Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Just came across a band - Downward Fall - who state that the following:
We cover songs from
  1. 3 Days Grace
  2. Black Stone Cherry
  3. Breaking Benjamin
  4. Candlebox
  5. Cavo
  6. Chevelle
  7. Chevelle
  8. Disturbed
  9. Drowning Pool
  10. Eve 6
  11. Foo Fighters
  12. Godsmack
  13. Good Charlotte
  14. Jet
  15. Kid Rock
  16. Korn
  17. Limp Bizkit
  18. Lit
  19. Papa Roach
  20. P.O.D.
  21. Rage Against the Machine
  22. Red Hot Chili Peppers
  23. Saliva
  24. Seether
  25. Sevendust
  26. Shinedown
  27. Slipknot
  28. Soundgarden
  29. Staind
  30. Sublime
  31. Toadies
  32. Theory Of A Deadman
  33. Tool
  34. Velvet Revolver
  35. White Zombie
What a great list of bands!

Snapshot of Reactions

James Hetfield: The Song on New Metallica Album I First Thought Would Be the Biggest Hit
And here's a snapshot of the reactions to the above article:

Time Passes By

Seven years ago today, Fran McCaffery was named @IowaHoops head coach.


Hey... You!!

Pointing a Finger but Feeling Fortunate

Yesterday was my 1 year anniversary at work. I was already feeling humble to recall the trial I went through during the 62 days of purgatory - 1/26/2016 - 3/28/2016 - but to then read about Turkey. Turkey? Bear with me.

America is a great country because of our freedoms that brave men & women fought to give me. I felt humbled to live where I do, to have the possessions I have, to love who I love, and to work where I work when I saw this article - Turkey's jailed journalists 'Sometimes I laugh at this farce': six writers on life behind bars in Turkey Six persecuted writers describe the mental and physical toll of living in the country that jails more journalists than any other - and thought God really must have a plan for me. Truth be told, I also thought, "Those people in Turkey are idiots!" or, as WWE personality / lead singer of Fozzy would say, "Stupid idiot!"

It made me really think about who I am and how fortunate I am who I am.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Download a Folder using FTP

From How to download a folder containing multiple files on an ftp server to a desktop?
  1. Open an Explorer window. Click on the Start menu, then select My Computer.
  2. Type the ftp url in the the address bar. For example:
  3. If a login is necessary, a dialog box will appear.
  4. A listing of all directories and files of the server will appear.
  5. Copy the files just as you would with a normal folder.

Riveting Article

My Husband Is Not My Everything


I'm excited enough about the 4 TB EHD arriving enough to officially christen the drive with a drive letter: B. Why B? The color of the drive is blue. Duh.

I'm looking forward to firing it up later today and being able to use it as a backup for my y: (primary) EHD.

The Build to The Thrill Ride

  • Recap from last night's Monday night Raw episode
  • The biggest news is the lineup for Wrestlemania has been updated
      • WWE Universal Title Match -Brock Lesnar vs. Bill Goldberg (c)
      • WWE Title Match -Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt (c)
      • Fatal 4 Way Elimination Match for the RAW Women’s Title -Nia Jax vs. Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Bayley (c)
      • WWE United States Title Match -Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho (c)
      • WWE Intercontinental Title Match -Baron Corbin vs. Dean Ambrose (c)
      • Triple Threat for the RAW Tag Team Titles -Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. Sheamus & Cesaro vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson (c’s)
      • SmackDown Women’s Title Match -Mickie James vs. Carmella vs. Natalya vs. Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss (c) (other participants possible)
      • Non-Sanctioned Match -Triple H vs. Seth Rollins
      • "Regular Match" - Roman Reigns vs. The Undertaker
      • "Regular Match" - -John Cena and Nikki Bella vs. The Miz and Maryse
      • "Regular Match" - -Shane McMahon vs. AJ Styles
      • Kickoff Pre-show: WWE Cruiserweight Title Match -Austin Aries vs. Neville (c)
      • Kick off Pre-show: Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal -Mojo Rawley, Apollo Crews, Big Show, Curt Hawkins, Goldust, R-Truth, Primo, Epico, Curtis Axel, Jinder Mahal, Bo Dallas, Braun Strowman and others TBA
  • How Paul Levesque used the lessons he learned as a wrestler to build WWE’s new brands
  • Watch this ‘Savage’ WrestleMania promo for Triple H versus Seth Rollins
    • This link has a link to the promo video that uses Metallica's "Am I Savage?" (from Hardwired...To Self-Destruct) - hashtag/AmISavage 

Only in Dubuque

In alphabetical order, these are the Craigslist > Musicians pages that I check fairly regularly for potential bandmates. Here's today's report:
  1. Cedar Rapids doesn't need any drummers...
  2. Des Moines doesn't need any drummers 
  3. Dubuque needs a drummer:

    Can an ad be any more generic than that one?!? At the very least, I'd like some initial information about
    • Set list ideas
    • Potential gigs
  4. Iowa City doesn't need any drummers...
  5. Waterloo doesn't need any drummers...
My hope is that on this day in the future, I will be a member of my Ideal Band.

Monday, March 27, 2017

99 Percent Off

Twilight is Short-Sighted

The way this article - Twilight of the Rock Gods - laments "the recent flood of celebrity deaths has been overwhelming:
  1. David Bowie
  2. Glenn Frey
  3. Prince
  4. Leonard Cohen
  5. George Michael
  6. Chuck Berry
is so short-sighted and so disrespectful of the musicians who are creating music today. Did not those 6 musicians all go to bed and all get up each day... until they didn't? Not ONE of those celebrities led a life that is more valuable than anyone else on this planet. That is what I think about when I read articles like the referenced one above and this one - Bowie's death marks the Twilight of the Rock Gods - and really ponder life and death.

Those celebrities are NO DIFFERENT from:
  1. the 100 year-old who passed away and whose obituary was in the Cedar Rapids Gazette yesterday
  2. the 103 year-old who my father-in-law told me about yesterday
  3. my mom
  4. my neighbor's mom
  5. Lee Knutson, my high school friend
  6. Andy George, my high school friend
  7. Ron Rath, my friend's father
  8. Penny C, my former co-worker who committed suicide
  9. Susan D, my former co-worker who was riding her bike and got hit by a truck and died
  10. Katelyn, my former co-worker's daughter who, one morning, didn't wake up
  11. Alan, my wife's uncle, who succumbed to Alzheimer's
  12. all the 100s more that I'm not mentioning specifically
Death is the great equalizer. Yes, it positively sucks. 

UD in Agile Dev Team

I agree with Robert Lauriston:

I think the more I know about a system, the more I can pick & choose what information is important.


I only discovered this band today - Special Providence - and I wonder where have I been? I only found out this band existed when I saw this Drumeo video and was amazed after a few moments.

Then I went to and found these three videos:

6 days From Now

WrestleMania 33 Card
Goldberg vs. Brock LesnarUniversal Championship
Bray Wyatt vs. Randy OrtonWWE Championship
The Undertaker vs. Roman ReignsSingles Match
Shane McMahon vs. AJ StylesSingles Match
Bayley vs. Charlotte vs. Sasha BanksRaw Women's Championship
Alexa Bliss vs. All Available SmackDown Women's WrestlersSmackDown Women's Championship
John Cena and Nikki Bella vs. The Miz and MaryseMixed Tag Team Match
Dean Ambrose vs. Baron CorbinIntercontinental Championship
Chris Jericho vs. Kevin OwensUnited States Championship
Neville vs. Austin AriesCruiserweight Championship
The Club vs. Enzo and Cass vs. Sheamus and CesaroRaw Tag Team Championships
Participants TBAAndre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal


Tool Drummer Sits in with Kids

May Be Temporary

Kickin' ass in SA!

Metallica played Lollapalooza Brazil on Saturday night.

00:06:00 Intro
00:07:06 Hardwired
00:10:50 Atlas, Rise!
00:17:00 For Whom the Bell Tolls
00:21:48 The Memory Remains
00:26:50 Kirk's solo (guitar)
00:28:38 The Unforgiven
00:45:08 Moth Into Flame
00:49:30 Harvester of Sorrow
00:56:13 Halo on Fire
01:05:17 Rob's solo (bass)
01:09:28 Whiplash
01:13:00 James Hetfield Thanks all Metallica fans
01:14:38 Sad but True
01:20:15 One
01:28:41 Master of Puppets
01:36:45 Kirk's solo (guitar)
01:40:00 Fade to Black...
01:47:45 Seek & Destroy...

Changes in NC

The Fall of the House of Thompson

The Real Problem

Bowling 2017

Combined, I bowled the 2 best games of my life yesterday at Creslanes in Dubuque. In the first game, I had two strikes, but I didn't get any in the second.
Combined & compared to my father-in-law, Lou, I won 279 to 211, a 68 pin difference.
Combined & compared to my wife, Karen, I won 279 to 214, a 65 pin difference.
Combined & compared to my sister-in-law, Chris, I won 279 to 224, a 55 pin difference.

Glassdoor. Is. Worthless.

As I reach my 1 year anniversary at work, I think it's time to unsubscribe from emails related to my 2016 job search. Especially when Glassdoor thinks "Generator Field Service Technician" is a good match for someone looking for a "technical writer" position.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Warrant ... Rocks?

Now, seriously, does "Only Broken Heart" sound anything like Warrant? Listen to the new tune

and then listen to a tune from the height of their popularity
01-All 4 U-0:00
02-Andy Warhol Was Right
03-April 2031-7:17
04-Bed Of Roses-12:23
05-Big Talk-16:27
06-Blind Faith-20:11
08-Cherry Pie-29:08
09-Dont Say Goodbye Demo-32:29
10-Down Boys-36:25
11-Family Picnic-40:30
13-Hair Of The Dog-48:55
15-Let It Rain-56:16
17-Ode To Tipper Gore-1:04:02
18-Sad Theresa-1:05:00
19-Sometimes She Cries-1:08:26
20-Stronger Now-1:13:10
22-The Bitter Pill-1:21:28
23-The Hole In My Wall-1:23:35
24-The Power Demo-1:29:06
25-Uncle Toms Cabin-1:32:06

and then tell me they sound like the same band.

Editor's Note: from


Just sent in additional details to Adobe Tech Support about my linking Word styles in my RoboHelp project...

Sadly, No, There's Zero Progression Towards the Ideal Band

A band playing "3 - 5 times" a month is not an ideal band.
Playing djembe, tabla, congas is not an ideal band either.

Editor's Note: There has been zero progress towards securing a gig as a drummer in a band.

It's Not in this Picture
I work in a building that is located on the right side of the highway - it's not in this picture. I live in a house that is located on the left side of the highway - it's not in the picture. Above the white water tower are businesses and that's where my dentist's office is located.  

Before We Shift from Basketball until Fall 2017...

Kansas DOMINATED Purdue and won by 30ish points last night in the NCAA Tournament.

More Political Funny Stuff

It's funny that someone has to actually write this about the leader of the greatest nation on earth, no?

The single greatest thing President Trump could do to improve his Presidency would be to stay off Twitter. There are times he has positively moved the needle on the medium. The media seems increasingly inclined to go down rabbit holes in pursuit of silver bullets to topple his administration. The President, with one tweet, can send the press corps scrambling. He can transcend media narratives, create his own, and bypass the traditional press to get his message out in 140 characters.

Editor's Note: Since this is tap dancing in the landmine of politics, check out all the articles that have been posted to The Resurgent website about obamacare - it is quite enlightening. Here's the link:

More Funny than Political... (I believe that anyways)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Redefining New

Is 2014 new in 2017? seems to think so.

Three Types of Numbering for One

Obviously, the technical writer that was responsible for this help text has issues with ordered lists. Why else would there be 3 types of numbering


within the same help text?

Crazy Research

Tried and Denied

I tried out a new layout for a while and I don't like it. Going back to the future...

Probably Elsewhere but Still Awesome

What Could Have Been...

SLASH Was 'Really Pissed Off' He Didn't Land Guitarist Gig In POISON

Literally Going Around the World

Beartooth is one of Alex's favorite band. They are from OH and their song "Hated" is one that has been growing upon me - videos embedded below. Alex saw Beartooth in concert at Gabe's Oasis in April 2016. This was prior to "Hated" being released to radio and I wasn't ready to see them. Alex recorded the following videos of that Gabe's Oasis show:

Shortly after the concert, Alex began calling Ned, a cool Rock 108 DJ, and requesting Beartooth and, day after day, Ned would say that he couldn't play them. Well, now Rock 108 is blasting "Hated" fairly often.

Beartooth now have concert dates on a tour with Bring Me the Horizon and Underoath. These are some of their upcoming tour dates and I only mention it because they are literally going around the world. The following is not all of their concerts, but just meant to show what April 2017 - June 2017 is going to be like for them. They go from the Western US (4/1 - 4/8) to the Eastern US (4/28 - 5/7), play in their home state of OH at Rock on the Range, (which has Metallica in the lineup) then leave 8 days later for England, Netherlands, Germany, France, then back to Germany (5/27 - 6/03), then have 2 weeks off before they play in Australia (6/18 - 6/24), then are back in the US to join the Warped tour (6/28 - 7/1 are shown below but the tour goes on beyond that).

4/1 Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater**
4/3 San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre**
4/6 Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Expo Hall**
4/7 Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre**
4/8 Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint**
4/28 Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
4/29 Fort Myers, FL @ JetBlue Park
4/30 Jacksonville, FL @ Metropolitan Park
5/07 Concord, NC @ Charlotte Motor Speedway
5/19 Columbus, OH @ Mapfre Stadium
5/27 Birmingham, UK @ The NEC
5/28 Leeds, UK @ City Centre
5/29 Hertfordshire, UK @ The Forum
5/30 Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Dynamo
5/31 Hannover, Germany @ Musikzentrum
6/01 Savigny Le Temple, France @ Empreinte
6/02 Nurburg, Germany @ Rock Am Ring
6/03 Nurburg, Germany @ Rock Am Ring
6/17 Adelaide, Australia @ Thebarton Theatre
6/18 Melbourne, Australia @ Festival Hall
6/22 Moore Park, Australia @ Hordern Pavillion
6/24 Brisbane, Australia @ Riverstage
6/28 New Orleans, LA @Port Of New Orleans ^
6/29 Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre @Lakewood ^
6/30 Orlando, FL @ Tinker Field ^
7/01 St. Petersburg, FL @ Vinoy Park ^

The thing that is so crazy is that Alex saw them at Gabe's Oasis in Iowa City in April 2016 and now, in April 2017, they are out touring with Bring Me the Horizon & Underoath. Then, they will tour the world.


If I were them, I would take the two weeks between Germany and Australia to see other countries 'on that side' of the world. I wouldn't want to come back to the US, deal with the time zone changes, and then go from, say, OH to Australia. Since I've never traveled to 'the other side of the world' in my life (and doubt I ever will be able to), I am speculating that shifting time zones frequently is not good for your body, but I can't be certain.

Speaking of the Warped Tour, of course Alex wants to see one of their dates (listed below) in the Central US. I wonder - when did going to Chicago Open Air 2017 not enough??!?

7/18 Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center ^
7/19 Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center ^
7/20 Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center ^
7/21 Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills ^
7/22 Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre ^
7/23 Shakopee, MN @ Canterbury Park ^
7/24 Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheatre ^
7/26 St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino ^
7/27 Bonners Spring, KS @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre^

Here are some more versions of Beartooth's "Hated" tune:

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Tribute to the Legend that was Chuck Berry

Editor's Note: At the age of 90, legendary musician Chuck Berry passed away.

Does MS Excel have a Future?

Interesting question. It ties into the idea that what is "hot" and "used by everyone" to perform their work duties is not permanent. Years ago, there was a HAT called ForeHelp, which was a good product. The company that created it went out of business. There have been a number of HATs that have gone that route. In non-HAT software, when I was in college, I typed all of my assignments using WordPerfect and, had I thought about it during college, I likely would have said that I would never use another word processor after, of course, explaining to me that WordPerfect is a word processing program. After all, I had no idea I would ever be typing pretty much all day, every day, for the first 20+ years of my professional career since I thought I'd be a high school English teacher and teaching, not typing, during my career.

This is the article that asks the question I used as a post title:
Prior to clicking this link, I was hopeful there would actually be a macro that had anything to do with styles.

When I got to the page, I pressed Ctrl+F and entered "Styles" in the search field. There are two places where the word "styles" is used on the page:

As I mentioned yesterday, I am trying to get my linked MS Word docs to display correctly in the output I generate from my RoboHelp project so, I thought, a macro with 'cleaning up a messy document format and styles using macros' would be worth my time.

In this specific instance, the article and the time I spent reading it was wasted.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Trump = Negan

No, The Walking Dead’s Negan Isn’t an Allusion to Donald Trump

Whew! That Was Close!

We have SouthSlope, a local company, as the provider of our Internet, TV, and landline services. We have 3 TVs - one in the bedroom, one in the living room, one in the basement. The DVR in the bedroom died and would not boot up. I had called SouthSlope earlier in the day - around noon - and asked to have someone give me a call at home around 4:30. When I got home a little after 4:30, there was no message on the answering machine. I gave them some time, but eventually, I called SouthSlope back at 5:30. The customer support rep took me through all the troubleshooting steps I had done previously, plus checking if things were plugged in down in the basement. Of course, they were. There was no record in the customer support rep's system that showed I had called earlier in the day.

After I got off the phone with the customer support rep, a very nice technician called and then arrived on my doorstep. He replaced the box in the bedroom and left shortly before 7 PM, which is when Monday Night Raw begins so because he left shortly before 7 PM, I was able to watch WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from March 20 on the TV in the bedroom.

Wrestlemania 33 is 12 nights away!

Continuing my war with linking Word docs into my RoboHelp project

I began a thread in the RoboHelp forums - Linking Word docs - Style differences - and I hope, in the future, I will look back at it in amazement that I could be as dumb as to think I was convinced it should work the way I think it should. I hope that between today and a yet-to-be-determined date in the future, there will be an 'a-ha!' moment that makes me feel sheepish.

Blurring the Line

This seemed to relevant to me, as a person, to tuck away as link # 123 on Get Your Political Opinions Here, despite my proclamation all links to articles about politics would be quarantined to that page. When I read this quote, I was compelled to post it as a "post" instead of on the aforementioned quarantine page:

Abortion is the destruction of a precious, innocent human life. It may be necessary when that life verges on causing the mother to die. But as a matter of elective options and rights, abortion is murder. The arguments for abortion are the same arguments used to justify and defend slavery. Abortion advocacy, in fact, derives from the progressive movement’s desire to stamp out black and disabled people in the early part of the twentieth century.

It is a quote from this article - No, You Cannot Support Abortion and Be Conservative/ - by Erick Erickson, who is one of the Conservative authors I quote frequently.


Just came across a band - Downward Fall - who state that the following: | We cover songs from 3 Days Grace Black Stone Cherry Breaking...