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Here’s a short excerpt for a short story I’m working on:

Casey Peters stared at his device with a hopeful sense of achievement. He had just created his greatest device. A device that would let him recreate any special moment or complex scenario that usually happened in relationships with any girl he knew, any girl wanted, any girl he desired.

“Oh man, I can’t believe you actually finished it! Do you think it’s going to work?” his friend, Terry Clint asked. His cream-coffee colored eyes began to widen like saucers at Casey’s greatest invention. The device emitted a turquoise glow that beat off his face and flickered in the dark room of Casey’s basement.

“I don’t know, I hope so,” Casey said nervously.

He placed the small machine on his desk. The device was a sleek laptop encased in a protective glass finish. It was a hundred times more stylish than an Apple Macbook and its technology in comparison made it a relic. Peters moved his fingertips across the glowing touch screen in orchestrating fashion. The displayed digital rotating cogs and weird panels  reacted to his every touch. It stated coded numbers and sequences with complex diagonistics only Casey could decipher. It was exactly like the heads-up displays in sci-fi movies Casey had seen in the Matrix or Minority Report. He then magically dipped both  his hands into the screen then enlarged it significantly by spreading his arms out. The turquoise glowing screen suddenly shape-shifted into a massive bright sphere. It completely illuminated the room. Casey found himself rotating a 3-D globe with traces of lines that connected with each other like co-ordinated vectors with his outstretched palms.

“Whoa, what is that?” Terry asked, literally crippled with astonishment.

“This? Okay, this is really cool,” Casey scooted up on his seat excitedly, gearing up to explain the sophisticated diagram to his friend.

“This thing right here is a visual archive map of my memories that I uploaded with the program ‘Seize’.

“What’s Seize?”

“Just software I created to make all this possible, without it I don’t think I’d be able capture my memories,” Casey explained.

“Oh alright,”

Casey pointed at glowing bulb-lighted core hollowed within his enlarged sphere.

“See that? That thing in the middle is the center of where all my memories originate. It’s like the core processor which is basically the ‘brain’ of the system. The lines that extend from the core represent transitional segments of various chronological sequences that connect all these little reticule cogs, which are like axioms or brain nodes.  The cogs or nodes, whatever you wanna call it, represent all my memories of  all the girls I ever dated or been with and it let’s me interact  or re-interact with those saved memories I have of  them once I choose to access one. For example, this cog right here,” Casey tapped a cog on the enlarged sphere and it lit up in a neon hot white light. It rotated rapidly and the screen immediately zoomed in on the cog. It then transformed into an individual sub sphere then opened up like a shell. “This cog here is a memory capsule that works like a computer file. It stores this memory I have of a particular person related to my love life in any way. With Seize I can go into that memory and relive it or alter it but it doesn’t alter anything in real-time,” Casey finished explaining.

The cog then showed displayed a video relay of a girl with dark hair and caramel colored skin. The two friends were looking at a live action stream of her sitting on a wooden bench at a recreational park. She seemed nervous and held onto her purse tightly. She then looked back at the screen and smiled, flashing incredibly white teeth.

“Wow! oh she’s a knockout man, who is that?” Terry asked

“Clarissa Johnson. May 17, 2005. My first kiss,”

“You had your first kiss when you were 18?” Clint said.

“Shut up,”

Terry shrugged.

“This was a special moment Terry but I just wished it never happened,”


“She had. She had a boyfriend,” Casey said with a hint of guilt.

“SO?” Terry said nonchalantly.

“He was my best friend,”

“Damn Casey, I thought I was your best friend, anyways big deal”

Casey shook his head with disgust.

“So those light up dot thingys are like all the girls you ever hooked up with? That’s crazy. You got like a million of ’em” Terry said still amazed.

“Yeah I guess. I can also add new ones,”


Casey held up a another futuristic looking device that that he held up. It was a transparent round piece that he slid onto his right eye like a pair of contacts.

“That my friend, I will have to show you,”

Don't Forget to Like The Whatever Blog on Facebook

In the quest to establish a strong hold on the social media and networking era. Kuuku’s Whatever Blog is proud to announce its official launch as a Facebook page.

But you probably couldn’t give a flying rat’s ass about my blog so why should you care? Well, it’s like those Geico commercials where one guy saves a bunch of money on car insurance and the other is left looking like an idiot.  In this case, I’m the one who saved a bunch of money by creating a Facebook page for my blog.

While others are living as the bottom-feeders in this saturated world of social online media- I’m talking about the group of losers following celebrities on Twitter, watching pointless videos on Youtube and  ‘Liking’ too many pages on Facebook.

Well I’m still part of that group but I’m working my way up the latter. Now that I have completely branded my online presence with a signature blog and a Facebook page, I’m definitely sharpshooting to the top of the social media network cesspool. Creating my own wave of influence among others.

Forgive me if I sound like one of those ‘I’m-so-important-because-I-have-a-blog-and-everybody-should-listen-to-what-I-have-to-say’ elites. That’s not the point.

The main point of all of this is that social media and networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and various blogging sites (such as this one) are extremely powerful tools of influence. They have completely shaped the way we communicate and share information online these days. Videos, tweets and all that online stuff can go viral within a heartbeat.

Recently, one of my friends posted  a song called “They” by pop artist Jem on her blog. Coincidentally, this was the song I faintly heard once but could not remember for the life of me since 2004 . Who would have thought I’d discover a song I couldn’t remember forever on a freaking blog. It’s a miracle that’s what.

Another benefit we all gain from these Web sites is that they promote whatever talents or services we have to offer to other users. For example, companies around the world are using Facebook  as extensions of their businesses in order to drive growth, engagement and customer traffic.

Pandora, the popular Internet radio company, creates personalized radio stations for its listeners where they simply enter a favorite artist or song. More than 50 million listeners have registered for Pandora to date and now have an additional tool with which they can share their personalized radio stations and musical discoveries via Facebook. This makes it easier than ever for listeners to build stations, connect with friends, share music discoveries, and make their Pandora experience bigger according to the Facebook Platform Showcase.

In my case, I didn’t create a blog just to blab about what I had for breakfast or journal about my non-existent love life. As a Journalism major, I created this blog to use an as online portfolio and springboard to a potential career in writing.

I want to showcase what I do well and brand myself to potential employers so they gain a strong sense of what I am about. I want to inform others about  what’s going on in the world. I want to share funny stories, good music and other cool stuff through this blog.

And the good news is that we all can do the same, you can take charge and rise on top of all this social media network madness. Like it or not it’s all about keeping up with the Joneses so I challenge you. If you’re an aspiring musician, you have the opportunity to share your songs on your own MySpace music page and be discovered like Mike Posner or become the next YouTube sensation like the Auto the News crew that struck a TV deal with Comedy Central.

Remember, the social media network is your online playground don’t be reluctant to take a swing through it.

Controversy sparks like a roller-coaster falling off its track as U.S. President Barack Obama  made comments about religious freedom over the mosque in Ground Zero. He spoke his mind and as president, he did well to address the issue but now I feel his comments have given Republicans some ammunition to use against the Democrats in the upcoming elections.

With the unforgettable attacks of 9/11 by extremist muslim terrorists, emotions run high at the thoughts of a mosque being built at the same ruins where the nightmare took place.

You can bet the Republicans will make this an issue.However, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the House’s only Muslim member, said Monday morning that he does not think Obama’s remarks during an Iftar dinner at the White House will hurt Democrats in November according to The Hill

“Absolutely not,” Ellison said. “The truth is that we’re a party of principle,” the second-term lawmaker added. “We believe in the idea of religious liberty.”

The Hill also reports that Republicans, however, are largely unified behind the message that while the group in New York City might have the right to build a mosque near Ground Zero in lower Manhattan, they still should not do it.
The following article is from Yahoo News:

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama’s endorsement of a controversial plan to build a mosque just blocks from Ground Zero poured fuel August 14, 2010 on a raging debate over religious freedom and sensitivities over the 9/11 attacks.

Muslims “have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country,” Obama said at an Iftar meal at the White House for Muslims breaking their Ramadan fast late Friday.

That includes “the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan.”

Obama had remained on the sidelines over plans to build an Islamic cultural center, which includes a mosque, two blocks away from the gaping Ground Zero hole where the Twin Towers were destroyed on September 11, 2001.

But after a New York city commission on August 3 unanimously approved the plans, the president came out to fully support the project.

“This is America,” Obama said, “and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable. The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country, and will not be treated differently by their government, is essential to who we are.”

Planners say the multi-story “Cordoba House” will include a mosque, sports facilities, theater, restaurant and possibly a day care, and would be open to all visitors to demonstrate that Muslims are part of their community.

In the remarks Obama acknowledged that the site where the World Trade Center towers once stood remains “hallowed ground,” and that the 9/11 attacks “were a deeply traumatic event for our country.”

The proposed location however has touched raw nerves.

On Saturday the group 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America, which represents some relatives of attack victims, said it was “stunned” by the president’s remarks.

Obama “has abandoned America at the place where America’s heart was broken nine years ago, and where her true values were on display for all to see,” the group said.

“Now this president declares that the victims of 9/11 and their families must bear another burden. We must stand silent at the last place in America where 9/11 is still remembered with reverence or risk being called religious bigots.”

Building the mosque “is a deliberately provocative act that will precipitate more bloodshed in the name of Allah,” the group claimed.

Another group representing other relatives of 9/11 victims, the September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, said in May that it “strongly supports” the Islamic center.

A CNN/Opinion Research poll earlier this month showed that 68 percent of Americans opposed the Islamic center plans, while only 29 percent favored them.

Congressman Peter King, who represents New York in the US House of Representatives, said the Muslim community was “abusing” its rights and “needlessly offending” many people.

“It is insensitive and uncaring for the Muslim community to build a mosque in the shadow of ground zero,” said King, a Republican. “Unfortunately the president caved in to political correctness.”

Self-described “liberal Muslim” Farzana Hassan, a Canadian, told Fox News on Saturday that she believes the Islamic center’s location is “provocative.”

“This is highly insensitive to the sentiments of the people who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks,” said Hassan, who has written books on Islam.

Obama said the Al-Qaeda terrorists responsible for the 9/11 attacks do not represent Islam.

“It is a gross distortion of Islam,” the president said late Friday. “In fact, Al-Qaeda has killed more Muslims than people of any other religion — and that list of victims includes innocent Muslims who were killed on 9/11.”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a US advocacy group, said it welcomed Obama’s “strong support for Muslim religious rights.”

Nihad Awad, a senior CAIR official, said he hoped his remarks “will serve as encouragement to those who are challenging the rising level of Islamophobia in our society.”

Awad also urged “other national political and religious leaders to speak out in defense of the freedom of religion and equality of all Americans.”

One of those reacting Saturday was New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

“I applaud President Obama’s clarion defense of the freedom of religion,” Bloomberg said in a statement.

The proposed site “is as important a test of the separation of church and state as we may see in our lifetime,” he said.

Passions over the issue run high across the country.

A Florida church has already said it will hold a “Koran-burning” on September 11 — which this year coincides with Eid al-Fitr, the end-of-Ramadan holiday.

How to Talk to a Widower

Is there really an interesting story about a depressed young man who does nothing but painfully mourn his wife’s death in a plane crash? Not really, but author Jonathan Tropper puts a damn unique and hilarious spin on this one. I picked up How to Talk to a Widower on a calm summer day and like what most book critics would say, “I couldn’t put it down!”

We’ve already seen movies or read books about being single, dating and having secret affairs with nymphomaniac cougars but Tropper puts this altogether in a refreshingly new insight. Seriously.

Lovable characters such as a rebellious and wise-cracking teen and a semi-dysfunctional family that unintentionally wind up in laugh-out loud moments make it a great read. It may not be one of the best novels out there but it is so entertaining and vivid, it’s like reading the inevitable movie version itself.  If you haven’t read this already, be sure to pick up this enjoyable novel by Jonathan Tropper.