Friday, May 27, 2016
- My Ludwig Vistalite set has a 24" bass drum so if I were ever wanting to play a double bass drum set, this would be a great addition.
- The snare drum is a see-through shell.
- I like that there are two mounted toms. My existing set has a single 13" mounted tom. Because I watched the Mike Mangini (Dream Theater) video below. In the video, he talks about the different reasons he uses so many drums. Based upon the theories he talks about, it would be interesting to do a tom run going from 13", to 14", to 13" and then down to my existing 2 16" floor toms, plus adding the 16" floor tom that would come with this set.
13" 14" 16" 24" kick and 14x6.5 snare
Here's the Mike Mangini video. It's a long one - 24 minutes - but I found it very interesting.
The only reason I thought about Mike Mangini is because I had come across this video of Dream Theater playing a cover of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" that was recorded with the band members sitting in front of Mangini's drum set. That reminded me of seeing his drum clinic in Davenport, which reminded me of how awesome of a drummer he is.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
The takeaway? Government is inefficient. Also, HRC didn't follow the rules.
Editor's Note: After the original posting of this post, I came across an article that lays out which specific rules HRC violated: You can read it here.
What do I write about the most? I was curious so I used a widget to list all of the labels I've applied to my posts. When I saw which labels were in the top 10 list, I can't say I was surprised. It's interesting to me that I used the "Republican Tendencies" tag 65 more times than I used the tag "Work." I don't know if those posts with the label "Technical Writing" should have also had the label "Work" or if there are actually 92 posts about technical writing that are non-work related. I also think that if I audited the posts that do actually have videos embedded, there would be more than 177. I've never done an audit of labels. There may even be some posts that have zero labels!
All that said, this top 10 list does correlate to the passions in my life.
- Busy Life (460)
- Republican Tendencies (358)
- Work (293)
- Conversion Projects (230)
- Metallica (230)
- Technical Writing (201)
- drums (183)
- Videos (177)
- WWE (110)
- Iowa Hawkeyes (108)
In case I am curious in the future, I created a page to store the entire list.
At this point, pretty much everyone, including Hillary Clinton’s political allies, knows that her use of a private server was a major problem and that everything she has said about it to this point is a lie. Welcome to the Vast right wing conspiracy, everyone.
Also, there's Elizabeth Warren doing HRC's dirty work, but there's a problem.
The real problem is that Warren’s general critique applies just as much to Hillary Clinton as it does to Donald Trump.
This argument is described here.
On a related tangent, the rack in Megan's closet had come out of the wall a couple of weeks ago and, with all we had going on, it took until May 21st for it to be addressed. Alex and I worked on repairing it for over 3 hours. I am not a handyman. There was a discussion about whether we should drill new holes or not. I voted for no new holes. I chose that route not because I wanted to finish sooner, but because the way I thought the hanging thingies (that's a techie term) work, I didn't think we would need a new hole. I thought using the existing hole would work fine. After all, this rack was on the wall for over a decade without an issue.
Sure enough, last night, as Megan was putting clothes back on the rack, it came out of the wall again. I went up to fix it, alone, as Alex was entertaining Melanie, Austin, and Megan (Austin's girlfriend). I started to drill new holes when I realized I was in over my head. Citing the TV game show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" where contestants can "phone a friend" if they don't know the answer to a question, I phoned my friend Dave Downes. After assuring me that he wasn't busy, he came over around 7:15 and we worked together to repair the shelf. came over last night to help me out of a jam. It was 9:00 when we finished. We retired to the kitchen table and the 3 (Karen, Dave, and I) of us sat there and tried to solve the problems of the world.
Of course, politics came up and Donald Trump was discussed. Karen likes his point-blank attitude about things, especially when it comes to his opinion about illegal immigrants. Generically, she revealed that an illegal immigrant in the United States is eligible for Medicare after being in the country for 5 years. What amount of money was contributed by them? ZERO! American taxpayers pay for that.
I mentioned how I had read an article about how the Electoral College is likely to shake down - this is the article from March 2016 - and it's predicted to be a landslide victory for HRC if history is accepted as a predicting agent of the future (I know it doesn't have to be). If that prediction is true, and HRC becomes our next president, it simply means another 8 years (really, you don't think she'd run for re-election?) of President Obama's policies.
I'm not saying Donald Trump would be a great president or even a better president than HRC. I still say that a Marco Rubio / Carly F. ticket would have been a ticket I could have TOTALLY supported. Unfortunately, they are not running for the Republican nomination. I just saw on my email that Donald Trump now has 1237, which is the magic number of delegates he needed for the Republican nomination. It's all over but the wailing and gnashing of teeth. The #NeverTrump movement will continue to press Republicans to not vote for Trump. I'll be curious to see how this American political story is written between now and Election Day 2016. There's a new development - Donald Trump challenged Bernie Sanders to a debate - and now, Bernie Sanders has agreed to debate Donald Trump, per this article. It's getting cra-cra around here....
DAMN! I REALLY LIKE THIS SONG!!! I am eager to hear more!!!
- She by Green Day
- All The Small Things by Blink 182
- The Middle by Jimmy Eat World
REM | Create the Logs folder first
REM | The No Condition folders
REM | The NOT Nonsecure
REM | The NOT Secure
REM | Now, compile the outputs
cd "C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe RoboHelp 2015\RoboHTML"
REM | The No Condition outputsrhcl "C:\Users\me\Desktop\DRM\DRM\Project.xpj" -l "NoConditions_RH" -o "S:\TDoc\DISARECO\__%today%\NoConditions_RH" -g "S:\TDoc\DISARECO\__%today%\_Logs\%TODAY%_NoConditions_RH.txt"
rhcl "C:\Users\me\Desktop\DRM\DRM\Project.xpj" -l "NoConditions_WH" -o "S:\TDoc\DISARECO\__%today%\NoConditions_WH" -g "S:\TDoc\DISARECO\__%today%\_Logs\%TODAY%_NoConditions_WH.txt"
rhcl "C:\Users\me\Desktop\DRM\DRM\Project.xpj" -l "NoConditions_PDF" -o "S:\TDoc\DISARECO\__%today%\NoConditions_PDF" -g "S:\TDoc\DISARECO\__%today%\_Logs\%TODAY%_NoConditions_PDF.txt"
rhcl "C:\Users\me\Desktop\DRM\DRM\Project.xpj" -l "NoConditions_CHM" -o "S:\TDoc\DISARECO\__%today%\NoConditions_CHM" -g "S:\TDoc\DISARECO\__%today%\_Logs\%TODAY%_NoConditions_CHM.txt"
REM | Internal-Facingrhcl "C:\Users\me\Desktop\DRM\DRM\Project.xpj" -l "PDF_Internal" -o "S:\TDoc\DISARECO\__%today%\PDF_Internal" -g "S:\TDoc\DISARECO\__%today%\_Logs\%TODAY%_PDF_Internal.txt"
rhcl "C:\Users\me\Desktop\DRM\DRM\Project.xpj" -l "RH_Online_Internal" -o "S:\TDoc\DISARECO\__%today%\RH_Online_Internal" -g "S:\TDoc\DISARECO\__%today%\_Logs\%TODAY%_RH_Online_Internal.txt"
rhcl "C:\Users\me\Desktop\DRM\DRM\Project.xpj" -l "WH_Online_Internal" -o "S:\TDoc\DISARECO\__%today%\WH_Online_Internal" -g "S:\TDoc\DISARECO\__%today%\_Logs\%TODAY%_WH_Online_Internal.txt"
rhcl "C:\Users\me\Desktop\DRM\DRM\Project.xpj" -l "CHM_Online_Internal" -o "S:\TDoc\DISARECO\__%today%\CHM_Online_Internal" -g "S:\TDoc\DISARECO\__%today%\_Logs\%TODAY%_CHM_Online_Internal.txt"
REM | External-Facingrhcl "C:\Users\me\Desktop\DRM\DRM\Project.xpj" -l "WH_Online_External" -o "S:\TDoc\DISARECO\__%today%\WH_Online_External" -g "S:\TDoc\DISARECO\__%today%\_Logs\%TODAY%_WH_Online_External.txt"
rhcl "C:\Users\me\Desktop\DRM\DRM\Project.xpj" -l "RH_Online_External" -o "S:\TDoc\DISARECO\__%today%\RH_Online_External" -g "S:\TDoc\DISARECO\__%today%\_Logs\%TODAY%_RH_Online_External.txt"
rhcl "C:\Users\me\Desktop\DRM\DRM\Project.xpj" -l "PDF_External" -o "S:\TDoc\DISARECO\__%today%\PDF_External" -g "S:\TDoc\DISARECO\__%today%\_Logs\%TODAY%_PDF_External.txt"
rhcl "C:\Users\me\Desktop\DRM\DRM\Project.xpj" -l "CHM_Online_External" -o "S:\TDoc\DISARECO\__%today%\CHM_Online_External" -g "S:\TDoc\DISARECO\__%today%\_Logs\%TODAY%_CHM_Online_External.txt"
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
If this article is true, I agree.
What's been kind of interesting, as I await the results of whether or not files can be recovered from my 4 TB EHD, is I've been listening to "full albums" on youtube.com as I work (through my cell phone). The band below, Brand New, came up as a suggested video and, after a couple of listens, I realize they are a jewel I never knew was present in the world of music. I am disappointed that the closest tour date they have is Saturday, July 2... in Chicago. That's the same day as Alex's "farewell" concert in Grinnell. Additionally, like Bayside's tour dates, I'm hoping that additional dates will be announced.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
As in, my Indiana Pacers are out of the NBA playoffs and I really don't care who ends up being the champions of the NBA this year.
ON BASKETBALL: Green's history may have helped him: http://bigstory.ap.org/466c164ecdbc444bae9b47685851bd34&utm_source=android_app&utm_medium=blogger&utm_campaign=share
Monday, May 23, 2016
Not every week.
Those are the times that can't be recreated except in my mind. I don't think that I have talked to either of those guys in over 20 years.
Two sides of the acquittal in Maryland:
I love Metallica.
Editor's Note: This post is the 230th I have on this blog with the label "Metallica"
People want old shit from old bands nowadays.
Alice Cooper, Kiss, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Judas Priest, AC/DC., Twisted Twister's setlists etc. have the majority of old songs.
That is so true. Because I have zero desire to see Alice Cooper, I'll withhold my commentary about his setlist - he can play whatever the hell he wants to play - I couldn't care less.
Moving on, there are songs that bands must play.
- KISS can't replace "Detroit Rock City" with a tune from "Monster"
- Metallica can't replace "Master of Puppets" with "St. Anger"
- Megadeth can't replace any tune from "Rust in Peace" with a tune from "Risk"
- Slayer can't replace "War Ensemble" with a tune from "Diabolas in Musica"
- Judas Priest can't replace "Living After Midnight" with a tune from "Turbo"
- AC/DC can't replace "Back in Black" with a tune from "Fly on the Wall"
- Twisted Sister can't replace any tune from "Stay Hungry" with a tune from "Love is for Suckers"
- a Motorhead tune and yet, I heard "Ace of Spades" the other day
- a Metallica tune from their first 3 releases and yet, I hear "Seek & Destroy," "Creeping Death," and "(Welcome Home) Sanitarium" on a fairly regular basis
Sunday, May 22, 2016
At 51 years old, Nick Menza died. Apparently, he was playing drums at a gig when he had an apparent heart attack. I know that if there was a way to pick how I go to meet God, that's how I want to go.
Read more here & here.
Editor's Note: The tributes to Nick Menza continue to arrive in my Inbox, including this article that highlights the 10 Best Nick Menza Songs in Megadeth: http://teamrock.com/feature/2016-05-23/nick-menza-s-top-10-megadeth-songs
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Friday, May 20, 2016
Yes, I know she means "if you are a woman in America" but in light of the Venn diagram mishap - details here - I thought I'd poke fun at her writing skills.
On another note, at George Nowlan's wake on Monday, I saw a married couple that I've known all my life. They now live in Arizona. Somehow, as we were sitting there, the husband brought up politics.
He is a fan of Donald Trump and thinks Trump will clean up Washington.
I came across sounding like anti-Republican voter because I pointed out that Trump isn't pro-life and I would have expected the Republican candidate to be pro-life. The husband stated, "He's pro-life." "No," I said, "he was, but now is pro-choice." "So he changed. Don't you change who you are over time?"
Ah yes, of course I change. Every one changes. I wouldn't be human if I didn't expect others to not change as I am changing, I suppose.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
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Attached to the email was a PDF with these details:
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Really? $2500 when "we have an estimated 0% chance of a successful recovery."
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
When I read "Hillary Clinton is evil like Darth Vader" I thought I was going to come unglued. I subscribe to the theory that Anakin Skywalker is a tragic hero. His major flaw? He never EVER wanted to see a loved one die. Not his mother, not his wife.
When loved ones arrive at George Nowlan's funeral today, who among them would not give anything to not have to be saying farewell today?
How is that evil?
Monday, May 16, 2016
- Hit the Lights should be replaced with Motorbreath
- Die, Die My Darling (Mistifis cover) should've been replaced with All Nightmare Long
- To Live Is to Die should've been replaced with Harvester of Sorrow
- Of Wolf And Man should've been replaced with The Struggle Within
- Trapped Under Ice should've been replaced with All Within My Hands (though any St. Anger tune on this list is asking for debate
- The Unforgiven II should've been replaced with King Nothing (only because I heard it on the radio and thought it was a great tune
- The Unforgiven should be replaced with The Judas Kiss - very controversial to exclude "The Unforgiven"
- Nothing Else Matters should be replaced with The Frayed Ends of Sanity
30. 00:00 Orion
29. 08:26 Enter Sandman
28. 13:58 Escape
26. 22:41 Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
25. 29:08 Whiplash
24. 33:20 Wherever I May Roam
22. 42:34 The Memory Remains
21. 47:13 The Day That Never Comes
20. 55:12 Creeping Death
18. 1:11:42 Battery
16. 1:21:08 Jump in Fire
15. 1:25:48 Fuel
13. 1:34:25 Metal Militia
12. 1:39:36 ...And Justice For All
11. 1:49:23 Through The Never
09. 2:00:00 Seek & Destroy
08. 2:07:00 Sad But True
05. 2:25:25 One
04. 2:32:50 For Whom The Bell Tolls
03. 2:40:00 Master Of Puppets
02. 2:50:37 Ride The Lightning
01. 2:53:20 Fade to Black
there is no one else in the world.
there is no one else in sight.
they were the only ones who mattered.
they were the only ones left.
he had to be with me.
she had to be with him.
i had to do this.
i wanted to kill him.
i started to cry.
i turned to him.
Google's AI wrote it. Read more "amazingly mournful poetry" here.
Sunday, May 15, 2016
"It's all about me!" Mavretic opined. "Well, can a white person want to be a black person and then get minority contracts? Can a female want to be a male and go to the beach and and not have to wear a top like males do?"
When "Fear the Walking Dead" finishes its second season on Sunday, May 22, 2016, I hope there is no need for apologizing. The second season started kind of slow. I actually considered not continuing to watch the show as it wasn't really interesting, but I continued to watch. Then, episode 3 picked up the tempo, followed by two more better / more intriguing episodes. Now, with the finale coming, I feel more committed to watching it Sunday and beyond.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
This is wrong and I really am not being anti-anything. Both kids should go to a non-Big Ten university.
When I read articles about transgender people, I am discombobulated and feel distressed. First, I feel like a lot of people are going to take advantage of the freedom I enjoy in the United States and screw it up. An idiot who chokes a 8 year old girl is inexcusable - http://www.redstate.com/sweetie15/2016/05/13/8-year-old-girl-latest-victim-inclusive-bathroom-madness/ - and making it okay for me, a man, to use the women's bathroom is just crazy, but it was done in North Carolina, as described in this article.
At the exact moment when I feel repulsed by these actions, I then get a counter argument that I find compelling. It is clear to me that I have compassionate tendencies. When I read http://patch.com/iowa/iowacity/s/fqr83/for-transgender-people-lots-more-to-deal-with-than-bathroom-access?utm_source=newsletter-daily&utm_medium=email&utm_term=politics%20%26%20government&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_content=article-national article and got a better feel for the daily stress of living in a transgender mind, I am sickened. Someone was told to go 1.5 miles away from where they are every time to pee or poop.
That's nuts, right?
Friday, May 13, 2016
This is George's obituary: https://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/home/index.cfm/obituaries/view/fh_id/15030/id/3718811
I knew George as a man that was clever and witty. I don't know if he was a fan of "Two and a Half Men" but I can imagine he would have enjoyed the clever and witty humor of the show in the pre-Ashton Kutcher seasons.
And the rebuttal: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/sheldon-adelson-i-endorse-donald-trump-for-president/2016/05/12/ea89d7f0-17a0-11e6-aa55-670cabef46e0_story.html
Thursday, May 12, 2016
I left Matthew's apartment with that apprehensive feeling absolved of my consciousness. I was mesmerized by the conversation. As each man spoke and told the tale of their life, I really wanted to not feel like dog shit. Topics such as those that were discussed rarely come up at home - I certainly wanted to stay longer than I did.
I do want to capture a revelation, if you will. When the subject of Matthew's journey from married man to divorced man to being married on Saturday was brought up, I contributed the following perspective. Because I saw the daily pain Matthew felt as he went through his journey in 2014, I recommitted to my marriage. It was a call to arms that I needed to be a better husband and a better father and, yes, a better son. I have never kept a tally of all the divorced couples I know and this part of my post is about them, in general, excluding Matthew's situation. From the long conversations I've had with my friends and family that are navigating through a divorce, there seems to be a common thread. The routine becomes unbearable and that unbearable feeling becomes an agent of change. Without naming names, I've known couples that decide to have sex in order to gauge their commitment to each other and when the sex was bad, it's added as a tally mark on the sheet that documents why they are getting divorced. Another couple tried counseling in an effort to rekindle or rediscover the joy that they each felt on their wedding day. It didn't work. Another couple I know decided to separate and take time to themselves. That couple hasn't pulled the trigger, if you will, and may still have a chance. I pray for them and their marriage. I pray that sorting out their feelings for each other in solitude will flip on a light bulb that leads to a reconciliation.
Matthew and Sandra's wedding on Saturday will be the beginning of a chapter filled with the full spectrum of emotions. I am honored to be attending.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
AND TALKS MORE.
Controversy usually flares up when he talks, whether it was about rap music or Prince's death. Regarding his comments about Prince's recent death, he has offered an apology. I read it. His words relate to my life, specifically:
In my experience [drug users have] made my life, and the lives of their loved ones, difficult. I was raised in a culture/crowd where drug addicts were written off as losers, and since that's the narrative I grew up with, it's been hard to change with the times.
I was brought up that way as well. I drank booze for a number of years (see below) and since I stopped on 12/31/2010, I've often pondered the idea that by now choosing to not drink booze, I am returning to the way I was brought up. A return to my roots, if you will. You see, when I was young, Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" campaign was popular and catchy. In numerous ways, I firmly believe it instilled the predisposition I have to disliking drugs. I calculated that I probably had my first drink of booze on Thursday, November 10, 1988.
That's when I was a freshman at Mount Mercy College. I wish I could have sent "Future Paul" to that version of my self on my very first day of college with a simple message: begin keeping a journal. I regret I didn't. Instead of a consolidated journal in a single notebook, I wrote about what was happening in my life in a variety of notebooks and random pieces of paper until May 1989. Because I didn't think it was (apparently) a big deal, I don't think I've ever seen where I recorded the date of my first drink of booze. Thus, 11/10/1988 is a guess. This means I drank booze for 22 years, 1 month and 3 weeks of my life. Some of the awful decisions I made after May 1989 are documented in my journals.
Here's another tangent. The effects of drugs on the user as well as the user's family is a recurring sub-plot in "Fear the Walking Dead" series I watch on AMC. One of the main characters is a heroin addict (though in the current second season, he has not done heroin). Because of his past, the way in which other characters interact with him is interesting. This character was a different person when he used frequently. Now that he hasn't used heroin for a bit, his sister and mother still distrust him. They both recall vivid incidents of what it was like when he was in the depths of his drug abuse. I see it in his mother's eyes when she talks to him. She longed for him to not choose heroin and then was repeatedly crushed when he did. It's as if she hears what he tells her but she won't allow herself to believe him because of his past.
What an interesting thought. I will ponder it further in my private journal in light of recent events in my life.
And to bring this post back to the original intent of writing it, Gene Simmons' apology is available in this article.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Dustin Vaughn, Adobe Solutions Consulting Manager, and Stefan Gentz, Adobe's Worldwide Technical Communication Evangelist, teamed up to create an awesome video course that teaches how to take Microsoft Word (MSW) documents into Adobe FrameMaker.
"Word has no book functionality and the master document concept is, well, a concept only," said Gentz. "This is why most Word authors prefer to keep all content in one document, resulting in one big content silo, no re-use of chapters / topics, problems in the translation process, difficult handling, tons of self-written macros to fix tons of problems."
Gentz went on to point out other problems people tend to have with large Word documents including unreliable styles and unpredictable formatting behavior.
"Cross-references tend to break easily and styles change 'magically' in the whole document just because you changed something somewhere," said Gentz.
This phrase intrigued me "styles change 'magically' in the whole document just because you changed something somewhere." As someone who has used MSW since version 2.0, I don't agree with that assessment. Styles change not by magic - nothing in software is "magic" which is why I disapprove of the phrase "The window appears" as a phrase in documentation because of its "magic" connotation - but because you (the user) change a setting. The entire point of using styles (in the first place) is so that when you change a style's definition from 10pt to 12pt, all instances of that style change. If all instances of that style did NOT change, there would be zero point in even using styles. You'd be better off performing multiple (and endless) find and replace actions in the Word document. I'm not sure why Gentz is trying to persuade me to use Framemaker instead of MSW because MSW does what it is supposed to do. The logic falls apart. It almost seems as though Gentz's ignorance of how styles work in MSW.
That said, I do not believe MSW is perfect - no software tool is perfect. There are always software bugs to correct and enhancements to add.
Monday, May 9, 2016
"Disagreement is healthy. It sharpens and strengthens and teaches. Condemnation we should use only with extreme care. By all means, condemn the candidates; they are accountable for themselves. But spare those forced to grapple with the same terrible choice as you. For some, the balance tilts another way."
Here's the link: http://www.city-journal.org/html/death-disagreement-14435.html
Brief Two: The reason I put the text [SPOILERS FOLLOW] above is because the second brief is to an article about spoilers - http://freebeacon.com/blog/on-spoilers/ - and it just seemed appropriate...
We're likely not going to see him winking in November, but if I lived in Wisconsin, I would at least want to know more about his stance on issues - health care, illegal immigration, and the role of the United States when it comes to terrorism - before I would endorse his candidacy.
Sunday, May 8, 2016
I didn't know that you could stop obeying the law if you so choose. HRC can...."Get ready for a report about 'Hillary Clinton: Inadvertent Lawbreaker'
Friday, May 6, 2016
I know this may be a stretch in the logic Ryback uses, but I am taking his argument and applying it to the fictional situation where I am the booking agent for a music festival. Should I pay the 8 bands I'm going to book the same, meaning the very first band that plays should be paid the same as the headliner. Uh, no. Never. Look at this fictional dream lineup of a day-long music festival I would love to book at Kinnick Stadium. Here's the schedule:
12:00 Doors Open
02:10-02:45 From Ashes to New
03:00-03:40 We As Human
04:05-04:45 In This Moment
05:15-06:00 Pop Evil
06:30-07:15 Breaking Benjamin
Editor's Note: Schedule was revised on 5/13/2016 to use the Rock'n Derby main stage schedule as a template. See below the link to Ryback's post for the bands that are playing at that festival.
Regardless of the amount of time a specific band was playing, there is a higher demand for Metallica than From Ashes to New, the same as there is more demand for Cena or The Rock than for Golddust or R Truth. That's the way it is. The only way a band like From Ashes to New or We As Human can move into the Metallica slot is to keep churning away, playing gigs upon gigs until, eventually, they headline their own tour. A great example is Shinedown. They were not in a good slot the first time I saw them at Memphis in May in 2003. While their single "45" was starting to run up the charts, they still played around 2 PM, which is not the best slot. When I saw them in 2008, Shinedown were sandwiched between Buck Cherry & Saving Abel. When I saw them twice in 2013, Shinedown was headlining their own tour with Three Days Grace & POD opening in February and then headlining the "Carnival of Madness" tour with Skillet & Papa Roach & In This Moment & We As Human opening.
So when Ryback says, "Why not pay the talent equally? The winners have more MERCH as it is or are supposed to anyways so they get that extra perk," he has answered his own question. MERCH is not a perk - it's a clear, tangible, & measurable way to determine whether the talent should be headlining a PPV or in the pre-show. Is it fair? Of course not. The WWE Universe is finnicky. It's hard to imagine this, but there was a time when The Rock was booed and was unpopular. Sometimes things work slowly. For example, The New Day started out as heels and the stable looked like it was going to be a bust. They were unpopular and booed often. Since their debut, they have found a way to connect with the crowd to the extent that on the May 2, 2016, episode of Monday Night Raw, they were faces and teamed up with Cass, another face. Sometimes things don't work at all. The League of Nations (Rusev, Alberto Del Rio, Sheamus, and Wade Barrett) never caught on as a stable. When they turned on each other a couple of weeks ago, I certainly didn't shed a tear.
Read Ryback's post here
SATURDAY, MAY 21
While I certainly don't endorse the idea that anyone should get high, I do think that the Iowa Legislature should have approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Right now, if someone is in severe pain, that person has to go to CO, where it is legal. The Iowa Legislature failed the people of Iowa when they failed to act. I think an issue like this should not be partisan. I would challenge the Republicans to do the research and to help the people that voted for them to do actual work.
Why this extended essay about getting high, drinking booze, and such? Well, Rob Zombie's "Get High" just assaulted my ears for the first time. While I like this groove and the parts where the guitar drops out and it's just singing and a tambourine / percussion in the background, I still am just not a Robbie Z fan. I've seen him in concert, when he was the lead singer of White Zombie, though I can't recall who else was on the bill with him at this precise moment. The guitarist, John 5 (and I only know that because he was on "That Metal Show") proves he is a great guitarist. The drumming is interesting. I even like the vocal effects.
I like "Get High" better than the first single I heard:
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
My dark hope is Clinton goes to prison for something... anything... between now and the election. However, I am not optimistic about it happening in my life.
I want to be a striver! (hee hee!)
How much do you hate your day job? Maybe you don't hate it at all. There are lucky folks out there who are psychologists or attorneys by day and play in a band at night, and they're completely happy. They feel well-balanced and fulfilled doing what they do. Then there are the rest of us: workers, strivers, many of us feeling blocked or drained by whatever we do to pay the bills.
Nobody needs a rehash of the reasons not to become a professional musician; you're probably the one recounting them whenever a friend suggests that you just do what makes you happy. "But this, but that," you respond, thinking about rent payments and credit card bills. What about all the reasons to do it? What follows is a completely biased list of five reasons you should just go for it and become a pro.
- There's never a perfect time Whether it's getting married, having kids, buying your dream car, or making a career change, there's always an adjustment. There will never be a magic moment when everything else in life is perfect. Psychologists tell us that the major stressors in life are transitions: death, the birth of a child, changing our housing, changing our careers. We probably shouldn't go out of our way to change all of these things at once, but expecting some stress and going into it with good faith, we should never fear to make a change. Why not make the change now?
- Every career has associated expenses, and not all of them are financial Make no mistake, whatever you do right now to make money also costs you money...and more than money. When people think "work-related expenses," they think about commuting costs, dry cleaning, and buying meals at the company cafeteria. Those are the obvious ones. However, full-time jobs also cost you opportunities. You have to say no to all sorts of exciting offers, whether they're social events or money-making gigs, because they conflict with the immovable schedule of your day job. Working for yourself as a musician, you at least have the opportunity to pick and choose and make your own calendar. Only during career transitions do we really see the perks and the downsides of the jobs we leave and the ones we're going to. For example, if you're a music teacher and teach from your home, you just saved five to 10 hours a week in commuting...and $50 a week at Dunkin' Donuts during the ride in.
- Your best chance of success is doing what you do best
Take a good, long look at yourself. What is your greatest talent? Ask your family and your friends. (But probably not your mom. She thinks you're great at everything. Aren't moms awesome?) If your biggest skill - the thing you are blessed to do better than anybody - is something you're only doing six hours a week, then something is out of kilter. The same goes within the field of music. If you're an average drummer but you're a genius behind the board, touring and playing beats should take a backseat to your studio work. If you're an average cell phone repair technician but an amazing fiddler, you need to find a way to fiddle more and fix fewer phones.
- It doesn't necessarily have to be all or nothing There's quite a continuum between working 40 hours per week and being a guitarist and nothing else. If you live in Norway and can get a government grant to compose an atonal opera, that's fantastic. But most of us don't have that kind of help. If quitting your boring job cold turkey isn't viable, why not shorten up your schedule? Your bosses have dreams, too, and may be more helpful than you think when it comes to reaching for yours. Somewhere in the realm of possibilities, there's a place in which you make enough money to feed yourself and have more time to make art. Find that place.
- Life's too short for misery Look at all the people around you. They respect you and think you're great. But if you have a day job that leaves you annoyed and exhausted every day, they're not getting the best of you. You're not getting the best of yourself. It's amazing how much better life looks when you make a positive change, no matter how scary. Opportunity seems to knock more often, and you'll be better equipped to seize it when it does. You'll also be growing in a way that you couldn't in your old job. We need more music, and people to make it. If you want music to be your career, don't hold back. Figure out a way and do it!
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Before you go to the link below, you should know Karen showed me the image at the other end of the link last night. It seems to be the rage on Facebook. It's fair to say that I didn't want to directly have the image on my blog. Once you see it, my cryptic message will make more sense.
All that said, I really do want to relieve some stress pretty much every day. (winking playfulness)
Monday, May 2, 2016
And messing up during rehearsal or when trying to write a song are not really fair to be included.
Rehearsal is where you practice and writing music is all about experiencing the magic of creativity.
Performing on stage, with 1000s of fans who have studied the albums cannot be without enormous pressure.
I felt like I had to nail down certain drum parts of the songs Lou's Classic Ride and Uncle Rico the Band covered because I knew that there would likely be musicians who would know that I screwed up if I didn't nail a fill the same as the recording. Multiply the audience I played in front of by a lot more to get an idea of what Ulrich is facing. On top of that, every time he plays, there is a camera to capture the moment of being imperfect.
I think the majority of people who hate on Ulrich don't play drums or if they do, they don't play drums in front of the number of fans Ulrich does on a regular basis. To be so nieve to think that they would never EVER make a mistake on stage is a characteristic of a delusional individual.
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Saturday, April 30, 2016
"A man, dressed as a man, who does not claim to be a woman, and does not claim to identify as a woman, may use the restroom designated for women if he feels more comfortable there."
Don't believe it? Read about it in this article.
Friday, April 29, 2016
....conspiracy to use Clinton's email server as a political solution to a failed attempt at establishing policies that favor the rich and wealthy.