Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Pasted Verbatim - Awesome

To be clear, NO, I'm not looking for another job. Today is my 3 month anniversary - YAY ME!!! - and I'm 100% percent content to retire from this position. Seriously.

Besides, what the heck is in Beaverton, OR, that would compel me to leave Iowa?

Technical Writer -- Intermediate to Advanced (Hillsboro, OR)

compensation: competitive
employment type: part-time

Company Description

PTIGlobal is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon and provides translation, localization, and managed services for world-wide customers. With its mission to help clients turn globalization strategy into tangible revenues, PTIGlobal manages the conversion of software, web content, documentation, and mobile apps into targeted languages, offering end users a seamless experience and transparent functionality.

Job Description

We're looking for Intermediate to Advanced level Technical Writers. Ability to gather content through networking, interviewing or other means, and enjoys working close with peers and stakeholders to generate new topics, maps, and documents from 'scratch', and apply edits to source files to ensure content freshness and accuracy.You may be the single point of contact to ensure your project is planned and developed per schedule, and maintain that plan over program lifecycle. You may use scripting languages to create scripts to automate data processing. For any given project (documents, DITA topics etc) you may work with other contributors including authors, editors, or publishers to assist and drive delivery.
As an Intermediate or Advanced Technical Writer in our team, you will use authoring tools to edit for grammar, technical, usability, legal and production purposes. Use Adobe Acrobat Pro to initiate PDF Shared Reviews. You will need strong experience with Reposit processes, for both structured and unstructured document generation, and file management system(s) such as Sharepoint, Documentum and others. FrameMaker expertise is a must.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

Team players with a strong results orientation spirit and mentality, who can effectively communicate and work with business requirements, evaluate 'as-is' business processes and define efficient 'to-be' processes as related to product technical information planning, development, review, reposit, reuse, deliver and publish. Assist in training others when necessary (formally and informally) on tools, processes and content best methods.

These positions require strong technical authoring, editing, and reviewing skills. To be considered for these positions you must have strong, to expert level understanding and experience with:

· Reposit processes -- Structured and Unstructured.

· Document generation and file management system(s) such as Sharepoint and Documentum.

· Component Content Management Systems (CCMS) such as SDL Trisoft or others.

· Creating folders, templates, topics, and maps per industry specification.

· Working with datasheet, developer manual, reference manual, errata.

· Learning and applying style guides, templates.

· Editing for format, grammar, legal, corporate branding.

· Using authoring tools such as MS Word, Adobe FrameMaker to generate information sets such as PDF Books and Volumes or converting from one tool to another.

· Using manual and automated methods to convert text/tables/graphics content from applications such as MS Word and Adobe FrameMaker.

· Converting content from Word to FM.

· Using illustration tools such as MS Visio and others to create and/or modify technical illustrations.

· Generating outputs such as XML, HTML, CHM or other, and use rendering engines such as Antenna House.


A degree in Technical Communications, Journalism, and or English is preferred - with emphasis on Electrical Engineering or Computer Science. The successful candidate will have 5 or more years of relevant Technical Writing and project lead role experience. Special consideration will be given to those with semiconductor product development and associated specifications experience:

· Must have

o Microsoft Office, with emphasis on Visio, Word, Excel, PowerPoint

o Adobe Acrobat Pro, Adobe FrameMaker preferably 10, 11,or 12


o Sharepoint, Documentum

o DITA (Darwin Information Typing Architecture)

o SDL Trisoft, Antenna House

· Preferred to have

o JustSystems XMetal

o FrameScript, Perl, Visual Basic

o Familiarity with semiconductor products or document types is a plus

Additional Information



• Location: Hillsboro OR
• This is a part-time position
• Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
• Please, no phone calls about this job!
• Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

Please APPLY ONLINE at: http://tnij.com/qyyCy

Not Good

For months, the narrative about Benghazi has been a steady stream of statements, all indicating people needed to move along because there's nothing to the Benghazi hearings or testimony. Democrats & liberals have continued this message for months.

Not true, per this article!

Editor's Note: Democrats have released "their version" of the cited report linked to above - read an article about it here.
Another article with this lead paragraph:
A long-awaited report on the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi details an array of bureaucratic miscues and inter-agency blunders but does not specifically blame former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for events that led to the deaths of four Americans. .

DC & Marvel Co-Existing

I so wish that there would be a movie made where the DC & Marvel heroes in this picture came together to fight not each other but some "ENORMOUS" villain or, perhaps, from DC - Darkseid, Lex Luthor, The Joker - and from Marvel - Thanos, Doctor Octupus, and Red Skull - get thrown into the same room and realize that they are totally able to join together to wipe out their enemies forever. Maybe it would be a written contract from DC & Marvel that there would be no movies from either studio for, oh, 5 years after the release of this gargantuan movie. Something really awesome, something to be released when the Marvel Movie Universe Phase 20 is finished - and yes, they are in Phase 3 now so this would have to be probably when I am older and grayer than I am now. There are some loose ends that would need to be tied up as I realize that there are no women heroes representing the better 1/2 of all of these heroes. If it were up to me, I'd replace Deadpool with Scarlett Witch and The Hulk with Wonder Woman. There would still be a higher number of Marvel heroes (6) compared to DC (3) so I'm sure there would need to be some negotiations to be hammered through with a concerted effort to make this movie happen. The heroes depicted in the picture below from left to right are:
  1. Spider-Man
  2. Captain America
  3. Iron Man
  4. Batman
  5. Wolverine
  6. Deadpool
  7. The Hulk
  8. The Flash
  9. Superman

I Just Learned a NEW Word

The word "biennial" means "taking place every other year." That's according to Google.

I can't recall knowing that until reading about a murder-for-hire plot in North Liberty.

Didn't Go

Glad they raised a lot of money.

Books ... CDs... Tomato TomAto

This article about loving the feel of a book is how I feel about my CDs. I really have been thinking that I will never ever sell my CD collection. Imagine if I had finished the CD conversion in December 2014, then sold all of my CDs, and then had the issues with external hard drives that I have had since. Are you kidding me? I would be SO mad.


Could do without the shouting of "Hey! Hey! Hey!"

Show The Roots

I remember when "Roots" was released. I borrowed either the CD or the cassette - I don't remember which - from a co-worker - I don't remember the name of that co-worker - and I immersed myself into the rhythms and the throaty vocals which were new to me in 1996. I vaguely remember writing a music review for ICON for the album and praising its intensity. I don't have that album or Sepultura in my regular rotation of bands I listen to, but sometimes I don't have the capacity to accept more stimuli. The 20th anniversary of that album is 2016 and here's an article about it.

Stop It

I adore the Barney animated GIF in this post...

Monday, June 27, 2016



14 Years Ago on June 27th, THIS Happened



I am not "up-to-date" with all that happens in some aspects of the world. For example, the Middle East and why those countries are fighting... I don't have the mental capacity to store that and the other things I need to remember, though mentioning something like how many albums Metallica has released seems like I should be less self-centered and more attentive to the daily agony I now only skim articles about online. Another area is this whole Brexit thing that happened. According to EE, it has "nothing to do with me."

Why do windows always display in documentation?

I dug up this essay from 11 years ago and lightly edited it.
The word "display" is a transitive verb that requires an object. Not having an object is technically ungrammatical. I do not shy away from breaking a rule.
The following format is used in the documentation I maintain:
"Click Add. The [Name of the Window] displays."
Grammatically, it should be "The [Name of the Window] displays on your screen."
However, I object. I have two issues with this wording. First of all, in the context of documentation that describes PC-based software, "on your screen" is implied. Where else is it going to display? I think it invites the user to say "Where else is it going to display you moron." Secondly, I personally object to the word "screen." This is a tidbit I gleaned from my first Technical Writing 'gig’. My mentor at the time told me that your "screen" is a piece of hardware. What you see on your screen is a window. Therefore, in that light, I'd have to say "The [Name of the Window] displays on your window" which is stupid. I admit I was very impressionable when I started Technical Writing and now consider myself very stubborn in the idiosyncrasies I've adopted.
I could take the easy way out and write "The XYZ window *appears*. That's as equally gross as using "on your screen." Using the word "appears" betrays the spirit of software, which is not magic. While I have no programming training, over 20 years in software documentation has taught me that "events" happen because the user inputs information or performs some action, which causes another action. In my macro coding, it is known as an "If-Then" macro. If the user press F9=Add, then the program will toggle to Add mode." It's very cause/effect. The word "appears" has a connotation of magic as in "I will make a rabbit appear in this hat." Software is the anti-magician vocation. There is no magic. Nothing happens automatically.
Other ways to say this include "The ABC system displays the XYZ window." That one is so gross, I won't touch it.
So yes, while "display" is a transitive verb and yes, it does require an object, I don't see it as being an evil. Rather, it's a necessary evil. When documenting PC-based software, I view "the [Name of the Window] displays" as acceptable.

Picking on Bill


Tool Fan

If you are a Tool fan, you will understand the two references to them in this screen capture:

Yes! This!

I just perused an article that summarizes very nicely the way I am working on the DRM at work where I have a single set of data (content) and generate multiple outputs from it. Unlike the article, though, I am using RoboHelp and not "DITA" per se. Still the concept is identical, as outlined in this article. Work smarter, not harder!

Free Them from Their Promised Intent


60 in 3? No.... or YES! YES! YES!

This is my 508th post in 2016. In order to equal the number of posts I had in 2015 by July 1, 2016, I need to churn out 59 posts (after this one) before midnight on Thursday, June 30th. Is it possible? Is it something I should even try? A part of me thought about publishing selected songs I wrote in my 19 spiral notebooks. It would work out fairly decently as if I selected 3 from each volume, I would be up to 57 posts and needing two more. It seems like I'd be cheating the intent of reaching this mind-numbing goal, but... I'll think about it. If it comes down to Thursday @ 11 PM and I still need some posts to reach my goal, maybe I'll go that route.

The Real Way to Hear Meghan

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Wrong One

I was shocked by what I saw at Wal-Mart yesterday. It may be a little difficult to see, but in the top picture, Metallica's "And Justice for All" & "Master of Puppets" and, between them is their debut release "Kill 'Em All," all in the $5 bin next to Cinderella's Greatest Hits (not shown, but I saw it). In the bottom picture, Metallica's "ReLoad" and "Black" releases are in the $5 bin. I admit it was very tempting to purchase those CDs just so I could have a permanent copy of them in the Ford F-150, which has 1) a CD player and 2) is the vehicle I drive to work each day now that I work 5 minutes from my house.

Instead of buying any of those releases, I purchased Billy Joel's "The Stranger" which I have a dubbed cassette copy of in my boxes of 1000 cassettes.

Not my Party

George Will Jumps From Sinking Ship That Is The GOP

President HRC....

Cracks deepen inside troubled marriage of Trump and Republican party


This was the first video I came across by the Washington, DC-based band called "Party Like It's." I hate the way the camera spotlights certain area - it's very annoying. What I did like - and what made me curious about their other tunes - is their energy. A band that plays on ANY stage should have some sort of energy that the audience can react to, whether it's the pure musicianship of the members or the way the members interact with each other ... there needs to be something to hook me, as an audience member, to the band.

Energy seems to be this band's VERY strong point. I was mesmerized by how much fun is being portrayed in the video below. They have a handful of videos released on their channel. The main reason for including the one below is that between this one, which is older, and the one above, they have a different drummer. That shouldn't happen - the drummer should never be replaced in a band [WINK, WINK] because the drummer is the foundation upon which the band is built. You can't just give a house a new basement, right?

10 Riffs

I would love to play this medley of G-n-R tunes in my Ideal Band. Any of these tunes would be fun.

Jar of Fat

Probably the BEST

Pretty sure I have embedded previously - still AWESOMELY HILARIOUS!


I Want to Join the PTA

Fee for This

Saturday, June 25, 2016


This Band Should be called Death... Now look at the label


Terrible Trend

From Iowa City Press Citizen One Iowan: Why I kept driving drunk http://dmreg.co/28XujFD WATERLOO, Ia. — Debi Nelson is 43 and lives in a two-bedroom apartment on the second floor of a building that has seen better days.She doesn’t own a vehicle, typically walking the seven-tenths of a mile to work and back. She also walks to the store when she needs groceries.If the weather is bad or she needs to go farther, she tries to get a ride with a relative or friend — or she just doesn't go.Over the past 15 years, much of the money Nelson has earned has gone toward paying off expenses tied to her three arrests for drunken driving. Her first conviction cost her nearly $27,000 — including the SUV she lost when she flipped it on its side on a snowy road.

First Steps

From Iowa City Press Citizen Jarrod Uthoff finds destination for NBA summer league http://dmreg.co/28ZAUQ2 Jarrod Uthoff's first step toward what he hopes is an NBA future will be as a member of the Sacramento Kings' summer league team, his agent said in a text message Saturday.Adam Pensack said Uthoff, the former Iowa forward who went undrafted Thursday, will suit up for Sacramento's entry in the 24-team tournament that begins July 8 in Las Vegas. Sacramento opens play at 9 p.m. CDT that night against Toronto in a game broadcast on NBA-TV. The 67-game event concludes July 18.Summer league teams consist of first- and second-year pros and free agents such as Uthoff, who hope to showcase their skills to NBA personnel and get invited to a training camp. Any NBA team can sign free agents once the league concludes.

Not in my Yard





Scary Drummer

Slickerly Style

Friday, June 24, 2016



I am very curious if I could code a macro that would do each of the manual steps in this article. My initial thought is that you'd select the "original" list and then run the macro. In my spare time, I'll devote some time to this idea....

TS saved DG

The story Dave Grohl tells is documented in this article. This performance is not his best I've ever heard.


Damnit! Jarood Uthoff didn't get drafted in the first round of the NBA draft! That s u c k s!!!

NOT GUILTY of Ripping Off Stairway

According to this article, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page did not copy the introductory riff of "Stairway to Heaven."

I'm relieved.

More Justice

I happened to come across this. It made me realize I remember NOTHING about this concert from when I was 19 years, 6 months, 2 weeks, 2 days old. The only reason I remember that I was there that night is is because I saw a friend of mine, Steve Devereaux, who asked me if I could give his friend, Scott, a ride home. It had been a couple of years, hell, maybe a decade, since I had seen Steve. He was a year older than me and lived in the house across the street from me on Red Bud Road. He had gone to a different elementary school and then we ended up at the same high school. I recall seeing him in the hallways in high school, we were not buddies.

Looking back on the situation, I really had no reason to help him. There was no compelling reason to do so, but I did. Scott lived in Marion and having never met Scott before, I agreed to give him a ride home. I am 99% sure I went to the concert with Serbi, but he lived in Palo, which was on the opposite side of the world, compared to Marion. Maybe I drove him home first and then went to Marion (it would be less of a "go around your elbow to get to your ass" itinerary going that route). I really just do not remember. More about Scott in a moment.

I can say that I don't think I had a drop of booze that night, which makes me even more disgusted that I can't recall details of that concert. I mean, this is Metallica, M E T A L L I C A and this was my first time seeing them in concert! I vaguely remember the Cult opened for them and that I found out later that Matt Sorum, who went on to play with Guns-n-Roses & Velvet Revolver, was the Cult's drummer when I saw them that night.

The funny thing about Scott is that he eventually became the lead singer for Assume, the first band I was in. The crazy thing is that I never heard him sing. EVER. He worked at Menard's and would say at band practice that he needed to buy a microphone. Fast forward to 1998, when I worked at QDS, I met Gail, his dad. I mentioned to Gail that his son had been the lead singer in the first band I was ever in. The look on Gail's face was priceless - I chuckle when I see it in my mind. "He sang? I never knew that."

So, while I don't know what tunes Metallica played on that night, I have to believe I liked the concert. After all, "And Justice for All" has never wavered in being my all-time favorite Metallica album. It's so odd to me that this year - November 5, 2016 - will mark 10,000 days since I saw Metallica in concert for the first time. Since then, of course, I've seen them 3 additional times:
  • November 1991 at the Five Seasons Center (the same venue I saw them play in 1989) in Cedar Rapids
  • January 1993 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City
  • August 2003 at the Mark in Moline, IL

I did find out that they played these songs the next night in Bonner Springs, KS:

  1. Blackened
  2. For Whom the Bell Tolls
  3. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
  4. Harvester of Sorrow
  5. The Four Horsemen
  6. The Thing That Should Not Be
  7. Bass Solo
  8. Master of Puppets
  9. Fade to Black
  10. Seek & Destroy
  11. ...And Justice for All


  1. Creeping Death
  2. One
  3. Guitar Solo
  4. Battery

Encore 2:

  1. Last Caress (Misfits cover)
  2. Am I Evil? (Diamond Head cover)
  3. Whiplash

Encore 3:

  1. Breadfan (Budgie cover)

Clean Up in Lord of War Bio

Who writes like this?

The world took notice of their pervasive efforts after the band had landed shows and small tours with larger national touring acts, on their own.

In context (my emphasis)

LORD OF WAR has been inflicting its unique brand of thematically driven death metal on the world since 2011. Coming from their hometown of San Diego, California, the band draws inspiration from all across the world's extreme metal spectrum. Always maintaining an uncompromising level of dedication to musicianship, LORD OF WAR constantly pushes their collective skill sets to the next level in order to deliver increasingly imaginative aggression to their fan base. The world took notice of their pervasive efforts after the band had landed shows and small tours with larger national touring acts, on their own. In the Fall of 2011, the band announced signing an album deal with Unique Leader Records, and in January 2012 released their debut album Celestial Pestilence.

This is what Lord of War sound like:

From the press release for Lord of War, I learned about this website.

Thursday, June 23, 2016


AP reporter takes terrifying trip on 1,000-foot glass slide - Tickets to reach the deck are $25. It costs $8 more to ride the slide.

I would so enjoy going down this slide - I just need to clear a schedule. There's too much going on with Alex and Europe to hop on a plane and go to LA. It also occurred to me that if I fear sky diving because I'm afraid of landing and screwing up one or both of my knees - I had a meniscus repair a few years ago - going down a 1,000 foot glass slide is a way to live on the edge.

As I Wander... Pay Me

Five months after retiring from wrestling, Bryan Danielson is doing fine | The Daily World (via http://ble.ac/teamstream-) http://teamstre.am/28QtHwS

Do It Slower

First, Rodney Holmes is an amazing drummer. Second, I watched this video first:

It wasn't until I watched the video below that I understood that the video above is from the Q & A session after he played the drum solo below.

Then I watched this very brief clip and my jaw is on the floor from watching her play it.


I consider myself a fan of heavy music so when I came across this video of 100 metal riffs, I was initially enthusiastic. Then I started looking at the 100 bands listed and I began to feel uneasy. I wanted to validate or invalidate my uneasiness so I did a quick test. I went through the list and if I could hum the tune, I tallied it. Tunes with which I was familiar with (Anthrax's "A.I.R.") did not get a tally mark because, if I were walking down the street, and someone said, "Hum Anthrax's "A.I.R." and I will give you $1000 in cash," I would walk away without $1000.

I had 17 tally marks.

Sad, I know. I am probably going to create a playlist with these 100 tunes and embed it on this blog in the future.

Here's the video:

Here's the list of 100 bands in the video order (verbatim, including typos from the video's description):
  1. megadeth - holy wars
  2. cacophony - savage
  3. rammstein - asche zu asche
  4. burzum - war
  5. iron Maiden - 2 minutes to midnight
  6. metal church - badlands
  7. opeth - moonlapse vertigo
  8. eternal silence - dreambook
  9. virgin steele - through the ring of fire
  10. death angel - voracious souls
  11. avantasia - reach out for the light
  12. gli atroci - voglio vederti morire
  13. helloween - if I could fly
  14. pantera - cemetery gates
  15. ozzy osbourne - bark at the moon
  16. riot - thundersteel
  17. judas priest - painkiller
  18. moonspell - breathe
  19. anthrax - A.I.R.
  20. testament - the hew order
  21. pagan’s mind - through osiris eyes
  22. twisted sister - burn in hell
  23. rhapsody of fire - dawn of victory
  24. masterplan - crawling from hell
  25. suicidal tendencies - trip at the brain
  26. queensryche - eyes of a stranger
  27. sanctuary - future tense
  28. sepultura - lobotomy
  29. overkill - elimination
  30. sonata arctica - don’t say a word
  31. king diamond - give me your soul
  32. dio - stand up and shout
  33. fear factory - replica
  34. arch enemy - we will rise
  35. xentrix - for whose advantage
  36. accept - balls to the wall
  37. black Sabbath - black Sabbath
  38. saxon - metalhead
  39. voivod - into my hypercube
  40. watchtower - the fall of reason
  41. manowar - kings of metal
  42. angra - nothing to say
  43. death - spirit crusher
  44. axel rudi pell - mystica
  45. edguy - The piper never dies
  46. kamelot - march of mephisto
  47. gamma ray - strange world
  48. dokken - mr scary
  49. anvil - metal on metal
  50. stratovarius - destiny
  51. katatonia - brave
  52. blind guardian - imaginations from the other side
  53. impellitteri - stand in line
  54. racer x - Scarified
  55. steel panther - death to all but metal (chorus)
  56. hidden memories - over the edge
  57. nevermore - we disintegrate
  58. yngwie malmsteen - caught in the middle
  59. grave digger - Valhalla
  60. hammerfall - renegade
  61. slayer - war ensemble
  62. evile - thrasher
  63. sodom - napalm in the morning
  64. exodus - a good day to die
  65. savatage - edge of thorns
  66. nanowar of steel - giorgio mastrota
  67. symphony x - serpents kiss
  68. kreator - Phobia
  69. meshuggah - bleed
  70. tool - the pot
  71. metallica - the thing that should not be
  72. cradle of filth - nymphetamine fix
  73. annihilator - king of the kill
  74. pain of salvation - fandango
  75. mayhem - chimera
  76. gothminister - monsters
  77. nightwish - I wish I had an angel
  78. nocturnal rites - awakening
  79. rage - soundchaser
  80. lamb of god - hourglass
  81. firewind - breaking the silence
  82. finntroll - trollhammaren
  83. dying fetus - your treachery will die with you
  84. children of bodom - downfall
  85. destrage - my green neighbour
  86. funeral - the architecture of loss
  87. celtic frost - a dying god coming into human flesh
  88. strapping young lad - love?
  89. behemoth - ov fire and the void
  90. dream theater - as I am
  91. freak kitchen - snap
  92. zimmers hole - alright
  93. temperance - save me
  94. toxic holocaust - acid fuzz
  95. system of a down - byob
  96. devin townsend - hyperdrive
  97. november’s doom - harvest scythe
  98. mastodon - the motherload
  99. my dyng bride - the cry of manking
  100. dream evil - the book of heavy metal

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Guess Who's Coming to Clive?!?

Skillet with Thousand Foot Krutch & Devour the Day on Thursday, September 22, 2016, in Clive, IA!!

What a List

The Adrenaline band, based in Memphis, TN, has these songs in their set list. What a great balance in their list of 97 songs! Within the first 8 listed, there are three types of tunes:
  1. Unfamiliar to me - I couldn't hum "Can't See You" by Marshall Tucker
  2. Familiar to me as I actually played them in a band - "Sunshine of Your Love"
There's also a lot of tunes I'd like to play, such as "All Right Now". When (not if) the opportunity to join my Ideal Band occurs, I want to have this list available. This is the band's website.



  1. All Right Now - Free
  2. Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf
  3. Crossroads – Cream
  4. Sunshine of Your Love – Cream
  5. The Wind Cries Marry – Jimi Hendrix


  1. Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love – Van Halen
  2. Another Brick In The Wall – Pink Floyd
  3. Can’t You See – Marshall Tucker
  4. Cat Scratch Fever – Ted Nugent
  5. Cheap Sunglasses – ZZ Top
  6. Gimme Three Steps – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  7. Girls Got Rhythm - AC/DC
  8. Highway to Hell - AC/DC
  9. Honky Tonk Woman – Rolling Stones
  10. I Love Rock N’ Roll – Joan Jet
  11. La Grange – ZZ Top
  12. Long Train Runnin’ – Doobie Brothers
  13. Old Time Rock N’ Roll – Bob Segar
  14. Ramble On - Led Zeppelin
  15. Rock N’ Roll All Night - KISS
  16. Sweet Emotion – Aerosmith
  17. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  18. Takin’ Care of Business – BTO
  19. Take the Money and Run – Steve Miller
  20. The Joker – Steve Miller
  21. You Really Got Me – Van Halen


  1. American Girl – Tom Petty
  2. Breakdown – Tom Petty
  3. Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne
  4. Hurts So Good – John Cougar
  5. Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield
  6. Keep Your Hands to Yourself – Georgia Satellites
  7. Mary Jane’s Last Dance – Tom Petty
  8. Panama – Van Halen
  9. Pink Houses – John Cougar
  10. Pour Some Sugar on Me – Def Leppard
  11. Shook Me all Night Long - AC/DC
  12. Summer of 69 – Brian Adams
  13. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns And Roses
  14. The House Is Rockin’ – SRV
  15. Walk This Way – Aerosmith
  16. Wanted Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi


  1. 3 AM – Matchbox 20
  2. Cumbersome – 7 Marry 3
  3. Champagne Super Nova - Oasis
  4. Drive - Incubus
  5. Gel – Collective Soul
  6. Hard To Handle – Black Crows
  7. Heavy – Collective Soul
  8. If You Could Only See - Tonic
  9. Interstate Love Song – STP
  10. Machine Head – Bush
  11. Man in the Box - Alice In Chains
  12. Plush – STP
  13. Shimmer – Fuel
  14. Wonderwall – Oasis


  1. Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet
  2. Everlong – Foo Fighters
  3. Figured you Out – Nickelback
  4. Kryptonite – Three Doors Down
  5. Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
  6. Sex On Fire – Kings of Leon


  1. Cold Shot – SRV
  2. Couldn’t Stand The Weather – SRV
  3. Give Me One Reason – Tracy Chapman
  4. Hey Joe – Jimi Hendrix
  5. Hoochie Coochie Man – Muddy Waters
  6. Jesus Just Left Chicago – ZZ Top
  7. Mary Had A Little Lamb – SRV
  8. Pride & Joy – SRV
  9. Red House – Jimi Hendrix
  10. Tightrope – SRV

R & B

  1. Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding
  2. Every Time I Roll The Dice – Delbert McClinton
  3. Leave Your Hat On – Joe Cocker
  4. Soul Man – The Blues Brothers
  5. Superstitious – Stevie Wonder
  6. Knock On Wood – Eddie Floyd


  1. Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
  2. Angel Eyes – Jeff Healey
  3. Blue On Black – Kenny Wayne Shepard
  4. Drift Away – Dobie Gray
  5. Every Rose Has Its Thorn – Poison
  6. Main Street – Bob Segar
  7. Night Moves – Bob Segar
  8. Purple Rain – Prince
  9. Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  10. Turn the Page – Bob Segar
  11. Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton

Dance & Pop

  1. Brick House – The Commodores
  2. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
  3. Funky Music – Wild Cherry
  4. Kiss – Prince
  5. Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett
  6. Mustang Sally – Wilson Picket
  7. Proud Mary – CCR/Tina Turner
  8. Santaria – Sublime


I think this is the maximum amount of evidence I need to confirm my belief that Black Sabbath should have done more to reunite with drummer Bill Ward during their final world tour. This is from 42 years ago and watching it gives me chills.

Grow New Skin

Divert to Win

There was a big shakeup in Donald Trump's presidential campaign on Monday (which I didn't mention on this blog). His campaign manager was fired. As Trump tries to put the focus back on HRC, there are new polls that show it's really not a definite path for HRC to the White House. Per Bill O'Reilly's Talking Points memo, the race is tight:

Both candidates understand that right now the race is fairly close ....
A new CNN poll has Clinton ahead of Trump 47 - 42 among registered voters.
However, in Ohio a Quinnipiac poll shows the race is tied 40-40.
In Pennsylvania it's just about tied as well -- Clinton 42, Trump 41.
In Florida Clinton leads trump 47-39.
Donald Trump needs to win all three of those states, and his polling has been going south for the last three weeks.

And yet, with all that negative energy in the Trump campaign, there is this article about how Trump is a nice and good guy without a camera in front of him. So, frankly, just who is Donald Trump?!?

And if our country only had to deal with Donald Trump's campaign, maybe I'd feel better about our country's future. I'd think, "This is a fad and it will pass." However, there are other important issues that continue to divide our country - guns and abortion. Erick Erickson's article called "We Actually Need More Guns, Not Less Guns" highlights this divide and, from that article, I really REALLY like this part of EE's column:

If the Senate is serious about saving Americans, they should really first defund Planned Parenthood, which chops up thousands of Americans a year and sells their body parts. Then, the Senate should pass national concealed carry reciprocity legislation and make it way the heck easier to buy guns.

That is inline with what I think and with what I have opined on this blog.

In conclusion, do I have the answer to all of these issues? Nope. I really don't.

There It Is!

Today, it feels very appropriate for me to recall this post from December 31, 2012. That was the 2 year anniversary of being sober and today is the 2000th day of being sober.

I am still proud of myself for sticking with what I had determined was what I wanted to do with my life. I do not regret my choice and I plan to make that choice because it is my choice to do so until I am no longer able to make that choice.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Stop with the HATE!

  1. http://www.thesportster.com/wrestling/15-reasons-why-dean-ambrose-will-fail-as-wwe-champion/
  2. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2647508-pros-and-cons-of-dean-ambrose-as-wwe-world-heavyweight-champion
In other news, I wish I had JUST ONE of the salaries on this list...


While I will always TOTALLY geek out when it comes to manipulating text in an application, when it's a way to do so within Microsoft Word, I am definitely listening. Thus, for future reference, here is how to  How to Convert a Row to a Column in a Microsoft Word Table.

Done Drone

Favorite Subject in the Lyrics I Wrote

Years ago, I transcribed 19 spiral notebooks into a RoboHelp project - I think I've described that on this blog elsewhere - and recently, I started poking around the lyrics I wrote. I came across this article - about forgiveness - shortly after I came across these lyrics.

Unable to Think

Authored on 06/16/1993

Two thoughts pounding
Pointing at I . . .
There's no way I can
Forgive this feeling
For visiting me twice
In a short lifetime,
No explanation found.
I return to the Burn, a
Sensation in my stomach,
The kind that festers
With Ignorance as they
Laugh together, joyful
And pleasantly planning
My fall. They'll wait
Until the festering
Increases, too immense
For words or for a
Poet to dominate into words,
Do you understand where
I'm going? The end is . . .
Unable to think.

Twenty-three in Years

Authored on 02/15/1993

I never can say what I feel
Neither can you

I never can open up to what is real
I can't talk to you
The words fight my instinct
Keep your mouth shut
This is for your own good
Lies I've learned to live with
Reflecting until the sun rises
Thinking about failures
Remembering when I've cried
Knowing why dreams have died . . .
Twenty-three in spineless years.


Saturday 08 05 2006 Unable To Think 19A 06/16/1993 189 About Parents During Engagement
Saturday 08 05 2006 Twenty-three in Years 19A 02/15/1993 189 Twenty-three in spineless years
Transcribed into the RoboHelp project on Saturday, August 05, 2006

Not Overwhelmed

Don't Insult Coke Like This


Choking on the Illogical Part 2

I know an Iowa State Trooper. He doesn't tell me many stories about what he does on a daily basis, but he did tell me this. There is a staggering number of police officers that are killed doing their job across the country and there is no outrage about it. He heard a speaker propose this scenario. Let's say there are 1000 police officers killed each year. What if there were 1000 teachers killed each year? What if there were 1000 government officials each year because they were simply doing their job? Would there be outrage? For my argument, let's assume "yes, there'd be outrage." Where is the outrage regarding the number of police officers killed each year?

On the way home from Elkader, I'm told a driver cut off this Iowa State Trooper as he was pulling his camper home in a no passing zone. When he got to town, he saw the car that had done it parked in a Casey's. I'm told the Iowa State Trooper stopped and issued her a ticket to the tune of ~$400. I can only imagine the look on the driver's face when she realized that she had been caught doing what she had done and thought there would be zero repercussions for doing it.

Let's be careful out there people. Don't get dead!

Choking on the Illogical


Soon... Very Soon...

Monday, June 20, 2016

Gr8 Album


Oh C'mon was Wasted on Previous Post

Senate blocks 4 gun-control measures in wake of Orlando shooting

Can we not all agree that guns in the wrong hands are bad?!?

Oh C'mon

Damnit, let him be a face!!! Ambrose on commentary last night sounded no different from when Rollins was on commentary and blathering about how the belt was "his" belt and that no one would take it from him. To end last night's episode, he put his Dirty Deeds move on Roman Reigns and told Shane McMahon he would fight Rollins and Reigns any time. McMahon made the main event at Battleground (in 5 weeks) Rollins v. Ambrose v. Reigns. This article tries to make the case Ambrose should be the heel - I say no, he gained my respect as a crazy guy willing to do what he takes. Now all he is going to do is blather on like every other heel. The "crazy" all-out character made him compelling - those thumbtacks he endured against Chris Jericho at their Extreme Rules match is just one example. Having him be all smug is a slap in the face.
Dean Ambrose Heel Turn Makes Him More Effective WWE Champ Following Cash-in

Wait for It

Russian hackers break into DNC network; White House assigns blame to... (wait for it...) http://michellemalkin.com/2016/06/14/russian-hackers-break-into-dnc-network-white-house-assigns-blame-to-wait-for-it/

Saying What It Is


Presidential Graduation Speech

Father's Day 2016 Present

Alex called me up last Wednesday as I was mowing the grass in 90 degree heat and asked me what size shirt I wear. He has a history of wanting to buy t-shirts for me at Hot Topic, a store in the Coral Ridge Mall, that I wouldn't wear. With that in mind and sweat dripping (literally) out of every pore on my body, I answered his question with "Don't buy me anything at Hot Topic." He said okay and hung up.

Later that night, I apologized for being short with him, explaining that I was out mowing and wasn't really in the mood for talking. He said that he had found a Metallica t-shirt at Hot Topic for $4 and proceeded to tell me that it was an "And Justice for All" t-shirt. I think he saw my face droop as he told me that. "And Justice for All" is only my all-time favorite Metallica album, outranking all others.

I didn't think any more about it until the kids and Karen gave me my Father's Day presents early on Friday night. I received a wood rack and a cover for it, which we will use at the campsite in Elkader. Then Alex gave me a plastic bag and inside was a Metallica "And Justice for All" t-shirt like the one I'm wearing below:
From L-R, Louis (father-in-law), Mark (brother-in-law), Dave (brother-in-law), me with my Metallica t-shirt
Why am I the only one showing teeth?!?

How Accurate?


Here are the actual results: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2647246-wwe-money-in-the-bank-2016-results-winners-grades-reaction-and-highlights

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Yes, you Did

No, Paul Ryan, you can't have it both ways. You can't be political by distancing yourself from Trump's views because HE IS THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE!! You can't say you're the leader of the party, claim to not like Trump's policies, and still be the leader. It's not coherent. Ryan needs to either go "all in" and support Trump or he needs to stand up and say, "No, I don't support him" and let the political chips fall where they fall. He's trying to walk the tightrope and it's time the tightrope is severed.


Saturday, June 18, 2016


I used to sing this song to the kids when they would whine.

I Don't Agree but Interesting

According to this article, Pope Francis should resign. I don't agree he should even though the author lays out the argument for doing so in a logical manner.

This is me trying to show I see both sides of a coin, the pro and the con, the positive and the negative, the Lex Luthor and the Superman, and the Anakin Skywalker and the Darth Vader. I mean, c'mon, who wouldn't want the power to control death?!?

I Didn't Do

Hope Vanish

There was a moment when I thought I would be able to see Chris Cornell in July in Davenport with a press pass, but that moment has passed. Still, I really do love this tune.

Always Something

This is such a "scholarly" looking article that I couldn't not link to it. I admit to being mesmerized by how much the author (apparently) knows about the Bible and by how much I don't despite being raised Catholic.


Friday, June 17, 2016

Dancing Machine

From Metal Insider:
It's been a pretty awful week for humanity. In between the Orlando nightclub massacre, the former singer of Pyrexia killing three, a singer being shot by a deranged fan and that alligator eating a toddler, it's been harrowing. Perhaps that's why this joyous Nightwish fan dancing in the mud at this past weekend's Download Festival struck a nerve. Watch, this magnificent bastard and try not to smile.




Despise but Praying

Meat loaf, the food is awesome.

Meat Loaf, the singer, is atrocious to my ears.

That said, I will pray he is okay following his collapse during a concert in Canada.


Wrestler Jerry “The King” Lawler, fiance’e arrested | WREG.com (via http://ble.ac/teamstream-) http://teamstre.am/1WQL4n5



Updated DOS Batch File

This is the DOS batch file, verbatim, that I use to compile my RoboHelp project. I am putting it on this blog as a backup.

SET Today=%Date:~10,4%_%Date:~4,2%_%Date:~7,2%
REM | Create the Logs folder first
md "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\_Logs"
REM | The No Condition folders
md "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\NoConditions_CHM"
md "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\NoConditions_RH"
md "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\NoConditions_PDF"
md "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\NoConditions_WH"
REM | The NOT Nonsecure
md "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\CHM_Online_Internal"
md "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\PDF_Internal"
md "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\RH_Online_Internal"
md "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\WH_Online_Internal"
REM | The NOT Secure
md "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\PDF_External"
md "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\CHM_Online_External"
md "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\RH_Online_External"
md "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\WH_Online_External"
REM | Now, compile the outputs
cd "C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe RoboHelp 2015\RoboHTML"
REM | The No Condition outputs
rhcl "c:\rh\DRM\DisasterRecoveryManual.xpj" -l "NoConditions_RH" -o "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\NoConditions_RH" -g "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\_Logs\%TODAY%_NoConditions_RH.txt"
rhcl "c:\rh\DRM\DisasterRecoveryManual.xpj" -l "NoConditions_WH" -o "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\NoConditions_WH" -g "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\_Logs\%TODAY%_NoConditions_WH.txt"
rhcl "c:\rh\DRM\DisasterRecoveryManual.xpj" -l "NoConditions_PDF" -o "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\NoConditions_PDF" -g "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\_Logs\%TODAY%_NoConditions_PDF.txt"
rhcl "c:\rh\DRM\DisasterRecoveryManual.xpj" -l "NoConditions_CHM" -o "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\NoConditions_CHM" -g "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\_Logs\%TODAY%_NoConditions_CHM.txt"
REM | Internal-Facing
rhcl "c:\rh\DRM\DisasterRecoveryManual.xpj" -l "PDF_Internal" -o "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\PDF_Internal" -g "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\_Logs\%TODAY%_PDF_Internal.txt"
rhcl "c:\rh\DRM\DisasterRecoveryManual.xpj" -l "RH_Online_Internal" -o "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\RH_Online_Internal" -g "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\_Logs\%TODAY%_RH_Online_Internal.txt"
rhcl "c:\rh\DRM\DisasterRecoveryManual.xpj" -l "WH_Online_Internal" -o "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\WH_Online_Internal" -g "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\_Logs\%TODAY%_WH_Online_Internal.txt"
rhcl "c:\rh\DRM\DisasterRecoveryManual.xpj" -l "CHM_Online_Internal" -o "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\CHM_Online_Internal" -g "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\_Logs\%TODAY%_CHM_Online_Internal.txt"
REM | External-Facing
rhcl "c:\rh\DRM\DisasterRecoveryManual.xpj" -l "WH_Online_External" -o "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\WH_Online_External" -g "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\_Logs\%TODAY%_WH_Online_External.txt"
rhcl "c:\rh\DRM\DisasterRecoveryManual.xpj" -l "RH_Online_External" -o "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\RH_Online_External" -g "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\_Logs\%TODAY%_RH_Online_External.txt"
rhcl "c:\rh\DRM\DisasterRecoveryManual.xpj" -l "PDF_External" -o "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\PDF_External" -g "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\_Logs\%TODAY%_PDF_External.txt"
rhcl "c:\rh\DRM\DisasterRecoveryManual.xpj" -l "CHM_Online_External" -o "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\CHM_Online_External" -g "S:\Technical Documentation\DISARECO\__%today%\_Logs\%TODAY%_CHM_Online_External.txt"

The Resurgent Family Does These 10 Things

This article describes the 10 Characteristics of The Resurgent Family. Within this article is a link to a website that coincides with a book I have sitting on my dresser. The book, You Will Be Made To Care, is by my favorite Conservative and Christian author, Erick Erickson. I purchased it in the hopes that I would shift the way I like to waste my precious free time by watching "Orange is the New Black" on Netflix (4th season is released today!!!)** and land at reading this book. Unlike the weather, it's not going very hot. I will be in Elkader for the weekend and, when I left this AM, I didn't have the book in my "things" to go with me. We are leaving immediately after I get home and have the truck loaded because, you know, I'm the only one in our family that knows how to carry items to vehicles. Sorry, was that aloud?

Moving on, I did bring in my Garmin for my co-worker John, who is leaving for Orlando, FL, with his wife & 3 kids. They are going to Disney World (driving) so I figured the Garmin that typically sits in our hope chest in our bedroom might do him more good. John returns to work on Tuesday, July 5th. He is my walking buddy when I need to get out of my chair and walk a couple of 1/2 mile laps around the lake that is behind the building I work in. We've been hit and miss, going occasionally, but not daily. There are 4 floors in the building I work in [my cubicle is in the Lower Level (LL)] and for the month of June, there is a "friendly" competition to see which floor is the healthiest. There's a white board to mark when returning from walking a lap. Thus far, the LL is in the lead, but with 9 work days remaining, it's too early to call us the victors.

As far as work goes, I am very happy to be where I am. I have been using the phrase "landing up" to describe what it feels like to have been laid off at Pearson, to be unemployed, to question my faith as I sought a job, and to then be validated by being hired for the job I said I wanted on the first full day of being laid off - I kept a "Laid Off" journal and reread the first couple of entries last night. I feel like I am in the right place and can easily see myself retiring from here on my 65th birthday, which is Friday, December 01, 2034. Because from here to there is 18 years, 5 months, 2 weeks, 3 days or  6744 days, it's a little too early to start the countdown.

In other news, since I mentioned Erick Erickson, I came across these:

**Editor's Note: Wow! Touting a book about Christianity in the same sentence as endorsing "Orange is the New Black"... Really?!?

Thursday, June 16, 2016

I Didn't but I Should

Ann Coulter asked "Did anyone talking about Trump's speech actually hear it? and, after reading her article, I wish I hadn't posted this the other day. I need to do a better job of researching the source content prior to offering my opinion.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Looking Ahead to the Impossible

Disneyland is going to expand in California. I only mention this fact because of the timeline mentioned at the end of the article, quoted below for convenience:

"...construction on the unnamed project is set to start in 2018, with an opening slated for 2021."

Assuming Alex begins his freshman year of college in fall 2017 and finishes in 4 years, he will be a senior in college in January 2021.That's hard to imagine when Alex allowed his alarm to blare for 15 minutes this AM. When I was about to walk out the door to take down the garbage & recycling to the curb, Megan was about to walk upstairs to wake him up so he wouldn't be late for his 8 AM Fareway shift. I did put the garbage & recycle bin at the curb - I assume Megan woke him up as I didn't go back inside the house.



200 Days

This really has nothing to do with nothing, but there are only 199 days left in 2016. I have mentioned previously about the "200 Days" journal I have kept and so when I saw "200 Days," it made me think about that journal series. I currently have no plans to write another volume in the series as my personal journal is taking up a lot of my writing time. When I have my personal journal and the 200 Days journal both competing for my time, undoubtedly one or the other suffers as I can tell that writing transforms from writing quality snapshots* about my life in the moment to writing quality sculptures** about my life.

*I like that phrase "writing quality snapshots" because a snapshot is a picture and you... oh, never mind!
**I should have left well enough alone....

Toot the Horn

I earned a RoboHelp MVP certificate a long time ago because I was "helpful" on the RoboHelp forums. As I learned about RoboHelp, I gave back knowledge I learned along the way. It was never a conscious effort to be helpful or to go out of my way to help others - it was just what I did. Since choosing RoboHelp as my HAT at work, I've found my way out to the Adobe forums to brush up on my skills and to seek answers to questions I had and, when appropriate, I've replied to a thread or two, including the one from yesterday. Now, fear not, I do not intend to transform this blog to an endless list of links to Adobe forum posts. That said, I really like my answer. There, I said it. I like what I wrote. Read it here.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Dear A$$holes, We Can See Inside Your Glass Houses

Forgive the vulgar title, but Matt's title on his latest post on his "Must Be This Tall to Ride" blog is awesome!

Yes and No

Yes, Donald Trump should not be trying to cater to the fear.
No, Donald Trump is right when he said the following and if it's applied to illegal immigrants, in general:
“We cannot continue to allow thousands upon thousands of people to pour into our country..."
This is me trying to figure out how to balance the different perspectives of the two dominant political parties in America.

Hit the Fridge

‘Die Hard’ May Have Never Happened If A Screenwriter Hadn’t Almost Been Hit By A Fridge


The author of this "column" starts out well with the first 4 items on this list of "8 Habits Spouses Wish They Could Change In Their Partners" and I understand the perspective. Numbers 5-8 have a different tone in the writing - it's almost like it's mocking the idea that a spouse could be married to someone and list those final 4 items as something worth mentioning. The tone shift is jarring, along with the glaring sloppy writing, such as "Except of course, your wife doesn’t really mind."
  1. Treating them like kids- They won’t say, but no man wants to be treated less than he already is, only more. So when their women treat them as kids, it just lets the handle off in ways only men can explain. If leaving their socks at the foot of the bed irritates you as his lady, he’ll prefer you lovingly speak to him about it or deal with it in a mature way, as against shouting down at him.
  2. Nagging- No man likes a nagging wife. Most wives would constantly criticize everything their men do. They spend more time nagging over the things their men do wrong, and less time appreciating them for the things they do right. It makes the men feel like no matter what they do, it would never be enough for their wives, so they stop trying. Wives should try appreciating more than criticizing; an honest advice from an honest man.
  3. Trying to change them - Too many wives do this in glaring ways. Attempting to forcefully change their men especially when he was the same person before you married him. Most wives fail to understand that two different people can be perfectly happy in marriage. They don’t necessarily have to be alike. Opposites do indeed attract, so accept him for who he is.
  4. Failing to consult them- Especially when it comes to major decisions, (finances and all), they really get upset when their wives don’t consult them. Seeking their advice even when you truthfully don’t need it makes them feel more involved and valued in your life. Most times their advice may not sit well with you wives, but if you end up not taking the advice, appreciate them all the same.
  5. Snoring- First they deny it, and then they say didn’t have a good sleep. Wives know that line all too well, it’s as old as it gets. However, instead of nagging away at how your spouse snores to high glory, try getting an anti-snoring device to solve the problem. There are lots of reviews on these devices to help deal with this seeming menace. It doesn’t have to break your marriage bed.
  6. Eating without them- The little things that upset wives! Wives feel left out and less than important when this happens. Also when they cook good meals and the husbands fail to eat after being called, it upsets them. Husbands should try to resist the temptation of eating without their wives as often as they can. Except of course, your wife doesn’t really mind.
  7. Leaving a wet towel on the bed- Not many husbands do this, but just like leaving the socks lying around, this habit could very easily upset the wives. It could almost push the wives to treat their husbands as kids when they do this. Husbands should try to put out the towel to dry, it’s really no rocket science.
  8. Withholding expressions of love- It’s hard for wives to understand why their husbands won’t physically express the love they clearly feel. It’s not enough to love them, you’ve got to say it, mean it and express it as long as you live. That’s what you signed up for, husband.

You Go EE

Erick Erickson continues to write pointed columns.

This Was a Great Promo

I really enjoyed the following segment of Monday Night Raw last night as the former members of the Shield went down memory lane and highlighted their previous achievements. I've read an article that floated the idea of The Shield reuniting in the future, possibly if Triple H returns, kicks Rollins out of The Authority, and ignites a feud. At that point, the article suggests, Seth Rollins would reunite with Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose to go after the Raw roster as they had done when they first appeared.

Judging by what happened in this segment, that theory seems unlikely though bitter enemies have often turned into awesome allies.

Editor's Note: Additional thoughts about this here.

10 Up-And-Coming Bands You Need to Hear in 2016

This list is per Loudwire.com, not my own personal list.
  1. Purson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1uTN...
  2. Caligula's Horse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLyHS...
  3. With Our Arms to the Sun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDwmN...
  4. Mantar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQWNZ...
  5. Rising: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qHi1...
  6. God Mother: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3t8Y...
  7. G.L.O.S.S.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ew3hj...
  8. The Virginmarys: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itW8Y...
  9. Eight Bells: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKXck...
  10. Chthe'ilist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZgNL...
Editor's Note: Assuming these are bands that will make an impact on the music world I participate within, I've added a label for each of the 10 bands listed above. Time will tell if I need these labels in the future or not.



Stoke the Flames of Unity

I had to wait 4 days to post this post because the article at the other end of this hyperlink is the kind of information that enemies of the United States would probably point to when condemning our great country. On Flag Day 2016, I wish the uniting symbol would unite our country to the extent that this article would be fiction and not the reality of our lack of unity. Here's the article: United Church of Christ says All Whites are Racist – “No Matter What”!

Where I Was is Getting Less

From my June 8th Corridor Business Journal newsletter:

Pearson eliminating 47 more jobs in Iowa City            
The educational and professional assessment company Pearson is eliminating 47 jobs at its Iowa City operations in the third round of job cuts this year. The company issued a notice of its plans to lay off the employees to Iowa Workforce Development on June 7.

Pearson spokeswoman Laura Gamble said the latest reduction is in line with plans announced by the company in January to reduce its global workforce by 10 percent through the course of 2016.

The latest cutbacks appear to bring the number of jobs eliminated by Pearson in Iowa City to at least 166, although the company has declined to release figures on the number of employees affected. Pearson notified state officials in January that it was laying off 62 employees, and in March that it was laying off 57 employees.

In a prepared statement, Pearson said, "Our employees in Iowa have a long, proud history of serving students, parents and educators across the state and around the nation. We are committed to supporting those affected employees during this difficult transition period."

Demand for educational assessments has been down, Pearson CEO John Fallon said in announcing plans to cut 4,000 jobs worldwide in January, indicating that fewer Americans are seeking college enrollment. He said the restructuring is intended to simply the company, integrate operations and cut costs to get Pearson growing again.

Iowa Workforce Development is offering services to assist the affected workers, a spokesman said.

Editor's Note: I tried to find this story on the CBJ website but was unsuccessful. The text above is a copy-n-paste from the email I received.

No Sign

Obama says no signs Orlando shooter was part of larger plot: http://bigstory.ap.org/dcddfbdf00a140e0b25264a55636b657&utm_source=android_app&utm_medium=blogger&utm_campaign=share Shared via AP Mobile. Download the app now: iOS - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ap-mobile/id284901416?mt=8 Android - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mnn.Android&referrer=utm_source=share_item&utm_medium=blogger

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Demo The Division

The liberals like the gays and hate the guns; the conservatives don't like the gays and don't hate the guns. As this event develops, I expect both sides to use it for their own benefit. Trump will talk about the Muslim community and Clinton will talk about lives being taken too soon.

Both of them are ignoring the full story. Trump can't unify the United States when he says that all Muslims are bad and Clinton can't talk about lives being precious after giving a speech in which she talked about abortion. They both are only going to highlight a sliver of the whole issue.


Never Heard

I just discovered this tune. I don't know it is in her modern setlist, but I would like it to be!

I am Four

Saturday, June 11, 2016


New Tune

While it's absolutely fantastic that new tunes from Bayside are being released - this one is called "Pretty Vacant" - I do think it sucks that they are not playing in Iowa during the previously announced tour dates. Here are their current dates:

Bayside Tour Dates:

08/11 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
08/12 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
08/13 Atlanta, GA Wrecking Ball Festival
08/14 Charlotte, NC Amos Southend
08/15 Norfolk, VA NorVa
08/17 Baltimore, MD Rams Head
08/18 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
08/19 New York, NY PlayStation Theater
08/20 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
08/21 Boston, MA House of Blues
08/23 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
08/24 Cleveland, OH Agora
08/25 Toronto, ON Opera House
08/26 Detroit, MI The Majestic
08/27 Chicago, IL 350 Fest
08/28 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights
08/30 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
08/31 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
09/2 Seattle, WA The Showbox
09/3 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
09/4 San Francisco Regency
09/6 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
09/7 Los Angeles, CA Regent Theater
09/8 San Diego, CA The Observatory North Park
09/9 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl
09/10 Phoenix, AZ The Pressroom
09/11 Albuquerque, NM The Sunshine Theater
09/13 San Antonio, TX Alamo City Music Hall
09/14 Houston, TX House of Blues
09/15 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live
09/16 Lawrence, KS Granada Theater
09/17 St. Louis, MO The Ready Room
09/18 Nashville, TN Exit/In

What's really ironic is that an idea was floated yesterday for the Sigwarths to go to see a baseball game in the Twin Cities on August 14th, which is a Sunday, which is two weeks prior to when Bayside actually plays in the Twin Cities. If only the idea was to go to a game that weekend instead of August 14th.

Trashy Opinion

This Sucks


Friday, June 10, 2016

Making the Point

The C & L site is liberal. I assume that they posted this article to mock the speech. Where did this speech go wrong? Do they disagree with what was said?

I don't know.




The C Word


Rubio! Rubio!


Funny Commercial

Dad stopped by the house last night and, during our conversation, asked if I had seen this commercial. I hadn't. I entered "copier commercial salary left on copier" on google.com to find it.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Lars Says Soon, Rhymes with June

Lars Ulrich has been quoted as saying that June 2016 is when Metallica will figure out how the music they've been recording will be released so, I hope to hear news regarding this soon. I really enjoy watching the "behind the scenes" videos from the recording sessions for Metallica's "Death Magnetic" release. It must have been difficult to assemble the hours of footage from the months they spent recording so that the bits about "All Nightmare Long" were all together. That song could have taken, for example, weeks to put together and during those weeks, maybe they worked on other tunes in the same day. It would be fascinating to see all of the footage without editing out what was edited. I seriously wonder if the band members trusted the editor(s) to do this work or if they watched it before it was released. Here is a video that is called the "best of" in the title - only those that were in the studio during the recording sessions really know if this video is appropriately named or not.

A Blank Check

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Unite the Party

Clinton says Trump behaving like a demagogue:

One More

"Athletes convicted of violent crimes at all levels are no more above the law or public outrage than any other person. They aren’t athletes anymore. They’re just bad people." from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2016/06/08/brock-turner-criminal_n_10362122.html


From the HI Craigslist, a lot of CDs for $4 each. That's outside of my price range. Plus it's in HI and I'm in Iowa!?!? That said, I pasted the ad exactly as it was written because I'm not interested in reformatting something I'm not going to buy, though I did remove the name & telephone number.

Looking to sell hundreds of music CDs in excellent condition from a smoke and pet free home. They are still in their original jewel cases, have their original inserts and artwork and have also been protected in CD drawers and towers. I have a various collection of music ranging from the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, 2000's, double discs, and boxed sets. I'd like to keep the sets together when selling. The genres also range from rock, metal, Hawaiian, reggae and much more. You can call, text or email me to see if I have what you're looking for. There are just too many to list all of them. Asking for $4 each disc/obo. Please reply to email or call/text

Here is a list of most of the artists in alphabetical order:
38 Special, 2 live crew, 3 plus, 3 scoops of aloha, 3rd road delight, 4 non blondes, 311, a flock of seagulls, abba, ac/dc, ace of base, aerosmith, air supply, akoni & da palapalai patch, alanis morissette, alannah myles, ali campbell, alice cooper, alpha blondy, amy grant, andrew lloyd webber, andy bumatai, apo & beasly, aretha franklin, arrested development, asia, aswad, atlantic starr, audioslave, baba b, bad english, bananarama, barenaked ladies, barry manilow, beck, bee gees, beethoven, bell biv devoe, ben folds five, berlin, bette midler, better than ezra, big head todd, big mountain, billy idol, billy joel, billy ocean, bing crosby, black sabbath, blackstreet, blink 182, blondie, blue murder, blues traveler, blur, bob marley, bobby brown, bon jovi, bone thugs n harmony, boston, boyz II men, bread, britney spears, brother noland, bruce springsteen, bruddah walter, bryan adams, buddy holly, bush, butch helemano, butthole surfers, c +c music factory, cake, cameo, cecilio & kapono, chaka demus & pliers, charlotte church, cheap trick, cher, cherry poppin daddies, chicago, christina aguilera, christopher cross, chuck berry, cinderella, collective soul, color me badd, connie francis, cornershop, counting crows, coverdale page, crash test dummies, creedence clearwater revival, crowded house, cyndi lauper, damn yankees, dan fogelberg, dave matthews band, david byrne, days of the new, debarge, debbie gibson, deep purple, def leppard, del beazley, depeche mode, destiny's child, devo, diana ross, diane & da boyz, dire straits, dishwalla, dj jazzy jeff and the fresh prince, don henley, donna lewis, donna summer, dread zeppelin, duran duran, eagles, earth wind and fire, eddie money, ella fitzgerald, elton john, elvis presley, emf, en vogue, erasure, eric clapton, europe, eve 6, everclear, everything, expose, extreme, faith hill, faith no more, fatboy slim, fiji, filter, fiona apple firehouse, fleetwood mac, foreigner, fuel, garbage, gary moore, geggy tah, general public, genesis, george michael, george thorogood, gin blossoms, glenn frey, glenn medeiros, gloria estefan, godsmack, goo goo dolls, great white, green day, guns n roses, hall n oates, hapa, harvey danger, hawaiian style band, hawaiian time, heart, ho'aikane, ho'okena, hootie and the blowfish, huey lewis and the news, i mother earth, inner circle, inxs, island rhythms, israel kamakawiwo'ole, j geils band, jamie lawrence, jan and dean, jane's addiction, janet jackson, jars of clay, jeff rasmussen, jefferson starship, jennifer lopez, jewel, jimi hendrix, jimmy cliff, jive bunny and the mastermixers, joan jett and the blackhearts, joan osborne, jodeci, joe balaz, joe walsh, john cougar mellencamp, johnny gill, jon secada, journey, judas priest, ka'au crater boys, kalapana, kapena, kapono beamer, karyn white, kawehi lindsey, kc and the sunshine band, k-ci and jojo, keali'i reichel, kenny g, kenny rogers, kid rock, kids bop, kiss, kool and the gang, korn, kotch, kris kross, lauryn hill, leahi, led zeppelin, len, lionel richie, lisa lisa and cult jam, lit, lita ford, live, local h, loggins n messina, lou reed, loverboy, lucky dube, luscious jackson, lush, luther vandross, lynyrd skynyrd, madness, madonna, makaha sons of ni'ihau, mana'o company, marcy playground, mariah carey, mark & brian, martin lawrence, matchbox twenty, mc hammer, mcauley schenker group, men at work, metallica, michael bolton, michael jackson, midnight oil, milli vanilli, missing persons, motley crue, mozart, mr. big, musical youth, na leo pilimehana, na waiho'olu'u o ke anuenue, natalie cole, natalie imbruglia, natalie merchant, natural vibrations, neil diamond, neil sedaka, nelson, nerf herder, new edition, new kids on the block, new radicals, night ranger, nine inch nails, nirvana, no doubt, nohe, nohelani cypriano, oasis, oleander, olivia newton-john, omc, omd, orgy, ozzy osbourne, pat benatar, paul mccartney, paula abdul, paula cole, pearl jam, pekelo, perry farrell, pet shop boys, peter gabriel, peter moon band, peter tosh, phil collins, poison, pound, prince, pure heart, pu'ukani, queen, queensryche, quiet riot, quincy jones, r. kelly, r.e.m., radiohead, rage against the machine, rainbow rastaman, ralph tresvant, rap reiplinger, ratt, red hot chili peppers, stars on 45 remix, reo speedwagon, republica, richard marx, rick springfield, ritchie valens, rob zombie, robert palmer, robi kahakalau, rod stewart, rose royce, roxette, roy orbison, rush, sade, saigon kick, salt n pepa, samantha fox, sammy hagar, santana, sarah mclachlan, savage garden, save ferris, scorpions, seduction, semisonic seven mary three, shabba ranks, shai, sha-na-na, shania twain, sheena easton, sheryl crow, shinehead, simple minds, simplisity, sister hazel, sixpence none the richer, skid row, slaughter, smash mouth, smashing pumpkins, smokey robinson, soul for real, soundgarden, spacehog, spandau ballet, spin doctors, steel pulse, steelheart, steely dan, stevie b, stevie nicks, stevie wonder, sting, stone temple pilots, stray cats, styper, styx, sublime, sugar ray, survivor, sweet sensation, swv, tal bachman, talking heads, tchaikovsky, tears for fears, technotronic, teresa bright, tesla, [(THE) aliis, (THE) b 52's, (THE) bangles, beach boys, beatles, black crowes, brian setzer orchestra, cardigans, carpenters, cars, clash, cover girls, cranberries, deele, doors, everly brothers, gap band, georgia satellites, go-go's, heads, human league, jackson 5, jets, kinks, mighty mighty bosstones, monkees, moody blues, offspring, pointer sisters, police, presidents of the united states, pretenders, proclaimers, rascals, righteous brothers, rolling stones, romantics, sundays, thompson twins, tubes verve pipe wallflowers], third eye blind, third world, tlc, toad the wet sprocket, tom cochrane, tom petty and the heartbreakers, tom tom club, tommy james and the shondells, tone-loc, toni braxton, tonic, tony toni tone, tool, toots and the maytals, toto, tracy bonham, trinere and friends, trio, trisha yearwood, triumph, trixter, tropical knights, twisted sister, u2, ub40, ugly kid joe, van halen, vanessa williams, vertical horizon, veruca salt, vince neil, wang chung, war, warrant, weezer, westwind ensemble wedding music, white lion, white town, white zombie, whitesnake, whitney houston, will to power, willie k, wilson phillips, winger, yellowman, zhane, ziggy marley and the melody makers, zz top

Soundtracks and collections: 10 things i hate about you, 1996 grammy nominees, a motown christmas carol, a reggae christmas, above the rim, celine dion decade, american graffiti, american pie, best of paradise 1 and 2, big willie style, bill and ted's bogus journey, buyaka ultimate dance hall, louis armstrong christmas through the years, city of angels, classic disney 1 and 2, cool runnings, cronies, dirty dancing, discovery sampler r&b, discovery sampler alternative, dumb and dumber, empire records, encomium led zeppelin tribute, footloose, tribute to depeche mode, graffiti bridge, grease, eurythmics gr hits, hit singles 1958-1977, hit singles 1980-1988, jellybean's house party, classic kiss regrooved, make a difference foundation, mtv party to go, gladiator soundtrack, no alternative, puff daddy no way out, pretty woman, rap's biggest hits, romeo n juliet, elektra's 40th anniversary, runaway bride, saturday night fever, alicia keys, sould food, stand by me, techno's gr hits, beavis and butt-head, best of sugar hill gang, bodyguard, harder they come, john lennon collection, ozzman cometh, johnny nash reggae collection, sun story, the wall live in berlin, this is reggae music volumes 2, 4, and 5, zoo rave

alternative children's Christmas classic rock easy listening hip-hop rap heavy metal old school oldies pop r&b rock & roll reggae retro soundtrack comedy country dance electronic jazz new age techno island

Asking for $4 each disc/obo. Please reply to email or call/text

Upcoming Incorrect

Bryan Adams is coming to Cedar Rapids, IA, for a concert at the US Cellular Center. I've never felt compelled to write about Bryan Adams on this blog, but I've always liked his tunes. I used to listen to "Cuts Like a Knife" on cassette repeatedly, though, there's been too many miles between then and now to cite a track on that release other than the title cut. I also liked the release "Reckless" but not because of the hit single "Summer of '69." I really liked the tune "Somebody." There was something magical about the guitar riff and even the guitar solo that speaks to me. I am humming the tune now (silently).

Set aside all of the above and look at the announcement I received through an email:
It's really close, but there's a problem with the date. As you can see below, September 18, 2016, is not a Monday - it's a Sunday. That makes a big difference as far as whether I'd be able to swing going to the show as far as scheduling and such.
As I sit here on a Wednesday in September, attending this show is unlikely to happen. I would rather see one or both of these shows instead:

I've never seen Korn, Motionless in White (Alex told me last night he likes their music), or REO Speedwagon in concert which means, yes, I've seen BB, Silver Snakes (they opened for Bring Me the Horizon in Clive when Alex and I went to see them last month), Def Leppard, and Tesla. When I saw Tesla, they were the HEADLINER and had Great White and Badlands open for them. Now they get the (crappy) opening slot on a 3 band bill. Meanwhile, yes, over in Moline, IL, there are at least three concerts I'd like to see:
"Make America Rock Again" is a multi-band concert with the following bands:
  2. TRAPT
  7. 12 STONES
  9. More!
I would very much want to see it!