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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

3000 Days

I made a choice 3000 days ago and, thankfully, I've never not chosen to make that choice every day. The choice? I decided to not drink booze. Over the years, I've returned to this post many times as a way to remind myself why. On this anniversary, I just did skim it again. It truly captures what I feel is still the best decision for me and who I want to be on this planet. I remain grateful that I have held firm.

Enjoy Every Moment!

Enjoy Every Moment!

Monday, March 18, 2019

20 Days to Set the Lineup for WM XXV

WWE WrestleMania 35 Rumors: Latest Reports on Potential Card, Top Superstars

Collection of Links

  1. Office Words Search and Replace: hit many MS Office files at once.
  2. Metallica Bassist Says There Has Been No Discussion About More 'Big Four' Concerts Before Slayer Calls It Quits -
  3. Softer side of rockers emerges in 'Metallica'
  4. Jason Becker Scheduled to Undergo Surgery for Lung Abscess | MetalSucks
  5. James Gunn Reinstated For ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ 3 By Disney | Deadline
  6. My MCU race to every Marvel film before Avengers: Endgame – CNET
  7. Star Wars: Oscar Isaac gives hint to Fisher's Episode IX footage 'Star Wars: Oscar Isaac gives hint to Fisher's Episode IX footage' via @DorkSideOForce
  8. From the wrestling mat to the yoga mat: The story of DDP Yoga
  9. Leistikow: Bohannon, Hawkeyes learn important lesson
  10. Big Ten Tournament 2019: MSU basketball Kyle Ahrens leaves game on stretcher

Collection of Videos

Johnny Rabb Drum Solo #1 on Hendrix Drums Archetype Stave Walnut Acoustic Drum Kit Set

Round 1 Arcade Walk Thru

Shinedown (Live - Full Set 2003)

Slavior - Slavior {Full Album}

Every joke in Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Walking Dead-Bar Scene Nebraska ending

Raw - WWE Superstars vote no confidence in WWE COO Triple H - Part 1

FULL MATCH - The Rock vs. John Cena - Once in a Lifetime Match: WrestleMania XXVIII (WWE Network)

Top 10 Mission Impossible Scenes


Best of ECW PPV - Part 1

Stone Cold Steve Austin's greatest moments: WWE Playlist

Metallica - Live in Oklahoma City '92


Friday, March 15, 2019

Tomorrow is AA - PR - S!

  1. In the Fire
  2. Where Did It Go?
  3. Run Free
  4. The Death of Me
  5. Vultures
  6. Moving On
  7. Eve
  8. When the Lights Come On
  9. Alone in a Room


Motley Crue Cover Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin’

Commute from DM-IA to F-VA seems Extreme

Missed This on Sunday

Hello Darkness Say Goodbye!

I've always liked this tune. After reading the way it has helped Pumpkin King stay sober, I like it even more.

Riding the L!

It always makes me smile that I saw Metallica play this tune in Moline, IL, in 2004.

Cross Off!

1978 Was a Great Year for ROCK!!

Some PW Analysis

Is Fan Reaction Ruining Ronda Rousey, Dean Ambrose's Status, and More

Why Some People Appear Bright Explained

An Old Friend from MMC has done Well

Embrace the Chaos

Life is sweet for my friend Matthew. Not only is he writing articles and communicating information that, frankly, whooshes over my head - for example, Migrating to the Cloud is Chaotic. Embrace it, it feels like every time I read his writing, I pick up subtle techniques I feel like I should adapt into my writing. For example, there's this blurb that he wrote on LinkedIn:
His first 3 sentences are 3 words each. It's a great hook. Simple sentences. Then he bumps the word count to 7 in the 4th sentence. It goes to 18 words in the 5th. I believe that's the secret sauce to Matthew's writing style. The first 3 sentences suck me in because they are short and setting the stage. Then, comes the 7 words, then the 18. It's like a staircase taking me to his point.

Editor's Note: Matthew also has this article on the website.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

6 Years Ago

WM XXXV is 24 Days Away!

Kofi Kingston's WrestleMania Push Begins and More from March 12 WWE SmackDown

Automation Awry

In our society, it's very easy to pick fly shit out of pepper.

I was reminded of that as I began looking at my Inbox today. To be clear, I love reading my newsletter. The content is generally well-written and I think the articles either inform me of something new or remind me of something I had tucked away into the archives of my brain. I also do not normally see errors on their website or within the emails I receive from them on a subscription basis. Thus, when I saw the following in my Inbox, I chuckled as it's an example of how automation can sometimes go awry when their software - either the software they wrote or the software they purchased - created the email for Monday at 11:05 AM and included the link to the How to Make Your Smarthome Easier for Other People to Use story twice. What that tells me is that when the software assembles the email, there is no check for duplicate entries. The URL to the story should be the same for the two entries so, at a very high level, I presume there isn't a step, prior to sending the email, that looks for duplicate URLs. If there was, I wouldn't have seen this:

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

DX 2019

Who Would Be the Best Fit in a Modern-Day Version of D-Generation X?

If I Were Addicted to Concerts

While I would love to see these 4 concerts over the next 4 days, the reality is I am seeing Shinedown on Saturday, March 16, 2019.

Rain, R & D

Spoiler Alert - Captain Marvel

It's Still Not My Favorite Genre

Report: Death Metal Makes Fans Joyful, Not Violent

Never Knew Sinbad Is Really Funny as a Comedian

Dude! Nice AJFA T-Shirt There

On the left, Alex & I at Volbeat / Avenged Sevenfold Metallica in Newton, IA on 6/7/2017; on the right, Alex & I at Chicago Open Air

From 2557 Days Ago

About a FH FT & Disproved

  1. I never knew there was any sort of fan theory about the "Full House" attic.
  2. I would have wrote That Fan Theory About The 'Full House' Attic Is Finally Disproved, not disproven
That Fan Theory About The 'Full House' Attic Is Finally Disproven

Scandal in HollyWeird!

Paying 6 million dollars to guarantee your child gets into a prestigious college is nuts, but that's what the most likeable "desperate housewife" on the ABC series "Desperate Housewives" did. Also, Jessie's wife on "Full House" is involved as well.

I realize the graphic below is hard to read so here's the online version of Fox News First

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Kill 'em All


I Was Supposed to Be in Indy Last Night

Once upon a time, I thought spring break for the kids was this week - starting on Friday, March 8, 2019. When I thought that, I thought that we would go to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH. I thought if we were on the road to Cleveland, OH, we certainly would need to stop in Indy to see Metallica.

Well, here's the 'modern' thought. Spring break for the kids is not THIS week. It starts on Friday, March 15, 2019. Thus, I was not in Indy last night.

In either case, this is what Metallica played:
  1. Hardwired
  2. Atlas, Rise!
  3. Seek & Destroy
  4. Ride the Lightning
  5. The Unforgiven
  6. Now That We’re Dead
  7. Creeping Death
  8. For Whom the Bell Tolls
  9. Here Comes Revenge
  10. Indiana medley of the Zero Boys’ “Vicious Circle” and “Amphetamine Addiction” and John Mellencamp’s “I Need a Lover” performed by Rob Trujillo and Kirk Hammett
  11. Hit the Lights
  12. Fuel
  13. Moth Into Flame
  14. Sad But True
  15. One
  16. Master of Puppets
  17. Encore
  18. Fight Fire with Fire
  19. Nothing Else Matters
  20. Enter Sandman
Compared to the setlist I heard when I saw them in Newton, IA, ignoring where tunes were placed in the setlist, I see these differences between Newton, IA, and Indy, IN:
  1. "Hit the Lights" not "Whiplash"
  2. "Ride the Lightning" not "Fade to Black"
  3. "Creeping Death" not "Wherever I May Roam"
  4. "Fight Fire with Fire" replaced "Blackened"
  5. "Here Comes Revenge" not "Halo on Fire"
I would gladly take "Whiplash," "Ride" would trump "Fade", "Death" would trump "Roam", "Blackened" would trump "Fire", and "Halo" or "Revenge" is a wash - both are great choices.



Des Moines, Iowa-based psychedelic/stoner metal trio DRUIDS have been making their rounds in the underground for the better part of a decade, but are poised to break out in 2019 with what will prove to be their most confident and explorative effort to date. The trio's brand new five-track record, Monument, is scheduled for release on April 19, 2019 via The Company KC. DRUIDS first laid their destructive groundwork over two releases - Pray for Water and The Sound of Meditation (released in 2009 and 2013, respectively) - continually looking to push their own personal boundaries, physically and sonically. With the release of 2016's Cycles of Mobeum, the boys embarked on a full year of heavy touring all over the United States, giving audiences in unsuspecting cities a heavy, cathartic live show, awash with wailing guitar solos, rhythmic drumming and chunky, grooving bass-lines. They took to the studio in early 2017 to record their follow up, Spirit Compass, with producer Brandon Darner (David Keuning, Radio Moscow) to shape what would be a smoldering follow-up.


About Addiction

I do NOT know anyone with an opiod addiction. That said, I know there are people in my life that (likely) struggle with addiction of some type, whether they've shared that addiction publicly or not. Where the text below addresses opiod addiction specifically, in my head, opiod can easily be replaced with any addiction. For example, for me, I would replace opiod with buying CDs. I'm not trying to make light of the situation that Ted Kennedy is trying to capture in the tune below - please don't think I am!

All that said, this arrived in my email today and I felt it was a good track and a worthy topic about which to spew my words.

It’s a brutal truth that you can’t help someone who doesn’t realize they have a problem.
All your energy, support and love isn’t enough. Their addiction is out of your control.
No matter how much it hurts, sometimes you have to let go.
My new song, “Forty,” came to me when a close friend relapsed after many years of struggling with opioid addiction. I remember thinking how the cycle of addiction and denial wears people down.
There were just so few people left around my friend that it dawned on me –
the ones who remained, the ones who loved him most, were just the last ones to say goodbye.
You can listen to “Forty” on SoundCloud or Spotify.
Thank you, mxdwn, for officially premiering the track.
I have an album’s worth of material that I’ll be releasing throughout 2019.
I’m looking forward to performing these tracks  live. I plan on growing Frequencies (a monthly concert series that I curate) this year, expanding to more cities and putting on larger events in Toronto. There is just so much going on in electronic music right now, and I feel lucky to be apart of it.
The story isn’t over.
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Another Monday Night, Another Missed Episode

3000 Days

I made a choice 3000 days ago and, thankfully, I've never not chosen to make that choice every day. The choice? I decided to not drin...