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Halloween In August + Friday Fun + Software Giveaways

DANCING SKELETON Pictures, Images and PhotosI wasn’t going to say anything but, it was two weeks ago when I first noticed Halloween paraphernalia for sale in some local stores. Now, it is in all the stores I’ve seen, even the hardware store. And the little kids are already excited and eager. (Well.. the little girl whose mom was ahead of me in line at the hardware store yesterday was certainly eager. [She wants to be a witch.][Because of the kewel hat.])

Two weeks ago it was August. Yesterday, it was early September.
The way I remember it.. Halloween happens the last day of OCTOBER. Or thereabouts.
In other words, retailers trotted out their holiday specialty wares ten weeks (which I think is more than two months’ time) early.

If you are a retailer and you did this, I, for one, say shame on you. It’s still summer, and this is a fall holiday. And you reek of greed and crass commercialism. Have you no decorum? No class? Is the dollar all you think about? What’s next, Christmas in July? “Everyone else is doing it” is never good reasoning, IMHO.

I sometimes wonder if I am all alone in my thinking, so.. a quick poll, please.

Bah! Humbug! I know we’re in a rough economy, but, sheeze!

We interrupt this broadcast to bring you some Friday Fun

Please.. if you have to try that, try it outdoors? Um, nowhere near any digital devices, please? (Or you may need to read How To Rescue A Drowned Device*)

Bonus For Reading All The Way Down To Here

• For a limited time, Digiarty Software, Inc is giving away free copies of WinX Blu-ray Decrypter ($50 retail.)

“WinX Blu-ray Decrypter is able to decrypt any Blu-ray video disc, even encrypted with recent AACS MKB v25, BD+ and BD-Live, etc., and transform 3D Blu-ray to 2D video. It comes with 2 copy methods – Full Disc Backup and Main Title copy modes. You can get decrypted Blu-ray folder or HD M2TS videos on the hard drive.” Read more.. (get your copy)

• For a limited time, BDlot is giving away, free, All-in-one BDlot Video Media Suite Giveaway

Competently make all your SD/HD videos playable everywhere

Make your DIY movie/music from YouTube with one-click

Create DVDs from Camcorder, Portable Gadgets or any video clips

(You need to scroll down a bit.) Read more.. (get your copy)

A reading reco: A Stylus for Your Tablet PC or Touchscreen Phone

Following the purchase of my tablet PC (Toshiba Thrive – see review), the one tool I went for to make my tablet computer experience more enjoyable (and cleaner) was an omni-directional” capacitive stylus.Read more..

Today’s quote:A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” ~ Roald Dahl

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  1. Friday Fun…very tricky..challenging… messy too! I wonder how many people can succeed with that trick? I am NOT one of those people. I need someone to clean up my mess.. .ha. ..then it will be more interesting and temping…because IT IS a fun trick…maybe one for a party!

    I think I will pass it on to those who are daring …and …well …messy too…

    Thanks Paul


    Comment by Gaia | September 9, 2011 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      I won’t use the word “hoax”, but I will suggest to any would-be magicians out there – have PLENTY of towels ready.


      Comment by techpaul | September 9, 2011 | Reply

  2. Hey Paul,

    The PC movement …and they know whom they are, have turned Halloween into a “season” while simultaneously reversed Christmas to one day and done (Peace on Earth, good will toward men; ya; that is dangerous)

    The PC police love Halloween as much as they hate Christmas and they foist their intolerance on the rest of us (banning it’s very mention in “OUR” public schools).

    Somebody take away my soapbox!

    Back to your point; Yes the focus on Halloween has gotten out-of-hand! Thanks for shedding a light on the subject.




    Comment by Bob Slyker | September 9, 2011 | Reply

    • Bob Slyker,
      Interesting observation… one is pagan and one is Christian. Hmmm…

      But, here, I was pointing my “shame finger” at retailers — and I think it is fair to say that Christmas was probably the first Holiday to become “crassly commercialized”. (I don’t like how early the Santas come out either.)


      Comment by techpaul | September 9, 2011 | Reply

  3. Kudos…I agree with both your comments!


    Comment by Gaia | September 9, 2011 | Reply

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