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Friday, July 19, 2019

This Looks Good!

As a Tease, Here's Something

Today, at 4 PM, the trailer for Season 10 of "The Walking Dead" will premier on

Sum Metallica

Honor Fans

Godsmack Honor Fans in Video for Lady Gaga-Inspired ‘Under Your Scars’

F & M in ELR

Just Found This Article

Apparently, on June 2, 2019, I created the following 5 screen captures:

Dad Rock - Home

I envision myself becoming a fan of this band.

Whitesnake and Eddie Kendricks - "Still of the Boogie"


Time will tell whether "Top Gun 2: Maverick" needed to be made...

In Need of an Extreme Makeover

Liv Morgan and 7 WWE Superstars Who Need Complete Character Overhauls

German-Chinese Electronic Music

This is a promo email from my Inbox today. I embedded the video for the single below. Before you watch it, WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE!

C.O.W.  Release 'Shang Dang (feat. Jake Masca)' Single

via Compost Records 

Editor's Note: the picture below is linked from another website - its width cannot be controlled by me!



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are back. In fact they were never gone. The German-Chinese electronic act and digital art project release their new single ‘Shang Dang (feat. Jake Masca)’ on July 19th via Compost Records.

‘Shang Dang (feat. Jake Masca)’ is the first single from the forthcoming ‘EPIC’ EP, which will be the first of the four elements to be released into the world. The tracks embrace the powerful moments, the grandness and limitless nature but also the great failures of our digital lives and rules.

The internet is wonderful. EPIC so to speak, since it makes encounters happen unthinkable without it. Reaching out as a fan from the Philippines, rapper and producer Jake Masca didn’t think twice when he got the chance to see the producer collective live at a gig in Germany. He booked his flights from the Philippines and visited C.O.W.
in their studios. What started out as a meet-and-greet quickly turned into a full-blown session when the producers discovered his rap-talent. Not only did they take Jake with them on stage that night, where he was pleasing the crowd with his freestyles, they also agreed on the spot to produce a track together: Shang Dang - an EPIC encounter.

“The lyrics were inspired by two parts; the first being the phenomenon of global populism beginning in 2016 and how it has affected the Philippines which resulted in the “war on drugs” campaign in the Philippines and the second has to do with the idea of raw capitalism in relation to ones strive for equality and societal value. Both of these topics were organically discussed when Jake Masca and C.O.W.
met for the first time. The result is this track.” C.O.W. 

‘Shang Dang (feat. Jake Masca)’ is available from July 19th via Compost Records.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Another Tour Commentary

CATTLE DECAPITATION - Summer Slaughter Tour w/ Carnifex, The Faceless, Rivers Of Nihil, Nekrogoblikon, Lorna Shore, Brand Of Sacrifice + More:

7/19/2019 The Complex - Salt Lake City, UT
7/20/2019 Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
7/21/2019 Royal Grove - Lincoln, NE

Sorry, I don't really care if this tour DOES stop in Iowa City... I ain't gonna be there as I will be on vacation 7/19 - 7/28

7/22/2019 Wildwood - Iowa City, IA
7/23/2019 Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN
7/24/2019 The Forge - Joliet, IL
7/25/2019 Crofoot Ballroom - Pontiac, MI
7/26/2019 Westcott Theater - Syracuse, NY
7/27/2019 Heavy MTL Festival - Montreal, QC
7/28/2019 Opera House - Toronto, ON
7/29/2019 The Odeon - Cleveland, OH
7/30/2019 Oddbody's - Dayton, OH
7/31/2019 Rex Theater - Pittsburgh, PA
8/01/2019 Le Poisson Rouge - New York, NY
8/02/2019 Fete Ballroom - Providence, RI
8/03/2019 One Centre Square - Easton, PA
8/04/2019 SoundStage - Baltimore, MD
8/05/2019 Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
8/06/2019 Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
8/07/2019 The Firmament - Greenville, SC

HOLY CRAP!! 19 Days Straight of Gigs! before they get a day off.

8/09/2019 Gas Monkey Live - Dallas, TX + Born Of Osiris, Bad Omens, Spite, Kingdom Of Giants
8/10/2019 White Oak Music Hall - Houston, TX
8/11/2019 Come And Take It Live - Austin, TX
8/13/2019 Club Red - Mesa, AZ
8/14/2019 1720 - Los Angeles, CA

S-M: FFH Writers Have Ideas

Interesting concepts explored below: The writer for Spider-Man: Far From Home talk about how Tony Stark and the loss of him has acted as a replacement for Uncle Ben within the MCU. and Mysterio Was Originally A Skrull According To Spider-Man: Far From Home Writers.

NOPE! I'm Not Paying $49 for a Hiring Kit for a TWer

Hiring kit: Technical writer


From LAMB OF GOD Frontman: 'The Most Important Thing To Me Is The Clarity That Comes With Sobriety' :

"Overall, the most important thing to me, and it's shaped the way I am, it's come at a pretty high price, is the clarity that comes with sobriety, and that didn't happen overnight. I drank and partied for a long, long time. But it's been a hot minute since I've had any sort of mind-altering substance outside of coffee or e-cigarettes even. I even quit regular cigarettes. And that just has provided a great deal of clarity, to me, about what's important in my life, what's really truly important, and I'm super grateful for that. I'm super grateful that I came to that clarity before all my shenanigans killed me, because every year I lose friends, particularly in this business, in the music industry, I lose friends to drugs and alcohol. It's needless and it's foolish and [there's] nothing romantic about it.

"I hear about people that die young from drug overdoses or alcoholism or whatever and then they enter this sort of romantic mythos, and it's a sad, sad way to die," he continued. "And those people would be a lot better off if they had lived, 'cause who knows what else amazing art they would have created. And that very easily could have been me. It should have been me many, many, many times, but somehow fate decided it was not my time yet.

"So now here I am. I'm just grateful that I'm still alive and able to do a few different things in an artistic way and it puts a roof over my head and provides me a pretty satisfying life. So I'm grateful."

Mount it the Right Way

This picture of my friend Serbi would make Alex happy as Alex has wanted me to get a tom mount for my tom that I have always mounted on my bass drum. Serbi mounts his tom on his cymbal stand.

Wireless System Gives Guitarist Freedom to Suck All Over Stage

Wireless System Gives Guitarist Freedom to Suck All Over Stage

Skipping IA to play in Ringle, WI?!?

Maybe this will become a thing I do where I insert "headings" in-between tour dates with my thoughts about what I see. I got these tour dates from this page: COLD Announces First U.S. Tour In Over Eight Years

Start on the East Coast

Aug. 29 - Teaneck, NJ @ Debonair Music Hall
Aug. 30 - Stafford Springs, CT @ Palace Theater
Aug. 31 - New Bedford, MA @ The Vault at Greasy Luck
Sep. 01 - Scranton, PA @ Levels
Sep. 04 - Buffalo, NY @ Iron Works
Sep. 06 - Warrendale, PA @ Jergels
Sep. 07 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club

Head South

Sep. 08 - Concord, VA @ DeVault Vineyards - Blue Ridge Rock Festival
Sep. 10 - Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger

Not sure why "Georgia" is spelled out in the next line, instead of using "GA"... I digress...

Sep. 11 - Atlanta, Georgia @ The Masquerade @ Hell

More dates in the South...

Sep. 13 - Greenville, SC @ The Firmament
Sep. 14 - Winchester, VA @ Blue Fox Billiards

Backtrack to the North ...

Sep. 15 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Sep. 17 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bazaar
Sep. 19 - Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage

Heading to the Midwest!!

Sep. 20 - Lakewood, OH @ Winchester Music Tavern
Sep. 21 - Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
Sep. 22 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverfront Live

Take a leisurely 5 days to get from OH to TX for 4 concerts

Sep. 27 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
Sep. 28 - San Antonio, TX @ The Rock Box
Sep. 29 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
Oct. 01 - Austin, TX @ Come And Take It Live

Head north to CO for 3 dates

Oct. 04 - Denver, CO @ Herman's Hideaway

Grand Junction is a 3 h 51 min (243.4 mi) drive from Denver

Oct. 05 - Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater

Backtrack through Denver to Colorado Springs during a 4 h 50 min (308.6 mi) drive from Denver, which is 1 h 32 min (70.9 mi) from Denver

Oct. 06 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios Live

Now that the backtracking and idiotic routing is over in CO, head East to NE

Oct. 08 - Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre

Drive 10 h 24 min (673.4 mi) through Iowa to IN

Oct 10 - Angola, IN @ The Eclectic Room

Backtrack to WI for 2 dates

Oct. 11 - Ringle, WI @ Q and Z Expo Center
Oct. 12 - Kansasville, WI @ 1175

Hop down to IL

Oct. 13 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
Oct. 16 - Belvidere, IL @ The Apollo Theater

Backtrack to IN for 1 date

Oct. 18 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue

Backtrack to IL for 1 date

Oct. 19 - Champaign, IL @ The City Center

End the tour in KY

Oct. 20 - Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall

Drive I is Now Fixed! Good Deal!!

My EHD (assigned drive letter "I") had been complaining that I had corrupt files so I ran CHKDSK on it and now, this AM, I saw this which, because the print is small, I'll paraphrase for my future reference: there were problems, they weren't as serious as you might have thought, the problems are fixed, thank you!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

LG Promotion Expiration - 7/19/2019

I guess I need to do something . . .

Editor's Note: Updated on July 17, 2019, with a revealing screenshot:


Getting Some Ls

This is my Ideal Band . . . in 1989!

This is a band that is looking for a drummer. When I watched it, I thought, "No, this is not my Ideal Band in 2019." That's because it's my Ideal Band in 1989. Why? Look at how much damn fun they are having!

Great Question

From Why Would Teachers Promote the Killing of Human Children?:

“The NEA will include an assertion of our defense of a person’s right to control their own body, especially for women, youth, and sexually marginalized people. The NEA vigorously opposes all attacks on the right to choose and stands on the fundamental right to abortion under Roe v. Wade.”

The nation’s largest association of professional educators – individuals who have given their professional lives in service to the power and potential of young people – “stands on the fundamental right to” kill young people. It’s such a glaring and alarming inconsistency, it shocks the conscience.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Jake One-Liners


WWE Blows It by Having Brock Lesnar Cash in on Seth Rollins, Not Kofi Kingston

Cena vs. Orton vs. Triple H vs. Big Show — Fatal 4-Way WWE Championship Match: Raw, June 15, 2009

This is from 3699 days (10 years, 1 month, 2 weeks, 3 days) ago.

Hopefully KB has a Great Senior Season

With a Fresh Start at Mizzou, It's Now or Never for Snakebitten QB Kelly Bryant

A Collection of Links




Pro wrestling

The Walking Dead

Get Your Halos Put Out

Shinedown in the Early Days

Loads of Talent on the Same Stage

The talent on this stage is abundant. When this was recorded in 1990, Guns-n-Roses, Skid Row, and Metallica were the hottest bands around. That said, this video is immensely difficult to watch because of the poor quality. I wish there would be an actual "official" release of it with an improved sound mix.

Be *THAT* Excel Pro

22 Excel Tips for Becoming a Spreadsheet Pro

What if Software Were Designed to Make You Happy?

What if work software were designed to make you happy?

Friday, July 12, 2019

Music Theory

Why Adults Can't Develop Perfect Pitch

The Most Feared Song in Jazz

Vinnie Colaiuta . . . My Drumming Hero

Kevin Owens rants against Shane McMahon: SmackDown LIVE, July 9, 2019


When I watched this video by Rick Beato, it made me decide to learn the drum part for Toto's "Rosanna."

Thankfully there are a lot of transcriptions available on youtube.
  1. This is from the Rick Beato video:
  2. The Rosanna Shuffle

The Biggest Threat

For a few years, I would have said that Erick Erickson is my favorite Conservative writer. His words are put in the right order and he has a clarity in his writing that I strive to insert into my own writing. His book You Will Be Made to Care sits on my bookshelf in the den and I have actually read it.

More recently, a writer by the name of Drew Holden has caught my attention. Rather than quote his articles, I encourage you to read these: 

Changes to Numerous to Count

Adrenalize returns to Fat Jack's [Friday. July 12, 2013] - 8 to Midnite

The following was cannibalized from All Videos of Me Playing Drums

Lou's Classic Ride

Lou's Classic Rice formed in late May of 2012. After nearly a year of rehearsals, we progressed from 830 Studios (my basement) to the world. We ended up playing two gigs. The first was a warmup set for Adrenalize at Fat Jack's in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Friday, July 12, 3013. Thanks to Serbi for letting me use his drums! We played these tunes:
  1. Lonely Boy
  2. Sunshine of your Love
  3. Stuck in the Middle
  4. Foghat (I Just Want to Make Love to You)
  5. Dead Flowers
  6. Saturday Night's All Right for Fighting
  7. What I Like About You
  8. Rocking in the Free World

This first video starts out with us until the 5:50-ish time and then switches to highlights of Adrenalize's set. Adrenalize featured Serbi on drums and Kyle O on guitar (RIP).

Lonely Boy - this was the first tune that LCR put together and was always one of my favorites.

Sunshine - way back in 1992, I went to a drummer audition in Urbana. This tune was one that we tried to go through and, I remember very vividly, that I had not heard it before. Thus, during the audition, playing the 1 and 3 on the snare was tough for me to nail. Therefore, when LCR came together, I suggested this tune as it was one that I wanted to play 'correctly' to atone for the disaster that was the 1992 drummer audition. I think it sounds good.

Stuck in the Middle - Brian Guitar suggested this tune. It was new to me but I quickly fell in love with the groove.

Saturday Night - Joe suggested this tune. I remembered the Flotsam & Jetsam metal cover, but had to go back and listen to the original version.

What I Like About You - I have always liked this tune. I am fairly certain it was the first tune that I ever heard a cover band play. I was at Hawkeye Downs for something and recall walking past the beer tent and hearing some band playing this tune. I don't recall how old I was or who was with me; I only recall the fact that I heard it and thought, "Wow, that'd be fun to play in a band that knew this tune."

Dead Flowers - I'm pretty sure Joe suggested this tune. I didn't know it prior to having it show up on a list of possible tunes. I grew to love it.

Brian Rocking Out - I don't remember who suggested playing this tune and, sadly, I have to admit I wasn't familiar with this tune until it became one we tried in rehearsal. Matthew Helmke sings lead. The video is the final 1:54 of the tune and features Brian's guitar solo and a pseudo-drum solo / finish at the end. It was the 8th of the 8 tunes we played that night and I just wanted to drum out a bit and play every thing Serbi had in his setup that I could. FYI, I typically don't 'go off' like that unless the song calls for it.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Great Tour

Top 40 Moves of Rich Swann

Rich Swann is so talented!

Really Cool Analysis

How About an Update?

7 Ways to Download Facebook Photos & Videos (That Actually Still Work in 2016)

What an Insensitive Title

Sometimes, I think the strongest paragraph of a story gets buried and is not used as the "lead" in the story. By "lead," I mean the meat and blood of an article. Am I even sure "lead" is the right phrase? No. I cannot recall if that is the term that was used in my Writing for Public Relations class at Mount Mercy College when I was an English major. I remember very little about that class, including which semester I was enrolled in it. I think it was the fall of 1990 and, to provide context, I know I took Milton & the 17th Century in the fall of 1990 because that was when I wrote the paper about how Satan could not be the hero of Milton's Paradise Lost as a way to cope with Horny Genius, the Iowa City-based band I had auditioned to play drums with in January 1990, going on a tour of Europe while I remained in Iowa to read dead authors. I only know I took Milton and the 17th Century that semester. To verify, I'd have to dig up my college transcript, which makes me sad and I don't feel like being sad on a day when I am above ground - it's a good day! I know my professor's name for my Writing for Public Relations class, I know I wrote a story about Steve, who was the Night Manager at the Spring House, the restaurant I worked at from 1986 - 1992 (high school and college). I faintly recall that my professor seemed to think I was a good writer, but even that is questionable. I don't recall any specific conversations with him about my writing, outside of comments on my submitted papers.

All that to say, I think the following paragraph, from the following article - The boring truth about drug deaths at festivals - should have been the lead for the article. It presents a synopsis of what you are about to read. Just by reading it, you don't know who "Alex" is or any of the particulars of the story, other than it is tragic and that there is a list of what Alex did.

Alex’s story is tragic, but until her hyperthermic body was rushed to a medic tent, it was pretty boring. That is, to say, it was pretty commonplace. Staying at a friend’s house, taking pills, pre-drinking on the bus to the festival, vodka, Red Bull, sweating in the sun. Too many cops, too much fear, waiting until the very last moment to seek help, because seeking help would admit culpability and criminal activity.

Use the link above to read the original story and then skim the article with the paragraphs re-ordered as I envision below.

Alex’s story is tragic, but until her hyperthermic body was rushed to a medic tent, it was pretty boring. That is, to say, it was pretty commonplace. Staying at a friend’s house, taking pills, pre-drinking on the bus to the festival, vodka, Red Bull, sweating in the sun. Too many cops, too much fear, waiting until the very last moment to seek help, because seeking help would admit culpability and criminal activity.

“This doesn’t happen to us, this happens to some other family you read about or hear about in the news.” Jenny, Alex Ross-King’s mother.

On the morning of January 12, nineteen-year-old Alex Ross-King and her friends emptied some of the juice out of their bottles, added vodka, then set off on a bus from Central Coast to Parramatta for the FOMO music festival.

As they travelled down the highway, they “preloaded”, a rite of passage for many cash-strapped teenagers when heading to a music festival, where drink prices are often north of ten dollars a pop.

Like many other kids, they’d also organised to take MDMA. Alex had taken a quarter of a pill before boarding the bus, then another half on the bus. Drug taking can never be completely safe, goes the public health warnings, but this level of caution isn’t uncommon for those who don’t want to risk being hit with something particular dodgy. Pill testing is currently banned in NSW, despite clear evidence that it can and does save lives when offered on-site, so this type of depth charging is the closest way to safeguard yourself against the unknown evils of a pill.

When they arrived in Parramatta, Alex and her friends hopped off the bus and walked the five minutes to the venue. It was already 31 degrees, and they were all dripping with sweat by the time they arrived at the venue. Not surprisingly, the place was swarming with cops. At the same venue, two months later for the Download Festival, a whopping 68 police officers held dominion over a mere 20,000 attendees. The same festival in Melbourne, with the same number of punters, only required 38.

Alex saw all these cops and (also not surprisingly) panicked about being caught by sniffer dogs with the remaining two-and-a-quarter pills – and so she made a split-second decision and necked them. With a 74% false-positive rate, drug detection dogs are an highly-ineffective method of weeding out those holding drugs, a scary and unpredictable presence around any 19-year-old girl, even one who doesn’t have two pills on her person.

It didn’t take long for Alex to start feeling ill. She sat underneath a tree with her friends, drinking Red Bull and vodkas. “She appeared to be very intoxicated and was sweating and looking flushed,” the counsel assisting the inquest Peggy Dwyer told the coroner.

Her friends became worried, and told her to stop drinking. They then went to find water and ice to cool her down — a tall order at a music festival — but between the time they left and returned, Alex had been taken to the medical tent.

Her pulse was irregular, her breathing was rapid, and her temperature had soared to 41 degrees. She was erratic and acting combatively, clearly not of sound mind. She was given sedatives, but they didn’t calm her. She was covered in ice packs, but they didn’t cool her. Once body temperatures rise above 40 degrees, the body loses the ability to regulate its own temperature and hyperthermia kicks in. From here it’s rarely good news: blood cannot clot, bodily organs begin to fail and shut down, and fluid builds up around the brain and cannot drain, causing pressure to increase dramatically. Then the heart gives way.

By the time Alex was taken to Westmead Hospital, her body had risen to a dangerous 42C and she had lost consciousness. Ten minutes later she went into cardiac arrest. The next four hours were spent attempting to resuscitate her. At 9:15pm, as Nicki Minaj performed on the main stage, Alex Ross-King was declared dead.

Five other young people, aged between 19 and 23, died at music festivals in New South Wales that same summer, all of whom had nothing more in common than bad luck – and that they had each taken more than one MDMA pill. In the wake of such senseless tragedy, NSW Health interviewed a number of people who had also overdosed at music festivals that summer and happened to survive. NSW Health aimed to establish the reasoning behind the risky behaviour that lead to overdoses.

“A number of participants reported that their risky behaviours were driven by fear of police, including taking drugs prior to arrival at the event and avoiding the medical centre or open disclosure of substance use,” Peggy Dwyer told the court on Monday, day one of an inquest into these six drug-related deaths. The inquest will aim to prevent further similar deaths, with the relaxation of draconian police presence, and the introduction of pill testing, likely to be the main two ‘harm reduction’ recommendations offered up.

Dwyer cited the “presence and behaviours” of police and security as exacerbating the risks of drug taking. Simply put: young people holding drugs fear the police, and will take whatever drugs they have on their person, no matter the risks, in order to evade detection, arrest, ejection or imprisonment. This fear is what killed Alex.

“I expect that your honour will hear that this is done, as in the case of young Alex, to avoid being caught by police and charged with a criminal offence,” Dwyer explained.

Alex didn’t want to take three pills within 90 minutes. That wasn’t her plan. She made a split-second decision, motivated by fear. Like many people who die at festivals after taking too many drugs for their bodies to handle, Alex’s fear of arrest was stronger than her fear of a fatal overdose. At least, in that one fatal moment, it was.

Her mother’s quote, at the top of this column is a telling one. It sounds like that of any grieving and disbelieving mother, struggling to come to terms with a tragedy.

“This doesn’t happen to us”

This is the attitude of many towards such drugs. Despite recreational drug use being commonplace, it is treated as something to be hidden. When it is brought into the light, it is only under the guise of tragedy, or as evidence of wayward youth or a crumbling society. Of foolish, avoidable behaviour. It is treated as a criminal issue to be stamped out, not a health risk to be mitigated through intelligent, legally-available options and fact-based widespread public education.

Anti-drug messaging that warns of the dangers in black and white terms clearly has one effect: it makes kids ignore it, scoff at it, disregard the entire message. Because most of the time, drugs don’t kill. Hell, most of the time, illegal drugs have no negative consequences: legally, physical, or otherwise. That’s the real secret here, some people quite enjoy taking drugs and can often do so safely and without incident. But sometimes things don’t turn out so rosy. It’s a roulette wheel, but it’s one in which the odds of dying can be lessened with common-sense policy.

“This happens to some other family you read about or hear about in the news.”

<snip the paragraph that is now the lead>

At the opening of the inquest, Deputy State Coroner Harriet Grahame seemed to understand the banal reality of drug use.

“These are your children but they could just as easily be the children of my own community or my own family,” she said. “They could be any young people who go to music festivals and partake in drugs as many young people do.

“These are our young people … and we owe them a proper investigation of the circumstances in which they died.”

You can have your own opinion but unless you agree with me, you're wrong.


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

I'm Sick of your Excuses!

I discovered Rick Beato about a week ago on He has a series called "What Makes This Song Great?" where he analyzes a tune by a band. I think he has an engaging personality and I enjoy listening to his stories.

What I really like about the video below is that while it centers around the music industry, it is also a life lesson. He talks about the hardships he has endured in his life as a means to motivate the viewer to take action and to not accept any rejection. I was motivated by his words.


My friend Jason just texted me that he has our concert tickets for the Thursday, November 14, 2019, Slayer / Primus / Ministry / Phillip H. Anselmo & the Illegals concert at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, IL. Section 105, row 7. Serbi, my other friend, and one of Jason's friends are going to sit with us. The ticket was $69 and, with fees, the final price was $80.55, which is less than the face price for the Billy Idol concert on Friday, July 5, 2019!

Escaping Controversey

Disney Is Removing A Controversial Scene From Toy Story 2

Wishing EHG Drummer a Speedy Recovery

EyeHateGod Drummer Injured While Robbed Before Concert in Mexico

It Could Happen!?!?

Don't Be Surprised If WWE Really Books The Undertaker Vs. Sting

Tyler Cook: 4 Years at Iowa or Less?

Tyler Cook could be entering his senior year as a member of the University of Iowa men's basketball team. But nobody could blame Cook for leaving early should the opportunity present itself.

Time will tell this tale.

Editor's Note: The link to the article above worked on 7/10/2017 as Cook was approaching his sophomore year as an Iowa Hawkeye basketball player.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Wasting Time

You know, I waste time. I sat at my desk in the den and counted out piles of 25 CD booklets & inlay cards so I have a better idea as to what capacity CD holder(s) to purchase because, now that I have 53 spindles of 100 CDs each converted to MP3, I need to do something with my CD booklets, as I've been talking about since the Den Transformation project and yes, I used this post as a reason to update the Den Transformation project page on this blog. Back to the point, I like a really nice one that is $85 on Amazon, which is where I have $55 in gift cards to spend. So, yes, I do waste time. And then, there's this guy, you know






as shown in the following videos:

LEGO Star Wars fan builds animated Death Star trench run & Death Star II destruction scenes with 50,000 LEGO pieces [Video]

Violent Family Fight at Disneyland

Video shows violent family fight at Disneyland as stunned parkgoers try to intervene
Warning: Video content and language are graphic.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Happy Drummer

Love the smile on Kraig Wildcat Spratt's face. His smile is what I will have when I find my Ideal Band.

He also has some principles worth reading.

Being Inclusisve

11 Simple Ways You (Yes, You!) Can Make Your Workplace More LGBTQ Inclusive

Big Dog's Returning!

Years ago, there was a music venue in Cedar Rapids, IA, near Czech Village, called Big Dog's. I believe these are not the only bands I saw at Big Dog's, but they are the bands that stick out in my head:
  1. Faster Pussycat - on Mother's Day 1993
  2. Fight (Rob Halford's solo metal band) / Voivod - January 1994
  3. Top Heavy - 1998(?) - Top Heavy was a local 80s sounding band and I have their CD. 
    • I remember that their drummer had really long hair and played a massive double bass set. He had a fan set up behind him and the fan blew his hair in the air for a really cool effect.
  4. Supafuzz - early 2000s - great band from KY that had a strong following after "I Am the King" got played on Rock 108.
    • Supafuzz played more than once at Big Dog's. I think the second time they played there, I couldn't stay for the show but I went to Big Dog's and chatted with Dave, the singer. He gave me a CD with 3 tunes on it, including "I Did it for the Drugs," which I don't think ever made it onto a Supafuzz CD.
  5. Eric Sardinas - 2006(?) - great blues musician
Many other great bands played there. I know that when Sevendust played at Big Dog's, the Fire Marshall shut down the show due to capacity overflow - something about too many tickets being sold. I was not at that show, but it's relevant because a couple of months later, Sevendust scheduled a concert at the US Cellular Center (which I went to) and the tickets were either a measly $5 or a food donation. At that concert, Sevendust was the headliner. I went to that concert with a group of my work friends. We went to a bar before the show and it was 2-for-1 drinks. I kept waiting for us to order food, but no one did, so I drank too much beer on an empty stomach. At the concert, I continued to drink beer, including purchasing at least 2 from my high school swim team's coach's wife. Sadly, I didn't see Sevendust that night as I eventually passed out sometime prior to Sevendust taking the stage. I literally woke up when they were done playing.

What was my point?

I saw on a Facebook group that the building has been purchased with the intent of re-opening in January 2020. The new owner plans to restore the building. In response to a request for pictures of what the venue used to look like inside, this video was shared.

Sure! This Is Legit ... NOT

The Top 50 most iconic songs of all time

These are The 50 most iconic songs of all time.
It's a list, I'll say that.
  1. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
  2. Imagine - John Lennon
  3. One - U2
  4. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
  5. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
  6. Hey Jude - The Beatles
  7. Like A Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
  8. I Can't Get No Satisfaction - Rolling Stones
  9. God Save The Queen - Sex Pistols
  10. Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N' Roses
  11. London Calling - The Clash
  12. Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks
  13. Hotel California - The Eagles
  14. Your Song - Elton John
  15. Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin
  16. The Twist - Chubby Checker
  17. Live Forever - Oasis
  18. I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
  19. Life On Mars? - David Bowie
  20. Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley
  21. Over The Rainbow - Judy Garland
  22. What's Goin' On - Marvin Gaye
  23. Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen
  24. Be My Baby - The Ronettes
  25. Creep - Radiohead
  26. Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
  27. Respect - Aretha Franklin
  28. Family Affair - Sly And The Family Stone
  29. Dancing Queen - ABBA
  30. Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
  31. Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix
  32. Yesterday - The Beatles
  33. Jonny B Good - Chuck Berry
  34. No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley
  35. Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
  36. Every Breath You Take - The Police
  37. A Day In The Life - The Beatles
  38. Stand By Me - Ben E King
  39. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag - James Brown
  40. Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones
  41. What'd I Say - Ray Charles
  42. Sultans Of Swing - Dire Straits
  43. God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
  44. You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling - The Righteous Brothers
  45. My Generation - The Who
  46. Dancing In The Street - Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
  47. When Doves Cry - Prince
  48. A Change Is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke
  49. River Deep Mountain High - Ike and Tina Turner
  50. Best Of My Love - The Emotions

When 458 = 500

Nonetheless, what a great list of tunes!

Synching on a Monday AM

Running a job to get local and network RoboHelp files for the disaster recovery documentation synchronized.

Topher & the JFM

The fact that these 4 kids get in the same room with their instruments and jam with only 4 years, 11 months combined playing experience is the core of what an Ideal Band means to me. It's beautiful and raw, which can exist at the same time. Today is the 10 year anniversary of this video being posted to youtube.

From the description:

This was after only 2 hours of playing together, and none of us have played with a band before, so go easy on us.
*The bass didn't record too well, you can hear it better with headphones.
Topher: Drums, 1 & 1/2 years
funk monkey left: guitar (strat), 1 & 1/2 years
funk money middle: bass, 5 months
funk monkey right: guitar (ibanez), 1 & 1/2 years

I hope the musicians in the video are still playing their instrument.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Who Wins?

Alternate Ending Explained

Let's Rap

Top 125 Moves

If You Are A Naughty Girl What Do You Leave Out For Santa (Answers)

Best Moment in Spider-Man

Not For Me

My ideal seller would not specify that there are different prices for different CDs. My ideal seller would post, "I have X number of CDs and I want $Y for them. If you want to buy my X CDs for $Y, this is my contact information." It's too much math - hee hee - to figure out how much this seller wants for all of the CDs so I'm not going to bother to figure it out.

Besides, asking any amount of $ for Van Halen's III album is insane. Expecting more for that album than RHCP's Blood Sugar Sex Magik is delusional.

Rock and Pop Cds (Iowa City)

$10 cash minimum purchase

$1 CDs

No Doubt Tragic Kingdom
Tesla Time’s Makin’ Changes: The Best of Tesla

$2 CDs

Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Smash Mouth Astro Lounge
Smithereens 11

$3 CDs

Pearl Jam Last Kiss/Soldier of Love (single)
Radiohead Hail to the Thief
Bonnie Raitt Luck of the Draw
Paul Simon Hearts and Bones (German import)
Bruce Springsteen The Ghost of Tom Joad
Toad the Wet Sprocket Fear
Tonic Lemon Parade
U2 How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
VooDoo Blue Loa

$4 CDs

Randy Newman Lonely at the Top: Best of Randy Newman (European remaster)
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Pure Dirt (U.K. import)
No Doubt The Singles 1992-2003
Nirvana In Utero (original uncensored back-tray image & title)
Pearl Jam Jeremy (“maxi” single)
Pearl Jam Vs.
Santana Abraxas
Tears For Fears Elemental
Van Halen 3 [aka III]
Tom Waits Small Change
Yellowcard Ocean Avenue

$5 CDS

Randy Newman Bad Love
Pearl Jam Yield (tri-fold digipak)
Elvis Presley Elvis Presley (U.K. import; his first live recordings—not released in U.S. in this format)
Soundgarden A-Sides
Amy Winehouse Back To Black
Neil Young Harvest Moon

$6 CDs

Pearl Jam Ten
Brian Wilson Brian Wilson Presents Smile (HDCD; boxed)

$8 CD

Awna Teixeira Where the Darkness Goes (digipak)

$15 CD

Voivod Angel Rat

Great Scene