Deprecated: Function set_magic_quotes_runtime() is deprecated in /hermes/walnaweb10a/b1799/pow.cloun/tdb/htdocs/textpattern/lib/txplib_db.php on line 14 The Dropping Balls - Dim Views Official News Organ of TRIVIAL BINGO! Thu, 29 Sep 2011 22:28:29 GMT Bear With Me -- And Bear With Facebook, Too most of the pages, with a few still broken -- most notably Extras Casting Atlanta. So, there will be some crazy stuff going on with my feed, with a whole lot of reposts that look like they're brand new! So beware!]]> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 20:48:15 GMT Chaz,2011-08-10:1007e9a1b63e2054197e94b9b24f817d/102f6262c4bcf4468970bf1c40dcd445 ALL Should Be Working Soon My ire was a tad premature! It turns out that Facebook is transitioning their RSS feeds to a new system and the ECA feed should be working soon!

]]> Wed, 08 Jun 2011 19:31:21 GMT Chaz,2011-06-08:1007e9a1b63e2054197e94b9b24f817d/ec9734c04c9840bd069e7eb832864596
Facebook Changing RSS Feeds! Read this! Facebook, in it's never-ending quest to control EVERYTHING about it's user experience, has disabled the EXTRAS CASTING ATLANTA feed. That means it will no longer be displayed on the "Casting" via Chaz page! Sadly, soon all the others will follow.

I am seeking a work-around! Please keep checking back!

]]> Tue, 07 Jun 2011 18:55:15 GMT Chaz,2011-06-07:1007e9a1b63e2054197e94b9b24f817d/517b4990b74bc1d2c0d41d2139058d7b
For My Technically Advanced Friends Looking for Work as an Extra in The Atlanta Area [3] UPDATE!! June 8, 2011

It turns out that Facebook is changing the way they distribute feeds. The ECA feed should be back up and running soon. All the other feeds appear to be uneffected...


UPDATE: June 7, 2011

It appears that the ECA RSS feed is no longer functioning! It could be an issue with the server and temporary. I am seeking work-arounds.

To that end, I will be creating a subsection of this blog. The posts from that will appear in the combined RSS feed and on the Google Reader Casting page I created. So, keep checking it and I hope I can get all the information flowing again soon!


I originally wrote this as a Note on my Facebook page to share with some of my friends who are always looking for work as an extra here in the Atlanta Area. I post it here now for more widespread sharing…


Sometimes getting the fresh Facebook postings from the various casting companies can be a chore-- especially if you don't want to be chained to FB all day. However getting that info while it's hot (and the job still open) can be difficult if you don't want to be chained to FB all day. Personally, I don't like the option of signing up for texts, so receiving the posts via RSS in my Google Reader, and by extension its Android app, has come in quite handy. If you would like to subscribe to any of these pages, this note's for you. If not, I've got a few things for you too...

One condition: Leave all the postings for scrawny, 6 foot tall, aging longhairs with scraggly facial hair alone. Those are mine. MINE!!

Unfortunately, as you may have noticed (probably not), FB has hidden the little RSS feed icons from the address bar in business pages. (This is at least the case when viewing the pages in HTTPS, like you should be) Nor is there a link to the RSS feed on the individual pages. Fortunately for you, you're friends with a Geek. A Geek who has learned to roll his own RSS feeds with information he found in FB's source code. So without further ado, here are the RSS feed URLs for the big ones (just plug them into your fave RSS reader's “Add Subscription” feature):

Extras Casting Atlanta (See the update at the top of the page):

Bill Marinella Casting:

Casual Casting Atlanta:

New Life Casting:

And for good measure, Bill Marinella's Twitter Feed (because they actually use theirs):

Now, if you're a lazy bastard, here is one RSS feed for all of the above:

Please note: The above ‘all in one’ feed does not update as quickly as the individual feeds!!

(Yes, Cherrix Casting is missing. But seeing they only want pretty people between the ages of 18 and 25, screw 'em.)

That last one is a compilation of feeds from my Google Reader and it does not update as quickly as the individual feeds! (Non geeks can skip this paragraph) If you have an Android phone, you have a Google account. If you have a Google account start a Reader account of your own here: Enter those feeds. Put them in one folder. Install the Reader app onto your phone. Put the Reader App Widget (the 'feed count notification' one) onto your home screen . When you do that you can specify which folder for it to notify you about. When new posts come in, BOOM! They on yer phone! Of course you keep your head shot on your phone (right?), so now you can do it all right there. I'm sure you can do the same with your iPhone, but I don't pay attention to that hipster-proprietary software crap.

Now, for those of you without the skills or desire to mess with RSS feeds (or the smart phone), you can still access my Google feed from this page:

Bookmark it. Use it. Again, it does not update as quickly as the individual feeds!!

That address is a bit much to plug into the browser of your smart phone, so at the bottom of this note I've included a QR code which will open the page and you can bookmark it from there. Use the barcode scanner on your phone. You do have the barcode scanner, right? If not, you should, you goddamn luddite. Download it now. NOW!

If you can think of any other casting companies that you think should be added to the list let me know. I'll eventually take the time to sling together a feed URL for Cherrix. If you'd like me to do a tutorial on how to create a feed for your favorite FB business page, I can do that too. Just don't expect me to hop right to it...

And as always, remember: Leave the postings for scrawny, 6 foot tall, aging longhairs with scraggly facial hair alone.

Good luck, and good hunting.


And now, the QR code:

]]> Thu, 31 Mar 2011 18:49:39 GMT Chaz,2011-03-31:1007e9a1b63e2054197e94b9b24f817d/752270e4f0a9530358b922e4b57fb156
Separation of Church and My Sunday Beer Well, any hopes of buying beer or wine on Sundays have been put on the shelf for the foreseeable future here in Georgia. The Christian Coalition of Georgia and other religious groups have pressured our lawmakers into not even bringing the bill up to a vote. A majority of our State Senators were for the bill just weeks ago – as are still most of the voters in the Metro Atlanta area.

In case you’ve been too drunk to notice, the bill would have allowed for a referendum in which the voters could decide whether or not to allow Sunday sales in grocery stores and the like in their area. Not the whole damned State – in their area. And citizens wouldn’t even be legally required to buy beer. Nope. Don’t want it? Don’t buy it. But barring some ‘hail mary’ (pardon the pun) pass from some forward thinking lawmaker it’s done.

But why not even allow S.B. 10 hit the floor to be voted on by our elected so-called representatives? Ask the State Republican Caucus, who voted in a closed door meeting to deny a vote. In a show of screaming, yellow, chicken shittedness, the vote in the meeting was done in secret to hide how the Senators voted.

So much for the SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. Here in the Sunny South, religion and it practitioners hold far too much sway over the law makers. Too afraid that the majority of Metro Atlanta might not respect their minority opinion on this issue, they chose instead to threaten our lawmakers until those spineless Senators – fearing a loss of campaign contributions and votes -- tossed in the towel. In essence, the religious groups robbed the people of power. The power to exercise free will and control – not to mention helping Georgia maintain its standing as one of the most retarded states in the USA.

I tire greatly of Republicans and Tea Party shitheads who decry the ‘Nanny State,’ then try to control how we spend our money on Sundays, dictate whom we can marry, deny us control over our own bodies, and stop kids who just want to LEARN FUCKING SCIENCE! Fine, the religious are entitled to their often misguided opinions, but restraint must be practiced on their part -- especially when it comes to influencing politics. We must seriously consider whether or not churches that practice political activism from the pulpit should have their tax exempt statuses yanked. I think it would more than easily cover the loss of sorely needed tax revenue Sunday sales would generate.

Comparing the religious right to the Taliban is a bit dramatic and overdone. Unlike the Taliban, our religious leaders want girls to go to school so they can grow up to be secretaries, nurses, and teachers until they find a nice husband; and if impregnated by a rapist they want the victim to carry the child to full term – which beats being stoned to death. But, when I see these protests going on in other parts of the world (and Wisconsin?), I just have to wonder how far we are away from that here?

Surely, legally picking up a 6 pack on Sunday in no way compares to overthrowing a despotic regime. After years of practice, I’m rather skilled at picking up my Sunday beer in advance, and there’s usually a nice selection of wines here at The Grassy Knoll. If the beer fridge is empty, The EARL is a short hop away. In the grand scheme of things, this is nothing.

Nothing but a symptom.

But really, can you blame the Christian Coalition of Georgia for wanting to squash the bill that would allow for THE PEOPLE to vote in a referendum as to whether or not THE PEOPLE should be allowed to purchase beer and wine in their locality on Sunday? If the faithful can legally carry their guns into the house of their chosen god (a law they apparently have no problem with), I guess they don't really want them loopy on Sunday beer as well. Makes sense to me. Of course, the Darwin in me would love to see what would happen...

]]> Thu, 17 Feb 2011 20:11:58 GMT Chaz,2011-02-17:1007e9a1b63e2054197e94b9b24f817d/d01a00022c9f65926a1109a3ef8d9aa1