I’ve Been Busy… Elsewhere

I know I’ve been in hiding from social media lately – working hard on building my company.

I’ve been doing a lot of writing lately on the inCompass blog. Check out what I’ve been rambling about this week:

I’m going to be writing a lot more in the coming weeks and months, and I’m going to be turning a lot of sacred cows into hamburger. Be sure to follow @inCompassDM on Twitter to always see my latest rants first.

Wasted Moments: A New Deep/Tech/Progressive DJ Mix

I’ve been mixing deep house, tech house and techno with progressive, electro and trance records for the past year, and now I’ve finally taken the full on plunge into the deep end with my newest mix.

Wasted Moments is 2 hours of more laid back, chilled out, 4 pm or 4 am sounds with the same rock & roll flourishes, rave nostalgia and seamless, long-form harmonic mixing you’ve come to expect from me.

Stream it on Mixcloud or download Wasted Moments.

Track listing:

Robert Babicz – “Time Shift”
Rudimental – “Right Here” (Hot Since ’82 Mix)
Rodriguez Jr. – “Satellite”
J. Wiltshire – “Closer”
Dusky – What I Never Knew
Ray Foxx – Boom Boom (Heartbeat) (Sami Wentz Dub)
David Penn – I Get High
Coat of Arms feat. Ria Morgan – Mesmerized (Darius Syrossian Remix)
Kreiss & GFP – State For A Track (Uner Remix)
Ferdinand Dreyssig, Marvin Hey – “Coeur de la Nuit”
Geller & SPQH – “Flyleaf”
Supacooks – “Anthill” (Giom Remix)
INXS – “Mediate” (Maceo Plex Remix)
Walker & Royce – A Perfect Sound
Rena – Totem
Omar Silba, Izkal V – “Spiritum”
Guy J & Henry Saiz – “Meridian” (Pryda Remix)
Dosem – “Avanta”
Filterheadz – “The Game”
Christian Smith – “Thrust”
Phon.o – “Schn33″
Andre Sobota – “Found”
Mirror People – “Kaleidoscope” (Psychemagik Remix)
Acid District – “Depends”
Superskank – “Good Time” (Oliver Giacomotto Remix)
Nicole Moudaber – “Brooklyn Hangover”
Hobo – “Incise”
Yooj & Steve Huerta – “Make Me Bad” (Darius Syrossian Remix)
Heartik – “Rain Is Done”
Wamdue Project – “King Of My Castle” (Crazibiza Remix)

Wasted Moments by Jay Fenster on Mixcloud

NRA Scapegoat Patrick Bateman

Sandy Hook Is The Best Thing to Ever Happen to the NRA.

So after being conspicuously absent and silent in the past week, we finally got an NRA statement on the Sandy Hook massacre. And it is so ludicrous, so tone deaf, so waist-high-batshit insane, that I was incredulous.

Then I realized, it’s brilliant – and the outraged reaction the NRA incited today was a feature, not a bug. The NRA is trolling us all, and brilliantly so.

The NRA isn’t just playing the victim here, they’re playing the aggrieved, outraged victim. Their use of five exclamation points in the statement is meant to convey anger. Rage that the NRA and its 4 million responsible gun-toting red-blooded American members were being scapegoated. And what’s the real problem?

Fictional characters with make-believe guns.

No, really. That’s what they said.

And here’s another dirty little truth that the media try their best to conceal: There exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people.

Through vicious, violent video games with names like Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat and Splatterhouse. And here’s one: it’s called Kindergarten Killers. It’s been online for 10 years. How come my research department could find it and all of yours either couldn’t or didn’t want anyone to know you had found it?

Then there’s the blood-soaked slasher films like “American Psycho” and “Natural Born Killers” that are aired like propaganda loops on “Splatterdays” and every day, and a thousand music videos that portray life as a joke and murder as a way of life. And then they have the nerve to call it “entertainment.”

It’s so outrageous, so egregious, that not only does the NRA vehemently deny with flat earth certainty any connection whatsoever between anything having to do with guns and the second-worst mass shooting in American history, but that they use such a clichéd and ridiculous cop-out as to blame video games and movies. I’m glad at least we’ve moved past blaming Elvis for all society’s ills. The NRA’s solution, predictably, is more guns. Specifically, a Federal mandate for guns in schools. As absurd as the idea is on its face, consider that Columbine had an armed guard on duty.

The NRA’s defiant, defensive screed to the Newtown, CT shooting has spurred a predictably justifiable outrage among pretty much everybody with ears. But the NRA knows how offensive its statement is. This reaction is actually what the NRA wants. Because that press conference today, that statement – it wasn’t for me or you. It wasn’t for the politicians in Washington. It wasn’t for the media. It was red meat, dangled out there for their own base, something on which they can fundraise.

Because the NRA’s raison d’être isn’t to represent gun owners. It isn’t to advance the cause of 2nd Amendment rights. Make no mistake about it: the NRA’s only purpose is to perpetuate the NRA. Which means raising ever-increasing amounts of money from their membership, even – and especially – in the absence of active issues affecting gun owners. If the NRA could wave a magic wand and make the right to bear arms absolute, permanent and infallible, no backsies – they would bury that magic wand in concrete. The NRA doesn’t want victory. It wants – needs – eternal war.

By infuriating the public, the NRA has managed to make the drumbeat about additional gun regulation get even louder. The louder the chatter gets, the more paranoia grips American Patriots about the Federal government coming for their guns. The more paranoid gun owners get, the more urgent, strident and desperate the NRA’s fundraising pitches can sound. Regardless of whether policy action is taken, even the fact that this conversation is happening translates to dollar signs for the NRA.

They’re counting on their members forgetting what total amoral little shits Wayne LaPierre and the organization’s leadership is when presented with the hyped-up fear of Mr. ATF Man coming for yer gunz. And if gun control legislation does manage to miraculously get passed? The NRA can raise money on that too. No matter who wins and loses, the NRA wins. They can and will point, hat in hand, to today’s lunatic rant as evidence of how strongly they will fight for gun owner rights.

The Sandy Hook massacre is the best thing that ever happened to the National Rifle Association. And they are going to make a lot of money off this.

Depressing, isn’t it?

Tragedy Kabuki

If you’re one of these people who posts to Facebook a picture of a candle with Newtown’s name spelled wrong, who claims your “thoughts and prayers are with the victims” of today’s shooting, but you refuse to have the conversation about how we prevent horrifying events like today’s shooting from happening again, then you are engaged in Tragedy Kabuki.

Do you care about the people who will die from gun violence tomorrow, or do you only pretend to care about those killed today?

If you want to make a difference, posting to Facebook won’t do it. Thoughts and prayers won’t do it.

Contact your Congressional representative to demand that this issue gets the attention it deserves, and support the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence in its ongoing efforts in this important issue.

I consider myself to be fairly right-leaning when it comes to guns and gun control. But enough is enough. We can’t keep pretending that this continuous drumbeat of mass shootings is not a serious problem in this country, to say nothing of the staggering number of gun deaths that don’t make national headlines.

Let’s act like grownups. It’s long past time we had this conversation.

Hey, you with the ears.

Yeah, you.

Do you like music?

I thought you might.

Well, here’s a little music. The first taste is free.

Check out Escapist Art, my newest DJ mix. This is a 2-hour set of techno, trance, electro, progressive, tech house and even a little bit of disco house. Artists include Above & Beyond, Dada Life, Guy J, Kaskade, Maceo Plex, Nicky Romero, Sebastian Leger, W&W and more.

Stream it below or download Escapist Art today.

Another New DJ Mix: The One Who Knocks

I’ve recorded another DJ mix, called The One Who Knocks. Yes, it’s a Breaking Bad reference. You can just deal with it.

I never posted this to my website when I recorded it about a month and a half ago. Better late than never though, I suppose.

It’s a 2-hour mix – 30 tracks of techno, trance and progressive house. A much different sound than the admitted Vegas cheesefest I recorded in December.

 

Jay Fenster – The One Who Knocks by Jay Fenster on Mixcloud

Download The One Who Knocks.

Crap

Looks like I broke swina.com again. :(

Fatal error: Call to a member function on a non-object in /nfs/c01/h15/mnt/36584/domains/swina.com/html/wp-content/plugins/wp-hive/includes/class.wphive.php on line 69

That can’t be good.

Oh well. There hadn’t been an article posted to it since last January. Coincidence that I started my social media gig a month later? Probably. Swina has a long and storied history of neglect which will likely continue indefinitely.

Perfunctory life update

You already know this unless the only way that you follow my exploits is via JayFenster.com (in which case your stalking skills need work, friend), but I bought a house this spring. I live in the southwest part of the Vegas valley now in an awesome house with mountain and Strip views, pretty much as far in the middle of nowhere as you can get while still having a 15 minute commute to work.

Photos are on my Facebook.

Reach vs. Grasp

Sometimes I think that I was born ADD, and grew up long before they knew what it was. Because my mind is always going a hundred miles a minute, with all kinds of disparate, simultaneous projects in various stages of undress. I’m always amazed when I polish off something as intensive as a 300-page book because my mind is so inspired by so many great ideas around me that I often overwhelm myself with no idea where to start.

Swina.com is a perfect example of this. I had a grand vision of what I wanted to do with the site, but I could never quite pull it off. Combined with the time constraints I’ve had on my personal and professional life lately, and I’ve certainly been negletcing my media empire. Hopefully if I can get WordPress µ to work properly it’ll be much easier. I also plan on integrating it into either Google or Facebook Friend Connect. Depends how difficult the API is for a web development half-wit like myself to figure out.

Anyhow, as of today, after a couple of hiccups I’ve upgraded JayFenster.com to the latest version of WordPress, version 2.71. I’ve selected a few pieces of my casino marketing output to add to my online portfolio – about time! I’ll upload a few more when I can. It’s good stuff – I know what I’m doing. Unfortunately, I broke the feedback page in order to fix the upgrade so I think I need to take a fresh look at all my plug-ins.

It’s time for me to start sprucing up this place.

Or, not.

So I’m thinking that I’d have to be nuts or unemployed to actually attempt to maintain four separate blogs when I haven’t written anything new for swina.com since like 1901.

At some point in the near future I’m probably just going to move the WordPress install I’ve got up over at more++ and start ignoring all four topics in a single centralized location.

Other than that, life goes on. After a few weeks of nervous hemming and hawing, I’ve decided I like my BlackBerry Storm. At first I didn’t know how much of my affinity for it was because it was my first BB and how much was because it was the Storm, I’ve decided that it doesn’t matter. The .75 firmware release helped with a lot of the initial beefs I (and the rest of the world) had with the device, and I’m downloading the leaked .85 release as we speak, which is supposed to be leaps and bounds better yet.

My 32nd birthday is coming up this week. I only mention it because I’ll be glad when it’s over. The period of the year between Thanksgiving and my birthday is always profoundly depressing, and this year was no exception. I’ve never been happier to see a year change on the calendar, and if it wasn’t for Barack Obama winning the election, this year would have been a total disaster.

While I despise the idea that the New Year is the only time when you can make positive change in your life, for once I’ve got in my mind a wishlist of self-improvements. For starters, I need to get serious about eliminating dairy from my diet so that I don’t end up choking to death in my sleep from lungs full of mucus. Gruesome, but that’s my misery. Once I can breathe again, I’ll think about getting back to the gym. I’m not going to be one of those January workout tourists. But if I can make time for it, I know it’d do me good on a lot of levels.

We’ll see.

Nomenclature

So even though I’m going back to the drawing board in an obsessive-compulsive attempt to get this exactly right with a limited and rusty web design skill set, the good news is that I’ve come up with names for three of the four blogs that I will launch as part of the Swina Disinformation Network. The bad news is, I can’t for the life of me come up with a name for the fourth.

more++ is the sandbox for now. I’m using it as a development playground for now, but that’ll be the first one I stand up and tinker with and break down and stand up again and so on and so forth. Then I’ll clone it.

neontubes will be the Vegas and gaming blog, picking up where Open Road’s Best of Las Vegas Blog left off.

ooh, shiny! covers diversions of all kinds. If a subject is a waste of time, chances are you’ll find it here. Music, movies, television, food, wine and other hobby type interest sort of things get their due. We like to keep it light.

The fourth blog is the one for which I can’t figure out a name. The original Swina blog focused primarily on news and politics, specifically progressive politics. I can already tell that I won’t be posting much on this one. Everything I care to say is being said better in other places. So I’m guessing this blog is going to mostly be links to other content. But oh well.

Anyone got any spare ideas for blog names? Some sort of secret formula, like how you figured out your porno name by combining the street you grew up with and the name of your first pet (Hi there, Coco Polly. Nice to meet you.).

UPDATE: OK, I spoke too soon. The politics/news/current events blog is going to be called debriefing.

One step forward, two steps back

So in attempting to zazz up more++, I wound up screwing up something and having no idea how to fix it, so I’m once again hitting the reset button on that project.  I wish I had enough time to actually devote to my websites and various other projects. But even with a full featured CMS at my fingertips I’m just not writing.

I wonder if it’s a similar situation to what would happen if you worked as a porn star, and didn’t want to have sex at home at the end of the night because you’d been doing it all day on the clock.

That’s clock. C… L…

I somehow managed to give myself yet another bizarre freak injury today. I was getting ready for work, putting on my clothes in the walk-in closet off my bathroom. I braced myself against the wall with my right hand as I pulled the second sock onto my left foot.

I felt as if my back was cramping up, but only for a split second – then it was like a dam bursting, lighting me up with pain like a Christmas tree, radiating from near my kidney all the way down to my knee, all the way up to my armpit and straight through my abdomen.

Now, I’ve had back issues for about a decade or so at this point, but they’ve always been pretty much confined to my upper back and environs – my neck and shoulders. I’d never had pain in my lower back before, and I’d never felt anything like this – anywhere. I knew right away that something was wrong and told Casey I needed to see a doctor – today.

I called my doctor; their response was “go to the ER.” I called my company’s health clinic, they told me to go to an urgent care center. I opted for the latter.  It was the right choice, as there was nobody in the waiting room. I was examined and x-rayed. The verdict: a pinched sciatic nerve, causing acute lower back pain and muscle spasms. Great. Even better, the doctor tells me not to expect much improvement for 3 to 4 days and advises me not to return to work until Thursday.

I’m medicated to the point of comfort right now, thankfully this didn’t happen last week or the week before. As it is, I’ve been taking care of loose ends and miscellaneous projects from home as my condition permits.

Moral of the story: never wear socks.

One brick at a time…

The media empire known as the Swina Disinformation Network will soon be returning to the airwaves intertubes.

I think that part of the reason that I lost interest in keeping the old Swina website(s) up and running is that I was sort of unfocused on it, and that I couldn’t figure out how to integrate all the things I wanted to write about.

So I’m taking a different tack this time around, setting Swina up as a series of (what looks like now to be four) blogs, plus a single community forum and maybe some other stuff, I’m taking baby steps with it right now. I haven’t done this in a while and I’m a little bit rusty. Like JayFenster.com it will be built on a  WordPress content management system, and there will probably be a phpbb forum there and some other stuff to be determined.

Anyhow, the first blog that I’m setting up is called more++. It’s going to be about how to streamline your life. I’m always seeing efficiencies that can be enjoyed, loopholes that can be exploited, opportunities to squeeze more out of every day and every dollar.

The second one will be a relaunch of what used to be the Best of Las Vegas Blog. It’ll have a slightly different focus, as there’s a lot of interesting stuff happening in the industry writ large right now, not just on the Strip. Of course, “interesting” is a nice way of saying “where’s my suicide pill?” these days. I can’t tell you much more than that right now, but the new blog will be called neontubes.

The third and fourth blogs will encompass what used to be the primary focus of Swina. One will cover politics, news and current events. The other will focus on movies, music, video games, food, entertainment and other frivolous diversions.

But like I said, I’m taking one step at a time rebuilding my conglomerate.

Feel free to check it out, although be aware that to call what’s going on over there right now a beta is an insult to betas everywhere.

Updates on the progress of the site will be posted here as appropriate.