Happy Birthday, John “Loony” McCabe


Today’s yer birthday…

If you’re not over here at his house, downing jello-shots, hogging up his computer, and wondering when the hell the cake is coming…well then apparently, you’re a l-o-s-e-r. :0)

Have a good one buddy!

Weekend Surf Picks

  • Dollheads.Com – wow… I can’t believe it’s been a year and a half since Faith & I wrote to each other. Always witty, always funny, always a pleasure. Tons of craft ideas and an inside peek of the life of her Wonderdog and Gassy but lovable cat. Her journal is so damn good it’s often plagiarized by others, and she has a book coming out in 2002.What a cutie, it was great to hear from her again! :0) Go check her site out!
  • SHOUTcast – So what are you waiting for? Bonnie Burton’s doing it, so is Al and Oliver Willis… Eventually, so will renob & SpoogE…I’m talking about making your own internet radio show, streaming MP3 technology bay-bee! SHOUTcast shows you how it’s done.

At the sound of the tone, my main counter will be at 999,145
Which means Eric Brooks.ComĀ® will have its ONE MILLIONTH VISITOR blowing through in a matter of hours…. hee hee!

Father’s Day Tributes

  • Bobthecorgi – Kicks it off with the tale of her husband mere moments before becoming a father.
    (Yes, Bob is a woman… unless you know a lot of guys with flammable purses!)
    High speed car chases, police escorts, and how to get through the Holland Tunnel without paying a toll! A must read…
  • Aspirations to Sweetness – Jann’s tribute to her dad is guaranteed not to leave a dry eye in the house. She felt she let him down by not following his footsteps as an artist… but the pride in this man’s eyes, as he beams over his little girl in every picture tells me otherwise. :0)
  • Caustic Sense – Daddy Ray recalls the final moments of his (and BWG’s) dad.
  • Dear “Dad” – In case you missed this oldie, this is my contribution from last year. I wrote it on what would have been my mom’s 75th birthday. For those of you who grew up without a dad (or wished they had), this one’s for you.

But please… let’s not forget what’s important, and lose the true focus of this site… which is ME!

The Adorable Brooks Kidz spoiled me rotten cards they made from School. Erika’s was a huge card in the shape of a shirt with several ties… each tie was a “redeemable coupon” (“Good for one hug & Kiss”, “Good for One Story to be Read”, etc). Ashley made a “Daddy Card”, which was a paper doll with a shirt that flipped up like a card. Ashley & Erika then helped Sammi & Johnny make “Daddy Cards”.

One of the great amenities in our community is not only a swimming pool, but we also have stables*. We took the kids down for a while because they love the horses. Carole & Christina took horses out on the trail, I watched Johnny & Sammi take turns riding the pony**, while Ashley and Erika took the bigger horses around the ring. While getting off, Ashley whispered something to the trainer… Suddenly the trainer hands me a helmet:

“Alright, Daddy… your kids want you to show them what you got!”.

Me. Born and raised in Brooklyn… on a horse. Picture that.
It’s not like you see these things walking up and down Myrtle Avenue, y’know.

So I rode my very first horse today.

For those of you who know the joys, blessings and responsibility of fatherhood… I wish you all a happy father’s day!

*No animals were harmed in the making of this father’s day, nor were they allowed in the pool.

**Yes, I really did ask for the little pony rather than a big-ass horse!

Newz & Gossip


  • Trivial Pursuit 1.0 – Weblog Edition – From the brilliant minds of Erratic and Diz comes this contest… 22 of the cool kids on the web contributed a little known fact about them. You match the name with the quote. 

    The winner with the closest answer gets a $22 gift certificate for Amazon.Com.
    (I am *DYING* to find out who was “Cuffed & Stuffed in front of TV cameras”)

  • Alan “The Head Lemur” Herrell Reviews Zeldman’s “Taking Your Talent To The Web”
  • Randy did it. Redgie did it…My Inner Rock Star is…. ERIC BROOKS Aaaaallllright!!!!

    Barry GibbPhoto courtesy of Corbis.ComAlright…. I confess:
    It wasn’t going to tell me that it’s my life-long idol Barry Gibb …so what the hell was the Point???

  • Programmer for Hire MetaFilter Guru, Matt Haughey is looking for work in the Bay Area. Man, if he can design a universal program for the Ottaway Paper sites, I’d recommend him in a heartbeat! We’re all currently looking at a new program that will convert Quark documents into XML… the possibilies would be endless.
  • Kare is coming back with a new site… I’ll keep you posted….
  • I am seriously out of server space! (That’s why the Search Engine is FUBAR) A recent business proposition may lead me to make a serious move… details to follow.

Some Sunday thoughts…

First of all, let me be the first to shout out how much I love Amber. A lot of people have a hard time with hearing the truth. Much less, in an “In-our-face-pull-no-punches” style. Certain hateful people decided to go on a “morality-kick” and we were all suddenly expected to be held to some ridiculous standard like we’re public officials or something.

Her reaction was the same as mine. “So what?”.
Game. Set. Match. End of conversation. The only true way to squelch a controversy.

We had a long talk this week about “being in each other’s corner”. Deep down inside, she has a heart of gold, and despite being burned will still go out of her way for a friend. She doesn’t have to spew bile and hatred to get attention, then play martyr, then have to convince people “I’m not really like this… I’m a nice person if you get to know me.”

Amber’s the real deal…. and I couldn’t think of a better person in my corner.

Same with John, BWG, Jim, Al, Matt, and Jon.

There’s more. There’s lots more… but these are people stuck in between camps, that the price of speaking out against this small (but loud) minority is too much to pay. I know, and I still love you.

Randall Van der woning (aka “The Big White Guy”) was Debbie’s biggest victim. As I stated in my newsletter last night, he lost his mom to cancer as a child, then his dad to cancer at the time he met “Kaycee”. If anyone should want Debbie’s head on a stick, it should be him. On top if being victimized, he then became a suspect in a massive conspiracy (hell, I’m ashamed to admit I even had my doubts)… all for being good-natured, caring and trusting. But you won’t find him in the middle of *another* group of hatemongers. Their agenda is to have their names plastered on every newspaper and television set. The same people that told you “don’t believe anything until you check it out” will slap you down, put words in your mouth, and discredit you if you dare question them, or get in their way.

The truth is out…
Now he wants to just get on with his life.
Just like so many other people that were sucked into the lies
There’s a lesson to be learned there.

Count me in BWG’s corner.

(Yeah, I still think Debbie’s a hell of a writer, but that’s beside the point.)

Jon saw I was about to be massacred by said hate group above. He gave me a back door to get the hell out of there… and I took it.

But Jon also has me pegged. He knows I can play a crowd like a stradivarius. Know when to be a loud mouth, know when to scream for attention, be a hero, be an asshole, and play martyr to stop people dead in their tracks. I know what I’m doing. You only make me more powerful when you attack me publicly.

Jon would also like me to lay off the caffeine pills, and mellow out. :0)

When I redid the archives here, I relived times that were the most painful periods in my life… marked in between harsh remarks, “blog wars”, answering people back, heated debates…

Was it Karma? Totally unrelated? Or should I have had a better grasp controlling real-life events rather than escaping into the internet?

Who knows… but I’m really tired of it right now. There’s enough hate. I want to be a more “positive” force on the web now.

I’m blessed by a great core of friends. Friends that will back me whether I’m right or wrong. They’d prefer “right” a little more, but…

I can’t make any promises. Like Tiffany said (before *she* was temporarily run off the web by the “web nasties”): “It just wouldn’t be me.”

In conclusion:

  • You are judged by the friends you keep.
  • You are fooling no one. Your hatred and inner-ugliness will one day consume you.
  • You have *NO LIFE* whatsoever, if you actually sat down and read this all in one sitting.

Y2k Revisited….

Y2K Mike
The web looks like it can use a laugh right about now.

Remember what you were doing during Y2K?

  • Making sure you weren’t in an elevator or on a train?
  • Waiting for the Russian missiles to blow us to kingdom come?
  • Holding your breath when the clock struck midnight?
  • Not reading my Newsletter when I TOLD you nothing was going to happen????Well, I was running a series called “Y2K Mike” at the time. It started on New Year’s Day, and quite frankly the world was pretty sick of words like “Y2K” and “Millennium”, so I canned it and never finished it.

    Since we all like to get roped into tales of hardship that may/may not have happened… here is the harrowing tale of a survivalist and his wife being trapped in their Y2K shelter for nine horrible days, while his redneck buddies let them think the United States was destroyed (laughing their asses off above ground).

    A hoax you say?
    Please don’t insult me.
    I assure you the story of Y2K Mike is quite real*, and all the cynics can go to hell.

    *In light of this article, maybe I better flat-out say it’s a PARODY. Penned in January 2000, with a new shock ending rewritten last night, which you may find pretty amusing…

    …or not.

  • Whoah!!!!

    Did any one else’s referrer logs go nuts as Zeldman declared “Happy Friday” on K10K.net, and wrote a list of sites he was grateful for????

    Holy crap, and just how much traffic does k10k get anyway?!!???

    A very pleasant surprise as I was one of the many sites plugged on Friday, and I wanted to thank The Great One sooner, but I have been so damn busy.

    Launched a new site with the Pocono Record’s new webhosting service, The Bridal Guide went live to the public, and I had to tweak/rewrite a few CGI scripts for the database-driven Scholastic Sports, Eastern Poconos Community News and the Pocono Property Showcase that premiered this morning.

    And that was just Friday.

    Today, I was slaving away at redesigning a very talented actresses’ site (details to follow).

    Thankz Z-Man!!!! Your plug was most appreciated and a great topper for an excellent week!

    Proudly powered by WordPress
    Creative Commons License
    EricBrooks.Com® is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

    Disclaimer: The views expressed herein are solely those of Eric Brooks. They do not necessarily reflect those of his employers, friends, contacts, family, or even his pets (though my cat, Puddy, seems to agree with me on many key issues.). In accordance to my terms of use, you hereby acknowledge my right to psychoanalyze you, practice accupuncture, and mock you incessantly with every visit. As the user, you also acknowledge that the author has been legally declared a "Problem Adult" by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and is therefore not responsible for any of his actions.