiday that they call Valentine’s Day once again. In honor of the occasion I’m posting a photo of a recent home cooked Pita Bread Pizza, my “PitaZa” as it kind of looked like a heart. You see it too right? Right? I hope so because its clear to me and who out there doesn’t love a little pizza….

pitaza, pizza, pita bread

If you are a reader who is dating or married, be sure to continue the special treatment far beyond the confines of this Hallmark Day because that is the right thing to do. Try not to make your single friends ill with all the lovey-dovey stuff 🙂 To the single folks out there (like myself) I wish you a Happy February 14th, and 15th, 16th etc. Don’t forget that the candy that was over-priced up until yesterday will be super cheap tomorrow if you are in need of some chocolate. Send your folks a note today and say you love them if you are still fortunate enough to have them in your world like I do and treat your fur babies a little sweeter even though they have no idea what today actually is. Until we meet again, cheers.

Hey NYC – “Fanfaire 2018” Is Coming!

As I tooled around Facebook the other day to see what was happening in terms of interesting events to attend or support I learned about the 2018 Fanfaire and have provided some information for your attention. Check it out.

Here’s The Scoop:

About The Event: Fanfaire is an annual two-day festival, created by the Art & Design High School Parent Teacher Association. Fanfaire will celebrate creativity, entrepreneurship, and technology in the arts from cartooning and animation to architecture and fashion. This event will draw over 125 exhibiting artists and vendors as well as award-winning guest speakers who will be offering lectures about their careers and artistic processes as well as conducting workshops and portfolio reviews. The PTA created Fanfaire in its mission to provide funding for high-quality art programs, prepare students for academic success and careers as professional commercial artists. This platform will allow students of an art centric high school access to best of the global entertainment and technology industries that has relatable content with their futures in mind.

About Art & Design High School PTA: As a public school celebrating its 82nd year, Art & Design High School serves many students who live in underserved communities. In addition to the typical expenses any student would have, our students need professional grade art supplies and materials as well as opportunities for college exploration and career development that is unique in comparison to other schools. The PTA helps fund these critical needs and more for the students and school, and provide the necessary support for their families across all socio-economic strata, which is why we created Fanfaire.
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