I'm always looking for unique ways to view the world, so why not try to tie what puts food onto my table with what I love more than any other thing in the world? This will tie my acting life in with my job, and you'll get my patented rants included at the same time (sometimes about both work and acting). For the record I currently work at Mainstreethost, a search engine optimizing and marketing company. We do website design, social media, hosting, SEO content, and a slew of other services to get you noticed out there in the mad, scary world that is Google (amongst others.)
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|Posted on February 20, 2013 at 5:00 PM||comments (0)|
Game over folks. Lindy Ruff is gone. Fired. The announcement was made several hours ago. There are people who are probably popping champagne and dancing in the street. It's been a tradition in Buffalo sports to suffer with our teams, to be loyal through mediocrity. The Sabres, having missed the playoffs 6 out of 10 years have certainly been mired in that type of stew.
I'm going to take a stance that's halfway between joy and sadness. I'm happy that there is going to be some change. I've said for a long time that the Lindy message was stale. My opinion is that he's far too stubborn, and is a coach that is far from progressive. I wouldn't be alone in saying that he mismanages goaltenders, and that his handling of offensive stars is probably questionable too. I think a guy like Pominville is perfect for him as a captain, not because Pominville is a bad player or example, but because he's quiet and doesn't strike anyone as a fiery leader, someone who wouldn't be a guy who could sway the room.
I've felt that his message got stale quite a while ago. Players like Pominville, Stafford, Vanek, and the like have never known another coach at the top level. I just want something, ANYTHING to happen. I tweeted during one game that wouldn't Terry Pegula the fan say Lindy has to go?
But he's not the only problem, and I'm not going to put it all on Lindy. A glaring problem here is Darcy Regier. Anyone that reads this will understand what that means without any extrapolation. For every good thing Darcy has done, he's had 2 that have failed. I don't think he's a great evaluator of talent. And giving Drew Stafford a contract that pays him 4 million dollars this year for one decent season is a joke.
However, I'm sad that Lindy couldn't get it done. Many people will say that in the end we cheer the jersey and not the person. I think that is a sentiment that Buffalo fans dismiss immediately . We link to our players, whether we love them or hate them and we take that very personally. Next time Paul Gaustad comes to town, I'd expect some cheers and applause for him. If memory serves me correct, Brian Campbell went to the lengths of publicly stating he hoped we didn't boo him. There's no question that Lindy wanted to win here, that he wanted to bring us a championship, and why wouldn't he? But like I said, progress didn't happen, and I don't think he's a progressive coach.
I'd also like to know why we waived McCormick, though I've heard Kevin Porter and David Leggio are coming and if that's the case that's probably all she wrote for Jhonas Enroth, which makes me reflect with disappointment. I wanted Jhonas to succeed here. But it just isn't happening, and considering Miller is beginning to age and has a year left, I'm all for something different there too. When I saw Leggio play in Buffalo just before the lockout ended (for the Rochester Americans), I was really impressed. It's not the NHL, but his positioning was stellar. I'm excited to see what he can do and he's a local boy!
I think that Lindy will land somewhere else asap, and I will never look at him with disdain. Disappointment? Absolutely. I'd like to think that one day I'll be able to think of a cup moment where I'm not sitting on my couch and a goal goes in that ends our hopes and dreams in Game 6 and I look around to nobody and say... wait, what?
Post by Aaron Krygier
|Posted on January 21, 2013 at 1:15 PM||comments (0)|
Buffalo Sabres Hockey and the Gods have Spoken!
Hockey (see: Buffalo Sabres) is back.
Sunday was a glorious day for a large chunk of the WNY population, and a great win for the Sabres. I myself, while not ambivalent about the situation, am not giddy. I’m glad the sport is back, but not thrilled with the players.
It's one of those situations where you figure you have to side with the players, right? Until you see the greed that pervades both sides of the argument, and then what makes the players seem in my opinion, rather foolish. Now please don't assume that I'm naive enough to think that the players didn't deserve some kind of change, especially in the sense of their pension plan, things that protect them down the road. I also get it when a guy like Andrew Peters says things relating to finite time on a career, and how for a guy like him to get that career he's in pain every day of his life. There's a lot to be said for that.
I don’t want to dwell, really. I’m excited the game is back, that every game will mean something, and that on paper the Sabres should be pretty competitive. But I can’t justify spending my dollars beyond the six bucks Time Warner gets for the sports pack (one of the few worthwhile things about TWC btw), and I don’t believe I will, certainly not this season. But we have a super generous owner in Terry Pegula, a guy who didn’t lay people off or cut down hours for staff. He initiated a 50% off sale at the Sabre store… and it generated two million dollars in revenue.
50% off equals two million dollars. In an area that is always considered stable in our nation’s economy because no one makes any money, so it’s affordable to live here.
The game today was between our Sabres and the hated Flyers. We hate the Flyers, a dirty, scummy, often reasonably talented team with a coach with a bad hair cut. But I digress…
We started sloppy, rink rust in full effect, but by the time it was over we skated away with a 5-2 win and some real positives.
Steve Ott is beast. Scored, killed penalties, hit, chirped. Love him, and don’t despise the number nine jersey anymore.
Marcus Foligno: see Steve Ott more or less.
Thomas Vanek looked hungry, which is important. Sometimes Vanek only looks disinterested, but too often he becomes disinterested. He isn’t the 40 plus goal scorer we all expected him to be. Too often last season I found myself appreciating his game, but he’s not a guy who should be doing that for me. He needs to score, and he should be leading the league with 5points after this effort.
Jason Pomivnille had a great game, and fortunately wasn’t hurt from a bad hit by scum number one, Scott Hartnell. Cody Hodgson looked sharp between Vanek and Pominville.
I liked what we saw from Mikhail Grigorenko in somewhat limited action, his hands and speed were on spotlight a few times and he drew a good penalty. I really want them to either use him or just let him crush it in juniors and have a chip on his shoulder so sharp that next season he is the number two center hands down.
Of huge importance was Drew Stafford’s standing up for Ennis, after another bad hit from Hartnell. Stafford wasted no time in going after the much grittier Hartnell, and got a headache in return. That’s not the point, as that helped to turn the momentum way back the Sabre way when it was clearly shifted to the Flyers. If Stafford is willing to throw with notably tougher guys (and this isn’t the first time. I was at the game when Chris Drury was obliterated by ultimate dirt bag Chris Neil and Stafford took a beating because it was the right thing to do) then imagine the next time we play the Flyers, when John Scott might get more than two minutes of ice time. I want to see Stafford be the player he could potentially be, and play that heart every night.
I liked the fact that I didn’t have a problem with Sulzer, and Jochen Hecht actually played really well in the second half of the game. I still question that decision to bring him back, but if he becomes more of a specialist and plays like tonight, who knows?
Special teams was key, with multiple power play goals. We were middling at best on the power play last season, so this was a great start for that.
What I didn’t like as follows…
Tyler Myers was piss poor for the whole game. Of course, as I tweet this out he scores the game winner, and good on him for that. If I single someone out every game and then they make a game changing play I’ll start buying lottery tickets. But he wasn’t alone because the defense in general was disconnected. Sekera had his usual good play bad play ooh, while Leopold looked lost, and Regher took a few silly penalties (Regher also was his usual hitting self and blocked a huge shot early on, so his game was50/50). I want to see what they do with T.J. Brennan given the wonky thing with his contract, and though he can do the good play bad play ooh game too, I’ve always liked Mike Weber, because I think he keeps people honest in a somewhat Regher way.
Ryan Miller’s second goal was a typical cross net high glove side failure. The first goal got tipped, and Leopold was asleep. Goaltending management has always been a fail for Lindy Ruff, and this game wasn’t one that hinged on Miller being a game changer. But I’ve never been high on Miller, and he has a weird face, so we’ll see.
The end review of today is that hockey is back and I’m excited to see what will happen with players like Ott and Grigorenko. Next up that puke Mike Komisarek and the hated Leafs!
|Posted on January 18, 2013 at 1:10 PM||comments (0)|
I've been an avid gamer ever since I was four years old and my parents bought me a Sega Master System, the 3-d version with Missile Defense. I've been hooked ever since. They cut into too much of my life (my own admission) but they are a great outlet, distraction, point of discussion, and much more.
Last night the roommate and I had a discussion about what type of media has inspired emotions in us, specifically that of sadness and tears. I am an emotional person but find myself unmoved by most media to that point. He mentioned several anime shows that have concluded in a somber way. Cowboy Bebop has always been the most emotional for me, because I feel the vested interest in the characters grows as the show goes on.
To answer his question, I referred to The Plague Dogs. I don't know that I can ever watch the film again. The heartbreak I endured with my family's basset hound years ago still haunts me sometimes, and animal cruelty is something that I have never been able to stomach or tolerate. The journey of innocent creatures with an ultimately hopeless goal is heartbreaking. But it did it for me.
A few other stories that have at least some kind of super emotional impact (for me):
Heat - Moby's God Moving Over the Face of the Waters playing, Pacino holding DeNiro's hand as he dies saying, "Told you I'd never go back" always impacts me. One of many reasons why Michael Mann's epic is my favorite of all time.
Soderbergh / Clooney version of Solaris - Trashed by many critics, it's a very somber and grounded story to me. The question of what would you do to change the past is something I have always struggled with myself for many reasons and situations.
And the reason this conversation started was because I have become transfixed on the episodic content of The Walking Dead video game. I can't stand the show, I think it's an utter waste of time, but I wanted to try the game (mostly because Xbox released the first episode free over Christmas). The acting is great, the animation is awesome, and it reminds me of the great LucasArts games like The Dig or Fate of Atlantis. It's not a difficult game, but that's OK. The puzzles are usually solved by being thorough with a little common sense, and the action sequences are usually resolved with point and click or a quick button mash. This is all wonderful. I have found some of my best gaming experiences to be the ones that are simple and that let me enjoy the story. This is why I play most games on the easy setting first, and if it's THAT important I'll play it again on a harder difficulty.
While the difficulty level won't change, the experience can be uniquely different at least three different times by my current estimation. Saving a different person, talking to someone that you didn't this time around (and this is DEFINITELY an experience that does not benefit from a reload...just let the choices GO), there are so many different ways that the game can finish out.
But what strikes me is that almost every choice has a distinct impact, there are no easy come and go questions or answers. Every choice that turns another corner in the story is a no win situation. You may choose one character over another because you feel they will be more useful, but you have sacrificed one for another. Do you feed children or adults in the hope that it may be of use? What do you do in front of the little girl (Clementine) that your character (Lee) has stumbled upon and become protector of? Many choices deal with one life or another, or being flat out cold blooded. Even through the third chapter of the five chapter story, there aren't many details about what really happened with Lee and his pre-game story. In a no-win situation, there are no easy choices, and each one significantly impacts, with some crazy WOW moments as well.
No win situations. Emotions. Works for me.
Post by Aaron Krygier
|Posted on January 18, 2013 at 9:05 AM||comments (0)|
It's been far too long since I've posted anything on here. The previous year saw me take a step back from a lot of what I love. 2011-12 burned me out. Too much work for far too little return. People who were in way over their head or showed a lack of respect to a project crushed my spirit. The theme of last year was get the day to day in order, and not to let the little things kill me like they have before.
This year is all about one thing: Progress.
A quote from the song Longevity by the band Yeasayer
All the rain promises
is to give life to the seas, see
Live in the moment
Never count on longevity, please
Something at least for me to ponder.
Post by Aaron Krygier
|Posted on May 20, 2012 at 2:10 PM||comments (0)|
What is the built in value of anything? The clothes you buy, the food you eat. Everything has a value, be it price, nutrition. sex appeal, emotional, psychological, or scatological (if you're into that... and uh...) But there comes a point where you have to simply say no.
That comes at the price of service, or at the expense of making a buck, as well as your self worth. And that I suppose is probably the biggest space eater in the room, the over inflated ego of some douche bag who doesn't get it.
There are certain things in this world you stay away from. A few examples in no particular order:
Men with Teddy Bears.
Grown men with mustaches AND Teddy Bears.
Grown men with mustaches AND Teddy Bears at badly dress transvestite parties.
Vans with large antenna.
Fishing Trips where the phrase 'Toilet Mistress' comes up in conversation.
These are no good... no good. Hopefully you've avoided this particular charter.
It continuously boggles my mind when dealing with people who pay thousands upon thousands of dollar are among the most amicable people I work with. People who own huge companies and are on Olympic committes. These are the people who you might expect to be a huge pain, or to give you hard time and make you want to jump on the afore mentioned boat with mustachioed bear perverts. But no, these are the people who appreciate a good laugh and who understand business. They understand that things take time, and as long as you do your dilligence they love you for it.
The people who all need to jump on the afore mentioned boat tend to fall into a much less important and lucrative avenue. That isn't to say that someone who has a small business and who only pays $1000 doesn't deserve quality service. But a lot of how hard I'm going to work for you is dictated by your attitude and level of respect to myself and the people I work with. I had a sweet lady from Alabama who was afraid we were infringing on another company by using the word Birmingham as part of her SEO. I enjoyed helping her and edifying her.
My roommate was just saying how he was in the country working the other day and how the kid behind the counter at the convenience store was so polite it was almost uncomfortable. He was just... nice. Respectful. That's the type of person I don't mind helping.
If you're some over inflated ego balloon of a douche bag, you are NOT a priority.
That's not to say I don't have an ego. Of course I do. How can you respect someone who doesn't have self worth? But there's a huge difference between having an ego and perhaps even a slight over valuation of that self worth and treating people with disrespect because you are, for lack of a better term a gaping asshole. You have NEVER been that person that can talk to me that way, and you never will.
|Posted on April 13, 2012 at 3:05 PM||comments (0)|
the face of Mainstreethost
And our wonderful receptionist, Jenny, too cool to take her sunglasses off!
|Posted on April 10, 2012 at 6:30 PM||comments (0)|
Linking can be a big part of a page rank, of a website doing well. Something that the search engines (let's try the bold idea) look for is relevant and credible links. My love, dream, and passion is about acting. See where that link takes you. I work at Mainstreethost. Some people pay an incredble premium for links. But what separates a useful link from a garbage one?
A quick list:
Are you placing a few links at a time, or creating a farm of hundreds and hundreds?
If your website is about acting, why do you have an outbound (a link on YOUR page pointing towards somewhere else) link to Target.com?
Have you researched these links at all? Do they rank high, are you pulling them from credible sources such as a .org or from a high search in Google? This point can be tweaked if you're trying to get a reciprocal from someone else. Sometimes it might pay to go a little deeper into a Google search. An actor who's on the 5th page might pay more attention than someone on the first page.
And now, just a few links related to my work.
A nice local article about MSH
Finally a web page made by another employee here at Mainstreethost that ranks very well.
|Posted on March 30, 2012 at 4:20 PM||comments (0)|
One of my clients (as always, at mainstreethost) gets a notice on her Wordpress site last night. It talks in lingo and jargon that someone who doesn't deal in SEO for a living wouldn't know. She's a curious soul so she wants to talk about it ( Of course it's a spam post; Wordpress is spot on with catching spam, and it's a plug for a specific SEO plugin. It says her site is deficient because it lacks on-page SEO (visible as opposed to back end stuff), bold and italics in the text, heading <h1> tags, and lacks Latent Semantic Indexing (ooo...fancy).
The tricky thing here is that the post isn't WRONG about anything specifically, but there's no merit to suggest that any of these SEO tactics will contribute. Don't you think if everyone could rank better because of bold or italicized words they'd DO IT? The time spent to go to boldly SEO where no SEO has SEOd before... uh huh.
As far as header tags, play with that a bit. Pick a random phrase on your site (don't break...disclaimer HERE...in BOLD!) and bookend it with <h1> and </h1>.
Finally, say Latent Semantic Indexing 5xs fast, put the <h2>razor</h2> down after you do, and just write some nice, relevant, search engine friendly copy.
Oh and to tie this post into my acting life, I think I'm going to submit an audition for the Paul Schrader Bret Easton Ellis film https://www.facebook.com/TheCanyonsFilm" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Canyons.
Wait, should I bold Paul Schrader or Italicize?
An article with infinite more wisdom than mine here...
Check out mainstreethost, where I jockey in the world of Search Engine Optimization (but don't care to use semantics of the latent kind).
|Posted on March 23, 2012 at 4:55 PM||comments (1)|
<title>This is what you'll see when you Google something and what you click on.</title>
<description>This is what you see below a title in a search, which in theory should be one long explanitory sentence</description>
<Keywords> SEO Friendly, but very depreciated, Google doesn't respect them, but someone out there does, and it can't hurt.but people abused them earlier in SEO, so keep it to no more than 10 words/phrases</keywords>
Biggest problem here is that a lot of people ONLY get this part of SEO, and that in turn gets people to ONLY ask about the rankings. But there's so much more than the rankings. SO much more.
We can tell you a lot more. Check it out at Mainstreethost.