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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Woman Says Police Forced Her To Give Birth In Handcuffs

Woman Says Police Forced Her To Give Birth In Handcuffs

Best of 2018?!?

The 50 Best Albums of 2018

Why we Missed Hatebreed, who suck anyways...

It was 7 years ago today (2557 days), on Dec. 9, 2011, when Phil Smith, Chris Motter, and I went up to Mc Elroy Auditorium in Waterloo, IA to see Five Finger Death Punch, All That Remains, Sevendust & Hatebreed. The main thing I remember about the concert is that we walked in as Sevendust was ending. I didn't know many of the tunes that All That Remains played, but I remember their drummer had a single bass drum set and how surprised I was that he didn't have a monstrous double bass set. As for Five Finger Death Punch, I'm lying if I say I remember their set. I remember I drove that night and I remember that I thought the venue was downtown, but it isn't, so we arrived later than expected, which is why we missed Hatebreed, who suck anyways, but I regret that I didn't see more of Sevendust's set.

The COA Lineup

Monday, December 10, 2018

Floyd P!nk

Nick Mason on the State of Pink Floyd: ‘It’s Silly to Still Be Fighting’

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What a Set!

Shot Through the Hart

Boos Rain

The worst of a forgettable night for the Bulls at the United Center

TLC Approaches and There will be Pain!

Final Build to WWE TLC and Preview for December 10 Episode of WWE Raw Erik Beaston December 10, 2018

End of D

Skip Megan's graduation from UNI to attend this show? Impossible. End of discussion.

Overview of OneDrive

Overview of OneDrive

Sunday, December 9, 2018


There's no real surprises on this list of
  1. Randy Orton
  2. Big Show
  3. Brock Lesnar
  4. Alexa Bliss
  5. Nia Jax

Veggie Tales = Racism

'VeggieTales' is 'racist' and 'dangerous' for children, California students claim

One More Four

Regarding Dave Mustaine thinks there ought to be another Big Four show prior to Slayer's retirement, in my opinion, if there is going to be another Big Four show, it should be held in Chicago, at Chicago Open Air 2020. That would be perfect (unless it is already being planned for Chicago Open Air 2019 in May 2019 - the lineup is being announced tomorrow.)

Editor's Note: Nope, there won't be a Big Four show at Chicago Open Air 2019, per these tour dates:
Source: Slayer Announce More North American Farewell Tour Dates; We’re Giving Away Tickets to Every Stop! December 10th, 2018 at 10:00am:
5/2/19 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
5/3/19 Albuqueque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
5/5/19 El Paso, TX UTEP/Don Haskins Center
5/7/19 McAllen, TX Bert Ogden Arena
5/8/19 Irving, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
5/10/19 Tampa, FL MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
5/11/19 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky in West Palm Beach
5/13/19 Huntington, WV Big Sandy Superstore Arena
5/14/19 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
5/16/19 Indianapolis, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
5/17/19 Bonner Springs, KS Providence Medical Center Amphitheater

Chicago Open Air 2019 is 5/18 & 5/19 so it would have to happen on Saturday, May 18

5/19/19 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theater
5/20/19 Youngstown, OH Coveli Centre
5/22/19 Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre
5/24/19 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion
5/25/19 Mansfield, MA The Xfinity Center

Hole in the Floor - a Year Out

Friday, December 7, 2018

Bayside Setlist on 2018-12-01

Keep in mind that these are predominantly 'electric' versions of the tunes Bayside played on Saturday, December 1, 2018, in Cleveland, OH, per Additionally, this page - Counting Down the 100 Days until the Bayside Concert at Gabes Oasis on 1/30/2019! - is complete with 100 videos embedded.

Cover of Oasis "Don't Look Back in Anger"

Another Concert I Won't Be Attending

Thinking About Power
When I think about the power of negativity, I think of "The Power of No," which is one of my favorite episodes of "Everybody Loves Raymond."

Here’s what Iowa, Iowa State had to say about the on-court feuds in Cy-Hawk matchup

Here’s what Iowa, Iowa State had to say about the on-court feuds in Cy-Hawk matchup

Let the Hype Begin!!

You Listen To Rap But Are Offended By Baby It Is Cold Outside

Posted 3 Days Ago

Lead Editor
Job Locations US-IA-Iowa City
Posted Date 3 days ago(12/3/2018 10:36 PM)
Job ID 2018-1390 
# of Openings 1 
Category Test Development 
Travel No Travel Required
ACT is a nonprofit organization helping people achieve educational and workplace success.  Our programs are designed to boost lifelong learning in schools and workplaces around the world. Whether it's guiding students along their learning paths, enabling companies to develop their workforce, fostering parent, teacher, and counselor understanding of student progress, guiding job seekers toward career success, or informing policymakers about education and workforce issues. ACT is passionate about making a difference in all we do.

Learn more about working at ACT at!                                                 
A Lead Editor applies knowledge of editorial and quality control practices, flexibly and creatively, to maintain consistency and continuity in the work completed within Test Development. An individual in this position continuously monitors and implements current trends and practices in editing and quality control relative to the field of learning and assessment. The individual contributes to process improvement activities and successfully mentors resources within the editorial team to consistently contribute to the delivery of high quality Test Development materials on schedule.


Typical work-related activities include:
  • Mentor and assist in the training of editorial staff
  • Develop and monitor editorial review and production schedules for assigned projects
  • Coordinate editorial assignments with other Lead Editors
  • Edit and proofread materials for assigned programs and projects
  • Develop, document, and perform quality control checks on tests and related materials
  • Participate in process improvement activities including implementation and documentation
  • Create and revise style guidelines and other support materials
  • Apply style guidelines during editorial process
  • Act as editorial consultant
  • Assist in development and quality control of special-use editions of tests, including braille, large-type, and audio
  • Maintain security of test and ancillary materials
  • Maintain knowledge of current trends and practices in editing and quality control
  • Foster a culture of high achievement, innovation, and accountability
  • Bachelor’s degree in English or related field required;
  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired.
  • A minimum of 3 years of editorial experience preferably in an assessment or education industry setting 
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Innovative thinker
  • Excellent collaborator
  • Maintain a high level of confidentiality regarding corporate information

No WD or D or E

My concerts are getting lined up already for 2019.
I saw that the Winery Dogs - Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Doug Pinnick - are not going to stop in Iowa on their 2019 tour.

For once, I think that it's a good thing a tour is skipping Iowa as I don't think I can add another concert to my docket - there are so many to choose from! In fact, just yesterday, I received this:

[‎12/‎6/‎2018 12:44 PM] Friend who Works on the second floor of my building
Hi ... would also be interested in Dawes at the Englert?

[‎12/‎6/‎2018 12:49 PM] Me
That's a couple of days before Bayside - I better not push my luck with going to any more concerts.
After Bayside in Jan, I'm going to Shinedown / Papa Roach / Asking Alexandria on 3/16 in CR.
During the summer, I'm going to Ozzy / Megadeth in Des Moines - spending $150 on that ticket.
Just yesterday, was asked if my wife and I wanted to go see Garth Brooks in Mpls on 5/4 - those tix are ~$90 each...

Not only do I need to skip Dawes, I need to skip Everclear @ the Riverside Casino on Saturday, January 25, 2019, which is the night before Dawes. Tickets for Everclear are a measly $20. Still, I can't justify skipping Dawes because I don't want to spend more $ on concerts, just to turn around and go to Everclear the night before Dawes. I can't always be certain to use rigid logic when it comes to the choices I make in life, but I know skipping Dawes to go to Everclear makes ZERO sense!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Sad that I Only Know "of" EC3


I have walked this many steps today:

And this is what I walked yesterday.

See how I had a staircase that went up? That's what I want to do every day. I walk because I don't eat fruits & veggies. I figure if I balance out my 'eat whatever I want to eat' diet with a 10,000 steps each day average (which means 70,000 for a 7 day week and 310,000 for a 31 day month), I am doing something right.

Blogger Search Sucks

I wanted to verify that I have applied the "MS Word" label on all relevant posts on this blog. I searched for "[space]Word[space]" in the search box and clicked Search, as shown below:

When I went to the first post listed, and searched for "[space]Word[space]", I saw this:

Just to be clear, the word word is within the post - I can see why it was listed in the search results.

The fact that the search on Blogger doesn't allow spaces to be included in the search makes me believe that the Blogger search doesn't provide a means to locate posts the way I want to locate them. That sucks!

This is Dumb

From this article - PETA says phrases like 'bring home the bacon' are comparable to racism and homophobia By Tara John, CNN Updated 6:06 AM ET, Wed December 5, 2018 - comes information about a tweet from PETA that includes this graphic. I'll be blunt: I'm NOT going to follow these recommendations...

This would be Neat-o

I've never had the opportunity to learn DITA or XML. I have read about it, looked at examples of it, and tried to understand it, but, frankly, I just don't think of it as being any more valuable than, say, choosing to code HTML at work. I think I understand the appeal. I sincerely believe that writing in a structural way, with prescribed elements that have to follow other elements. For example, you might set up where you can't go from a "Title" to a "Procedure" without a "Introduction" section between them, meaning you can have:


but not


I'm uncertain if that's a realistic example or not, but it's the way I think about it in my brain now. The only reason I am writing about DITA & XML this morning while my recently purchased ...And Justice for All (Remastered Deluxe Box Set) downloads this AM is simple. I received an email from [A], a company I'm vaguely familiar with and, as I often do, I look at the Careers page. I do this not because I want to leave where I work - far from it! It is just a habit I have. Anyways, I noticed the ad below on this page: I realize fully that I don't have the skills described below but it sure would be neat if I did!

DITA XML Engineer - Indy
Type: Full TimeMin. Experience: Mid Level

Do you love making content intelligent?

[A] seeks motivated candidates with experience with content acquisition utilizing DITA to work on as a Content Engineer.  This is a client-facing role and you’ll work from mostly a home office but may involve occasional travel to a client location.
As a DITA specialist on our Content Engineering team, you will work with our practice to craft intelligent content structure for multi-channel delivery and increase the value of semantically rich content. You will participate in, or lead, client projects surrounding customer experience management and personalization.
You’ll define content structure, metadata, content reuse planning, taxonomy, and other content relationships.

What You’ll Be Doing

  • Structuring content through building content models, taxonomies and metadata definitions
  • Leading client discovery onsite, gathering details and organized data about the current state and desired future state
  • Educating clients on the value of intelligent content, workflows around Content Engineering, and related topics meant to build a client’s internal resources and capabilities
  • Bridging the gap for clients between content strategy, the CMS platforms, operations, and other customer experience technologies
  • Collaborate on information architecture and UX prototyping
  • Determine schema strategy and structural rules

Skills We Are Looking For

  • XML design and development
  • Defining XML Schemas (DTDs, XSDs, RNGs)
  • Configuring and integrating XML components (parsers, XSLT processors, etc) into application environments
  • Experience in both authoring topic-based DITA content and converting unstructured content into DITA
  • Review and fine-tune content that has been converted by an automated conversion service.
  • Share DITA experience with our team
  • Ideally have experience creating DITA using an XML Authoring system integrated with a  Component Content Management System (CCMS).
  • Experience closely working with developers (and translating their language/work product to non-technical audiences), especially in the area of API and developer documentation
  • Experience with the DITA Open Toolkit (DITA-OT), developing / deploying / maintaining DITA-OT plug-ins
  • Integrating the DITA-OT into application environments
  • Developing / deploying / maintaining XSLT stylesheets
  • Formatting XML using CSS3

Cultural Fit at [A]

  • You love learning, you love teaching.
  • You enjoy wearing multiple hats and roles, and titles are not important to you.
  • You do top-quality work, manage quality, and make everything you touch better.
  • You are comfortable working under strict confidentiality agreements and often behind-the-scenes.
  • You are self-organized and manage time and resources well.
  • You work alone well but communicate well within a team.

[A] is the Content Intelligence Service.

[A] is a distributed, private, professional services firm that provides strategic support for building content intelligence practices into organizations. [A] helps complex organizations establish content engineering standards and practices to compete in a multichannel, multimodal, AI-driven world.
[A] engineers intelligent content systems for CMS/CEM platforms, and offers integration, training, workshops and custom development. [A] helps clients value content as an enterprise asset, and enables future-ready content through use of the Master Content Model.

What’s Your Name, [A]gain?

Our name is easy. Just say “A.” The [A] brackets represent markup, microdata, content intelligence. The letter “[A]” represents the start, initiation, beginning of change. We are going to help change the world with intelligent content.

[A] Team Benefits

Being an [A]gent comes with its benefits. Work from anywhere. Advance your career on the leading-edge of the content and technology sciences. Earn a competitive salary, and for longtime [A]gents, participation in a profit-sharing plan. But many [A]gents find the best part of working as an [A]gent are the other [A]gents you work with and the culture at [A].
We take care of each other and we honor each other's work and contributions to the team. We work to make ourselves better and our [A] team better. We make efforts to adapt new technologies and methodologies that can help us optimize our time, and we expect you to collaborate on these efforts if you’re an expert on any of those fields. We communicate and reach out to other [A] players.  We love learning. We love teaching. We write. We code. We support each other. For the right people, working at [A] feels like coming home.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

PATD Playing Metal

Don't Mess with CJ

Old News but New News to Me

Due to unresolved drumming issues? Lol, well that's blunt...

U.K. doom metal veterans MY DYING BRIDE have parted ways with drummer Shaun Steels "due to unresolvable drumming issues."

Always on the Hunt for more Storage

What does M$crosoft have up their Sleeve?

The Future of Windows: What Are Polaris and Windows Core OS? by Chris Hoffman December 3, 2018, 6:40am

D R & J Collide

The Walking Dead - Daryl and Rick meet Jesus
The Walking Dead - Daryl and Rick Capture Jesus

Falling Down Clips

I've read online that "Falling Down" is Michael Douglas' favorite movie. I remember it caught a lot of bad press because the people portrayed in the movie were considered caricatures of a group, but I didn't think that when I watched it. For example, in the golf course clip below, I believe there really are jerks who would act like the characters in the clip. Not ALL country club members are like that - never said that! - but I believe some would act like that.

After viewing this movie again recently, I strongly wish this movie would be shown in classrooms - yes, despite the language and violence - if it could be proven that the discussions in the classroom would make a positive difference in the relationships between people.

Back to the Drawing Board for IA M BB Team

Hawkeye hoops loss looked a lot like last year

I Hate Meat Loaf

Meat Loaf - the man - may be a great person, but I do not like his music. There's something about the way the lyrics stink of cliches. Eddie Trunk talks about how he doesn't understand the appeal of acts like Steel Panther & Weird Al Yankovic; I don't understand the appeal of Meat Loaf. All that said, I think this is hilarious.

And I HATE that I can hum the lyrics of that @^@%@% song!!

Moving Beyond the BS

Geezer Butler Announces New Band by Kevin Johnson Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Woman Says Police Forced Her To Give Birth In Handcuffs

Woman Says Police Forced Her To Give Birth In Handcuffs