Saturday, April 18, 2015

Justice & Wars

First trailer for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice!

Han Solo & Chewbacca return in this Star Wars trailer!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Tag

It really makes me happy - my friends know I am a drummer. First, Jane tags me when she shared this video in a Facebook post:

Then, Matthew sends me a link to a puppet playing Rush's "Tom Sawyer", but before I can create a blog post to embed the video, John tags me when he shared the video in a Facebook post.

Unbelievable

From my Morning Briefing email - and I'm including the subject & date / time so that I can find this issue in the future - comes the kind of tantalizing headlines all headline writers should strive for. There was just no way I couldn't click the link to read this story.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Everyone Gets 70K, Even the Boss

It's ironic that, at her first campaign stop in Iowa, Hillary Clinton's remarks centered around four fights. From my First Read from NBC News email:

There was always a risk to Hillary Clinton's go-small approach to her early campaign -- and that was lacking a real message. That lack of a message was on display at her Iowa event yesterday. Yes, she listed her four "fights" --
  1. building an economy for tomorrow
  2. strengthening families and communities
  3. fixing America's political system by getting rid of "unaccountable" money
  4. protecting the country.
And, yes, she struck a more populist tone.

Here's where the irony kicks in. She said, "There's something wrong when CEOs make 300 times more than the typical worker," Clinton said. "And there's something wrong when hedge-fund managers pay lower tax rates than nurses." On the same day, comes this news story out of Seattle where the CEO of a company has raised the minimum pay for his employees to $70,000, as explained here. Of course, some can now point to the Seattle company and say, "Hah! Not all CEOs are evil!"

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Anniversary

Work is still consuming a lot of my time - I'm only writing now because Karen is at an appointment for a couple of hours. For the first hour of her being gone, I am kicking off a backup of my music files - still trying to find the right combination of DOS batch xcopy commands to do this efficiently - and other miscellaneous PC stuff. I would like to say I've spent time on the audit of my music files or that I've spent time on the conversion of my cassettes to MP3 or even home videos to digital or snapshots in photo albums to JPGs, but, sadly, no. For the second hour of her being gone, I plan to play the Yamaha electronic set since I haven't been practicing as much as I would like.

That said, very briefly, Hillary Clinton is now running for president. It's going to be a long and slow grind between now and November 2016. There will be countless theories about the direction our country should head, who is best equipped to lead it, and what should be done about pressing issues we face including, but certainly not limited to, the national debt, social programs, Iran, ISIS, and just why on earth did Hillary blame the Benghzi attack on a video?

Also, on a totally different topic, it was 15 years ago yesterday when Metallica's Lars Ulrich filed a lawsuit against Napster - http://www.inquisitr.com/2003568/napster-15-years-later-metallica-was-right/ - and, I suppose, the argument could be made that Lars was right.


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Catching Up

Work has been incredibly busy because of a major deadline on Thursday, April 16. The approaching deadline has practically eliminated any moments I could use to write pithy posts on this blog. With Karen & Alex shopping for things he needs during his upcoming Disney trip, the old freezer wiped dry, and the old speakers from the stereo I had in college awaiting spring clean up day on April 25, I thought I'd take a few moments and list the things I wanted to write a pithy blog post about last week, but didn't have time to do. My current methodology is that when I see something interesting on a website, I "share" it so that it goes to my email. Then, when I take the time to do so, I write pithy posts about what I thought was interesting.


2015_04_05

Sent:       Sunday, April 05, 2015 10:18 PM

Subject: Watch "2112-VILLA STRANGIATO-BYTOR-XANADU-WORKING MAN - …" on YouTube

Sent:       Sunday, April 05, 2015 10:17 PM

Subject: Watch "Kadinja - Self-Titled (FULL EP STREAM)" on YouTube

Sent:       Sunday, April 05, 2015 10:16 PM

Subject: This Guy Gets It. So Many LGBT Folks Could Learn About Decency And Common Sense From Him. - Chicks on the Right

Sent:       Sunday, April 05, 2015 10:15 PM

Subject: YYZ RUSH - Anna Portalupi - Cecilia Nappo - Federico Maragoni - Thomas Rocca - YouTube

Sent:       Sunday, April 05, 2015 10:15 PM

Subject: Conservatives have a chance to be on the "right" side of History for a change : PatriotUpdate.com #patriotupdate @patriotupdate

Sent:       Sunday, April 05, 2015 10:15 PM

Subject: You are NOT a Racist for Doing These Things : PatriotUpdate.com #patriotupdate @patriotupdate

Sent:       Sunday, April 05, 2015 10:15 PM

Subject: Liberal Elites are "Tolerant" of Everyone Except Christians : PatriotUpdate.com #patriotupdate @patriotupdate

Sent:       Sunday, April 05, 2015 10:15 PM

Subject: Liberal Guest On 'Kelly File' Compares Christians To KKK Over Religious Freedom Law

Sent:       Sunday, April 05, 2015 10:14 PM

Subject: Top 10 Drum Songs

Sent:       Sunday, April 05, 2015 10:14 PM

Subject: Claw machines are rigged — here's why it's so hard to grab that stuffed animal - Vox

Sent:       Sunday, April 05, 2015 10:13 PM

Subject: Mass of St. Ann by Ed Bolduc - YouTube

Sent:       Sunday, April 05, 2015 10:12 PM

Subject: Liberal Guest On 'Kelly File' Compares Christians To KKK Over Religious Freedom Law

Sent:       Sunday, April 05, 2015 10:12 PM

Subject: Vintage Ludwig Clear Vistalite Drumset Complete with Extras

Sent:       Sunday, April 05, 2015 10:01 PM

Subject: Rolling Stone rebuked by independent review of campus rape story - Yahoo News

Sent:       Sunday, April 05, 2015 9:51 PM

Subject: Three Grammar Rules to Forget (Because They're Wrong)

Sent:       Sunday, April 05, 2015 9:49 PM

Subject: David Ellefson Says 'Faith' Has Brought Him And Dave Mustaine Closer Together - Blabbermouth.net

Sent:       Sunday, April 05, 2015 9:01 PM

Subject: Top 10 Albums of 1991

Sent:       Sunday, April 05, 2015 9:01 PM

Subject: Top 10 Nirvana Songs Better Than 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'

Sent:       Sunday, April 05, 2015 9:26 AM

Subject: Tommy Lang gets some love at fundraiser to cover medical bills

Sent:       Sunday, April 05, 2015 9:25 AM

Subject: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/investigations/2015/04/04/forfeiture-state-plates-target/25308639/

2015_04_08

Sent:     Wednesday, April 08, 2015 7:28 PM
Subject:               Sex and dementia: When is a loving act abuse? - TheGazette
http://thegazette.com/subject/news/rare-case-of-sex-and-alzheimers-unfolds-in-iowa-courtroom-20150407




2015_04_10




Sent:     Friday, April 10, 2015 8:43 PM

Subject:               9 Things You Learn About Charlie Sheen From Reading Jon Cryer’s Memoir
9 Things You Learn About Charlie Sheen From Reading Jon Cryer’s Memoir


Sent:     Friday, April 10, 2015 4:50 PM

Subject:               Watch "Culture Club-Karma Chameleon(Death Metal Version)" on YouTube

Sent:     Friday, April 10, 2015 4:49 PM

Subject:               Watch "Metallica-Enter Sandman (Smooth Jazz Version)" on YouTube

Sent:     Friday, April 10, 2015 4:49 PM

Subject:               Judas Priest-You've Got Another Thing Comin'(Bossa Nova Version) - YouTube