owenSoft.net http://owensoft.net/ en http://owensoft.net http://owensoft.net/favicon.ico owenSoft.net http://owensoft.net/ Little Caesars (Food and Eats) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2365/ <p>Not really worth the long drive up to Manor Park but it is just a $1000.</p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2365/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2324.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2365/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2325.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2365/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2326.jpg" /></a> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2365/#comment">comment on this food</a></p> 2017-02-18 06:38:05 On the menu: Island Grill (Food and Eats) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2364/ <p>It is so hard to take pictures of these new fangled electronic menus. Not only are they animated and stuff but they reflect like a mirror.</p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2364/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2321.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2364/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2322.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2364/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2323.jpg" /></a> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2364/#comment">comment on this food</a></p> 2017-02-18 06:31:20 Dirt Road (The random photo journal) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2363/ <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2363/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2320.jpg" /></a><p>A housing development somewhere in helsire</p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2363/#comment">add comment</a></p> 2017-02-11 19:35:50 O Sailor (Logbook) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2362/ <p>I often go back and listen to some of my favorite songs and try to hold the thoughts and times in my head concurrently. The happiness and sadness and wonder and mystery. All the love I had in my mind. I am a lucky man. It would be easy to try to go back to that place but I am old now. I must move ever forward. I embrace the memories like a old friend whos name I have long forgotten. Everyday is a winding road. We are truly lucky.</p><p>Young people tend to look at life as a destination - a point at which they reach happiness. But as I get older I see that you are never truly ready for happiness. Shadow boxing. Happiness happens. Everyday, all around you. Finding the happiness in every moment is the real challenge. You will see it if you stop chasing down the future. Be consistent, be focused and waste not.</p><p>My missing brother showed up last weekend back with his old routine. Some people cannot be saved. It is not about love. Well at least he is alive and apparently well. Everyone is looking for someone to save them - someone to make them happy but it has all been done before. I cannot save everyone, not even myself. You have to find your own way.</p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2362/#comment">make a comment</a></p> 2017-01-31 08:35:26 Persona 3 review. Loved it (Video Games) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2361/ <p>Shin Megami Tensei: Persona3 was one of the first games I acquired with the PS2 I bought in 2010 (with 10 other games). I had never really heard of it before but reviews said it was an excellent RPG game. Five years later I can finally say that the reviews are correct.</p><p>I have many hobbies and video games are just one of them which is why it took me 5 years and over a hundred hours of gameplay time to reach to the end boss. And since I have multiple games playing at the same time I have to do a juggling act into order to experince as much of each of as I can before I die. Persona3 is a long game and different from the Final Fantasy games of which I am accustomed (FF3, FF8, FF9, FF10), it is more of time management game than a grind fest with a story.</p><p>While there is some grinding the game more revolves around the <a rel='external' href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shin_Megami_Tensei:_Persona_3' title='school life of the protagonist'>school life of the protagonist</a>, making friends and forming relationships rather than finding the next bad boss to topple.</p><p>At the end of the day I give Persona3 very high ratings. The last boss is very difficult but the game is a very nice experiences for people who like JRPGs.</p><p>The good thing with playing old games is that you have money left over just buy other stuff; I finally get to dig into Persona4 which bought last year even before finishing Persona3.</p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2361/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2319.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2361/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2317.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2361/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2318.jpg" /></a> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2361/#comment">comment</a></p> 2017-01-28 18:10:54 New CDs in 2016 (Music) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2360/ <p>I made the mistake of letting my nephew buy me CDs when he traveled last year without giving him proper and specific requirements.</p><p>First rule is NEVER to a CD which is a mix, &quot;best of&quot; or greatest hits. The only greatest hits CD that I have is from <a rel='external' href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIFUUhN3TVo' title='Sade'>Sade</a> and recently from Tracy Chapman. They are are basically pointless and often have edited version of songs which are better left unedited. The Snoop Dogg CD (pictured) was the worst of bunch with a song called &quot;Down for my Ns&quot; which is hilarious to listen to in the <a rel='external' href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esWiNx69SsI' title='clean version'>clean version</a>.</p><p>Of the 9 CDs he bought out of the bargin bin only the 4 on the left were even worth listening to. The Snoop dogg was awful and the Alicia Keys was the usual RNB stuff. I am not a fan of RNB but the Usher CD was <a rel='external' href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8MvdH_a48Q' title='pretty lit'>pretty lit</a> especiall the song <a rel='external' href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNVNzRzDt-k' title='little freak'>little freak</a> (the best beat). The Outkast CD had &quot;Ms Jaskson&quot; on it but I was hoping it was the one with &quot;Hey Ya&quot;. The Outcast CD graphic was interesting to say the least.</p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2360/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2315.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2360/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2316.jpg" /></a> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2360/#comment">comment</a></p> 2017-01-22 19:15:47 Stew Chicken (Food and Eats) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2359/ <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2359/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2314.jpg" /></a><p>Sometimes you end up in a meeting and you end up getting catered lunch</p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2359/#comment">comment on this food</a></p> 2017-01-22 19:13:32 Is blogging dead (Articles) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2357/ <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2357/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2313.jpg" /></a><p>People will say whatever they want to say but at the end of the day people are sheep. They travel in herds like fish travel in schools with under paid teachers. Technically blogging is dead. No amount of fancy writing can get you the attention and ad-revenue that a popular youtube star can get. I have seen youtube entrepreneurs with &quot;just&quot; 80 thousand followers moving out of their parents house into <a rel='external' href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQdSZPTR4j4' title='new apartments'>new apartments</a> and stuff. <a rel='external' href='https://www.instagram.com/prince_pine/' title='Instagram celebs'>Instagram celebs</a> becoming brand ambassadors. Its a crazy world out there, pushed by advertisement and preferential treatment by social media platforms. Social media can make ANYONE a celebrity. The more content you push, you might get popular and the more popular you get the more the platform will BOOST you so that you get even more popular.</p><p>It is not a question of whether these people deserve the <a rel='external' href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xId9tWGFuEA' title='fame and fortune'>fame and fortune</a> they get or not. These are talented people. No one really deserves anything we are all battling over scarce resources. As they say we should live by faith and not by sight. What you have to understand is that these people work for a captive platform. The platform pays its best people to keep putting out content because good content attracts eye balls and eyeballs bring in advertisement revenue for the platform. It is all about advertisements. You have to be apart of the in crowd, follow trending topics, #hashtags, and spend alot of time in the <a rel='external' href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echo_chamber_(media)' title='echochamber'>echochamber</a>. Make a bed and <a rel='external' href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpgR42HeHVY' title='l lie in it'>l lie in it</a>.</p><h4>But when?</h4><p>For me I would say blogging technically died <a rel='external' href='/v4/archive/' title='around 2009'>around 2009</a> when facepage really took off and mobile data providers were literally giving away free data plans with facepage and twitter so that they could piggyback off the attention and sell more cheap smart phones. Some of these same mobile providers even created their own social networks which they offer for free in a closed version of the internet. I saw my blog comments go from 720 in 2009 to 420 in 2008 - a drop of almost 50%. At a time when I was posting even more than I did in the same period. Blogs could not compete with a platform that was accessible on smartphones for free and a platform that also would send you a text message/email if you did not check it every 5 days at least. Facepage was literally stalking its users to check it.</p><h4>Blogging niches</h4><p>Not all bloggers suffered the same faith; mommy bloggers like <a rel='external' href='http://dooce.com/' title='dooce'>dooce</a> have been around for ages and still secure a decent living in part (if not entirely) from blogging. You can follow dooce&#039;s blog life all through a marriage, 2 dogs, 2 daughters, a divorce and <a rel='external' href='http://dooce.com/about/' title='countless other life events'>countless other life events</a>. But dooce might not be the best example since dooce was popular even BEFORE the rise of facepage. Dooce still has her blog but most other bloggers have branched out for the trappings of larger platforms that have a larger audience and potential to be discovered.</p><h4>Full circle</h4><p>So as more bloggers move to social media, more of the blog audience go there with them and so social media gets more money. It is a vicious cycle. I remember when they would blur out youtube logos from television broadcasts because the television companies did not what to give free promotion to youtube. You have to remember that television is in the business of advertisement and you can&#039;t getting anything on television unless you are 1. very attractive, 2. fork over some major money, 3. your brother gets shot while playing dominos on the street corner. </p><p>Now that facepage and youtube have grown out of control - even television has been sucked into the blackhole with fake news and &quot;man in the social-media street&quot; reports. Eventually even businesses started scrapping thier websites and setting up facepages in a epic free-for-all. Everyone who was already making money now could make even more money without maintaining a website or maintaining their own community website. <a rel='external' href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbpW418PDxQ' title='Cream and bastards rise'>Cream and bastards rise</a>. We were selling our mothers and friends into a platform from which they could never return.</p><h4>Walled garden grows thicker</h4><p>Now as more people get pushed into social media, the more people get trapped watching <a rel='external' href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVfHeWTKjag' title='stolen content'>stolen content</a> and pointless memes. The more trapped eyeballs, the more advertisements social media can sell and the more money they can pay out to a few of the talented eyeballs that they have captured. Even if you were to write the best blog post in the world someone could just copy it and post it into social media and no one would know you wrote it. Often times it is even hard to find the source of a meme or a picture. Social media doesn&#039;t care about sources - all it cares about is eyeballs and keeping people scrolling forever down an endless list.</p><h4>So who is making money?</h4><p>It is not all bad because certainly social media benefits a select set of verified people. The few people who have some kind of physical business outside of social media are very profitable because the attention translates to increase sales. Unfortunately bloggers are not so lucky. While a blog may only require a once a week scroll through to read a post or 2 - Social media often demands complete devotion several hours PER DAY! Parties, Internet service providers, fashion bloggers, comedians all make money directly if not indirectly from sponsorship or free products and endorsements that come with being popular. Regular people just get to watch it all go down like a reality show on the internet. So the game has changed, social media now controls who is popular, just like television and news papers made people popular in the past.</p><h4>Conclusion</h4><p>So the answer to the question is no, blogging is not dead. You can still blog to your hearts content. Blogging simply has reached the point of <a rel='external' href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WN9JEqug3pE' title='diminishing returns'>diminishing returns</a>. If you want to make money blogging you will need to branch out into the physical world and have multiple revenue streams - piggyback off the crumbs of social media or try to pay your way to the top by buying advertisements on facepage. Get featured by people who are already popular or tackle the most nichest of niche topics. Either way blogging is much harder than it was in the past. </p><p>I have <a rel='external' href='/v4/item/2268/' title='said before'>said before</a>; if you like what you do and you care about building a personal body of work then it does not matter what you do. Just do something that makes you <a rel='external' href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW5ga5MmnhY' title='happy'>happy</a> (along side something that pays the bills).<br /></p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2357/#comment">Post your comments on this article</a></p> 2017-01-19 08:48:41 My Favourite Soca/Calyspo Songs 2017 (Video Blog) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2358/ <p>I am getting a early start on this one this year. Cause I OTNO. I will continue to update this list as the year progresses. So far I have listened to 227 songs from across the Caribbean but who knows what fat will rise to the top as the year progresses. You can also view last <a rel='external' href='/v4/item/2296/' title='years favorites'>years favorites</a> or <a rel='external' href='/news/category/40' title='news list'>news list</a>.</p><p>Anyway without much adieu. </p><p>Lyrikal - Feting Victim (Conect Riddim) (Trinidad)<br /><a class="ebv" id="u0Te6R9Enk4" href="http://youtube.com/watch?v=u0Te6R9Enk4" ><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/u0Te6R9Enk4/hqdefault.jpg" /></a><br /><br />I do not like the rythme on this one and I cannot find the one I actually like so this version will have to do for now.<br />Lyrikal - Picture Perfect [Breaking Dawn Riddim]<br /><a class="ebv" id="UBhSaXB51fE" href="http://youtube.com/watch?v=UBhSaXB51fE" ><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/UBhSaXB51fE/hqdefault.jpg" /></a><br /><br />Nappy writes the best songs and he seems to be back again this year with some hard hitting hits;<br />Farmer Nappy - Miss Me Wid Dat (W.I. Riddim) <br /><a class="ebv" id="jU2ganq7b58" href="http://youtube.com/watch?v=jU2ganq7b58" ><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/jU2ganq7b58/hqdefault.jpg" /></a><br /><br />Farmer Nappy &amp; Destra Garcia - &quot;Technically&quot; <br /><a class="ebv" id="E26YJDzKSmI" href="http://youtube.com/watch?v=E26YJDzKSmI" ><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/E26YJDzKSmI/hqdefault.jpg" /></a><br /><br />5 Star Akil - Go Go Dancer (Sun Blast Riddim)<br /><a class="ebv" id="WmHqyME1_y8" href="http://youtube.com/watch?v=WmHqyME1_y8" ><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/WmHqyME1_y8/hqdefault.jpg" /></a><br /><br />Farmer Nappy - Abundance (Trinidad)<br /><a class="ebv" id="IGDqei9kiKs" href="http://youtube.com/watch?v=IGDqei9kiKs" ><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/IGDqei9kiKs/hqdefault.jpg" /></a><br /><br />Taxi Boi - Over Doing It (Carriacou)<br /><a class="ebv" id="niD4vqqe0lM" href="http://youtube.com/watch?v=niD4vqqe0lM" ><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/niD4vqqe0lM/hqdefault.jpg" /></a><br /><br />Shortpree - She Want To Come (Carriacou)<br /><a class="ebv" id="z0AJtBbHyAU" href="http://youtube.com/watch?v=z0AJtBbHyAU" ><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/z0AJtBbHyAU/hqdefault.jpg" /></a><br /><br />Killa B - The Dream(Carriacou)<br /><a class="ebv" id="hfN7yFKK6UI" href="http://youtube.com/watch?v=hfN7yFKK6UI" ><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/hfN7yFKK6UI/hqdefault.jpg" /></a><br /><br /></p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2358/#comment">make a comment</a></p> 2017-01-17 09:38:33 What Are Your favorite Songs/Videos Of 2016? (Questions) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2356/ <p>Wow, its that time of year already? What tunes you were rocking to in 2016? Add a song name or youtube/vimeo link in the comments.</p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2356/#comment">Answer this question</a></p> 2017-01-16 09:55:11