Some Muppet Awesomeness

I Love The Muppets

I just wanted to take the chance, while I still can, to post a few Muppet clips.  I grew up watching the Muppet show, the Muppet movies, Fraggle Rock, and Sesame Street. I have always loved the Muppets and was a bit disappointed with some of their stuff after Jim Henson died, lately they have been doing some really awesome things, even though they are currently owned by Disney. I have not seen the newest Muppet movie but based on this trailer I would really like to.

Muppet Bohemian Rhapsody

The first video I really wanted to share is this amazing version of Muppet Bohemian Rhaposdy. I am a huge Queen and Muppet fan and I think this is one of the greatest performances ever. I especially enjoyed Animal’s solo. I can’t believe this video was released in 2009 and I just now found it. I hope you like it as much as I do.

Muppet Bashing By Fox News

The next video I want to share is the clip from Fox News where Eric Bolling and some guests accuse the Muppets of trying to “brainwash children.” At first when I watched this It seemed like it was a joke but it just keeps going on and on without a punchline. I think it is also important to mention that the head of Fox, Rupert Murdoch recently tweeted: “Seems blogosphere has succeeded in terrorizing many senators and congressmen who previously committed. Politicians all the same.” Regarding the countries concern about SOPA.

The Muppets Strike Back

This Video is just too Awesome not to share. It is a clip of Kermit and Miss Piggy addressing the ridiculousness of Fox News at a press conference on the 26th of January, 2012. I don’t think it could have been put any better.

Thank You Wikipedia, Google, Reddit, Mozilla For taking A Stand Against SOPA And PIPA

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A Big THANK YOU To Everybody Who Took A Stand

I am neither Democrat nor Republican because as far as I can see they are really just the same for the most part. Maybe the Republicans are a little more aggressive but they have both really lost their way. I personally don’t like to get involved in any political issues since it seems to me that big businesses and those with the money make all of the decisions, most of the time the voice of the people doesn’t ever seem to be a factor in creating new laws or deciding how government should be run. It seems that our rights and freedoms in this country are disappearing very rapidly.

That being said I am very appreciative that major websites like Wikipedia, Reddit, Mozilla, Craigslist, Cheezburger Network and many others decided to take a major stand today to create awareness of the dangers of SOPA and PIPA. Also thanks to everyone who took action about this. Although life without Wikipedia, even for a day, was  quite annoying, it was nothing compared to the reality we would face if this kind of legislation gets passed in its current form. I sincerely hope this will inspire more people to pay attention to what is really going on. Maybe we will begin eliminate the very real issue of serious corruption in our government. This issue really spotlights the blatant abuse of power by people like Congressman Lemar Smith who actually gets to decide which bills get heard and which ones don’t due to his position as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. I think it’s critical important for everyone to see the relationship between Congressman Smith’s sponsors and which laws get considered.

There were a couple of people who I feel laid out all of the issues very well and explained what exactly is at stake with SOPA and PIPA. The first one is Jimmy Wales the founder of Wikipedia, here is what he had to say. I also really respect the opinion of internet marketer PotPieGirl who has had plenty of issues with people pirating her works. Here is the blog post she made about SOPA. I also really liked what The Oatmeal had to say, I hope it stays up for a little while.


My Personal Copyright Experience

In 2002,  20th Century Fox attorneys attacked both me personally and my business when I tried to show The Rocky Horror Picture Show, one of my favorite films, in my music venue as a celebration of  my business’s first anniversary. After contacting their licensing agent, Criterion, I was told I could license the rights to show the movie in my establishment for $750. Criterion stated I could advertise the event however I wanted. I put a few thousand dollars total including the licencing fee into the event, only to receive a cease and desist by FedEx and fax on the day of the show.  This was my first time dealing with corporate attorneys and it was a horrible experience. Perhaps most disturbing were accusations by Fox’s attorneys that I was a thief attempting to steal multiple works belonging to their client. These accusations by Fox’s attorneys continued all day while they refused to accept my proof of payment for the rights.  Eventually the owner of  a local movie theater contacted someone at 20th Century Fox and involved them directly in the process. I received a call from someone,who’s name escapes me at the moment, who claimed to be very high up at Fox. That individual gave me verbal authorization to proceed with the show.

Unfortunately, by this time I had told nearly everyone that the show was cancelled. I decided to proceed with the show, despite having told everyone the show was cancelled, because Fox refused to refund the licensing fee. Due to this only about 20 people showed up and I was left with a loss of  several thousand dollars because Fox’s left hand didn’t know what their right hand was doing.  In my opinion Fox’s actions were the proximate cause of my business loss.  It was certainly a lesson about how viscous and ruthless the attorneys for these companies are and how little they care about doing what is right. Although there are certainly pirates that use these companies works illegally and deserve to be punished, they don’t seem to care enough to make sure they are not targeting the innocent. This is especially egregious when they do this to existing licensees.

I doubt my experience is unique. These companies seem to make an art form out of abusing the rights granted to them under current copyright law. While I do and always will strongly oppose piracy, it is my firmly held belief that granting those who behave in such a fashion cannot possibly be in the public interest.



Survey Apps That Pay You

Get Paid For Filling Out Surveys

Apps that pay you are a very convenient way to make some supplemental income in your spare time. They also help you to offset the cost of owning a smartphone and paying for internet. Here is a another list of apps that pay you, this time the focus is on getting paid for surveys. Although some apps are more lucrative than survey apps, especially Field Agent and Checkpoints, I believe surveys are a really good way to boost your online income with very little effort. The biggest advantage of using survey apps over typical online surveys is that the surveys from apps tend to be very short. It is easy to get burned out pretty quick with online surveys but the surveys from survey apps are usually the length of polls and pay amazingly well compared to the time they take to fill out. All of these apps are free for you to use and I have personally tested and been paid from each of them at least once, I recommend them all.


Surveys On The Go

Surveys On The Go is an excellent survey app that pays you between  for each short survey you fill out. It is available for iPhone®, iPad®, and Android. Surveys can pay as much as $5 and as little as .25 but most of the ones I have taken so far have been $1. I have been using Surveys On The Go for just a couple of months now and so far I have been paid the $10 minimum 1 time. They paid me directly to my PayPal account right away, they do pay by electronic check so Paypal holds the funds a few extra days.

So far I have only had 2 surveys that I didn’t qualify for out of 13, they don’t tell you that you don’t qualify ahead of time but the time to fill out a survey is much less than qualifiers at other sites . They just announced in the last few days that there should now be at least 1 survey every week. It is important to check this app often for new surveys because the slots fill up  fast and push notifications on phones are not always the most reliable. At this time there is no referral program but the company has told me they are working on one. Here is the App Store℠ and a link to the site:
Here is the free download link for Surveys On The Go  for Android in the Google Play Store. Mobile App

The Mobile App is paid survey app for Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. I have been using it for a few months and I have been paid $8.00 directly to my PayPal. The minimum amount to get paid is $7.50.

There are generally a large amount of mini surveys to take and they usually pay between .10 to .25 but the can pay up to $10. Sometimes there are surveys that are free but they are generally qualifiers to get higher paying surveys. Surveys are divided up by category and you can take as many as you want. They are usually available for several days once they are posted in the app. Here is a link to the website.


Here is the link to download the app free from the Google Play Store.


Here is the link to download the App free from the App Store:



Npolls is another good app that pays you to answer polls. The results of these polls are then used to provide data for Magic Numbers Magazine available at iTunes Newsstand. The polls are mini surveys that are usually between 10- 15 questions long and they are about a variety of questions. You can get NPolls on your iPhone, iPad,  iPod Touch, Android, or Windows Phone 7.  So far I have been using NPolls for the last couple of months  and  have answered 91 polls, I have been paid $10.00 Directly to my Paypal.


You are generally paid .20 for each poll that you answer but you can be paid more for polls about apps that require a download. When you reach the minimum payment of $10 you are paid automatically by through Paypal. The payments are sent in batches so it can take a few days to receive payment. It is important to make sure that you log in to the website to give them your Paypal email, you won’t get paid until you do. At this time there is no referral program but the company has told me they will include one in the next update. Here is the website and the iTunes link:
Here is the link to download Npolls For Android for free  in the Google Play Store.

Here is the  Npolls Windows Phone 7free download in the Windows Phone Marketplace.


Thanks for checking out my list of survey apps that pay you. I will add more as I am able to test more and they are worthy of a recommendation. In the mean time please check out this link for an excellent site with more information about these apps and many more apps that pay you.

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