Tuesday, September 16, 2014

More ISIS Crap

Here's an interesting dilemma that makes me wonder "Who do I believe?"

On one hand, I receive email newsletters from Conservatives that state that ISIS is trying to cross the border into the United States near Mexico / Texas. On the other hand, I receive email newsletters from Liberals that state that ISIS is NOT trying to cross the border into the United States near Mexico / Texas.

So what to believe? Is it possible both are correct - that this group of terrorists are crossing while simultaneously not crossing?

Bill O'Reilly's "Talking Points" memo doesn't concern the sub-issue of ISIS crossing our border, but it does address another alarming idea: the United States is at war. That's the reality. However, since it's an election year and since the presidential candidates for 2016 (Hilary Clinton for the Democrats; Jeb Bush for the Conservatives) are grooming the public for an announcement and because the elections next month will determine if the Republicans will be able to control both the House and Senate and because President Obama doesn't want to leave his successor a war and because of the nightmare (not just political, but in general) called war, there's a lot of uncertainty. Read the Talking Points memo and decide for yourself here.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fake Scandal Resumes Its Ongoing Irrelevance



Per Setlist.fm, these are the songs Five Finger Death Punch played the other night.
  1. Under It and Over It
  2. Burn It Down
  3. Hard to See
  4. Lift Me Up
  5. Bad Company
  6. Burn MF

  7. Remember Everything

  8. Coming Down
  9. Never Enough
  10. The Bleeding
  11. House of the Rising Sun

I'll Tell You Your Opinion

I kind of got in trouble with my opinion about Adrian Peterson on Facebook, which I don't seem to be on lately with all that is going on in life.


Per Bleacher Report, Adrian Peterson is expected to play in week 3 vs. the New Orleans Saints. 

Facts about ISIS


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Clean Me Up

I feel like I'm entering the home stretch with the CD reconversion. When I just ran my DOS batch file, I got 66003 File(s) as a result. My status has been ever changing over the last few weeks. Off the top of my head, this is what remains:
  1. ~100 CDs that I *think* I converted, but since I'm not sure, I'm auditing them.
  2. ~100 CDs that I *think* must all have the song and artist information added manually.
  3. ~100 CDs that are either custom made mix CDs or Life CDs, which I have written about previously on this blog.
I *think* that's it. 300 CDs to go and so far, for the CDs in #1 above, I have been making good progress. I didn't work on the audit last night, but plan to do so tonight. I admit freely that I'm not looking forward to doing the CDs in #2 or #3 as they are going to take more time per CD. For the CDs in #2, usually, a CD is ripped in no more than 5 minutes, but if I am going to be manually typing song names and artist information, I wouldn't be surprised if it turned into an average of 10 minutes a CD. For the CDs in #3, these are all CDs that have songs that exist "somewhere" in my CDs, but because the CDs were created the way in which I did, the information is not included when I rip the CD. I get "Unknown Artist" on an "Unknown Album" (essentially). That results in at least listening to enough of the song until I recognize it. Sometimes, I don't remember the artist for the song. Sometimes I can see the album cover or recognize the voice or the drums or the riff, but can't immediately state, "That is Hypnos' "I Am the Wind" (which is a song I recognized.) These CDs rely upon my memory and since the CDs were created nearly 6 years ago (the latest Life CD I have seen is from 2008), it's not always easy to remember those details. All of this leads me to the realization that there are 80 days until my self-imposed deadline of December 1, 2014. Honestly, as I look at the calendar, there's a limited number of hours to which I can devote to this project. It'll be interesting.

Reaction to the Speech

What is the President of the United States supposed to do because he's in a situation where he simply cannot win. Every husband should know what he's going through.

If the President is cautious and doesn't have a strategy, he's berated by the media for not being a leader. Now, the President has stood in front of the American people and stated he does have a strategy and when the details are stated, he's berated by the media for getting involved. Both the Fox News channel (currently, where I go for Conservative-based political commentary) and MSNBC (currently, where I go for Liberal-based political commentary) were critical of the President's speech last night.

I mean, really, what is the guy supposed to do? He's authentically damned if he doesn't do anything and damned if he does. This article describes the President of the United States as being caught masturbating in its analysis.  Don't get me wrong - Erick Erickson usually writes what I believe about President Obama, but I don't think that is an appropriate example.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I Want to Go South

This http://www.louderthanlifefestival.com/music.html festival in Louisville, KY, looks absolutely awesome! Are you serious?

Judas Priest, Alterbridge, Theory of a Deadman, Pop Evil, Otherwise, Fuel all at the same concert?!? And the next day, seeing Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Buck Cherry, Papa Roach, P.O.D., and HellYeah in concert?!? I haven't read the details, but I hope there isn't three stages going at the same time.

Stinky Cheese

They want my stinky cheese?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Common Cored

I like this phrase: "common cored" to the extent that I am adding a link to the article that uses it.

Writing Style

Here's an original sentence:
The ISIS fear, spurred by the beheadings of two American journalists, has seeped into public opinion.
Here's how I would edit the same sentence:
The ISIS fear has seeped into public opinion spurred by the beheadings of two American journalists.
Another way to edit it would be like this:
Spurred by the beheadings of two American journalists, the ISIS fear has seeped into public opinion.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Not Today, Not Tomorrow, Not .... Ever?

A camper like this is not something I would run right out and purchase, but my sister-in-law likes it:

Saturday, September 6, 2014


There's something in the air in Kinnick Stadium. They scored a touchdown but upon further review, it was overruled. Ball State tried a 53 yard field goal and missed. Now, Iowa tried a field goal and missed.

Solve this Iowa.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Joan Rivers

I admit, I wasn't much of a Joan Rivers fan. I know of her extensive career and of her accomplishments. I never really saw her as a "female comedian" where her gender has more to do with her accomplishments than her actual content. Now, at age 81, she has passed away.

Rest In Peace.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Uproar Tour 2014

Nope, not travelling to Sioux City this weekend.

Serious Threats

America is not in the shitter, but it sure feels that way. There are so many things happening and I am sincerely glad I don't have to decide what to do about them.


  1. There's the influx of people - some say "illegal immigrants" or "refugees" or some other term that suits the moment - crossing our border. We, as a country, do not know what to do about it. Some want to immediately grant amnesty, as argued by Brian Beutler, not only because it would be good policy but also good politics.
  2.  The country is also healing from the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. This article highlights a number of tragedies that has come from this situation. Coupled with that, there's the issue of race in America and the belief that there is racial profiling, which Ann Coulter takes a stab at dissecting in this article.


  1. There's ISIS and the beheading of a second American. Those assholes think that killing Americans is good. They are bad people. Is the solution to eliminate the evil of ISIS by force? Perhaps, as argued in this article.
  2.  President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia is unafraid of President Obama and unafraid of doing anything he wants to do when it comes to the Ukraine. This article outlines the seven steps that are necessary for a cease-fire.

The Bizarre

Apparently, celebrities put nude photos of themselves in the Cloud and someone hacked it and posted them. James Patrick, the current Rock 108 DJ I listen to on the way from Karen's work to my work, stated that there is already a television show about this crisis.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Future Hawkeye

Wrong choice. This player needed to go to North Carolina and be the 15th man on the bench.

Really? We have to Argue about That?

From http://www.mediaite.com/tv/mark-lamont-hill-cnn-guest-clash-over-pull-your-pants-up-challenge/:

"Following a video by Malik King, in which the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is converted into the Pull Your Pants Up challenge, CNN contributor Marc Lamont Hill argued the challenge internalized the idea that black men bear a partial responsibility for attracting undue police attention."

Dressing appropriately has NOTHING to do with race!

Metallica.... Nope, Not Tired of Them

A Few More Years

This article talks about O.J. Simpson's conversion to Islam within prison and notes that "he’s not eligible for parole until late 2017." Guess we have until "late 2017" before all the hoopla starts up again about his release.
It's hard for me to believe that this is the first post to use the label "OJ Simpson" on this blog. Wow.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Evil Intentions

The episode of "All in the Family" with Archie stuck in the elevator with an African-American, a Puerto Rican couple, and a woman who cannot be quiet was on television.
Not everyone thinks like Archie, but some think it's the way to win the upcoming election: http://www.billoreilly.com/b/The-Democrats-Cynical-Election-Strategy/983371056057116758.html

More Beheading

From NBC News:

"The Islamist militant group ISIS has killed another American journalist, Steven Sotloff, just one week after his mother was seen pleading for his life. Sotloff, 31, wrote for Time magazine and disappeared in August, 2013. In a video released today, his executioner appeared to be the same militant who killed American journalist James Foley."

The SECOND American, Steven Sotloff, has been beheaded by ISIS. Nukes? Anyone got one for these bastards? Obviously, they do not respect human life. And yes, I know that is not the Christian response. At the moment, though, I'm peeved that we seem to have had war declared upon us and it's still being debated in a committee (or so it would seem).

Read more at this link: http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-terror/isis-beheads-american-journalist-steven-sotloff-monitoring-group-says-n193936

And more at this link: http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-terror/u-s-will-degrade-destroy-isis-militants-obama-says-n194411

Converting Away the Stacks

I'm entering the final stacks of CDs at this point and I'm happy with the progress I am making. I'm up to 66431 files. Easily, I will complete the initial CD conversion by October 1. After that, I will work on these tasks:
  1. weed out any duplicate files
  2. consolidate the files on the MyCloud partitions
  3. audit all CDs converted

Monday, September 1, 2014

Rain Rain Rain

Nothing beats spending time with my wife and her family in a camper as it rains outside. 12 of us. Lou, Susie, mark, Karen and Megan playing cards, Jonathan and Danny and Tyler on handheld devices, Alex and Jean finding a game on television, barb and I sitting on the couch.

My imdb.com app is getting a workout.

On another note, talking with Mark R and Steve R was a highlight of this weekend. Another was going to Guardians of the Galaxy at the Elkader theater yesterday at 330 with Megan. A third highlight was not going to bed and then waking up with a terrible headache that 2 Aleve hasn't taken away.

It's not even 1 PM and I am already thinking about Vanessa's issue with Confluence. When she tries to export to PDF, there's a table that gets cut off. I think there is a way to make it work but I don't know what it is at the moment. I'm hoping to get back home fairly early so I can try to figure it out.

I'm also anxious to get home so I can see if the RoboCopy job that I left running when we left the house on Saturday morning has been completed. If it's done, I think I will be able to resume the task of consolidating the files on the MyCloud drive to some sort of structure that makes sense. I created such a mess. Each of the two times I had an external hard drive fail resulted in copying duplicates to more than one of the partitions. My goal is to reduce the number of duplicates and reduce the space being used.

It's unclear whether the plans outlined above will come to fruition.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The End of WCW and The First WWE Raw

WCW:The Last Monday Nitro (03,26,2001 Full Show): http://youtu.be/YaocHIpPLPo

The very first episode of Monday Night Raw - Janu…: http://youtu.be/iS4o4ldqPGk

Friday, August 29, 2014

News Flash! Load Still Sucks!


Just How Did This Happen?

I'm not entirely sure I can comprehend how I now have 67437 File(s) in my MP3 folders. Just last month, I had 57391 so I've added nearly 10,000 music files between 8/15 and today? Really? I have a feeling that that number is artificially inflated by the consolidations of the MyCloud drive partitions and that the number for 9/1-9/15 will correct that. Regardless of the artificial inflation, there are 93 Days remaining until the end of the CD reconversion project. My progress continues to the extent that I will certainly be done prior to December 1, 2014. If things continue as they have been, it may be October 1, 2014, when I rip my last CD.

Uncle Rico Videos

I'm not in any of these videos.

New Wave 80s Rock Covers

Ring of Fire cover

70s Punk Rock covers

Buddy Holly Covers

Song Name -- Artist (original artist)
  1. All These Things That I've Done -- Killers
  2. Bad Case of Loving You -- Robert Palmer
  3. Basket Case -- Green Day
  4. Blister in the Sun -- Violent Femmes
  5. Blitzkreig Bop -- Ramones
  6. Brown Eyed Girl -- Van Morrison
  7. Brown Sugar -- Rolling Stones
  8. Dancing Queen -- Yayhoos (ABBA)
  9. Dancing With Myself -- Billy Idol
  10. Don't Change -- INXS
  11. Fight For Your Right -- Beastie Boys
  12. Folsom Prison Blues -- Johnny Cash
  13. Hey Jealousy -- Gin Blossoms
  14. Hot Stuff -- Cockroach (Donna Summer)
  15. I Ran -- A Flock of Seagulls
  16. I Saw Her Standing There -- Beatles
  17. I Wanna Be Sedated -- Ramones
  18. I Will Survive -- Shout (Gloria Gaynor)
  19. I'm a Believer -- Smash Mouth (Monkeys)
  20. I'm Gonna Be, 500 Miles -- Proclaimers
  21. Interstate Love Song -- Stone Temple Pilots
  22. I've Been Everywhere -- Johnny Cash
  23. Jenny / 867-5309 -- Tommy Tutone
  24. Jet Airliner -- Steve Miller
  25. Johnny B Goode -- Chuck Berry
  26. Just Like Heaven -- Cure
  27. Lola -- Kinks
  28. Lonely Boy -- Black Keys
  29. Love Her Madly -- The Doors
  30. Margaritaville -- Jimmy Buffet
  31. Melt With You -- Modern English
  32. Mony Mony -- Billy Idol
  33. Oh Boy -- Crickets (Buddy Holly)
  34. Paranoid -- Black Sabbath
  35. Pump It Up -- Elvis Costello
  36. Ring of Fire -- Social Distortion (Johnny Cash)
  37. Rock and Roll All Nite -- Kiss
  38. Rockin' in the Free World -- Neil Young
  39. Rock'n Me -- Steve Miller
  40. Santa Monica -- Everclear
  41. Should I Stay or Should I Go -- Clash
  42. Squeeze Box -- Who
  43. Still Rock and Roll to Me -- Billy Joel
  44. Sweet Caroline -- Neil Diamond
  45. Train in Vain (Stand By Me) -- Clash
  46. Two Princes -- Spin Doctors
  47. What I Like About You -- Romantics
  48. When the Sun Goes Down -- Kenny Chesney
  49. Wonderful Tonight -- Eric Clapton
  50. You May Be Right -- Billy Joel
  51. Your Mama Can't Dance -- Poison (Loggins and Messina)
    • For next rehearsal
      • It's the End of the World -- REM
      • Angie -- Rolling Stones
We have also played these songs in past gigs.
  1. A Hard Day's Night -- Beatles
  2. Accidentally In Love -- Counting Crows
  3. All Shook Up -- Elvis
  4. All the Small Things -- Blink 182
  5. An American Girl -- Tom Petty
  6. Angie -- Rolling Stones
  7. Authority Song -- John Mellencamp
  8. Break Up Song -- Greg Kihn
  9. Burning Love -- Elvis
  10. Bus Stop -- Hollies
  11. Cars -- Gary Numan
  12. Come Out and Play -- Offspring
  13. Crazy Little Thing Called Love -- Queen
  14. Crocodile Rock -- Elton John
  15. Day Tripper -- Cheap Trick (Beatles)
  16. Don't Be Cruel -- Elvis
  17. Driver 8 -- REM
  18. Fortunate Son -- Creedence Clearwater Revival
  19. Go All the Way -- Raspberries
  20. Good Girls Don't -- Knack
  21. Hello Mary Lou -- Creedence Clearwater Revival (Ricky Nelson)
  22. I Fought the Law -- Clash (Crickets)
  23. I Love Rock n Roll -- Joan Jett
  24. I Wanna Be With You -- Raspberries
  25. I Want to Hold Your Hand -- Beatles
  26. I'm Yours -- Jason Mraz
  27. It's Not My Time -- 3 Doors Down
  28. Know Your Enemy -- Green Day
  29. Kodachrome -- Paul Simon
  30. La Bamba -- Los Lobos (Ritchie Valens)
  31. Lay Down Sally -- Eric Clapton
  32. Monster Mash -- Bobby "Boris" Pickett
  33. Mrs Robinson -- Lemonheads (Simon/Garfunkel)
  34. Oh Pretty Woman -- Roy Orbison
  35. Photograph -- Ringo Starr
  36. Promises -- Eric Clapton
  37. Puppy Love -- Donny Osmond
  38. Red Solo Cup -- Toby Keith
  39. Rock and Roll Music -- Beatles (Chuck Berry)
  40. ROCK in the USA -- John Mellencamp
  41. Run Rudolph Run -- Bryan Adams (Chuck Berry)
  42. Running Down a Dream -- Tom Petty
  43. Seven Nation Army -- White Stripes
  44. Sex and Candy -- Marcy Playground
  45. Shake Your Booty -- KC & Sunshine Band
  46. Shama Lama Ding Dong -- Lloyd Williams (Animal House)
  47. Somebody to Love -- Jefferson Airplane
  48. Surrender -- Cheap Trick
  49. Suspicious Minds -- Elvis
  50. Teddy Bear -- Elvis
  51. That'll be the Day -- Buddy Holly
  52. The More I Drink -- Blake Shelton
  53. They Say Its Your Birthday -- Beatles
  54. Twist and Shout -- Beatles
  55. Upside Down -- Jack Johnson
  56. Vertigo -- U2
  57. Who Says You Can't Go Home -- Bon Jovi
  58. Wild Child -- Chris Ocasek (Crickets)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Snap! Poof! Wa-la!

From cedarrapids.craigslist.org:

4 Piece rock cover band in CR looking for pro drummer. Preferably 35-50.

Classic rock, modern rock, a little rockin' country maybe to tease the ladies and maybe some pop here and there. However, it's mainly geared around 80's 90's and today's rock.

practice on average once a week, gig approximately twice to three times a month. Probably gig more in the fall and winter, then we like to take some time off for summer and play outdoor fests/gigs then. All in our early 40's and have decades of experience. We're looking for a dedicated drummer with experience. Plus if you have backup vocals and/or venue connections, but not a must on either. We have really good vocals right now and venue connections, but more always helps.

Email me with your credentials if interested in meeting us.

Please contact us if interested in trying out. Thanks, 



Windows Maintenance & Other News

I will probably forget about these two articles but am thinking if I put them here, as a blog post, I may stumble upon them in the future.

The role of System Administrator has become mine at home. When the Toshiba laptop doesn't function as expected, I try to figure it out. Often, I am merely guessing or making slightly educated guesses, based upon whatever website Google takes me to as I research the issue. From an email newsletter I subscribe to about Microsoft Windows, I skimmed the following two articles about Windows maintenance.

There's also news about the Los Angeles school district and my employer: http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-lausd-ipads-20140822-story.html

Another thing that has bugging me lately is what Windows Media Player does. When I rip a CD, as part of the CD to MP3 conversion, I am often already listening to a MP3. What WMP does is automatically stop playback of the music and takes its focus to ripping the CD. This article -
http://superuser.com/questions/53703/how-do-i-stop-windows-media-player-12-auto-playing-cds - provides an easy solution of adding a registry key. Don't muck with the registry if you're uncomfortable doing so.

And speaking of the CD to MP3 conversion, I am at